Have an absolutely beautiful rest of your life.
The never ending goodbyes continue with musical memories of Sylvain Sylvain’s pure rock and roll essence, Tim Bogert’s groundbreaking bass wizardry and the supremely detestable icon that was Phil Spector. FTB#110 also resumes a musical search for some healing and peace of mind in a world that’s become difficult to recognize. The 24 hour news cycle is an unrelenting cacophony of Insanity, Violence, Insurrection, Lockdowns and Pestilence. Put that aside if you can, take a deep breath and soak up Mathew Sweet’s wonderful new album, as well as wisdom from Warren Zevon, Nina Simone and Gang Of Four, The Count Five, Alice Cooper, Stevie Wonder, Brittany Howard, Catherine Wheel, Shelby Lynne and a ton more. It’s a long episode, but we promise to leave you smiling with some classic Tommy Lasorda wit when it’s time to close. Thanks for everything at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR and please stay safe and alert.
I recently uncovered a huge box of deteriorating cassette airchecks from throughout my life. This will be a continuing series and sound quality is nowhere near my usual standards. This is from WHTG in Asbury Park, NJ. We were nuts and more than a little ahead of the curve musically, although Prehistoric Era in regard to equipment. I spent 1984-1989 there and wouldn't trade it for anything.
The first sonic entry into this new year and difficult as it is to remain optimistic, one can’t help feeling that we finally have the light at the end of the tunnel in sight. The mantra from the basement is just keep your ears open and let music heal our battered psyche. We have a pair of previously unreleased Dylan and Lennon covers from birthday boy David Bowie that arrived yesterday and also mark the birth of The King, Elvis Presley. Speaking of covers, Moon Duo give us a wonderful remake of a classic Black Sabbath tune and Steve Earle & The Dukes lovingly mourn the loss of Justin Townes Earle. The legendary Sly & Robbie return with a new album, as do personal favorites Kruder & Dorfmeister. Listen for a pair of bonus McCartney III tracks and even more birthday wishes for Marianne Faithfull and Dave Cousins of The Strawbs. This longer than usual episode also yields everything from John Coltrane to The KLF, a Julian Cope B side, Ben Harper, Nada Surf, the new Black Keys remaster, Robin Trower, Twinemen, Bill Withers, Mercury Rev, Dr. John and a whole bunch more. Continued love and thanks for all the donations at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR, please stay safe and we’ll get through this mess together.
FTB #108 marks the final audio entry in a year that defies description. A simple (or even complex) Year In Review or Countdown just wouldn’t cut it for this more than slightly dazed senior citizen. While dealing with and ultimately surviving stage four cancer punched up an E ticket worth of brand new emotional turmoil and angst, an unrelenting 2020 shrugged and said, “Hold My Beer!” Ever the cockeyed optimist I can point to more than a few positive developments that occurred and hope we have finally at least reached the beginning of the end of this unrelenting maelstrom of uncertainty. What this episode represents is the personal inner soundtrack that played for the bulk of what essentially became a stretch of time without a calendar or clock. And sometimes you can dance to it. You will also hear a tribute to the just departed Leslie West, a musician’s musician that was blessed with a signature tone and exceptional technique and musicality. He was also a very funny and fine human. Continued gratitude for all your support at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR. Have a safe, healthy and very Happy New Year.
