Music of the 20s and 30s

Today on our Main Stream, enjoy a pro­gramme of music from the 1920s and 30s, com­posed of orig­i­nal record­ings and more recent re-record­ings. The cri­te­ri­on is sim­ply that the piece was writ­ten dur­ing the peri­od, so you’ll in fact hear per­for­mances vir­tu­al­ly from then until now.

The pro­gramme includes jazz, dance music, big band, rag­time and pop­u­lar songs — and much more.

If you like this style of music, remem­ber that it’s avail­able all the time on Radio Riel Dieselpunk – one of the few sta­tions of its type on the Inter­net.

The Return of the ZBS Radio Hour with The Fourth Tow­er of Inver­ness

fourth-towerStart­ing this week, in mem­o­ry of Robert Lorick, who played Jack Flan­ders in a series of adven­tures from 1972 onwards, we are run­ning all the Jack Flan­ders shows, in chrono­log­i­cal order as much as pos­si­ble, from Fourth Tow­er to The Green Vel­vet Chair, in the return of the ZBS Radio Hour to Radio Riel Main, broad­cast every Sat­ur­day at 11am and 7pm Pacif­ic Time, that’s 19:00 and 03:00 in the UK.

So this week, we begin The Fourth Tow­er of Inver­ness, with two episodes back to back. Record­ed in 1972, this clas­sic sto­ry is filled with all kinds of East­ern mythol­o­gy and mys­ti­cism, from Ram Dass play­ing on the Wurl­itzer of Wis­doms, to the Tibetan wheel-of-life, to Sufi sto­ries, all woven into a humor­ous adven­ture tak­ing place in an old man­sion called Inver­ness. The man­sion has three tow­ers, but Jack Flan­ders has seen a fourth. When he final­ly enters the tow­er, he dis­cov­ers there are var­i­ous lev­els, and each lev­el con­tains anoth­er world. Fea­tur­ing Robert Lorick as Jack Flan­ders, Valerie Manch­es as Lady Jowls, Mur­ray Head as Lord Jowls, and M. Ful­ton as Chief Wampum.

And don’t for­get that if you enjoy what you hear on the ZBS Radio Hour, you can down­load the com­plete series from ZBS at

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. If you are in the Unit­ed States or Cana­da, please click here to launch the Stream Licens­ing play­er. You can also lis­ten via TuneIn.

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