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
This past Monday I was lucky enough to get invited to my pal Matt’s show The Rodent Hour over at Radio Free Brooklyn. The musical guest that night was Cinema Cinema, a pair of hardcore and hilarious rockers promoting their new album, Man Bites Dog.
The band have been on Rodent Hour quite a bit, and I’ve known Matt for a while so bad jokes and banter abound alongside tracks from some great Brooklyn bands. Tune in, have a blast, and dig on Cinema Cinema, baby!
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!
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.
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
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.
Full playlist below–>
Continue reading #1644: Lucky Man
Last Thanksgiving weekend my friend Frank Ramos and I decided to combine our shows for an extended aural trip we dubbed “Split The Decks” and we liked it so much we’re giving it another go.
The rules are simple: Neither of us knows what the other one is bringing, there’s no set theme, and we switch decks back and forth making selections based on the previous song.
This time we went through a wide range of funk, classic rock and pop, post-punk and even experimental ambient. Both musical explorers in our own right, Frank and I aren’t afraid to get a little weird and this set’s variety showcases that very well. Something for everyone!
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1642: Split The Decks 2016 feat. Frank Ramos
So many aspects of 2016 have been a punch in the gut, and as the year draws to a close there are some folks that warrant a respectful nod. This week’s all about dealing with it, with tunes to help you get through the madness. Nods to the late Sharon Jones, Leonard Cohen, Leon Russell and Mose Allison plus others that have fallen. On the bright side there are some fresh Beyond Beyond is Beyond releases by Sam Kogon and Chocolat. Selections from the bands I’ll be supporting at the next Garageland event as well. Plus a variety of tunes to bang your head to in lieu of banging it against the wall.
We’ll make it through this year stronger than before. Hope this helps.
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1641: Volunteers
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)
After a full week of digging for tracks I was left with a lot of good stuff that remained unspun and that’s what I brought to the tables for you today. But these leftovers are still fresh, mixed briskly with soul, psychedelic, heavy blues and more from all eras. With the election on everyone’s mind there is a…political…undercurrent to the set, but hopefully it relieves any stress that’s building up. It’ll all be over soon…
Full playlist below-> Continue reading #1639: Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere