After a long holiday I’m back in Brooklyn and LIVE in the BBOX studios with the latest installment of my series celebrating modern artists with vintage influences. Between what I receive from labels and what I discover during my many Bandcamp forays, there is a lot of fun stuff to choose from. Modern psych, soul, stoner rock and punk is all represented and it’s one hell of a trip. Always happy to have all of you along for the ride.
Check out the links to the artists in the playlist below and support these great acts and labels by spending your hard-earned dollars on some great tunes!
Just press play…
…or if you dig Spreaker instead…
Continue reading #1528: Throwback To Tomorrow Vol. 3
Last summer I ran a special 6-part series covering the progression of popular music between 1960-1979. I’m on the road for the next two days so tonight I’ll be rerunning the episode on 1968, but I’ll include all 6 episodes after the jump for you to listen at your leisure.
Hope you enjoy, have a great week and I’ll see you next Weds with a new LIVE episode!
Continue reading OTRRH REDUX: Timeline 1960-1979
I’m on the last leg of my vacation, so no theme tonight. Just a random selection of cool vintage tunes that I love! See you again live at the BBOX studios in two weeks…
…here’s that sweet Spreaker link…
When you’re married with two kids you’re never entirely on vacation. I’ve been doing a lot of BBOX work, running around with a bunch of children and fending off political discussions with my in-laws among other things. So anytime I can catch a nap in the summer heat I’m on top of it.
This week’s set is all about some quieter sounds. They run the gamut between full on stoned, folk bliss, and some that hum with anxious energy but never cross over into heavy territory. Some are still loud, but not too loud.
Get your lawn chair, grab a beer and smoke if you got it. Let’s get dangerously mellow.
…for all the Spreakers out there…
Have a badass week, beautiful people.
Last week was a rumination on current events, but you can’t be serious all the time. So I present to you a set of garage, glam & heavy rock with some soul spice here & there to get you through the rest of the week. Take a listen and shake your ass!
…and heeeeere’s Spreaker!
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!
OTR_RadioHour / OldTimeReligionRadioHour / OTRRH
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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