Well, it finally happened. As Inauguration Day came and went, millions took to the streets to voice their outrage/agreement/dissent/much more…
It’s no secret which side I come down on when it comes to our current climate in the U.S. but support for a particular party doesn’t change the fact that we’re all in this together. Seeing so many folks out in the streets, even if I don’t agree with all of them, gives me hope for our future.
As for the music, today we have what you’ve come to expect from me since the election: A mix of vintage rockers, sweet soul music, modern psychedelia, and punk rockers carrying the torch into the next four years. Snuck a new King Gizzard track in there, too.
Full playlist & more below-> Continue reading #1702: Turbulence
Detritus scoured from the pavement by the rushing waters of urban progress. Missives to a dying civilization.
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’s a new year, here’s hoping you’re doing well so far. Here are my five favorite vinyl records currently in my collection. Hope you enjoy, if you do please share, and go out in the world and kick some ass.
- Beck – Sea Change (2002)
- Silberbart – 4 Times Sound Razing (1971)
- Charles Albright – Weight 7″ (2011)
- Coke Weed – Mary Weaver (2015)
- Neil Young – Tonight’s The Night (1975)
The return of Old Time Religion’s supplemental sounds. Found tracks, sidewalk trash and dollar bin castaways transmitted at random. Missives to a dying civilization.
While you’re waiting for the new Five Favorite Records.
We’ve all been saying it; 2016 was a rough one. Some have pointed out, however, that when the world seems at it’s darkest is the time when good music starts clawing it’s way out into the world. I’ll be damned if those folks weren’t right.
This week’s an extended review of 2016 but not just my favorite albums. It’s everything I’ve dug up from my unending search for new music; weird one-offs, bedroom tapes, promo singles, you name it. Some of it you’ve heard before, some you likely won’t hear again. Incidentally, a lot of it came from right here in NYC. But it was all of it released in 2016, a year I’ll remember for it’s goddamn great soundtrack.
A note: After 4 years, this is my final show on my long time home at Brooklyn’s BBOX Radio. You can still hear new episodes starting in 2017, every Tuesday night (5pmEST/10pmGMT) on AffinityRadio.net broadcasting out of Kent, U.K.
Big love to some great labels this year: Beyond Beyond Is Beyond; Riding Easy; Sunrise Ocean Bender; Thrill Jockey; Dizzybird; Fat Possum; Stolen Body; Greenway Records; Magnetic Eye; Stow House; Cardinal Fuzz; Captchca Records; and all the others I’m sure that I’m somehow forgetting.
Full playlist below with links to the bands and their albums so you can nab this great stuff for yourself–> Continue reading #1647: Ridin’ On (BBOX Series Finale)
Old Time Religion Radio is going through some changes and there have been some questions about it, namely “Is the show going off the air for good?”
Short answer: Nah, man. We’re soldiering on like always, just in some new places.
Long answer: Come into my office for a sec, grab a drink… Continue reading Is Old Time Religion going off the air?
Maybe it was growing up with gospel music, but soul music has always had a way of reaching a deep place and moving me. I imagine it’s the same for many which explains why soul has remained popular and relevant for over 50 years .
I’m not a big traditional christmas guy myself (15 years in retail leaves you with a pointed hatred for xmas music) so as we approach the holiday I’ve gathered some tunes that bring their own joy. Gathered here are many of the greats of soul and funk, with some that may have passed under your radar thus far.
Whether you’re in the kitchen cooking for tonight’s celebrations or in the car on the way to see family, these songs will reach down and grab your heart and your hips. Happy Holidays!
Full playlist below–> Continue reading #1646: I Get High On You
No doubt about it, for those of us born before the turn of the century this new digital age is a strange time, indeed. The world seems on the verge of a cultural shift, for better or worse, and as my own life is shifting also I do what I always do and explore those parallels with music. As usual plenty of classic rock, garage, psychedelic, punk, soul, and heavy blues from all eras!
We’re heading down the final stretch of one bitch of year. Let’s ride it out together, shall we?
Full playlist below–> Continue reading #1645: Never A Dull Moment
The late Greg Lake wrote the song “Lucky Man” when he was 12 years old, about a man at the end of his life that was mourned by many. 2016 has been a hell of a year for that kind of story, and this last stretch has seen many creative lives cut short.
On today’s show I pay tribute to Lake and others, with a nod to the closing of long-running art spaces GLOB and Rhinoceropolis in Denver where I was lucky enough to spend some of my younger days rocking out and getting weird. Much like my younger self, this set starts out smooth and then gets real loud and rowdy.
As the world grows a little scarier, please take some time with me to soothe your nerves and then get them raw and ready for action again with one hell of a show.
Full playlist below–>
Continue reading #1644: Lucky Man
One hell of a mixed bag in store for you today, dear listeners. Bits and pieces leftover from a wild week in my life and the world’s madness, cultivated to make you feel like a real person again in the midst of all this “post-truth.”
Vintage and modern psychedelia, blues, garage and soul awaits.
Turn on & get re-tuned.
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1643: Rehumanize Yourself
There have been a lot of dismal things about this year but it’s almost over and there have been some damn fine musical releases. In my top five are a couple of classic blues-rock records, some newer releases from my favorite labels, and some local Brooklyn boys. Enjoy and share!
- JuJu – s/t (2016)
- Fanny Adams – s/t (1971)
- Chocolat – Rencontrer Looloo (2016)
- Spooky Tooth – Spooky Two (1969)
- The Frightnrs – Nothing More To Say (2016)
Last Thanksgiving weekend my friend Frank Ramos and I decided to combine our shows for an extended aural trip we dubbed “Split The Decks” and we liked it so much we’re giving it another go.
The rules are simple: Neither of us knows what the other one is bringing, there’s no set theme, and we switch decks back and forth making selections based on the previous song.
This time we went through a wide range of funk, classic rock and pop, post-punk and even experimental ambient. Both musical explorers in our own right, Frank and I aren’t afraid to get a little weird and this set’s variety showcases that very well. Something for everyone!
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1642: Split The Decks 2016 feat. Frank Ramos
So many aspects of 2016 have been a punch in the gut, and as the year draws to a close there are some folks that warrant a respectful nod. This week’s all about dealing with it, with tunes to help you get through the madness. Nods to the late Sharon Jones, Leonard Cohen, Leon Russell and Mose Allison plus others that have fallen. On the bright side there are some fresh Beyond Beyond is Beyond releases by Sam Kogon and Chocolat. Selections from the bands I’ll be supporting at the next Garageland event as well. Plus a variety of tunes to bang your head to in lieu of banging it against the wall.
We’ll make it through this year stronger than before. Hope this helps.
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1641: Volunteers
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)