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Next Show: Episode #498 | 30 August 2014 show features:

New Rock Album: Spoon, They Want My Soul (2014) . . . Austin, Texas trio returns with a hot new album, funny, touching, grooving, & a great listen . . . classic rock and roll made fresh once again, as the great records do . . .

Classic Rock Album: The Byrds, Byrds (1973) . . . It has been 7 years since the original five Byrds had been together . . . expectations of this reunion were high, though what resulted was far more country rock '73 than jingle jangle '66 . . . what remains are the great harmonies, wrapping around the electrics & acoustics . . . that these musicians were able to get it together one more time, & put out one more good LP, is testament to a caring they'd never lost for their band or each other . . .

Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 29 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .

Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems & Bags End News . . . & this week's featured artists are a final few from the 1969 Woodstock Art & Music Festival, so good . . . it's been four weeks running of shows, what a dandy stretch of good music & crazy words . . .

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Show Archives:

August 23, 2014 show features:
New Rock Album: James, La Petite Mort (2014) . . . since I discovered them, this Brit rock band has featured several times on this show . . . they are so good . . . their new album is strong & its first song, "Walk Like You," is one of the best album lead-off songs EVER . . .
Classic Rock Album: Roger McGuinn, Back from Rio (1991) . . . Perhaps he was only back for a little while, but he brought along some Byrdsy friends, some Heartbreakers, some other good pals, & made a Byrds album circa 1991 that beat most of that year's competition by miles & miles & miles . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 29 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems & Bags End News . . . & this week's featured artists are more from the 1969 Woodstock Art & Music Festival, so good . . . just happy to be doing it, playing the music, sharing the groove, reading the words, thank ye, thank ye, thank ye . . .

08.23.2014 show


August 16, 2014 show features:
New Rock Album: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Hypnotic Eye (2014) . . . been awhile for these boys, but they come blazing back with their drawling rock & roll glory . . . just fantastic to hear their new high jams . . .
Classic Rock Album: The Feelies, Only Life (1988) . . . this Jersey band got compared to the Velvet Underground, & yah sorta, kinda, but not really . . . they did end this fantastic third album with a Velvets' cover, though, just for fun . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 29 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems & Bags End News . . . & this week's featured artists are from the 1969 Woodstock Art & Music Festival, the one we all wish we'd been at . . . good, high night, grateful for being at it hard, pen, micophone, every which way . . .

08.16.2014 show


August 9, 2014 show features:
New Rock Album: Nickel Creek, A Dotted Line (2014) . . . wonderful, first new album in 9 years by this legendary bluegrass group . . . they bring everything to the table, sort it out amongst themselves, & gift us with a gorgeous new album in their catalogue. . .
Classic Rock Album: Rolling Stones, Goats Head Soup (1973) . . . this is a new discovery to me, just a damned wonderful album, dark, mystical, dirty rock and roll, the Stones sounding like we still now remember they sound like . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 29 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems & Bags End News . . . & this week's featured artists are The Ramones, a last glorious helping of their rock and roll madness . . . glad it's happening tonight . . . glorious music . . .

08.09.2014 show


July 26, 2014 show features:
New Rock Album: Quilt, Held in Splendor (2014) . . . wow, this Boston band is even more beautifully trippy this second time out . . . 1966 caught in amber . . . yet it's new music, it's made now . . . eternal eternal eternal . . .
Classic Rock Album: James, Laid (1993) . . . every once in awhile I run into another album by this Brit-rock outfit . . . & it's rocking & delightful, and here it is for all of you to enjoy as well . . . loudly . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter 29 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems & Bags End News . . . & this week's featured artists are The Ramones, another helping in tribute to their punk glories . . . fucking blessed this hours prepping this show & 'casting it . . . like a wonderful finale to my work-week . . .

07.26.2014 show


July 19, 2014 show features:
New Rock Album: Old Crow Medicine Show, Remedy (2014) . . . These boys keep getting better and better, album by album . . . then see em in concert, see bluegrass blow all your rock and roll towers down . . . wow and wonderful. . .
Classic Rock Album: Bob Dylan, John Wesley Harding(1967) . . . Dylan sings & wheezes & blows of life & death & art & other matters passing on his strange genius mind . . . get on the boat, here's the ride again . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 28 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems & Bags End News . . . & this week's featured artists are The Ramones, all of whose four original members are, Kerouac's words, safe in heaven dead . . . but their music is ours & fuck yah to that . . .

07.19.2014 show


July 12, 2014 show features:
New Rock Album: Phish, Fuego (2014) . . . . . . Ahh, Phish . . their best album since 2000's Farmhouse . . . starts with the titanic title track & never lets up . . . they are on tour right now, we were lucky enough to see them locally recently . . . wow . . . wonderful band . . . great album . . . got me collecting LPs again for real. . . . . .
Classic Rock Album: The Decemberists, Her Majesty the Decemberists (2003) . . . Colin Meloy & coherts were themselves from the get-go, brilliant, crazy, fun . . . their second album boasts all sorts of characters & dramas & just dive in with gleeeeee . . . . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 28 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems & Bags End News . . . & this week's featured artists are The Flaming Lips & cuts from their great 2013 EP, Peace Sword . . . back after a month, and here's what I think I know: the world is my gift and my thank you is my art . . .

07.12.2014 show


June 14, 2014 show features:
New Rock Album: Lone Impala, Lonerism (2012) . . . This Australian band didn't strike my ears deep at first . . . but I gave this, their second album, a good listen this time around, & it stuck . . . there's lots of sweet lysergic goodness here, lots of touches that shows this young band has good ears & a lot of talent . . .
Classic Rock Album: Simon & Garfunkel, Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970) . . . Last played this album on 9/26/2004 broadcast, bringing it around again . . . as a swan song, only its own contemporary Abbey Road would compare . . . Simon would hit these wonderful rock poet heights again & again solo, but not often with his brother at his side . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 27 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems & Bags End News . . . & this week's featured artists are The Mamas and The Papas and their show-closing performance at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival . . . happy to be doing this show tonight, happy & wanting to share the music however I can . . .

06.14.2014 show


June 7, 2014 show features:
New Rock Album: The Pixies, Indie Cindy (2014) . . . It's been 13 years since the Pixies have released a new LP . . . the challenge in reuniting, in addition to the loss of bassist Kim Gordon, was both to acknowledge & ignore the passage of time . . . to resume & discover in the process what it means to do so . . . I like this album a lot, not for upholding a legacy or at least not tarnishing it . . . No, I like it as a well-made record that reminds me why I like the wiley genre-bending Pixies, & also makes me glad they are resuming their band's path ahead . . . good stuff . . .
Classic Rock Album: Seatrain, Seatrain (1970) . . . Easiest way to describe this California roots-rock band is to say they grew out of other bands from the 60s, more bluesy oriented, into something that made this beautifully played & harmonized album, produced by George Martin (his first post-Beatles production, & a good one) . . . they know how to play, they know how to sing, they have a good sense of humor, & time spent with them is sweet indeed . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 27 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems & Bags End News . . . & this week's featured artists are The Jimi Hendrix Experience and their name-making performance at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival . . . keep turning that corner, again & again, see the sun, love the clouds, keep a nose for water, tender many, sing, sing, sing . . .

06.07.2014 show


May 24, 2014 show features:
New Rock Album: Coldplay, Ghost Stories (2014) . . . Lead singer Chris Martin's heart breaks and the band makes an album as sadly beautiful as Sea Change and Blood on the Tracks . . . this is the sound of a band playing its collective heart out, and we are lucky to have it recorded for our sad pleasures . . .
Classic Rock Album: The Temptations, Psychedelic Shack (1970) . . . Legendary Motown band deep in their lysergic phase, inventing psychedelic soul for later comers like Prince to learn much from . . . so sweetly funky too . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter 27 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems & Bags End News . . . & this week's featured artists are The Who and their blow-out performance at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival . . . turn a new corner, see what good comes, try it, again, till it sticks . . .

05.24.2014 show


May 17, 2014 show features:
New Rock Album: The Black Keys, Turn Blue (2014) . . . I heard the lead track on this album last Sunday, song called "Weight of Love," and knew it would feature this weekend . . . this duo from Ohio keeps getting better and better, and more and more lysergically free . . . <
Classic Rock Album: XTC, Black Sea (1980) . . . Still kind of punky, or at least post-punky, this UK wonder of a band was already pointing toward acid rock spaces they alone would create and then come to inhabit . . . just a miracle of a band . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 26 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems & Bags End News . . . & this week's featured artists are Jefferson Airplane, and many of their great tunes, sung young and hungry from the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival . . . Some nights it has to be fought for, the beauty, the music, the meaning, and it is, and behold . . .

05.17.2014 show


May 10, 2014 show features:
New Rock Album: String Cheese Incident, Song in My Head (2014) . . . Been a long stretch since this show featured this wonderful Colorado jam band . . . their first new album in awhile is a beauty, brilliant music and jams and good high spirits . . . dance and be happy!
Classic Rock Album: The Church, The Blurred Crusade (1982) . . . Wow and wonderful, this Aussie psychedelic band as good as the best of them, and this album an early example of their jangly lysergic perfections!
Storybook Time: Chapter 26 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems & Bags End News . . . & this week's featured artists are The Byrds, and many of their great tunes from the 1966 Monterey Pop Festival . . . it was thunder storming tonight, and my love and I were by the river side, beautiful and grateful . . .

05.10.2014 show


May 3, 2014 show features:
New Rock Album: Spirit Family Reunion, No Separation (2012) . . . This New York City band is so easy to love, I love them . . . that rock and roll bluegrass of Old Crow Medicine Show, Gillian Welch, Union Station, this band takes its place among them . . . what a joy!
Classic Rock Album: R.E.M., Fables of the Reconstruction (1985) . . . For those wondering what rock and roll sounded like in the depths of the evil 1980s, look no farther . . . these Georgia boys were making it and making it wonderful . . . a miracle sound in a dark time . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 25 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems & Bags End News . . . & this week's featured artist are Big Brother & the Holding Company, the first of many great bands this show will feature in May and June from the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival . . . been awhile since the last show, so glad to be back and carry on and carry on . . .

05.03.2014 show


April 12, 2014 show features:
New Rock Album: GHQ, Crystal Healing (2007) . . . Again, like last week, an album featuring Steve Gunn, this one a group effort & a damned fine one . . . mix great musicians among all sorts of in-studio voodoo (especially Black Dirt Studio in New York) and strange chemicals and something wonderful will sometimes, as with this album, bubble up . . .
Classic Rock Album: The B-52's, Cosmic Thing (1989) . . . This album is known for "Love Shack" and "Roam," hits that helped put this Athens, Georgia high into the charts, but this record is end-to-end great tunes, & all sorts of charms of harmonies & guitars & good times along the way . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 25 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems & Bags End News . . . & this week's featured artist are Rhyton, another Black Dirt Studio-associated band, & some nice cuts from their 2012 eponymous album . . . this is the last show before I have me another birthday, and I can only say that doing this show is part of the reason I will gladly keep having them . . .

04.12.2014 show


April 5, 2014 show features:
New Rock Album: Steve Gunn, Time Off (2013) . . . Aside from playing a crucial role in the Black Dirt Oak supergroup recently featured on this show, Gunn releases his own great solo albums . . . this, his second release, is full of sweet & bite & snarl in many fine varieties . . . a confident, lyrical inspired musician at work . . .
Classic Rock Album: Supergrass, Life on Other Planets (2002) . . . Alas the breakup of this wonderful, beguilingly good UK band, in 2010 . . . some comfort in reaching back to their older material & coming up with this absolute gem of an album . . . fun, brilliant, beautiful . . . trippy gold . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 25 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems & Bags End News . . . & this week's featured artist are D. Charles Speer & The Helix, another great Black Dirt Studio band, & cuts from their brand new album, Doubled Exposure . . . there is indeed some spring in the air in recent days, a deep salve to what ails the mortal . . .

04.05.2014 show


March 29, 2014 show features:
New Rock Album: Black Twig Pickers, Rough Carpenters (2013) . . . Another great production from Black Dirt Studio in upstate New York . . . The Pickers are an old-time Appalachian band & their sound is timeless & a joy to listen to . . . if you ever wondered about the tangled roots of rock & roll, you will find some of them in this glorious playing . . . One of their members, Nathan Bowles, plays in the Black Dirt Oak supergroup (whose debut album was featured on this show last week) . . .
Classic Rock Album: Sting, The Dream of the Blue Turtles (1985) . . . Sting left the safe but combustible confines of legendary rock band The Police to make his own kind of albums . . . it was a risk, but this debut solo album shows he had all sorts of good musical ideas in hand . . . rocking, moody, jazzy . . . he tried many things, and many things worked . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 25 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems & Bags End News . . . & this week's featured artist are the brooding rockers Psychic Ills, another one of the fantastic Black Dirt Studio bands this show is currently featuring . . . "To dwell is to leave a trace"--Jorie Graham . . .

03.29.2014 show


March 22, 2014 show features:
New Rock Album: Black Dirt Oak, Wawayanda Patent (2014) . . . This is a supergroup of players whose bands are associated with the Black Dirt Studio in New York . . . it is genius, mad fucking genius . . . I listen to it with awe, & am delighted to say that the players all have their own great bands which this show will feature tonight & coming shows . . . wow! . . .
Classic Rock Album: The Gurus, The Gurus (2004) . . . This Barcelona band sounds like mid-60s London, just as inspired & good, lots & lots of show trippy blasts of sound . . . they love the sound & they do it so well . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter 25 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems & Bags End News . . . & this week's featured artist are Pigeons, another one of the fantastic Black Dirt Studio bands this show is featuring . . . wonderful stuff, & more of it to come!

03.22.2014 show


March 8, 2014 show features:
New Rock Album: Jagwar Ma, Howlin' (2013) . . . Debut album by this Australian psychedelic band . . . they have a deep sense of the groove, which makes anchors their bouncy melodies & trippy lyrics very well, & bodes well their future . . .
Classic Rock Album: Paul Simon, Hearts and Bones (1983) . . . Originally called Think Too Much, this was the Simon & Garfunkel reunion album that didn't happen, after their successful live show in Central Park New York City in 1981 . . . what it is otherwise is another great Simon solo album, & climaxes profoundly with his tribute (with Philip Glass) to John Lennon . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 24 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems & Bags End News . . . & this week's featured artists are one more batch of those who had great rock hits on the radio in 1972, including America, David Bowie, Elton John, Gilbert O'Sullivan, & Neil Young! . . . the shrooms said to me, years ago, a train crossing the Charles, Art is an open door, will never turn any away who have once walked through . . .

03.08.2014 show


March 1, 2014 show features:
New Rock Album: Beck, Morning Phase (2014) . . . I'm not sure if Beck is going backward or what . . . but I'm willing to indulge genius a bit . . . this isn't Sea Change . . . but it's pretty and mellow and there are moments when the genius looks from under heavy lids, and something new seems to occur . . .
Classic Rock Album: Old Crow Medicine Show, Old Crow Medicine Show (2004) . . . This is the Crows' first full-length LP . . . it's simple and pretty and shows the promise of so much to come . . . "Wagon Wheel" was just the beginning for these Crow boys . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter 24 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems & Bags End News . . . & this week's featured artists are more of those who had great rock hits on the radio in 1972, including Lou Reed, Steelers Wheels, Stevie Wonder, The Eagles, and The Moody Blues! . . . some weeks I am just so happy to make it to this show, feels like shore, brilliant shore . . .

03.01.2014 show


February 22, 2014 show features:
New Rock Album: Richard Thompson, Electric (2013) . . . From his first solo album last show to his most recent, 41 years between them, Thompson has stayed great & gotten even better . . . this was my album on Polly iPod to shovel lots of show while listening to, of late . . . a treasure to share . . .
Classic Rock Album: Mr. Flood's Party, Mr. Flood's Party (1969) . . . This obscure band recorded one album of wild & varied psychedelic kinds . . . there's a sweetness to the hard rocking, & the softer tunes . . . a deep love of music & yearn that it connect & heal . . . such is the desire always . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 23 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems & Bags End News . . . & this week's featured artists are some of those who had great rock hits on the radio in 1972, including Jackson Browne, Jim Croce, Loggins & Messina, Paul Simon, & Rick Nelson! . . . Snowed like madness in recent weeks, now milder hours, grateful for both, for loved ones, & for the pen in my hand that moves & moves . . .

02.22.2014 show


February 8, 2014 show features:
New Rock Album: Temples, Sun Structures (2014) . . . Fitting that this UK psychedelic band's debut album would be the first 2014 release featured on this show . . . as old school psychedelic rock as these fine youths can make it . . . and 1967 never did end, by the way . . .
Classic Rock Album: Richard Thompson, Henry the Human Fly (1972) . . . Having left the security of his legendary band Fairport Convention, this British singer-songwriter strikes out with many a strange tale of odd passions and wandering freaks . . . these kinds of compellingly beautiful songs would become the man's calling card for decades, and still. . .
Storybook Time: Chapter 23 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems & Bags End News . . . & this week's featured artist is The Pixies, & brand new cuts from their just-released EPs 1-2 . . . art is the open door and welcomes anyone who has, again, and again, and again . . .

02.08.2014 show


February 1, 2014 show features:
New Rock Album: Lord Huron, Lonesome Dreams (2012) . . . This Los Angeles based indie rock group has a kind of sweet, yearning lyrical bent . . . but their music is muscular, played with confidence & inspiration . . . like honey, sticky & gladly staying . . .
Classic Rock Album: Mason Proffit, Wanted! (1970) . . . This show featured this country rock band's second album Movin' Toward Happiness on its 9/6/2008 broadcast . . . now back to the well for their debut album . . . this band tells all sorts of compelling roughneck stories . . . their dark tune about the hangmen will probably stay with you awhile . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 22 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems & Bags End News . . . & this week's featured artist is Richard & Linda Thompson, & wonderful tunes from their November 1975 tour . . . into this show's 16th year, & I hope & intend to make it as good as the rest . . . will try again & again . . .

02.01.2014 show


January 25, 2014 show features:
Featured Album: Esbjörn Svensson Trio, Leucocyte (2008) . . . It was nearly two years ago that I happened upon this Swedish trio, & was taken with them right away . . . they reminded me some of Medeski, Martin, & Wood, in the sense that their music ranged from beautiful jazz to wild rock to chaos, & remained exciting to me no matter how often I listened to them (& I have listened to them often in that time) . . . a few months ago, their posthumous album 301 was released (which this show featured on its 8/3/2013 broadcast), showcasing more pieces from the sessions that had produced their last finished album, Leucocyte . . . shortly after those sessions, the trio's leader, pianist and composer Esbjörn Svensson, died in a scuba diving accident . . . 301 is a brilliant coda to Leucocyte, a wonderful companion piece, but it is Leucocyte that is the masterpiece . . . this album illustrates everything one would want in a psychedelic album: masterful playing, danger, adventure, sweetness, endless hopeful horizons to bring one's curiosities, on & on & on . . . it is just a wonderful pleasure to share this album with you on this anniversary show . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 22 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems & Bags End News . . . here comes another anniversary of this show, & I never take them lightly, hoping for many more without knowing for sure . . . I offer a kind remembering thank you to Radio Free Cambridge, & to Allston-Brighton Free Radio, & to SpiritPlants Radio, for keeping this show a home to call its own as it has wandered its stranger ways over the years . . . it's good to remember, & then nod, & then keep working, keep moving along . . .

01.25.2014 show


January 18, 2014 show features:
New Rock Album: Arcade Fire, Reflektor (2013) [Part Two] . . . Come along for more of this epic rock cycle as it dips into the Greek myth all artists try sooner or later, & then science, & death, & whatever else it encounters along the way . . .
Classic Rock Album: Hot Tuna, Burgers (1972) . . . Jefferson Airplane members Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady, and Papa John Creach formed this folkier rock offshoot, & showed the mothership a run for its money by the time of this third release . . . the heart & the soul are kindred, of course . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter 22 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems & Bags End News . . . & this week's featured artist is Galliard, & sweet cuts from their 1970 album, New Dawn . . . Every new year's as much as chance as every other, just a matter of how much grab one makes, & the luck in the air . . .

01.18.2014 show


January 11, 2014 show features:
New Rock Album: Arcade Fire, Reflektor (2013) [Part One] . . . I hated this Canadian band's last album, it was trite & sold millions & left me very disappointed . . . this new one makes up for that one in spades, it's heavy, it rocks, it contemplates death & it rocks! . . . all is forgiven . . .
Classic Rock Album: Janice Ian, Between the Lines (1975) . . . I've just arrived to this album, knowing the song "Seventeen" but none of the others, & wow! this is an album full of twists, turns, & many delights . . . musically delicious, Ian is also a great lyricist & tis a pleasure to feature her work, first of many times, no doubt . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 21 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems & Bags End News . . . & this week's featured artist is The Ventures, a largely forgotten guitar combo from long ago, & tasty cuts from their 1967 Super Psychedelics . . . oh into the new year & see what comes, why not the best more often than not? Why not?

01.11.2014 show


December 14, 2013 show features:
New Rock Album: The Black Crowes, Before the Frost . . . Until the Freeze (2009) [Part Two] . . . here is the second half of this terrific album . . . it's the kind of record that quickly becomes familiar & loved in one's ears . . . glad to be sharing this music as the last new offering of 2013 . . .
Classic Rock Album: Pete Townshend, White City (1985) . . . Now if Townshend had released this as a Who album, it would have been hailed as the amazing rock album . . . as it was, it had a moment, a brief hit or two, came & went . . . but truth be told, it is a fierce, musically wild quasi-concept album that starts big & only gets bigger . . . happy to play this one for my passed-on friend JBIII, he'll be rocking in the stratosphere!
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 21 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems & Bags End News . . . & this week's 11th annual holiday broadcast concludes this year's run of shows . . . thank you for listening, enjoy your Season of Lights, blessed be now & always :)

12.14.2013 show


December 7, 2013 show features:
New Rock Album: The Black Crowes, Before the Frost . . . Until the Freeze (2009) [Part One] . . . I missed the boat on this fantastic double album, until recently . . . this week's show features the first half . . . many many delights . . . the Crowes are a band that put on one of the finest parties around, smart, funny, heartfelt, great jamming . . . the album was recorded before a live audience at Levon Helm's Woodstock, New York studio . . . what a lucky bunch those listeners were!
Classic Rock Album: The Feelies, The Good Earth (1986) . . . This show recently featured this New Jersey band's great reunion album from 2011 . . . now a deep dive into their catalogue brings this, their second album, the one I first heard them by . . . it's a great big guitars album, wonderful, & its highlight of many is "Slipping (Into Something)," a song so vast it matches the best work of their heroes, the Velvet Underground . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter 21 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems & Bags End News . . . & this week's featured artist is The Cure, another helping of their great tunes (first helping came on this show back on 6/17/2006!) . . . oh & a couple of tunes for the season, though next week's last show of the year will get way more into the seasonal music!

12.07.2013 show


November 23, 2013 show features:
New Rock Album: The Feelies, Here Before (2011) . . . This Jersey band was big on the college charts in the '80s before disbanding . . . recent years there's been a reunion & this album is the fine result . . . they still rock in their enigmatic way, charging guitars, sugary harmonies . . . welcome back, boys . . .
Classic Rock Album: Tommy James & the Shondells, Travelin' (1970) . . . Known for such great rock hits as "Mony Mony" & "Crimson & Clover," this band out of Michigan put out some fine full albums as well . . . this album was their last, their heaviest, & one of their best . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 20 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems & Bags End News . . . & this week's featured artist is It's a Beautiful Day, & some prime cuts from their 1970 album Marrying Maiden . . . This show started in 1999 on Boston underground radio, where it lasted until 2002 . . . 2003 was its return to the air, but of cyberspace this time, & a worldwide audience potential . . . I enjoy doing it as much as I did ten years ago, & am far more grateful, in some ways . . .

11.23.2013 show


November 16, 2013 show features:
New Rock Album: The Head & the Heart, Let's Be Still (2013) . . . Second release from this Seattle band, & I was slow warming to it . . . but there is a warmth & flesh to this body of songs that eventually envelopes the patient ear, & rewards many times over . . . so now I share its beauties . . .
Classic Rock Album: The Police, Reggatta de Blanc (1979) . . . Oh, I loved me some Police back in their heyday, smart, sensual, sometimes pissed off postpunk that just fucking rocked no matter what it was called . . . this second album finds the Brit trio trying all sorts of things on to see what fits, & discovering they can be funny, empathetic, whatever they want to be in a given hour . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 20 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems & Bags End News . . . & this week's featured artists are some of those bands on tour who on or about October 27 took the time to express their love for the passing of Lou Reed by rocking the hell out in his honor . . . the sweet smell of this season is as fine as its soft feel in the air . . . blessed to pass through . . .


11.16.2013 show


November 9, 2013 show features:
New Rock Album: The Avett Brothers, Magpie & the Dandelion (2013) . . . The songs on this album were recorded in the same sessions that produced 2012's wonderful The Carpenter album . . . sequel, continuation, whatever word, the music is sweet & stellar, the lyrics are strange, high, sad, playful . . . another happy success from the North Carolina brothers & their mates . . .
Classic Rock Album: Billy Joel, The Stranger (1977) . . . Surely this album leapt Joel into the status of rock superstar, where he would remain for at least a decade . . . there are both better-known & more obscure treats to be found . . . "Vienna" is where I found much comfort in my youth . . . And I recall with memory's pleasure seeing Joel & his band play out "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" on stage some 25+ years ago . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 20 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems & Bags End News . . . & this week's featured artists are some of the groups from 1994's Fifteen Minutes: A Tribute To Velvet Underground . . . The Velvets' Lou Reed just passed on October 27, but his music with VU & beyond will remain for a long, long time . . .

11.09.2013 show


November 2, 2013 show features:
New Rock Album: Blitzen Trapper, VII (2013) . . . Raucous new release by this alt-country band featured many times on this show . . . Pretty music at times, bluegrassy, then rocking, then hicksy country-ish . . . all so well played there's no doubt of the musical firepower blowing out . . .
Classic Rock Album: Harry Chapin, On the Road to Kingdom Come (1976) . . . Come November, come time for a Harry Chapin album . . . I remember being 17 & fascinated by the strange narratives on this record . . . I still find them compelling but also realize just how fine the music itself is, Chapin & his band being in fine form on every cut . . . the music you hear young begins the path of your later listening, no matter how tangly it gets . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 20 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Clouds, a late-'60s Scottish band who never quite made it, & cuts from their two albums . . . I've often felt November to be my most native month, the colors, the cool air, the sense of endings . . . pleasurable melancholy . . .


11.02.2013 show


October 19, 2013 show features:
New Rock Album: Cage the Elephant, Melophobia (2013) . . . The 1/22/2011 episode of this program featured some really cool songs by the Kentucky band . . . now comes their third album & this time to showcase the whole album . . . worked up, passionate, fun, bouncy rock and roll, clever, blowing out doors in all directions . . . funkeee!
Classic Rock Album: Warren Zevon Warren Zevon (1976) . . . Most know this Los Angeles singer-songwriter from that fun but silly "Werewolves of London" song, but his music goes far beyond that song's simple charms . . . dark, smart, cynical, & surrounded by a fantastic supporting cast on this, his debut album . . . delicious stuff . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter 20 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artists are some more of those who had great rock hits in 1974, including Wings, Gordon Lightfoot, the Rolling Stones, the Eagles, and ELO! . . . some hours are like pushing that rock up that old hill, others are a view from beyond rock, hill, & sky itself . . .

10.19.2013 show


October 12, 2013 show features:
New Rock Album: The Veils, Time Stays, We Go (2013) . . . This is the third album featured on this show from this bouncy UK band . . . their music is full of intimate atmospheres & big venue shouts . . . delicious & mind-swallowing . . . every time I hear new music of theirs I'm reminded how good they are . . .
Classic Rock Album: Lou Reed, New York (1989) . . . Back in '89, I was hanging around & sometimes working in a used bookstore and record store and comics store and porn store and headshop, housed in a great big barn . . . the manager seemed to know everything about rock music and I think he was the one who got me into the Velvet Underground . . . we were lucky at the time that Lou Reed was deciding to rock in Velvets-like ways on his new album . . . literate, profane, funny, tender . . . this one will charm you on down . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 19 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artists are some of those who had great rock hits in 1974, including Eric Clapton, Steely Dan, Elton John, BTO, & David Essex! . . . I think if one cannot enjoy the brilliant colors & air of autumn, all that's left is the bare biting come of winter . . .

10.12.2013 show


September 28, 2013 show features:
New Rock Album: Mazzy Star, Seasons of Your Day (2013) . . . This duo's last album was 1996's awesome Among My Swan . . . so it's been awhile . . . their new album shows no rust or wear or really any passage of time for this band . . . its many beauties & mysteries resume & carry along
Classic Rock Album: The Decemberists, Castaways and Cutouts (2002) . . . First album by this Portland, Oregon band & they arrived fully fleshed to the unique, strange, charming, wonderful band they are . . . return to these early songs & love them again, or meet them the first time & see if their spell lures you . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter 19 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Billy Bragg & Wilco & one more batch of songs from the legendary Mermaid Avenue sessions . . . Art saves my life & sanity again & again & again . . .

09.28.2013 show


September 21, 2013 show features:
New Rock Album: Tribes, Wish to Scream (2013) . . . Ah, this lovely British band, last heard in 2011 with their delicious debut album Tribes . . . now back and goodness me are they full of fresh new tunes! Tasty and tastier song after song . . . what a treat! . . .
Classic Rock Album: The Waterboys, Fisherman’s Blues (1988) . . . Last played on this show on 10/15/2005, this legendary Irish band celebrates the album's 25th anniversary by touring it around Europe later this year . . . my beloved and I were lucky enough to catch the Boston leg of their current tour . . . so wonderful . . . playing this magical work again in thanks and thanks and thanks to Mike Scott and his traveling musical companions . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter 19 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Billy Bragg & Wilco and more songs from the legendary Mermaid Avenue sessions . . . just to make Art forever and ever and thank ye thank ye . . .

09.21.2013 show


September 14, 2013 show features:
New Rock Album: Annuals, Time Stamp (2013) . . . This North Carolina band hit some hard times in the last few years, losing their record contract & commercial way . . . but they reconvened to make these songs & they are brilliant, beautiful, heartbreaking, & we can hardly be as thankful as they are that before they hung it up, they let them pour forth . . . Thank you, Annuals, thank you . . .
Classic Rock Album: Manfred Mann's Earth Band, The Roaring Silence (1976) . . . Featuring the 70s FM staple "Blinded by the Light," this album is pretty, prog-ish, tripsy, & feels like walking through an autumnal forest, high enough to be paying attention to every passing moment . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 18 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Billy Bragg & Wilco who decided in 2012 to drop another full album of brilliant songs from the legendary Mermaid Avenue sessions . . . Sing away, sing away, sing away & give thanks . . .

09.14.2013 show


August 31, 2013 show features:
New Rock Album: The Dodos, Carrier (2013) . . . Last featured on this show 10/10/2009 with the brilliant A Time to Die, this band's new album is moody, sometimes nicely loud, & just plain enigmatic, playing, in short, to all their strengths as a band . . .
Classic Rock Album: George Harrison, Cloud Nine (1987) . . . Harrison took some years off from recording, & came back fresh & full of new tunes, especially benefiting from his work with Jeff Lynne . . . The song "When We Was Fab" is worth the ticket admission alone, but the whole album is full of goodies . .
Storybook Time: Chapter 18 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Dan Fogelberg, & another helping from his classic 1981 double-LP, The Innocent Age . . . "And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you" -Nietzsche. . .

