Sunday, December 27, 2015

Transmission 8115 - I'm Being Followed By A.....

Rare full Christmas-time moonbeams turn the tides, gently, gently away 
as we enjoy our Sunday session in the Archives with 
Harry Nilsson, 
Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band, 
Pink FlOrb,
King Crimson, 
Djam Karet, 
The Pretty Things, 
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds,  
David Sylvian and 

T8115 is a 1:09:31 mp3 that you can download here.

"Have you ever watched a moonbeam
As it slid across your windowpane
Or struggled with a bit of rain
Or danced about the weathervane
Or sat along a moving train
And wondered where the train has been
Or on a fence with bits of crap
Around its bottom
Blown there by a windbeam
Who searches for the moonbeam
Who was last seen
Looking at the tracks
Of the careless windbeam
Or moving to the tracks
Of the tireless freight train
And lighting up the sides
Of the weathervane
And the bits of rain
And the windowpane
And the eyes of those
Who think they saw what happened"


*The image of Marblehead Bay in Massachusetts is by Toby McGuire
check out more of his wonderful photos!

Thursday, December 24, 2015


It's the ultimate showdown - JC VS SC for all the marbles.

Also on the card:


Billy West - Eddie Gorodetski - Tommy Sandman

Was (Not Was)

Robert Zimmerman

B.B. King

Arthur Lymann

Elvis Presley

The Sonics

Rufus Thomas

Augie Ross

Martin Mull

The Beatles

National Lampoon

Little Cindy

The cast of Jesus Christ Superstar


The Beach Boys

CITWA 2015 is a 1:00:00 mp3 you can download here!

"It's the time of the year when all good things come true"


*Special thanks to The Three Stooges, Mrs. Claus, Mary, Joseph, The Holy Ghost and introducing God as the Ultimate Trainer!

Sunday, December 20, 2015


The RFW Dwarfs and I have been busy putting the finishing touches on Christmas In The Wohlman Archives 2015 which will debut on Christmas Eve!

As you anxiously and patiently await the big day, 
let's go back to last years festive season and once again enjoy

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Transmission 8015 - Trans UK German Indian African Airwave Express

Feel the crackling static of Thomas Dolby, Franck Vigroux & Matthew Bourne, Snakefinger, Kraftwerk, Shye Ben Tzur & Johnny Greenwood with 
The Rajasthan Express, Shakti and Fela Ransome-Kuti & Africa '70!

T8015 is 1:02:26 mp3 that you can download here!

"be in my broadcast when this is over"


* The pictured Mehrangarh Fort in Rajasthan, India is the site of  the 2015 documentary film Junun by Paul Thomas Thompson which is highly recommended viewing and listening!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Transmission 7915 - We're All Bozos On The RFW Bus

The musical road we travel is high and we always move forward - never straight! There's room for you in the back with Jeff Lynne's ELO, The Move, Cheap trick, The Velvet Underground, Japan, Lou Reed, The Beatles, Brendan Benson, XTC, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, James Brown, Thin Lizzy, Bob Dylan, The Raconteurs and Little Feat!

T7915 is 1:22:55 mp3 that you can download here!

"gonna tripe my guacamole, baby"


Saturday, November 21, 2015

Transmission 7815 - One Million Years RFW

A crude but adaptable rock collection including David Bowie, Squeeze, Patti Smith, Kurt Cobain, The Heavy, Afrika Bambatta & James Brown, PJ Harvey, Keith Richards, Donovan, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Hotlegs, Velvet Fogg and Cave!

T7815 is a 1:05:44  mp3 that you can download here!

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


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Tranmission 7715 - A Brotherhood Of Man

..."nothing to kill or die for"... just Music that crosses all borders from Genesis, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Neil Young, The Isley Brothers, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Jeff Beck & Seal and Gary Clark Jr.! 

Transmission 7715 is a 1:11:36 mp3 that you can download here!

