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.
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->
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
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.
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.
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
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.
When I started the show I had a very specific vibe in mind. In my younger days, two friends and I that played music together had a longstanding tradition that started when we were roommates and continued on down the years. We would get some beer, some whiskey, or some smoke and sit around a record player for hours sharing old albums on vinyl. (con’td ->) Continue reading 100th Episode! #1501 A Time & A Place→
When I started this show I never thought it’d go to two full seasons and beyond, and as 2014 ends I’m thankful for all of you folks who’ve supported and listened. Season 3 starts next week with the 100th episode. I hope you’ll join me to review an album that set me on the path towards collecting old tunes, and so many thanks to all of you who join me each week. I really couldn’t do it without you!
Over the almost two year course of the show I try to keep things all over the place with a lot of variety. But there are always those artists from the era that I keep revisiting over and over again, so I decided to count them down. After some tallying, I present to you the top 14 most played artists over the course of my last two seasons. I was surprised by some of the results, even the top spot. Hope you enjoy!
Not a gospel show. Vintage gems & their modern progeny: psych, soul, punk, & all in between. Tues 5pmEST on AffinityRadio.net & Thurs 12pmEST on TheFaceRadioBK.com