WPKN Archives: Improvised Connections, Part One

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Episode: Improvised Connections, Part One

Aug 4, 2017 episode of Connections on WPKN with Eric Cocks, filling in for my good friend Howard Thompson. New and vintage music, including new releases from Emily Duff, Steve Earle, Aimee Mann, The Dream Syndicate, Benjamin Gibbard, John Tejada & Justin Maxwell, Ariel Pink and more. 

Also Alex Chilton, Hillary Bratton covering Barry Reynolds, Leonard Cohen, Lisa Germano, Lou Reed, The Beach Boys, Todd Rundgren, Nick Lowe, Harry Nilsson, Lucinda Williams, The Rutles, Sam Phillips, Elvis Costello, Left Bank, Neil Diamond (with Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich), Lovin' Spoonful, Anandar Shankar, P. F. Sloan (writing with Stevie Kalinich), The Fantastic Baggys, The Turtles, The Byrds, The Nazz, synthesizer pioneer Suzanne Ciani on Buchla synthesizers, Sam The Sham & The Pharoahs, Leon Russell covering Hank Williams, The Squeaky Chairs and whatever happened in the moment. 

Thanks to Howard Thompson for asking me to fill in! 

This was the first of two back to back shows on August 4th. 6 hours of improvised radio!! 

The second show includes new music by Dhani Harrison, Mick Jagger, Jenny O., The Regrettes, Beth Ditto, Benjamin Gibbard, Waxahatchee, Arcade Fire, Belle and Sebastian, Picnic Tool and more. 

Also Suzanne Vega, Bob Dylan, The Kinks, Gary Calamar, The Blues Magoos, Tom Petty, Joe South, The Beatles, Vic Chessnut with Syd Straw, Ernie Kovacs, Roy Hamilton, Dusty Springfield, ELO, Euphoria, Miscellaneous Jokes and much more. 

The second show is available in archives at: 

Thanks for tuning in! 

For info, updates and occasional videos, please check out the official Facebook page: Connections on WPKN 


Show: Connections... with Eric Cocks

Connections... with Eric Cocks

Explores the connections between songs, songwriters, musicians, producers and people... often in surprising ways.

Vital, intelligent music with true artistic vision. Or just because it sounds good...

Includes extended features on specific artists such as Bob Dylan, The Kinks, The Beatles and far more. Also comedy by Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Eddie Izzard, Paul Krassner and others with a rock and roll renegade attitude. In depth explorations of early electronic music (and how it relates to current music). Vital new music that deserves to be heard. Surf music. Garage bands. British invasion. Rock and Roll. John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Jimi Hendrix, Laurie Anderson, William Burroughs, Robert Anton Wilson, The Blues Magoos, David Bowie, The Beach Boys, Dr Fiorella Terenzi, Beethoven, Bo Diddley, The Rolling Stones, Alex Chilton, Nilsson, Tom Petty, Lucinda Williams, Jon Brion, Aimee Mann, Tame Impala, Grimes, The Pretenders, Blondie, Caitlin Rose, Juana Molina, Mojo Mancini, Elliott Randall, Marshall Chapman, Jessy Lanza, Big Star, demos, rarities, unreleased new music and far more may be part of any given show. Also live interviews of performers, writers, producers, engineers, session musicians and people behind the scenes. Plus unexpected surprises...

Previous in depth interviews include Sam Phillips, Peppy Castro of The Blues Magoos, author/comedian Paul Krassner, Chris Frantz of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club, Neil Innes of The Rutles, Tommy James, legendary session musician Carol Kaye, Warren Zanes, Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals, Rod Argent of The Zombies, Oscar Winning Composer Alan Menken, Patty Larkin and more. All are available in archives for about 385 days. (Maybe that'll get extended some day.) Stay tuned for future interviews and special features.

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For further info, updates, news, videos and special features, please check the FaceBook site: Connections on WPKN

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