Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Transmission 2307

After playing all new music on Monday and 3 obscure German bands on Tuesday, today I break out of the gate with some (semi) familiar bands -Blue Oyster Cult, Radio Birdman, Foghat and Flammin' Groovies. We do Billy songs with Peter Wolf, Iggy Pop and Phish and then a Ray Charles set with Humble Pie and the genius himself. To end things we take the Last Song from France's Moving Gelatine Plates debut. This band has two lp's from the early 70's and they have been astounding me for over 3 decades! Maximum volume on this one!

T2307 is a 55.5MB 128k mp3 1:00:48 in length made loud to be played loud!

"We pulled into the liquor store and he was underage and all he said to me was put your money away"


Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Transmission 2207

The working titles for today's edition of Radio Free Wohlman are Headphones In Space or The Cosmos Between Your Ears! Great names for a band or album (yours for a small finders fee)! The show consists of 3 long pieces from 3 German bands from 1971 - 1972. It is recommended that you get yourself in the mood for musical space travel utilizing your favorite method(s) and ear goggles/buds are highly suggested for the sounds of Thirsty Moon, Ash Ra Temple and Mythos. Have a safe trip!

T2207 is a 55.7MB 128k mp3 1:00:50 in length made loud to be played loud!

"man had killed all the plants, all the animals and at last even himself"


Monday, January 29, 2007

Transmission 2107

Today's blast of sound comes courtesy of bands making new music in 2006 and 2007! I have a habit of overlooking new stuff in favor of road-tested past favourites in The Wohlman Archives which we remedy today. There may be newer releases from the artists showcased, but these selections are from the past year and all are very impressive!

We begin and end with the wonderful Apples In Stereo who are back in fine form on New Magnetic Dreams, go In The Fishtank with Isis & Aereogramme, adopt Orphans from Tom Waits, wade through the enormous and impressive A Lazurus Taxom from Tortoise, Get The Hell Out per instructions from David Sylvian's new band Nine Horses. Then we head to The Black Hole/Blank Canvas with Motorpsycho, make sure You Are There with Mono and walk the beach in search of Silver with Jesu! This one really worked!

T2107 is a 55.1MB 128k mp3 1:00:10 in length made loud to be played loud!

"and you know nobody loves you better"


Saturday, January 27, 2007


Let's Spend The ___ Playing Some Records Together!

Jerry Wexler, one-time co-owner of Atlantic Records, is quoted extensively in a recent edition of Rolling Stone that pays tribute to his old partner, the late Ahmet Ertegun. The one thing that stuck in my mind is his description of Ahmet and his friends, together, playing records communally. A lost art indeed. That is what today's transmission of RFW is all about. Sitting down with great company (you and yours) and sharing music out of The Wohlman Archives. So in honor of one of the great record men and a true inspiration let the party begin!

It is with great irony that we start with Miles Davis and Weather Report on Columbia Records, but I think Ahmet would understand. We follow with music from Tool, Trans Am, Faust, The Mothers Of Invention, Crazy Elephant, Rotary Connection, The Vagrants, Aretha Franklin (there's the Atlantic smash), Bill Withers, Donny Hathaway, Kiss, The Monkees, Crack The Sky, Lyle Lovett, Bauhaus and an out of control Grace Jones!

HAL20 is a 2 Part 128k mp3 made loud to be played loud!

Part 1 is 57.07 MB and 1:03:07 in length.

Part 2 is 59.07 MB and 1:05:00 in length.

"and she's clinging to the nearest passerby"


Friday, January 26, 2007

Transmission 2007

As I say in today's Punky transmission of RFW, my musical taste did not change in the mid-70's, so much as it got it's teeth knocked in! The upheaval in the US, England and around the world was a warning shot over the heads of music fans everywhere. Wake up! Go back into the garage. Get back to the basics. Do it yourself! 32 years later, it's funny trying to understand what everyone was so afraid of. Everything that has happened since then has taken the shock out of the original 1975-1979 scene, but not the awe! This is the music that saved both rock and roll - the real deal - Punk!

I played this show so loud my ears are ringing - get ready for La Peste, Dead Boys, X, The Sex Pistols, The Jam, The Buzzcocks, Blondie, The Real Kids, Richard Hell & The Voidoids, The Records, The Clash, The Damned, Generation X, Stiff Little Fingers, The Saints, The Vibrators, Sham 69, The Adverts, The Stranglers, and 999!

