It’s Local 518 Thursday on WEXT! December 2nd
It’s Local 518 Thursday! Click on the artist/band and song featured on the WEXT Radio Local 518 Show to find out more about them, and support by listening to & purchasing the songs. Miss the show? Listen to it and previous ones at the WEXT Radio Local 518 Show webpage. Have music you want us to hear? Submission guidelines can be found at the webpage link too. Send us stuff! A version of the following is posted on the Local 518 Facebook page.
Tonight at 11:00pm on WEXT Radio, the Local 518 Show playlist features…
The Rough Shapes – “Sunshine Inertia“
Hasty Page – “The Wire“
Sara Devoe – “Big Night“
Russel the Leaf – “You Should Really Own My Heart“
Pony in the Pancake – “Ocean Of Love“
Ryder Cooley & Dust Bowl Faeries – “Tavern Song“
Thanks! – “Leave ‘er Johnny“
The Attic Classic: As a young girl, Susan Yasinsky saw The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show. Three months later she got a guitar and began lessons at her local music shop in Hudson. George Harrison had made the biggest impression; she too wanted to be a lead guitarist. To play in a rock n roll band looked to her like a pretty good job.
But first some life had to happen – going to college, passing the NY Bar exam, becoming an FBI Special Agent. After being transferred from Boston to New York City for a special assignment, the allure of CBGB’s and the scene had her grab that guitar again, once and for all, and form a band.
While in Rochester during the 1990’s, the movie “Pulp Fiction” was the catalyst for her forming an all-instrumental band, naming it The SurfTones.
By 1996 she was signed to Gee-Dee Music out of Hamburg Germany as Susan & The SurfTones. Within the year, the band had released two cd’s and toured Europe. Then Susan moved to Albany.
A new version of Susan & The SurfTones was formed, bringing in elements of garage rock and New Wave pop. Farfisa and Vox organist Kim13 and drummer Brian Goodman from 1313 Mockingbird Lane, along with former Eddie Angel (of Los Straitjackets fame) bassist Buck Malen were brought together and produced the 1998 record ‘Bitchin’.’
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After ‘Bitchin” came out, there was a European tour and a couple more releases. In February 2001, they were back in Europe, but with Dave Anderson on bass. The video clip below was shot during that tour. At about the 2:20 mark is a short interview with Susan.