Have an absolutely beautiful rest of your life.
The initial plan was to record and post episode #64 on Thursday but the Joe’s Garage Compound was hit with powerful storms that ripped through New Jersey and found ourselves without power for a chunk of the week. Everyone survived, just one hospital visit (short stay), a substantial tick bite (me not one of the animals and not related to the hospital) and buckets of water for flushing (well water/no manual pump). New music this time centers mainly on a pair of releases; the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino’s new film “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” and a brilliantly eclectic new offering by The Quiet Temple. They are joined by new efforts from Delbert McClinton, DJ Shadow (with de la soul), Lloyd Cole and Mavis Staples, as well as a new vault release from The Replacements. Library goodies include exclusive performances from Joseph Arthur and Golden Smog among Chris Whitley, birthday boy Pete Yorn, Translator, Herbie Hancock, ZZ Top, Alexis Korner, Harry Nilsson, John Martyn, Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy and much more. Thanks for your continued support at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR and for listening.
A positively sweltering Saturday in the Joe’s Garage command center is the setting for Episode #63 (hey, I just turned 63) which makes this missive, Joe’s Garage Act XXIII. Out of love and respect, we begin with a tribute to Johnny Clegg, much more than just a musician/songwriter/performer/dancer, Mr. Clegg was a true example of courage, humanity and social justice. Johnny most assuredly put a positive dent in the culture of the world. New music is well represented and the bin is stuffed with fresh arrivals from Bones U.K., Wilco, Dylan LeBlanc, Bon Iver, Dhani Harrison, Toots and The Maytals, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Brittany Howard (stepping out of Alabama Shakes) and a new song from Jackson Browne and Leslie Mendelsen written for a gripping new film ("5B"). We’ll have more from the new Raconteurs album, a spiffy 20th Anniversary Edition of “Liquid Skin” from Gomez and single out one of my favorite songwriters previously unreleased performance at Woodstock from a massive new 50th Anniversary collection. Did you remember/know that Tim Hardin played the original festival? Listen for a connection linking Pistol Star, Grant Lee Buffalo, Novo Combo, Santana, Automatic Man and Stomu Yamashta’s Go, and utilizing the inspiring work of artists including The Plimsouls, Warren Zevon, The Blues Magoos, The War On Drugs, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, E.L.O., Bloodstone, The Beat Farmers, Will Hoge, Ten Years After, War, The Wild Seeds, Poco, Richard Butler and more, once again attempt to display that there really are only two types of music. Stuff you like and stuff you don’t. Thanks for helping to keep the dream (and my family) alive. https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR
We made it safely back in the arms of of New Jersey and what a trip it was. From a no-show mover to the delicate balance of travelling nearly 2,000 miles with three cats and an energetic puppy. And that doesn’t even take into account my daughter dealing with the installation and implementation of a newly installed port (central line) to improve the results of her monthly infusions. Suffice to say, it has been a very challenging ordeal but we are so happy to have Anastasia home with us to continue her treatments surrounded by the people who love her. This episode features new stuff from Ben Harper, The Hold Steady, The Raconteurs, Chris Stamey, Steve Gunn, Ride and The Black Keys, as well as a few insights into our playlist from the road like Canned Heat, Led Zeppelin, more from The Hold Steady and The Spinners. Also a shout out to Garland Jeffreys, The Troggs, Brett Harris, The dB’s, Valerie Carter, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Aimee Mann, Bruce Springsteen and an invite to mellow out with a brilliant Tangerine Dream piece, lovingly remastered by Steven Wilson. Your continued financial support has been essential to our survival and now that the gang's all in one place you can expect more frequent episodes, as well as some historical uploads. The link for support remains https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR. Thank you to the moon and back.
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