Join me as I sit down with Brooklyn’s Cinema Cinema (in a very breezy room) and chat about their new album, what influences their experimental leanings, life on the road in Europe and much more. Peppered throughout you’ll hear heavy tunes from local NYC rockers and worldwide sonic experimenters!
The band’s latest release, “Man Bites Dog,” is available in all formats at CinemaCinemaBand.com
Full playlist below->
Continue reading #1724: Exotic Blood (feat. Cinema Cinema)
My guests this week are the fellas from blues-rock band Skunkmello. They were nice enough to have me over to their rehearsal space in midtown Manhattan as we talk influences, tour experiences and new material in the pipeline. Scattered throughout you’ll hear classic and modern blues influences and enough guitar licks to keep any gearhead happy.
Let me know what you think on Twitter: @OTR_RadioHour and here’s where you keep up with all things Skunkmello:
Bandcamp / Twitter / Facebook / Instagram / YouTube or all in one place at Skunkmello.com
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1715: The Way Down (feat. Skunkmello)
Winstons are a two-piece roots/garage rock outfit based in Brooklyn. Guitarist/singer Lou Nutting & drummer/singer Ben Brock Wilkes lay out bare-bones rockers with serious soul and bring that raucous energy to every live show. They were nice enough to sit down with me and chat about touring, the benefits of a small band and their future plans after the release of their excellent 7″, Without You, available now on Warhen Records. Great tracks abound as well with songs from the entire Winstons catalog and from some of their favorite artists, plus a few of my own selections including new tracks from White Mystery & Strange Majik.
Many thanks to Ben and Lou for putting up with my constant nervous laugh, and if you haven’t seen them live then it’s time to stop missing out. Fill that hole at their next live show: Saturday, April 29th w. Matt Vasquez at Rough Trade.
Follow Winstons: Bandcamp / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / YouTube or all-in-one at http://www.WinstonsBand.com
Full playlist below, baby-> Continue reading #1714: Keep The Beat (feat. Winstons)
About a year ago I stumbled on Baked’s first LP, Debt, on Bandcamp and was immediately hooked by their mix of melodic psych, muscular shoe gaze and grungy fuzz.
I was lucky enough to meet up with their singer/guitarist R.J. Gordon last week to talk about the release of the second LP Farnham, his history as a touring musician and sound engineer, and a whole host of other random topics. Peppered throughout are tracks from both records by Baked plus new stuff from local BK acts mixed with some vintage noise for flavor. It was a laid back time and I enjoyed myself a lot. I hope that you do, too. If you do, please, tell a friend.
Check out Baked at their release show, and follow them on the web:
BANDCAMP / FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / TWITTER
More info and full playlist below->.
Continue reading #1706: Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (feat. Baked)
WARNING! This episode contains heavy riffs, controversial political views and extensive profanity. So put the kids out on the fire escape while listening.
The Giraffes are playing a big Planned Parenthood benefit at Brooklyn’s St. Vitus on 2/8 (more info here, tickets here) so I threw together my new mobile recording setup and hauled it over to their Greenpoint rehearsal spot for a chat. They didn’t disappoint as we talked about their unfinished new album, their writing process, the inescapable troubles of our United States and more. All seasoned with their sharp, twisted and profane sense of humor.
Featuring lots of great music peppered throughout including nods to legends who’ve passed on, vintage gems dug up and modern sounds from Brooklyn and beyond.
Cover the kids’ ears and dig in!
Follow the Giraffes: WEB / TWITTER / FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM
Full playlist and concert details below-> Continue reading #1703: Talking At The Same Time (feat. The Giraffes)
I saw Sun Abduction play live back in November at Garage Land, and on a recent freezing evening I was invited to their Bushwick practice space for a talk with lead singer and songwriter Zach Koenig ahead of their upcoming EP release.
Continue reading #1701: See Right Through (feat. Sun Abduction)
Frustration and anxiety are at an all-time high and boiled over in the southern United States this weekend. Rhetoric in regards to North Korea is beyond depressing. Folks are rattled, upset, indignant and outraged on “many sides.” And Glen Campbell died!
When the world gets this way I’ve always turned to music to help me sort it out. This week’s show tackles it head on with some serious heavy headbangers, some chill cosmic flotation and a tribute to ol’ Glen.
Look out for brand new tunes! Powerpop from Andy Gabbard (Buffalo Killers), electronic psychedelia from Ancient Ocean (BBiB), rowdy punk from The Two Tens, sweet ’70s blues from Strange Majik and a lot more.
Try and keep your chin up this week and follow comic Steve Simeone on Twitter ’cause he’s a nice dude.
Full playlist below->
Continue reading #1726: Guess I’m Dumb
As my own summer vacation wraps up it’s time to look back through the last few weeks and see what I’m left with, music-wise. Leftovers from the Freelance Fiend events, new releases and reissues of some serious classics are the pool that this week’s episode draws from. All-vinyl, good for a hot day in a strange summer! Stay cool out there…
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1725: Face The Day
Putting together a weekly two-hour show takes time and just a wee bit of inspiration. Sometimes you’re running short on both of those, and you have to throw it together. Here’s to the folks cramming it in before the finish line.
(P.S. I’m spinning rock n roll 8pm to midnight at Robert Bar in Brooklyn on July 19th. Come on down if you’re in NYC and say Hi!)