T2007 is a 62MB 128k mp3 1:07:47 in length made loud to be played loud!

"No Elvis, Beatles or The Rolling Stones"


Thursday, January 25, 2007

Transmission 1907

I love the timeless quality of music. Like a master's painting, poem, story or film - certain sounds, tunes and compositions can live on forever! Such is the case for the two guys that we spotlight on today's transmission of RFW.

Vocalist Mike Patto and guitarist/vibraphonist Peter "Ollie" Halsall were tied to the hip for the most fruitful years of their careers. From 1968 with their first band Timebox, into the 70's with Patto and ending up with the wonderful Boxer, these guys made some really great music together. Playing apart in such bands as Scaffold, Grimms, Tempest and Spooky Tooth, both proved they could make it on their own. But when together, it was real magic!

Unfortunately (for us and them), Mike passed away on March 4, 1979 of Lymphatic Leukemia and Ollie left us on May 29, 1992 when he overdosed on heroin. But they are with us today, loud and proud, on Radio Free Wohlman! RIP!

T1907 is a 58.9MB 128k mp3 1:04:24 in length made loud to be played loud!

"he's got his balls in the pawn shop"


For some great articles, pictures, performance footage, rarities and concert recordings visit the Ollie Halsall Archives at

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Transmission 1807

With horror, torture and violence ever on the rise in reality and the unreal world of cinema and television, Radio Free Wohlman takes a musical look at the machinery of execution, inflicts a Big Band salute to torture and realises first hand that pain hurts!

In today's chamber of horrors you'll find a gallows bound Alice Cooper, Deep Feeling cautioning us to beware the Guillotine, The Doors, Bennie Maupin, Ray Charles, the never-stopping Frank Zappa, The Black Keys, Savoy Brown, Millie Jackson, and a hurtful Chris Spedding. Ouch!

T1807 is a 57.7MB 128k mp3 m1:03:07 in length made loud to be played loud.

"I can be hurt by love"


Courtesy of fellow weird person and long-time friend Jim Smith in Lake Tahoe, I have an actual Mark Of The Devil vomit bag (distributed at the drive-in entrance) framed and hanging in the RFW Studio! Thanks again Jim!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Transmission 1707

We dedicate today's edition of RFW to Richard 1, Coeur de Lion who reigned over England from 1189-1199 AD. A hell of a guy - just watch your neck!

The Blue Van even wrote a song about the man they called Richard The Lion-hearted. We get into a real funky groove with The Band, Family, The Main Ingredient and The Meters. Jam with Otis Rush, Otis Span and Otis Redding. Take 3 from The Rolling Stones out of The Wohlman Concert Archives and end with a show stealing pounder from The Patti Smith Group! Now that's a history lesson!

T1707 is a 60.5MB 128K mp3 1:06:11 in length made loud to be played loud!

"My generation, we had dreams, we had dreams man and we fuckin' created George Bush! New generations, rise up, rise up, take to the streets. The world is yours. Change it. Change it."


Monday, January 22, 2007

Transmission 1607

On this clear and crisp winter day, we take a walk in the Wohlman Woods surrounding the RFW studio on the coast of Southern Oregon.

To accompany us on our forest stroll, I give to you one For The Trees from Matmos, music from The Crimson Jazz Trio, Matching Mole, Wilco, Ron Wood & Ronnie Lane, and Emmy Lou Harris with Mark Knopfler. We also get very funky with Rufus Thomas, Funkadelic and Marc Ribot. A strong wind from The South Side Of The Sky courtesy of Yes drives us back to home base just in time for The Mars Volta to end things in Aputechecture style!

T1607 is a 58.8MB 128K mp3 1:04:16 made loud to be played loud!

"just for a moment - I found my dream"


Saturday, January 20, 2007


Here at Radio Free Wohlman, we follow the beat of a different drum! Todays percussive special is all about the beat. Songs about and by drummers and drums. Back beats, break beats and polyrythyms - from the oldest African Talking Drum to high-tech drum machines. Grab your bongos and lets start banging!

