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Monday, November 30, 2009

Ichiban Launch Party

Saturday, December 5th, 1pm - 6pm
on Fool's Paradise with Rex
Join us as WFMU broadcasts live from the legendary Lakeside Lounge. Featuring Rex from Fool's Paradise, Dave The Spazz, Gaylord Fields, Debbie D, and Listener Greg G. PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS!
All assembled to celebrate the launch of WFMU's brand new Ichiban Rock and Soul Webstream and blog. The premier online destination for fun-lovers and thrill-seekers everywhere. Experience radio live and in the flesh. Win fabulous prizes! See uninhibited women! Enjoy alcoholic beverages! Authentic reproduction Jivaro shrunken heads will be given away to lucky attendees! Be there when broadcast history is made. That's Saturday December 5th from 1PM to 6PM at The Lakeside Lounge (162 Avenue B in Manhattan).

Pig Out

Pig out on great music and adult beverages at the Lakeside Lounge this Saturday, at the official Ichiban launch party. More details here.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

WWIN-AM, Baltimore

This was one of John Waters' favorite stations as a young juvenile delinquent. You can hear Fat Daddy sing on A John Waters Christmas, available at better record shops everywhere, Or, if you subscribe (which I think I'm going to finally break down and do), you can hear a 1966 aircheck here.

Travis Gerner WCOH

Photo by Benny Joseph

Friday, November 27, 2009

The Beach Club pocket schedule, 1967

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. From my mother's souvenirs.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Pow Wow!


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thanksgiving @ Last Frontier Hotel, Las Vegas, 1951

"Last Frontier Hotel. Las Vegas, Nevada. Thanksgiving. Las Vegas, Nev. -- Pretty Joan Manning didn't have the heart to kill this turkey at the Last Frontier Village so she decided to make a pet of it and eat hamburger for Thanksgiving." Via the USC archives.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Little Phil and the Night Shadows

Ugly Hair Set

Ichiban Launch Party

Mark your calendar for Saturday, December 5th for the Ichiban launch party. There will be 5 hours of DJ excitement as well as door prizes and celebrity guest appearances. You'll find all the details you need right here.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Ernie K Doe Aircheck

Be sure to check out our Aircheck section to hear great DJ's from the past. Here's one from WWOZ's Ernie K Doe that offers plenty of hits mixed with words of wisdom from the Emperor Of The Universe.

Burn K Doe Burn!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Jill St. John, 1957

Escapade 7/57
Originally uploaded by Devlin Thompson

Note that the towel is designed by Disney/UPA animator T.Hee.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Andre Williams - Sweet Little Pussycat

Bobby Patterson - Don't Be So Mean

Bobby Patterson - Don't Be So Mean (45)

Mermaid Bonita Colson

Mermaid Bonita Colson does her thing at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, where mermaid shows are still a part of everyday life.

Via the State Library And Archives Of Florida.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Teenage Crime

Originally uploaded by Devlin Thompson

This is actually a Christian youth magazine, but it still looks good.


WFMU's 24-hour Marathon starts TONIGHT, Tuesday Nov 17th at 7pm and runs until Wednesday November 18th at 7pm. Help us raise enough money in 24 hours to stay on the air through the winter months. Our coffers are empty thanks to the combined evil forces of the recession, and falling well short of our Marathon goal last March. We hope you can help us out with a year-end donation! Check out our new fall swag and make a pledge right here or by using the brochure that is soon to arrive in your mailbox. Be sure to tune in for on-air prize giveaways, co-host madness, surprises, and more!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Surf Riding at Waikiki, Honolulu

Postmarked July 1st, 1933, Honolulu, and sent to Mr. Edward Bragg, of 949 Oak Street, Atlanta, Ga.

The message:   So Good Bye  (signed) Beth

Saturday, November 14, 2009

James Brown Thinking About Little Willie John and a few Nice Things

James Brown - Cottage For Sale
James Brown - Talk To Me, Talk To Me

Friday, November 13, 2009

WFMU's Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban Launch Party

You are cordially invited to the WFMU Ichiban launch party! Join us Saturday, December 5th from 1-6 PM at the Lakeside Lounge in the East Village of Manhattan. DJ sets from Ichiban favorites, Rex and Dave the Spazz!! Plus, boss jocks Gaylord Fields and Debbie D!! AND all the way from Georgia, Greg "keep it country" G!!! Plus, special surprise guests and prizes!! Tune in online or in person. Free admission. Adults Only. Be There.

