jimi hendrix

  • Thu
    May 14
    7:00 pm -
    8:00 pm
  • Sun
    May 17
    7:00 am -
    8:00 am

live deep

this week, deep tracks will be completely live.

you'll hear amazing versions of songs by jimi hendrix that you've never heard live: "little wing" and "all along the watchtower."

most remarkable: santana's live "black magic stone temple pilotswoman" followed by a live version by the band that wrote the song, fleetwood mac with peter green

you'll also hear live allman brothers, and the live, unplugged version of stone temple pilots' [pictured] "plush" with one of rock's more underrated insights:

"and i feel so much depends on the weather..."


  • Thu
    Jan 10
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    Jan 13
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

the 3rd all-time best year of music!

in my countdown of the best years of music of all time, here's how the top ten looks so far:

10. 1968 moody blues

9. 1992

8. 2010

7. 1983

6. 1965

5. 1972

4. 1971

which means this week i'll present the musical reasons for what must be considered the 3rd best year of all time. admittedly, it got a lot of votes for #1, but all things considered, if you listen for the next 3 weeks, i think you'll agree with my final top 3 years of music.

without spoiling the fun by mentioning the year, let me just say this the 3rd best year featured 2 albums released by jimi hendrix, 2 by the beatles, the moody blues' [above] best album, the beach boys' best, the birth of cream, the doors, and psychedelia, the height of soul music, and the year of albums instead of singles--but there were plenty of great singles too.

  • Thu
    Jan 12
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    Jan 15
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

1968 Instrumentals

I've been surveying the year 1968 musically for the past few months. One of the great developments for which that year is properly remembered, is the extensive development of long, creative guitar-based (mostly instrumental) performances. After this week's show, you'll understand why.

Much of Jimi Hendrix's "1983, a mermaid I should turn to be," is a musical tone poem, at once floating to the bottom of the ocean and into cosmic space... either way, enjoy the float...

quicksilver messenger serviceMany of the extended guitar performances were British-blues based, such as Cream's live "Spoonful" and Fleetwood Mac's "Need your love so bad."

For me the highlight of this week's show is Quicksilver Messenger Service's masterpiece, "The fool"--a climactic way to end the show.

The songs.

  • Thu
    Dec 08
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    Dec 11
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

1968 part 3

mary hopkinThe remarkable musical year 1968 saw the first release from Todd Rundgren's group Nazz, and Welsh singer Mary Hopkin [left], who followed the success of the first record released on the Beatles' Apple Records--"Those Were the Days"--with versions in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Hungarian, and German (that's the version I play on this show).

It was also the year a number of artists released stunning second albums: Cream, Janis Joplin, and Sly & the Family Stone. And even though albums fully came into their own, singles were still going strong, with the likes of The Doors, Johnny Taylor, and Johnny Cash.

Also on this week's show is a remarkable outtake from The Beatles' White Album, written by John Lennon in India, called "Child of Nature." It'll sound familiar because the lyrics were re-written a few years later and released as an altogether different song, but this one has an innocence that wasn't there in the later version.

Here's what you'll hear.

  • Thu
    Jan 13
    11:00 am -
    12:00 pm
  • Sun
    Jan 16
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

2010 in review

I continue to review last year's music, and there's a lot of good stuff. This week you'll hear tracks from RJD2, Vampire Weekend, and Gorillaz. gorillazThey're real but they look like cartoons; Snoop Dog performs with them (he's somewhat more real, but barely).

My surprise discovery for 2010 is Emancipator. You'll appreciate their smooth, ambient style, but with more sophisticated arrangements and melodies than most ambient artists.

The surprise new artist of 2010 was Jimi Hendrix, whose long forgotten "Valleys of Neptune" was finally released.