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
The OG comedic Batman series sits in the back of my head always, a huge cultural touchpoint of the silliest caliber that anyone with a tv from 1966 to 1996 has probably seen and noone ever forgets. Rest easy, Adam West. This episode is peppered with a few of his most ridiculous clips.
Music-wise there’s a lot of vintage tracks that go on for a bit, plenty of room to stretch out with soul and funk, and a focus on some of the modern outliers that have come my way but not gotten much attention so far. The idea behind this one is transition, of taking the time to register your own changes in nature. Good luck!
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Continue reading #1721: Changes In Nature
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)
Winstons are a two-piece roots/garage rock outfit based in Brooklyn. Guitarist/singer Lou Nutting & drummer/singer Ben Brock Wilkes lay out bare-bones rockers with serious soul and bring that raucous energy to every live show. They were nice enough to sit down with me and chat about touring, the benefits of a small band and their future plans after the release of their excellent 7″, Without You, available now on Warhen Records. Great tracks abound as well with songs from the entire Winstons catalog and from some of their favorite artists, plus a few of my own selections including new tracks from White Mystery & Strange Majik.
Many thanks to Ben and Lou for putting up with my constant nervous laugh, and if you haven’t seen them live then it’s time to stop missing out. Fill that hole at their next live show: Saturday, April 29th w. Matt Vasquez at Rough Trade.
Follow Winstons: Bandcamp / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / YouTube or all-in-one at http://www.WinstonsBand.com
Full playlist below, baby-> Continue reading #1714: Keep The Beat (feat. Winstons)
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!
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Continue reading #1713: Wandering Light
Back on track finally after being too sick to put a show together last week, and as I had to recover slowly this episode starts out a little mellow and then builds up to the full cacophony. New music from The Falling Birds, Elkhorn and White Hills and all the vintage gold you don’t know you love yet. Thanks for hanging with me, hope you dig the tunes!
Remember, next week there’s a lot happening:
– Sunday April 9th, Old Time Religion takes over KPISS.fm in Bushwick for an extended special, 3-7pm EST
-Monday April 10th, I’ll be guest-hosting The Rodent Hour with special guests Cinema Cinema 8pm EST on Radio Free Brooklyn.
-Tuesday April 11th, Brand new episode on Affinity Radio 5pm EST/10pm UK
Full playlist below->
Continue reading #1711: New You
Chuck Berry finally shuffled off at the age of 90 this week and as a St. Louis native myself it’s sad to see him go. The first half hour today is all about sneaking a peek at some of his influence. Rest easy to one the most influential figures in rock and roll!
The rest of this week gives some love to Sly Stone for his birthday, Thin Lizzy for being Irish, some hard rockers and psych freakouts and BRAND NEW tracks from Sun Abduction, Pontiak, Entrance, Stuyedeyed, Kung Funghi, & Prana Crafter. There’s even a preview of Riding Easy Records’ new Brown Acid comp!
Something for everybody is what I’m getting at. I’m gonna put my adult cares aside for a bit and rock out. Care to join me?
Continue reading #1710: Almost Grown
Bad weather’s bearing down on NYC this week so I’m bringing the psychedelic vibes to cushion the blow. This set starts out with a shout out to badass women then heads into the atmosphere with some extended tracks and FUZZ FOR DAYS!
Featuring the premiere of the new White Mystery single plus brand new music from Stuyedeyed, Baked, The Black Doldrums, Dire Wolves, Sundays & Cybele, & the Black Delta Movement. And of course the blend of vintage and modern fuzz you’ve come to expect.
Bundle up, put your back to the wind and prepare to be blown away!
Continue reading #1709: A Little Touch Of Gravity
About a year ago I stumbled on Baked’s first LP, Debt, on Bandcamp and was immediately hooked by their mix of melodic psych, muscular shoe gaze and grungy fuzz.
I was lucky enough to meet up with their singer/guitarist R.J. Gordon last week to talk about the release of the second LP Farnham, his history as a touring musician and sound engineer, and a whole host of other random topics. Peppered throughout are tracks from both records by Baked plus new stuff from local BK acts mixed with some vintage noise for flavor. It was a laid back time and I enjoyed myself a lot. I hope that you do, too. If you do, please, tell a friend.
Check out Baked at their release show, and follow them on the web:
BANDCAMP / FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / TWITTER
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Continue reading #1706: Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (feat. Baked)
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
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)
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.
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Continue reading #1644: Lucky Man
It was my great pleasure after this long and maddening week to have the enthusiastic Brooklyn blues-rocker Casey Hopkins in the studio this week. All blues-adjacent tunes graced the decks along with some funk and garage on the side, and Casey and I jawed about where he’s from, where he’s going, and everything in between.
Special nod to the late Leonard Cohen, one of Canada’s finest and the latest in a line of greats we’ve lost this year. Rest easy, Leonard.
Casey and I will both be at Garage Land (at Good Room) Wednesday 11/30 along with Paul Collins (The Beat, The Nerves), David Strange, Skunkmello and Lord Youth.
Get Casey’s tunes at his Bandcamp site, and follow his hilarious takeover of Pentatonic Guitars’ Instagram.
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1640: Live Another Day (feat. Casey Hopkins)
Get out the greasepaint, squeeze into some leather and latex and get ready to bang your head this Halloween!
I’m a big fan of big riffs but don’t always get to go as heavy on the live show, but with Halloween on the horizon this episode is the exception. Tune in for a 3 hour HEAVY special featuring vintage heavy blues & proto-metal and modern tracks ranging from blues to doom, all with riffage in mind! And I couldn’t pay tribute to riffs down the ages without paying special tribute to Riding Easy Records so look out for a lot of their artists in today’s lineup.
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1638: Hell On Wheels (Heavy Halloween Special)