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Bringing you the well known to the down low rock, soul, psych, funk, folk and everything in between from the 60's and 70's every week, one hour at a time.

#1722: Ego Trip

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

#1721: Changes In Nature

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->

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#1720: Lord Of Garbage

“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->

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#1719: Switch Opens

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

LOUD LOVE: A Tribute To Chris Cornell, 6/1 at Knitting Factory BK

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.

#1718: Melting Pot

It was a good week for vinyl but another messed up week in the world.

Nothing but wax this week, pulled from a ton of pre-orders arriving in the mail and a fun trip to the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair. New stuff from Riding Easy Records’ “Brown Acid” kicks it off, along with new releases from Hydromedusa, Sharkmuffin, and two from Greenway Records. Of course there’s also a nod to Chris Cornell’s untimely passing.  To top it all off there’s a hearty helping of soul and funk to heal your worried mind and move your worried hips.

Keep it weird.
Keep it loud.
Keep the faith, Manchester.

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#1717: The Fuzz

Modern times demand modern jams so today’s episode is all about new music (from the last year or so.) Psychedelic, Garage Rock & Punk factor in along with some heavier voyages as well, overall an aural journey over the last 12 months in psych music and our mad, modern world.

Featuring new jams from the Beyond Beyond Is Beyond, Eiderdown Records, Exploding In Sound, Cardinal Fuzz, Sky Lantern, Thrill Jockey, Ripple Music & Magnetic Eye labels + so much more.

Keep your head down and your eyes open. Keep it weird, keep it loud.

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#1716: Riff Raff

It’s been another busy week and here in NYC spring has hit a cool spot, ie we’re stuck at 60 degrees and below. It’s throwing people off, it seems, and the vibe has been a little…wild?

That’s the mood going in to this week’s mix, an all-vinyl amalgam cobbled together from the WFMU record fair, BOMP records mail-order and some neglected piles already in my collection (plus a slightly tipsy tape echo). Reflections on feeling rough and how that’s okay, and stepping up despite the trouble everywhere you look. Perhaps this set can help you revive, reset, or rekindle some fighting spirit to keep pushing on til the weather clears.

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#1715: The Way Down (feat. Skunkmello)

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)

#1714: Keep The Beat (feat. Winstons)

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)

OTRRH REDUX: #1403 “I Can Hear The Grass Grow”

Presented without comment.

Show Me The Way To Get Stoned – David Peel & the Lower East Side
Contact High – Ike & Tina Turner
Acapulco Gold Filters – Cheech & Chong
Stoned – N.S.U.
(break: Rabbit Foot & Toby Time – Mott the Hoople)

Mary Jane – Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera
Stoned To The Bone – James Brown
Weed – Weed
(break: Telstar – Apollo 100)

Grace – Country Joe & the Fish
Electricity – Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
Long Gone – Syd Barrett
(break: A Janela – Lafayette)

I Don’t Know How – The Superlatives
Again – Silver Apples
See The World (Through My Eyes) – Vinegar Joe
I Can Hear The Grass Grow – The Move
(end: It’s All In The Mind – Nektar)

#1713: Wandering Light

Apparently spring’s arrival has me in the mood for pops and crackles because all I wanna do is spin vinyl right now.  Much like my recent KPISS appearance (thanks again to Sheri and to Tony for bringing the heat) and last week’s show, this week is all-vinyl and almost no talk.  It’s a weird and warm just like spring in NYC, hope that it adds something to your sunny day and if it does, tell a friend!

Full playlist below->

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Cinema Cinema, The Rodent Hour & Radio Free Brooklyn

This past Monday I was lucky enough to get invited to my pal Matt’s show The Rodent Hour over at Radio Free Brooklyn.  The musical guest that night was Cinema Cinema, a pair of hardcore and hilarious rockers promoting their new album, Man Bites Dog.  

The band have been on Rodent Hour quite a bit, and I’ve known Matt for a while so bad jokes and banter abound alongside tracks from some great Brooklyn bands.  Tune in, have a blast, and dig on Cinema Cinema, baby!

#1712: The Illusion Crawls

Gorgeous weather in NYC and with no kids around this week I’ve been soaking in music for the past few days. This set’s a little different than usual in that it’s 100% all-vinyl and I hardly talk at all. To share in this dreamy week of mine I figured I’d let you sit back and enjoy the ride, a mix of old and new with that nice vinyl fuzz enveloping it.

Big love to KPISS, Radio Free Brooklyn, the Rodent Hour, Cinema Cinema, Tony Conquerrah, Skunkmello, Winstons & my pal Frank for making spring’s debut week so badass!

Full playlist right down here -> Continue reading #1712: The Illusion Crawls

KPISS Takeover Special (FULL VERSION)

KPISS.fm is a local internet radio station nestled away in an alleyway shopping container in Bushwick, Brooklyn.  Sheri, the manager, and I were introduced by a mutual friend and she runs the place with DIY ambition and punk sneer through and through.  She was kind enough to let me and my pal Tony Conquerrah take over for a few hours and the result was, well, LOUD.

The mix had all the usual Old Time Religion markers: Classic rock, heavy riffs and punk madness along with psychedelia of all stripes, and even some funk and global grooves.   Just press play above for the full archive!

Big thanks to Sheri and KPISS for having me on, and to Tony for the deck support.  Full playlist coming soon!