Nick And The Jaguars - Ichiban
Esquerita - Esquerita And The Voola

Horrors in the Wax Museum

 If you were a Beatle-crazed teen on a family vacation or class trip to the 1964 World's Fair, perhaps you were thrilled to stand in the presence of these grotesque effigies of your beloved moptops... or perhaps just appalled. I realize that at the early stage of the game in which these would have been sculpted, their images weren't burned into everyone's brains yet, and adults generally could only distinguish Ringo among their lineup anyway, but these are still pretty poor. On the other hand, the Ed Sullivan is not half bad, and their other celebrities (I didn't scan those) are no better or worse than average for this sort of thing. For more adventures at Walter's Wax Museum, come with me to my work-related blog at The Home of the Bippy!

The Great 1958 Gorilla Hunt

Seen here is the Safari Ride at the Pacific Ocean Park preview in 1958. Pictured are Vicki Lopez, and Bobby and Billy Hunter (really!) taking aim at a menacing fake gorilla. Via the USC Digital Library.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Moons - Gammera

The Moons - Gammera

photo via MST3K

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I Dig Her Wig

Rod McKuen - I Dig Her Wig (2:14)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Jukebox On The Moon

Ginny Millay - Jukebox On The Moon

For Those In the Athens, Georgia Metropolitan Area

Come and wear out your dancing shoes to the swinging soulful sounds purveyed by your friend and mine, the mighty Kurt Wood, as well as the similarly-magnificent DJ Mahogany! PLUS: Fill your belly with a home-cooked meal, courtesy of Nate, your host! Poster (whose colors have shifted strangely in their journey to the internet, but I kinda like it) by yours truly.

The Lombardo Twins

   According to the back of this wallet-sized photo, they were on "A" Records of 14 Jefferson Street, Elizabeth, NJ.
I can't tell you much else about them, except that their one record that I know of is great. I'll let "DJ Little Danny" show you his copy. He might even let you hear it, if you say "please". Here's what Billboard had to say about them.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Even MORE About Swamp Guinea!

Here's a harrowing true-life account of a natural disaster as experienced at the original Swamp Guinea in 1973. I don't know if this was the occasion for its demise, but it certainly couldn't have helped.

Goin' Back to Swamp Guinea

I was all prepared to post "Been to Swamp Guinea" a week or so ago, but my current sporadic access to my computer (which should be resolved in about a month, I hope) allowed our Glorious and Benevolent Ringleader to scoop me. That said, I don't believe she has this. In the interest of strict accuracy, what is advertised here is not the original, long-defunct Athens location of the song, but their other, still-extant location a bit further north. I've only eaten there once, but I would recommend it. This particular ad is from a 1972 edition of the Anderson (SC) Daily Mail. Fun fact: the Daily Mail not only ran Criswell's column, their subsidiary, Droke House Press, was his hardcover publisher. I don't know how that occurred... Anderson is a long way from Hollywood!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Otis Redding - "Tramp"

Can Your Monkey Do The Dog?

Rufus Thomas - Can Your Monkey Do The Dog?

Electrifying Mojo

Midnight Funk Association intro. Courtesy of Mr. Fine Wine's 2005 marathon premium.
Photo by Jimmy Fountain.

Saturday, November 7, 2009


Los Monjes - Batman

Friday, November 6, 2009

The Monkey Likes To Boogie

Grandpappy Gibson - The Monkey Likes To Boogie

Orange Show Princesses, 1958

Via the USC Archives.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Think Link

May 2, 1929 - November 5, 2005

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Have You Been To Swamp Guinea?

Christie Burroughs - Swamp Guinea Legend

Launa Burroughs - Been To Swamp Guinea?

