There’s a reason so many legendary bands come from NYC. You’ve got the five boroughs plus the surrounding “metro area” and all of them feed bands into the NYC music scene. That’s a lot of competition and as a result you have a better chance of good stuff rising to the top. There’s something for everyone, and for me in the last year there have been of host of great sonic discoveries.
This set is a sort of aural exploration of the last year or so for me in NYC. This is a collection of bands I’ve seen live, record labels that I’ve followed, guests from the show, friends I’ve made and surprises from all corners of our sleepless city. It’s not THE comprehensive list for the super-hip by any means, but it’s my 2017 love letter to my favorite place in the world.
Full playlist and links below->
Continue reading #1744: You Ain’t Got No Choice
There’s a bit of a pop tinge to today’s show as we explore grey area and mixed messages. There’s a national conversation right now about what’s right and wrong and where the lines lay, and as usual I use sound to navigate. Explored via psychedelia, funk, indie, and alternative from all eras.
As Curtis Mayfield used to say, check out your mind.
Continue reading #1742: Mixed Up Mind
Such a mixed bag this week with nods to Marc Bolan’s being gone 40 years and the departures of Harry Dean Stanton and Husker Du’s Grant Hart, just as a start. Then settle in for sonic rumination on creativity, living in the now, planning for the future, and what love can do a person. Y’know, all the stuff songs are always about.
Dig in, trip out. Have a great week.
Full playlist below–> Continue reading #1731: Paradise For Sale
A concise set of all-vintage fun exploring the feel of summer and Independence Day. Originally aired this week in 2013.
It’s getting to be time for a new White Mystery album and as you can see by the album cover for F.Y.M.S. (out on 4/20, PREORDER here for DIGITAL or VINYL) they’re not fucking around. Don’t be fooled by the vivid image the title conjures, however, as this record is probably the most polished I’ve heard from the White siblings so far.
That’s not to say it isn’t still gritty as hell. Album opener “Ton Up Kid” barrels through the riffs you’d expect from the band, with shout-along choruses and drum flurries in the bridge. “Black Heart Crusader” is more metal than thrash, Francis pounding out meaty grooves while Alex’s dark guitar works it’s magic. Title track “FYMS” evokes memories of a young Frank Black as Alex spits Greek insults over a driving backdrop and rocks out to a foul-mouthed chorus, an anthem easily adaptable to your personal favorite dirtbag.
Continue reading What’s That Sound? White Mystery – F.Y.M.S.
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