Putting together a weekly two-hour show takes time and just a wee bit of inspiration. Sometimes you’re running short on both of those, and you have to throw it together. Here’s to the folks cramming it in before the finish line.
(P.S. I’m spinning rock n roll 8pm to midnight at Robert Bar in Brooklyn on July 19th. Come on down if you’re in NYC and say Hi!)
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1723: Last Minute
Ah, that summer sauna has begun in NYC. Maybe it’s the heat or the extra exposed flesh but people here and around the world are starting to act a bit overconfident, even a little volatile.
Lots of big riffs and future guitar gods to reflect that bombast in this all-vinyl escapade. It’s also the season for bands to hit the road, and this week features many groups that are currently on tour (The Well, Winstons, Salem’s Pot, Sam Kogon, Slow Season, Nopes).
Much love to all those folks out on the road and much love to all the folks having a tough time keeping a cool head. Have a great week!
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1722: Ego Trip
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
My guests this week are the fellas from blues-rock band Skunkmello. They were nice enough to have me over to their rehearsal space in midtown Manhattan as we talk influences, tour experiences and new material in the pipeline. Scattered throughout you’ll hear classic and modern blues influences and enough guitar licks to keep any gearhead happy.
Let me know what you think on Twitter: @OTR_RadioHour and here’s where you keep up with all things Skunkmello:
Bandcamp / Twitter / Facebook / Instagram / YouTube or all in one place at Skunkmello.com
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1715: The Way Down (feat. Skunkmello)
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
This past Monday I was lucky enough to get invited to my pal Matt’s show The Rodent Hour over at Radio Free Brooklyn. The musical guest that night was Cinema Cinema, a pair of hardcore and hilarious rockers promoting their new album, Man Bites Dog.
The band have been on Rodent Hour quite a bit, and I’ve known Matt for a while so bad jokes and banter abound alongside tracks from some great Brooklyn bands. Tune in, have a blast, and dig on Cinema Cinema, baby!
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
The turmoil of 2016 continues and as we all try not to get swept away I’ve prepared a mix to help keep you grounded. Lots of vintage grinders mixed with a twist of soul and psych, and new stuff from The Well, DeWolff, Thee Oh Sees and many more heavy lifters. This madness is almost over, let’s bang our heads and shake our hips together til the storm passes.
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Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1636: Shifting Sands
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
There is a huge musical movement in recent years that’s bringing back riff-based, 1970’s-style rock in a big way. It seems to have started in Europe, namely Scandinavia and other smaller pockets throughout, and is making it’s way across the United States as we speak. Heavy cock-rock guitar lines and long hair are back in, and it’s clear that many younger folks who’ve come up in the age of YouTube have been studying hard after getting a taste of their parents’ (maybe grandparents’?) old Zeppelin and Sabbath records. It’s a great thing.
Many standout bands are worth mentioning in this genre (Slow Season, Wedge, Electric Citizen, so many more) but for today let me focus on Granite City, IL rockers The Judge. They’ve been around a good while now, and their latest album is a rag-tag collection of tunes they’ve released in piecemeal over the last few years and finally put down on one cohesive record. It’s not reinventing the wheel, not even trying to. This record is a bong-fueled time machine trip into your dad’s basement circa 1971.
Continue reading What’s That Sound? The Judge – s/t
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
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
Well, here we are. Both major parties have their nominees and I think the nation is a little depressed about it’s choices. An air of divisiveness is seeping in everywhere, and people are anxious and afraid. In other words, this election is no fun at all.
You know what is fun? This list of tunes. I’m determined that no matter what direction we move in here in the States that I’m not gonna panic or let it overwhelm me. All sorts of new and vintage tracks on deck to help out with that, including new releases from the Riding Easy and Beyond Beyond is Beyond imprints.
Fear is the mind killer, it’s said, so let’s rock out and drown out FEAR with NOISE.
Hang in there, we’re gonna be okay.
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1627: The Fear
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