Saturday, November 18, 2017

Transmission 9417 - Strings & Skins

Strum and strike.

The Dream
Terje Rypdal
Gard Nilssen, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Even Helte Hermansen, Hans Magnus Ryan,  Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen, Henry Kaiser, Raoul Björkenheim, Reine Fiske, Ståle Storløkken 
(Bill) Bruford

"Ain't No Use"


Friday, November 17, 2017

Transmission 9317 - Multiple Fifths

Can there be more than one?

Arthur Feidler
Siouxsie & The Banshees
Dwight Twilley
Steve Hillage
William Shatner
Soul Strings 
Wolfgang Dauner Quintet
Adrian Belew
Oz Noy & Ozone Squeeze
Wayne Krantz
Little Richard
Jimi Hendrix
Crack The Sky
Yellow Matter Custard
Randy California

"I heard the news today - oh boy""


*For ChaChi Loprete

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Transmission 9217 - The Lost "Jeff" Sessions

Forgetting remembered memories!

P.M. Dawn
Peter Gabriel
Alice In Chains
The 20th Century Zoo
The Beach Boys
Robert Gordon & Chris Spedding
Fleetwood Mac
Procal Harum
Johnny Thunders
Daniel Johnston
The Drink
Scott Johnson

"I've got no memory of anything at all"


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"That’s the way you lie. That’s the way people do it in court. I’ve seen it many, many times. Well, I don’t remember, but if. And she said 35 times before the FBI interview that she couldn’t remember? If you can remember and you don’t — if you say — and you say, I can’t remember, then that’s as false a perjurious statement 
as if you flat-out gave a false statement."
Jeff Sessions

“History is a set of lies agreed upon.” 
 Napoléon Bonaparte

“If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.” 
 Mark Twain

"I might have hit the lamp with my arm, but I don't remember!"
Dr. Vinny Boom Baa

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Transmission 9117 - Prelude To What's Next

Take over!

Jim O'Rourke
Prefab Sprout
Roxy Music
Talking Heads
David Bowie
Les Claypool
Pink Floyd

"it won't take long"


Friday, November 10, 2017

Transmission 9017 - Inexpensive Pranks

You know they're out to get you!

Cheap Trick
The Modern Lovers
The Lemon Pipers
The Dukes Of Stratosphere
Tom Waitts
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Big Sur
Alex Chilton
The Nomads
Lou Reed
Luke Haines
Sonic Youth

"What ya gonna do when your head's exploding?"


* November is proving to be a great month for live music.
Tonight we're heading north to Hampton, NH
for the ever-vital
Cheap Trick 

and opening hometown-favorites

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Transmission 8917 - No Rocks

Rolls only!

Medeski, Martin & Wood
Major Lazer
Bo Carter & The Mississippi Sheiks
Ronnie Lane
Yim Yames
Neil Young
Mumford and Sons
Leon Russell
Mott The Hoople
Eric Clapton 
Howlin' Rain

"We Are Rolling"


Saturday, November 04, 2017

Transmission 8817 - The Stickman Cometh

Tony Levin

A renowned master of the bottom end, studio ace and prolific photographer
reflects on his personal and musical past, 
discusses the present King Crimson 
and prepares for the future
hometown show in Boston!

King Crimson
Peter Gabriel
Bruford Levin Upper Extremities
Liquid Tension Experiment
Stick Men


"can you pull me out?"


When referencing a band, consistency is usually a variable. It could be used to denote genre, quality or members. 

In the case of King Crimson live, all three fittingly apply:

- Although their music is stereotypically categorized as Prog(ressive), it actually occupies it's long-reserved space as an ever-morphing hybrid that is equally comfortable with pounding power-chord sequences and delicate woodwind, cymbal and hushed-vocal passages.

- The brand is regal. Over 48 years, each performance is a piece of audio art, where painstaking precision collides with free-form interplay. 

- Robert Fripp is the bedrock. The foundation on which this legendary congregation of like-minded cohorts adhere to the metronomic vision, but often radically alter the path and deviate the trajectory of the author's flights.

The current eight-headed monster witnessed on the Radical Action Tour 2017 is a percussion-heavy assemblage of gifted players who breath life as one  into old and new selections. Synchronicity, perception and passion were always on display along with an obvious joy of creating 
such compelling sounds.

If you are lucky enough to get the chance to attend an upcoming recital, don't miss it.

* Special thanks to Tony Levin for joining RFW in the Archives 
and to for the link and mutual vibe. 
It was a fun talk and very special show.

Friday, November 03, 2017

Transmission 8717 - What Does HSR Mean To You?

