Well gang, we made it. Surviving 2021 was quite a bit more difficult than in the past, yet here we are. Many things have changed over the past few years in my world and as this final episode of the year is released, word reached The Basement that Betty White fell just short of 100 years on the planet. We were rooting for the lovely Ms. White to reach triple digits, but this fucked up year finds her joining John Madden and Harry Reid as perhaps the final U.S. trio of note to head for The Afterparty. Here on what is rapidly becoming “Earth 2,” new variants cause the pandemic to rage, Russia threatens to start WWIII and evidence keeps growing that an ex-President may have done enough damage to our Constitution to have us headed inevitably toward either a second Civil War or successful Insurrection, or both. On a personal level, it’s shocking that as I reach 65 years old so much of the country is still arguing about topics like race, abortion and even voting and women’s rights. Here in The Basement the only thing to do is say “Fuck it” and turn up the music. Have a happy and safe New Year. Thank you for allowing this old radio dude to still have a purpose, and if you want to thank Art Damage for all his efforts, go here (https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8FuvQUPNeP) you have until 1/12 to let him know. Love to all.
Art Damage had this to say, “As we inch closer to Christmas I have completely come to grips with the fact that it will take at least a few more festive seasons to make any sort of real dent in the Holiday Tunes Bunker. My mind gets blown apart several times a day with the discovery of things I've either never seen, never knew about, or never heard and there are definitely a few ahead for you in this episode. Part 6 will be the final pre-Christmas episode. But there will be a grand finale, consisting of a show specifically designed for New Years Eve. The plan is to end this year, which by all rights should be another do over, with a frenzy of high energy, non-stop, rhythm and blues and rock and soul, causing a collective and complete psychic expulsion of another year collecting frustration, plague, corruption, lies and stupidity. Anyway, that is the plan, my Darlings.” I believe Art is really having a good time, don’t you? Unfortunately we must begin this episode with the sad news of the passing of Billy Conway. Truly a human of the absolute highest order, brilliant and inspirational musician, the keeper and inhabitor of time. Had to play the rare Christmas B side from Morphine, Sexy Baby Christmas Mine. Rest in time, Billy Conway. You made a difference and left a positive imprint. You will never be forgotten. Thanks to all for the recent donations, the new link is good through 1/12/22. https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8FuvQUPNeP
FROM THE BASEMENT #152
We have arrived at the final FTB episode of 2021 that will not involve Holiday music, so yes Art Damage will continue offering episodes of The Art Damage Holiday Experience with Part 6 due soon. Art stops by to update Mike, who as expected has a very full plate of solid new material that he is eager to share. He also performed some deep archive excavation and has a batch of rarely (if ever) heard items from not only The Stones and others, but the Motown Records vault as well. New music includes efforts from Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Superchunk, Wet Leg, Bill Callahan, Bonnie Prince Billy and others. It winds up being a full 6 hour show to end the year, hand crafted and sent with love to all of you with grateful and sincere thanks for all the support and love you have bestowed throughout the year. Please stay safe and let’s all make the best of the current Covid situation to celebrate as best we can.
Art is actually more intense as we move forward in the series and showing no sign at all of running out steam. We know it’s impossible for him to run out of music. You have to be interested when somehow a Christmas Tree made of fried chicken winds up as a cover star, perhaps alerting everyone of the crunchy sonic goodness found within. A rare New Order flexi disc almost gave him a heart attack but he pulled it together and exposes Holiday cheer from the likes of Jason & The Straptones, Arthur Kill & The Pollutants, Mel Blanc, Daniel Lanois, Roy Orbison, The Muffs, Chet Baker, R.E.M., Robyn Hitchcock, The Smothers Brothers, Syd Straw, Iggy Pop joining up with William Shatner and too many more to list. Enjoy the ride and Happy Holidays. There will definitely be a part 6.
Art Damage continues his mission to uncover the coolest, most unique Holiday music he can get his hands on, even convincing Mike to unpack his insane collection for inspection and plunder. He is still at it after 6 days. His fourth episode has arrived with nuggets from Genesis, The Monkees, Frightened Rabbit, Del Fuegos, Lou Reed, rare Elvis and Beatles, Larry Coryell, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Smith, Lorne Green, Marvin Gaye, Dr. John, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Heartless Bastards, Eartha Kitt, Dave Brubeck, Chuck Leavell and a boatload more. Each part of this series has been coming in around the 2 hour mark and I don’t know who is having more fun, Art Damage or us. Hope you are enjoying the ride as we don;t see it ending for a bit. Thanks for listening and Happy Christmas.
Art Damage continues to dig for Holiday Music Gold and shows no sign of letting up. All kinds of rare and wacky stuff are perfectly mixed and blended to perfection on this third part of a series and we have no idea when it will finish. Happy Holidays and thanks for listening and your continued support.
Art Damage is on a mission. Save for food, eggnog and candy bars he continues to setup camp in my newly remodeled Holiday Music Bunker and claims he isn’t coming out until New Year’s Eve. He sent this musical missive a short time ago and aims to let loose several more over the weekend. We shall see but I have little doubt he will make at least a valiant attempt. Part 2 of The Art Damage Experience, A Holiday Special is another Highlight reel chock full of goodies. Miles Davis, The Beatles, Pearl Bailey, Mable Scott, Don Byron, The Smithereens, Minus 5, John and Yoko, Ringo, Roy Wood, Joseph Spence, Bowie & Bing, Kate Bush, Adrian Belew, Peter Himmelman and David Broza, Queen, Albert King… and on and on, etc. Yowza!
He did it. Art Damage has managed to pull me out of my Holiday malaise and shamed me into opening up my lifelong collection of all things musically related to the Holidays. He has locked himself into the freshly unpacked and immaculately arranged Holiday Music Bunker and has threatened to compile a multitude of fresh, different and well… Art Damaged shows. The first one has arrived and as you will hear, it’s a beauty. Let’s see how long he can keep this up.
From The Basement #151
A whirlwind of discrete energy weaving new with old, loud and soft, bitter with sweet and not a single, antiquated rule of music programming engaged. Welcome to FTB#151, where you will find new music including an outstanding effort from former Winter Hours member Bob Perry, Suzanna Hoffs, Sea Wolf, Heartless Bastards, Slothrust, Manic Street Preachers, Stupidity (featuring Keith Streng), Pete Yorn, Billy Strings, The Crushing Violets, Strand Of Oaks, Theo Croker, Backyard Tire Fire, Mount Westmore, Senior Elvis Costello and the return of old friends The Whirling Dervishes. Combined with a hand crafted melange of diverse, challenging and beautiful library picks covering everyone from Dr. Lonnie Smith and Bobby Byrd to Johnny ``Guitar” Watson, Rory Gallagher, Lou Reed, Tones On Tail, Ben Lee and Bunny Wailer, to name just a few. It’s another 6 hour extravaganza! One more week of donations can be made here https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8EAHQADmvJ, and we continue to be thankful for all your wonderful support.
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