PLAYLIST 04/03/11

Anything Anything DRAMARAMA
Tear off your own Head BANGLES
Clubland ELVIS COSTELLO (RIP Don Hill)
NYC is a Drug DIRTY PEARLS (NYC)
What went wrong SMITHEREENS
Dead Puppies OGDEN EDSL (happy bday Dr. Demento)
Life size Rubber Doll BILLY AND THE BOYS
Girl of my dreams BRAM TCHAIKOVSKY
Girl of 1000 Dreams PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART
Here comes your man (LIVE) PIXIES (happy bday Frank Black)
Tight Rope LEON RUSSELL (happy bday Leon)
Merry Go Round REPLACEMENTS
Sexual Healing SOUL ASYLUM (Happy bday Marvin Gaye)
Deadman’s curve JAN AND DEAN (Happy bday Jan)
Me marlon brando and marlon brando and I REM (Happy Bday Marlon)
Gettysburg THE BRANDOS
Bloodstains AGENT ORANGE (happy bday Rusty Staub)
Take me out to the ballgame BRUCE SPRINGSTONE
Anchor ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO
Prisoners of Paradise JESSE MALIN
Knock three times TONY ORLANDO (happy bday Tony)
Never 2 without 3 CAROLYN MAS
Force of nature PEARL JAM (happy bday Mike McCready)
AC/DC JOAN JETT (happy bday Angus Young)
Live before you die SOCIAL DISTORTION (Happy bday Mike Ness)
Oops I did it again RICHARD THOMPSON (happy bday Richard)
Danke shoen WAYNE NEWTON (happy bday Wayne)
You can get it if you really want it JIMMY CLIFF (happy bday Jimmy)
Chicken Shack Boogie AMOS MILBURN (happy bday Amos)
Hitchhike (live Stone Pony 1974) SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY and ASBURY JUKES (Get well Butch)

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PLAYLIST 04/03/11

Anything Anything DRAMARAMA
Tear off your own Head BANGLES
Clubland ELVIS COSTELLO (RIP Don Hill)
NYC is a Drug DIRTY PEARLS (NYC)
What went wrong SMITHEREENS
Dead Puppies OGDEN EDSL (happy bday Dr. Demento)
Life size Rubber Doll BILLY AND THE BOYS
Girl of my dreams BRAM TCHAIKOVSKY
Girl of 1000 Dreams PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART
Here comes your man (LIVE) PIXIES (happy bday Frank Black)
Tight Rope LEON RUSSELL (happy bday Leon)
Merry Go Round REPLACEMENTS
Sexual Healing SOUL ASYLUM (Happy bday Marvin Gaye)
Deadman’s curve JAN AND DEAN (Happy bday Jan)
Me marlon brando and marlon brando and I REM (Happy Bday Marlon)
Gettysburg THE BRANDOS
Bloodstains AGENT ORANGE (happy bday Rusty Staub)
Take me out to the ballgame BRUCE SPRINGSTONE
Anchor ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO
Prisoners of Paradise JESSE MALIN
Knock three times TONY ORLANDO (happy bday Tony)
Never 2 without 3 CAROLYN MAS
Force of nature PEARL JAM (happy bday Mike McCready)
AC/DC JOAN JETT (happy bday Angus Young)
Live before you die SOCIAL DISTORTION (Happy bday Mike Ness)
Oops I did it again RICHARD THOMPSON (happy bday Richard)
Danke shoen WAYNE NEWTON (happy bday Wayne)
You can get it if you really want it JIMMY CLIFF (happy bday Jimmy)
Chicken Shack Boogie AMOS MILBURN (happy bday Amos)
Hitchhike (live Stone Pony 1974) SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY and ASBURY JUKES (Get well Butch)

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See the show from RUSSO’s Row…

The good folks at Concerts East have put aside an entire row for me to giveaway to my listeners for the May 4th show at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank starring ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO and the SENSITIVE BOYS with JESSE MALIN and the ST MARKS SOCIAL opening.

This is a fantastic double bill and most importantly a portion of the proceeds will go to the Light of Day Foundation and the Joan Dancy PALS foundation. Both of these are causes that are very near to me. Light of Day is for Parkinson’s Disease that long time friend Bob Benjamin has been battling for over 10 years and Joan Dancy PALS is for People with ALS, a disease that has no cure and is an emotional and financial drain on families if a loved one is stricken with it. Just recently someone very close and influential in my life was diagnosed with ALS and watching the toll it’s taking on his wife and child is possibly the most heartbreaking experience i have ever witnessed. i’d love it if you could support these causes. Tickets are onsale now and the prices range from $18 to $52 which should fit into everyone’s budget. ticket info is here

of course we’d all prefer everyone buys tickets but to help get the word out and to do something cool i have an entire row to giveaway that we’ll call Russo’s row, it’s not just any row, it’s the front row of the loge, meaning there is no one in front of you! you will enjoy the show from your perch that hangs over the floor with a direct line of sight and the best sound in the room. I need your help in how to give these away. do i give them away in pairs? or do we do a grand prize and some lucky winner gets to bring a bunch of friends? vote on this below

