Radio Unnamable with Bob Fass was a major inspiration in my life and opened my ears to a different way of approaching a radio show. This tribute is not meant to sound like or imitate that groundbreaking show or legendary broadcaster. Instead it displays my own version of painting pictures with music and sound. Unlike Mr. Fass, I do not speak at all, using the music and flow of sound to convey what is on my mind. This was done live, without studio gimmicks and no pre-planned setlist. It's what my dear old friend and brilliant broadcaster Vin Scelsa would refer to as "relying on the mysterious Radio Muse" to inspire the song selection. It's an audio painting or collage of sorts, which is really my favorite form of expression. It was recorded in the middle of the night because that is when the magic happens for me. This is what was on my mind at that moment in time. Hope you enjoy it and it may become a regular thing going forward.
A Saturday delivery of FTB #126 seems appropriate with Art Damage obviously ready to party with a pair of Glam-packed new Trash & Vaudeville segments for us. The super, ultimate, there can’t possibly be anything left in the vault collection of John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band release truly is everything we could have hoped for … and much more. We’ll play as much from it as possible. Also, some fab new sounds surfaced from Imelda May and she got assistance from Ronnie Wood, Noel Gallagher and others. We find some time to shine a light on guitar great Eddie Hazel and songwriting icon Larry Williams, and bid a premature farewell to the over the top genius of Jim Steinman. Songlines touched along the path include Peter Perrett, Morphine, Gil Scott-Heron, Tim Curry, Elvis Presley, Calexico, Phil Roy, Manic Street Preachers, John Cale and Sisters Of Mercy. Thanks always for all the love and support at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR, and for being out there with a pair of open ears and a true heart.
A lot of ground and many topics get covered in episode #125 of FTB starting with the debut of a new Series centered on Glam Rock, called “Trash & Vaudeville” and hosted by our own International Man of Mystery, Art Damage. We bid farewell to one of the true gentlemen and a man who redefined the pedal steel guitar’s place in rock music, Rusty Young. Even dear departed old friend Pete Fornatale makes an appearance, thanks to the magic of tape and foresight. We welcome new music from The Black Keys, Bryan Ferry, Sir Paul McCartney, The Wallflowers, Anderson East, Melody Gardot, Gary Louris, Sharon Van Etten, Nick Waterhouse and Cheap Trick. An archaeological aircheck dig yields a batch of rarities from Lowell George and that only skims the surface of the audio delight included within. Thanks to all for the love, support and feedback, continuing to be amazed at the in box of https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR. You people are the best boss I ever had! Enjoy the show and drop a note to say hello.
With round one of the vaccine complete for the three of us we patiently await completion of shot #2 by the end of the month. Yipee! This episode finds us spending a fair amount of time in the New Release Bin with fresh offerings from Crowded House, Iron & Wine, Jimbo Mathus & Andrew Bird, Jon Batiste, Flock Of Dimes, The Peacers, Moontype, Jeffrey Dean Foster, G.S. Schray, a killer single from Anderson East, Paul Weller, Calibre, Steven Wilson (mixed by Nile Rodgers) and new Jazz from Joe Dyson. Seeded amidst the new sounds we employ sonic connective tissue including Funkadelic, The Clash, Def Leppard, Wilco, The War On Drugs, Tower Of Power, Three Dog Night, Todd Rundgren, Marvin Gaye, The dB’s, Echo & The Bunnymen, Jr. Walker & The All Stars, Beck, Sly Stone and The Buzzcocks, to name a few. FTB 124 is a long one, so make sure the mood and accessories for a successful flight are ready for lift-off. Continued thanks for the love and support at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR. Get vaccinated!
Since I am finally scheduled for the Covid Vaccine tomorrow, FTB Episode #123 gets pushed up to today. A fairly varied assemblage that touches on everything from the Easter Holiday, the reason a Top 40 classic from Len Barry is the perfect song to play, a loving tribute to Richard Manuel and Gil Scott-Heron for their birthdays, the return of hard hitting Cactus, new music from John Grant, Moby (with Jim James), Daniel Lanois and Piers Faccini, previously unreleased historic sounds from Crosby Stills & Nash and Pete Yorn, and Christian Sands proving that the spirit of real jazz continues to grow and prosper. Everything is brought to a climax that can only be provided by Bruce and the boys with a 1988 E Street Band performance that escaped from the vault just last week.Thanks to all for your ears here and generosity at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR. Please stay as safe as you can and make sure to get stuck.
Big celebration in the house above The Basement as my severely immuno-compromised daughter finally received Pfizer shot #1, and your host is all set to get it done on Tuesday. We turn on the party lights with a jam-packed 3 and a half hour episode for FTB #122 and it was so nice of Mick & Keith of The Stones to drop by and help break in the new studio. We bid a sad farewell to Malcolm Cecil, inventor of TONTO and a man that inspired, influenced and literally moved the culture forward through his groundbreaking work. There are new projects to explore from First Aid Kit, Steven Wilson, Cathal Coughlan, Dr. Lonnie Smith with Iggy Pop and Badfinger, with special guests including cult heroes The Legendary Pink Dots. We also explore a historic Allman Brothers gig, recorded while all original members were among the living, and pull discs from all over the library including Booker T. Jones, Todd Rundgren, Matthew Sweet, solo stuff from Ken and Jon of The Posies, James Carr, Muddy Waters, Russ Ballard, The Box Tops, The Sound, Primal Scream, King Crimson, Bill Lloyd, Lewis Taylor and much more. Thanks for the continued love shown at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR. Thanks for everything, big love to all.
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