Friday, August 31, 2007

Transmission 17507

We start off streaking and keep our clothes off while we dance to Jean-Claude Pelletier & OrchesStreaking, The Bees, Big Youth, Beck with and without The Flaming Lips who also perform live, Wilson Pickett, Don Covay & The Jefferson Lemon Blues Band, The Band with Van Morrison, Terry Reid, Michael Fennelly and The Mars Volta. Wah-wah-wah- wah!

T17507 is a 60.6MB 128k mp3 1:06:13 in length made loud to play loud!

"Oh, Richard, tell me, is the game poker, I can't understand who the fool is that holds this joker"


Thursday, August 30, 2007

Transmission 17407

Get up - get on up as we move and groove like a sax machine! We explore the outer edge of this beautiful sounding instrument with 4 masters who each helped to push the boundaries of jazz composition and improvisation. Prepare to be blown away by John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Marion Brown and Eric Dolphy.

T17407 is a 56.5MB 128k mp3 1:01:43 in length made loud to be played loud!

"Kulu Se Mama"


If you listen very carefully at the end of our last selection, you can hear my 8 year-old son Curtis calling me in the background, I think it's time for dinner!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Transmission 17307

I'm not sure who coined the term "acid-campfire music", but it is a very apt description of today's almost acoustic set of tunes from Jade Warrior, John Fahey & Cul de Sac, Amon Duul II, Pentangle, Simon & Garfunkel, John McLaughlin, Cream and Renaissance. May the drum circle be unbroken!

T17307 is a 59.2MB 128k mp3 1:04:44 in length made loud to be played loud!

"Save The Life Of My Child, cried the desperate mother"


Transmission 17207

Today's early morning lunar eclipse that was clearly visable in the star filled sky off the Southern Coast of Oregon was an overwhelmingly beautiful event that inspired our lunar lunacy which includes Television, Thin Lizzy, Thin White Rope, AKA Moon, Stereolab, Ben Logaza, Total Eclipse, Jeff Mills & The Montpelier Philharmonic Orchestra and Pink Floyd. There is no dark side of the moon really - matter of fact it's all dark!

T17207 is a 56MB 128k mp3 1:01:16 in length made loud to be played loud!

"I remember how the darkness doubled"


Monday, August 27, 2007

Transmission 17107

Inhale - Oxygen is the the star of the day with airy tunes from Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera, Haruomi Hosono, Talking Heads, The Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Cecil Taylor, Air, Jeff Beck, Camel, Charlie Christian, Trey Anastasio, Wilco, Radiohead and Thomas Dolby -Exhale!

T17107 is a 57.9 MB 128k mp3 1:03:17 in length made loud to be played loud!

"some people don't know shit about the air"


Saturday, August 25, 2007


The music just flowed together naturally in this free form session of RFW. Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream with The Impressions, Beck, Bogert & Appice, Jeff Beck & Rod Stewart, Curtis Mayfield, Ten Years After, Van Morrison, James Brown, The Who, Keith Moon, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, Roger Daltry, John & Yoko, Cheap Trick, Parliment, Axiom Funk, Bootsy's Rubber Band, David Bowie, Babe Ruth, The Flys, Gary Numan, Japan, Mick Karn and Public Image Ltd. It is shining!

HAL51 is a 2 part 128k mp3 made loud to be played loud!

Part 1 is 58.4MB and 1:03:48 in length

Part 2 is 55.3MB and 1:01:26 in length.

"May the road rise with you"


Friday, August 24, 2007

Transmission 17007

After narrowly escaping the full fury of Hurricane Dean, our thoughts and prayers go out to all those on the wonderful island of Jamaica! To celebrate one of the most musically rich cultures in the world, we rock steady in the Reggae section of the Archives with Junior Murvin, Dillinger, The Boris Gardner Happening, Tinga Stewart, Yellowman with Sly & Robbie, The Chosen Few, Honey Boy Martin, The Ethiopians, Ken Boothe, Lee"Scratch" Perry, Freddie McGregor, Sly & The Revolutionaries, Al Brown, I Roy, Carl Bradley, Burning Spear and Milton Henry. No problem!

T17007 is a 55.6MB 128k mp3 1:00:45 in length made loud to be played loud!

"her eyes were like that of a cat in the dark, that hypnotized me with love"


Thursday, August 23, 2007

Transmission 16907

We go through the cycle of a day in the life of Radio Free Wohlman with Et Cetera, The Moody Blues, Genesis, Adelbert Von Dreyen and UK! 24 in 1!

T16907 is a 56.8MB 128k mp3 1:02:02 in length made loud to be played loud!

