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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.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Continuing Story Of THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO, VOLUME 4

A quick update regarding our forthcoming compilation CD This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4, due out this summer from the ever-fab Kool Kat Musik label. We are pleased to announce the addition of Stepford Knives, the ace combo starring Jamie Hoover and Otis Hughes. Stepford Knives have given us a brand-new track called "Her Reputation," which only adds to the already-sterling reputation of TIRnRR4.

We have tracks from two other artists, both of whom have connections to the Syracuse area; these tracks are basically confirmed but still need a little behind-the-scenes maneuvering before we can announce them publicly. It's safe to say that this disc is full (which is a shame, because there's a third unannounced track we've been trying to shoehorn in, but I believe we are outta room). We've changed a couple of things since our last update, and some details may still change before we master in June. Here's all of the public information to date:

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4
Produced by Dana Bonn and Carl Cafarelli
Due Summer 2017 from Kool Kat Musik

1.4.5.: Your Own World [first CD release of OOP original LP version]
THE BOTTLE KIDS: Let Me In On This Action [new track]
PAUL COLLINS BEAT: She Doesn't Want To Hang Around With You
[redacted]: [redacted] [first national CD release of OOP track]
THE GRIP WEEDS: Strange Bird [new remix of original German single version]
[redacted]: [redacted] [previously unreleased]
THE LEGAL MATTERS: Don't Look Back [first CD release]
CIRCE LINK & CHRISTIAN NESMITH: I'm On Your Side [first mass market CD release]
MAURA & THE BRIGHT LIGHTS: Maybe Someday [new track]
MR. ENCRYPTO & THE CYPHERS: Home On The Radio [previously unreleased]
LISA MYCHOLS: Almost Didn't Happen [new track]
P. HUX: Better Than Good
RAY PAUL: I Need Your Love Tonight [new track]
IRENE PENA: Must've Been Good
POP CO-OP: You Don't Love Me Anymore [new track]
POPDUDES: She Is Funny (In That Way) [first CD release]
THE RUBINOOS: Nowheresville [first US CD release]
THE RULERS: I Want My Ramones Records Back [first CD release]
THE SLAPBACKS: Make Something Happen [new track, first-ever Flashcubes cover]
THE SMITHEREENS: Got Me A Girl [first mass market CD release of rare early track]
STEPFORD KNIVES: Her Reputation [new track]
VEGAS WITH RANDOLPH Featuring [redacted]: TBD

You'd buy this CD. Wouldn't you? More hype to come soon.

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