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
It’s a long one, so I split it into two parts:
Back in June of 2012 when I started Old Time Religion as a podcast to send to my friends, I never thought it’d last this long. All of the music discovered and friends to share it with over the last four years have enriched my life in a lot of ways, and I’m glad to meet up with all of you each week and jam to some great music.
This week’s special runs the gamut: Four hours of vintage tracks from all genres and modern bands bringing the old sounds into the present and beyond. Every label I’ve shouted out is represented here, and no matter your taste there’s something to tickle your fancy. Hell, maybe you’ll find you had a ticklish spot you didn’t know about.
Thanks for the support these last few years, and here’s to hundreds more shows spent with you!
Insane full playlist below-> Continue reading #1634: Time Has Come Today (200th Episode)
Summer’s winding down, school’s back in session and I’m ready to make some noise! Lots of raucous vintage psych and classic rock this week plus all sorts of new loud stuff from all corners of my collection, including a peek at the new Brown Acid compliments of Riding Easy Records.
Attune to get back in the grind without losing your mind!
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1632: Commotion
So much music and so little time! Since we have an extra day in our weekend here in the U.S. I thought a three hour special was in order. Focusing on mostly rock, with a special emphasis on new stuff from my favorite labels. Along with the normal vintage fare, look out for treats from the Beyond Beyond Is Beyond, Stickman, Dizzybird, Stolen Body, Magnetic Eye, and Riding Easy imprints. Covering all angles from breezy to heavy, it’s the perfect soundtrack for the discerning rocker basking in backyard leisure. Have a great weekend, enjoy and share!
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1631: Coming Your Way
Computers make life easier until they don’t, man. As I slowly salvaged my digital music collection and battled an endless stream of nihilistic ants (they don’t care about food, they just wander around) I managed to throw together this set of slow funk, classic garage and ’70s rock, along with some new psych and soul for flavor.
A soundtrack in solidarity, pushing through the end of summer together. Thanks for hanging in with me!
Full playlist below->
Continue reading #1630: Wild Machines
Nine weeks! Nine weeks it’s been since I’ve been live in the studio, but it was just like riding a bike. A glitchy, overheated bike. But familiar, and fun, and good to be live with you all again.
Started out mellow and vintage with classic tracks and a nod to the late, great vibist Bobby Hutcherson. Then moved into modern with new Kikagaku Moyo, Amerikan Bear, Adrien Younge and some Os Noctambulos (a suggestion from my pal Poppa Horton.)
In the second hour it gets meatier, with a few releases from Riding Easy Records (Slow Season, Electric Citizen, Salem’s Pot) mixed with vintage rockers. There’s even some White Mystery, Blondie, and Heaters in there, just to cover all the bases.
All in all, a great way to spend my morning and I hope a great listen whenever/wherever/whomever you are. Have a great week and make sure to hit up the replay every Tuesday on AffinityRadio.net!
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1629: Get A Grip On Yourself
I recorded this as a response to my old friend Chris over at EATVINYL (see his original vid athttps://youtu.be/qY1A5IvIeYk and follow him on Instagram @EatVinyl)
He shared his top 5 favorite at the moment, and so here I am sharing mine in return. We’ve been friends for over 20 years and our musical tastes meet and diverge in interesting places. Look out for more collaborations coming soon!
- Ancient Ocean – Blood Moon
- The Mothers of Invention – Just Another Band From L.A.
- Soundtrack Of Our Lives – Behind The Music
- Neil Young – s/t
- Brown Acid: The First Trip
Those three words describe this week in NYC in a nutshell. Heat index was sitting at 105 degrees before noon and the power at the BBOX studios went out halfway through the show! I had the show together ahead of time, powered through, and have a great mix of vintage and modern psych, rock and funk perfect for blasting out a car window or fire escape.
On second thought, maybe keep the windows closed and the air up.
Keep cool, people! Full playlist below->
Continue reading #1628: Hot, Funky, & Sweaty
Some of the newer listeners may not know this, but not long ago this show was about purely vintage music. Although I gravitated towards psych and garage, no genre was off limits but the song had to be recorded between 1960-1979. At the end of last summer I decided to incorporate more modern tunes and draw more comparisons between old and new, and it’s been great so far.
I really loved that hour-long history lesson every Wednesday night, though. So while I’m still out on the road here are the final two episodes from the original iteration of Old Time Religion Radio Hour, mashed together into a 120 minute aural time machine. All vintage tunes, some classic and most not so widely known. For me, it was a transition. For you it’s a flashback.
