The word aphotic in latin means “without light” and is used to describe that place in the ocean where light can’t penetrate. Sometimes our worlds can feel that way, and we seek out what makes us feel good. For me, among other things, it’s electric guitar and a badass backbeat.
Blues has always been a way out of that deep darkness, so this week’s all about music that’s grown from the blues with the hope it’ll keep you above water. Hope you like it.
Full playlist below->
Continue reading #1829: Aphotic Blues
Gotta make that cash. Whatever the cost. There’s always a cost.
The usual potpourri of vintage cuts on deck this week along with new alt-rock and shoegaze-adjacent tunes from Brooklyn and beyond.
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1826: Can’t Knock The Hustle
Lots of contrast and comparison going on between our time and 50 or so years ago. Everyone always thinks it’ll be better later, or that it was better then. Personally, I think right now is the most immediate concern.
This week’s a bit random, a hearty helping of vintage tunes peppered with some modern noise for an aural guide to exploring your inner mind. Enjoy!
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Continue reading #1824: Like It Is, Like It Was
Matt and I go back a ways. We both like rock music, and we both really like NYC bands. We share them! Together!
Big love to Matt and Radio Free Brooklyn for having me by! Enjoy!
Playlist below-> Continue reading The Rodent Hour & OTRRH Summer Sampler
As James Brown said, we’re dealing with a very critical and crucial time. Aside from the overwhelming big picture there are plenty of folks out there who find their own personal picture too much to look at all at once. This mix is for those folks. For everyone, really.
It’s an all vinyl exploration of the dark inner places and their accompanying emotions and sentiments, presented without presenter interruption so you have plenty of room to stretch. If it helps you feel better, that’s great! If you’re still not okay, well, it’s okay to not be okay. I’m here to help you ride the wave.
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1819: Getting To Me
My first taste of Belgian rock duo The Glucks was at the hands of a fan of the show by the name of Lansing Rawls. He sent me a link to their 2016 LP “Youth On Stuff” and once I heard the title track I was immediately turned on by the raw breathless vitality of it. Now they’ve followed it up with the equally potent new release “Run Amok.” Continue reading What’s That Sound? The Glucks – Run Amok
Welcome to the first episode of Old Time Religion to air on Brooklyn’s The Face Radio! Big love to Kurtis Powers (who also got the show on at Affinity Radio) for having me, and to all the listeners new and old who join in each week.
This week’s gonna sound familiar to my long time listeners. It’s a primer for the new ears, a mix of all the old and new punk, psych, stoner, funk and more that defines Old Time Religion. Old stuff, new stuff, damn good stuff. Enjoy, and welcome!
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1808: Raw Dealings
Welcome to 2018!
Everyone has so many plans, predictions, resolutions and such that it’s easy to feel hemmed in. Like you’re in a corral with nowhere to go. As it is with all the good innovators, though, you have to take a look to either side. Look up and down. Find the weakest point and plow right through.
Here’s a list of weirdos, psychos, rabble rousers and loud motherfuckers. Here’s to a new and better year.
Vintage and modern wildness plus brand new tracks from King Gizzard, Black Delta Movement, Korto, The Men and more.
Full playlist below–> Continue reading #1801: Punching A Hole
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
2017 isn’t over but I’ll be damned if there hasn’t been some great music so far. Here’s a bunch of tunes that came out this year to put you in the mindset of a truly modern human.
Strap in and take off!
Full playlist and links to the bands below–> Continue reading #1740: I Hear Fake Voices
Over the weekend I got the opportunity to provide some digital stimulation between bands as Freelance Fiends at the Safari Room at El Cortez. Without calling anyone out I’ll say there weren’t a lot of people out that night. So I hit “record” and what you’re hearing tonight is an amalgam of the three sets I did that night.
Regular listeners will hear a lot they’ve heard on this show before, including recently. And this mix is a bit thinner than it sounded over the great sound system at El Cortez. But overall I think it’s a fun set and a chill way to spend my Saturday night. Big thanks to Super Bueno for inviting me out. Enjoy and have a safe, rad week!
Full playlist below–> Continue reading #1737: I Ain’t No Miracle Worker (live from El Cortez, Bushwick)
The veil is thin between worlds and as a guide for souls on either side I’ve teamed up with my good pal Frank Ramos (https://www.mixcloud.com/frankramos1232/) and my fellow UK broadcast cohort Atom Heart Mutha (https://www.mixcloud.com/hrhatomheartmutha/) for a scary good Halloween special as the Freelance Fiends.
There’s some new stuff and some old stuff but the focus is providing mood music for your night’s wicked adventures.
Have fun. Stay safe. Get weird.
Full playlist below–>
Continue reading #1736: Too Many Creeps (Freelance Fiends Halloween special feat. Frank Ramos & Atom Heart Mutha)
Last week in my own life were child/school issues, an impending in-law visit and a late night Bushwick gig. Here’s what’s left, mentally and aurally. I do care, but it’s a tired caring.
Brand new tunes from Buffalo Killers, Birds, and some extended rockers for this bleary, blustery day in Brooklyn.
Next week’s episode airs an hour later in the U.S. thanks to daylight savings. It’s a special Freelance Fiends Halloween episode featuring guest selectors Atom Heart Mutha and Frank from Vibrations In Sound!
Full playlist below–> Continue reading #1735: I May Care
All-vinyl show this week!
It’s been a couple months. There’s dust on the mixer, my finger’s heavy on the FX knobs. I’m working out the kinks, trying out new things. Keeps you young.
I won’t be winning any gold medals for this one but you can hear fresh tunes from The Rubs, Buffalo Killers, All Them Witches, The Evil Usses, Bonehawk & JuJu. There’s also a heaping helping of vintage soul and rock to help stave off the weight of our world’s depravity.
I’ll be spinning vinyl as Freelance Fiend at El Cortez in Bushwick this Thurs 10/19. Come hang out if you like. Click the flier for more details…
Full playlist below–> Continue reading #1734: Bronze Behavior