Saturday, April 23, 2016

Transmission 2416 - Don't Bogart That Matzah, My Friend, Pass It Over to Me

Special order the kreplach!

Desmond Decker & The Aces
John Zorn's Masada & Electric Masada

"The Israelites"


*Kreplach are small dumplings filled with ground meat, mashed potatoes or another filling, usually boiled and served in chicken soup, though they may also be served fried.

**Masada (מצד) is an ancient fortification in the Southern District of Israel situated on top of an isolated rock plateau, akin to a mesa, on the eastern edge of the Judaean Desert, overlooking the Dead Sea 12 miles east of Arad.

Herod the Great built palaces for himself on the mountain and fortified Masada between 37 and 31 BCE. According to Josephus, the Siege of Masada by troops of the Roman Empire towards the end of the First Jewish–Roman War ended in the mass suicide of 960 people – the Sicarii rebels and their families hiding there.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Transmission 2316 - A Royal-Purple Badass-Mutherfucker Tribute

Image result for prince symbol
Dearly beloved
We are gathered here today
2 get through this thing called life
Electric word life
It means forever and that's a mighty long time
But I'm here 2 tell u
There's something else
The afterworld
A world of never ending happiness
U can always see the sun, day or night
So when u call up that shrink in Beverly Hills
U know the one - Dr everything'll be alright
Instead of asking him how much of your time is left
Ask him how much of your mind, baby
cuz in this life
Things are much harder than in the afterworld
In this life
You're on your own
And if de-elevator tries 2 bring u down
Go crazy - punch a higher floor
If u dont like the world you're living in
Take a look around u
At least u got friends
U see I called my old lady
4 a friendly word
She picked up the phone
Dropped it on the floor
(sex, sex) is all I heard
Are we gonna let de-elevator
Bring us down
Oh, no lets go!
Lets go crazy
Lets get nuts
Lets look 4 the purple banana
til they put us in the truck, lets go!
Were all excited
But we don't know why
Maybe its cuz
Were all gonna die
And when we do (when we do)
Whats it all 4 (whats it all 4)
U better live now
Before the grim reaper come knocking on your door
Tell me, are we gonna let de-elevator bring us down
Oh, no lets go!
Lets go crazy
Lets get nuts
Look 4 the purple banana
til they put us in the truck, lets go!

Prince Rogers Nelson

"The funkier I be
The funkier I get, oh shit
Lickety split on the lyric
A new jack in the pulpit
Watch it deacon, your track is leakin'
What is this you're seekin'?
The syncopated rhymes are at their peak
When you jumped on my D.I.C.K
That's the one thing that I don't play
The jock strap was to big for u anyway
You're just a simpleton
I'll bust you like a pimple, son
My star is too bright
Boy, I'll sink you like the ship Poseidon 
You're bumpin' dentures to be cocksure
There must be more coming from
Your mouth than manure
So with a flow and a spray, I say hey
You must become a prince before you're king anyway"


*The amazing picture above was taken by an old friend and usual suspect, Steven Stone, at one of the best concerts I saw at the long-defunct Metro nightclub on Lansdowne Street in Boston. Prince was on tour in 1981with his new album and we were playing "Dirty Mind" and "Head" on WBCN.

 Steven sets up the shot:

"When Prince came to Boston’s Metro club I was the house photographer. And being the house photographer had certain perks, including having installed a radio-remote controlled strobe system in the lighting bridge of the club. All I had to do to be ready to shoot photographs of the stage from anywhere in the club was to plug in the strobe system.

Since I was the house photographer the stage technicians and I worked together often under adverse conditions. One of the standard set-up at Metro was to place the large shipping containers that contained the band’s into a wall of boxes, behind which the techs could hang out and take care of any problems on stage. I used to work from behind this wall, protected from the rest of the room.

