It was a good week for vinyl but another messed up week in the world.
Nothing but wax this week, pulled from a ton of pre-orders arriving in the mail and a fun trip to the Brooklyn Flea Record Fair. New stuff from Riding Easy Records’ “Brown Acid” kicks it off, along with new releases from Hydromedusa, Sharkmuffin, and two from Greenway Records. Of course there’s also a nod to Chris Cornell’s untimely passing. To top it all off there’s a hearty helping of soul and funk to heal your worried mind and move your worried hips.
Keep it weird.
Keep it loud.
Keep the faith, Manchester.
Continue reading #1718: Melting Pot
It’s been another busy week and here in NYC spring has hit a cool spot, ie we’re stuck at 60 degrees and below. It’s throwing people off, it seems, and the vibe has been a little…wild?
That’s the mood going in to this week’s mix, an all-vinyl amalgam cobbled together from the WFMU record fair, BOMP records mail-order and some neglected piles already in my collection (plus a slightly tipsy tape echo). Reflections on feeling rough and how that’s okay, and stepping up despite the trouble everywhere you look. Perhaps this set can help you revive, reset, or rekindle some fighting spirit to keep pushing on til the weather clears.
Continue reading #1716: Riff Raff
Apparently spring’s arrival has me in the mood for pops and crackles because all I wanna do is spin vinyl right now. Much like my recent KPISS appearance (thanks again to Sheri and to Tony for bringing the heat) and last week’s show, this week is all-vinyl and almost no talk. It’s a weird and warm just like spring in NYC, hope that it adds something to your sunny day and if it does, tell a friend!
Full playlist below->
Continue reading #1713: Wandering Light
Gorgeous weather in NYC and with no kids around this week I’ve been soaking in music for the past few days. This set’s a little different than usual in that it’s 100% all-vinyl and I hardly talk at all. To share in this dreamy week of mine I figured I’d let you sit back and enjoy the ride, a mix of old and new with that nice vinyl fuzz enveloping it.
Big love to KPISS, Radio Free Brooklyn, the Rodent Hour, Cinema Cinema, Tony Conquerrah, Skunkmello, Winstons & my pal Frank for making spring’s debut week so badass!
Full playlist right down here -> Continue reading #1712: The Illusion Crawls
KPISS.fm is a local internet radio station nestled away in an alleyway shopping container in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Sheri, the manager, and I were introduced by a mutual friend and she runs the place with DIY ambition and punk sneer through and through. She was kind enough to let me and my pal Tony Conquerrah take over for a few hours and the result was, well, LOUD.
The mix had all the usual Old Time Religion markers: Classic rock, heavy riffs and punk madness along with psychedelia of all stripes, and even some funk and global grooves. Just press play above for the full archive!
Big thanks to Sheri and KPISS for having me on, and to Tony for the deck support. Full playlist coming soon!
It was mid-winter break in NYC this past week and the weather was beyond beautiful, especially for February. Being able to get the kids outside and enjoy the sun on my face took my mind off the world’s perceived turmoil and put it back on my own here and now. This mix keeps that in mind with both modern and vintage psychedelia, heavy grooves and funky soul.
Dig new tracks from The Falling Birds, Winstons, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, The Savage Blush, Sundays & Cybele, Baked and so much more.
Put the earbuds in, find a warm spot and enjoy!
Continue reading #1707: Enough
Gotta get a grip, people. Gotta stay grounded. Here’s how I do it.
Vintage treats galore from funk to punk and new stuff from Ty Segall, The Falling Birds, Winstons. Plus a smattering of garage, psychedelic, hard rock and more from recent decades. It’s a wild mix full of everything from grit to bubblegum, but it can help ease the stress and keep your mind straight.
Eyes up and stay cool out there, folks.
Check out links to the artists and the full playlist below-> Continue reading #1705: Out Of My Reality
More great vinyl releases past and present!
Enjoy and if you like Old Time Religion Radio, I’d be much obliged if you’d tell a friend.
Have a great February!
- Captain Beefheart & his Magic Band – Diddy Wah Diddy 7″ (1966, reissued 2012)
- Danava – UnonoU (2008, reissued 2015)
- Sly & the Family Stone – Anthology (1981)
- Telephone – s/t (1977)
- Slow Season – Westing (2016)
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
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
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
After a full week of digging for tracks I was left with a lot of good stuff that remained unspun and that’s what I brought to the tables for you today. But these leftovers are still fresh, mixed briskly with soul, psychedelic, heavy blues and more from all eras. With the election on everyone’s mind there is a…political…undercurrent to the set, but hopefully it relieves any stress that’s building up. It’ll all be over soon…
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1639: Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere