Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Schedule Update

Thursday, 3/31 guest DJ will be Backwoods host John Funke & his guest Stacy Ann, filling in for Alex McNeil, who will himself be on Friday, April 1, in place of Jeff Feuer.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

March 28 L&F Playlist w/ Host Bob Dubrow

Backgound music provided by V/A: Ultra-Lounge On the Rocks Part One

Set 01:
1. The Countdown Five - Candy (1967 from Psychedelic States: Texas in the '60s Vol. 1 compilation)
2. The Omen and Their Luv - Maybe Later (1967 from Psychedelic States: Alabama in the '60s Vol. 1 compilation)
3. Scrugg - Lavender Popcorn (1968 from John Kongos: Lavender Popcorn 1966-1969 compilation)
4. The Fe Fi Four Plus 2 - I Wanna Come Back From the World of LSD (1967 from I Wanna Come Back From the World of LSD compilation)
5. The Pagens - Mystic Cloud (1966 from The Cicadelic '60s Vol. One: Don't Put Me On compilation)
6. The Bytel Lums -Do You Know What It's Like (1966 from Drive-In a Gogo! Vol. 1 compilation)
7. The Penthouse 5 - Don't Mess Around With My Dream (1967 from The Penthouse 5: The WordD is Love! compilation)

Set 02:
1. The Raspberries - Tonight (Side Three 1973)
2. Paul McCartney - Long Haired Lady (Ram 1971)
3. Genesis - In the Wilderness (From Genesis to Revelation 1969)
4. Dave Mason - Walk to the Point (Dave Mason and Cass Elliot 1971)
5. Brewer and Shipley (Brewer and Shipley 1970) plus snippets of B. Mitchell Reed (from The Golden Age of Underground Radio Vol. 2 compilation)

Set 03:
1. Little Free Rock - Time is of No Consequence (1971 from Little Free Rock: Time is of no Consequence compilation)
2. John Entwistle - Nightmare (Please Wake Me Up) (Whistle Rymes 1972)
3. Shel Silverstein - Dreadful (1974 from Where the Sidewalk Ends 1983)
4. Jimi Hendrix - Dolly Dagger (Rainbow Bridge 1971)
5. Commodore Condello's S.R.N. Band - Sonic Boom (from Brain Shadows Vol. II compilation)
6. Euphoria - Oh Dear, You Look Like a Dog (1967 from Psychedelic States; Texas in the '60s Vol. 1 compilation)
7. Bobak, Jons, Malone - Burning the Weed (Motherlight 1970)
8. The 90th Congress - The Sun Also Rises (1967 from You Ain't Gonna Bring Me Down to My Knees: The Strafford/Right Records Story 1965-1969 compilation)

Set 04:
1. The Band - Rockin' Chair (bonus track from 2001 CD re-release of Rock of Ages 1972)
2. Bob Dylan - The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest (John Wesley Harding 1967)
3. Joe Cocker - Dear Landlord (Joe Cocker! 1969)
4. The Hillmen - When the Ship Comes In (The Hillmen 1964)
5. The Beach Boys - Funky Pretty (Holland 1973)

Set 05:
1. A440 - Marenthelia Glows in the Dark (1967 from Psychedelic States: Texas in the '60s Vol. 1 compilation)
2. The Kreeg - How Can I (1966 from The Kreeg: Impressin' compilation)

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Playlist, Thursday, March 24, 2005 (Alex McNeil)

