We really scrambled to get this episode in your ears tonight, #211 which is named for a tremendous new song from the ageless and legendary Ian Hunter. There are also fab new tunes included from Angel Olsen, Howard Bomar, Bitty McLean (w/Sly and Robbie), GoGo Penguin, Rickie Lee Jones, Josienne Clarke, boygenius, Temples and Jim White. Combined and blended into a musical stew with ingredients like Johnny Thunders, Dolorean, Jr. Walker & The All Stars, David Ruffin, Love, Low, Cocteau Twins, Yusef Lateef, Living Colour, Jimi Hendrix, Blind Blake, Leon Redbone, Sam Cooke, Ruthie Foster, Allen Toussaint, James Brown, Willy DeVille, David Johansen and the Harry Smiths, Bob Marley & The Wailers and so much more. Remembering Ahmad Jamal and David Lindley while mildly celebrating The Supreme Court’s decision this afternoon. We ran out of the emergency fund upgrading our gear, but the response already to https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8TnoEM3bg2 has been amazing and appreciated. Thanks for everything and enjoy the show.
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FTB #211 in pictures.
April 18, 2023
Truth isn’t truth, intelligence is artificial and there is now a clock in Baseball. It sure is weird getting old these days. Now guns have turned into religion, with 1 of every 4 sold a true weapon of war. Makes me wonder why The GOP hasn’t bestowed a Tax Exemption on the NRA. Perhaps they have just not requested one, yet. It does fly past quickly my friends, at least we weren’t misled about that. As a great old friend once said to me on the streets of New York City one night, “Spike, you look over your shoulder… and it’s gone!” At the time my eyes were on the short glass of beer he left the bar with flying over his shoulder and breaking on the sidewalk behind us allowing entry to the eatery we had arrived at. It still makes sense half a lifetime later.
Baseball has been a central part of my life since childhood. I have not watched even a few consecutive innings since the automatic extra inning runner on second rule appeared. It was just a bridge too far. When finding out it would not be used any longer I was ready to return, but now there’s a clock in the game and it just confirms I made the right choice. I’m over it. Baseball was the only Major Sport not governed by a clock, you could argue Golf or Bowling but not in my world. It’s always been about Baseball. Sure I watched The Knicks when Walt Frazier played and the Football Giants every year Lawrence Taylor played, but never with anything near the intensity of Baseball.
Thankfully, the deepest obsession of them all remains. Music. More plentiful and available than ever and such a vast amount yet to discover. New combinations to explore, deep dives and cataloging to be made. We are losing the generation that created the Art and Athletic Mileposts now locked into memory at a fairly steady clip (R.I.P. Ahmed Jamal) which will only accelerate going forward. This is what’s been on my mind leading up to FTB #210. And I guess that makes me officially old. So be it. I’m old, so what? I saw all the cool bands.
New: Lucinda Williams, James Maddock, The National, Walter Smith III, Peter Gabriel, The Wood Brothers, Ben Folds, Neil Young with The Santa Monica Flyers, Joe Bonamassa and Ryan Adams.
Other: XTC, Tim Hardin, Tommy Stinson, Magnolia Electric Co., The Jayhawks, Golden Smog, Soul Asylum, Hoodoo Gurus, Rod Stewart, Nils Lofgren, El VY, New Order, Kate Bush, Syd Straw, Wondermints, Marvelous 3, Uncle Green, DMA's, Robert Pollard, East River Pipe, Talk Talk, Traffic, The Youngbloods, Rosanne Cash, World Party, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Led Zeppelin and a bunch more.
