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Matt Hagen’s Shocktober series at Light Club Lamp Shop part 2, Matt The Gnat And The Gators featuring Miss Saxy, October 24 2019   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music last night at Light Club Lamp Shop. I got going at the last minute and took the quick walk downtown. The clock finished striking 7 as I was 50 feet from the door. I slid into the club and Matt the Gnat and the Gators featuring Miss Saxy were on stage singing a song about a witch doctor making gumbo. The fourth night of the weekly Shocktober series was off to the usual dark start. Matthew Bryan Hagen‘s stark guitar and deep voice were nicely complemented by Caroline Marie‘s mournful sax and choice backing vocals. They continued on with a tale of someone who was Done Saving Bones then sang the tale of a man who’s dog found a human bone in the neighbor’s back yard. It was called Two Dirty Dogs. Up next was a true story of a man who’s life was saved on a frigid night by finding an abandoned winter jacket. Much time was spent afterwards Looking For Forgetful Louis Brown. Paper Doll was fraught with several hilarious jokes, then things took a darker turn when a hitchhiker got picked up by a nefarious character. I believe the song was called One Day Closer To The Devil Man. A cheery tale followed from a man who lived on a cobblestone street in 1847 and suffered blackouts and wondered if he is Jack The Ripper. I believe the proper title is Born On Cobblestone In 1847. From there we went from tremendous highs to stupendous lows in Frozen Winning Streak Of A Gambler. A tale of a man in a space capsule that was out of energy and heading towards the atmosphere, in a bad way, changed perspectives to that of a child on earth who sees the capsule burning up and experiences it as A Cut In The Night Sky. They closed the night in a joyous fashion and celebrated A Monsters Holiday.

I said a couple of quick hellos, but was out the door with haste. The walk home was quick and I had enough time to get that night’s radio show running. Next week’s show is Surf Sabbath and I may need to go see that one too, since I’ve made it four of the four so far.

Thanks for the pictures Luke Awtry Photography   

 

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Radio Show 279 Thursday October 25, 2018 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

 

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Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM.ORG will run from 9-11pm Thursday October 25. You can stream it from the website or here: WBKM It will go as follows.

Song before: Bloodletting (The Vampire Song) – Concrete Blonde

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. The skies are gray, the air is cold and the leaves are falling from the trees. Summer is gone and Halloween is almost upon us. Usually, Mr E. Ghoul crosses over to join us, but the veil is still too strong, being so many days away. I, alone, will guide you through the terror that is the Vermont music scene. Let’s begin with a song about the dead.

1.) Stardust For Dessert – David Rosane & The Zookeepers
2.) Ghosts Aren’t Free – Ballroom Sofa
3.) Release The Dead – Chin Ho
4.) Ghosts – Troy Millette Music

Thank you for reminding us of our mortality Troy. I dug up that ancient song from Chin. Chilling thought from Sofa and beautifully disturbing song from David and the band. OK, let’s get a little magical.

5.) I Put A Spell On You – Kat Wright and Marco Benevento
6.) Devil – farm
7.) A Monster’s Holiday – Matt the Gnat and the Gators
8.) Devil Knows My Name – Great Western

Is there anything scarier than the devil knowing your name? Hmm, apparently the gators prefer to celebrate their monsters. Nice attempt to outrun the devil Farm. That was a lovely spell concocted one night at Radio Bean by the dynamic duo. Here is another song that I found deeply buried.

9.) Vampyre – Dave Jarvis (Hipp Notix)
10.) Oh My God – Sarah Blacker & New England Groove Association
11.) Day Of The Dead – Hana Zara
12.) Graveyard Before Dark – Alice Austin

Such a scary song from Alice. Hana speaks of how the veil between the living and the dead is understood down south. Terrifying imagery from Sarah and a lovely oldie from Dave. Care to jam with some monsters?

13.) Halloween Jam – The Dead Shakers
14.) Nightmare On Elm Street – Savage Hen
15.) With The Dead – Vultures of Cult
16.) Full Moon Dark Places – Bull & Prairie

Vermont is full of dark places, and the shadows of the full moon only make them more terrifying. I fear the Vultures may have gotten too close to their song. Disturbing song from the Hen and a scary stream of monsters for the Dead. Speaking of death.

17.) Death Of A Barn Cat – Dirtminers
18.) Black Cat – Black Rabbit
19.) Hell Chicken – Swillbillie
20.) Dogs At The Door – Milton Busker

I hope you survived the terror of being alone, barely safe, wondering what lies beyond the door. Swillbillie are wise to make us aware of the terror wrought by chickens. Halloween was made for cats. OK, it’s time to panic.