08.31.2013 show


August 24, 2013 show features:
New Rock Album: Rogue Wave, Nightingale Floors (2013) . . . Been awhile since this Oakland band's been featured on this show, since the 11/17/2007 broadcast . . . their new album, which features several recently joined members to the band, is one of their best yet, rocks & rings with the urgency of a group who have to be making the music they are making, right now . . . in other words, the only kind worth making or listening to . . .
Classic Rock Album: U2, The Joshua Tree (1987) . . . This was the pinnacle of classic U2, the righteous, brilliant Irish band, looking around the world & having a lot to say, with loud, loud guitars on hand . . . they owned the rock and roll world at this moment & knew it, & tried to do some good with their fame & influence . . . while they would travel many strange, & increasingly mediocre, paths later, return for awhile to when they pretty much could do no wrong . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 17 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Dan Fogelberg, & a first helping from his classic 1981 double-LP, The Innocent Age . . . sometimes you stumble for a long moment, clear your head, look around, find worth in getting up & getting along . . .

08.24.2013 show


August 17, 2013 show features:
New Rock Album: Mother Mother, The Sticks (2012) . . . This Canadian band's new album flies out of the speakers from the first song, & never really quits . . . jumping, rocking, harmonies crashing in every which-a-way, I think the song "Infinitesimal" is about the craziest good poppy song I've heard in a long while . . . fun music with a good deep bite . . .
Classic Rock Album: Dream Syndicate, Medicine Show (1984) . . . Continuing along in this month's exploration of the Paisley Underground comes another helping from this Los Angeles band . . . their second album was less trippy, more country-ish rocking but it didn't really matter because the songs are all strong and fine & hit the ears smooth and sweet . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 17 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artists are those Paisey Underground band members (including Dream Syndicate, The Three O'Clock, Rain Parade & The Bangles) who recorded the 1984 Rainy Day tribute to their '60s rock heroes . . . ended up finishing this announcement from the Eastern Donutshop in ZombieTown, Mass, my old stomping grounds . . . how nice when the remembered & the current moment twist up new . . .

08.17.2013 show


August 10, 2013 show features:
New Rock Album: Shpongle, Museum Of Consciousness (2013) . . . Oh, it's good to welcome this unique group back, & to hear them making their unique sounds of the dancing shaman . . . there is a moment in this terrific album where they tease a little bit of the Twin Peaks theme, just for fun . . . not many groups could do that, just for fun, that is . . .
Classic Rock Album: Gillian Welch, Soul Journey (2003) . . . Gillian & her partner David Rawlings make music for the ages, conjure stories of desire & struggle & bereftness . . . sometimes called bluegrass, sometimes called Americana, & these are not unhelpful descriptors . . . yet, just listen, let time fall away, worry & gadgets . . . they sing what must be sung . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 17 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is the Three O'Clock, another helping of their trip-candy tunes as part of this month's attention to the Paisley Underground . . . August is my magic month from my youth & tapping into that magic anew this time around . . . hoping to share some around too . . .

08.10.2013 show


August 3, 2013 show features:
New Rock Album: Esbjörn Svensson Trio, 301 (2012) . . . I discovered E.S.T. last year, some years after their leader died in a tragic accident. . . their music is what you could call jazz-rock-electronic fusion, or something else . . . I'd say think of Bitches Brew-era Miles Davis, or groups like Medeski, Martin, & Wood (who I think of as their American soul brothers) & Phish . . . in other words, many genres or just no genres whatsoever . . . I did not know about this 2012-released album until very recently . . . it is a companion piece to their brilliant 2008 release, Leucocyte (being music from the same sessions, but not released until now) . . . am choosing to introduce this show's audience to E.S.T. by starting at the very end of their career, then moving backwards into it over time . . . this album is beautiful, magical, sweet, harsh, brilliant, & I am happy it exists, & I am happy to share it on this episode . . .
Classic Rock Album: Green on Red, Gas Food Lodging (1985) . . . Thus begins another swoop into the Paisley Underground . . . This Arizona band twists together a kind of country-punk sound many years before most anyone else did . . . their songs are fun, rowdy, dark, leave you with a sense of having been somewhere strange but worth the trip . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter 17 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Don McLean, most well known for the classic single "American Pie" but with a whole slew of other golden nuggets in his sack . . . August is for me a time to look back into the depths of my self-lava, but I keep it balanced by making sure my steps keep moving along too . . .

08.03.2013 show


July 20, 2013 show features:
New Rock Album: Surfer Blood, Pythons (2013) . . . These Florida pop-punksters are back with an album of jumpy, rocking tunes, rife one way and another with relationship troubles and angst . . . they make the sadness of broken romance sound much more musically appealing than it is . . .
Classic Rock Album: Jefferson Airplane, Takes Off (1966) . . . Before there was Grace Slick, there was Signe Toly Anderson, and the band belonged to Marty Balin . . . It's a jangling delight, worth it alone just to hear the Airplane do its take on "Get Together" . . . more mid-Beatles than LSD, but worth hearing . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 15 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Gordon Lightfoot, a second helping from the Canadian troubadour . . . wow, it's been hot lately . . . drink water, find shade, Nature rewards the self-preserving . . .

07.20.2013 show


July 13, 2013 show features:
New Rock Album: Beady Eye, BE (2013) . . . Liam Gallagher & his mates have released a second fine album, really fine . . . no brother Noel, it's not quite Oasis, but it is very very good. . . I don't know if Oasis will ever play again, but I do know that if Beady Eye was any other group of musicians, nobody would be griping . . . give this musical goodness its chance & decide . . .
Classic Rock Album: Donovan, Barabajagal (1969) . . . I've always liked Donovan's singles from the '60s a lot, but never found a full album I could embrace, until I stumbled on this one . . . on a few songs he jams with the Jeff Beck Group, a plus of course, but overall it seems he goes for a heavier sound & hits it song after song . . . a complete pleasure . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter 15 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is The Postal Service, & tracks from their excellent 2003 album, Give Up . . . lately been delving into old notebooks to see what's in that murk . . . come away with refreshed memories & happiness to be here now . . .

07.13.2013 show


July 6, 2013 show features:
New Rock Album: Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City (2013) . . . Been trying to like this New York City band for awhile & not quite . . . until this record . . . still a bit cartoonish & hipsterly weird at times, but much more of a powerful musical statement where the ambitions are higher & the victories of finally getting it right come again & again . . . this is a really good record . . .
Classic Rock Album: Neutral Milk Hotel, On Avery Island (1996) . . . Another band I kept in mind, & here they are, in an album I can't hype enough & say WOW this is good . . . a bit of Syd Barrett, Nick Lowe, even Elliott Smith . . . some good acid . . . & a lot of great musicianship & craft . . . now I get the deep fondness people have for Jeff Magnum's records . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 14 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is John Mellencamp, another helping of some of his best tunes . . . like Seattle some years ago, doing the show again at night, see how it flies this way . . .

07.06.2013 show


June 15, 2013 show features:
New Rock Album: Milk Carton Kids, The Ash & Clay (2013) . . . Been following this California folk duo since seeing them open for Old Crow Medicine Show in Maine last year . . . this, their third album, builds & continues their brightly musical, darkly lyrical work . . . some compare them to Simon & Garfunkel, apt if one does not press it too hard . . . each's path is its own . . .
Classic Rock Album: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Hard Promises (1981) . . . Wow, rock and roll, Tom & the boys are in fullest form here, whether romantic laments or strange tales, they blow out every willing speaker, give it all, with a fine sneer of good humor . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 14 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Temples, a young UK psychedelic band I lucked into with just a couple of great EPs to show so far . . . summer comes on with hot breath & teeth, will do what it can whilst it's here, lets up slowly . . . dig in . . .

06.15.2013 show


June 8, 2013 show features:
New Rock Album: Boards of Canada, Tomorrow's Harvest (2013) . . . It's been 7 years since this Scottish band's last EP, the great Trans Canada Highway & 8 years since their last full album, the wonderful Campfire Headphase . . . some groups release albums that one must get to know over time, like a new land or an elaborate set of clothing . . . their new album sounds like them, like a continuity of their sound, while at the same time its sounds are novel, are interesting for having just arrived . . . this is what they call a headphones album, for the greater attention one gives, the more there is in there . . .
Classic Rock Album: The Church, Heyday (1986) . . . This show has featured many albums by this great Aussie psychedelic band, but this one is the earliest so far from from their long discography . . . the brooding jingle jangle is in its lovely exuberant youth . . . I remember happily when I first found The Church's music in the late '80s I would roam from record store to record store scrounging for every last LP with their name on it . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter 14 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is the Holy Mackerel, a bright bouncy psychedelic pop band that released one album in 1968 . . . some days you wake up & know things will only be better by the shaping of your hand & your mind, & that little bit of luck the Universe sometimes grants out . . .

06.08.2013 show


June 1, 2013 show features:
New Rock Album: moe., What Happened to the La Las (2012) . . . I've long known of this New York jamband, but somehow not given them good attention till now . . . they are jammers, but they are even more rockers, bringing a heavy but melodic sound to their songs, lyrical deftness, & a finely made artistic spirit . . . good stuff to discover & keep an ear out for more . . .
Classic Rock Album: Heatmiser, Mic City Sons (1993) . . . This was Elliott Smith's Portland, Oregon-based band before he went solo . . . had he stuck with them, they likely would have made it big as indie rockers as they make deftly tuneful songs & know how to bring the hard stuff as well as the softer . . . this album was their third & last, showing off best how good they were, & teasing what might have been . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 13 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is the short-lived but boogie-filled UK band Juicy Lucy, some of whose members had previously been in The Misunderstood (featured on this show's 6/6/2012 broadcast) . . . the heat has come to New England, the green of spring giving way in turn to the hard browning of summer . . . Bungalow Cee settles digs in for long days of sun . . .

06.01.2013 show


May 18, 2013 show features:
New Rock Album: Teenage Fanclub, Shadows (2010) . . . Been since the 7/23/2005 show that this Scottish band has been featured here . . . somehow I missed their 2010 release but here it is & it's fine as fine can be . . . sweet rockers, sweet harmonies, the dark undertow that keeps the music rooted & makes it even better . . . what a fine, fine record . . .
Classic Rock Album: Built to Spill, Ultimate Alternative Wavers (1993) . . . This show has featured a number of this great Idaho band's recent albums, but this time around it's their first album that gets the spotlight . . . an hour long, yet only ten songs, yet this album just blows me out the doors! messy, loud, pretty in a scruffed up sort of way, a garage-y punkish glory of a thing, surely the result of many bongs, many shrooms, & a great deal of talent & vision . . . behold its wonders . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 13 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Elton John, more fine tunes from his glory years . . . lucky me, I spent the morning at a table once driftwood, looking out to morning trees & flowers, readying this show in complete calm, fine focus . . .

05.18.2013 show


May 11, 2013 show features:
New Rock Album: The Mountain Goats, Transcendental Youth (2012) . . . I missed out on this California band until recently when a chance listening to this new album floored me, a romping, delightful time, all sorts of treats to be enjoyed on this record. . .
Classic Rock Album: Oasis, (What's the Story) Morning Glory? (1995) . . . It took me awhile to give the early Oasis records some attention, which I have, & this album stands out for its energy & artistry beginning to end . . . Oasis is a band that deserves the attention they get . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 13 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Fleetwood Mac & songs from their just-released EP. . . this is show number 450, which is a perplexing number of shows to have done, & yet there are so many more to come . . .

05.11.2013 show


May 4, 2013 show features:
New Rock Album: Flaming Lips, The Terror (2013) . . . On their 13th record, the Lips peer into the abyss & reports what is peering back . . . a sonically lovely work, one of those rarities that makes existential mullings into rock & roll bliss . . . the Lips bring the power every time out . . .
Classic Rock Album: Grateful Dead, Wake of the Flood (1973) . . . The Dead had lost Pigpen, their beloved bluesy keyboardist, but kept along with Keith & Donna Godchaux coming on board . . . among the classics on this record are the gorgeous "Eyes of the World" (favorite of my acid guru Hartlee), & the epic "Weather Report Suite" . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter 13 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is a second helping (the first was back on 3/25/2006) of rocking sweets from the Electric Light Orchestra . . . there are greening things all around Bungalow Cee, the springtime compelling one to look & love & yearn . . .

05.04.2013 show


April 20, 2013 show features:
New Rock Album: The House of Love, She Paints Words in Red (2013) . . . This British indie rock band has been around since the mid-80s, & their new album shows them still pushing hard at mysterious heart of rock music . . . their music is sweet, spicy, & moves the hips around . . .
Classic Rock Album: Radiohead, OK Computer (1997) . . . This was the album that first made Radiohead a rock legend . . . a cybernetic rock masterpiece that both coalesced & anticipated 21st century's fusion of music & machine . . . yet be not confused: this album thumps from hands & hearts, deep dreams & hard wants . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 12 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & the week's featured artists are some of those featured on the fine 1990 anthology Where The Pyramid Meets The Eye: A Tribute to Roky Erickson . . . 4/20, ahh, & so much hope that lighting up with the green goddess will one day soon be a free play for all . . .

04.20.2013 show


April 13, 2013 show features:
New Rock Album: Dawes, Stories Don't End (2013) . . . This Los Angeles band is back with a pretty, moody, smartly emotional new record . . . they are a band that conjure their songs with passion's crafts, & the many pleasures these tenderings to the details result . . .
Classic Rock Album: Simon & Garfunkel, Sounds of Silence (1966) . . . S&G were one of the pioneers of folk-rock, which came on powerfully in the mid-60s, combining the strengths of poetical folk song lyrics & the deep drive of rock & roll . . . this album was their second, & their wings were already extending wide & wider . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 12 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & the week's featured artists are some of those featured on new collection The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver . . . this show from a new locale, with a train visible out the window, but intended to be what it is as always . . .

04.13.2013 show


March 23, 2013 show features:
New Rock Album: Impossible Shapes, Impossible Shapes (2008) . . . This Indiana psychedelic rock band called it quits in 2009, just after released their fine, & final, & eponymous, album . . . their songs are strange, & fun, rock out sweetly, & let it roll with the best of them . . .
Classic Rock Album: Mercury Rev, Deserter's Songs (1998) . . . This album is delightful, otherworldly, a dream suite of tunes that passes as though in a mere breath . . . renewing my listening to this album after many years, I had to spin it through three times, just to be sure . . . yes, its lovely mysteries hold . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 12 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Susan Christie, & wonderful trippy nuggers from her sole album, 1970's Paint a Lady . . . yes, spring has come, yes, snow remains on the ground, yes, there is burgeoning green everywhere!

03.23.2013 show


March 16, 2013 show features:
New Rock Album: Godspeed You! Black Emperor, 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend (2012) . . . This album marks the first time I have been happily swallowed whole by a "post-rock" band . . . this Montreal band creates an epic 4-song record that pounds & strokes, sweeps widely over the sonic landscapes . . . quite an amazing work . . .
Classic Rock Album: XTC, Mummer (1983) . . . This album came just after Andy Partridge had a breakdown, & the band had retired from tour . . . it marked their turn from postpunkers to classic rockers, though their music is so their own that the labels are only so helpful . . . Partridge is a master lyricist & his band in great form . . . this mostly-acoustic confection ends with "Funk Pop a Roll," one of the loudest, angriest, best songs XTC ever released . . . you boys are still missed . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter 12 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & the week's featured artist is Stevie Wonder, & a selection of tunes from his great 1972 album, Talking Book . . . oh so close to spring & a release to the green, the world ever & ever & ever moving along . . .

03.16.2013 show


March 9, 2013 show features:
New Rock Album: Frightened Rabbit, Pedestrian Verse (2013) . . . Every few years, these Scottish boys put out a new album of big & soft anthems, aggressive, sensitive, sometimes pretty tuneful, sometimes they pound away . . . they give their news of matters close to their hearts, things they see & feel . . . a heavy delight . . .
Classic Rock Album: The Jayhawks, Hollywood Town Hall (1992) . . . Reaching back to the early of these great Minnesota alt-rockers . . . easy to lose happily in the harmonies, the lyrics, the music, or a far-spreading cocktail of all three . . . this is a band to discover or re-discover for the uplift their music will bring . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 11 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & the week's featured artist is Bruce Damer, a good friend of mine, and the "Conscious Universe" rap he did at Burning Man 2003 . . . ah, those old days in the desert . . .

03.09.2013 show


March 2, 2013 show features:
New Rock Album: Atoms for Peace, Amok (2013) . . . This album is Radiohead's Thom Yorke plus Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, & a few others, but it is a Radiohead-sound vision with Flea thumping low . . . some say the atmosphere is what is important here, I'm not sure . . . maybe it's more than Yorke is working out some Radiohead ideas for albums to come. . .
Classic Rock Album: Yo La Tengo, Painful (1993) . . . I knew little of this New Jersey band with the funky name until recently, but have since found them to be a rocking delight . . . noise & melodies mixed on this album gives them, to my ears a Velvet Underground feel . . . beautiful feedback time occurs often . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 11 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Forever Amber & songs from their delicious 1969 sole release, The Love Cycle . . . it's leaving winter time soon & there's more leaving than that going on . . . good kind though . . .

03.02.2013 show


February 16, 2013 show features:
New Rock Album: Green Day, ¡Tre! (2012) . . . The conclusion of Green Day's trio of albums released last fall & winter . . . the boys know how to rock and roll with the best of them, but there is in their recent music a lure to the mellow, the ballad, the sweet, & this is as good a trend as that they can turn up the amps still & go . . . Green Day are finding their own path as always, & one worth following them as they go . . .
Classic Rock Album: Richard & Linda Thompson, Pour Down Like Silver (1975) . . . At this time the Thompsons were pursuing interest in Sufism, & there are stories that some in their faith did not like their pursuits of music, particularly Richard's electric guitar . . . from this distance, one can only dismiss the tales & say this album is a brilliant, beautiful piece of work & thank them for it . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter 11 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Rainbow Ffolly, a short-lived psychedelic pop English band, & cuts them their only album, 1968's Sallies Fforth. . . the snow remains, more comes, & New England is as deep & lovely as ever below it . . .

02.16.2013 show


February 9, 2013 show features:
New Rock Album: Camper Van Beethoven, La Costa Perdida (2013) . . . CVB did not have to get together & make new music, they have many albums' worth already . . . but they did, & the love of playing with each other, & chasing new spaces, is happily evident . . . they are the rare band that in their music both acknowledge the long time between albums (their last new one was in 2004), & yet pick up the slack easily, readily, & masterfully . . .
Classic Rock Album: The Mandrake Memorial, Puzzle (1969) . . . The third & last of this Philadelphia-based acid rock group, & it is their best . . . their songs are still sweet at heart, but have now become at times so deeply psychedelicized that one is left deeply, & happily, adrift at times . . . a real treat, & one worth finding its way into the next century from its origins . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 10 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Mortimer, one of those brief poppy flashes from long ago, & cuts from their self-titled (& only) 1968 album . . . New England is buried in snow right now, & it is lovely, & primal . . .

02.09.2013 show


January 26, 2013 14th anniversary show features:
Featured Album: Harry Chapin, Dance Band on the Titanic (1977) . . . This was Harry Chapin's seventh studio album, a double-album, like a great grand building of songs . . . stories of disintegrating relationships, lonely souls of many kinds, struggling to survive, prosper, understand . . . When I was 17, & my idols were Harry & Billy Joel, this was an album I listened to many, many times . . . listening to it even now brings me back years & miles to those hours . . . yet now I see more into this music, the ways in which Chapin's artistry integrated his own life's struggles into the stories he sang . . . he was famous, yet fame could taste metallic . . . yet he strived to do all he could to shape musical meaning & comfort from mortal chaos . . . it's his late masterpiece, & worth your time . . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter 10 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . so this is my show's 14th anniversary broadcast, & it is a marvel to have reached such a milestone . . . reassuring that the task each time is the same, & I know the tools & the path to complete it . . . & I do so with gratefulness for these lovely hours spent . . .

01.26.2013 show


January 19, 2013 show features:
New Rock Album: Robbers on High Street, Hey There Golden Hair (2011) . . . These Brooklyn boys knows how to spin out tunes made of the strangest luring sugar, songs surreal to the touch, but toe-tappy as all . . . another indie rock success for Brooklyn USA . . .
Classic Rock Album: Yes, Relayer (1974) . . . Despite the absence of Rick Wakeman, replaced by Patrick Moraz, Yes beautifully churns out three epic pieces, a little mad, a little sweet, a lot of good rocking and rolling . . . this is prog rock in its first glories . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 9 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artists are more of those to be found on the delightful More Oar: A Tribute to Alexander "Skip" Spence from 1999 . . . this broadcast completes the 14th year of this show . . . how much of the world has come & gone & changed in that time . . . anniversary episode next time around! . . .

01.19.2013 show


January 12, 2013 show features:
New Rock Album: Band of Joy, Band of Joy (2010) . . . I overlooked this album upon its release, but some recent listening to Led Zeppelin led me back to it . . . wow, such a treasure . . . Plant collaborates with Patty Griffin & Buddy Miller, among others, to create a Zep-ishly-spooky-at-times Americana trove of old covers & traditional tunes . . . Plant is still chasing his muse, both in full flower, & the paths ever more varied, strange, & wonderful . . .
Classic Rock Album: Tages, Studio (1967) . . . You would not know this band is from Sweden, so artfully do they create this mid-Beatles-era record . . . & they do it well, with all manner of pretty harmonies & trippy flourishes . . . there seems no end to the brilliant but forgotten bands of those years, dig a little deeper, more shine to find . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter 9 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artists are some of those to be found on the delightful More Oar: A Tribute to Alexander "Skip" Spence from 1999 . . . here is the first show of 2013, closing in on 14 years of doing this show, still the flutters, still the delights . . .

01.12.2013 show


December 8, 2012 show features:
New Rock Album: The Flaming Lips, The Flaming Lips & Heady Fwends (2012) . . . Them crazy boys got together over recent time with some famous and sorta famous folks to eventually compile this long, fascinating album . . . with help from artists like Bon Iver, Yoko Ono, & Jim James, not to mention stranger but no less successful collaborations with Ke$ha & Biz Markie, this album presents an epic ride worth taking where them Lips fellers go . . .
Classic Rock Album: Camper Van Beethoven, Telephone Free Landslide Victory (1985) . . . Speaking of crazy boys, CVB was doing the crazy long, long ago, & as well & often better than anyone since . . . their debut album packs every weird musical & lyrical idea they could fit into one LP, leaving spill over for future releases . . . wonderful, wonderful . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 8 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's 10th annual holiday broadcast concludes this year's batch of shows, gosh, fun as always . . . fun to do it if nobody tuned in, glad some do, enjoy your own Season of Lights, do :)

12.08.2012 show


December 1, 2012 show features:
New Rock Album: Green Day, ¡Dos! (2012) . . . This is the second album of a three-album run from America's favorite power punkers . . . they are as bouncy & foul-mouthed as ever, with a nice dose of acoustic melody . . . looking forward to the third helping soon . . .
Classic Rock Album: R.E.M., Green (1988) . . . Back at the time of its release, this album was controversial as hell . . . R.E.M. had jumped to a major label, & it seemed as though they had abandoned their neo-Byrdsy sound . . . in truth, this album bears the songs of a band coming into its fullest maturity, making songs totally its own, and enjoying every last minute of doing it . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 8 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist The Who, & choice cuts from their 1981 album, Faces Dances . . . It's been a year since the Traveling Troubadour travelled on, I miss him every day, even as I hear him among the stars . . .

12.01.2012 show


November 17, 2012 show features:
New Rock Album: Patti Smith, Banga (2012) . . . Patti Smith is a great artist, she makes moving & mysterious music, and her new album is worth many listens . . . she taps into mythology while always remembering to rock out . . . her voice is pristine, and her band is top-notch . . . a record worth lots of attention . . .
Classic Rock Album: Billy Joel, Cold Spring Harbor (1971) . . . This is Joel's first solo album, & it's a good one. Some songs are sweet, some are cynical, all are the work of a very young man with a lot of talent to learn to harness . . . but there is no fluff here . . . Joel is determined to make good songs, & one day make great ones . . . he's on his way . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter 8 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is is the Black Crowes, and songs from their 2010 unplugged set, Croweology . . . it's been 9 years my show has been on SpiritPlants Radio, didn't know back then I'd be running the joint one day, glad for all those who have collaborated and listened . . . here's to many more years . . .

11.17.2012 show


November 10, 2012 show features:
New Rock Album: Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Psychedelic Pill [Part Two] (2012) . . . Neil & the Horse finish this massive release with some shorter songs, full of remembering and onriness, the rockin' goes on . . . sure hope he and his mates have many more records in them, but this is a good way to catch up with them & their current noise . . .
Classic Rock Album: Harry Chapin, Heads and Tales (1972) . . . This record has "Taxi," which made Chapin famous for a little while, & its treasures just go on from there . . . song tales of losers & lonelies, told with Harry's crack band squeezing for every detail & emotion . . . an album to just get lost in awhile. . .
Storybook Time: Chapter 7 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Jerry Douglas & cuts from his fine new release Traveller. . . this time of year makes me remember long ago years & wonder at their deep effect, their echoes wanted & unwanted still & on . . .

11.10.2012 show


November 3, 2012 show features:
New Rock Album: Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Psychedelic Pill [Part One] (2012) . . . Neil & the Horse have released two very different albums this year, this new one being a gigantic jam of a thing . . . Neil is in fine form, a little bitchin', a little rememberin', a lot of rocking out . . . the Horse just lock in magically & follow right along . . . wonderful work . . .
Classic Rock Album: Joni Mitchell, Mingus (1979) . . . Joni Mitchell recorded this album with jazz master Charles Mingus in the months before his death . . . he did not live to see it completed . . . but it is a quirky, sweet, well-made collaboration that brings out a wonderful spirit in both musicians . . . & a good record to hear for fans of either . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 6 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artists are from the 1967 acid pop compilation With Love: A Pot of Flowers . . . November is my heart's month, a time of beauty & passing, & I hope to enjoy its lovely melancholy vibe in best hope . . .

11.03.2012 show


October 20, 2012 show features:
New Rock Album: Green Day, ¡Uno! (2012) . . . These punky California boys have came a long way, sonically, lyrically, & this first of an expected trilogy of new albums is their next fine statement . . . still riled, still longing, still in love, still making noise, some of the best kinds . . .
Classic Rock Album: The Smiths, The Smiths (1984) . . . Debut album by this UK band, lays out the blueprint for their great jangly pop licked over with mopey lyrics, a band like no other before or since . . . they get it right the first time & kept on getting it right often for the next several years . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 6 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is the '60s UK band Plastic Penny, & a few choice tunes from their 1969 album, Currency . . . this being the annual Halloween show, look out for spooks & spectres . . .

10.20.2012 show


October 13, 2012 show features:
New Rock Album: Mumford & Sons, Babel (2012) . . . These UK boys are back with more songs that are passionate, beautifully played, many troubles of the wild heart . . . epic toe-tappers . . . mandolins, banjos, dobros, accordions, they're all here in a mighty stew of music to enjoy & again . . .
Classic Rock Album: Dr. Strangely Strange, Kip Of The Serenes (1969) . . . It's hard to know what to say of this Irish folk group, they don't quite sound like anyone else . . . whimsical, pretty, dark, as serious as you please at times, & yet something else lying beneath, unsaying mystery despite all the dandy songs . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter 6 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is America, & some of their great cover songs from their 2011 Back Pages release . . . the nights are getting chilly as they do, even in early October in New England, a pleasurable transition, unnegotiable in any event . . .

10.13.2012 show


October 6, 2012 show features:
New Rock Album: Beady Eye, Different Gear, Still Speeding (2012) . . . This is Oasis, minus one brother, & it is really good . . . got that Oasis swagger, Oasis sweetness, Oasis sound . . . I was doubtful, but after a couple of listens, I am a believer that one Gallagher brother with the rest of his mates can lead a really good band . . .
Classic Rock Album: Mott the Hoople, Mott the Hoople (1969) . . . Although these UK lads became much more famous later for their work with David Bowie & Lou Reed, from the get-go they rocked hard & well, bit of a Dylan twist to their noise, much melody, really good stuff . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 5 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is The Milk Carton Kids, a fine duo we had a chance to see up in Maine when they opened for Old Crow Medicine Show . . . Some weeks a bit more of a struggle than others, but hard work & dogged devotion to Art, however ragged, wins out . . .

10.06.2012 show


September 22, 2012 show features:
New Rock Album: Bob Dylan, Tempest (2012) . . . The old croaking master is back with an epic, ten songs that add to 68 minutes, & surely one of the highlights is his re-imagining of the Titanic disaster . . . but many a rollicking tune is to be found, the man just keeps rocking the fuck on his own way . . .
Classic Rock Album: John Martyn, Bless The Weather (1971) . . . This British singer-songwriter is new to me, but was around for decades touring & releasing albums, till his death in 2009 . . . this is an early album of his, full of tales & lovely playing, & ending with the sweetest little cover song . . . what a treat . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter 5 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artists are a final helping from the epic Occupy This Album collection . . . yes, the fall is finally arrived, on the calendar, & its melancholy loveliness is not far behind . . .

09.22.2012 show


September 15, 2012 show features:
New Rock Album: The Avett Brothers, The Carpenter (2012) . . . The brothers are back, with all manner of prog-bluegrass-folkie tales of love & loss & vision . . . their plaintive stories are underpinned by simply gorgeous music-making, such that one can be overwhelmed by the beauty of it all on first listen . . . so a second & third & so on are needed . . .
Classic Rock Album: Humble Pie, Town and Country (1969) . . . This UK band featured former members of the Small Faces, Spooky Tooth, & of course future '70s solo superstar Peter Frampton . . . their second album is a lovely British thing, that rocks down deep but often gentle, often sublime . . . their cover of Buddy Holly's "Heartbeat" is worth the visit alone, but tis among many other gems as well . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter 4 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Orpheus & Eurydice: Making the Lyre poems . . . & this week's featured artists are more of those on the epic Occupy This Album collection . . . there are a few colored leaves on the lawns here, as autumn begins its peeping 'round that is customary in September . . .

09.15.2012 show


September 8, 2012 show features:
New Rock Album: Blues Traveler, Suzie Cracks the Whip (2012) . . . Formed in New Jersey back in 1987, this great jam band has travelled a lot of miles & made a lot of great music . . . their new album is just a high beautiful thing, led by John Popper & his crazy mouth harp, a crack band keeping pace every step of the way . . . this one is a treat among treats . . .
Classic Rock Album: Quintessence, In Blissful Company (1969) . . . For fans of the psytrance band Shpongle, here is Raja Ram many years earlier, playing in an Indian-influenced psychedelic rock outfit . . . their debut album sounds a bit like Shpongle in the Eastern influences & vibe, but they have their own driving fine sound & vision . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter 3 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Orpheus & Eurydice: Making the Lyre poems . . . & this week's featured artists are some of those on the epic Occupy This Album collection . . . the autumn is slowly approaching again, & this is a sweet thing to anticipate, amongst all the ruckus of any day . . .

09.08.2012 show


August 25, 2012 show features:
New Rock Album: Django Django, Django Django (2012) . . . Debut album by this hyperkinetic young UK band, who bring the charms of wildly talented youth to their first record, a love of '80s-ish sounds, keyboards & so on, but so mixed & washed through with other influences & native idiosyncrasies that they end up with something not quite like anything else, something really good indeed . . .
Classic Rock Album: Fairport Convention, Full House (1970) . . . I'd been looking for a door into the world of Fairport Convention for years, & then I crossed paths with songs from this album, bing! I'd call it folkie rock, if anything, a love of the traditional squalled through by the times they lived in . . . sharp, wonderful, funny, a delight . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 2 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Orpheus & Eurydice: Making the Lyre poems . . . & this week features artists from the utterly cool 1969 rock sampler You Can All Join In . . . made it through the first week of new job, now what more can I do, having gotten the job wish . . . how do I better join in?

