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With round one of the vaccine complete for the three of us we patiently await completion of shot #2 by the end of the month. Yipee! This episode finds us spending a fair amount of time in the New Release Bin with fresh offerings from Crowded House, Iron & Wine, Jimbo Mathus & Andrew Bird, Jon Batiste, Flock Of Dimes, The Peacers, Moontype, Jeffrey Dean Foster, G.S. Schray, a killer single from Anderson East, Paul Weller, Calibre, Steven Wilson (mixed by Nile Rodgers) and new Jazz from Joe Dyson. Seeded amidst the new sounds we employ sonic connective tissue including Funkadelic, The Clash, Def Leppard, Wilco, The War On Drugs, Tower Of Power, Three Dog Night, Todd Rundgren, Marvin Gaye, The dB’s, Echo & The Bunnymen, Jr. Walker & The All Stars, Beck, Sly Stone and The Buzzcocks, to name a few. FTB 124 is a long one, so make sure the mood and accessories for a successful flight are ready for lift-off. Continued thanks for the love and support at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR. Get vaccinated!
Since I am finally scheduled for the Covid Vaccine tomorrow, FTB Episode #123 gets pushed up to today. A fairly varied assemblage that touches on everything from the Easter Holiday, the reason a Top 40 classic from Len Barry is the perfect song to play, a loving tribute to Richard Manuel and Gil Scott-Heron for their birthdays, the return of hard hitting Cactus, new music from John Grant, Moby (with Jim James), Daniel Lanois and Piers Faccini, previously unreleased historic sounds from Crosby Stills & Nash and Pete Yorn, and Christian Sands proving that the spirit of real jazz continues to grow and prosper. Everything is brought to a climax that can only be provided by Bruce and the boys with a 1988 E Street Band performance that escaped from the vault just last week.Thanks to all for your ears here and generosity at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR. Please stay as safe as you can and make sure to get stuck.
Big celebration in the house above The Basement as my severely immuno-compromised daughter finally received Pfizer shot #1, and your host is all set to get it done on Tuesday. We turn on the party lights with a jam-packed 3 and a half hour episode for FTB #122 and it was so nice of Mick & Keith of The Stones to drop by and help break in the new studio. We bid a sad farewell to Malcolm Cecil, inventor of TONTO and a man that inspired, influenced and literally moved the culture forward through his groundbreaking work. There are new projects to explore from First Aid Kit, Steven Wilson, Cathal Coughlan, Dr. Lonnie Smith with Iggy Pop and Badfinger, with special guests including cult heroes The Legendary Pink Dots. We also explore a historic Allman Brothers gig, recorded while all original members were among the living, and pull discs from all over the library including Booker T. Jones, Todd Rundgren, Matthew Sweet, solo stuff from Ken and Jon of The Posies, James Carr, Muddy Waters, Russ Ballard, The Box Tops, The Sound, Primal Scream, King Crimson, Bill Lloyd, Lewis Taylor and much more. Thanks for the continued love shown at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR. Thanks for everything, big love to all.
As promised we have a Sunday delivery of Episode #121, finalized simultaneously with a nice batch of Sunday Sauce for the family, all still awaiting even the first round of any vaccine. There are new things included this time from Daniel Lanois, Jeffrey Dean Foster, Amy Helm, Spoon, Van Morrison, Triptides, Joe Strummer, Built To Spill (in disguise as Boise Cover Band) and a most interesting pairing of Dr. Lonnie Smith and Iggy Pop. Side Dishes abound with the menu offering Moby Grape, Catherine Wheel, Ryley Walker, The Tubes, World Party, Shuggie Otis, Death Cab For Cutie, Gil-Scott Heron, The Clash, Roxy Music, R.E.M., Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Emmylou Harris and so much more. Leave a little room for some bonus tidbits after the credits roll. Thanks for everything. Really, the support at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR takes my breath away… and not in a schmaltzy Top Gun type way.
Well Spring has officially arrived here, there and everywhere and brought along hope that a healing and restorative 2021 takes root, with the promise of better days ahead. Reinstating a long musical tradition with the opening tune of our first Springtime show of the year FTB #120 welcomes new sonic arrivals from Too Much Joy, Ghost Of Vroom, Jon Batiste and a wonderfully brilliant new offering from Daniel Lanois. History represents with guitar innovator Wes Montgomery and a never before released session featuring Johnny Griffin and UK jazz giant Ronnie Scott among an all star affair recorded in 1965. You will find everything from Wendy Waldman and Warren Zevon to Morphine and Mercury Rev rolling the fresh fields along with The Kane Gang, Big Country, The Mama’s & Papa’s, Crowded House, Barry McGuire, Curtis Mayfield, The Chameleons, The Posies and even Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy with and without Julian Cope. Much more awaits but first please accept our deepest thanks for your unwavering support at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR. Happy Spring.
