The passing of Bobby Rydell on the surface was but a small ripple on the deep well of the news cycle, but there’s no way it wouldn’t cast a pall over this episode of FTB. At 4 years old I was struck by the power of music through him. Hey, it takes a village you know. Regardless of the spark that causes Music to become a central part of your life, I’m happy it hit me so young. My thank you to Robert Louis Ridarelli is called “Rydell Remembered” and contained within. Joining in the fest are Bill Demain, Kenny White, Famous Groupies, Paul McCartney, Squeeze, Joni Mitchell, Alejandro Escovedo, The Smile, Trombone Shorty, Dr. Lonnie Smith, War, Jackson 5, Santana, Jon Batiste, Thelonious Monk, Rickie Lee Jones, Sondre Lerche, Ryan Adams, Chris Whitley, John Martyn, P.P. Arnold, Angel Olsen, Neko Case, Kelly Willis, The Replacements, Darden Smith, Mammoth WVH, The Stone Roses, Genesis, David Sylvian & Robert Fripp, The Waterboys, The Clash & Ranking Roger, Calexico, Swan Dive, Daryl Hall, Sam Cooke, Anderson East, Delbert McClinton, Leon Bridges, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Tone-Loc, Tower of Power, Foo Fighters, James Gang, Joe Walsh, Pink Floyd and MORE. Thanks for listening.
APRIL 26, 1961 AMERICAN BANDSTAND
Taylor Hawkins was completely top of mind around the studio and we have put together a little tribute. Art Damage returns with a wonderful musical treat he named “April Damage.” Essentially a handcrafted guide to the month through a musical prism that exists in the mind of Mr. Damage. It is fab and will be our first bonus feature for our Mixcloud subscribers, as only they will be able to access and download it as a stand alone show. If you have ideas of other bonus things you would enjoy, don’t hesitate to let us know. The range of sounds this episode include Super Furry Animals, Billy Paul, Steve Winwood, Traffic, Cream, Public Enemy, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Albert King, James Brown, Rufus Thomas, Concrete Blonde, Tommy Bolin, Jim James, Robin Trower, Pat Dinizio, The Rolling Stones, Stephen Fretwell, Tim Buckley, The Comsat Angels, Split Enz, Slothrust, A Girl Called Eddy, Tommy Keene, Mott The Hoople, Velvet Underground, Def Leppard, Tommy James & the Shondells, T. Rex, Kraftwerk, Isaac Hayes, Johnnie Taylor, John Renbourn AND MANY MORE. Thanks as always for listening and your support.
If you want a working drummer's take on Taylor, my old workmate a fabulous drummer named Patrick Berkery, who you have heard playing with Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah, The Pernice Brothers and The War On Drugs to name but a few wrote a wonderful piece on his blog you should read. Click Here
I believe if Joe Strummer still roamed the planet he might have cut a new version with them and the surviving Clash members gave their blessing even before Billy Bragg scrutinized their bonafides. (STORY HERE) Beton, a Ukrainian band remade “London Calling” and it definitely needed to be at the start of the episode. I keep trying not to watch the carnage. It’s infuriating. Music is all I can do to keep the sadness away so here’s FTB #165. It helps me to make them and I hope they help some of you. The donation link ends on March 30. Thanks to all who contributed or wanted to but just couldn’t. Believe me, I get it. DONATE New, old, unreleased and unrehearsed, this is what happened after hitting record. Tip o’the cap to new Spokesmodels Skipper and Siggy, absolute legends in certain circles. As always, thanks for listening.
