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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 NewsThe Syracuse New Times, Big Stir magazine, and AHOY Comics.  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, March 5, 2018

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio # 913

Reet magazine, the new on-line rock and/or skewed reality read everyone's been waitin' to embrace or ignore as their senseless whims compel them, launches today! This latest nefarious scheme to control your emotions and make 'em dance comes courtesy of Devorah Ostrov and the legendary John Mendelssohn, and frankly it's about as close to a new issue of Creem as you can get in 2018. Plus, it's got ME!, reminiscing about how I discovered the music of Buddy Holly when I was an eight grader in the early '70s. All this, and David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Lenny Kaye, Aerosmith, Angelyne, Philippe Marcade, cheap wine, goth music, the birth of punk in L.A., and the sweet, arresting aroma of what-the-holy-heck-was-THAT?! (I'm still hoping we'll all have a chance to stuff the ballot box on behalf of  Suzi Quatro as ginchiest rock chick ever, but I'm just a lowly stringer.) BUT NO MATTER! You're right to read Reet! Let's see what Dev sez:

Today's the day we've all been waiting for! REET - the online pop culture magazine - is here! In this issue: Brenda kisses Iggy Pop! Devorah & Michelle hang out with Steven Tyler! John befriends David Bowie and has dinner with Angelyne! Carl discovers Buddy Holly! Lenny Kaye reveals a secret about Nuggets! Thomas makes a long-distance phone call to Philippe MarcadeAndy taste-tests cheap wine! Elizabeth stays inside & listens to goth music! Don't trample each other in your rush to read the first issue...

You have your orders! Ready, steady...REET!https://reetmag.wixsite.com/reetmag

Meanwhile, we got a radio show. A good radio show, with new music from Steve Barton, Spygenius, Josh Isn't, P76, The Armoires, Ken Sharp, The Well Wishers, Plasticsoul, Southport Johnny & the Bizness, and Whiteside's Daughter, aided and abetted by whatever the hell else it is we do here. Don't ask me; I was a legacy hire. READ REET! And this is what rock 'n' roll radio sounded like on a Sunday night in Syracuse this week.

This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl, Sunday nights from 9 to Midnight Eastern, on the air in Syracuse on The Spark WSPJ-LP 103.3 and 93.7, and on the web at http://sparksyracuse.org/

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Our new compilation CD This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio, Volume 4 is now available from Kool Kat Musik! 29 tracks of irresistible rockin' pop, starring Pop Co-OpRay PaulCirce Link & Christian NesmithVegas With Randolph Featuring Lannie FlowersThe SlapbacksP. HuxIrene PeñaMichael Oliver & the Sacred Band Featuring Dave MerrittThe RubinoosStepford KnivesThe Grip WeedsPopdudesRonnie DarkThe FlashcubesChris von SneidernThe Bottle Kids1.4.5.The SmithereensPaul Collins' BeatThe Hit SquadThe RulersThe Legal MattersMaura & the Bright LightsLisa Mychols, and Mr. Encrypto & the Cyphers. You gotta have it, so order it here.

TIRnRR # 913: 3/4/18

THE RAMONES: Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (Rhino, End Of The Century)
THE KINKS: Till The End Of The Day (Essential, The Kink Kontroversy)
THE ROLLING STONES: (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (London Calling, The Complete British Radio Broadcasts 1963-1965)
SOUTHPORT JOHNNY & THE BIZNESS: Getting Drunk (https://southportjohnnyandthebizness.com/)
BLONDIE: Call Me (Chrysalis, The Platinum Collection)
JOSH ISN'T: Take Good Care Of My Baby (single)
THE BEATLES: All You Need Is Love (Apple, Yellow Submarine Songtrack)
THE WELL WISHERS: Never Let You Down (n/a, A View From Above)
DR. FEELGOOD: She Does It Right (Grand, BBC Sessions 1973-1978)
THE ISLEY BROTHERS: It's Your Thing (Motown, Greatest Hits And Rare Classics)
PAUL McCARTNEY: All Things Must Pass (Warner Strategic Marketing, VA: Concert For George)
BLAKE BABIES: Out There (Mammoth, Sunburn)
SONNY & CHER: Baby Don't Go (Atco, Flashback With Sonny & Cher)
SPYGENIUS: The Friendly Stars That Glow (Big Stir, 'Pacephale)
THE SMALL FACES: Afterglow (Immediate, Ogden's Nut Gone Flake)
THE JAYHAWKS: I'm Gonna Make You Love Me (Columbia, Smile)
XTC: English Roundabout (Virgin, English Settlement)
PLASTICSOUL: In Her Raincoat (Big Stir, Therapy)
GREGG YETI & THE BEST LIGHTS: My Narcoleptic Sara (Eskimo Kiss, Heart Palpitations Of The Rich And Famous)
BUDDY HOLLY: Peggy Sue (MCA, The Buddy Holly Collection)
THE DONAYS: Devil In His Heart (Brent, single)
BADFINGER: Day After Day (Apple, Straight Up)
GENERATION X: Dancing With Myself (Chrysalis, Perfect Hits 1975-1981)
THE MONKEES: Valleri (Rhino, 50)
POP CO-OP: If Everything Was Easy (Silent Bugler, Four State Solution)
STEVE BARTON: Shadow Of The Bride (Sleepless, Tall Tales And Alibis)
HARMONIC DIRT: Maybe (n/a, Anthracite)
P. P. ARNOLD: The First Cut Is The Deepest (Immediate, The First Cut)
GEORGE HARRISON: You (Capitol, The Best Of George Harrison)
UTOPIA: Love In Action (Warner Brothers, TODD RUNDGREN: The Definitive Rock Collection)
WHITESIDE'S DAUGHTER: Don't Take The Mark (Plowhandle, The Life You Save)
MOUNTAIN: Roll Over Beethoven (Columbia, The Best Of Mountain)
THE RAMONES: Listen To My Heart (Rhino, Ramones)
THE MOVE: Do Ya (EMI, Great Move!)
NANCY SINATRA: Flowers In The Rain (EMI, The Essential Nancy Sinatra)
THE FLASHCUBES: Blackberry Way (Northside, Flashcubes Forever)
P76: Northern Gaze (single)
TALKING HEADS: Love Goes To Building On Fire (Rhino, The Best Of Talking Heads)
THE ARMOIRES: Responsible (Big Stir, Incidental Light Show)
BIG STAR: September Gurls [single version] (Stax, The Best Of Big Star)
SQUEEZE: Rose I Said (A & M, Frank)
THE ALAN BROWN: All Along The Watchtower (Angel Air, VA: Do You Dream?)
THE SEX PISTOLS: God Save The Queen (Virgin, Kiss This)
RICHARD HELL & THE VOIDOIDS: Love Comes In Spurts (Sire, Blank Generation)
IGGY POP: I'm Bored (Virgin, A Million In Prizes)
JOY DIVISION: Love Will Tear Us Apart (Rhino, The Best Of Joy Division)
SUZI QUATRO: Tear Me Apart (EMI, The Essential Suzi Quatro)
THE GREAT SOCIETY: Someone To Love (Sundazed, Born To Be Burned)
THE BEACH BOYS: California Girls (Capitol, Party & Stack-O-Tracks)

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