SAST hopes to be a useful, trusted musical filter. We watch and listen to much more media than ever, but virtually none of us do it at the same time or from the same source. SAST will eventually be a 5 day a week regular show, rarely lasting more than 30 minutes maximum, usually less. Each show will feature new releases only, save for 1 song from the library you might have missed. Hope you enjoy it and find something new or old to love. A musical filter for discerning tastes.
Welcome to Short Attention Span Theater_episode001. The Debut!
Collectively we have reached a point in music culture where the abundance of fresh material available is only rivaled by the overwhelming number of different places to be exposed to it. For me it’s wonderful, as this is what I do. I need to know what’s coming and going as a regular part of my day. Most people don’t.
In the not-so-distant past, it was given that around 40% of the general public that makes music a priority in their life would at least be exposed to new stuff through common channels/events. Those days are long gone. We watch and listen to much more media than ever, but virtually none of us do it at the same time. SAST hopes to be a useful, trusted filter.
SAST will eventually be a 5 day a week regular show, rarely lasting more than 30 minutes maximum, usually less. Each show will feature new releases only, save for 1 song from the library you might have missed. Hope you enjoy it and find something new or old to love.
Already on Episode 4 of Basement After Dark, a loving tribute to the great Nightbird, Alison Steele. This series of shows is designed to pay tribute through the use of sound bites, things often heard on her show and stuff that I feel would be used on the show if it still existed. There was always a certain ebb and flow to Alison’s show, something sorely lacking in the current age of programming to the lowest common denominator. No algorithms were harmed or used in the creation of this program, just love and respect for the music and the vibe. I have decided to include a proper playlist with the show, but try not to use it as a play by play tool. Personally, I have always found the surprise of what comes next part of the charm. Thanks for the feedback and support through https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR and if there is anything you would like to hear included on future episodes, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
This is always a whirlwind period for my family as birthdays for my Dad and I are 6/20 and 6/22 respectively, Father’s Day is also right around then and the start of Summer is added in for good measure. I had a double this year, a triple if you count hitting Medicare age, which I certainly do. This episode finds your host (me) playing exactly what I would if you all showed up at the house and wanted to hear some music. This is a show with cornerstones like The Beatles and The Rascals, Led Zeppelin, Warren Zevon, John Coltrane, The Posies and Todd Rundgren joining new music from Jomoro, James Deely, Amythyst Kiah, Matthew E. White, Steve Kilby, Heartless Bastards, Lorde, a pair of hot off the press Brittany Howard mixes and rare live Stevie Wonder recorded in 1973. We even manage to show some extra Jersey pride with The Smithereens and The Red House joining in the celebration. Thanks for all the lovely Birthday greetings and for the continued love at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR.
This is a weekend that happened very occasionally during my formative years. My Father's birthday is 6/22, mine is today (6/20) and Father's Day is always right around both. Sometimes it would wind-up on his or mine but whether or not it happened, it was always a special week. This year Father's Day is mine as I turn 65, my Dad made it to 70 but he got sick at 65. I have already done that and miraculously made it to the other side, albeit more than a little damaged. This year, for the first time in 4 years, my brain is almost back to fully functioning. If by some Time Tunnel magic Pop was still around he would be turning 101. He'd be amazed at what life in 2021 is and I suspect sad regarding how much our human interaction has changed, but thrilled that I could hook him up with a tiny machine that would play all his favorite music wherever he wanted instantly.
He deserved to live longer. He was a good man, a kind man, fiercely loyal and taught me things that in retrospect were quite ahead of their time. I never heard him use "the N word" and he made sure from early childhood that I understood regardless of what is visible on the outside, all humans were the same. We all have the same color blood. That was his thing, I believe he learned in WWII but really don't know for sure as he would never talk the war with me or anyone that I know of. He received a Bronze Star and Purple Heart, which he stuffed in box and wouldn't talk about either. That was not the general mindset of first generation males of Italian heritage growing up in Jersey City, NJ during that time period. He taught me a lot of things, but I can safely say that his attitude in relation to race was much more of a gift than handing down his ability to switch hit in Baseball. I am quite sure he would be disgusted that our country has still not settled an issue that should have been resolved decades ago. I miss him terribly still and it's hard to wrap my head around the fact that it has been 31 years since he passed. I absolutely still do think of him every day. So Happy Father's Day, Pop. I miss sitting you down and playing some of your favorites in glorious Hi-Fi, so I'll do it here. And Happy Birthday, too. Love You.
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We are already on the third instalment of Basement After Dark and this one definitely ups the weirdness quotient. There is a distinct part 1 and 2 and even a brief encore as that mysterious and often frustrating radio muse was conjuring sounds from every corner of the library. Milton Berle, Walter Cronkite, Chris Whitley, Pink Floyd, The Left Banke, Lou Reed (with and without Velvet Underground), Morphine, Nektar, Julian Cope, Mark-Almond, E, Traffic, Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger, Laura Nyro, Alice Coltrane, Sphincter Ensemble, Vivian Stanshall, Chick Corea, Traffic, Mark Hollis, The Mars Volta, The Shins, Charlie Parker, The Chi-lites, David Sylvian, Frank Zappa, Childish Gambino, The Sound and so much more find themselves signposts along the way. Inspired by the freeform and free wheeling FM Radio of my youth, especially Allison Steele, Vin Scelsa, Tom Donoghue, Ed Sciaky as well as the guy who killed it, but tried to bring it back, Lee Abrams. My Birthday and Father's Day are one and the same this year and I am so thankful to be feeling more like myself after the last few years of illness, piggybacked onto an actual pandemic. Also, since it is key to our survival, humbly appreciative of the support from all that have shown the love at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR.
Old pals Marti Jones and Don Dixon drop in for some fun and tunes. It wasn't planned and that is always the best kind of visit. This episode is stuffed to the brim with new things from King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Brad Mehldau, Sleater-Kinney, Crowded House, Ryan Adams, Gary Louris, Daniel Lanois, Gang Of Four, Mathew E. White, Hiss Golden Messenger and the return of Kings Of Convenience. Spiffy new reissues arrived from The Church and Squarepusher, and we took a side trip for some Bossa Nova, a sparse new remake of “Head Like A Hole, George’s Duke and Harrison, Van Der Graaf Generator, Peter Gabriel, St.Vincent and much more. Thanks for the love and support at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR.
The second episode of Basement After Dark required over 200 individual pieces of audio and includes contributions from some unlikely voices; Whitney Houston, Dennis Wilson, Mark Kozelek, Mark Hollis, Robert Wyatt, Anne Haslam, Rachel Maddow, Klaus Doldinger, Curt Cress, Holger Czukay, Gil Scott-Heron, Pete Huttlinger, Elliott Smith, John Legend, Robert Downey Jr., Sinead O'Connor, Amiri Baraka, Eric Burdon, Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Miles, Steve Winwood, Chris Wood, Gary Wright, Scatman Crothers, Bill Laswell and more than a hundred more. Produced in the middle of the night of June 7, 2021, underground in Absecon, New Jersey in honor of and tribute to Alison Steele, Bob Fass, Tom Donoghue, Vin Scelsa, Rosko, Pete Fornatale and especially this week Jessie Scott, who celebrates 50 years on the radio today... doing it her way. Listen with an open heart and open ears, definitely after the sun goes down. The later, the better. With love. Once again, the tracklist or playlist is not in order.
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