One of the many great lines in a great song by The Cramps on the next edition of Off The Beaten Track. This show has one great song after another on it. Many of my favorites of all time from this era. We star the show with Pigbag and they have a catchy tune you just have to move to. The Europeans do a long version of The Animal Song and it is better than the short version I played last week. Special AKA and Whambo Jamboree do some very clever lyric work. How is this for a great couplet: Love should be sweeter than candy, should be stronger than Brandy... Hah. Oh, and I must mention American Taboo with their song Ritual Breakout. "Watch what you say, watch what you do, watch where you go , watch who you know, watch what you see, watch what you feel, watch what you hear, watch..." Is that creepy or what? Can you say Prism? Anyway, the music will take the day. The G Man
...which happens to be one of the tracks for this morning's show from The Beat Of The Earth. I would describe it as rural folk or mabe even acid folk music. Most of the songs are in this vein. There is a curious song by Group 1850, an obscure band from 1968. I have the mirror image of that song from a 2012 release by eternal tapestry called 'When I Was In Your Mind'. Plus a Cedar Falls band called Fourth Floor Orange, and one of my favorite guitarists David Roback spinning through a cover of the Hendrix song 'Rainy Day, Dream Away' from a cassette tape I now use as a door stop. All the best from Cool Breeze
On Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, I previewed the series of shows I am beginning this week with 'Overture to Off The Beaten Track'. I am embarrassed that it took so long to get these committed to digital form. This is exactly the kind of music that I believe people need to hear. In fact, it is because of the music I heard on these shows that I began to dig in and find obscure releases. I recorded this music off of the radio, into a cassette player hooked up to a tuner with a small antenna on the roof of an old farmhouse between Fairfield and Libertyville. The stereo signal originated in Muscatine. So, I would imagine it sounds quite 'lo-fi'. Not to worry: the tunes themselves are timeless, and have lyric content relevant even today. All the credit goes to KFMH DJ Kerry Peace, the architect of these compilations. The voice you hear at the end of songs is Kerry's voice. He does station ID's, makes hilarious comments, and generally dispenses info about the bands. I have left in quite alot of the banter, it is part of the awesome nature of the experience.
Thanks to the extraordinary James Moore, the great team leader station manager and all aroung great man for the title of the show this week. G-Braltar rock is solid rock. With songs like 'Mushroom Cloud of Hiss' and 'Hurricane Heart Attack' you are assured of the best hard rock has to offer. The Yo La tengo song has one of the best screams in any song, ever. The Warlocks song is a three guitar wrenching of an old rusty bolt that ends up being a giddy act of God. Thats just two of the seventeen songs. If your amp goes to eleven, or if you wish it did, stop on by @ 2...The G Man
Twenty-seven, maybe twenty-eight songs coming up this week... for the good of the revolutions! Spinning tunes for you that help kick off a birthday celebration for my son Sam, who also just happens to be the person that turned me onto a lot of this music. To start the show, Big Lost Rainbow will perform 'Brothers of the Future'. First time for this band on my shows. Other first timers: Jim James, Paperhead, Phantasia, Mountain Bus, Appliance, The Crystal Stilts, and- get this -ten more bands! Yes, that's right, we are bringing it big time, folks. All killer, no filler, in the land of The G Man
Welcome to my preview of Rainbow Rider #121. We drink no wine before it's time, but this show is very very fresh. All new music from 2012 and 2013 on the show Saturday morning at 2 AM. I have been acquiring a really strong set of albums produced recently, and folks I talk to are excited about this year in music. We will begin with Steven Wilson from his 'Raven That Refused To Sing'. Jim of Seattle has a nice little novelty song called OK. Jacco Gardner from Cabinet of Curiosities, one of the three best psychedelic albums I have heard in the last year. Tom Dyer, my good bud from Green Monkey Records sings John The Revalator. And hey, the longest song is a classical piece from Vox Clamantis. Check the playlist out at midnight, and then stick around for something new. Cool Breeze
These songs have one thing in common: I wish that I had written them. I never seem to get too many days away from listening to these tunes. I have the usual suspects like The Beatles, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, and The Moody Blues. I also want you to hear Mike Nesmith, JJ Cale, The Knack, and Johnny Rivers. Country, blues, ballads, pop, and rock. Two hours of afternoon delight in the form of clever, insightful, heartfelt lyrics set to carefully crafted rock and roll. The G Man
Nothing happens in the past, this is our time, so leave us enjoy it in a bigtime way. Here is the bird's-eye lowdown on this caper, whatever that means: Neil Young dominates this show with the song 'Driftin'Back', an opus of 27:37 from his latest release Psychedelic Pill. However, that is not the best song in this segment, that honor goes to The Wallets from their 1983 release 'Catch A Falling Star', with a song called I Want To. Check out the front cover on your favorite search engine. We will actually go all the way back to 1968 for a song by the band Q 65, '80% O'. What does it mean? Also The Moody Blues, The Velvet Underground, and The White Stripes will bring it like there's no tomorrow. And they would be right, so listen in while you can, you can sleep when you're dead..... Cool Breeze
If I am lucky, I occasionally get to wander, and shown at left is a picture I snapped off in a state park in Arizona. That path led to some truly fine scenery, and the walk itself was pretty magical. I tell you this because I have two hours of wandering stories from selected artists on this weeks show. The Eagles will lead us off with an instrumental called 'Journey of the Sorcerer'. Orchestra and banjo- you gotta love it. I have Calexico, John Hartford, and CCR talking about the lost highways they've been down. The oldest song is by Roger Miller from 1965. The newest song is 'Close Your Eyes' by The Smoking Trees from their just released long player 'Acetates'. And in between you can ruminate with Bill Nelson, or Van Morrison about the road less travelled. All for the good of the revolutions, the G Man is 'in root'... join me.
What a great picture of the early lineup of the Jefferson Airplane. These people were/are a trip and a half. I was messing around on my computer listening to some live music by the band, and then I decided to put a list of songs together that I would love to hear them do in concert. This would be an extremely entertaining setlist. I have included some live recordings so you get the feel, just in case you ever have seen them live. The G Man