I wasn’t planning on doing a new show today but once I started fooling around in the home studio… #25 just sort of appeared. New releases from The Beatles, The Beta Band, Joe Strummer, Prince, Billy Gibbons and Toad The Wet Sprocket are sprinkled with a ton of “comfort food.” Jimi, Bob Marley, a set of Prog, live Van Morrison, Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express, R.L. Burnside, The Cure, The The and a tasty batch of side dishes like Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders, Julian Cope, John Coltrane, Bowie and Peter Sellers link up with some chuckles from George Carlin and the ever present spirit of Zappa. From The Basement #25 is done and I still have a weekend before checking back into the hospital for my final round of poison.
It's only fitting that a show dedicated to the greatest ever, Willie Mays, would be an epic episode. Chock full of brand new music from Charles Bradley, Swamp Dogg (with Justin Vernon), Richard Thompson, William Elliott Whitmore, Low, Hiss Golden Messenger, The Chills, Marc Ribot (with Syd Straw and Tom Waits), the return of Black Uhuru, Willie Nile and more. We also take a deep dive into the brilliant new album from Colin Devlin, get the full story of how Rickie Lee Jones wound up covering The Blue Nile's "Easter Parade" directly from Paul Buchanan, Marshall Crenshaw covering Nilsson, the 50th Anniversary of a Doors classic. And of course a musical tribute to The Say Hey Kid, the one and only Willie Mays. More than four hours of new, old and everything in between.
Managed to complete episode 23 before heading back to the hospital for round 5. Plenty of new stuff including Paul McCartney, Spiritualized, Hozier (with Mavis Staples), Murder By Death, more from Alejandro Escovedo and Crack The Sky's new releases, Saintseneca, J. Mascis, Madeleine Peyroux, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Jill Sobule and John Hiatt. From the catalog you'll hear some solo Beatles, MJQ, The Mats, Massive Attack, the late great John Martyn, Tin Huey, Timbuk 3, Ultra Vivid Scene Bowie, Tommy James, Mitch Easter covering Todd and much more. Episode 23 is dedicated to Donnie Baseball, the great Don Mattingly and to all of you that take the time to listen. Thanks so much for all othe love and we'll get together soon for #24.
Finally! Episode #22 takes place on Labor Day after a needed break for recovery. Of course it's posted the day after Labor Day because that's the way my life has gone over this very long Summer. All is well and the end is in sight and my new release bin is overflowing. Listen for new things from Chris Stamey, Jonathan Wilson, Death Cab For Cutie, Kurt Vile, Cat Power, Amy Helm, Mark Erelli, BC Camplight, Bird Streets, Paul Simon, Big Red Machine, Amos Lee, Crack The Sky and what could be Alejandro Escovedo's best ever work. We also spend some of the 3 and half hours with the 50th Anniversary deluxe edition of "Music From Big Pink" and start saying goodbye to Summer and hello to September with Big Star, Blinker The Star and The Strawbs, to name but a few. Last but certainly not least the great Aretha Franklin is remembered as best as the DMCA will allow. Thanks again for all your wonderful healthy wishes and for listening.
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