As if on a mission, episode #172 is quick to the finish line stuffed with only good intentions for proper distraction, hopefully containing your next earworm and a sense of calm should any urge to panic arise. Always expected a more understanding and open world if ever I managed to reach this age. Apparently it was not to be, even arriving at our front doorstep with an out of control, hate filled Trump loving neighbor. Currently hunkered down with added security cameras and Bond-like electronic trinkets, the studio is doubling as our panic room, really not much of a change for this kid as meals, dog stuff or needed supplies are the only reasons to consider leaving. On a brighter note, there are new things from The Smile, Margo Price, Kevin Morby, Steve Forbert's outstanding new album is featured, The Black Keys, the return of Lyle Lovett and The Black Crowes. Rerecorded classics from The Pineapple Thief are here, thanks to new drummer Gavin Harrison’s talent and attention to detail, and The Stones El Mocambo release is examined with joy. For some reason Tom Waits keeps popping up, perhaps due to the widely divergent cast including; The Dead Boys, Duke Ellington, The Clash, Chet Baker, The Cure, The Temptations, Bobbie Gentry, Fotomaker, Spooky Tooth, T. Rex, Bobby Gillespie, Lloyd Cole, Be Bop Deluxe, Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks, Gary Myrick, The Shamen, Sea Wolf, Mercury Rev, The Babys, Rod Stewart, Argent, Toots Hibbert, The Upsetters, Eric Burdon and so much more. This is the last show before the donation link closes on 5/21, thanks to all we have reached our goal and I remain amazed and in debt to you. Thank you so much, I feel better than Sally Field and James Brown. https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8J91A5NivQ
Even though the ground appears to be shifting underfoot, there are tunes that must be shared and sounds both new and old that can only help to calm our increasingly wounded psyche. New arrivals from Arcade Fire, Pink Mountaintops, The Waterboys, The Afghan Whigs and Warpaint will thrill and entertain, joining carefully selected library items from The Sound, The Beloved, The Cars, Cheap Trick, Talking Heads, John Lennon, John Legend, Roy Buchanan, Wilco, El Vy, Booker T Jones, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Roy Orbison, Elliott Smith, Yo La Tengo, The Fugs, The Gaslight Anthem, Miles Davis Quintet, Billy Cobham, Alphonse Mouzon, Tommy Bolin, King Crimson, Soul Coughing, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Joe Walsh, The Teardrop Explodes, The Beach Boys, Jellyfish, Elvis Costello & The Attractions, The Elvis Brothers, Car Seat Headrest, Bram Tchaikovsky, Free, Bob Seger, Buckingham Nicks, Fleetwood Mac, Savoy Brown, Rickie Lee Jones, The Blue Nile, Harry Nilsson, The Flat Five and more. The donation link has only a week left and we do appreciate those who have visited at https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8J91A5NivQ. If you can’t this time we certainly understand but for the first time we are falling short of our goal. Thanks for your ears, love and support.
