Saturday, August 19, 2017

Transmission 6617 - Why Wait?

Do not procrastinate!

Jef Lee Johnson
Jimi Hendrix Experience
Ray Gomez
Fleetwood Mac
Lindsay Buckingham & Christine McVie
 Stevie Nicks, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins & Rami Jaffee
The Young Rascals
The Cowboy Junkies
The Damned
Los Lobos
Wolfgang Dauner Quintet

"Everything Starts Right Now"


Friday, August 18, 2017

Transmission 6517 - Free Of A Defect Scare

Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra
Brother Ah
Controlled Bleeding
Mystic Sunshine


"the power of love can erase the oozing scars of suffering"


*The fitting coda inspired this Transmission's title and is provided by
the yellow Discipline era King Crimson featuring Robert, Adrian, Tony and Bill.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Transmission 6417 - Sweet Seoul Music

Warning, Warning!

The Specials
Jeff & Jane Hudson
The Future Sound Of London
Haruomi Hosono
Yellow Magic Orchestra
Ryuichi Sakamoto
Jackie Doll & His Pickled Peppers
J.B. Lenoir
Willie Brown
TV On The Radio
William Onyeabor
Michael Franti & Spearhead

"boom shakalaka boom!"


*The geohistorically-appropriate coda is Song From M*A*S*H (Suicide Is Painless) by The Mash written by Johnny Mandel and Mike Altman (the director's 14 year-old son) and used by Robert Altman in the opening credits of his 1970 movie based on
Richard Hooker's MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Transmission 6317 - A (Radio)active Heart

Willie "Loco" Alexander & The Boom Boom Band
The Yardbirds
Jimmy Page & Robert Plant
Gallagher & Lyle
Stephen Stills
Pete Townshend & Ronnie Lane
The Rolling Stones
Otis Taylor
Wanda Jackson
Little Richard
Patti Smith
David Bowie
Joy Divison
Lou Reed
Peter Gabriel
The Stompers
David Sylvian

"I've got one, you've got one too'


*The coda is the wonderful If I Only Had a Heart wrtten by Harold Arlen (music) and E.Y. Harburg (lyrics) and sung by Jack Haley as the Tin Man in the 1939 MGM classic The Wizard Of Oz.


**Thematic beat and blood thinning assistance courtesy of Dr. Vinny Boom-Ba.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Transmission 6217 - More Nightmares From The Vinyl Jungle

Three new slabs of grooved splendor inspire and guide us through the Archives!

The Singing Nun
Soeur Sourire
Jim Carroll Band
The Dead Boys
Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Catholic Girls
September Girls

The Incredible World Of James Bond
Tom Jones
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Pizzacato Five
The John Barry Orchestra

Bongos Bongo Bongos
Los Admiradores
Joe Hall & The Corvettes
Lydia Lunch
Frank Zappa & Captain Beefheart and The Mothers

"I've got confirmation"


Saturday, July 29, 2017

Transmission 6117 - Stubborn As

Get kicking!

Marvin Holmes & The Uptights
Frankie Laine
The Woggles
Barrence Whitfield & The Savages
At The Drive-In
Gov't Mule
Bo Diddley
The Black Crowes
Otis Spann
Tom Waitts
Alabama 3
Deep Purple

"Woa, Mule!


My good pal Jon Butcher - Mule Driver 

Friday, July 28, 2017

Transmission 6017 - Secret Decoder Ring Special

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Unidentified Flying Object - Pills - Sweet

Steve Hillage
Nina Hagen

Primal Scream
Patti Smith
The Rockets
New York Dolls

The Monkees
David Bowie
Lou Reed

"I think she'll know"


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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Transmission 5917 - A Leisurely Drive

Jump in the back!

The Band
The Records
Bram Tchaikovsky
David Werner
Big Star
Paul & Linda McCartney
Procol Harum
Peter Gabriel
Golden Earring


"secret of your beauty was your moontan and your fear"


*The opening road-trip was a re-imagining of Autobahn by Kraftwerk as found on The Mix.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Transmission 5817 - Why Don't You Dance With Me ?

It's time to do 'em right!