08.25.2012 show


August 18, 2012 show features:
New Rock Album: Dead Can Dance, Anastasis (2012) . . . This is a wonderful return to action after 16 years for the Aussie/English band . . . Allmusic.com categorizes their music as indie rock / dream pop / ethnic fusion / alt-pop-rock, & I think that indicates just how widely they range . . . simply put, Dead Can Dance sound like no other group . . . their new album builds from previous efforts, as though no time at all had elapsed, & yet there is also a maturity in it indicating the band's members have lived on . . .
Classic Rock Album: If, If (1970) . . . This UK jazz-rock band found some success in the early '70s, though not as much as fellow jazz-rock bands Chicago and Blood, Sweat, & Tears . . . on their debut album they meld hippie rock and jazz seamlessly, creating a sound that makes horns in a rock band seem as natural as lead guitar . . . their lyrics are of the time, but not time-bound, looking for connections, doors, freedom, love . . . this is a very pleasurable album, over way too soon, but better for it . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter 2 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Orpheus & Eurydice: Making the Lyre poems . . . & this week's featured artists are from the great (and first of its kind) The Rock Machine Turns You On from 1968 . . . I'm done with couch-sitting jobless or contracted, come Monday stepping onto I hope more solid ground & doing better work!

08.18.2012 show


August 11, 2012 show features:
New Rock Album: The Lumineers, The Lumineers (2012) . . . What a treat to have found this Denver band opening up for Old Crow Medicine Show the other night up in Portland, Maine . . . strange, sometimes sweet songs of love & loss . . . a sort of rock and roll acoustic sound with a beautiful cello like a heart in the center . . . a really good debut album, & promising toward what might come . . .
Classic Rock Album: Gillian Welch, Time (The Revelator) (2001) . . . There are a few albums in every person's collection that set a bar few others top for that person . . . that every other album gets compared to . . . these albums do not come along very often, but when they do, suddenly one's ears are changed thereafter . . . Welch's 2001 release was a great glorious monster in my ears when I heard it just last year for the first time . . . suddenly the word bluegrass meant something to me . . . at the same time, Welch & her partner Dave Rawlings don't make just the usual bluegrass, they shoot it through with enough rock & roll restlessness to light up the skies . . . give this album a chance & it likely won't leave you . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter 1 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Orpheus & Eurydice: Making the Lyre poems . . . & this week's featured artists are a selection of those on the new Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac . . . Come back from a long stretch up days up in Maine & New Hampshire, peeking toward the fall's cooler weather & so many kinds of work to do . . .

08.11.2012 show


July 28, 2012 show features:
New Rock Album: Old Crow Medicine Show, Carry Me Back (2012) . . . Wow! OCMS returns with their best album yet, hard-driving bluegrass prettiness, & tales of the lost, the obscure, the forgotten, many suffering, but not all . . . they play with virtuosity, heart, warmth, a good sense of humor . . . after some uncertain times for the band, the boys return & they done really good . . .
Classic Rock Album: The Posies, Frosting on the Beating (1993) . . . This Seattle band's grunge-era classic isn't close to being grunge . . . they rock both before & ahead of their times, as this great, beautiful, electric-high album could fit most nicely in the late '60s, or the late 2010s for that matter . . . slide in & stay a fair while . . .
Storybook Time: Preface & Chapter 1 of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut's Guide to the History & Use of LSD by Christopher Gray. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Orpheus & Eurydice: Making the Lyre poems . . . & this week's featured artists are a last dose of those featured on the great 1970 Island Records rock compilation, Bumpers . . . Got it! Four years plus in the contracting wilderness until just a day ago when someone finally decided I'm worth hiring full out . . . Thank you, Universe, & loved ones along my humble way . . .

07.28.2012 show


July 21, 2012 show features:
New Rock Album: Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Americana (2012) . . . It's been nearly a decade since Neil hooked up with the Horse, & what do they do? Record an album of covers of old folk songs . . . Sound strange? It works, amazingly well, songs you've heard so many times they don't even sound like real songs anymore suddenly take on a new rock and roll guise, loud, raw, fun, but renewed in meaning as well . . . their roaring take on Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land" is worth the time to listen alone, & it sits alongside a whole album of tunes just as good . . .
Classic Rock Album: Spooky Tooth, Spooky Tooth Two (1969) . . . This bluesy British band flourished for about a half dozen years in the late '60s & early '70s . . . their second album catches them sometimes in jamming mood, sometimes in gospel, sometimes rocking all out . . . it is the kind of great psychedelic blues so common then, & yet resonates wonderfully down the years . . .
Storybook Time: Concluding Epilogue to The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Orpheus & Eurydice: Making the Lyre poems . . . & this week's featured artists are more of those featured on the great 1970 Island Records rock compilation, Bumpers . . . Maybe closer to the goal of solid ground under foot again, trying to keep an unwobbling head in the meantime . . .

07.21.2012 show


July 14, 2012 show features:
New Rock Album: Rush, Clockwork Angels (2012) . . . Rush makes big albums, no doubt, & every time . . . this time around, they're going for even bigger ideas than usual . . . here is how sci-fi writer Kevin J. Anderson describes this album: "In a young man's quest to follow his dreams, he is caught between the grandiose forces of order and chaos. He travels across a lavish and colorful world of steampunk and alchemy, with lost cities, pirates, anarchists, exotic carnivals, and a rigid Watchmaker who imposes precision on every aspect of daily life." . . . rock & roll does not get any better than when Rush, like here, it at their best . . .
Classic Rock Album: The Lemonheads, It's a Shame About Ray (1992) . . . This Boston band had its greatest success in the '90s, with the title track to this album being one of its hits . . . the whole album is a gem, however, worth getting to know or know again . . . Evan Dando's voice is a husky, emotive miracle of an instrument, & he fronts a crack band able to follow many musical paths . . . a short but powerful piece of Art . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Epilogue to The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Orpheus & Eurydice: Making the Lyre poems . . . & this week's featured artists are more of those featured on the great 1970 Island Records rock compilation, Bumpers . . . deeper into the jobless summer, & learning some both good & hard lessons about time . . . & sometimes getting the hours right, & sometimes not, vowing to do better . . .

07.14.2012 show


July 7, 2012 show features:
New Rock Album: Quilt, Quilt (2011) . . . This new Boston band is all sorts of fun, they rock it well, their songs are strange & sometimes even funny . . . they're what a friend calls a headphones band, where it takes that close a listening to lose into their music & suck up all the pretty little details of their sounds . . .
Classic Rock Album: The Church, Priest=Aura (1992) . . . Surely one of my favorite records of all time, this Aussie band made a psychedelic masterpiece, spooky, pretty, terrifying . . . as inspired an album as you will find . . . this is one to shut off the lights, light up the pipe, burrow into your best comfort, & take the epic ride . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Epilogue to The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Orpheus & Eurydice: Making the Lyre poems . . . & this week's featured artists were some of those featured on the great 1970 Island Records rock compilation, Bumpers . . . this week, newly jobless, I learned anew the ways that bureaucracy can go from bad to worse without much real effort, or protest from anyone . . . onto a new week, a better one . . .

07.07.2012 show


June 23, 2012 show features:
New Rock Album: Tribes, Baby (2012) . . . This English band plays with the kind of wild fun desperation that sometimes results in the best sort of rock music . . . there are hints of a seriousness beneath the bright sounds, the guilt of betrayal, despair of an absent God . . . another record to spin for your cranky friend who says rock and roll long ago disappeared from view . . .
Classic Rock Album: Mazzy Star, So That Tonight I Might See (1993) . . . Not like any other band you will hear, Hope Sandoval & David Roback produce a dark, dreamy landscape of evaporating figures & lingering wants . . . this was their second album, & produced the hit song "Fade Into You" . . . the full reward is in taking the whole record in . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Epilogue to The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Works Progress Administration--a supergroup with members from Nickel Creek, Toad the Wet Sprocket, & others--, & cuts from their self-titled 2009 debut . . . coming is my last week of work, maybe for awhile, maybe not, so I've been casting in many directions for the succor one needs to move well . . .

06.23.2012 show


June 16, 2012 show features:
New Rock Album: The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Aufheben (2012) . . . It's been half a decade since this California band was on this program, and that was with their 2003 album This is Our Music . . . their new album is flat out great, a kind of tribal, ambient, psychedelic melange of songs, each tastes good, and the better for hearing them all . . .
Classic Rock Album: Phish, Farmhouse (2000) . . . This is my favorite Phish record, it is perfect from start to finish, & its songs are great to hear in concert too . . . some fans of the band think they are best only live, in fact, but I would argue that they approach their album-making very seriously, & great results like this are a result of devotion to art & craft, nothing random in it . . . high, inspired work . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Epilogue to The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is the little known or remembered Misunderstood, a mid-to-late '60s California band with a deep underground reputation . . . facing another jobless period soon, trying my best to carry on with the good work, & keep the deep music churning well . . .

06.16.2012 show


June 2, 2012 show features:
New Rock Album: Great Lakes Swimmers, New Wild Everywhere (2012) . . . Been a couple of years since these pretty folkie Canadian rockers were featured on this show, back with a lavish dish of banjos, fiddles, guitars, and all sorts of wanting, wishing, obscure and plain lyrics . . . what a treat . . .
Classic Rock Album: Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, Against the Wind (1980) . . . Seger's one of a kind, when young had a trouble getting a record deal because nobody could quite figure him out . . . this album finds him doing what he does best, yearning the past, laughing and crying a little at the varieties of the human condition . . . and rocking out fine like it matters more than anything . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Epilogue to The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artists is Deer Tick and their delightful recent EP, Tim . . . rainy June weekend, cool & fine . . . music laying its balm as always . . .

06.02.2012 show


May 26, 2012 show features:
New Rock Album: Spiritualized, Sweet Heart Sweet Light (2012) . . . It was about eight years ago (12/19/2004 broadcast) that this show featured Spiritualized's 1997 masterpiece Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space . . . It is a delightful thing to know that a recent tour featuring that album live helped inspire their new album, which reaches up to such ambitions again, and hits the mark again and again . . . they know how to make vast albums, great ones, then and again now . . .
Classic Rock Album: The Monkees, Headquarters (1967) . . . This was the album (their third) when the Monkees finally got control of their band's music and material, and the end result is a rock and roll delight, the sound of a band trying out all sorts of sounds and styles, playing around, having fun, making really good music . . . as a bit of trivia, the album was #1 on the charts before The Beatles' Sgt Pepper pushed them out . . . it then hung in at #2 for 11 weeks, all through the Summer of Love, just behind the band that inspired them in so many ways . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Epilogue to The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artists is The Mystery Trend, a San Francisco band from the late '60s who never quite got an album out, but had their songs many years later collected together, some really good songs too . . . it's getting hot, though the evenings still please & salve . . .

05.26.2012 show


May 19, 2012 show features:
New Rock Album: Super Furry Animals, Dark Days / Light Years (2009) . . . Not sure how I missed the most recent release by this fantastic Welsh outfit, but what . . . a . . . treat . . . how it rocks, how strange it gets, how funny, how tender . . . stretch after rolling stretch of inspiration, musical places few bands ever get to, or with such odd, mocking ease . . .
Classic Rock Album: Amboy Dukes, Journey to the Center of the Mind (1968) . . . Before he was a gun swinging nut with an outsized opinion of his own mouth noises, Ted Nugent was a pretty good guitarist in this seminal Detroit band . . . the Dukes play very high, also very blues, & a close listen reveals all manner of trippy word-games . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Epilogue to The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artists are part of the 2011 tribute album Rave On, Buddy Holly . . . the weather hereabouts is spring lovely, the air at night like a dear one's kiss while falling asleep . . .

05.19.2012 show


May 12, 2012 show features:
New Rock Album: Ian Anderson, Thick as a Brick 2 (2012) . . . Subtitled "Whatever Happened to Gerald Bostock?", Jethro Tull frontman Anderson returns 40 years later to the 8-year-old boy of the original classic album, and gives him five possible paths through life . . . what else to know is that the record sounds like classic Tull, rocks and rolls in the best way, Anderson is clearly inspired and has a crack band with him . . . a sequel of high worth . . .
Classic Rock Album: Steely Dan, The Royal Scam (1976) . . . This is just one damned delightful album from the Dan boys . . . funny, satiric, imaginative, tender, if you know this band, you know these many aspects all play in, and the music itself is idiosyncratically gorgeous . . . just a plain and complex delight of a record . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Epilogue to The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artists are some more of those featured on the two Moody Bluegrass Nashville tribute albums to the Moody Blues . . . "just play through" is written on my old chalkboard, by way of advice, and I find myself learning what this means in new ways . . .

05.12.2012 show


May 5, 2012 show features:
New Rock Album: The Long Winters, Putting the Days to Bed (2006) . . . Somehow missed this third album by this heartfelt, funny, rocking Seattle band . . . those are fairly rare adjectives for bands this good, but they pull it off, the rocking and the humor, and sometimes the pathos too . . . a genuine pleasure & grower of a record . . .
Classic Rock Album: Toad the Wet Sprocket, Dulcinea (1994) . . . This California band mixes a driving indie rock sound with a twisty spiritual yearn, resulting in a sound like no other . . . their concerns run large and small, from the here and now to the hereafter . . . sometimes their sound is just out and out pretty, sometimes you gotta take the ride awhile to find the inmost groove . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Epilogue to The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artists are some of those featured on the two Moody Bluegrass Nashville tribute albums to the Moody Blues . . . & suddenly it is May, how did it get so far into the year? ah well, the green is coming from all angles now & welcome welcome to it . . .

05.05.2012 show


April 14, 2012 show features:
New Rock Album: The Shins, Port of Morrow (2012) . . . It's been five years since the last Shins album, and longer since their masterpiece, Chutes Too Narrow (2003) . . . James Mercer fired all his bandmates and, for this album, took on a new crew, though it's hard to say how long they will stick . . . that all said, this album is good, really good, renders the years and drama took to make it irrelevant for the listeners . . . for whatever Mercer had to go through, or put himself through, and others, the end result is a beautiful work of Art . . . . . .
Classic Rock Album: Bob Dylan, Desire (1976) . . . Dylan collaborated with many musicians and writer Jacques Levy to create this dazzling record, bursting with epic tales, funny songs, pretty ones, his clear eye and biting humor all here in abundance . . . a rich work, rewarding for many listens . . . Dylan wide awake and dangerous is a wonderful thing . . . . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Epilogue to The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artists are a final dose of those featured in the great new Bob Dylan tribute album, Chimes of Freedom . . . this is the program's 300th episode on SpiritPlants Radio . . . wow, and I can only think this time around as I do: I hope it goes well, since it's always a fun time to do . . .

04.14.2012 show


April 7, 2012 show features:
New Rock Album: Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More (2010) . . . Another great band I somehow missed, with the beautiful subtleties of the Avett Brothers & the grand theatricality of U2 mixed in with their own lovely freakiness . . . this album is the special kind that maybe sounds odd in the ears at first but when one settles in, it just keeps getting better & better . . .
Classic Rock Album: Paul Simon, Graceland (1986) . . . I am not sure how this latter-day masterpiece of Simon's had not yet been played on this show, but taking care of this matter right now . . . Simon mixes African sounds, Zydeco, Tex-Mex into an esoteric broth that is still his & his alone, his brilliant mind & poetic heart in all its dark humor and deep feeling . . . Just wonderful . . .
Storybook Time: Epilogue to The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artists are another dose of those featured in the great new Bob Dylan tribute album, Chimes of Freedom . . . feels like spring in New England again after a nasty preview of summer, the coolness swirls, the blooms & birds continue their slow sweet arrival . . .

04.07.2012 show


March 24, 2012 show features:
New Rock Album: Bruce Springsteen, Wrecking Ball (2012) . . . This album is flat-out great, seems like the one Springsteen has been aiming for, for awhile now . . . it's big & brash at times, small & dear at others . . . full of anger at the easy cruelties of the world, the ones that are not new, yet never go away . . . The Boss, despite the fury of his lyrics, sounds happy, sounds like he is doing well what he loves most doing . . . good for him and his band . . .
Classic Rock Album: Aerosmith, Toys in the Attic (1975) . . . They were called Boston's Bad Boys back when, and this album is one of the reasons . . . Aerosmith has never been simply a metal band, more like a hard rock band in the old sense, the Led Zeppelin sense . . . there are too many subtle touches & tricks to confuse this record with one of the many imitations that came later . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Twenty-Five of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artists are some of those featured in the great new Bob Dylan tribute album, Chimes of Freedom . . . here came spring, a few strangely hot days and what did they mean, and now today grey and rainy as often sometimes in New England . . . here's to more & let the summer wait its honored turn . . .

03.24.2012 show


March 17, 2012 show features:
New Rock Album: Greensky Bluegrass, Guns (2011) . . . This Michigan band knows how to raise up the dancing dust with their rollicking sounds . . . what makes them even better is that their songs have grit and poetry to them . . . loss, desire, the toil of the years in love & want . . . add in the banjos & fiddles & what-not, it's irresistible . . .
Classic Rock Album: The Grass Roots, Feelings (1968) . . . This Los Angeles band had a lot of hits in the late 60s and early 70s, and this album captures them stretching out, plenty of love songs mixed with a desire to really rock the studio and get to that major somewhere place musicians seek . . . sweet stuff indeed . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Twenty-Five of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artists are some of those featured in the great new Bob Dylan tribute album, Chimes of Freedom . . . Feeling the spring thaw in just about every step taken of late, you feel it too? That chance to love the next hour better, walk it with happier intent . . . It's there, waiting . . .

03.17.2012 show


March 10, 2012 show features:
New Rock Album: Delta Spirit, Delta Spirit (2012) . . . Featured multiple times on this program (most recently 2010's History from Below LP and The Waits Room EP), this San Diego band returns with a new, fine, twisty album, a tale of two halfs, the first stretch of songs generally slower and more pensive, eventually giving way to a spate of great rockers . . . another of many bands one could offer up as refute to any who think rock and roll ain't alive and well . . . . . .
Classic Rock Album: Sting, . . . Nothing Like the Sun (1987) . . . It was sad seeing The Police break up in the early '80s, I was a great fan . . . then Sting stepped up and began releasing great solo albums to fill the gap . . . this, his second album, is just all sorts of good and powerful, loaded with pretty songs, funny songs, political cries, mysterious love songs, and a great Jimi Hendrix cover . . . a great album in a string of great albums . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter Twenty-Five of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artists are some of those featured in the great new Bob Dylan tribute album, Chimes of Freedom . . . good to be back after a week off . . . ready to roll this shambling audio caravan straight into spring . . . right straight in . . .

03.10.2012 show


February 25, 2012 show features:
New Rock Album: Sonic Youth, The Eternal (2009) . . . Read the news recently that this legendary New York City band is calling it quits, maybe for good . . . so revisited this most recent release and if it is their last, it's a high point to leave on . . . twisted songs of despair, anger, tenderness, lots of rock and roll roaring . . . maybe this time it's true, better to burn out (like this) than fade away . . .
Classic Rock Album: Harry Nilsson, Nilsson Schmilsson (1971) . . . Saw a recent documentary on this singer-songwriter and decided to look into his records . . . this album is considered his creative and commercial peak . . . and it sounds like both, like an artist well-versed in his craft, on fire with inspiration, ranging around among romantic disputes and morning hangovers and weird situations of all kinds, and setting it all to the great sounds and words in his head . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Twenty-Four of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Men at Work, an '80s Australian band with more than just a few hit songs in its pocket . . . seems like it's not just me struggling some days to feel the connection all yearn, and I think more and more that the way to top that feeling is to tend healing toward others and myself . . . take back my mind, show others how . . .

02.25.2012 show


February 18, 2012 show features:
New Rock Album: The Black Keys, El Camino (2011) . . . Last heard on the 5/22/2010 broadcast of this program, these funky Ohio boys are back with an album that does a little bit of everything, high rock, deep soul, gets in and out of the whole matter in under 38 minutes . . . great grooving artistry, a pure pleasure . . .
Classic Rock Album: Tom Petty, Wildflowers (1994) . . . This was Petty's second "solo" album though most of the Heartbreakers were on it . . . yet there is to it a deeply personal feeling, songs of loss, promises broken, yearning for good feelings & better days . . . heard with attention to the lyrics, a melancholy picture reveals . . . and the music itself does the usual Petty thing, rocks hard & high & sweet & slow & deep & oh so well . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Twenty-Four of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Surfer Blood & cuts from their bouncy little 2011 EP, Tarot Classics . . . spring nears, slowly, I guess just the old yearn that comes always this time of year . . . the wish twisted of old longings & ready barks for the next & new . . .

02.18.2012 show


February 11, 2012 show features:
New Rock Album: The Head and the Heart, The Head and the Heart (2010) . . . This Seattle band comes out of the gate with a great indie rock record, kicks up the guitars and goes, but then there are fiddles and dogs barking, funny moments and those of weird dark pathos . . . even Coldplay-like moments of sweetness . . . hope these guys stay around for the long haul . . .
Classic Rock Album: The Eagles, One of These Nights (1975) . . . Strange album, full of great hits like "Lyin' Eyes" and "Take It to the Limit" but dig a little deeper and the experimental nature of the band emerges, most notably in a long instrumental some may know from the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe BBC radio program . . . So enjoy the familiar songs & where they lead . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter Twenty-Four of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Led Zeppelin & cuts from their 1975 massive opus, Physical Graffiti . . . There is snow drifting out the window, though this winter has been mostly snowless . . . still the winters are long here in all manner of ways, physical and metaphysical . . . it's nice to feel at home these days . . .

02.11.2012 show


January 28, 2012 13th anniversary show features:
Featured Album: XTC, Apple Venus, Volume 1 (1999) / XTC, Wasp Star (Apple Venus, Volume 2). . . After seven years tied up in legal wranglings, this brilliant English band returned with a deep sack of great new songs, so deep that two volumes were required . . . a friend of mine once said that XTC was the band that people longing for the "next" Beatles were looking for . . . their songs rock, run over with melodies, cleverness, pathos, weirdness . . . since their decision to break up, some of us have spent some time waiting for the "next" XTC as well . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Twenty-Three of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from old fixtion & old poems . . . so this is my show's 13th anniversary broadcast, & the pleasure I can report is that I found a bin of old show cassettes, & will mix bits of them in & out of new shows, thus tying all together a little closer . . . grand project, so happy to be doing it . . .

01.28.2012 show


January 21, 2012 show features:
New Rock Album: Snow Patrol, Fallen Empires (2012) . . . This Scottish band returns with a strong new album, mixing some light electronica touches into their classic rock sound . . . the result is the next mile along their smart, melodic, melancholy path . . . winter is a good time to be tangled up in their music . . .
Classic Rock Album: Serge Gainsbourg, Histoire de Melody Nelson (1971) . . . Somewhat forgotten these days, or relegated to the oldies bin, Jackson Browne's art & empathy shine a plain & lovely light through the grooves of this record . . . It is a live album of new songs, recorded on stage, in hotel rooms, back stage, and on the band's tour bus . . . fine & lasting work . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Twenty-Three of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is R.E.M., and previously unreleased songs from their new anthology Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage . . . Boston is snowy, New England is snowy, elsewhere is snowy . . . this morning I slipped twice on the ice, and thought at least my old musician friend won't be slipping this winter . . . it was a strange thought . . .

01.21.2012 show


January 14, 2012 show features:
New Rock Album: Nickel Creek, Why Should the Fire Die? (2005) . . . I wish I'd discovered this California progressive acoustic trio years ago . . . their music is magic, pure & simple . . . flying wild guitar, bouzouki, ukelele, mandolin and fiddle, crazy passionate lyrics, there are so many stellar moments of perfection throughout this record . . .
Classic Rock Album: Jackson Browne, Running on Empty (1977) . . . Somewhat forgotten these days, or relegated to the oldies bin, Jackson Browne's art & empathy shine a plain & lovely light through the grooves of this record . . . It is a live album of new songs, recorded on stage, in hotel rooms, back stage, and on the band's tour bus . . . fine & lasting work . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter Twenty-Three of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is The Decemberists & songs from their excellent 2011 EP Long Live the King (including songs penned by Garcia/Hunter & Dante Alighieri!) . . . First show of 2012, & maybe a chance this year will bring the world to fruition despite the clashing wills of many men . . .

01.14.2012 show


December 10, 2011 show features:
New Rock Album: Dave Rawlings Machine, Friend of a Friend (2009) . . . When Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch get together to make music, whoever else shows up, a kind of dark funny magic is going to break out all over the place . . . there will be songs about death, regret, maybe one about candy, some monkeys too . . . dark funny magic and be lucky your place and ears at their table . . . just gotta show, just gotta listen . . .
Classic Rock Album: Nick Drake, Bryter Layter (1970) . . . Nick Drake's second album, his, er, happier-sounding one, his shot at the title, or whatever you might think such a strange, twisted soul would be going for . . . it's a beautiful work, and it didn't sell much, and Drake went on lower down his road . . . but it's a fascinating stop to behold . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Twenty-Two of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's 9th annual holiday broadcast brings the year's three dozen shows to their completion . . . I mark it sad, my friend Jim is among the stars, Occupy Boston's camp is a memory . . . 2012, however, is going to rock the world and I CANNOT wait . . .

12.10.2011 show


December 3, 2011 show features:
New Rock Album: Poor Billy, Brother Wake Up (2011) . . . This Danish band, sounding beautifully punk-rootsy to its bones, should pack up their gear, get on a jet plane, and come on over to any given Occupy site they like, or tour them . . . theirs are the songs of the working folk, loud, brash, full of rough-hewn poetry, sweat, smiles . . .
Classic Rock Album: The Rolling Stones, Between the Buttons (1967) . . . Mick n Keith n the boys decided to follow The Beatles and Dylan into trippier places than they'd been, and the result is like nothing any other band produced . . . they are bad boys, indeed, but sharp-eyed and deep-hearted too . . . this album is a classic and a delight . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Twenty-Two of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artists are the final bunch from the Dark Was the Night anthology . . . Show number 400 comes, which is a fine thing, and I dedicate it with deep sadness and deeper love to the memory of my friend James Burke III . . . Peace Love Dove, my brother . . .

12.03.2011 show


November 26, 2011 show features:
New Rock Album: Lindsey Buckingham, The Seeds We Sow (2011) . . . Keeping track of the Fleetwood Mac's mastermind's solo work is a wise thing to do, for it is in his solo albums that he simply will not set his guitar down for a moment . . . his albums come out every few years, and each one shows the effortless deep craft of a great artist . . . news is that LB has left the major record labels for more home-grown environs . . . he loses not a step in his brilliance, perhaps gains one or two for his freedom . . .
Classic Rock Album: James, Gold Mother (1980) . . . Having played this British band's most recent album on the 11/13/2010 show, I thought it was time enough passed to dip into their back catalogue . . . James writes clever, twisty lyrics & grooves them into the catchiest of rock and roll melodies . . . easy to enjoy, but the music gets stuck in your happy ears . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter Twenty-Two of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artists are a third helping from the excellent Dark Was the Night compilation . . . this weekend SpiritPlants Radio celebrates its 8th anniversary, which I date back to my show's first broadcast on the station . . . & my show remains for me the heart of the matter even as the land about it has grown vast with other great radio productions . . .

11.26.2011 show


November 19, 2011 show features:
New Rock Album: The Bats, Free All the Monsters (2011) . . . Last played these New Zealand dream popsters on the 8/1/2009 broadcast, their excellent Guilty Office . . . their new album is just as perty & strange, & I'd say fits the sweeping autumnal colors & cool of this hemisphere . . . guitars & harmonies, can't beat it . . .
Classic Rock Album: Billy Joel, Glass Houses (1980) . . . I was a pimpled youth when this album came out, and it helped begin my deep love of Joel's music . . . he was long past being just the Piano Man at this point, but his love of basic good rock and roll was intact in the funny songs, the dark ones, and the ones full of want . . . fine, fine tunes . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Twenty-One of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artists are again from the excellent Dark Was the Night compilation . . . this is the time of year I feel most close to, swim natively within . . . & tonight, to bring these good feelings to others, plan to spend some time Occupying Boston . . . whoot! . . .

11.19.2011 show


November 12, 2011 show features:
New Rock Album: Coldplay, Mylo Xyloto (2011) . . . These Brit boys have put together another album of gorgeous tunes, and it seems like there's still a lot on Chris Martin's mind . . . some put down his songs of happiness, as though such things are lesser than those of gloom or despair . . . give a good listen, there's sadness in these songs too, but it's not enough to whelm them, their joys are solid and earned . . .
Classic Rock Album: Harry Chapin, Portrait Gallery (1975) . . . It must be November because I find myself drifting the years to a melancholy youth spent listening to Harry Chapin LPs again and again . . . and the years pass but his music still moves me with its empathy, its humor, its grit, the fineness of his band's playing . . . it was, in fact 30 years ago that he died, and I cried when I heard, and that was when I began to listen . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter Twenty-One of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artists are some of those featured on the excellent Dark Was the Night compilation . . . I think of November as one of my nearest friends among the months . . . the autumn maturing by the colors above and below, the air chilling perfectly . . . things getting prettiest before they part . . .

11.12.2011 show


October 22, 2011 show features:
New Rock Album: The Waterboys, An Appointment with Mr. Yeats (2011) . . . Recently, lead Waterboy Mike Scott realized a long-desired wish, to put his music to the poetry of the great Irish poet W.B. Yeats, on stage, & now on record . . . the result is a sort of Robert Hunter-Grateful Dead relationship, for it surely sounds like Yeats wrote these poems as lyrics for the Waterboys to set to folk-rock tunes . . . a wonderful collaboration across time . . .
Classic Rock Album: Country Joe & the Fish, I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die (1967) . . . Continuing the recent run of shows featuring bands who comprised the San Francisco Sound of the late '60s, come to those rowdy Berkeley boys, who it must be said about foremost had a lot more in their arsenal than dark funny pieces about war . . . great musicians, lyrics hard, sweet, strange, they deserve more attention for their fine, fine music . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Twenty of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Steve Earle, a great musician who I discovered during his classic turn as a street singer on the wonderful TV show, Treme . . . The voices are growing for a better country, a better world . . . join them . . . these days hold great promise if we try . . .

10.22.2011 show


October 15, 2011 show features:
New Rock Album: Deer Tick, Divine Providence (2011) . . . Been hardly a year since this program featured this Rhode Island indie rock band (the fine Black Dirt Sessions on the 8/14/2010 show) . . . their new album is a rollicking, barroom bash-it-out work at times, but not entirely, featuring also some graceful slow numbers, shiveringly good . . . a smart, fun album, a rocking delight . . .
Classic Rock Album: Quicksilver Messenger Service, Happy Trails (1969) . . . On their second album (this program spun their cool debut album from '68 back on 11/7/2004), Quicksilver just rips the loving shit out of the old Bo Diddley classic, "Who Do You Love?"—and then delivers another album side of trippy-liciousness, just for good measure . . . for those who wonder what it was like to be at one of those Fillmore East/West shows back in the day, tune into this one, the high, grooving shouting crowd feels very close . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Twenty of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Snow Patrol & cuts from their new Called Out in the Dark EP (prelude to their new record coming in November . . . here in the Boston area, and down on Wall Street in New York City, and across the US, and round the world, there is a rowdy shout going on toward peace and justice, the kind those with the big guns and big power and big money just HATE to be hearing . . . and it's a shout getting louder . . . and don't think anything good is going to come easily, but neither that hope and united voices aren't a powerful weapon . . . exciting, terrifying days, the best kind . . .

