I’ve been dealing with some tech issues in the studio and out, so I’m just gonna leave this here for now and I hope you enjoy it. We’ll be back in the normal groove soon!
I haven’t missed a show in 2 years. I’ve always had a new show every week, but this week finally proved so crazy that I wasn’t able to get it done, folks.
Even though I use a lot of tracks taken from my own vinyl, I use my computer to organize and sort through everything and last week it crashed. Hard. My entire music collection, located on an external hard drive, was erased and I had to spend two days crossing my fingers that Data Rescue would be able to salvage some of it. It seems to have worked, but I’ll be damned if I’m plugging anything into this old computer. So that slowed me down.
Add two sick kids to the mix. That’ll put anyone behind.
This last one some of you may not know. In an unexpected series of events I recently became the station manager at my home station, BBOXRadio.com out of Brooklyn, NY. Over this past weekend we moved our studio to a new space and there were shenanigans on the part of the landlord, so most of my time over the last week was getting that sorted out. Rewiring everything, getting a working radio station back online, training new hosts, making sure all the old hosts have access, all this along with the computer and kid situation kept me from getting the show put together this week.
So I ran a restream, but it’s a damn good one! My brief history of punk, originally aired in October of 2013, going over the evolution of punk chronologically starting in 1965 and ending in the glory days of 1977. The link is below, hope you enjoy it, and I’ll have a new live show for you next week!
Thanks for sticking with me!
What a week. Snow, freezing rain, sick kids, and a computer crash that wiped out my music collection. Jeez, man.
But that’s all passed and good things have been happening, too. So in honor of all the ups and downs, here’s a set that’s all over the place. It reflects my mood over the last few days and I hope maybe it’ll help you work some shit out as well. Click, share and enjoy!
Been all over the place this last week and tonight’s set certainly reflects that. Psychedelic rock into jazz into soul ballads and back to heavy blues. There’s even a nod to good old Leonard Nimoy, may he rest easy. Sit back and enjoy the ride!
original airdate: 3/4/2015
Black culture laid the foundation for almost every popular form of American music over the last 100 years. It’s true. If you’re a music fan you have to acknowledge the massive contribution and amazing talent that African-Americans brought to the table over the 20th Century. Especially throughout the ’60s & ’70s (the civil rights movement and it’s fallout, so to speak) the bravery and electricity that artists were putting down on tape was like nothing else. So on this episode I’ve decided to sample a small cross-section of these prolific and amazing artists. Sure enough, one hour isn’t enough to cover such an expansive collection of work, but I did my best to hit highlights. Hope you enjoy the trip.
Full Tracklist below -> Continue reading #1508: Black Is…
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.
Sometimes songs just hit you the right way, and this week’s set was made up of those songs that just made my brain light up. Vintage goodness through and through. Feel these tunes, you’ll know what I mean.
original airdate: 2/11/2015
I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that Hawkwind, especially in their early days, exemplifies the art and excess of rock music.
Before I try to make my case, let’s just see some footage to set the mood:
If that doesn’t press any of your pleasure buttons, I don’t know what to say.
So, hard rock badassery checklist: Continue reading Hawkwind: Time We Left This World Today
Aphrodite’s Child was a band that I discovered as I do a lot of music. Accidentally.
A group from Greece, they were a heavy dose of psychedelic with a hint of Greek traditional folk in the melodies. Their international fame was limited, but they became a sensation in Paris with a handful of early singles in the late ’60s, and went on to sell around 20 million albums in about 4 years. They’re most well known today for THIS guy…
…but I want to say more about what really struck me about the band when I first heard them. This was the song:
…and aside from the apropos apocalyptic vibe what got me was the voice. That’s Demis Roussos, and in that song (more so in the studio version) the tension and release in his vocal technique really paints the picture.
Sure their songs were a little dramatic, but we’re talking about a much more passionate, European sensibility than was characteristic of most American music at the time. Continue reading Aphrodite’s Child: New Greek Heroes
Every once in a while I dig through the bin of records that didn’t make it into past sets and slap them together, see how they fit. This is one of those times.
Classic rock, garage, soul, even a little disco. Odds and ends for all those who don’t quite fit in.
original airdate: 1/28/2015
Alexander “Skip” Spence’s mercurial contributions to the musical treasure trove of the late ’60s easily rival those of other legends of the era such as Janis Joplin or Jim Morrison. As with those artists his best creative efforts ended with the decade, but Spence survived the ’60s only to fade from the limelight.
Spence first hit the scene filling in on drums for Jefferson Airplane’s (pre-Grace Slick) 1966 debut “Jefferson Airplane Takes Off“, but shortly after the album’s release he disappeared to Mexico with a girlfriend without notice. Continue reading Alexander “Skip” Spence: Never The Same
The live simulcast on RadioCarrum.org this week went off well!
Tonight I decided to start mellow, reach a pinnacle of noise & then come back down again. It was also my first show that broadcasted on three continents. It’s quite a journey. Let’s ride.
original airdate: 1/21/2015
It’s happened again!
RadioCarrum.org, a local internet station in the Melbourne suburb of Carrum, has decided to welcome the show to their lineup of mostly community programming.
Carrum’s an interesting place, formerly mostly consisting of swampland that’s been appropriated over the years. It’s also seemingly the farthest South you can go in Australia. For the curious types out there, check out the Wikipedia page.
Starting Wednesday 1/21, Radio Carrum will be simulcasting the live show every week. Here in Brooklyn, OTRRH goes on at 11:30pm as usual, but in Southeast Australia it’ll be 3:30pm Thursday afternoon. They’re also restreaming the most current episode on Saturdays at 11:00am AEDT (or Fri 7pmEST here). Tune in via their website or the ever-useful TuneIn Radio app.
Many thanks to Radio Carrum for broadcasting the show, and thanks to all the folks who think OTRRH is worth airing. I’ll keep working to get the music out to as many ears as possible, thanks for lending yours!
This week we finally got back to the normal format after a holiday season of themes and special shows. But I guess I couldn’t escape the theme mindset, because when I had my final setlist it turned out it was about half full of songs in foreign languages. It makes for a wild trip, and no matter what language you’re gonna feel the grooves.
I hope you enjoy it!