The Rolling Stones
The Time
Bruno Mars
Grace Jones
Massive Attack
Funky Brown
Nina Hagen
Sly & The Family Stone
The B52s

"get up, get out, get into something new"


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Transmission 5717 - NSE

A New Surprising Effects Suite

Tonto's Expanding Head Band
Mouse On Mars
Amorphous Androgynous
Nine Inch Nails


"start today - you have nothing to lose"


*Our intro featured the voice and music of Wendy Carlos guiding us down a muti-colored audio path.

**"The Strangest Secret" spoken interludes were provided by Earl Nightingale from a 1958 ep released by his Success Motivation Institute. I found this vinyl gem in the free pile at the excellent Mystery Train Records in Gloucester, MA - thanks for being there!

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Transmission 5617 - Surry Down

Altered-state sounds on a blanket!

The 5th Dimension
Haruomi Hosono
Spit & Shine
Sadistic Mica Band
Bob Dylan
Bill Nelson
Bruford/Levin Upper Extremities
Yonin Bayashi


"There'll be trains of blossoms 
There'll be trains of music 
There'll be trains of trust
 Trains of golden dust
Come along…"


*Photo inspiration and Yogi & Boo Booisms supplied by William Kates.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Transmission 5517 - Getting Numerical

 You can count on them!

The Jam
Jethro Tull
Phil Manzanara
Bryan Ferry
Len Barry
The Zig Zag People
The Apples In Stereo
Tommy Tutone
City Boy
Toots & The Maytals
The Police
The Smithereens
Hall & Oates
The Strokes
Beautiful People/Jimi Hendrix Experience

"Eins, zwei, drei, vier
Fünf, sechs, sieben, acht
Uno, due
Tre, quattro
One, two
Ichi, ni, san, chi
Adjin, dva, tri
Li, tva, tri"


Friday, July 07, 2017

Transmission 5417 - The Larks Have No Tongues

There's always room for aspic!

King Crimson
Wingfield, Reuter, Stavi, Sirks
Rhodi Davies, David Sylvian, Mark Wastell

"now touring America"


Friday, June 30, 2017

Transmission 5317 - A Perfecta Trifecta

B & W - 1978 - Horses

Garland Jeffreys
James Gang
The Police
Willie Alexander & The Boom Boom Band
The Real Kids
The Dead Weather
Dan Auerbach
Patti Smith Group

"Do you know how to pony like Bony Moronie? 

*Carter Alan and I have been partners-in-crime since 1977,
when we were co-hosts of the legendary (and still rocking)
Late Risers Club on WTBS/WMBR, Cambridge
We both made it into the the major league as air-staff members
 of the equally storied 104 FM WBCN and remain involved with radio, 
the Boston music scene and each other 40 years later!

(Top to Bottom - Bruce Kettelle, Carter, RF Me on Cape Cod circa 1981)

Carter is also a prolific and talented author, his newest book being
The Decibel Diaries - a wonderful journey through rock in 50 concerts. 

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During his visit to RFW, he reads us a passage detailing 
the radio lead-up to an infamous 1978 show at The Rat, a hash pipe, 
an early import single and a hilarious "you can't do that on the air" moment!

Rock on, my brother!

(Photo - Tracy Cassidy)

Friday, June 23, 2017

Transmission 5217 - Taking A Hit

A light in the sky!

The Bees
The Shazam
Harper's Bizarre
Big Star
Grateful Dead
Les Paul & Mary Ford 
Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood
Ken Boothe
Jon Foxx & Louis Gordon
Faith No More
Sonic Youth
Bryan Ferry

"please don't take my sunshine away"


Friday, June 16, 2017

Transmission 5117 - LGC

Already there!

Roger Taylor
The Creation
Eric Gales
Robin Trower
David Torn
Chris Spedding
Bad Company
The Soundtrack Of Our Lives
The Doors
Red Guitars
David Sylvian & Robert Fripp



Friday, June 09, 2017

Transmission 5017 - Axe-Cidental

Six-string weapon of choice!

