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The Jewel Case

Thursday, 8-11pm

A weekly celebration of all manner of musical goodness: deep cuts, forgotten treasures, and curiosities. Plus, a new theme each show spanning all genres, eras and locales.

It's hard to believe that, in the nearly-3-year history of The Jewel Case, we've never done car songs as a theme. That changes tonight at 8 Eastern. Join us for "MOTORVATIN'": 2 hours of tunes about cars and driving from everyone from The Dixie Hummingbirds to Rush to Lightnin' Hopkins to Public Enemy, and loads more to boot. Hop in- we're all gassed up and waiting.

Feeling lucky? We'll be celebrating BOTH KINDS OF LUCK- plenty of tunes about both fortune and misfortune from everyone from Dinah Washington to D.O.A. Until then: may all the dice be your cousins and the all the dolls agreeable, with nice teeth and no last names.

This week's theme? Glad you asked: "FRONTMAN TAKES FIVE"- we'll be taking a look at songs where the regular lead singer steps back from the mic and lets another band member have a moment in the spotlight. Sometimes there's a good reason why the bass player doesn't get a mic, but there are other examples when the song becomes the band's biggest hit. We'll be hearing both sides of the spectrum, and it's gonna be a hoot. Ringo wants YOU to be there. You don't want to disappoint Ringo, do you?

We aim to misbehave as we take a musical look at SHENANIGANS- cons, scams, smugglings, bamboozlings, chicanery, and general sketchy behavior, with everyone from Townes Van Zandt, Curtis Mayfield, Dead Kennedys and a whole mess of others weighing in on the topic. Come alone. No funny business, but first...

ALL HANDS ON DECK! Once again, I came up with waaaay too much good music to fit into one week, so I'm splitting my originally-planned "Extremities" theme into two parts; next week, we'll be examining songs about feet and toes. THIS week is for mitts and digits- hand and finger tunes from everyone from Loretta Lynn to the Beastie Boys and a whole mess of folks in between. Snap to it!

I’m on a fact-finding mission to the Dagobah system at the moment, but my good friend and yours, Brother Andy Valeri, will be spinning truth to power in my stead. Sounds like he’s got a great theme lined up, too: SONGS OF INQUIRY. There is no shortage of musical questions out there, and Andy will be cherry picking some of his faves. Up first...

This week, in Hour #2, we're examining the golden age of BUBBLEGUM POP: the precision-marketed sugary musical concoctions that served as a kind of gateway drug to teens and preteens through the late 60s and early 70s. Tommy Roe, Edison Lighthouse, The Archies... make sure you brush and floss after this one kids- THIS episode will give you cavities. But first...

Tonight's theme? PLEASE STAND BY- we'll be spinning songs about WAITING from the likes of Hank Williams, Charlie Christian, Fugazi, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and tons more. Patience is a virtue, and so is good musical taste...

Last week our theme was "Up"; this week- you guessed it- it's "Down". We'll be spinning tunes about getting down, being down, going downtown, shuttin' em down, burning down, and many other down-related activities. It'll be downright downtastic. But first...

Here's the deal: I was going to do "Up & Down" as this week's theme- until an initial list of songs came to about 9 hours of music, that is. So, we're gonna split things up; this week we present "up" songs. Next week will "down"'s turn. Hank Williams to Coltrane to Parliament to Van Halen- all weighing in. Get up, stay up. But first...

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