"the world is turning, I hope it don't turn on me"


Saturday, November 14, 2015

Transmission 7615 - Speakers In Space

Be immersed in the sounds of Adrian Belew, David Cross, King Crimson, The Clash, Joy Division, Grace Jones, Annie Lennox, Savoy Brown and James Montomgery Band!

T7615 ia a 1:05:51 mp3 that you can download here.

"dance, dance, dance, dance, dance to the radio"


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

RFW Rewind - A Salute To Our Veterans!

The Apocalypse End

In honor of Veteran's Day and the courageous men and women that have fought in past and present wars and those that might fight in (hopefully never to come) future wars, RFW respectfully rewinds to The Apocalypse End a remixed update of HAL 2 which was originally posted on RFW on October 5, 2006. It is a set I have been perfecting since 1979, this now 
being the latest and ultimate version. 

Today's show stars The Doors, The Clash, The Stooges, The New York Dolls, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Nico, Buckethead, Patrick Gleeson, Richard Beggs, Bernard L. Krause, Mickey Hart, Airto Moriera, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Marlon Brando and an incredibly talented supporting cast of musicians, actors, editors and recordists. 

The Apocalypse End is a 111MB 256K mp3 1:00:53 in length made loud to be played louder! 

"the horror"


* The following is from the the original HAL 2 post - the words still ring true.

"Apocalypse Now" almost cost director Francis Ford Coppola his life! It gave to the world a night-fever look at the underbelly of the Vietnam War and burned phrases like "terminate with extreme prejudice" and "I love the smell of napalm in the morning" into our collective brain. 

It's Original Soundtrack is one of the best examples of the marriage of music and cinema. Constructed by Coppola and his father Carmine Coppola, the use of "The End" is so effectively intertwined with the ominous sound of Patrick Gleeson's moog helicopters in the distance that it never fails to invoke chills and visions of the ravaged fields of Vietnam under heavy attack - the flames, the smoke, the sounds and Jim Morrison's dark poetry all synchronized together by them like master-magicians. Francis, I'm still stunned and amazed.

If it has been awhile or if by any chance you have never seen "Apocalypse Now", "Apocalypse Now Redux" or the equally compelling documentary by Eleanor Coppolla "Hearts Of Darkness :A Filmaker's Apocalypse", I recommend that you make it a point to do it today.

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Transmission 7515 -Then There Is No....

RFW is in peak form with Bill Connors, Electric Masada, Mountain and The Allman Brothers Band!

T7515 is a 1:04:36 mp3 that you can play below or download here!

"then there is"


Saturday, November 07, 2015

Transmission 7415 - You'll Never Be An Opera Star

A little culture for you kids! Skip the Puccini and dive horns first into Mott The Hoople, Flamin' Groovies, Faith No More, The Soundtrack O Our Lives, Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones, Humble Pie, New Riders Of The Purple Sage, Passengers, Electric Light Orchestra, Neil Young and Spiritualized!

T7415 is a 58:39 mp3 that you can download here!

"You were born to rock"


Sunday, November 01, 2015

Transmission 7315 - The Fallback Plan

What if you threw an All Saints Day and nobody came? That answer and more is embedded in the sounds of Danny Peck, Pink Floyd, The James Gang, The Doors, The Cars, Daft Punk featuring Paul Williams, Wire, Joy Division, Faust, Massive Attack vs Mad Professor, Sonic Youth and Julian Cope!

T7315 is a 1:11:19 mp3 that you can download here

"I need something more"


Saturday, October 31, 2015

Transmission 7215 - Arach 'n' Roll

A cluster of Monstrous Psycho Vampire Spiders signal another RFW Halloween Spooktacular featuring Eddie Angel & The Omega Men, Bobby Please & The Pleasers, Fred Schneider, Imagine Dragons, Eddie Noack, The Sonics, Ramones, Jeff Beck, The Henchmen, Roky Erickson, Lee "Scratch" Perry & The Upsetters, Neil Young, Mann Drake, David Bowie, Dr. John and Wilco!

