Saturday, September 13, 2014

Oily Rubdown Jazz

Ok, if you haven't rubbed down your lovely lady or handsome gentleman in awhile - with a load of gooey, slick rubdown oil, smeared everywhere (careful of the new carpet!) then YOU are WAY overdue.  I mean if you rub them down they are obligated to rub YOU down!  See how it works?!!

From that section of my record library labeled "Oily, Rubdown Jazz,"  Enjoy!

Oh you can catch Lonnie and his friends on this edition of Jet Set Planet - Episode #475
(Archive available until 9/26/14 at the KFAI Audio Archives)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

A Love Goddess, Lawrence Welk and me - at the Sugar Shack

In episode #474 of Jet Set Planet, we meet a Love Goddess, take a Swingin’ Fling, enjoy a Hot Fudge Sundae, enter the Tension Zone and visit the Sugar Shack all in the course of 90 minutes – that’s a lot of action for an hour and a half!  Plus, Harry Breuer ditches his vibro-thingy and picks up the patch cords, knobs and knife switches of a Moog Synthesizer when we hear from his LP The Happy Moog (not to be confused with the unhappy Gnome).  Full Playlist

This episode also features a TRAIN inspired set and also includes some really poor whistling from yours truly.  PLUS we hear the Power Sleeze of Ronnie Laws, the weird time signatures of Emil Richards, and some strange vocalese by the usually staid latin guitarist Charlie Byrd.  
KFAI archives every show for up to two weeks.  This ONE available until 9/19/14. You can find archives of past shows at


Some nice comments I received during this episode of Jet Set Planet: 
"Your show is otherworldly, beautiful, and genius. You make me believe in radio. Your show makes me feel alive. Thank you."


Oh, for you Thrift Store crate diggers out there, here's one you can still score for 49 cents.  If for no other reason, bye it for his version of Sugar Shack!

Like the mighty Thor raising his hammer to the sky and calling forth lightning from the heavens, here’s Lawrence Welk, baton in hand, comfortably walking, in comfortable shoes,  making his way to the Sugar Shack.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

We Need YOU!

Ok, now before you click on a porn site, or Huffington Post, or DeadSpin to get the hell out of here, please hear me out.  KFAI is in dire need of your donations.  We are a community radio station completely separate from traditional public radio with its billions and billions.  We're the little guys who know how to curate music and present it to you in novel ways.  No machines. No robots. Real people bringing you the music they love.

Jet Set Planet is no exception. So if you like what we do up here in the Higher-Than-Fi, consider making a donation.  Your support goes directly to equipment upgrades and studio improvements.  It has a REAL impact.

Just head on over to and click on the Donate to KFAI link in the right hand corner. It's that easy.

This week's episode of Jet Set Planet - #452 "Luke Andrews, Manfred Fest, and the KFAI Spring Pledge Drive!" is now available for your listening pleasure: (audio archive available until 4/18/14)

Highlights include:
Hugo Montenegro's Lady in Cement
Herb Pilhofer's PanAm World Suite
Cal Tjader's Sunset Blvd.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

On the Rocks!

Episode #451 of Jet Set Planet available right here: (archive available until 4/11/14)

Mint Juleps, Watusi Blues and a shortage of minis.  Holy Smokes that ice is cold!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Latest episodes of Jet Set Planet!

Action and excitement await you this weekend as TWO recent episodes of Jet Set Planet are ready for your listening pleasure.  But act fast:  the audio archives are only active for a short time - so get them while you can!  First up: Episode #450 featuring THIS LP.

(archive active until 4/4/14)

What an incredible record!  The Jan Davis Guitar and Hot Sauce surprised the hell out of me.  It was a sealed copy I picked up at Dusty Groove in Chicago for a few bucks, so I had no idea what to expect before buying it.  From the liner notes I couldn't tell if it was gonna be an uninspired Flamenco-styled guitar record from some guy who lives in the Netherlands OR if it was gonna be a strange soul/funk influenced rock record with a guy who plays classical guitar over the top of a groove laid down by some impressive session men.  I guess all you REALLY need to know is that he plays banjo on an incredibly funky, but wonderfully stiff version of Lady Marmalade.  Higher-Than-Fi APPROVED!

The rest of Episode #450 includes some deep plowing into the work of this man:

Alas Dear Listener, I promised TWO - count 'em - TWO episodes to enjoy.  Episode #449 also awaits in the KFAI archive for your listening pleasure.  This one included some people we haven't heard from in awhile: Harry Roche, Clyde Borly, Ron Goodwin (who the hell are these people???).  And we also heard from this man - Googie Rene!

(archive active until 3/28/14)
Get down on it!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Isn't that rich...

When we last saw our intrepid radio host, he was quietly enjoying the “UP with NOW Sounds” of the Anita Kerr Orchestra in the privacy of his own bedroom.  Fast forward to the Baily Building, Friday Night at 9,  and that’s where we’re gonna start, dear listener. Last night's audio archive and playlist here!  (Archive active until March 20, 2014)  

Also in Episode #448, prepare yourself for extended sets from Phil Bodner and his Brass Ring and from Buddy Morrow and his Orchestra.  Both visited our soundstage for extended-play, SuperSets (copyright JSP) of their terrific music.

Plus do the names Don, Ted, Mike, and Irving mean anything to you?  Well do they?  They don’t mean anything to me either, but they sure can Cha Cha --- I’ll tell you what, Mr. Man!

And finally before the night is through, we heard the Soft and Wicked sounds of Ronnie Aldrich and his version of “Last Tango in Paris” otherwise known as “Get the Butter.”

It’s Jet Set Planet on KFAI Radio.  Isn’t that rich…

Monday, March 3, 2014

The Vinyl Ripening Chamber - Hank Crawford

I took this album out of the Vinyl Ripening Chamber... and it's going right back in! 

I would say it needs about another year or two before it's ripe.  That said, Sugar Free is a nice track - sounding like a cop show taking place on the Love Boat.