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Episode #50 (Joe’s Garage Act XII) finds us at the start of the From The Basement/WKUM Spring Fund Drive as we once again beg the listeners for support. It is your generous donations that allow this sort of programing by helping to pay the bills. Thanks as always for your generosity. https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR We remember a pair of legends that have passed (Dick Dale and Andre Williams) since the last show and give more love to the recently departed Mark Hollis. There’s new stuff from A Girl Called Eddy (with The Last Detail), Fun Lovin’ Criminals, the Joni 75 celebration, Justus Proffit, Glorietta, Sean McConnell, Tropical Fuck Storm, American Football, The Long Ryders, Andrew Bird, Snarky Puppy, Nate Leslie and The Comet Is Coming. Old friends Amy Rigby, Dramarama and The Smithereens are represented, and a deep dive into the library yields gems from Long John Baldry, Jethro Tull, Link Wray, NRBQ, Rockpile, Alejandro Escovedo, Mercury Rev and a ton more.
Episode 49 (Joe’s Garage Act XI) brings us some new things from The Black Keys, The National, Patty Griffin, The Mountain Goats and a taste of the wonderful Joni 75 Celebration. We find ourselves searching for art with old friend Don Dixon, classing up the joint with Milt Jackson, Yusef Lateef and Duke Ellington and complaining about those show biz kids courtesy of Rickie Lee Jones and Steely Dan. Somehow Eddie Lawrence, George Carlin, The Jesus & Mary Chain, New Order, Cream, PJ Harvey and Nada Surf provide connective tissue and a chance viewing of 90210 reveals not just Jimmer’s huge headbanded hair, but a song that should have been a smash. Thanks, as always for listening and for your continued financial support.
I’ve been stuck on this episode for a few extra days as I initially felt that a proper tribute to Mark Hollis would not be possible without breaking the DMCA. I hate being limited to how many songs can be played by one artist within a certain time period. With that in mind, I opted to present a range of artists that in my opinion come from the same sort of musical space as the brilliant Mark Hollis; The The, Japan, The Blue Nile, Prefab Sprout, Shearwater, Steve Winwood, Stomu Yamashta and Aztec Camera are all included. To break things up, there’s a new tune from Teenage Fanclub with related ephemera from Big Star, T. Rex, Owsley and more. Mark Hollis basically walked away from the music business to be a Dad, a feeling I can definitely relate to. He made music that managed to make a commercial dent but more importantly, left behind a unique sonic legacy that will quite easily outlast our lifetime. Thanks again for all the donations (and truly beautiful notes you have sent) to keep this show alive and moving forward. Your generosity has touched my soul.
While putting the finishing touches on FTB #48, a tribute to Mark Hollis, I thought you might enjoy a trip back to a few years ago with a complete episode of Loft After Dark from March 24, 2017.
Few artists have touched me as deeply as Mark Hollis over the past 30 plus years. At this time there is no cause of death released but 64 is entirely too young.
Episode #47 (Joe’s Garage Act IX) starts with a mini-tribute to Peter Tork and another nod to the late great Ken Nordine. We go a little deeper into the return of The Long Ryders and the wonderful new “proggy” project from The Claypool Lennon Delirium sends us on a math rock adventure best enjoyed after dark. Todd Rundgren pulls out his blues chops with a blistering guest appearance on John Mayall’s new album, Jason Ringenberg pays tribute to The Ramones and Gary Clark Jr.’s new record finally lives up to the hype. We take stops at sounds from The Motors to The Illusion, Bill Callahan with and without Smog, Leslie West to Gary Myrick, a Strawbs family tree and some previously unreleased Tom Petty. The three plus hours of this Basement episode also includes the 45 that changed my life. Thanks for the generous donations (https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR) and most of all for listening.
It has been a tough week in Joe’s Garage with treatments getting in the way of getting down to the business of producing From The Basement. But better days are always ahead and we finally have episode #46 (Joe’s Garage Act VIII) to share. New music from Johnnyswim, Stephen Malkmus, A.A. Bondy and the return of The Long Ryders lead the way, as well as a new live release from Peter Gabriel. We pay tribute to “the voice of God” Ken Nordine, who transitioned to the next world at the ripe old age of 98, and have a brand new pop nugget from Jersey pals The Weeklings with special guest Peter Noone. As promised last episode we dive into the criminally overlooked Sensational Alex Harvey Band and raid the divine archives for gems from Ups & Downs, Warren Zevon, Alkaline Trio, Gil-Scott Heron and Brian Jackson, Curtis Mayfield, Chris Isaak, Ultravox, The Jags, Dr. John, Talk Talk, Uncle Green and the proverbial whole bunch more. Thanks for listening and your donations (https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR) make this all possible.
The number “45” is one of the magical numbers for record freaks, it’s just too bad we couldn’t coordinate this episode with March 31, which was the date in 1949 that RCA-Victor introduced the first 45 rpm record to replace shellac 78’s. It’s early February here in NJ and this episode will introduce you to a huge batch of new music from the likes of Manu Katche, Andrew Bird, Patty Griffin, The Dandy Warhols, the return of The Specials and The Lemonheads, Jealous Of The Birds, the sprawling remake of a classic by Mercury Rev (with help from Hope Sandoval, Norah Jones and Lucinda Williams), tracks from the documentary on cult hero Van Duren, the great Mavis Staples captured live in London, Galactic’s fabulous new funk, Sharon Van Etten and a revitalized Hunt Sales blistering new project. That’s just the new stuff. Much more can be found within this 3+ hour romp in the basement. Thanks so much for the donations (https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR) and most of all for listening.
Episode #44 (Joe’s Garage Act VI) finds us once again traversing the musical map with an emphasis on some new stuff from Carlos Santana, Weezer, Bob Mould, Steve Gunn, Josh Ritter, Guided By Voices, William Tyler, Deer Tick and the sublime Lee Harvey Osmond. Steven Wilson makes his usual appearance and there’s a recently unearthed studio rarity from Stan Ridgway, long a Basement favorite. Connective tissue is supplied by everyone from Nick Drake to Talk Talk, Magazine to XTC, Chris Cornell to Michael Jackson by way of Pink Floyd, The National, The Cure and The Twilight Singers, to name but a few. Thanks so much for the support (@ http://mikemarrone.com) and for listening most of all.
Just in time for the weekend we are pleased to present episode #43 (Joe’s Garage, Act V) for your listening pleasure. This one features previously unreleased stuff from cover star Keith Richards, a dive into Joe Jackson’s wonderful new album, the return of The Flesh Eaters, new music from Son Volt, Beck, Night Beats, Jenny Lewis, a mind blowing performance of John Lennon’s “Mother” from The Roots and last but not least, the unedited version of a new Ryan Adams tune. Somehow musical connections are made between Tommy Bolan, Steven Wilson, Uriah Heep and Billy Cobham, we check in with old friends Immaculate Fools, Urge Overkill, Too Much Joy and Jay Ferguson, and manage to visit with Jimmy Dean, Aerosmith, Alejandro Escovedo, Supertramp, The Dismemberment Plan, The Only Ones, Richard Ashcroft, Love Nut, The Rolling Stones and so much more.
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