Hump Day Unusual Moment

March 28th, 2012, 12:00 pm by Greg

An aspiring Bulgarian vocalist sings “Ken Lee.” And somewhere in the Great Beyond, songwriter Harry Nilsson is scratching his head and pouring himself another drink. Or two.

A tip o’ the hat to Paul Rapp


John Pizzarelli, What Was The First Album You Ever Bought?

December 17th, 2009, 3:03 pm by Sara

JohnPizzarelli“Actually, for some reason, the first one that comes to mind is ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.’ I don’t know why, but that really seems like one of the first ones.

If it wasn’t that, it was probably a Bill Cosby record, believe it or not. I really liked the first three Bill Cosby albums – ‘Why Is There Air?,’ ‘I Started Out as a Child’ and one other one. I just had to learn all of those. And then there was George Carlin.

But I think it was ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ when I actually remember saying, ‘We’ve got to get this record.’ But my sisters usually bought all of the records, so I just kind of glommed off of them.”

Singer-guitarist-radio host John Pizzarelli steps into the spotlight at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Mass. at 8pm on Friday (December 18). He’ll be accompanied by his bassist/brother Martin Pizzarelli, drummer Tony Tedesco and pianist Larry Fuller.

Pizzarelli is also slated to drop by and step up to the microphone at the teeny, tiny studios of WBCR-LP to chat live on the air with “The Splatto Festival” host Paul Rapp during the show’s “bad Christmas music” special, “X-Mas From Hell ’09, Part II,” broadcast from 3-5pm on Friday. This ought to be good. In Great Barrington, you can listen live at 97.7 FM, or you can get a live stream on your computer at Donations are greatly appreciated, of course.

Bad Christmas Songs

December 15th, 2009, 1:16 pm by Greg

There’s simply no shortage of ’em, is there?

I was going to post one a day of those truly awful, almost unlistenable or dreadfully bizarre Christmas songs. But you see, someone here at just doesn’t like Christmas songs at all. Not the good ones. And certainly not the bad ones.

So rather than trying to post stuff that’s going to ruin someone else’s holiday season (and put me in the doghouse for the rest of the year), let me just point you toward “The Splatto Festival” on WBCR-LP in Great Barrington, Mass., which has done my dirty work for me. Hosted by the ever-popular Paul Rapp, “The Splatto Festival” is broadcast on WBCR-LP from 3-5pm Fridays.

Check out the playlist, and then download the whole thing for free. Of course, if you want to make a donation to the not-for-profit radio station while you’re at it, that would be a nice thing to do. And don’t forget that someone is checking to see whether you’re being naughty or nice…

By the way, bad Christmas music continues on “The Splatto Festival” from 3-5pm Friday (December 18), as Rapp and his crew team up with special guest John Pizzarelli for “Xmas From Hell ’09, Part II.” Let’s hope this time they finally play Mike Love’s “Santa’s Going to Kokomo”…

Help Berkshire Radio Stay on the Air

October 29th, 2009, 10:24 am by Sara

Paul Rapp just notified me that WBCR-lp is having their annual fund drive this week:

Our goal for the week is $14,000, but we could use a lot more. It costs around $50,000 to keep the station on the air, which isn’t a whole lot considering what we do for the community and the world.

It’s local. We’re your neighbors. We’re in our fifth year of broadcasting, bringing you shows about nutrition, the environment, history, comedy, politics, home building, computers, nutrition, auto repair, meditation, and healing. Shows created and hosted by kids. Spanish language programming, Saturday morning storytelling, live music, live interviews, and information about events in and around Berkshire County.

And a variety of music you simply can’t get anywhere else on earth. You might not like all of it, but if you tune in an hour later, you might hear something beautiful that you’ve never heard before. And that you won’t hear anywhere else for 100 miles around.

It would be great if you could give something tomorrow (Friday)–I’ll be at the station all day and probably will be answering the phone—-And will be on the air on and off, but definitely will be on during my regular slot between 3 and 4 PM.

By phone: 413-644-9797.
Online: (all major credit cards and PayPal accepted)
And you can listen in on the internet at

Real Good for Free: CRUMBS Nite Out @ The Linda

September 2nd, 2009, 8:30 am by Greg

The monthly CRUMBS Nite Out at The Linda in Albany continues to be one of the best bets around to discover great local music for free.

Here’s the schedule for the next couple of months:

Thursday, September 24: The Charlie Watts Riots
Thursday, October 22: Matthew Loiacono
Thursday, November 12: Tern Rounders

Doors open at 6pm for some local music scene networking. The music-and-interview session kicks off at 7pm, followed by a music-related panel discussion led by entertainment lawyers Paul Rapp and Paul Czech.

Real Good for Free: Albany’s September in the City Art Fair
Real Good for Free: Johnny Rabb & the Jailhouse Rockers @ Powers Park (9/5/09)
Real Good for Free: The Final Stretch Festival @ Saratoga (September 5-6)
Real Good for Free: Lake George Jazz Weekend (9/19-20)
Real Good for Free: LarkFEST!!!!!!!! (Sept. 19)
Real Good for Free: Riverfront Park, Athens (Fridays)
Real Good for Free: Albany Jazz Festival @ Riverfront Park (Sept. 12)
Real Good for Free: The Fabulous Folk Fest @ Bolton Landing (Sept. 6)
Real Good for Free: Thurman (Mondays)
Real Good for Free: Rock-It in Schenectady (Fridays)
Real Good For Free: Halfmoon (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Albany Public Library (Third Fridays)
Real Good for Free: At The Plaza, Albany (Wednesdays)

Remix this!

June 10th, 2009, 4:07 pm by Greg

Activist and filmmaker Brett Gaylor tackles a thorny subject – the issues of copyright in the digital information age – with his new film, “RiP! A remix manifesto.”

The feature-length documentary has been making the film festival rounds to considerable acclaim, having been hailed as “about as edgy and fascinating a glimpse as you’ll get into one of the more pressing issues of our Internet Age,” as well as “the sexiest film about copyright infringement I’ve ever seen.”

The film is both smart and funny, focusing much of the debate on sonic-collagist and mass-mash-up master Girl Talk, who was a feature performer at the Mountain Jam fest at Hunter Mountain just two weeks ago.

Whether you’re talking about the one-step-beyond-sampling music of Girl Talk or the Obama image appropriation of artist Shepard Fairey, this is a thought-provoking movie that you’re going to want to see.

How you see it, of course, is up to you.

You can go directly to the movie’s website and download the entire film at a pay-what-you-will rate.

Or you could wait and buy it on DVD (with a whole bunch of extras) when the Disinformation Company releases it on Tuesday, June 30.

Or you can head down to Carrie Haddad Photographs in Hudson, where the gallery will be screening the film at 7pm Friday, June 12. Copyright lawyer, arts advocate, Metroland columnist and all-around bon vivant Paul Rapp will lead what is certain to be a lively discussion following the screening.

For reservations, email

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