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So, a funny thing happened on the way to doing my second Franorama 2.0 show on Cygnus Radio:
I was prepared for March to come roaring in like the proverbial lion; instead, the first of March greeted me with deafening silence — except for the frenzied voice of yours truly, wondering what the hell happened and trying for three hours over the phone to fix what was wrong.
Remember when I said last post that technology could be pretty cool sometimes? Well, I lied. It could be pretty fucked-up.
Apparently, the broadcasting software didn’t like the fact that had gone out and bought a new USB mic/headphone headset from Target, and even though I plugged the new set into my laptop a couple days before, just to make sure everything was on the same page, when it came time to do the show that first Friday, I was on for about four seconds — then nothing. The software froze.
A quick, frantic call to Gary Gone? No good. Same with Swannie down in Maryland. The three of us wasted three hours trying every diagnostic thing they knew, tried improvising and running every possible contingency … nothing. The software somehow was totally corrupted. I felt badly because I had talked up the show so much to everyone, and then it didn’t even happen.
Anyway, the following Monday, I was over at La Casa de Gone, and we ripped out the offending software and downloaded an updated version. A little tinkering, some abracadabra, and that was more like it. And, that Friday, a week late, my second show was good to go. The mic volume controls and the delay echo in my headset are still a little boggling, but I’m slowly adjusting and ironing out the sound levels..
Anyway, it was an ugly late-winter Friday morning. I had driven in the snow down to Bridgeport the night before to do a midnight-to-2 a.m. show on WPKN as part of its special Speaking of Women programming, coinciding with International Women’s Day. A 40-minute drive home became an hour-and-a-half ordeal, driving very slowly in second gear uphill on state roads that hadn’t even been plowed. When I pulled into the driveway, there were three inches of snow; there would be about nine more by the time it ended in the afternoon (twice what the TV weather clowns had predicted — true to form for them this winter).
I got to bed around 4 and was up at 8 to get the Cygnus show ready and make sure the software was simpatico with the headset. And outside my window, the snow was damn near horizontal. Didn’t let up ’til about 2. So, thanks to the magic of radio imagination, I was able to give a summery feel to the show, especially early on to set the tone.
Also threw in some CDs that musicians had sent me (Edward O’Connell, Stark Raving Lulu, The Zambonis). In addition, I had received a huge care package of CDs from Sharon, a Facebook friend in Minneapolis. Some things I had, some files I had lost in the midst of a couple mass computer file transfers the past year, so I stocked up on my early Stones material, as well as The Left Banke.
A couple of visual elements also worked their way into the show. Earlier in the week, guitartist extraordinaire Deke Dickerson had posted a YouTube video compilation of the legendary R&B group The Treniers; while they were one of the most underrated musical acts of the rock’n’roll era, you just have to see them in action, too. Also, a couple nights before the show, I watched the Showtime premiere of the intense, totally depressing, yet somehow inspiring documentary Family Band: The Cowsiills Story.
And, the fun thing about doing this here show is that I’m starting to find mp3s of really cool songs that are awfully hard to find in physical form. There was The Ronettes’ original version of “I Can Hear Music” — which, until recently, was omitted from Phil Spector compilations. Or “Guess I’m Dumb,” the song Brian Wilson gave to Glen Campbell when he was launching his recording career. And especially Johnny Cash’s “The Folk Singer” — a very obscure song he recorded in 1958, which Nick Cave recorded as a 12-inch B-side at the time of his Kicking Against the Pricks album in ’88.
Anyway, technology sucks, but radio is fun. The show airs live on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern (7-10 a.m. Pacific, 3-6 p.m. GMT). Hope you can drop in and keep me company. And please pass the word to your friends and loved ones — we want to grow this show and this station.
And if you’re a musician who has a CD and wants to get some airplay here — well, if I like it, I’ll play it. Drop me a message here on or the Cygnus Radio Facebook page and I’ll get you my mailing address.
I’ll finish catching up to playlists asap.
American Beat ’84 – The Fleshtones
Open Up Your Door – Richard & the Young Lions
Those Lazy, Hazy Crazy Days of Summer – Nat “King” Cole
Long Hot Summer Coming On – Black 47
Rockaway Beach – General Johnson & Joey Ramone
Rockaway Beach – Ramones
Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love – Van Halen
Come Go With Me – Gloria Jones
Getting Mighty Crowded – Elvis Costello & the Attractions
Acres of Diamonds – Edward O’Connell
Pictures of Italy – The Aquanettas
Precious to Me – Phil Seymour
Crackin’ Up – Hoodoo Gurus
Out on the Floor – Dobie Gray
Hitch Hike – The Rolling Stones
2120 South Michigan Avenue – The Rolling Stones
She Said Yeah – The Rolling Stones
Shangri-Las –Stark Raving Lulu
The Dum Dum Ditty – The Shangri-Las
The Train From Kansas City – Neko Case
Rockin’ Is Our Business – The Treniers
Brass Bonanza – The Zambonis
It’s a Wild Hockey Weekend – The Zambonis
The Rain, the Park and Other Things – The Cowsills
Hair – The Cowsills
Sign of the Times – The Belle Stars
Whispering Bells – The Dell-Vikings
Stop Beating Around the Bush – The Velvelettes
If You Really Love Me – Stevie Wonder
Images of Heaven – Peter Godwin
The Folk Singer – Johnny Cash
Guess I’m Dumb – Glen Campbell
I Can Hear Music – The Ronettes
The One You Can’t Have – The Honeys
Bad Time – The Jayhawks
’62 Hawk – The Down-Fi
She May Call You Tonight – The Left Banke
Downtown – Petula Clark
You’re All I’ve Got Tonight – The Cars
Death or Glory – The Clash
Hurracan – The Blind Shake
See Emily Play – Pink Floyd
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