PLAYLIST 09/18/11

Anything Anything DRAMARAMA
Around the Dial THE KINKS
Rex Bob Lowenstein MARK GERMINO & the SLUGGERS
Left of the Dial REPLACEMENTS
Life Size Rubber Doll BILLY & the BOYS
Baby Doll DEE DEE KING (aka RAMONE, Happy Bday DEE DEE)
Elevator Operator (outtake) RAMONES (Happy Bday Richie Ramone)
S.W.A.K.  WYLDLIFE (unsigned Westchester)
I Wanna go all the Way PAINS of BEING PURE at HEART
I hear noises TEGAN & SARA (happy bday Tegan)
Back in your Head TEGAN & SARA (happy bday Sara)
There’s a Starbucks where the Starbucks used to be JOHN WESLEY HARDING
409 in your coffee maker GREEN DAY
Let’s go on the beach OUTKAST
Haven’t got a clue DRAMARAMA  (happy bday John Easdale)
Smart GIRL in a COMA
You two timed me one time too often TEX RITTER (happy bday John Ritter)
A womans got the power CLARENCE CLEMONS and RED BANK ROCKERS
Adam West (happy bday Adam)
Balls in your mouth JIMMY FALLON, ROOTS, EDDIE VEDDER (Happy bday Jimmy)
Why go (Live 92) PEARL JAM
Smells like Karen Carpenter MONEYSHOT COSMONAUTS



Here’s the details on the return of anything anything to your radio dial

starting this sunday night and every sunday night 9pm-11pm you can listen on 107.1 the peak. the station’s on air signal reaches westchester, rockland, bergen, lower fairfield, north shore of Long Island, the bronx and midtown manhattan and above.

it can also be streamed at and on all smart phones via the tune in radio app which is a free download.

Starting on October 2nd, WDHA will be carrying the show as well.

Free Form is back!

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Listen To Rich Discuss ‘Anything, Anything’ Today On WFMU

Pic by Dave Giordano of

At 3pm today, Rich will be on the legendary WFMU (91.1fm) playing records and announcing the new home of Anything, Anything.

From WFMU:

Rich Russo “Anything Anything” 
Wednesday, September 14th, 3pm – 6pm on Irwin’s show 
Rich Russo, host of the commercial free-form music show “Anything Anything,” which aired on the now-defunct WRXP on Sunday nights in New York, will be Irwin’s on-air guest Wednesday afternoon, September 14. Despite its unpredictable mix of genre-surfing, “Anything Anything” was a ratings success on a station with an ill-fated format. Russo is currently stringing together a loose network of affiliates to revive “Anything Anything” simultaneously on both commercial and non-commercial outlets. An admitted admirer of WFMU (with the t-shirts to prove it), Russo got away with airing scratchy vinyl, warped cassettes, and audio ripped from VHS tapes on a commercial rock station. He’ll talk about the rise and fall of WRXP’s “New York rock experience” and about his new venture.

That’s right! bossman is going to announce what stations he’ll be on… on a station that isn’t even going to carry it (crazy)!

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New Neon Indian Video For “Polish Girl”

Neon Indian is having a pretty good 2011.

Between becoming an Indie success story with his first album being re-released on a bigger label earlier this year, his collaboration EP with The Flaming Lips, and a new album out today, he still has time to drop a, pretty cinematic, new video for the album, Era Extraña, and it’s first single “Polish Girls.”

The video has quite the little 80s-cyberpunk vibe going on.


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Details + Album Cover For New Justice Album

Justice‘s new album Audio, Video, Disco  will be out October 25 on Ed Banger/Because/Elektra and that’s the very monolithic cover art above.

They’ll be releasing a small EP later this month on the 26th in advance of the album, so you won’t have to wait too long to hear new Daft Punk redux Justice. In fact, you don’t have to wait at all:


Via Pitchfork

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Never Forget 9/11/2001

I’ve been asked alot over the last few weeks if i had a 9/11 playlist, which is kinda uncomfortable, i think of playlists as something creative and happy. Nothing surrounding any anniversary of 9/11 could ever be that. The tragedy of that day as well as the political missteps that followed it (and some believe preceded it) can never be erased and we’ll never heal from it. Music is the great healer but in this case only serves as a reminder of that day, nothing more.

