Have an absolutely beautiful rest of your life.
Complete morning show from April 21, 2017. A Spring Fund Drive bonus for all who have supported the Mike's Basement series, enjoy this trip back a few years. Please continue to donate if you can. https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR Thank you.
Prior to starting this episode I received the news that Garland Jeffreys, a man I consider my friend and one of my favorite songwriters was retiring from performance. I've loved his music from his first Atlantic album and actually wore out vinyl copies of his first two A&M releases ("Ghost Writer" and "One Eyed Jack") and remember paying over $30 a piece for Japanese CD replacements, as that was the only way you could get them. I still go back to these records with remarkable regularity. There is new stuff from Sara Bareilles, Derek Senn, Idlewild, Andrew Bird, Robin Trower, John Legend, Lee Fields & The Expressions and Trixie Whitley in Episode #53. As usual we’ll take a romp through the stacks stopping at sections including R.L. Burnside, The Young Rascals, Willy Deville, Charles Bradley, Wilco, Aretha Franklin and many more. Thanks for listening and continued gratitude for your wonderful support @ https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR
Episode #52 (Joe’s Garage Act XIV) is brimming with new things as we start right out with the long lost Marvin Gaye album “You’re The Man” which was originally intended to follow his seminal classic “What’s Goin’ On.” We also have an advance taste of some new things our pal Jimmer has been working on, a reissue of a Power Pop classic with The Pezband, and new sounds from Perry Farrell, Modest Mouse, Drugdealer, Edwyn Collins, Shawn James, Bob Mould, Martin Simpson and more from Son Volt’s great new “Union” album. And let’s not forget a Keith reissue/remaster and rare Pete Townshend with Ronnie Lane, requests for Grand Funk Railroad and Morphine and a mix that somehow includes Curtis Mayfield, Donny Hathaway, Jimi Hendrix and Urge Overkill. Thanks as always for your love and support. https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR
Here's a little bonus from exactly two years ago. So much has changed but the music remains.
Loft After Dark March 31, 2017. Enjoy.
We begin with a history making speech from Adam Schiff and then turn the clock back for a re-creation of the beginning days of The Loft in order to mellow our minds during this very trying time in our country. There’s new music from Son Volt and long time guitar virtuoso Robin Trower and a tribute to yet another musician that has left the planet entirely too soon, Ranking Roger of The English Beat, General Public and Big Audio Dynamite. Your donations have been very generous and will ensure this program will continue through the Spring, at the very least. Please keep them coming at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR and accept my never ending gratitude for your love and support.
Episode #50 (Joe’s Garage Act XII) finds us at the start of the From The Basement/WKUM Spring Fund Drive as we once again beg the listeners for support. It is your generous donations that allow this sort of programing by helping to pay the bills. Thanks as always for your generosity. https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR We remember a pair of legends that have passed (Dick Dale and Andre Williams) since the last show and give more love to the recently departed Mark Hollis. There’s new stuff from A Girl Called Eddy (with The Last Detail), Fun Lovin’ Criminals, the Joni 75 celebration, Justus Proffit, Glorietta, Sean McConnell, Tropical Fuck Storm, American Football, The Long Ryders, Andrew Bird, Snarky Puppy, Nate Leslie and The Comet Is Coming. Old friends Amy Rigby, Dramarama and The Smithereens are represented, and a deep dive into the library yields gems from Long John Baldry, Jethro Tull, Link Wray, NRBQ, Rockpile, Alejandro Escovedo, Mercury Rev and a ton more.
Episode 49 (Joe’s Garage Act XI) brings us some new things from The Black Keys, The National, Patty Griffin, The Mountain Goats and a taste of the wonderful Joni 75 Celebration. We find ourselves searching for art with old friend Don Dixon, classing up the joint with Milt Jackson, Yusef Lateef and Duke Ellington and complaining about those show biz kids courtesy of Rickie Lee Jones and Steely Dan. Somehow Eddie Lawrence, George Carlin, The Jesus & Mary Chain, New Order, Cream, PJ Harvey and Nada Surf provide connective tissue and a chance viewing of 90210 reveals not just Jimmer’s huge headbanded hair, but a song that should have been a smash. Thanks, as always for listening and for your continued financial support.
I’ve been stuck on this episode for a few extra days as I initially felt that a proper tribute to Mark Hollis would not be possible without breaking the DMCA. I hate being limited to how many songs can be played by one artist within a certain time period. With that in mind, I opted to present a range of artists that in my opinion come from the same sort of musical space as the brilliant Mark Hollis; The The, Japan, The Blue Nile, Prefab Sprout, Shearwater, Steve Winwood, Stomu Yamashta and Aztec Camera are all included. To break things up, there’s a new tune from Teenage Fanclub with related ephemera from Big Star, T. Rex, Owsley and more. Mark Hollis basically walked away from the music business to be a Dad, a feeling I can definitely relate to. He made music that managed to make a commercial dent but more importantly, left behind a unique sonic legacy that will quite easily outlast our lifetime. Thanks again for all the donations (and truly beautiful notes you have sent) to keep this show alive and moving forward. Your generosity has touched my soul.
While putting the finishing touches on FTB #48, a tribute to Mark Hollis, I thought you might enjoy a trip back to a few years ago with a complete episode of Loft After Dark from March 24, 2017.
Few artists have touched me as deeply as Mark Hollis over the past 30 plus years. At this time there is no cause of death released but 64 is entirely too young.
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