Captain Phil's Planet Playlists

Captain Phil's Planet playlist for 11/18/2021

Beam down for another edition of Captain Phil's Planet!

Captain Phil's Planet playlist for 10/21/2021

Lots of new music PLUS interview with Long Islands Kira Velella

Kira Velella is a singer-songwriter from Long Island, NY. She has been writing and performing for audiences around the country since she was 17, and is influenced by artists widely ranging in style, from Diane Cluck to Jason Isbell, Phoebe Bridgers to Kacey Musgraves.

“She accomplishes the rare feat of encapsulating confidence and vulnerability in a single performance”, says Independent "…the voice of a folk queen, Kira Velella has captured hearts with her raw, triumphant sound…The answer to modern folk music," says

Kira has performed at legendary antifolk venue, Sidewalk Cafe, listening rooms, Caffe Vivaldi and Rockwood Music Hall, the historic Capri Theatre in Gaffney, SC, as well as renowned songwriter showcases, Homegrown Music Cafe, Live in the Lobby at the Patchogue Theatre and LIVE at Deepwell's on Long Island.

Kira released her debut EP, Daughter, in 2013. She continues to write and perform and is overjoyed to now be releasing new singles, with a full-length album to follow.

Captain Phil's Planet playlist for 09/23/2021

This Thursday on Captain Phil's Planet 3 pm to 5 pm WUSB 90.1fm and to stream

Andrew Aydin, author of the March Graphic Novel series and former congressional aid to the late John Lewis will be on talking about the next chapter in the John Lewis Graphic Novel series, RUN.

The bands playing Sonic Voyage Fest will be joining me (Statospherious, Ad Astra, and Mile Marker Zero) to talk about their upcoming mini tour in our area and their appearance on the ProgStock 2021 stage in Rahway New Jersey!

Finally, Paul Michael Barkin will discuss The Magical Orchestra as the Orchestra assembles (And is joined by Yes tribute band Wonderous Stories) to talk about the upcoming concert Yes Close to the Edge Symphonic taking place on Sunday, September 26th, at 7 pm in Bay Shore New York.

The Magical Orchestra:
Close to the Edge Symphonic

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Captain Phil's Planet playlist for 09/09/2021

Double Sci Fi Convention Special!!!!!

Welcome Warren F. Friedrich and Robert Wood as we discuss the upcoming Virtual Space: 1999 convention happening September 12th, 2021!

The at 4pm our friends Roy Bjellquist, Michael Rizzo, Ross Amico, and MaryBeth Rikouski celebrate the 55 anniversary of Star Trek with great news on the upcoming Star Trek convention in Ticonderoga NY

Captain Phil's Planet playlist for 08/26/2021

This week on Captain Phil's Planet find out which Progstock ( Artist will be a guest on Captain Phil's Planet. Tune in to find out, it could be anyone! It could be no one! It could be Walter the cat! (That would be weird)
Captain Phil's Planet at 3pm and the Progstock Mystery artist show also known as Captain Phil's Mystery Date as various Progstock Artists will drop in virtually (But we're not 100% who!) to talk about the upcoming fest and also talk to that muck encrusted mockery of a man....Captain Phil!

Mystery revealed the progstock Guestlist!
Jane Getter
NYC-based Jane Getter is a “triple-threat” (Geoff Wilbur)—guitarist, singer, and award-winning composer. Getter’s 2021 release, Anomalia, coalesces a lifetime of musical exploration into intricate arrangements, powerful playing, and killer solos

Jane Getter Website:


Captain Phil's Planet playlist for 08/12/2021

Captain Phil welcomes composer Craig Safan ( to discuss his new album “L . A . Ex”, Craig's love letter to Los Angeles, in the 3 pm hour then, in the 4 pm hour he welcomes Sacha Puttnam ( and his father Lord David Puttnam ( to talk about Sacha's new album, "Spirit of Cinema"

Craig Safan
Partial film credits:
Stand And Deliver, The Last Starfighter, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins
Rough Magic: Music Inspired by Paleolithic Cave Paintings, Sirens: Music Inspired by Homer's Odyssey

Partial Television Credits:
Cheers (270 episodes, 1982-1993), The Twilight Zone(1986), Life Goes on

Sacha Puttman Partial Credits:
Live Music Toured with Bush, Muse, and Moby
Partial Film Credits: Love, Rebekah, Women's Day, Black and Blue, Golos: Ukrainian Voices, The War You Don't See, We Are the People We've Been Waiting For, The Keeper

Lord David Puttnam Partial Credits as producer or Executive producer:

Captain Phil's Planet playlist for 07/29/2021

Captain Phil welcomes the Cyberiam ( back onto the Planet to discuss their new album Connected at 3 pm!
Then in the 4 pm hour welcome Robert Berry ( of 3.2 and the new album Third Impression!
The Cyberiam
Comprised of some of Chicago’s most accomplished musicians, The Cyberiam have come together to create their own unique brand of hard/heavy progressive rock. The Aaron Clift Experiment has described their music as the “heavy, atmospheric prog of bands like Porcupine Tree and Tool with a good melodic and pop sensibility”. Their self-titled debut album and stunning live shows have them rapidly building a rabid following.