10.15.2011 show


October 8, 2011 show features:
New Rock Album: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Hysterical (2011) . . . Returning after a four-year hiatus (you can hear their first two excellent albums in this show's archives, check 12/24/05 & 2/3/07 broadcasts), these Brooklyn boys come on strong in their third album . . . there is a strange yet compulsive flow running through this album that sums very likably, and yields more sonic pleasures upon further listens . . . good to have them back . . .
Classic Rock Album: Santana, Caravanserai (1972) . . . The title of this fourth album from Carlos & his changing crew means "an inn built around a large court for accommodating caravans," & there is a sense that they are playing for weary, interested listeners . . . comprising mostly instrumentals, this album consumes the listener with shaped, rhythmic musical power, leaving a feeling of emptiness & satisfaction . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Twenty of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist are some of the singers & bands who contributed to the Kerrang Presents Nevermind Forever album tribute to the classic 1991 Nirvana album . . . The cool air takes over, the colors shift & shift & shift . . . the closely watching eye still misses most, but not all . . .

10.08.2011 show


September 24, 2011 show features:
New Rock Album: Wilco, The Whole Love (2011) . . . It's a never-know situation coming face-to-face with a new Wilco album . . . frontman Jeff Tweedy will try anything once, and their new album especially reflects that . . . I find it a challenging record to get a full hold on, but worth the effort, and there are some strong rocking songs that stand out immediately . . . holds up well against their previous work . . .
Classic Rock Album: R.E.M., Lifes Rich Pageant (1986) . . . R.E.M. announced recently their break-up after 31 years together . . . they stand with The Beatles and Phish as one of my three all-time favorite rock bands . . . I started following R.E.M. during their late '80s college rock days, and into their days of mainstream success in the '90s, and their work as a trio over the past decade . . . I think they suffered in recent years from the loss of drummer Bill Berry to retirement . . . while still often making excellent music, including this year's Collapse Into Now, they seemed to flounder a little for direction . . . the album featured this week is one of their early ones, and legendary, showing them fearless and funny and deep and strange, just fucking wonderful . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter Twenty of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Phil Ochs, & cuts from his under-appreciated last album, Greatest Hits, from 1970 . . . finally into the autumn, and one can decide the turn in seasons can be a turn of luck or will too . . . push a little harder, push again, and again, see what reveals . . .

09.24.2011 show


September 17, 2011 show features:
New Rock Album: Blitzen Trapper, American Goldwing (2011) . . . This is the third album by this Portland, Oregon band featured on this show . . . for all the talk of a laid back West Coast sound, the truth of the matter is more like this: great bands like BT walk into the studio with such a vibe, but are all business in making their records . . . BT makes some heady, big-hearted, funny, rocking music, they love what they do, they're really good at it, and listeners are the recipients of these gifts in song . . .
Classic Rock Album: Grateful Dead, Blues for Allah (1975) . . . Some say the Dead were only at their best in concert . . . this album is among a number (including earlier releases Workingman's Dead and American Beauty) that belie this assertion, as the Dead again work their wild deep magic in studio confines . . . a great album in its harder, softer, and weirder moments, from a band that stands rightly alongside the great rock bands of all time, live or on vinyl . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Nineteen of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is the Brooklyn band Beach Fossils, and tracks from their beguilingly jangly 2011 EP, What a Pleasure . . . while autumn is still about a week away on the calendar, the air is cooling in preparation, the nights are chilling nicely, the trees are even now readying their costumes . . . beauty is a-borning already . . .

09.17.2011 show


September 10, 2011 show features:
New Rock Album: The Jayhawks, Mockingbird Time (2011) . . . Wow! the 'hawks are back, and co-founder Mark Olsen is returned (he'd left in '95) . . . the result is what I would call a transitional album from the trippy bluegress sounds of the three post-Olsen albums, through a harkening back to his years with the band, toward I think something else . . . the results this first time back show a band stretching out, trying things, even a bit of guitar soloing along the way . . . I like this progression, indeed call it a work-in-progress, and await further results to come . . .
Classic Rock Album: Jefferson Airplane, Bark (1971) . . . This is the first of two late-period Jefferson Airplane albums, much maligned by critics . . . The facts, I believe, are these: singer Marty Balin and drummer Spencer Dryden had left the band, replaced by drummer Joey Covington and, most importantly, Papa John Creach . . . so the album lacks Balin's romantic ballads, but gains from the addition of Creech's ethereal fiddle . . . the band is also strengthened by the Hot Tuna side-project work of guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Cassady . . . in short, this is a different Airplane, but not less good . . . heavier, but the tunes remain true . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Nineteen of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Warm in the Wake, & cuts from their fine 2008 EP, Speak Plainly (& hoping they are cooking up new tunes for release soon) . . . now that the hurricane has passed through, and done its damaging deeds, the autumn is readying to take the stage for a long, lovely solo . . . bring her on!

09.10.2011 show


August 27, 2011 show features:
New Rock Album: Gillian Welch, The Harrow & the Harvest (2011) . . . Recently discovered this amazing singer-songwriter, whose work in its weird depths & musical loveliness reminds me of Bob Dylan . . . with her partner David Rawlings, Welch tells beautiful stories of the weird ways of love, of the heart, of the hand . . . medicine for much of what ails . . .
Classic Rock Album: The Jayhawks, Tomorrow the Green Grass (1995) . . . This Minneapolis band has long been a dear favorite of mine, though their music is not until now been so prominently featured on this show . . . but news of their recent reunion & pending album is cause for playing one of their best albums, the first one I heard many years ago . . . their music is called alt-country, perhaps indie rock, whatever, it is pretty, spritely, sad, funny, dear, endlessly memorable in the blood once heard . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter Nineteen of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is The Fredric, a Michigan band that produced one marvelous album in 1968 . . . a hurricane approaches local shores, & people stock food & hurry around . . . this a prayer to all those who will face the sober, unbridled power of Nature this weekend . . .

08.27.2011 show


August 20, 2011 show features:
New Rock Album: Old Crow Medicine Show, Big Iron World (2006) . . . Stumbled across this Nashville Americana band not long ago, and WOW . . . they rock the bluegrass vibe hard, again, WOW . . . this album was their second, and picked because, of the three so far, it best represents their range of strengths & charms . . . hoping to be featuring a new album of theirs soon . . . WOW . . .
Classic Rock Album: The Church, Hologram of Baal (1998) . . . This is the ninth album this show has featured by this legendary Australian psychedelic rock band . . . their music is pretty, shimmers, flows, bangs & bops . . . their lyrics are trippy as fuck, smart, crawl into the blood . . . their albums are strong from start to finish . . . they carry on with psychedelic rock like it's the most natural thing in the world to do . . . it is of course . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter Eighteen of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is The Great Society, Grace Slick's really good pre-Jefferson Airplane outfit, & some excellent cuts from a 1966 show of theirs . . . Recent run of days rising determined to meet the day with high expectations & see them through . . . it's the right way to live . . . dug deep in my head is the hard wish to continue on like this perpetually . . .

08.20.2011 show


August 13, 2011 show features:
New Rock Album: Dawes, Nothing is Wrong (2011) . . . We were lucky enough to see this Los Angeles indie-rock band when they recently opened for Alison Krauss & Union Station in Boston . . . blown away by a number of their songs . . . their new album, their second, is a leap ahead from their debut . . . strong, lovely, music, & the power of poetic lyrics makes them a band to hear now, & keep track of in the future . . .
Classic Rock Album: The La's, The La's (1990) . . . This Liverpool band made one album, two decades ago, yet unlike a million other bands who've done the same, or made more than one album, they are not forgotten . . . indeed, their announced appearances at a couple of festivals later this year has enflamed talk of a second album arriving . . . their sound is raw, acoustic-y kinda, punkish folky, yet pristine, precise for all its scuff . . . and it grows on the listener over time, until by golly you realized you've heard their one damned album 20 times or more . . . it's that sneaky and good . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter Eighteen of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Jim Croce, the great singer-songwriter of the early '70s whose gifted life was cut short at age 30 by a plane crash . . . happy to be back on the airwaves, always the renewed hunger after a week off . . . may it always be . . .

08.13.2011 show


July 30, 2011 show features:
New Rock Album: Arctic Monkeys, Suck It & See (2011) . . . Saw this English band a few years ago at the Sasquatch Festival near Seattle, didn't like them much, too much snot, not enough rock . . . but their new album is really good, musically tight & various, lyrically solid, sometimes subtle & lovely . . . fine stuff . . .
Classic Rock Album: Steeleye Span, Parcel of Rogues (1973) . . . Wow, this English folk-rock group has it all, excellent players & singers, great material, a jaunty, high spirited jamming vibe . . . listen & you will be very charmed too . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Seventeen of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Alison Krauss & Union Station, lucky enough to see them this past week . . . some great cuts from this bluegrass band full of virtuoso players . . . another job of mine has endeth . . . put best this way, as a buddy said, one door closes, another window opens . . .

07.30.2011 show


July 23, 2011 show features:
New Rock Album: White Denim, D (2011) . . . Some say this Austin band sounds like the Grateful Dead, because they jam, but then add they don't jam too much as though this is a compliment . . . their vibe is old-school rock and roll, but they're playing for the new century, & really finely . . . oh, and fuck you to the jam band haters . . . enough is NEVER enough . . .
Classic Rock Album: Paul Revere and the Raiders, Collage (1970) . . . A band that made some really good music but never gained much of the respect they deserved . . . this album is a heavy sonic snapshot of its time, and a really good one . . . worth more than one listen for sure . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter Seventeen of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Coldplay, and cuts from their excellent new EP, Every Tear is a Waterfall . . . Well blast my soul if I ain't gonna be jobless again soon . . . maybe a chance to get the next one right finally?

07.23.2011 show


July 16, 2011 show features:
New Rock Album: Avi Buffalo, Avi Buffalo (2010) . . . First of two California bands featured on this episode, Avi Buffalo is strange and charming, trippy in an often Shins-y kind of way . . . songs of love, desire, loneliness, a flow not quite like any other, a powerful sweetness at work . . .
Classic Rock Album: Toad the Wet Sprocket, Coil (1997) . . . Another great 90s band, one I've finally given some good listening attention to . . . this album was their 5th & last, & what a way to go out . . . they rock brilliantly, their lyrics are as deep as elliptical, their passions in every note played and sung, a lovely, fine work . . . and happily for their old and newer fans, the band is back together and touring and making a new album . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter Seventeen of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Queen, some of their early monster hits . . . I keep learning that if the world isn't its loveliest in your view, turn your head, or change your mind . . .

07.16.2011 show


July 9, 2011 show features:
New Rock Album: The Donkeys, Born With Stripes (2011) . . . This California band sounds both classic & contemporary, their music sometimes swamped happily in a late '60s vibe, but not in a retro or ironic way . . . simply put they make music like this year is 1967 on & on & on & on . . .
Classic Rock Album: Camper Van Beethoven, Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart (1987) . . . What a freaking miracle of an album to have come out while Ronald Reagan was still vaguely president . . . mad swirls of fiddles among nutty rock guitars and songs about terrorists, cowboys, et cetera . . . funny & serious as hell . . . nearly 25 years after its release, it's still better than most anything before or since . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Sixteen of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Turquoise, a cult UK band, friends of the Kinks, some delightful old-timey pop nuggets . . . simply put: wonderful to be back after a needed break . . . here goes the summer run of shows . . .

07.09.2011 show


June 11, 2011 show features:
New Rock Album: Death Cab for Cutie, Codes and Keys (2011) . . . This Washington State band makes records that reward multiple listenings . . . not as rocking an album as some of their previous releases, with some electric highlights, just not as many . . . nor as easily poppy, but they've been moving away from that too . . . possible to call it a transitional album but I think every one of their albums could be called that . . . repeatedly listen, that's the truest statement . . .
Classic Rock Album: Blues Section, Blues Section (1967) . . . This Finnish rock band has a lot going for it, though they lasted only one album . . . they can rock out, they have solid harmonies, & some funny songs too . . . their album is a treasure trove of experiments & styles, well worth the un-earthing . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter Sixteen of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is the Mystic Astrologic Crystal Band, a ludicrously (& wonderfully) named Los Angeles band, & some nice cuts from their 1967 self-titled record . . . some weeks test a soul, & show him what he's got . . . sometimes this news is welcome, not always, but sometimes . . .

06.11.2011 show


June 4, 2011 show features:
New Rock Album:Viva Voce, The Future Will Destroy You (2011) . . . We saw this Portland, Oregon indie rock band some years ago open for Bright Eyes in Seattle, & were very impressed . . . now getting around to spinning their record on this show . . . I'd call them most closely psychedelic folk, since they will use the strange fx of psychedelic rock, & the electric attack, mixed in with the prettiest of guitars . . . a band I will keep an eye on hereon . . .
Classic Rock Album: Strawbs, Bursting at the Seams (1973) . . . This UK prog-rock band came at me from weird angles . . . had heard their name, for years, then just days ago jumped into this album & was so pleased . . . tis prog-rock but there are many things going on here, not like anyone else . . . a sort of insistent idiosyncracy that is delightful to experience . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Fifteen of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Eddie Vedder & some nice tracks from his just released Ukelele Songs album . . . june, june, a feather & a spoon, the glories of night & the biggest moon . . . happiness far, happiness soon, happiness here, happiness swoon . . .

06.04.2011 show


May 28, 2011 show features:
New Rock Album:My Morning Jacket, Circuital (2011) . . . not spun this Kentucky band since the 10/22/2005 broadcast of their excellent album, Z . . . this new one surprised me, there is a finer swoop & subtlety both to these songs, they are more muscular & more tender . . . one can only wonder & hope over the ways they came to be, full of heart's harder, secret roads, & how these travels emerge sometimes, like this, in great music . . .
Classic Rock Album: Horslips, The Táin (1973) . . . This roaring, rollicking Irish band took an early Irish myth involving a war over a white bull, & turned it into a broad rock & roll epic . . . as Celtic as one could wish, fiddles, flutes, ballads, squeeze boxes, electric guitar furies, just delightfully high & higher . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter Fifteen of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Herman's Hermits, a charming British band with many sugar treat pop hits from them hippie days . . . Just this, this time: if you don't embrace the beauty, the lightness, the dearness to the world, when these things come to you, you will drown lungs full of the bullshit . . . simple & hard as that . . .

05.28.2011 show


May 14, 2011 show features:
New Rock Album: Beck & Friends, The Velvet Underground & Nico (2009) . . . Beck's online Record Club sets out to cover a chosen classic rock album over the course of a single day's recording (their cover of Skip Spence's Oar was featured on this show's 3/27/2010 broadcast) . . . best I can say about this album is one's great or little curiosity about seeing one peculiar rock legend cover the music of another (equally peculiar one) will determine one's interest . . . knowing the original album, surely one of the most astonishing debut albums in all of rock history, gives one a somewhat useful place to start, at least to see how Beck & his mates decide song by song where to remain close to the original, & where to deconstruct . . . I like especially where he deconstructs, Beck-ifies the music, turns something dark into something funny, or turns a different weird corner from the one the Velvets turned . . . in sum, get on the bus for Mr. Hansen's strange ride, or just wait: an express will be by soon . . .
Classic Rock Album: The Kinks, Lola Versus Powerman And The Money Go Round, Part One (1970) . . . What brought me round to checking out this album were its several tracks included on the very fine 2007 Wes Anderson film The Darjeeling Limited . . . the album itself is a righteous raging rocker pitting Ray Davies against the powers-that-be, whether the record industry or music critics or a number of other targets . . . a fun, smart, focused album that deservedly brought the Kinks back to the attention of many . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter Fourteen of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is The Cyrkle, an American band best remembered for its 1966 hit, "Red Rubber Ball" (penned by Paul Simon), but with more to offer than just that song . . . I see daylight ahead, a chance to resume meaningful pay-work soon, & like the old saying, hoping it's indeed the sun & not an oncoming train . . . wait & wait . . . keep hope cupped close . . .

05.14.2011 show


May 7, 2011 show features:
New Rock Album: The Smithereens, The Smithereens 2011 (2011) . . . This New Jersey band never really left or broke up but it's been a long stretch since they have released an album of new songs . . . this one is so good, I was shocked, rocks in a way only the Smithereens do, like it's 1966 & everyone has a broken heart & a need to rock all night . . . lovely . . .
Classic Rock Album: The Listening, The Listening (1968) . . . One of the many Bosstown Sound acid rock bands that flourished around Boston in the late '60s, less generally known than the San Francisco bands of the same time . . . Listening knows how to jam high & good, & how to slow it down for a pretty spell . . . their sole album cover depicts the Hatch Shell in Boston, where they performed with other Bosstown bands one memorable day . . . the story continues that the elders of the city decided after that that the Shell would return to Boston Pops concerts for a long time . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Thirteen of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is The Buckinghams, a late '60s Chicago band that put a couple of hits on the national charts but had way more goodies to offer for those who went looking . . . finally arriving into May, when New England heats by day, cools by night, & bursts all over with colors & scents . . . always a good time to pay more attention, to start up again . . .

05.07.2011 show


April 30, 2011 show features:
New Rock Album: Paul Simon, So Beautiful or So What (2011) . . . There are very few who are on the same level of mastery as rock poet Paul Simon . . . his poetry & his music are what the apex looks like . . . he is funny, profound, self-deprecating, humble . . . sharing what he sees without the ego or artifice of any so-called master . . . this album is astounding . . .
Classic Rock Album: The Guess Who, Canned Wheat (1969) . . . This Canadian band had some years when they could do no wrong, & their jams were beyond heavenly . . . this album swings through all the right notes & the ride throughout is high & happy, even when the songs get dark in thinking of their times . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Thirteen of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is the Appleseed Cast & tracks from their excellent new EP, Middle States . . . my birthday came & went this week, but I can think of so many more important dates, & people, & trees, & sweet Creatures of music, that I simply nodded & was glad the day blew sunny with breeze . . .

04.30.2011 show


April 9, 2011 show features:
New Rock Album: Tapes 'n Tapes, Outside (2011) . . . Been nearly five years since this show featured this Minnesota band's excellent debut album, The Loon . . . this, their third album, bounces around the room delightfully, rocks out weirdly & wonderfully, leaves a deep yet impish impression when it's done . . .
Classic Rock Album: The Mamas & the Papas, Deliver (1967) . . . This third album by the famed quartet works their best strengths of harmony, melody, & lyric sometimes playful, sometimes dark, & keeps the flaws & indulgences of their lives sunk down in the harmless back wash . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter Thirteen of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artists are some of the obscure but lovely bands featured on the Marijuana Unknowns anthology . . . the weather continues to warm & to green, & human beings continue to match the beauty of nature with the subtlest, kindest acts, & the stupidest fucking ones . . . there's no deducing anything from this that can help, yet better days for most, if not all, are still possible . . . this is a statement of faith, no more, no less . . .

04.09.2011 show


April 2, 2011 show features:
New Rock Album: Low, C'mon (2011) . . . This is a strange, majestic wonderful rock album by this Minnesota band, riddled with magic, dreams, specters of the human & inhuman kind . . . slow, intense, beautiful singing, the varied sounds of a band working at fiercest devotion to its musical art . . . a delight, a surprise, a treasure . . .
Classic Rock Album: Jethro Tull, Aqualung (1971) . . . Twas said when this album came out that it was a rock opera or or concept album of some kind, & there are characters who appear in more than one of its songs, but it feels more like an orchestral suite, meant to be heard of a piece as it runs its 45 minutes or so . . . there is a dark beauty to the songs, the underside of society & the human heart explored with a wonderful empathy . . . a classic . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Twelve of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is the Humblebums, a late '60s folk-rock duo with a penchant for charming, pretty tunes . . . tis April & my birthday month, the warming days, my eager pens to fill pages . . . healing is hereon . . .

04.02.2011 show


March 26, 2011 show features:
New Rock Album: Cake, Showroom of Compassion (2011) . . . Cake is a Sacramento, California band with 6 albums over 17 years . . . their music is smart & quirky but, more than that, it's made with care, it matters, they are sharing something dear to them . . . their new album shows an artistic maturation that moves on while leaving nothing important behind . . . beautiful weirdness that counts . . .
Classic Rock Album: The Waterboys, This is the Sea (1985) . . . Early on, this Irish band made what its leader Mike Scott called "the Big Music," a sprawling soundscape of instrumentation & visionary lyrics . . . this was the third of these albums & it shows a focus & a joy that in undeniable . . . Scott points to the sky, to the sea, to the forests, to the magic of skin touching skin & what fires within, nods, & his fine, tight band begins to play for glorys . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Twelve of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is the Fourmyula, a delightful late '60s band that ruled their native New Zealand's pop music charts with cheerful tunes sweet as magical sugar cubes . . . I keep thinking 'circulation salves distress' over & over, & trying better to learn what this means . . .

03.26.2011 show


March 19, 2011 show features:
New Rock Album: Wye Oak, Civilian (2011) . . . This show is clearly a great fan of this Baltimore band, having aired both of their previous albums, 2007's If Children & 2009's The Knot, as well as their 2010 EP, My Neighbor / My Creator . . . Their new album works wildly around a dreaming map of wishes, curiosities, obscure beauties of the soul . . . a 38-minute sojourn down a kaleidoscopic river beneath funhouse mirror skies . . . too soon over . . .
Classic Rock Album: Bob Dylan, Bringing It All Back Home (1965) . . . This was one of the key albums in building Dylan's legend, created in a fever of inspiration, with a desire to shed his constricting folkie-protest roots, & aided benignly by a nice deep haze of marijuana smoke . . . maybe a tab or two of Lucy too . . . each song rings with fearlessness & fervor, the sounds of a man assessing what he's got in hand, a guitar, a pen & paper, a troubled heart, a harmonica, some willing band mates, a few key books of poems . . . assessing, nodding, & setting forth like it's all new & this is the first time . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter Twelve of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is The Flaming Lips & some nice cuts from their 2009 epic double-album, Embryonic . . . this weekend we part the winter & arrive in the springtime . . . breathe & praise, find something to be grateful for & say thank you to whomever or whatever brought it into your life . . . breathe & praise, breathe again, remember how to be glad, & be glad . . .

03.19.2011 show


March 12, 2011 show features:
New Rock Album: R.E.M., Collapse Into Now (2011) . . . For 13 years now, the legendary Georgia band R.E.M. has been releasing albums as a trio, minus their retired drummer Bill Berry . . . the results have been mixed, as though sometimes the band was genuinely exploring new musical spaces, & sometimes listening to fans who feel the band should have broken up in 2000 (as they had once joked they would) . . . their fifth album as a trio (up to half of what the original quartet released) shows them finally establishing solid ground for newer- & older-sounding music—& for the length of an entire album . . . the guitars ring, the harmonies swirl, lead singer Michael Stipe's lyrics again show his gift for the heartfelt, the deep, & the silly . . . it adds up to an album the band should feel proud of . . . newer fans & older alike should give this one a good listen, & then a few more . . .
Classic Rock Album: Elliott Smith, XO (1998) . . . Somehow this enormously gifted artist hadn't hit my radar until very recently . . . but I didn't find my way into his work until I heard this, his fourth album . . . I am reminded, in the best of ways, of the later albums of Phil Ochs, where a folkie goes electric, adds some players, & gains a deeper, wider voice for his songs . . . dark, catchy, Smith's talent, & that of his band, is of prime order, his music both honest & powerful . . . wonderfully worth hearing . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter Eleven of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is The Royal Guardsmen, a late '60s band from Florida that recorded a delightful series of "Snoopy vs. the Red Baron" songs . . . yes, it's spring coming again, there are days that hint or even briefly shout it . . . not yet but soon . . . I think the birds out the window have been singing of spring all winter long . . .

03.12.2011 show


February 26, 2011 show features:
New Rock Album: Radiohead, The King of Limbs (2011) . . . It's been four years since this UK band released the excellent In Rainbows . . . this new album came out last week with almost no advanced notice, initially a digital-only release, causing mayhem among rock music lovers . . . the music is often a kind of ambient rock, as much of their recent work has been . . . but as one reviewer noted insightfully, Radiohead makes music only Radiohead can make . . . the only fairly certain reaction I can give to it right now is that it might bear its best fruit from an undisturbed & fairly elevated place . . .
Classic Rock Album: XTC, Nonsuch (1992) . . . Like Radiohead, XTC is one of my favorite latter-day British rock bands . . . in spirit & sound, the two form almost a kind of yin & yang . . . this album came as XTC was cohering their sound into a kind of high art 1960s-never-ended vibe, a smart, timeless, visceral suite of songs . . . much of is powered by the brilliant song-writing of Andy Partridge, with a few well-placed tunes by his mate Colin Moulding . . . a wonderful album, a wonderful band, just the thing to sweep the existential blues out the door . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter Eleven of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is The Lemon Drops, a Chicago band around from 1967 to 1969, they cut a bunch of sweet trippy songs but never had the luck to release a proper album . . . existential blues indeed, & yet the knowledge that mind & two good hands, walking upright still, loved as much as any deserves to be . . . looking toward a springtime in heart as much as on the branches of nearby trees . . .

02.26.2011 show


February 19, 2011 show features:
New Rock Album: Iron & Wine, Kiss Each Other Clean (2011) . . . Last heard on the 12/1/2007 broadcast of this show with the excellent The Shepherd's Dog, Iron & Wine (the stage name for Sam Beam) from Texas returns with a beguiling, funky, sometimes electric, sometimes beautifully soft, new album . . . lyrically as powerful as the music, which is not a widely common pleasure in rock music new or old . . . tales that are not merely strange nor merely intimate . . . a special album, a lingering one . . .
Classic Rock Album: Blossom Toes, If Only For a Moment (1969) . . . Fairly obscure UK band around for several years in the late '60s . . . this second & final album of theirs rocks beautifully in that late '60s way, with its feelings of rage & wonder criss-crossing wildly . . . the funny thing to note here is that the Blossoms had more commercial success with their first album, 1967's We Are Ever So Clean, a more poppy, less acid rock, affair, but the band itself hadn't liked it, the session musicians forced on them, outside arrangers, & so on . . . they only made two albums, but their second album sends them out on high notes of artistic freedom . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter Eleven of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is The Clash & cuts from their classic 1979 rock epic, London Calling . . . tonight the sky broke up with heavy thunder & brilliant lightning, rain pounding down on the streets lined with high piles of dirty snow . . . beautiful, & without the least needed explanation . . .

02.19.2011 show


February 12, 2011 show features:
New Rock Album: Bright Eyes, The People's Key (2011) . . . Last heard on this show on 4/7/2007, with their excellent Cassadega album, Conor Oberst & his crew return with an even harder rocking release . . . there is palpable anger & sadness in this album over the state of the world, & if there is hope, it is what is found on the hard road of experience & failure . . . there are moments, gorgeous & weird, of a kind only Oberst could conjure, when this album bursts wildly with beauty & magic . . .
Classic Rock Album: Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, Night Moves (1976) . . . A deeper visit with this fine Michigan band, building (somewhat belatedly) on this show's 8/13/2005 broadcast of the Bullet's Greatest HIts album . . . Seger thinks deep & subtly, then lets some of his thoughts out in songs, some rockers, some ballads . . . for a long stretch in the '70s & into the '80s, he was tuned into the times, his albums, this one among his best, broadcasting the news not seen on the TV . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter Eleven of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Delta Spirit, & cuts from their 2010 EP, The Waits Room . . . waits, wait, waiting, sometimes it seems like life becomes waiting more than living, & one wishes to direct a complaint but where? to whom? There's more to this world than waiting, even in its worst moments, a puzzle worthy of a brain, mine & yours, millions of years in the making . . .

02.12.2011 show


January 29, 2011 12th anniversary show features:
Featured Album: Pete Townshend, Psychoderelict (1992) . . . From the ashes of The Who's abandoned 1969-1970 Lifehouse project emerges many years later this tour de force, a legitimate sequel to Tommy & Quadrophenia . . . it tells the story of Ray High, a veteran cosmic rocker trying to sort through his middle age doubts & obsessions to produce once again work to rival his own previous masterpieces . . . if it sounds autobiographical, that's because it is, & isn't, like many of the best works of Art . . . it rocks as hard as anything ever has, confesses as rawly, & lays forth the artist's powerful scarred mind & battered but still-beating heart for any who care to know these . . . this album is a rock classic that should be heard & known so much better than it is . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Ten of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . so this is my show's 12th anniversary broadcast, the first anniversary broadcast to come again from the Boston area since 2002, when the show was just 3 years old . . . through all the struggles of my days, I am thrilled to be doing this show from the area I left awhile in body, but never in spirit . . .

01.29.2011 show


January 22, 2011 show features:
New Rock Album: Guster, Easy Wonderful (2010) . . . This Boston band's third consecutive release on this program, although it's been since 6/17/2006 when Ganging Up on the Sun was spun . . . their new album rocks prettily, Guster raises the good vibes easily & smartly . . . the kind of album that hits the sticking spot from the get-go & keeps finding new ways to stick upon subsequent listens . . .
Classic Rock Album: The Dream Syndicate, The Days of Wine and Roses (1982) . . . This Los Angeles band had been together less than a year when this album came out & made their name on the college rock scene of the day . . . many compare them to the Velvet Underground because lead singer Steve Wynne shares Lou Reed's deadpan snarl . . . similar, not the same, just as post-punk LA & Andy Warhol's New York City do not quite mirror each other . . . the Syndicate is a little more rocking, less nihilistic, also swing for far fences but with a different bat . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter Ten of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Cage the Elephant, & cuts from their beguiling first two albums, built equally from exposed hearts & punky snot . . . this week I felt my cold fragment & dissipate, & health return day by day . . . the snows fell & fell, I beggared work in many directions but, still, health, sweet health . . .

01.22.2011 show


January 15, 2011 show features:
New Rock Album: The Decemberists, The King is Dead (2011) . . . Long time favorites of this show, this Portland, Oregon band returns with a lower key album than recent releases, pretty & fine as ever, but with a sheen of simple happiness in many of its songs . . . it was recorded in the spring of 2010 on a farm near Portland, Oregon, & its R.E.M.-like spirit can be explained in part by the presence of Peter Buck on several songs . . . a nicely unexpected turn in the road for a great band . . .
Classic Rock Album: Golden Dawn, Power Plant (1968) . . . Led by George Kinney, this Austin, Texas band was contemporaries of the Thirteenth Floor Elevators . . . similar fine bands but not the same . . . Golden Dawn's songs are more spirituality, less pure anarchy . . . that said, when it's time to rock, they definitely know how to rock! Alas, another cool band with one album come & gone . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter Ten of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is the Gin Blossoms, starting to catch up with their recent work, this time around cuts from their 2006 reunion album Major Lodge Victory . . . I spent this week flat on my back from a crappy cold, watching as a blizzard swallowed Boston, & then left without a word . . . can't wait for that first day of post-cold bliss . . . can't wait!

01.15.2011 show


January 8, 2011 show features:
New Rock Album: Delta Spirit, History from Below (2010) . . . Last heard on the 10/3/2009 broadcast of this program, with their excellent debut album, Ode to Sunshine, this California band returns with another classic, as musically delicious as the last, with some added politically-themed bite, & an even deeper lyrical depth . . . another record to spin for any "rock is dead" mopey-dopes you happen across . . .
Classic Rock Album: The Knack, Round Trip (1981) . . . This Los Angeles band had hit it big back in 1979, with the dirty rock ditty "My Sharona" from their debut album, but then a backlash sank their sophomore release . . . This third album is a classic, rocks, pops, grooves, is fine as fine gets . . . & yet the reviews were so bad, the band broke up (until 1991) a few weeks after its release . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter Ten of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artists are some of the many featured on the Treme HBO TV original soundtrack from 2010 . . . if you have not seen this brilliant, beautiful TV show, I advise finding it now . . . tis a new year, & we carry into it our same seeds & stinks, & wonder as always whether some good can grow from this mixture . . .