21.) Panic – Miku Daza
22.) Ninjas VS Zombies – Phil Yates
23.) Ghostified – Persian Claws
24.) Raising The Dead – Carraway

Lovely song about zombies dancing. Terror filled song by the Claws. Phil sings of the battle between life and death and Miku rightly advises panic. This next soul seems to be trying to give up supernatural ways. Silly human.

25.) Giving Up The Ghost – Aaron Flinn
26.) Demon Eyes – Lake Superior
27.) One More Grave – The Contrarian
28.) Demon Moon – Crazyhearse
29.) Counting On A Ghost – Elephants of Scotland

You can always count on a ghost, even if Aaron disagrees. Lovely songs of demons from Crazy and Superior. Even one so contrary understands the power of the grave. Well, I hope you were not too scared listening to the terrifying music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

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Songs after – Incubus (with graveyard intro and geezabum outro) – Fish
Thugs – The Tragically Hip
Give It Up To The Night – Bad Smell
Hell Toupee – Derek Smalls
Devil Inside Me – Dam Kat
Angels And Devils – Invisible Homes
Monsters – Cold Sweat
Heaven And Hell – Dio
Angels Of Death – Hawkwind
Killing Ghosts – Better Things
Monsters Are Due – Doom Service
Fear Of The Dark – Iron Maiden
Feel The Thunder – Blue Oyster Cult
War Pigs – Black Sabbath
Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) – David Bowie
Devil Eyes – Jakals
Please Mr Gravedigger – David Bowie
Heavy – Clever Girls
Time To Get Out – Deep Purple.
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Radio Show 266 Thursday July 12, 2018 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM.ORG will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time Thursday July 12. It can be streamed from the website or here: WBKM It will go as follows.

Song before: Take Off – Bob and Doug McKenzie

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. Let’s begin with a singer who is working on her second album. I got to hear some of the songs on Saturday at On Tap Bar & Grill and am excited about where she is going with them. This is a cool song that she wrote back in middle school.

1.) Josie – Bethany Conner Music
2.) The Sun Still Faces The World That Turns Itself Away – Seth Yacovone
3.) What’s In California? – Josh Glass
4.) Ghosts – Troy Millette Music

It was cool to see both Troy and Bethany at On Tap last week. I caught Josh later that night and got to hear that lovely song. Great song from Seth’s Life At Nectar’s album. This next band is playing all around Vermont supporting local libraries. There was also a nice write-up in Seven Days about his album Book Of Zoo.

5.) Sugar and Cream – David Rosane & The Zookeepers
6.) Supernatural 0 Ryan Ober and The Romans
7.) Done Saving Bones – Matt the Gnat and the Gators
8.) YDUN – Faun Fables

Faun came to visit us on Tuesday and played a lovely show at Light Club Lamp Shop. The Gators will be at Deli 126 tonight. Ryan will be at SideBar tonight. This next bad was at the Lamp shop on Tuesday and are releasing their new album It’s A Fairy Tale tomorrow at their studio.

9.) Parasite – Miku Daza
10.) Bacalao Con Pan – Mal Maïz
11.) Check Your Pockets – Binger
12.) Worlds Are Colliding (George Is Getting Upset) – Sad Turtle

Turtle are at Radio Bean tonight. Binger just put out a new EP called Already Home and are taking it on the road. Mal will be at Nectar’s tonight. This next band will be playing tomorrow at the Exhibitionist series at the Tarrant Gallery which is part of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts.

13.) Say It – Anachronist
14.) Fool That I Am – Eastern Mountain Time
15.) Much Difference – Seth Yacovone Band
16.) Owen – Clever Girls

Clever are at Foam Brewers on Saturday and ArtsRiot on Sunday. Great new song from Seth’s album Thanks. Eastern are at Otter Creek Brewers today. This next band will be at The Monkey House on Tuesday and Rathaus on Wednesday.

17.) The Field – The Dead Shakers
18.) Taung Child – The Dead Shakers
19.) Procession I – ROUGH FRANCIS
20.) Iron And Metal – The Mountain Says No

I loved seeing Mountain last Saturday at Finnegan’s. Great song form the new Francis album MSP3 Counter Attack. I may have to play a couple of mores songs form that soon. I’m going to let Scooby Doo introduce this next song.

21.) Miner Forty-Niner – Doom Service
22.) Voodoo Revengs – Savage Hen
23.) Big Box Law Enforcement – Rough Francis
24.) Blue Lights – Sink or Swim
25.) The Crisis – Ninja Custodian

That’s a classic from Ninja and a new classic from Sink. Great new Francis song. It was cool to see the Hen at Finnegan’s last Saturday. Great song form Doom. Here’s another classic.

