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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Even though we have witnessed unprecedented history this week, once again we are keeping the new episode a Politics Free Zone. Beginning with a more thought out tribute to Sinead O’Connor, featuring The The, Bob Marley, Kris Kristofferson and Peter Gabriel, who also delivered yet another new track in addition to appearing in the Sinead Set. There are also new releases from the late Neal Casal, Brian Blade & the Fellowship Band, Joni Mitchell; Taylor Goldsmith, John Dunbar, Ray LaMontagne and Orville Peck. Stevie Wonder’s “Innervisions” album turned 50 this week, a groundbreaking work that manages to still sound fresh. We stuffed the cracks with the usual/unusual compendium of sounds while ignoring genre restriction, a bothersome set of arbitrary guideposts that have nothing to do with music. Thanks to everyone for support, understanding and most of all, your ears.
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This year's Mixtape Series has truly been a blast to put together with the only bottleneck deciding what order the topics decided upon should roll out. This episode is not a strict Summer Of Love set due to the fact I was 12 in 1967. And yes I clearly remember experiencing this music for the first time at that age. I was already set as far as what I wanted to do with my life, and music had to be part of the equation. A rough guide to the years covered here would be 1966-1971, and AM was still being listened to but drum lessons were beginning and the Freeform era was soon to be my main drug of choice, with WBGO from Newark covering Jazz. There was now a pad and pen near the radio to fill a list of interesting sounds, with a decision made to toss the large cartons of Baseball cards out and make more room for records. My Mother had nothing to do with it, I clearly remember carrying the three large boxes to the curb and stacking them next to the garbage cans. I would only collect records from this point, what could I do with Baseball Cards? If I only knew at the time that their value would have made a nice down payment on a house 20+ years later. At least three more episodes of this series will be forthcoming with The Laurel Canyon/Singer Songwriter period, A Punk/Powerpop/New Wave/Alternative show focusing on fun years 1984-90 birthing WHTG at The Jersey Shore and an “Anything Goes” personal favorite Summer Tunes of all time episode. If you have suggestions, get them in ASAP. We’re leaning toward the WHTG type show coming next… but you never know. Thanks for everything.
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This is not a political show. But I am compelled to make this missive just that as I need to get it off my chest. The full text will only be published on my personal web site due to understanding that there’s already too much noise but I simply had to get it out. If that’s where you are and you want to ignore my rant, not a problem at all, skip to the next horizontal line after this.
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