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 have Shanika Bridges in the studio for an interview and some live tunes. She has been an EPAC Idol contestant for the past three years and was a finalist in last month’s competition. Here are the songs she did live.
“Angel of Montgomery”
“There’s No Tomorrow Left” (original song)
“Gold Dust Woman”
“Mad World”

After that, it was pretty random to fill out the last 90 minutes.
Heather Pierson – “Dirty No-Gooder’s Blues” (Motherless Child)
Leni Stern – “Ice Cold Water $1” (When Evening Falls)
Rosanne Cash – “World of Strange Design” (The River & The Thread)
Jill Sobule – “Cinnamon Park” (Underdog Victorious)
Sylvie Lewis – “Rockwell’s Blues” (Tangos & Tantrums)
Rachael Sage – “Hands Off The Wheel” (Blue Roses)
Josephine – “Portrait” (Portrait)
Spottiswoode & His Enemies – “Wake Me Up When It’s Over” (Wild Goosechase Expedition)
Spottiswoode & His Enemies – “Dreamer Boy” (English Dream)
The Grand Slambovians – “Northern Sea” (The Grand Slambovians)
Flagship Romance – “A Strange Thing” (Fee Fi Foh Fum)
Randall Kromm – “This Old House” (Time Won’t Let Us Stay)
Scott & Michelle Dalziel – “I Don’t Forget” (Dragonflies)
Moors & McCumber – “You Take Me Somewhere” (Pandemonium)
Amanda Pearcy – “Nickel in the Vase” (Royal Street)
Better Halves – “Wish We Could Go Out Tonight” (All Over the Map)
Craig Market & Thomm Jutz – “It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over” (Nowhere to Hide)
Paul Sachs – “Hank Williams’ Guitar” (Survival is the New Success)
Slaid Cleaves – “Broke Down” (Broke Down)
Ray Wylie Hubbard – “Coochy Coochy” (The Grifter’s Hymnal)
Vance Gilbert – “Unfamiliar Moon” (Unfamiliar Moon)

Next week. local singer-songwriter Steve Strauss joins me in the studio to discuss his new album “Sea of Dreams.”

No guest, so we were pretty random. An epic uninterrupted set to start.

Blur – “For Tomorrow” (Modern Life is Rubbish)
Spottiswoode & His Enemies – “You Won’t Forget Your Dream” (Wild Goosechase Expedition)
Sylvie Lewis – “Conversation Piece” (Tangos & Tantrums)
Josephine – “A Freak A” (Portrait)
Nina Storey – “Getting Over You” (So Many Ways From Me To You)
Julia McKinnis – “Don’t Mess with Texas Girls” (The Good Has Won)
The 88 – “The Clouds Rolled In” (Fortune Teller)
The 88 – “Always Stay (Far Away)” (Fortune Teller)
Coroner for the Police – “Fall Apart” (The Deer & The Bulldozer)
Yes Sir Boss – “Na Na Ooh” (Desperation State)
Space – “She’s In Love with the Boy in the Bodybag” (Attack of the Mutant 50ft Kebab)
JJ Rosa – “Boy Boy” (Live at the Deaf Institute)
Ingrid Michaelson – “Everyone is Gonna Love Me Now” (Lights Out)
Pete Molinari – “Love for Sale” (Theosophy)
Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa – “If I Tell You I Love You” (Seesaw)
Robyn Hitchcock – “Death and Love” (Love from London)
Beautiful Small Machines – “The Wretched Sound of City Cars” (The DJ Stayed Home)
The Tejas Brothers – “Yo Soy El Rey” (Live a Little More)
Dr. Pants – “Natalie” (The Trip Side 3: Watching the World End)
Natalie Merchant – “It’s a-Coming” (Natalie Merchant)
Warren Zevon – “Gorilla, You’re a Desperado” (Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School)
Jill Sobule – “Jetpack” (Underdog Victorious)
Rachael Sage – “Happiness (Maddie’s Song)” (Blue Roses)
Mike Doughty – “When the Night Is Long” (Stellar Motel)
Jenny Lewis – “Just One of the Guys” (Voyager)
The Jigsaw Seen – “Snow Angels of Pigtown” (Winterland)

From there, some of the new folk acquisitions in the past few weeks.
David Williams – “Little Tiny Foreign Car” (Little Prayers of Belief)
The Levins – “God’s Spies” (Trust)
Craig Market & Thomm Jutz – “Every Pilgrim Needs a Highway” (Nowhere to Hide)
Better Halves – “Hole the Size of Texas” (All Over the Map)
Caroline Cotter – “Pollyanna” (Dreaming as I Do)
Neptune’s Car – “A Blue Sky Turned to Rust” (The 45th Parallel)
John & Sheila Ludgate – “The Innocent Years” (Two, Three, Four …)
Randall Kromm – “Tallman’s Store” (Time Won’t Let Us Stay)
The Early Mays – “The Blackest Crow” (The Early Mays)
Stuart Kabak w/ Mariane Osiel – “Something Old, Something New” (The Last Voice You Hear)
Eliza Lynn – “Made of Snow” (Goodbye Nashville)
Malcolm Holcombe – “The Music Plays On” (Pitiful Blues)
Katie Gosnell – “Beautiful Day” (Dear Katie)
Heather Pierson – “When You Wish Upon a Star” (Motherless Child)

No guest planned for next week either, but you never know.

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.

When Is It On?

Spring 2015

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