It has been one hell of a week and considering the last few years, here’s to hoping we can put the brakes on before everything crashes apart. There is no politics in this episode, it simply is getting too painful to go there anymore. It seems necessary to let music stand alone in order to have any chance of letting the magic take hold and lift the spirit. A pair of “lifted spirits” get a farewell from Art Damage this time, groundbreaking humorist Mort Sahl and Jay Black, the otherworldly voice of Jay & The Americans. We also deal with the disturbing news that broke regarding Ken Stringfellow of one of our favorite bands, The Posies. We have Wilco covering The Beatles, The Raconteurs taking on James & Bobby Purify and new sounds from Simone Felice, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Shovels & Rope, Herbert, more from My Morning Jacket and the best new Elvis Costello track we’ve heard in ages. Joy Division prove to actually mix with The Captain & Tennille, Joining Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, The Velvettes, The Chameleons, Peter Murphy, Psychedelic Furs, Fila Brazillia, Pink Floyd, Morphine, Marvin Gaye, Primal Scream, Jethro Tull and plenty more. Thanks for all the love at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR. Most of all, thanks for being out there.
Somehow we left an entire set out of Episode #145, still don't know how it happened. Please accept my apologies and here is the set in question.
This episode contains all the elements of the specialty programming we have been doing in The Basement over the past few months. On the new release front we get into Negativland, Jack White, My Morning Jacket, Billy Strings, Negativland, Jesse Malin, Jamestown Revival, Kevin Morby with Hamilton Leithauser, Tom Morello, Maria Muldaur, Nina Simone, Offset 5, The dB's, Newton Faulkner, Band Of Horses, Sunflower Bean and Thea Gilmore’s new Afterlight identity. A proper farewell to Commander Cody is made, Uncle Biff reveals more info regarding PROGADELIC while offering sounds from Caravan, The Flower Kings, Spock's Beard and more, yet we still manage some time for Alejandro Escovedo, Billy Bragg & Wilco, The National, Spoon, Robert Plant, Son Volt, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Lemonheads, The Cure, The Alarm and a bunch more.
In November the system we have been using to receive donations is closing (https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR) so another vehicle to accept donations is high on the list, you have until November 7 to use https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR). Please know that our gratitude is beyond the pale with the truly wonderful and beyond generous support received. All of us love you, even those of us not technically breathing.
This massive release of “Let It Be” and the buzz surrounding the video footage coming soon have Fabs fans like yours truly all fluttering with anticipation. You would think we have seen and heard it all by now but speaking strictly for myself, you would be wrong. Even at 65 I look forward to examining each new tidbit that emerges from the vault. Expect to hear some of them during FTB144. Other new arrivals this time include Low, BADBADNOTGOOD, Far Caspian, Fischer-Z , Spearmint, James Blake, Kurt Elling, Offset 5, The Specials, We Are Scientists, Electric Lady Big Band, Santana (with Steve Winwood), Lizard Music, Jon Batiste, Vanishing Twin and more. The library took a pounding trying to keep up offering up The Lightning Seeds, Scrappy Jud Newcomb, The Go-Betweens, Hem, Fountains Of Wayne, The Kinks, The Del Fuegos, David Bowie, Tony Bennett & Count Basie, Dr. Lonnie Smith & David 'Fathead' Newman, Jimmy McGriff, David Ruffin, Marvin Gaye, Funkadelic, Frank Zappa, De La Soul, Porgy & The Monarchs and more and even a sealed 1975 splice editor! Thanks for listening and supporting this effort. We are living in crazy times. Keep your head down but your mind and vision on a better day ahead. Listen to more music, it helps. Speaking of which https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR.
Whew… October 9 is generally a very busy day in my world, not only is it the birthday of John and Sean Ono Lennon, Jackson Browne and my Grandfather and namesake, who I unfortunately never met, it is also my wife’s birthday. I am a lucky guy and I don’t mean financially or to boast, but I think now more than ever we need to celebrate the gifts we have received to offset the welling panic of the last two years. We got married in 1980. We lost a cornerstone of our culture that year. Since my new bride shared this Birthday, even if I wasn’t a massive fan there would never be any danger of me forgetting it. I had already sewn up the other date by getting married on my Mother’s Birthday. So no matter what happened in our new life together, I had two of the largest potential marital infractions covered. BTW can you believe Sean is 46?!? On #143 we wish all of the above a “Happy” and dig into new stuff from Tears For Fears, Theo Croker, Lizard Music, The War On Drugs, Billy Strings, Nathaniel Rateliff, Jason Isbell, John Paul White, The Temptations (with Smokey Robinson), Shelby Lynne, Jesse Malin, Lala Lala (with Ben Gibbard) and Strand Of Oaks. As a bonus, Art Damage has a new “Damage Report” on collecting music but not touching it and the scarcity of humanity as the algorithm is in charge. Thanks for listening, as always and your support. Tip jar is here: https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR
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Basement After Dark is always about an inner journey through many different styles of sound. This episode serves in part as a remembrance of the great Dr. Lonnie Smith. He recently transitioned with his extraordinary gifts to bring peace and musical love beyond Earth. There is also an abundance of new things explored with releases from Theo Croker, Nolan Potter, Mac McCaughan, Sufjan Stevens &Angelo De Augustine, The Specials, John Sebastion and Arlen Roth (which winds up leading into some Spoonful covers), Esperanza Spalding and Tori Amos. The whole trip starts with The Moody Blues and their commercial for Coke. Thanks for your ears and the continued support at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR
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