There are a few songs that i’d like to share with you that i will be listening to over the next few days as i reflect on the tragedy that, in order, tell a story, and all written by New Jersey songwriters. The videos are below of each song and a description of it, with the exception of the first one which is available as a stream or download

GROUND ZERO by 68AD, tells the story of the panic of finding a loved one amidst the tragedy of the attacks, featuring this verse that really hits hard

“and i watched the news with a poisoned hate, for justice to this day i still wait,
so i’ll just say thanks to all of you who did brave things i didn’t do”

YOU’RE MISSING by BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND, in the midst of one of our country’s worst tragedies, arguably our greatest songwriter steps up with a song that still gives me chills every time i hear it, no song has ever put the loss of a loved one in the frame that Bruce does here. the following lyric hits harder than anything i’ve ever heard especially when i think of that day as i drove through my neighborhood and realized that some of the kids who lived near me parents might not come home and never were found.

“Pictures on the nightstand, TV’s on in the den
Your house is waiting, your house is waiting
For you to walk in, for you to walk in
But you’re missing, you’re missing”

I FEEL WEIRD by STEEL TRAIN in a performance on my radio show, which is one of my favorite performances on the show. the song tells a story 5 years down the road after losing a loved one in the tragedy, the narrator of the song is able to move on, or at least he hopes so. the first two verses tell the story

“When I was eighteen everything was alive
Then the planes hit the towers
Then she died, then he died
A part of me disappeared six feet in the ground
Million miles in the sky a fire burns,
A fire burns, a fire burns and it is mine

And I did what I did
What we did to survive
Five whole years of my life I spent mourning you and why?
Girl you’re still alive
You’re too dead to keep inside
You take the years, you keep it all,
I finally think I might be alright”

I AM A PATRIOT by PEARL JAM in this live clip from Uniondale, NY, Eddie and the band gives what i believe is the best version of the song written by Steven Van Zandt. As the talk radio and fox news jackasses turned 9/11 into a ratings and fear mongering bonanza making a tragedy a political football and money making entity, this song although written well before the tragedy, is a call to throw out the political jockeying that goes on in the country and not be judged by the party lines, but to embrace the freedom we are blessed with.

“And I ain’t no communist,
And I ain’t no socialist,
And I ain’t no capitalist,
And I ain’t no imperialist,
And I ain’t no democrat,
Sure ain’t no republican either,
I only know one party,
And that is freedom.”

Hopefully these songs will put the tragedy in some perspective for you and if you’re like me you’ll think of the day and those we lost, and hopefully live your life to the fullest while having respect and compassion for your fellow humans. if you’d like to support a charity for 9/11 and beyond, i recommend tuesday’s children for those who lost loved ones that day, go here and learn more


NEW PEARL JAM SONG! and FREE MP3 DOWNLOAD about this as a little treat from the best band in the world right now, fresh off an amazing weekend to celebrate their 20th anniversary, plus some treats on Jimmy Fallon the next few nights, plus a movie directed by Cameron Crowe coming out on the 20th, amidst all of that, they’ve had time to post a new song called OLE on their website, go here and grab it now!! it’s fantastic!

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Jon Spencer Blues Explosion To Play Maxwell’s October 13th

If you’ve never heard of The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion than I envy you, because now you get to listen to their entire back-catalog at once and be pumped full of crunchy, bluesy guitar-rock fit for an urban hillbilly, sans all the Ozark-isms that normally stigmatize this type of music.

According to Brooklyn Vegan:

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion spent a good portion of the past year touring in support of reissues stuffed with rare/unreleased tracks, including appearances at Matador 21, Pitchfork, and other dates. The band’s other recent accomplishments include a split with Melvins on AmRep and a SuperBowl commercial. In the future you can catch the the NYC trio on October 13th at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, NJ. Tickets are on sale. So far no other dates have surfaced.