The new release bin was overflowing with goodies following our 4 part first episode of “Mixtapes,” so this episode of FTB is loaded with new stuff. Expect to hear new releases from a wide range of artists, including The Beach Boys, Jack White, Kurt Vile, Johnnyswim, Damien Jurado, Arcade Fire, Fontaines D.C., Lucius, The Smile, Craig Finn, Neko Case, Angel Olsen, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal And Ry Cooder, The Silos, Ryan Adams, Calexico, Trombone Shorty w/Gary Clark Jr, Aaron Neville; The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Snoop Dogg; G-eazy; William Bell, Anders Osborne, Flora Purim, Robin Trower, Ann Peebles and more. There will be future episodes of “Mixtapes” in a few weeks, for now get ready for a wild ride on FTB #170. The massive library also contributed with tunes from The Sound, Cursive, Bruce Tunkel, James Deely, Sutherland Brothers & Quiver, Majesty Crush, The War On Drugs, David Crosby, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Warren Zevon, Peter Case, Bob Dylan, Little Feat, Lyle Mays, Charles Mingus, Idris Muhammad, Jimi Hendrix, Graham Parker & the Rumour, Black Crowes, Wilson Pickett and many more. Thanks for all the support, the donation link is active until May 21. https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8J91A5NivQ
The final part of our first episode of FTB presents Mixtapes is here and I am left with literally hundreds more songs initially pulled for the series. There is a very strong possibility that we will return to this series for Part 5 and beyond when we get further down the road. Massive flashbacks and the bitter and sweet came flooding back with just about every tune for me and I hope you enjoyed it. Next up will be a new episode of From The Basement as we hit the #170 milestone. I already see a backlog in the New Release section! Thanks as always for your ears, time and heart… also the Donations have been wonderful, link is good until 5/21. https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8J91A5NivQ
What seemed like a 4 part Episode going in, is starting to shape up to be at minimum, a 5 or 6 part Epic. So much music impacted our lives during these years it is difficult to get our arms around it all. It’s astounding to realize that in most cases, a half century has passed, yet so much of this takes you back in a guitar riff, lyric or drum pattern, all deeply ingrained in our DNA. I am absolutely convinced that we have been living witness to a true music renaissance period. The wide range of sound and style, believe it or not, does continue to this day, but these are very different times with too many choices for your eyes and ears. To be alive during a time when “music was in the air… everywhere” and it was timeless, revolutionary music has been a privilege. If you can, please continue to support this program https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8J91A5NivQ, this link is operational until May 21.
Mixtapes - Test Show #1, part 2
“High School Cruisin’ Tunes 1970-74”
Well the floodgates of memories have been cracked open and at this point believe we are looking at a minimum of 4 parts for the debut Mixtape project. The variety, quality and breadth of music introduced during this period I believe is truly remarkable in retrospect. While we certainly have more music released today in numbers, this period is second to none when it comes to the cultural impact. It is going to be a real joy, as well as a challenge putting the rest of the series together. Thanks to all who have hit up our donation link to contribute. https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8J91A5NivQ I am leaving a hidden prize on my main website (http://mikemarrone.com) Simply look for the word mixtape.
FTB Presents - Mixtapes - Test Show #1, part 1 - “High School Cruisin’ Tunes 1970-74”
I am pleased to announce a brand new series for the FTB faithful, dedicated to the Mixtape. There will be many differences between this show and our main program, From The Basement. The most obvious will be the absence of commentary, no set rundowns or shout outs, grievances or imaging spots. FTB presents Mixtapes will be all music and perhaps a tinge of comedy. Each show/episode will have a topic and we would absolutely love your suggestions for future shows. Once again the series will be available free of charge through Mixcloud but by subscribing for as little as $2.99 per month, Mixcloud will allow unlimited listening, fast forward and rewind and even downloads of the show for offline listening. That is the minimum amount allowed to charge and we plan to keep it that way. If you are already a subscriber for FTB, you are already set and no matter what I add in the future one subscription covers it all. To start off the series, this is a “test show” but will forever be episode #1. The topic is the music that I loved in high school. I have found during my near half-century in the music business that these are the years when our musical taste and identity is truly formed. I would venture to guess that a large percentage of people never waiver far from the musical bonds formed during this period. There will be (at least) two parts to this episode and your feedback is not only appreciated but essential to the project’s growth. The support thus far for FTB and other programs has been fantastic and I hope Mixtapes will be a welcome addition for you. There is a new Donation link that will be operational until May 20. Thank you for everything. https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8J91A5NivQ
We begin #169 with The Chairman of The Board and spend our time trying to find a thread as we pass through the likes of Pink Floyd, Primal Scream, Rod Stewart, Dylan Leblanc, Cassandra Wilson, Moby Ft. Gregory Porter & Amythyst Kiah, then John Prine, Joe Strummer, Knowledge, Thievery Corporation, Junior English, Joe Strummer, Stoneground, Aretha Franklin, The Fixx, Alice Cooper, previously unreleased live stuff from Chameleons and a ton more. Also new music from Boulevards, Justin Golden and Spiritualized, very rare John Lennon and Bob Dylan, hard to find Reggae singles, Stoneground covering Swamp Dogg and even Julian beautifully performing a song by his father. A new Donation button becomes active for the next 29 days, unfortunately needed as inflation to simply survive just keeps climbing. https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8J91A5NivQ Please do what you can. If you can’t, we completely understand and hope you will listen anyway. Stick around after the closing theme for a bonus.