The Clash, Beton, Keith Richards, Allman Brothers Band, Dr. John, Little Feat, Buddy Guy, Joe Bonamassa, Colin Devlin, The Devlins, Blonde Redhead, China Crisis, Steely Dan, Roxy Music, Melody Gardot and Philippe Powell, Paul Buchanan/Michael Brook, The Blue Nile, Graham Nash, Boo Hewerdine, & Darden Smith, The Bible, Mazzy Star, Starsailor, The Wonder Stuff, Love Nut, Delbert Mcclinton, Willie Hutch, The Dramatics, Boogie Down Productions, Johnny Cameron & The Camerons, Eddie Harris, Brother To Brother, Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson, Kruder And Dorfmeister, Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rythym Band, Depeche Mode, Self, Butch Walker, Utah Phillips and Ani DiFranco, JD Mcpherson, The Velvet Underground, The Afghan Whigs, Phosphorescent, Graham Parker, Midlake, Belle And Sebastian, The Walker Brothers, Black Francis, Pixies, Nirvana, The Catherine Wheel, James Gang and Marshall Crenshaw.
Can you believe that I was unable to post this wrap-up photo of the hearing today? I edited out the evil symbol using a word description. Actually glad to be on the back nine because this insane shit show is not going to be pretty when it boils over.
We were inspired to provide you a fresh new mix to help welcome Spring. Filled with songs about the Season that span classification and genre, nothing unusual around here. Hope you enjoy it, please accept it with love from us all.
Including: Bill Evans, Wendy Waldman, Paul Weller, Mark Hollis, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Joachim Kuhn, Chaka Khan, Joe Henderson, Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, Jimmie Spheeris, Hubert Laws, The Lilac Time, Robin Williams, The Go-Betweens, The Paley Brothers, The Beach Boys, Manu Katche, Bill Callahan, Zero 7, Massive Attack, Ween, Tom Waits, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Little Milton, Little Willie John, The Colorblind James Experience, Moondog, Lemondrops, Ned's Atomic Dustbin, Jonathan Richman, Rip Rig + Panic, Richard "Groove" Holmes, Kruder And Dorfmeister, Freddie Hubbard, Miles Davis, Frank Turner, Michael Hedges, Graham Parker, Kurt Vile, McKendree Spring, Midlake, Ride, My Morning Jacket, Continental Drifters, Fontaines D.C. This show has been presented in high quality 24 Bit, please let me know if you hear a difference.
Expect another freeform romp through the massive library with FTB#164, as well as new sounds from current fave rave Cheap Star, Colin Devlin covering John Fogerty in support of the Ukraine people, piano master Brad Mehldau teaming with Chris Thile for an otherworldly cover of Rush, Thom York’s surprise new track and that whistling wonder, Andrew Bird. We’re just trying to shut out the horrific sights and sounds of Putin’s folly reigning terror and destruction with their viscous War Crimes on full display. Let the music carry you away and don’t miss the exclusive live nuggets from Charles Bradley and his band we have included in this episode. As always, thanks for listening and your continued support. There are only 10 days left to contribute at https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8HFOsNAncK. Our eternal thanks to all of you.
I cannot tamper my increasing rage at what is happening in Ukraine. The Devlin’s song played in this episode perfectly captures my mood in tone and lyric, “I Don’t Want To Be Like This.” John Lee Hooker called music “The Healer '' and while I couldn’t agree more, we are going to need much more to end Putin’s Genocide and War Crimes. It’s the only thing that has always been able to keep me centered, regardless of the trauma faced and it remains my salvation from witnessing the unimaginable horror befalling these innocent human lives. Unless this infamita gets under control we are headed for some dark days indeed. Let the music take hold for a bit and recharge. New things from Tears For Fears, Bob Moses, The Black Keys, Band Of Horses, The Flower Kings, Spiritualized, Albin Lee Meldau, Kasim Sultan and my new favorite band, Cheap Star. Another wild ride through the library offers twists from Professor Longhair to The Buckinghams and Pete Townshend to Sublime. We have new Echo & The Bunnymen 24 bit remasters, Tim and Jeff Buckley and Bruce Springsteen news placed throughout these nearly 6 hours of audio adventure. Thanks for the great response to our fund drive https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8HFOsNAncK, this one ends in 17 days.
