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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, June 22, 2017

Mastering Rock 'n' Roll

The picture above was taken by my co-host Dana Bonn at SubCat Studios in Syracuse yesterday, as we were mastering our new compilation CD This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4. At the console is SubCat owner Ron Keck, and the Assistant Kibbitzer-In-Chief is, y'know...me. I didn't even realize that yesterday was Ray Davies' birthday; I just figured wearing a Kinks t-shirt would be good juju for the making of a rockin' pop CD.

I was right. Thanks to the pure pop wizardry of all of the artists who contributed tracks, and to the studio magic of Ron and SubCat, we have a terrific disc coming your way. We'll be tweaking the master a bit over the next few days, making sure everything snaps in the right place. Dana will be working on the graphics. I'll get started on the liner notes. Kool Kat Musik will make sure you have the opportunity to buy it. And then you'll know what we already know:

This disc just sounds friggin' great.

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4
Kool Kat Musik PURR 2061
Produced by Dana Bonn and Carl Cafarelli

2. THE SPONGETONES: (Our Guys) Dana & Carl [TIRnRR ID]
3. POP CO-OP: You Don't Love Me Anymore [new track]
4. RAY PAUL: I Need Your Love Tonight [new track]
5. CIRCE LINK & CHRISTIAN NESMITH: I'm On Your Side [first mass-market CD release]
7. THE SLAPBACKS: Make Something Happen [new track, covering The Flashcubes]
8. P. HUX: Better Than Good [from the album Kiss The Monster]
9. IRENE PE√ĎA: Must've Been Good [from new EP Trying Not To Smile]
11. THE RUBINOOS: Nowheresville [first US CD release]
12. STEPFORD KNIVES: Her Reputation [new track]
13. THE GRIP WEEDS: Strange Bird [new remix of rare single]
14. POPDUDES: She Is Funny (In That Way) [first CD release]
15. JOSEPH R. BALINT JR.: Civitas Romanas [TIRnRR ID]
16. RONNIE DARK: '70s Van [new remix of rare regional track]
17. THE FLASHCUBES: No Promise [4-track] [first CD release]
18. CHRIS VON SNEIDERN: Insomniac Summer [new track]
19. THE BOTTLE KIDS: Let Me In On This Action [new track]
20. 1.4.5.: Your Own World [first CD release]
21. THE SMITHEREENS: Got Me A Girl [first mass-market CD release]
22. PAUL COLLINS BEAT: She Doesn't Want To Hang Around With You [from the album Ribbon Of Gold]
23. THE HIT SQUAD: Best Of Me [previously unreleased]
24. THE RULERS: I Want My Ramones Records Back [first CD release]
25. THE LEGAL MATTERS: Don't Look Back [first CD release]
26. MAURA & THE BRIGHT LIGHTS: Maybe Someday [first CD release]
27. MR. ENCRYPTO: Harmony Cathedral/Daisy Bang [TIRnRR ID]
28. MR. ENCRYPTO & THE CYPHERS: Home On The Radio [previously unreleased]
29. LISA MYCHOLS: Almost Didn't Happen [new track]

And the above track listing, stellar as it is, doesn't directly tell you that it also includes name-below-the-title work by Terry Draper of Klaatu, Herb Eimerman of The Nurk Twins, Karen Bassett of The Pandoras and Rebel Pebbles, Torbjorn Petersson of The Tor Guides, Ducky Carlisle, local legend B.D. Love, and John Wicks of The Records. We've got your pop stars all over this one. We hope to have it available for your imminent worship in July.

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