T7215 is a 1:17:27 mp3 that you can download here!

"there's a monster in my pants"


Friday, October 23, 2015

Transmission 7115 - Nuclear Apathy

The emergency warnings and distant sirens drive the RFW faithful deep into the bowels of the Archives  (one bed, but I changed the sheets) for a Toxic Bunker Dance Party with Luke Haines, The Clash, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Fad Gadget, Nathaniel Raitliff & The Night Sweats, Van Morrision, James White & The Blacks, Mark Ronson, Prince and a special guest appearance by Britney Spears, bitch!

T7115 is a 1:00:11 mp3 that you can download here!

"I'm burning up"


Sunday, October 18, 2015

Transmission 7015 - Sunday Sunrise Session

Music inspired by this crisp Autumn morning in New England includes Return To Forever, Sly Stone, Material, Grace Jones, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Sketch Show, The Beatles, Badfinger, Todd, Traffic.

T7015 is a 1:02:47 mp3 that you can download here!

"Let Me Have It All"


*Today's image is sunrise over Chebacco Lake in Essex, MA.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Transmission 6915 - More Fun Than .....

Out of the barrel and onto the dance floor with Thomas Dolby, Hot Chip, Prince, !!!, The Monkees, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Sex Pistols, Micky Dolenz, Keith Richards, The Rolling Stones, Ron Wood, Jeff Beck Group, Guitar Slim Green, Gary Clarke Jr. and Johnny Winter And!

T6915 is a 1:10:32 mp3 that you can download here.

"getin' down with your royal badness" 


Saturday, October 10, 2015

Transmission 6815 - Auto Cancel?

Can we schedule the unscheduled? The attempt is made with Ramones, New York Dolls, Iggy & The Stooges, David Bowie, The Stranglers, The Doors, The Reds, The Litter and the live adventures of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper.

T6815 is a 1:08:24 mp3 that you can download here

"play us a tune"


Friday, October 09, 2015

Transmission 6715 - Not For Her, But ....

Turn to Page 6715 in the supplied booklet and sing together these songs of praise from Lothar & The Hand People, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Return to Forever, Jethro Tull, The Faint, David Sancious & Tone, Afreaka, The Pretenders, Julian Cope and Mott The Hoople.

T6715 is a 1:06:12 mp3 you can download here!

"you are not alone"


Sunday, October 04, 2015

Transmission 6615 - Behind Is Ahead

Looking to yesterday to find the way to tomorrow with Ultravox!, Eno, Bardo Pond, Roxy Music, Genesis, Crack The Sky, Supertramp and Steven Wilson!

T6615 is a 1:05:52 mp3 you can download here.

"Is there a heaven? I'd like to think so."


Saturday, October 03, 2015

Transmission 6515 - Rock City

Most American cities have musical cred, but few as notorious as Detroit, MI. Music from and about the motor madness by Frigid Pink, Detroit with Mitch Ryder, The Rationals, Blondie, Kiss, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, J. Geils Band, David Bowie, Detroit City Limits, Detroit Sex Machines and Funkadelic!

T6515 is 1:05:39 mp3 that you can download here!

"you can dance to a rock and roll station, and it was alright"


Friday, October 02, 2015

Transmission 6415 - Going Deaf For A Living

What? I said no earplugs allowed for Primal Scream, Robert Plant & The Sensational Shape Shifters, King Crimson and Secret Machines!

T6415 is a 1:26:23 mp3 that you can download here!

"this radio station is named Kowalski in honor of the last American hero"


Sunday, September 27, 2015

Transmission 6315 - Look At Us But Do Not Touch

The perfectness of Utopia, the dedicated followers of Saint Julian, a beauty from Greek mythology and the antics of coastal birds inspire music from Todd Rundgren, Be Bop Deluxe, Seagulls Screaming Kiss Me, Kiss Me, XTC, The Teardrop Explodes, Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra, Phaedra and Tangerine Dream

T6315 is a 1:13:53 mp3 you can download here.

