Today It’s All About The Ladies, Plus McCartney’s CHOBA B CCCP is Our AOW, Sunday, July 18, 2021

Good Morning, Kids! It’s Sunday in The Mermaid Lounge and it’s a total mermaid kind of day starting mid-afternoon. Before that, though, we’ve got a great Album of The Week for you.

Ladies Day Out is up at 3:00 p.m.!

Here’s Sunday’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: CHOBA B CCCP by Paul McCartney NEW!

The album title translates to Back in The U.S.S.R. and is the seventh studio album by Paul McCartney. It was released in October 1988 exclusively in Russia. It was released worldwide in 1991. The album is live in-studio covers of some of the great rock n’ roll hits that inspired so many artists of the sixties, including The Beatles, The Stones, and many others. This is a great album, proving that McCartney can rock with the best of them. The man’s career has spanned six decades now, and he’s still going. He’s what we call a living legend.

3:00 p.m. Ladies Day Out: Various Artists

The ladies take over for five uninterrupted hours of bliss at mid-afternoon. This extended playlist features Dusty Springfield, Cilla Black, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Aretha Franklin, Ann Peebles, Carla Thomas. Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell, Janis Joplin, Irma Thomas, Maria Muldaur, Valerie Carter, Nicolette Larson, Rosanne Cash, Eva Cassidy, Shawn Colvin, Etta James, Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Supremes, Norah Jones, The Ronettes, Joan Baez, and many more.

Before, in between, and after it’s our usual wide Open Stream rotating more than 27,000 songs at the whim of The Music Mermaid. Tune us in.

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We Celebrate Linda Ronstadt’s Birthday With All Linda Programming, Save for Our Album of The Week, Thursday, July 15, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! It’s Thursday and it’s also Linda Ronstadt’s 75th birthday. We have people who are our “house” favorites. Linda is one of them. We plan on featuring these artists on our five-year anniversary, so stay tuned. But today and tomorrow? These are Linda days.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Linda Ronstadt

We cover Linda’s career from her very early days with The Stone Poneys up until her very last album. That’s a fifty-year career span. Ronstadt always says that she doesn’t identify herself as a rock n’ roll singer, but during the 70s, she was the number one female rock singer on the planet, selling out arenas across the country and playing a 20-night stand at The Universal Amphitheatre. I know. I went to forty of those concerts across the country.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Exit Wounds by The Wallflowers

Our second to last airing of this beauty, another great effort by Jakob Dylan and his mates. Our final airing will be on Saturday, so don’t miss this one.

7:00 p.m. Linda Ronstadt Live at The Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA, May 14, 1995

This was one of the concerts I attended in a great old hall with excellent sound. Adding to the musical magic of the night was Valerie Carter as the opening act, and who joined Linda on stage for a few songs as well. Linda Ronstadt always said she would rather have been part of an all-girl band. We’ll get to that stuff tomorrow.

We will take two days to celebrate Ronstadt because there is that much material to cover, and because we remain committed to more open stream than programming. So, tune us in and help us celebrate Linda’s 75th year. Although she can no longer sing, she has left a great musical legacy behind.

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It’s Sunday Funday Here in The Mermaid Lounge With ‘Ladies Day Out’ and “Blues From Laurel Canyon” As Our Album of The Week, June 20, 2021

Good Morning, and Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. It’s time once again for our ‘Ladies Day Out’ extended playlist, and we’ve got a great new Album of The Week starting today.

Ladies Day Out begins at 3:00 p.m. and runs for five uninterrupted hours.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Blues From Laurel Canyon by John Mayall NEW!

Released in November 1968 after John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers disbanded, this album is yet another piece of Laurel Canyon music history. John Mayall wrote all the songs and plays harmonica, organ and guitar on the album. He is joined by a young Mick Taylor (guitar), Colin Allen (drums), and Stephen Thompson (bass). Peter Green of the original Fleetwood Mac (a blues band at its birth) plays guitar on one of the songs as well. There’s nothing like some British blues to kick-start your day.

3:00 p.m. Ladies Day Out: Various Artists

The women of popular music still get the short end of the stick on the airwaves. Some of these radio stations think that Joan Jett and Blondie are the only women who ever made rock n’ roll. Pioneers like Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Carole King, and others get absolutely no appreciable playtime that I can find anywhere, not even on the so-called “classic rock” channels.

