Your Favorite Little Podcast: Episode Fifteen

by Derrick Bostrom

Last year, the best "new year's resolution" I could think of was "make better pictures." I don't know if I succeeded or not, but I had a new camera last year, so it seemed like the obvious choice. But this year, I'm back to my old tricks. The average person might announce, "I promise to lose ten pounds and keep it off at least until mid-November," or " I hereby resolve to finally begin and hopefully complete that tedious home improvement project that's been haunting the bottom of my to-do list," But I'm more inclined to redouble my efforts to shed attachments and cultivate acceptance of the inevitable. A lofty goal perhaps, but not exactly productive.

When I look at the world around me, I start to think this is less of a cop-out than it seems. More than ever, our entire physical, social, economical and political landscape seems ready to just fall away. What's the point of announcing, "this year, I resolve to separate my recyclables more carefully and think twice before I use my car to drive up to the corner," when it's so clear that decades of distancing ourselves from responsibility has left this country all but circling the drain? Why try to delay the inevitable? And besides, it's unlikely that when the boss up in Washington starts getting the itch to push that doomsday button of his, he probably won't stop to remind himself that Derrick made a greater effort this year to print on both sides of the paper.

But these are all just excuses; better that I just say it and be done with it and get on with my life: "this year, I resolve to make a greater effort to do things that will make my life a better one to live." Of course, what I really mean is "my best chance of making it out of this year in one piece is to lower expectations." Either way, it's all about sacrifice.

And now, we party:

"Love To Be Your Man" - The 13th Power

"Niagara Vizeses" - Tabanyi Mihaly Es Szolistai

"Young Girl" - The Raymonde Singers, Etcetera

"McCloud" - John Gregory Orchestra

"Yes I Understand" - The Flying Machine

"Rosemary's Baby" - The Brass Ring

"If This Isn't Love" - Dean Martin & The Hi Lo's

"Tell Me What You Want" - Armada Orchestra

"The New Generation" - Sqibb Pharmaceuticals

"Glide Time" - High Llamas

Your Favorite Little Podcast: Episode Fourteen

by Derrick Bostrom

I didn't vote in the first presidential election I was eligible for. It was 1980, and my attention was elsewhere. I was right on the precipice of a fifteen-year hole that was to be my career as a rock and roller. Little did I know that America was poised on a precipice of its own.

I never made the mistake of not voting again. Even at my most fogbound, I managed to do my research and get myself to the polls. But I never actually participated in a campaign until this year. I not only donated actual money to the Obama campaign, but I guilted my wife into doing the same. And then on election day, we both took off work and spent the day calling folks in New Mexico.

Most of the people we called weren't home, but we were told not to leave messages; just keep going through the lists as quickly as we could. The folks who did answer were pretty evenly split between those who had already voted for Obama and parents of newly registered kids. "She's at school," they would tell me, "But I'm pretty sure she voted for Obama last week."

We averaged about a call a minute, with the whole group tallying up about three to five thousand calls an hour, depending on comings and goings. Since we both had to work the next day, my wife and I declined to go to the downtown after-party and instead watched the returns at home. It was a pretty exciting spectacle -- almost as exciting as when Nixon resigned.

Barack Obama has only been President-Elect for a couple weeks, but the guy we know from two years on the campaign has already vanished, subsumed by his new role. Now that the common goal he shared with his supporters is gone -- now that he belongs to all of us -- how can he help but disappoint his followers? It's all downhill from here.

Anyway, here's some music:

"The Big Bonanza" - Xanadu's Pleasure Dome

"The End of a Love Affair" - Chris Montez

"Warsaw Concerto" - Lalo Schifrin

"Lay A Little Love On Me" - The Cuff Links

"All Night Long" - Barry DeVorzon & Perry Botkin, Jr.

"Goodbye Sadness (Tristeza)" - The Young Americans

"Cinnamon" - Glenn Miller Orchestra

"Let's Do Something" - The Happenings

"Scorpio" - Vic Flick Sound

"The Town and The City" - Teenage Fanclub

Your Favorite Little Podcast: Episode Thirteen

by Derrick Bostrom

Why do I continue to drag myself out in the open like this, week after week? For one thing, it helps to counter the toxic effects of a 40-hour week in the name of another man's dime. It's also a great way to add extra enjoyment to my collection. In addition to the thrill of the hunt, the capture and the inevitable cataloging (always with the cataloging), I can also revel in the pleasure of sharing all this ephemeral crap with my visitors.

