WPKN Archives: Radio Base Camp "Top Tracks of 2016"

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Radio Base Camp hosted by Steve di Costanzo

Original Aired:
Tuesday, December 6th, 2016
7:03AM to 9:00AM

1 hour, 57 minutes

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 7:00AM

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Episode: Radio Base Camp "Top Tracks of 2016"

Host: Steve di Costanzo:   Annual “Top Tracks of the Year’ -  My Radio Base Camp retrospective of some of my favorite songs of 2016.

Now….I’ve done about 50 shows this year and I dedicate all my shows to hunting down great new music across many genres- and I’d have to say this year was no exception…it was another banner year-  you just need to go out and find it which is what all of us have as our central mission here at the station.
It’s impossible to distill it  into a two hour show since I’ve got days worth of great material…so I’ve created a snapshot of some of my favs from psych to dub- hip hop to experimental- world to club.  RIP David Bowie who has the #1 LP and #1 single for me this year with Blackstar (played it last week to free up some time this week)  Here's the playlist.
All these came out in 2016  (RECORD LABEL)

Kids Love Moogs        The Bongolian   Moog Maximus  (Blow Up Records)


It Means I Love You             Jessy Lanza          Oh No  (Hyperdub)         


ALL Night (KAYTRANADA remix)        CHANCE THE RAPPER   Coloring Book  (Apple Music)


Augustine        Blood Orange     Freetown Sound  (Domino)


Colours So Fine    Miranda Lee Richards    Echos of the Dreamtime   (Invisible Hands)         


Beautiful Strangers      Kevin Morby        SINGLE    (Dead Oceans)              


break:  House Of Sin (Remix)      Lee "Scratch" Perry         Must Be Free (Megawave)           


White Walls        The KVB   ...Of Desire       (Metropolis)    


Pony      Charlie Hilton      Palana  (Captured Tracks)


John (A Little Time)         Pavo Pavo            Young Narrator in the Breakers  (Bella Union)  


Cranes in the Sky         Solange   A Seat at the Table          (Columbia)


Space Exploration Disaster      Sunflower Bean    Human Ceremony            (Fat Possum)


break:  Tamuzica (feat. Jawad El Garrouge )    Acid Arab    Musique de France (Crammed Disc)       


Pain (feat. Snoop Dogg)  De La Soul      and the Anonymous Nobody...(A.O.I. Records)


Black Man in A White World   Michael Kiwanuka     Love and Hate (Polydor)              


The Girl With Better Clothes  Crooked Man  Crooked Man (DFA)


I Don't Need It  Weval  Weval   (Kompakt)


break:  Distorted Star  GUM        Flash in the Pan (Spinning Top Records)               


What It Mean      Drive-By Truckers American Band   (ATO)        


The Roundabout      Ryley Walker     Golden Sings That Have Been Sung  (Dead Oceans)


Twentynine Palms (feat. Sharon Van Etton) Carter Tanton  Jettison the Valley  (Western Vinyl)                                  


Baby, Baby          The Lemon Twigs             Do Hollywood  (4AD)   


Semaphore          Flock of Dimes  If You See Me, Say Yes(Partisan)                 


outro: Bad Texan  The Lucid Dream  Compulsion Songs       (Holy Are You)





Show: Radio Base Camp hosted by Steve di Costanzo

  • Radio Base Camp hosted by Steve di Costanzo is NOW heard every Tuesday morning from 7am to 9am

 My friend Howard Thompson is doing his show 'pure' on 1st & 3rd  Fridays as I've shifted during the day to being the GM of WPKN. . Just bear in mind that the last Friday of the month is reserved for Chris Frantz and his show- "Chris Frantz the Talking Head"


  • I have given up my late night show Radio Base Camp-Late Night on the 2nd & 4th Monday nights from 11:00pm to 2:00am. Because of my new weekly morning music show.  See seperate related episodes


  • RADIO BASE CAMP focuses on the newest indie rock, 60s beat-punk,psych, garage-fuzz, surf, 70s punk, 60s greasy soul & r'n'b shakers, 50s R&R, exotica, afrobeat, jamaican ska/rocksteady and beyond We play deep tracks and unpolished gems, songs you may remember and ones you might not have heard, along with demos, rarities, alternative takes and all kinds of great music that doesn't get played that often.  We also feature new music by current bands, many of whom are influenced by the 60's (and beyond). We do live and telephone interviews with musicians, producers, and chroniclers of an era spanning from the 1950's to present day. We aim to highlight and focus on music with great song writing, sounds and production, having a lot of fun in the process...


  • a little history....RADIO BASE CAMP is a radio show that I started in 2007 on live365.com internet radio.  It became a weekly WPKN  "overnight" in early 2008  from Sunday into Monday for two years before moving to Friday afternoons  in September 2009 with my part-time co-host, Eric Cocks.  In early 2010,  I decided to focus on my own programming and me and Eric reconfigured our weekly radio show into two seperate and distinct shows: Radio Base Camp with hosted Steve di Costanzo and Connections ...With Eric Cocks.  Starting July 1, 2012 I became the paid GM of WPKN and phased out my "working hours" show.  I now can be heard every Tuesday morning from 7am to 9am.

 Radio Base Camp is hosted by Steve di Costanzo 

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Interviews/Special Shows on RADIO BASE CAMP available on archives:

  • Bill Lincoln from U.S. duo EUPHORIA whose sole album has been called "one of the most important ever"
  • Charlie Karp- DJ for The Day- Radio Base Camp Late Night
  • Barry Tashian from The Remains with Fred Cantor producer of "America's Lost Band"
  • MELANIE the noted singer-songwriter  (Steve di Costanzo)
  • Andy Bracken from Fruits de Mer Records in London & Virginia  (Steve)
  • Ron Sanchez from Donovan's Brain, Career Records and KGLT in Bozeman, NT   (Steve)
  • Felix Cavaliere from The Rascals (Steve di Costanzo & Eric Cocks)
  • Tommy James from Tommy James and the Shondells
  • Carol Kaye (noted session player)   (Steve di Costanzo & Eric Cocks)
  • Singer and songwriter Sam Phillips  (interviewd by Eric Cocks)
  • Andrew Sandoval from Rhino Records  (Steve di Costanzo & Eric Cocks)
  • Merrell Fankhauser from HMS Bounty and Farkopady   (Steve di Costanzo & Eric Cocks)
  • Singer-Songwriter Don Cooper  (Steve di Costanzo & Eric Cocks)
  • Sky Saxon from The Seeds   (Steve di Costanzo & Eric Cocks)
  • Peppy Castro from The Blues Magoos   (Steve di Costanzo & Eric Cocks)
  • Johnny Echols from Love   (Steve di Costanzo & Eric Cocks)
  • Richie Unterberger (noted Rock author and reviewer)   (Steve di Costanzo & Eric Cocks)
  • Tom Moon (1,000 Recordings...) (Steve di Costanzo
  • Mark Naftalin (Butterfield Blues Band-special DJ Show)
  • Rusty Ford (Lothar and the Hand People)  (Steve)
  • Hilton Valentine from The Animals  (special program with Germaine)
  • James Lowe and Mark Tulin from The Electric Prunes   (Steve di Costanzo & Eric Cocks)

and many more....

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