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Labor Day 2020 is one of the recurring themes of FTB#96 as we get ready to close the book on perhaps the weirdest Summer in our history. We offer up some new things from David Johansen, Grant-Lee Phillips, Jonathan Wilson, Robert Plant with Patty Griffin, Raye Zaragoza, Melody Gardot with Sting and Bill Callahan. We also dig into a great new Marc Bolan tribute, which was the last project of the legendary Hal Wilner, and newly released Vault material from David Bowie and The Stones. There are also gems included from Sly & The Family Stone, Radiohead, Car Seat Headrest, The Happenings, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Roy Orbison, The Black Crowes, Stevie Wonder, New York Dolls and a ton more. Be safe, wear a mask and thanks so much for your continued and generous support at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR. We couldn’t do this without you.
We spend some time saying goodbye to another musician that has left us entirely too young, Justin Townes Earle. Don’t miss the solo session I posted from him the day the news hit us. We’ll hear new stuff from eels, Bon Iver, Great Peacocks, Luna taking on Television, Sufjan Stevens, Josh Ritter and what could be my favorite new band, The Midnight Callers with a rocking cover of a Bill Withers classic. Speaking of classics, we find room for a very rare Hendrix single, a momo Family recording, some Dave Mason artifacts, Marti Jones, Unicorn, Dumptruck, a rare Ryan Adams tune and everything from The Buckinghams to Game Theory. And there’s still time for a dive into a new Willie Nile tribute album with tracks from old friends Kenny White, Richard Barone and James Maddock. Thanks as always for listening, subscribing and keeping us afloat financially at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR
A massive power loss delayed the release of this latest episode, which we will deal with musically. We complete our tribute to the late Peter Green with some tasty odds and ends and celebrate the return of a pair of alternative music icons, The Psychedelic Furs and John Foxx. Neil Young’s 2020 reworking of “Looking For A Leader” send us off on a tangent including The Staples Singers, David Byrne, Garland Jeffreys, Action Figures, Soul Coughing, Nine Horses (David Sylvian) and more. There’s a new album from Irish band Fontanes D.C., new tracks from Robert Plant and Elvis Costello and Ben Harper & Rhianon Giddens put a fresh coat of paint on an old Nick Drake chestnut. This extra long episode has plenty more to offer from Jim James, David Bowie, Yes, King Curtis, Guadalcanal Diary, Too Much Joy, Love, Spirit, Charles Bradley and much more. Don’t forget to stick around after the closing theme for a hilarious new offering from Harry Shearer. Thanks so much for your support at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR and most of all for listening.
We say goodbye to Emitt Rhodes with an extended set of his timeless Pop and a brief nod to the legendary Peter Green, since news of his passing came during the show. Expect a longer tribute next time to one of the most distinct and influential guitar players to emerge from the UK Blues Explosion of the mid-60s. New music will be spun from Jeff Tweedy, Lucinda Williams, A Girl Called Eddy, Chris Stamey & The Fellow Travelers, Matt Berninger, Wayne Hussey, The Waterboys, Inter Arma and more. Recently unearthed musical treasure arrives from Prince, The Stones with Jimmy Page and Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers and a 40th Anniversary nod to Joy Division. There’s a big announcement from Anastasia regarding future plans and we manage to blend in everything from Bobby Hebb to Michael Hedges, Jon Hassell to Jill Scott and Tom Waits to Television. Thanks for your continued and very generous support at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR. Please stay safe and don’t forget to VOTE.
