We’re just 13 days into the new year and so much has happened already but it still threw me for a loop when the news about Ronnie Spector hit as I was about 2/3 of the way into this episode. The instinct to react runs deep in these old bones, so you will hear a spontaneous tribute culled from a variety of sources as it was up to what dear old friend Vin would call “The Radio Muse” to take control. Luckily the “muse” did just that, even with the DMCA restrictions hanging over the proceedings, making even less sense in our now digital world, especially at a time like this. By the time it plays we will have already covered a death OF A FOUNDING member of OF Funk Royalty Parliament, new stuff from Cat Power, Placebo, Alt-J, Fontaines D.C., Eels, Hand Habits, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Bill Callahan with Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Theo Croker, Jeff Tweedy, Andrew Gabbard and David Byrne with Yo La Tengo interpreting Yoko Ono. We revisit time well spent with Mavis Staples, continue to remember Billy Conway and manage to make all the pieces fit from The Last Poets, Beastie Boys and Allen Toussaint to Mega City 4, Big Star, The Gun Club, Jon Brion, Tommy Keene, Rufus and so much more. Thanks to all for your amazing generosity, there will be another link for donations soon.
Welcome to Episode #153 of From The Basement, a cautious attempt to sort of slip into a new year without making much of a fuss and stick to the pandemic mindset that has by now become routine. Life had already changed drastically by the time Covid collided with a country divided over truth, corruption and escalating insanity, so wearing a mask and social distancing is not a problem in my world. Doing this show was key to getting my brain functioning again. I thank all who spend some time here and hope to one day celebrate FTB#500, who knows? Within there is a little tribute to Betty White, a few new things (Sea Wolf, Bob Perry, Bill Callahan & Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Matthew E. White, Neville Staple, James Deely and F16s) and reissue/special editions from Steppenwolf, King Crimson and Steven Wilson, an 80th birthday shout-out to Mahavishnu John McLaughlin and contributions from Nada Surf, Donnie, B.B. King, Billy Conway, Savoy Brown, Prefab Sprout, The Waterboys, Wonder Stuff, Caravan, Be Bop Deluxe, The Temptations, Rev. Shawn Amos, Spirit, Don Dixon and a metric ton more. The site for donations will be closed after 1/12, thanks for all your support. https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8FuvQUPNeP
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