More Marathon Greatness

April 11th, 2010 · 6 Comments · By

The WTJU Marathon is still in full swing; Jordan and Missy are wrapping up the Curtis Mayfield show at the moment, and from Noon to 2pm Brian Chidester is doing a show of Psychedelic Surf Pastiche Washout; if you’ve caught Brian’s sets at the last two WTJU Dance Parties, you know what awesome things to expect.

From 2-4pm, Radio Wowsville‘s Don Harrison will be hosting a show of Early Rock&Roll and Rockabilly from Virginia, along with Brent Hosier (the guy who put out the Old Virginia Soul and Aliens, Psychos and Wild Things compilations).  Actually, the two of them recently put together a 2xCD compilation of Rockabilly from the Commonwealth, with extensive liner-notes; it’s pretty great.

From 5-7pm, Professor Bebop will be teaching us all about Songs the Beatles Gave Away, i.e. “Stuff they wrote and gave to other artists; Some they later recorded, some not.” I’ve been a big Beatles fan since I was 3, but I had no idea there were even enough of that category of Beatles song to fill a 2hr show; it always goes to show that however much you know about Fab Four, there is always somebody else who knows more. Today, that person is Professor Bebop.

Then from 7 to 9pm, Peter Timko will satisfy our collective sweet tooth with Songs About Candy; in my relatively limited experience behind the scenes at WTJU, it often seems as if the shows with a generic theme don’t do as well financially as the ones about specific bands, but to be honest the silly theme ones are sometimes the most fun! So if you hear something great on WTJU at any point this week, you should feel compelled to call ’em up (924-3959) and donate any amount you feel comfortable with. It’s a great station and it’s worth keeping on the air.

From 9pm to 11, there will be two hours of Songs From The Year 1980 (following last night’s songs from 1970, precursor to tomorrow’s songs from 1990, etc). This show will be hosted by Don, Keicy, and myself, with awesome songs both notorious and undeservedly obscure… should be a lot of fun.

From 11 to 1am, Don will be sticking around to pay tribute to the early work of Bob Seger — I had no idea this stuff even existed, but thanks to Don I can tell you that Bob’s early albums are both WAY out of print and shockingly insane.

I’ll be back on the air at 1am for two hours of New York Rap from 1984 to 1996. If you know anything at all about Hip-Hop, you’ll know that this period is basically considered the “Golden Era” of Hip-Hop, and despite a few great tracks & artists from artists in LA, the Bay Area, Philly, and the South, New York will always be the city that did Hip Hop first and best. I’ll be playing both universally beloved classics by Run-DMC, Public Enemy, De La Soul, LL Cool J, the Beastie Boys, A Tribe Called Quest, Notorious BIG, Biz Markie, and Wu-Tang –as well as more legendary cuts by Kool G Rap, Roxanne Shanté, Ultramagnetic MCs, Big L, Lord Finesse, Showbiz & AG, Audio Two, Nice&Smooth, EPMD, and tons of stuff produced by Pete Rock and DJ Premier.  Despite the rather late time-slot I’ve got really high hopes for this show; I’d love to hear y’all tune in & give me a call!

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 James // Apr 11, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Maaaaan, this marathon has been good. Brain’s Surf set was both groovy and mind-expanding, perfect for a sunny Sunday afternoon. Don & Brent’s Virginia Rockabilly show was similarly excellent; if you haven’t picked up their box set of VA Rock&Roll, it’s got several songs from that show and it’s pretty great. Bebop and Frank are starting the Beatles show right now; highly anticipating what they’re gonna come up with.

  • 2 James // Apr 11, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    I am very disappointed that Peter will not play “Tootsee Roll” by the 69 Boyz on his “Songs About Candy” show — he cites FCC regulations, and to be fair, it is a pretty ridiculous thing to play on the radio at 7pm. On the other hand, that shit was what 8th grade was all about.

    Peter’s doing a pretty great show anyway, though. Call in and pledge! (I did)

  • 3 James // Apr 11, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    holy shit “Chocolate Train” holy shit

  • 4 blair // Apr 11, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    i agree…have been completely wow’ed by the shows today…learned so much about the beatles side maneuverings and yeah some of those surf instrumentals were crazy good

  • 5 James // Apr 11, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Turns out it is VERY hard to encapsulate everything that is great about Hip-Hop into two hours. Limiting it to a 12-year period in a single city helps, but there’s still so much. Do I play “Can I Kick it?” or “Excursions,” or “Stir it Up,” or “Scenario” ? Does “Paul’s Buotique” count even though it was recorded in LA? Does DJ Premier count, even though he grew up in Texas and started his career in Boston? On the other hand, you can’t really do a NY rap show without Premier. Currently debating whether Biggie’s “Party and Bullshit” is OK for safe harbor period, or if I should just go with the Pete Rock original of “Juicy” instead.

    Think I’ve got 1980 under control, though. Even though I can’t find my fucking copy of “Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables.” But I’m definitely bringing my 12″ of “Double Dutch Bus”

  • 6 rings // Apr 18, 2011 at 2:58 am

    buenas noches, paramount blog on greasy loss. equivalent helped.