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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sockin' 1-2-3-4! The REAL NITTY GRITTY tonight at 7PM ET!!!

Sho'nuff Sockin' it to you on Sunday night! Tune in right here:

Friday, August 28, 2015

Debbie Does WFMU

I'll be playing tracks from this upcoming release from Chicago's Girlsville Records.  It will be available on Cassette Store Day, October 17th.  All sales will benefit Chicago House's Translife Center.  See you at 7:00 PM on the Ichiban stream!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Diesel Smoke & Dangerous Curves to-nite!

New episode tonight! Got plenty of great records ready to go from Kay Adams, Lorrie & Larry Collins, Leon McAuliffe Riley Crabtree, and many more! I've also got Kelsey Waldon joining me in the studio to chat and sing for a bit. Join me, won't you?

Instrumental 45 of the Week!

IT'S_A_GAS! (listen/download)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Fringe Factory at 8!

The Fringe Factory takes you on a never ending time trip of garage and psych with a double dose of the Herd, the Animals, Squires and new music from The Torments and Paul Messis. Click here at 8pm to listen!

Questions Crayons To Perfume! Can't Answer...tonite at 7!

Ye-Ye Girls, British Beat sisters, girl groups, Malaysian misses, and swingin' soulies all ask those questions that can't be answered, tonight on Crayons To Perfume! at 7pm ... check it out!

Monday, August 24, 2015

"Seventeen" dance party on WOI-TV

Seems like every town had its TV dance party show. "Seventeen" was broadcast on WOI-TV, Ames Iowa. The few clips that have surfaced on YouTube are fabulous, a black and white Ichiban world of neatly-dressed teens with superb haircuts dancing the jive to the latest songs ! In some cases, soundtracks were deleted from the clips for rights issues ; others have been restored. Here are a few of my faves :
note : bubble gum blowing contest at 11:20


[ed. note : I mentioned this before on the Ichiban FB page ; appearance of a new clip on YouTube (Buddy Knox) prompted me to create a blog post.]

Sunday, August 23, 2015

4...3...2...1...MORTE! The REAL NITTY GRITTY tonight at 7PM ET!

Count down to Slop 'N" Roll Heaven! Right here:

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Instrumental 45 of the Week!

FORT_LAUDERDALE, USA! (listen/download)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Whig Out! filling in for the Fringe Factory tonite at 8pm

Wild and WHIGGY tonight at 8, with 60's-now guy 'n girl garage! Dig it here! or here!

Double Trouble with Ike and Tina on Crayons to Perfume at 7pm today!

YES! You are seeing double! We've got the girls, and the guys behind the girls tonight on Crayons to Perfume's DOUBLE TROUBLE featuring our guy and girl of the week, Ike and Tina! Check 'em out at 7pm Ichiban Stream or Tune In Radio!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Casual vibes on the latest What's Happening?!?!

Today on What's Happening?!?! Got a smattering of this and a smattering of that. 
Including this latest find.

The Casuals were a late 60s post-pepper British beat group. With their groomed locks and scrubbed faces, they scored a massive hit in 1968 with "Jesamine." Heavy dose of Bee Gees influence on their music. Their next effort "Toy" was a more uptempo rocker with the expected horns and strings, but it retains that classic beat group sound. 

Tune in today at 3pm!

Sunny and the Sunliners, one-hit wonders ?

Sunny and the Sunliners (originally Sunny and the Sunglows) were a group of chicanos from San Antonio, featuring lead singer Sunny Ozuna and his fellow students from Burbank Vocational School. They were mainly active from 1959-1966, with lots of singles and several albums, bowing out with a final LP in 1977. (The band name may be a reference to the slick Ford Sunliner convertibles, current in the 50s.)

Ichiban listeners know this brilliant, rockin' number, with Tex-Mex and soul/R&B influences.
No One Else Will Do

Which leaves the burning question : what else did they have ? Friends, I just listened to a hundred of their songs on YouTube, and while there is some solid work, there seems to be no other comparable track. Impossible to say where this aberration came from.