[All but one of today's selections were items I bought last week in L.A.]
1. Ike & Tina & Ikettes - So Fine (Innis 45, 1968)
2. Ike & Tina Turner - I Know (Blue Thumb 45, 1969)
3. Dee Irwin & Mamie Galore - By the Time I Get to Phoenix/I Say a Little Prayer (Imperial 45, 1968)
4. Phil Flowers & Flower Shop - Like a Rolling Stone (A&M 45, 1969)
5. Ray Bryant - Ode to Billy Joe (Cadet LP, 1967)
6. Kim Weston - When Johnny Comes Marching Home (MGM LP, 1968)
7. P.P. Arnold - Bury Me Down by the River (Atlantic 45, 1969)
8. Flirtations - Give Me Love Love Love (Deram 45, 1970)
9. Dorothy Morrison - All God's Children Got Soul (Elektra 45, 1969)
10. Don Shirley - Drown in My Own Tears (Cadence LP, 1962)
11. Cat Stevens - I Love My Dog (Deram 45, 1966)
12. Deep Purple - Emmaretta (Tetragrammaton 45, 1968)
13. Music Explosion - What You Want (Laurie 45, 1968)
14. Iron Butterfly - I Can't Help But Deceive You Little Girl (Atco 45, 1969)
15. Colours - Hyannis Port Soul (Lost You to the Wind) (Dot LP, 1968)
16. Ventures - Instant Mashed (Dolton 45, 1962)
17. Bobby Vee - (I'm into Lookin' for) Someone to Love Me (Liberty LP, 1968)
18. Lowell Fulsom - Make a Little Love (Kent 45, 1967)
19. Lee Rogers - I Want You to Have Everything (D-Town 45, 1964)
20. Lee Dorsey - Rain Rain Go Away (Amy 45, 1967)
21. Preparations - Get-E-Up (The Horse) (Heart & Soul 45, 1968)
22. Z.Z. Hill - You Were Wrong (MH 45, 1964)
23. Ken Jones - Chicken Pot Pie (Almont 45, 1964)
24. People - Apple Cider (Capitol 45, 1968)
25. Underground Sunshine - Don't Shut Me Out (Intrepid 45, 1969)
26. Count Five - Peace of Mind (Double Shot 45, 1966)
27. Hombres - It's a Gas (Verve 45, 1968)
28. Amboy Dukes - You Talk Sunshine, I Breathe Fire (Mainstream 45, 1968)
29. James Burton - Polk Salad Annie (CD, reissue of 1971 A&M LP)
30. Sandie Shaw - Your Time Is Gonna Come (CD, reissue of 1969 LP "Reviewing the Situation")
31. Lulu - I Keep Forgettin' (CD, previously unreleased track from 1969 Mickie Most sessions)
32. Ronnie Hawkins - Bo Diddley (Roulette 45, 1963)
33. Lonnie Mack - I've Had It (Fraternity 45, 1964)
34. [by request: Foghat - Rock and Roll Outlaw (Bearsville LP, 1974)
in remembrance of Foghat guitarist Rod Price, who died March 22]
35. Aretha Franklin - Trouble in Mind (Columbia 45, 1963)

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Monday, 3/21 Playlist

My playlist for this Monday's (3/21) show (and more!) is available by clicking HERE.

Thanks to everyone who listened and called in, it was a good time as always.


Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Lyn Collins, R.I.P.

Singer Lyn Collins Dies at 56
LOS ANGELES - Lyn Collins, whose funky vocals landed her a spot in James Brown's stage show and the nickname "Female Preacher," died of cardiac arrhythmia Sunday, said her son. She was 56.

Collins, whose voice also was sampled in the 1980s hip-hop hit "It Takes Two," died Sunday night at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, her son Bobby Jackson said Monday.

Collins, who lived in Abilene, Texas, was visiting the Los Angeles area after having returned from a tour in Europe last month. She was due to start touring again next month.

Collins took up singing as a teenager. At 14, she married a man who worked as the local promoter for the James Brown Revue. Brown heard Collins sing and in 1970 she was invited to join his traveling show.

Her powerful voice led Brown to nickname her the "Female Preacher," and two years later, she cut her first solo album, "Think (About It)." In 1975, Collins released "Check Me Out If You Don't Know Me By Now."

Over the years, Collins' songs have also appeared in various compilations, but it was hip-hop duo Rob Base & D.J. E-Z Rock who exposed Collins' work to a new generation when they sampled one of her songs for their 1988 hit "It Takes Two."

March 14 L&F Playlist w/ Host Bob Dubrow

Background music provided by V/A: Ultra-Lounge Volume Eleven: Organs in Orbit

Set 01:
1. The Humblebums - Silk Pyjamas (New Humblebums 1970)
2. Frank Zappa - Po-Jama People (One Size Fits All 1975)
3. Complex - We Don't Exist (The Way We Feel 1971)
4. Rock Workshop - Spine Cop (Rock Workshop 1970)
5. Camel - Mystic Queen (Camel 1973)

Set 02:
1. The Standells - Sunshine Superman (The Hot Ones 1966)
2. Calico Wall - Flight Reaction (1967 from The Psychedelic Changes Beat Album compilation)
3. The Kiriae Crucible - Salem Witchtrial (1968 from Brain Shadows Vol. II compilation)
4. The Beach Boys - I Should Have Known Better (Beach Boys' Party! 1965)
5. The Montanas - Difference of Opinion (1967 from We Can Fly 2 compilation)
6. The New Hobbits - I Could Hear the Grass Growin' (Back From Middle Earth 1967)
7. The Nervous System - Bones ( 1968 from Brain Shadows Vol. II compilation)

Set 03:
1. Carolanne Pegg - Mouse and The Crow (Carolanne Pegg 1973)
2. Hedgehog Pie - The March of The King of Laois (Hedgehog Pie 1975)
3. Mellow Candle - Sheep Season (1969/70 from The Virgin Prophet)
4. Flibbertigibbet - My lagan Love (1978 from My Lagen Love)
5. Barry Dransfield - Broken Barricades (Barry Dransfield 1972)
6. Clannad - Rince Philib a'Cheoil (Clannad 2 1974)
7. Richard and Linda Thompson - Draggin' the River (unreleased Peel Session 1/1/73)