I  also love it when the wrong people visit this site by mistake, venting their disorientation and discomfort in the comments. I especially love it when they use terms like "elevator music" as if this was incisive criticism. After all, some folks still obsess over "authenticity," preferring "immediacy" and "spontaneity" above all other concerns. Somehow, the soundtrack to a long-defunct Saturday morning kids show or a 30-year-old vanity pressing from an unknown lounge singer just doesn't work for them

But for those of you who just want a little mundane background music for your misanthropic existence, a little something to listen to while you put your pants on one leg at a time (just like the next guy), I hope this podcast fits the bill.

"Happy To Make Your Acquaintance" - Sammy Davis Jr. & Carmen MacCrea

"African Queen" - Pizzicato Five

"Wet & Wild" - Vandals

"Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" - Jimmy Sedlar

"I'll Always Be True To You" - Salt Water Taffy

"Watermelon Man" - Artie Scott Orchestra

"Proxamatics" - American Standards

"Bend A Little" - Magic Disco Machine

"Make Believe" - Easybeats

"That Same Old Feeling" - Symphonette Brass

"Sweet Caroline" - Donnie Brooks

Your Favorite Little Podcast: Episode Twelve

by Derrick Bostrom

So, what did you do with YOUR "stimulus" check?

I gave my share over to my wife -- we've got bills to pay. No muss, no fuss. But I'm still hoping to "help keep the terrorists from winning" by checking something off my wish list.  Specifically, I'm hankering after a new zoom lens for my camera. But first, I need to take a look at the bill from my mechanic for the new shocks he's putting on my car.

"What'd you do, take this thing off-roading?" He asked. "It's okay -- you can tell me." Smartass. Why would I take my twelve-year-old Nissan Altima off-roading? Besides, I hardly need any extra impulsiveness to trash my suspension -- the speed-bumps infesting my neighborhood take care of that.

Anyway, if I really wanted to wreck my suspension, I wouldn't even need to take my car into the desert. We have plenty of dirt roads around that'll do the job just fine. In fact, the roads to some of Arizona's ghost towns are so bad I'd need to rent a jeep to visit them. A couple years back, when my wife and I tried to visit Crown King, which is up in the Bradshaw Mountains west of the I-17 freeway, the road was so washboarded-out that we finally gave up and turned around.

Imagine my chagrin, then, when I discovered last week that the whole isolated top of the mountain where Crown King resides was being ravaged by one of the wildfires we suffer every summer around these parts. So it's already too late to see the area as it was a week ago. But you can bet as soon as I can get a free day, I'll be grabbing my wife and my new camera lens, renting a jeep, and getting up there to see what's left. Stimulus or no stimulus.

"Sure Listic" - The Animated Egg

"Shake It!" - Frosted Shake Five

"MacArthur Park" - Hugo Montenegro

"I'm Confessin'" - Nino Tempo & April Stevens

"Summer" - Emerson/Chromolox

"Bring A Little Water" - Los Bravos

"Hermeto" - Hermeto

"The Work Song" - Bobby Darin

"It's a New Day" - Arling & Cameron

"Reach Out For Me" - Helmut Zacharias

Your Favorite Little Podcast: Episode Eleven

by Derrick Bostrom

Sure, here at Bostworld, we're all about the fetish objects -- the scrapbook items, the out-of-print vinyl, the odd junk found in the back of the closet. This is the very meat of our little weekly visits.  But (for me, anyway) these things are nothing without the accompanying line or two of snarky commentary. At the end of the day -- for better or for worse -- it all comes down to the content.

That's the way it used to be over at too. Back in the days of their first iteration, I couldn't even access their live feed, let along the chat room and live deejay cam -- not until I was able to convince my wife that broadband was the way to go. But back then, Luxuria must have had folks on staff that did nothing but pump the site full of readable content damn all day. They were lousy with great articles about just about every obscure musical fetish you could want. This was back in the optimistic golden days of the Dot Com Boom, so I'll bet there was enough VC capital lying around to pay people actual salaries for this sort of thing.

