From The Desk of Art Damage. Bon Vivant, Gadabout, Retired Duke (Earl Of Prunes)
Hello all of you wonderful people, Art Damage is my name and this time, pinch talking for dear Michael is my game. Unfortunately, a minor case of Bell's Palsy has made his ability to speak unintelligible. While annoyed with this latest issue again rising up, he remains in good spirits. After all, he dealt with a much more severe case years ago, and was able to keep his then ridiculous 12 hour a day, 7 days a week content output, not including interviews, performances, auditioning music, maintaining a huge database, writing most correspondence, building and maintaining a music library, etc., etc., without missing a single show. He didn't want to do it, he had to in order to stay employed.
Once the recent Supreme Court Mandate was announced, removing the actual rights women fought for and have been afforded a year shy of half a century, citing arcane circa 1800 and earlier events that have nothing to do with our Nation's founding documents and papers. While I clearly remember those contained language that included documents clearly spelling out that separation of Church and State was essential. I feel a duty to keep the music going with From The Basement as a gesture of support and solidarity. I did pick all the music and hand mixed the show. I was going to skip a week but as a father of a daughter and husband of Cathy for 42 years, this Supreme Court decision had me running to the music library to stop from doing a dumb thing. The initial instinct was to start attacking every Republican in walking range with a rake, recording a new episode is a much safer prospect. For now, at least. The fact that there are no protections for rape, incest or the mother's health is simply Draconian. They don't want to just go back to the 50's, they want to return to The Stone Age. This is a dangerous, immoral decision. Especially if you read the text of the sex offender on the court, Clarence Thomas. Next up, Gay Marrage, Contraception and a host of other rights. Interestingly, inter-racial marriage is also threatened, so maybe "Big Dick" Clarence is trying to rid himself of his white wife, now that everyone knows she's a Seditionist and is looking at a potential indictment. If this doesn't get a majority of the deadbeats that do not bother to vote off their ass and to their local voting center, our noble experiment in Democracy is over. Just think, an 18 year old male can LEGALLY purchase an AR 15, even after the new Gun Law. But if he rapes and impregnates even a young girl she is forced by law to carry his demon seed to term. WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK? Your humble host Art Damage will pop up with witty banter and will also introduce you to brand new Basement Dweller, Fuckeethah McDonald. She is also quite pissed with what's going on. Thanks to Art and Fuckeetha for helping to keep this thing on the move. BTW, Fuckeetha Rules. And so do you! Launched the new fundraising link (https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8KJGb9YYJn) on June 17 and already the goal has been reached! You people are the best. And we will gladly accept any spare change you find in the cushions until the expiration date. Since I can't just leave a static link up anymore (new rules), it will remain active until the 30 days expire on 7/17. Listen for new releases from The Lightning Seeds, Bartees Strange, Dayglow, Weezer, Perfume Genius, The Mars Volta, Porcupine Tree, Gary Lucas, Will Hoge, Matt Nathanson, Ben Kweller, The Georgia Satellites, The Handcuffs, G. Love & Special Sauce and more. Love you all.
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FTB#176 is subtitled “What I Played on my 66th Birthday” which should alert Hendrix and Zappa fans and also contains Birthday tunes for Brian Wilson who turned 80 the same day and Sir Paul McCartney who turned the same age a few days earlier. Another June 20th Birthday belongs to former major league Baseball catcher Andy Etchebarren, who sadly passed away in 2019, and although a two time All-Star is perhaps best remembered as having a face like a catcher's mitt. Hope you enjoy the show and thanks to all who have contributed to our latest fund raiser at https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8KJGb9YYJn We are already approaching our goal thanks to your generous support.
Perhaps it’s my affinity for hope, holding fast to optimism and that the existence of innate goodness is in more humans than not, but I see a crack forming and not for the light in Leonard’s song, but for finally seeing the facts presented for all. Until there are real consequences we cannot move forward. This episode was actually started last Friday but was not completed until last night. Some new, old and in between, rare performances, a couple of laughs, a fond farewell to Jim Seals, power pop love, jazz, blues, some extra Lou Reed and a current fave from Anton Barbeau. Did anyone else know that actor Edward James Olmos sang lead for a band called Pacific Ocean, or like me are you just finding out? There's be a new fundraiser posted, as it appears Veterinary Services have more than doubled out of nowhere, and two of our girls needed some attention immediately. That wiped out the Basement fund, so thanks for helping to heal 2 of our 6 rescues. I remain hopelessly optimistic. I'm raising $1,000 until 7/17/22 for Support From The Basement. Can you help? https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8KJGb9YYJn.