Set 04:
1. Slade - Coz I Luv You (Sladest 1973)
2. High Treason - Leo (HighTreason 1970)
3. Ace of Cups - Medley: Life in Your Hands/ Thelina ( late '60s from It's Bad For You But Buy It!)
4. Buffalo Springfield - Do I Have to Come Right Out and Say It (Buffalo Springfield 1967)
5. Bert Jansch - Nicola (Nicola 1967)
6. Shawn Phillips - Steel Eyes (Second Contribution 1970)
7. International Harvester - The Runcorn Report on Western Progress (Sov Gott Rose-Marie 1969)
8. Satwa - Friend (Satwa 1973)

Monday, March 14, 2005

Bob Loses His Cherryblog

I'm feeling very vulnerable. Please help a crusty 40-something feel good about entering the blogosphere. I will be doing Lost & Found tomorrow (that being Monday March 14th) and I expect every last one of you to be listening. Yes, right.

Consider this virgin post complete.

--Bob Dubrow

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Here it is...again...

Alright, I revised the url to, and changed the backround.

Posting for the inexperienced: - if you can write an e-mail, you can post - when you register, it should lead you to the posting page, but once you are registered, you can go to the "dashboard" page at anytime from the blog by clicking on the blogger icon in the top left of the screen, which is the area where you go to post and control your settings and such. Once on the "create post" page, you will see it is almost exactly like an e-mail template, and can be used as such: fonts, bold/italic, text size, spell check, etc all right there. Just do what you would do in writing a normal e-mail. Once you have your post ready (you can/should preview it before publishing), click on the orange "publish post" button beneath the area you have been writing, on the right. It will then "publish" your post to the blog. Once it has published, I recommend clicking the blue "republish entire blog" button that comes up, to ensure the post goes through. It then gives you an option to view blog, which you will want to do and check out your post. If your post isn't showing at first, it may be that your computer is not showing the "refreshed" version of the page, I find refreshing with a right-click on the mouse is more effective than clicking "refresh" in the browser, and should make the new post show up.

Next time: Photos!

Monday, March 07, 2005

WMBR unofficial over the air reception tips

I hope that those of you who are located in the greater Boston and northeastern Massachusetts area can hear us on the airwaves at 88.1 FM. For those who are within our listening area but may have problems receiving us, here are some suggestions:

- If you're listening on a home stereo receiver, make sure it has an antenna connected to it! You may get the full-powered commercial (and public) radio stations with no antenna at all, but reception of WMBR and other lower-powered college stations would be unlikely. I've fielded many reception complaint calls from people who didn't have (or didn't even know whether they had) any antenna connected to their receiver.

- The wire antennas supplied with most receivers are inadequate. Short of installing an outside roof antenna, the best antenna for indoor FM reception (in my opinion) is a cheap basic old-school TV "rabbit ear" antenna, with two telescoping arms and it's own free-standing base. These are available at many hardware stores, radio stores and electronics stores for well under $20, perhaps even under $10. There's no need for expensive fancy amplified FM antennas. If your receiver is recently manufactured and has a single coaxial-type antenna connector, but the antenna has a twin-lead cable, you may need an additional adapter for just a couple of bucks.

- Start with the "rabbit ear" arms in a wide "V" extended about 36" each, positioned away from interference causing devices such as computers, etc... and experiment with different placements for best reception. I'm guessing that when televison goes all-digital using UHF frequencies later in 2009, "rabbit ear" antennas may no longer be manufactured, so get 'em while they're hot, before they become collectors items!

- If you're within a few miles of Boston's Back Bay or downtown areas (or directly across the river in Cambridge, including the MIT area) and you're hearing a wash of other stations from elsewhere on the dial interfering with WMBR, your radio is being overloaded by the signals of the seven 50,000 watt (equivalent) commercial FM stations all transmitting from the top of the Prudential Center. This may also happen in areas near Routes 128 and 9 in the Newton, Needham, Wellesley area due to the five 50,000 watt (equivalent) FM stations transmitting from the television towers there. This phoenomenon is much more common on lower quality, smaller receivers such as Walkmans and other portables, boom-boxes, and clock radios than on higher quality home and car stereo receivers.

- In this case, if the radio has a telescoping antenna, try shortening it. If the receiver is a Walkman type with earphones, or a clock radio, those radios use the earphone or power cords as FM antennas. Try coiling the cord to effectively make it shorter. The idea to reduce that type of intermodulation interference is to make the radio LESS sensitive by reducing the antenna length. If the radio has a "Local/DX" switch, try the "Local" position.

- It can be a challenge, if even possible, to get WMBR and other lower powered stations over the air in steel and concrete office buildings. All I can suggest (in addition to the above) is to try to locate the radio as close to a window as possible, away from interference causing devices such as computers and other digital equipment. Or, you can listen to our online stream at work, if you are equipped.

Under normal conditions, it should be possible to hear WMBR clearly within the red zone of this map. The purple and blue zones are iffy, and subject to interference from other adjacent and co-channel stations, though in some cases we've been heard even farther than the limits pictured.

I hope that this may be helpful for some of our over-the-air listeners!