Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Crap From The Past Tribute to George Martin

One of my favorite downloadable and streaming podcasts on the internet is really a radio show. It's called CRAP FROM THE PAST and is hosted by Ron "Boogiemonster" Gerber on KFAI radio in the Minneapolis / St. Paul area of Minnesota. The weekly radio show features a smorgasbord of pop and rock music from the 1960s to 1990s with emphasis on obscure and rare tracks from the 1970s and 1980. It is a fun show to listen to.

Occasionally the show will focus of special subjects like "lost 45s", and recently deceased music personalities such as Casey Kasem and most recently producer George Martin.

For this posting I have included a link to the March 11 podcast of CRAP FROM THE PAST which is largely a tribute to George Martin who is often recognized as "the 5th Beatle" since he produced nearly all of the records of The Beatles.

The show is available as a download as well as a stream, as presented below:


KARN EVIL 9 - Emerson Lake And Palmer (1973)
IN MY LIFE [mono mix] - Beatles (1965)
HELP [US LP mono version] - Beatles (1965)
YESTERDAY [mono mix] - Beatles (1965)
MAN ON YOUR MIND [previously unreleased mix] - Little River Band (1982/2000)
TAKE IT EASY ON ME [previously unreleased mix] - Little River Band (1982/2000)
A DAY IN THE LIFE [mono mix] - Beatles (1967)
FERRY ACROSS THE MERSEY - Gerry And The Pacemakers (1965)
TAKE IT AWAY - Paul McCartney (1982)
TIN MAN - America (1974)
RAIN - Beatles (1966)
GOT TO GET YOU INTO MY LIFE [mono mix] - Beatles (1966)
I FEEL FINE - Beatles (1964)
SHE'S A WOMAN - Beatles (1964)
PENNY LANE - Beatles (1967)
THE NIGHT OWLS [previously unreleased mix] - Little River Band (1982/2000)

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

BOSS Radio Is Streaming Online

While it is not exactly the old KHJ "Boss Radio" of old (no live DJs), this radio stream I first found on Apple's iTunes Internet Radio tab is kind of like no other oldies audio stream. Surely, they play much of the same old stuff as other streaming stations.

Boss Radio Online however streams blocks of music of one specific year per hour. So like if you stumble into a block, you may be locked in to say 1961 or 1970. It depends on the time of day you listen to a stream. 

Needless to say, I like Boss Radio Online even without any live DJs. You get the old style jingles such as "And the Hits Just Keep on Coming" along with the same style of bumper music you remember as a kid.

Since this is a streaming station (broadband internet required), unlike the old AM band of yore, there is no static. The music is all original with most tracks presented in full stereo sound. Nice.

Some of the early year webcasts also include music inserts from years prior to the targeted time span (1961 to 1973) presented on Boss Radio.

All you need to listen to Boss Radio Online is a browser pointed to the following URL on your computer or device:

Boss Radio Online is also available on the iTunes internet radio tab as well as through free downloadable apps for your Android and iOS device. Access to the stream is FREE! A great bargain.

Here is a set list for Year 1961:

Boss Radio 1961-01

Let the Four Winds Blow - Fats Domino
Will You Love Me Tomorrow - The Shirelles
Hello Mary Lou - Rick Nelson
Please Mr. Postman - The Marvelettes
Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley & the Comets
Mountain's High - Dick & Deedee
Tower of Strength - Gene McDaniels
Take Good Care of My Baby - Bobby Vee
One Track Mind - Bobby Lewis
Bird Dog - The Everly Brothers
Corinna Corinna - Ray Peterson
Heartaches - The Marcels
Spanish Harlem - Ben E. King
Gee Whiz (Looks At His Eyes) - Carla Thomas
I've Told Every Little Star - Linda Scott
Broken Hearted Memories - Sarah Vaughan
Rubber Ball - Bobby Vee
Crying - Roy Orbison
Calendar Girl - Neil Sedaka
Big Man / Santa Catalina - The Four Preps
Travelin' Man - Rick Nelson
Mama Said - The Shirelles
Some Kind of Wonderful - The Drifters
Magnificent Seven - Al Cariola

I will be posting set lists on occasion.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Beatles Set To Stream

The Beatles music is set to start streaming on various music services starting on December 24. This is good news for Beatles fans who don't have all of their recordings on various analog or digital medias. Starting tomorrow just go to your favorite streaming service and look for and listen to The Beatles there.
The Fab Four's music will stream on all of the leading services including Apple MusicSpotifyAmazon PrimeGoogle PlayTidalSlackerRhapsodyDeezer and Microsoft Groove.
Beatles music has for the longest of time streamed for free on the "Internet Radio" tab of Apple's iTunes music application as well as on iHeart Radio.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Scrivener's Friday 5 - La La La La La - Music

From Scrivener's Friday 5 blog:
"Long-time (and even short-time) participants in the Friday 5 pretty much know that my two favorite topics to ask questions about are food and music. And I’ve had a pretty good music-filled week, so here are five questions inspired by that."

