Have an absolutely beautiful rest of your life.
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.
The episodes are coming fast and furious now that I feel closer to 100% recovered. Not much in the way of Holiday tunes this time, but the fact that we dug out the original recordings of “Christmas On The Ponderosa” for some cheer makes that fine. Listen for new stuff from Joe Jackson, Mike Viola, Broken Bells, John Medeski’s new solo album, Mark Lanegan covering Lou Reed and more from the new offerings of Matthew Sweet, Chick Corea with Christian McBride and Brian Blade and Bill Lloyd. New archival arrivals include the legendary Springsteen at The Roxy recordings and a pair of Beach Boys copyright extension releases from 1968. This episode also contains 2 more songs that should be on anything called Yacht Rock but aren’t, old friends Peter Himmelman, Peter Holsapple, Chris Stamey, Nils Lofgren, Jimmer Podrasky, Syd Straw and a whole bunch more.
The Christmas music has broken through, especially that deranged Holiday classic from Dean Martin "Baby It's Cold Outside." But we don't dwell on Holiday sounds in episode 34 as there is also new stuff from Van Morrison, Morrissey, Bruce on Broadway, Rufus Wainwright, Bill Lloyd and a stunning live album from a trio of the finest musicians on the planet; Chick Corea, Christian McBride and Brian Blade. Speaking of Deano... you'll be surprised at how much he had in common with the late, great Willy DeVille. As a super bonus we've included a Christmas Classic from New Jersey supergroup The Amazing Bolts!
Still no Christmas Music, although a song from the Kate Bush remasters is often used as one and makes an appearance. Episode #33 digs into some newly released archive material from Kate, R.E.M., The Posies, David Bowie, Janis Joplin, Howard Jones and The Pixies. There's a new offering from Grandaddy and a brilliant new Matthew Sweet record. Yacht Rock is represented with two artists that you will never hear on anything labeled Yacht Rock, as well as a blast from the past with Velvet Crush, Free, Urge Overkill, The Bongos, Winter Hours, Peter Gabriel, Frankie Miller and much more.
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.
Episode #27 pays tribute to the legendary Tony Joe White and features a dive into the sprawling R.E.M. at The BBC box. Also the rebirth of The Flesh Eaters, new stuff from Neil Young, Minus The Bear and a brilliant new Paisley Underground project featuring The Three O'Clock, Rain Parade, The Bangles and The Dream Syndicate. We explore more from the sublime new albums from Colin Devlin, Darren Jesse and David Byrne and dig deep for some treasures by Mott The Hoople, Mickey Newbury, The Stranglers and The Walker Brothers to name a few. Finally getting my "sea legs" under me but still not sure if it's merely a B flat.
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