At this point it almost makes sense that WWIII would be next in line to alarm a world sent spinning from 2+ years of a Pandemic, doesn’t it? Perhaps due to the almost 2 years immediately prior to Covid, where my dance card was occupied by dealing with and thankfully recovering from Stage 4 Cancer that has colored my perception of events. My heart aches for the citizens of Ukraine and the carnage inflicted by Putin has at least this time been on display for the world to witness. This episode contains my soundtrack to recent events, as well as some new musical gems from Superchunk and Tears For Fears among a continued appreciation of the musical legacy of Gary Brooker and Mark Lanegan. Artists included span a range including Leadbelly, Public Service Broadcasting, Rickie Lee Jones, Guitar Slim Green, Chris Whitley, Rosko, Jesus & Mary Chain, Pearls Before Swine, Dusty Springfield, Tackhead, The Roots, Garland Jeffreys, Coleman Hawkins and The Bluebells. There's a new link for support here https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8HFOsNAncK Thank you.
The DJ/Performance Artist Phil O'Cyben (formerly Dr. Phil O'Cyben) has apparently surfaced. This was placed in my mailbox sometime during the night and it sure sounds like his work. A timely little mash-up from an old friend. There is even a download link....
Felt inspired to get this underway quickly as some very tasty new things were making it difficult to leave the studio. Happily humming along and picking music, honestly pleased that the old brain is firing again, I was just about finished grabbing new things from Steve Poltz, Death Cab For Cutie and Flaming lips from the Yoko tribute, Bob Mould and Drug Couple, one of the tasty items mentioned earlier. Started recording and it’s a blast but suddenly I received the double shock news of Gary Brooker and Mark Lanegan. So, Episode #160 does have the new things listed, with additional arrivals from Bonnie Raitt, Midnight Oil and interestingly enough, The Afghan Whigs first new record in 5 years. Dulli is also represented as Twilight Singers and Gutter Twins in the pair of tributes assembled for Mark and Gary, old pal Bud Scoppa joined for the Brooker segment. Expect the usual romp through the unusual sections of the library. Although I never had the pleasure to meet Mr. Brooker but have heard only good things about him. Lanegan I did spend some time with and he truly was a nice guy. He never had it easy and lived hard, but he was a friendly, warm human and that fucking voice! I was a fan. Hope you enjoy the show, thank you for listening and the wonderful support.
Time for FTB #159, the latest transmission from the wire filled retirement village known as the home studio. Art Damage contributes a memorial of P.J. O’Rourke, a cornerstone of our humor category since the 70’s. New sounds include Love Burns, Liquid Sound Company, John Prine, Big Thief, Night Shop, Amos Lee and Fantastic Negrito. The library gets quite a workout, using a new proprietary process called the “digital decimal system” we checked out optimum titles for joining the ride including; James Brown, Isaac Hayes, Passport, Brian Auger, New Order, Mark Lanagan, Psychedelic Furs, Julian Cope, Bubble Puppy, The Beatles, Lloyd Cole, XTC, Jon Langford, The Weeklings, Jimi Hendrix, McCoy Tyner, Little Feat, Buffalo Springfield, Led Zeppelin, The Move and a bunch more. Time even allowed an extended set which somehow became centered on heroin, a drug I have never and will never sample. Could be a good reason why I’m still here at 65 with thirsty ears. No link for funds needed right now. Thanks for all your support, enthusiasm for music and always your ears and heart.
This episode almost received a special name with “Nancy Pelosi’s Gazpacho Police” the leading contender, but in the end we considered this latest instance of them saying exactly what they think, Just another false flag bit of propaganda from the red shirt republicans with a huge brown stain of the ultimate Loser covering their noses. Thankfully there is so much music to cover the only mention of politics is right here. New Stuff from The Rave-Ups, Tears For Fears, Frank Turner. Spoon, Lucy Dacus, Brett Dennen (with Matt Nathenson), Great Lakes, Amos Lee, Liam Gallagher and a surprising new sound from St. Paul & The Broken Bones. What would you play if it were the last night of the world gets another batch of additions, and we offer heartfelt farewell tributes to multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald and the groundbreaking and influential Betty Davis. Your enthusiasm and financial support continues to go above and beyond our wildest dreams, and our thanks are truly sincere. This link https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8Gu18h36Q5 will be going away in 4 days and there will be another a little down the road. Sending you all the love in the world. Thanks for listening.
Continuing our somewhat morose theme of the music you would play for the end of the world, FTB#157 also gives a proper send-off to Howard Hessman, the great Dr. Johnny Fever as well as a former neighbor who left a huge imprint on the world of hard rock, John Zazula, founder of Megaforce and the dude who signed Metallica, better known as Johnny Z. We leave no aisle in the library unplundered, while weaving a sonic trail through everything from Ultravox to Ism, Talk Talk to Eddie Money, Public Image, Brian Auger, Prefab Sprout, The Clash, Black Sabbath, The Beach Boys, Inhaler and leave room for a few new things like Foy Vance (with Anderson East), Darren Garvey (covering The Cure), Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs, more from eels and The War On Drugs, and a wonderful 50th anniversary tribute to “Something/Anything” including new versions of Todd’s classic Van Duren, Marshall Crenshaw and Louise Goffin. Thanks for being you and all the support. This link will be active until 2/16 if you feel it. https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8Gu18h36Q5.
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