Well, here we are. Both major parties have their nominees and I think the nation is a little depressed about it’s choices. An air of divisiveness is seeping in everywhere, and people are anxious and afraid. In other words, this election is no fun at all.
You know what is fun? This list of tunes. I’m determined that no matter what direction we move in here in the States that I’m not gonna panic or let it overwhelm me. All sorts of new and vintage tracks on deck to help out with that, including new releases from the Riding Easy and Beyond Beyond is Beyond imprints.
Fear is the mind killer, it’s said, so let’s rock out and drown out FEAR with NOISE.
Hang in there, we’re gonna be okay.
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1627: The Fear
Some of the newer listeners may not know this, but not long ago this show was about purely vintage music. Although I gravitated towards psych and garage, no genre was off limits but the song had to be recorded between 1960-1979. At the end of last summer I decided to incorporate more modern tunes and draw more comparisons between old and new, and it’s been great so far.
I really loved that hour-long history lesson every Wednesday night, though. So while I’m still out on the road here are the final two episodes from the original iteration of Old Time Religion Radio Hour, mashed together into a 120 minute aural time machine. All vintage tunes, some classic and most not so widely known. For me, it was a transition. For you it’s a flashback.
Full playlist below-> Continue reading OTRRH REDUX: My Wild Love/Changing, Arranging
Whenever Frank Ramos and I get together I always learn something. We went record shopping a couple months ago and he just kept handing me records and saying “You’ll like this.” And goddamnit, I did. I liked all of it.
Our shared passion for music has made for a fun friendship over the last few years, and Frank brought his usual good taste to the decks filling in for me on Old Time Religion today. A mix of funk, psychedelia, classic ’60s pop, jazz and even punk awaits your ears and it’s fantastic.
Like what you hear? Check out the special Split The Decks series Frank and I teamed up for last year, and dig his regular show Maximum Insight every Friday night, 8-10pmEST on BBOXRadio.com.
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1626: For The Love Of Music (Guest host: Frank Ramos)
Is the world going mad or has it always been? As 2016 winds tighter and tighter and we all simmer in the summer heat, I decided to take a break from guest hosts and reruns and give you a new (albeit prerecorded) episode full of psych vibes, vintage and modern, to hopefully help to ease some tension.
Dig on some tracks from fresh artists like Nic Gyalson, The Black Delta Movement, Melody Fields, It’s Not Night It’s Space, and NYC’s own Mammoth Spirit. Revisit old gems from Blue Phantom, Chocolate Watch Band, and highlights from this week’s featured album, Kaleidscope’s 1970 swan song “Bernice.”
Hope this episode offers you some small solace as you make your way through this craziness. Take care of yourself. Take care of each other.
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1625: Turned Out Light
After a great Split The Decks episode a couple of months ago, Tony Conquerrah’s back and filling in as guest host while I’m out of town.
Our nation is upside down once again with racial violence and more questions than answers, and Tony’s here to bring some light to the darkness with an all-vinyl mix of everything from to jazz, soul, funk and calypso, ska and reggae. He’s a goddamn pro (taught me more than a few things) and it shows in this phenomenal set.
Tune in and get some soul healing. As the man said himself, “…that’s the beautiful thing about music. Music erases all borders and it doesn’t matter where you’re from. You feel it and you know it.”
BIG BIG thanks to Tony, and make sure to check him out every week on Shanty Town (Thursdays 10pm-midnight on BBOX Radio) and see where he’s spinning around NYC by following him on Instagram!
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1624: Tunes Without Borders (guest host: Tony Conquerrah)
The American band Kaleidoscope was formed in southern California in 1966 and quickly became a fan favorite in the psychedelic scene due to their unique instrumentation and wild studio techniques. After three unique and acclaimed albums and a popular live career the band released their final album “Bernice” in 1970 on Epic Records.
Their fans didn’t particularly like the record, citing a lack of enthusiasm and creativity in comparison to the earlier albums. The band had gone through several personnel changes leading up to “Bernice”, with a new rhythm section appearing on the record alongside new singer Jeff Kaplan. With that much of a shakeup in members and the album’s straightforward ’70s rock vibe, many fans saw this as a completely different band from the Kaleidoscope they knew and loved. Continue reading What’s That Sound? Kaleidoscope – “Bernice” (1970)
Aw hell, it’s time to relive that “first episode” splendor!
Every summer I go on vacation with my kids for a month or so, and in the past I’ve just aired a bunch of prerecorded shows during the month of July. This year, though, I had the opportunity to try something I’ve always loved hearing on radio: the Special Guest Host.
