The rapidly approaching end of each year brings with it a flurry of parties, shows, awards, and best-of lists. Last Wednesday's Boston Music Awards show at Brighton Music Hall was a very fun evening of music and I had a great time meeting some new people and old friends in the Boston music scene. Congratulations to all of this year's winners and nominees! BumbleBee Brunch did not win the BMA for Music Podcast/Radio Show of the Year, but it was an absolute honor to be nominated. Thank you! Click HERE to see the full list of 2021 winners.
Wednesday evening's awards show featured a number of great performances including BumbleBee Radio favorite Senseless Optimism who knocked it out-of-the-park along with the Henley Row All Stars!
Sensless Optimism and the Henley Row All Stars have made the newly released Boston Globe's "Sounds of 617" year-end list (by James Sullivan) along with BumbleBee Radio artists The Chelsea Curve, Adi Sun, Little Fuss, Future Teens, The Jacklights, Bent Knee, Ex-Hyena, Really From, and Michael Kane & The Morning Afters! Click HERE to check-out the full list!
Friday's BumbleBee Brunch was packed full of new music including Boston/New England tunes from Airport, Idler Wheel, SeepeopleS, Stop Calling Me Frank, and The Worst along with songs from Little Billy Lost and Motel Black ahead of their Saturday night (12/11) show with Queen Wasp at Koto in Salem! I am the guest hostess for that show... Hope to see you there!
We also made stops in Chicago (Macie Stewart,) Las Vegas (Shanda & The Holwers,) and Los Angeles (Shannon Lay.) Our most distant contributions came via a remake of the classic Charlie Brown song "Christmas Time Is Here" from Melbourne, Australia's Hiatus Kaiyote, a thick slice of indie dream-pop from Belgium band The Haunted Youth, and a Christmas tune from Stockholm, Sweden's Stupidity (Ft. Keith Streng.)
The morning's Classic Alternative selections dipped into the week's impressive list of birthdays including Amherst's J.Mascis (Dinosaur Jr,) REM's Peter Buck, Sinead O'Connor, and Portishead's Geoff Barrow. The oldest track of the day was Joy Division's 1979 song "Shadow Play."
Don't forget the WKKL Alumni Social is this Monday 12/13/21 at the Cotuit Center for the Arts. It's a fundraising event to help with the continued renovation and expansion of 90.7 FM WKKL (where I got my start in radio in 1988,) including updated classroom space, studios, & equipment for broadcasting students at Cape Cod Community College. The evening will feature music from Little Star (including WKKL alums Sarah Colvin & Rob Cushing) as well as DJ Jett. There will be a silent auction and the first ever inductions into the newly created WKKL Hall of Fame. WKKL celebrates its 45 anniversary next year and has sent many aspiring young broadcasters out into professional broadcasting including this year's inaugural inductees Glenn Schuck, Rick Pendleton, Dan Towers, Clarence Barnes, Rick Burgess, Alexis Engelman, and ME! Hope to see you at the show Monday! More info and tickets HERE! ALL Friday morning BumbleBee Brunch shows are simulcast on Cape Cod by 90.7 FM WKKL, The Cape's Classic Alternative and 91.5 FM WSDH at Sandwich High School.
Here is the full playlist for Friday's program... ⛄️ = Holiday Song 🎂 = Birthday
10:00 AM HOUR: Red Hot Chili Peppers - Fight Like A Brave (1987)
Airport - Riverside (2021)
Sinead O'Connor - Mandinka (1987) 🎂
Stop Calling Me Frank - Some Kind Of Christmas (2021) ⛄️ SeepeopleS - It Feels Heavy (2021)
Feist - 1234 (2007) R.E.M. - Gardening At Night (Different Vocal Mix) (1988) 🎂 Bloc Party - Traps (2021) Portishead - All Mine (1997) 🎂 Phoenix - J-Boy (2017) Motel Black - Gates (2020) Shannon Lay - A Thread To Find (2021) The Cure - The Love Cats (1983)
Hiatus Kaiyote - Christmas Time Is Here (2020)⛄️ 11:00 AM HOUR: Macie Stewart - Garter Snake (2021) Silversun Pickups - The Royal We (2009)
The Smiths - This Charming Man (1984) Idler Wheel - Glass (2021) The Haunted Youth - Gone (2021) The Breeders - Cannonball (1993) Little Billy Lost - St. Vitas Dance (2018)
The Worst - Jim's Song (2021)
Joy Division - Shadowplay (1979)
Dinosaur Jr. - Taste The Pain (1994) 🎂 Stupidity (Ft. Keith Streng) - Reindeer Twist (2021) ⛄️ Shanda & The Howlers - Miles And Miles (2021)
Talk Talk - Ascension Day (1991) Duval Timothy - Fall Again (Ft. Lil Silva & Melanie Faye) (2020) Don't forget that the BumbleBee Radio APP for Android is now available for FREE in the Google Play Store! An iPhone APP will be available in the Apple Store soon. As always thank you for listening! -Kristen
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