As we come to the end of this first month of a new year, the need to feel in control of at least some aspect of everyday life, a spark of some kind of inspiration leads FTB into a topic we feel worthy of sonic exploration. Asking the question, “If you were certain this was the last night of the world, what music would you play?” Yes, the Bruce Cockburn song chosen to start the program lit the fire, flipping a switch in a crowded but rapidly recovering brain. Aside from a bunch of new things, including Eels, Night Crickets, Simon Felice, North Mississippi Allstars, John Mayall (with Buddy Miller), Jethro Tull, Jack White, John Mellencamp, The Temptations 60th Anniversary and the Summer Of Soul Soundtrack and the first ever solo effort from legendary Motor City drummer Johnny "Bee" Badanjek at the age of 73 with “Johnny Bee and The Murder Hornets.” The rest of the 6 hour plus program attempts to answer the question and since there are no wrong answers, we can promise 2 things. It was worth it and we are in no way finished. Play along and send in your picks and we promise to get to them. Thanks for listening and your continued support. This link will be active until February 16. https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8Gu18h36Q5
Best laid plans sometimes don’t materialize and FTB#155 is further proof. Recording started on National DJ day with follow up the day after. However, a plumbing issue caused the final mix and release to be delayed until now. Sorry about that but it just means #156 will be here before you know it. In addition to celebrating the fake holiday of “National DJ Day” you will find new material from Elvis Costello, The Lumineers, The Dream Syndicate, Bob Perry as well as his better half, Stephanie Seymour, the duo of Mellencamp and Springsteen and more. There’s a bit of jazz from Charlie Hunter, John Coltrane, Kenny Burrell, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Oscar Peterson, Milt Jackson and David “Fathead” Newman. Combined with library goodies from Spooky Tooth, The Beau Brummels, Radiohead, Dr. John, Harry Nilsson, Tim Rose, Tom Waits, The Wrens, Dolorean and a ton more. The delayed arrival passed by what would have been the 75th Birthday of one of the greatest songwriters of my lifetime, so we close with some from the one.. the only.. The Zevon, Warren Zevon. Here's a new link if you are inclined to help us cover the bills https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8Gu18h36Q5 and we thank you for the support and most of all, for listening and staying in touch.
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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