01.08.2011 show


December 11, 2010 show features:
New Rock Album: Okkervil River, The Stand Ins (2008) . . . This album is the companion piece to this Austin, Texas outfit's great 2007 release, The Stage Names (spun on this program one week ago) . . . the songs on this album mine various angles of culture—high, low, & weird—to produce songs of timeless beauty . . . ballads, rockers, big epics, fragments . . . the lesson between the lines is that beauty can be chased into any patch of woods with great return . . .
Classic Rock Album: Mountain Bus, Sundance (1971) . . . This great Chicago jam band had the misfortune of getting sued for using the word "Mountain" in their band name, even though their use of it predated the band Mountain by several years . . . the good news is that all these years later their music remains as fresh & beautiful as it was back then . . . their scorching version of the Grateful Dead's "I Know You Rider" is only one of many treats on this great rock album . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter Ten of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion . . . & this week's 8th annual holiday broadcast brings this show's activities to a conclusion for another year . . . I can only hope that the new year brings the beginnings of a powerful cohesion among disparate people tired of the ways that leaders of men continue to use the fist & the bullet & the threat in lieu of the imagination of the mind & the empathy in every human heart . . . I do not blame one man or woman for the suffering in this world . . . I blame the systems erected in lethal combination with the helplessness so many of us feel as we acquiesce day by day . . . is there hope? There's always hope . . . where there's life, there's hope . . .

12.11.2010 show


December 4, 2010 show features:
New Rock Album: Okkervil River, The Stage Names (2007) . . . This is the first of two related albums this show will play this month by this fine Austin, Texas band . . . this week's album is a frenetic rocking drive of what singer Will Sheff calls a "universe of reference of signals, signs, and bullshit" . . . the intense melodicism of this band's music reminds me in the most positive way of the Avett Brothers . . . not many bands can reach so deep into the heart's hidden places & pull up such essential musical poetry . . .
Classic Rock Album: The Move, Looking On (1970) . . . The third album from this British rock band pulses with exciting sounds, with ideas, with hard charge after hard charge of music . . . a bit funny, a bit dark, musically labyrinthine . . . it is no wonder that Move members Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne, & Bev Bevan were by the release of this album already planning the launch of the prog-rock supergroup Electric Light Orchestra . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Nine of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion . . . & this week's featured artist is Eric Clapton, & sly bluesy delights from his 2010 album, Clapton . . . there is so much unnecessary struggle in the human world, so much that humans inflect on each other with no reference to Nature, the Universe, or any external compulsion . . . yet we do live in Nature, a hope that bides close every day, & we do have music, a magic that all but the most lost cannot avoid. . .

12.04.2010 show


November 27, 2010 show features:
New Rock Album: Wolf Parade, Expo 86 (2010) . . . This Montreal band makes frenetic, driving, darkly fun music, and is yet another example of the fertile ground that Montreal continues to be for indie rock . . . they do indeed rock and roll, but with a pretty, pretty heart buried in each song, nearer or not so near to the surface of the sounds . . .
Classic Rock Album: Family, A Song for Me (1970) . . . This UK band, featured once previously on this show (their excellent 1968 debut Music in a Doll's House was heard on the 1/6/2007 broadcast), makes a kind of weird pretty British folk-rock . . . often the sounds of a deep, half-remembered dream, that cries hoarsely to be born as it fades . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Nine of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion . . . & this week's featured artist is Blues Traveler, a New Jersey jam band that has traveled its many roads on the strength of long jaunty songs, and John Popper's ability to wring many worlds from a harmonica . . . winter is creepin' & crawling' into New England, the leaves have done their dance & scatter the ground, trees are bare, the wind is raising ever stronger, more cold, less light . . . fine times indeed!

11.27.2010 show


November 20, 2010 show features:
New Rock Album: A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Autumn, Again (2010) . . . This Philadelphia band's dream pop fuzzes your mind but good, a warm & weird sound . . . sometimes sounds like a rock band with '80s leanings (they recently did an excellent cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Everywhere"), but more often not . . . a well-named record leading one to think of walking strange paths at dusk, humming with the sounds that criss cross nearby . . .
Classic Rock Album: Fastball, The Harsh Light of Day (2000) . . . This Austin, Texas band hit it big in the late '90s with the delicious slacker epic, "The Way" . . . on this follow-up album the band chose to challenge themselves & make more complex, often darker, songs . . . the results are fantastic, showing a band following its inspiration & best ideas . . . an album for frequent listenings, newly rewarding each time . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Nine of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion . . . & this week's featured artist is American Breed, a late '60s band from Illinois that hit it big with a few trippy nuggets such as "Bend Me, Shape Me" . . . some days I sit watching out the window, the trees, the patch of sky in view, the wind pushing branches around, or strangely absent . . . I watch for only a few minutes at most, but there's some mystery & wisdom in this I wish I could better cup, & carry away . . .

11.20.2010 show


November 13, 2010 show features:
New Rock Album: James, The Morning After, The Night Before (2010) . . . I'd not picked up on this long-lived Manchester UK band until the release of its newest work, a double EP set . . . James is an idiosyncratic band, their music is a weirdly pretty rock, their lyrics a kind of tangled poetry, their sound in sum addicting & fine . . .
Classic Rock Album: The Merry-Go-Round, The Merry-Go-Round (1967) . . . This Los Angeles band put out one brilliant acid pop record before disintegrating . . . some compare their sound to that of fellow LA rockers Love, but I think it's less dark & more of the lovely melancholic folk-rock of the time . . . another lysergic treat from a year with seemingly endless treasures . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Nine of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion . . . & this week's featured artist is great '70s British glam rockers T. Rex . . . some weeks trip up early & hardly find a balance all the way through . . . but life keeps luring with its good things, its music, its trees, those who smiling offer their love . . . why resist?

11.13.2010 show


November 6, 2010 show features:
New Rock Album: Bad Books, Bad Books (2010) . . . Turns out this band is a collaboration between Brooklyn folk/indie artist Kevin Devine & Atlanta indie rock band Manchester Orchestra (whose great 2009 Means Everything to Nothing album was heard on this show's 5/30/2009 broadcast) . . . I liked the album a lot before I knew who had made it, & then knowing explained this liking further . . . moody, jangly, oddly poetical, an autumnal aural treat for those who love acoustic guitars (& sometimes electric) on grey, grey days . . .
Classic Rock Album: Harry Chapin, Short Stories (1974) . . . I discovered Harry Chapin on the day he died, in 1981, I was 17 . . . a friend on the phone mentioned his death, & I broke down crying, strange since I'd only known of him from a few songs on the radio . . . yet I began to collect his LPs, nearly a dozen of them, & discovered a full grown man still carrying the hopes & ideals & vulnerabilities of youth . . . trying to figure how to put his work, his music, to the task of understanding the world & trying to better it . . . the years pass, the power passes from hand to hand, yet the change of name from Caesar to Hitler to Nixon to Bush means little in how one man will stomp another in reaching past him . . . romance & sex still twist in ways mysterious, excruciating, sublime . . . every living soul still struggles for how to live, how to live, how to live, & why . . . Chapin's music shines a light on life's hidden & not-so-hidden chambers of ferment, & he sings of what is revealed . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Nine of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion . . . & this week's featured artist is obscure trippy rockers Crazy Elephant & cuts from their sole album from 1969 . . . November is dreaded by many, loved by a few, summer long gone, winter still at a distance . . . the fall leaves are nearly all down . . . but not any year without a few perfect colorous days of still, cool air, & moments when the human world is rendered the much & mere thing it is, indeed, amongst the world as a whole . . .

11.06.2010 show


October 16, 2010 show features:
New Rock Album: The Posies, Blood/Candy (2010) . . . An indie rock band from Washington State, been around & gone & now back & yet here I am late on finally catching their wave . . . what pretty rocking fun music . . . shiny music, jingles, harmonies . . . but then the tear of the lyrics . . . these boys sing & play like a lot depends on them getting it right . . .
Classic Rock Album: Yes, Close to the Edge (1972) . . . Deep in the big belly'd time of progressive rock's heyday appeared this record . . . for lovers of the hugely ambitious rock epic (three songs comprise this work), this fits the bill . . . there is no holding back in grandness of design nor musical virtuosity . . . a master work of its kind . . . Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Eight of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion . . . & this week's featured artist is Santana & cuts from their fine new rock covers album, Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time . . . nights of late have gotten blustery, the kind when every blanket in the house must be found & set to work . . . the leaves are showing their secrets, & ready for the last, best party of the year . . .

10.16.2010 show


October 9, 2010 show features:
New Rock Album: Belle & Sebastian, Belle & Sebastian Write About Love (2010) . . . An impossibly catchy album, yet at moments grotesque & sweetly dark . . . this Scottish band comes across sometimes as delicate, fragile, otherworldly, but their bite is underneath, & their lyrics are often merciless & unsentimental . . . a strange group, a really, really good one too . . .
Classic Rock Album: Pink Floyd, A Saucerful of Secrets (1968) . . . the Floyd's second album, & the last to feature Syd Barrett on some of its tracks . . . a spooky record, especially the title track, & as a whole a psychedelic masterpiece . . . there is madness & dark beauty all over this one . . . the pain is plainly evident too . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Eight of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion . . . & this week's featured artist is the Lovin' Spoonful & some prime cuts from their late '60s work . . . the air cools, wraps 'round fingers & minds . . . the city is a stark study in shapes & angles at night . . . even the geese are hanging around the Public Garden for a little while longer before their departure hour comes . . . loveliness, in all directions . . .

10.09.2010 show


October 2, 2010 show features:
New Rock Album: Neil Young, LeNoise (2010) . . . Neil pairs up with producer Daniel Lanois (hence the playful album title) to produce a loud rock album in the old, simple vein, but with some nifty arty flourishes . . . with a couple of dark acoustic tunes along the way . . . when NY shows up with intent, & plugs on in, it can still be beautiful . . .
Classic Rock Album: Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin (1969) . . . The power of this debut album loses nothing with the years . . . LZ was out of the gate fantastic, & it's not just their influence that matters, it's the actual music . . . they played like rock gods because that's what rock bands aspired to . . . mount the high cliffs & shout down . . . happens even these days, just not always as many down below listening . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Eight of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & various poems . . . Joy Division, a UK post-punk band that made some cool & creepy rock music in the late '70s . . . the leaves are turning, October arrives, with its rain & cooler days, the year rolling through the long colors till all turns white . . .

10.02.2010 show


September 25, 2010 show features:
New Rock Album: The Zephyrs, Fool of Regrets (2010) . . . This Scottish band has weird, charming ways, electric rocking it out at times, bringing in boy-girl harmonies at others . . . they had me with the album's opening song, "Creative Faith," a trippy number as one could wish, but won my heart forever with a later song about working for the recruitment agency . . . 'slavery under another name,' indeed . . .
Classic Rock Album: Paul Simon, There Goes Rhymin' Simon (1973) . . . Getting to be autumn & them's Paul Simon days . . . there are so many charming winners on this, Simon's third solo album . . . but the song that runs through my head of late is "One Man's Ceiling Is Another Man's Floor" . . . I think of it when I hear pounding from the apartment below . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Eight of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & various poems . . . & this week's featured artist is The Eagles & cuts from their excellent farewell (for awhile) 1979 album, The Long Run . . . yes, tis autumn, the daylight hours are fewer, the heat is letting up on its months-long hold . . . the leaves in northern New England are already changing colors, & soon this transition comes to Boston . . .

09.25.2010 show


September 18, 2010 show features:
New Rock Album: Dead Heart Bloom, Strange Waves (2010) . . . debut album by this New York dream pop band . . . there's a feel of Beatles, CSN&Y, the Velvet Underground, & Fleetwood Mac in these tunes, but their influences comprise their launching pad, not their nocturnal destination . . . sweet music, melancholy, sometimes darker than that . . .
Classic Rock Album: The Litter, Distortions (1967) . . . debut album of beloved Minneapolis, Minnesota garage rockers . . . known for their fuzzy classic "Action Woman," these boys also did killer covers by The Who, the Yardbirds, & Small Faces . . . fun stuff that bites, hangs on . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Eight of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & various poems . . . & this week's featured artist is North Carolina's Megafaun & cuts from their excellent new Heretofore EP . . . I am feeling that pull of autumn more & more as it nears . . . sometimes riding my bike home in the dark I am grateful beyond all named & known . . .

09.18.2010 show


September 11, 2010 show features:
New Rock Album: Menomena, Mines (2010) . . . Part of the delight to listening to these Portland, Oregon rockets is knowing—& not caring—or not knowing at all, that they use a computer program as part of their album creation process . . . it is completely irrelevant to the enjoyment of this work, a restless, frothy, smart rainbow of rocking tunes . . . however a band gets to making music this good, praise be . . .
Classic Rock Album: Morning Dew, Morning Dew (1967) . . . There is a timeless magic to the debut album of this acid rock band from Topeka, Kansas . . . a beauty in the male & female voices, separate & when they twine . . . in the way an excellent band will bring a breathless looseness to their songs while leaving listeners wonder how they can be that good song after song . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter Eight of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & various poems . . . & this week's featured artist is The Mighty Lemon Drops, & cuts from their excellent & rocking late-'80s work (the '80s did indeed rock, despite the shit on commercial radio) . . . the weather has turned in recent days from summer's endless bite to fall's transient splendors . . . a greater weight in the air, leaves changing colors, all changing & changing again, time moving along . . .

09.11.2010 show


August 28, 2010 show features:
New Rock Album: Lower Dens, Twin-Hand Movement (2010) . . . Amazing debut album from this Baltimore quartet . . . band leader Jana Hunter was on the folk circuit for a decade when she decided to change course & form a rock band with some of her friends & tour mates . . . the result is a brooding, dreamy rock confection which rides 40 intensely pleasurable minutes along its own waves of reaction & reflection . . .
Classic Rock Album: Phil Ochs, Rehearsals for Retirement (1969) . . . In a year of amazing albums (including Nick Drake's Five Leaves Left, played on this show last week), Ochs' 1969 masterpiece stands as one of the best of them . . . a desperate, beautiful cri de coeur from a man who had fought the good fight for the betterment of society & was now left among his ruins, this album is both plain in its beauty & complex in its mysteries . . . summed like: how is it that an Ochs, or a Van Gogh, or a Cobain, can find in their darkest hours the materials & the will to make works of genius? And how do you thank a dead genius?
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Seven of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is The Smiths & some great cuts from their 1986 album The Queen is Dead . . . the summer is going & some souls wish it linger, & others bid it a quick adieu . . . or maybe it's all one season & naming four of them is a try, & a fail, to nature against itself as men, amongst themselves, daily, do . . .

08.28.2010 show


August 21, 2010 show features:
New Rock Album: Annuals, Count the Rings (2010) . . . This delightful North Carolina indie-rock band has expanded their Sweet Sister EP (from March of this year) into a full-blown third album . . . by turns whimsical, oddly trippy, pensive, I find their hippie-ish sound beguiling & enjoy how album by album they continue to branch & leaf out wonderfully . . .
Classic Rock Album: Nick Drake, Five Leaves Left (1969) . . . British folk-rock singer Drake's debut album landed from seemingly nowhere in longhair 1969, & still sounds like it's arriving from both the past & the future . . . Drake's voice is the lead instrument of an excellent band, his lyrics the stuff of an intimate, sometimes secret poetry . . . all cumes to a 39 minute land of melancholy magic that one wishes to visit again & again . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Seven of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Golden Smog, the alt-country supergroup led by the Jayhawks' Gary Louris, & cuts from their excellent 2007 EP, Blood on the Slacks . . . there were moments here in Boston this week when autumn-tinged coolness slipped in for a few hours . . . soon more, & then more still!

08.21.2010 show


August 14, 2010 show features:
New Rock Album: Deer Tick, The Black Dirt Sessions (2010) . . . This Providence, Rhode Island indie rock band plays an earthy early-'70s rock that still sounds more contemporary than throwback . . . they know how to hit it hard, jam wildly, & also how to slow it down & still keep the intensity . . . a challenging, delightful, gifted young group I hope continues to play out its great potential . . .
Classic Rock Album: Billy Joel, The Nylon Curtain (1982) . . . This is the fourth Billy Joel album featured on this show . . . his early-'70s albums profoundly helped me make to September 1982 when this new album was released & I was free of high school hell, starting college . . . his eighth album, it finds him more ambitious than ever to make an album inspired by his deep love of the Beatles . . . as John Lennon had just recently been murdered, one could even call this his homage . . . all that said, it is a plainly great rock record, a beautiful suite of songs that runs a perfect course start to finish . . . as one who disdains the indulgent album lengths that digital technology currently allows, I say: this album is about 36 minutes long & very few can challenge it . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Seven of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is The Nice, a fine late-'60s UK prog-rock group later remembered primarily for being keyboardist Keith Emerson's launching pad to fame . . . books from the deep to the dishwater say change your mind & change the world, & there are days, sometimes just hours or moments, when I believe this & campaign the braid of voices in my head to heed its hope . . . you too?

08.14.2010 show


August 7, 2010 show features:
New Rock Album: Tired Pony, The Place We Ran From (2010) . . . A kinda-sorta country-tinged indie rock supergroup including Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol & R.E.M's Peter Buck . . . country by intention but rock & roll by result, balladish to lysergical . . . fine, fine work . . .
Classic Rock Album: Spirogyra, Bells, Boots and Shambles (1973) . . . This was a British folk/prog band for a few years in the early '70s . . . their third album is rangy melange of pretty folk, rocking out moments, & acid lunacy . . . an amazing roller coaster in sound . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter Seven of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Wye Oak & cuts from their excellent new EP, My Neighbor/My Creator . . . the summer days are drippy with heat, & the cooler autumn seems quite far off . . . but nothing is ever as far off as it seems . . .

08.07.2010 show


July 24, 2010 show features:
New Rock Album: Nada Surf, If I Had a Hi-Fi (2010) . . . Third time this New York band has been featured on this show, & this time out the boys have made a really fun covers album (I think of other good ones such as Rush's Feedback & The Church's Box of Birds) . . . their takes on songs by artists such as Depeche Mode, the Moody Blues, & Kate Bush show a love for the originals & a fine creative restlessness to make the songs their own . . .
Classic Rock Album: Emerson, Lake, & Palmer, Trilogy (1972) . . . been four years since this UK progressive rock outfit was on this show . . . this album, their third, is a number of things: strange, pretty, funny, & by its culmination a bit of new musical land has been visited, one more strange morning in a youth's lifetime has passed, & it was a good one . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter Six of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artists are some of those featured on the excellent Cold Mountain (2003) original soundtrack . . . I think of July & sometimes simply remember the July of my 17th year when I would walk along the low wall in front of the local museum, & dream simply toward all that might be . . .

07.24.2010 show


July 17, 2010 show features:
New Rock Album: Shout Out Louds, Work (2010) . . . Swedish indie rock band with their third release, pull out all the stops . . .this album is a hard pretty pretty ride . . . its bright, moody, acoustic charms can be attributed at least in part to producer Phil Ek, who previously worked with Band of Horses & the Shins . . . gets better & stronger, track by track, listen by listen . . .
Classic Rock Album: Taste, Taste (1969) . . . This Irish power trio featured guitarist/vocalis Rory Gallagher, 20 years old & at the start of his long career . . . they sound cut from the mold of Cream, and in fact opened for them on their farewell tour . . . raw, bluesy, & very likable psychedelic work, the kind that lingers in the ears a long while . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter Six of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is the Wallflowers, selections from their excellent work . . . feeling like this is the fourth phase of my living in Boston (when I visited here from Connecticut, when I moved here, when I lived far but remembered here fondly, & hereon), & I believe in these early days it may be the best one of them all!

07.17.2010 show


July 10, 2010 show features:
New Rock Album: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Mojo (2010) . . . It's been 8 years since Petty & the Heartbreakers' last release, & this time out they have opted for a run at the blues . . . the result is a sprawling, ambitious, frequently exciting record that shows this band hasn't slowed down or begun to rust . . . some songs hit the first time around, some after a few listens, but either way, it's a great & welcomed return by a legendary rock group . . .
Classic Rock Album: Bow Street Runners, Bow Street Runners (1970) . . . This Fayetteville, North Carolina band put out just one relatively obscure album that has, happily, resurfaced in the past few years . . . take some fuzzed-out guitars, classic organ, a few horns (even a few backward loops), throw in some trippy lyrics & good rock singers, male & female, and you have a record worth recovering from the dust of years gone by . . .Storybook Time: More entries from my "Road Diary," kept along the long road from Portland, Oregon to Boston, Massachusetts . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Five of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Sting, a selection from his many, many great songs . . . finally returned to Boston, finally moved into a new place, finally settling in, finally getting to the business of resuming this radio program. The word "gratefulness" comes to mind again & again of late. What newly possible . . . indeed . . .

07.10.2010 show


June 12, 2010 show features:
New Rock Album: Blitzen Trapper, Destroyer of the Void (2010) . . . Suddenly this band from Portland, Oregon has a new album out, & it's as charming & rocking as their previous releases . . . good music, smart lyrics, a twist of the weird darkness life sometimes tosses up, & here is another winner!
Classic Rock Album: Simon & Garfunkel, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, & Thyme (1966) . . . Talk about classic rock albums . . . S&G never touched the ground during the making of this one . . . roars & purrs both with beautiful, funny, dear, tender, sometimes furious music . . . SO GOOD!
Storybook Time: More entries from my "Road Diary," kept along the long road from Portland, Oregon to Boston, Massachusetts . . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Radiohead, & cuts from their excellent 2001 live album, I Might Be Wrong. . . this is the second of two shows produced while traveling in Boston & not yet moved in here, so recorded live but broadcast later . . . good feelings all around for moving back here, resuming, renewing . . .

06.12.2010 show


June 5, 2010 show features:
New Rock Album: Widespread Panic, Dirty Side Down (2010) . . . this veteran Georgia jam band has put together quite an epic . . . songs that reflect joy, weariness, and a long fascination with the strangeness of life and how it can be transmitted to music . . . deep and beautiful jamming . . .
Classic Rock Album: Creedence Clearwater Revival, Creedence Clearwater Revival (1968) . . . one of this show's most favorite bands, always good to get their music on air . . . this album was their first, and shows them rocking good and hard right out of the gate first time around . . . and they got even better!
Storybook Time: Entries from my "Road Diary," kept along the long road from Portland, Oregon to Boston, Massachusetts . . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Coldplay, songs from their brilliant 2002 album, A Rush of Blood to the Head . . . this weekend a road show of sorts from the Boston area, the usual mix with some odd new dashes . . .

06.05.2010 show


May 22, 2010 show features:
New Rock Album: The Black Keys, Brothers (2010) . . . this Ohio duo is a big discovery for me, though they have been around for nearly a decade (again confirming my faith that not only is there good current rock music, but that there is a LOT of it!) . . . their new album is nearly an hour in length, usually a red flag in my book as most bands releasing albums that long could use someone to help them cut their work down to about 45 minutes, gaining tightness over indulgence . . . but this album works over a lot of territory and justifies its length . . . their music is often called blues-rock, which fits well enough but not comprehensively . . . there are quite a few blues numbers but the band moves restlessly and fluidly into soul, hard rock, psychedelic rock, and does not shy from ballad-y or funny moments either . . . this album is a major achievement . . .
Classic Rock Album: Ultimate Spinach, Behold and See (1968) . . . Continuing this show's recent review of the late '60s "Bosstown Sound" out of Boston, the Spinach made some very pretty, trippy music for a couple of years running, some shorter acoustic pieces and longer electric jams . . . worth recovering from their obscurity (oddly, it is said that a band with this name, but no original members, and little musical relation to the original band, has toured around Oregon since 1970). . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Five of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Wilco, and music from their several albums up to their 2001 release Yankee Hotel Foxtrot . . . this week's broadcast marks the last one to come from Portland, and also the last one from the West Coast, where I have been situated since 2004 . . . soon, the first broadcast from the East Coast since 2004, and the first from Boston since 2002! Thank you, Portland, Seattle, West Coast . . . I return East more of a fully realized person for having lived out here . . .

05.22.2010 show


May 15, 2010 show features:
New Rock Album: Great Lake Swimmers, Lost Channels (2009) . . . This Canadian band has several previous releases but this is the first one where their melodies & their melancholy marry perfectly in a luscious folk-rock atmosphere . . . this album realizes their potential . . .
Classic Rock Album: The Plastic Cloud, The Eyes of The Plastic Cloud (1968) . . . Part of the "Bosstown Sound" (as opposed the "Haight-Ashbury Sound") that also featured bands like Ultimate Spinach & Orpheus . . . marketing ploys aside, this album lets it all out, mostly melodic acid rock but with a few oddities thrown in too . . . serious shit, but with a light moment's touch here & there . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Five of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is the Jayhawks, a band I loved on high starry nights in Boston many trips ago, & plan to love again when returned there soon . . . been a year since I hit the bricks, scrounging for work in hard times, but soon the bricks will be far more familiar, & I think my hopes will rise . . .

05.15.2010 show


May 8, 2010 show features:
New Rock Album: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (2009) . . . The lighter, prettier charms of this New York band are weighed to a heavy electric sound . . . music that drops deeper into the ears & mind with each listen . . . I didn't think so, then was unsure, then yah & yah & yah!
Classic Rock Album: The Beacon Street Union, The Eyes of The Beacon Street Union (1967) . . . Part of the "Bosstown Sound" (as opposed the "Haight-Ashbury Sound") that also featured bands like Ultimate Spinach & Orpheus . . . marketing ploys aside, this album lets it all out, mostly melodic acid rock but with a few oddities thrown in too . . . serious shit, but with a light moment's touch here & there . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter Five of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is the Grateful Dead, some live cuts from the early '70s, my mind remembering high Hartlee nights a decade ago when just about all that made sense some nights were these songs . . . the sunny days take a longer nibble on the skin, & change is all, & the bravest, simplest view is that change is good . . .

05.08.2010 show


May 1, 2010 show features:
New Rock Album: El Goodo, Coyote (2009) . . . It was fellow SpiritPlants Radio DJ Catfishrivers who hooked me into this deeply addictive Welsh band, one that plays vintage 60s music on vintage instruments . . . sounding like the last four decades or so were just someone's bad joke or a creepy dream that has gone on too long, El Goodo rocks it out, every great song leading to the next great song, and the conclusion leading to the necessity of flipping the platter over and starting again . . .
Classic Rock Album: Rush, Counterparts (1993) . . . this program is a long-time fan of this Canadian trio (this is their fifth album to be broadcast) . . . this album came out during a time of ever-rising popularity, but they play it out their way as always, existential lyrics wrapped within music both tight & expansive . . . there is no other band in the world quite like Rush, & glad they keep making their magic their way . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Four of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May . . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is The Doors & cuts from their 1971 album Other Voices, released just months after lead singer Jim Morrison's demise . . . back after two weekends off, part of it spent re-connecting to old & deep roots in New England . . . soon time to return & build, continue, contrive new among the fresh & the remembered . . .

05.01.2010 show


April 10, 2010 show features:
New Rock Album: Titus Andronicus, The Monitor (2010) . . . This New Jersey band has released a pretty amazing new album, an ambitious punky rock 65-minute set that reminds me in a very favorable way of Green Day's 2004 American Idiot . . . moody, funny, odd, just a splendid piece of work that bears many enjoyable listens . . .
Classic Rock Album: The David, Another Day, Another Lifetime (1967) . . .Wonderful obscure Los Angeles band's sole album beautifully excesses in rocking tunes, horns, strings, sentiments both romantic & hippie . . . another wonderful find courtesy of the blogs hid in crevasses 'cross cyberspace . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Four of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Annuals, & cuts from their charming brand new EP, Sweet Sister . . . the weather warms in the Pacific Northwest and, despite new job woes, I am smiling right now, and looking east again with curiosity soon to be pursued . . .

04.10.2010 show


April 3, 2010 show features:
New Rock Album: Frightened Rabbit, The Winter of Mixed Drinks (2010) . . . It's been two years (5/3/2008) since this show has featured this great Scottish rock group . . . their new album is emotionally deep & powerful, & rings again & again with musical beauties . . . there is release in these songs, a blowing out of anguish, hands gesturing to sea & sky newly after a long darkness . . .
Classic Rock Album: Skip Spence, Oar (1969) . . . last weekend's show featured Beck & Friends' recent terrific full-length cover version of this classic record . . . now return to the original, a brilliant, haunted, funny, released after the sometime Moby Grape guitarist had spent six months in a psychiatric hospital . . . those six months of confinement led to less than a month in a Nashville studio recording, by himself . . . clarifying, if only for himself, that bad hours gone (and those to come) need not own him for a little while anyway . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter Four of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Blitzen Trapper, a great Portland band, & songs from their fine 2009 EP, Black River Killer . . . tis April, one of my favorite months, the month I was born in, & a push to find the best blooms deep in to ride it, ride it high, ride it ever on, & again, & again!

04.03.2010 show


March 27, 2010 show features:
New Rock Album: Beck & Friends, Oar (2009) . . . rock master Beck's newest project is called the "Record Club," wherein he recruits a variety of musicians to cover an entire classic album in one day's worth of recording . . . for the third entry in this series, he teams up with Wilco, Jamie Lidell, Brian LeBarton, James Gadson, & Leslie Feist to record a cover of Alexander "Skip" Spence's legendary 1969 album Oar. . . Beck and his crew create a new work from the old, a deeply focussed, deeply funky re-interpretation that stands as much as a love letter as it does as a powerful, stand-alone work. . . the trippy grooves they conjure are most potent!
Classic Rock Album: Steely Dan, Pretzel Logic (1974) . . . the Dan is an old favorite of this show, this being the fifth time their music is featured . . . their third album continued their exploration of a jazz-rock sound nobody has replicated in the decades since . . . a masterful sound, by turns sad, serious, funny . . . they know how to rock, how to blow out the horns, how to run wide their own special, weirdly smiling ground . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter Three of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artists are some of those whose music is featured on the fantastic soundtrack to the Coen Brothers' fantastic 2000 film, O Brother, Where Art Thou?. . . spring has arrived, and hope is stretching out and showing her potency in the greening and blooming of the trees, and in the actions of men and women who sometimes do believe in the better road ahead & act on these beliefs . . . enough to make a soul walk a little taller, look around with clearer eyes . . .

03.27.2010 show


March 20, 2010 show features:
New Rock Album: Drive-By Truckers, The Big To-Do (2010) . . . great Georgia band last featured on this show 3/15/2008 (cuts from their double album Brighter Than Creation's Dark), & now they are back with a combustible slew of rocking tales . . . death, infidelity, and Dixie-flavored lunacy . . . dark, funny stuff . . . as they say down there, "turn it up . . . "
Classic Rock Album: Cat Stevens, Teaser & the Firecat (1971) . . . this British folk rocker had many hits back in the '70s, and then nothing but controversy when he converted to Islam and left the music business . . . happily, he seems to have his faith and his music now . . . this album is one of his classics, an intense, pretty, deeply questioning album that leaves one gasping at its beauty time & again . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter Three of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Fapardokly, a California band that only existed by way of a 1966 album of songs cobbled together from various sources, featuring most of the same players, but some trippy nuggets on it nonetheless . . . after a couple of weekends off to re-charge, it's good to be back on air and spending Saturday morning among all this good music, these fine words, & what I bring to the table as well . . .