We aim to change that here on #BecomeUngovernable Radio. We do not broadcast like traditional radio because we can’t afford to compete with those entities. We are an Internet radio station. But we have made a commitment to showcasing the women of rock n’ roll, soul, folk, blues, even cajun-zydeco (sorry, no rap here) in the hope that in some small way we can pay them respect. Our homage to the women who make music begins at 3:00 p.m. this afternoon.

Tune us in. It’s hot as the blazes out there where I am today. But it’s nice and cool here in The Mermaid Lounge. The only thing hot in here is the music. And it runs 24/7 free of charge to everyone.

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It’s Wilbury Wednesday, and We’ve Also Got Bonnie Raitt In the Spotlight and Our ‘Nothing But Heartbreak’ Playlist Later, June 9, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We’ve got a Wilbury Wednesday on tap, along with some Bonnie Raitt and our Nothing But Heartbreak Playlist on tap sprinkled in all that Open Stream.

We start the day with Bonnie Raitt. Does it get any better?

Here’s your mid-week line-up:

11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Bonnie Raitt

I’ve seen Bonnie Raitt quite a few times. She, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris saved my sanity during the seventies. We drove just about everywhere to see them…Portland, Maine; Worcester, Mass; the Providence Civic Center in Rhode Island; and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in upstate New York.

But one of the best memories I have was in a little bar in Cambridge, Massachusetts while we were watching John Lincoln Wright & The Sourmash Boys and we caught a glimpse of a young Bonnie Raitt sitting near the piano. When she got up on stage and sang with them, it was like heaven. Today, we put Bonnie Raitt In the Spotlight, but she has always been in mine. (And did I mention she’s one badass guitarist?)

3:00 p.m WILBURY WEDNESDAY! The Traveling Wilburys: The Bootleg Collection

Though short-lived, the Wilburys have distinguished themselves as the premier ‘supergroup’ on the planet. Every time I see a poll done on those music websites, they are overwhelmingly voted number one by musicologists. And I concur wholeheartedly. For those who still don’t know The Traveling Wilburys: George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne made some incredible music together. Only Lynne and Dylan remain on the planet, but their music lives on.

7:00 p.m. Nothing But Heartbreak: Various Artists

Heartbreak appears to be my specialty in life. I am well-versed in the craft, and have decided that I’m giving up all this love stuff. It was in the middle of my last heartbreak that I built this playlist. It’s a great collection, and I hope you all enjoy my misery.

For a little sampling of who you’ll be hearing: The Pretenders, Tom Rush, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Carole King, Mudcrutch, The Band, Bonnie Raitt, Aretha Franklin, The Bee Gees, The J. Geils Band, and more!

Yeah, here we go again: It’s a great day to tune us in. In addition to the fact that we are not-for-profit and accessible just with the click of the link below, the music is nothing short of fantastic.

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It’s a Busy Saturday With Linda Ronstadt ‘Live’ in LA, Marvin Gaye In the Spotlight, LIVE DEAD, and the Final Airing of ‘Exodus’ On June 5, 2021

Good Morning, Rockologists! It’s another fine, frenzied Saturday here in The Mermaid Lounge! We’ve got a bunch of great stuff sprinkled amidst all that great Open Stream! Tune in!

Linda Ronstadt is live at The Universal Amphitheatre

Here’s your Saturday programming:

11:00 a.m. Linda Ronstadt Live at The Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, October 3, 1977

This was the eleventh consecutive night for Ronstadt’s Simple Dreams tour back in ’77, added due to continued ticket demand. She was riding high in those day. I saw the tour in Boston and upstate New York, only two of the forty I would see her perform during her career.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Exodus by Bob Marley & The Wailers

This will be the final airing of Exodus as our Album of The Week. When you roll your butt out of bed tomorrow morning, we’ll have a brand new album in focus.

7:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Marvin Gaye

Despite his many personal problems, Marvin Gaye was a musical marvel who was instrumental in shaping the Motown sound, first as a studio musician, then as a major artist with a string of hits. Because of this, he was often called The Prince of Motown. We put him In the Spotlight today.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at Thelma Theatre, Los Angeles, December 12, 1969 NEW!

We go waaaaay back in time for this one, kids! Another performance by the ultimate jam band.