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Although I was raised Roman Catholic, including beginning in 1962 attending and graduating both Catholic grammar and high school. I actually was an Alter Boy and remember school uniforms, making room for your Guardian Angel everywhere, strict hair and dress codes, the lovely “under the desk” drill if a Nuke was dropped. I figured The Sisters Of Mercy had that under control armed with rulers, pointers and even a clicker. I would not call myself a practicing Catholic these days. That’s not to say I am without faith in something bigger (thanks , Mr. Townshend) but I don’t believe any organized religion has the answers, especially those with preachers that have mansions, yachts, private airplanes and a tax exemption they shouldn’t. They are the absolute worst. I went to a fairly progressive school, although I believe it was the product of the era attended much more than the mile square town I grew up in, which was anything but. Think about the changes in Culture alone from 1962 - 1974. Nixon resigned a few weeks after Graduation, we found out at Roosevelt Park in Jersey City at a CSNY concert… I think! I would not trade coming of age at this time with any other period.
The above preamble is offered to explain that Easter Sunday was THE event that topped the RC Catholic Calendar, #1 with a bullet. It is the single most “Holy” day, leaving Christmas in the dust for true believers. There was always a packed schedule on Easter, no excuses. Church, Family, Bringing flowers to the Cemetery to honor family missing, huge dinners with a kids table or two. Music, dancing, teasing, playing games. A full day, often beginning before dawn and ending far past midnight. With the family you talked and argued about everything, the Italian side much louder and always with amazing food. But no matter what mayhem may have occurred, at the end of the celebration hugs and a kiss on the lips with I love you from the lips of everyone. It may have been the safest and most secure I ever felt. Your cousins were your first best friends and all you came in contact with actually loved you, whether they liked you or not.
I believe those of us born in the mid-1950’s were really the last to have experienced what has often been called “The Camelot Era.” By 1967-68 America was on fire and the migration to the Suburbs in overdrive. Suddenly the bulk of the family were no longer living within a mile or two, some were like an hour away and a few don’t even live in the state anymore! At least we still all experienced major events simultaneously and from the same source. Being on one side or the other you could discuss, argue even fight but at least the facts were the facts. Today? To quote any of my late uncles, “Fuhgettaboutit!”
In the nearly four decades I have put together radio shows, I always attempt to do something meaningful around Easter. Something multi-generational because it makes me think of those days, now long gone but never forgotten. Focus on the possibilities, keep fear away from your door and embrace the potential of harmony if only we accept that love is the answer.
New things will be played from:
Rickie Lee Jones, The National, Graham Nash, Jono Manson, Peter Case, Fences, Susanna Hoffs, Those Pretty Wrongs, City and Colour, DMA's, Bruce Cockburn, The Hold Steady, The No Ones, Gov't Mule, Peter Gabriel and
Chipping in are:
Bill Hicks, Negativland, Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, The Blue Nile, Joe Henry, Spottiswoode & His Enemies, Robert Fripp, Simple Minds, Tears For Fears, Leo Kottke, Steve Goodman, Early James, Fats Domino, Ben Harper, American Music Club, Patti Smith, Strand of Oaks, Hank Dogs, Josh Rouse, Big Star, David Sylvian & Ryuichi Sakamoto, The Teardrop Explodes, Electric Light Orchestra, Public Image Limited, Julian Cope, The Jazz Butcher, Bill Callahan, Alabama 3, Brother Dege, Taj Mahal, Modern Jazz Quartet, Larry Young and more.
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Today’s events are going to require a distraction and we think a new episode featuring mini-tributes to Keith Reid and Ryuichi Sakamoto, along with a batch of new and old faves is the way to go. You will meet Kenji Yamamoto, our new Asian music correspondent regarding Sakamoto San and hear new stuff from SunMan, Bettye LaVette, Peter Case, The Waco Brothers, The Zombies, The Arcs, Molina, Talbot, Lofgren & Young, The Hold Steady, William Tyler & The Impossible Truth and more. The library offers up Joe Jackson, Ray Charles, Leon Russell, Mike Bloomfield, John Coltrane, Derek Trucks Band, James Blood Ulmer, Belle and Sebastian, Steven Wilson, Pixies, P.F. Sloan, Dennis Wilson, Aphex Twin, Gil Scott-Heron, Joe Strummer, Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band, Howlin' Wolf, Garland Jeffreys, The Replacements, Dwight Twilley Band, Richard Swift, Skyhooks, NRBQ and a whole bunch more!
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