Hurra Torpedo - Total Eclipse of the Heart

Officially awesome. A Norwegian trio that performs its percussion on kitchen appliances. Oh you know this will be on the show next week...

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Radio Fragments - 1982

It's my 52 weekaversary! And to celebrate a year back on the radio, I'm dedicating the show to a year. A specific year: 1982.

Why 1982? Well, it sort of fits right in there at the cusp between punk & post-punk; disco was fading, new wave was being driven by MTV which was blowing up; it was the year of the second English invasion, but also the year some great british bands offered up their swan songs (Led Zeppelin's "Coda", Roxy Music's "Avalon); and the first CDs went on sale in Japan. Also, I was 14 and starting to develop my own tastes in music. All around, an important year for music, and an important one for me.

So that's what I'll be looking at for a couple hours. It's not all new wave, there's some great Iron Maiden, Who & Pink Floyd tossed in, my favorite song by Bruce Springsteen, and some great first-wave American punk. Let's not forget Jarre & Tangerine Dream. It's a great year, it'll be a great couple of hours.

The show is available from the streaming archive, or you can download the podcast/mp3 version by hour (below).

Hour 1 – 1-2 am (Download - 57 Mb)

Pink Floyd, "When The Tigers Broke Free" (UK, 1982)
Depeche Mode, "See You" (UK, 1982)
Men Without Hats, "I Like" (Canada, 1982)
Adam Ant, "A Place in the Country" (UK, 1982)
English Beat, "Rotating Head" (UK, 1982)
The Au Pairs, "America" (UK, 1982)
Elvis Costello & the Attractions, "Beyond Belief" (UK, 1982)
Iron Maiden, "The Prisoner" (UK, 1982)
The Who, "Eminence Front" (UK, 1982)
Angry Samoans, "Lights Out" (US, 1982)
The Descendents, "I'm Not A Punk" (UK, 1982)
Bauhaus, "Third Uncle" (UK, 1982)
Bruce Springsteen, "State Trooper" (US, 1982)
Laurie Anderson, "From The Air" (US, 1982)

Hour 2 – 2-3 am (Download - 57 Mb)

Agentss, "Agentss" (Brazil, 1982)
Nick Lowe, "Ba Doom" (UK, 1982)
23 Skidoo, "Vegas El Bandito" (UK, 1982)
Don Percival & Vangelis, "One More Kiss Dear" (Greece, 1982)
Jean Michel Jarre, "Arpeggiator" (France, 1982)
Tangerine Dream, "Convention of the 24" (UK, 1982)
Gary Numan, "White Boys and Heroes" (Germany, 1982)
The Bongos, "In The Congo" (US, 1982)
Devo, "Big Mess" (US, 1982)
Siouxsie & the Banshees, "Green Fingers" (UK, 1982)
Roxy Music, "While My Heart is Still Beating" (UK, 1982)
Sting, "Spread a Little Happiness" (UK, 1982)
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Radio Fragments - Back to It!

That was some mini-storm we had last week. Criminey. The college campus and all the buildings -- of which KBCS is one -- were all closed, so there was no show. But I prefer to think of it as me being prepared for this show a week early.

And it's a bit of a milestone as well, my 50th show since returning to KBCS, and next week is my 1 year anniversary. Very exciting! I guess I should probably plan something. I'll get right on that.

But there's some great stuff this week. Italian progressive rock, Belgian trip hop, Carl Sagan, and Judas Priest. (No, those last two weren't typos...just listen to the darn show, you'll see)

The show is available from the streaming archive, or you can download the podcast/mp3 version by hour (below).

Hour 1 – 1-2 am (Download - 57 Mb)

Hollerado, "Do The Doot Da Doot Do" (Canada, 2010)
Bird & The Bee, "Ray Gun" (US, 2009)
Hooverphonic, "2wicky" (Belgium, 1996)
Faun Fables, "Parade" (US, 2010)
Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood, "Some Velvet Morning" (US, 1967)
Jon Wayne , "Texas Funeral" (US, 1994)
Better Than Ezra, "Conjunction Junction" (US, 1996)
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso, "L'Evoluzione" (Italy, 1972)
Casiotone For The Painfully Alone, "White Corolla" (US, 2009)
Crystal Castles w/ Robert Smith, "I'm Not In Love" (US, 2010)
Camper Van Beethoven, "Take The Skinheads Bowling" (US, 1985)
The Torches, "Mr. Vampire" (US, 2010)