Episode #92 is mostly new! Hey, a slogan! But it’s true, it’s Twoo! From The Basement #92 (Joe’s Garage Act LII) is overflowing with brand new stuff from Peter Himmelman, My Morning Jacket, A Girl Called Eddy (Erin Moran), Joe Pernice, Bob Dylan, David Gilmour (and his daughter Romany), Cayucas, Jonsi, Greyhounds, the return of Bright Eyes and the Psychedelic Furs, Rufus Wainwright, The Jayhawks, Nick Piunti & The Complicated Men, The Avett Brothers, The Old 97’s, Flaming Lips, Semisonic, Grant Lee Phillips, Toots & The Maytals, Joan Osborne, Tom Petty, Graham Gouldman and believe it or not… MORE. Get your shopping list together and let us know how you are making out these days. Thanks for listening and all the love and support at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR
Two years ago today I was sitting in a hospital in Maryland beginning the R-EPOCH chemotherapy regimen for Stage 4 Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Last year I was in Colorado with my daughter Anastasia getting a central line implanted for treatment she was told would last the rest of her life. Today, I woke up in our dear friend’s Joe & Robin’s house in NJ cancer free. Anastasia's here and that port in her chest has been removed, she's feeling stronger and in charge. These FTB shows have been a large part of the healing process, the support, encouragement and love that have flowed back to me is a main reason I survived. The financial support has been a lifeline for my family during what can best be described as terrifying and uncharted. The overwhelming birthday wishes received today solidified that the best way to spend the start of my 64th was playing records with you. It’s a different kind of episode, so get comfy and leave some room for cake. https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR
There’s so much happening for a country standing still. Up is down, down is up and we are definitely not all together… goo goo ga joob. On the bright side, equipment problems are thankfully in the past and we are all still here, so let’s just play some music together. Episode 90 finds a new Reggae tribute to Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson from The Archives that is quite timely, as well as new things from Bettye LaVette, Joseph Arthur, Travis, Elvis Costello, Glen Hansard, Winterpills, John Scofield (with Steve Swallow and Bill Stewart), Neil Finn (with Stevie Nicks & Christine McVie), Ben Gibbard, Bob Mould, Chuck Prophet, Jazz Sabbath, The Explorers Club and Trashcan Sinatras. Anastasia and I will pull some goodies from John Lennon, The Blue Nile, Grapes Of Wrath, Johnny Thunders, The Clash, Ian Hunter and a ton more to make everything work if you let it. This is a long one with gratitude and love for all your support. Thanks for listening and being you. Really. https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR
I have had an equipment hiccup in the temporary HQ of Joe's Garage, which at best case scenario makes recording a new show unlikely until about 6/11 or 6/12. Let's hope for the best. In the interim, as promised, I will make some old shows from my days at The Loft available. Here are 2 such examples. First is the complete Saturday show from June 17, 2017 and an episode of After Dark from my 61st Birthday, June 20, 2017. No playlist available for this you will need to wing it, like I did putting it together. Best experienced after dark as designed. Thanks so much for your continued support at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR and your wonderful notes, even the ones without dead presidents on them.
Playlist for 6/17/20 https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7Mlh0jipIeiZkl4Q0ZaYWdRLTQ/view?usp=sharing
I am having studio problems in Joe's Garage and am unable to do a new show right now. I'll get it all fixed soon but in the meantime here's a full show from 3 years ago. At the time of recording we had just come back on the satellites after being taken down for Memorial Day. I was starting to feel sick but ignored it, chalking it up to too much stress at work. Little did I know. To see the playlist... go here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7Mlh0jipIeiZkl4Q0ZaYWdRLTQ/view?usp=sharing
This one is for everyone but I will be posting the next day's show for Select Subscribers only by tomorrow. Stay safe, wash your hands and hope for things to get better.
An extra long edition of From The Basement finds us again saying goodbye. This time it’s Little Richard, Phil May of The Pretty Things, Jerry Stiller, Moon Martin and “Sweet Pea” Atkinson of Was (Not Was) fame. Not all passed due to Covid 19 but I did lose a dear friend to the pandemic by the name of Robert Kopcho. We knew him as “Chopper” or “Bobby” and in more ways than one he leaves a huge hole in our hearts. We’ll make a nod to Memorial Day and offer up some great new stuff from Wilco, Steve Earle, Neil Young, Matt Berninger, Jason Isbell, Butch Walker, White Denim, The Magnetic Fields, Peter Himmelman, Michael McDermott, The Jayhawks and the return of Badly Drawn Boy. Stay safe, wash your hands and thanks to all for your support at https://paypal.me/pools/c/8beKwFWlHR.
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