Mike Watt featuring J. Mascis
Robert Rodriguez & Carl Theil
Jon Madof's Zion 80
Nguyên Lê
 Bill Nelson
Terje Rypdal
Sonny Sharrock
Andy Summers
Raoul Björkheim & Scorch Trio
Jeff Beck
Kazumi Watanabe

"I have tasted the maggots in the mind of the universe"


*This started as a RFW guitar-prominant Transmission. The concept/graphic illustrations (Creepy #51 - 1964, stills from The Brain That Wouldn't Die - 1962, and The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark - William Shakespeare, the trailer of Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia - Sam Peckenpah - 1974)  are inspired and dedicated to comedienne Kathy Griffen, who has come under scrutiny and persecution for her horror-movie tinged image although it has hundreds of predecessors .

I view it as both satirical and sobering.
I hope we can all agree that violence is never the answer in any circumstance.

But alas, poor us when the views of people (well intentions aside) attempt to interfere with the freedom of expression, the press and/or aid in the censorship of the arts (well intentions aside).

But remember all is fair in love and war!

**Executive Producers for this shindig were usual suspects Dr. Vincent Boom-Ba 
and Sweet Pea who provided the requisite company, tea, squawk and sympathy!


Sunday, June 04, 2017

Transmission 4917 - Attention Shoppers


David Gilmour
Return To Forever 
Michael Urbaniak Group 
Yoko One Plastic Ono Band
Burnt Friedmann & Jaki Liebezeit with David Sylvian
"in the blue light"


Saturday, June 03, 2017

Transmission 4817 - Peak Percussion

of Drums and Cow Bell -  Corky Laing
Flying V and fingers - Leslie West
Bottom End and Sleigh Ride Vocals - Felix Papallardi
Black and White keys - Steve Knight

Robert Johnson and admiration by The Rolling Stones and Foghat.

Muddy Waters with respect from Aerosmith and Humble Pie.

"While the rest of them dudes was gettin' their kicks
Brother, beg your pardon, now we're getting mine"


*The intro by Mountain was Taunta, named after Papallardi's poodle!

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Transmission 4717 - Going In And Out Of Style

No Commercial Potential.

Uncredited Indian musicians in George Harrison's Sgt. Pepper session
The Doors
The Monkees
The Rolling Stones
The Beach Boys 
The Beatles
The Mothers Of Invention

"the ceremony is about to begin"


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*It was 50 years ago that we crossed the cultural gateway, since there was no actual date - we gave to it June 1st. The music in tonight's dose was conceived, recorded, produced or released in 1967.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Transmission 4617 - Wound Up Tight

A winding path.

This Mortal Coil
Nine Inch Nails
Kikagaku Moyo
Flying Lotus
Nils-Petter Molvaer

"I'd like to lick the coil some day
Like Icarus, who had to pay
With melting wax and feathers brown
He tasted it on his way down"



Sunday, May 28, 2017

Transmission 4517 - What Are We Really In It For?

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A collection of trashy tunes!

The Clovers
Wreckless Eric
Wanda Jackson
The White Stripes
Major Lazer
Wu-Tang Clan
Neneh Cherry & The Thing
Rosetta Cash
Johnny Cash
Nine Inch Nails/Aphex Twin
Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention

"pick up the dough and you can go"


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Transmission 4417 - Laura's Back In Town -

Love is blue.

Dale, Lucy, Waldo

Angelo Badalamenti
David Lynch
Xiu Xiu

"Here - I’m waiting here"


*Does the (Bob) always return to the scene of the crime?
Cooper is back with our favorite neighbors.
The ones across the woods in
Twin Peaks.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Transmission 4317 - Live With Attitude

Let's do it!

Johnny Winter And
Big Brother & The Holding Company
Johnnie Johnson
Rory Gallagher
Pat Travers Band
Band Of Gypsies
Popa Chubby
Gary Clark Jr.
Led Zeppelin

"too much alcohol"


Friday, May 19, 2017

Transmission 4217 - Shuffle On Or Shuffle Off

This Is No Wake
Rock On!

Chris Cornell
The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band
Linda Perhacs
The Ghost Of A Sabre Tooth Tiger
Spooky Tooth
Dwight Twilley
The Beatles
Alice In Chains

"Safe outside my gilded cage
With an ounce of pain
I wield a ton of rage
Just like suicide"


*This Transmission is a celebration of the life and music of Chris Cornell,
who it appears decided to shuffle off.

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