Monday, December 15, 2014

Latest News from the Higher-Than-Fi!

Jet Set Planet News for December & January
First off, I figured that sweaty pic of Herbie Mann would get your attention.

Second, Don't miss the last two installments of Jet Set Planet.  Episode #487 Al Hirt is Fat (Click here to listen) and Dave Robert's Christmas Special (Click here to listen).  More details available at

Last but not least, we have a number of DJ gigs coming up in December and January.  Come out and see us spin!

Sunday December 14, 10am-2pm Brunch: The Third Bird 1612 Harmon Place, Minneapolis

Saturday December 27, 1:30-430pm: Harriet Brewing 3036 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis

Sunday January 11, 10am-2pm Brunch: The Third Bird 1612 Harmon Place, Minneapolis

Wednesday January 28, 7:00-9:00pm: Dead Media
3330 e. 25th st. minneapolis, mn

Saturday February 7, 1:30-430pm: Harriet Brewing  3036 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis

Catch all the action at Jet Set Planet!  Friday Nights at 9 on KFAI!

Be there, Aloha.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Latest Juice from Jet Set Planet!

Jet Set Planet EXPLODES with TWO exciting new episodes!  (We also play for beer -scroll down for info on our live DJ gig coming up at Harriet Brewing!)

Episode #480 and #481: When Worlds Collide / A Man outside Sex World carries a Trombone

Join Elmar, who piloted the Jet, for Episode #480 - When World's Collide.
The Audio Archive for Episode #480 is available here until 10/31/14.  This episode contains all the hallmarks of a Sherwood B. Funn production, including songs about being "swaggered," folks songs about far-out folks, and Minna wo Tsunagu Mahou no Melody.

After the Elmarocalypse, please join Glen Leslie for  Episode #481 ~ A Man outside Sex World carries a Trombone.
Highlights include: a guy named Gunter who can ring a bell like your odorous, crazed uncle at a VFW rummage sale;  a Bert Kaempfert sighting (and it WILL surprise you); and the SpaceKraut of Boney M.  Audio Archive for Episode #481 ~   A Man outside Sex World carries a Trombone ~ available here until 11/7/14

PLUS: Join Glen Leslie and Drew Miller for KFAI's next installment of Vinyl Voices at Harriet BrewingTuesday October 28 from 6 to 9pm.

Harriet Brewing
3036 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406

Come on down, enjoy the great tunes and imbibe on some of the best beer in town!

I NEED to find this LP!
I DO own this one - and it's crazy Moog-y good!
An Instrumental Love Machine (not to be confused with the Hitachi Wand)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Money Feeds My Music Machine


KNXR: Get this Record!


"You're an elf with a hyperactive thyroid."

Episode #478: "That Mutinous Half-Breed is on FIRE!"
Audio Archive available here until 10/17/14

On this week's program The Bully Boys Face Off is a steel cage grudge match when we hear from their LP The Movie Scene. Also Mr Bongo Visits the Naked City, the Jankowski Singers perform for NightPeople Only, the Brass Menagerie also wants to Touch Me – what’s with these horny horns-men – Ray Bryant is the Fox Stalker, the 3 Suns play that Happy-Go-Lucky Sound, Dave Roberts and the Comanche’s team up for "This Week in Miserlou," and before the night is through, we’ll hear a SuperSet* of the Mystic Moods and a SuperSet* of a genre of Music we like to call Horkheimer – otherwise known as Music to Hustle Stars by. 

Ready, Steady, Stop. It’s Jet Set Planet on KFAI.  Consider yourself warned.

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All the action is right here on KFAI's Jet Set Planet!

A HUGE thanks to those who pledged their support during out recent Fall Pledge Drive!  Wow - a fantastic outpouring of support.  Mucho Gracias and all that!  As we like to say in the non-profit radio world: Money Feeds My Music Machine!   And remember: anyone who donated at least 50 bucks will get the Mystic Moods Sampler that I'm putting together from my own record collection!  

Wish you could STILL get in on the action?  You can - donate here and tell 'em JSP sent you!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Working the knobs at Harriet Brewing

Working the Magic at Harriet Brewing
Had a blast with the Pop Shop team as we took Harriet by storm.  And it was GREAT to meet so many fans of Jet Set Planet in person!  That was a real highlight for me!