Turn to the dog-eared page and follow
as we whip ourselves into
A Roman Mood
with a little help from my friends!

Human Sexual Response
Unnatural Axe
The Freeze
Mission Of Burma
The Neighborhoods
The Real Kids
Willie Alexander & The Boom Boom Band
The Cars
November Group
Suede Cowboys
Someone & The Sombodys


"Love's no excuse to procreate"


* Boston in the late seventies/early eighties was very fertile musical ground, especially for those of the more subverted, adventurous and experimental variety! 

I was in the epicenter of the local scene as an original host of the ever-present 
Late Risers Club on WTBS/WMBR and WBCN 
playing records by (now) legendary bands such as those included in tonight's Transmission. 

A favorite then and now was/is Human Sexual Response. Their two studio albums Fig.14 and In A Roman Mood are available for your at home pleasure and I thought you would enjoy these archived videos, including the infamous closing of 5 All Night (a local late-night TV show). Fines were levied butt fun was had by all. The dance floor is filled with a who's who of club-dwellers such as our fearless radio leader Oedipus, Lou Miami, Jeannie Miller and so many others. 

I'm literally out the door in a few minutes to attend the 
40th Year Reunion HSR Concert and obligatory after-party! 
I'm looking forward to seeing old friends, hearing great music 
and getting into more rock and roll trouble. 
Insanity ensues!

**A great show in Boston by both Unnatural Axe and Human Sexual Response.
Richie Parsons and the boys ripped it up all over the crowed in typical UA fashion!

 HSR never sounded or looked better! So cool to see so many favorite faces at the same time. A special thanks to Windle and the band for their hospitality and talent

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Transmission 8617 - Fantasmic Features

A Monster-Movie Shock-Fest!

Black Sabbath

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Dave Edmunds

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Lenny Kravitz

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Rocky Erickson & The Aliens
Blue Oyester Cult

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The Cramps 

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Rob Zombie

The Living Dead Girl Poster


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The Sonics

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David Bowie
Leonard Nimoy

Bryan Ferry

"So near and yet so far
Castaway as strangers are
This Island Earth
And you and me"

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*My original source of classic horror movies was Fantasmic Features hosted by Feep who was voiced by Ed T. McDonnell. It ran on WNAC-TV Channel 7, Boston, Massachusetts
 from June 17, 1963 to January 4, 1964!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Transmission 8517 - Yes! Yes! Yes!

Girls x 3!!!

Elvis Presley
Elvis Costello
Elton John
Barrence Whitfield & The Savages
Warron Zevon
T. Rex
Bob Dylan
The Fools
The Beatles
The Monkees
The Beach Boys
Alex Chilton
Stone Temple Pilots
Stevie Salas
David Johanson
Iggy Pop
Rod Stewart

"She's a beautiful girl girl girl"


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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Transmission 8417 - It Ain't Nothing But

"Shit, if this is gonna be that kind of party

I'm gonna stick my dick

in the mashed potatoes!"

Don Covay
The Undisputed Truth
Mose Allison
Bonnie Raitt
Climax Blues Band
Foo Fighters
John Lennon
Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger
Human Sexual Response
The Heads with Andy Partridge
Andy Summers
Frank Zappa & The Mothers

"ain't this a funky Saturday night"


*The opening post quote was from our coda B-Boys Messin' With The Freak Freak 
by Beastie Boys!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Transmission 8317 - A Calming Peace

Find a place to enjoy your blessings.

Wingless Angels
Wings Of Faith Juniors Of  Grand Rapids, MI
Richard Thompson
Chris Spedding
The Pretty Things
Robert Plant
Gentle Giant
Nguyên Lê & Ngo Hong Quang
Kasumi Washington 

"oh, that's the sights and sounds of London Town"


*What a joy to wake up happy. Despite the barrage of political, natural and man-made disasters that are now every day occurrences, to smile at the persons dear to you. To sip coffee, walk the dogs by the ocean wide-eyed, breath deeply and listen attentively to absorb all the sights, scents and sounds that abound. I hope it's infectious. 
Much love to you and yours.

Panoramic Ocean photo - CJ Wohlman (seen here with Ginger and Nova).

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Transmission 8217 - Eye See Replicants Again

"Sometimes to love somebody you gotta be a stranger"

Hans Zimmer & Benjamin Wallfisch
Ryuichi Sakamoto
Otomo Yoshihide
The Tubes 
Ohio Players
Alejandro Escovedo
Dhani Harrison
The Beatles
Jeff Beck

"Do you love me?
I love you.
Do you trust me?
I trust you."