"I'm gonna' open up your gate"


*In Greek mythology, Phaedra is the daughter of Minos and Pasiphaë, wife of Theseus, sister of Ariadne, and the mother of Demophon of Athens and Acamas. Phaedra's name derives from the Greek word φαιδρός, which meant "bright".

** The top illustration is Phaedra, a 1880 painting by Alexandre Cabanel. The one below is Phaedra as  realized by Zahiruddin Babar Moghal.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Transmission 6215 - Wailing Sounds

Male Humpbacks sing to females to display their desires and Sperms use clicks as a personal calling card. RFW also uses songs, while adding snaps, crackles and pops to milk a play on words for all it's worth. Celebrate the last few days of our 10th Anniversary with Screaming Lord Sutch & His Heavy Friends, The Hollies, The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Lou Reed, Red Guitars, Television, The Sonics, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Uncle Ben & His Wild Rice, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Ireland's own Stiff Little Fingers and Adrian Belew

T6215 is a 1:02:05 mp3 that you can download here.

"The Whalers(?) - hmm, that don't sound like no reggae music - that's Irish reggae, darlin'"


* The bonus coda is Ballet For A Blue Whale by Adrian Belew from Desire Caught By The Tail.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Transmission 6115 - Hindsight Is 20/20

I had a great time reading the December, 1979 edition of Trouser Press. The features, reviews and ads for albums that were new then and 36 years old now made a great menu for today's session in the RFW Time Machine. Enjoy this look in the rear-view mirror featuring Jules & The Polar Bears, Shoes, The Police, Root Boy Slim & The Sex Change Band, Joe Jackson, Cheap Trick, Fleetwood Mac, Buzzcock, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Blondie, The Undertones, Skids and XTC!

T6115 is 1:09:52 mp3 that you can download here!

"get teenage kicks right through the night"


*Many thanks to my radio brother and wonderful friend Marc Miller who sent me the aformentioned remarkably preserved rock and roll relic as a trivia contest "prize" for correctly answering Trouser Press. You continue to inspire me - hope to see you soon!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Transmission 6015 - Bye-Bye, So Long, Farewell

How could this have happened so quickly? Answers to this and other mysteries of life are supplied by The Happenings, Jane's Addiction, Love Sculpture, Sly & The Family Stone, The Who, David Bowie, Primal Scream, Julian Cope, Roxy Music, The Stompers, Joe Elliot's Down And Outz, Nutz, Fad Gadget and Primus!

T6015 is 1:06:36 mp3 that you can download here!

"sometimes I wonder what I'm gonna' do"


* The Stompers, led by my old East Boston High School pisan Sal Baglio, is a Boston institution. Find one of the lps (the debut is a fave) or see them live if you get the chance - "oh-oh-oh oh"!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Transmission 5915 - Thank Christ

The RFW 10th Anniversary radiates with a dangerous dose of Queen, The Libertines, The Stone Foxes, Barrence Whitfield & The Savages, David Bowie, Captain Beyond, David Gilmour, Mike Oldfield, Crack The Sky and Groundhogs!

T5915 is 1:13:49 mp3 that you can download here!

"So it seems for peace we can thank the bomb" 


*Special thanks to my radio brother and rock historian Carter Alan for Dates & Sympathy.

** CJ Wohlman is my 16 year old (punk) son who I rent out a small space in the archives to in return for child labor. His teenage ears, endless creativity and warped sense of humor continues to amaze and impress me! Today's Curtis' Corner is explosive! 

Friday, September 18, 2015

Transmission 5815 - Unfold And Emerge

Like Buddah, we take seven steps in ten directions (obligatory Anniversary reference) and blossom with Julia Lee &  Her Boyfriends, Santana, Radio Head, Emerson/Lake & Palmer, Argent, Medeski/Martin/Wood & Scofield, The Yardbirds, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Savoy Brown!

