The Signal

with Chris Kocher

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.


Great to chat with Robert Smith? (editor) and Arnold T. Blumberg (publisher) about “Outside In 2,” a new anthology of essays about every episode of the new “Doctor Who” series since it restarted in 2005. (Full disclosure: I am among one of the 125 contributors.)

If you want to know more about “Outside In 2” (and the first volume, “Outside In,” about the original “Doctor Who” series), you can go online to There’s even a way to get both volumes in one, with proceeds going to an AIDS charity.

From there, we shared some tracks from the debut Karma Frog release, “On the Go With Summer Children” by Summer Children.
(The man behind Karma Frog? Friend of the show Adam Marsland.)
Summer Children – “Poor Natalie” (On the Go With Summer Children)
Summer Children – “Mighty Fast Car” (On the Go With Summer Children)
Summer Children – “San Francisco Blue” (On the Go With Summer Children)
Summer Children – “Summer Children” (On the Go With Summer Children)

After that, the selections were random but cool.
Buzz Cason – “Don’t Worry, Mama” (Record Machine)
Buzz Cason – “Woe Is Me” (Record Machine)
Hey Mavis – “What I Am Without You” (What I Did)
Tom Chapin – “Myra Jean” (70)
Adam Michael Rothberg – “Central Square” (Soul of a Man)
Katie Dahl – “Snakes” (Ordinary Band)
John Malcolm Penn – “Pony Express” (L.A. Blues)
Jonathan Edwards – “Ain’t Got Time” (Tomorrow’s Child)
The Bellamy Brothers – “Dinosaur Wine” (40 Years: The Album)
The Bellamy Brothers – “Get Into Reggae, Cowboy” (40 Years: The Album)
Cliff Eberhardt – “Let This Whole Thing Burn” (The High Above and the Down Below)
Cliff Eberhardt – “The Devil in Me” (12 Songs of Good and Evil)
Louise Mosrie – “Singing My Heart Out” (Lay It Down)
Louise Mosrie – “Lay It Down” (Lay It Down)
Ellis – “Blackbird” (Wherever You Are)
Sally Morgan – “This Buzzing Sound” (Wandering Through Walls)
Syvie Lewis – “Ballad of Honeymouth” (It’s All True)
The Mammals – “Follow Me to Carthage” (Departure)
Dala – “Lennon and McCartney” (Best Day)
Heather Pierson – “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out” (Motherless Child)
k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang – “I Confess” (Sing It Loud)
Zarni – “Fireworks into Dust” (Honest Company)
Space – “Strange World” (single)

Our friend Kirk Madsen returned this week to discuss some of his non-Kinks related stories from his time behind the scenes of rock shows and theater performances around the Northeast and beyond. We also discussed his son Kyle’s band Genome (playing in Syracuse on Sept. 23) and an exhibit of his father’s art at Phelps Mansion Museum next April.

Kirk brought some tunes that we shared.
Van Morrison – “Jackie Wilson Said” (live recording from the Supper Club, NYC, 1996)
Genome – “Frog World” (Salutations)
Genome – “Snakebite” (Salutations)
Van Morrison – “Moondance” / “Fever” (live recording from the Beacon Theatre, NYC, 1989)
The Kinks – “Full Moon” (live recording from the Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, 1977)
Ray Davies – “I Go to Sleep” (live recording from Belfast, 1997)

Learn more about Kirk’s current career as an artist at
I’m sure we’ll have him join us again sometime. We never did get to the Frank Zappa discussion!

Ed Reese was in the studio to share some of his favorite tracks. Also had a stop from Brian McKinley (of Mick’s Tape Show, 10 We had fun.

Silverclub – “Like Cat’s Eyes” (Silverclub)
The Clash – “The Magnificent Seven” (The Story of the Clash)
Katie Dahl – “Lombardi Avenue” (Ordinary Band)
War on Drugs – “Red Eyes” (Lost in the Dream)
War on Drugs – “Baby Missiles” (Slave Ambient)
War on Drugs – “Lost in the Dream” (Lost in the Dream)
El Vi – “Return to the Moon” (online single)
The National – “This is the Last Time” (Trouble Will Find Me)
The National – “All the Wine” (Alligator)
Doves – “Black and White Town” (Some Cities)
Doves – “Snowden” (Some Cities)
The Silent Years – “Someone to Keep Us Warm” (The Silent Years)
The Silent Years – “Lidocaine” (The Silent Years)
The Envy Corps – “Rhinemaidens” (Dwell)
Lydia Loveless – “Head” (Somewhere Else)
Lydia Loveless – “They Don’t Know” (Somewhere Else)
Night Beds – “22” (Country Sleep)
The Watson Twins – “Just Like Heaven” (Fire Songs)
The Mooney Suzuki – “Oh Sweet Suzanna” (Electric Sweat)
David Bowie – “Rebel Rebel” (Diamond Dogs)
Kurt Vile – “Downbound Train” (So Outta Reach)
TV on the Radio – “Happy Idiot” (Seeds)
Sugar – “Your Favorite Thing” (File Under Easy Easy Listening)

When Is It On?

Summer 2015

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