While you were hopefully getting a restorative round of deep sleep I finally completed this episode and feel completely recharged. A few weeks filled with random circumstances out of my control leaving grime on my trusty Rose Colored Glasses. All gone now as three songs I love that will perfectly explain the mood just popped in my head and I didn’t even include one of them, but they really weren't needed. Dental issues, entering into the period of the calendar I dread the most and the ever increasing noise caused by the deranged ranting of an unhinged narcissist, hell bent on becoming our first Dictator were only contributing factors. I was mad at myself. I was censoring myself and felt dishonest, although by excluding Politics the intention was to not contribute to the noise. What the fuck? Editorial is limited at Mixcloud, so I explain in my first “Message From..” at the top of the episode. Since this stream is served from their platform I wanted everyone to see it. It’s a music show, the radio show I hear in my head. I am proud of this one. New Releases include Nicky Prince, James Mastro, Kurt Vile, Spector, Peter Gabriel, Yes, Norah Jones with Jeff Tweedy, Norah Jones with Brian Blade, Bill Evans, Victoria Bigelow, Porno For Pyros, BBY, Real Estate, Frank Zappa, Steven Wilson, Baker Gurvitz Army, The Third Mind, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Charles Bradley and The Doors. The cast of musical companions demanding to be involved contains Mose Allison, Childish Gambino, Bill Callahan, Argent, The Knickerbockers, The Castaways, The dB's, Aretha Franklin, Ian Hunter, Mott The Hoople, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, EELS, The Sports, Yes, Gene Ammons, Paul Buchanan, Mark Hollis, David Sylvian, Patty Griffin, Maia Sharp, Genesis, The 13th Floor Elevators, Dave Alvin, William Tyler, King Missile, Al Green & Lyle Lovett, Dr. John; Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, Tom Waits, The Who, Porcupine Tree, Fleetwood Mac, Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, Dean & The Weenies, Four Tops, Treat Her Right and Lee Michaels. I truly hope you like it and would love to hear from you even if you don’t. Thanks for listening.
I wrote this on Election Eve, 2016, it seems like a lifetime ago. DL
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There was a time, and what a time it was, when The Record Store was the meeting place, central location for everything in my world from 1974 forward. It was possible back then but quite unlikely, to follow that path to a long term career in the “music business.” Being a dual major, playing drums in one lane, managing a record store in the other was even more of a gamble. As far as I was concerned, unless I stayed close to the music no “work” would ever yield happiness. If the accumulation of wealth and power is what provides happiness, then I have been an abject failure. But I would do it all again. Sure there are choices made that in hindsight were very wrong, I would change that but not my original plan. Time alters everything, as it should, but music has always been my constant. I’m satisfied. Financially Poor but satisfied. A record store provided some really cool stuff to happen last weekend in Georgia. As if Wuxtry Records hadn’t done enough by providing a chance for employee Peter Buck to meet Michael Stipe and form R.E.M. with Bill Berry and Mike Mills. Last week was a delight for old record store nerds like me, when it brought Mickey Dolenz, the last surviving Monkee, the original quartet of Berry, Buck, Mills and Stipe, the mayor of Athens, GA and a key to the city together in celebration of love and music. Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life has been recited ad infinitum, that doesn’t make it untrue. You’ll hear much of the events in this episode. A ton of new things with the usual/unusual sonic selections providing connective tissue, and hopefully the joy that music brings. Peter Buck is a record nerd and he would be the first to admit it. I remember one of the many times among the many bands and artists he brought into the Loft, sitting and chatting about record stores and found out he assembled one in his house. Now that’s a good use of money. Thanks for listening and all of the support.
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I was attempting to take a bit of a break due mostly to the rampant upheaval afflicting our planet, from unprecedented weather events (Climate Change), mass shootings with weapons of war readily available here in the USA, unthinkable vicious events started by Hamas that have stoked a major eruption of slaughter in the Middle East and one of our two Political Parties proudly in favor of following the blueprint of Germany in the 30’s. How is it that we now have a Speaker of The House who may appear mild and well spoken, but firmly sits to the right of Attila The Hun in his personal beliefs, insisting The Bible is what guides his every move.