So get at those tickets before they sell out and enjoy the pure, unfiltered fun of their song “Bellbottoms” below:


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The Announcement….Coming on 9/14 at 4pm…hear it on your radio

I am very fortunate to have had my first ever radio show in the biggest market in the world, doing free form on the commercial dial, where free form is all but extinct. As you probably read in a previous post, the ratings kicked ass and people dig free form.

I will be coming back to the commercial airwaves on Sunday September 18, which is an amazing thing and unprecedented in this day and age, the way it’s happening is mind boggling, and i can’t wait to tell you about it.

i thought long and hard on how to make the announcement, twitter or facebook? too easy and predictable. a billboard or tv commercial? too expensive. Press Releases? that’ll happen after the announcement.

the announcement should come on the radio and it will. but it would be too easy to do it on the stations that will be airing the show, they’ll promo it after the fact.

So for the announcement, i thought it would be neat to do it on a station that WON’T be airing my show! yes WON’T be airing my show! Now that’s never been done before.

But what station would i do this on? what station would even allow it? The answer is obvious because it’s the most important Free Form radio entity in the world, it gave us Vin Scelsa as his first gig, and still gives us Bill Kelly, Rex, Three Chord Monte, Ken Freedman and of course Irwin Chusid.

WFMU 91.1 (google it and see how important it is)

So at 4pm, wednesday Sept 14th, i will be sitting in with Irwin Chusid (google him, he’s a big deal), spinning records that i played on the commercial dial that have never been played on WFMU, which is saying alot. I will also be telling you what stations you can find me on starting sunday Sept 18.

So i’ll be on a Non-Commercial station telling you where to find me on the commercial dial. It doesn’t get cooler than that.

You can stream WFMU here or get their phone app and my appearance will be archived as well.

It’s going to be a blast and it’s an honor to be able to launch the next generation of Free Form by discussing it on the mothership of Free Form, although i won’t be on that station!

Listen Wednesday Sept 14 at 4pm on WFMU!

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The Little Free Form show that could….

As the Anything Anything radio show gets ready to announce its return and since technically I’m not on a radio station yet, I am able to discuss some of the ratings of the show when it existed on RXP.

Once I am back on the radio, I’m not allowed to discuss them on air or via this sort of thing. So let’s use the lull and the “unemployment” to let you know how your favorite free form radio show did against the other rock and roll radio stations..

In the New York radio market, which accounts for the entire metropolitan area, here’s how the stations did at 8pm and then at 9pm once Anything anything began. This is the share of audience (from Arbitron) against the key demographics of Adults 25-54 and Men 25-54. The Top station is in bold.

Sunday 8p-9p (BEFORE anything anything) adults 25-54/men 25-54
WAXQ 3.5/4.0
WBAB 0.7/0.7
WDHA 0.3/0.5
WRCN 0.0/0.0
WRXP 2.1/2.0
WXPK 0.6/0.1

Sunday 9p-11p (DURING anything anything) adults 25-54/men 25-54
WAXQ 1.2/1.1
WBAB 0.4/0.4
WDHA 0.2/0.2
WRCN 0.0/0.0
WRXP 2.3/2.8
WXPK 0.0/0.1

And since Monmouth and Ocean Counties have been a big part of my show with events etc, here’s how it looks down there for adults 25-54 and men 25-54

Sunday 8p-9p (BEFORE anything anything) adults 25-54/men 25-54
WAXQ 2.2/4.3
WCHR 2.2/4.3
WRAT 11.3/6.9
WRXP 4.8/4.3

Sunday 9p-11p (DURING anything anything) adults 25-54/men 25-54
WAXQ 0.6/1.1
WCHR 0.0/0.0
WRAT 6.5/4.3
WRXP 6.5/10.6

As you can see anything anything was appointment listening as it improved on the previous hour on WRXP and went on to beat all rock and roll stations in the market. I want to thank all of the listeners for their support and trust of a show that was 100% free form on the commercial dial in an era where people didn’t think it would last let alone win it’s time slot against legendary rock stations.

Thanks again and make sure you are by a radio or streaming device on Wednesday 9/14 as we announce the relaunch of the show in a very unprecedented fashion.

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