Thanksgiving week is a busy time here in the U.S. Lots of school events, family and friends visiting, travel and good lord the food prep. Here’s a lot of soul and funk, mostly vintage but some modern, with a sprig of psych and garage to keep it loud. Hope you have a great week, holiday or not!
Stay safe, stay weird!
Continue reading #1739: Pounds Of Soul
Big love to my pal Kurtis of the Face Radio for having me on his show this last weekend for tunes and talk. Here’s a listen:
Some weeks are just weirder than others. My subconscious is trying to get a message across but I’m unclear as to what it’s supposed to be. That’s the way of life, you don’t get control of everything all the time. It’ll come out in the wash I suppose.
New tracks by The Fluids, Phalcons, JuJu, Birds, and more. If you’re in Brooklyn this week I’ll be at Legion Bar in Williamsburg on Weds 11/15 as Freelance Fiend. Bringing soul and psych to the party, let’s grab some beers and decipher these hidden messages together.
Full playlist at OTRRH.com
Continue reading #1738: Total Control
Over the weekend I got the opportunity to provide some digital stimulation between bands as Freelance Fiends at the Safari Room at El Cortez. Without calling anyone out I’ll say there weren’t a lot of people out that night. So I hit “record” and what you’re hearing tonight is an amalgam of the three sets I did that night.
Regular listeners will hear a lot they’ve heard on this show before, including recently. And this mix is a bit thinner than it sounded over the great sound system at El Cortez. But overall I think it’s a fun set and a chill way to spend my Saturday night. Big thanks to Super Bueno for inviting me out. Enjoy and have a safe, rad week!
Full playlist below–> Continue reading #1737: I Ain’t No Miracle Worker (live from El Cortez, Bushwick)
Last week in my own life were child/school issues, an impending in-law visit and a late night Bushwick gig. Here’s what’s left, mentally and aurally. I do care, but it’s a tired caring.
Brand new tunes from Buffalo Killers, Birds, and some extended rockers for this bleary, blustery day in Brooklyn.
Next week’s episode airs an hour later in the U.S. thanks to daylight savings. It’s a special Freelance Fiends Halloween episode featuring guest selectors Atom Heart Mutha and Frank from Vibrations In Sound!
Full playlist below–> Continue reading #1735: I May Care
All-vinyl show this week!
It’s been a couple months. There’s dust on the mixer, my finger’s heavy on the FX knobs. I’m working out the kinks, trying out new things. Keeps you young.
I won’t be winning any gold medals for this one but you can hear fresh tunes from The Rubs, Buffalo Killers, All Them Witches, The Evil Usses, Bonehawk & JuJu. There’s also a heaping helping of vintage soul and rock to help stave off the weight of our world’s depravity.
I’ll be spinning vinyl as Freelance Fiend at El Cortez in Bushwick this Thurs 10/19. Come hang out if you like. Click the flier for more details…
Full playlist below–> Continue reading #1734: Bronze Behavior
Brooklyn fuzz-rockers Sun Voyager rip it up tonight (Sat. 10/14) at Knitting Factory BK in support of the Swedish hard rock group Truck Fighters!
You should go. I’m going. Let’s meet up.
My pal Matt, host of the Rodent Hour on Radio Free Brooklyn, was kind enough to have me on his live show this past week to hang out with 2/3 of Sun Voyager and chat about the band’s first full-length in the works, our favorite Brooklyn bands, and of course Canadian Thanksgiving. It was fun! Have a listen before we all head to Knitting Factory tonight.
It’s been a rough couple weeks with so much violence and hate spread across this country and the world. Are we sliding toward the edge? I don’t know, but I’ll do what I always do: try and provide some relief through music.
This week I have new tunes from Dustin Lovelis, Colemine Records, Heaters, Lost Kingdoms, Missiles Of October and more modern biz to keep you current alongside some real vintage gems. And of course, a nod to the recently departed legend Tom Petty.
Take a minute to look around and if you see someone slipping, lend a hand and pull them up.
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1733: Pulled Up
This show was finished before the events in Las Vegas this week, but the first half of the show is geared towards catharsis for rough times so I hope it helps if only in a small way.
Lots of vintage and new soul as a nod to the late, great Charles Bradley. Plus new tracks from All Them Witches, Chicano Batman, and NYC folks The Fluids and Ancient Ocean.
Keep trying to bring some love and light into the world.
Continue reading #1732: Wandering Soul
Such a mixed bag this week with nods to Marc Bolan’s being gone 40 years and the departures of Harry Dean Stanton and Husker Du’s Grant Hart, just as a start. Then settle in for sonic rumination on creativity, living in the now, planning for the future, and what love can do a person. Y’know, all the stuff songs are always about.
Dig in, trip out. Have a great week.
Full playlist below–> Continue reading #1731: Paradise For Sale
Earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, fires and a lot more is making this week hard for many out there. This week I try to keep it upbeat, with a nod to the late #HolgerCzukay of CAN and a new single from NYC’s own The Fluids. Some dad rock, some folk rock, some riff rock, funk and more to help you pull yourself outta the muck.
Have a badass week.
Full playlist below->
Continue reading #1730: We’re Flyin’ High
The chatter in our information age feels intolerable.
On one hand, it brings to light issues that’ve been ignored for too long. On the other hand, it doesn’t seem like our minds are meant to process information this fast. Who could blame you for feeling overwhelmed?
Much love to folks in Houston this week. Here are some tunes to stop thinking about things for a couple hours.
Full playlist below->
Continue reading #1729: Mirror Of Illusion
Feeling a little stressed? The pills ain’t gonna help, not really. Let’s get the aural fix. The musical solution.
Among other things, we’ve got fresh releases from Dustin Lovelis, Beck, Queens of the Stone Age, Porno Wolves and some serious vintage riffery.
Good luck out there. Keep your head up.
Full playlist below->
Continue reading #1728: Even With The Pills
For the first time in a long time the U.S. put aside differences for a brief moment to watch the sun go dark. A cosmic event and a moment for reflection on where we fit in to the world and beyond. It didn’t last long but it was nice to know so many people were enjoying something together.
The title of this week’s show reflects the cynicism that creeps back in after such moments, and as we move forward I thought we could explore the recent sounds of psych, garage and more. Every song in this set was made after 2014, with many being new releases this year. Hope you enjoy, and that this can suffice as another small moment where we enjoy something together.
Links to all the bands and full playlist below->
Continue reading #1727: Daylight Ripoff
As my own summer vacation wraps up it’s time to look back through the last few weeks and see what I’m left with, music-wise. Leftovers from the Freelance Fiend events, new releases and reissues of some serious classics are the pool that this week’s episode draws from. All-vinyl, good for a hot day in a strange summer! Stay cool out there…
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1725: Face The Day