It has been a stomach churning hell ride just watching Putin’s brigade commit war crime after war crime. My heart breaks for the Ukrainian people, as by now at least a million and a half have fled the country, mostly women and children. We knew he was a thug but to target civilians and especially children with murder. His treachery and calculated slaughter of Innocence leaves no name or tag low enough to place on his hateful balding head. There will be recompense eventually, I need to believe that. I do suspect he is either Insane or Ill and wants to go out by starting WWIII. I had to retreat to the studio and keep music playing as the level of Armchair Infectious Disease Experts has nothing on the numbers already of newly minted Global War Experts. Coupled with footage that causes a deep unrest only experienced on previous events like 9/11 or any number of School Shootings or for me, 11/9. At least there are some very tasty new morsels to ingest. Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs second effort finds Ian Hunter and Margo Price guesting, Calexico are typically brilliant, Band Of Horses “Things Are Great” album really is, Belle And Sebastian are rocking and Cheap Star is my favorite record of the year, at least today. We also wish Robyn Hitchcock Happy B’day and try to make sense of it all by threading through a diverse yet sympatico choice ride. The Clash, Arthur Crudup, Negativland, The Woodentops, Angelo Badalamenti, The Promise Ring, Al Stewart, David Bowie, Prince, The Teardrop Explodes, Violent Femmes, Gigolo Aunts, Ween, Chicago, King Crimson, Jonathan Winters, Wesley Willis, Leon Russell, Bruce Springsteen, Lee Michaels, Siouxsie and much more. Thanks for the love at https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8HFOsNAncK and especially for listening.
At this point it almost makes sense that WWIII would be next in line to alarm a world sent spinning from 2+ years of a Pandemic, doesn’t it? Perhaps due to the almost 2 years immediately prior to Covid, where my dance card was occupied by dealing with and thankfully recovering from Stage 4 Cancer that has colored my perception of events. My heart aches for the citizens of Ukraine and the carnage inflicted by Putin has at least this time been on display for the world to witness. This episode contains my soundtrack to recent events, as well as some new musical gems from Superchunk and Tears For Fears among a continued appreciation of the musical legacy of Gary Brooker and Mark Lanegan. Artists included span a range including Leadbelly, Public Service Broadcasting, Rickie Lee Jones, Guitar Slim Green, Chris Whitley, Rosko, Jesus & Mary Chain, Pearls Before Swine, Dusty Springfield, Tackhead, The Roots, Garland Jeffreys, Coleman Hawkins and The Bluebells. There's a new link for support here https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8HFOsNAncK Thank you.
The DJ/Performance Artist Phil O'Cyben (formerly Dr. Phil O'Cyben) has apparently surfaced. This was placed in my mailbox sometime during the night and it sure sounds like his work. A timely little mash-up from an old friend. There is even a download link....
Felt inspired to get this underway quickly as some very tasty new things were making it difficult to leave the studio. Happily humming along and picking music, honestly pleased that the old brain is firing again, I was just about finished grabbing new things from Steve Poltz, Death Cab For Cutie and Flaming lips from the Yoko tribute, Bob Mould and Drug Couple, one of the tasty items mentioned earlier. Started recording and it’s a blast but suddenly I received the double shock news of Gary Brooker and Mark Lanegan. So, Episode #160 does have the new things listed, with additional arrivals from Bonnie Raitt, Midnight Oil and interestingly enough, The Afghan Whigs first new record in 5 years. Dulli is also represented as Twilight Singers and Gutter Twins in the pair of tributes assembled for Mark and Gary, old pal Bud Scoppa joined for the Brooker segment. Expect the usual romp through the unusual sections of the library. Although I never had the pleasure to meet Mr. Brooker but have heard only good things about him. Lanegan I did spend some time with and he truly was a nice guy. He never had it easy and lived hard, but he was a friendly, warm human and that fucking voice! I was a fan. Hope you enjoy the show, thank you for listening and the wonderful support.
