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I'm the co-host of THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO with Dana & Carl (Sunday nights, 9 to Midnight Eastern, www.westcottradio.org).  As a freelance writer, I contributed to Goldmine magazine from 1986-2006, wrote liner notes for Rhino Records' compilation CD Poptopia!  Power Pop Classics Of The '90s, and for releases by The Flashcubes, The Finkers, Screen Test, 1.4.5., and Jack "Penetrator" Lipton.  I contributed to the books Bubblegum Music Is The Naked Truth, Shake Some Action, Lost In The Grooves, and MusicHound Rock, and to DISCoveries, Amazing Heroes, The Comics Buyer's Guide, Yeah Yeah Yeah, Comics Collector, The Buffalo News, and The Syracuse New Times.  I also wrote the liner notes for the four THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO compilation CDs, because, well, who could stop me?  My standing offer to write liner notes for a Bay City Rollers compilation has remained criminally ignored.  Still intend to write and sell a Batman story someday.

Monday, May 23, 2016

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 827

We live in a world of plenty!  This week's veritable treasure trove of new releases includes great stuff from Michael Carpenter & the Cuban Heels (farewell album Ain't Nothing Left To Say, now on Bandcamp), Gary Ritchie (new album pop-ti-mis-tic, out now), Arvidson & Butterflies (fab enponymous debut, so jeez louise, get to http://www.koolkatmusik.com/ and place your order awready!), The Outryders (new single!), and another new track from The Monkees!  Oh, and looking ahead a bit:  that new album by The Monkees, Good Times!, will be out this Friday.  We are honoring the label's embargo on the as-yet-unreleased tracks, but we've heard the entire standard album, and it's just terrific.  Can't wait to play you some more of it...next week!  For now, this is what rock 'n' roll radio sounded like on a Sunday night in Syracuse this week.

Oh, and meanwhile:  BRIGHT LIGHTS!  Tickets for our July 3rd Syracuse New Wave Rock 'n' Roll Reunion are now on sale.  This a smaller venue than last time, and a sold-out show is VERY possible. Plan ahead!  Tom Kenny!  The Flashcubes!  Screen Test!  The Trend!  The Dead Ducks!  Maura & the Bright Lights!  And a tribute to Norm Mattice, performed by The Richards!  Your hosts are Dana & Carl, and the show starts promptly at 7 pm, Funk N' Waffles Downtown, 307-313 S. Clinton Street in Syracuse.  You wanna visit here:  https://funknwaffles.ticketfly.com/event/1195607-bright-lights-syracuse-new-syracuse/   Buy 'em early, buy 'em often, but buy BRIGHT LIGHTS!

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl streams live every Sunday night from 9 to Midnight Eastern, exclusively at www.westcottradio.org

TIRnRR # 827:  5/22/16

THE RAMONES:  Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio (Rhino, End Of The Century)
ARVIDSON & BUTTERFLIES:  Part Of The Past (Kool Kat Musik, Arvidson & Butterflies)
THE LA'S:  There She Goes (Rhino, VA:  Children Of Nuggets)
THE OUTLETS:  Knock Me Down (Outlets, Rock 1980)
THE RAMONES:  I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You (Rhino, Ramones)
THE MONKEES:  Valleri (Rhino, The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees)
THE MONKEES:  Me & Magdalena (Rhino, Good Times!)
GARY RITCHIE:  Book Of Answers (Fancy Two/Tone, pop-ti-mis-tic)
WARREN ZEVON:  Poor Poor Pitiful Me (Rhino, Genius)
THE ROLLING STONES:  She's A Rainbow (Abkco, Their Satanic Majesties Request)
THE BEVIS FROND:  Hot Sauce Or Nothing (Woronzow, Example 22)
THE SPINNERS:  I'll Be Around (Rhino, The Very Best Of The Spinners)
CLARENCE CARTER:  Snatching It Back (Flashback, Slip Away And Other Hits)
MICHAEL CARPENTER & THE CUBAN HEELS:  Black Chevy (Big Radio, Ain't Nothing Left To Say)
THE BEACH BOYS:  Little Deuce Coupe (Capitol, Little Deuce Coupe & All Summer Long)
PRINCE:  When Doves Cry (Warner Brothers, The Hits/The B-Sides)
THUNDERCLAP NEWMAN:  Something In The Air (Polydor, Hollywood Dream)
EMERSON LAKE & PALMER:  From The Beginning (Razor & Tie, Come And See The Show)
DEEP PURPLE:  You Fool No One (Rhino, Burn)
THE RICHARDS:  Who Would've Thought (Northside, Over The Top)
CHEAP TRICK:  I Want You To Want Me (Epic, Cheap Trick At Budokan)
THE MONKEES:  You Bring The Summer (Rhino, Good Times!)
WILSON PICKETT:  Don't Fight It (Rhino, A Man And A Half)
THE TURNBACK:  Five Days A Week (Split Atom, Are We There Yet?)
SLOAN:  G Turns To D (The Enclave, One Chord To Another)
THE OUTRYDERS:  Last Scenes (Egomaniac, single)
THE LONG RYDERS:  And She Rides (Rhino, VA:  Children Of Nuggets)
CAT STEVENS:  Here Comes My Baby (Deram, Matthew & Son)
MATTHEW SWEET:  Girlfriend (Sony, Playlist)
THE KINKS:  The Village Green Preservation Society (Universal, The Village Green Preservation Society)
YO LA TENGO:  No Return (Matador, Little Honda)
ARVIDSON & BUTTERFLIES:  Lights Go Out (Kool Kat Musik, Arvidson & Butterflies)
THE PRETENDERS:  Talk Of The Town (Sire, The Singles)
GARY FRENAY:  It's Like Heaven (Northside, File Under Pop Vocal)
DAVID BOWIE:  In The Heat Of The Morning (Virgin, Bowie At The Beeb)
LULU:  To Sir, With Love [Museum Outings Montage] (Retroactive, VA:  To Sir, With Love OST)
MFSB:  Sexy (Epic, Love Is The Message)
THE DANDY WARHOLS:  We Used To Be Friends (Capitol, The Best Of The Capitol Years 1995-2007)
HUSKER DU:  Eight Miles High (SST, single)
THE RICHARDS:  Turn It Down (Bullseye, VA:  Are You Ready, Steve?)
CLASSIC RUINS:  1 + 1 < 2 (Rhino, VA:  DIY:  Mass. Ave.)
GENE PITNEY:  It Hurts To Be In Love (One Way, Ultimate Anthology)
FLEETWOOD MAC:  Go Your Own Way (Warner Brothers, Rumours)
THE FORTY NINETEENS:  Disguise (thefortynineteens.com, Rebooted)
THE ANDERSONS!:  From The Get-Go (Lime Vinyl, Separated At Birth)
1.4.5.:  Your Own World (Beautiful Sounds, Rhythm n' Booze)
THE JAM:  Start!  (Polydor, Direction Reaction Creation)
THE MONKEES:  She Makes Me Laugh (Rhino, Good Times!)
THE BEAU BRUMMELS:  Laugh, Laugh (Sundazed, Introducing The Beau Brummels)
THE HIT SQUAD:  Best Of Me (unreleased)
BIG STAR:  I'm In Love With A Girl (Ardent, # 1 Record/Radio City)
MFSB:  Something For Nothing (Epic, Love Is The Answer)