26.) Not True – Peg Tassey MUSIC
27.) Running To The Mirror – Alice Austin
28.) Walk On By – Rough Francis
29.) Sideways – Binger
30.) Earth Ain’t Dirt – Mycelium MC
31.) Shut Up And Kiss Me – Myra Flynn Music
32.) Sweet Dreams – Bethany Conner

That’s such a sweet lullaby from Bethany. Myra was at Summervale this evening. It was cool to hear the MC read a little at the Lamp shop on Tuesday. Great new music from Alice, Francis and Binger. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, oops, I just found out that I’m off next week, but we can do it again the week after and the week after….

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Songs after
Crucifix Corner – Fish
Lionized – The Tragically Hip
Broon’s Bane/The Trees – Rush
Symphony Of Light – Renaissance
King Of The Mountain – Kate Bush
Morrigan – Children in Paradise
Heavy – Clever Girls
Take The Skinheads Bowling – Camper Van Beethoven
Send Him The Bill – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
Janie Jones – The Clash
Tantalized – The Church
Forgotten Sons – Marillion
regular awesome programming.

 

Matt The Gnat And The Gators featuring Miss Saxy at Red Square June 7, 2018   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music at Red Square yesterday afternoon. Usually, it’s hard to get out on a Thursday to see music due to my radio show. I put it together in the morning, caught a nap in the early afternoon and thought I could make it downtown for the 4-6 show then make it home in time for the write-up.

The walk downtown was lovely and went quick. I could hear the band playing as I zipped by the alley and slid into the bar. I got a drink and wandered to the front of the stage as Matt the Gnat and the Gators were playing Done Saving Bones. Matthew Bryan Hagen has a deadpan lyric delivery and his hands quickly create simple sounding chords on the guitar. Caroline Marie mixes backing vocals and sax, and sang a section of one of the dark tales. Each song is a story that slowly unfolds, seldom with pleasant results. They sang about a drunk abusive mermaid on She Loved Selling Seashells By The Seashore. They sang about how Kids Run From A Falling Star. They sang about a man sitting in a bar wondering if he is Jack The Ripper on Born On Cobblestone In 1847. Remember when you were in a high school band and you looked at the moon and wondered if it was evil and out to get you? If so, Lady Moon is the song for you. Everyone has hitchhiked and been picked up by the Devil so One Day Closer To The Devil should become an international hit soon. Sweet Jesus told the tale of a man who had to break out of prison so he could get more cookies from his uncle Jesus to appease his fellow inmates. It did not turn out well. The band did an about face with the happy tale of how Miss Saxy lost her coat one winter night and found a replacement in the lost and found at the club. On the walk home she fell through the ice but the coat acted as a float and saved her. Since then they have been searching for the person who forgot the coat in the club, and exemplified it in song with Looking For Forgetful Louis Brown. They told a story of a woman who was about to cross the road but got her foot run over on the first step. One Wheel Mama never did let us know if she made it to the other side. Paper Doll was cool with the being flat and being an alcoholic wet nap jokes. They sang about a Cereal Killer in the morning and lamented how I Forgot My Baby At The Reunion Dance. They sang about A Rough Day For A Blue Collar, then things took an even darker turn. The story about the assassin who makes gumbo out of his victims came alive in The Snake Doctor’s Gumbo. There’s A Loss In Finding Innocence rang true as did I Love Your Perfect Disguise. They told the tale of the doomed spaceman about to burn up in the atmosphere and become A Cut In the Night Sky. They sang of the dangers of the man on the street begging for money and reaching for your ankles on Dalton Delaney. You know the old insult saying your daddy is the mailman? In Gatorland it became My Mama Was The Mailman. You’ll have to stick around until the end to find out who daddy is. They closed the set with A Monster’s Holiday.

I ducked out quickly and took the lovely walk home. I had plenty of time to get settled and let folks know what was happening on my radio show that night. I’m so happy the timing worked so well and I got to hear so many gators

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Radio Show 261 Thursday June 7, 2018 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Tonight’s local music radio show will run from 9-11p, US Eastern time Thursday June 7. It can be streamed from the WBKM.ORG website or here: WBKM It will go as follows.

You’re Not Alone – Saga

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. It’s been warm and cold this week. There are flowers everywhere. Burlington is filled with jazz so let’s begin tonight with some blues.