Time for FTB #159, the latest transmission from the wire filled retirement village known as the home studio. Art Damage contributes a memorial of P.J. O’Rourke, a cornerstone of our humor category since the 70’s. New sounds include Love Burns, Liquid Sound Company, John Prine, Big Thief, Night Shop, Amos Lee and Fantastic Negrito. The library gets quite a workout, using a new proprietary process called the “digital decimal system” we checked out optimum titles for joining the ride including; James Brown, Isaac Hayes, Passport, Brian Auger, New Order, Mark Lanagan, Psychedelic Furs, Julian Cope, Bubble Puppy, The Beatles, Lloyd Cole, XTC, Jon Langford, The Weeklings, Jimi Hendrix, McCoy Tyner, Little Feat, Buffalo Springfield, Led Zeppelin, The Move and a bunch more. Time even allowed an extended set which somehow became centered on heroin, a drug I have never and will never sample. Could be a good reason why I’m still here at 65 with thirsty ears. No link for funds needed right now. Thanks for all your support, enthusiasm for music and always your ears and heart.
This episode almost received a special name with “Nancy Pelosi’s Gazpacho Police” the leading contender, but in the end we considered this latest instance of them saying exactly what they think, Just another false flag bit of propaganda from the red shirt republicans with a huge brown stain of the ultimate Loser covering their noses. Thankfully there is so much music to cover the only mention of politics is right here. New Stuff from The Rave-Ups, Tears For Fears, Frank Turner. Spoon, Lucy Dacus, Brett Dennen (with Matt Nathenson), Great Lakes, Amos Lee, Liam Gallagher and a surprising new sound from St. Paul & The Broken Bones. What would you play if it were the last night of the world gets another batch of additions, and we offer heartfelt farewell tributes to multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald and the groundbreaking and influential Betty Davis. Your enthusiasm and financial support continues to go above and beyond our wildest dreams, and our thanks are truly sincere. This link https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8Gu18h36Q5 will be going away in 4 days and there will be another a little down the road. Sending you all the love in the world. Thanks for listening.
Continuing our somewhat morose theme of the music you would play for the end of the world, FTB#157 also gives a proper send-off to Howard Hessman, the great Dr. Johnny Fever as well as a former neighbor who left a huge imprint on the world of hard rock, John Zazula, founder of Megaforce and the dude who signed Metallica, better known as Johnny Z. We leave no aisle in the library unplundered, while weaving a sonic trail through everything from Ultravox to Ism, Talk Talk to Eddie Money, Public Image, Brian Auger, Prefab Sprout, The Clash, Black Sabbath, The Beach Boys, Inhaler and leave room for a few new things like Foy Vance (with Anderson East), Darren Garvey (covering The Cure), Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs, more from eels and The War On Drugs, and a wonderful 50th anniversary tribute to “Something/Anything” including new versions of Todd’s classic Van Duren, Marshall Crenshaw and Louise Goffin. Thanks for being you and all the support. This link will be active until 2/16 if you feel it. https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8Gu18h36Q5.
As we come to the end of this first month of a new year, the need to feel in control of at least some aspect of everyday life, a spark of some kind of inspiration leads FTB into a topic we feel worthy of sonic exploration. Asking the question, “If you were certain this was the last night of the world, what music would you play?” Yes, the Bruce Cockburn song chosen to start the program lit the fire, flipping a switch in a crowded but rapidly recovering brain. Aside from a bunch of new things, including Eels, Night Crickets, Simon Felice, North Mississippi Allstars, John Mayall (with Buddy Miller), Jethro Tull, Jack White, John Mellencamp, The Temptations 60th Anniversary and the Summer Of Soul Soundtrack and the first ever solo effort from legendary Motor City drummer Johnny "Bee" Badanjek at the age of 73 with “Johnny Bee and The Murder Hornets.” The rest of the 6 hour plus program attempts to answer the question and since there are no wrong answers, we can promise 2 things. It was worth it and we are in no way finished. Play along and send in your picks and we promise to get to them. Thanks for listening and your continued support. This link will be active until February 16. https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8Gu18h36Q5
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