As I say every day: This is a great day to tune us in. Because every day is a great day to tune us in. No lie. We’re free. We do not accept advertising so there’s no untimely interruptions, and our DJ’s are practically mute.

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We Debut “Willy & The Poor Boys” as Our Album of The Week Before Turning It Over To The Women of Music, Sunday, May 16, 2021

Sunday, as you know, is our long-playlist day and it’s the ladies’ turn today. But before that, we debut Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Willy & The Poor Boys as our Album of The Week.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Willy & The Poor Boys by Creedence Clearwater Revival NEW!

The year 1969 was certainly a prolific one for Creedence. Willy & The Poor Boys was the third and final album (and their fourth overall) released that year, coming on the heels of Green River, another fine album. (Cosmo’s Factory was the other release.)

Today we give you the 40th anniversary edition of the album because it has a couple of live versions thrown in along with the great Down On The Corner jam with the incomparable Booker T & The MGs, who also appear throughout the album.

3:00 p.m. Ladies Day Out: Various Artists

After CCR, we turn it over to the women of rock, who still get the short end of the stick to this day. After her many years of contribution to music, Carole King just this year made it into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, as we induct rappers into a HOF that is supposed to be about rock n’ roll, not rap. Pisses me off. Aside from Carole King, you’ll hear Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Dusty Springfield, Aretha Franklin, Ann Peebles, Nicolette Larson, Maria Muldaur, Wendy Waldman, Eva Cassidy, Valerie Carter, and many, many more. If you’re a misogynist, this is definitely not your venue. We are honoring our commitment to highlighting the ladies.

A great day indeed to click on the link below and kick back. It’s Sunday, a day of rest, and we’ve got some great music here for you today.

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It’s The Ladies’ Day Out in The Mermaid Lounge Today, and the Foo Fighters Own Our Album of The Week, Sunday, April 18, 2021

Happy Sunday, People! It’s a fine day here in The Mermaid Lounge as we close our broadcasting week in fine style. We feature the new Foo Fighters album early on, then turn it over to the ladies for the rest of the programming day!

“Medicine at Midnight” by the Foo Fighters is our Album of The Week.

Here’s the lay of the land:

12:00 p.m. Ladies Day Out: Various Artists

This playlist was put together to show our commitment to the women of music, pioneers in their own right. It’s amazing to me how women continue to be put at the back of the bus in the rock n’roll music world. Carole King, a woman who has written many songs and made many people famous, and who has to her credit one of the biggest selling albums of all time in Tapestry, is just making the hall of fame this year. Linda Ronstadt, who has been singing since the sixties, and who was undeniably the Queen of Rock during the seventies, was not inducted until 2014. The Rock n’ Roll Hall of Shame is a fucking joke.

Here we are in 2021, and you’d be hard pressed to hear Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Aretha Franklin, or any other woman of their generation on any music station as part of a standard rotation. I call bullshit. Misogeny is alive and well in the music world, but not in The Mermaid Lounge.

9:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Medicine At Midnight by Foo Fighters NEW!

The band born from the demise of Nirvana gives us this week’s Album of the Week. Originally planned for 2020, it was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The band’s tenth studio album represents a departure from their usual sound. Dave Grohl also has some interesting commentary on the goings on that occurred during the recording of the album, which you can read here.

On that note, tune us in. We’re here 24/7 and we are not for profit (and not for sale). We are non-intrusive. We never ask for a credit card or your personal information. We don’t track, spindle or mutilate. Enjoy your Sunday.

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We Launch Our ‘Ladies Day Out’ Playlist and ‘Let It Be Naked’ Is Our Album of The Week, Sunday, March 21, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! Today, we honor the women of popular music with our brand new Ladies Day Out playlist, giving you exactly 4 hours, 54 minutes, and 55 seconds of music from some of the most amazing female singers of our time.

Janis Jopilin is just one of the women we feature today in our new ‘Ladies Day Out’ playlist. Be there at 2:00 p.m.

Here’s Sunday’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Let It Be…Naked by The Beatles NEW!

To be sure, Phil Spector was a musical genius, having developed the ‘wall of sound’ used by so many performers. I like the wall of sound enough, but probably not as much as others, I have to confess. The Beatles were on the outs when they recorded Let It Be, and mostly they were not in the studio together during time. Phil Spector produced this album and, rumor has it, that John Lennon brought him the tapes when he was pissed off. The first release of this album was with the wall of souond. Along came Paul McCartney in 2004, convinced that the original release was not what was originally envisioned for the album. The result is this stripped down version, and I tend to concur with McCartney here.