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PLAYLIST 03/27/11

Anything anything DRAMARAMA
Cat on a Hot tin Roof Movie Trailer (happy bday Tennessee Williams/RIP Elizabeth Taylor
Cat on a hot tin roof BRIAN SETZER
Pale blue eyes REM
Ragin eyes NICK LOWE (happy bday Nick)
You belong to me THE LIKE
Belong PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART
Love is Pain JOAN JETT
I wanna go all the way PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART
Your sister can’t twist ELTON JOHN (happy bday Elton)
Da-ance THE LAMBRETTAS
Heaven’s gonna happen now PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART
I think we’re alone now LENE LOVICH (happy bday Lene)
Lost in L.A. NEEMA
Something crazy STEF GERMANOTTA (happy bday Lady Gaga)
Who’s Coming back to who DIRTY PEARLS (NYC)
Love is an itching in my heart SUPREMES (happy bday Diana Ross)
Tenure itch PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART
Better Man (Outtake Version) PEARL JAM
Way outs FLINTSTONES (happy bday Joseph Barbera)
Backstreets (Live 75) BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & E STREET
Heard it on the radio GLEN BURTNIK
Lust for Life GIRLS
Sidewalk Queen WYLDLIFE
Splish Splash JAMES IHA AND ADAM SCHLESINGER (happy bday James)
Submarines DRUMS (Brooklyn)
Ocean DION ROY (NYC)
Danny Felter WILD DEER (Brooklyn)
Even in Dreams PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART

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PLAYLIST 03/27/11

Anything anything DRAMARAMA
Cat on a Hot tin Roof Movie Trailer (happy bday Tennessee Williams/RIP Elizabeth Taylor)
Cat on a hot tin roof BRIAN SETZER
Pale blue eyes REM
Ragin eyes NICK LOWE (happy bday Nick)
You belong to me THE LIKE
Belong PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART
Love is Pain JOAN JETT
I wanna go all the way PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART
Your sister can’t twist ELTON JOHN (happy bday Elton)
Da-ance THE LAMBRETTAS
Heaven’s gonna happen now PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART
I think we’re alone now LENE LOVICH (happy bday Lene)
Lost in L.A. NEEMA
Something crazy STEF GERMANOTTA (happy bday Lady Gaga)
Who’s Coming back to who DIRTY PEARLS (NYC)
Love is an itching in my heart SUPREMES (happy bday Diana Ross)
Tenure itch PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART
Better Man (Outtake Version) PEARL JAM
Way outs FLINTSTONES (happy bday Joseph Barbera)
Backstreets (Live 75) BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & E STREET
Heard it on the radio GLEN BURTNIK
Lust for Life GIRLS
Sidewalk Queen WYLDLIFE
Splish Splash JAMES IHA AND ADAM SCHLESINGER (happy bday James)
Submarines DRUMS (Brooklyn)
Ocean DION ROY (NYC)
Danny Felter WILD DEER (Brooklyn)
Even in Dreams PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART

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PLAYLIST 03/20/11

Anything Anything DRAMARAMA
Under the moon of Love CURTIS LEE (happy Supermoon, RIP Stan Ross)
He’s a rebel CRYSTALS (congrats Darlene Love)
Pretty Little Rebel JOHN EDDIE
Once (live seattle 1990) MOOKIE BLAYLOCK (happy bday Mookie)
You’re True EDDIE VEDDER
Letter to Lainie RIVER CITY EXTENSION (Ocean county NJ)
I wanna go all the way PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART (Brooklyn)
Go all the way RASPBERRIES
Gloria’s Eyes BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
Viva La Gloria (live dallas) GREEN DAY
When you’re hot youre hot JERRY REED (happy bday Jerry)
Hot hot hot CURE
Bandages HOT HOT HEAT
Bleeders WALLFLOWERS
Positive Bleeding URGE OVERKILL
Who’s coming back to who DIRTY PEARLS
Logical Song SUPERTRAMP (happy bday Roger Hodson)
Love of the common people LEONARD NIMOY (Happy Bday Leonard)
Common People WILLIAM SHATNER (happy bday William)
Walk on the wire SAHARA HOTNIGHTS
HardWired IVAN JULIAN
Boeing 737 LOW ANTHEM
Train kept a rolling TINY BRADSHAW
Train and a Plane JAGS
Tender Heart (SXSW 2010) ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO
I love L.A. RANDY NEWMAN
Lost in L.A. NEEMA
Danny Felter THE WILD DEER (Brooklyn)
Gone FERLIN HUSKY (RIP Ferlin)

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Coming This Sunday on Anything Anything

So much going on this Sunday i can’t fit it on twitter..

