Friday 2pm: Spot Light Artist – Kool and The Gang

August 16, 2019
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Kool & the Gang are an American musical group formed in Jersey City, New Jersey in 1964 by brothers Robert “Kool” Bell and Ronald Bell, with Dennis “D.T.” Thomas, Robert “Spike” Mickens, Charles Smith, George Brown, and Ricky West. They have undergone numerous changes in personnel and have explored many musical styles throughout their history, including jazz, soul, funk, rock, and pop music. After settling on their name following several changes, the group signed to De-Lite Records and released their debut album, Kool and the Gang (1970).

The band’s first taste of success came with their fourth album Wild and Peaceful (1973), which contained the US top ten singles “Jungle Boogie”and “Hollywood Swinging”. Kool & the Gang subsequently entered a period of decline before they reached a second commercial peak between 1979 and 1986 following their partnership with Brazilian musician/producer Eumir Deodato and the addition of singer James “J.T.” Taylor to the line-up. Their most successful albums of this period include Ladies’ Night (1979), Celebrate! (1980), and Emergency (1984), their highest selling album with two million copies sold in the US, and the hit singles “Ladies’ Night”, the US number one “Celebration”, “Get Down on It”, “Joanna”, and “Cherish”. The band continue to perform worldwide, including as support for Van Halen in 2012 and their fiftieth anniversary tour in 2014.

Kool & the Gang have won numerous awards, including two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, and, in 2006, a Music Business Association Chairman’s Award for artistic achievement. In 2018, the Bells, Brown, and Taylor were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Their discography includes 23 studio albums and almost 70 singles. They have sold 7.5 million and 4.5 million RIAA-certified albums and singles, respectively, in the US.

Thursday 10pm: Feature LP: Queen – A Day At The Races (1976)

August 15, 2019
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A Day at the Races is the fifth studio album by the British rock band Queen, released on December 10, 1976. It was the band’s first completely self-produced album, and the first not to feature producer Roy Thomas Baker. Recorded at Sarm East, The Manor and Wessex Studios in England, A Day at the Races was engineered by Mike Stone. The title of the album followed suit with its predecessor A Night at the Opera, taking its name from the subsequent film by the Marx Brothers.

The album peaked at #1 in the UK, Japan and the Netherlands. It reached #5 on the US Billboard 200 and was Queen’s fifth album to ship gold in the US, and subsequently reached platinum status in the same country.

A Day at the Races was voted the 67th greatest album of all time in a national 2006 BBC poll.

1. “Tie Your Mother Down” 4:48
2. “You Take My Breath Away” 5:09
3. “Long Away” 3:34
4. “The Millionaire Waltz” 4:54
5. “You and I” 3:25
6. “Somebody to Love” 4:56
7. “White Man” 4:59
8. “Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy” 2:54
9. “Drowse” 3:45
10. “Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)” 5:50

Wednesday 11pm: Feature LP: Bastille – Doom Days (2019)

August 14, 2019
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Doom Days is the third studio album by British indie pop band Bastille, released on June 14, 2019 by Virgin EMI Records. It was preceded by the release of four singles: “Quarter Past Midnight”, “Doom Days”, “Joy” and “Those Nights”. “Those Nights” was premiered on Beats 1 with Zane Lowe on June 4, 2019. The band will play music festivals in the UK and across Europe from May to August in support of the album.

1. “Quarter Past Midnight” 3:19
2. “Bad Decisions” 3:09
3. “The Waves” 4:00
4. “Divide” 3:52
5. “Million Pieces” 4:11
6. “Doom Days” 2:18
7. “Nocturnal Creatures” 3:52
8. “4AM” 4:07
9. “Another Place” 3:31
10. “Those Nights” 4:30
11. “Joy” 3:12

Wednesday 12am: Feature LP: Blink 182 – Take Off Your Pants and Jacket (2001)

August 13, 2019
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Take Off Your Pants and Jacket is the fourth studio album by American rock band blink-182, released on June 12, 2001 by MCA Records. The band had spent much of the previous year traveling and supporting their previous album Enema of the State (1999), which launched their mainstream career. The album’s title is a tongue-in-cheek pun on male masturbation (“take off your pants and jack it”), and its cover art has icons for each member of the trio: an airplane (“take off”), a pair of pants, and a jacket. It is the band’s final release through MCA.

The album was recorded over three months at Signature Sound in San Diego with producer Jerry Finn. During the sessions, MCA executives pressured the band to retain the sound that helped their previous album sell millions. As such, Take Off Your Pants and Jacket continues the pop punk tone that blink-182 had honed and made famous, albeit with a heavier post-hardcore sound inspired by bands such as Fugazi and Refused. Regarding its lyrical content, it has been referred to as a concept album chronicling adolescence, with songs dedicated to first dates, fighting authority, and teenage parties. Due to differing opinions on direction, the trio worked in opposition to one another for the first time, and the sessions sometimes became contentious.

The album had near-immediate success, becoming the first punk rock record to debut at number one on the US Billboard 200 and achieving double platinum certification in May 2002. It produced three hit singles — “The Rock Show”, “First Date”, and “Stay Together for the Kids” — that were top-ten hits on modern rock charts. Critical impressions of the album were generally positive, commending its expansion on teenage themes, although others viewed this as its weakness. To support the album, the band co-headlined the Pop Disaster Tour with Green Day. Take Off Your Pants and Jacket has sold over 14 million copies worldwide.