Nowadays. Lux is a volunteer-driven organization that garners much of its support from "listeners like you," as they say. It still has a loyal listenership, live deejays, a chat room and a studio cam. But the articles fell by the wayside somewhere along the way. This is unfortunate, since it was through search engine hits on those articles that I and a lot of people discovered Luxuria in the first place. I know it's hard to imagine now, but eight years ago, Lux was one of the very few places on the web where you could find information on, say, "Pet Sounds" or Bollywood Soundtracks (to name the first two things that come to mind). The articles also helped established Lux's emerging voice and point of view.

Without that kind of content -- without all those WORDS -- the site came to look like not much more than a list of songs interspersed with ads. But this is all going to change! By the time you read this, Lux will have debuted its new site, including content management software. Which is to say, Lux is finally going Web 2.0! Soon, with the proliferation of user accounts, both for deejays and any other content providers the station can convince to come aboard, and the added peer pressure to post that comes naturally to "social networking" web sites, Luxuria might begin to populate Google search results once again, just like in the old days.

For my part, I'll no doubt be priming the pump over there with some of the more relevant cherry pickings from this site, and hopefully finding a way to budget time to give them exclusive content (of course, we all saw how well that plan worked out las fall). And I'm hoping very much that I'm not alone. Join me over at the newly revamped and find out.

Meanwhile, here's the latest podcast:

"Guava" - Ray Rivera Orchestra

"Time To Get It Together" - Tom Jones

"Ain't Got No/I Got Life" - Don Kirshner

"Frankie I'm So Sorry" - Joe David Geddes

"Live For Life" - Francis Lai

"Paper Mache" - Sir Christopher Scott

"Can't Stop Running Away" - Sandi & Patti

"Makes You Blind" - Glitter Band

"Back In the USSR" - California Poppy Pickers

"Alayor" - Manzanilla

"Judas To the Love We Knew" - Spiral Staircase

Your Favorite Little Podcast: Episode Ten

by Derrick Bostrom

I've been running a WordPress plugin called ShortStat for most of the life of this site. It's a great little time-waster at work, offering the standard innacurate hit counts, plus referral links that I can visit when I get bored. Occasionally, a new one will appear, but usually it's the same dozen or so sites whose readers apparently can't resist visiting good old Bostworld (god bless 'em).

This last week, ShortStat and I reached a milestone of sorts. No, we didn't log our millionth hit -- that's still a long way off. But we did banish a certain now-defunct share site from the list of the top most frequent referrers. A lot of you music lovers will remember this site, run a former music biz guy with an axe to grind (more so than the rest of us, anyway), posting every album he could get his hands on. He linked to our very first share post, "The Genius In Harmony" by the Anita Kerr Singers, and brought in so many referrals that we were swamped for the better part of two weeks. We were new back then, and the massive hit counts made the future seem very sunny indeed.

Shortly thereafter, this guy became a controversial figure, precipiating a dust up that seemed to go on forever. In the end, the brouhaha brought down several good sites, as well as his own. It was an eerie event to witness (one that I'm sure many of you remember yourselves). Which is why I'm so relieved to have his name finally drop below the threshhold of my top referrers. He's been entrenched up there for two years, which gives you an idea of his popularity at the time of his exit from the scene.

I wish I could say it was bumped by a cool blog like or, but I just don't have the juice, it seems, for the regular readers of those sites. In the end it was Google Cananda that took the honors. I still have high hopes for some of the stragglers on the lower end of the list, however, and hope to see them rise in the rankings before ShortStat hogs so many of my resources that I decide to uninstall it.

Ooh, I remember this episode. Good one:

"The Cat" - Marty Paich

"Computer Number Three" - Lilo Wirth

"It's Not Unusual" - Les Reed

"New Woman" - Nestle

"Misty" - The Feminine Touch

"Get Smart Girl" - Beverly Bremers

"Smoke Gets In My Moog" - Big Band Moog

"Black and White" - Jane Birkin

"Fascination" - Bert Keyes Orchestra

"Remember/What Are You Doing Sunday" - Werner Krupski

Your Favorite Little Podcast: Episode Nine

by Derrick Bostrom

Nobody will ever accuse me of being overly festive this time of year. In fact, I don't think I've been much of a Christmas fan since the beginning of my second decade. Sure: I like gift-giving and all that, but I can't find it within myself to -- as one commercial I saw recently put it -- "slow down and take the time to reflect on the things that really matter." The things that really matter to me are at the front and center of my consciousness all year 'round, and believe me: slowing down is the last thing that comes to mind when I reflect upon them. For me, this time of year is anything but relaxed. I'm sure I'm not the only person who feels that the end of the calendar year is far and away the most hectic. And this year, events have seemed to converge upon me to create a perfect storm of busyness.

