Saturday, December 29, 2018

Transmission 11618 - One, Two, Three

Let's make this count!

Harry Nilsson
Pink Floyd
Stevie Salas
Frank Zappa & Captain Beefheart
John Zorn
Dwight Twilley Band
King Crimson
The Cure

"it's easy"


*The by-the-numbers coda included the trio of
Len Barry
1910 Fruitgum Company
The Olivia Tremor Control

Friday, December 28, 2018

Transmission 11518 - Have No Fear

We are courageous!

Brian Eno 
Jo Tongo
David Bowie
Porcupine Tree
Pink Floyd
Black Merlin
The Future Sound Of London
Luke Haines
Black Joe Lewis
Muddy Waters
Barrence Whitfield & The Savages
Led Zeppelin

What do they got, that I ain't got?"


*The iconic character of the Cowardly Lion and the featured excerpt were portrayed and performed by Bert Lehr in the 1939 Academy Award winning motion picture The Wizard Of Oz.

**The Hostess Twinkies ad, created by the legendary Raymond Scott, can be found on Manhattan Research Inc., a two-CD compilation of Scott's work from the 1950s and 1960s for film soundtracks, commercials, and his own technical and musical experiments. The synthesizers, sequencers, and drum-machines used were all designed and constructed by this pioneer of electronic sounds!

***The amazing live Led Zeppelin track was recorded October 10, 1969 at The Olympia, Paris, and remastered by Jimmy Page for inclusion of the entire show on the
Deluxe Edition of their debut!

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Transmission 11418 - Winter Sol

It's here - again!

Teenage Fanclub
The Apples In Stereo
Francois Hardy
Simon & Garfunkel
Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson
Joni Mitchell
Jethro Tull
Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Crack The Sky

"hear the angels join the choir
let them take the music higher "


Friday, December 21, 2018

The 2018 RFW Christmas Companion

Death may be your Santa Claus!
(listen closely for clues)

Elvis Costello & The Chieftains
The Monkees
The Smithereens
Bitty Griptite
August Darnell
Herb Albert & The Tijuana Brass
Scott Weiland
John Zorn & The Dreamers
Eric Clapton
The Psycho Daisies
Old 97's
Johnny Rabb
Dies Irie
Robert Fripp & Sinead O'Connor

"All I want is you for Christmas"


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* A Gift Of Murder was The Shadow radio series' annual Christmas show, originally broadcast 71 years ago tonight on December 21, 1947, by the Mutual Broadcast System.
I could feel the connection, albeit long distance!

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From this vantage, Christmas is under siege. The attack not being aimed at the holiday itself, but the very morals the stories of Jesus and Santa inspire. Our particular battles in 2018 might appear different than those in 1947 or when John and Yoko wished the world Happy Christmas in 1971,
but the message and answer remain consistent.

 War Is Over
If We Want It

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I send Holiday Love from mine to yours and
thank You for being part of the
RFW Family!

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Transmission 11318 - The Modern World

It's not so bad?!

The Modern Lovers
The Rolling Stones
The Soundtrack Of Our Lives
The Bugs
Pete Shelley
Alice Cooper
City Boy
Hawkwind featuring Eric Clapton
John Mayall's Bluesbreakers
Mose Allison
The Who

"share the Modern Wold with me"


Sunday, December 16, 2018

Transmission 11218 - UFO

Underground Freak Out

C.J. & Co.
The Dwarfs Of East Agouza
Omar Rodriguez Lopez & Damo Sazuki
Acid Mother's Temple  & The Melting Paraiso (UFO)
Outrageous Cherry

"nowhere to run"


* The coda is new music from the always great
Outrageous Cherry off the 2018 release meet You In The Shadows.

Outrageous Cherry

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Transmission 11118 - Dream

~ Lucid yet fantastical ~

The Moody Blues
Algamas Tragard
John Medeski
Adrian Belew
Phil Manzanera/801
The Future Sound Of London
Godley & Creme
Jon Hassell

"Climb to tranquility
Finding its real worth
Conceiving the heavens
Florishing on earth"


*The uncredited coda by Jon Hassell
 was Dream Theory from the 1981 release 
 Dream Theory In Malaya: Fourth World Volume Two.