I am so disgusted by our societal descent into de-evolution but have been predicting exactly that ever since Saint Ronnie ignored and starved education while trickling down the economy, kickstarting the obscene wealth gap while busting up labor unions. I’ve often expressed frustration that I truly believed if lucky enough to reach my late 60’s we would be so much further along the evolutionary trail. I lay the blame at my generation and the one that followed. We should know better and I was under the impression that a much larger percentage of us did. Not the case at all in my observation. Every human being on the planet is connected, we all have the same blood. Ask yourself if you or a loved one desperately needed a blood transfusion and there were 15 bags of the correct blood type laid on a table, how would you pick the one that matches your race? They all look exactly the same. We are all sliced from the same loaf, just toasted in different shades on the outside. Wake the fuck up, people!
None of the above is included in the show. In fact, this extra long episode is jam packed with new releases and gets underway with mini tributes to Richard “Shaft” Roundtree and eccentric guitar master Angelo Bruschini, perhaps best known for his work with Massive Attack but who came to my attention years earlier as a member of Bristol, UK group The Blue Aeroplanes. New releases abound and are all listed on the cover art and yes the “new” Beatles song is included. I’ve stopped reading all the negativity surrounding this release and as a lifelong fan prefer to consider this merely the end. There will be no more vault mining, but I will be first in line if that changes to scoop up any and everything. I just can’t help myself. The only new release that has been played prior to this episode is the super infectious new track by The Weeklings, as I simply can’t stop listening to it.
Some people have asked where the support link is but we have not put up a new fundraising link in quite some time. Since I am still unpacking my music collection and listing it for sale on Discogs, that would be a great way to contribute and you will actually get an instant benefit in return. Speaking of which, just last week I uncovered some forgotten gems that haven’t been played in forever, see if you can figure out which ones made the show. Thanks to all for listening, checking in and your continued support. I remain forever in your debt. Here’s a link to my Discogs store, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch. DL
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The DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) has bugged me in a big way since it became law. I am not against legislation needed to protect artists but there is one glitch included that claims to be a protection for artists that instead has served primarily as a control roadblock inserted to appease terrestrial radio and the corporations that own all the major labels, while slowing the growth of digital. I could list dozens of examples after 17 years building music programming at satellite radio and the 6 prior internet radio for Rykodisc and CMGI’s “dot bomb” iCast, which I still maintain was years ahead of the curve. The subject is entirely too lengthy to get into here and the last thing any of us need at this point is another conspiracy theory, so I will boil it down to the essence. Without a “waiver” you can only play 4 songs from any individual artist and/or album in any consecutive 3 hour period and no more than 3 of the same consecutively at any time. Why? Think about it and feel free to reach out with questions.
The topic above is front of mind due to the impact it still has over the content on this episode, as we attempt to pay tribute to the passing of a pair of vital artists that have left for the After Party, Carla Bley and Dwight Twilley. On the surface it would appear they have little in common, but I have always maintained the philosophy that music should not be something rigidly categorized into specific genres, or even “good” or “bad” as it is a subjective art. You either like or appreciate it or you don’t. That is all that matters and both Carla and Dwight had a specific and singular approach to their respective artistry. Welcome to Emaline Pillchert as our new London correspondent with her Carla Bley feature, and listen for Dwight and even Dick Clark when Twilley becomes the subject. New releases include Glen Hansard, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Rolling Stones, Orbital, Dylan LeBlanc, Mike Adams at His Honest Weight as well as a blistering live performance from Prince & The New Power Generation. Thanks for the support and encouragement, but most of all for your ears and heart.
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Includes Mini-Tribute to Rudolph Isley
Hope, dignity, compassion, fellowship, common sense and most of all, Democracy are closer to evaporating than at any other marker during my 67+ years on the planet. By now, the populace is numb to the endless barrage of bullshit and blatant lies that have reached ferocious levels of cruelty and stupidity. The unchecked, insane rantings of ex-President Tangerine Mussolini have eclipsed parody and whipped the criminally stupid into what amounts to a drooling, thumbless lynch mob intent on reaching full scale De-Evolution. Diversion is essential if there is to be any hope of emerging intact after the next 13 months. That’s my take, and remember my Wife & Daughter refer to me as Mr. Rose Colored Glasses. Don’t engage, find something to keep your mind and spirit occupied until the time comes when they are obliterated at the Polls. It will happen.
