Episode Eight

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All new music from:
Laura Cantrell, Peter Blegvad, Dave Schramm, Peter Holsapple, Kate Jacobs, Jody Harris, Freedy Johnston and special guest Mary Lee Kortes

Nicholas Hill and the Radio Free All-Stars cover Tuli Kupferberg of The Fugs!

The Radio Free All-Stars Eight is Enough: Dave Schramm, David Mansfield, Paul Moschella, J.D. Foster and special guests Ted Reichman and Mary Lee Kortes

Presented by: Nicholas Hill


The Radio Free All-Stars, When the Mode of Music Changes (Tuli Kupferberg) ……..a visitation.

Laura Cantrell, Can’t Tell a Soul (Laura Cantrell) live with Laura and the Radio Free All-Stars; Thrift Shop Songs (BMI) admin Bug Music

Peter Blegvad, Sleeping on the Job (Peter Blegvad) 
performed and recorded by Peter; Copyright Control Peter Blegvad

Mary Lee Kortes, Family Tree (Mary Lee Kortes) live with the Radio Free All-Stars; (Copyright control by Mary Lee Kortes)

Dave Schramm, Third Time a Charm (Dave Schramm) live with Dave and the Radio Free All-Stars; Hot Stove Music (BMI)

Peter Holsapple, Don’t Mention the War (Peter Holsapple) performed and recorded by Peter, Hospital Music (BMI) admin Bug Music

Kate Jacobs, The Battle Droid (Kate Jacobs); live with Kate and The Radio Free All-Stars; Small Pond Music (BMI)

Jody Harris, Dedicated to the One (Jody Harris) performed and recorded by Jody; live overdubs from The Radio Free All-Stars; copyright control Jody Harris

Freedy Johnston, Changing (Freedy Johnston) performed and recorded by Freedy with live overdubs from The Radio Free All-Stars; Trouble Tree Music (BMI)

Nicholas Hill, CIA Man (Tuli Kupferberg) live with the Radio Free All-Stars and Timothy Hill

Engineered by Gary Arnold at Gary’s Chop Shop, NYC July 19, 2010

Songwriters’ comments:

Peter Holsapple on Don’t Mention the War

We moved last week, song largely complete in my head.  I got my recording gear out, slung it up in the basement on my wife’s craft table and set to work.  There was a guide guitar and vocal, now consigned to Magnetic Heaven, to which I played drums…. at least up until I was told by the aforementioned wife that they were “really loud”.  (She did not use the Nu-tone intercom system in the house, although she probably could have…)  So I did some cut-and-paste work on ’em, and they’re now all the way through the track.  Obviously, to any careful listener, there are some background vocals.  But unfortunately, doing most of my work over headphones, it was hard to get them in the correct proportions.  (I guess that’s for the next podcast adventure, Radio Free Quality Engineering Club, instead.)  Looking forward to getting some sheetrock up in the studio room, framed and wired since 1968, just lying in wait for my family to take over the house.

The story of the song and its main character are purely fictional.  I have no Uncle Lonnie.  (Years ago, I wrote a song that the Continental Drifters recorded called “Daddy Just Wants It to Rain” that I spent a lot of time taking compliments for, regarding how faithfully eulogized my late parents as the farm heroes they sounded like in the song.  Again, it was pure fiction, as my dad was a banker and worked for the organization that probably would have foreclosed on the protagonists’ farm, were it not completely imaginary.)

Peter Blegvad on Sleeping on the Job:

1922 — Man Ray photographed surrealist poet Robert Desnos experiencing a narcoleptic attack in Andre Breton’s studio. —

Dave Schramm on Third Time a Charm:

Something soulful this time.  Piano-driven. Thanks, Ted, for schlepping down from Beantown and playing wonderful things.

You don’t always know all that much about your own songs until you actually perform or record them. Like next time I sing this it’ll be up at least a whole step. A more comfortable place. Ahem.

Thanks to the All-Stars for making it all come together so easy. I really dig David’s mandolin solo that takes us out to the last hook.