Captain Phil's Planet playlist for 07/15/2021

Captain Phil welcomes back Pat Tallman "Lyta Alexander" ( from Babylon 5 in the 3 pm hour to talk about the upcoming events on including the July 31st event with Claudia Christian.
Then in the 4 pm hour, we talk to Aaron Clift of The Accountable Artist, who will give business and accounting advice for independent artists. Also featuring Rorie Kelly, a local Long Island artist, in the 4 pm hour to discuss finance for independent artists.
All this and the best Prog Rock on any Planet! 90.1fm or

Patricia Tallman ( (
Patricia Tallman is well known for her role as Lyta Alexander in the Hugo Award-winning series Babylon 5.
Tallman is the author of Pleasure Thresholds, Patricia Tallman’s Babylon 5 Memoirs, has over 50 appearances in the various Star Trek franchises, and played Barbara in the 1990 version of Night of the Living Dead.

The Accountable Artist (

Captain Phil's Planet playlist for 06/17/2021

Today on Captain Phil's Planet we talk with Michael Schilling of Shore Leave about Shore Leave 42.6 as the long running Star Trek convention goes virtual for 2021 before returning to Hunt Valley MD in 2022. (
Then the extended 90-minute interview with Evership, the Tennessee-based Prog band on their new album The Uncrowned King. Hear Composer Shane Atkinson and lead singer Beau West talk about how they created one of the best new Prog albums of 2021 and what will be coming our way in 2022!
This afternoon the fun starts at 3pm on WUSB 90.1fm Stony Brook or!
“The Uncrowned King Act 1 a two-part rock opera based on a story by early-1900s writer Harold Bell Wright.

Captain Phil's Planet playlist for 06/03/2021

John Hall
RECLAIMING MY TIME, New Album by John Hall, Due May 28 on Sunset Blvd.
“Reclaiming My Time” is John Hall’s sixth solo record, in addition to the 18 albums he recorded with his band Orleans. The title is a phrase used in Congress (where Hall spent 4 years) after being interrupted. It’s also an allusion to the music he might have written and played during ten years in elective office.
Supporting musicians include John Cowan(New Grass Revival, The Doobie Brothers), Andrea Zonn (James Taylor, Vince Gill), Sean Paddock (Kenny Chesney), Steve Wariner, Jay Collins (Dukes of September, Allmans), songwriting partner John Paul Daniel and steel guitar legend Dan Dugmore. Dar Williams and Wariner sing duets with John, the latter on a song they wrote together, “Another Sunset.”

Captain Phil's Planet playlist for 05/20/2021

Join Captain Phil as he welcomes Candice Night as the Queen of Captain Phil's Planet (Richie is the worries) as we talk about the new Blackmore's Night Album, how to pronounce the name of the town Hauppauge and more! Then welcome Michael Shilling from Shore Leave as he brings us up to speed on this years Shore leave convention which is happening virtually. All this and the best music on any planet, only on WUSB 90.1fm Stony Brook

On March 12, internationally renowned Renaissance rock band Blackmore’s Night, featuring Ritchie Blackmore, Candice Night and their band of minstrels, are proud to release Nature’s Light. Their fi rst new album in six years, and eleventh studio album overall, Nature’s Light will be released via

Captain Phil's Planet playlist for 04/21/2021

Special Guests RB Wood ( and Luis Nasser ( on this edition of Captain Phil's Planet

The wait is almost over! R.B. Wood’s BAYOU WHISPERS will be out on the 29th (paperback and Kindle; audiobook in the works):
Bayou Whispers, the latest thriller from horror writer R.B. Wood is the story of no-nonsense New Orleans native, Jeannine LaRue, the sole survivor of her family after the devastation brought on by Hurricane Katrina. In the aftermath of the storm, she believed she'd been saved, but soon found herself held hostage and sexually exploited, rescued months later by sheriff’s deputy Curtis Jones.
Twelve years after Katrina, Jeannine is a new attorney who returns to New Orleans to save her old friend Curtis Jones—now a local thief and trafficker of stolen goods—after he is arrested for the murder of Jeannine’s captors, whose bodies have recently been found. But Jeannine discovers more than she bargained for when she uncovers a family history of dark voodoo magic and an unholy alliance with an ancient evil Haitian god.