Prince had an absolutely no photographs policy. No audience member could even enter with any kind of camera. I knew this so I made myself scarce during the soundcheck (when I usually made Polaroids to check the lighting). I had a trusted tech (or it could have been Carmine) plug in my strobes and then I waited for the show to start.

Halfway through the first song I made my first exposure, and the strobes worked as they always did, with a big ‘ol FLASH! Which due to all the other lighting effects generally went unnoticed, but not this time – Prince’s head jerked up and he scanned the room – he knew they were strobes that were not part of his lighting design. I continued to shoot from the back of the room with my long lenses, hunkered down like a sniper. His roadies, who were looking, never spotted me and I slipped out halfway through his encore."

**Prince was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 along with Beatle George.
 That night, Mr. Harrison was smiling.
Today, they are both lead guitarists in The All-Star Dead Band.

Doves Gently Weep!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Exiles On Aspic Street

A rare KC TV performance by

Robert Fripp
David Cross
John Wetton
Bill Bruford
Jamie Muir

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Vrooom Goes B,Boom

One of the best concerts I have ever seen!

Enjoy these three of a perfect pair from the amazing Crimo double-trio!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Transmission 2216 - The RFW B&B Experience

As opposed to breakfast in bed, 
this is show is about an
inspired combination of
overnight lodging 
& morning dining.


Michael Fennelley
Pearl Jam
Barrence Whitefield & The Savages
Cockney Rebel
The Cure
Butch Walker
The Police 


Godley & Creme
The Litter
Bongo Herman
Julie's Haircut



I set the GPS for Hebron, located in The Lakes Region of  New Hampshire and headed north. Good music and even better company made the 2 hour drive from the Boston area a fun journey, especially since our plans were a top secret birthday weekend for my partner in crime, T.  The sign signaling our turn and announcing the presence of a justice of the peace
made for a quizzical glance and heightened the anticipation(?)
of our destination, The Coppertoppe Inn.

We were warmly greeted by our host Bill who was busy in the inviting open kitchen and dining area!

After a pleasant explanation of all the  snacks, beverages and amenities at our disposal, we were checked into the luxurious Garnet Suite!

A step out to the private balcony provided us with an incredible view of beautiful
Newfound Lake!

A great sunset was followed by a relaxing soak in the Jacuzzi tub of our amazing bathroom!

A Saturday afternoon drive around the lake brought us to the Sculptured Rocks geological site
and the dizzying rapids below!

We looked for a dinner spot where the beer was cold and the food was hot 
and we found both in nearby Bristol! 

Not to mention New Hampshire's largest selection of Irish Whisky!!

Kathleen's Cottage - Bristol, NH, United States. NH's largest Irish Whiskey selection at Kathleen's Cottage. Yum!

The host of this authentic Irish pub, Maryann and our hostess (the charming and dancing) Kathleen made us feel at home (I was fuzzy - not the picture)!

The music was Celtic and live - and everybody sang Happy Birthday!

Our fairy tale stay ended with our Easter morning cooking class from the resident 
Coppertoppe Inn gourmet chef and co-owner Sheila.

Eggs Benedict and Spinach Flan!

If you are planning a visit soon or a New England native,
I give a big RFW thumbs-up to our friends at

The Coppertoppe Inn & Resort Center
Kathleen's Cottage!

Rock On The Road - With RFW!

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Transmission 2116 - On The Road Again

This time our group vacation brings us:

 Island hopping with

Elton John
The Future Sound Of London
The Prodigy

to Brazil courtesy of

Frank Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim
Godley & Creme

and then it's off to the great continent of Asia!

Psychedelic Furs
Tom Waits
The Tights

Transportation to and from the airport is provided by

John Zorn & Friends


"boogalooing with my friends"


Friday, April 08, 2016

The (Wood)Kids Are Coming Up From Behind

I may be
 "losing my edge to the kids whose footsteps I hear when they get on the decks" ,
but I was there when this one was born and
this kid is alright.