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This episode was going to be all about kids and guns but I changed course after starting as it was making me more miserable about the current situation. Although admittedly never being a gun aficionado, it simply does not compute why any civilian would need a true weapon of war. Whenever attempting to purchase non-prescription allergy medication proper ID is a must for the strict control of potential Meth making material. Yet at 18 years old, it’s perfectly fine to plunk down some dough on an AR15 without so much as a background check and you could come back and do it again as often as you like. We better wake the fuck up here in America. Instead of wallowing, this episode offers some great new releases from Wilco, Drive-By Truckers, Afghan Whigs, Andrew Bird, James Deely, Eric Ambel, Fantastic Negrito, Prince, Daniel Villarreal, Frank Sinatra, Biff Bang Pow!, The Kills, Johnette Napolitano, The Watson Twins and S. Carey. We also say goodbye to the singular talent of Kelly Joe Phelps and dig deep into the library to help lighten the psychic load though the magic of The Gun Club, The Lords Of The New Church, Alice Cooper, Marah, The Faces, Steve Marriott, Tyrone Davis, The Rascals, Led Zeppelin, Urge Overkill, Dramarama, Lenny Bruce and so much more. Enjoy and stay safe.
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The first part of this special presentation is called "The Real Meaning Of The Day." No, this is not a 3 day weekend to honor those who served but those he gave everything. Hopefully this will make you think a bit about men and women who gave their all for our Country and how we can never repay their sacrifice. Features Eric Burdon, James McMurtry, Bruce Springsteen, Country Joe McDonald, Mike Garson, David Bowie & Philip Glass, John Lennon, Jim Capaldi, Mac Quayle, Roy Harper, The Doors, Joel Harrison, Weather Report, Roger Chapman; The Shortlist, Explosions In The Sky, PJ Harvey, Jill Sobule, Bobby Womack, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Micah P. Hinson, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Fleetwood Mac, Jeffrey Gaines, Lee Michaels, Wadada Leo Smith, Frank Zappa, Danny O'Keefe, The Greenbriar Boys, The Doc Watson Family, Stu Huggens & The Sussquehanna River Band, The Head and the Heart, Pink Floyd, Klaus Weiss, The Police, Robert Cray, Richard Thompson, Woody Guthrie, Ian & Sylvia, Donovan, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Woody Guthrie.
We know that despite the intent of the Holiday, Memorial Day also marked the unofficial start to Summer, and nowhere is that more apparent then the Jersey Shore. Really any location with a beach but since I am back home now, it will always be The Jersey Shore for me. This Mixtape is for an imaginary Party on The Boardwalk and features Aretha Franklin, Lee Harvey Osmond, R.E.M., The Byrds, The La's, The Beatles, The Drifters, Stevie Wonder, Peter Gabriel, The Rolling Stones, Eric Ambel, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Art McKay, Led Zeppelin, Doug Sahm & The Sir Douglas Quintet, Diana Ross & The Supremes, The War On Drugs, Sonny & Cher, Simple Minds, The Waterboys, The Beach Boys, Jonathan Richman, The Buckinghams, Big Star, Let's Active, Scott McCaughey, Mott The Hoople, Rick James, Dazz Band, Prince and The Revolution, Big Audio Dynamite, Scott Goddard, ZZ Top, Arthur Conley, Ray Charles, Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickett, The Temptations, Edwin Starr, Bruce Springsteen, The Rascals, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Burdon & War.
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Clocking in at just under 6 hours, FTB#173 is stuffed to the brim with new releases from Nick Piunti & The Complicated Men, Paul Collins And Marci Marks, Mavis Staples and Levon Helm, The Black Crowes, Eric Ambel w/Warner E. Hodges, Arcade Fire, The Clash, Warpaint, Kevin Morby, Tim Kasher, Bryan Ferry, Margo Price, Robin Trower and more. We also remember the inventive electronic music pioneer, Vangelis who we said goodbye to a few days ago, as well as a small tribute to one of Mike’s favorite artists, Adrian Borland who left us 23 years ago by jumping in front of a train! Mental illness was a lifelong struggle and his demons finally overwhelmed him. There is some jazz from Ronny Jordan, Charlie Hunter and Eddie Harris, a Birthday greeting to Pete Townshend, sounds from Glen Burtnick, Dramarama and The Red House representing the Garden State and a diverse blend of everything from Tahiti 80, Jeffrey Lee Pierce and The Psychedelic Furs to TSAR, Funkadelic and Kendra Smith. Thanks for reaching our funding goal and be aware that there has been an Art Damage sighting, not a shock since Memorial Day is around the corner.