1.What’s your favorite song about a specific city?

Gosh there are plenty of city songs that i like. Here are 10 of them.

1. Honolulu City Lights - Keola and Kapono Beamer + the remake by The Carpenters. The song captures the essence of wanting to go back home to Honolulu.

2. City of the Angels - This song by Journey is my favorite for LAX.

3. The Night Chicago Died - Paper Lace - always loved this fictional account of gangsters and Al Capone. The record went to #1 in 1974. The song could also fit in question #2.

4. Honey's Tune (Hilo's Such A Rainy Old Town) - by Olomana - This song just feels "so Hilo" especially about the rain. You got to have lived there or been on the Big Island of Hawaii to know what I mean.

5. El Paso - Marty Robbins - one of the best story songs ever, this is like an audio movie rolled into 5 minutes. From back in the days of real country music.

6. Philadelphia Freedom - Elton John - a great, uptempo dance song about a tennis team from Philly. Great arrangement and orchestration. #1 in 1975.

7. Echo Valley 2-6809 - The Partridge Family - One of the best songs on PF's Sound Magazine.

8. San Francisco - Scott McKenzie  - hippie song from 1967. "Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair".

9. London's Calling - The Clash for when you're angry.

10. Summer Night City - A Euro-pop song by ABBA from 1979. Location is probably fictitious or wherever there is a hot disco.

2. What’s your favorite song about a real, historical figure?

1. Candle in the Wind by Elton John (1973 - Marilyn Monroe) - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - 1973 Live in Australia - 1987
2. James K. Polk - They Might Be Giants (1990 on Istanbul Not Constantinople CD single)
3. Hey Jude - The Beatles (Julian Lennon, 1968 - he's not historical but he is part of Beatles history)
4. I'm Henry the 8th I Am - Herman's Hermits (1965) - Fun from when I was a kid.

3. What are your favorite song and favorite group (or solo artist) from the classic Motown era?

Way to much to list just one.

1. My Girl - The Temptations (1965)
2. Superstition - Stevie Wonder (1972)
3. Love Child - Diana Ross & the Supremes (1968)
4. Get Ready - Rare Earth (1970)
5. I Heard it Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye (1968)
6. Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder (1974)
7. Reach Out (I'll Be There) - The Four Tops (1966)
8. Second That Emotion - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (1969)
9. Tears of a Clown - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (1970)
10. War - Edwin Starr (1970)

I would like to include "Midnight Train to Georgia" by Gladys Knight & the Pips but this was released in 1973 on Buddah Records after they left Motown.

Favorite artist - Stevie Wonder (especially after he took creative control of his music in 1970).

Favorite group - Rare Earth (they were on a Motown imprint from 1969 to 1974)

Today Motown is just part of Universal Music and not its own label anymore.

4. What’s your favorite song by a musician (or band) you really dislike?

"The Real Slim Shady" by Eminem - definitely not a fan, but the song is ok.

5. What’s your favorite song with the word “song” in its title?

1. Song on the Radio - Al Stewart (1978) from Time Passages
2. Look What They've Done to My Song Ma - Melaine or The New Seekers (early 1970s)
3. Songs From the Wood - Jethro Tull (1978)
4. This Song - George Harrison (1976) - about being sued for My Sweet Lord.
5. The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole "chestnuts roasting on an open fire...."

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Nohelani's First Album to Be Re-released

From the Aloha Got Soul record label comes this in my email:

"Five years ago I launched this niche music blog simply because I wanted to document some of the cool music that came out of Hawaii during the 1970s. 

Nohelani Cypriano's 1979 debut is one shining example of such music.

It's 2015 and Aloha Got Soul is working with Be With Records to reissue Nohelani's debut for the first time ever on vinyl, available August 7th.

Be With founder Rob Butler and Aloha Got Soul ambassador Cedric Bardawil are hosting a release party at Brilliant Corners in London—and you're invited.

Join us as we celebrate on Friday, August 7th for a night of amazing tunes including Hawaiian grooves, summertime sounds and island jams.

Nohelani Cypriano Release Party

Brilliant Corners
470 Kingsland Road, E8 4AE 

Friday, August 7th

7:00pm - 1:30am
Free entry

First off I definitely remember this album being released on vinyl in 1978 or 79 about a year after Nohelani Cypriano hit it big in Hawaii with her Homegrown II  hit, "Lihue".

Certainly, the album has been out of print for a while. It is good to know that it is being re-released again on vinyl. The album has long been available on CD and digital formats.

Kind of odd that the record release party is in London, UK. I guess Nohelani is popular there or perhaps there are more vinyl fans in the British Isles. Regardless I am sure this record will be also available in Hawaii.