03.20.2010 show


February 27, 2010 show features:
New Rock Album: Wye Oak, The Knot (2009) . . . This Baltimore indie rock duo's 2008 debut album, If Children, was played on the 4/19/2008 broadcast of this show . . . their follow up is darker, and just as good . . . between the trippy rock fuzziness of the music, and the rich weirdness of Jenn Wasner's lead vocals, the band sounds like cousins to the legendary Mazzy Star . . . they are approaching that level of greatness as well . . .
Classic Rock Album: Dan Fogelberg, Phoenix (1980) . . . Fogelberg made too many great rockers in the 1970s and 1980s to be cast simply as another singer/songwriter of the time . . . this album finds him during that time of artistic and commercial success, releasing hit singles backed by great albums if one went looking . . . his vision is romantic, poetic, visionary, but there is in the man too a solidity, be the song sweet and lovely or rocking hard . . . I was around 17 or so when I first heard this album, and returning to it years later I better hear its suffering and its joys . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Two of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Pisces, an obscure rock trio from Rockford, Illinois, and some sweet cuts from A Lovely Sight, best described as a recent compilation of their songs which back in 1969 were not released as an album . . . it's still February, which in the Northern Hemisphere means cold, and in the Pacific Northwest means wet and grey most of the time . . . still, the buds outside my window are starting to appear, and I will look at them gladly when broadcasting this show . . .

02.27.2010 show


February 20, 2010 show features:
New Rock Album: Spoon, Transference (2010) . . . This Austin, Texas's third appearance on this show (following up 6/18/2005's Gimme Fiction & 7/28/2007's Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga) . . . I'll admit it took me a few spins to warm up to their new album but I did . . . Spoon's style is somewhat roundabout, drawling, but their sound keeps sticking deeper in . . . first one song, then a few, then all of them in a flood . . . they damned well know how to rock . . .
Classic Rock Album: Can, Monster Movie (1969) . . . One of the first so-called "Krautrock" bands that came into being in Germany in the late 1960s, Can's debut album is an amazing journey, at times droney, at times thumpingly mad, it climaxes with the 20-minute long psychedelic epic "Yoo Doo Right" which, the Wikipedia tells us, was edited down from a six-hour improvisation . . . this one is for the hardcore travelers in the further realms, lysergic & otherwise . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Two of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Steve Winwood, a long-time favorite of this show, & some great cuts from his 1970s & 1980s solo work . . . once upon a time, not long ago, this show was the lone bloom in SpiritPlants Radio's fields . . . now it stands happy & fine among a wide-ranging bouquet . . . sweet smells all around . . .

02.20.2010 show


February 13, 2010 show features:
New Rock Album: Rusted Root, Stereo Rodeo (2009) . . . somehow I missed this legendary jam band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, until now . . . funky multi-instrumentalists with the ability to go deep, serious, then turn it around fine & funny . . . their new album is a groovy flowing treat . . . they even take a turn at covering an old Elvis Presley song & rock it out. . . I'll be keeping an ear out for this band for both future records and tour dates!
Classic Rock Album: The Open Mind, The Open Mind (1969) . . . this UK band released one impressive album, a nearly-forgotten psychedelic gem that is worth reviving . . . there are some trippy nuggets here, as tales of time machines, magic potions, & greek gods intertwine with songs of love & longing . . . a lysergic dream voyage for drifting on a Saturday afternoon or evening . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter Two of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is the Marshall Tucker Band, some of their finest country-rock classics from the 1970s . . . starting this program's 12th year with some very exciting music & texts, a pathless passing through the hours . . . come along . . .

02.13.2010 show


January 30, 2010 show features:
Featured Rock Album: The Who, Tommy (1969) . . . Tommy is one of rock & roll's landmark events, like the jazz milestones of John Coltrane's 1964 A Love Supreme or Miles Davis's 1970 Bitches Brew . . . a rock opera, Tommy tells the story of Tommy Walker who journeys from the abuse of his childhood through encounters with doctors and shamans to his final state of enlightenment . . . it is funny, it is profane, it is beautiful . . . were it not for the titanic musical prowess of The Who as a band, it would be long forgotten, as are most other attempts that have been made over the years to create a rock & roll epic . . . four decades come & gone since its release (and subsequent film, and Broadway show), & yet the original has diminished none in power or effect . . . it is a dangerous, wild, visionary treasure, a work of High Art to play for anyone who doesn't yet get what rock & roll can do, or how it can swallow whole & happy so many brilliant musicians (this spinning of Tommy is for my friend JBIII, who has played every song on this album a thousand times, at least) . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter One of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . it is now 11 years to the day that I began this radio show on Radio Free Cambridge (R.I.P.), a pirate radio station located in a large closet in the back of an art gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts . . . I can think of a lot of things that have come & gone (& sometimes come again) in my life since that day . . . every time I go on air I do with the gratefulness of a person once a boy who broadcast radio shows in his head while delivering the morning newspaper every day of the week before dawn . . . here's to many more shows to come!

01.30.2010 show


January 23, 2010 show features:
New Rock Album: Blind Pilot, Three Rounds (2008) . . . this Portland, Oregon band makes very big acoustic rock music . . . bright guitars are colored by horns, strings, banjo, vibraphone and the like . . . lyrically, they are obscurely sharp, again & again . . . one wonders what their future albums will sound like if they expand their simple palette even more . . .
Classic Rock Album: Relatively Clean Rivers, Relatively Clean Rivers (1975) . . . It is amazing sometimes to find a lost gem of a record and realize yet again that greater quality does not always equal greater fame . . . this trippy jewel is just delightful, made by a tight, high beautiful group of California players . . . another treasure floating through cyberspace to be luckily found by some . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter One of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artists recorded songs for the excellent 2001 I Am Sam film soundtrack . . . it seems as though societal hope has recently turned to cynicism, a kind of snarky darkness . . . and it's easy to fall into it . . . resist the worst of these times, it's difficult, but do, and I will too . . .

01.23.2010 show


January 16, 2010 show features:
New Rock Album: Surfer Blood, Astro Coast (2010) . . . 'Tis said this Palm Beach group recorded this debut album in their University of Florida dorm room . . . their sound is that of mature indie rock, makes me think of them as similar to the Shins (a great rock band, indie or no). . . pretty, driving, melodic rock that wears well even after multiple listens . . .

Classic Rock Album: Stray, Stray (1970) . . . This London prog-rock outfit never quite hit the big-time, so their story goes . . . but, that question of success aside, they made a hell of a debut album for musicians not yet even in their 20s . . . their sound fuses an acid rock propulsion with expansive ambitions suggesting the coming era of Yes, ELP, and King Crimson . . . a nice platter of grooves, be they boogie, acoustic, or flat out loud . . .

Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter One of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .

Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is The Lemon Pipers, enough songs of theirs to show that their 1968 #1 hit "Green Tambourine" was a popper aspect of a very talented rock band . . . it feels like a different year already, though some of the struggles are the same, it feels more like the future than the past, and I do now know fully what that means . . .

01.16.2010 show


January 9, 2010 show features:
New Rock Album: Brakes, Touchdown (2009) . . . This English band is led by the same brothers, Thomas & Alex White, who front the Electric Soft Parade, whose excellent 2003 release, The American Adventure, was featured on this show on 1/13/2007 . . . Brakes is a much punchier outfit, with a trippy punk sensibility that is hard to resist . . . their new album is a fast, frenzied delight, rocking head candy . . .
Classic Rock Album: Stone Harbour, Emerges (1974) . . . This duo from Youngstown, Ohio recorded one dandy psychedelic album together that, in its own time, never saw much attention, but has since become a genuine favorite among acid rock collectors in the cyberspace age . . . Stone Harbour's Ric Ballas and Dave McCarty make some amazingly sweet lysergic music together . . . their trip is worth sharing . . .
Storybook Time: Opening & Chapter One of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, From Flower Power to Hippie Mafia: The Story of the LSD Counterculture by Stewart Tendler & David May. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is the Ramones and cuts from Acid Eaters, their classic 1993 cover album of '60s classics . . . 2009 gave everyone a hot painful shower of reality, a frank view of how bad things have gotten . . . a new year beginning and things don't seem quite so bad, the world is still here, there are still all sorts of chances for things to go right, and while maybe there isn't much excitement right now that they will, I am hopeful there will be . . . and hope is something every last one of us needs . . .

01.09.2010 show


December 12, 2009 show features:
New Rock Album: Ganglians, Monster Head Room (2009) . . . Sacramento's Ganglians are new & out of the box exciting . . . their debut album starts harmoniously soft and sweet, then builds out, filling in its spaces with odder instrumentation, idiosyncratic lyrics, an enveloping atmosphere smoky with late-night hashish pipes and half-lit studio rooms . . .
Classic Rock Album: The Teardrop Explodes, Kilimanjaro (1980) . . . this was the debut album from the legendary English neo-psychedelic band (led by Julian Cope), and it is killer from first track to last . . . limitless energy, a sort of literate trippy music good for dancing or dosing, or both . . .
Storybook Time: Conclusion to Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck . . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's 7th annual holiday broadcast brings to close this year's run of shows . . . 2009 was the first full one without the Idiot King, and yet it was proven that restless humans will forget bad days quickly, find their way into new challenges quickly, for better or worse . . . wishing everyone all the best of the Season of Lights . . .

12.12.2009 show


December 5, 2009 show features:
New Rock Album: Megafaun, Gather, Form and Fly (2009) . . . this North Carolina band offers a beguiling album that ranges from front porch folky jamming to trippy electronic darkness . . . lyrically strange & powerful & moving . . . for those looking for the rock music experimentation of the 1960s carrying on today, Megafaun is a group to hear and to keep track of . . .
Classic Rock Album: Phil Ochs, Pleasures of the Harbor (1967) . . . Ochs began his career in the early 1960s as a folk singer, a very good one . . . when Dylan went electric in �65, and the Beatles turned the recording studio into a new kind of instrument, Ochs decided to widen his palette, and this album resulted . . . a dark album, the work of a man whose heart took in closely the ills of his world, its wars, its brutalities, its quieter kinds of suffering . . . a beautiful album, not quite anything else in its own time or since . . .
Storybook Time: Epilogue to Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck . . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Bauhaus, a seminal post-punk rock band from the late ‘70s and early ‘80s . . . sometimes a soul lies in its own darkness, its worst murk of fears & regrets, and time leaves and time is gone . . . but time is an illusion, and so is any claim that hope does not seed any hour . . . remember this . . .

12.05.2009 show


November 21, 2009 show features:
New Rock Album: The Cave Singers, Welcome Joy (2009) . . . this fairly new Seattle band has gotten the tag "indie folk" but what I hear is some fine, fine rock and roll with an acoustic angle at times . . . their sound is rich with warm and varied, their lyrics strange & moving . . . lifting music to raise a spirit or two when the drizzly days in the Pacific Northwest (and elsewhere) go on too, too long . . .
Classic Rock Album: Grant Lee Buffalo, Mighty Joe Moon (1994) . . . this Los Angeles band made rockers and ballads comparable to their more well-known 1990s contemporaries R.E.M. (with whom they toured) but they did not receive as much praise nor did they last as long . . . this album rattles deep the soul & ears, full of haunted sounds & strange figures . . . night time music, music for woods & stars & movements not quite real flashing by . . .
Storybook Time: Epilogue to Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck . . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is The Monks (a group of wild American soldiers serving in Germany in the mid-1960s) & cuts from their raw, funny, gorgeous 1965 release, Black Monk Time, a lost underground classic worth reviving . . . this month lays back the odd lights & mystery heats that gird the daylight hours, sit underneath, powerful & unshackled . . . check your dreams more often . . .

11.21.2009 show


November 14, 2009 show features:
New Rock Album: The Avett Brothers, I and Love and You (2009) . . . I've been following this North Carolina band for awhile now, waiting till they released an album that floored me from start to finish . . . their new one does that . . . it is haunted music, haunted by love, by loss, by guilt, by life's mysteries . . . beautiful music, with many acoustic highlights mixed in with some rockers . . . holds nothing back, exhausting, exhilarating . . .
Classic Rock Album: Harry Chapin, Verities & Balderdash (1974) . . . aside from being another album whose music & maker I idolized in my late youth--in a recent run of them on this show--a deep bag of stories of the lonely & wanting--this album also poses to me a question: what is psychedelic music? Can it be as simple as music that strives for clearer vision, for empathy, for more kindness and deeper understanding? And if this music moves the soul, its melody sticking deep, its lyrics sharp, how can this not be psychedelic music? I leave it an open question. . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Thirty-eight of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck . . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Sopwith Camel, & songs from this nearly forgotten San Francisco band's 1967 trippy debut album . . . mid-November is a time of inward looking, sweet melancholy, the leaves fall, the years pass, the faces change, come and go, and sometimes come again, and at best there is gratefulness in reminisce, and hope yet for days to come . . .

11.14.2009 show


November 7, 2009 show features:
New Rock Album: Built to Spill, There Is No Enemy (2009) . . . its been 3.5 years since this show featured BTS's last album, the fine, fine You in Reverse . . . this Idaho band's new release is every bit as good and, frankly, the song "Things Fall Apart" is one of 2009's best rock songs, period . . .
Classic Rock Album: Billy Joel, Streetlife Serenade (1974) . . . Joel's follow-up to his smash album Piano Man, this one is fairly well forgotten 35 years later, yet it is a beautiful rocking experience, and shows Joel still forming his ideas about fame, music, romance, and the world he sees around him . . . personally, this was one of several LPs of Joel's that as a teenager I played till they wore out . . . so i've LONG known it's good . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Thirty-eight of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck . . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is The Troggs, the '60s UK band that gave the world "Wild Thing" have a few other fine tunes to offer . . . the days crawl toward year's end . . . the air cools, deepens, the pockets way in soul open up for the mulling, if one wishes and wills and dares . . .

11.07.2009 show


October 17, 2009 show features:
New Rock Album: Monsters of Folk, Monsters of Folk (2009) . . . call them the "Indie Rock Wilburys," a brand new supergroup consisting of Jim James from My Morning Jacket, Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis from Bright Eyes and M. Ward . . . their eponymous debut album is a grand delight of rocking, folking, idiosyncratic treats . . . one of 2009's especial treats . . .
Classic Rock Album: Love and Rockets, Earth, Sun, Moon (1987) . . . this British band had a run on the college rock charts in the late 1980s . . . this album was a peak of this period, an acoustic deliciously trippy album, at odds with so much of the rock of the period . . . yet twenty-plus years later it holds up and still shines . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Thirty-eight of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck . . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is The Monkees, cuts from the soundtrack to their 1968 psychedelic cult classic film, Head . . . the autumn has arrived in the Pacific Northwest, a familiar gorgeous music, new, timeless . . . a happiness in colors no human hand has wrought . . .

10.17.2009 show


October 10, 2009 show features:
New Rock Album: The Dodos, Time to Die (2009) . . . it was just a month ago that this show featured this California band's 2008 album, Visiter, & I did not know at the time that they had a new one about to come out . . . that album was great but this new one is amazing, as in fuck-ing amazing . . . an acoustic-driven, quirky-instrument decorated, darkly lyrical, flat-out psychedelic rock masterpiece, easily one of the best albums of 2009 or really any year . . . period . . .
Classic Rock Album: Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Manfred Mann's Earth Band (1972) . . . a previous incarnation of this band from the '60s, known simply as Manfred Mann, scored a few big hits, including a cover of Bob Dylan's "The Mighty Quinn" . . . a shift in style & moniker in the early '70s led to this self-titled album . . . musically it taps into R&B, folk, straight-ahead rock, but there is something else going on here, a brew that comes out humorous, sad, visionary, an album that has creates its own path & drives it with fury & kindness . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing hapter Thirty-eight of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck . . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is the Eagles, a quartet of excellent songs from their 1994 Hell Freezes Over reunion album . . . from deep in the autumn a stirring to hope & to action, toward the easiest, brightest of things, and toward the harder ones . . . a wish to range bravely across the map of human possibilities, and fear nothing, nothing at all . . .

10.10.2009 show


October 3, 2009 show features:
New Rock Album: Delta Spirit, Ode to Sunshine (2008) . . . this new San Diego band effuses a sweet, sometimes sharp, Southern California wit & ethos . . . their lead singer Matthew Vasquez has a voice that really gets into the best of a song's potential & coaxes it out, time after time . . . and as a group they punch out the old-time rock-and-roll values: liberation, tolerance, curiosity, fun . . .
Classic Rock Album: Skip Bifferty, Skip Bifferty (1968) . . . this British band was only around for about a year or so in the late '60s but managed to produce a tight, trippy, smart as fuck psychedelic album . . . their music is classic acid rock, both hard and soft . . . their lyrics return again and again to the struggle of the working man and woman, to life's traps, to the freedom many found and still find in rhythms & melodies . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter Thirty-eight of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck . . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Loose Fur, (a band whose members include Jeff Tweedy and Glenn Kotche of the band Wilco, and Wilco collaborator Jim O'Rourke), and cuts from their amazing 2003 self-titled debut album . . . sweet autumn travels along, spreading, deepening, a multitudinous beauty to be drunk quietly alone, or noisily in great bunches!

10.03.2009 show


September 26, 2009 show features:
New Rock Album: The Clean, Mister Pop (2009) . . . back in August this show featured a classic album by this great New Zealand band one week, and a new album by Clean spin-off band The Bats another week . . . now The Clean themselves are back together and with a fucking great new album . . . it's an record full of beautiful psychedelic rock, sweet at times, funny at times, a most endearing new release, and one that adds proudly to their great catalogue of records . . .
Classic Rock Album: Tom Petty, Full Moon Fever (1989) . . . speaking of great albums, great great albums, this is one of Tom Petty's pure classics . . . he made it with most of his Heartbreakers band, so it reflects their jingle jangle sound, and he made it during the peak of his Traveling Wilburys days, so it contains songs with gorgeous harmonies & longjawed humor . . . so load your bowl full of good green ganja, kick back, and get on this ride . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter Thirty-seven of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck...
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is The Charlatans (a fine '60s San Francisco band that never quite made it big like the Dead or the Airplane), and cuts from their 1969 self-titled album & an equally cool album of 1966 demos . . . the leaves are falling and scattering all over this city, and the cool air is sweet as fresh cream . . . this time of year is short and precious, and urges the soul to lift, to watch, to listen, to praise . . .

09.26.2009 show


September 19, 2009 show features:
New Rock Album: Phish, Joy (2009) . . . when Phish called it a day in 2004, they'd been touring together and making records for over 20 years . . . they were tired, they were not having as much fun anymore . . . they'd grown from boys to men as a single unit, and it was time to move apart for awhile . . . they had some personal issues to work out too, especially lead singer/guitarist Trey Anastasio . . . then time passed, and there was a recurring sense in each of them that it might be time to resume their musical travels again . . . this album is part of that reunion that occurred this year . . . I am happy to say, as a deep lover of their music, that it's an honest, at times great, album . . . tells bits and pieces of their time away, and expresses, as beautifully as can be done, their happiness as being a band of brothers again, on the road, renewing nights with their phamily . . . I look forward to the next show I can be at, and I know I'll be smiling and crying at the same time . . . for all that has gone by, and everything to come . . .
Classic Rock Album: The Peanut Butter Conspiracy, The Great Conspiracy (1968) . . . this Los Angeles band made some beautiful rock music for a short stretch in the late '60s . . . a bit in the mold of Big Brother and the Holding Company, with a fine female lead singer and a crackerjack band . . . definitely a band to lift from the muck of forgetfulness and bring to light again . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter Thirty-seven of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck...
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Yes, and cuts from their classic 1973 live album, Yessongs . . . the autumn is seriously setting in, and its weighty loveliness affects the hours and one's thoughts . . . time an illusion, yet time a truthful presence in the heart . . .

09.19.2009 show


September 12, 2009 show features:
New Rock Album: Fanfarlo, Reservoir (2009) . . . this UK band's debut album is a combustible mix of ballads and rockers, weird instrumentation, and a range of charming, strange moments . . . their sound is kin to that of indie rock heroes the Arcade Fire, but their group spirit is their own, and a fine one indeed . . . it will be exciting to hear the work they do in the future as they mature in their art and craft . . .
Classic Rock Album: The Rolling Stones, Their Satanic Majesties Request (1967) . . . partly inspired by their then-rivals the Beatles, and their recently released Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, the Stones came out with their own version of psychedelic rock, and it sounds like no other album of the time . . . playful, bleak, awash in lyrsergic instrumentation . . . after this album, the Stones went back to the hard-edged bluesier songs they were known for, but try this one . . . it shows a rare, and compelling, side of their talents . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Thirty-six of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck...
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is The Beatles, cuts from their 2003 remixed version of 1970's Let It Be, re-titled Let It Be... Naked . . . this show is back on the air after a desert festival hiatus . . . the autumn is arriving slowly to the Pacific Northwest, and with it all the possibilities of a sharper, deeper time . . . here's to its coming . . .

09.12.2009 show


August 22, 2009 show features:
New Rock Album: The Dodos, Visiter (2008) . . . this California band makes moody, noisy, beautiful music that shifts from sun to shadow to storm and back again . . . imagine a cavernous club . . . a hookah at every table . . . a band on stage that will play till sunrise if let to . . . a music that insists on being heard, and no other place you would rather be than in that place, listening to every note and word . . .
Classic Rock Album: The Hollies, Evolution (1967) . . . Graham Nash's more pop-rock-oriented band before he joined Crosby, Stills, and sometimes Young . . . like just about every other band of the time, however, this UK group was turning on and making music more warbley than a few years previously . . . one can best say this is soaring, harmonious pop-rock arriving at your turntable via the courtesies of a special sugar cube . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Thirty-six of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck...
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is The Unfolding, a project of David Dalton, which recorded in 1967 one album, both memorable and self-describing in title, How to Blow York Mind and Have a Freak-out Party . . . every notice how dull & dumb things get toward the end of August? The summer sun seems to whip the brain out of most people . . . this show will be off for two weekends while its DJ and his beloved choose to go deeper into the summer sun, where is shines unfiltered on the desert . . . and a 21st century freak-out party, er, unfolds . . .

08.22.2009 show


August 15, 2009 show features:
New Rock Album: Sloan, Parallel Play (2008) . . . this Canadian band has been around some years now, but I did not pick up on their bright, jangling sound until very recently . . . what differentiates bands and albums like this from many others is a set of uniformly good songs well sequenced to flow like one experience . . . the simple and hard truth that flow is all . . .
Classic Rock Album: The Clean, Modern Rock (1995) . . . The Clean helped to created a rock scene in New Zealand where there had been none before . . . this album finds them noisily channeling the Velvet Underground, one of their obvious touchstones, but in ways that eschew imitation for new turns, steps far into other lands . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter Thirty-six of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck...
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is a variety of lovely and obscure British acid rock bands featured on the Psychedelic Scene (1967-1969) anthology . . . the call of the desert is greater as the month passes along . . . the dream art, phantom smiles, eventual immolation . . . and yet the many beautiful hours to live until then too . . .

08.15.2009 show


August 8, 2009 show features:
New Rock Album: The Minus 5, Killingsworth (2009) . . . The Minus 5 are Pacific Coaster Scott McCaughey's brother band to his Fine Young Fellows, whose new album was featured on this show about a month ago . . . this is a a folk-rockier album than the Fellows' new release, and features as a bonus many kinetic members of the Decemberists . . . there are some ridiculously charming songs on this album, but charm with a latent hard bite . . . be warned . . .
Classic Rock Album:Blur, Blur (1997) . . . UK-britpopsters Blur were superstars by when this, their fifth album, was released . . . what makes it stand out is its propulsive ambition, confidence to rock in a dozen and more different directions . . . this is the sound of a band meeting the challenge of making challenging, exciting rock music for a huge and hungry audience . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter Thirty-five of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck...
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Sly & the Family Stone, on stage & funking down the house at 3 a.m. at the Woodstock Festival in 1969 . . . moving into August, and my thoughts turn to the desert, its week-long imaginary city, its endless art and horizon, its perennial burn . . . coming soon . . .

08.08.2009 show


August 1, 2009 show features:
New Rock Album: The Bats, The Guilty Office (2009) . . . this New Zealand band is charming as hell . . . pretty music that sometimes rocks out . . . moody music that sometimes drifts in sweet sentiments . . . music that sometimes drifts further into warning, portent . . . I was unsure of how much I liked their music but I kept listening and liking them more as I did . . . they've got great jingle jangle light and dark . . .
Classic Rock Album:XTC, The Big Express (1984) . . . a brief story . . . I was introduced to this amazing UK band about 20 years ago, by my boss at a used bookstore I worked at in Connecticut . . . he'd put a sticker on one of their albums for sale in the LP bins which read something like: "in a fairer world, this band would have been the next Beatles" . . . yes, XTC is the kind of band one gets obsessed with, follows their music from its new wave origins in the '70s to its psychedelic apex in the early 2000s . . . this album is along the way, a bit angular still, but clearly the more lysergical days are nigh . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter Thirty-five of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck...
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is the Jefferson Airplane and their great performance at the Woodstock Festival in 1969 . . . 40 years later, many of us still pursue the music groove for what truths we can't find another way, and so keep the path, from the murks of creation to the hereon of hyperspace, clear and welcoming to those that would wake and walk it . . .

08.01.2009 show


July 18, 2009 show features:
New Rock Album: The Eels, Hombre Loco: 12 Songs of Desire (2009) . . . It is not so often that an album of love songs works its music in ways as magical as this one does . . . think of Beck's Sea Change from 2002 . . . this American band led by singer/songwriter E has produced an album of ballads and rockers that flows seamlessly from start to finish, laying out in lovely music and artfully simple words the dark, sticky, sometimes beautiful, sometimes grotesque facts and fugues of human want . . .
Classic Rock Album: Camper Van Beethoven, Camper Van Beethoven (1986) . . . hsuch a glorious relic from an often dark and charmless time, CVB seem interested in playing every esoteric instrument they can find, and coupling their music with the good times trippy cracked goofiness of lead singer David Lowery's lyrics . . . you may not understand every scene through the window, but the ride will have you tapping toes and smiling . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Thirty-four of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck...
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is Santana and cuts from their incendiary performance at the Woodstock Music Festival in 1969, what turned them from an obscure Latino band into rock legends . . . past halfway of this truly strange year and most of us are still here, still making our ways forward a step and another and a few more at a time . . . we're still on the big path, wherever it is bound . . .

07.18.2009 show


July 11, 2009 show features:
New Rock Album: Young Fresh Fellows, I Think This Is (2009) . . . this Seattle band rocks it old school, what with the bright, banging guitars and the warped lyrics. . . a warm, strange, funny, and dear sound . . . I wonder how I could have lived in Seattle for years and missed out on them, but they haven't had an album out in 8 years, so maybe that's why . . . feeling lucky to have found them . . .
Classic Rock Album: The Fuzztones, Lysergic Emanations (1985) . . . holy cow! what a week for discovering musical treasures! This NYC band rocked the mid-80s like it was the mid-60s . . . their debut album roars breathlessly through a dozen crunching, crying, wildly unbalanced songs that could charm the shit from a corpse, and probably tried back in the day . . . ridiculously good! . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Thirty-four of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck...
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is World of Oz, cuts from their 1969 self-titled sole album, an obscure, loopy psychedelic pop release . . . and here's a pointed observation: this show has finished celebrating its various milestones (anniversaries, numbers of shows), & I am glad to say this particular broadcast has nothing more or less going for it than some fucking hot tunes and whatever else I can toss into the fire! heh . . .

07.11.2009 show


July 4, 2009 show features:
New Rock Album: Grizzly Bear, Veckatimest (2009) . . . the new album by this Brooklyn band did not hit me at first, but I think that is because I had to learn how to listen to it . . . dance with its music . . . at times slow, and strange in its ways . . . move with it as though each dance step has never been taken before, as though no dance step had been taken before . . .
Classic Rock Album: The Byrds, Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde (1969) . . .coming upon the defection of many of the original members, this album has all sorts of surprising treats on it . . . what makes the Byrds a compelling band is they take their stellar musicianship in all sort of directions . . . they make music that sometimes takes its place at acid parties, and sometimes on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry . . . they're just that great . . .
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Thirty-four of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck...
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is the Dukes of Stratosphear and cuts from their legendary 1985 psychedelic album 25 O'Clock (psst . . . if you know the secret of the Dukes, don't tell!) . . . this week's broadcast marks this show's 200th on SpiritPlants Radio since coming on board in 2004 . . . I don't know what big numbers like that mean, since each show is built from the ground up and let fly one at a time . . . I do know that my gratefulness to everyone who has supported my show and the station over the years is boundless . . .

07.04.2009 show


June 20, 2009 show features:
New Rock Album: Wilco, Wilco (the Album) (2009) . . . this is, flat out, Wilco's best album in years . . . they sound like they give a shit again, the loud songs rock, the soft songs sink deep, and there's even some especially weird ass Jeff Tweedy obsessional songs toward the tail end...for those who wondered if this great band could tighten up and fly high again, wonder not a second longer...they are back and they MEAN IT . . .
Classic Rock Album: The Grateful Dead, The Grateful Dead (1967) . . . the Dead were a long time ago one of a group of great San Francisco bands . . . they became something unique unto themselves, of course, but this first album catches them when they were part of a scene, with a sound not dissimilar from Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and the like . . . this is near to where the long, strange journey began, and it's a really good record . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter Thirty-four of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck...
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems . . . & this week's featured artist is the Long Ryders, another great band from the Los Angeles Paisley Underground movement, a latter-day Byrds-y powerhouse . . . the weather in the Northwest has been cool and grey well into the late spring months . . . cool like what is needed for the human world to calm the fuck down and do right by itself . . .

06.20.2009 show


June 13, 2009 show features:
New Rock Album: Harlem Shakes, Technicolor Health (2009)....debut album from a very good young band from New York...quirky, bouncy, & fun...but then something else too...I listened to this album on and off for some weeks before realizing I was listening to it over and over...hoping this band is together for many albums to come...
Classic Rock Album: The Police, Zenyatta Mondatta (1980)...this was the legendary UK band's third album, the one that put them over the top with the hit single "Don't Stand So Close to Me"...it's a strange album, has a couple of instrumentals, some forays into contemporary politics, and lots of strange, snappy, delightful music only these three players for a short time could make...
Storybook Time: Chapter Thirty-three of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck . . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist s are Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood, cuts from their amazing reunion show at Madison Square Garden in New York City on 26th February 2008...it's one crazy fucking world out there, people shooting in every direction, but as a friend of mine said to me today: music is a damned miracle...hallelujah, brother! . . .

06.13.2009 show


June 6, 2009 show features:
New Rock Album: Green Day, 21st Century Breakdown (2009)....last heard on this show 2/13/2005 with their 2004 masterpiece protest album, American Idiot, Green Day is back with a follow up that matches its predecessor...ambitious, rocking, punky, soft, smart, haunted...Green Day took their time to make this album, brought all their demons and angels into the process, and have come up with a new and exciting work of art...
Classic Rock Album: The Doors, An American Prayer - Jim Morrison (1978)...a little late this year with the show's annual Doors album, and this one a little bit unusual too...five years after Jim Morrison died, the remaining trio of Doors recorded backing music to some of Morrison's '60s poetry, added other bits of music and dialogue, and produced a kind of homage to their old friend that stands, strangely and validly, as a Doors album...
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Thirty-two of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck . . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist is Badfinger, a fine rocking band that Paul McCartney helped to bring to prominence in the late 60s and early 70s...with President Obama in the Middle East trying to bring peace to long-time combatants, and maybe the worst of economic days passing for much of the world, slowly but passing, one can't help but hope to hang on, better days coming not so much by prayer or luck, but with the ingenuity, imagination, and persistence humans can show when they decide to give a damn, not let the bastards inside and out run the ship...here's to ya if you're helping!