"But wait, on the horizon, a new dawn seems to be rising"


Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Transmission 16807

What was the big uprising against disco all about anyway? Donna Summer proves that 1975 got it right in the first place with her orgiastic classic Love to Love You Baby produced by the amazing Giorgio Moroder! The other ladies of the day include Diana Ross & The Supremes, Chrissie Hynde & The Pretenders, Janis Joplin, GiGi, Patti Smith, Grace Jones, Laura Nyro & Labelle, Nona Hendrix and Marianne Faithfull. The fairer sex kicks ass!

T16807 is a MB 128k mp3 1:06:07 in length made loud to be played loud!

"when you're laying so close to me, there's no place I'd rather you be, than with me here"


Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Transmission 16707

It's off to the lounge for some entertainment and a few cocktails with Ian Hunter, Nirvana, dEUS, Flight Of The Conchords, Justin Timberlake & Andy Samberg, Todd Rundgren, Sun Ra, The Flys, Marc Ribot, The Kinks, The Ramones, Jerry lee Lewis, Johnny Young, J.B. Lenoir and Paul McCartney & Wings. Bring another round!

T16707 is a 54.7MB 128k mp3 59:49 in length made loud to be played loud!

"drink to me, drink to my health, you know I can't drink anymore"


Monday, August 20, 2007

Transmission 16607

With great exclamation, RFW rips thru an exciting set of tunes from !!!, Polyrock, The B-52,s, Nils Lofgren, Neil Young, Crazy Horse, Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones, Yoko Ono remixed by Spiritualized, John & Yoko Lennon, Siouxie & The Banshees, Amy Winhouse and Aretha Franklin. Chk this out!

T16607 is a 58.7MB 128k mp3 1:04:12 in length made loud to be played loud!

"don't saw off me leg"


Saturday, August 18, 2007


It's a mad, mad, mad, mad world that we live in and to celebrate the insanity of it all we groove to John Zorn's Electric Masada, Ray LaMontagne, Axecraft, Elephant's Memory, John Lee Hooker, The Doors, Buzzcocks, The Hives, Adrian Belew, Graham Nash, Madness, Miles Davis, Mahogany Rush, Stomu Yamashta, Hawkwind and Djam Karet! They say a picture is worth a thousand words - looking at the picture above, all I can say is What Me Worry?

HAL50 is a 2 part 128k mp3 made loud to be played loud!

Part 1 is 57.6MB and 1:02:55 in length.

Part 2 is 55.7MB and 1:00:55 in length.

"One night I was smoking dope, when I looked at my hand, and I saw that I had eleven fingers, one of these fingers fell from my hand, onto the carpet, crawled across the floor, up on my shelf, inside my piggy bank and stole my stash, stole my stash"


Friday, August 17, 2007

Transmission 16507

In the unofficial story of the Kraftwerk Family Tree, today's show would be Part 1. Inside you'll find music from Organisation, live Kraftwerk circa 1971, Neu! and La Düseldorf. Vunderbar!

T16507 is 59.2MB 128k mp3 1:04:44 in length made loud to be played loud!

"Scharfer wind, teures pflaster, Düseldorf"


Thursday, August 16, 2007

Transmission 16407

I mentioned that today's show was Cybilish because we start out by uncovering the five faces of Valarie. Then I remembered my confusing boyhood infatuation with Sally Field, not as Cybil, but as The Flying Nun* dressed in virginal white and sporting that aerodynamic cornette. I went to Catholic School - being aroused by a nun was definitely taboo. I was jealous too, because I just knew that dog Carlos Ramirez was making secret trips to the convent to visit my Sister Bertrille for a little late night Biblical research. I lost my desire when she left the church to hang with Burt Reynolds and won an Oscar...maybe it was the habit! Anyway, it's up and away with The Zutons, The Mothers Of Invention, The Monkees, Matmos, Julie's Haircut, Procol Harum, Bob Dylan, The Police, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Stevie Wonder, Material and Phish. You like me - you really like me!

T16407 is a 55.5MB 128k mp3 1:00:50 in length made loud to be played loud!

"please her with a tweezer"


*The Flying Nun was a sitcom, based on the book The Fifteenth Pelican by Tere Rios, starring Sally Field and Alejandro Ray. The ABC production ran for three seasons and produced 82 color episodes from 1967 until 1970.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Transmission 16307

The Woodstock Music and Art Fair was held on August 15, 16 & 17, 1969 in Bethal, New York. Between 500,000 and 1,000,000 people showed up, there were two deaths, two births and a lifetime of musical memories. Let's go back 38 years and check out Jimi Hendrix, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, The Band, Sly & The Family Stone, Johnny Winter, Jefferson Airplane and Mountain all live from Max Yasgur's farm!

