Have an absolutely beautiful rest of your life.
I wasn’t planning on doing a new show today but once I started fooling around in the home studio… #25 just sort of appeared. New releases from The Beatles, The Beta Band, Joe Strummer, Prince, Billy Gibbons and Toad The Wet Sprocket are sprinkled with a ton of “comfort food.” Jimi, Bob Marley, a set of Prog, live Van Morrison, Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express, R.L. Burnside, The Cure, The The and a tasty batch of side dishes like Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders, Julian Cope, John Coltrane, Bowie and Peter Sellers link up with some chuckles from George Carlin and the ever present spirit of Zappa. From The Basement #25 is done and I still have a weekend before checking back into the hospital for my final round of poison.
It's only fitting that a show dedicated to the greatest ever, Willie Mays, would be an epic episode. Chock full of brand new music from Charles Bradley, Swamp Dogg (with Justin Vernon), Richard Thompson, William Elliott Whitmore, Low, Hiss Golden Messenger, The Chills, Marc Ribot (with Syd Straw and Tom Waits), the return of Black Uhuru, Willie Nile and more. We also take a deep dive into the brilliant new album from Colin Devlin, get the full story of how Rickie Lee Jones wound up covering The Blue Nile's "Easter Parade" directly from Paul Buchanan, Marshall Crenshaw covering Nilsson, the 50th Anniversary of a Doors classic. And of course a musical tribute to The Say Hey Kid, the one and only Willie Mays. More than four hours of new, old and everything in between.
Managed to complete episode 23 before heading back to the hospital for round 5. Plenty of new stuff including Paul McCartney, Spiritualized, Hozier (with Mavis Staples), Murder By Death, more from Alejandro Escovedo and Crack The Sky's new releases, Saintseneca, J. Mascis, Madeleine Peyroux, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Jill Sobule and John Hiatt. From the catalog you'll hear some solo Beatles, MJQ, The Mats, Massive Attack, the late great John Martyn, Tin Huey, Timbuk 3, Ultra Vivid Scene Bowie, Tommy James, Mitch Easter covering Todd and much more. Episode 23 is dedicated to Donnie Baseball, the great Don Mattingly and to all of you that take the time to listen. Thanks so much for all othe love and we'll get together soon for #24.
Finally! Episode #22 takes place on Labor Day after a needed break for recovery. Of course it's posted the day after Labor Day because that's the way my life has gone over this very long Summer. All is well and the end is in sight and my new release bin is overflowing. Listen for new things from Chris Stamey, Jonathan Wilson, Death Cab For Cutie, Kurt Vile, Cat Power, Amy Helm, Mark Erelli, BC Camplight, Bird Streets, Paul Simon, Big Red Machine, Amos Lee, Crack The Sky and what could be Alejandro Escovedo's best ever work. We also spend some of the 3 and half hours with the 50th Anniversary deluxe edition of "Music From Big Pink" and start saying goodbye to Summer and hello to September with Big Star, Blinker The Star and The Strawbs, to name but a few. Last but certainly not least the great Aretha Franklin is remembered as best as the DMCA will allow. Thanks again for all your wonderful healthy wishes and for listening.
Episode #21 is sorta special as I recorded it while undergoing chemo treatment #3 of 6 at Howard County General Hospital, 4th Floor South Oncology Wing during my 5 day stay. Very special people work on this floor and they have made this ordeal as pleasant as possible. New tunes from Elvis Costello (also battling the Big C) and a 21 year in the making solo outing from one of my faves, Peter Holsapple called "Game Day" that truly resonates. Lots of "comfort food" and some stuff directly inspired by what my body is going through. Halfway home and feeling strong. Thanks to all for listening and the love.
Recording in the hospital
A mini-tribute to pals Jimmer Podrasky and Syd Straw, including their brilliant new EP is just one highlight of this episode. You will hear new singles from Paul McCartney, Tom Petty and Steve Forbert, as well as tracks from a just released Forbert Tribute album, a new Bowie single, a sample of Cowboy Junkies riveting new album and a pair pf previously unreleased gems, a Dead classic from the 50th anniversary issue of Anthem Of The Sun and The Allman Brothers recorded at the Fillmore East by Owsley "Mouse" Stanley! And that's not including new music from Shemekia Copeland, John Grant and my Jersey pals, The Weeklings.
The series continues with #19, containing a tribute to an old friend and mentor and a musical remembrance to a cousin that has left us way too soon. This episode could be called comfort food as it is filled with sounds that are helping me heal like Morphine, Hendrix, Miles and more. A reissue from The Supremes, something new from Lera Lynn and a bit of the Python for giggles.
Only Alice could start episode 18 but there's plenty of new things in here as well from Jim James, The Essex Green, Dawes, Jeff Whalen, Jeffrey Foucault and more. Rare live material from The War On Drugs, Stevie Wonder, Taj Mahal and Wilco, a tribute to my new lack of "Hair" and newly released rarities from Graham Nash and guitar master Dennis Coffey. We class the joint up with Sinatra, Jobim, Miles and Brother Ray, and offer up a master class in Soul with the late Donny Hathaway.
17 is a magic number this week as we explore different sounds with the same number as the latest episode. We'll also unearth a long lost and never released John Coltrane Quartet recording, as well as previously unreleased live material from Derek & The Dominoes and Traffic. The new bin is overflowing with Death Cab For Cutie, Fantastic Negrito, Low, Peter Buck and Joseph Arthur, Spiritualized and M. Ward to name a few... and new stuff from living legends Buddy Guy (with Mick, Keith and Jeff Beck), John Fogerty and new single from Nick Lowe. Plus a whole bunch more. Thanks to all for the wonderful get well wishes. I most definitely feel the love and thank you with all my heart.
New music including Fantastic Negrito, Neko Case, Ry Cooder, Marcus Miller with Trombone Shorty, Wussy, Matthew Sweet, Amos Lee, Leeds, Ryley Walker, Kamasi Washington, Ray Lamontagne and fab new duo Peter Buck and Joseph Arthur can be found at the center of this episode. Even adding in the return of Parlament, Weezer paying tribute to Toto, the Springsteen archive release I've been hoping for, a musical dissertation on "Groovin'" and alternate takes from The Clash and Morphine still only cover about half the nuggets lovingly hand mixed just for you this time around.
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