Another week of witnessing unspeakable horror still happening in Ukraine, while the signal is clear at home that a woman’s right to choose is in the main agenda of the GOP and will fix what’s wrong in the country. If there was any doubt that our Culture is barely holding on to Democracy by a thread it is disappearing rapidly. This episode continues our modus operandi of keeping the news on the tube to a minimum and turning the music up as loud as possible. Hope you enjoy the debit of “Normal-Eye Jones” not only our new Australian correspondent, but related to our very own, Art Damage. His feature on Chris Bailey is sure to please. As will new music from The Waterboys, Drive-By Truckers, Jack White, Jack Broadbent, Cheap Star, Edgar Winter, Bob Moses and Ray Lamontagne. Make sure to keep your ears open for nuggets plucked from artists as wide ranging as The Soup Dragons and Reno Bo to A Tribe Called Quest and Yes. Literally, everything in between. Thanks for the support and love and especially your ears and time.
The passing of Bobby Rydell on the surface was but a small ripple on the deep well of the news cycle, but there’s no way it wouldn’t cast a pall over this episode of FTB. At 4 years old I was struck by the power of music through him. Hey, it takes a village you know. Regardless of the spark that causes Music to become a central part of your life, I’m happy it hit me so young. My thank you to Robert Louis Ridarelli is called “Rydell Remembered” and contained within. Joining in the fest are Bill Demain, Kenny White, Famous Groupies, Paul McCartney, Squeeze, Joni Mitchell, Alejandro Escovedo, The Smile, Trombone Shorty, Dr. Lonnie Smith, War, Jackson 5, Santana, Jon Batiste, Thelonious Monk, Rickie Lee Jones, Sondre Lerche, Ryan Adams, Chris Whitley, John Martyn, P.P. Arnold, Angel Olsen, Neko Case, Kelly Willis, The Replacements, Darden Smith, Mammoth WVH, The Stone Roses, Genesis, David Sylvian & Robert Fripp, The Waterboys, The Clash & Ranking Roger, Calexico, Swan Dive, Daryl Hall, Sam Cooke, Anderson East, Delbert McClinton, Leon Bridges, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Tone-Loc, Tower of Power, Foo Fighters, James Gang, Joe Walsh, Pink Floyd and MORE. Thanks for listening.
APRIL 26, 1961 AMERICAN BANDSTAND
Taylor Hawkins was completely top of mind around the studio and we have put together a little tribute. Art Damage returns with a wonderful musical treat he named “April Damage.” Essentially a handcrafted guide to the month through a musical prism that exists in the mind of Mr. Damage. It is fab and will be our first bonus feature for our Mixcloud subscribers, as only they will be able to access and download it as a stand alone show. If you have ideas of other bonus things you would enjoy, don’t hesitate to let us know. The range of sounds this episode include Super Furry Animals, Billy Paul, Steve Winwood, Traffic, Cream, Public Enemy, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Albert King, James Brown, Rufus Thomas, Concrete Blonde, Tommy Bolin, Jim James, Robin Trower, Pat Dinizio, The Rolling Stones, Stephen Fretwell, Tim Buckley, The Comsat Angels, Split Enz, Slothrust, A Girl Called Eddy, Tommy Keene, Mott The Hoople, Velvet Underground, Def Leppard, Tommy James & the Shondells, T. Rex, Kraftwerk, Isaac Hayes, Johnnie Taylor, John Renbourn AND MANY MORE. Thanks as always for listening and your support.