In studio hanging out with me will be Brooklyn Indie sensations PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART, to discuss their new album “Belong” which hits stores on tuesday march 29th. They were on Letterman on tuesday you can enjoy that performance below:

also we will be announcing the onsale info for RXP live broadcast with THE DIRTY PEARLS on May 11. This will be the first live concert broadcast in RXP history and we’ve chosen the mothership of the Lower East Side scene as the band, the event is at Don Hills, as well as in your car, your room, your bar or whereever there’s a radio or way to stream, it will be epic. and you can be one of a handful that see it in person.

The Dirty Pearls new single “Who’s Coming Back to Who” is available on Itunes click here to buy it.

Listen Sunday night at 9pm for your weekly 2 hour free form extraganza..

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PLAYLIST 03/20/11

Anything Anything DRAMARAMA
Under the moon of Love CURTIS LEE (happy Supermoon, RIP Stan Ross)
He’s a rebel CRYSTALS (congrats Darlene Love)
Pretty Little Rebel JOHN EDDIE
Once (live seattle 1990) MOOKIE BLAYLOCK (happy bday Mookie)
You’re True EDDIE VEDDER
Letter to Lainie RIVER CITY EXTENSION (Ocean county NJ)
I wanna go all the way PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART (Brooklyn)
Go all the way RASPBERRIES
Gloria’s Eyes BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
Viva La Gloria (live dallas) GREEN DAY
When you’re hot youre hot JERRY REED (happy bday Jerry)
Hot hot hot CURE
Bandages HOT HOT HEAT
Bleeders WALLFLOWERS
Positive Bleeding URGE OVERKILL
Who’s coming back to who DIRTY PEARLS
Logical Song SUPERTRAMP (happy bday Roger Hodson)
Love of the common people LEONARD NIMOY (Happy Bday Leonard)
Common People WILLIAM SHATNER (happy bday William)
Walk on the wire SAHARA HOTNIGHTS
HardWired IVAN JULIAN
Boeing 737 LOW ANTHEM
Train kept a rolling TINY BRADSHAW
Train and a Plane JAGS
Tender Heart (SXSW 2010) ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO
I love L.A. RANDY NEWMAN
Lost in L.A. NEEMA
Danny Felter THE WILD DEER (Brooklyn)
Gone FERLIN HUSKY (RIP Ferlin)

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Why the Strokes are a waste of time….

Since I’ve started my radio show, I’ve been very vocal about my dislike of a few bands. And like everything else, some people agree with my thoughts, others don’t. That’s the great thing about music, everybody likes something different, and unlike sports where you may root for one team while hoping every other team fails, music is not like that.

Despite my well documented distain for Kings of Leon, Pete Yorn and the Strokes, I don’t root against them selling records, I actually hope they do, I hope every artist sells millions of records, it’s better for all of us if tons of records get sold.

I also don’t have a problem with an artist to get established they cash in every friend and family connection “chip” to break through the clutter. It’s part of most everything in life, even in the workforce. Some people may get a job because of their connections which causes a better candidate to be left in the cold. In music a better album may not get heard or promoted. I fully understand all of that.

But this is where my problems lie with certain bands, once you cash in the “chip”, or daddy or your brother helps you out, you need to DELIVER or please go away and don’t keep re-cashing the same “chip”.

Unfortunately those certain bands haven’t DELIVERED.

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Why Jon Bon Jovi is wrong about Steve Jobs

In a Sunday Times interview that ran this past weekend, fellow Jersey boy, Jon Bon Jovi has stated that:

“Steve Jobs is personally responsible for killing the music business”

He’s wrong.

And he points this out in the article:

“Kids today have missed the whole experience of putting the headphones on, turning it up to 10, holding the jacket, closing their eyes and getting lost in an album; and the beauty of taking your allowance money and making a decision based on the jacket, not knowing what the record sounded like, and looking at a couple of still pictures and imagining it”

He’s right there.

But Steve Jobs had nothing to do with kids not holding up jackets, the record labels did.

and they have systematically done that for years as they looked to eliminate vinyl with their 12 inch beautiful album covers with gatefolds, liner notes and lyric sheets by replacing it with inferior sounding, cheaper to make alternatives that they convinced us to pay more for, 8 tracks, Cassettes and of course the CD.

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