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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, June 5, 2017

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 875

L-R: Ronnie Dark, Dana Bonn, Mike "The Night Owl" Adams, and your boppin' blogger in 2014 
Congratulations to our friends at The Wax Museum With Ronnie Dark over on WVOA-FM on the occasion of their eighth anniversary show last night. Mazel tov, y'all! There is so much great radio in Syracuse on Sundays, from Dave Frisina's free-form Soulshine on The Rebel 105.9 earlier in the day to Dave's long-running local spotlight Soundcheck at night, The Wax Museum to Mike Adams' cocktail hour The Night Owl Lounge on VOA, Larry Hoyt's Common Threads to Mark Bostick & Connie Wailer's Top Of The World on WAER, and Mark Hughson's terrific Everyone's Invited, which precedes whatever the hell it is we do on This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl right here on Westcott Radio. That's a lot of great radio, much of it all at the same damned time.

(And, illustrating the incestuous nature of this big ol' ball o' broadcastin', TIRnRR and The Wax Museum have done several crossover shows, Mike Adams does a Westcott Radio Show called The Record Farm, Dana has appeared on Soundcheck [which makes me jealous], Larry Hoyt often pops by the Westcott Radio studio to say hi while carrying out errands at the Westcott Community Center, Mark & Connie's world beat show used to be on the precursor to Westcott Radio, Ronnie Dark was on the last This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio compilation CD, and Dave Frisina once introduced me as I took the podium to induct The Flashcubes into our local music Hall Of Fame.)

We should all be rivals. Instead, we seem to all be friends. There's a lot of great radio in Syracuse on Sundays. On behalf of all of us, I offer again this simple statement of intent:

Just let me hear some more of that rock 'n' roll music!

This week's exercise of the above on TIRnRR tried to navigate a glitch-prone webcast to offer the TIRnRR debut of The Bookends, new Kool Kat Musik releases by Diamond Hands and The Greek Theatre, and our first-ever spins of a few more tracks from our forthcoming compilation CD This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4, courtesy of Ray Paul, Stepford Knives, and The Grip Weeds. And we bid farewell to local musician Bob Lindberg, a great guy and fellow pop fan; Bob knew more about pop music than nearly anyone, and it was always a pure joy to talk records with Bob. His passing is a huge loss to the Central New York music community. We'll keep playing the music. But man, F*** cancer. This is what rock 'n' roll radio sounded like on a Sunday night in Syracuse this week.

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TIRnRR # 875: 6/4/17

THE RAMONES: Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (Rhino, End Of The Century)
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THE BEATLES: Rock And Roll Music (Capitol, Beatles '65)
THE SPENCER DAVIS GROUP: I'm A Man (Capitol, The Best Of The Spencer Davis Group)
THE CHARMS: Believe (Primary Voltage, So Pretty)
THE YARDBIRDS: Heart Full Of Soul (Rhino, Ultimate!)
CHUCK BERRY: Promised Land (MCA, The Anthology)
THE BLACKBYRDS: Gut Level (Fantasy, The Blackbyrds)
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RAY PAUL: I Need Your Love Tonight (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
BLONDIE: Union City Blue (Chrysalis, Eat To The Beat)
KISS: Strutter (Mercury, KISS)
HOWLIN' WOLF: Highway 49 [alternate take] (Chess, The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions)
THE BUZZCOCKS: What Do I Get? (IRS, Singles Going Steady)
LARRY & THE BLUE NOTES: In And Out (BBE, VA: The Dark Side)
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DIAMOND HANDS: Not The Same (Kool Kat Musik, Diamond Hands)
NICK LOWE: Cruel To Be Kind (Yep Roc, Quiet Please...)
THE GREEK THEATRE: Ruby-khon (Kool Kat Musik, Broken Circle)
THE RASPBERRIES: Go All The Way (RPM, Power Pop Volume One)
THE SPONGETONES: (My Girl) Maryanne (Loaded Goat, Always Carry On)
TODD RUNDGREN: Couldn't I Just Tell You (Rhino, Something/Anything?)
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COTTON MATHER: The Cotton Mather Pledge (Star Apple Kingdom, Wild Kingdom)
THE OHIO EXPRESS: Yummy Yummy Yummy (Buddha, Yummy Yummy Yummy)
PAUL McCARTNEY: The World Tonight (Capitol, Flaming Pie)
FLASH AND THE PAN: Hey St. Peter (Sony, VA: New Wave Hits Of The 70's & 80's)
THE MONKEES: Love Is Only Sleeping (Rhino, 50)
THE KINETICS: You're Gonna Miss Me (Crypt, VA: Last Of The Garage Punk Unknowns Volumes 5 & 6)
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STEPFORD KNIVES: Her Reputation (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
QUILT: Searching For (Mexican Summer, Plaza)
THE GRIP WEEDS: Strange Bird (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
VAN MORRISON: The Big Royalty Check (Legacy, The Authorized Bang Collection)
THE PARTIES: Cryin' Shame (Rainbow Quartz, Cryin' Shame)
FREDDIE & THE DREAMERS: I'm Telling You Now (EMI, The Definitive Collection)
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THE BOOKENDS: A Girl Like Me (unreleased)
THE RATIONALS: Leaving Here (Ace, Think Rational!)
BRENYAMA: Things That You Do (Jem, Euphoria Love)
THE SYMBOLS: Give Me Time (Crypt, VA: Last Of The Garage Punk Unknowns Volumes 5 & 6)
THE MAVERICKS: Brand New Day (Mono Mundo, Brand New Day)
THE BEVIS FROND: Everyday Sunshine (Fire, It Just Is)
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LANNIE FLOWERS: Kiss A Memory (Spyderpop, single)
THE SMALL FACES: (Tell Me) Have You Ever Seen Me (Varese Sarabande, There Are But Four Small Faces)
THE SMITHEREENS: Got Me A Girl (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
THE TREMELOES: Here Comes My Baby (Castle, Good Times)
THE FLASHCUBES: She (7a, VA: Listen To The Bands)
CLAUDE FRANCOIS: Ce Soir Je Vais Boire (Emperor Norton, VA: CQ OST)
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RONNIE DARK: '70s Van
THE HOLLIES: Bus Stop (EMI, Clarke, Hicks & Nash Years)
LOVE SCULPTURE: In The Land Of The Few (Rhino, DAVE EDMUNDS: The Dave Edmunds Anthology [1968-90])
TONY HAZZARD: Goodnight Sweet Josephine (Particles, VA: Curiosity Shop Volume Four)
SCREEN TEST: Fresh As A Daisy (unreleased)
GLYN JOHNS: Little Child (Particles, VA: Curiosity Shop Volume Four)
THE LIKE: Release Me (Geffen, Release Me)
SOUND APPARATUS: Travel Agent Man (Arf! Arf!, VA: A Deadly Dose Of Wylde Psych)
P. HUX: Better Than Good (Kool Kat Musik, VA: This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4)
THE KINGSMEN: Guess I Was Dreaming (Particles, VA: Cornflake Zoo Episode Three)
THE RAMONES: Rock 'n' Roll High School (Rhino, Loud, Fast Ramones)
THE MICKEY FINN: Garden Of My Mind (Cherry Red, Garden Of My Mind: The Complete Recordings 1964-1967)
CHUCK BERRY: Night Beat (Chess, St. Louis To Liverpool)