T5815 is a 1:02:20 mp3 that you can download here!

"you alone can bring my lover back to me" 


*Pianist and singer Julia Lee (1902-1958) recorded a lot of songs about sinful substances, from pie and cake to alcohol, most of which originated with the Kansas City blues tradition that Lee herself grew up in. However, her most overt song about unsavory habits did not, surprisingly, originate as part of the blues tradition, but was in fact a number from a Hollywood musical. In 1934, the lyricist and later producer Sam Coslow wrote "Marihuana" (as it was then spelled) for the film Murder At The Vanities. Cannabis was then still legal in many states, but it was already a taboo and risque subject for a mainstream pop song. Coslow later changed the title, and some of the lyrics with it, to "Lotus Blossom."

Excerpt courtesy of Jazz.Com.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Woodkid Fourviere!

For one of the first Curtis' Corner segments, my son CJ turned us on to the wonder of Woodkid. Most of us missed the lavish tour featuring an orchestra and impressive multi-media accompaniment. 

As a part of out 10th Anniversary celebration, RFW remedies that with the full show!

Woodkid = magnifique!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Transmission 5715 - The World Has Not Yet Awake

Early morning lurid dreams mingle with music by Bob Mazurek & The Exploding Star Orchestra, Beck, John Cale, Lou Reed, Prince, King FiFi and Queen Elizabeth!

T5715 is a 59:11 mp3 that you can download here

"Remove your helmet of poisonous thoughts"


Saturday, September 12, 2015

Transmission 5615 ~ Beginning The Ending

The RFW 10th Anniversary Opposite Of Go Show comes to a grinding halt with Grateful Dead, Aerosmith, The Black Crowes, Albert King, Van Morrison, The Black Keys, Foxboro Hot Tubs, Adrian Belew, Jeff Beck, The Clash, The Pretenders, The Kinks, Jane's Addiction, The Eric Burdon Band and The James Gang!

T5615 is a 1:09:50 mp3 that you can download here

"I've been half a million places,
I've seen half a million people who stare,
I've been a star and down and out,
I've been put on, sat on, punched and spat on,
They've called me a faggot, a spiv and a fake,
They can knock me down and tread on my face,
They can't stop the music playing on"


Friday, September 11, 2015

Transmission 5515 - Draw

Luv, a variety-pac of Jacks and six-string desperados provide the ammunition for 10th Anniversary music by Love Sculpture, Love & Rockets, Love, Jack Bruce & Robin Trower, Derringer, AC/DC, Chris Spedding, Bo Diddley, Mink Deville and Gunslingers!

T5515 is 1:06:16 mp3 that you can download here! 

"they say he's bad as Jessie James"


Sunday, September 06, 2015

Transmission 5415 - Under The (Pleasure) Dome

The Wohlman Archives during the RFW 10th Anniversary month, where every oyster delivers a pearl and a good who-ha is always welcome! Cover yourself with Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Stevie Wonder, Stevie Salas, Beck/Bogart & Appice, Cluster & Eno, Matmos and Walter/Wendy Carlos!

T5415 is a 1:02:55 mp3 that you can download here

"shooting stars never stop, even when they hit the top"


Saturday, September 05, 2015

Transmission 5315 - Rubbing Dissension Raw

The force caused by movement or annoyance is but one of the subjects explored during the continuation of the RFW 10th Anniversary! Feel the texture of Robert Fripp, King Crimson, John Zorn's Simulacrum, Cornelius, Imagine Dragons, Television, Friction, Axiom Funk, Funkadelic, New Ghetto Express, The Doughboys, Willie Dixon, Nathaniel Mayer and Hound Dog Taylor & The Houserockers!

T5315 is a 1:10:06 mp3 that you can download here!