There is zero Political content in this show. Instead, experience new music from Brittany Howard, The Weeklings, Jason Ricci & The Bad Kind, The Dandy Warhols, The Feelies, Margo Price, The Menzingers, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram and Deadjazz. There are side trips to sounds that include widely diverse sonic delights from The Cowsills, The O'Jays, The Bird and the Bee, Daryl Hall, Todd Rundgren, The Tubes, Alice Donut, Black Sabbath, Urge Overkill, Faces, The Replacements, Paul Collins Beat, The Twilight Singers, Roy Buchanan, Jimi Hendrix, Aretha Franklin (with Duane Allman), Jonathan Wilson, Grant Lee Buffalo, The Comsat Angels, The Chameleons, The The and plenty more. Thanks so much for listening and all the support. DL
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I am in such a state of mental anguish over the recent events both abroad and at home that I almost didn’t even bother to post this episode, initially intended to arrive a full week back. I remain more thankful each succeeding turn of the calendar that I was lucky to have come of age when I did. It still felt that anything was possible when High School was finished in 1974, even if, like me, you didn’t have a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out of. I’ve always been a stubborn optimist, and for over 43 years married to an even more stubborn pessimist, but even she agrees that we thought the human species would be a hell of a lot more evolved by the time we reached retirement age. While technology has certainly advanced appreciably, humanity, society and sanity seem perched on the precipice of total collapse. We seem to exist in solitary silos of information and communication. All or nothing. No compromise, no surrender and no soul. I am fortunate enough to surround my psyche with music, and hope that somehow this show helps to soothe the spirit of others in similar circumstances. Thanks for listening. DL
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Again there is absolutely no political content or commentary within the show, especially after the unnecessary and manufactured drama of the last week. When I wrote this on the night before 2016’s election, I knew it would be bad but never imagined the scale of what has occurred. FTB will continue to remain a musical respite until the Fascism Fever destruction lust subsides. Recorded late Saturday evening to bring in the new month with new sounds including The Rolling Stones & Lady Gaga, Roger Joseph Manning Jr, Steven Wilson, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa, Count Basie Orch with Bettye LaVette & Robert Cray, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, Lydia Loveless, The Church, Peter Gabriel, Bruce Soord, Blonde Redhead & Billy Valentine & the Universal Truth. Sonny Rollins and The Replacements account for a pair of remastered reissues, and library selections include Elvis Costello, Depeche Mode, Todd Rundgren, Lloyd Cole, Brad Mehldau, Elliott Smith, Will Hoge, Anders Osborne, Charlie Parker, Gregg Allman, Buddy Guy, Buddy And Julie Miller, Gang of Four, 20/20, Steve Wynn, Sloan, Bonzo Dog Band, Groucho Marx and a bunch more. Thanks for everything.
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You should find this episode bright and early Monday morning stuffed with some great new releases in the hope you locate new musical satisfaction to get your ears properly adjusted. You will experience intoxicating new sounds from: Corinne Bailey Rae, Will Johnson, The Folk Implosion, Becca Mancari (with Brittney Howard), The National (with Rosanne Cash and Bon Iver), Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, M. Ward (with First Aid Kit), Glen Hansard, Paul Rodgers, Buddy and Julie Miller, Bark, Jamie Hoover, The Replacements, Teenage Fanclub, Low Cut Connie, Carlos Niño; Friends, Joshua Redman, Miles Davis Quintet, Explosions In The Sky and more. It’s very likely that something unheard will be uncovered among the choice cuts we selected from likes of Cheap Trick, Electric Light Orchestra, Pugwash, XTC, Mike Viola And The Candy Butchers, Tim Buckley, Jeff Buckley, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Godfathers, Tommy Keene, The Cure, The Psychedelic Furs, Damien Rice, Sea Wolf, Camper Van Beethoven, Gutterball, Warren Zevon, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Darrell Scott, Alejandro Escovedo, The Swimming Pool Q's, Dr. John and others. If you find even one song that makes your day better it will make our week, especially Teenage Eddie’s. Thanks for listening and supporting FTB.