In 2013, CJ Wohlman brought us into his Corner on RFW and turned us on to
with his amazing debut full-length release The Golden Age, which followed his 2011 Iron EP.

We've been patiently anticipating his second, but instead we get the OST of Desierto the new
Jonás Cuarón prequel to Gravity!

Woodkid writes: 

I’m very proud to announce my collaboration with Director Jonás Cuarón and Producer Alfonso Cuarón on their new film project, ‘Desierto’. 

I’ve spent the last 3 months in studio composing and producing the entire score of the film.

The film is in a way a de facto prequel to ‘Gravity’. Jonás and Alfonso were working on the screenplay of ‘Desierto’ when they had a very similar concept and put it in space. So ‘Desierto’ has a lot of themes similar to ‘Gravity.’ It’s about someone in a spectacularly peaceful but perilous environment trying to get home.

Jonás Cuarón has previously written several films including the Academy Award-winning ‘Gravity’ with his father, Alfonso Cuarón, and has directed several films including last year’s ‘Gravity’ spinoff short, ‘Aningaaq’.”

The Woodkid 2016 World Tour is being planned now.

Run Boys & Girls Run

You'll be able to say you were there!

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Can You (Shin)Dig It?

I was 8 when Shindig! hosted by Jimmy O'Neil debuted on ABC in September, 1964!

The Beatles were featured in an early Shindig! broadcast taped in London.

Little Eva performed The Loco-Motion on Shindig in March of 1965.

The house band, The Shindogs featured Delaney Bramlett on lead vocals.
James Burton on lead guitar and Glen D Harding on organ.
Here they are with the Shin-diggers
(that briefly included Terry Garr) !


Here's a complete spooky episode from October of 1965
brought to by Stridex pads
(that can still wipe-out your pimples).

This was from a 1991 Shindig! retrospective!

Even Micky and Minnie dug Shindig!

In September 1965, the show was moved out of its Wednesday-night timeslot against The Beverly Hillbillies and was split into two half-hours on Thursdays and Saturdays.

It faced-off with Daniel Boone and The Munsters on Thursdays
and Flipper and The Jackie Gleason Show on Saturdays. 

In January 1966, Shindig! was cancelled and replaced in its Thursday time slot by Batman, who was obviously influenced by the prior tenants.

Monday, April 04, 2016

Major Mudd(y)

Most blues purists would vehemently disagree and McKinley himself  would probably kick my ass for saying it, but Electric Mud is Mr. Morganfield at his best!

Happy Birthday Muddy Waters!

Until tomorrow, as The Major would say,

"I'll Be Blasting You"!

Major Mudd photo

Sunday, April 03, 2016

EYE Sees All

Over 70 releases on vinyl, video, CD ROM and DVD started with their 1974 debut.

 a 2015 film about this great musical mystery
tells much - explains little.

Their live shows are that of legend.

For those who know - you really don't.

For all still in the dark - start with their masterpiece
(with Russian sub-tittles no-less)

Adopt a RESIDENT today - they're here to stay!

Saturday, April 02, 2016

It All Started Here!

The Late Risers Club Movie

 I recently mentioned my early radio days at WTBS/WMBR 88.1 FM, Cambridge, MA,
Here's a documentary, directed and produced by Marissa Acosta about a legendary show on that very station, that's both entertaining and informative.....
...and it rocks!

Began in 1977
Is still on today!

Friday, April 01, 2016

I Am An April Fool!

Those of you hip to the album Gout by Art Jackson's Atrocity and it's fabled backstory 
know it is one motherfucking jazz-funk slab of the Miles Davis band with Pete Cosey variety. 
But was it really a 1974 "lost" Columbia lp?

 I never completely bought the story, but that did not take away from the fact that it never fails to rip your face off with every loud listen! 

It ends up the truth was as obvious as it could have ever been!
I have been had - and I love it!

 Now get to class before you're late!

Support these starving students and buy the Remastered & Expanded version from
Listen to it in all it's farcical glory below!

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