Inside you'll find thumpers from Herbie Hancock, James Brown, Buddy Rich, Four Tet, Flanger, The Chemical Brothers, Pharoah Sanders, Fela Kuti, Steel Pulse, Roger Daltry, Keith Moon, The Who, Ronald Shannon Jackson & The Decoding Society, King Crimson, Arcana with Tony Williams, The Beatles, Todd Rundgren, Procol Harum and Grand Funk Railroad!

HAL19 is a 2 part 128K mp3 made loud to be played loud.

Part 1 is 60.8MB 1:06:24 in length.

Part 2 is 63.4MB 1:09:18 in length.

"Dis Is Da Drum"


Friday, January 19, 2007

Transmission 1507

Back when I was a teenager, Ozzy was not some MTV punchline. He was the paranoid foe of the war-pigs! The supernaut burning sweet leaf into the void! Ozzy was the Iron Man!

In fond remembrance of the pre-reality show Mr. Osbourne, we take a near-lethal dose of Black Sabbath, bite the heads off The Bad Plus, put Bill Laswell on the Iron Cross and Eat Heavy Metal with John Lee Hooker and Pete Townshend. The remaining weekend seducing ditties come from Deep Purple, Buick MacKane, Ministry, Chrome, Killing Joke and Ten Years After. The smoking lamp is officially lit!

T1507 is a 65.4MB 128K mp3 1:11:29 in length made loud to be played loud!

"Is he alive or dead?"


Thursday, January 18, 2007

Transmission 1407

Rather than being abducted, Radio Free Wohlman thumbs a ride with a Flying Saucer for an intergalactic hayride. Along the way of our round-trip journey through the cosmos we are entertained by fellow space travellers Robert Gordon with Link Wray, the sensational Alex Harvey and Jefferson Airplane on their last flight. Guru Guru and UFO get wild in zero gravity guitar workouts, Steve Hillage is sighted flying over Paris and to end things with a scary sci-fi scenario, Michael Fennelly recants The Day Of The Fire. Beam me up Scotty!

T1407 is a 65.3MB 128K mp3 1:11:20 made loud to be played loud!

"and the ramps rose with children upon them"


Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Transmission 1307

The truth of this show is that this is the music that my wife Pam and I listened to a few nights ago when enjoying a beautiful sunset and each others company! It sounded so good that I used the play list for today's transmission!

We start with a flurry of of quick ones including songs from Detroit Jr., Dr. Ross, The New Colony Six and Don Covay. We get dubby with New Age Steppers, strangely blue with The Oimels, take flight with Yonin Byashi and rock to great Wishbone Ash. A visit from Lucifer's Friend. Led Zep and Patto leads to our ending eulogy to all Dead Hollywood Stars! Can you name those pictured? See below for the answers.

T1307 is a 59.7MB 128K mp3 1:05:17 in length made loud to be played loud.

"Let it hang out baby"


(Nelson Eddy, Janet Gaynor, Tyrone Power, Rudolph Valentino, Clifton Webb, Douglas Fairbanks, Peter Lorre & Jane Mansfield.)

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Transmission 1207

We crossed a Lonesome Crow with Scorpions and got a surprisingly spaced out debut from one of the few original Krautrockers that made it out of Germany! We get down just for the funk of it with The Pointer Sisters and Laura Nyro with LaBelle, score an imaginary movie with sounds from Jagga Jazzist, Explosions In The Sky and FennO'berg and kick around the blues with Dave Fiuczynski & John Medeski and Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band. Sting me!

T1207 is a 57.8 MB 128K mp 1:03:10 in length made loud to be played loud!

"I don't like to talk about my women - but - this one could chug 'em down".


Monday, January 15, 2007

Transmission 1107

A long drive from Oregon to the Bay Area of California gave me the time and place to play hours of music and groove to many old Radio Free Wohlman transmissions, not as a Producer, but as a listener! And I loved it!

Our road trip includes Golden State music by way of Chicago with the Transit Authority and Norway with Motorpsycho, a dissertation on love with Pete Townshend and Julian Cope, classic solo Steve Winwood and a post-punk set from England including Ultravox, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark and Magazine. The lost art of being a true DJ is also remembered with Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, Golden Earring and Valis!

T1107 is a 55.8MB 128K mp3 1:00:57 in length made loud to be played loud!

