We couldn’t wait for the results of the brouhaha in D.C. to unleash episode #79 (Joe’s Garage Act XXXIX) but will make sure to follow up with our impressions on the next one. We’ll use this precious time to give the great Harry Harrison a fond farewell and preview new offerings from Tindersticks, Sea Wolf, Nada Surf, Brian Fallon, Caspian, Brandon Wolfe Scott and Ben Watt, as well as historic releases by Bryan Ferry, Morphine, Simon & Garfunkel and Marshall Crenshaw. The long sets ebb and flow with sounds from Brittany Howard, Julien Baker, The Hold Steady, The Delfonics, Virginia Astley, John S. Hall & Kramer, Damien Rice and many more. Thanks, as always, for your ears and heart and your continued financial support. At press time all I can say is “Bolton Must Testify!”
A tumultuous week in American History has left this somewhat addled brain and psyche absorbing more bumps and bruises than ever. My daughter Anastasia and I try to ease the pain with long sets centered on the problems and possible solutions, with a huge assist from the esteemed Adam Schiff. We have some new things from The Drive-By Truckers and Wire, a band still managing to stay relevant after 43 years, as well as another track from the great new Weeklings album, 3. We give a much deserved feel better Lloyd Cole shoutout to our dear friend Tobi and a Happy 60th to one of John Coltrane’s landmark releases. Much love to all for the support, both financial and emotional, and for listening.
From The Basement begins 2020 by celebrating the release of the wonderful new album from The Weeklings with a visit to their basement and 3 tunes from their new record, their first in stereo, called “3.” Speaking of new stuff, Nada Surf return with a song that would be a smash if real radio still existed and the same goes for Jeff Whalen, former Tsar leader, who put out 2 of the best albums of 2019. There’s also a Gil Scott-Heron reworking, as well as terrific new stuff from Diane & The Gentlemen and Graham Parker. We’ll take some time to acknowledge the musical brilliance of Neil Peart and cultural icon Ed “Kookie” Byrnes who have left for the afterparty in the sky and my daughter Anastasia contributes a stellar set of tunes, proving once again that she’s a chip off the old block. Look for the bonus tracks from last episode at the end of the posted playlist of this one and see if you can guess this week’s nuggets before they are revealed next time. Thanks as always for your support, love and ears!
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