As if on a mission, episode #172 is quick to the finish line stuffed with only good intentions for proper distraction, hopefully containing your next earworm and a sense of calm should any urge to panic arise. Always expected a more understanding and open world if ever I managed to reach this age. Apparently it was not to be, even arriving at our front doorstep with an out of control, hate filled Trump loving neighbor. Currently hunkered down with added security cameras and Bond-like electronic trinkets, the studio is doubling as our panic room, really not much of a change for this kid as meals, dog stuff or needed supplies are the only reasons to consider leaving. On a brighter note, there are new things from The Smile, Margo Price, Kevin Morby, Steve Forbert's outstanding new album is featured, The Black Keys, the return of Lyle Lovett and The Black Crowes. Rerecorded classics from The Pineapple Thief are here, thanks to new drummer Gavin Harrison’s talent and attention to detail, and The Stones El Mocambo release is examined with joy. For some reason Tom Waits keeps popping up, perhaps due to the widely divergent cast including; The Dead Boys, Duke Ellington, The Clash, Chet Baker, The Cure, The Temptations, Bobbie Gentry, Fotomaker, Spooky Tooth, T. Rex, Bobby Gillespie, Lloyd Cole, Be Bop Deluxe, Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks, Gary Myrick, The Shamen, Sea Wolf, Mercury Rev, The Babys, Rod Stewart, Argent, Toots Hibbert, The Upsetters, Eric Burdon and so much more. This is the last show before the donation link closes on 5/21, thanks to all we have reached our goal and I remain amazed and in debt to you. Thank you so much, I feel better than Sally Field and James Brown. https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8J91A5NivQ
Even though the ground appears to be shifting underfoot, there are tunes that must be shared and sounds both new and old that can only help to calm our increasingly wounded psyche. New arrivals from Arcade Fire, Pink Mountaintops, The Waterboys, The Afghan Whigs and Warpaint will thrill and entertain, joining carefully selected library items from The Sound, The Beloved, The Cars, Cheap Trick, Talking Heads, John Lennon, John Legend, Roy Buchanan, Wilco, El Vy, Booker T Jones, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Roy Orbison, Elliott Smith, Yo La Tengo, The Fugs, The Gaslight Anthem, Miles Davis Quintet, Billy Cobham, Alphonse Mouzon, Tommy Bolin, King Crimson, Soul Coughing, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Joe Walsh, The Teardrop Explodes, The Beach Boys, Jellyfish, Elvis Costello & The Attractions, The Elvis Brothers, Car Seat Headrest, Bram Tchaikovsky, Free, Bob Seger, Buckingham Nicks, Fleetwood Mac, Savoy Brown, Rickie Lee Jones, The Blue Nile, Harry Nilsson, The Flat Five and more. The donation link has only a week left and we do appreciate those who have visited at https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8J91A5NivQ. If you can’t this time we certainly understand but for the first time we are falling short of our goal. Thanks for your ears, love and support.
The new release bin was overflowing with goodies following our 4 part first episode of “Mixtapes,” so this episode of FTB is loaded with new stuff. Expect to hear new releases from a wide range of artists, including The Beach Boys, Jack White, Kurt Vile, Johnnyswim, Damien Jurado, Arcade Fire, Fontaines D.C., Lucius, The Smile, Craig Finn, Neko Case, Angel Olsen, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal And Ry Cooder, The Silos, Ryan Adams, Calexico, Trombone Shorty w/Gary Clark Jr, Aaron Neville; The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Snoop Dogg; G-eazy; William Bell, Anders Osborne, Flora Purim, Robin Trower, Ann Peebles and more. There will be future episodes of “Mixtapes” in a few weeks, for now get ready for a wild ride on FTB #170. The massive library also contributed with tunes from The Sound, Cursive, Bruce Tunkel, James Deely, Sutherland Brothers & Quiver, Majesty Crush, The War On Drugs, David Crosby, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Warren Zevon, Peter Case, Bob Dylan, Little Feat, Lyle Mays, Charles Mingus, Idris Muhammad, Jimi Hendrix, Graham Parker & the Rumour, Black Crowes, Wilson Pickett and many more. Thanks for all the support, the donation link is active until May 21. https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8J91A5NivQ
The final part of our first episode of FTB presents Mixtapes is here and I am left with literally hundreds more songs initially pulled for the series. There is a very strong possibility that we will return to this series for Part 5 and beyond when we get further down the road. Massive flashbacks and the bitter and sweet came flooding back with just about every tune for me and I hope you enjoyed it. Next up will be a new episode of From The Basement as we hit the #170 milestone. I already see a backlog in the New Release section! Thanks as always for your ears, time and heart… also the Donations have been wonderful, link is good until 5/21. https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8J91A5NivQ
What seemed like a 4 part Episode going in, is starting to shape up to be at minimum, a 5 or 6 part Epic. So much music impacted our lives during these years it is difficult to get our arms around it all. It’s astounding to realize that in most cases, a half century has passed, yet so much of this takes you back in a guitar riff, lyric or drum pattern, all deeply ingrained in our DNA. I am absolutely convinced that we have been living witness to a true music renaissance period. The wide range of sound and style, believe it or not, does continue to this day, but these are very different times with too many choices for your eyes and ears. To be alive during a time when “music was in the air… everywhere” and it was timeless, revolutionary music has been a privilege. If you can, please continue to support this program https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8J91A5NivQ, this link is operational until May 21.
