Gotta get a grip, people. Gotta stay grounded. Here’s how I do it.
Vintage treats galore from funk to punk and new stuff from Ty Segall, The Falling Birds, Winstons. Plus a smattering of garage, psychedelic, hard rock and more from recent decades. It’s a wild mix full of everything from grit to bubblegum, but it can help ease the stress and keep your mind straight.
Eyes up and stay cool out there, folks.
Check out links to the artists and the full playlist below-> Continue reading #1705: Out Of My Reality
Life can be exhausting.
With so much up in the air these days I find myself more and more grateful for music that can express my feelings on multiple levels. One artist who contributed more than I even knew was the recently departed John Wetton. From his work on my favorite King Crimson records to the myriad of songs I love but didn’t even realize he had a credit on, he contributed so much to modern progressive music that I found it worth taking time out in the middle of this episode to spend on remembering his legacy.
It’s not all a eulogy, though. Surrounding Wetton’s work you’ll find some seriously wild psychedelia stirred together with heavy blues and a punk flourish for the finish. Consider these tunes to help remember the truth of our modern life: while we want so many things to be certain and objectively true it’s often the case that, without diligence, our idea of what’s absolute is still riddled with too many fictions.
Full playlist below, click the artist to find their records-> Continue reading #1704: Too Many Fictions
More great vinyl releases past and present!
Enjoy and if you like Old Time Religion Radio, I’d be much obliged if you’d tell a friend.
Have a great February!
- Captain Beefheart & his Magic Band – Diddy Wah Diddy 7″ (1966, reissued 2012)
- Danava – UnonoU (2008, reissued 2015)
- Sly & the Family Stone – Anthology (1981)
- Telephone – s/t (1977)
- Slow Season – Westing (2016)
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!
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Full playlist and concert details below-> Continue reading #1703: Talking At The Same Time (feat. The Giraffes)
Detritus scoured from the pavement by the rushing waters of urban progress. Missives to a dying civilization.
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)
It’s a new year, here’s hoping you’re doing well so far. Here are my five favorite vinyl records currently in my collection. Hope you enjoy, if you do please share, and go out in the world and kick some ass.
- Beck – Sea Change (2002)
- Silberbart – 4 Times Sound Razing (1971)
- Charles Albright – Weight 7″ (2011)
- Coke Weed – Mary Weaver (2015)
- Neil Young – Tonight’s The Night (1975)
The return of Old Time Religion’s supplemental sounds. Found tracks, sidewalk trash and dollar bin castaways transmitted at random. Missives to a dying civilization.
While you’re waiting for the new Five Favorite Records.
We’ve all been saying it; 2016 was a rough one. Some have pointed out, however, that when the world seems at it’s darkest is the time when good music starts clawing it’s way out into the world. I’ll be damned if those folks weren’t right.
This week’s an extended review of 2016 but not just my favorite albums. It’s everything I’ve dug up from my unending search for new music; weird one-offs, bedroom tapes, promo singles, you name it. Some of it you’ve heard before, some you likely won’t hear again. Incidentally, a lot of it came from right here in NYC. But it was all of it released in 2016, a year I’ll remember for it’s goddamn great soundtrack.
A note: After 4 years, this is my final show on my long time home at Brooklyn’s BBOX Radio. You can still hear new episodes starting in 2017, every Tuesday night (5pmEST/10pmGMT) on AffinityRadio.net broadcasting out of Kent, U.K.
Big love to some great labels this year: Beyond Beyond Is Beyond; Riding Easy; Sunrise Ocean Bender; Thrill Jockey; Dizzybird; Fat Possum; Stolen Body; Greenway Records; Magnetic Eye; Stow House; Cardinal Fuzz; Captchca Records; and all the others I’m sure that I’m somehow forgetting.
Full playlist below with links to the bands and their albums so you can nab this great stuff for yourself–> Continue reading #1647: Ridin’ On (BBOX Series Finale)
Old Time Religion Radio is going through some changes and there have been some questions about it, namely “Is the show going off the air for good?”
Short answer: Nah, man. We’re soldiering on like always, just in some new places.
Long answer: Come into my office for a sec, grab a drink… Continue reading Is Old Time Religion going off the air?
Maybe it was growing up with gospel music, but soul music has always had a way of reaching a deep place and moving me. I imagine it’s the same for many which explains why soul has remained popular and relevant for over 50 years .
I’m not a big traditional christmas guy myself (15 years in retail leaves you with a pointed hatred for xmas music) so as we approach the holiday I’ve gathered some tunes that bring their own joy. Gathered here are many of the greats of soul and funk, with some that may have passed under your radar thus far.
Whether you’re in the kitchen cooking for tonight’s celebrations or in the car on the way to see family, these songs will reach down and grab your heart and your hips. Happy Holidays!
Full playlist below–> Continue reading #1646: I Get High On You
No doubt about it, for those of us born before the turn of the century this new digital age is a strange time, indeed. The world seems on the verge of a cultural shift, for better or worse, and as my own life is shifting also I do what I always do and explore those parallels with music. As usual plenty of classic rock, garage, psychedelic, punk, soul, and heavy blues from all eras!
We’re heading down the final stretch of one bitch of year. Let’s ride it out together, shall we?
Full playlist below–> Continue reading #1645: Never A Dull Moment
The late Greg Lake wrote the song “Lucky Man” when he was 12 years old, about a man at the end of his life that was mourned by many. 2016 has been a hell of a year for that kind of story, and this last stretch has seen many creative lives cut short.
On today’s show I pay tribute to Lake and others, with a nod to the closing of long-running art spaces GLOB and Rhinoceropolis in Denver where I was lucky enough to spend some of my younger days rocking out and getting weird. Much like my younger self, this set starts out smooth and then gets real loud and rowdy.
As the world grows a little scarier, please take some time with me to soothe your nerves and then get them raw and ready for action again with one hell of a show.
Full playlist below–>
Continue reading #1644: Lucky Man
One hell of a mixed bag in store for you today, dear listeners. Bits and pieces leftover from a wild week in my life and the world’s madness, cultivated to make you feel like a real person again in the midst of all this “post-truth.”
Vintage and modern psychedelia, blues, garage and soul awaits.
Turn on & get re-tuned.
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1643: Rehumanize Yourself
There have been a lot of dismal things about this year but it’s almost over and there have been some damn fine musical releases. In my top five are a couple of classic blues-rock records, some newer releases from my favorite labels, and some local Brooklyn boys. Enjoy and share!
- JuJu – s/t (2016)
- Fanny Adams – s/t (1971)
- Chocolat – Rencontrer Looloo (2016)
- Spooky Tooth – Spooky Two (1969)
- The Frightnrs – Nothing More To Say (2016)