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*Top Quote: Deckard - Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

**Second Quote: Deckard & Rachael - Blade Runner (1982)

***Postscript - As I mentioned was my plan, I made it to Blade Runner 2049. To say I merely saw it would be a terrible understatement. Sitting dead-center in an IMAX theater, I can truly report that I have never been more immersed in a movie. The conception, writing, acting, effects, editing, cinematography and directing was all top-notch. The original score, sampled songs and the overall sound was beyond description! No spoilers here - just a delight in reporting the that the story answered many old questions, but raised just as many new ones!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Transmission 8117 - Put It Back In


Adam & The Ants
David Bowie
Iggy & The Stooges
Fad Gadget
The Mekons
The Plugz
Tito & Tarantula
Muddy Waters
Black Stone Cherry
Black Pistol Fire
The Rolling Stones
Led Zeppelin
Pink Floyd

"I digress, I've tried again"


Saturday, October 07, 2017

Transmission 8017 - Whip This Out

Big 12 Inchers

Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Grace Jones 
Joy Division
Hall & Oates
The Rolling Stones
Ryuichi Sakamoto
Yoko Ono

"from the nipple to the bottle never satisfied"


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Transmission 7917 - 12 Is Up

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....And 11 are down!

Tom Petty 
The Guess Who
ZZ Top
Lenny Kravitz
The Len Price Three
The Outlets
The Replacements
Daryl Hall
Fleetwood Mac

"I had the radio on "



Robert Johnson
Eric Clapton
Thorbjorn Risager & The Black Tornado
Ian Gillan Band
Deep Purple
Neil Young & Crazy Horse

"there is no reason for you to hide"



Jeff Beck Group
Oz Noy
The Clash 
The Black Angels
The Hollies
Adrian Belew
The Beatles

"how can you laugh?"



Joe Cocker
Ann Peebles
Terence Trent D'Arby
Yoko Ono
School Of Seven Bells

"I hope it won't hit you too hard"



Hot Chip
Annie Lennox
Chrissie Hynde
Blitzen Trapper
The Chesterfield Kings
BeBop Deluxe

"music played and people sang"



Death From Above 1969
The Move
Led Zeppelin
The Doors
Janis Joplin
Wanda Jackson
Diana Ross
 Sandra, Fela Kuti and Africa '70

"we both turned away"



UK Subs
The Stooges
Buick McKane
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
The Jam
Gary Numan
Robert Plant

"I'll do anything to make you stay"



Baby Woodrose
Beastie Boys
Beavis & Butthead/Anthrax
Miles Davis
Prefab Sprout
Cockney Rebel
The Who
The Rolling Stones

"Oh my God that's some funky shit"



Kris Kristoferson
Jerry Gracia
Rain Parade
Todd Rundgren
Steve Winwood

"some came to sing, some came to play"



Elton John
Jef Lee Johnson
Mississippi Fred McDowell
Bob Dylan
Bryan Ferry
Eric Burdon
The Brian Auger Band

"you let your mind out somewhere down the road"


DOWN 11 

The Grip Weeds
Ella Washington 
Big Bill Dotson
Buffalo Springfield
Bonnie Raitt
Primal Scream
Syl Johnson
The Black Crowes
The Allman Brothers Band

"I'm gonna go down fighting"


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Transmission 7817 - Sunday Set Buffet

Eat it!

Simon & Garfunkel
Death from Above
Talking Heads
Joe Walsh
Sonic Youth
Procol Harum
Beachwood Sparks
The West Coast Experimental Art Project
The Olivia Tremor Control
Randy Newman
Elton John
John Palumbo
Hugo Race & Michelangelo Russo
Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels

"put them in a book of memories"


Saturday, September 23, 2017

Transmission 7717 - Vari-Speed

For fans of variety!

The Everly Brothers
Dave Edmunds & Nick Lowe
The Cactus Blossoms
Uriah Heep
Hard Stuff
Deep Purple
Psychic TV
Micky Dolenz
Savoy Brown
Koko Taylor
Vinegar Joe
Robert Palmer

"climb on first and get off last"


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Transmission 7617 - Mood Matching

The colours of music!

Chick Corea
Stanley Clarke
Eddie Harris
John Scofield
Wolfgang Dauner

"going back some time ago"


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Transmission 7517 - More Than A Feeling

It's part of the blueprint!

Human Sexual Response
Overwhelming Colorfast
Plastic Ono Band
Mott The Hoople
Lou Reed
The Dream Syndicate
Warren Zevon
Alejandro Escovedo
Alice Cooper
The Animals
Humble Pie

"I need some"


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