Mixtapes - Test Show #1, part 2
“High School Cruisin’ Tunes 1970-74”
Well the floodgates of memories have been cracked open and at this point believe we are looking at a minimum of 4 parts for the debut Mixtape project. The variety, quality and breadth of music introduced during this period I believe is truly remarkable in retrospect. While we certainly have more music released today in numbers, this period is second to none when it comes to the cultural impact. It is going to be a real joy, as well as a challenge putting the rest of the series together. Thanks to all who have hit up our donation link to contribute. https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8J91A5NivQ I am leaving a hidden prize on my main website (http://mikemarrone.com) Simply look for the word mixtape.
FTB Presents - Mixtapes - Test Show #1, part 1 - “High School Cruisin’ Tunes 1970-74”
I am pleased to announce a brand new series for the FTB faithful, dedicated to the Mixtape. There will be many differences between this show and our main program, From The Basement. The most obvious will be the absence of commentary, no set rundowns or shout outs, grievances or imaging spots. FTB presents Mixtapes will be all music and perhaps a tinge of comedy. Each show/episode will have a topic and we would absolutely love your suggestions for future shows. Once again the series will be available free of charge through Mixcloud but by subscribing for as little as $2.99 per month, Mixcloud will allow unlimited listening, fast forward and rewind and even downloads of the show for offline listening. That is the minimum amount allowed to charge and we plan to keep it that way. If you are already a subscriber for FTB, you are already set and no matter what I add in the future one subscription covers it all. To start off the series, this is a “test show” but will forever be episode #1. The topic is the music that I loved in high school. I have found during my near half-century in the music business that these are the years when our musical taste and identity is truly formed. I would venture to guess that a large percentage of people never waiver far from the musical bonds formed during this period. There will be (at least) two parts to this episode and your feedback is not only appreciated but essential to the project’s growth. The support thus far for FTB and other programs has been fantastic and I hope Mixtapes will be a welcome addition for you. There is a new Donation link that will be operational until May 20. Thank you for everything. https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8J91A5NivQ
We begin #169 with The Chairman of The Board and spend our time trying to find a thread as we pass through the likes of Pink Floyd, Primal Scream, Rod Stewart, Dylan Leblanc, Cassandra Wilson, Moby Ft. Gregory Porter & Amythyst Kiah, then John Prine, Joe Strummer, Knowledge, Thievery Corporation, Junior English, Joe Strummer, Stoneground, Aretha Franklin, The Fixx, Alice Cooper, previously unreleased live stuff from Chameleons and a ton more. Also new music from Boulevards, Justin Golden and Spiritualized, very rare John Lennon and Bob Dylan, hard to find Reggae singles, Stoneground covering Swamp Dogg and even Julian beautifully performing a song by his father. A new Donation button becomes active for the next 29 days, unfortunately needed as inflation to simply survive just keeps climbing. https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8J91A5NivQ Please do what you can. If you can’t, we completely understand and hope you will listen anyway. Stick around after the closing theme for a bonus.
Another week of witnessing unspeakable horror still happening in Ukraine, while the signal is clear at home that a woman’s right to choose is in the main agenda of the GOP and will fix what’s wrong in the country. If there was any doubt that our Culture is barely holding on to Democracy by a thread it is disappearing rapidly. This episode continues our modus operandi of keeping the news on the tube to a minimum and turning the music up as loud as possible. Hope you enjoy the debit of “Normal-Eye Jones” not only our new Australian correspondent, but related to our very own, Art Damage. His feature on Chris Bailey is sure to please. As will new music from The Waterboys, Drive-By Truckers, Jack White, Jack Broadbent, Cheap Star, Edgar Winter, Bob Moses and Ray Lamontagne. Make sure to keep your ears open for nuggets plucked from artists as wide ranging as The Soup Dragons and Reno Bo to A Tribe Called Quest and Yes. Literally, everything in between. Thanks for the support and love and especially your ears and time.
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