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We bid a fond farewell to one of my drumming idols this episode with a set dedicated to the genius that was Ginger Baker, from Cream to Fela Kuti and Airforce to Baker-Gurvitz Army with a splash of jazz brilliance with Charlie Haden and Bill Frisell. There is a new Wilco album and a new Wilco tribute featuring Low, Sharon Van Etten and Ryley Walker, joining other new arrivals from Joseph Arthur, The Lilac Time, Lucy Dacus and Liz Phair. Dinosaur Jr. gets a catalog upgrade and Steve Miller opens his vault for the very first time. All this and so much more awaits on Episode #70 (Joe’s Garage Act XXX). Thanks as always for listening and especially for your generous donations at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR.
A short break between episodes made necessary by a tick bite resulting in Lyme’s Disease for your humble host, but after what I’ve been through the last few years… fuck it, let’s rock! We say goodbye to Robert Hunter and Summer, and hello to Autumn with historical reissues from The Beatles, The Replacements, Billy Bragg and Caravan. There’s new music from Leonard Cohen, Brittany Howard, Sturgill Simpson, Son Little, Wilco, the return of The Long Ryders, brilliant new string work from Bruce Cockburn and Billy Strings, Gregg Laswell and an atmospheric new entry from Robbie Robertson. The hilarious new offering from Rocky Mountain Mike is a highlight of a set centered on the latest episode of our current White House Reality Show nightmare and we’re still not finished bidding adieu to Ric Ocasek. Thanks for your generous donations at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR they are truly keeping our heads above water in these turbulent times.
It seems we say goodbye to someone every episode and this time there are three new all access passes to the afterparty to bid adieu; Daniel Johnston, Eddie Money and Ric Ocasek. A batch of potent power pop centered new releases are also in the mix, headlined by the always brilliant Pernice Brothers, new find The Bishop’s Daredevil Stunt Club and a wonderful new effort from The Anderson Council. New to me Karate Boogaloo wins best new band name prize this episode, while Robbie Robertson and Death Cab For Cutie's latest work rubs elbows with new archival arrivals from Miles Davis, Peter Gabriel, Chicago Transit Authority, Art Pepper and The Cult. There’s also a bit of a tribute to Nick Lowe for no apparent reason and the same goes for Michael Penn. And we haven’t even mentioned that Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, The Mama’s and Papa’s, Laurie Anderson, Hudson-Ford and Ken Nordine are just some of the other boys and girls on the bus. Thanks as always for your generous support (https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR) and most of all for listening.
Took a small break between episodes and have been very busy loading CDs up to Discogs for sale, it is going to take a while to get to them all but you have to start somewhere. If you’re looking for some discs for your collection, head to (https://www.discogs.com/seller/mike_marrone/profile). Episode 67 (Joe’s Garage Act XXVII) finds your host exploring the past with a few long sets that bring back communal memories of a Woodstock inspired adolescence. We also say goodbye to Peter Fonda and Neal Casal, remember Jeff Buckley and make time for a batch of new sounds from The Rubinoos (produced by Chuck Prophet), Thom Yorke & Flea, Ghost Funk Orchestra, Sturgill Simpson, Death Cab For Cutie (with and without Chance The Rapper), Sleater-Kinney, David Wax Museum, brilliant new pop from The Brothers Steve (with Jeff Whalen) and the return of Diesel Park West. As always, thanks for your ears and especially your heart with your continued donations at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR.
Take a trip with From The Basement Episode #66 as we cruise through new stuff from The Bird & The Bee, Bon Iver, The Pixies, John Prine (with Margo Price), Bruce Cockburn and Ben Folds. We’ll stop for archival new arrivals from Elliott Smith and The Beatles and pay tribute to Nick Walusko (aka Nicky Wonder) of The Wondermints and Brian Wilson’s band who has left us at the tender age of 59. Including a side trip for my entire set from the WHTG reunion at The Saint In Asbury Park on 8/10, we’ll jump lanes from The Specials, Blue Oyster Cult, They Might Be Giants and House Of Freaks to name just a few. Fasten your seatbelts and please keep those cards, letters and donations coming at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR. Thanks for listening and your continued patronage.
Welcome to a new month as From The Basement Episode #65 (Joe’s Garage Act XXV) marks our entry into August with more of the brilliant debut from The Quiet Temple. They are joined by another exciting debut album by Manchester sextet Pieces Of Man, a genre defying blend of R&B, Jazz, Soul and more, with a nod to the late, great Gil Scott-Heron. Another new release fave is the latest release from School Of Language, the side project of Field Music’s David Brewis offering a U.K. perspective of our orange menace with an entire Trump inspired album called “45.” We also get to the historical release of Adam’s House Cat, the pre-DBT’s combo of Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley. Speaking of history, the 50 year old performance of Creedence Clearwater Revival at Woodstock finally sees the light of day. And there are new offerings from The New Pornographers, Marc Cohn with The Blind Boys Of Alabama and the wonderful Andrew Bird. We dip into sounds that range from Duke Ellington and Ray Charles to T.S.O.L. and Tom Waits. There is a Prince request filled, a sonic ode to the weekend and a whole bunch more. Thanks for your continued generosity at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR allowing me the funds to continue in these very difficult times. Love to you all.
