pink floyd

  • Thu
    Jan 29
    9:00 pm -
    10:00 pm
  • Sun
    Feb 01
    9:00 am -
    10:00 am

psychedelia is alive and well

the psychedelic musical wave of the late 60s has peaked, but its influence lives on. in fact psychedelic music is alive and well today.

tame impalathis week i'll share psychedelic sounds from the last few years.

to the left is/are tame impala. tripster yes, and they can play, write, and sing with anyone.

still based on recreating the experiences of psychedelic experiences, you may be surprised to hear psychedelic tracks from artists as diverse as r&b sylist janelle monae and country-western uber outlaw, sturgill simpson. not to mention new music from classic trippers, pink floyd.

  • Thu
    Jan 15
    10:00 pm -
    11:00 pm
  • Sun
    Jan 18
    9:00 am -
    10:00 am

more of the best of 2014

last year saw a better than average crop of exciting music. (iowa has got me waxing poetica--farm style).

royksoppfrom the beautifully haunting melodies of coldplay's "ghost stories" (yes, this is in contention for album of the year in my opinion), to the creative, semi-electronic pop of norway's royksopp [pictured], and across genres to acoustic masterpieces by robert plant and alt-j....2014 heard it all.

one of my blissful pleasures from last year was eric clapton & friends' ode to jj cale. it was a smooth, rolling pleasure.

u2 surprised a lot of people by showing that their passion hasn't faded as much as the years have. and the black keys continue to show us the force of a three-piece rock band.

  • Thu
    Dec 04
    9:00 pm -
    10:00 pm
  • Sun
    Dec 07
    9:00 am -
    10:00 am

trip to new pink floyd...

tonight...

pink floydturn on, tune in, and drop in... for some great trips down pink floyd's new cd, perfectly titled, "endless river."

that title describes their music well: you experience it like a fascinating flow of energy that keeps moving out from their primordial well of sounds...

to keep the ambient waves flowing, i'll intersperse their music with cell (the group; not the biological unit).

i've played in a few bands over the years. one of the problems with keeping the band together is whether the musicians are compatible, musically, personally. another issue is goals: one personal just wants to get together and play, another wants to record, another wants to tour. all those things can break up a band if they don't gel just right.

david gilmourthe bands i enjoyed playing with the most had great moments that transcended all those differences. that's when the music was so great that it didn't matter what else was going on. beginning at age 14 until my fuse blew and blisters burst, i've been blessed to play with some of the best musicians in the midwest, and have had more than a few of those musically transcendent moments.

since i probably won't be able to get all the bands back together again any time soon, i'm going to share our (collective) first hour setlist, featuring the original artists' live versions of the songs we used to play. 

so thanks kelly, gino, john, pat, mark, jim, mark, john, scott, joe, and myron. and everyone else. enjoy our first set vicariously...

  • Thu
    Feb 27
    9:00 pm -
    10:00 pm
  • Sun
    Mar 02
    9:00 am -
    10:00 am

20 years ago when the music was heavy

this week i take a look back at an interesting time...

it's hard to think of the mid-90s as 20 years ago. i mean that was almost the new millenium, right? that's just right over our shoulder. but there's nsoundgardeno getting around 1994 being a long time ago. sfunny how that decade just kind of flew by...i guess i must've been busy...

the year kurt colbain joined the 27 year old category in the rock n roll hall of fame, also gave us one of the greatest heavy rock albums of all time: soundgarden's "superunknown." [pictured] the music was creative, heavy, and retro, with a strong flavor of psychedelia.

1994 also featured a then-unknown virtuoso guitarist, buckethead, who took heavy guitar playing to another level of creativity and speed.

so this week, all the new age ambient mellowness i've been playing recently, recedes into the distant present, as i share the loud roots of modern hard retro-rock from 20 years ago. (though i'll sprinkle in some relative 20 year old mellowness from pink floyd, frank zappa, enigma, and the eagles).

oh yeh: you'll definitely want to catch my mashup of "hotel california" and "return to innocence."

 

  • Thu
    Aug 29
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    Sep 01
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

1973 rock-jazz fusion

zappa

by 1973 (40 years ago, believe it or not), rock musicians were starting to catch up to jazz musicians in terms of musical skill. this week i feature rock musicians who flashed some jazz-like chops and/or improvisational skills, albeit, nearly all guitar-based.

this week's artists and tracks from 1973 include steely dan's "bodhisattva," pink floyd's epic "dark side of the moon," wishbone ash's les paul electric "blowin' free (live)," the amboy dukes's instrumental masterpiece "eruption," a 9 minute, live high-energy medly by focus, frank zappa's "montana," and the who's relatively unknown "the stone." 

the length of the tracks ranges from 3 minutes to 11 minutes... to quote the opening track: look out!

the tunes...

  • Thu
    Apr 05
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    Apr 08
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

1979 - Post disco

pink floyd

i always thought there was something contrived or phone about the disco music of the 70s. and it seems that in the year 1979, the rest of the music world agreed.

there was plenty of great dance music in 1979 (sparks, michael jackson, blondie, the clash), but the music scene began to turn its back on disco: pink floyd's [right] "the wall," joni mitchell and jaco pastorius performing charles mingus jazz compositions, stevie wonder with a double album extolling the sensitivities and virtues of plants and enlightenment...

all in all, a transitional year, beginning some new directions.

the playlist.