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Catamount Community Radio - July 31, 2011

For lunch today, a can of sardines. I like dipping my bread in the sardine-flavored olive oil. So, where were we? We were in Michigan, so there was no show last Sunday, but I'm back, and it will be a long time before I miss another show, because I have no travel plans. With trips to Spain, New York and Michigan, I did a lot of traveling this summer, and I missed three or four shows; let's say four. But I got my travel joneses addressed.

Just like two weeks ago, I played considerable amounts of reggae today, in honor of the many Jamaicans on campus for the second summer session. Including one of my faves (tunes, not Jamaicans), Bob Marley's "Mr. Talkative."

When we travel through Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan, occasionally I can wrestle control of the radio dial from my daughter (who listens to Ryan Seacerst's top 40 show ... which seems to be in syndication in every corner of this great country of ours). I listened to some alternative rock in Lansing, MI (leading me to play Fountains of Wayne's "Richie and Ruben")

They opened up a bar called "Living Hell"
Right from the start it didn't go too well
They didn't have the vibe or quite the right clientele
They bought a velvet rope and the door man laughed
They got robbed blind by half the wait staff
Six short weeks and they were forced to sell
Richie and Ruben
Don't know what they're doin'

I listened to some old school R&B near Dayton (leading me to play Sly and the Family Stone's "Thank You [fallentime be Mice Elf Agin]]). I didn't remember how cool the horn chart was on that joint.

Going through Cincinnati I listened to some old radio drama probably from the thirties about Stephen Foster and Al Jolson. In mid Kentucky I got to listen to some oldies country for like four songs. I rediscovered a cool old tune by Don Williams called "I Believe in You."

I don't believe in superstars,
Organic food and foreign cars.
I don't believe the price of gold;
The certainty of growing old.
That right is right and left is wrong,
That north and south can't get along.
That east is east and west is west.
And being first is always best.

But I believe in love.
I believe in music.
I believe in magic.
And I believe in you.

So, since my last show Amy Winehouse died. I feel bad; I was pulling for her. She was a good singer, kind of in the style of Lauryn Hill. I'm sure part of her success though is due to the fact that she was backed by a fabulous band on her Back to Black album, the Dap Kings. One thing I don't understand is how she would get messed up BEFORE going on stage. Even if you have a drink or drug problem, you wait until AFTER the show to get high. Poor Amy.

We listened to two cuts from Frank Zappa's Hot Rats album: "Peaches en Regalia" and "Little Umbrellas." Zappa was recording this album c. 1968 on a sixteen-track recorder while the Beatles were working on Abbey Road on a measly eight-track system. Love those titles, Frank.

My brother gave me Los Super 7's "Heard it on the X" album. The album takes its inspiration from those super-high powered radio stations that were set up the other side of the Mexican border from the 30s through the 60s. The call letters always started with X: XER, XERF, XEG, XERB, etc. The legal limit for US stations was 50,000 watts. Some of those Mexican stations reached 500,000 watts, enough wattage to knock the birds right out of the sky. "The border stations were about the only ones where you could hear hillbilly and cowboy music almost all the time." Plus preachers, hawkers, and Tex-Mex.

My dad used to have a little shtick about "glow-in-the-dark Jesus at the foot of your bed." Surely he got that bit from some border radio station, whose signal made it all the way to Michigan.

I heard it on the X!

My board operating today was flawness ... I think my whispering was almost loud enough. The closest thing to a glitch was when a light bulb burned out, startling me as I was thinking with the headphones on.

Catamount Community Radio, 10-12 (EST) Sunday mornings on WWCU-FM.

1. Craig Handy – In a Sentimental Mood
2. The Doctors – In the Summer Time
3. Los Super 7 – Talk to Me
4. Bob Marley & the Wailers – Don’t Rock my Boat
5. Bunny Wailer – Bide Up
6. Hubert Porter – Names of Funny Places
7. Frank Zappa – Little Umbrellas
8. The Greyboy Allstars – What Happened to Television?
9. Burning Spear – John Burns Skank
10. Don Williams – I Believe in You
11. Bob Marley & the Wailers – Mr. Chatterbox
12. Amy Winehouse – Love is a Losing Game (demo)
13. Amy Winehouse & the Dap Kings – Love is a Losing Game
14. Brad Mehldau & Joel Fraham – Away from Home
15. ZZ Top – Going Down to Mexico
16. Los Super 7 – Heard it on the X
17. Lord Creator – Such is Life
18. Buju Banton – Fast Lane
19. Bob Marley & the Wailers – Small Axe
20. Nas & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – As We Enter
21. Fountains of Wayne – Richie and Ruben
22. Daft Punk – One More Time
23. Sly & the Family Stone – Thank You (Falletin Me Be Mice Elf Agin)
24. Keeling Beckford – Groove Me
25. Capleton & Sizzla – Babylon a Use dem Brain
26. Los Super 7 – Learning the Game
27. Frank Zappa – Peaches en Regalia
28. Squeeze - Tempted
29. Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra – Theme from Lupin III
30. Lord Ivanhoe – Belinda
31. Los Super 7 – The Song of Everything
32. Peter Tosh – Ketchy Shubby (instrumental)

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