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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.
The episodes are coming fast and furious now that my home studio is finally coming together and boxes are getting unpacked. FTB #114 marks new releases from Alice Cooper, Real Estate’s new single, the return of Smith & Burrows, Reed Turchi, more from Steven Wilson and a batch of Wild Pink which is shaping up to be a 2021 musical highlight. We wish David Sylvian a very Happy Birthday with an extended and eclectic set and visit with old friends Damien Rice, Rickie Lee Jones, The Lucy Show, Jónsi, The Cure, Gary Numan, Black Sabbath, Free, R.E.M., Lloyd Cole, Howlin Wolf, David Bowie and a whole bunch more. Stay safe, schedule your Covid Vaccination as soon as you can and thanks so much for your unwavering support at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR. Thanks for listening.
There is an abundance of new music in episode #113 of FTB including fresh arrivals from The Hold Steady, Manchester Orchestra, Loretta Lynn with Margo Price, Matthew Sweet, Mogwai, Lord Huron, Wild Pink, Mike Doughty’s new Ghost Of Vroom project, the return of Del Amitri after a long absence and a sneak peek of the new Teenage Fanclub record “Endless Arcade.” Also get ready for a flurry of rarities from my dear departed friend Tommy Keene and a tribute to the remarkable Jon Mark who sadly left the planet for the afterparty in the sky. Somehow we manage to fit it disparate sounds from Michael Hall, Wynonie Harris, Grant Hart, T Bone Burnett, The Posies, Chuck Berry, Smokey Robinson, My Morning Jacket, The Kinks, Eric Burdon & War, George Harrison, Cannonball Adderley and still leave room to explore the new expanded remaster of The Band’s seminal “Stage Fright” album. Thanks as always for joining in the fun and for keeping the funds rolling in at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR.
Still absorbing the loss of my best friend Joe. That void, the lack of a Perp Walk so far for Tangerine Mussolini as he morphs into The Orange Teflon Don and the continuing Covid isolation watching our Nation teetering finds once again that music remains salvation. This time we have new stuff from Langhorne Slim, David Gray, Shovels and Rope, Steven Wilson, Aaron Lee Tasjan and Rod Abernethy, joining a lineup that includes Big Star, Tommy James, Elliott Smith, Stevie Wonder, The Replacements, Porno For Pyros, Radiohead, Billy Bragg, Fatal Flowers, John Lennon, Jo Jo Gunne, Gladys Knight and so much more. We pay tribute to a true giant of music, Chick Corea and say farewell to a great songwriter by the name of Jim Weatherly. Thanks for listening and continuing your generous support at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR. Stay safe, try to be kind and turn up the music.
This episode is done in tribute and memory for my best friend, Joe Cerach “aka” Joey Bolt. That’s Joe and me on the cover posing in my home studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico back in 1994, just one of many times when he went above and beyond the call helping me schlep across the country for work. A real friend is rare to find and devastating to lose, especially so young. As fate would have it, 2 days after Joe passed I received the new album from one of his absolute favorite artists, Steven Wilson’s “The Future Bites.” I would like to believe he has already heard it. We’ll feature that along with new stuff from Typhoon, Teenage Fanclub and the return of Too Much Joy alongside a deep excavation of sounds in an attempt to recreate the endless hours Joe and I spent discovering, exploring and acquiring as much music as humanly possible. Hope you enjoy the journey and don’t miss the included tribute to Tom Stevens of The Long Ryders. As always, thanks for all your generous contributions at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR which make everything possible.
