What seemed like a 4 part Episode going in, is starting to shape up to be at minimum, a 5 or 6 part Epic. So much music impacted our lives during these years it is difficult to get our arms around it all. It’s astounding to realize that in most cases, a half century has passed, yet so much of this takes you back in a guitar riff, lyric or drum pattern, all deeply ingrained in our DNA. I am absolutely convinced that we have been living witness to a true music renaissance period. The wide range of sound and style, believe it or not, does continue to this day, but these are very different times with too many choices for your eyes and ears. To be alive during a time when “music was in the air… everywhere” and it was timeless, revolutionary music has been a privilege. If you can, please continue to support this program https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8J91A5NivQ, this link is operational until May 21.
Mixtapes - Test Show #1, part 2
“High School Cruisin’ Tunes 1970-74”
Well the floodgates of memories have been cracked open and at this point believe we are looking at a minimum of 4 parts for the debut Mixtape project. The variety, quality and breadth of music introduced during this period I believe is truly remarkable in retrospect. While we certainly have more music released today in numbers, this period is second to none when it comes to the cultural impact. It is going to be a real joy, as well as a challenge putting the rest of the series together. Thanks to all who have hit up our donation link to contribute. https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8J91A5NivQ I am leaving a hidden prize on my main website (http://mikemarrone.com) Simply look for the word mixtape.
FTB Presents - Mixtapes - Test Show #1, part 1 - “High School Cruisin’ Tunes 1970-74”
I am pleased to announce a brand new series for the FTB faithful, dedicated to the Mixtape. There will be many differences between this show and our main program, From The Basement. The most obvious will be the absence of commentary, no set rundowns or shout outs, grievances or imaging spots. FTB presents Mixtapes will be all music and perhaps a tinge of comedy. Each show/episode will have a topic and we would absolutely love your suggestions for future shows. Once again the series will be available free of charge through Mixcloud but by subscribing for as little as $2.99 per month, Mixcloud will allow unlimited listening, fast forward and rewind and even downloads of the show for offline listening. That is the minimum amount allowed to charge and we plan to keep it that way. If you are already a subscriber for FTB, you are already set and no matter what I add in the future one subscription covers it all. To start off the series, this is a “test show” but will forever be episode #1. The topic is the music that I loved in high school. I have found during my near half-century in the music business that these are the years when our musical taste and identity is truly formed. I would venture to guess that a large percentage of people never waiver far from the musical bonds formed during this period. There will be (at least) two parts to this episode and your feedback is not only appreciated but essential to the project’s growth. The support thus far for FTB and other programs has been fantastic and I hope Mixtapes will be a welcome addition for you. There is a new Donation link that will be operational until May 20. Thank you for everything. https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8J91A5NivQ
We begin #169 with The Chairman of The Board and spend our time trying to find a thread as we pass through the likes of Pink Floyd, Primal Scream, Rod Stewart, Dylan Leblanc, Cassandra Wilson, Moby Ft. Gregory Porter & Amythyst Kiah, then John Prine, Joe Strummer, Knowledge, Thievery Corporation, Junior English, Joe Strummer, Stoneground, Aretha Franklin, The Fixx, Alice Cooper, previously unreleased live stuff from Chameleons and a ton more. Also new music from Boulevards, Justin Golden and Spiritualized, very rare John Lennon and Bob Dylan, hard to find Reggae singles, Stoneground covering Swamp Dogg and even Julian beautifully performing a song by his father. A new Donation button becomes active for the next 29 days, unfortunately needed as inflation to simply survive just keeps climbing. https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8J91A5NivQ Please do what you can. If you can’t, we completely understand and hope you will listen anyway. Stick around after the closing theme for a bonus.
Another week of witnessing unspeakable horror still happening in Ukraine, while the signal is clear at home that a woman’s right to choose is in the main agenda of the GOP and will fix what’s wrong in the country. If there was any doubt that our Culture is barely holding on to Democracy by a thread it is disappearing rapidly. This episode continues our modus operandi of keeping the news on the tube to a minimum and turning the music up as loud as possible. Hope you enjoy the debit of “Normal-Eye Jones” not only our new Australian correspondent, but related to our very own, Art Damage. His feature on Chris Bailey is sure to please. As will new music from The Waterboys, Drive-By Truckers, Jack White, Jack Broadbent, Cheap Star, Edgar Winter, Bob Moses and Ray Lamontagne. Make sure to keep your ears open for nuggets plucked from artists as wide ranging as The Soup Dragons and Reno Bo to A Tribe Called Quest and Yes. Literally, everything in between. Thanks for the support and love and especially your ears and time.
The passing of Bobby Rydell on the surface was but a small ripple on the deep well of the news cycle, but there’s no way it wouldn’t cast a pall over this episode of FTB. At 4 years old I was struck by the power of music through him. Hey, it takes a village you know. Regardless of the spark that causes Music to become a central part of your life, I’m happy it hit me so young. My thank you to Robert Louis Ridarelli is called “Rydell Remembered” and contained within. Joining in the fest are Bill Demain, Kenny White, Famous Groupies, Paul McCartney, Squeeze, Joni Mitchell, Alejandro Escovedo, The Smile, Trombone Shorty, Dr. Lonnie Smith, War, Jackson 5, Santana, Jon Batiste, Thelonious Monk, Rickie Lee Jones, Sondre Lerche, Ryan Adams, Chris Whitley, John Martyn, P.P. Arnold, Angel Olsen, Neko Case, Kelly Willis, The Replacements, Darden Smith, Mammoth WVH, The Stone Roses, Genesis, David Sylvian & Robert Fripp, The Waterboys, The Clash & Ranking Roger, Calexico, Swan Dive, Daryl Hall, Sam Cooke, Anderson East, Delbert McClinton, Leon Bridges, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Tone-Loc, Tower of Power, Foo Fighters, James Gang, Joe Walsh, Pink Floyd and MORE. Thanks for listening.
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