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Take a trip with From The Basement Episode #66 as we cruise through new stuff from The Bird & The Bee, Bon Iver, The Pixies, John Prine (with Margo Price), Bruce Cockburn and Ben Folds. We’ll stop for archival new arrivals from Elliott Smith and The Beatles and pay tribute to Nick Walusko (aka Nicky Wonder) of The Wondermints and Brian Wilson’s band who has left us at the tender age of 59. Including a side trip for my entire set from the WHTG reunion at The Saint In Asbury Park on 8/10, we’ll jump lanes from The Specials, Blue Oyster Cult, They Might Be Giants and House Of Freaks to name just a few. Fasten your seatbelts and please keep those cards, letters and donations coming at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR. Thanks for listening and your continued patronage.
Welcome to a new month as From The Basement Episode #65 (Joe’s Garage Act XXV) marks our entry into August with more of the brilliant debut from The Quiet Temple. They are joined by another exciting debut album by Manchester sextet Pieces Of Man, a genre defying blend of R&B, Jazz, Soul and more, with a nod to the late, great Gil Scott-Heron. Another new release fave is the latest release from School Of Language, the side project of Field Music’s David Brewis offering a U.K. perspective of our orange menace with an entire Trump inspired album called “45.” We also get to the historical release of Adam’s House Cat, the pre-DBT’s combo of Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley. Speaking of history, the 50 year old performance of Creedence Clearwater Revival at Woodstock finally sees the light of day. And there are new offerings from The New Pornographers, Marc Cohn with The Blind Boys Of Alabama and the wonderful Andrew Bird. We dip into sounds that range from Duke Ellington and Ray Charles to T.S.O.L. and Tom Waits. There is a Prince request filled, a sonic ode to the weekend and a whole bunch more. Thanks for your continued generosity at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR allowing me the funds to continue in these very difficult times. Love to you all.
The initial plan was to record and post episode #64 on Thursday but the Joe’s Garage Compound was hit with powerful storms that ripped through New Jersey and found ourselves without power for a chunk of the week. Everyone survived, just one hospital visit (short stay), a substantial tick bite (me not one of the animals and not related to the hospital) and buckets of water for flushing (well water/no manual pump). New music this time centers mainly on a pair of releases; the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino’s new film “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” and a brilliantly eclectic new offering by The Quiet Temple. They are joined by new efforts from Delbert McClinton, DJ Shadow (with de la soul), Lloyd Cole and Mavis Staples, as well as a new vault release from The Replacements. Library goodies include exclusive performances from Joseph Arthur and Golden Smog among Chris Whitley, birthday boy Pete Yorn, Translator, Herbie Hancock, ZZ Top, Alexis Korner, Harry Nilsson, John Martyn, Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy and much more. Thanks for your continued support at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR and for listening.
A positively sweltering Saturday in the Joe’s Garage command center is the setting for Episode #63 (hey, I just turned 63) which makes this missive, Joe’s Garage Act XXIII. Out of love and respect, we begin with a tribute to Johnny Clegg, much more than just a musician/songwriter/performer/dancer, Mr. Clegg was a true example of courage, humanity and social justice. Johnny most assuredly put a positive dent in the culture of the world. New music is well represented and the bin is stuffed with fresh arrivals from Bones U.K., Wilco, Dylan LeBlanc, Bon Iver, Dhani Harrison, Toots and The Maytals, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Brittany Howard (stepping out of Alabama Shakes) and a new song from Jackson Browne and Leslie Mendelsen written for a gripping new film ("5B"). We’ll have more from the new Raconteurs album, a spiffy 20th Anniversary Edition of “Liquid Skin” from Gomez and single out one of my favorite songwriters previously unreleased performance at Woodstock from a massive new 50th Anniversary collection. Did you remember/know that Tim Hardin played the original festival? Listen for a connection linking Pistol Star, Grant Lee Buffalo, Novo Combo, Santana, Automatic Man and Stomu Yamashta’s Go, and utilizing the inspiring work of artists including The Plimsouls, Warren Zevon, The Blues Magoos, The War On Drugs, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, E.L.O., Bloodstone, The Beat Farmers, Will Hoge, Ten Years After, War, The Wild Seeds, Poco, Richard Butler and more, once again attempt to display that there really are only two types of music. Stuff you like and stuff you don’t. Thanks for helping to keep the dream (and my family) alive. https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR
We made it safely back in the arms of of New Jersey and what a trip it was. From a no-show mover to the delicate balance of travelling nearly 2,000 miles with three cats and an energetic puppy. And that doesn’t even take into account my daughter dealing with the installation and implementation of a newly installed port (central line) to improve the results of her monthly infusions. Suffice to say, it has been a very challenging ordeal but we are so happy to have Anastasia home with us to continue her treatments surrounded by the people who love her. This episode features new stuff from Ben Harper, The Hold Steady, The Raconteurs, Chris Stamey, Steve Gunn, Ride and The Black Keys, as well as a few insights into our playlist from the road like Canned Heat, Led Zeppelin, more from The Hold Steady and The Spinners. Also a shout out to Garland Jeffreys, The Troggs, Brett Harris, The dB’s, Valerie Carter, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Aimee Mann, Bruce Springsteen and an invite to mellow out with a brilliant Tangerine Dream piece, lovingly remastered by Steven Wilson. Your continued financial support has been essential to our survival and now that the gang's all in one place you can expect more frequent episodes, as well as some historical uploads. The link for support remains https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR. Thank you to the moon and back.
It's another Dispatch from Colorado as I am still in Colorado with Anastasia and getting ready to bring her home. We pay tribute to the late Dr. John and Roky Erickson and dig into a bunch of new releases from Perry Farrell, Rickie Lee Jones, Jesse Malin, Liam Gallagher, Eagles Of Death Metal covering Mary J. Blige, the return of Pete Yorn, a new Bon Iver single and Peter Frampton's final album. My Jersey homeboys, The Smithereens have been inducted to the NJ Hall Of Fame and that event gets some time this episode. There's also some new/old things from the Prince Estate, Dave Hause, Steve Miller, Peter Gabriel, Ian Hunter, Chuck Prophet, The Righteous Brothers and the proverbial whole bunch more. If you have yet to donate to the cause, please consider digging deep now. Thanks to everyone for the generosity and support. https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR
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
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