Have an absolutely beautiful rest of your life.
A huge thank you to all who have contributed to support this program, I am completely overwhelmed with gratitude and needed a few boxes of tissues reading your beautiful comments. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Episode #41 (the 3rd installment from Joe’s Garage) finds the return of Pedro The Lion, some new things from Radiohead, Beirut and Tedeschi Trucks Band, fabulous historical reissues from Johnny Cash and The Staples Singers, rare Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello and Joe’s regular Steve Wilson choice cut. Somehow Big Joe Turner meets The Wildhearts via The Replacements and connections are made from Squarepusher to Pink Floyd, Sohn to Sonny & Cher and Miles Davis mixes it up with Jimi Hendrix and Morphine… and that’s not even half the show! Please enjoy responsibly and thanks again for your beautiful contributions. To donate go to http://mikemarrone.com
Episode 40 (#2 from Joe’s Garage) is kind of a landmark as I have finally gotten around to configuring a way to actually pay for the show. If you are already on http://mikemarrone.com simply look to the right and click Donate. If not, please go there and look to the right. Okay? Thanks. Musically speaking, this episode manages to cover all the major musical food groups and features a new remastered material from Matthew Sweet and Ben E. King, rare live stuff from two of our finest humans -- Peter Holsapple with Syd Straw, a jazzy take on Blondie from The Bad Plus, the jazz genius of Dave Brubeck, live stuff from the latest tour from The Dream Syndicate (with Chris Cacavas) and Todd Rundgren recorded in 1971. Also Let’s Active, Game Theory, The dB’s, Simon & Garfunkel, Lou Reed, The Byrds, John Cale, Polar Bear, The Roots, Renaissance, Joe’s Steven Wilson pick, The Grapes Of Wrath, The Posies, eels, Maia Sharp, Split Enz, Yes, Ani Difranco, Lori Carson, Spoon, OMD and even Peter & Quagmire with my current earworm. We remember Dean Ford of Marmalade, who passed last week at age 73 to the Afterparty In The Sky and still manage to fit in Chris Bell, Harry Nilsson and Three Dog Night into the mix, without a trainwreck in sight or sound.
Many have inquired about sending funds to help with the cost of doing my From The Basement programs and I have resisted as I was able to cover it. However, now that I am unemployed it has become very clear that I cannot fund it completely on my own for much longer. With that in mind, I have setup a PayPal account to handle the transactions. I am not asking for any amount in particular and appreciate anything you wish to donate. You can find the button to click on the right of the page under my name. Now that I am cancer free I am planning to do more shows while I continue my job search. The best case scenario would be to do a new show everyday and have the donations provide me with enough money to pay my bills. Hey... I can dream, can't I? Thanks as always for listening and thanks even more for helping me fund this venture.
Episode #39 is the first episode recorded in the land of my birth, glorious New Jersey as we begin the series From The Basement in Joe's Garage! New music from The Raconteurs, the return of Swervedriver, new live stuff from the latest incarnation of King Crimson, a remastered release from the great Stan Ridgway are some of the highlights. And we reap the benefits of UMG's copyright extension plunder of the Motown vaults for a heap of previously unreleased material dating back to 1968 from David Ruffin, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops and Jr. Walker. Speaking of vaults, the latest release from the Springsteen vault is the historic 1979 No Nukes performance, which we explore a bit and for some reason spend some time with the number 9. It's great to be back on Jersey soil and even better that bread and pizza finally taste like they are supposed to. As always, thanks so much for listening.
Merry Christmas to all. This is the final edition of From The Basement to come from my basement studio in Maryland. The movers arrive on Boxing Day, which just struck me as quite ironic considering the boxing is pretty much complete. Episode #38 is essentially a personal mixtape of tunes I wanted to hear while driving to my home state of New Jersey, where we will temporarily set up a series of tents and appliance boxes... hopefully with power and a rocking internet connection. We'll end this arc of the series with sets of personal musical touchstones that summon emotions of beginnings, endings, failure and success, hope and joy and the renewed enthusiasm to continue pushing the rock up the hill. Love to you all for a happy, healthy and love filled Holiday and as always, thanks for listening.
Episode #37 is sort of a mood piece recorded on the 28th anniversary of my Father’s passing. Just a few new things, including another track from the just released Decemberists EP. We make some beautiful Power Pop noise, slip in a bit of classy Jazz with Thelonious Monk, Count Basie and Frank Sinatra and round things out with a whole bunch of comfort food. This might be the last episode from this iteration of Mike’s Basement as we are moving out of state next week.
There’s only time for a few more episodes before I have to move the Mike’s Basement studio and we spend a portion of #36 celebrating some of the new RRHOF inductees. We also dwell on some of the obvious and somewhat ridiculous omissions. One set was inspired by a terrific new documentary on Jeff Beck and we have new stuff from The Decemberists, Mercury Rev (with Margo Price), live David Byrne, Snail Mail and Bruce on Broadway. I have also located my favorite Christmas song of all time, which is guaranteed to make you reach for a box of tissues and/or a barf bag. Once again there’s some “Yacht Rock” that is never played and a blast of Holiday Cheer from The Cartwright’s. Dig in and turn on.
The episodes are coming fast and furious now that I feel closer to 100% recovered. Not much in the way of Holiday tunes this time, but the fact that we dug out the original recordings of “Christmas On The Ponderosa” for some cheer makes that fine. Listen for new stuff from Joe Jackson, Mike Viola, Broken Bells, John Medeski’s new solo album, Mark Lanegan covering Lou Reed and more from the new offerings of Matthew Sweet, Chick Corea with Christian McBride and Brian Blade and Bill Lloyd. New archival arrivals include the legendary Springsteen at The Roxy recordings and a pair of Beach Boys copyright extension releases from 1968. This episode also contains 2 more songs that should be on anything called Yacht Rock but aren’t, old friends Peter Himmelman, Peter Holsapple, Chris Stamey, Nils Lofgren, Jimmer Podrasky, Syd Straw and a whole bunch more.
The Christmas music has broken through, especially that deranged Holiday classic from Dean Martin "Baby It's Cold Outside." But we don't dwell on Holiday sounds in episode 34 as there is also new stuff from Van Morrison, Morrissey, Bruce on Broadway, Rufus Wainwright, Bill Lloyd and a stunning live album from a trio of the finest musicians on the planet; Chick Corea, Christian McBride and Brian Blade. Speaking of Deano... you'll be surprised at how much he had in common with the late, great Willy DeVille. As a super bonus we've included a Christmas Classic from New Jersey supergroup The Amazing Bolts!
Still no Christmas Music, although a song from the Kate Bush remasters is often used as one and makes an appearance. Episode #33 digs into some newly released archive material from Kate, R.E.M., The Posies, David Bowie, Janis Joplin, Howard Jones and The Pixies. There's a new offering from Grandaddy and a brilliant new Matthew Sweet record. Yacht Rock is represented with two artists that you will never hear on anything labeled Yacht Rock, as well as a blast from the past with Velvet Crush, Free, Urge Overkill, The Bongos, Winter Hours, Peter Gabriel, Frankie Miller and much more.
Many have asked how to keep the From The Basement programs afloat, especially now that I am unemployed. Please donate via PayPal below whatever you feel you can afford to help cover my costs. Thank you.
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