Tonight on "The Bottomless Pit" at 10, for the first time this year (unless I'm forgetting something), it'll be an all 45 RPM show!! Which is always a good time, at least for me. I don't want to give too much away, but we'll be hearing records on these labels and others: EMI-Columbia, Dot, Atco, King, Chess, Checker, Fury, Vee Jay and Reprise.
On "The Bottomless Pit" tonight at 10, the show starts with a quick tribute to the great-and-now-late Jerry Vale. I promise that I didn't play "Pretend You Don't See Her." I hate that song. Doesn't everybody?
Anyway, from there it's kind of a round-robin with Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra and the great Trini Lopez; they go together well.
One of my favorite musical outfits on the planet, the Brian Blade Fellowship, has a new album out (there's a cover story in this month's Downbeat too.) The album is called Landmarks and we'll be hearing some of it on this week's "The Bottomless Pit." They're just really really really great ... let's put it that way.
And we'll hear from two other brand new albums: Would You Like To Go: A Curt Boettcher Songbook, by the great Beth Sorrentino, and Raymond Scott: Rewired, by various artists. Both of these CDs were given to me by DJ, musicologist, and record producer Irwin Chusid and they both get a big fat "yes" vote from me.
"Beautiful Music" was a radio format that flourished for two or three decades, but is now nearly extinct. This format featured the most soporific, vanilla stuff on the planet, by artists like James Last, Mantovani, Frank Chacksfield, and Burt Kaempfert (lots of Brits and Germans). I don't know why, but I find this stuff amusing, enjoyable and entertaining; I often seek out "Beautiful Music" radio stations during my travels. Again, there are hardly any of those stations left, for the simple reason that the target demographic is aging out of existence. Tonight on "The Bottomless Pit" at 10, tune in for a big fat dose of musical Soma® as I do my part to keep "Beautiful Music" alive, if just for an hour.
Wayne Kramer has a great new album out this week, called Lexington. In recognition of that, and many other things, on tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10, I'll feature an hour's worth of music with Wayne's name on it, including as many tracks from Lexington as the Digital Millenium Copyright Act will allow.