"as we celebrate mediocrity, all the boys upstairs want to see, how much you'll pay for what used to be free"


Saturday, January 13, 2007


Professors Moe, Larry and Curly Joe (originally Curly) sang us the Alphabet Song many years ago and it is stuck in my brain forever more. With the Stooges giving us the road map (oh no!), we travel through both vowels and constonants and come up with 26 tunes from The Wohlman Archives in alphabetical order.

You get:

Alice Cooper, Bauhouse, Crack The Sky, Dillinger, Electric Light Orchestra, The Flys, Groundhogs, Hotlegs, It's A Beautiful Day, Jet, Kasabian, LCD Soundsystem, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, The Nervous Eaters, Oneida, Pluramon, Quiet Sun, Radiohead, Sly & The Family Stone, Television, Underworld, Vampire Rodents, Wire, XTC, Yellow Magic Orchestra and Zarathustra!

HAL18 is a 2 part 128K mp3 made loud to be played loud!

Part 1 is 56MB 1:01:23 in length.

Part 2 is 55MB 1:00:14 in length.

"let's make Neanderthal love, in this Neanderthal world"


Friday, January 12, 2007

Transmission 1007

Payday, party night, the weekend! Friday rocks on Radio Free Wohlman as we celebrate our short but sweet freedom. Things get started with ZZ Top cashing a check and Iggy Pop bringing us out on the town! Then it's a weekend suite with Dave Edmunds, Super Fury Animals, The Dictators and Neil Young! We get real momentum with a trio of Friday tunes including Steely Dan, Genesis and David Bowie. Then somebody invites us to a disco party so we change into our best silk shirt and meet up with the B-52's, Curtis Mayfield and Trans Am and dance to exhaustion. The night ends in our quiet comfortable bed with The Doors and The Beatles as we slowly....slip.... into... unconciousness... sssssssssssszzzzzzzzzzzz!

T1007 is a 58MB 128K mp3 1:03:54 in length made loud to be played loud!

"disgusting things you never anticipate"


Thursday, January 11, 2007

Transmission 907

Mr. John "Peter" Chatman (aka Memphis Slim) knew what he was talking about in his most famous blues classic. "When it all is done, you got to go back to Mother Earth"! Not only do we get the original in today's transmission of RFW, we also get into a long Blues For Memphis Slim with Eric Burdon & War. We are also treated to a great cover from Henry Kaiser, volume from Sweet, Stone Temple Pilots and Budgie, coded poetry from Dylan and a guitar coda from the mighty Ronnie Montrose.

T907 is a 54 MB 128K mp3 59:42 in length made loud to be played loud.

"Don't care how big you are - don't care what you're worth"!


Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Transmission 807

The answer to the question "Which one's Pink?" is obvious - It's all of them. Pink Floyd would not be the legend they are today without the combined talents of Dave Gilmour, the late Syd Barrett and his old bandmates Roger Waters, Richard Wright and Nick Mason!

In this very Pink transmission of RFW, we get to an early Pink Floyd Barrett B-side and solo works from Wet Dream, The Pros And Cons Of Hitchhiking, The Fictitious Sports and the Gilmour self-titled first lp. Then we get some of the Wohlman Concert Archives finest 1970 Floyd, including an amazing performance of the Atom Heart Mother Suite with The John Alldis Choir and The Phillip Jones Brass Ensemble. Moo!

T807 is a 55 MB 128K mp3 1:00:05 in length made loud to be played loud!

"When you come in you're in for good".


Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Transmission 707

Do you dare walk into the Radio Free Wohlman Funhouse? It is filled to the rafters with choice selections from The Wildhearts, The Soundtrack Of Our Lives, The Stooges, Nine Horses, Nigo, Tortoise, Jeff Beck, Hound Dog Taylor, Fleetwwod Mac, The Sights and Steve Hillage. We are rising!

T707 is a 58MB 128k mp3 1:04:14 in length made loud to be played loud!

"I came to play"


Monday, January 08, 2007

Transmission 607

Radio Free Wohlman seeks an audience with the Dalai Lama and for our musical accompaniment we have the spiritual sounds of Procol Harum, Bill Laswell & Toshiniri Kondo, John McLaughlin and Miles Davis! True Industrial Zen!

T607 is a 62Mb 128K mp3 I:08:01 in lenth made loud to be played loud.

"life is like a beanstalk-isn't it?"