The initial plan was to record and post episode #64 on Thursday but the Joe’s Garage Compound was hit with powerful storms that ripped through New Jersey and found ourselves without power for a chunk of the week. Everyone survived, just one hospital visit (short stay), a substantial tick bite (me not one of the animals and not related to the hospital) and buckets of water for flushing (well water/no manual pump). New music this time centers mainly on a pair of releases; the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino’s new film “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” and a brilliantly eclectic new offering by The Quiet Temple. They are joined by new efforts from Delbert McClinton, DJ Shadow (with de la soul), Lloyd Cole and Mavis Staples, as well as a new vault release from The Replacements. Library goodies include exclusive performances from Joseph Arthur and Golden Smog among Chris Whitley, birthday boy Pete Yorn, Translator, Herbie Hancock, ZZ Top, Alexis Korner, Harry Nilsson, John Martyn, Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy and much more. Thanks for your continued support at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR and for listening.
A positively sweltering Saturday in the Joe’s Garage command center is the setting for Episode #63 (hey, I just turned 63) which makes this missive, Joe’s Garage Act XXIII. Out of love and respect, we begin with a tribute to Johnny Clegg, much more than just a musician/songwriter/performer/dancer, Mr. Clegg was a true example of courage, humanity and social justice. Johnny most assuredly put a positive dent in the culture of the world. New music is well represented and the bin is stuffed with fresh arrivals from Bones U.K., Wilco, Dylan LeBlanc, Bon Iver, Dhani Harrison, Toots and The Maytals, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Brittany Howard (stepping out of Alabama Shakes) and a new song from Jackson Browne and Leslie Mendelsen written for a gripping new film ("5B"). We’ll have more from the new Raconteurs album, a spiffy 20th Anniversary Edition of “Liquid Skin” from Gomez and single out one of my favorite songwriters previously unreleased performance at Woodstock from a massive new 50th Anniversary collection. Did you remember/know that Tim Hardin played the original festival? Listen for a connection linking Pistol Star, Grant Lee Buffalo, Novo Combo, Santana, Automatic Man and Stomu Yamashta’s Go, and utilizing the inspiring work of artists including The Plimsouls, Warren Zevon, The Blues Magoos, The War On Drugs, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, E.L.O., Bloodstone, The Beat Farmers, Will Hoge, Ten Years After, War, The Wild Seeds, Poco, Richard Butler and more, once again attempt to display that there really are only two types of music. Stuff you like and stuff you don’t. Thanks for helping to keep the dream (and my family) alive. https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR
We made it safely back in the arms of of New Jersey and what a trip it was. From a no-show mover to the delicate balance of travelling nearly 2,000 miles with three cats and an energetic puppy. And that doesn’t even take into account my daughter dealing with the installation and implementation of a newly installed port (central line) to improve the results of her monthly infusions. Suffice to say, it has been a very challenging ordeal but we are so happy to have Anastasia home with us to continue her treatments surrounded by the people who love her. This episode features new stuff from Ben Harper, The Hold Steady, The Raconteurs, Chris Stamey, Steve Gunn, Ride and The Black Keys, as well as a few insights into our playlist from the road like Canned Heat, Led Zeppelin, more from The Hold Steady and The Spinners. Also a shout out to Garland Jeffreys, The Troggs, Brett Harris, The dB’s, Valerie Carter, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Aimee Mann, Bruce Springsteen and an invite to mellow out with a brilliant Tangerine Dream piece, lovingly remastered by Steven Wilson. Your continued financial support has been essential to our survival and now that the gang's all in one place you can expect more frequent episodes, as well as some historical uploads. The link for support remains https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR. Thank you to the moon and back.
It's another Dispatch from Colorado as I am still in Colorado with Anastasia and getting ready to bring her home. We pay tribute to the late Dr. John and Roky Erickson and dig into a bunch of new releases from Perry Farrell, Rickie Lee Jones, Jesse Malin, Liam Gallagher, Eagles Of Death Metal covering Mary J. Blige, the return of Pete Yorn, a new Bon Iver single and Peter Frampton's final album. My Jersey homeboys, The Smithereens have been inducted to the NJ Hall Of Fame and that event gets some time this episode. There's also some new/old things from the Prince Estate, Dave Hause, Steve Miller, Peter Gabriel, Ian Hunter, Chuck Prophet, The Righteous Brothers and the proverbial whole bunch more. If you have yet to donate to the cause, please consider digging deep now. Thanks to everyone for the generosity and support. https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR
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