The band's output seems to fall into several categories. Many songs are what I will call – out of my ignorance – "mariachi" style. In any case, they sound like this.
De Mi Nada Mas

Then there are some with a Tex-Mex border sound, like their San Antonio neighbors the Sir Douglas Quintet.
Sufriendo Y Penando

Others are slow ballads.
Talk to Me (Little Willie John cover, charted #11 pop, #12 R&B)
Think it Over

Some songs are more soul-oriented.
It's Okay
Or R&B.
Oop Oop Pidoo [sic]

Here, they put the brass section to work.
Hip Huggin Mini

If anybody knows of anything else in their repertoire like No One Else Will Do, call me collect !!!

Stop press !!! Bazooka Joe sez check this one out. Thanks, Joe !
Every Week Every Month Every Year

Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Devil Is Mad!!! Tune in to THE REAL NITTY GRITTY tonight at 7PM ET!

For your weekly dose of Rock 'N' Soul Redemption - tune in here:

Friday, August 14, 2015

Meet Kliph Nesteroff

Now that WFMU's Beware Of The Blog has closed, you'll have to get your old showbiz fix straight from the source.  Listen to his interview with Marc Maron on WTF.  And, don't miss his book coming this Fall from Grove Press: The Comedians - Drunks Thieves, Scoundrels and the History Of American Comedy.

Instrumental 45 of the Week!

SWITCH_BLADE! (listen/download

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Diesel Smoke & Dangerous Curves

Ichiban Live!

Tune in to all our live shows here on the Ichiban webstream.

What's Happening?!?! with Matt M
Crayons to Perfume with DJ GirlGroupGirl
Fringe Factory with GirlGroupGirl, Richard W and Vikki V
Diesel Smoke & Dangerous Curves with Julea
Debbie Does WFMU with Debbie D
Live From The Admiral with Dr. Filth
The Real Nitty Gritty with Nitty Gritty Tania and Thomas Torment

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Garage Punk Knowns and Unknowns - on the Fringe Factory at 8!

The Fringe Factory takes you from Snarl to Surf tonight at 8pm et. Check us out on Tune In Radio or find us at Ichiban Stream

NANCY NANCY NANCY on Crayons To Perfume! at 7 tonite!

Everything's NANCY tonite at 7pm, you can listen using Tune In Radio by clicking on this text link or check out the stream at and look for the Ichiban Stream!!

Sunday, August 9, 2015


Tonight at 7:00 on The Real Nitty Gritty: it's THE PROFESSOR'S CHOICE! Tune in to WFMU's Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban and hear the wild spins of our special guest The Mighty Manfred !
Tune in at
Did you miss it? Listen to the archived show here

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Live From The Admiral

A video posted by @the.admiral.late.night on

Tonight at 11:30.  Only on Ichiban.

Do The Twist!


Thanks to Jeff Moore for getting our new server up and running!  Dig our new, improved sound!!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

The Kitchen Cinq : that means "five" in French

Yeah, this Amarillo Texas garage band is best known to Ichiban listeners for their brilliant interview by Harry Harrison on The In Sound. That's all I knew too, so when I saw this review by Lenny Helsing (The Thanes) of a newly-issued anthology CD, I went to YouTube to see what they sounded like in their early, garagey days.

The Kitchen Cinq - Please Come Back To Me (1966)

The Y'alls (pre-Kitchen Cinq) - Run For Your Life (1966)

According to this fascinating, detailed blog, they went on to record an album produced by Suzi Jane Hokom and featuring the Wrecking Crew on some of the instruments. Jim Parker, one of the guitarists, went on to a successful career in country music.

Instrumental 45 of the Week!

SHARKSKIN!  (listen/download)

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The Fringe Factory: features the Teamsters and other fave 60's sounds

We kick off today's show with the Teamsters, and then assault your ears with all sortsa sounds from the 60's or just sound like they're from the 60's on tonight's Fringe Factory Radio Show. LISTEN HERE!

Beatles Girls! Today on Crayons to Perfume! at 7

They love the Beatles, and I bet you do too, (at least, secretly!). Today the girls sing Beatles songs, and sing songs about the Beatles at 7pm ET. You can click here to listen!