I sold this 45 to Mel Bergman for 20 bucks and a bunch of Phantom Surfers 45s. He was quoted offering 1000 dollars in the Incredibly Strange Music interview. Thanks to Devlin for the replacement disc!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Apollo Saturday Night

Apollo Saturday Night was the first record I bought after moving to New York in the early 80s. I was on a Coasters kick after catching their act twice within a two week period. The first killer show was Richard Nader's Garden Party reunion in the fall of '81. The bill was Ricky Nelson, Chuck Berry, The Coasters, Lesley Gore, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Bo Diddley and Bobby Vee. This bill was as incredible as it sounds--each act better than the next. Even Bobby Vee didn't suck (Volare, baby!). Chuck was a spry 55 and he duckwalked, played piano and brought down the rafters. Little Anthony and the Imperials had matching moves and suits and Bo Diddley and Lesley Gore were stellar as well. Headliner Ricky Nelson was really good but I booed him because that's what I thought you were supposed to do when you saw him at the Garden. (I had also booed him a few weeks earlier at the Bridgeport Jai-Alai so this theory might not hold water.) I regret booing him both times especially since now I'm a big Ricky Nelson fan but hopefully I'll be able to explain things to Ozzy Nelson while he's kicking my ass down in hell.

The Coasters were pretty much the original line-up (or real close) so it was a total gas seeing my idols in person. Two weeks later they played a gig at the long defunct RT Fireflys down on Bleecker and Broadway. (It later turned into a crummy metal/grunge club in the 90s. Not sure which cellular phone store currently occupies this space.) The Coasters killed a small crowd of maybe 15 people. They did two sets with two completely different costume changes and hung out and chatted at the bar throughout the night. When I moved to my first shoebox-sized apartment on Thompson Street I bought this record at an overpriced record store in the West Village. At this point I had sold off every single (hippie) record for one dollar each so there was a point where Apollo Saturday Night was the only record that I owned. OK, that and a quad copy of Dark Side of the Moon which I held onto thinking that it would be worth something one day but as of 2009 that day still hasn't come.

The Coasters spent a lot of time on the visuals and gags in their stage act so unfortunately their brand of live insanity doesn't translate well on record. The crowd goes apeshit so you'll have to take their word for it. Much cooler is hearing a young Wilson Pickett singing lead for The Falcons or Otis Redding soiling a roomful of panties on what was his first trip to the Apollo. Listen closely for a swooning gal heckling him to "sing it pretty" while her friend answers Otis' musical question "where can my baby be?" by blurting out "right here!" This is a Japanese import and the copious and confused liner notes refer to the evening's emcee as "Ken Colburn" when in fact it's none other than Mr. Mashed Potato himself King Coleman holding down the fort. The Tom Dowd recording is a little dry considering that James Brown already mastered live recording over a year earlier at the same venue (with better results), but still, it's a swingin' document and until the unedited tapes or a time machine surface this will have to do. So download this whole mess, dim the lights and pop open a cheap beer because ladies and gentlemen, it is Star Time at the Apollo.

Recorded live at the Apollo Theatre in New York Saturday November 16, 1963

1. The Falcons - I Found A Love

2. The Falcons - Alabama Bound

3. Otis Redding - Pain In My Heart

4. Otis Redding - These Arms of Mine

5. Doris Troy - Misty

6. Doris Troy - Say Yeah

7. Rufus Thomas - Rockin' Chair

8. Rufus Thomas - Walking the Dog

9. The Coasters - T'ain't Nothin' To Me

10. The Coasters - Speedo's Back In Town

11. Ben E. King - Groovin'

12. Ben E. King - Don't Play That Song

13. Ben E. King - Stand By Me

14. Finale - What'd I Say

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Greetings From Parrot Jungle

Greetings From Monkey Jungle

Fool's Paradise Book Of The Month

This month's selection is by none other than Andre "Mr. Rhythm" Williams. Written during a 6 week stint in rehab, Sweets is the semi-autobiographical tale of pimps, gangs and drug running. For Adult Enthusiasts! Available from Kicks Books. A Pop quiz will be given during Rex's Saturday afternoon excursion to nowhere.