A new Beatles song! Yay! Apparently axed from the Anthology sessions which brought us "Free as a Bird" and "Real Love", this new tune, "Now and Then", like the other two has as its basis a John Lennon voice-and-piano demo given to the other three Beatles by Yoko. Work on the 'Beatles' version was never completed (though there is talk that McCartney may yet finish and release it) but it's well worth hearing as it is. I'll be airing both the demo and work-in-progress versions somewhere around 10:30 PM Monday, 1/28.
Ryan Shaw is a young singer who has that raw, 60's-style soul music sound down like you wouldn't believe. Think Sam & Dave, Junior Walker (especially "Shotgun"--Shaw does an update called "Do the 45"), and early Temptations. A good chunk of Shaw's first album "This is Ryan Shaw" will be featured during the show.
More or less coinciding with the 27th anniversary of John Lennon's passing, but mostly just 'cause I've got a ton of recently acquired Beatles-related stuff:
1. The 'Sgt. Pepper' Multitracks. Possibly the most famous album in music history was recorded using two 4-track reel-to-reel machines. Some of the individual tracks have come to light, including those for "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", "With a Little Help from My Friends" and "A Day in the Life", and we'll be delving into them. No matter how well you know this album I promise you will hear things you never heard before.
'Bookends' 30th anniversary isn't until next year...
but I just got hold of this interesting collection of alternate (some with radically different lyrics and arrangements), demo & live versions of songs from this classic album...
so why wait?
I'll start playing the tracks somewhere around 10:30 pm Monday night.
Join the Sacred Cowboy
every Monday 10pm-midnight
for the ride of your life
Well, Lennon's birthday is actually Tuesday, Oct. 9th, but allowing for the difference in time-zones it will be Tuesday in the U.K. by the time my show airs on Monday at 10PM. So there, all you chronological nit-pickers.
I'll be featuring a lot of rare Lennon recordings, plus tracks from an album of Japanese artists interpreting Lennon songs called, coincidentally enough,
"Happy Birthday, John"
This week's Intercranial Whizbang Hour (Monday 10PM) will feature a musical salute to Labor Day, which might also be entitled, "Take This Job and Shove It".
Also: Brand-new music from Lyle Lovett, G. Love and a group you've probably never heard of, The Animal Liberation Orchestra (Imagine a contemprary Lovin' Spoonful--wonderful stuff).
Harry and the Potters are an indie wizard rock band from Norwood, Massachusetts who formed in 2002.
The band consists of brothers Joe and Paul DeGeorge. Inspired by the J.K. Rowling book series, the two band members dress and claim to be the book's titular character, Joe being Harry of Year 4, while Paul is Harry of Year 7.
In recognition of the cresting wave of Pottermania--simultaneous book and movie releases!
The Intercranial Whizbang Hour (Monday at 10 PM) will begin with a few tracks from the first two albums by Harry and the Potters, including "Voldemort Can't Stop the Rock" and "Stick It To Dolores (Umbridge)".
The one and only surviving test pressing of this album was recently discoveredin a cupboard in South Austin, Texas where it had lain for the last 19 years, all other recordings of the project have been destroyed after alleged contractual disputes arose. (Another version of the story is that Stevie and the band were not happy with the recordings and paid to have them destroyed.)
These early recordings are notable for their raw energy and rare slide guitarwork, and feature the first versions of four songs which later appeared on the Texas Flood album. Fellow Texan Lou Ann Barton takes the lead vocals on several tracks
This Monday night, July 9th, beginning at 10 PM, the Intercranial Whizbang Hour will feature The "Light My Fire" Variations.
That's right, the classic rock staple by The Doors, as interpreted by artists from a wide variety of musical genres, including reggae, bluegrass, R & B, swing, classical and the totally unclassifiable.
A half-hour excursion into strangeness that will be hard to forget (no matter how hard you try).