1.) A Locally Specific Blues – Jason Baker
2.) Goner – REDadmiral
3.) Hippo Nose – Chris Alley
4.) Killer Bee Bop – Zoot Wilson
5.) Frozen Winning Streaks Of A Gambler – Matt the Gnat and the Gators

It was cool to see Matthew Bryan Hagen and Caroline Marie play everything except that song this afternoon at Red Square. Zoot rocked us in the ’70’s and Chris put out that album recently. Nice live version of Goner from the new mellower version of the admiral. Cool song form Jason. OK, let’s rock. Here is the next song on Engine.

6.) You Will Fall – Kelly Ravin Music
7.) Coast To Ghost – Doom Service
8.) Big Starr – sleeping in
9.) Six Month Winter – Suburban Samurai

Doom and Samurai will be at Big Heavy World next Wednesday. Sleeping will be there tomorrow. Great song from Kelly. OK, let’s keep rocking.

10.) Broken Radio – The Cush
11.) I Like Flowers And I’m Not Afraid To Say It – Peg Tassey MUSIC
12.) Help Wanted – Wide Wail
13.) So They Say – The New Siberians

Great song from their recent album. Wanted and Flowers went back to the ’90’s and Radio is quite new. This is a new song from a performer who will be at Shelburne Vineyard on Saturday.

14.) Shut Up And Kiss Me – Myra Flynn Music
15.) Practicing – Steady Betty
16.) London – Tom Pearo
17.) Tripping Along – The Decemberists

I’m very excited to see the Decemberists at Shelburne Museum on Saturday. Tom will be at Red Square tomorrow. Betty will take over Nectar’s tomorrow. OK, let’s play another song from I’ll Be Your Girl.

18.) Once In My Life – The Decemberists
19.) Sequoia 1 – Binger
20.) A Dark Light – Aram Bedrosian
21.) Born A Man – Aaron Flinn

Cool older song from Aaron. Great new song from Aram. The Binger song is a few years old and Once is quite new. OK, let’s keep rocking.

22.) Get Out – Clever Girls
23.) Full Moon Dark Places – Bull & Prairie
24.) My Fear Of Losing You – Milton Busker
25.) Running Away From Home – The Snaz

They broke up but it’s such a cool song I want to keep playing it. Great song from Milton. Nice heavy rockers from Bull and Clever. OK, let’s switch things up a little. This next performer played on Monday and Tuesday as part of Jazzfest.

26.) Skylark – Tiffany Pfeiffer and The Discarnate Band
27.) Yea Right – Made By Robots
28.) Every Last One Of Us – SWALE

Great rocker from Swale. Cool jazzy pieces by Tiffany and the Robots. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

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Songs after
Goldfish & Clowns – Fish
The Last Of The Unplucked Gems – The Tragically Hip
The Globe – Landlady
Godzilla – Blue Oyster Cult
Monsters Are Due On Main Street – Doom Service
Hand Of Doom – Black Sabbath
Time For Bedlam – Deep Purple
Feel Free – Dam Kat
Experiment IV – Kate Bush
My Old House – Andriana Chobot
Hollow – The Cush
Liluth – analog missionary
Paint With The Sun – Arc Iris
Strontium Burning – TILT
Sealine – The Church
Heavy – Clever Girls
Get Me Outta Here – Deep Purple
regular awesome programming

Troy Millette, Matt The Gnat & The Gators, and Miku Daza at Nectar’s March 7, 2018   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music last Wednesday at Nectar’s. I did lots of errands during the day, like meeting with the lawyer and mom’s tax guy, then had a nice visit with her. I caught a long nap, was up and running around 8, then took the lovely walk downtown.

I only caught a couple of songs by Troy Millette. He played a song called Brothers from an upcoming EP that sounded pretty nice. He said he was learning a new cover for each Wednesday show in March. He played a sweet version of Let It Be and dropped it into Round Here. He has a great stage personality and a pleasant voice. I’ll have to catch a full show soon.

 

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Troy Millette pic by Tim Lewis

Up next, Matt the Gnat and the Gators took the stage and regaled us with fun creepy stories. Matthew Bryan Hagen was joined by Miss Saxy (Caroline Marie) and Todd Gevry (the hog) on snare. They began the night with a story about an assassin who collects body parts as payment and has The Snake Doctor add them to his gumbo. They sang about how There’s A Loss In Finding Innocence. They sang a song about a paranoid man who thinks the moon is a woman who is out to get him on Lady Moon. They told us a story of a man who stole someones jacket then fell through ice and the jacket buoyantly saved his life. He looked at the name in the jacket and spent much time Looking For Forgetful Louis Brown. They sang about a man who lives on the sidewalk and reaches for your feet as you walk by on Dalton Delaney. They sang about a Monster’s Holiday and the familiar tale of an astronaut about to fall back to Earth on A Cut In The Night Sky. They asked if maybe the Paper Doll is looking to cut you then told the story of a man in prison who survives by getting people addicted to his uncle’s cookies. When the supply runs dry he breaks out to find his uncle who’s name is Jesus. I think the song was called Sweet Jesus. They told us about the Frozen Winning Streak Of A Gambler and closed the night with a ditty about how I Forgot My Baby At The Reunion Dance. Their stark dark sound was enthralling and I was so happy to finally catch a full show.

