What is it about summertime that brings out the wildness & weirdness in Americans? These last weeks have seen some huge changes and controversies: The horrible shootings in SC & the continuing racial violence in the South surrounding that damned flag; the cloak & dagger feel surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership; the landmark ruling making marriage legal for LGBT Americans…if you’re not talking about civil rights this summer then you just aren’t paying attention.
…for the Spreaker peeps… Continue reading #1524: Love Is A Doggone Good Thing
I’m always sorry to have to rerun an old show, but sometimes it’s necessary and this week I tried to select an old episode that was pertinent to what’s going on in the world today.
Continue reading OTRRH REDUX: #1434 Did You Hear What They Said?
It’s that time again, time to put away my old dusty records for a week and bring out some newer tunes that have caught my ear. Psych, punk, old school rock & roll, blues and more are all represented here. Let’s rock out!
Special thanks to the labels who have sent me some of this great stuff:
Beyond Beyond is Beyond : Heavy Psych Sounds : Sunrise Ocean Bender : Cardinal Fuzz : Riding Easy
Have a listen:
…or if you’re one of those Spreaker people…
Continue reading #1523: Throwback To Tomorrow Vol. 2
This episode’s named after the closing tune which translates directly to “little relief.” I thought at first it meant something like “not much help” but it turns out it actually means something closer to a “little boost,” which feels much more appropriate for the set this week. The same psychedelic feel of most episodes is still here, but with some punk jolts and pop fluff to fill it out, along with a little tribute to Curtis Mayfield in honor of his birthday last week. I hope you dig it, tell a friend if you do. Especially if you think they could use a little relief.
Continue reading #1522: Petit Sékou
Today was the first with some sunshine after a long rain. No sun for days and the constant sound of a million tiny tapping fingertips. It’s my favorite kind of weather. Nothing quite compares to the feeling of riding a bus or car and staring out a rainy window; self-contained and adrift in space.
This week’s set starts as a celebration, a little fist pump to welcome back the sun, before we slide into what those three fantastic rainy days in NYC felt like. Sometimes it’s not such a terrible thing when you see that the sky is falling.
…or if Spreaker‘s more your speed…
The temperature kept crawling up in NYC this last week, and after a harsh winter it actually feels good to get all sweaty again. It got me focusing on songs for this week’s show that have that warm weather feel. Major key, bright harmonies and tempos that are a little more in the pocket.
So roll your windows down and let the breeze take the sweat off your brow. Grab a cold drink and bask in sunny sounds.
…or listen on Spreaker!
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B.B. King finally shuffled off the mortal coil this week, marking a pretty large landmark in the seemingly never-ending roundup of legendary musicians passing in the last year. It almost seems like he was the last of the original great bluesmen, the youngest of an ancient breed. Those great, huge voices weathered by hard living, praising the lord, or straight-up too much worry.
Blues music was huge across the South for years before it busted into the mainstream and gave birth to rock & roll, and of course once it made it’s way to England it was all over. Blues was king for decades, and irreversibly set music and pop culture straight to where it is today.
So tonight, it’s a tribute to B.B. King in the form of some of his colleagues and musical offspring. This set’s all about the blues; where it started, and where it went after. Grab some whiskey, crank the volume up, and head out to the fire escape. Bring your worry to bear on this sixty minutes right here.
…or, if you prefer, listen at Spreaker!
We’re back to the normal routine again after the first installment of the “Throwback To Tomorrow” special last week. Thanks to all of the bands and labels putting out great tunes, and to all the folks who listened and gave feedback. It was overwhelmingly positive, so I’ll bring it back in a few weeks with a brand new selection of modern bands bringing the vintage sounds into the present day!
But for now, sit back and enjoy this selection of the usual ’60s & ’70s jams that your local classic rock station seems to have overlooked. Hope you’re having a great week!
…or if Spreaker‘s your thing…
Over the past few years I’ve received a lot of messages, free records, and followers from modern labels and bands that cultivate a “throwback” sound. These are artists that, while rooted in today, are hearkening back to the ’60s & ’70s with their music: the instruments they use, the arrangements & styles, sometimes even the recording techniques and equipment.
I’ve always tried to wedge them into my shows along with the vintage fare you’re used to me spinning. Unfortunately every time I’d give it a shot, it seemed forced, at least to me.
So this week I decided to try something new. I scoured my collection and pulled together a selection of modern artists with vintage roots, tying them together in one tight hour. If you like what you hear, go support them! I’ve included links to their various sites in the playlist below.
If you like this episode, let me know! If response is good, I’ll likely do it again every six weeks or so. For now, enjoy the OTRRH Throwback to Tomorrow!
…or listen on Spreaker!
Continue reading #1517: Throwback To Tomorrow Vol. 1
The last few shows have been soul-heavy and reflective of my mood of late. This week, though, I thought I’d throw together some more upbeat rockers and stranger vintage sounds that were more fun.
There are nods to the Hubble’s 25th birthday and the amazing #YearInSpace mission (follow astronaut Scott Kelly on Instagram. Seriously.) I also give love to the late Percy Sledge, and all those folks across the globe who’ve left or lost their homes and are looking for refuge.
It’s an hour that’s all over the place, but this week it’s more ups than downs. I figured it was time to get outside of myself and start looking around at the world again. Hope this set inspires you towards the same!
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Sometimes just holding on is the best you can do. Tonight’s a danceable set that’ll hopefully improve your grip!
A new start.
It’s a phrase used so much in movies and music that it’s practically cliché, yet cliches are what they are because of a kernel of truth that’s universal. Sometimes the new start takes you down a path that leads to something completely new. Other times it can lead you back to where you started, but you’re changed from the journey and nothing will be the way it was again.
No matter how you set off on your new start, whether by choice or against your will, transformation is imminent. When several new starts pile up, what else is there to do but shrug and keep pushing through?
“I’ll survive,” you say to yourself. “Here I go again.”
Sometimes things feel like they take longer.
When you’re under stress, when you’re bored, when you’re in love.
There are all sorts of reasons that time stretches.
Tonight’s songs celebrate those times when it’s a good thing.
Take time to listen. Take time to get lifted.
I’ll tell you, if you know anything about my life right now then you’ll understand that I needed the musical journey in tonight’s set. From the first track which takes you through one group’s catalogue, to the variety in the rest of the set, it was a great trip. Hope it does it for you, too!
“Still the same 60 minutes of vintage treasures, but this set has an odd flow to it. You won’t end up in the same place you started out. That’s the way life is. You bought the ticket, now take the ride.
original airdate: 4/1/2015″
Spring hasn’t quite sprung here in NYC, but when it does don’t let all that bare skin mess up your mind. Well, maybe just enough.
original airdate: 3/26/2015