The Signal

with Chris Kocher

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A weekly entertainment show hosted by Chris Kocher, entertainment writer for the Press & Sun-Bulletin. Bringing you the best of Greater Binghamton's music and entertainment scene.


Honored to chat with singer/actress Daphne Ashbrook about her new album, “All Good Dreamers,” as well as some of her best-known roles over her career (including “Doctor Who” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”). Such an friendly, funny and talented lady. Here are the tracks we shared.
“Last Time I Saw Richard”
“Love Song”
“Keep Breathing”
“Only Got One”
“Turning Tables”
“Cactus Tree”
“Help Me”
“Furry Sings the Blues” (from her first album, “Grace Notes”)
“I Don’t Need No Doctor” (from “Grace Notes”)

From there, some random but cool tracks to fill out the final hour.
Rachael Sage & Judy Collins – “Helpless” (Blue Roses)
Risa Hall – “New York Nights” (New York Nights EP)
The Burns Sisters – “To Live Again” (Looking Back: Our American Irish Souls)
Heather Pierson – “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out” (Motherless Child)
Amber Rubarth – “Nothing to See Here” (A Common Case of Disappearing)
Dolly Parton – “Blue Smoke” (Blue Smoke)
Ellis Paul – “Rose in a Cage” (Chasing Beauty)
Davey O – “The Main Street” (No Passengers)
Willie Nelson – “Blue Skies” (Stardust)

Tune in next week to see what else I can cook up.

Thrilled to have local music expert and Press & Sun-Bulletin correspondent Eric Coker with me in the studio for his annual roundup of music from the previous year. Lots of great tunes and discussion this time around – and a couple of surprises too.

Matt Nathanson – “Headphones”
Walk the Moon – “Shut Up and Dance” (Talking is Hard)
Ryan Adams – “Gimme Something Good” (Ryan Adams)

2014 trends
“Weird Al” Yankovic – “Mission Statement” (Mandatory Fun)
U2 – “California” (Songs of Innocence)
Taylor Swift – “All You Had to Do is Stay” (1989)
Ed Sheehan – “Thinking Out Loud” (x)

Alt-indie pop
Bleachers – “Rollercoaster” (Strange Desire)
Future Islands – “Seasons” (Singles)
Tokyo Police Club – “Hot Tonight” (Forcefield)
The Fleeting Ends – “Can’t Say No” (single)

George Ezra – “Blame it on Me” (Wanted on Voyage)
Olly Murs – “Wrapped Up” (Never Been Better)
Take That – “These Days” (3)

Dylan and His Denizens
Old Crow Medicine Show – “Sweet Amarillo” (Remedy)
The New Basement Tapes – “Kansas City” (Lost on the River)
Bob Dylan – “Things We Said Today” (The Art of McCartney)

Comebacks of 2014
Billy Idol – “Can’t Break Me Down” (Kings & Queens of the Underground)
Spandau Ballet – “This Is The Love” (The Story)
Air Supply “Desert Sea Sky” (single)

Looking ahead to 2015
Modest Mouse – “Lampshades on Fire” (Strangers to Ourselves)
Brandi Carlile – “The Eye” (The Firewatcher’s Daughter)

Fleetwood Mac – “Sad Angel” (Extended Play)

St. Paul & Broken Bones – “Call Me” (Half the City)

Next week (barring any unforeseen issues), I’ll share my interview with singer/actress Daphne Ashbrook about her new album, “All Good Dreamers.”

My original plan for the show got postponed, so I decided to play the “Binghamton Music Vol. 1” album – definitely a diversity of ideas and genres.
Parlor City Picklers – “Butter Biscuit Boogie”
Alpha Brass Band – “Gonna Party”
Milkweed – “Taxi Driver”
Salsa Libre – “La Rueda”
Claire Byrne – “In the Summertime”
Thing One – “Jones Park”
If Madrid – “New Year’s Eve”
Adam Ate the Apple – “Color of Fire”
Jake Thrasher – “Francisco”
Taze Yanick – “Balkan Connections”
Pete Ruttle – “As You Are”
Dirt Farm – “Blame Satan Again”
Driftwood – “Old Ironsides”
Zydeco Po’ Boys – “String Bean Joe”
Devinne Meyers – “Goodnight to No One”

After that, it was pretty much random but still fun. More acoustic choices:
Josephine – “Original Love” (Portrait)
Josephine – “I Think It Was Love” (Portrait)
Nina Storey – “Deja Vu” (So Many Ways From Me To You)
Chris Trapper – “House Next to the Drive-In” (Songs from the Drive-In)
Austin & Elliot – “Snow Globe” (13 Songs)
Lindsay Mac – “Barbies & Broncos” (Stop Thinking)
Rachael Sage – “Wishing Day” (Blue Roses)
Dala – “Alive” (Everyone is Someone)
10,000 Maniacs – “Hey Jack Kerouac” (MTV Unplugged)
Joe Crookston – “Big Sky (In the Middle of Nowhere)” (Georgia I’m Here)
Stuart Kabak – “Cap’n Jack and the Cat Who Would Be Human” (Hudson Harding Happy Holidays Vol. 9)
Katey Laurel – “Hurricane” (Periscope)
Ellis – “Hurricane” (Break the Spell)
Leni Stern & Kofo the Wonderman – “Spirit in the Water” (Spirit in the Water)
Antje Duvekot – “Judas” (Big Dream Boulevard)
Sylvie Lewis – “If Love Songs” (Tangos & Tantrums)

More electric choices:
Mike Doughty (with MC Frontalot) – “The Champion” (Stellar Motel)
Dr. Pants – “Calling Chewbacca” (The Trip Side 2: Breaking the Feel)
Robyn Hitchcock – “Do Policemen Sing?” (Black Snake Diamond Role)
John Wesley Harding – “There’s a Starbucks (Where the Starbucks Used to Be)” (The Sound of His Own Voice)
XTC – “Life Begins at the Hop” (Drums and Wires)
David Bowie – “Never Get Old” (Reality)

Next week, Eric Coker makes his annual visit to discuss the music of 2014 and looking ahead to 2015.

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