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Although I truly believe every new day is bonus time, there are certain entries on the calendar that cause a personal shift in the atmosphere. The last day of Summer is a biggie in my world. A marker of time. When young it was “only 2 more Summers and I’m out of school,” whereas these days more “how many more Summers are left?” It’s not sadness but more melancholy, regardless of the year. A mood that perfectly fits the last of part of our Mixtape Series: A Jersey Shore Summer, #5 The End. A tone poem of just what I feel like this spin around the sun. Hope you enjoy it and that Spring gets here soon. DL
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During the never ending unpacking and purge I uncovered some things unseen and unplayed in a long time. Included is unreleased/live stuff from Ben Lee, who also has a new single in the new release bin making a perfect fit. Other new things are featured like Jenny Lewis, The Len Price 3, Superchunk, Tony Stives, The Pretenders, The Radio Field, Irreversible Entanglements and Van Morrison. Prayers have been answered with a 1974 recording of Beck, Bogert & Appice that I have been wanting to hear since, as only poorly recorded bootlegs could be found. Perhaps the biggest surprise was the unexpected return of legendary Bass Player Derek Smalls, inspired by the overwhelming hype surrounding Barbie, of all things! Will there be a foil covered cucumber sighting is one question making the rounds. Also a short peek into the massive Who’s Next: Lifehouse set needed some attention. Gary Wright was not an artist often associated with New Jersey but as a native and old man music nerd, NJ born and raised Gary and his UK bandmates in Spooky Tooth have been favorites since Jr. High. Same story with Joe Walsh who is thankfully still with us. To mark Gary’s ticket to the afterparty we are presenting a tribute for a safe and peaceful journey to see his dear friend George Harrison. Thanks for listening and supporting this show, which again remains Politics free to serve as a respite while the free-fall de-evolution continues to swell beyond reason. DL
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Twenty-nine years ago today, we became parents for the first (and only) time after 14 years of marriage. Let me just say it wasn’t for lack of trying and I believe was largely due to gradually accepting that it just might not be in the cards for us. We did learn quickly why people younger were better equipped for this level of life upheaval, as opposed to Dad pushing 38 and Mom just 2 years younger. The ensuing years have been what I can only describe as a never ending battle with Gale force winds pushing us in every direction, and dumping us on an out of control emotional Roller Coaster after a mere 18 months of bliss. Our daughter suddenly was in very real danger of not making it to her second birthday. At first it appeared to be Leukemia but that would have been too easy. Thanks to the incredible staff of The Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts in Boston, she was properly diagnosed with Evans Syndrome, a very rare and dangerous immune disorder that neither of us (or anyone we knew) had even a smidge of knowledge about.
But this was one tough kid and she had a stubborn Sicilian warrior Mother that never left her side. I was blessed to be working at Rykodisc in Salem, having moved us there on (what else) Halloween Night from Santa Fe as Deregulation of Radio Ownership rules were blown apart. Blessed because Don Rose owned Rykodisc and even though I had only been running the Promotion Department for a few months, when Mary Reynard (our HR Department) informed him The Floating Hospital was not on our Medical Plan, he instantly said, “It is now!” It has never been routine or easy for her, not even a little and there are some days she is a millimeter away from throwing in the towel but Anastasia Delia Marrone is still with us, thanks to people like that and we will never forget it. And I will never forget that moment in St. Vincent’s Hospital in Santa Fe when she was placed in my arms for the first time. I never imagined I could love anything or anyone that fiercely, a feeling so powerful it will never leave and even all these years later still brings tears to my eyes. Happy Birthday, Sweetie.
This episode contains new sounds from The Chemical Brothers, The Rolling Stones, Low Cut Connie, Joan Osborne, Toyah Featuring Robert Fripp, James Blake, Graham Parker & the Goldtops, Kristin Hersh, Sparklehorse and Adjunct Ensemble. Spice is added from Billy Cobham, Jeff Beck, Beth Hart, Lee Hazlewood, Gene Loves Jezebel, The Smiths, Low, Gene Pitney, Rufus & Chaka Khan, Sly & The Family Stone, Tower of Power, David Bowie, Roy Buchanan, Cream, Willie Dixon, Little Axe, Morphine, Curtis Mayfield, Kenny White, Mose Allison, Tame Impala and more. Thanks for everything, especially your ears. Hope you enjoy the show.