Bit of a production delay put a snag in the timetable but FTB episode #119 is finally ready to go, hopefully in time for weekend enjoyment. Check out new things from Jon Batiste (with and without) Mavis Staples, the return of Serena Ryder, more from the just leaked treasure trove of Stones nuggets, Steven Kilbey (The Church) linking up with Martin Kennedy again for a psychedelic delight of the “Prog” variety, a quick listen to the forthcoming CSNY super deluxe “Deja Vu” sessions and even more from Steven Wilson’s latest. Speaking of which, his original band Porcupine Tree join a typically diverse list including Mott The Hoople, Patty Griffin, The Temptations, Black Pumas, Stevie Wonder, Peter Gabriel, Donny Hathaway, The Marvelettes, The Replacements, Joni Mitchell, Gil-Scott Heron, Robert Palmer and so much more. Thanks for continuing to support the effort at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR and even more for listening. Be safe and remain vigilant.
The chemo fog I’ve been enduring for the last few years has started to ease a bit, allowing for a bit more creative time. Admittedly, when in the thick of it, a gradual acceptance that it is the new normal begins to take hold. Much the same feeling as having a Government run by actual professionals is starting to remake what had become our Country’s new normal. Episode #118 of FTB reveals some surprise Rolling Stones completed, never before released songs/takes that arrived early, apparently due to a “leak.” Hmmmm. There are a bunch of rarities in this episode, including Tom Waits speaking, The Teenettes with a song released in 1959 that we have somehow just heard for the first time, hard to find Willy DeVille and Pat DiNizio tracks and incredible new Gang Of Four remasters. Other new things from Peter Case, Garrison Starr, Sun Kil Moon, Ghost Of Vroom and a couple of standouts in the Jazz section from Joe Dyson and Charles Lloyd. The support at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR continues to keep this moving forward and for that, I can’t thank all of you enough. Stay safe and get vaccinated please.
You will hear some voices other than mine during episode #117, like new "FTB holograms" Suzie Creamcheese, Art Damage, Frank Booth, Biff Renaldo, along with a few legendary radio voices including my former boss Lee Abrams, Steven Wright, Pete Fornatale and others. We have a new live Graham Parker album (with The Goldtops) and new things from Ron Gallo, G.S. Schray, Garrison Starr and old friends Dramarama. John Mayall’s complete work from 1965-1974 has just been brilliantly remastered and we’ll dig in and make sure to wish Dave Alvin and Robin Trower a Happy Birthday, which guarantees Jimi Hendrix will be in the mix. Listen for Wildhearts, Sex Pistols, Poco, Free, Drive-By Truckers, Petra Haden, David Bowie, Dinosaur Jr., Jim Stafford, New York Dolls… even George Baker Selection somehow works into the episode. An interesting ride hopefully a fun return on your continued support at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR. Stay safe and thanks for listening.
It’s safe to say we are now on a 2 a week episode schedule here in The Basement and you will meet 2 of the expanded FTB staff this time around, the lovely Art Damage and legendary Suzie Creamcheese. There are more goodbye tributes on the schedule with the passing of Tony Hendra, U-Roy and Michael Stanley and at showtime it was learned of the sudden death of a personal radio hero of mine, Ray White. We spend a minute with Todd Rundgren, celebrate the 53rd Birthday of Zappa’s “We’re Only In It For The Money” and Annie Clark stops by to introduce her new St. Vincent single, which joins Girl In Red, Neal Francis and Joe Strummer in the new release bin. Your ears will be delighted with Sly & The Family Stone, Jon Auer (with and without The Posies, classic Van Duren band Good Question, a new remaster from Japan, Hoodoo Gurus, Talk Talk, The Blue Nile, The Kinks and to quote Andrea True, “More More More.” Thanks for listening and continuing to send support to us at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR.
Entering March there are signs that we finally may have reasons to be cheerful. Even though the Pandemic is still everywhere, news of the solid vaccine supply and an actual plan for distribution that is working is lifting our spirits. While the insanity of lies, dangerous political shenanigans and the devaluation of character and honor still rage at the fabric of our society it is more important than ever to keep a level head (wearing a mask) and work toward solutions and understanding. Episode #115 will hopefully put a smile on your face and a spring in your step with some sonic salvation through new releases from The Fleshtones, The Alarm, Wild Pink, The Moons, Rick Holmstrom and Amythyst Kiah. There’s brilliant new vault material from Neil Young with Crazy Horse, The Black Crowes and Tower Of Power and plenty of time to play some old friends like Marti Jones, Dramarama, Murder By Death, The Burned, Game Theory, Freedy Johnston, Little Feat, Big Star, Mark Lanegan and so much more. We always appreciate the support flowing in at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR. Thanks for listening and please stay in touch.
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