"there's too much contradiction"


Friday, September 04, 2015

Transmission 5215 - Score

Back in September of 2006, RFW was a long dreamed of project that technology finally made possible. The first Transmission (HAL 1) was heard by my immediate family, a few close friends and and a handful of advanced music fans that discovered the then new blogosphere!

Here we are in September of 2015, a time when terrestrial radio sucks, Pandora/Spotify and the other dozen or so internet music sites that come and go daily are cold and sterile and the only real entertaining music shows are compliments of a select handful of fellow musicologists that dedicate their time and money to make art!

Now let's talk about you, the Radio Free Wohlman Family. You are 430,000 + strong and you listen in 194 counties around the world. My family and friends listen occasionally (usually when I force the issue), but you listen every week because you get it - I applaud you!

I would do RFW even if I was the only one who heard it, but because of you - it has become larger than me, you or the artists (the real inspiration). Together we are bigger, better and more relevant than any corporate product designed for soulless lemmings unwilling to take chances, experiment and indulge in the kitchen-sink mentality!

This show, the month-long celebration and the next ten years are awaiting you - are you ready? 

Let's jump into the cake with The Chambers Brothers, Tho Doobie Brothers, The Allman Brothers, Vernon Reid, Bauhaus, T. Rex, The Arcs, Keith Richards, Gary Clark Jr., Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood!

T5215 is a 1:08:03 mp3 that you can download here

"we've got this music"


Saturday, August 29, 2015

Transmission 5115 - Machismo Musicana

You don't need to be a macho, Macho Man to enjoy the City. Open a window and breathe-in the essence of Steve Miller Band, Bob Dylan, Jef Lee Johnson, The Left Banke, The Beach Boys, Pete Townshend & Ronnie Lane, The Who, Mark Ribot and Dr. Israel.

T5115 is a 1:00:00 mp3 that you can download here!

"welcome to the entertainment"


Friday, August 28, 2015

Transmission 5015 - Open Wide

Your oral orifice is scrutinized and vocalized with audible sounds from Meat Loaf, Julian Cope, The Smiths, Lime Spiders, Faith No More, Danko Jones, Ramones, The Bronx, Jet, Oasis, Louis Jordan, Bo Diddly, Ronnie Lane & Steve Marriott, ZZ Top. The Kinks, T. Rex, The Count Five and Frank Zappa!

T5015 is a 1:01:42 mp3 that can be downloaded here

"You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth"


*Remember RFW is  now streaming on your smart phone!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Transmission 4915 ~ Be Inspired

Ideas unexpectedly arriving from diverse places lead us to a musical epiphany including The Clash, the Psychedelic Furs, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Blue Oyster Cult, Pearl Jam, Iggy Pop, Public Image Ltd., Yellow Magic Orchestra and No More Landmine!

T4915 is a 1:07:27 mp3 that you can download here

"It's in the air for you and me"


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Transmission 4815 ~ Gonna Take My Shirt Off Anyway

Be a star on our musical black-sand beach with Jane's Addiction, The Flys, The Donkeys, Faces, Fela Kuti & Africa '70, Talking Heads, Africa, Bryan Ferry, Rickie Lee Jones, Jon Butcher Axis, Jimi Hendrix and Gary Clark Jr.!

T4815 is a 1:15:10 mp3 that you can download here!

"and though I may not be no Charlie Atlas"


Thursday, August 06, 2015

Transmission 4715 ~ Watch Me Pull A Rabbit Out of My Hat

Nothing up my sleeve - presto! Believe in The Lovin' Spoonful, Lou Reed, James Chance, Wire, Blur, Motorpsycho, Traffic, Electric Light Orchestra, Todd Rundgren & Utopia, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Carlos Santana/The London Metropolitan Orchestra & Friends and Uriah Heep!

T4715 is a 1:04:11 mp3 that you can download here

"the magic's in the music and the music's in me"


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