Hour 2 – 2-3 am (Download - 57 Mb)

The Vampire's Sound Inc., "The Lions and The Cucumber" (Germany, 1968)
Genesis, "Dancing With The Moonlit Knight" (UK, 1973)
Judas Priest, "Victim Of Changes" (UK, 1976)
The Noisettes, "Don't Give Up" (UK, 2007)
The Black Angels, "Telephone" (US, 2010)
Carl Sagan/Symphony of Science, "Glorious Dawn" (US, 2010)
UNKLE feat. Ian Brown, "Be There" (UK, 1999)
The Ting Tings, "That's Not My Name" (US, 2008)
Fredrik, "White on White" (2010)
Devo, "Gut Feeling/Slap Your Mammy" (US, 1978)
Land of the Loops, "Estes Park" (US, 1999)

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Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - White Corolla

Brought to my attention by Peter, who runs Peppermill Records, this song will definitely be on next week's show, but the video is totally worth watching. My wife feels bad for the poor one-armed panda, and I crack up everytime the cat starts dancing, even though I know it's coming. Enjoy

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Radio Fragments - Before I was Born

The history of recorded popular music goes back a century or so...it's the deep end of the sea of music and there are some fascinating and wonderful treasures to be discovered, but often we all have a tendency to stay in our comfort zone of the decades around 'our time'.

So it was awesome that a friend suggested a show made up of just the older tunes, and I took that to be "music from before I was born". This is the music I hope I would have been listening to at the time. There's a lot of great stuff here. Beautiful instrumental & vocal jazz, old blues, bizarre early strangeness, technical innovation...the hip, the weird, the socially challenging. 35 songs from the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s & 60s. Enjoy!

Thanks for the suggestion, Kat! If any one else has an idea for a themed show, send it my way, I love it!

The show is available from the streaming archive, or you can download the podcast/mp3 version by hour (below).

Hour 1 – 1-2 am (Download - 57 Mb)

Buddy Greco, "The Lady is a Tramp" (US, 1960)
Patsy Cline, "Walking After Midnight" (US, 1957)
Luis Russel & His Orchestra, "New Call of the Freaks" (US, 1929)
Yma Sumac, "Babalu" (Peru, 1952)
Foy Willing & His Riders of the Purple Sage, "Texas Blues" (US, 1944)
Bob Crosby & the Bobcats, "Way Back Home" (US, 1949)
Louis Jordan, "I Want You To Be My Baby" (US, 1953)
Ella Fitzgerald & Chik Webb and His Orchestra, "Wacky Dust" (US, 1938)
Les Paul, "Lover" (US, 1948)
Pete Drake, "I'm Just a Guitar" (US, 1964)
Hugh Le Caine, "Dripsody" (Canada, 1955)
Raymond Scott & the Gene Lowell Chorus, "By Rocket to the Moon" (US, 1950)
Leroy Anderson, "Typewriter" (US, 1953)
Miles Davis, "Blue in Green" (US, 1959)
Nina Simone, "Wild is the Wind" (US, 1966)

Hour 2 – 2-3 am (Download - 57 Mb)

Tony Sheridan & the Beat Brothers, "My Bonnie" (UK, 1961)
The Isley Brothers (w/ Jimi Hendrix), "Testify" (US, 1964)
Radio Commercial - 1958, "W.W. Johnson Auto Sales" (US, 1958)
The Sonics, "The Witch" (US, 1964)
The Continental Co-ets, "Let's Live For the Present" (US, 1966)
T-Bone Walker, "Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday is Just as Bad)" (US, 1947)
Tommy Johnson, "Canned Heat Blues" (US, 1928)
Lil Johnson, "My Stove's In Good Condition" (US, 1936)
Sister Rosetta Tharpe, "Down By the Riverside" (US, 1941)
Billie Holiday, "Strange Fruit" (US, 1939)
Charlie Parker's Reboppers, "Koko" (US, 1945)
Esquivel, "Granada" (Mexico, 1958)
Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman, "Where or When" (US, 1941)
Boswell Sisters, "Rock and Roll" (US, 1934)
Billy Wayne & the Rockin' Bandits, "Hot Rod" (US, 1958)
Big Bill Broonzy, "How You Want It Done?" (US, 1932)
The Four Lads, "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" (Canada, 1953)
Phillipa Fallon, "High School Drag" (US, 1958)
George Formby, "When I'm Cleaning Windows" (UK, 1937)
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