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Summer lasts until the Autumnal Equinox on September 23, so it’s not even the last week, let alone the last day. We will mark the close of the season with the final 2023 Summer Mixtape around that date. For FTB #227 there’s new releases from Julian Cope, Black Pumas, Hiss Golden Messenger, Annabel Lee, Wreckless Eric, Grandaddy, City and Colour, Cusp, Peter Gabriel, The National, Ghost Of Vroom, Dylan LeBlanc and my current favorite, Billy Valentine & the Universal Truth which marks the rebirth of the legendary Flying Dutchman’s Jazz imprint. Also expect the usual/unusual wide range of sounds including The Police, Fela Kuti With Ginger Baker, The Section Quartet, Little Feat, Gil Scott-Heron, Bobby 'Blue' Bland, Bill Withers, Phil Roy, Ray Charles, Limblifter, James Walsh, The Dream Syndicate, The Sound, Marvin Gaye and more. Thanks for all the support and love. DL
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New Stuff from: Emil Amos, Peter Gabriel, The Rain Parade, Margaret Glaspy, Wynton Marsalis, Rickie Lee Jones, Graham Parker & The Goldtops, Paul Rodgers, The Headhunters, Nick Piunti, The Grip Weeds, Lisa Mychols; Super 8, Guns N' Roses and Al Green.
Reissues: Talking Heads, Robin Trower and King Crimson.
Ingredients: Charlie Haden, Charlie Hunter, Jack Bruce, Petra Haden, Pagliaro, Phil Seymour, Inhaler, Reno Bo, Louis Armstrong, The Kinks, The Pretty Things, Love, 13th Floor Elevators, Julian Cope, Pink Floyd, Strand of Oaks, Phosphorescent, The Sound, Urge Overkill and more.
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Putting Episode 4 of this year’s Summer Mixtape series together felt like I had just emerged from The Time Tunnel with James Darrin, arriving at Rt. 33 in Neptune, NJ in the mid-80s… and it was my night to spin records. I swear I could actually smell the DJ Booth and needed to look around the Basement Studio to make sure nobody was passed out. It was a glorious time indeed, but we knew even while it was happening that these would be the days we longed for if we managed to get old. Not all of us did, and this episode is dedicated to two of the finest, J.T. Copulous and Chopper. Bob “Chopper” Kopcho was already a star DJ in the Jersey Club scene by the time WHTG got off the ground in 1984. It was he and J.T. that kept popping up in my head and I was hoping they were tuned in from the Afterparty. This episode is just shy of 5 hours and there are no interruptions. If you are looking for a soundtrack of exactly what an Alternative Rock Dance Club sounded like in 1985, well you just found it. There will be one more episode to wrap up the Summer of 2023, but for now just turn it up and dance.
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This show was held up for a very good reason and that is you! Yes, thanks to you I was able to get a new (used) updated computer here in The Basement, so the rewiring and setup takes a bit of time and is almost finished. Is anything ever really finished? We say goodbye to Robbie Robertson this episode, a songwriter that has left standards in his wake, as well as some controversy. My only experience working with him was wonderful and I found him to be warm, open and friendly, so that is how I’ll remember him. I will say that his impact would not have been as large without the voices and musicality of Levon Helm, Richard Manuel, Rick Danko, and the last remaining member, Garth. We also note the passing of David LaFlamme of It’s A Beautiful Day and (Sixto) Rodriguez. New releases include: Diane & the Gentle Men (with Alejandro Escovedo), Blonde Redhead, Wilco and some rare Iggy Pop. The library gets raided for sounds that include: Peter Perrett, Mott The Hoople, David Bowie, Roxy Music, Sly & The Family Stone, Willy DeVille, Jason Collett, R.E.M., Glen Phillips, Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, Radiohead, Bobby Charles, NRBQ, Eric Burdon, Melody Gardot, Bruce Cockburn and a bunch more. Even a shoutout and dedication to my old pal, Matty Love. Thanks for listening and your support and here’s a clip of a recent chat with Mixcloud, https://youtu.be/BFgepGe6jII
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