Saturday, January 06, 2007


What is Spontaneous Music Reaction? A good question, since I made the term up - at least for our application. SMR is a fun and different method to program today's 2-hour HAL File special. I say a word off the top of my head - like Head - and I then play the first song that I think of that references the chosen word in some way. Each song is inspired by the one immediately preceding it. I was surprised and delighted with the outcome!


We started with a obviously oral Prince, a rebelling barrel of Monkees and long Head session with Kraan from 1972.


A very popular subject, our set delivers Evil incarnate with Spooky Tooth, a howlin' Derek & The Dominoes, the career men in Blue Oyster Cult, a sweet Derringer, The Vines and The Kinks.


Not the opposite of head(s), we use Tales to tell stories of Kid Funkadelic, Blade Runner with Vangelis and Rumi with Charles Lloyd.


Right beats might and Good will always prevail - so enjoy everything that is Good and get into John Coltrane, Otis Redding and James Brown. The Beatles whisper Goodnight to us all and end this successful musical experiment!

HAL17 is a 128k mp3 made loud to be played loud!

Part 1 is 60MB and 1:05:20 in length.

Part 2 is 55MB and 1:00:21 in length.

"have you heard the news - there's good rockin' tonight"


Friday, January 05, 2007

Transmission 507

The Fillmore East and West were the places to play in the US. In the late 60's and early 70's, no proper tour of the States would be complete without playing at Bill Graham's bi-coastal concert ballrooms. When they closed in 1971, the final shows were documented in the multi-record box set and film, Fillmore - The Last Days.

The centerpiece of today's transmission is from that last week at the Fillmore West. On June 30th, Boz Scaggs, fresh out of The Steve Miller Band, and band performed at the height of their powers. Also out of TheWohlman Concert Archives, I give to you live U2 from Boston's Paradise Theater in March of 1981 and The Who at The Isle Of Wight Festival in 1970. The hour is also overflowing with music from Robin Trower, The Ramones, The Steve Miller Band with Paul Ramon(?), Paul McCartney, The Undertones, real Journey and early Santana with Neil Schon! Now we're rocking!

T507 is a 56.5MB 128k mp3 1:01:43 in length made loud to be played loud!

"Baby's calling me home"


Thursday, January 04, 2007

Transmission 407

I really enjoyed today's stroll thru the Wohlman Archives. We started things off in real pain as Screamin' Jay Hawkins trys to desperately let it go and Brian Ferry weaves a spell over us because we are his! We get to break some glass with Nick Lowe and Gentle Giant and Rockpile rocks with girth. We end things with a mini-tribute to 10cc that includes 3 from the band and sounds of great Consequence and History from Godley & Creme. This music makes you smile!

T407 is a 62MB 128K mp3 1:08:45 made loud to be played loud!

"I don't believe I can take much more, let it go"


Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Transmission 307

Radio Free Wohlman takes a road trip down the Pacific Coast Highway with a little back-seat driving from Poobah, Can, Little Walter and Sonic Youth. We get solo tunes from Adrian Belew, Earl Slick and Mick Ronson, three of a long list of one-time Bowie guitarists! An early prog jewel from Polyphony and a closing racket from Roky Erickson with The Aliens and The 13th Floor Elevators. Get your motor running!

T307 is a 55MB 128K mp3 1:00:16 in length made loud to be played loud!

"get in the car"


Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Transmission 207

We follow Pelican as they March To The Sea, declare that The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw and start the proceedings in a metal blur. Next, spaced out sounds from Far Out and Et Cetera precede a funky work out with Keith Richards, Bernie Worrell, and live Woo Warriors with Dave "Fuze" Fiuczynski on guitar! It shreds!

T207 is a 55.4MB 128K 1:00:34 in length made loud to be played loud.

"and everything came out very together"


Monday, January 01, 2007

Transmission 107

Happy 2007 from Radio Free Wohlman! We start the year with debut Styx music from the heartland of the USA, travel to 1978 England with The Jam, Magazine and Buzzcocks, get pissed with Tonio K, take the Kings Horses to Kingdom Come with Robert Plant and World Party and end the Holiday celebration with The Chambers Brothers who have the code words for the upcoming year - Love, Peace & Happiness!

T107 is a 57.3MB 128K mp3 1:02:37 in length made loud to be played loud!

"but then again, maybe with the proper counseling we could work this out"


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