Life can be exhausting.
With so much up in the air these days I find myself more and more grateful for music that can express my feelings on multiple levels. One artist who contributed more than I even knew was the recently departed John Wetton. From his work on my favorite King Crimson records to the myriad of songs I love but didn’t even realize he had a credit on, he contributed so much to modern progressive music that I found it worth taking time out in the middle of this episode to spend on remembering his legacy.
It’s not all a eulogy, though. Surrounding Wetton’s work you’ll find some seriously wild psychedelia stirred together with heavy blues and a punk flourish for the finish. Consider these tunes to help remember the truth of our modern life: while we want so many things to be certain and objectively true it’s often the case that, without diligence, our idea of what’s absolute is still riddled with too many fictions.
Full playlist below, click the artist to find their records-> Continue reading #1704: Too Many Fictions
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
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)
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
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
Amid many shades of rock and the blues I welcome The Falling Birds back to the show today. We talk about their new EP, what it was like touring the UK, the bands they’re listening to, and our shared gig coming up at Good Room in Greenpoint (click for more info…)
For all the good stuff from the fellas, head to TheFallingBirds.com
Dig the full playlist and watch the video of the interview below-> Continue reading #1635: Fresh Cream (feat. The Falling Birds)
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)
When this record hit my inbox over the summer, I had no clue as to who New Planet Trampoline were or what I was about to hear.
The record starts off without answers, fading in slowly with the vague and airy mantra of “There Is Nothing More To Say,” driving it’s point home as you’re bounced pleasantly along by a Pink-Floyd shuffle. Keyboards and harmonies plunge in right after, setting the tone for the rest of the record’s late ’60s psych-pop influence. It’s an excellent homage to the sounds of that era: jangly guitars, clean leads, crafted melodies, and not too much polish. The production quality is modern, though, which adds a freshness to the old familiar sounds.
The band juggles a lot of different influences: “Grim Visions” wouldn’t be out of place on one of the old Nuggets collections. “Ex-President” and the ethereal “This Is The Morning” evoke the Byrds’ jingle-jangle pop. The energy of Arthur Lee’s later work creeps into “Confidence Man.” There are more “flashback” moments, but too many to recount here. Modern influences (grunge, namely) and elements are present as well, and New Planet Trampoline manages to navigate them and add enough twists to keep the songs from sounding dated.
I really like this record, enough that I bought the gorgeous purple double LP after the fact. New Planet Trampoline have accomplished what many try but few pull off well, lovingly incorporating vintage influences and folding them over into a new framework to make a truly original record.
You can check out “Dark Rides And Grim Visions” in all formats at New Planet Trampoline’s BandCamp page, and get news and updates on their Facebook Page.
Big thanks to Stow House Records for bringing this one into my collection!
When I was a kid back in the ’80s and ’90s, my family owned one of those handheld cassette recorders with the handles. My sister and I, or sometimes friends, would record everything around us. We’d create little radio programs and skits and songs and such. It was silly and fun, full of inside jokes, the kind of thing young people did in in the safe space of close kinship. A level of comfortable where you didn’t care about what anyone thought or said, just fun for fun’s sake.
Chicago siblings White Mystery always remind me of times like that, simpler times before the internet was ubiquitous when you could make something for an audience of two and that was enough. I’ve always found their songs to be filled to the brim with reckless energy, sonic adventures that drag you flailing into a fuzz-soaked fantasy world of the White’s creation. Proclamations of fierce individuality and unflagging loyalty swirl together with apocalyptic imagery and wild stories. All the while, it’s delivered tongue in cheek, never allowing the listener to take it too seriously. It’s always a hell of a ride.
Continue reading What’s That Sound? White Mystery – “Outta Control”
Anyone in psychedelic music circles these days will tell you, there’s plenty of fuzz to go around. Surf riffs drenched in shaky distortion, wobbly keyboard licks and distorted vocal yelps are becoming commonplace, and personally I love it. But as has happened with past music trends from punk to grunge to you name it, standing out from the crowd while indulging in the genre du jour isn’t always easy.
These guys the Harlequins may have a shot at it, though. On their first full LP, “One With You”, the Cincinnati three-piece has crafted a solid garage-pop trip that grabs you quick and keeps you floating.
Continue reading What’s That Sound? The Harlequins – “One With You”
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)
After last week’s super-heavy Halloween show I needed a break from heavy metal, so this week’s a grab bag of vintage and modern soul, psychedelic, garage and a heavy nod to the film Velvet Goldmine at the beginning. Dig in and get down!
Playlist below–> Continue reading #1541: Inside
After a long holiday I’m back in Brooklyn and LIVE in the BBOX studios with the latest installment of my series celebrating modern artists with vintage influences. Between what I receive from labels and what I discover during my many Bandcamp forays, there is a lot of fun stuff to choose from. Modern psych, soul, stoner rock and punk is all represented and it’s one hell of a trip. Always happy to have all of you along for the ride.
Check out the links to the artists in the playlist below and support these great acts and labels by spending your hard-earned dollars on some great tunes!
Just press play…
…or if you dig Spreaker instead…
Continue reading #1528: Throwback To Tomorrow Vol. 3