The initial plan was to make this episode all Holiday music but I'm simply not ready yet to play Christmas songs, so we'll leave that until next time. Instead, episode #32 spends time with a legendary live set from David Bowie with the just released Glastonbury 2000 performance, a Yes tribute from Todd Rundgren, new remasters of Be Bop Deluxe, the return of Art Brut, Paul Buchanan of The Blue Nile telling you how exactly his recording of "Easter Parade" with Rickie Lee Jones happened, new stuff from Jeff Tweedy, Ed Harcourt, Shawn Phillips (with help from Bernie Sanders) and previously unreleased Maynard Ferguson and Lee Hazlewood music. Also listen for Devo, The Velvet Underground, The Pale Fountains, Alex Chilton, Kate Bush, one of the great Charlie Haden's final performances (with Brad Mehldau), David Sylvian and a whole bunch more.
We start out episode 31 with a mini-Bowie fest, surrounding a newly released demo and in the middle pay homage to the great Marvin Gaye for no other reason than it felt like the right thing to do. The 50th Anniversary release brigade continues with "Ogden's Nut Gone Flake" from the always brilliant Small Faces and manage to fit it new stuff from Paul Heaton, Trinom3, Jonny Polonsky and Brian Newman (with Lady Gaga). There's some Lovers Rock, Jazz, Blues and even Groucho makes an appearance.
It was tempting to make Episode 30 episode 50 with the arrival of the 50th Anniversary Edition of one of the greatest and most influential albums of all time, Jimi Hendrix's landmark "Electric Ladyland." We'll dig into that as well as more from the 50th Anniversary of the "White Album" from The Beatles. Also expect some stuff from the holy grail of Van Morrison live rarities, new music from J Mascis, Jon Spencer, the return of Dramarama and a live release from Midnight Oil. That really just scratches the surface of the episode, in addition we spend some quality time with a historical release from Mott The Hoople, Dylan's latest Archive series release and a handful of Beach Boys rarities.
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Some celebration is in order for episode 29 with the great news from my doctor coming this week. This show is a prime example of why I prefer to present music in long sets. New stuff from Thomas Abban, Death Cab For Cutie, Marianne Faithfull, Boygenius, Ty Segal, Esperanza Spalding, Hugh Cornwell, Colin Devlin, Rosanne Cash (with Colin Meloy), Aaron Lee Tasjan, a live set from the brilliant Steven Wilson and the 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of the timeless classic that is The Beatles "White Album." We also dig into the library for Queen, The Church, The National, The War On Drugs, my pal Chuck Prophet, Ben Folds and a whole bunch more.
Heavy on the comfort food this week as my appetite is improving. Episode 28 does feature some new things including David Crosby, Van Morrison, Blackberry Smoke (with Amanda Shires), the return of Pedro The Lion and massive reissues from a few UK bands you may have heard of called The Beatles and The Kinks. With Election Day right around the corner, I've kept this episode pretty much free of politics but that should not dissuade you from voting, as we need your vote now more than ever! Rare faves, unheard classics and sidesteps abound in #28 and I hope you enjoy the ride as much as I did putting it together. Thanks again for all the love and for listening.
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