Have an absolutely beautiful rest of your life.
While putting the finishing touches on FTB #48, a tribute to Mark Hollis, I thought you might enjoy a trip back to a few years ago with a complete episode of Loft After Dark from March 24, 2017.
Few artists have touched me as deeply as Mark Hollis over the past 30 plus years. At this time there is no cause of death released but 64 is entirely too young.
Episode #47 (Joe’s Garage Act IX) starts with a mini-tribute to Peter Tork and another nod to the late great Ken Nordine. We go a little deeper into the return of The Long Ryders and the wonderful new “proggy” project from The Claypool Lennon Delirium sends us on a math rock adventure best enjoyed after dark. Todd Rundgren pulls out his blues chops with a blistering guest appearance on John Mayall’s new album, Jason Ringenberg pays tribute to The Ramones and Gary Clark Jr.’s new record finally lives up to the hype. We take stops at sounds from The Motors to The Illusion, Bill Callahan with and without Smog, Leslie West to Gary Myrick, a Strawbs family tree and some previously unreleased Tom Petty. The three plus hours of this Basement episode also includes the 45 that changed my life. Thanks for the generous donations (https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR) and most of all for listening.
It has been a tough week in Joe’s Garage with treatments getting in the way of getting down to the business of producing From The Basement. But better days are always ahead and we finally have episode #46 (Joe’s Garage Act VIII) to share. New music from Johnnyswim, Stephen Malkmus, A.A. Bondy and the return of The Long Ryders lead the way, as well as a new live release from Peter Gabriel. We pay tribute to “the voice of God” Ken Nordine, who transitioned to the next world at the ripe old age of 98, and have a brand new pop nugget from Jersey pals The Weeklings with special guest Peter Noone. As promised last episode we dive into the criminally overlooked Sensational Alex Harvey Band and raid the divine archives for gems from Ups & Downs, Warren Zevon, Alkaline Trio, Gil-Scott Heron and Brian Jackson, Curtis Mayfield, Chris Isaak, Ultravox, The Jags, Dr. John, Talk Talk, Uncle Green and the proverbial whole bunch more. Thanks for listening and your donations (https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR) make this all possible.
The number “45” is one of the magical numbers for record freaks, it’s just too bad we couldn’t coordinate this episode with March 31, which was the date in 1949 that RCA-Victor introduced the first 45 rpm record to replace shellac 78’s. It’s early February here in NJ and this episode will introduce you to a huge batch of new music from the likes of Manu Katche, Andrew Bird, Patty Griffin, The Dandy Warhols, the return of The Specials and The Lemonheads, Jealous Of The Birds, the sprawling remake of a classic by Mercury Rev (with help from Hope Sandoval, Norah Jones and Lucinda Williams), tracks from the documentary on cult hero Van Duren, the great Mavis Staples captured live in London, Galactic’s fabulous new funk, Sharon Van Etten and a revitalized Hunt Sales blistering new project. That’s just the new stuff. Much more can be found within this 3+ hour romp in the basement. Thanks so much for the donations (https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR) and most of all for listening.
Episode #44 (Joe’s Garage Act VI) finds us once again traversing the musical map with an emphasis on some new stuff from Carlos Santana, Weezer, Bob Mould, Steve Gunn, Josh Ritter, Guided By Voices, William Tyler, Deer Tick and the sublime Lee Harvey Osmond. Steven Wilson makes his usual appearance and there’s a recently unearthed studio rarity from Stan Ridgway, long a Basement favorite. Connective tissue is supplied by everyone from Nick Drake to Talk Talk, Magazine to XTC, Chris Cornell to Michael Jackson by way of Pink Floyd, The National, The Cure and The Twilight Singers, to name but a few. Thanks so much for the support (@ http://mikemarrone.com) and for listening most of all.
Just in time for the weekend we are pleased to present episode #43 (Joe’s Garage, Act V) for your listening pleasure. This one features previously unreleased stuff from cover star Keith Richards, a dive into Joe Jackson’s wonderful new album, the return of The Flesh Eaters, new music from Son Volt, Beck, Night Beats, Jenny Lewis, a mind blowing performance of John Lennon’s “Mother” from The Roots and last but not least, the unedited version of a new Ryan Adams tune. Somehow musical connections are made between Tommy Bolan, Steven Wilson, Uriah Heep and Billy Cobham, we check in with old friends Immaculate Fools, Urge Overkill, Too Much Joy and Jay Ferguson, and manage to visit with Jimmy Dean, Aerosmith, Alejandro Escovedo, Supertramp, The Dismemberment Plan, The Only Ones, Richard Ashcroft, Love Nut, The Rolling Stones and so much more.
I was initially thinking of Jackie Robinson and Mariano Rivera when putting music together for From The Basement #42 but the overwhelming weight that our current President has foisted upon the country kept breaking through. Every single day we seem to slip further into Bizarro World and music is really the only thing keeping many of us as sane as possible. Listen for new stuff from Gary Clark Jr.,John Kilzer and The Killers that speak to the current madness/malaise, as well as new arrivals from Sharon Van Etten, The Drops, Karen O with Danger Mouse, The Claypool Lennon Delirium and Quin Kirchner that stand out from the pile. We have a wonderful new album from Deerhunter and a rare King Crimson track, just issued to celebrate the 50th year of the band. Add in some Motown sides, a classic or two from Procol Harum, Joni Mitchell and Yes, another dip into the Steven Wilson discography thanks to Joe and tunes from The Blue Nile, Alejandro Escovedo, Lloyd Cole, vintage Portugal The Man, Prince, Thin Lizzy and a whole bunch more.
A huge thank you to all who have contributed to support this program, I am completely overwhelmed with gratitude and needed a few boxes of tissues reading your beautiful comments. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Episode #41 (the 3rd installment from Joe’s Garage) finds the return of Pedro The Lion, some new things from Radiohead, Beirut and Tedeschi Trucks Band, fabulous historical reissues from Johnny Cash and The Staples Singers, rare Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello and Joe’s regular Steve Wilson choice cut. Somehow Big Joe Turner meets The Wildhearts via The Replacements and connections are made from Squarepusher to Pink Floyd, Sohn to Sonny & Cher and Miles Davis mixes it up with Jimi Hendrix and Morphine… and that’s not even half the show! Please enjoy responsibly and thanks again for your beautiful contributions. To donate go to http://mikemarrone.com
Episode 40 (#2 from Joe’s Garage) is kind of a landmark as I have finally gotten around to configuring a way to actually pay for the show. If you are already on http://mikemarrone.com simply look to the right and click Donate. If not, please go there and look to the right. Okay? Thanks. Musically speaking, this episode manages to cover all the major musical food groups and features a new remastered material from Matthew Sweet and Ben E. King, rare live stuff from two of our finest humans -- Peter Holsapple with Syd Straw, a jazzy take on Blondie from The Bad Plus, the jazz genius of Dave Brubeck, live stuff from the latest tour from The Dream Syndicate (with Chris Cacavas) and Todd Rundgren recorded in 1971. Also Let’s Active, Game Theory, The dB’s, Simon & Garfunkel, Lou Reed, The Byrds, John Cale, Polar Bear, The Roots, Renaissance, Joe’s Steven Wilson pick, The Grapes Of Wrath, The Posies, eels, Maia Sharp, Split Enz, Yes, Ani Difranco, Lori Carson, Spoon, OMD and even Peter & Quagmire with my current earworm. We remember Dean Ford of Marmalade, who passed last week at age 73 to the Afterparty In The Sky and still manage to fit in Chris Bell, Harry Nilsson and Three Dog Night into the mix, without a trainwreck in sight or sound.
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