So I suppose it's a good thing, then, that so many of my favorite share blogs can be all but ignored during this time of year. From October right up through December, a fever seems to take hold which requires even the coolest bloggers to post endless feeds full of holiday themed material. From Halloween's spoken word ghost stories and haunted house sound effects records, to Christmas's unrelenting pageant of "kitschy" Christmas music , the holiday season renders most share blogs virtually useless for nearly one full quarter of the year.

This isn't to say I'm totally immune. I suppose I'll be whipping out the Specter Xmas disc at some point, and I admit to a fondness for Dean Martin's Christmas album. I even allowed my wife to drag me to Brian Setzer's holiday extravaganza. His version of Les Brown's "Nutcracker Suite" arrangement is quite charming, and his new album of classical music covers, "Wolfgang's Big Night Out" makes a terrific Christmas stocking stuffer. But for the most part, I never had much stomach for music of Yule.

Over at, they've begun a new tradition in supplement to Christmas. They've set aside the anniversary of the assassination of John Lennon to honor the Beatles. As a rule, the Fab Four canon is actually forbidden at the station, not so much because of aesthetics as much as the overwhelming been-there-done-that position the Beatles hold in our popular culture. But boy, do we love us some oddball Beatle covers. For my show, "C'mon! Live A Little" (heard on Saturday afternoons), I whipped out my killer Donny and Marie disco version of Wings' "Bluebird" and Tom Jones' absurdly upbeat version of "We Can Work It Out."

It was a fun day and I can pretty much guarantee that everyone had a splendid time. And, we (hopefully) raised a decent amount of scratch to keep the station going. (Yes, the fund-raiser appears to still be in effect, and much like Christmas or the war, it threatens to to continue into perpetuity and consume all within its reach.)

As for Your Favorite Little Podcast, you can see that there's not a single holiday song in the entire episode:

"Winners & Losers" - Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds

"Nikki" - Vincent Bell

"I've Got You On My Mind" - White Plains

"Lady Love" - Les Baxter & 101 Strings

"The Girls Of Paramaribo" - Berry Lipman Orchestra

"Funky 75" - Sunshine Band

"Words And Music" - Hot Wheels

"Voce E Eu (You And I)" - Johnny Keating

"Love Thy Neighbor" - Dean Martin

"Since You Opened Up The Door" - Sonlight Orchestra

"Indiscrete" - Frank Sinatra, Jr.

Your Favorite Little Podcast: Episode Eight

by Derrick Bostrom

I decided to start Bostworld about two years ago. Following the example of Merlin Mann's 43 Folders and the rest of the lifehackers, a took a quick personal inventory, and realized how unhappy I was to be making no effort whatsoever to move forward my long held, but long put-off desire to pursue the art of the crafted sentence. So, I jettisoned a couple of legacy zero-sum freelance clients, installed a copy of WordPress and started blogging. I haven't made a dime off my efforts, but I'm happier and busier than ever. Meanwhile, my personal capitol must be going up, because new opportunities to work for free on other folks' projects keep rolling in.

For instance, I've been recording fundraising spots for, where I host a weekly music program. They must be desperate for cash, because as cheesy as they are, the station plays the damn spots at least once an hour. Of course, if they don't raise the money, I may not have any reason to record any more. Lux only needs paltry few thousand dollars to keep the station running, but hey: this is the internet we're talking about. Paying customers are few and far between. Of course, if everyone who reads this blog were to head on over and give 'em even five or ten bucks, it would most likely make a huge difference.

If free content is more your thing, now you can jump over to the WFMU blog, where they've graciously commenced hosting individual Love Workshop programs from my collection, complete and unzipped for easy review.