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1723: Last Minute
Back at our old BBOX Radio stomping grounds, Frank Ramos, Tony Conquerrah and I reunited for an all-vinyl special of summer sounds from rock, disco, funk, world, psych and more. Ideal for throwing windows open and getting the neighborhood involved. SWEAT BABY SWEAT
I love vintage rock but there’s a bunch of new rock in the underground as well and I really enjoy sharing both with new ears.
That’s the goal on Weds July 19th, 8pm – 12am at Robert Bar (104 Bond St in Brooklyn) where along with their menu of great custom cocktails I’ll be slinging Old Time Religion fare live on the decks. Classic psych and rock alongside their newer counterparts. Come have a drink and let’s bang heads, shall we?
Back in early 2013 I started my live stint on BBOX Radio and met, among many creative and cool people, these two badasses. Over the years Tony and Frank have filled in, co-hosted and teamed up with me live and since we’re all on different stations now we decided to team up again for an all-vinyl summer session.
Wanna join in? All you gotta do is attune to our old stomping grounds, BBOXRadio.com, on Saturday July 15th. We’ll be spinning all sorts of wax in the summer heat, starting at 10pmEST and going til we get tired.
Hook up with us at the FB event -> https://www.facebook.com/events/1484187354972068??ti=ia
#1438: Am I Still Dreaming?/
Are you? Dunno. But this grab bag of vintage rock & soul is so good, you may be left wondering. Give yourself a pinch, enjoy & share.
original airdate: 9/17/2014
#1439: Magic Me
I had a hard time articulating the vibe of tonight’s show. Airy? Stoned? Cosmic? Can’t quite place it. But it’s fun as hell, and I’d like to think it’s the perfect soundtrack to driving down a dark road with the stars all around. Hope you dig it.
original airdate: 9/24/2014
Continue reading OTRRH Redux: Am I Still Dreaming?/Magic Me
A concise set of all-vintage fun exploring the feel of summer and Independence Day. Originally aired this week in 2013.
#1422: Silly Love
Love can be extremely restorative or intensely destructive, and everything in between. This set isn’t exactly all about that, but the songs go out to all the folks I know who are afflicted on both sides of the spectrum. Enjoy and share, and hang in there!
original airdate: 5/28/2014
#1424 Cast A Spell
Tonight’s just a mixed bag of great tunes to enjoy in the warm weather. Soul, heavy blues, psychedelic, a little reggae. Don’t be afraid to rock out.
original airdate: 6/11/2014
Continue reading OTRRH Redux: Silly Love/Cast A Spell
Ah, that summer sauna has begun in NYC. Maybe it’s the heat or the extra exposed flesh but people here and around the world are starting to act a bit overconfident, even a little volatile.
Lots of big riffs and future guitar gods to reflect that bombast in this all-vinyl escapade. It’s also the season for bands to hit the road, and this week features many groups that are currently on tour (The Well, Winstons, Salem’s Pot, Sam Kogon, Slow Season, Nopes).
Much love to all those folks out on the road and much love to all the folks having a tough time keeping a cool head. Have a great week!
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1722: Ego Trip
The OG comedic Batman series sits in the back of my head always, a huge cultural touchpoint of the silliest caliber that anyone with a tv from 1966 to 1996 has probably seen and noone ever forgets. Rest easy, Adam West. This episode is peppered with a few of his most ridiculous clips.
Music-wise there’s a lot of vintage tracks that go on for a bit, plenty of room to stretch out with soul and funk, and a focus on some of the modern outliers that have come my way but not gotten much attention so far. The idea behind this one is transition, of taking the time to register your own changes in nature. Good luck!
Full playlist below->
Continue reading #1721: Changes In Nature
“This isn’t about what is . . . it’s about what people think is. It’s all imaginary anyway. That’s why it’s important. People only fight over imaginary things.” – Neil Gaiman
Full playlist below->
Continue reading #1720: Lord Of Garbage
A rough week for losses in the rock world. This week has a bit of a country & blues tinge to it in honor of the late Gregg Allman and also a highlight of the bands playing this week’s Chris Cornell tribute brought to you by Rocker Stalker and myself (info below.) Still plenty of garage and psych nuggets for you to sink in to. Have a great week and keep it LOUD.
Full playlist and Chris Cornell tribute details after the jump-> Continue reading #1719: Switch Opens
When Chris Cornell passed away suddenly last week the music world was taken aback to say the least. For myself and many others who gravitated towards rock in the ’90s Cornell’s voice was a touchpoint. Soundgarden TORE through that decade: more metal than their grunge counterparts and more stoner rock than the average metal band, and all the while Chris’ voice sailing through and giving so many a place of refuge. In the early aughts he brought a more melodic and mainstream vibe to his work, but he could still rock. And man, could he sing.
So I thought he needed a tribute. Turns out I wasn’t alone, and Old Time Religion is teaming up with Rocker Stalker & the You Rock Foundation to bring you a charity concert dedicated to Chris Cornell.
Mark your calendar: THURSDAY 6/1 11:30pm til late at Knitting Factory Brooklyn (361 Metropolitan Ave)
Featuring performances from:
The Falling Birds / Glitterbox / Lethal Affection / Lost Kingdoms / Storm Kid
…and solo performances by:
Mike Borgia / Gregory Ferreira (Bushwick Hotel) / Michael Libby / Oliver Myles Mashburn (Swanky Tiger) / Gillian Visco (Shadow Monster)
21+ $12 in advance/ $15 at the door CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS!
ALL PROCEEDS go to the You Rock Foundation, a charity that helps people who suffer from depression fight their way back through rock & roll.