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.


Fun show tonight with Brian McKinley riffing on the idea of songs about planes, trains and automobiles. Lots of tunes that I’m sure have never been played back to back before.

Dr. Pants – Magic Airplane
Robyn Hitchcock – I Often Dream of Trains
Rush – Red Barchetta

Liz Phair – Stratford on Guy (Airplane)
Lenny Kravitz – Freedom Train
The Beatles – Drive My Car

Space – Supersonic Jet Plane
Tom Chapin – City of New Orleans (train)
Ellis Paul – Blacktop Train (cars)

Indigo Girls – Airplane
Warren Zevon – Nighttime in the Switching Yard
Iggy Pop – The Passenger (get into the car)

Alison Krauss – Paper Airplane
The Lumineers – Morning Song (train)
Sugar – Slick (automobile)

Bjork – Aeroplane
The Walkmen – Thinking of a Dream I Had (train)
Pixies – Crackity Jones (automobile)

The Clash – Rock the Casbah (planes)
The Clash – Train in Vain
The Clash – Brand New Cadillac

MIA – Paper Planes
Johnny Cash – Orange Blossom Special (trains)
Johnny Cash – One Piece at a Time (car)

Radiohead – The Bends (aeroplane)
REM – Driver 8 (train)
Big Star – Back of a Cara

Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
The Kinks – Last of the Steam-Powered Trains
Chuck Berry – No Particular Place to Go (automobile)

Vance Gilbert – I’ve Got a Plane
The Monkees – Last Train to Clarksville
Beach Boys – Little Deuce Coupe

Luna – 23 Minutes in Brussels
Joe Crookston – Big Sky (in the middle of nowhere)
Terence Martin – Used Cars

Muddy Waters – Good Morning Little Schoolgirls (airplane)
John Coltrane – Blue Train
James Brown – It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World (train and a car)

Felice Brothers – Triumph ‘73

Great to have the guys from VAPE – Sonny Weeks (lead vocals), James Osterhout (lead guitar), Dano Voodie (bass) and Bryan Vallese (drums) – in the studio to talk about the band and their music together, sharing some songs live as well as premiering two tracks from their upcoming album. Release show will be Oct. 22 at On The Roxx in Binghamton. Learn more here:

Here are the songs they shared:
“The Curse” (live)
“Wraiths” (from upcoming album)
“Left for Dead” (live)
“Thorns” (from upcoming album)
“Light of the Moon” (live)
“Microchipped” (live)
“Kings & Queens of Excess” (live)

After that, we filled the rest of the show with mostly new tunes.
The Belle Hollows – “Jonah” (Miller’s Creek)
Skinner & T’witch – “Rise, Sister, Rise” (Rise)
O’Connor Band – “Ruby Are You Mad At Your Man?” (Coming Home)
Chris Merkley – “I Wear Them Well” (Mementos)
Lizanne Knott – “Excellent Day” (Excellent Day)
Rachael Sage – “Loreena” (Choreographic – Acoustic)
Dave Gunning – “From a Higher Ground” (Lift)
Jacob Miller & The Bridge Street Crooners – “I Helped to Mend (Your Broken Heart)” (Pacific Ragtime)
John Gorka – “Downtown Tonight” (Before Beginning)
Greg Greenway – “All This Time” (20,000 Versions of the Sun)
Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams – “Fumes” (Flapjacks from the Sky)
Josephine – “A Freak A” (Portrait)

Brian McKinley is back next week to co-host; theme TBD.

Great to have Alex Creamer in the studio. Talented and smart young singer-songwriter. Alex performs Friday night (Aug. 12) at the Roberson Museum and Science Center as part of the reception for the “Art of Binghamton” exhibit. The reception is 5 to 9 p.m.; Alex performs at 6:20. She’ll also perform Sept. 21 at Blind Tiger Pub in Johnson City, and 12:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Harford (Pa.) fair with her band 7 Miles.

Here are her original songs that she shared live:
“Brave New World”
“Born to Pay”
“Good Woman Down”
“The Wallpaper Song”

From there, I rounded off the show with some of my other favorite ladies.
Josephine – “What a Day” (Portrait)
Sylvie Lewis – “If Love Songs” (Tangos & Tantrums)
k.d. lang – “Constant Craving” (Ingenue)
Ellis – “Five Hundred Crows” (The Guest House)
The Cranberries – “Salvation” (To the Faithful Departed)
Jenny Stockdale – “Night Sky” (Fingers Crossed)
Rachael Sage – “Heaven (is a Grocery Clerk)” (Choreographic)
Sierra Hull – “Weighted Mind” (Weighted Mind)
Amber Rubarth – “In the Creases” (Scribbled Folk Symphonies)

Next week, V.A.P.E. should be in the studio for an acoustic set. Tune in!

When Is It On?

Summer 2016

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Wednesdays from 7 PM to 10 PM.


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