2:00 p.m. Ladies Day Out: Various Artists NEW!

Women’s music is nothing new to us, but we’ve never had a long-running women’s playlist until this day. Now, we do. Women continue to get the short end of the stick when it comes to rock music. Hell, that infamous pay-to-play radio conglomerate (whose name we shall not mention) offers quite a few individual stations dedicated to the men of rock, but not one single station dedicated to women. In fact, if you tune in any classic rock station, you almost never hear women played at all. But here, you do.

This playlist features many women. We have Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Cilla Black, Carla Thomas, Ann Peebles, Aretha Franklin, Sheryl Crow, Petula Clark, Nicolette Larson, Wendy Waldman, Phoebe Snow, Norah Jones, and many others. Check out the Playlist section of this blog for a complete set list. All you need to do is scroll to the bottom! It should be up on the blog by noon.

This would be an excellent day to tune us in unless, of course, you’re one of those guys who just can’t bear the thought of women in the musical spotlight for an extended period. This would not be your day.

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We’re Launching “Ladies Day Out” This Coming Sunday, March 21, 2021

This coming Sunday, the ladies in our standard rotation get their due. Joining, The British Are Coming; The Sixties Rotation playlists; the Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blues playlist will be our first all-female playlist called Ladies Day Out.

Ladies Day Out kicks off on Sunday!

The playlist is just about six hours long, and features all The Mermaid Lounge favorites, as well as some new additions to the rotation.

Women still get short shrift in the rock music world. It took Linda Ronstadt until 2014 to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; Carole King is just being inducted this year. We consider that a travesty of musical justice considering the fact that rappers are already being inducted (and we don’t believe they even belong in a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, frankly).

But here at #BecomeUngovernable Radio, we intend to elevate women to the level they’ve earned. Ladies Day Out is is another step in that process.

We will add the complete set list to the Playlist section of this blog before Sunday. We’ll let you know when it’s there.

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Fats Domino In the Spotlight, Emmylou Harris & Spyboy Live, The Final Airing of Our AOW, and “Live Dead” Tonight, Saturday, March 13, 2021

Good Morning, Folks! It’s our usual Saturday in The Mermaid Lounge, and our Music Mermaid has chosen some great material for today.

Emmylou Harris & Spyboy coming at ya later today.

Here’s today’s programming:

11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Antoine “Fats” Domino

We love Fats Domino here in The Mermaid Lounge. There’s a lot of discussion about where rock n’ roll started, what was the first rock n’ roll song, and the question has been asked “Was anyone singing rock n’ roll before Fats Domino?” Not sure anyone actually was, but we certainly consider our friend from New Orleans a pioneer of the genre.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Heart of Mine by Maria Muldaur FINAL AIRING!

Today we have the final airing of our Album of The Week as sultry crooner Maria Muldaur interprets the romantic side of Bob Dylan. Don’t forget to tune it in. Tomorrow when you wake up, we’ll have a new choice.

6:00 p.m. Emmylou Harris & Spyboy Live at Kongresshaus, Zurich, Switzerland, January 20, 1997

A few weeks ago, we featured Emmylou Harris’s brilliant album, Wrecking Ball, as our Album of The Week. Her tour with Spyboy took Wrecking Ball on the road, although she did feature several songs from other albums, most notably, her ode to Gram Parsons, the beautiful Boulder to Birmingham. The stripped-down approach to her music continued her love of working with a variety of different musicians. The band consisted of country singer-songwriter Buddy Miller on guitar, and two New Orleans musicians, Daryl Johnson on bass and Brady Blade on drums.

10:00 p.m. Live Dead! The Grateful Dead Live at The Uptown Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, December 3, 1979 NEW!

One more from the road from the greatest jam band in popular music history. Not sure I’ve ever said this, but please keep in mind that Live Dead shows are sourced from a variety of providers, including fan-recorded events so there may be some flaws and quality variations as we progress through the catalogue.

Tune us in, people. Germany and Britain love us. We’ve recently added regular listeners from Estonia, the Russian Federation, and the Scandinavian countries. We hope you’ll join us soon!

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