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From The Basement hits triple digits this episode and all the thanks go to those that have continued to support the show through donations and simply just by listening. When this series began I was in a very bad place healthwise, not sure of what was to come, but knew I had to continue sharing my obsession with music. Huge hugs go to Joey and Robin Cerach who gave us a place to regroup, lick our wounds and start again. We simply couldn’t have without them and the cover star of this episode, my Brother-In-Law Larry Love. Get ready for a few old favorites and a batch of new stuff from the likes of Julien Baker, Kaki King, The War On Drugs, Otis Gibbs, Sturgill Simpson, Randall Bramblett, Cliff Hillis, Joey Molland, Tyler Ramsey, Shemekia Copeland, Joe Bonamassa, Will Kimbrough, Gorillaz and Leon Bridges & Lucky Daye. We also say farewell to Spencer Davis and Jerry Jeff Walker. Thanks for listening and all the love & support at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR.
Finally! After nearly two years we are settling in to our new place. What a whirlwind of insanity and that’s not even taking into account the state of the Country right now. Episode #99 is the first coming from what I hope will be my final studio. We have all had enough of moving. Joe and Robin Cerach had our backs when we needed it most but as we all know, there’s no place like home. There’s music for all those thoughts included, as well as new stuff from The Drive-By Truckers, The Posies, Jónsi (with and without Elizabeth Fraser), Bruce Springsteen and my new favorite band, The Midnight Callers. We send a late Birthday card to John Lennon with more from a great new Jem Records tribute album, as well as a new “ultimate mix” collection. We give a sad farewell to guitar legend Eddie Van Halen and dive into new historical releases from The Grateful Dead, Prince, Bob Dylan, The Replacements, The Doobie Brothers, New Order and Ultravox. If that doesn’t sound weird enough, just wait until you hear how Pop-O-Pies, Bad Company, Lee Dorsey, The Ramones, Let’s Active and Led Zeppelin fill in the gaps. Thanks for all the support at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR and most of all for listening.
Our world gets stranger every day and in an attempt to try and makes some sense of it all, we present Episode #98 (Joe’s Garage Act LVIII) which will hopefully soothe the savage beasts we seem to be turning into. New stuff from Matthew Ryan (Strays Don’t Sleep), Eels, Jesse Malin, The Shins, Brittney Howard (with Bon Iver), Dramarama, Low Cut Connie, Mike Doughty's exciting new project Ghosts Of Vroom and Aimee Mann covering Leonard Cohen. We also bid a tearful farewell to The Notorious RBG and somehow manage to connect Dean Martin, The Velvet Underground, Roxy Music, The Stranglers, Warren Zevon, The Blue Nile, The Orwells, Robert Fripp and The Bee Gees and much more. Thanks as always for your unwavering and generous support at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR.
It has been a whirlwind of confusion around these parts recently and I’m not even referring to the current political/societal maelstrom. We have been trying to buy a house and move for about a year and after several false starts we appear to be on the precipice. 2020… what a year! At any rate, this episode consists of long sets containing new music from Doves, Matt Berninger, David Johansen, Amy Rigby and Wreckless Eric, New Order, Bruce Springsteen with The E Street Band and a glimpse into the Joni Mitchell archives. We say goodbye to Toots Hibbert and Gary Peacock and lean on wisdom from the likes of Stan Ridgway, King Crimson, Stevie Wonder, Urge Overkill, Paul Rogers (with and without Free), Gregg Allman, The Wonder Stuff and Lothar & The Hand People for comfort. Thanks for you continued support at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR and most of all for listening.
Labor Day 2020 is one of the recurring themes of FTB#96 as we get ready to close the book on perhaps the weirdest Summer in our history. We offer up some new things from David Johansen, Grant-Lee Phillips, Jonathan Wilson, Robert Plant with Patty Griffin, Raye Zaragoza, Melody Gardot with Sting and Bill Callahan. We also dig into a great new Marc Bolan tribute, which was the last project of the legendary Hal Wilner, and newly released Vault material from David Bowie and The Stones. There are also gems included from Sly & The Family Stone, Radiohead, Car Seat Headrest, The Happenings, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Roy Orbison, The Black Crowes, Stevie Wonder, New York Dolls and a ton more. Be safe, wear a mask and thanks so much for your continued and generous support at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR. We couldn’t do this without you.
