New Stuff from: Emil Amos, Peter Gabriel, The Rain Parade, Margaret Glaspy, Wynton Marsalis, Rickie Lee Jones, Graham Parker & The Goldtops, Paul Rodgers, The Headhunters, Nick Piunti, The Grip Weeds, Lisa Mychols; Super 8, Guns N' Roses and Al Green.
Reissues: Talking Heads, Robin Trower and King Crimson.
Ingredients: Charlie Haden, Charlie Hunter, Jack Bruce, Petra Haden, Pagliaro, Phil Seymour, Inhaler, Reno Bo, Louis Armstrong, The Kinks, The Pretty Things, Love, 13th Floor Elevators, Julian Cope, Pink Floyd, Strand of Oaks, Phosphorescent, The Sound, Urge Overkill and more.
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Putting Episode 4 of this year’s Summer Mixtape series together felt like I had just emerged from The Time Tunnel with James Darrin, arriving at Rt. 33 in Neptune, NJ in the mid-80s… and it was my night to spin records. I swear I could actually smell the DJ Booth and needed to look around the Basement Studio to make sure nobody was passed out. It was a glorious time indeed, but we knew even while it was happening that these would be the days we longed for if we managed to get old. Not all of us did, and this episode is dedicated to two of the finest, J.T. Copulous and Chopper. Bob “Chopper” Kopcho was already a star DJ in the Jersey Club scene by the time WHTG got off the ground in 1984. It was he and J.T. that kept popping up in my head and I was hoping they were tuned in from the Afterparty. This episode is just shy of 5 hours and there are no interruptions. If you are looking for a soundtrack of exactly what an Alternative Rock Dance Club sounded like in 1985, well you just found it. There will be one more episode to wrap up the Summer of 2023, but for now just turn it up and dance.
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This show was held up for a very good reason and that is you! Yes, thanks to you I was able to get a new (used) updated computer here in The Basement, so the rewiring and setup takes a bit of time and is almost finished. Is anything ever really finished? We say goodbye to Robbie Robertson this episode, a songwriter that has left standards in his wake, as well as some controversy. My only experience working with him was wonderful and I found him to be warm, open and friendly, so that is how I’ll remember him. I will say that his impact would not have been as large without the voices and musicality of Levon Helm, Richard Manuel, Rick Danko, and the last remaining member, Garth. We also note the passing of David LaFlamme of It’s A Beautiful Day and (Sixto) Rodriguez. New releases include: Diane & the Gentle Men (with Alejandro Escovedo), Blonde Redhead, Wilco and some rare Iggy Pop. The library gets raided for sounds that include: Peter Perrett, Mott The Hoople, David Bowie, Roxy Music, Sly & The Family Stone, Willy DeVille, Jason Collett, R.E.M., Glen Phillips, Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, Radiohead, Bobby Charles, NRBQ, Eric Burdon, Melody Gardot, Bruce Cockburn and a bunch more. Even a shoutout and dedication to my old pal, Matty Love. Thanks for listening and your support and here’s a clip of a recent chat with Mixcloud, https://youtu.be/BFgepGe6jII
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Even though we have witnessed unprecedented history this week, once again we are keeping the new episode a Politics Free Zone. Beginning with a more thought out tribute to Sinead O’Connor, featuring The The, Bob Marley, Kris Kristofferson and Peter Gabriel, who also delivered yet another new track in addition to appearing in the Sinead Set. There are also new releases from the late Neal Casal, Brian Blade & the Fellowship Band, Joni Mitchell; Taylor Goldsmith, John Dunbar, Ray LaMontagne and Orville Peck. Stevie Wonder’s “Innervisions” album turned 50 this week, a groundbreaking work that manages to still sound fresh. We stuffed the cracks with the usual/unusual compendium of sounds while ignoring genre restriction, a bothersome set of arbitrary guideposts that have nothing to do with music. Thanks to everyone for support, understanding and most of all, your ears.
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