Tuesday, March 16, 7pm
I’m taking too much time thinking about how to describe this show. It shouldn’t take this long. It should just flow, you know? The show flowed well. I had been listening to a lot of compilations during the week leading up to the show, so a lot of what you hear are from a few that stood out.
I don’t look at compilations for songs that have been previously released. Sometimes the joy of a good comp is that rare track, the alternative take (some of which is obvious why it was never released in the first place), guest musicians, and the such.
I enjoy covers a lot, and if you tune in regularly you’re aware of this. There are times when I dig deep for the original; much of the time it’s an old blues take.
There are no fewer than ten covers tonight, and a few alternate and rare takes thrown in too. Check out the Richard Hell set, featuring his early days with Tom Verlaine (Neon Boys and Television). He also recorded a record with Steve Shelley and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth: Dim Stars.
Check out the birthday tribute to Phil Lesh, who turned 81 on Monday, featuring a cavalcade of “stars” covering a rarely played Grateful Dead tune, “Unbroken Chain”. I posted the video from this session at the bottom of this post. It’s well worth the listen and the viewing.
There’s also a birthday tribute to Sly Stone who turned 78 on Monday.
I could go on and on about the sets I played, but I think you’re here for the music. In a rare twist, there aren’t any new releases in this show. Next week I’ll throw down some new music for you dig.
Fuck You, Let’s Rodeo: FEAR
I Don’t Know: Willie Mabon
Little Red Rooster: Big Mama Thornton
Beyond and Back: X
Silver Wings: The Knitters
Gold and Silver: Quicksilver Messenger Service
Brand New Day: The Staple Singers
Mack the Knife: Nick Cave
Dedication: Casey Kasem
Blank Generation (Live 1974): Television
Love Comes In Spurts: Neon Boys
Rip Off: Dim Stars
Stairway to Royalty Payments: Evolution Control Committee
The Crystal Ship: Dead Meadow
Pablo Picasso: Catholic Discipline (Live January 19, 1980 KPFK)
Jamie’s Cryin’: John Jorgenson Band ft. David Lee Roth
I’m Shakin’: The Blasters
Unbroken Chain: The Terrapin Family Band with special guests for Phil Lesh’s 81st birthday
Que Sera Sera: Sly and the Family Stone
Love Is Something: Brides of Funkenstein
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (alt take): Gil Scott-Heron
Ballad of the Soldier’s Wife: PJ Harvey
What Keeps Mankind Alive: WS Burroughs – Anthony Coleman, Selfhaters Orchestra
Why Don’t We Do It In The Road: Lydia Lunch
Good Night, Sleep Tight: Lawrence Welk Singers