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.


Kirk Madsen, Ray’s former stage manager, joined us again in the studio. Learn more about him at
(Apologies for not being able to air any calls.)
All songs by the Kinks except where noted.

“Do It Again” (Word of Mouth)
For Trish: “All She Wrote” (Other People’s Lives – Ray Davies)
For Nancy: “Sitting in My Hotel” (Everybody’s in Show-Biz)
For Kevin: “Holiday Romance” (Soap Opera)
For Robert: “Celluloid Heroes” (Everybody’s in Show-Biz)
For Ksenia: “This Time Tomorrow” (Lola vs. Powerman)
For Olga: “This Strange Effect” (The Kinks at the BBC)
For Becky: “The Tourist” (Other People’s Lives – Ray Davies)

From Ray’s 1997 “Storyteller” show in Belfast:
“I Go to Sleep”
“Two Sisters”
“I Know a Man”

For Robert’s friend John: “Victoria” (Arthur, or the Decline and Fall …)
For Caroline: “Sunny Afternoon” (The Kink Kronicles)
For James: “Life Goes On” (Sleepwalker)
For Chris: “Cliches of the World (B Movie)” (State of Confusion)

Two more from Ray’s Belfast show:
“Waterloo Sunset”

For Debbie: “Wonderboy” (The Kink Kronicles)
“Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues” (Muswell Hillbillies)
“Did Ya” (Did Ya)
“(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman” (Low Budget)
“What Are We Doing” (U.K. Jive)
For Chris: “Demolition” (Preservation Act 1)
For Geoff: “Against the Tide” (80 Days – Ray Davies)
“The Real World” (Working Man’s Cafe – Ray Davies)
For Jerry: “Days” (Kinks Choral Collection – Ray Davies & The Crouch End Festival Chorus)

Started off with some Joe Crookston, since he’s performing Saturday night at 6 On The Square in Oxford. Learn more at
Joe Crookston – “Hands Metal and Wood” (Able Baker Charlie & Dog)
Joe Crookston – “Bird by Bird” (Able Baker Charlie & Dog)
Joe Crookston – “Caitlin at the Window” (Darkling & the BlueBird Jubilee)
Joe Crookston – “Mercy Now” (Darkling & the BlueBird Jubilee)
Joe Crookston – “Crooked Frame” (Demos, Outtakes, Interviews, Live)
Joe Crookston – “Tuesday Morning” (Georgia I’m Here)
Joe Crookston – “Big Sky (In the Middle of Nowhere)” (Georgia I’m Here)
Joe Crookston – “Riding the Train (The Meter Maid Mix)” (Georgia I’m Here)

From there, we played some new tunes.
Leni Stern – “Hide and Seek” (Dakar Suite)
Leni Stern – “Tuareg Dance” (Dakar Suite)
Rachael Sage – “Home (Where I Am Now)” (Choreographic)
Rachael Sage – “7 Angels” (Choreographic)
Joel Zoss – “Oh, Jerusalem” (Lila)
The Deep Hollow – “Dandelion” (The Deep Hollow)
Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes – “Me on Other Planets” (Welcoming the Flood)
Honor Finnegan – “When Sunny Gets Blue” (Roses and Victory)
The Robert Bobby Duo – “Fine as Wine” (Folk Art)
Denise Jordan Finley – “There are No Sundays at Sea” (Folkest)
Amber Rubarth – “Letter from My Lonelier Self” (Scribbled Folk Symphonies)
Ellis – “Wherever You Are” (The Guest House)
Spook Handy – “My Rainbow Race” (Pete, Woody & Me – Volume 1: Keep the Flame Alive)
Laura Oden – “Sophie Don’t” (Alchemy)
Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle – “Tell Moses” (Colvin & Earle)
No Fuss & Feathers – “Superman” (Traveling Circus)

