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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.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Status Report: THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO, Volume 4



Busy, busy day today, as I try to complete the text package (liner notes and credits) for our now-imminent compilation CD, This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4. Dana's working on the artwork (CD cover pictured above), and Ray Gianchetti at Kool Kat Musik is patiently waiting for us to finally deliver the damned thing.

But most have the hurdles have been cleared. There were issues with two of the tracks on our original master, but they have been corrected, and everything sounds terrific. The sequence of the CD's last two tracks was inadvertently switched in the remastering, but we actually like the new sequencing better; it seems appropriate to end the compilation with a song called "Home On The Radio," so that was a happy accident. The re-sequencing still required another master (since the original closing track had a long end groove of silence that we didn't care about removing previously), and that final final master is now in our hands. The corrected track listing appears below.



While you're waiting for TIRnRR # 4, we're happy to announce that Volume 3 is now available as a download for the first time, thanks to the ever-fab Keith Klingensmith at Futureman Records. Not only can you download Volume 3 (the original album plus the 13-track bonus disc), you can still get the otherwise-rare Volume 1 and the common-as-dirt (yet still fabulous) Volume 2, with all profits going to benefit our radio home at Spark Syracuse.



Dana and I are so proud of this new compilation, and so pleased with the end result. We can't wait for you to hear it. Information on ordering should follow soon, along with a chance to sample these sounds on our Reverbnation page. And I'll be telling you about each of these tracks individually right here on Boppin' (Like The Hip Folks Do). The time is near. This, my friends, is rock 'n' roll radio.

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

1. MEGHAN JEAN CAFARELLI: Perseverance
2. THE SPONGETONES: (Our Guys) Dana & Carl [TIRnRR ID]
3. POP CO-OP: You Don't Love Me Anymore
4. RAY PAUL: I Need Your Love Tonight
5. CIRCE LINK & CHRISTIAN NESMITH: I'm On Your Side
6. VEGAS WITH RANDOLPH FEATURING LANNIE FLOWERS: The Weekend's Coming
7. THE SLAPBACKS: Make Something Happen
8. P. HUX: Better Than Good
9. IRENE PE√ĎA: Must've Been Good
10. MICHAEL OLIVER & THE SACRED BAND FEATURING DAVE MERRITT: You Won't Do
11. THE RUBINOOS: Nowheresville
12. STEPFORD KNIVES: Her Reputation
13. THE GRIP WEEDS: Strange Bird [remix of original single]
14. POPDUDES: She Is Funny (In That Way)
15. JOSEPH R. BALINT JR.: Civitas Romanas [TIRnRR ID]
16. RONNIE DARK: '70s Van
17. THE FLASHCUBES: No Promise [4-track]
18. CHRIS VON SNEIDERN: Insomniac Summer
19. THE BOTTLE KIDS: Let Me In On This Action
20. 1.4.5.: Your Own World [original version]
21. THE SMITHEREENS: Got Me A Girl
22. PAUL COLLINS BEAT: She Doesn't Want To Hang Around With You
23. THE HIT SQUAD: Best Of Me
24. THE RULERS: I Want My Ramones Records Back
25. THE LEGAL MATTERS: Don't Look Back
26. MAURA & THE BRIGHT LIGHTS: Maybe Someday
27. MR. ENCRYPTO: Harmony Cathedral/Daisy Bang [TIRnRR ID]

28. LISA MYCHOLS: Almost Didn't Happen
29. MR. ENCRYPTO & THE CYPHERS: Home On The Radio