Have an absolutely beautiful rest of your life.
It was tempting to make Episode 30 episode 50 with the arrival of the 50th Anniversary Edition of one of the greatest and most influential albums of all time, Jimi Hendrix's landmark "Electric Ladyland." We'll dig into that as well as more from the 50th Anniversary of the "White Album" from The Beatles. Also expect some stuff from the holy grail of Van Morrison live rarities, new music from J Mascis, Jon Spencer, the return of Dramarama and a live release from Midnight Oil. That really just scratches the surface of the episode, in addition we spend some quality time with a historical release from Mott The Hoople, Dylan's latest Archive series release and a handful of Beach Boys rarities.
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Some celebration is in order for episode 29 with the great news from my doctor coming this week. This show is a prime example of why I prefer to present music in long sets. New stuff from Thomas Abban, Death Cab For Cutie, Marianne Faithfull, Boygenius, Ty Segal, Esperanza Spalding, Hugh Cornwell, Colin Devlin, Rosanne Cash (with Colin Meloy), Aaron Lee Tasjan, a live set from the brilliant Steven Wilson and the 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of the timeless classic that is The Beatles "White Album." We also dig into the library for Queen, The Church, The National, The War On Drugs, my pal Chuck Prophet, Ben Folds and a whole bunch more.
Heavy on the comfort food this week as my appetite is improving. Episode 28 does feature some new things including David Crosby, Van Morrison, Blackberry Smoke (with Amanda Shires), the return of Pedro The Lion and massive reissues from a few UK bands you may have heard of called The Beatles and The Kinks. With Election Day right around the corner, I've kept this episode pretty much free of politics but that should not dissuade you from voting, as we need your vote now more than ever! Rare faves, unheard classics and sidesteps abound in #28 and I hope you enjoy the ride as much as I did putting it together. Thanks again for all the love and for listening.
Episode #27 pays tribute to the legendary Tony Joe White and features a dive into the sprawling R.E.M. at The BBC box. Also the rebirth of The Flesh Eaters, new stuff from Neil Young, Minus The Bear and a brilliant new Paisley Underground project featuring The Three O'Clock, Rain Parade, The Bangles and The Dream Syndicate. We explore more from the sublime new albums from Colin Devlin, Darren Jesse and David Byrne and dig deep for some treasures by Mott The Hoople, Mickey Newbury, The Stranglers and The Walker Brothers to name a few. Finally getting my "sea legs" under me but still not sure if it's merely a B flat.
Recovery and remembering are on the agenda for episode 26. Now that the chemo is finished recovery begins with new music from Joan Jett, Matthew Perryman Jones, Graham Parker, The Grip Weeds, They Might Be Giants, The English Beat, James Maddock, Greg Laswell, Sam Phillips, Tony Joe White and more. We remember Marty Balin, Otis Rush and especially John Wicks of The Records, dig a little deeper into the Petty Box and open up the amazing "Ultimate Imagine." Exhausted, hopeful and rooting for The Brewers may I present From The Basement, episode 26.
I wasn’t planning on doing a new show today but once I started fooling around in the home studio… #25 just sort of appeared. New releases from The Beatles, The Beta Band, Joe Strummer, Prince, Billy Gibbons and Toad The Wet Sprocket are sprinkled with a ton of “comfort food.” Jimi, Bob Marley, a set of Prog, live Van Morrison, Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express, R.L. Burnside, The Cure, The The and a tasty batch of side dishes like Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders, Julian Cope, John Coltrane, Bowie and Peter Sellers link up with some chuckles from George Carlin and the ever present spirit of Zappa. From The Basement #25 is done and I still have a weekend before checking back into the hospital for my final round of poison.
It's only fitting that a show dedicated to the greatest ever, Willie Mays, would be an epic episode. Chock full of brand new music from Charles Bradley, Swamp Dogg (with Justin Vernon), Richard Thompson, William Elliott Whitmore, Low, Hiss Golden Messenger, The Chills, Marc Ribot (with Syd Straw and Tom Waits), the return of Black Uhuru, Willie Nile and more. We also take a deep dive into the brilliant new album from Colin Devlin, get the full story of how Rickie Lee Jones wound up covering The Blue Nile's "Easter Parade" directly from Paul Buchanan, Marshall Crenshaw covering Nilsson, the 50th Anniversary of a Doors classic. And of course a musical tribute to The Say Hey Kid, the one and only Willie Mays. More than four hours of new, old and everything in between.
Managed to complete episode 23 before heading back to the hospital for round 5. Plenty of new stuff including Paul McCartney, Spiritualized, Hozier (with Mavis Staples), Murder By Death, more from Alejandro Escovedo and Crack The Sky's new releases, Saintseneca, J. Mascis, Madeleine Peyroux, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Jill Sobule and John Hiatt. From the catalog you'll hear some solo Beatles, MJQ, The Mats, Massive Attack, the late great John Martyn, Tin Huey, Timbuk 3, Ultra Vivid Scene Bowie, Tommy James, Mitch Easter covering Todd and much more. Episode 23 is dedicated to Donnie Baseball, the great Don Mattingly and to all of you that take the time to listen. Thanks so much for all othe love and we'll get together soon for #24.
Finally! Episode #22 takes place on Labor Day after a needed break for recovery. Of course it's posted the day after Labor Day because that's the way my life has gone over this very long Summer. All is well and the end is in sight and my new release bin is overflowing. Listen for new things from Chris Stamey, Jonathan Wilson, Death Cab For Cutie, Kurt Vile, Cat Power, Amy Helm, Mark Erelli, BC Camplight, Bird Streets, Paul Simon, Big Red Machine, Amos Lee, Crack The Sky and what could be Alejandro Escovedo's best ever work. We also spend some of the 3 and half hours with the 50th Anniversary deluxe edition of "Music From Big Pink" and start saying goodbye to Summer and hello to September with Big Star, Blinker The Star and The Strawbs, to name but a few. Last but certainly not least the great Aretha Franklin is remembered as best as the DMCA will allow. Thanks again for all your wonderful healthy wishes and for listening.
Episode #21 is sorta special as I recorded it while undergoing chemo treatment #3 of 6 at Howard County General Hospital, 4th Floor South Oncology Wing during my 5 day stay. Very special people work on this floor and they have made this ordeal as pleasant as possible. New tunes from Elvis Costello (also battling the Big C) and a 21 year in the making solo outing from one of my faves, Peter Holsapple called "Game Day" that truly resonates. Lots of "comfort food" and some stuff directly inspired by what my body is going through. Halfway home and feeling strong. Thanks to all for listening and the love.
Recording in the hospital
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