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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 15, 2017

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 872




We can do The Best Three Hours Of Radio in just TWO hours--it's our super power! It helps when we have a higher purpose. We devoted our first hour to Ken Sharp's latest irresistible power pop history book Play On! Power Pop Heroes Volume 4 (available right now from Pop Geek Heaven). We found time for new music from DM3, The Bayonets, Brenyama, Orbis Max, and The Rubilators, plus a track from the recent compilation Sweet Relief Volume 4. And we closed with a bunch o' irresistibles from our own forthcoming Kool Kat Musik compilation CD, This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4Pop Co-Op, The Rubinoos, The Legal Matters, The Rulers, Lisa Mychols, Mr. Encrypto & the Cyphers, Michael Oliver & the Sacred Band, Popdudes, Circe Link & Christian Nesmith, and The Bottle Kids. Three hours in two hours? Yep. No problem.

NEXT WEEK: The FIRESTONE Invasion! The one 'n' only Rich Firestone takes over the whole shebang, aided 'n' abetted by lovely wife Kathy and lovely Corgi Harry, proving once and for all that no one really needs Dana & Carl. Luckily, we're the only ones who know the access codes. Don't miss this one next week! Meanwhile, this is what rock 'n' roll radio sounded like on a truncated Sunday night in Syracuse this week.

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl streams live on Sunday nights from 9 to (usually) Midnight Eastern, exclusively at www.westcottradio.org

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TIRnRR # 872: 5/14/17

THE RAMONES: Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (Rhino, End Of The Century)
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Play On! Power Pop Heroes Volume 4 by Ken Sharp
KEN SHARP: Let's Be Friends (Jet Fighter, New Mourning)
MATTHEW SWEET: Sick Of Myself (Sony, Playlist)'
CROWDED HOUSE: It's Only Natural (Capitol, Recurring Dream)
THE BANGLES: Manic Monday (Columbia, Greatest Hits)
THE PRODUCERS: What's He Got? (One Way, The Producers/You Make The Heat)
THE GO-GO'S: Vacation (IRS, Vacation)
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PARTHENON HUXLEY: Double Our Numbers (Columbia, Sunny Nights)
THE dB'S: Ask For Jill (Collectors' Choice Music, Stands For Decibels/Repercussion)
THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS: I'm An Adult Now (EMI, Love Junk)
THE SPONGETONES: Have You Ever Been Torn Apart? (Black Vinyl, Beat & Torn)
LET'S ACTIVE: Blue Line (IRS, Cypress)
TEENAGE FANCLUB: Sparky's Dream (DGC, Grand Prix)
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THE SMITHEREENS: Sorry (Entertainment One, Smithereens 2011)
THE HOODOO GURUS: I Want You Back (Bigtime, Stoneage Romeos)
MICHAEL PENN: No Myth (BMG, March)
THE THREE O'CLOCK: In My Own Time (Frontier, Sixteen Tambourines/Baroque Hoedown)
REDD KROSS: Stay Away From Downtown (Merge, Researching The Blues)
TOMMY KEENE: Astronomy (Geffen, Songs From The Film)
And that's Play On! Power Pop Heroes Volume 4! Visit http://ken-sharp.com/ to find out more!
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THE BAYONETS: I Feel Love (Jem, Crash Boom Bang!)
PAUL WELLER: Long Time (Warner Brothers, Saturns Pattern)
STAY: Dirty And Alone (JAM, VA: Sweet Relief Volume 4)
ARROGANCE: Praying Mantis (Graff, The 5' 11" Album)
BRENYAMA: Things That You Do (Jem, Euphoria Love)
ORBIS MAX: We All Need Someone To Love (Orbis Max, single)
DM3: Monsters (www.dommariani.com, single)
THE RUBILATORS: Try To Make You Love Me (n/a, single)
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And now; THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO, VOLUME 4!
POP CO-OP: You Don't Love Me Anymore (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
THE RUBINOOS: Nowheresville (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
THE LEGAL MATTERS: Don't Look Back (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
THE RULERS: I Want My Ramones Records Back (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
LISA MYCHOLS: Almost Didn't Happen (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
MR. ENCRYPTO & THE CYPHERS: Home On The Radio (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
MICHAEL OLIVER & THE SACRED BAND, FEATURING DAVE MERRITT: You Won't Do (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
POPDUDES: She Is Funny (In That Way) (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
CIRCE LINK & CHRISTIAN NESMITH: I'm On Your Side (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
THE BOTTLE KIDS: Let Me In On This Action (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
Keep your eyes 'n' ears out for This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4, due out this summer from Kool Kat Musik!
THE RAMONTURES: Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World (Blood Red, Ramonetures)