If you want a working drummer's take on Taylor, my old workmate a fabulous drummer named Patrick Berkery, who you have heard playing with Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah, The Pernice Brothers and The War On Drugs to name but a few wrote a wonderful piece on his blog you should read. Click Here
I believe if Joe Strummer still roamed the planet he might have cut a new version with them and the surviving Clash members gave their blessing even before Billy Bragg scrutinized their bonafides. (STORY HERE) Beton, a Ukrainian band remade “London Calling” and it definitely needed to be at the start of the episode. I keep trying not to watch the carnage. It’s infuriating. Music is all I can do to keep the sadness away so here’s FTB #165. It helps me to make them and I hope they help some of you. The donation link ends on March 30. Thanks to all who contributed or wanted to but just couldn’t. Believe me, I get it. DONATE New, old, unreleased and unrehearsed, this is what happened after hitting record. Tip o’the cap to new Spokesmodels Skipper and Siggy, absolute legends in certain circles. As always, thanks for listening.
The Clash, Beton, Keith Richards, Allman Brothers Band, Dr. John, Little Feat, Buddy Guy, Joe Bonamassa, Colin Devlin, The Devlins, Blonde Redhead, China Crisis, Steely Dan, Roxy Music, Melody Gardot and Philippe Powell, Paul Buchanan/Michael Brook, The Blue Nile, Graham Nash, Boo Hewerdine, & Darden Smith, The Bible, Mazzy Star, Starsailor, The Wonder Stuff, Love Nut, Delbert Mcclinton, Willie Hutch, The Dramatics, Boogie Down Productions, Johnny Cameron & The Camerons, Eddie Harris, Brother To Brother, Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson, Kruder And Dorfmeister, Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rythym Band, Depeche Mode, Self, Butch Walker, Utah Phillips and Ani DiFranco, JD Mcpherson, The Velvet Underground, The Afghan Whigs, Phosphorescent, Graham Parker, Midlake, Belle And Sebastian, The Walker Brothers, Black Francis, Pixies, Nirvana, The Catherine Wheel, James Gang and Marshall Crenshaw.
Can you believe that I was unable to post this wrap-up photo of the hearing today? I edited out the evil symbol using a word description. Actually glad to be on the back nine because this insane shit show is not going to be pretty when it boils over.
We were inspired to provide you a fresh new mix to help welcome Spring. Filled with songs about the Season that span classification and genre, nothing unusual around here. Hope you enjoy it, please accept it with love from us all.
Including: Bill Evans, Wendy Waldman, Paul Weller, Mark Hollis, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Joachim Kuhn, Chaka Khan, Joe Henderson, Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, Jimmie Spheeris, Hubert Laws, The Lilac Time, Robin Williams, The Go-Betweens, The Paley Brothers, The Beach Boys, Manu Katche, Bill Callahan, Zero 7, Massive Attack, Ween, Tom Waits, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Little Milton, Little Willie John, The Colorblind James Experience, Moondog, Lemondrops, Ned's Atomic Dustbin, Jonathan Richman, Rip Rig + Panic, Richard "Groove" Holmes, Kruder And Dorfmeister, Freddie Hubbard, Miles Davis, Frank Turner, Michael Hedges, Graham Parker, Kurt Vile, McKendree Spring, Midlake, Ride, My Morning Jacket, Continental Drifters, Fontaines D.C. This show has been presented in high quality 24 Bit, please let me know if you hear a difference.
Expect another freeform romp through the massive library with FTB#164, as well as new sounds from current fave rave Cheap Star, Colin Devlin covering John Fogerty in support of the Ukraine people, piano master Brad Mehldau teaming with Chris Thile for an otherworldly cover of Rush, Thom York’s surprise new track and that whistling wonder, Andrew Bird. We’re just trying to shut out the horrific sights and sounds of Putin’s folly reigning terror and destruction with their viscous War Crimes on full display. Let the music carry you away and don’t miss the exclusive live nuggets from Charles Bradley and his band we have included in this episode. As always, thanks for listening and your continued support. There are only 10 days left to contribute at https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8HFOsNAncK. Our eternal thanks to all of you.
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