Archive | September, 2012

Saturday Night Special

17 Sep


After missing Pete Anderson’s two previous appearances in the Capital District (along with apparently everyone else, judging the reviews) we made it an imperative to catch his show at the Ale House on Saturday. Got there in time to grab a Switchback Unfiltered Pale Ale and head on into the music room where we were greeted by numerous empty chairs! Thank goodness a few intrepid souls had successfully battled inertia and created a small but appreciative and enthusiastic audience. Pete was not bothered by the numbers, he was only interested in playing some hot shit blues licks and sharing some road stories. His band, featuring Jeff Donavan on drums and Mike “Fireball” Murphy on Hammond Organ, electric piano AND keyboard bass, were in the pocket and filled in the necessary shades of blue. Pete played a bunch of tunes from his latest CD “Even Things Up” as well as several selections from a forthcoming release. Two full sets of some of the finest twang tasty blues we’ve heard in these parts. In fact midway through the first set, we realized that this type of music had been missing from regular rotation in any playlist we can claim for way too long. A sin of ommission for which there needs atonement. Thanks to Brian and the Ale House staff for bringing such quality talent to the Collar City. And they are just getting started. Check their Facebook page for other upcoming shows that are not to be missed!

Update: Check here for a great review of this show complete with playlist, thanks Fred!


Summer’s Missing Something

3 Sep


Hard to believe but we have once again come to that point in the summer where things need to wind down to a finish, whether we are talking about racing at the Spa or merely the little patch of radio space that we get to occupy for several weeks a summer. We signed off with some bonus radio though, an extra hour, which helped take some of the sting out of the inevitable. That sting was felt more accutely this year by the fact that for the first time in many a year, the Reducers would not be closing out summer with their annual show at Ocean Beach Park in New London. And even though it has been several years since we actually attended a beach show, it was never off our extended to do list. So we took that fact as a bit of inspiration for the playlist this evening, as well as the fact that the show coincided with the 53rd wedding anniversary of my parents. Playlist is below and the podcast has been uploaded. When next we “grace” the airwaves of WSPN is uncertain, but you’ll know about it here first.


Yeah, Yeah~The Reducers (opening theme)

In the Midnight Hour~The Jam
99 and 1/2 Won’t Do~The Reducers
She Does it Right~Dr. Feelgood
Twenty Yards Behind~Dr. Feelgood
Talking About You~Dr. Feelgood
Daddy Rolling Stone~The Who
Long Tall Sally~The Kinks
It Comes to Me Naturally~Sarah Borges and Broken Singles
I Feel So Good~NRBQ
Signed Sealed Delivered, I’m Yours~Stevie Wonder
Wade in the Water~Booker T. & MG’s

Call Me Lightning~The Who
Here Comes My Man~Gaslight Anthem
Complete Control~The Clash
So Civilized~The Reducers
Suspect Device~Stiff Little Fingers
Going Underground~The Jam
What Do I Get?~Buzzcocks

Autumn Serenade~Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
Wonderful, Wonderful~Johnny Mathis
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love~Artie Shaw Orchestra
Do Do Do~Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
String of Pearls~Glen Miller Orchestra
Old Cape Cod~Patti Page
Summer’s Gone~Beach Boys
While I Still Have Thee~Teenage Fanclub
Starry Eyes~The Records

Society Girl~Cartoons
Better Homes & Gardens~The Reducers
Geraldine I Need Money~Classic Ruins
You Dirty Rat~Letters to Cleo
Pure and Easy~The Who
Pure and Easy~Neighborhoods
Back of My Hand (I got your number)~The Jags

September Gurls~Big Star
Write Back~The dB’s
If I Wanted Someone~Dawes
Places I Left Behind~Deep Dark Woods
No One Called You a Failure~Kamikaze Hearts
7 and 7 Is~Love
I Like to Keep Myself in Pain~Kelly Hogan

*Don’t Mind Rockin Tonight~Reducers
*Cruise to Nowhere~Reducers
*Wild Wild Women~Reducers
*Everyone’s a Winner~Reducers
*Nothing Cool About That~Reducers
*Can’t Hardly Wait~Reducers

*recorded live from Ocean Beach Park, New London, CT. 9.8.00

Coming Home to You Baby~Fleshtones (closing theme)

Fickle Finger of Fate~HEAP