The never ending goodbyes continue with musical memories of Sylvain Sylvain’s pure rock and roll essence, Tim Bogert’s groundbreaking bass wizardry and the supremely detestable icon that was Phil Spector. FTB#110 also resumes a musical search for some healing and peace of mind in a world that’s become difficult to recognize. The 24 hour news cycle is an unrelenting cacophony of Insanity, Violence, Insurrection, Lockdowns and Pestilence. Put that aside if you can, take a deep breath and soak up Mathew Sweet’s wonderful new album, as well as wisdom from Warren Zevon, Nina Simone and Gang Of Four, The Count Five, Alice Cooper, Stevie Wonder, Brittany Howard, Catherine Wheel, Shelby Lynne and a ton more. It’s a long episode, but we promise to leave you smiling with some classic Tommy Lasorda wit when it’s time to close. Thanks for everything at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR and please stay safe and alert.
I recently uncovered a huge box of deteriorating cassette airchecks from throughout my life. This will be a continuing series and sound quality is nowhere near my usual standards. This is from WHTG in Asbury Park, NJ. We were nuts and more than a little ahead of the curve musically, although Prehistoric Era in regard to equipment. I spent 1984-1989 there and wouldn't trade it for anything.
The first sonic entry into this new year and difficult as it is to remain optimistic, one can’t help feeling that we finally have the light at the end of the tunnel in sight. The mantra from the basement is just keep your ears open and let music heal our battered psyche. We have a pair of previously unreleased Dylan and Lennon covers from birthday boy David Bowie that arrived yesterday and also mark the birth of The King, Elvis Presley. Speaking of covers, Moon Duo give us a wonderful remake of a classic Black Sabbath tune and Steve Earle & The Dukes lovingly mourn the loss of Justin Townes Earle. The legendary Sly & Robbie return with a new album, as do personal favorites Kruder & Dorfmeister. Listen for a pair of bonus McCartney III tracks and even more birthday wishes for Marianne Faithfull and Dave Cousins of The Strawbs. This longer than usual episode also yields everything from John Coltrane to The KLF, a Julian Cope B side, Ben Harper, Nada Surf, the new Black Keys remaster, Robin Trower, Twinemen, Bill Withers, Mercury Rev, Dr. John and a whole bunch more. Continued love and thanks for all the donations at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR, please stay safe and we’ll get through this mess together.
FTB #108 marks the final audio entry in a year that defies description. A simple (or even complex) Year In Review or Countdown just wouldn’t cut it for this more than slightly dazed senior citizen. While dealing with and ultimately surviving stage four cancer punched up an E ticket worth of brand new emotional turmoil and angst, an unrelenting 2020 shrugged and said, “Hold My Beer!” Ever the cockeyed optimist I can point to more than a few positive developments that occurred and hope we have finally at least reached the beginning of the end of this unrelenting maelstrom of uncertainty. What this episode represents is the personal inner soundtrack that played for the bulk of what essentially became a stretch of time without a calendar or clock. And sometimes you can dance to it. You will also hear a tribute to the just departed Leslie West, a musician’s musician that was blessed with a signature tone and exceptional technique and musicality. He was also a very funny and fine human. Continued gratitude for all your support at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR. Have a safe, healthy and very Happy New Year.
This episode was going to start with a tribute to my friend and radio sister Rita Houston from the second I learned she lost her six year cancer battle. Her fight was long, painfull, debilitating and unfathomable to anyone who has never dealt with it up close and personal. I am happy she is at peace but like everyone who knew her, sad her light has vanished from our sight. I initially planned to continue doing a “regular” show and even managed to get in a great new song from Jeffrey Dean Foster but once the Christmas tunes came out, the floodgates opened. What can I say? It’s been a truly tough year for everyone and sitting here on December 22 felt the need to try and muster up some last minute Holiday Spirit. Musically we run the gamut from a brilliant brand new Nick Piunti & The Complicated Men track to Butterbeans & Susie’s 1930 chestnut “Papa Ain't No Santa Claus (Mama Ain't No Christmas Tree).” Let’s take a sonic holiday romp together and lift our spirits high. Did I mention weed is finally legal in New Jersey? It’s good to be home, wherever you are. Merry Christmas to all and thanks for making this brutal year suck a whole lot less. https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR
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