 

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Miku Daza came up next and blew the doors off the place. They had a gypsy punk ska rock sound and made you want to dance hard. They sang in English and in Spanish. They played a few slower songs but most of the show was super high energy. They exuded joy. I didn’t catch a lot of detail in my notes but I loved every minute of the 16 song set. I definitely need to get to know their music better.

After the set I said a few goodbyes then took the lovely walk home.

 

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Miku Daza pic by Tim Lewis

 

Radio Show 248 Thursday March 8, 2018 9-11pm Eastern US Time on WBKM.ORG   Leave a comment

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Tonight’s local music radio show on WBKM.ORG will run from 9-11pm US Eastern time Thursday March 8. It can be streamed from the website or this link WBKM It will go as follows.

Song before: Kings – The Church Band

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From our small city to the great big world, these are the Sounds Of Burlington. I’ve been listening to the new Phil Yates album a lot and love it. Let’s start tonight with the last song on the album.

1.) Bite Your Tongue – Phil Yates & The Affiliates
2.) Redemption On Pearl – Milton Busker
3.) Done Waiting – The New Siberians
4.) A Cut In The Night Sky – Matt the Gnat and the Gators

I went out to see the Gators last night at Nectar’s. They played a great version of that song and lots of other dark tunes. Another great song from the Siberians album Black, Blue & White album, which I’m playing all the way through, song after song, week after week. Milton played a great version of Pearl at Light Club Lamp Shop on Monday. Great new song from Phil about patriotism. These next two artists will be at ArtsRiot next Wednesday for a live recording for Big Heavy World.

5.) My Heart – Francesca Blanchard
6.) Forsythia – Cricket Blue
7.) Drink Myself Blind – Phil Yates and the Affiliates
8.) A Bottle Of Whiskey Later – Crazyhearse

Another great song from Phil’s upcoming album Party Music. I just had to play it into the Crazy song. It should be a great show next Wednesday. This next band will be at Radio Bean tomorrow.

9.) Shadow Puppets – The Mountain Carol
10.) The Marble Rye – Sad Turtle
11.) Right Bright Lord – The Mountain Says No
12.) Drug Laws – SWALE

Swale will be at Zenbarn on Friday. No and Turtle will be there on Saturday. This next band will be at the Lamp Shop tomorrow.

13.) Spy-Fi – Barbacoa
14.) The Spy Song – Pinhead
15.) Opium Spy Thriller – Ninja Custodian
16.) Hold Me Tight – The Decentz

I hope you enjoyed the fun theme in the last set. Three of those songs are very old. So is this one.

17.) Spiral – Strung Out
18.) Who’s Fault Was That? – The Snaz
19.) Mountain High – gneiss
20.) Hurricane Jane – Hayley Jane and the Primates

If you ever get to see the Primates play, go! Great songs from gneiss and Snaz. I love that Strung Out song. I’m so I happy I have an album by this next band.

21.) Fantasma – Mal Maïz
22.) She Moves In Passages – Late Night Sneaky Uncle
23.) Magic In This Mystery – Robin Gottfried Band
24.) My Hero, The Enemy – Gregory Douglass

Great songs from Gregory and Robin. I stacked them together because they mix so nicely. Anne-Marie has such a lovely voice and Uncle are a pretty great band. Great song from Maiz. OK, let’s play another classic.

25.) October Days Club – The Cancer Conspiracy
26.) Random Earth – Elephants of Scotland

Great songs from Elephants and Conspiracy. Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out the music of our town. Let’s do it again next week, shall we?

outro

Songs after:

Poet’s Moon – Fish
I Write A Poem – Dam Kat
Another Midnight – The Tragically Hip
Sparks – The Color Exchange
Satellite – Guster
Fractured Mirror – Ace Frehley
Stonehenge – Spinal Tap
Smalls Change – Derek Smalls
Five Years – David Bowie
The Last Ziggy Stardust Show – Ouzkxqlzn
Ashes To Ashes – Ouzkxqlzn
Rock And Roll Suicide – David Bowie
I Lost My Marbles – Joshua Glass Music
regular programming