Have an absolutely beautiful rest of your life.
Sorry for the delay in getting Episode 80 (Joe’s Garage Act XL) but there was a port removal and two trips to Hopkins in Baltimore in between and the best part is, all the news is positive for Anastasia. Thanks to all for the notes of support. We have new stuff this time from Michael Stipe, Sam Burton, Sea Wolf, the return of Julian Cope and The Psychedelic Furs, Brendan Benson, Puss N Boots, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit and a huge set for Black History Month featuring a new take on Gil Scott-Heron’s “I’m New Here” from Makaya McCraven, as well as the 10th Anniversary edition of that brilliant album. Speaking of brilliance, Christian McBride’s “A Musical Portrait of Four Icons” is just that and rounds out the set. We also make room to honor the memories of groundbreaking guitarist Andy Gill and Ivan Kral who have left us entirely too soon. Thanks for your generosity and your ears and please give what you can to keep this going at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR as the cupboard is starting to get thin.
We couldn’t wait for the results of the brouhaha in D.C. to unleash episode #79 (Joe’s Garage Act XXXIX) but will make sure to follow up with our impressions on the next one. We’ll use this precious time to give the great Harry Harrison a fond farewell and preview new offerings from Tindersticks, Sea Wolf, Nada Surf, Brian Fallon, Caspian, Brandon Wolfe Scott and Ben Watt, as well as historic releases by Bryan Ferry, Morphine, Simon & Garfunkel and Marshall Crenshaw. The long sets ebb and flow with sounds from Brittany Howard, Julien Baker, The Hold Steady, The Delfonics, Virginia Astley, John S. Hall & Kramer, Damien Rice and many more. Thanks, as always, for your ears and heart and your continued financial support. At press time all I can say is “Bolton Must Testify!”
A tumultuous week in American History has left this somewhat addled brain and psyche absorbing more bumps and bruises than ever. My daughter Anastasia and I try to ease the pain with long sets centered on the problems and possible solutions, with a huge assist from the esteemed Adam Schiff. We have some new things from The Drive-By Truckers and Wire, a band still managing to stay relevant after 43 years, as well as another track from the great new Weeklings album, 3. We give a much deserved feel better Lloyd Cole shoutout to our dear friend Tobi and a Happy 60th to one of John Coltrane’s landmark releases. Much love to all for the support, both financial and emotional, and for listening.
From The Basement begins 2020 by celebrating the release of the wonderful new album from The Weeklings with a visit to their basement and 3 tunes from their new record, their first in stereo, called “3.” Speaking of new stuff, Nada Surf return with a song that would be a smash if real radio still existed and the same goes for Jeff Whalen, former Tsar leader, who put out 2 of the best albums of 2019. There’s also a Gil Scott-Heron reworking, as well as terrific new stuff from Diane & The Gentlemen and Graham Parker. We’ll take some time to acknowledge the musical brilliance of Neil Peart and cultural icon Ed “Kookie” Byrnes who have left for the afterparty in the sky and my daughter Anastasia contributes a stellar set of tunes, proving once again that she’s a chip off the old block. Look for the bonus tracks from last episode at the end of the posted playlist of this one and see if you can guess this week’s nuggets before they are revealed next time. Thanks as always for your support, love and ears!
We say goodbye to 2019 and the great Neil Innis with Episode 76 of From The Basement. Happy New Year to all and thanks from the bottom of my heart for all the support, which has allowed me to continue this project and continue to recover. My daughter Anastasia joins briefly with a set for the year, and there’s even hidden bonus material following the usual Zappa closing. See you all next year and let’s all hope the best days are truly ahead. Love…. Mike.
A huge thanks to those who have joined Mixcloud Select and a great big hug and kiss for those that continue to support the show through our regular link at (https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR). You are truly making it all possible. This time around we have audio history with fresh remasters from The Rolling Stones, Flamin’ Groovies and Be Bop Deluxe, new efforts from Alex Chilton, Greg Dulli, Bria Skonberg, Robbie Robertson and tribute to Mose Allison featuring Taj Mahal, Iggy Pop and Fiona Apple. The Firesign Theatre stops by to cheer us up and we hear from Little Richard, Jackie & The Starlites, Cannonball Adderley, Morphine, David Sylvian, Utopia, Mountain, Joe Cocker and plenty more. We begin with a segment centered on the Waterboy’s classic “The Whole Of The Moon” in honor of the final big moon of the decade.
Here's another exclusive for my Mixcloud Select subscribers. The full 6 hour morning show from The Loft from December 11, 2017. Turn back the clock exactly two years. My head positively spins at what has transpired since... it seems like a lifetime ago and last week at the same time. I'll post the playlist from the show below, but you will need to be a Select Subscriber in order to stream it. Thanks to those who have already signed up and continue to support my activity.
For the first episode after becoming “Select” we dig into the new Super Deluxe Edition of Prince’s “1999” and a beautiful expanded edition of “What Is Dream” from one of my favorite bands, Mercury Rev. There’s also a great new compilation from Jon Savage that yields old faves from Crazy Horse and Detroit (featuring Mitch Ryder), a new Ben Lee cover of Built To Spill and a big band tribute to The Allman Brothers. Warren Zevon makes a long overdue appearance and Graham Parker shows up by request to mix and mingle with Wondermints, Wonder Stuff, XTC, REM, MMJ, old pals Winter House and Rachael Yamagata, Dennis Wilson, The Strawbs, Marshall Crenshaw, a new Mobile Fidelity release from Dire Straits, Wilco, The Members and World Party, to name but a few. We bid a tearful farewell to the great Iain Sutherland and a big hello to all of you. Thanks for the support and for listening.
Many have asked how to get playlists and especially offline listening/downloads of my show. This is the best way I could find to make that happen. I am charging the minimum allowed, and will be putting some members only stuff up. It removes limits, gives you the playlist up front and allows you to listen when and where you like. From The Basement will always be available as it is. Free to all. This is an option for an enhanced experience. Your support so far has been unbelievable and I sincerely thank you for being here. Here's the first exclusive for Select Subscribers.
A flurry of new releases dominate From The Basement #73 (Joe’s Garage Act XXXIII) but the show is centered around a very special new offering from Joe Henry. Warren Zanes new collection Come On Up To The House: Women Sing Waits is also represented with contributions from Aimee Mann, Corinne Bailey Rae and sisters Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer. There’s a new album from Beck, a new tune from The Drive-By Truckers, a pair from Sir Paul McCartney, more from The Pernice Brothers and posthumous offerings from Harry Nilsson and Leonard Cohen. As if that was not enough, some historic concert material has surfaced from The Band and Jimi Hendrix. We also pay our respects to Spirit Of The West leader John Mann, who has left us at the tender age of 59. Thanks to all that have contributed to our Fall Fund Drive, you have been most generous as usual. We are always accepting offerings at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR and with The Holidays around the corner, check out some music for sale at https://www.discogs.com/user/mike_marrone it’s always just the right thing to give the gift of music.
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