Wednesday, July 08, 2020

It's a Garden Party

Garden Theater

Once upon a time. . .

There was a classic 1918 vaudeville house-turned-cinema-turned-performance space in Charleston, SC called the Garden Theater. It was located in the heart of downtown on King Street.

Also located in Charleston, on the bridge of the USS Yorktown, were the radio studios for an affiliate of the SCETV radio network, WSCI.

Neither of these exist anymore. (don't get me started on either. . .)

In 1989 these two institutions came together to produce the Charleston Folk Festival: specifically, this particular performance by Roger Bellow and the Drifting Troubadours, topping the bill of what was billed as the "triple threat" night. On this night the band consisted of:
Roger Bellow-guitar/fiddle/banjo/vocals, Bob Sachs-mandolin/guitar/vocals, Don Earl-dobro/vocals, Dick Daniels-bass.

This recording was eventually aired on WSCI.

Roger Bellow and the Drifting Troubadours @ The Garden Theater Charleston Folk Fest 2-18-89

Don't Let Your Deal Go Down
Sweet Temptation
I'm Waiting To Hear You Call Me Darlin'
Sleep With One Eye Open
Just Joshin'
Let Me Rest
John Hardy
Guess Who's In Town?
Milk Cow Blues
Listen to the Mockingbird

Joined by Vollie, Chet, Bert, and Thorn for:

Leather Britches
Canaan's Land

Thursday, September 05, 2019

Radio-Free* Image Free Radio

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Image Free Radio was the first locally-produced specialty show on community radio WYLA-LP 97.5 FM in Charleston, SC.

Hector Qirko was the Host/Curator, with station manager Kevin Crothers serving as Executive Producer.

Qirko brought his extensive expertise as world traveler, musician, and anthropologist to a show featuring a broad array of music:
"exceptional music from wherever I stumbled onto it"~HQ

  1. Image Free Radio Season One/05-18-2016
  2. Image Free Radio Season One/05-25-2016
  3. Image Free Radio Season One/06-01-2016
  4. Image Free Radio Season One/06-08-2016
  5. Image Free Radio Season One/06-15-2016
  6. Image Free Radio Season One/06-22-2016
  7. Image Free Radio Season One/06-29-2016 (ry cooder)
  8. Image Free Radio Season One/07-06-2016
  9. Image Free Radio Season One/07-13-2016  (lowdown)
  10. Image Free Radio Season One/07-27-2016
  11. Image Free Radio Season One/08-10-2016 (Terry Hill)
  12. Image Free Radio Season One/08-17-2016 (j neufeld)
  13. Image Free Radio Season One/08-17-2016
  14. Image Free Radio Season One/08-24-2016 (steve cunado)
  15. Image Free Radio Season One/08-31-2016

*since some idiots decided that a broadcast forum for local artists "doesn't fit the mission."

Tuesday, June 11, 2019


Back in the days before mp3s and file trading, even further back before the days of trading burned CDs, there was a thing called a mix tape. Before Facebook, before Myspace, before even the mass use of the WWW, there were things called groups on Usenet and mailing lists. One of these was known as Audities and primarily focused on the genre known as powerpop. This is a mixtape trade from a regular Audities poster named Cathy Gale that I just rediscovered in a box that was otherwise heading to the trash. Enjoy!

Cathy Gale - Poppin' Around LA

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Stan Freberg Presents the Radio Advertising Bureau

Here's Stan Freberg, most well-known to the general public as a comedian/satirist and recording artist, in his ad-executive guise, shilling for the radio advertising industry on a one-sided LP (is it really a long player if it's only one side and nine minutes?).

More Than Meets The Ear

A1 –Stan Freberg The Disaster Corporation Of America
A2 –Stan Freberg The Disaster Corporation Revisited
A3 –Stan Freberg Do People Really Listen To Radio Commercials?
A4 –Stan Freberg Marshall McMedium Interview
A5 –Stan Freberg The Electronic Dress
A6 –Sarah Vaughan And Stan Freberg Sarah Vaughan In Person! "Who Listens To Radio?"

Arranged By – Quincy Jones
Conductor – Quincy Jones
Vocals – Sarah Vaughan
Written-By – Stan Freberg
Published By – Freberg Music Corp.
Produced For – Radio Advertising Bureau

Voice Actor – Bill Woodson (tracks: A1, A2), Byron Kane (2) (tracks: A3), Naomi Lewis (2) (tracks: A5), Paul Condylis (tracks: A4), Stan Freberg

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

10 "Command"-ments

Here's cheapo label Spin O Rama trying to get onboard the hi-fi gravy train, specifically hitching their train to the 35 mm film recording process pioneered by Command Records. Despite the prominent "35" in the title, however, the album was not recorded in the 35 mm process but was done on typical magnetic tape. Both the album cover and the "technical data" section of the notes mimic the Command Records design, as well. I'm convinced that Tony Calioli is a made-up name, as well.

Tony Calioli and his Band-Process 35 Percussion (Spin O Rama 1960)

A1O Sole Mio
A3La Rosa
A4Mambo Ravioli
A5Bill Bailey
B1Finiculi Finicula
B4Cielo Napoli
B5El Choclo

Friday, January 25, 2019

Image Free Radio

For about a year in 2016 Hector Qirko (musician, author, professor) hosted the weekly "Image Free Radio" show on Charleston's WYLA-FM. Back in the 70s and early 80s he performed around the country with the Knoxville-based band Balboa. His partner in guitars in that band was the late Terry Hill. In this edition of IFR, Hector has unearthed a cassette that Terry prepared as pre-show music for band gigs. I'll let him explain it more fully:

WYLA-FM 08-10-16 Hector Qirko's Image Free Radio 16 (Terry Hill playlist)

Sunday, January 06, 2019

The 9th Day of Blogmass 2018

There are hundreds of Christmas organ and chimes LPs. This is one of them.

Van Talbert and Joseph Smith-Christmas Organ and Chimes International Award Series – AKS-X4

A1 Oh Come All Ye Faithful
A2 We Three Kings
A3 Oh Holy Night
A4 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
A5 Deck The Halls
A6 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
A7 Joy To The World
B1 Silent Night
B2 What Child Is This
B3 Away In A Manger
B4 O Little Town Of Bethlehem
B5 Good King Wenceslas
B6 It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
B7 O Tannenbaum
B8 The First Noel

* Carillon – Joseph Smith
* Organ – Van Talbert