This episode was going to start with a tribute to my friend and radio sister Rita Houston from the second I learned she lost her six year cancer battle. Her fight was long, painfull, debilitating and unfathomable to anyone who has never dealt with it up close and personal. I am happy she is at peace but like everyone who knew her, sad her light has vanished from our sight. I initially planned to continue doing a “regular” show and even managed to get in a great new song from Jeffrey Dean Foster but once the Christmas tunes came out, the floodgates opened. What can I say? It’s been a truly tough year for everyone and sitting here on December 22 felt the need to try and muster up some last minute Holiday Spirit. Musically we run the gamut from a brilliant brand new Nick Piunti & The Complicated Men track to Butterbeans & Susie’s 1930 chestnut “Papa Ain't No Santa Claus (Mama Ain't No Christmas Tree).” Let’s take a sonic holiday romp together and lift our spirits high. Did I mention weed is finally legal in New Jersey? It’s good to be home, wherever you are. Merry Christmas to all and thanks for making this brutal year suck a whole lot less. https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR
Episode #106 was recorded on Monday evening December 14. Today Joe Biden won the election for about the 140th time since November 3, but save for some musical synchronicity politics are far from the focus here. News that the vaccine distribution has begun is another fine bit of news today but everything is still way out of whack. Let’s shut it all out and immerse our minds in the healing world of music. There’s a sneak peak at McCartney III, Barry Gibb linking up with Jason Isbell, a haunting new tune from Shelby Lynne, Mark Dark (aka Mark Lanegan) has a great new version of an Everly Brothers Christmas classic, unreleased Dave Brubeck from the Time’s Out Sessions, more from eels new one and Remasters from Prince, The Gun Club and Steve Forbert. We also say goodbye to Harold Budd, a brilliant musician and yet another Covid casualty of this unforgiving year. Thanks for all the love at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR and most of all for listening.
The final month of this brutal year finds most everyone I know in desperate need of a hug. Don’t you feel it? Confusion, dismay and in too many cases... abject fear of what lies ahead before the calendar finally turns. As John Lee Hooker once sang, “Music is The Healer” and that’s what FTB #105 is all about. Let’s keep safe, lean toward love and allow the healing to begin. New sounds this time from Negativland, Cliff Hillis, Death Cab For Cutie, Daniella Cotton, The Midnight Callers, Robyn Hitchcock, The Hold Steady, Bruce Springsteen, a new mix of a seminal George Harrison song and a blistering new take on a Coltrane masterpiece from an ensemble including Henry Kaiser and Mike Watt. There’s even a few early Holiday treats including new original music from Calexico along with Noel nuggets from Big Star and The Smithereens. Listen for some 2020 musical highlights from Fiona Apple, The Posies and Fontaines D.C. and as always a romp through the stacks. Thanks to all for the generous support at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR and know that I am sending all the love in the world to each and every one of you.
Episode 104 was recorded Sunday November 29 with heartfelt thanks for the support and belated Happy Thanksgiving wishes to all. We dig a little further into Neil Young’s Archives 2, new stuff from Lucinda Williams, Matthew Ryan and Dave Alvin, the Alex Winter Zappa Documentary, Billie Joe Armstrong’s covers album and 2 of my favorite records of the year, The Midnight Callers & A Girl Called Eddy. Also Jimi Hendrix “Live in Maui” album, the debut from Mike Campbell’s new project The Dirty Knobs and a historic recording of Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders. There’s time to remember Tommy Keene, who left us three years ago and visit with The Beach Boys, The Who, Mighty Lemon Drops, James McMurtry, Dramarama, Velvet Crush, Jethro Tull, Jellyfish, Gil Scott-Heron and a host of others. Thanks for taking the ride and please keep those cards and green letters coming to https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR
Things are getting pretty interesting as we head into Thanksgiving Week and by that I mean we appear to enter a new level or zone of Bizarro World several times a day… every day. Episode #103 attempts to present a musical distraction for us all and proof to listener/supporter William Ross that I do not need to be bribed to play Green On Red, although to be honest it helped. Other pay for pay delights come from Rahsaan Roland Kirk, The Teardrop Explodes, Edwyn Collins, Lee Michaels, The Comsat Angels, My Morning Jacket, Curtis Mayfield, Nouvelle Vague, Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, The Rascals, a taste of Neil Young’s Archive #2, Keith’s Wino’s reissue, Dr. John, Stevie Wonder, U.K. and something new from Marika Hackman. That really just scratches the surface but hopefully you get the idea. Thanks as always for the love and support at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR.
I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to do an episode on Friday the 13 in this surreal year of 2020, so here you have From The Basement Episode #102. A few recurring themes mixed with new things from Bootsy Collins, William Shatner and Buddy & Julie Miller, as well as new/old things from David Bowie, The Only Ones, Mike Cooley, Patterson Hood & Jason Isbell, Todd Rundgren, The Chameleons, Pylon and the proverbial so much more! I tried to get this up before the Midnight hour but in my basement, it’s still Friday night. Thanks for everything, be safe, wear a fucking mask and stay alive! https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR
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