Have an absolutely beautiful rest of your life.
There’s so much happening for a country standing still. Up is down, down is up and we are definitely not all together… goo goo ga joob. On the bright side, equipment problems are thankfully in the past and we are all still here, so let’s just play some music together. Episode 90 finds a new Reggae tribute to Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson from The Archives that is quite timely, as well as new things from Bettye LaVette, Joseph Arthur, Travis, Elvis Costello, Glen Hansard, Winterpills, John Scofield (with Steve Swallow and Bill Stewart), Neil Finn (with Stevie Nicks & Christine McVie), Ben Gibbard, Bob Mould, Chuck Prophet, Jazz Sabbath, The Explorers Club and Trashcan Sinatras. Anastasia and I will pull some goodies from John Lennon, The Blue Nile, Grapes Of Wrath, Johnny Thunders, The Clash, Ian Hunter and a ton more to make everything work if you let it. This is a long one with gratitude and love for all your support. Thanks for listening and being you. Really. https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR
I have had an equipment hiccup in the temporary HQ of Joe's Garage, which at best case scenario makes recording a new show unlikely until about 6/11 or 6/12. Let's hope for the best. In the interim, as promised, I will make some old shows from my days at The Loft available. Here are 2 such examples. First is the complete Saturday show from June 17, 2017 and an episode of After Dark from my 61st Birthday, June 20, 2017. No playlist available for this you will need to wing it, like I did putting it together. Best experienced after dark as designed. Thanks so much for your continued support at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR and your wonderful notes, even the ones without dead presidents on them.
Playlist for 6/17/20 https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7Mlh0jipIeiZkl4Q0ZaYWdRLTQ/view?usp=sharing
I am having studio problems in Joe's Garage and am unable to do a new show right now. I'll get it all fixed soon but in the meantime here's a full show from 3 years ago. At the time of recording we had just come back on the satellites after being taken down for Memorial Day. I was starting to feel sick but ignored it, chalking it up to too much stress at work. Little did I know. To see the playlist... go here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7Mlh0jipIeiZkl4Q0ZaYWdRLTQ/view?usp=sharing
This one is for everyone but I will be posting the next day's show for Select Subscribers only by tomorrow. Stay safe, wash your hands and hope for things to get better.
An extra long edition of From The Basement finds us again saying goodbye. This time it’s Little Richard, Phil May of The Pretty Things, Jerry Stiller, Moon Martin and “Sweet Pea” Atkinson of Was (Not Was) fame. Not all passed due to Covid 19 but I did lose a dear friend to the pandemic by the name of Robert Kopcho. We knew him as “Chopper” or “Bobby” and in more ways than one he leaves a huge hole in our hearts. We’ll make a nod to Memorial Day and offer up some great new stuff from Wilco, Steve Earle, Neil Young, Matt Berninger, Jason Isbell, Butch Walker, White Denim, The Magnetic Fields, Peter Himmelman, Michael McDermott, The Jayhawks and the return of Badly Drawn Boy. Stay safe, wash your hands and thanks to all for your support at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR.
Days continue to blur into weeks as we continue our journey through the Trumplite Zone of 2020, the only centering lane to be found in these parts comes through the music, which thankfully never stops. On this episode of FTB there are new sonic delights from Nick Cave, Dramarama, Steve Forbert, Will Hoge, Birdthrower (produced by Ben Harper), Damien Jurado, American Aquarium, Car Seat Headrest, Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey, Fantastic Negrito and perennial FTB faves The Pernice Brothers. We’ll link Prince with T. Rex, The Chambers Brothers, The Cavedogs, David Bowie, Craig Finn, Typhoon, Dion, The Cars and many more. We bid another farewell, this time to longtime Stranglers keyboard legend David Greenfield and keep hoping for a brighter tomorrow. Thanks for your generous support through donations at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR. It keeps us believing there are like-minded humans still around.