But the loggrolling doesn't stop there. As of this month, I am now an official contributor to 43 Folders itself! My first effort is already online, and -- god help me -- it's already been seen by more people than visit this site in a year. My article is less about productivity than it is about the lack of same, but I think it's a good start. I'd like think Merlin's admiration of Bostworld led him to make this offer, but I imagine he's probably more impressed by the cred from my former life than by the kitschy downloads and paeans to local squalor found here. In fact, I'm sure of it! But who knows: if the collaboration proves to be mutually satisfying, I might try to talk him into coming over here some time and sharing some of his guilty pleasures with us.

Oh yeah, before I forget: here's some more Bostrom-generated web content that I didn't get paid for:

"All Of Me" - Guitar Underground

"Lipton On The Move" - Lipton Tea

"I Still Believe In Tomorrow" - John & Anne Ryder

"Phoenix Love Theme (Senza Fine)" - Dick Hyman

"A Smile At Dawn" - Bebu Silvetti

"I Know My Daddy Loves Me" - Magic Of Love

"For A Few Dollars More" - Terranova

"The Not Too Distant Future" - Ivy League

"His Eyes, Her Eyes" - Michel Legrand

"Loving Things" - Today's People

Your Favorite Little Podcast: Episode Seven

by Derrick Bostrom

I recently had the pleasure of contributing to the 365 Days Project, hosted on the WFMU site. Despite the hate mail I received from a certain camp who felt I offered too little respect to my subject, the experience was otherwise benign. Bostworld gained no surge in hit counts for my effort; in fact, I'll probably give up my Google ranking for the album I contributed. (I guess I deserve it for recycling one of my previous posts.) No matter: logrolling is sometimes the better part of valor.

I visited the WFMU studios on more than one occasion back when my old group used to regularly breeze through their neighborhood. For my band mates, it was just another alterna-format station with a standoffish know-it-all staff that liked us better back when no else had ever heard of us. But I was already a WFMU fan by that point. I was dating a girl who was not only a regular listener -- she was a bona fide Irwin Chusidgroupie. If fact, if the truth were to be told, Irwin had an indirect influence on Puppets listening habits, thanks to her. Unless I'm confusing him with someone else, Irwin's dupe for her of the "Burn The Honky Tonk Down" compilation is directly responsible for the onslaught of George Jones songs the Meat Puppets used to cover live.

Back during a mid-eighties Manhattan exile from the Puppets, I let her talk me into doing a solo interview at WFMU, just so she could go down to the station. I was on the air for almost three hours during the graveyard shift. I used to have a tape of it, and if memory serves, it was quite unremarkable. But I did get to dig through their wonderful stacks and find some cool shit to play. Unfortunately, my musical education was comparatively limited at the time. I barely knew who Nelson Riddle was back then, let alone Esquivel, Raymond Scott or Wendy and Bonnie.

WFMU was first station I ever heard that regularly played "oddball" artists, long before it became commonplace. I heard my first song-poems thanks to them. I got my copy of "Shut Up Little Man!" during one of their pledge drives. And though it all, money crunches, relocations, advances in technology, changes in both public taste and their own horizons, they've managed to weather it all. And so, this edition of "Your Favorite Podcast" -- the medley show! -- is dedicated to them.

"Dance Craze Medley" - Ray Anthony

"Jobim Medley" - Debbie Deitrick, John Davis & Co.

"Divorce Medley" - The Dovells

"Salute To The Sixties" - The Going Thing

Your Favorite Little Podcast: Episode Six

by Derrick Bostrom

"My world is just that small," as my wife would say.

A couple of Tuesdays back, I got a new job -- a promotion, actually. Nothing too amazing there; getting it was the easy part. The tough part will be filling the position I just vacated. Unfortunately, I can't hire myself, so I guess I'm kind of screwed. But what's really odd is the same day I got the job, my old partners in crime got started on their second act as well. Now that they released their "comeback" album, they're well on the way back into the hearts of guitar rock fans everywhere. Of course, I "declined to participate," as the reviewers tell me. And it's true. I can't imagine giving up sleeping in my own bed every night -- and even getting paid for the privilege (with benefits) -- to go back on the road and work the same club circuit I played 20 years ago.

Just the same, I got less congratulations for the promotion than people coming up to me, telling me how excited they were to see my picture in the papers (apparently, some of these newspapers need to update their photo archive). I tried to be as gracious as I could, but I silently thanked my lucky stars that no one's interested in airing my dirty laundry in public.