If you haven't been to Harriet Brewing - GO!  And if you like vinyl, go on Tuesday nights and check out KFAI's Vinyl Voices' series, from 6 to 9pm.  The series is running through the year.  I'll be back at the end of October and again in early December.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Vinyl Voices Tuesday September 23 @ Harriet Brewing! 6 to 9pm!

Vinyl Voices
Tuesday September 23 @ Harriet Brewing! 6 to 9pm!

The Pop Shop's Liberty Finch and DJ Izzy (spinning 60s/70s Pop), and Glen Leslie of Jet Set Planet (spinning Exotica and Music from Outer Space) will be playing vinyl from 6-9pm this coming Tuesday at

Harriet Brewing
3036 Minnehaha Ave

Part of the Vinyl Voices Tuesday night series, the Pop Shop and Jet Set Planet will be entertaining the beer drinkers and doing their best to avoid the bottles thrown at the DJ booth.   KFAI (90.3 FM Minneapolis - 106.7 FM St. Paul) will be raffling off cool stuff, and the Ladies Love Vinyl posse will be in the house. Amazing Beer! And eats from Andrew Zimmern's Canteen too!

Please Join Us!

For you Facebookers, here's the link to the Event:

Friday, September 19, 2014

Getting Sheared; Getting Gabored

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Episode #475 Getting Sheared; Getting Gabored - during an Endless Bummer.  And who knew there was a cover version of a tune from the Seven Golden Men Soundtrack!

In this episode of Jet Set Planet, we track down Gabor Szabo doing a version of Some Velvet Morning!  That's worth the price of admission right there!  Plus Jimmy McGriff proves he's a Mean Machine and Harry Betts rides out the Endless Bummer.
This episode also features the debut of Lonnie Liston Smith on the program!  When you need an oily rubdown, this is the guy to call!
KFAI archives every show for up to two weeks.  This episode available until 9/26/14. Just click here!
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Finally, it's the start of our fall Pledge Drive.  Do what you can do to support Community Radio!  It's easy - just go here! or call locally at 612-375-9080.

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.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

When Booze Disappears

If you like making cocktails like I do, you've probably run into this problem yourself: When Booze Disappears.  Now what do I mean by "disappearing booze"?  I'm talking about that special ingredient that makes a whole slew of tasty drinks possible suddenly stops showing up on the shelves of your local liquor store.  Many like-minded cocktailers, following the Lemon Hart saga, know exactly what I'm talking about.  And let's not forget about the Falernum of my youth: Sazerac.   Sure, there are substitutes, but remember: you can't spell "substitute" without spelling "sub" first - as in sub par or subhuman.

The latest booze to pull a disappearing act at my home bar is Wray and Nephew's Berry Hill Allspice Pimento Liquor.  The stuff is legendary in The Reminder Room.  Oh,  and don't get me started with St. Elizabeth's Dram.  That stuff is like a clove hammer-drill wrecking any drink it gets dropped into.   No subtlety at all.  The difference between the Wray and Nephew and the St. Elizabeth Dram is like the difference between voluptuous, erotic portraiture  enjoyed with a nip of Madeira beside the fireplace and hardcore pornography viewed in a cold, dank, slimy cement basement with your pants half-off.  No thank you.

So what to do?  Try making my own.

Dram #1

1 C sugar
1/2 C water
100 all spice berries
1/2 tsp powered all spice
Boil ingredients for 10 minutes,  let cool, add 2 oz of wray and nephew overproof rum and let sit covered overnight.

Also over night soak about 30 berries in 2-3 oz overproof rum and combine both mixtures in the morning.  Strain and add 3-4 oz of dark Jamaican rum such as Kohala Bay.  Bottle and put in fridge. With the much booze in it, I am thinking it will last awhile - at least a few months.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Pour Yourself a Tall Cool One

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Stop shoveling and start listening! That was my motto last week and it continues this week.  I mean at this point, with the winter we’ve had, what’s the use  Just put the shovel down and pour yourself another tall, stiff one. Time to lay around and relax. 

On this  program, we revisit with Groove Holmes and his B3 organ when he explains to us exactly why “It’s Gonna Take Some Time.”  To do what exactly? I’m not sure, but stick around to find out. 

Plus Henri Rene brings oil paintings to life when we hear from his RCA records release Passion in Paint. 

Also The Sounds of Sunshine explain their philosophy of the world by pointing out that “Love Means You Never Have to Say You’re Sorry”  - yeah right. 