Sunday, December 09, 2018

Transmission 11018 - An Exhibition of Pictures

Artie Shaw

Act 1
A Heart Shattered Like Glass

Electric Light Orchestra
Phillip Glass
Mahavishnu Orchestra

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Act II
Fading Memories

The Residents
Ryuichi Sakamoto
Ground Zero
Claude Debussy

Benny Goodman

"listen to this fine sound"


*The scratchy narration of this RFW orchestral operatic opus was provided by Bandon deWilde sampled from the 1961 Vox Records release by Benjamin Britten - Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra. Thanks to Mystery Train Records in Gloucester, MA for their inspiration and free album case!

**The titular pictures are homemade.

 A Heart Shattered Like Glass, taken by yours truly, was the untouched scene of a freak wind-storm that destroyed our patio set. The random sadness I felt from the visual compelled me to snap the shot.

Fading Memories by Tracy gives the viewer a sense of the passage of time in a still. 

Saturday, December 08, 2018

Transmission 10918 - Help. I'm On Fire

Cause I'm smokin', baby!

The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
Sister Irene O'Connor
Ohio Players
Marilyn Manson
Nine Inch Nails
Primal Sream
Joy Division
Orchestral Manouevers In The Dark
The Band
The Donkeys
The Bees
Skid Row

"got me burning"


Friday, December 07, 2018

Transmission 10818 - More Highs Than Lows

Another woofer in tweeter's clothing!

Richie Havens
Leon Russell
Tom Waits
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Babe Ruth
Janis Joplin
Jefferson Airplane
Annie Lennox
Be Bop Deluxe
Dave Pike Set

"High, High, High"


*An unexpected low arrived post-production with the news of Pete Shelley's passing. He was a favorite here at RFW and he'll live on in the archives.

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As a tribute, the mysterious Shloyd The Barber has constructed
Echoes Of Sky Yen.

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Bye, Pete - thanks for all!

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Transmission 10718 - Far-Out Far-East

Pure Japanese Jam

Yellow Magic Orchestra
Ryuichi Sakamoto  
Haruomi Hosono
David Sylvian
Yukihiro Takahashi
Masashi Kitamora & PHONOGENIX


"My world is suffering
Your world is suffering
Our world is suffering
World Citizen"


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*We featured  The Final Autumn In Asia...Psychic Document for 1982 from the wonderfully rare and amazing Prologue For Post-Modern Music, the only lp by Masashi Kitamura, a Japanese musician, editor, and music critic. The founding member of the bands YBO², Canis Lupus and Differance, Masashi passed in June, 2006. Find this vinyl!

Saturday, December 01, 2018

Transmission 10618 - Dusk 2 Dawn

Are you up on this?

Tito & Tarantulas
Senior Coconut & His Orchestra
Terrence Trent D'Arby
Jimi Hendrix Experience
The Isley Brothers
The Black Keys
The Flys
Babe Ruth
David Bowie
The Trade Winds
Naked City
Be Bop Deluxe
Steve Hillage


"Guard your folks and get your daughter
The sexy motherfucker's so fine I could drink her bathwater"


Friday, November 30, 2018

Transmission 10518 - Moondust and Other Things

This chaos is killing me!

David Bowie
Smashing Pumpkins
Patti Smith Group
Brian Eno
Iggy Pop
Lou Reed
John Cale
Marilyn Manson
Alice Cooper 
The Beatles
Gorillaz remixed by Hot Chip

"it's confusing these days"


Thursday, November 29, 2018

Transmission 10418 - Night Flight

Fly like a bird.

Roy Buchanan
Tones On Tail
Bee Gees
Steve Hogarth & Larry Fast
Chris Squire
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Dwight Twilley Band
Bonnie Raitt
Eric Clapton
The Beatles
Elf Power
Mahavishnu Orchestra

"tell me that you've heard every sound there is"


Sunday, November 25, 2018

Transmission 10318 - MTRR

Look out!

Jerry Lee Lewis
Mott The Hoople
Paul McCartney
David Gilmour with David Bowie
Richard Thompson
Ron Wood
The Rolling Stones
Buick MacKane

"let me tell you what it's all about"


* The image above is a still from Modern Times a classic 1936 film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin. More relevant now, than ever before .