But there was another second act that week: Internet radio got a stay of execution. It's a somewhat dubious one, with ominous strings attached, but it's the only one we've got, so it will have to do. But another group of independent content providers was not so lucky. Without the benefit of the news blitz afford to new media, independent print publications took their lumps in the shadows, losing their campaign to overturn a ruling raising their postal rates by twelve to fifty percent. Many people didn't even find out about this one until the rates took effect -- coincidentally enough, on the same day royalty rates were supposed to kick in for online broadcasters.

Like my wife says: "small world."

Episode Six Track List:

"Clearway" - Saint Etienne

"Gone With the Wind" - Frankie Randall

"Love Me For a Day" - Davy Jones

"Discontented Disco Children" - Rock City Boys

"Window Shopping" - Magic Disco Machine

"Seaway" - Brian Fahey

"Under the Sea" - Doodletown Pipers

"This Is Love" - Archies

"Faraway Music/The Girl With The Sun

In Her Hair/Crossroads" - Alan Hankshaw

"Ask Me What You Want" - Terry Baxter

Your Favorite Little Podcast: Episode Five

by Derrick Bostrom

America's much vaunted Independence Day is still a week away, but we're dusting off our old Fourth Of July program anyway. This episode holds a special significance for me, and I'm not talking about patriotism. In my brief spoken episode, I offer ambivalent tribute to my state of unemployment at the time. Six years later, my pavement pounding days are hopefully behind me, but the independence afforded by a steady paycheck still strikes me  as Kristoffersonesque at best.

But I wasn't the only one out of a job six years ago. My playmates over at had themselves been knocked out from behind their deejay consoles after their parent company was acquired by the ubiquitous Clear Channel. Like me, it took some time, but they eventually got back on their feet. But now, they're being threatened once again by the very entity whose existence we celebrate on July 4th: the even more ubiquitous United States Government.

Just in case you didn't know, of have forgotten, the new royalty rate increase for net radio goes into effect on July 15, rates so impossibly high, observers have been forced to speculate that they are designed to drive off all but the most deep-pocketed players.

Today, June 26th, is the day of internet radio's Day Of Silence protest. If you are a internet radio fan, and you don't like what you hear today, I urge your to contact your congressional representative and ask them to support the "Internet Radio Equality Act" (IREA) (H.R. 2060 in the House and S. 1353 in the Senate). For more information, visit SaveNetRadio.Org.

Episode Five Track List:

"You're A Lucky Fellow Mr. Smith" - Frank Sinatra

"Don't Bite The Hand That's Feeding You" - Tiny Tim

"Where Have All Our Heroes Gone" - Bill Anderson

"World Of Winners" - Massey Ferguson

"Happy Birthday/Grand Old Flag" - Donny Osmond

"Tupperware Spirit Of '76" - Tupperware

"The Fightin' Side Of Me" - Merle Haggard

"I Am An American" - Edmund O'Brien

"You Never Had It So Good" - Frank Sinatra & Bing Crosby

Your Favorite Little Podcast: Episode Four

by Derrick Bostrom

Not much excitement around these parts lately. Oh, well actually, we did experience the Slashdot Effect last week when Boing Boing featured one of our articles. Somehow, the Powers That Link were attracted to the Johnny Arthey album of British Invations covers we posted a couple weeks back. Must have been a slow news day. Anyway, whereas our previous album share of "Don Kirshner Cuts Hair" mustered only two dozen downloads, over eight hundred people downloaded the Arthey record.

Bostworld received this kind of attention about a year ago, when Boing Boing linked to an article of excerpts from an old Uncensored magazine. That time, fueled by the promise of smut and acerbated by the fact that the files were actually served from my shared host account, the onslaught of visitors took the whole site down (as well as its sister blog over at Meat Puppets Dot Com). Tech support wasn't much help: "Give us more money" they suggested, "or maybe take your business elsewhere."

Fortunately, I figured out what to do on my own. In the course of returning things to normal, I discovered that my chosen platform (WordPress) is considered a resource hog. I also learned some load-bearing strategies. So I'm happy to report that when the awesome power of Frauenfelder came knocking this time, though things did get a little wobbly, the site held.

Say what you will about file sharing services like Rapidshare, they kept me up and running. Thanks also to Ricardo Galli Granada, whose WP-Cache plug-in may or may not have helped me weather the storm.