T16307 is a 55MB 128k mp3 1:00:08 in length made loud to be played loud!

"I think if you all really concentrated, a million of us, we can make it rain, man"


Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Transmission 16207

How cool is today's show? One look at the photo above will give you a clue - Joe Namath with Ann Margret on a motorcycle! Right out of the huddle, it's live Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood, Mott The Hoople and The Clash followed by fractured funkin' blues from Black Heat, Peter Ivers Band and Mushroom, who immortalize our favorite Jet with a tune named after Joe that seems to paint his picture without words. Next down, it's B bands with The Beatles, Babyshambles and The Bees followed by the number fetishists in 65daysofstatic, 1990's and 120 Days. Touchdown!

T16207 is a 57.3MB 128k mp3 1:02:38 in length made loud to be played loud!

"you are smoking a lady"


Monday, August 13, 2007

Transmission 16107

Our globetrotting brings us to Japan with Ground Zero, Argentina to visit Arco Isis, China to perform with Jean Michel Jarre and the Peking Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, Germany to jam with Faust, France to dance with Magma, Finland for some jazz with Edward Vesala and we end up at The Arctic Circle with The Residents.

T16107 is a 60.7MB 128k mp3 1:06:24 in length made loud to be played loud!

"Angakoks, the Eskimo men of magic, are widely held as symbols of mortal power among the tribe. Stories of their feats are very popular at tribal gatherings*"


*Taken from the liner notes of the 1979 landmark recording Eskimo by The Residents.

Saturday, August 11, 2007


I is the operative word in this musically grammatical exercise that includes tunes from Aerosmith, The Yardbirds, Argent, Chris Bell, Badfinger, Al Green, Billie Holiday, Bobby Womack, Don Covay, Fleetwood Mac, Howlin' Wolf, John The Revelator, Julian Cope, MC5, David Bowie, Pete Townshend, James Brown, Contortions, Ann Peebles, Buzzcocks, Lou Reed, XTC, The Apples In Stereo, The Blue Van, The Move, The Kinks, The Ramones, The Small Faces, The Wildhearts, Tommy James & The Shondells, Todd Rundgren and Secret Machines.

HAL49 is a 2 part 128k mp3 made loud to be played loud!

Part 1 is 56.6MB and 1:01:55 in length.

Part 2 is 56.9MB and 1:02:12 in length.

"I will be immersed, Queen of the fucking Universe, and I don't know what I have anymore, anymore than you do"


Friday, August 10, 2007

Transmission 16007

Bob Dylan live at Carnagie Hall in 1964 and Johnny Cash at the Newport Folk Festival from the same year set the tone for todays show. Lee Hazelwood & Nancy Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, Robert Johnson, Faces and The Rolling Stones continue energetically, followed loudly by Led Zeppelin, The (Detroit) Rockets and The Warlocks. We end with two Traffic covers from The Undisputed Truth and Mike Bloomfield & Al Kooper.

T16007 is a 60.8MB 128k mp3 1:06:26 in length!

"She acts like we never have met"


Thursday, August 09, 2007

Transmission 15907

A fixture of the New England folk scene in the late sixties, Jaime Brockett recants his ever-hilarious tale of boxer Jack Johnson and the Legend Of The U.S.S. Titanic and Miles Davis pays tribute to the same pugilist with Yesternow. Nik Turner tips his hat to Pink Floyd and then disappears in smoke with his old band Hawkwind! Fare thee well!

T15907 is a 54.5MB 128k mp3 59:32 in length made loud to be played loud!

"well I got me two changes of BVD's. I got me my guitar. I got me my address book, a... pair of socks, four masked marvel comic books, a tennis racket and four hundred n' ninety-seven n' a half feet o' rope"


Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Transmission 15807

One thing is for sure, listening to this show is much better than a kick in the head with Pointy Shoes! We pair things up today with great results. You get Cowboys International and Public Image Ltd., Elvis Costello with Joni Mitchell & James Taylor, Crabby Appleton with Big Star, Crow and Danny Gatton and we end with Screaming Headless Torsos and Frank Zappa & The Mothers!

T15807 is a 57.1MB 128k mp3 1:02:22 in length made loud to be played loud!

"spreading tales like coffin nails, is this living(?), he's been careering"


Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Transmission 15707

The rock-lore behind the two scantily dressed women on the cover of Country Life by Roxy Music is that Brian Ferry met the two beauties at a bar and proposed the idea of an impromptu photo session - which they accepted*! Whatever the real story might be, the photo certainly hit the nail on the head. We take a cut from this 1974 classic and add it to our Bittersweet set that also includes The Hoodoo Gurus, Galactic and Me'Shell Ndege'Ocello. Jarvis Cocker reveals his inner-pirate and we go live with a double bill of Streetwalkers and Muddy Waters. It's then off to France and Germany for our Electronique Traumspiel finale from Heldon and Herbert F. Bairy!

