State Controlled Radio #212-218

07.08.10

Hello my friends…A funny thing happened on the way to the Forum and…

Strange how you can set off in one direction and wind up at a very different destination…wasn’t it Hemingway who said something about the best laid plans…or was it Joyce?  Oh, Dickens.

The only constant is change and there has sure been a lot of that since my last e-blast, a mere two months ago.  I did not intend such a burst of silence on the communication front but that is the wonderfully wacky sort of summer that I’ve been experiencing.  What say you?  How’s YOUR summer been so far?

One thing is for certain however and that is that I haven’t been laying about ‘cuz since I was last in contact with you I have produced SEVEN new State Controlled Radio programs.  Four of those are three hours long including three TIME MACHINE programs that I know that you are going to enjoy.  The Time Machine is a new feature on SCR that tears out a page from the Billboard Hot 100 charts and counts down 40 (or more) songs from that particular week.  If you missed the debut of any of these programs on BZoO Worldwide Radio during the months of May or June, then I advise you to check out the details below and click on the links if you’d like to hear them for yourself.

Now, it pleases me to no end to inform you that the latest issue of UGLY THINGS magazine (issue number 30) is hot off the press and it is another fantastic piece of writing and publishing from Mister Mike Stax.  The main feature of UT #30 is a terrific article on The Kinks by Jon Savage and yours truly even offered up a bit of history on Neil Young in reference to Neil’s ten-disc Archives Vol. 1 Box Set.  Mike’s band The Loons also have a great new album out entitled Red Dissolving Rays Of Light.  You can check out both the LP and the magazine at: http://www.ugly-things.com/

So…I don’t know if you follow astrology at all, but a couple weeks back we had a lunar eclipse (on June 26th) and right around that time the computer that drives BZoO Worldwide Radio (out of Kentucky) completely went bye-bye.  So the station was off the air for a bit.  Shortly after BZoO was back up and running I, too, experienced some technical difficulties with my hard drive as well.  The upshot is that this has lead to an unexpected four week hiatus on producing any new State Controlled Radio programs.  Who knows what the Solar Eclipse/New Moon on July 11th will bring?  Glad Tidings I’m sure. The silver lining to all of this of course is that I have had a well-needed and appreciated break from writing and producing but I will most assuredly be back on July 25th with a new program (episode #219) entitled Say Goodbye It’s Independence Day.

AND, immediately following will be episode #220 entitled Flipping Your Wig!: A Conversation With Peter Case where I will be featuring Peter’s brand new LP Wig! as well as sitting down and speaking to Peter about his new songs and all the things that have been happening in his life during the past year since his open heart surgery in January of 2009.  Peter is about to embark on a summer tour across the US and is performing a couple of shows this Friday on July 9th at McCabe’s in Santa Monica with Ron Franklin on guitar and DJ Bonebrake on drums and it is sure to be fantastic.  Check out Peter’s new album (and buy it) at: http://www.petercase.com/

Oh, and one more thing while I’m at it…my friends 4 Out Of 5 Doctors are performing for the very last time in honor of their 30th anniversary on Saturday, July 17th at Jammin’ Java in Vienna, Virginia.  For the past three years this has become an annual pilgrimage for me and I can’t imagine missing this “final” show.  It is bound to be bittersweet and yet all good things must eventually come to a conclusion (or so I hear).  If you are in the DC area (or on the east coast) come on out and help me cheer Jeff, Cal, George and Tommy on “one last time.”  We’ll also be wishing Martha a happy birthday…tickets can be found here: http://www.jamminjava.com/home/events/4-out-of-5-doctors

And speaking of happy birthdays I want to wish James Arthur Bonnin a very happy birthday on the 18th of July (can it already be three years since recording The Assumptions?) and I also want wish my brother Scott a very happy birthday as well (same day as Ringo’s July 7th).

Thanks to everybody who came out to see Sunset Temples play their final gig at the Ken Club on May 21st and to witness my last 2nd Saturday program for Hamilton’s Tavern on June 12th.  It was a fantastic run…

I hope that you are enjoying your summer.  Have fun and I hope to see you soon.

In peace & harmony,
Jon

State Controlled Radio Episode #212
May 9-10, 2010

Stone The Crowes

State Controlled Radio Episode #213
May 16-17, 2010
The Time Machine [singles from Billboard’s Hot 100 for the week ending 05.15.71]

State Controlled Radio Episode #214
May 23-24, 2010
The Time Machine [singles from Billboard’s Hot 100 for the week ending 05.17.80]

State Controlled Radio Episode #215
May 30-31, 2010
Looking Forward, Looking Back

State Controlled Radio Episode #216
June 6-7, 2010
The Time Machine [singles from Billboard’s Hot 100 for the week ending 06.04.66]

State Controlled Radio Episode #217
June 13-14, 2010
Let’s Have A Party To Cure The Summertime Blues
[the last SCR 2nd Saturday Celebration at Hamilton’s Tavern]

State Controlled Radio Episode #218
June 20-21, 2010
The Clock Is Ticking