Then the random last hour.
Ray Davies – “Hymn for a New Age” (Working Man’s Cafe)
Adam Marsland – “What the World Needs Now is a Good Deus Ex Machina” (You Don’t Know Me)
Spottiswoode & His Enemies – “Building a Road” (Building a Road)
Josephine – “Last Minute” (Portrait)
Vance Gilbert – “Boy on a Train” (Old White Men)
Billy Eli – “Here I Go I’m Gone” (The Unexplainable Billy Eli)
Pulp – “Common People” (Different Class)
Space – “Avenging Angels” (Tin Planet)
John Wesley Harding – “There’s a Starbucks (Where the Starbucks Used to Be)” (The Sound of His Own Voice)
Mike Doughty – “Unmarked Helicopters” (Circles Super Bon Bon …)
Lisa Moscatiello – “Feel the Love” (Trouble from the Start)
Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams – “Forever & A Day Like This” (The Great Unravel)

Next week’s show will be the annual Ray Davies birthday celebration. Kirk Madsen will be back in the studio with me, and we’ll take requests from around the world (I hope).

No guest tonight, so it was all tunes. We started with a bunch of new stuff.
Brother Sun – “Mighty Mighty River” (Weights & Wings)
Lizanne Knott – “Lay My Burden Down” (Excellent Day)
David Gunning – “From On Higher Ground” (Lift)
Dave Murphy – “My Forgotten Life” (American Landscape)
Beth Wood – “Paper Kites” (Spring Tide)
David Gans – “Stagger Lee” (It’s a Hand-Me-Down)
Mary Ann Casale – “I’m Leavin’ Town” (Restless Heart)
Goodbye Blue – “Hey Kid” (Worth the Wait)
Lucy Wainwright Roche & Suzzy Roche – “Melancholy Ways” (Mud & Apples)
The Regulators – “Trailer Park Soiree” (One of These Days)
Ilya Toshinsky – “Melissa’s Song” (Red Grass)
Gathering Time – “Broken Chain” (Keepsake)
Moors & McCumber – “I Used to Run Around” (Live from Blue Rock)
Kyle Cox – “Trusty Ol’ Pair of Boots” (Trio & Friends)
Sofia Talvik – “Give Me a Home” (Big Sky Country)
Rebecca Folsom – “Crying Out Loud” (Extraordinary Days)
Kathy Kallick Band – “My Montana Home” (Foxhounds)
SONiA & disappear fear – “Sexual Telepathy” (Live at Maximal)
Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards – “That Old Machine” (Grain by Grain)
Meg Braun – “Holland Town” (Restless Moon)
Ben Bedford – “Letters from the Earth” (The Pilot and the Flying Machine)
Lauren Heintz – “El Dorodo” (Where I Belong)
Rebekah Long – “Ain’t Life Sweet” (Here I Am)
Ivas John – “Payday Boogie” (Good Days a Comin)
Gigi Love – “Yosemite Gold” (National Parks Centennial Songs EP)
Millpond Moon – “Life is a Riddle” (Broke in Brooklyn)
Monica Rizzio – “Buttercups” (Washashore Cowgirl)
Crowes Pasture – “Naive Melody (This Must Be the Place)” (Crowes Pasture)

For the last hour, we went random. I guess you could call it the Search for Meaning Mix.
Hypnotic Clambake – “Kent the Zen Master” (Kent the Zen Master)
Ray Wylie Hubbard – “A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There Is No C)” (A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There Is No C))
Spottiswoode & His Enemies – “Salvation” (Salvation)
Joe Crookston – “Fall Down as the Rain” (Georgia I’m Here)
Pat Wictor – “Love is the Water” (Waiting for the Water)
Amber Rubarth – “In The Creases” (Scribbled Folk Symphonies)
Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams – “Never Fit” (A Good Thief Tips His Hat)
Warren Zevon – “Renegade” (Mr. Bad Example)
Dirt Farm – “We’re All Gonna Die” (Grampa)
David Bowie – “I Can’t Give Everything Away” (Blackstar)
Ray Davies and Mumford & Sons – “Days/This Time Tomorrow” (See My Friends)

When Is It On?

Summer 2016

You can catch this show on
Wednesdays from 7 PM to 10 PM.

Upcoming Shows

June 29 @ 7 PM


MP3 Archive