As the days and weeks go by it feels at times like we are living in a Science Fiction novel. That said there are no soundbites from The Orange Butt Trumpet in this episode, mostly due to the fact that we simply can’t stand to hear that voice. Instead let us surround ourselves with new music from EOB (Ed O’Brien of Radiohead), a brand new tune for the current covid conditions by The Rolling Stones, Vanessa Peters covering The Pernice Brothers, Bill Laswell, Liam Hayes, Jesse Malin, David Bromberg, Sea Wolf, Bob Dylan and a pair of new tunes from Randy Newman and Mavis Staples that remind us to stay away together. We say a prayer for Wreckless Eric and premiere yet another Pandemic inspired song from Groucho & Professor Wagstaff. This is all just the tip of the sonic iceberg as we continue to take everything a day at a time. Thanks for your generous support at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR and for spending some time with us.
Episode #86 features new things from The Dream Syndicate, Car Seat Headrest, Cowboy Junkies, The Strokes, Dramarama, Liam Hayes, Asgeir, Monarch, Wayne Alpern and a timely new update of John Lennon’s “Isolation” from the unlikely duo of Jeff Beck & Johnny Depp, brilliantly supported by the amazing Vinnie Colaiuta on drums. Anastasia digs deep for a nice long set and we’ll focus quality quarantine listening with Leonard Cohen, Peter Gabriel, Sunny Day Real Estate, Caspian, Elvis Costello, Be Bop Deluxe, Wye Oak, The Zombies, Tom Waits, The Stones and so much more. Heartfelt thanks for not forgetting to continue your support of this program through https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR. We truly couldn’t do it without you. Stay safe.
We are deep into the quarantine as we open the curtain for From The Basement #85 (Joe’s Garage Act ILV) an attempt to give a proper goodbye to John Prine, Hal Willner and Bill Withers, while sending healing prayers toward Marianne Faithfull who is continuing to battle the very same plague that claimed the supremely talented trio already named. There’s a mega set from Anastasia putting a sonic spin on our current isolation and new things from Dramarama, Asgeir, Andrew Bird, The Strokes, Sea Wolf and a new remake inspired by current events from Neil Young. Prefab Sprout, The Cowboy Junkies, Terry Reid, Cheap Trick, Cotton Mather and Electric President are just a sample of this latest romp in the record room. Thanks for listening and opening your hearts and wallets at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR. Stay safe!
In what promises to unfortunately be a continuing trend we need to say goodbye this episode to two people. First, my former bandmate, friend and brother Pete Decker lost a brave battle with a very aggressive cancer. I called him “D.D.,” ''Dodge,” “Sparky, “Margie,” and a host of other nicknames, but along with Tommy and Hot Dog we were The Amazing Bolts - same Father, different Mothers. That was our story and I’m sticking to it here. The other farewell is for the multi and mega talented Adam Schlesinger who succumbed to Covid 19 just yesterday. We also celebrate some good news as Jackson Browne has pulled through Covid 19 and has a wonderful new single and the legendary John Prine remains in stable condition at this time. New offerings to specifically help us through these times arrived from Mavis Staples (with Jeff Tweedy) and Ben Gibbard, and other new offerings are exposed from Sea Wolf, The No-Ones, Clem Snide and a lengthy diatribe from Bob Dylan. There’s some Blues, some humor, hard hitting Rock and much more. Thanks again to all for remembering our Mike’s Basement Fund at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR. Be safe, wear a mask and gloves and thank you for all the love.
John Lennon once sang, “strange days, indeed” and on From The Basement episode 83 he cries out to “gimme some truth.” Anastasia and I do what we can to help us all pass quarenteen time with new music from Tycho, Viagra Boys, Other Lives, Kev Minney, Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Real Estate, Nada Surf and The 400 Unit’s Sadler Vaden. We give get-well wishes to Jackson Browne and hear from his good friend Warren Zevon, encourage some healing with John Lee Hooker and Glen Hansard and still find time for everything from Yello to Mavis Staples (with Robben Ford) and Morphine to Herman’s Hermits, to name but a few. And yes, we remember The Gambler through the psychedelic pen of Mickey Newburry. Thanks to everyone for your generous and continued support to our fund at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR
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