T15707 is a 58MB 128k mp3 1:03:25 in length made loud to be played loud!

"Oh my dear, every salted tear it wrings, bittersweet applause"


* I mentioned in the show that the two women on the Country Life cover struck an amazing resemblance to Jeannie and Susie Miller, two beautiful sisters I knew in the mid-70's in Boston. If I wasn't sure that it wasn't them, I would lay down a bet. Like many old friends, I have no idea where they are now. If you do, tell them to contact RFW!

Monday, August 06, 2007

Transmission 15607

Audio alchemy is at play as we create a spellbinding concoction of sounds courtesy of Jim O'Rourke, Man, Pell Mell, Kazuhito Yamashita and Chris Spedding.

T15607 is a 56MB 128k mp3 1:01:15 in length made loud to be played loud!

"the towing cliffs, out of reach, split and seem to take my mind"


Saturday, August 04, 2007


They are all long and we are loving it! We whip out lengthy pieces from Art Jackson's Atrocity, Yes, Jon & Vangelis, Genesis, Mogwai, The Orb and Traffic!

HAL48 is a 2 part 128k mp3 made loud to be played loud!

Part 1 is 60.3MB and 1:05:57 in length.

Part 2 is 54.6MB and 59:41 in length.

"And the seven trumpets blowing sweet rock and roll, gonna blow right down inside your soul"


Friday, August 03, 2007

Transmission 15507

What makes people allow themself to go through the kind of drastic changes that Michael Jackson submitted himself to endure? Non-stop plastic surgery, skin bleaching and wardrobe choices now seem minor compared to the whole pedophilia situation. The thing that really bums me out is when people talk about him now, most of the time it has nothing to do with music. The reality is that so much bad water has passed under the bridge, he can never hope to get close to where he could have or should have been. That is a real shame. His body of work can no longer speak for itself without the freaked out image creeping into view. At least for today, we will succumb to selective amnesia and dance to a set of MJ including The Jackson 5, Jennifer Batten and a great tune from Dangerous. Also included are selections from Prince, Living Colour, Spaceways Incorporated, Billy Martin & John Medeski, David Sylvian & Ryuichi Sakamoto, We Are Frank Chicken, Jeff Beck, Jeff Parker and Jeff Tweedy!

T15507 is a 56.3MB 128k mp3 1:01:33 in length made loud to be played loud!

"I love you baby, but not like I love my guitar"


Thursday, August 02, 2007

Transmission 15407

This time we take 12 consecutive artists from the W section of the vinyl rock archives and play them alphabetically: Wishbone Ash, Jah Wobble, Peter Wolf, Bruce Woolley & The Camera Club*, Ron Wood, Roy Wood, World Party, Link Wray, Wreckless Eric, Captain Lou Albano from The Wrestling Album, Gary Wright and Bill Wyman.

T15407 is a 58.3MB 128k mp3 1:03:44 in length made loud to be played loud!

"It's not what you do , It's the way you do it baby"


*Bruce Woolley & The Camera Club released their self-titled album in 1979. On it was a cut written by group leader Woolley and future Yes members Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes called Video Killed The Radio Star. The album and the song went nowhere. Also in 1979, Horn and Downes rechristened as Buggles released their version of the tune, first on a single and then on the 1980 lp The Age Of Plastic. This time it hit and earned the somewhat dubious distinction of being the first video to be played on MTV. I hope Woolley made a few bucks in the deal.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Transmission 15307

Ginger Baker's unique vocal style and drumming technique highlight our opening tunes from Cream and Fela Ransome - Kuti & Africa '70. Then it's off to Germany with Achim Reichel & Machines and the great forgotten US band Cartoon. Bedlum ensues with music from the short lived 1973 band and it's drummer Cozy Powell* followed by ex-E Street keyboardist David Sancious who also shines on stinging guitar and an explosive ending with The Stones, The Runaways and Spoon. The fuse is lit!

T15307 is 58.2MB 128k mp3 1:03:39 in length made loud to be played loud!

"you say you love me madly, then why do you treat me badly"


*After the show I kept thinking about Cozy Powell and my comment that he's been around for a long time. Sure enough, after a long and impressive career, Cozy unfortunately passed away on April 5, 1998. I guess my brain did not want to digest that fact at the time. Visit for more information about this great late musician!

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