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
The chatter in our information age feels intolerable.
On one hand, it brings to light issues that’ve been ignored for too long. On the other hand, it doesn’t seem like our minds are meant to process information this fast. Who could blame you for feeling overwhelmed?
Much love to folks in Houston this week. Here are some tunes to stop thinking about things for a couple hours.
Full playlist below->
Continue reading #1729: Mirror Of Illusion
For the first time in a long time the U.S. put aside differences for a brief moment to watch the sun go dark. A cosmic event and a moment for reflection on where we fit in to the world and beyond. It didn’t last long but it was nice to know so many people were enjoying something together.
The title of this week’s show reflects the cynicism that creeps back in after such moments, and as we move forward I thought we could explore the recent sounds of psych, garage and more. Every song in this set was made after 2014, with many being new releases this year. Hope you enjoy, and that this can suffice as another small moment where we enjoy something together.
Links to all the bands and full playlist below->
Continue reading #1727: Daylight Ripoff
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
It’s been another busy week and here in NYC spring has hit a cool spot, ie we’re stuck at 60 degrees and below. It’s throwing people off, it seems, and the vibe has been a little…wild?
That’s the mood going in to this week’s mix, an all-vinyl amalgam cobbled together from the WFMU record fair, BOMP records mail-order and some neglected piles already in my collection (plus a slightly tipsy tape echo). Reflections on feeling rough and how that’s okay, and stepping up despite the trouble everywhere you look. Perhaps this set can help you revive, reset, or rekindle some fighting spirit to keep pushing on til the weather clears.
Continue reading #1716: Riff Raff
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
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.
It was mid-winter break in NYC this past week and the weather was beyond beautiful, especially for February. Being able to get the kids outside and enjoy the sun on my face took my mind off the world’s perceived turmoil and put it back on my own here and now. This mix keeps that in mind with both modern and vintage psychedelia, heavy grooves and funky soul.
Dig new tracks from The Falling Birds, Winstons, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, The Savage Blush, Sundays & Cybele, Baked and so much more.
Put the earbuds in, find a warm spot and enjoy!
Continue reading #1707: Enough
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
More info and full playlist below->.
Continue reading #1706: Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (feat. Baked)
Gotta get a grip, people. Gotta stay grounded. Here’s how I do it.
Vintage treats galore from funk to punk and new stuff from Ty Segall, The Falling Birds, Winstons. Plus a smattering of garage, psychedelic, hard rock and more from recent decades. It’s a wild mix full of everything from grit to bubblegum, but it can help ease the stress and keep your mind straight.
Eyes up and stay cool out there, folks.
Check out links to the artists and the full playlist below-> Continue reading #1705: Out Of My Reality
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)
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