This week Kurtis Powers (The Face Radio, Loaded NYC) brings his Mod sensibilities to bear on Old Time Religion. Ever since we met at one of his Northern Soul club nights some years back, Kurtis and I have shared a passion for drawing comparisons between the classic sounds of the ’60s and their influence on the modern day. We also share the distinction of having our shows air on BBOX Radio and alternately on Affinity Radio as well. He’s a great guy, and been a good friend to me personally and a big supporter of the show.
Kurtis approaches today’s set with a mellow opening act followed by some, as he always says, real blinders in the second hour. Full of soul, mod, psych rock and garage, this is one set you don’t want to miss!
Big love and many thanks to Kurtis for filling in, check him out live every week on the Face Radio, Sundays 4-6pmEST on BBOXRadio.com, every Saturday 8-10pmGMT on AffinityRadio.net, and every first Thursday in NYC at his brit-pop club night, Loaded NYC.
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1623: All Or Nothing (guest host: Kurtis Powers)
What a week it’s been in the world, with hatred and love at high stakes odds and so many people with something to say about it. When things get like this, the only way I know to work through it is with music and that’s the name of the game on today’s show.
Hopefully this mix helps with classic rock, psychedelic and soul to guide you aurally through the pitfalls of a heavy week. Times like this too many folks don’t take the time to look inside and examine their own light and dark sides. It’s scary, but “Stiff upper lip”, as they say.
Guest host Kurtis Powers from The Face in next week!
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1622: Staring Into The Void
Today’s show is based in the blues, from heavy to classic and all it’s outlying variations. I’m joined in the second hour by my friend David Patillo (aka Strange Majik) to talk about his new album, Raised On Rock ‘n’ Roll, surprise celebrity sightings at his weekly gig at Belle Reve, and everything else under the sun.
…or for just the talky bits…
We featured some local acts as well, all of which are gigging around the next week for Northside Festival, so look for tracks from Mother Feather, The Giraffes, and Stuyedeyed.
Tune in, turn on and get down. And if you dig it, SHARE IT.
Have a great week!
Playlist below-> Continue reading #1621: Screamin’ (feat. Strange Majik)
Unfortunately I’m unable to be live in the BBOX studio this week! Everything’s fine, it’s just one of those weekends where life catches up with birthday parties and unexpected workdays, you know the drill.
However, if you have to air a rerun this episode is well worth it. At the end of 2015 I compiled the releases of my favorite label (and radio show) Beyond Beyond Is Beyond, and did an entire two hours exploring their output from the last three years. It turned out as an awesome exploration of psychedelic fuzz, and this aired before this 2016’s releases from Eerie Wanda, Our Solar System, and the Myrrors.
So as long as we’re looking back let’s enjoy the trip through this great label’s output. If you like what you hear, check out all things BBiB (including their fantastic Jamscripition program) at BeyondBeyondIsBeyond.com
Full playlist and links to the bands below-> Continue reading OTRRH Redux: Beyond Beyond Is Beyond
Memorial Day weekend is here in the States and it’s HOT…which is appropriate for the unofficial start of summer. That being the case, I brought a whole lot of hot licks in to the studio for a raucous sonic journey to take your mind off of sweating and BBQing…
New tunes on tap from Kikagaku Moyo, Mother Feather, Strange Majik, Seratones, Elephant Tree, The Myrrors and a whole bunch of vintage glam, hard rock and psychedelic for flavor.
Have a safe and happy Memorial Day! Take some time to relax but also remember the folks who put themselves in harm’s way so you could take a moment of peace. Keep cool and rock hard!
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1620: Monster In Paradise
A very mixed bag on tap this week. After last week’s non-stop funk block with TonyConquerrah I ended up with a lot of new psych and rock to sort through for this show. We have the normal vintage rock with new tracks featured from New Planet Trampoline, JuJu, Electric Citizen, Mother Feather, Mondo Drag, and The Myrrors.
Safe travels to the many bands hitting the road for the spring/summer, and think of wordlessly speeding down America’s highways as these tunes hit your ears.
Thanks for joining me, have a great week!
Full Playlist below-> Continue reading #1619: To Know Is Not To Be
It’s time for another edition of Split The Decks!
Two selectors, two decks, all vinyl. I play one, they play one. Repeat ad infinitum.
This time my old BBOX pal and host of Shanty Town, TonyConquerrah, hopped on the second deck for a hot Hot HOT session ranging all across the funk spectrum.
Disco, soul, roots reggae and funk. If you’re gonna crank anything out of an open window this summer, this mix is IT!
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1618: Split The Decks FUNK EDITION feat. Tony Conquerrah
In a world that seems turned upside down (*cough cough Trump cough cough*) the only thing that settles my mind is sweet soul, psychedelia and heavy classic riffs.
Don’t worry, we’re gonna make it. We will, guys. Just stick together.
Talk to me over on Twitter: @OTR_RadioHour
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1617: Wild & Confused