Episode Four Tracklist:

"1900 Yesterday" - Liz Damon & Orient Express

"Oh Calcutta" - Ferrante & Teicher

"Mama, We're All Crazee Now / Didn't Know I Loved You (Til I Saw You Rock and Roll) / Come Along Girl" - Les Humphries Singers

"Desafinado" - Ten Tuff Guitars

"Where Would I Be Without You" - Hardy Boys

"Push" - Chakachakas

"Soul Ballet" - Peter Nero

"Oh John Henry" - John Henry Singers

"Something to Think About" - Bert Convy

Your Favorite Little Podcast: Episode Three

by Derrick Bostrom

Just in time for our latest podcast, another broadcasting controversy erupts. This time, insupportably unkind remarks made by radio legend Don Imus on his "In The Morning" program provoked his masters at NBC and CBS to give him the boot. Opting against using the airwaves to "commercialize and mainstream sexism and racism," CBS Chairman Les Moonves offered a fine piece of bottom-line corporate double-speak, characterizing the controversy as "a significant opportunity to expand on our record on issues of diversity, race and gender. We intend to seize that opportunity."

I followed the story on Howard Stern's web feed, thanks to my co-worker's Sirius subscription. Usually, I demand that he listen to something else, but the Imus dust-up kept me interested for the whole week. Despite his unwavering stand on free speech, Stern had a more personal axe to grind. All week, Howard alternately hooted with joy at the fall of an old nemesis and gnashed his teeth as he recounted the shitty treatment he received at the hands of Imus and Co. when they both worked for the same station. I was loving it.

Just the same, even though I'm just a white, adult male (who's been known to run his mouth on occasion), I still feel degraded by racist and sexist language. In fact, I even felt that sting once at the hands of Howard Stern himself. It was back in the 90s, when the Meat Puppets were at the peak of their popularity. Howard took a shine to us, appearing on stage during one of our New York shows, and inviting the band on his show twice. We jammed with him both times. He was very nice to us, both gracious and encouraging; he even broadcast our first visit on his television show.

But the second visit left me with a bad taste in my mouth. That time, our manager appeared with us. I should mention that in addition to loving us enough to stick with us and put up with our bullshit, our manager was also a black female. When Howard turned his attention upon her -- insisting that she was sleeping with us, and demanding that she admit she preferred sex with white men -- she was merely embarrassed. But I was ashamed at how insensitively Howard treated our friend, and how he tried to get the band to go along with it. After all these years, I still remember how it felt: like a hard slap to the face.

Meanwhile, the backlash picks up steam, as a confused America debates "who can say what" and who's allowed to "get away with it." Some quarters are bewailing the loss of a “good man,” felled by agenda-wielding media jackals. Of course, where I work, and probably where you work too, they call it "harassment" and prescribe mandatory preventative "sensitivity training" for all employees. It seems to me, the lesson is very simple: use good judgment, be compassionate and tread gently on other peoples' feelings. I don't see what's so politically correct about that.

Episode Three Tracklist:

"Fashion People" - Pizzicato Five

"My Life" - Nelson Riddle

"Meet the Swinger" - Poloroid Camera

"I Can't Find The Time" - Groovin' Strings

"Come On Sign" - Joe E

"Blame It On The Pony Express" - Hugo Strasser

"Yume No Tameni" - Puffy

"El Bimbo" - Ray Conniff

"Traffic Jam" - Tommy Roe

"It Happened On a Sunday Morning" - Jerry Ross Symposium

Your Favorite Little Podcast: Episode Two

by Derrick Bostrom

They say an ill-considered partisan rant can kill a good blog. Well, I've posted enough of 'em to figure I've chased away all but the most die-hard kool-aid drinkers in the choir. If it weren't for my semi-celebrity status and my excellent search engine optimization habits, it's likely my visitors would have dwindled to nada by now. But the opposite seems to be happening instead. Visits are up, comment spam is way up, and the comments in the spam seem very complimentary. On a good day, Google even ranks me as one of the top authorities on German hyperinflation.

