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
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
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)
I’m off to Denver this week to see some old friends, but I made sure to leave you a heaping pile of hot rock tunes, old and new, to get you through the bitter cold. See you next week, and stay warm out there.
Playlist below-> Continue reading #1605: Release The Beast
After the raw power of last week’s Lemmy tribute and a week of shoveling snow leftover from Jonas, I needed some salve from my muscles and my mind. The only solution was two hours of psych and soul.
Featuring a ton of vintage classics with nods to the passing of Glenn Frey (The Eagles), Paul Kantner (Jefferson Airplane) & Clarence Reid (aka Blowfly); along with new tracks from Charles Bradley, Monophonics, Kadhja Bonet, Kamasi Washington, a brand new track from Sunrise Ocean Bender’s SONS OF THE VOID and so much more.
Chill out and ATTUNE.
Playlist below-> Continue reading #1603: Changes
Frank and I have known each other since I started at BBOX, so just under 3 years, and every time we get together we end up talking at length about the music we love. We’ve been sharing music back and forth since we first met, and I had the idea that maybe we could do a couple of crossover shows.
So a couple of weeks ago, we decided that I’d come on his show (Maximum Insight, 8-10pm EST every Friday) and he’d come on mine, and we’d do something I coined as “Split the Decks.” Each of us would bring in a random selection of vinyl without the other one knowing what it was, each of us would get one turntable and we’d switch off. Frank picked a track, and based on his pick I’d have to pick the next, and so on and so on.
These two shows were the result, and it was quite a ride. It’s probably the most fun I’ve had doing the live show. Here are both episodes for your listening pleasure, full playlists after the jump…
Continue reading #1544: Split The Decks (with Frank from Maximum Insight)
First hour of the show today is to celebrate the life of Allen Toussaint and the birthday of Ennio Morricone. Last half’s all rock to wish well to Eagles of Death Metal and all those affected by the Paris attack, and to pay tribute to a speed-metal staple, Mötorhead drummer Phil Taylor.
Full playlist below…. Continue reading #1542: From A Whisper To A Scream
What a crazy week! My own life got a little nuts, “Court Of The Crimson King” turned 45, and we lost Gail Zappa and Steve McKay of The Stooges. I needed some help to get my head straight, and so this set is all over the place to provide ample therapy for the addled mind. New stuff from Cardinal Fuzz & Beyond Beyond is Beyond (of course) and plenty of vintage tracks to spread around as well. Please your ears! Playlist after the break:
…and for the Spreakerheads out there…
Continue reading #1538: Lost In The Future
After a friend mentioned the new format would be perfect “lazy Saturday music” I decided to start this week’s show off mellow and build up to the hard stuff. On our second foray into mixing new and old there’s a lot on the table. From local Brooklyn rockers (The Tye Trybe, The London Souls) to more standard fare like the Rolling Stones and Black Sabbath, it’s a feast for the ears. Dig in and fill up.
Full playlist below, and here’s the link for the SPREAKERS!
Continue reading #1533: Life’s An Elevator
Very often I find vinyl records in stacks as I’m walking around Brooklyn. The quantity, quality and condition vary each time but I always take whatever it is home. The selection tends to be a lot of vintage folk, soundtracks and classical music. Over the past 4 years I’ve probably gotten a hold of over 200 vinyl LPs this way. Continue reading Random Access Transmissions: TRANS1.00000.01.0
As I gear up to move slots I thought I’d take one show and focus on my favorite block of time, roughly 1967-1971. I stray a bit, but blame the heat I say. Lots of psychedelic pop and folksy garage with some soul thrown in for flavor. Enjoy, and tell a friend…
Stay cool if you can.
…and for the Spreaker folks… Continue reading #1530: My Wild Love
Tonight I wanted to try something a little different, less talk and a more organic set. It’s been a hot, sweaty, tiring week for me and this set reflects that hazy feeling. I do have some news below, but first…
…press play for steamy set goodness…
…or, if you please, get down with the Spreaker…
Continue reading #1529: Wake Me, Shake Me
This episode’s named after the closing tune which translates directly to “little relief.” I thought at first it meant something like “not much help” but it turns out it actually means something closer to a “little boost,” which feels much more appropriate for the set this week. The same psychedelic feel of most episodes is still here, but with some punk jolts and pop fluff to fill it out, along with a little tribute to Curtis Mayfield in honor of his birthday last week. I hope you dig it, tell a friend if you do. Especially if you think they could use a little relief.
Continue reading #1522: Petit Sékou