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Episode: Connections: New Beach Boys Feel Flows box set, Charlie Watts, Rolling Stones, Dylan, Beatles plus new and vintage music

August 27, 2021 special episode of Connections on WPKN with Eric Cocks, filling in for my good friend Chris Frantz the Talking Head. It’s spontaneous!! It’s non-linear!! 


A deep exploration of the new Beach Boys Feel Flows 5 cd box set, a tribute to the brilliant Charlie Watts, including music from Charlie and The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan’s Jokerman and I And I remixed for reggae by Dr Dread and a three song preview of the upcoming Beatles Let It Be / Get Back box set. And more! 


By 1969-1971, the Beach Boys had fallen out of favor by some people, who could only picture the image, along with the surf songs, the car songs and the Pendleton shirts (later to be acquired at garage sales by bands from Seattle). However, the band and the people in The Beach Boys had been through many changes since the mid 60’s, just like many of us and were exploring new avenues of creativity and expression, every bit as good as their earlier work, but now going in new directions enhanced by the writing and production skills of Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson and Al Jardine. 


The box set includes an amazing array of brilliant songs from the Sunflower and Surf’s Up sessions, including  new mixes, alternate versions, unreleased songs, backing tracks, a cappella versions, background vocals, demos, live performances, studio chatter and works in progress. Highlights from the new box set are included in three sections across the course of the show, with other music in between. 


Also in several sections, a tribute to Charlie Watts, the much loved jazz drummer at the center of The Rolling Stones, who brought the roll to the Rolling Stones while keeping the steadiness and creativity that allowed them to shine. In addition to songs by The Stones, there’s also music from Charlie’s tribute to Charlie Parker, “from one charlie”. 


The new Beatles releases sound fantastic! A good sign for upcoming box set in October and the new movie!! 


Also in this episode, music by Sam Phillips, Tom Tom Club and Abba, along with new releases from Prince, Halsey, The Squeaky Chairs, The Afterthoughts, The Footnotes and whatever happened in the moment. 


Sometimes the connections only become apparent later… even to me! 


Thanks for tuning in!!! 



Last Friday’s episode of Spontaneous Connections, including new releases from Bob Dylan, Aimee Mann, Emily Duff, Robert Plant & Allison Krauss, Clairo, The Goon Set, Xeno & Oaklander, Los Lobos, Amy Shark, Crumb plus Beatles, Kinks, Sam & Dave, Iggy Pop, Sly, Bobby Darin, Steve Addabbo, Todd Rundgren, The Who and more is also available in archives at: 


Spontaneous Connections: New and vintage music:





Please join me next Friday, September 3, for a new episode of Connections from 4-6:50 pm eastern. 



For info and updates, along with occasional videos, articles and photos, please join the 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.

The show will keep changing over time.

Tune in every 1st and 3rd Friday afternoon of each month at the new  time of  4 to 7 pm eastern. Also special editions at other times. Available live over the air at 89.5, online at http://wpkn.org, tunein radio or listen later in the WPKN archives.

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

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