06.06.2009 show


May 30, 2009 show features:
New Rock Album: Manchester Orchestra, Means Everything to Nothing (2009)...this indie rocking band from Atlanta, Georgia is charming as fuck, whether they are blasting it out or pulling back slow and acoustic...they are strange, they are great musicians, and they are worth a listen by everyone...
Classic Rock Album: Opal, Happy Nightmare Baby (1987)...Opal was a Paisley Underground band featuring David Roback and Kendra Smith...this was their sole album, a dark, dirty, beautiful, lysergical treat...while touring to promote it, Kendra Smith quit Opal, and Hope Sandoval took her place as singer...the band renamed itself Mazzy Star (another Paisley Underground band featured on this show, back in Feb 2009)...Opal's album stands brightly as Mazzy Star, if a little more obscurely...
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Thirty-two of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist is Better Than Ezra, a New Orleans band with a luring '90s college rock band sound...it's been several weeks since this show was on the air, and SpiritPlants Radio had some rough days to pass through, but it's back on the air, and it is coming on strong with the summer taking over the Pacific Northwest...

05.30.2009 show


May 9, 2009 show features:
New Rock Album: Bob Dylan, Together Through Life (2009)...the old bard's last new album was 2006's sprawling Modern Times (heard on this show 12/2/06)...he's back with a stomping blues-rocker...cranky, obscure, funny as ever, what makes this album burn high is that Dylan has a world class band backing him...no rust, no sentiment, Bob and his band mercilessly scorch through ten new tunes...his music is vital as ever...
Classic Rock Album: The House of Love, The House of Love (1988)...powerful debut by this UK outfit...driving psychedelic rock, in both its subtle and its rocking moments...amazing that it clocks in at barely over half an hour...this band reminds me favorably of another trip rock band, Australia's The Church (whose newest album featured on this show just last week)...both these bands prove that the 1980s produced rock music as great as times before then and since...
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Thirty-two of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist is Gang of Four--a post-punk UK band that flourished especially in the late '70s and early '80s--and cuts from their amazing debut album Entertainment...the springtime around these parts pushes hope to the fore, insists that positive action can be fruitful...that, moreover, there being no fixed moral grounding to this world, no action or belief that girds all else, one can come at things in countless ways...why not hope? why not try? Why believe the book or person preaching despair?

05.09.2009 show


May 2, 2009 show features:
New Rock Album: The Church, Untitled #23 (2009)...I've been a fan of this legendary Australian psychedelic rock band for 20 years, and this show has featured their music more than half a dozen times, most recently their 2005 album Beast With Two Backs on the 12/6/2008 broadcast...their songs are literate, elusive, sometimes hard and fast, sometimes dirge-like...one joins in their lysergic dream and finds amazing lands and secrets within...
Classic Rock Album: Tangerine Dream, Electronic Meditation (1970)...debut album by this long-lived German band, considered one of the originators of the experimental underground "Krautrock" musical genre...named for a line in a Beatles song, this band came out of the gate with this delicious, terrifying musical collage...strangely enjoyable, wordlessly deep...this will likely be the first of many TD albums featured by this show in times to come....
Storybook Time: Chapter Thirty-two of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist is Fleetwood Mac and tracks from their fine 2003 double album Say You Will...I keep thinking lately: why the continuous rise and fall of the times? Why take it for granted that good times won't last? Is this the best we can do, reach for days when fewer of us are needlessly suffering? Can something happen this go-round that will break the cycle of feast & famine? I think it can, and it will involve many souls, and a lot of hard work. But some door is opening, again...

05.02.2009 show


April 25, 2009 show features:
New Rock Album: The Tragically Hip, We Are the Same (2009)...last heard on the 3/17/07 broadcast of this show with their excellent 2006 release, World Container, this Canadian band is back with a great new album...their music rings and harmonizes but at its heart is often very dark, haunted, often shatteringly beautiful...it's a pleasure to have new music by them to spin...
Classic Rock Album: Tea & Symphony, An Asylum for the Musically Insane (1969)...this short lived acid folk band released only two albums in their time...this album, their first, is pure lysergical loveliness...a vintage example of a rock band not giving a fuck for hit singles or commercial accolades, instead diving deep as possible into its instruments, its collective thoughts and hard-fueled imagination...another obscurity worth new appreciation...
Storybook Time: Chapter Thirty-one of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist is Phish and cuts from their March 6, 2009 show at Hampton Coliseum in Hampton Virginia, their return to touring after five years off the road...so many of us not there that night were listening from afar, and thrilled to our bones that TreyMikePageFish are again roaring across the land...listening to Phish riles my heart and memories more than almost any other band heard on this show and, if lucky, many more of us will be soon again on some concert lawn grooving high to their tunes...bring back the Meatstick!! Whoa, shocks my brain!

04.25.2009 show


April 11, 2009 show features:
New Rock Album: The Doves, Kingdom of Rust (2009)...this UK band is an old favorite of this show, their previous three releases having been featured in 2004 and 2005...their new album took me a few spins to catch into...more groove, less melody, is one way to put it...the lyrics are often harsh and dark...but it drives deeper and deeper upon each listen, how following it length produces a obscure cartharsis...
Classic Rock Album: Palace Brothers, Days in the Wake (1994)...this album was an early project of the strange musical soul known as Will Oldham, who these days records and performs as Bonnie "Prince" Billy...this album is under 30 minutes, and feels very kin to Nike Drake and Iron & Wine...essentially, a poetical spirit alone with his demons and his guitar...his images & stories are haunted with sin, blood, pain, evil...one is left feeling cleansed rawly...
Storybook Time: Chapter Thirty-one of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist is yet another L.A. Paisley Underground band to be featured on this show, the Three O'Clock, and cuts from their bells-high 1983 debut album, Sixteen Tambourines...we are come into the spring, the re-greening of the northern hemisphere...I believe there are green shoots of hope pressing out from the dark twists of the collective human psyche as well...hope is powerful and who would oppose it after awhile...who?

04.11.2009 show


April 4, 2009 show features:
New Rock Album: The Veils, Sun Gangs (2009)...last heard on this program 5/5/2007 with their bright, brooding release, Nux Vomica, this British band is back, and good as ever...when they dirge, they dirge hard...when they rock, everything flies up into the air...they remind me of U2 in a way, having a singer with a flamboyant style and a band behind him that can play anything, but I'd say their new release easily outdoes U2's most recent effort...the Veils are a band that should get more recognition with the kind of impassioned music they make...
Classic Rock Album: David Gray, White Ladder (1999)...I had vaguely known this British singer/songwriter from his worldwide hit "Babylon," which I had mistakenly thought was sung by a woman of African descent...I was wrong!...the happy news to report is that "Babylon" is one of eleven great songs on White Ladder...Grey brings an amazing lyrical depth & breadth to his songs, & they are fleshed out by his own stellar musicianship and that of his band...a really delightful find, one who I'd recommend to anyone...
Storybook Time: Chapter Thirty-one of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist is Death Cab For Cutie, songs from their excellent new EP, Open Door (which contains songs left off their recent Narrow Stairs album)...if one sniffs the zeitgeist right now, one would find a growing hope failingly held back by an old fear...to say better days are coming is not so much a simple faith in human decency or ingenuity as a belief that humans are restless and times move on, again and again, better to worse, worse to better, always moving on...

04.04.2009 show


March 28, 2009 show features:
New Rock Album: The Decemberists, The Hazards of Love (2009)...a long time favorite band of this show, this Oregon band was last heard on the 1/17/2009 broadcast with their excellent EP, Always the Bridesmaid...this time around, front man Colin Meloy and crew have fashioned a sort of indie rock opera about, as AllMusic.com puts it: "a girl named Margaret, shapeshifters, forest queens, and fairytale treachery"...simply put, another delight from this band on an even grander scale...musically gifted, funny, odd, obsessed...and look for them on tour, they put on a great show!...
Classic Rock Album: Status Quo, Pictures Matchstickable from the Status Quo (1968)...this British band once hit the heights with their song "Pictures of Matchstick Men" (so wonderfully covered decades later by indie rock heroes Camper Van Beethoven)...this album is their first, trippy sweets to make the mind wander golden, glaring lands, and the hand reach for pipe, bong, or that special Alice in Wonderland sheet...a somewhat obscure classic that deserves new listeners...
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Thirty-one of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist is the Pacific Northwest US band The Lolipop Shoppe (originally called, more appropriately, The Weeds), and cuts from their sole 1967 album Just Colour, a vintage blast of hippyish punk devilry...spring 2009 has come, and the world is still shambling along, can't say the year is more sunshine than shadows yet, but there's lots of work left for each of us to do toward that goal...come, get some music in ya, it'll feel good!...

03.28.2009 show


March 14, 2009 show features:
New Rock Album: New Rock Album: U2, No Line on the Horizon (2009)...It's been over four years since U2's How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, (broadcast on this program 11/14/04) arguably the weakest album of their catalogue that somehow won 8 Grammy Awards (another indication of the uselessness of such awards for actually honoring the best in any art form . . . Emmys, Oscars, etc. they're all media-driven crap)...the Irish boys took their time to follow up, realizing that a lot of people felt they had lost their long-time edge...their new album is a promising return to form, not to the level of Joshua Tree or All That You Can't Leave Behind but it does show them writing & playing with some real fire again...perhaps they are spending less time endorsing iPods and more in the studio with their instruments and each other...
Classic Rock Album:Eric Burdon & the Animals, Every One of Us (1968)...this was the last album by the original Animals and it is a good one, standing squarely in the flaring excitement and danger of its times...a trippy blues-rock that Burdon and his mates had been working deeper for years...people talk about how the best rock music reports the front-line news of the day, giving large events the humanizing perspective of individual hearts and souls...this album is one of that kind...riven beautifully with hope, anguish, sentiment, humor, and great music....
Storybook Time: Chapter Thirty-one of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist is the New York band Ambulance LTD, some tasty trip-rock tracks from their 2004 debut release, LP...there seems more than ever a disconnect between the widespread terror the mass media is saying has gripped the US and the world, and the growingly evident truth of the matter: down but not out, working anew toward better ground, knowing it will take time and believing it will happen...times have been bad long enough, and it's a long path ahead, but that is daylight up there, sure as the gift of life, that is daylight...

03.14.2009 show


March 7, 2009 show features:
New Rock Album: Cotton Jones, Paranoid Cocoon (2009)...Cotton Jones is a new band from Baltimore whose members come from another psychedelic band, Page France...the two bands share a love of jingly music and beautiful harmonies...AllMusic.com says Cotton Jones' sound has more of a rainy, Pacific Northwest US sound to it, perhaps similar to the Decemberists or the Shins...perhaps, but what's more pointed to say is that this album is quite a sugary treat with some lyrical bite to it...
Classic Rock Album: The Doobie Brothers, The Captain and Me (1973)...this classic album features such hits as "China Grove" and "Long Train Runnin'" but the whole album is worth hearing...the Doobies lay out eleven tracks that range from pretty instrumentals to flat-out rockers...for whatever one thinks of their later, slicker successes (I think much of it is good too), their early music is certainly off the leash..
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Thirty of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist is Simon & Garfunkel, cuts from the live album of their January 22, 1967 show at Lincoln Center in New York, a delicious, deep, sweet, acoustical delight...it took 10 years and about 5 weeks to reach this program's 300th show...the world has been in trouble more so recently than usual, and hope gathers against cynicism, nihilism, and interests that make good coin from the suffering of many...I'd like to think that this is what the nadir looks like and the light just down the road there is the sun, not the neon of one more closing shop...

03.07.2009 show


February 28, 2009 show features:
New Rock Album: The Snake The Cross The Crown, Cotton Teeth (2007)...another band I found per chance, this indie rock group from Huntsville, Alabama makes dark, catchy music...their music gets folky and plain, then it busts out in psychedelic glory...weirdly classic and new both, surely a band to hear now and keep an ear out for in the future...
Classic Rock Album: The Music Machine, (Turn On) the Music Machine (1966)...led by singer/songwriter Sean Bonniwell, this California band enjoyed a brief fame with the Top 20 hit "Talk Talk," and their debut album fulfills the promise of this song...ranging between bright covers by the Beatles and Neil Diamond, and delightful trippy originals, it's only sad that this album was not the first of many (it was the first of only two)…
Storybook Time: Chapter Thirty of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist is the Bangles, a pick inspired by DJ Loro's '80s show on SpiritPlants Radio last weekend, and the fact that the Bangles were the one band from the Los Angeles Paisley Underground movement that hit it big...spring is nearing again, and if the fresh air cleaning out Washington D.C. doesn't cheer you, then the coming green days should!

02.28.2009 show


February 21, 2009 show features:
New Rock Album: The Annuals, Such Fun (2008)...this North Carolina band was last featured on this show on 12/16/06, with their excellent debut album, Be He Me...their sophomore release sounds smoother, deeper, and darker, as though the band members had been out in those vast Carolina woods, up in them strange Carolina mountains, or staring out to the sea from the craggy Carolina shores...beautiful music from a beautiful land…
Classic Rock Album: Mazzy Star, Among My Swan (1996)...it was another DJ on SpiritPlants Radio, Loro, who turned me onto this band...its roots lie in the 1980s Paisley Underground as its guitarist, David Roback, had been a member of the the seminal Rain Parade...Roback eventually ended up with the smoky-voiced, mesmerizing singing Hope Sandoval...this album was their third and, alas, final release...they are so deep in the Mystery here, so far and so fine, that any word but "listen" is irrelevant...
Storybook Time: Chapter Twenty-nine of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist is Paul McCartney & Wings, a band which embodied McCartney's sometimes successful efforts in the '70s to make great music without his brother Beatles...so there was that 10th anniversary show back end of January, and a two-weekend break since, now ready to storm back onto the airwaves & begin this show's 11th year, crack the ground & the raise some dust!

02.21.2009 show


January 31, 2009 show features:
Featured Album: Phish, A Live One (1995)...Phish culled together a number of songs from their 1994 summer/fall tour, and it flows like a really great show from the hundreds they did in the 1990s...it brings back to me many happy memories of standing in outdoor ampitheaters, grooving as the band grooved, as the audience grooved, as we for awhile grooved as one big mysterious thing...
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Twenty-eight of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems...it was January 30, 1999, that this show begin in a closet-sized room in the back of an arts studio in Cambridge, Massachusetts....now it's 10 years and nearly 300 shows later...it's been three radio stations, four states, hundreds of albums and many books featured on the air...from the end of the Clinton era through the Bush nightmare to the dawning of Obama's better America...extra long show to have an expansive celebration...join in, please!

01.31.2009 show


January 24, 2009 show features:
New Rock Album: Sparklehorse, Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain (2006)...Sparklehorse is driven primarily by Mark Linkous, who creates much of the band's music from his home studio in Virginia...atmospheric, moody, raucous at times, there is a sweet, persistent charm to this record, one that culminates in the 10+ minute instrumental finale...
Classic Rock Album: The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, Markley, A Group (1970)...this band's first release, 1967's Part One, was played on this show back on 2/3/07...the current show's album was their fifth and last, and not originally marketed as a WCPAEB album, but as one by Markley, namely Bob Markley, the group's strangely charismatic leader...the short and the long of this band is that they make some really fine rocking music and marry it to Markley's obsessions with money and sex...their final release bears every one of their charms and quirks, and is something of a lost classic...
Storybook Time: Chapter Twenty-eight of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist is the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, cuts from their seminal 1972 country rock triple-album Will the Circle Be Unbroken...this week the world finally began to change, hope took on the mantle of power, the test of how much humanity really wants peace and long-range survival begins anew...nobody knows what is going to happen, but the choice is in each of our hands, our fates waiting our making every hour...

01.24.2009 show


January 17, 2009 show features:
New Rock Album: Blitzen Trapper, Furr (2008)...this album came to me via my beloved KD's suggestion...the band from Portland, Oregon, nice to be playing some local boys this week...their sound is rooted comfortably in the early '70s, which is to say it rocks prettily, but there is an ambient tint to the music which indicates that these musicians have heard and enjoyed more recent music, and let their sound be inspired by it as well...
Classic Rock Album: Them, Time Out! Time In for Them (1968)...this band started out in Belfast, Ireland before moving to England, they featured Van Morrison before he went solo, and their sound was more R&B before it turned decidedly psychedelic after Morrison left...with its whirling sitars, raw instrumentation, and trippy lyrics, this album embodies the psychedelic rock of its time, a sugary musical treat for those who love such lysergical sounds....
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Twenty-seven of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist is The Decemberists (also a Portland band albeit a more well-known one), cuts from their 2008 Always the Bridesmaid singles series, such a delight any time to play new music by them! Tell me, if you can, any way you'd like, can you feel a bit of the stress on the world lifting a little as that demented cowboy lunatic departed the White House for the last time? Honest, did you feel it? The talk of diplomacy again in the world, of bringing relief and comfort to the poor and desperate? Do you feel it coming? Things do need to get worse, and in fact have gotten better. Look around, listen within, discover if you feel this too...

01.17.2009 show


January 10, 2009 show features:
New Rock Album: Patti Smith, Twelve (2007)...Patti Smith came to prominence in the mid-1970s with such punk-poet-rock classic albums as Horses & Easter...her debut on this show, with more albums to come no doubts, is her most recent studio album, all cover songs, including tracks covering Hendrix, Nirvana, The Beatles, The Rollings Stones, The Doors, Stevie Wonder...she respects them, then she re-invents them...this album is one of a very few all-covers albums that have been featured on this show (joining Rush's Feedback, broadcast 8/1/04, & The Church's Box of Birds, broadcast 9/23/06), but it is compelling listening...
Classic Rock Album: Lou Reed, Berlin (1973)...a classic early solo work by Lou Reed, hardly a few years removed from his time in the Velvet Underground...a loosely conceptual album about a doomed couple that deals with drug use and depression...Reed uses much orchestration for the songs, while he sings and plays guitar...there are funny moments, as in any Reed work, and moments breakingly beautiful...a powerful work...
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Twenty-seven of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist is Medeski, Martin, & Wood, cuts from their beguilingly charming 2008 album of children's music, Let's Go Everywhere...well, well, here is 2009, and hardly over a week til O takes office as US president...finding at the White House door a thousand-foot-high pile of horse manure with a sign stuck in it that says "Gon Fishin"...it will be a time pushing it out of the way, and a longer time forgetting the stink...but hope, meaningful hope, is found foremost in that first moment of doing all this...soon, very soon...

01.10.2009 show


December 20, 2008 show features:
New Rock Album: Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, Cardinology (2008)...Ryan Adams was in the short-lived but very successful alt-country band Whiskeytown in the 1990s...since about 2000 he's been releasing albums on his own and with the Cardinals...a hard one to pin down, as his music ranges from acoustic melancholia to flat-out rock...this new album reflects Adams' new-found sobriety...moody, at times brilliant, he and his band is one to catch up on if you haven't yet, and to follow for years to come...
Classic Rock Album: Mighty Baby, Mighty Baby (1969)...another great lost acid rock band, this one came to be when the George Martin-discovered band The Action disintegrated in 1968 or thereabouts...this self-titled album was the first of two they released as Mighty Baby...full of long sweet guitar jams, sweetened by horns, by reflective, sometimes mystical lyrics...a real lysergic treat for all...hehe...
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Twenty-seven of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week marks this show's 6th annual holiday broadcast (with Cheech & Chong, Simpsons, South Park, Ramones & more) ending a year that crescendoed in hope & disaster both...many people bet on hope on November 4, and there is as of yet no reason to believe that we as individuals, as nations, and as one world can't fundamentally change for the better the way millions, or even billions, of lives are lived by the end of 2009...repeat the mantra, now and always: YES WE CAN!

12.20.2008 show


December 6, 2008 show features:
New Rock Album: The Church, Back With Two Beasts (2005)...this album is part of this legendary Australian psychedelic band's "Jammed" series...a full-blown lysergic treat that climaxes with the surreal 20-minute masterpiece "Night-Sequence"...21st century psychedelic rock for those looking for it...
Classic Rock Album: The Youngbloods, Elephant Mountain (1969)...this American band hit big in 1969 with the re-release of the seminal hippie anthem "Get Together" but that year was also the year of this release...playing as a trio, this group puts on a stellar musical performance...they ride between folk and rock jamming, excelling at both...no one-hit wonder, many riches to be re-discovered here...
Storybook Time: Chapter Twenty-seven of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist is Tommy James & the Shondells, a band also known for a very small portion of its music, the Top 40 pop hits, but one that could break out the acid...rock...and carry it far along...call me one of the lucky ones this week, I managed to score some short-term work and with news of hundreds of thousands of lost jobs on the news, I don't think lucky is the nearly quite the word...grateful! ecstatic!

12.06.2008 show


November 22, 2008 show features:
New Rock Album: Springhouse, From Now to OK (2008)...this New York band released two albums in the early 1990s, well-received but few sales...broke up for a few years...reunited about ten years ago and have been working on this new album since...much of their music is acoustic though they can go electric at times, and let out with orchestral flourishes too...dreamy, trippy, warm, sweet music...
Classic Rock Album: Fleetwood Mac, Fleetwood Mac (1975)...the Mac became another band when mad genius Lindsey Buckinghand and blonde enchantress Stevie Nicks joined up...their music blossomed and their lyrical power blew up...this album marks their rise to superstar band, something each of their members earned, and suffered for in the years to come...
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Twenty-six of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist is The Jimi Hendrix Experience, a tribute to their recently passed drummer Mitch Mitchell...anyway, this week I job-hunted, a draining, depressing effort when the news is all about more lay-offs, and I also readied SpiritPlants Radio for its 5th anniversary and re-launch weekend...strange the two efforts in tandem...both necessary, and strangely supporting each other...no job yet, but the radio website looks wonderful!

11.22.2008 show


November 15, 2008 show features:
New Rock Album: The Pretenders, Break Up the Concrete (2008)...when the 4/7/07 broadcast of this program featured The Pretenders' 1983 masterpiece, Learning to Crawl, I did not suspect that a new Pretenders album as good as this new release was due any time soon...happy surprise, this new album is full of the kind of muscular rock songs and cool plaintive ballads that made Ohio native Chrissie Hynde and crew a great rock group in the first place...happy return to form...
Classic Rock Album: Rush, Roll the Bones (1991)...one of the Canadian power trio's indisputably great albums...this album catches them at a moment when they are most deeply infusing their hard rock with raw existential lyrics...drummer Neil Peart said of this music's philosophy: "But the bottom line...is to take the chance, roll the bones, if it's a random universe and that's terrifying and it makes you neurotic and everything, never mind. you really have to take the chance or else nothing's going to happen."...
Storybook Time: Chapter Twenty-six of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist is Elton John, a selection of his early songs, no doubt prelude to more of his work being featured on this show in the future...I've been a week hitting the bricks for work and it's been tough...it's still Bush's America for a little while longer, which means everyone has to hang on for that while...so much unnecessary trouble and suffering caused by one world-class buffoon...that said, the autumn in the Pacific Northwest is breathlessly sweet...nature's compensation for men's follies...

11.15.2008 show


November 8, 2008 show features:
New Rock Album: Snow Patrol, A Hundred Million Suns (2008)...there is a pantheon of current UK rock bands among which Snow Patrol resides (with Radiohead, Coldplay, Oasis, The Verve, Travis, Elbow, the Doves, among others)...their new album continues their breach into deep sugar veins of music...exciting, memorable for those who chance a listen...
Classic Rock Album: Steely Dan, Aja (1977)...this is the Dan's cool jazz-rock masterpiece, a long, smooth, clean-smoking doobie of an album...the cut "Deacon Blues" is on my list of top rock songs of all time...I remember some gone year ago riding the highway with some lost friend, blasting it on the stereo, its long-blowing freedom...
Storybook Time: Chapter Twenty-six of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist is Kaleidoscope, a (mostly) late-60s folk-psychedelic band from Los Angeles, cuts from their debut album, 1967's shambling freak-fest *Side Trips*...what a difference a week makes...the world greets Barack Obama as he celebrates with all his landslide victory for US president...and, on a personal note, I was laid off from my job the morning after Election Day, one I'd had only about six weeks....before Bush's nightmare years, I'd never been laid off from a job...in the past 8 years, it's been half a dozen times...I was thinking that Obama's path to his current victory was marked by many setbacks, yet he kept his cool and kept his faith, and here he is...a lesson in this...if I am brave enough to heed...

11.08.2008 show


November 1, 2008 show features:
New Rock Album: The Verve, Forth (2008)...Aside from familiarity with the ubiquitous and wonderful Verve tune "Bittersweet Symphony," I had not known this band before recently...their body of work includes three great albums from the 1990s and this new one just released...a complex, moody, deep rock band, one to get to know over a long time...their new album brings them back with mucho gusto...they shake off the rust like there never was any...here's hoping their second life lasts years and years...
Classic Rock Album: Deep Purple, Deep Purple (1969)...an early release from this long-lived UK band, it catches them at a moment when they were working the border between progressive and heavy metal musics...at times lushly orchestrated, and at other times rocking fierce, this album harks back to a period in the late '60s when genres had first broken down and whatever worked, whatever sounded exciting and moving, was what the good and great bands would go for...a real treat and discovery for those who don't already know this album...
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Twenty-five of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist is Steppenwolf, a band known back in the '60s for its major hits "Born to Be Wild" and "Magic Carpet Ride" but with a lot more variety and depth to offer than just these two great songs...Election Day in the US is next Tuesday and, like back in 1968, the whole world is watching...message to the world: there are millions of us here who are determined to get OBAMA elected and this country and the world onto a better path than in years...we're doing it!!

11.01.2008 show


October 18, 2008 show features:
New Rock Album: Travis, Ode to J. Smithl (2008)...Travis last appeared on this program on the 2/28/04 broadcast with their excellent 12 Memories. While their 2007 album was a sub-par effort, their new one is very fine. A work that powers through on songs worth their music and lyrics. The band notes that "the album is called Ode to J. Smith partly giving a heads up to the key song and partly because all the songs are written about nameless characters or to nameless characters"...
Classic Rock Album: R.E.M., Out of Time (1991)...Coming of age in the '80s rather than the '60s, the closest I could come to waiting for new Beatles records was waiting for new R.E.M. records...I was lucky that the '80s and '90s was this Georgia band's heyday...this album shows their countless strengths with electric and acoustic music, gorgeous harmonies, guest vocals and those awesome lyrics by Michael Stipe...great music like this is always of its time and out of time too...
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Twenty-five of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist is the Greek psychedelic band Aphrodite's Child, and cuts from their 1972 double-LP visionary epic, 666 (The Apocalypse of John, 13/18)...this is the seventh consecutive weekend broadcast, and I've been loving this run every high and low of it...next weekend a break before the pre-Election Day broadcast!

10.18.2008 show


October 11, 2008 show features:
New Rock Album: Oasis, Dig Out Your Soul (2008)...the Gallagher brothers and crew were last heard on this program on 6/25/05, with their excellent Don't Believe The Truth...they're back, rocking harder than ever...there has always been a trippy vibe to their music, and they are pushing it this time...a musical confidence and a lyrical maturity...this band has hit its stride and is riding higher...
Classic Rock Album: War, The World is a Ghetto (1972)...one of the finest albums from this seminal '70s funk band...like the best work of Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye of the same period, this album taps into the frustration and yearning of raging city days and nights, turns ache and hope into deeply grooving music...exciting musicians at work here...
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Twenty-five of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist is Eddie Vedder, in particular the Pearl Jam front man's excellent soundtrack to Sean Penn's wonderful 2007 film, Into the Wild, the story of a young man who left behind his family privilege and the sick society he could no longer abide, hiked up to Alaska, and never came back..."society, have mercy on me/I hope you're not angry if I disagree/society, crazy and deep/I hope you're not lonely without me..."

10.11.2008 show


October 4, 2008 show features:
New Rock Album: Lindsey Buckingham, Gift of Screws (2008)...last heard on the 11/4/06 broadcast of this program with his excellent acoustic-leaning Under the Skin release, the sometime Fleetwood Mac guitar hero is back, rocking harder this time out, still twisting up that deep thinking mind of his into lyrics sometimes furious, sometimes beautifully subtle...as much as the Mac is missed, Buckingham is continuing to make and release records on his own that are highly vibrant and worth many listens...
Classic Rock Album: Traffic, Welcome to the Canteen (1971)...the seminal psychedelic rock band caught live on tour in the UK in 1971, featuring the last appearances of Dave Mason before his final break with the band...some Traffic songs, some Mason solo work, and even an oldie from Steve Winwood's time with the Spencer Davis Group...it's coherent, lovely, rocks, runs far in...Traffic at a strange moment of transition in its too-short career...
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Twenty-five of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist is Fifty Foot Hose, another obscure San Francisco band from the late '60s, cuts from their sole album, the 1968 jazzy/electronic treat Cauldron...well, the damned election is creeping closer and closer, could it be only a month away? Hoping the beauty and talent portion of the contest is over and that soon the grownups will be again in charge of the castle...Portland is getting grey and cool, it will be good to launch all sorts of fine music and crazy words from its environs!

10.04.2008 show


September 27, 2008 show features:
New Rock Album: Mercury Rev, Snowflake Midnight (2008)...it's has been three years since this upstate New York band's last release, the amazing Secret Migration...always something of a psychedelic rock band, the Rev this time goes all out this time, with a nine-song cycle that rides electric currents of melody to a place very on high...
Classic Rock Album: The Who, Who Are You (1978)...This was the last Who album with the original quartet of Townshend/Daltry/Entwistle/Moon...drummer Keith Moon's hard-living years ended not long after this album came out...& if it contained nothing more than its title track, easily one of the top ten rock songs of all time, it would be worth having and cherishing...but this album's other songs shows a band both feeling its age and the changing times while still rocking out like few others have, before or since...masters at work...
Storybook Time: Chapter Twenty-four of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist is Bubble Puppy, a good but fairly forgotten hard-rocking psychedelic Texas band (label mates with the legendary 13th Floor Elevators) who scored a Top 20 hit back in 1969 with their song "Hot Smoke and Sassafras," from their sole LP, A Gathering of Promises...what to say this week with the American financial markets crashing and a crazy old man who wants to be President running around stoking fire-fights where none existed...just this: the world will genuinely be at least a little better off, a little safer, a little more hopeful when newly-elected President Barack Obama smiles at the world next January...YES WE CAN!!!

09.27.2008 show


September 20, 2008 show features:
New Rock Album: Conor Oberst, Conor Oberst (2008)...Oberst is the young musical lion at the center of the indie rock band Bright Eyes...his fine new album is one he recorded with a set of musicians down in Mexico, saying: "There were pigs and wild dogs in the street; lots of people on horseback. We took our gear up two dirt tracks into the mountains and we had this piano that we bought in Mexico City out on the patio. My whole modus operandi for the project was that it should be stress-free. If we got stuck on a song we'd just stop, light a fire, drink beer and watch the fireworks down below." It is strangely lighter, and just as heavy, as his Bright Eyes releases, catches the ear, hooks the mind, taps the heart...
Classic Rock Album: Giles, Giles & Fripp, The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles, & Fripp (1968)...one way to look at this album is that it is a King Crimson precursor group (two of its members went on to form that band)...another way is to place its in its own time, when musicians could make a single album of both serious and silly music, could crack deep into strange sounds one moment, and the next speak in foolish tongues...this is a delightful, mostly forgotten, relic of that time, and worthy of another spin and listen...
Storybook Time: Chapter Twenty-four of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist artists is Suzanne Vega, a folk-rocking dynamo who first got famous in the late '80s making music pretty & solid as the best of that time, and poetical as the lyrics of Paul Simon & Bob Dylan... Well, I been one week on my job and all well, but watching the financial institutions of AmeriKKKa crash everywhere, & I'm glad to be drawing a check...scary times, it can get worse or we can change things...we can...YES WE CAN!