We spend some time saying goodbye to another musician that has left us entirely too young, Justin Townes Earle. Don’t miss the solo session I posted from him the day the news hit us. We’ll hear new stuff from eels, Bon Iver, Great Peacocks, Luna taking on Television, Sufjan Stevens, Josh Ritter and what could be my favorite new band, The Midnight Callers with a rocking cover of a Bill Withers classic. Speaking of classics, we find room for a very rare Hendrix single, a momo Family recording, some Dave Mason artifacts, Marti Jones, Unicorn, Dumptruck, a rare Ryan Adams tune and everything from The Buckinghams to Game Theory. And there’s still time for a dive into a new Willie Nile tribute album with tracks from old friends Kenny White, Richard Barone and James Maddock. Thanks as always for listening, subscribing and keeping us afloat financially at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR
A massive power loss delayed the release of this latest episode, which we will deal with musically. We complete our tribute to the late Peter Green with some tasty odds and ends and celebrate the return of a pair of alternative music icons, The Psychedelic Furs and John Foxx. Neil Young’s 2020 reworking of “Looking For A Leader” send us off on a tangent including The Staples Singers, David Byrne, Garland Jeffreys, Action Figures, Soul Coughing, Nine Horses (David Sylvian) and more. There’s a new album from Irish band Fontanes D.C., new tracks from Robert Plant and Elvis Costello and Ben Harper & Rhianon Giddens put a fresh coat of paint on an old Nick Drake chestnut. This extra long episode has plenty more to offer from Jim James, David Bowie, Yes, King Curtis, Guadalcanal Diary, Too Much Joy, Love, Spirit, Charles Bradley and much more. Don’t forget to stick around after the closing theme for a hilarious new offering from Harry Shearer. Thanks so much for your support at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR and most of all for listening.
We say goodbye to Emitt Rhodes with an extended set of his timeless Pop and a brief nod to the legendary Peter Green, since news of his passing came during the show. Expect a longer tribute next time to one of the most distinct and influential guitar players to emerge from the UK Blues Explosion of the mid-60s. New music will be spun from Jeff Tweedy, Lucinda Williams, A Girl Called Eddy, Chris Stamey & The Fellow Travelers, Matt Berninger, Wayne Hussey, The Waterboys, Inter Arma and more. Recently unearthed musical treasure arrives from Prince, The Stones with Jimmy Page and Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers and a 40th Anniversary nod to Joy Division. There’s a big announcement from Anastasia regarding future plans and we manage to blend in everything from Bobby Hebb to Michael Hedges, Jon Hassell to Jill Scott and Tom Waits to Television. Thanks for your continued and very generous support at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR. Please stay safe and don’t forget to VOTE.
Episode #92 is mostly new! Hey, a slogan! But it’s true, it’s Twoo! From The Basement #92 (Joe’s Garage Act LII) is overflowing with brand new stuff from Peter Himmelman, My Morning Jacket, A Girl Called Eddy (Erin Moran), Joe Pernice, Bob Dylan, David Gilmour (and his daughter Romany), Cayucas, Jonsi, Greyhounds, the return of Bright Eyes and the Psychedelic Furs, Rufus Wainwright, The Jayhawks, Nick Piunti & The Complicated Men, The Avett Brothers, The Old 97’s, Flaming Lips, Semisonic, Grant Lee Phillips, Toots & The Maytals, Joan Osborne, Tom Petty, Graham Gouldman and believe it or not… MORE. Get your shopping list together and let us know how you are making out these days. Thanks for listening and all the love and support at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR
Two years ago today I was sitting in a hospital in Maryland beginning the R-EPOCH chemotherapy regimen for Stage 4 Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Last year I was in Colorado with my daughter Anastasia getting a central line implanted for treatment she was told would last the rest of her life. Today, I woke up in our dear friend’s Joe & Robin’s house in NJ cancer free. Anastasia's here and that port in her chest has been removed, she's feeling stronger and in charge. These FTB shows have been a large part of the healing process, the support, encouragement and love that have flowed back to me is a main reason I survived. The financial support has been a lifeline for my family during what can best be described as terrifying and uncharted. The overwhelming birthday wishes received today solidified that the best way to spend the start of my 64th was playing records with you. It’s a different kind of episode, so get comfy and leave some room for cake. https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR
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