Full playlist below-> Continue reading OTRRH REDUX: My Wild Love/Changing, Arranging
Whenever Frank Ramos and I get together I always learn something. We went record shopping a couple months ago and he just kept handing me records and saying “You’ll like this.” And goddamnit, I did. I liked all of it.
Our shared passion for music has made for a fun friendship over the last few years, and Frank brought his usual good taste to the decks filling in for me on Old Time Religion today. A mix of funk, psychedelia, classic ’60s pop, jazz and even punk awaits your ears and it’s fantastic.
Like what you hear? Check out the special Split The Decks series Frank and I teamed up for last year, and dig his regular show Maximum Insight every Friday night, 8-10pmEST on BBOXRadio.com.
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1626: For The Love Of Music (Guest host: Frank Ramos)
Is the world going mad or has it always been? As 2016 winds tighter and tighter and we all simmer in the summer heat, I decided to take a break from guest hosts and reruns and give you a new (albeit prerecorded) episode full of psych vibes, vintage and modern, to hopefully help to ease some tension.
Dig on some tracks from fresh artists like Nic Gyalson, The Black Delta Movement, Melody Fields, It’s Not Night It’s Space, and NYC’s own Mammoth Spirit. Revisit old gems from Blue Phantom, Chocolate Watch Band, and highlights from this week’s featured album, Kaleidscope’s 1970 swan song “Bernice.”
Hope this episode offers you some small solace as you make your way through this craziness. Take care of yourself. Take care of each other.
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1625: Turned Out Light
After a great Split The Decks episode a couple of months ago, Tony Conquerrah’s back and filling in as guest host while I’m out of town.
Our nation is upside down once again with racial violence and more questions than answers, and Tony’s here to bring some light to the darkness with an all-vinyl mix of everything from to jazz, soul, funk and calypso, ska and reggae. He’s a goddamn pro (taught me more than a few things) and it shows in this phenomenal set.
Tune in and get some soul healing. As the man said himself, “…that’s the beautiful thing about music. Music erases all borders and it doesn’t matter where you’re from. You feel it and you know it.”
BIG BIG thanks to Tony, and make sure to check him out every week on Shanty Town (Thursdays 10pm-midnight on BBOX Radio) and see where he’s spinning around NYC by following him on Instagram!
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1624: Tunes Without Borders (guest host: Tony Conquerrah)
Every summer I go on vacation with my kids for a month or so, and in the past I’ve just aired a bunch of prerecorded shows during the month of July. This year, though, I had the opportunity to try something I’ve always loved hearing on radio: the Special Guest Host.
This week Kurtis Powers (The Face Radio, Loaded NYC) brings his Mod sensibilities to bear on Old Time Religion. Ever since we met at one of his Northern Soul club nights some years back, Kurtis and I have shared a passion for drawing comparisons between the classic sounds of the ’60s and their influence on the modern day. We also share the distinction of having our shows air on BBOX Radio and alternately on Affinity Radio as well. He’s a great guy, and been a good friend to me personally and a big supporter of the show.
Kurtis approaches today’s set with a mellow opening act followed by some, as he always says, real blinders in the second hour. Full of soul, mod, psych rock and garage, this is one set you don’t want to miss!
Big love and many thanks to Kurtis for filling in, check him out live every week on the Face Radio, Sundays 4-6pmEST on BBOXRadio.com, every Saturday 8-10pmGMT on AffinityRadio.net, and every first Thursday in NYC at his brit-pop club night, Loaded NYC.
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1623: All Or Nothing (guest host: Kurtis Powers)
What a week it’s been in the world, with hatred and love at high stakes odds and so many people with something to say about it. When things get like this, the only way I know to work through it is with music and that’s the name of the game on today’s show.
Hopefully this mix helps with classic rock, psychedelic and soul to guide you aurally through the pitfalls of a heavy week. Times like this too many folks don’t take the time to look inside and examine their own light and dark sides. It’s scary, but “Stiff upper lip”, as they say.
Guest host Kurtis Powers from The Face in next week!
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1622: Staring Into The Void
Memorial Day weekend is here in the States and it’s HOT…which is appropriate for the unofficial start of summer. That being the case, I brought a whole lot of hot licks in to the studio for a raucous sonic journey to take your mind off of sweating and BBQing…
New tunes on tap from Kikagaku Moyo, Mother Feather, Strange Majik, Seratones, Elephant Tree, The Myrrors and a whole bunch of vintage glam, hard rock and psychedelic for flavor.
Have a safe and happy Memorial Day! Take some time to relax but also remember the folks who put themselves in harm’s way so you could take a moment of peace. Keep cool and rock hard!
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1620: Monster In Paradise