Captain Phil's Planet playlist for 03/24/2021

Join Captain Phil as he chats with Jeffrey Erik Mack ( his new album The Forgotten Earth in the 3pm hour of Captain Phil's Planet! Then welcome back John Tuohy of Mile Marker Zero as the band releases it's newest album Mile Marker Zero Live and Confined! Then we're gone as Sports is happening on WUSB starting at 4:45pm! Also it's Pledge time!
Jeffrey Erik Mack
Jeffrey Erik Mack's musical endeavors began at an early age in a small village called Sloan, NY. He played the tuba and trombone for the Classical Ensemble and the bass guitar for the Jazz Band and Pit Band throughout his Middle School and High School years.
Jeff's love for the bass guitar grew by listening to artists such as Rush, Yes, Jethro Tull, Al Di Meola and Allan Holdsworth. Bassist's such as Geddy Lee, Chris Squire, Jeff Berlin and Anthony Jackson were big influences on his playing technique.
In 1987 he relocated to Southern California to study at the Musician's Institute of technology where he graduated with honors.

Captain Phil's Planet playlist for 03/11/2021

This Thursday in the 3pm tune in to Captain Phil's Planet as he talks to Dyanne Potter Voegtlin ( about the new Melodic Revolution Records ( project Troubleshooting Pandora’s Box and premiering the new track Pyrrha’s Song!
Then stay tuned for more great new Prog Rock and news from the nerd world as we take radio to infinity and beyond!
Pyrrha’s Song will be the first track to be released by the new project Troubleshooting Pandora’s Box due out in mid-march. Nick Katona of Melodic Revolution Records is offering a free download of the debut song from his new project, Troubleshooting Pandora’s Box, to all contributors to Potter’s Daughter’s campaign. The debut single, Pyrrha’s Song, features Dyanne and Jan from Potter’s Daughter and Jimmy Keegan, of Pattern-Seeking Animals (
Potter’s Daughter’s Campaign Link

Captain Phil's Planet playlist for 02/25/2021

Join Captain Phil we explore the amazing Refractor Piano with composer Peter Manning Robinson and his new album Double Helix! This Thursday starting at 3 pm!

Then welcome back long-time guest Camdr Roy to talk about his on-line streaming show, Roy's Dye-Tie Dci-fi corner (, and his upcoming episode featuring Star Trek Alum Michael Forrest!

Peter Manning Robinson ( is a pianist, an Emmy and multiple BMI award-winning composer, inventor of The Refractor Piano™ and vegan chef. Performing live with his newly created Refractor Piano™, Peter plays a new style of music called “Refracted Music”. Without prerecorded tracks, triggered samples, external sounds or MIDI instruments, he creates a unique new music using only an acoustic piano that is “refracted” during his live performances. Peter’s foundations in classical structure and jazz improvisation induce a transcendent musical experience.

Peter Manning Robinson was born in Chicago and grew up in Vancouver, Canada, and Los Angeles,

Captain Phil's Planet playlist for 02/11/2021

New Music Thursday PLUS Jack Licitra!

LET THE MUSIC HEAL YOUR SOUL February 15 @ 3:00 pm.
Free event. Registration required.

Captain Phil's Planet playlist for 01/28/2021

Thursday January 28th please welcome to the WUSB Airwaves and Captain Phil's Planet Patricia Tallman, Lyta Alexander of Babylon 5, author of “Pleasure Thresholds, Patricia Tallman’s Babylon 5 Memoirs” over 50 appearances in the various Star Trek franchises and Barbara in the 1990 version of Night of the Living Dead.
Joining Captain Phil will be MaryBeth Ritkouski ( of the Star Trek set Tours in Ticonderoga New York ( to talk Trek with Pat and then later in the 4pm hour examine some Progressive Rock music that Captain Phil put on her ProgMix Tape including Big Big Train, Barock Project, Moon Safari and Finisterre. Here are the websites for the history of Theodora in Green and Gold

It is the Dawn of the Prog Age of Music on Captain Phil's Planet!
See you there!

Captain Phil's Planet playlist for 01/14/2021

This Thursday at 3pm we remember the legendary WUSB Monday Morning DJ Workhorse with an hour long tribute of music stories and an occasional aircheck or two.
Then stay tuned in the 4pm hour for Nick Katona of MRR Records ( as we discuss MRR's plans for 2021 and what great new music the label has planned for the upcoming months and a BRAND NEW TRACK from MRR Artist Joe Deninzon ( as Joe joins the conversation right here on your radio machine!

Captain Phil's Planet playlist for 12/31/2020

Nick Katona from MRR Records in the house at 3pm to talk about whats happening at the great label and then a little year in review on the Planet! Happy New Year!

Captain Phil's Planet playlist for 12/17/2020

The annual Captain Phil's Planet Holiday Special featuring AnneMarie Straus and David Braun! I mean Scarbucket.