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)
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!
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)
It was my great pleasure after this long and maddening week to have the enthusiastic Brooklyn blues-rocker Casey Hopkins in the studio this week. All blues-adjacent tunes graced the decks along with some funk and garage on the side, and Casey and I jawed about where he’s from, where he’s going, and everything in between.
Special nod to the late Leonard Cohen, one of Canada’s finest and the latest in a line of greats we’ve lost this year. Rest easy, Leonard.
Casey and I will both be at Garage Land (at Good Room) Wednesday 11/30 along with Paul Collins (The Beat, The Nerves), David Strange, Skunkmello and Lord Youth.
Get Casey’s tunes at his Bandcamp site, and follow his hilarious takeover of Pentatonic Guitars’ Instagram.
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1640: Live Another Day (feat. Casey Hopkins)
Amid many shades of rock and the blues I welcome The Falling Birds back to the show today. We talk about their new EP, what it was like touring the UK, the bands they’re listening to, and our shared gig coming up at Good Room in Greenpoint (click for more info…)
For all the good stuff from the fellas, head to TheFallingBirds.com
Dig the full playlist and watch the video of the interview below-> Continue reading #1635: Fresh Cream (feat. The Falling Birds)
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)
Oh, man, did I have fun hanging out with these guys. A hard rock band that’s been on the NYC scene for nearly two decades, The Giraffes are known for their wild live shows and their unique, fast-and-furious studio offerings. We played a few cuts from their influences (which are remarkably varied) and talked about the changing music scene in New York City and all the history they’ve been through together. Watch out for hard riffs and salty language, it’s the goddamn Giraffes!
Just the talky madness:
Due to tech difficulties I couldn’t videotape the whole interview, but here’s a peek:
Thanks for listening, playlist below -> Continue reading #1611: I Want Your Body (feat. The Giraffes)
It was my great pleasure to speak with Chicago’s own White Mystery as they head into Brooklyn tonight to play a late-night gig at the Acheron (show details here). Miss Alex White shared what it’s like to be on tour pretty much all of the time, running a business from the road and what’s to come for her and her brother Francis as they continue their 10-year mission to rock the world.
To set the stage there’s a mix of vintage soul, blues and garage from Chicago groups and a nice lead-in of crazy, heavy psych. Many thanks to White Mystery for chatting with me, and big thanks to all of you for listening.
Just the Interview:
This week I paid a small tribute to the late Dave Pike at the top of the show, then settled in to a set of warm folk and blues. All this led to my interview with local Brooklyn band The Falling Birds ahead of their CMJ show at the Black Bear in Williamsburg (10/17, $5 cover) and their upcoming UK tour. I talk with Dave & Steve about how they got started, their new EP and what it’s like in the NYC music scene. Enjoy the show, and check them out at TheFallingBirds.com.
Listen on the Mixcloud player below or on Spreaker.
Just the Interview:
or watch it here:
Full playlist after the jump-> Continue reading #1537: Shattering Live Experience (feat. The Falling Birds)
After last week’s hard rock show and with all this rain in NYC I needed some soul, man. The first hour is all sweet soul music, vintage & modern, to stave off the chill with some warm tones.
Now, in the second hour I had to mix it up. I of course have some great psych tracks from Beyond Beyond is Beyond records (Annique Monet, the new Midday Veil) along with a highlight of women in psychedelia.
I was lucky enough to catch up on phone with Riding Easy Records artists Electric Citizen ahead of their upcoming gigs at St. Vitus with Pentagram. In the last half hour we talk about their busy tour schedule, signing to Riding Easy, and what’s next for the band. Many thanks to them for taking the time to chat with me, make sure to go see them 10/5-10/6 when they hit Brooklyn. Ticket details and more about the band at www.ElectricCitizenBand.com
Just the Interview:
Continue reading #1536: Out There (feat. Electric Citizen)
Today is ROCK day! All rock and roll, old and new, including a track from Heaters new release on Beyond Beyond is Beyond. And of course, it’s always a treat to hear from Ann of Mother Feather who came by to talk the band’s upcoming Pop Cock Rocktober residency at Rockwood Music Hall (every Friday in October at midnight) and their new record deal with Metal Blade records! Congrats to Ann and the whole Mother Feather crew, and many thanks to her for stopping by once again.
Unbunch your panties, grab a sock full of quarters and start swinging. It’s time to freakin’ ROCK.
Just the Interview:
Here’s the Spreaker link, check out the playlist below!
Continue reading #1535: Rock N Roll Star (feat. Ann Courtney of Mother Feather)
This episode my guest was David Pattillo aka Strange Majik. We chat about his new album “Lights On“, his other studio work, his hip-hop collaborations and SO MUCH MORE. Seriously, this guy’s got a hand in so much musically it’s hard to keep track. Links and tracklist below->
Just the Interview:
Continue reading #1507: Strange Majik interview
Sometimes I do interviews with groups that have some ties to or influence in the era of classic rock, soul, etc. I’m doing one next week with Strange Majik, (Wednesday, Feb. 18th, 11:30pmEST on BBOXRadio.com & RadioCarrum.org) but in the meantime please check out my past interviews.