There’s only time for a few more episodes before I have to move the Mike’s Basement studio and we spend a portion of #36 celebrating some of the new RRHOF inductees. We also dwell on some of the obvious and somewhat ridiculous omissions. One set was inspired by a terrific new documentary on Jeff Beck and we have new stuff from The Decemberists, Mercury Rev (with Margo Price), live David Byrne, Snail Mail and Bruce on Broadway. I have also located my favorite Christmas song of all time, which is guaranteed to make you reach for a box of tissues and/or a barf bag. Once again there’s some “Yacht Rock” that is never played and a blast of Holiday Cheer from The Cartwright’s. Dig in and turn on.
What a wonderful trip! So happy that I had the time and opportunity to move my daughter out to beautiful Colorado. It was kind of a hellish ride complete with some tough weather... and the loss of our roof rack as soon as we crossed into Indiana! Unquestionably an adventure I think we'll both cherish forever. When we needed to up the adrenaline and avoid white line fever the catalogs of Led Zeppelin and The Hold Steady, "Quadrophenia" from The Who, M. Rivers brilliant new record and Julian Cope's "Peggy Suicide" were all blasted at maximum volume. But perhaps the most musically poignant moment occurred crossing into Colorado when on shuffle "A Long December" from Counting Crows came on. The lyrics summed up how we both felt (for different reasons) starting this new year and new chapter in our lives. We took it as a sign that we were truly on the path we need to be.
More on the trip soon but for now here's a few new things I discovered on my return.
For the first time in many years I've had the opportunity to really take a break from what I do for a living, without dental reconstruction, illness or death/crisis in the family being the reason. Whew. These past five days are likely the longest consecutive stretch of time since February of 2001 that I have given my ears and brain a break on purpose. I rebooted. I needed it. We all do. That's not to say music wasn't played, quite the contrary since in my world music is as essential as air. But I only listened to exactly what I wanted to hear, without a thought of pleasing anyone but me. What a selfish twit, eh? Speaking of Twits, is it just me or is every day in the good ol' USA feeling more and more like it was written and directed by Rod Serling? I have never been more ashamed to be an American, or more afraid, and I came of age in the Nixon years.
This is some of the stuff played this week to calm my nerves and inspire a smile.
Can't believe I went more than a month without posting but I've been in dental reconstruction hell, as well as very busy at work. That said, here's a few new and old things that I've been cranking in the Basement Studio recently.
I recently hit a patch of extreme turbulence in my life which has kept me away from this page. Good friends Brian Carter and Pete Fornatale have passed away entirely too young and within days of each other, and as if that wasn't enough, my dog died suddenly in the middle of it all. I didn't want to miss an entire month so here's a few sounds that are helping me heal.
I seem to have been a major slacker here but sometimes simply run out of hours left in the day to post. Here's some things I've been listening to lately. First up is a track from this wonderful new Woody Guthrie project.
Here's some background on the project:
New music from Julian Cope is always welcome in the basement. One of my 10 favorite artists of all time every day of the week. His website is insanely great... click here.
I just have a feeling that Daughter could be a band to watch.
New Chuck Prophet album and a song that name checks the greatest ballplayer ever, #24 Willie Mays! How can you go wrong?
This might be my favorite song of the year when all is said and done, it's certainly my current fave!
Tommy Bolin was an amazing guitar player but like so many with "nasty habits" he left the planet entirely too soon. His playing on Billy Cobham's "Spectrum" album alone made him a very influential player. Read about this very cool new project here and listen to Warren Haynes and Tommy below on a song written by a very dear old friend of mine, Jeff Cook.
I've gained tremendous respect over the year for the people who can actually muster the discipline blog daily. I tried but failed miserably. Oh well... it was still fun and I promise to try and be a bit more regular going forward. That said, here's a sample of what I've been listening to at home and in the car recently.
A few rare favorites to get the weekend started right.
He's one of my favorite artists of all-time. There's no way to cover Julian in one post, so here's part one. I urge you to check out his amazing website http://www.headheritage.co.uk/
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