Wednesday afternoon The AIR brings you a special new episodes of Curtain Call and Beatles Blast.  You can tune in at the website, or if you’re on a laptop or desktop, you could just stay right here and  listen to the convenient embedded radio player lurking elsewhere on this page.

At 2 PM Beatles Blast revisits a theme we explored way back on our seventeenth episode, bands that deliberately tried to sound like The Beatles. This time we lead off with music from The Analogues, a Norwegian Beatles tribute band that, after releasing five live albums of meticulously-reconstructed Beatles covers, have come out with a studio album of very Beatlesque original songs.

You hear a few tracks from The Analogues, along with music from The Rutles, Utopia, Klaatu, Dukes of Stratosphere, Split Enz and more. Check out the playlist for this slightly deceptive mixtape show…

Beatles Blast 090
Not The Beatles II

The Analogues “Patience”
The Analogues “Good Foot”
Klaatu “Doctor Marvello”
Utopia “Crystal Ball”
The Rutles “Hold My Hand”
Dukes of Stratosphere “Shiny Cage”
The Analogues “Say That You Will”
Utopia “Alone”
Klaatu “Everybody Took A Holiday”
Dukes of Stratosphere “Vanishing Girl”
Split Enz “What’s The Matter With You”
The Rutles “Get Up and Go”
Novelty Island “Yes”
The Rutles “Let’s Be Natural (rehearsal)”
Klaatu “For You Girl”
The Knickerbockers “One Track Mind”
Julian Lennon “Let Me Be”
Sean Lennon “Wait For Me”
James McCartney “Fantasy”
The Analogues “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah”

Beatles Blast can be heard every Wednesday at 2 PM, with replays Thursday at 11 PM, Friday at 1 PM,  and Saturday afternoon.

At 3 PM on Curtain Call, Mel Larch brings us a mixtape of her own as she curates one track each from sixteen new, or upcoming, musical theatre productions from Broadway, The West End and around the world. Some have just opened on Broadway or in the West End, some are just preview songs from concept recordings, some are from upcoming revivals and some may never actually make it to the stage. The plan is to explore these new shows in more detail in the coming weeks.

This show is just a taste, with songs from Kimberly Akimbo, Bad Cinderella, Something’s Afoot, Parade, Maggie, CAGES, Ballad of Dreams The Musical, Darling Grenadine, Between The Lines, EPIC: The Cyclops Saga, McGyver: The Musical, Lighting The Fuse: Sparks From Treason, Baby, The Great British Bake Off Musical, Ride The Cyclone The Musical and Some Like It Hot.

Curtain Call can be heard on The AIR Wednesday at 3 PM, with replays Thursday at 8 AM, Friday at 10 AM, Saturday at 8 PM and Monday at 9 AM. A six-hour marathon of classic episodes can be heard Sunday evening starting at 6 PM, and an all-night marathon of Curtain Call episodes can be heard Wednesday nights, beginning at Midnight.

Also on The AIR, Wednesday at 11 PM,  The Comedy Vault  presents a classic episode featuring the stand-up comedy of Shelly Berman.