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Transmission 10218 - Is It?

I'll say it again.

John Lennon Plastic Ono Band
Jimi Hendrix Experience
Jon Hassell
Stevie Vai
Roger Waters
Tin Machine
David Torn
Jethro Tull
David Sylvian & Robert Fripp
John Klemmer
Bob Dylan
Jah Wobble's Invaders Of The Heart
Stevie Salas
Amon Düül II 

"the dream is over"


*Our lengthy coda was the title cut of the krautrock classic Phallus Dei by Amon Düül II.

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Transmission 10118 - Blow Out

A sound all of it's own.

The Move
Cheap Trick
Golden Earring
Velvet Crush
The Shazam
The Who
Andy Summers & Robert Fripp
Heaven 17
Peter Hammill
Pete Shelley
Shit & Shine
Brass Construction

"you can never come down"


Friday, November 16, 2018

Transmission 10018 - Full Circle

You Know 
The Way

Jon Butcher
Emmylou Harris
Neil Young
Jack Bruce & Robin Trower
Peter Hammill
Pink Floyd
Djam Karet
King Crimson

"back to the beginning"


*I first met Jon Butcher at WBCN in Boston in 1975, when he was a member of 
Johanna Wild (you were a foot taller, Jon).

 Our careers, lives and friendship have traveled across the country, evolving thru the decades and we now find ourselves in New England happily immersed in what we love - back at the beginning - almost!


See Jon live when he plays your local music hall and check out the new EP 

**I added the lone McPhee lp (1971) to the archives and featured 
their cover of Richie P. Havens' Indian Rope Man.

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The original single was included on the great 1983 lp (1969) - a stone-cold groove!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Transmission 9918 - Doing It

And all over everything!

Mark Ronson
Tranquility Base
Cyro Baptista
Beastie Boys
The Meters
Cypress Hill

"don't worry too much
it will happen to you"


Saturday, November 10, 2018

Transmission 9818 - Studio Party Time!

The RFW Family that plays together ...

John Lennon
Eric Clapton
Led Zeppelin
Rod Stewart 
Porcupine Tree
Adrian Belew 
Alejandro Escovedo
The Vines
Death From Above 1979
The Raconteurs
Alice In Chains
Neil Young
Crosby, Stills & Nash

"no-one cares enough"


Friday, November 09, 2018

Transmission 9718 - Power Play

Take It or Fight It 

The Minus Five
The Chi-Lites
The Isley Brothers
Public Enemy
Robert Randolph & The Family Band
The Riot Squad
Small Faces
Clark Richards
Cozy Powell
The Chemical Brothers
Mike Harrison
Steve Hackett


"say you want a revolution
we better get on right away
well you get on your feet
and out on the street"


Thursday, November 08, 2018

Transmission 9618 - So Confused

do we do now?

Mott The Hoople
Murray Head
Roger Daltry
Roxy Music
World's End Girlfriend
Angelo Badalamenti & David Lynch/Thought Gang
David Bowie
Cockney Rebel
The Moody Blues
Kevin Ayers

"and he can't make up his mind where he wants to go"


Saturday, November 03, 2018

Transmission 9518 - Start To Finish

One must begin to end!

Fleetwood Mac
Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band
Angelique Kidjo
Masimi Kowahara & The Exotic Sounds
Ngyuen Le
Patti Smith
Jimi Hendrix Experience
John Foxx

"there's No One Driving"


Friday, November 02, 2018

Transmission 9418 - Off The Menu

Spud boys and real tomatoes!

Stevie Ray Vaughn
Primal Scream
Sonny & Cher
Jacques Dutronc
Tommy Roe
The Stranglers
Jimmy Page with:
The Yardbirds
The Black Crowes 
Robert Plant
Led Zeppelin

"The Smart Patrol, nowhere to go 
Suburban robots that monitor reality 
Common stock, we work around the clock 
We shove the poles in the holes"


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Transmission 9318 - King Kong

Monster Royalty

Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention
Barrence Whitefield & The Savages
Abagail Sin
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Tom Waits
The Kinks
Todd Rundgren
King Kong

"everyone wants to be King Kong"


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