1. “Anthem Part Two” 3:48
2. “Online Songs” 2:25
3. “First Date” 2:51
4. “Happy Holidays, You Bastard” 0:42
5. “Story of a Lonely Guy” 3:39
6. “The Rock Show” 2:51
7. “Stay Together for the Kids” 3:59
8. “Roller Coaster” 2:47
9. “Reckless Abandon” 3:06
10. “Everytime I Look for You” 3:05
11. “Give Me One Good Reason” 3:18
12. “Shut Up” 3:20
13. “Please Take Me Home” 3:05
14. “Time to Break Up” 3:04
15. “Mother’s Day” 1:37

Tuesday 6pm: Spot Light Artist – Tom Johnston

August 13, 2019
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Charles Thomas Johnston (born August 15, 1948) is an American musician. He is a guitarist and vocalist, known principally as a founder, guitarist, lead vocalist and songwriter for the rock group The Doobie Brothers, as well as for his own solo career. He has played off-and-on with The Doobie Brothers for more than 40 years, in several styles.

Johnston is most well known for both his lead guitar and vocal role in the band The Doobie Brothers, as well as for his adaptation of his own acoustic guitar style, blending a unique strum and percussive accented rhythm at the same time on one instrument. This style, interwoven with melodic hammer-ons gave Johnston an early signature sound inside of popular 1970s rock music. All the rhythm structures behind “Long Train Runnin'” and “Listen to the Music” were formulated first for an acoustic guitar, and then re-applied in similar style on an electric guitar.

Johnston and his wife Diane now live in northern Marin County, California. His daughter Lara Johnston is a singer-songwriter. She has toured both as a solo act opening for the bands KISS and Heart, and as a backing vocalist for Don Henley and Belinda Carlisle. She was a competitor on MTV’s Rock the Cradle and was a 2011 participant in American Idol. Tom Johnston’s son Christopher lives and works in Marin.

Tuesday 12am: Feature LP: CCR Live At Woodstock (2019)

August 12, 2019
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Creedence Clearwater Revival (often referred to as Creedence or CCR) was an American rock band active in the late 1960s and early 1970s which consisted of lead vocalist, lead guitarist, and primary songwriter John Fogerty; his brother rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty; bassist Stu Cook; and drummer Doug Clifford. These members had played together since 1959, first as The Blue Velvets and later as The Golliwogs.

Their musical style encompassed roots rock, swamp rock, and blues rock.[4] They played in a Southern rock style, despite their San Francisco Bay Area origin, with lyrics about bayous, catfish, the Mississippi River, and other popular elements of Southern United States iconography, as well as political and socially conscious lyrics about topics including the Vietnam War. The band performed at the 1969 Woodstock Festival in Upstate New York.

The group disbanded acrimoniously in late 1972 after four years of chart-topping success. Tom Fogerty had officially left the previous year, and John was at odds with the remaining members over matters of business and artistic control, all of which resulted in subsequent lawsuits among the former bandmates. Fogerty’s ongoing disagreements with Fantasy Records owner Saul Zaentz created further protracted court battles, and John Fogerty refused to perform with the two other surviving members at CCR’s 1993 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Creedence Clearwater Revival’s music is still a staple of US radio airplay; the band has sold 28 million records in the United States alone. Rolling Stone ranked them 82nd on its 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

Live at Woodstock is a live album released on August 2, 2019 via Fantasy Records. The set documents swamp rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival’s set at 1969’s Woodstock, recorded August 17, 1969.

“Born on the Bayou” – 5:34
“Green River” – 3:16
“Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won’t Do)” – 4:46
“Bootleg” – 3:38
“Commotion” – 2:48
“Bad Moon Rising” – 2:13
“Proud Mary” – 3:52
“I Put a Spell on You” – 4:28
“The Night Time Is the Right Time” – 3:30
“Keep on Chooglin’” – 10:29
“Suzie Q” – 10:52

Monday 10pm: LP Lounge with Willie B

August 12, 2019
Editor In Chief

Minnie Julia Riperton-Rudolph (November 8, 1947 – July 12, 1979), was an American singer-songwriter best known for her 1975 single “Lovin’ You” and her five-octave coloratura soprano range. She is also widely known for her use of the whistle register and has been referred to by the media as the “Queen of the whistle register”. Born in 1947, Riperton grew up in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side. As a child, she studied music, drama and dance at Chicago’s Lincoln Center. In her teen years, she sang lead vocals for the Chicago-based girl group the Gems. Her early affiliation with the legendary Chicago-based Chess Records afforded her the opportunity to sing backup for various established artists such as Etta James, Fontella Bass, Ramsey Lewis, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters. While at Chess, Riperton also sang lead for the experimental rock/soul group Rotary Connection, from 1967 to 1971.

On April 5, 1975, Riperton reached the apex of her career with her No. 1 single “Lovin’ You”. The single was the last release from her 1974 gold album titled Perfect Angel. In January 1976, Riperton was diagnosed with breast cancer and, in April, she underwent a radical mastectomy. By the time of diagnosis, the cancer had metastasized and she was given about six months to live. Despite the grim prognosis, she continued recording and touring. She was one of the first celebrities to go public with her breast cancer diagnosis but did not disclose she was terminally ill. In 1977, she became a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society. In 1978, she received the American Cancer Society’s Courage Award, which was presented to her at the White House by President Jimmy Carter. Riperton died of cancer on July 12, 1979 at age 31.

Riperton was married to songwriter and music producer Richard Rudolph from August 1970 until her death in July 1979. Together, Riperton and Rudolph had two children; music engineer Marc Rudolph (b. 1968) and actress/comedian Maya Rudolph (b. 1972).

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