It's not that I'm much of a cause chaser -- more like a bitter old poop increasingly disdainful of the view outside his front door. But this internet radio deal has got me more than a little disgruntled. Perhaps it's because I'm too close to it. I suppose it's easier to remain indifferent if it's not actually happening in your own backyard, easier to take the position of "keep it behind locked doors" or "it's your own fault for getting sick," or "you should have been more mindful over the circumstances of your birth." As young outlaw indie rockers, my band mates and I used to call it "floating anarchy." That is to say, freedom is where ever the police are not. It's a great concept, as long as you're extremely mobile and not particularly invested in anything. And as long as your "freedom" doesn't conflict with corporate interests.

You could make the case that the punitive snuffing out of internet radio is nothing but a trifle when our young fighting men and women remain in harm's way. To me, consolidation is consolidation, whether is takes place in the marketplace or on the battlefield. I suspect that armed global occupation will remain The American Way at least as long as people keep driving their cars to the protests. The difference between a land mine and a corn syrup sandwich is one of degrees. Both can be deadly. Either way: in the final analysis, we're all expendable. Voting won't change that; praying certainly won't. We don't even need "new ideas;" the old ones still work. The trick is to remember what they are.

Not that the above has anything to do with this week's charming podcast, which I promise is full of nothing but sweetness and light!

Episode Two Tracklist:

"Cuckoo Laugh-In World" - Laugh-In Cast

"Dance To The Music" - The Going Thing

"It's A Beautiful Morning" - Martin Denny

"Where's The Beef?" - Coyote McCloud & Clara Peller

"Topless Party" - Nomiya Maki

"Kites Are Fun" - Tony Mottola & The Groovies

"Good News" - The Klowns

"The Wonderful World of Color" - Four Freshmen

"In My Hole" - Roy Budd

"Mr. & Mrs." - Tony Hatch

"The Drifter" – Sandpipers

Your Favorite Little Podcast: Episode One

by Derrick Bostrom

After getting laid off six years ago, I mostly just sat around at home at loose ends, listening to Luxuria Music. Then they themselves were all laid off, due to the station's acquisition and subsequent termination by the ubiquitous Clear Channel Communications. Robbed of my principal diversion, I filled the void with a show of my own. I dubbed it "Your Little Radio Show" and fed it out onto the web via a low-fi RealMedia stream, hosted by my father, (unbeknown to him). The weekly half hour ran for six months before I finally succumbed to a general malaise in the wake of the attacks on the World Trade Center and pulled the plug. I resurrected it shortly afterward as "Your Favorite Playlist" (a sop to the then embryonic craze for iTunes), but finally chickened out amid too much scary press about the consequences of "pirate" web broadcasting.

Recently, however, my friends the Teenage Fanclub have begun podcasting in a format very similar to the one I used. So, emboldened by their efforts, as well as a million share blogs (including my own), I've decided to offer the show once again, this time as a podcast. You can can either subscribe to it using the standard feed and the reader of your choice, or you can use the second link to load it directly into iTunes. To those of you unable to figure out how to get it to work, I can offer this reassurance in advance: I tested them both and they work fine for me. Your mileage may vary, but we'll see.

The memory of Luxuria (now happily resurrected and broadcasting with impunity once again) is apparent by my song choices: all lounge music, bubblegum and cheesy listening. In fact, this first episode is actually taken from a show I put together for Lux's old "Virtual Deejay" segment, which used to run at lunch time. On the day it was on, I dutifully logged into the Lux chat room, preparing to run interference during the broadcast. As it turned out, I wound up butting heads with their midday jock. For this current version of the program, I've left off her whithering on-air denunciation of me. My own unfortunate goofy voice-overs remain, however.

"Your Little Radio Show" was a labor of love for almost a year, and I still enjoy listening to it from time to time (though I like to think that my vinyl digitizing skills have improved a little since then). And I see no reason why I should deny Bostworld visitors the opportunity to share my enthusiasm, especially in the face of what's shaping up to be an inordinately hectic and busy year. Hopefully, "Your Favorite Little Podcast" will offer you as much pleasure as it will give me some breathing room.

Episode One Tracklist

"Slag Solution" - Buffalo's Band

"Mexico" by Long John Baldry

"Sad Old Kinda Movie" - Pickettywitch

"Airport Love Theme" - Johnny Pineapple

"I Apologize" - P.J. Proby

"Up Came Oil" - Exxon's "Spirit of Achievement"

"Bahia" - El Coco

"Shadows on a Foggy Day" - Frank Sinatra, Jr.

"Baby Portable Rock" - Pizzicato Five

"One Person" - The Goldiggers