Have an absolutely beautiful rest of your life.
The full Wake-Up Sets and Morning Show from June 6, 2017. This was the day the channel returned to the satellites after being taken down for Roadtrip Radio on Memorial Day Weekend. By this time it was clear the powers that be had no use for The Loft, since we had planned to air Loft Session #500 featuring Richard Thompson in front of a live audience over the Holiday Weekend.
A milestone episode, #60 finds your humble host visiting daughter Anastasia in beautiful Colorado. We haven’t been together in a year and a half but our musical bond only gets stronger as time continues to push forward. There are new sounds from Lloyd Cole, Mavis Staples (with Ben Harper), The Waterboys, Brother JT, Julien Baker, The National and a marvelous new soundtrack which finds Jakob Dylan collaborating with Cat Power, Neil Young and Fiona Apple while updating classic Laurel Canyon songs. A few Colorado themed sets and old favorites are also included, and we bid farewell to Leon Redbone. I continue to be amazed and so grateful for your ears and financial support to continue this program. The cover star is Anastasia's cat Willow in Space!! Thank you all. https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR
This is a very special edition of From The Basement dedicated to the memory of Kimberly Kenney. Episode #59 (Joe’s Garage Act XXI) is comprised of music that Kimberly loved and was assembled with the help of members from The Loft Facebook groups Loft Refugees and Lofty Pursuits. With all the horrible things social media and the internet in general have been responsible for, the fact remains that without either this group of people would have never come together, forged bonds that will last a lifetime and shared their passion for art, culture and especially music. Kimberly was the best of us and she made a mark that will last forever. I hope you enjoy this episode and I’m holding back the playlist for a while as I do not want any looking ahead! Love you all. (UPDATE: Playlist is now posted below)
There are fabulous new releases from The National, Buddy & Julie Miller, Johnathan Rice, Mac Demarco, Son Volt, Bear’s Den, The Get Up Kids, A.A. Bondy, The Dream Syndicate and Filthy Friends at the heart of Episode #58 (Joe’s Garage Act XX). They get mixed and matched with everything from Moby and War to Modest Mouse and Patti Smith, with Humble Pie, Adam Schmitt, The Shazam, Big Star, Be Bop Deluxe, Argent, Chicano Batman and even Robert Mitchum finding a place in the flow. Dean and The Weenies make their feelings about Alabama known, as does Neil Young. My unpacking has also uncovered a lost gem from our pal Jimmer Podrasky in the form of the unreleased album from The Lovin’ Miserys. Anastasia returns with another edition of Dispatch From Colorado. Once again you people have shown amazing support with your generous donations, making this old man tear up in gratitude. Thanks for everything. https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR
As our descent into full-blown Bizarro World continues, Episode 57 of From The Basement will try to serve as a musical distraction to the destruction of our democracy. With a brilliant new EP from Matthew Ryan, Filthy Friends’ second full long player, Joel Ross (a wonderful new Vibraphonist on the Jazz scene) and the mysterious Waylon Jennings meets Morrissey hybrid that answers to the name Orville Peck we hope to plant your ears on solid ground. Dispatch From Colorado marks the first anniversary of the tragic passing of Scott Hutchison, and we roam through the stacks for contributions from Los Lobos, David Lindley, Richard Thompson, Frank Zappa, 10cc, Garland Jeffreys, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Low, Robert Plant, The Clash, The Incredible Casuals, Robyn Hitchcock and a whole bunch more. Please keep up your fantastic donations and as always thanks for listening. https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR
The latest instalment of From The Basement takes place on a lazy Saturday afternoon in beautiful New Jersey digging into new arrivals from the reborn and revitalized Dream Syndicate, Neil Young with The Stray Gators, Kevin Morby, Scrappy Jud Newcomb, Rhiannon Giddens and on Dispatch From Colorado... Radical Face, Foxygen, Sad Planets and more from Craig Finn. We pay tribute to unsung musical hero Paul Raymond, get some funk going with Bloodstone and Tower Of Power and touch upon sounds ranging from Gil Scott-Heron, Jimi and T.Rex to The Beatles, Chuck Berry and 801, naming a scant few. Your donations have been our lifeblood and please accept an enormous virtual hug and kiss for your generosity. https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR
Double nickels! FTB Episode 55 is ready for mass consumption featuring a huge lump of new sounds from the likes of Adrian Belew, Josh Ritter (produced by and featuring Jason Isbell), Bruce Springsteen, Nils Lofgren, the return of Ride, J.J. Cale, The Pearlfishers, Nouvelle Vague, Jah Wobble, Charlie Hunter and a Record Store live blast of Tedeschi Trucks Band. My musically inclined daughter, Anastasia, chimes in with a Dispatch from Colorado with a wonderful new album from Craig Finn and a band called Wand. I share an audio flashback recently experienced while driving through the backroads of Jersey with unfairly forgotten rockers, Jo Jo Gunne. We raid the stacks for Deaf School, Brian Eno, Lou Reed, B-Movie and Cheap Trick to name but a few. Thanks as always for your donations and please keep them coming as it is truly saving our lives. Just click here: https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR
Complete Saturday Afternoon show from April 22, 2017. My how time flies. Thanks so much for the support.
Recorded this episode today in order to rip my eyeballs and brain away from the political shitshow surrounding the release of The Mueller Report. It is not a political show but filled with new music from Peter Gabriel, Beck, Glen Hansard, Morrissey, Tyler Ramsey, Toyah Wilcox, The Suitcase Junket, Bruce Hornsby, The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and more. We celebrate a monumental (but brief) tour from Mott The Hoople, visit with Jersey pals Dramarama, hear what the mighty Temptations sound like without musical backing, play some Record Store Day releases from Todd Rundgren and manage to fit in sounds from Kamasi Washington, The Waterboys, Freddie King, Little Anthony & The Imperials, King Crimson and much more. Thanks as always for listening and for your generous donations at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR
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.
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