And finally, before the night is through, we attend a “Group Therapy” session with a guy named Billy Strange.  Sound intriguing? Well it is.

Catch ALL the action, and some great cocktail tunes, on Jet Set Planet, Friday Nights at 9 on KFAI- your source for all things Higher-Than-Fi.

Friday, February 28, 2014

A peek behind the scenes... playlist BEFORE the show

 Tonight's show (2/28/14)



WOW Mel Henke The Twisters La Dolce Hendi
HACK SPY The Secret Agents Theme to Star Trek Mission: Impossible
CHORUS Joe Sherman Mr. Wonderful The Seventh Dawn
LATIN Mongo Santamaria In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida Feelin' Alright
FUNKHAWK Groove Holmes It's Gonna Take Some Time Hunk a Funk
GOOF Alvino Rey Bloop Bleep Greatest Hits
DYNAMICA Pete Rugolo Bongo Riff Percussion at Wrok
LATIN Edmundo Ross Meditation Latin Boss Senor Ros
DYNAMIC MONO Henri Rene Absinthe Passion in Paint
LATIN Tito Rodriguez La Brisa Y Yo Charanga Pachanga
PIANO Peter Nero Picasso Summer Midnight Cowboy
ORGANASM Sir Juian Going out of my Head Love is Blue
ORGANASM The Mustang Undergrad Dance to Swing Organ
CLUNKY JAZZ Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars Architectonics Jazz Structures
BLUES HACK Bob Sharples Louisiana Blues Go-Go Au Go-Go
PIANO Don Randi It's only Love Rubber Soul Jazz
LALO Lalo Schifrin Two Petals, a Flower and a Girl There's a Whole Lalo Schifrin Goin On
PIANO {N} Neil Wolfe All the Things You Are Piano My Way
SUNSHINE POP The Sounds of Sunshine Anything Can Happen Love Means You Never Have to Say You're Sorry
FLUTASTIC Hubert Laws  You Make Me Feel Brand New The Chicago Theme
EASY NOW Anita Kerr Happy Cat Touch Love
GUITARS Billy Strange Group Therapy Bunny O'Hare
NOW SWINGERS Frank Pleyer Big Band Make Up Europhone 521
SOUNDTRACK Pete Rugolo Collier's Riff The Sweet Ride
ORGANASM Groove Holmes Soul Message Soul Message
EXOTICA Omega All-Stars Return to Paradise Percussion for Playbots
OUTRO Booker T. and the MGs It's Your Thing The Booker T. Set

Thursday, February 27, 2014

I've just scratched the surface of this soundtrack LP.  Look for a few tracks on this week's Jet Set Planet!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Beware the Raven!

Stop shoveling and start listening, that’s my motto. 

On tonight’s program, we’ll spend a vacation day at the beach with Santo and Johnny, visit with the Farmer in the Dell courtesy of a record called Kiddie Rock au Go-Go, hear from the soundtrack to the film Bunny O’Hare and take a Hammer Blow from Skip Martin and the Orchestra – ouch that hurts!

Oh, and by the way, beware the Raven!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Friday, February 7, 2014

Jet Pilot
1/2 oz lime
1/2 oz grapefruit
1/2 oz cinnamon syrup
1/2 oz falernum
1 oz dark Jamaican Rum
3/4 oz Gold Rum
3/4 oz Lemon hart 151 rum
dash angostura bitters
6 drops of Pernod
4 oz crushed ice

Put everything in a mixer (top down preferably) and blend at high speed for 5 seconds. Serve in an old fashioned glass. Garnish with a cherry and a cinnamon stick.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Mid-Winter Exotica Classic

The latest episode of Jet Set Planet – The Mid-Winter Exotica Classic w/ guest co-host Steve Kyle is now ready for your listening pleasure.
Get it while you can!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Keep those Tiki Torches Lit! Steve Kyle Visits the Cockpit FRIDAY on Jet Set Planet

Records that were almost tossed in the dumpster and other EXOTIC delights as Steve Kyle of the HIgher-Than-Fi Research Team co-hosts Jet Set Planet with Yours Truly, Friday, February 7.  Steve will be selecting records from his own collection and also sharing a few drink recipes with you.  It’s a night of warm and wonderful Exotica for a very frigid city on this week’s Jet Set Planet! Tune in Friday Night at 9 on KFAI

Monday, February 3, 2014