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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.

Friday, July 21, 2017

TIRnRR # 4 Status Report



Earlier this week, Ray Gianchetti at Kool Kat Musik received the final master of our new compilation CD This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4. Dana has completed the graphics, Ray is reviewing the whole package for last-minute glitches, and we all hope to have it available for you soon. You can pre-order it right now at Kool Kat.

Within the next day or several on this blog (i.e., probably either Saturday or Tuesday), I will begin a 29-part track-by-track discussion of the fabulous songs on this album, briefly (no, really!) telling you a little bit about TIRnRR's history with each act. This will be kinda like a bonus set of liner notes, supplementing the actual liners. Please listen loudly.

In addition to saturation airplay on our own little mutant radio show, tracks from This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4 have also been heard on Alan Haber's Pure Pop Radio and The Wax Museum With Ronnie DarkI've shared the files with the ever-wonderful Palmyra Delran at Little Steven's Underground Garage on Sirius XM. If you're a Sirius subscriber, a polite note to the good folks at Underground Garage requesting tracks from This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4 would be appreciated the mostest.  

The time between a CD's completion and its release is...well, not quite awkward, but certainly an odd feeling. After months of work and obsessing over little details, fussing and fixing, and ultimately exulting in the result, we've hit the patch where there's just nothing left to do anymore. We wait. And we listen to this thing we all collaborated in creating, and we ache with the anticipation of more people getting to hear it, again and again. Soon. Soon.

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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