WPKN Archives: Connections: Blonde On Blonde and Pet Sounds Outtakes, Plus New and Vintage Music

Episode Info

Connections... with Eric Cocks

Original Aired:
Friday, May 20th, 2016
4:20PM to 6:52PM

2 hours, 32 minutes

Friday, May 20th, 2016 10:57PM

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Episode: Connections: Blonde On Blonde and Pet Sounds Outtakes, Plus New and Vintage Music

May 20, 2016 episode of Connections on WPKN with Eric Cocks. New and vintage music, plus a 50th Anniversary celebration of the May 16, 1966 release of Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde and Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys. 

The show includes rare outtakes, first takes and works in progress from Brian Wilson and Bob Dylan. To me, it's fascinating to hear the way they tried different ideas with the musicians they recorded with. Both Bob and Brian trusted their instincts on where to go next, and when to follow a path that another musician suggested, even by accident. These tracks give a real feel of what it must have been like to be in the studio when this music was created. I'm really glad that the outtakes were saved, both for the joy of hearing them and for historical reasons. 

Brian was directly inspired by The Beatles Rubber Soul album. Bob was at a creative peak, continuing the brilliant work of Bringing It All Back Home and Highway 61, recorded in the previous year and a half. Both were in their early twenties and knew how to make their ideas into reality.

The show also includes music from the same time period, including Revolver by The Beatles, music from The Who, The Standells, The Animals, The Monkees, The Hollies and The T-Bones (by the same studio musicians on Pet Sounds). Also a rare demo by Pete Ham, turned into a hit song by Badfinger.

Plus new music from Xeno & Oaklander, Mudcrutch (featuring Tom Petty), Steve Addabbo (who engineered the Dylan remixes on Cutting Edge, heard in this show), Andy Shauf, The Monkees and more. 

And… music from Margo Price, Thievery Corporation, Paper Pilots, Random Glitches, Mike Raphone of The Squeaky Chairs and whatever happened in the moment. 

There were also some surprises… generating opportunities for spontaneous humor.

Thanks for tuning in! 

Previous episodes of Connections are available in the WPKN archives, including interviews with Chris Frantz of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club, Producer Tony Visconti (Bowie, T-Rex and many more), New Yorker cartoonist and author Roz Chast, Peppy Castro of The Blues Magoos, Grammy Award winning singer and author Janis Ian and more. Also special features on Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Harry Nilsson, The Beach Boys, Bob Marley and the British Invasion. 
Here are some direct links: 

Connections: Dylan's Cutting Edge 1965-1966 and more (Nov 4, 2015)
(The first hour and a half explores previously unreleased songs and outtakes): 


Connections: Dylan's Cutting Edge Part 2, New Music and Tony Visconti Interview (Dec 18, 2015) 

Tony Visconti Interview
(Direct link to Dec 18, 2015 conversation about record production, David Bowie, Marc Bolan of T Rex, exploring music and much more):

Spontaneous Connections (April 15, 2016): Link Wray covering Dylan, Beatles, Bowie, Stones, Kinks, Liz Phair, Esquivel, PF Sloan, Dennis Wilson, Slim Harpo and Rockpile. New music from Dylan, PJ Harvey, Mudcrutch, Paul Simon, Sturgill Simpson, Euphoria, Parquet Courts and more. 

Subconscious Connections (April 29, 2016, filling in for Chris Frantz): Beatles, Dylan, Yardbirds, Little Richard. New music from Brian Eno, Mudcrutch, Beth Orton, PJ Harvey, The Jayhawks, Xeno & Oaklander, Andrew Bird and more. Special tribute to Prince… 

Connections (Feb 19, 2016): New music from Lucinda Williams, Wild Nothing, Dion, Anna Rose, Hillary Bratton, The Mynabirds, Mavis Staples, Ty Segall, Miike Snow, One Prayer One Sin, Leon Bridges and more. World premiere of music from A Bronx Tale, The Musical by Alan Menken. Plus Beatles, Dylan, Lee Hazlewood, Larry Williams and other vintage music: 

Connections with Eric Cocks (New and vintage music, plus rare demos by Alan Menken and much more, Nov 20, 2015): 

Connections: The Beatles and Dylan in Mono on Vinyl and more… 

Connections: Dylan's Basement Tapes and other stuff… 

May 15, 2015 Bob Dylan Special with Chris Frantz: 

Roz Chast: Guest DJ and Interview with New Yorker cartoonist and bestselling author: 



Peppy Castro of The Blues Magoos: Interview/Conversation

Janis Ian Interview: 
Connections: Beatles, Dylan, Nilsson, Kinks, Elvis, Beach Boys and new music (August 2015): 

Connections with Eric Cocks: Odds and Ends, New and Vintage… 

Connections at Night (including music and comedy geared for late night listening): 

Bob Dylan Special with Chris Frantz and Jeff Slate (May 2014): 


Connections: Music of the Heart (Sep 2015): 

For more info, updates and occasional videos, please check the FaceBook page: Connections on WPKN 

Show: Connections... with Eric Cocks

Connections... with Eric Cocks

Explores the connections between songs, songwriters, musicians, producers and people... often in surprising ways.

Vital, intelligent music with true artistic vision. Or just because it sounds good...

Includes extended features on specific artists such as Bob Dylan, The Kinks, The Beatles and far more. Also comedy by Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Eddie Izzard, Paul Krassner and others with a rock and roll renegade attitude. In depth explorations of early electronic music (and how it relates to current music). Vital new music that deserves to be heard. Surf music. Garage bands. British invasion. Rock and Roll. John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Jimi Hendrix, Laurie Anderson, William Burroughs, Robert Anton Wilson, The Blues Magoos, David Bowie, The Beach Boys, Dr Fiorella Terenzi, Beethoven, Bo Diddley, The Rolling Stones, Alex Chilton, Nilsson, Tom Petty, Lucinda Williams, Jon Brion, Aimee Mann, Tame Impala, Grimes, The Pretenders, Blondie, Caitlin Rose, Juana Molina, Mojo Mancini, Elliott Randall, Marshall Chapman, Jessy Lanza, Big Star, demos, rarities, unreleased new music and far more may be part of any given show. Also live interviews of performers, writers, producers, engineers, session musicians and people behind the scenes. Plus unexpected surprises...

Previous in depth interviews include Sam Phillips, Peppy Castro of The Blues Magoos, author/comedian Paul Krassner, Chris Frantz of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club, Neil Innes of The Rutles, Tommy James, legendary session musician Carol Kaye, Warren Zanes, Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals, Rod Argent of The Zombies, Oscar Winning Composer Alan Menken, Patty Larkin and more. All are available in archives for about 385 days. (Maybe that'll get extended some day.) Stay tuned for future interviews and special features.

The show will keep changing over time.

Tune in every 1st and 3rd Friday afternoon of each month at the new  time of  4 to 7 pm eastern. Also special editions at other times. Available live over the air at 89.5, online at http://wpkn.org, tunein radio or listen later in the WPKN archives.

For further info, updates, news, videos and special features, please check the FaceBook site: Connections on WPKN

Thanks for tuning in!

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