The DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) has bugged me in a big way since it became law. I am not against legislation needed to protect artists but there is one glitch included that claims to be a protection for artists that instead has served primarily as a control roadblock inserted to appease terrestrial radio and the corporations that own all the major labels, while slowing the growth of digital. I could list dozens of examples after 17 years building music programming at satellite radio and the 6 prior internet radio for Rykodisc and CMGI’s “dot bomb” iCast, which I still maintain was years ahead of the curve. The subject is entirely too lengthy to get into here and the last thing any of us need at this point is another conspiracy theory, so I will boil it down to the essence. Without a “waiver” you can only play 4 songs from any individual artist and/or album in any consecutive 3 hour period and no more than 3 of the same consecutively at any time. Why? Think about it and feel free to reach out with questions.
The topic above is front of mind due to the impact it still has over the content on this episode, as we attempt to pay tribute to the passing of a pair of vital artists that have left for the After Party, Carla Bley and Dwight Twilley. On the surface it would appear they have little in common, but I have always maintained the philosophy that music should not be something rigidly categorized into specific genres, or even “good” or “bad” as it is a subjective art. You either like or appreciate it or you don’t. That is all that matters and both Carla and Dwight had a specific and singular approach to their respective artistry. Welcome to Emaline Pillchert as our new London correspondent with her Carla Bley feature, and listen for Dwight and even Dick Clark when Twilley becomes the subject. New releases include Glen Hansard, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Rolling Stones, Orbital, Dylan LeBlanc, Mike Adams at His Honest Weight as well as a blistering live performance from Prince & The New Power Generation. Thanks for the support and encouragement, but most of all for your ears and heart.
Here’s the link for the Dwight Twilley backstory I speak about on the show:
I prefer to be surprised but if you are different, that's cool. Here's the Playlist.
Includes Mini-Tribute to Rudolph Isley
Hope, dignity, compassion, fellowship, common sense and most of all, Democracy are closer to evaporating than at any other marker during my 67+ years on the planet. By now, the populace is numb to the endless barrage of bullshit and blatant lies that have reached ferocious levels of cruelty and stupidity. The unchecked, insane rantings of ex-President Tangerine Mussolini have eclipsed parody and whipped the criminally stupid into what amounts to a drooling, thumbless lynch mob intent on reaching full scale De-Evolution. Diversion is essential if there is to be any hope of emerging intact after the next 13 months. That’s my take, and remember my Wife & Daughter refer to me as Mr. Rose Colored Glasses. Don’t engage, find something to keep your mind and spirit occupied until the time comes when they are obliterated at the Polls. It will happen.
There is zero Political content in this show. Instead, experience new music from Brittany Howard, The Weeklings, Jason Ricci & The Bad Kind, The Dandy Warhols, The Feelies, Margo Price, The Menzingers, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram and Deadjazz. There are side trips to sounds that include widely diverse sonic delights from The Cowsills, The O'Jays, The Bird and the Bee, Daryl Hall, Todd Rundgren, The Tubes, Alice Donut, Black Sabbath, Urge Overkill, Faces, The Replacements, Paul Collins Beat, The Twilight Singers, Roy Buchanan, Jimi Hendrix, Aretha Franklin (with Duane Allman), Jonathan Wilson, Grant Lee Buffalo, The Comsat Angels, The Chameleons, The The and plenty more. Thanks so much for listening and all the support. DL
For your own personal guide the Playlist is right here.
I am in such a state of mental anguish over the recent events both abroad and at home that I almost didn’t even bother to post this episode, initially intended to arrive a full week back. I remain more thankful each succeeding turn of the calendar that I was lucky to have come of age when I did. It still felt that anything was possible when High School was finished in 1974, even if, like me, you didn’t have a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out of. I’ve always been a stubborn optimist, and for over 43 years married to an even more stubborn pessimist, but even she agrees that we thought the human species would be a hell of a lot more evolved by the time we reached retirement age. While technology has certainly advanced appreciably, humanity, society and sanity seem perched on the precipice of total collapse. We seem to exist in solitary silos of information and communication. All or nothing. No compromise, no surrender and no soul. I am fortunate enough to surround my psyche with music, and hope that somehow this show helps to soothe the spirit of others in similar circumstances. Thanks for listening. DL
PLAYLIST IS HERE
Again there is absolutely no political content or commentary within the show, especially after the unnecessary and manufactured drama of the last week. When I wrote this on the night before 2016’s election, I knew it would be bad but never imagined the scale of what has occurred. FTB will continue to remain a musical respite until the Fascism Fever destruction lust subsides. Recorded late Saturday evening to bring in the new month with new sounds including The Rolling Stones & Lady Gaga, Roger Joseph Manning Jr, Steven Wilson, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa, Count Basie Orch with Bettye LaVette & Robert Cray, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, Lydia Loveless, The Church, Peter Gabriel, Bruce Soord, Blonde Redhead & Billy Valentine & the Universal Truth. Sonny Rollins and The Replacements account for a pair of remastered reissues, and library selections include Elvis Costello, Depeche Mode, Todd Rundgren, Lloyd Cole, Brad Mehldau, Elliott Smith, Will Hoge, Anders Osborne, Charlie Parker, Gregg Allman, Buddy Guy, Buddy And Julie Miller, Gang of Four, 20/20, Steve Wynn, Sloan, Bonzo Dog Band, Groucho Marx and a bunch more. Thanks for everything.
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