Friday, May 16, 2014

Self Help Radio 051614: Push

Don't push the panic button!  No one got hurt as Self Help Radio returned to RFL Mornings!  Or are you trying to push my buttons?  A show in which I interview not only the "push button king of the American Southwest" but also spiritual guru Howard Gently can't be all bad.  Plus, our old friend Pushy stops by!

You can listen now at Self Help Radio Web Site Place.  Or, should you not want to wait for the one graphic on that page to load (who has the time?), you can listen directly, I've made it easy for you: part one is here, part two is here.  What songs did I play?  They're listed below.

As always, thanks for listening!

(part one)

"The Push" Silhouettes _Complete Package_
"Push (live)" The Woggles _Flaming Burn Out! An Estrus Benefit Comp_
"Push" The Chills _Brave Words_
"Push" The Cure _The Head On The Door_

"Push" Liquid Liquid _Liquid Liquid_
"Push" Black Ice _I Judge The Funk_
"Push" One Way _Love Is... One Way_
"Push" Red Lorry Yellow Lorry _Talk About The Weather_

"Push De Button" Lena Horne _The Lady & Her Music: Live On Broadway_
"Push A Little Button" Ninette Hartley _Push A Little Button_
"Push Button Geoff" Miss Ludella Black & The Masonics _From This Witness Stand_
"Pushing Buttons" The Mendoza Line _I Like You When You're Not Around_

"Push Push" Austin Taylor _Teenage Crush, Vol. 5_

(part two)

"Push Push" Rumbles Ltd. _Push Push_
"Push Push" Lloyd & Devon _Studio One Disco Mix_
"Push Push" Brick _Waiting On You_

"Push It" Salt-N-Pepa _Hot, Cool & Vicious_
"Do The Push & Pull (Part 1)" Rufus Thomas _The Very Best Of Rufus Thomas_
"Keep On Pushing" The Impressions _The Very Best Of The Impressions_
"Pushin' Too Hard (Rehearsal)" Seeds _Travel With Your Mind_

"Push A Little Harder" The Avons _Push A Little Harder_
"You Gotta Push" Jody Gayles _Soul Diva Sessions_
"You Just Can't Push Me (demo)" The Cars _The Cars_
"Push & Shove" Cud _When In Rome Kill Me_

"Pushover" Bearsuit _Pushover_
"Pushover" Etta James _Queen Of Soul_

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Whither Push?

I can't often trace the inception of a show idea - I create a folder on my desktop with a theme, & start sticking songs & ideas into it.  But I know where this show idea came from.

It happened a while back - when I was subbing a show on WRFL, probably last year.  Now, I know you're thinking, "Hey, didn't you say you knew where this show idea came from?  It was in the previous sentence!"

Well, all right, I know where it came from, just not when.  All right?  Sheesh.

So - where was I?  Oh yeah.  Late night sub.  Someone called.  They said, "Can you play 'Push It' by Salt-N-Pepa?"  I said what I always say - oh, & I mean it seriously - I say, "I'll play it if I can find it!"

I didn't find it.  Luckily, most people don't call back & yell at me when I can't find their requests.  But when I got home, I was looking through my CDs & there it was - not at the radio station - "Hot, Cool & Vicious."  So I said to myself, "Hey, I should do a show where I can plat 'Push It'!"

It languished, the idea, until I decided to return to RFL.  So, for my first show, I'll be fulfilling a request that was made over six months ago.

I hope the person who made the request is listening!  (Though I know he won't be.)

Tomorrow!  From 7 to 9 am on 88.1 fm on 88.1 fm WRFL in Lexington, & online at  (Plus, remember, the premiere of Woke Up One Early Morning Blues at 6am!)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Preface To Push: Self-Promotion Is Hard

I once mentioned to a fellow programmer at KOOP in Austin that I hated to have to "promote" my show.  She said, deadpan, "Is it because you believe you have an inferior product?"

Well, yeah, that too.

This is how I pitched my new show, "Woke Up One Early Morning Blues," to the Programming Director at WRFL:

"The show will explore the many facets of pre-war blues, from proto-blues like work songs, call & response, & shouts, to popular female blues vocalists of the 1920s, to country blues from Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, St. Louis, Kansas City, & Chicago (all over, really).  Included will be lots of crossover material, since proto-country music, ragtime, & early jazz intersected with early blues."

It's happening from six to seven am, right before Self Help Radio, this coming Friday.

I come by my love of this music mostly accidentally.  I wanted, many years ago, to "educate" myself in early jazz, & liked schmaltzy jazzy pop from the 1920s as well as Dixieland, & was totally schooled by the brilliance that is Louis Armstrong's Hot Fives & Sevens.  As I was digging around, though, I saw those early jazz performers not only called many of their numbers "blues," but they played with blues artists - most notably the female performers who were the face of the blues for most of the 1920s.  It didn't take much of a leap to find out that the fellow who's playing guitar on that Bessie Smith track also makes his own blues music, & suddenly I'm tumbling into the Delta by way of New Orleans & New York City.

I love an art form - a musical genre - finding itself.  It seemed like, in those days, anything was possible.  & that's what I hope to explore on the show.

But man, I'd hate to have to try to promote it.  I'll keep it quiet on Friday mornings for the time being.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

New Intro Time Again Again!

Since the new season at WRFL has begun, I needed to make a new intro - & so I have.

I try to make a new intro every year - but it turns out I let one intro last for two years back in the day.

But!  My obsessive-compulsiveness overtakes me more & more as I get older.  So there'll be a new intro every year I'm doing this show.  & may I present:

The Self Help Radio 2014-2015 Intro!

This will debut on Friday's show!

If you would like to hear the intros I've previously made, here they are:

You can listen to the 2002 intro (my first!) here.

You can listen to the 2003 intro here.

You can listen to the 2005 intro here.

You can listen to the 2006 intro here.

You can listen to the 2007 intro here.

You can listen to the 2008 intro here.

You can listen to the 2009 intro here.

You can listen to the 2010 intro here.

You can listen to the 2011 intro here.

You can listen to the 2012 intro here.

& this is the newly retired intro from the past year.

What do you think of the new one?

Monday, May 12, 2014

Lost Day

I had so much planned for this blog today.  This week starts a new year for Self Help Radio, & that means a new intro!  But I am tired now.  So.  Wait till tomorrow.  If you can.

Okay, I know you can.