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!
Full playlist below->
Continue reading #1721: Changes In Nature
“This isn’t about what is . . . it’s about what people think is. It’s all imaginary anyway. That’s why it’s important. People only fight over imaginary things.” – Neil Gaiman
Full playlist below->
Continue reading #1720: Lord Of Garbage
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
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
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
KPISS.fm is a local internet radio station nestled away in an alleyway shopping container in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Sheri, the manager, and I were introduced by a mutual friend and she runs the place with DIY ambition and punk sneer through and through. She was kind enough to let me and my pal Tony Conquerrah take over for a few hours and the result was, well, LOUD.
The mix had all the usual Old Time Religion markers: Classic rock, heavy riffs and punk madness along with psychedelia of all stripes, and even some funk and global grooves. Just press play above for the full archive!
Big thanks to Sheri and KPISS for having me on, and to Tony for the deck support. Full playlist coming soon!
Weeks and weeks of my kids bringing home every possible combination of illness finally caught up with me and I’ve been bedridden with the most awful flu I’ve had in years. Loathe as I usually am to run repeats it’s a necessity this week but don’t worry! I’ve chosen one with all the fire and spirit needed to keep your head about you in our time of collective absurdity!
From classic rabble-rousers like John Lennon, AC/DC & Creedence Clearwater Revival to new dissenters like Sam Kogon & The Resonars, many voices heard from here. Plus new (at the time) releases from the Beyond Beyond is Beyond & Sunrise Ocean Bender labels and a premiere from King Gizzard. All the tunes to keep your upper lip stiff in the face of this insanity.
You can find the full playlist here, and I’ll see you next week with a brand new episode on Affinity Radio!
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
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
More great vinyl releases past and present!
Enjoy and if you like Old Time Religion Radio, I’d be much obliged if you’d tell a friend.
Have a great February!
- Captain Beefheart & his Magic Band – Diddy Wah Diddy 7″ (1966, reissued 2012)
- Danava – UnonoU (2008, reissued 2015)
- Sly & the Family Stone – Anthology (1981)
- Telephone – s/t (1977)
- Slow Season – Westing (2016)
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)