09.20.2008 show


September 13, 2008 show features:
New Rock Album: Calexico, Carried to Dust (2008)...I was waiting for a long time to connect with this Arizona band�s music, to become a big fan, and this new album is it! Beautiful, sometimes electric, sometimes acoustic rock with lovely Hispanic touches�this wonderful album deserves this band many more fans...
Classic Rock Album: The Velvet Underground, The Velvet Underground (1969)...this was the Velvets� �quiet� album the one following the departure of John Cale from the band, the one Lou Reed determined would not sound like 1968�s White Light/White Heatquieter, yes, but no less full of the Velvets twisted, grotesque beauty...amazing how hidden they were back then given what fantastic music they were making...
Storybook Time: Chapter Twenty-four of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist artists is The Flow, an obscure psychedelic band making fuzztone classics in obscurity back in New York City circa 1972...good news to share, people, is that I am again taking the wheel at a job, come upon some good luck in these shitty eco-nomic times...so no more bitching, time to get to the preaching of hope to come for all if we are brave enough, hopeful enough...

09.13.2008 show


September 6, 2008 show features:
New Rock Album: Minus the Bear, Planet of Ice (2007)...this Seattle band rocks classic and strange both, their album is a long flow, a pleasure, runs along the place where electronica and rock & roll bop & groove...a new discovery for me, and a wonderful one...
Classic Rock Album: Mason Proffit, Movin' Toward Happiness (1971)...one of the pioneers of country rock in the early 1970s, this Chicago band makes some amazing music, in both their lyrical and musical power...spirituality & beauty caught on tape for all..
Storybook Time: Chapter Twenty-four of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism by Daniel Pinchbeck. . .
Readings from Labyrinthine fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist artists is Kansas, a seminal prog-rock band, their songs the soundtrack to many a night of shared bongs & tabs...wow, it's been nearly a month since the last broadcast, had a long travel deep into the desert...come back to the world's wheel and burden...time to turn anew and lift and go...

09.06.2008 show


April 21, 2007 show features:

New Rock Album: The New Year, The End is Near (2004)...Texas band, emerged from the defunct slowcore band Bedhead...this, their second album, is one great atmosphere of brooding lyrics and death and the cosmos, and what hope can there be...it is beautiful and, if grooved with on its own ground, mesmerizing . . .
Classic rock album: The Doors, The Doors (1967)...what a way to introduce yourselves to the world, this album set a bar this Los Angeles band would seek to match for every other album they made, and many other bands too...trippy, visceral, mind-blowing work, even all these years later...
Storybook Time: Chapter Five of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from Why? fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist is Stone Circus, an obscure Canadian group who put out one self-titled album in 1969, a melodic, sometimes cranky rocking loud effort, very pretty, very...um...stoned...and there will be words from David Lynch, laughs from Doug Stanhope...Planet Earth, are you ready to rock??...

04.21.2007 show


April 14, 2007 show features:

New Rock Album: The Waterboys, Book of Lightning (2007)...welcome return after four years, this album is more the rocking Waterboys than the Celtic charmers, but its gifts slowly seduce, lyrical brilliance, burning musical intensity, as personal and sometimes very dark as their previous album, Universal Hall, was spiritual and light . . .
Classic rock album: The Pretenders, The Electric Prunes (1967)...not the album with the hits, this one came next, but the one that shows the Prunes even more plainly to be a beautiful, strange band of cats...some albums shimmer a moment more than others, this one glows with the diamonds and mud that was the summer of '67...
Storybook Time: Chapter Five of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from Why? fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist is Peter Gabriel, in particular music from his 1986 album, So, released in a time not even dreaming of the world music Gabriel knew and made so well...some weeks lead into the show trudging, looking for a bit of sky in the grey spaceless murk...this one's looking hard, promising to find...

04.14.2007 show


April 7, 2007 show features:

New Rock Album: Bright Eyes, Cassadaga (2007)...Bright Eyes' last album, 2005's I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning, was so damned good that fears of a disappointing follow-up would be understandable...but turn out groundless...Conor Oberst leads his band through new territory beautiful and unsettling, sometimes lets the horns and strings do the talking, makes another great album, praise be . . .
Classic rock album: The Pretenders, Learning to Crawl (1984)... this album rocked hard and wild and well in a time when rock music was spitting out its own past and trying to go straight...fuck that...Chrissy Hynde has never sounded so cool, so in control, so ready to bust the walls down any moment as she so often does here...delicious sounds from start to fini . . .
Storybook Time: Chapter Five of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from Why? fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist is Boston, music from their heyday long ago, and a kind of remembrance for their singer Brad Delp, who died this past March! Speaking of which, last week I took the musewife to my old stomping grounds in Boston, found some old, lots of old, a bit of new, made some peace with past sadnesses, and return to a sunnier month ready to put everything out there and see what flies up to the sky!

04.07.2007 show


March 17, 2007 show features:
New Rock Album: The Tragically Hip, World Container (2006)...long-beloved in Canada, but little known outside of their country�s borders, the Hip return with another run of excellent songs, rocking hard at times, often propelled by heartbreak & loss...I found out about this album just days ago & here it shall be on this show�s air...
Classic rock album: Arzachel, Arzachel (1969)...another mysterious record from the first golden era of psychedelia...a British band called Uriel made this album in one day and credited the band�s name and member�s names to pseudonyms...it�s said that it hardly sold a dozen copies in its day, but was later kept in circulation via bootlegs. . .only important point: it rocks magnificently...
Storybook Time: Chapter Five of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from Why? fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist is R.E.M., including a new track featuring the return of drummer Bill Berry!...plus wisdom from David Lynch, funny talk from Doug Stanhope, and the usual run of echoey weirdness and springtime freak excitement!

03.17.2007 show


March 10, 2007 show features:
New Rock Album: Arcade Fire, The Neon Bible (2007)...three years of waiting for this Montreal band to ready its second album yields high expectations. . .and happy rewards. . .their first album, Funeral, was shocking and exciting, and this follow-up bears out its promise, taking sorry stock on the landscape and blowing out soaring, weird beautiful sonic replies. . .
Classic rock album: The United States of America, The United States of America (1968)...this California band released just this one album, but an amazing one it is, at times sweet, solemn, enigmatic, then it rocks out, then it gets goofy as fuck. . .news of its times better than most history books tell it...
Storybook Time: Chapter Five of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from Why? fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist is Funkadelic, grooves from their early albums, deep tasty stomps not quite like anything else rock had then or since produced. . .springtime is so close, even in the wet Pacific Northwest, blooms n eggs n warmer fancies ‘bout to burst!...

03.10.2007 show


February 24, 2007 show features:
New Rock Album: Karate, Pockets (2004)...the last album by this Boston outfit is a moody, sometimes jazzy affair, musically obsesses on relationships, the struggles of daily life, the hours that wear, and sometimes produce great music...
Classic rock album: Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II (1969)...Led Zeppelin came out of the box fully formed and roaring...this second album of theirs is a hard rocking masterpiece, but one that does not lose moments of brilliant, beautiful subtlety for all the lovely crunch going on...
Storybook Time: Chapter Five of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from Why? fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist are the Rain Parade, one of the so-called "Paisley Underground" bands out of Los Angeles in the early '80s, and a sweet, chimey discovery of mine in the past week, charming, catchy stuff, sometimes deeper too...plus some words to taste and know from David Lynch, Tim Leary, and Terence McKenna...a great show is brewing for you right now!...

02.24.2007 show


February 17, 2007 show features:
New Rock Album: The Broken West, I Can't Go On, I'll Go On (2007)...on their first this Los Angeles band sports glowing harmonies and chiming guitars with enough grit to keep it interesting and unexpected...not to mention naming this first album after a line from Samuel Beckett's fiction...
Classic rock album: The Electronic Hole, The Electronic Hole (1970)...his obscure California band released one album of magical, strange, engrossing rock music, droning, pretty, at times a fearsome trip that lingers in the ears...
Storybook Time: Chapter Five of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from Why? fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist are the Chocolate Watchband, a dark jingling acid rock band who peaked out in the mid-'60s...plus there will be some Leary, and some David Lynch, and moments that come tonight in twisted dreams and continue on air on the morrow...

02.17.2007 show


February 3, 2007 show features:
New Rock Album: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Some Loud Thunder (2007)...this American east coast band released a fuck-nutty treat of a first album in 2005, played on this show late last year when I discovered it, but this new one is even better, full of wild rock moments and disturbing quieter ones...this album is, I think, one of those whose delights grow with greater familiarity...
Classic rock album: West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, Part One (1967)......a somewhat forgotten Los Angeles band, their first major release album spills over with treats, a bit at times like the fellow LA band Love of the same period in marrying trippy acid rock to dark, twisted lyrics...candy to enjoy in the shadows, grooves to lean on and fall into...
Storybook Time: Chapter Five of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from Why? fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist are the Strawberry Alarm Clock, best known for their only big Top 40 hit, "Incense & Peppermints," a great trip-pop song, but not the only lysergical delight in their grab-bag, a few more will get dusted off for the airwaves this week...still deep in winter here in the US Pacific Northwest, but there will be sunny vibes crossing through cyberspace to listeners far & wide, maybe a little smiling Leary, maybe other nuggets of cheer by word and chord...

02.03.2007 show


January 27, 2007 show features:
New Rock Album: The Beatles, Love (2006)...I did not know what to expect from this album; I'd simply heard there was a new Beatles' "re-mix album"...I first heard it while sitting in the Denver (Colorado, US) airport at Xmas time...I was floored, below-floored...Beatles' producer George Martin and his son Giles were contracted by Cirque du Soleil to create a soundtrack for their show of the same name. They received permission from Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr (and Yoko Ono Lennon, and Olivia Harrison, the latter two representing John Lennon and George Harrison, respectively). McCartney and Starr responded very favorably, and there is good reason to see why. The music is its perfect self, and yet re-imagined, it is drenched in fervent art & love, and stands its strong chance of pleasing both the oldest Beatles' nut and someone who's never heard of them...just beautiful...
Storybook Time: Chapter Five of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from Why? fixtion & Many Musics poems...8 years ago this weekend, this show began in a tiny pirate DJ radio booth in the back room of an art gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts...now coming from a tiny apartment in Seattle, Washington...8 years, 3000 miles have passed...same old hippy shit, heh. . .

01.27.2007 show


January 20, 2007 show features:
New Rock Album: The Earlies, Enemy Chorus (2007)...This British/American combo is very impressive in this first proper album release (they previously had an amazing compilation of EPs)...their music is tinged with all sorts of influences, from '60s psychedelia to '70s horn-driven bands like Chicago...yet their sound is fresh, rooted deeply...
Featured Classic Rock Album: Country Joe & the Fish, Electric Music for the Mind & Body (1967)...Joe McDonald and the boys were powerful, funny, freaky, balls out rocking out of the gate...their songs can be sweet, nasty, chug along til the album is over and you're wanting to hear it all over again...released in January of 1967, this album began an amazing in rock and roll history...
Storybook Time: Chapter Five of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from Why? fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist is Harry Chapin, a singer dear to my heart, selected songs from his fantastic 1976 live album, Greatest Stories Live...there will be some grooving words from Dr. Leary, too, maybe Robert Anton Wilson, now like Kerouac, safe in heaven dead, and other moments none can foretell...

01.20.2007 show


January 13, 2007 show features:
New Rock Album: The Electric Soft Parade, The American Adventure (2003) . . . This British band has not yet gotten enough attention in the US, but certainly deserves it. . .its bright, brooding psychedelic palette is wide, moving, intelligent. . .lyrically rife with fears, questions, hopeful gestures. . .a genuine pleasure to behold. . .their time will come...
Featured Classic Rock Album: Mad River, Paradise Bar & Grill (1969)...there are so many delights in hearing this San Francisco band�s second & last album. . .the guitar playing is sweet when it does not trouble & yowl. . .the lyrics are sometimes sad, sentimental, but then bark, rouse up fierce. . .a lost classic, timeless fine...
Storybook Time: Chapter Five of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from Why? fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist is America, a band that makes dark, deceptively pretty music...the new year is less than two weeks in, but can you feel the swells of raised energy, how liberty and control are jiving a little more seriously, how those in power are smiling more brittly, and those advocating for another world better for all are not backing down any more? Less backing down, feel it, feel that hope, put it on, it�s a stranger, it will feel good in time. . .

01.13.2007 show


January 6, 2007 show features:
Featured New Rock Album: The Shins, Wincing the Night Away (2007)...three year wait for their new album, no looking back with this band, I had to listen to this album many times to climb within it, find what had kept along and what broke new...it's really good, maybe even better than that...
Featured Classic Rock Album: Family, Music in a Doll's House (1968)...this British band was overlooked in its day, no reason why, their sound is dense and deep, their groove is over the horizon and out, theirs is a music that comes fresh and whole from its time, and arrives completely ready in any given hour...
Storybook Time: Chapter Five of The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux...
Readings from Why? fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist is Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, a band I've seen blow houses down with their high sounds, laugh, pack up, onto the next town...it's a new year, boys n girls, what will it bring? Let us all vow toward healing, and better survival...

01.06.2007 show


December 16, 2006 show features:
New Rock Album: Annuals, Be He Me (2006)...this brazen band of strange rocking youths endears, funny, dark at moments one would not quite expect. . .I tried them, again, again, & then their charms caught & held, & I was taken in further...
Featured Classic Rock Album: The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown (1968)...some weeks finding just the right album to play is more of a trying trick than others...this album fell into my lap just tonight, a tip from AllMusic.com, musical fucking weird shit fine...
Storybook Time: Chapter Five of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from Why? fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's & this week's 4th annual holiday broadcast concludes this year's run of shows...2006 drawling to a close with some hope blooming up that the screwy fools are at last losing their grip to saner, calmer hands who know how to sail, & how far the boat may go with clear thought & fresh heart...

12.16.2006 show


December 9, 2006 show features:
New Rock Album: The Dears, Gang of Losers (2006)...this band sounds a little like the Smiths, a little like the Cure, a little like Love, but a deeper listen and their strong, idiosyncratic, pretty sounds emerge, their push to something open & true, their way of music, none other's...
Featured Classic Rock Album: Emerson, Lake, & Palmer, Brain Salad Surgery (1973)...another prog-rock band new to me, but I have come to like them a lot, long tunes, epic, roads to everywhere, so much music that each ELP album consumes lifetimes for good attention to it...
Storybook Time: Chapter Five of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from Why? fixtion & Many Musics poem...& this week's featured artist is the Grateful Dead, some tasty live cuts found here & there in their great art of jamming...some rants in this show, like others, bringing in some heroes who rail against the Empire in smart, funny ways, it will be a good'un, f'sure!

12.09.2006 show


December 2, 2006 show features:
New Rock Album: Bob Dylan, Modern Times (2006)... This album finds BD in a bluesy, world-weary mood, lonesome, yearning, and rocking hard and slow by turns...burns strange, insistent good...
Featured Classic Rock Album: King Crimson, In the Court of the Crimson King (1969)... KC are relatively new to my ears, and this first album of theirs I find blithely mysterious, an enigmatic delight, prog-rock at its trippy origins... Storybook Time: Chapter Five of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from Why? fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist is Neil Young, some tunes from his recently released Live at the Fillmore East 1970 album...the year's last month begun, what a year, heavy with history & blood...

12.02.2006 show


November 18, 2006 show features:
New Rock Album: Eric Clapton & J.J. Cale, The Road to Escondido (2006)...this album by Clapton and one of his biggest influences is a sneaky one...laid back, then it reaches up & bites...strange in being like this, intense mellowness, and then something too fierce at moments to be called mellow at all...
Featured Classic Rock Album: Billy Joel, Piano Man (1973)... Joel was pretty obscure when this album came out, the beginning of a run that would make him famous & burn him down...but, again, this was the beginning, he was wild, he loved making music, he didn't care so much for what happened next...I was 18 listening to this work, and learning lessons I would keep a long time... Storybook Time: Chapter Five of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from Why? fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist is Steely Dan, tricky manic jazz-rock music that kicks in deep & then laughing goes deeper...this show should be a sweet one, strange hungers will whip it up high...

11.18.2006 show


November 11, 2006 show features:
New Rock Album: The Who, Endless Wire (2006)... It's been 24 years since The Who have released a new album, and they have now lost two of their original four members...that said, this album rocks, it is brash, sweet, yearning, and tuneful...the second half is a mini rock opera, to boot, as my Who fanatic friend JBIII said to me, if this is their finale, what a great way to go...
Featured Classic Rock Album: Big Brother & the Holding Company, Cheap Thrills (1968)... marry a free-swinging, demon-laden blues singer to her hard rocking psychedelic combo and you have a band that has never been equaled for their raw, deep, moving sound...
Storybook Time: Chapter Five of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from Why? fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist is John Mellencamp, an old favorite of mine whose rock and roll noise is still a fine pleasure...WE WON WE WON WE WON! THE KING IS NOW A LAME DUCK! LONG LIVE THE DUCK!!!

11.11.2006 show


November 4, 2006 show features:
New Rock Album: Lindsey Buckingham, Under the Skin (2006)... Fleetwood Mac's sometime guitar god releases yet another solo work so rocking and tuneful it's amazing he remains somewhat of an obscure figure on his own...personal, sweeping, full of high musical food...
Featured Classic Rock Album: Bruce Springsteen, Nebraska (1982)... when this album came out, nobody much knew the Boss could take a single guitar and blow your world away with it...since then he has done it often, but this remains arguably his most intense acoustic statement...I heard this album when I was 18, my first intro to Springsteen, and its pleasures and mysteries have stuck with me all these years...
Storybook Time: Chapter Four of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from Why? fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist is The Who, some of their best known and some of their obscure best before next week's show when their brand new music comes to this show...it's cold, it's autumn, there are deeper thoughts to go swimming with all around...and the election to sweep All the King's Thugs away is at hand!

11.04.2006 show


October 21, 2006 show features:
New Rock Album: Trey Anastasio, Bar 17 (2006)... the former lead guitarist of late-lamented Phish does not make Phish records by himself, but does sometimes make records possessed of the same kind of greatness...rocks, shines, dims, there are moments when one could forget the year and the passing of time, and be grooving with the boyz again...
Featured Classic Rock Album: Traffic, Traffic (1968)... an album that starts out rowdy, soars, and higher, rocks a little, then a lot more, & leaves you wanting to ride its ride many times more...brilliant grooves....
Storybook Time: Chapter Four of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from Why? fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist is Pink Floyd, some delicious live tracks...some Jon Stewart too, maybe some Huxley, maybe some political fires stoked, as the little King is soon to be swept to the curb of history!!

10.21.2006 show


October 14, 2006 show features:
New Rock Album: Rum Diary, We're Afraid of Heights Tonight (2006)... this California trip-rock band makes pretty, dangerous sounds, some slow & soft, some loud, some crash, this album flows & you go, & where you arrive is an uncertainty...
Featured Classic Rock Album: The Rolling Stones, Beggar's Banquet (1968)... now they are old men, some say cartoonish, some wait for their clearer moments, which do come, and remember albums like this one from '68, when they roared, when they murmured, when they mattered...
Storybook Time: Chapter Four of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from Why? fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist is Radiohead, a band many are waiting & waiting on for new music...the autumn is sweetly arriving, leaves showing us all how to leave best & brightest for whatever worlds await from this one...

10.14.2006 show


October 7, 2006 show features:
New Rock Album: Beck, The Information (2006)...he's been away for a couple of years, but busy, KD & I saw him, his band, & their puppets rock the Sasquatch fest this summer, full of new album energy...new album is grand, ambitious, as varied as one could hope, pretty, bouncy, laden & weightless...the strange master walks again in public...
Featured Classic Rock Album: Cream, Fresh Cream (1966)... debut album by one of the seminal British rock bands, sweeps into the world & watch trees, gods, & men stand aside...amazing to observe genius arrive fully formed...Cream pretty much invented the rock trio, so much would follow their steps...
Storybook Time: Chapter Four of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from Why? fixtion (starting this one this week!) & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist are the Jayhawks, singing pretty, melancholy notes of sugar, bearing any heart high or low...more Robert Anton Wilson, more Jon Stewart, more reverb than anyone could know, maybe some Huxley, maybe something else...

10.07.2006 show


September 30, 2006 show features:
New Rock Album: The Decemberists, The Crane Wife (2006)... so...this is the deal...neither Kassi nor I have heard this album but we are so into the Decemberists that it is going to go on air still unheard...so the reaction will be utterly fresh...I'm betting it will be awesome...
Featured Classic Rock Album: Buffalo Springfield, Buffalo Springfield Again (1967)... great album by a folk-rock band too short-lived, but their reach is long...especially that of Neil Young & Stephen Stills...return to their youth & see their promise in early bloom...
Storybook Time: Chapter Four of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from Things Change fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist is Wilco, wild poet boys from Chi-town USA...some other goodies, like Robert Anton Wilson, Jon Stewart, maybe even some more Huxley...this is show number 100 since being on SpiritPlants Radio!...jack in, hummmmmmmmmmmm!!

09.30.2006 show


September 23, 2006 show features:
New Rock Album: The Church, Box of Birds (2006)...this Australian band has been a favorite of mine for many years, but I was not able til recently to find this all-covers album of theirs. Mmm mmm, what a treat, reminds me of Rush's recent Feedback album, songs loved and re-invented both...delights from Bowie, Neil Young, George Harrison, the Monkees, Hawkwind, Ultravox, Television, and more...again: mmm mmm...
Featured Classic Rock Album: Crosby, Stills, & Nash, Crosby, Stills, & Nash (1969)... pretty much the perfect hippie rock jam album, full of sky-high harmonies, blissed-out guitars, longing, idealism, desire, and moments untellably beautiful but by hearing them...surely one of the places to begin teaching anyone what the psychedelic revolution is like at its best...
Storybook Time: Chapter Four of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from Things Change fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist is Phish, one of this show's deepest favorite icons...a little Jon Stewart too, a little Robert Anton Wilson, a little Huxley, what a brew, sip with care & vivacity!

09.23.2006 show


September 16, 2006 show features:
New Rock Album: Thom Yorke, The Eraser (2006)...this album from Radiohead's front man took me a number of listens to catch with...not a Radiohead album, yet not unrelated...quiet at times, yet furious...pretty but with little sentimentality...it stays in some nether place between mind and heart...
Featured Classic Rock Album: Paul Simon, Still Crazy After All These Years (1975)...Paul Simon is a great musical poet, one whose songs often pretty & familiar are also some of the darkest meditations on human love & loneliness & existence...then on occasion a silly one for no damned good reason and every one of them...
Storybook Time: Chapter Four of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from Things Change fixtion & Many Musics poems...& this week's featured artist is XTC, lovely, British, so sweet, so high...also expect Robert Anton Wilson, Jon Stewart, and unknown other voices & noises & melodies, jazz, electronica, to appear...just like that!

09.16.2006 show


September 9, 2006 show features:
New Rock Album: Tapes 'n Tapes, The Loon (2006)... this strange band from Minnesota sounds like indie rock but not like any other band making indie rock...a shaking, quaking odd run of pleasures, something more going on here...
Featured Classic Rock Album: Tim Buckley, Goodbye and Hello (1967)...Buckley is a lysergic troubadour, neither a lone peak like Dylan nor a quadrophenic Beatles...yet shares the qualities of both of these contemporaries...from a single soul a massive awesome noise...
Storybook Time: Chapter Four of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from Things Change fixtion & Many Musics poems, & this week's featured artist are the Pixies, sneering down the years from their ranting, rolling subterranean...back on air after a month traveling to the desert...revved up, both ready and Freddy!

09.09.2006 show


August 5, 2006 show features:
New Rock Album: Tom Petty, Highway Companion (2006)...Petty and a clique of guitars shows up every few years, full of broods & musings, rings the old hippie bell, finds some new sounds again, lyrics leave something to think on, "rust or run"...
Featured Classic Rock Album: Jefferson Airplane, After Bathing at Baxter's (1967)... the Airplane was highest for just a few years, a few albums, but what stories they told from up there, what lovely electric harmony tales of lysergia...
Storybook Time: Chapter Four of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from Things Change fixtion & Many Musics poems, & this week's featured artist is the Talking Heads, a beguiling bag of funky nuts for those around wanting to reach a hand in...days now from the festival in the desert, vibes on this broadcast will blow hard & dusty no doubts!

08.05.2006 show


July 22, 2006 show features:
New Rock Album: Golden Smog, Another Fine Day (2006)... Indie rock supergroup finally makes good on its own promise, the sound of Wilco, the Jayhawks, and Soul Asylum comes together and trips the beautiful noise high, very high...this is the album the seals them as good as their constituent sources...
Featured Classic Rock Album: Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bayou Country (1969)... CCR never made an album less than stellar, with moments smoky acoustic soft and others yowling lovely...they come on with albums half the length of some of the bloated messes released nowadays, and depart having said so much more in their brief time...
Storybook Time: Chapter Four of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from Things Change fixtion & Many Musics poems, & this week's featured artist is Camper Van Beethoven, an indie rock band of old that caught its odd moment perfectly and splintered it out into a million groovy nuggets...listen to Jack Kerouac, for Jon Stewart, for Aldous Huxley, and for other moments too weird for lingua...

07.22.2006 show


July 15, 2006 show features:
New Rock Album: Band of Horses, Everything All the Time (2006)... Seattle band with a country chiming flavor, enough enigma to keep it grooving, enough tune to sweet the listening ears, adds up to even more, and much promise too...
Featured Classic Rock Album: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Into the Great Wide Open (1991)... On the eve of Petty's new release, take a flight back to this early '90s trippy jangling powerhouse, Petty & his guitar partner Mike Campbell both opening up the doors wide on the jam...
Storybook Time: Chapter Four of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from Things Change fixtion & Many Musics poems, & this week's featured artist are punk greats The Ramones, how great their cartoon music show shined in its time...and noise from Kerouac, Huxley, Jon Stewart, three hours thick of frivolity & deeper diggings!

07.15.2006 show


July 8, 2006 show features:
New Rock Album: Drive-By Truckers, A Blessing and a Curse (2006)...Heavy sounds from this Georgia based outfit, songs of regret & redemption, loud and soft alike, from the land of stiffly hot summers & violent artistic passions...
Featured Classic Rock Album: The Black Crowes, Southern Harmony and Musical Companion (1992)... Another heavy Georgia band, story says they recorded this album in just a few days, and it sounds like a band locking the doors and turning up the amps, closing off the world while picturing it in thick chords and desperate words...
Storybook Time: Chapter Four of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from Things Change fixtion & Many Musics poems, & this week's featured artist is rock guitar god of gods Chuck Berry...and there will be more, Kerouac pining and Jon Steward irony...each show bears its past kin along while trying to reinvent everything for a moment or two...

07.08.2006 show


June 24, 2006 show features:
New Rock Album: Guster, Ganging Up on the Sun (2006)...this band ripples up and down stretches of melodies, and their new album creates its own land of ringing mountains and quiet shadows, come in and visit...
Featured Classic Rock Album: The Moody Blues, Days of Future Passed (1967)...no band up til this album had created a concept rock canvas completely suffused with full classical orchestration...none have surpassed it since...a thousand thousand journeys into the sun began by dropping the needle on this one...
Storybook Time: Chapter Four of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from Things Change fixtion & Many Musics poems, & this week's featured artist is The Jesus & Mary Chain and their squalling bag of electric sweets...sometimes what to play seems such a vast question hardly seems possible the answer, but found one!

06.24.2006 show


June 17, 2006 show features:
New Rock Album: Grandaddy, Just Like Fambly Cat (2006)... one last barrel of trippy nuggets from this West Coast band as they call it a day...a sweet, strange music, the kind a group of friends in smoky Saturday shadows might sink into the night listening to...
Featured Classic Rock Album: Grateful Dead, Anthem of the Sun (1968)... this album grooves torchingly along, ripping out gapes in simple daylight beliefs, and replacing them with surreal nocturnal complexities...sweet & dangerous, a trip inviting for endless re-visits...
Storybook Time: Chapter Four of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from Things Change fixtion & Many Musics poems, the latter begun again & again til one day it hooks, maybe this time...& this week's featured artist is The Cure, rocking weirdo rock that dips in many mindpools and shimmers from below...Every show a treasure, every single one, I do not know where this one will go but am eager for its rise...

06.17.2006 show


June 10, 2006 show features:
New Rock Album: Snow Patrol, Eyes Open (2006)... this Scottish band rocks it pretty pretty and well, lodges high and comfortably among the dozen or so great UK rock bands carrying the flag in the early 21st century (among them Radiohead, Coldplay, Oasis, Belle & Sebastian)...
Featured Classic Rock Album: The Police, Ghost in the Machine (1981)... speaking of great British bands, it was a quarter century ago that The Police both carried and owned the flag of great rock, and for too short a time...Ghost was their fourth and penultimate album, mixing the longing and paranoia of those lost Cold War years with music bouncy, growly, strange & great...this music owned me back then, I was 17 and eyes like wide open doors...
Storybook Time: Chapter Four of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from Things Change fixtion & Many Musics poems, the latter begun anew & ready to reveal...& this week's featured artist is Crosby, Stills, & Nash, focusing on their later 1970s/1980s work, gorgeous stuff often neglected...show's been away since late May, too long, bouncy to be back!

06.10.2006 show


May 20, 2006 show features:
New Rock Album: Paul Simon, Surprise (2006)... the great poet/musician returns with an album whose strange & striking words are his own, but whose exotic soundscape he crafted with Brian Eno. . .Simon means business every time he releases an album, of the serious & comical kind both. . .
Featured Classic Rock Album: The Who, Who By Numbers (1975)... The Who rock hard & soft in this one, released after two successful rock operas & one aborted one. . .yet the ambition is no less here, and the results no less fiercely moving...
Storybook Time: Chapter Four of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from Things Change fixtion & Many Musics poems. . .& this week's featured artist is R.E.M. & their first release, back in 1982, the gorgeous head candy EP, Chronic Town...the warm weather arriving, can its embedded hope be wholly untrue?

05.20.2006 show


May 13, 2006 show features:
New Rock Album: Built to Spill, You in Reverse (2006)...it seems like this band was dismissed by many after their underrated 2001 album...no matter...their new one rocks fierce, no quarter...soft, hard, harder, a return stamped very good. . .
Featured Classic Rock Album: Santana, Santana III (1971)...this album is 35 years old yet excites the ears like it came out last week, fresh twin guitar frenzies, wild rhythmic rolls, carlos santana's original band showing why they still haunt the rock landscape...
Storybook Time: Chapter Four of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from Things Change fixtion & Many Musics poems. . .& this week's featured artist is Rush, a run of songs from their decades of sonic genius...show number 200, took nearly 7 1/2 years to arrive!

05.13.2006 show


May 6, 2006 show features:
New Rock Album: Neil Young, Living With War (2006)... another war has finally pushed ol' Neil's ire over the edge, & he has responded with a great, beautiful fury. . .it's been a long time since a major rocker has launched this mighty an attack on the Empire's easy, righteous destruction of life. . .
Featured Classic Rock Album: Pink Floyd, Animals (1977)... The Floyd are a dark band, and this album finds them down in the deep chasmic spaces they prefer. . .loosely based on George Orwell's novel Animal Farm, there are obscure moments of light to be found if one listens to each track in the whole. . .
Storybook Time: Chapter Four of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from Things Change fixtion & some shards from the poem-beast Many Musics...& this week's show features the blistering hearts of U2. . .spring arriving on the West Coast. . .the dark days their grasp's annual loose...

05.06.2006 show


April 22, 2006 show features:
New Rock Album: The Church, Uninvited, Like the Clouds (2006)... Australian psychedelia, pretty in moments, melancholy and terrifying at others...it wasn't but a couple of weeks ago that this show played their 1988 album Starfish as a classic album...now's time for their current news of the cosmos...
Featured Classic Rock Album: Supertramp, Breakfast in America (1979)... Supertramp was a long skyrocket of progressive pop sensibility...sweetness with a shadowy undercoating...nursery rhymes stretched into surreal lengths...rock light then heavier and deeper and watch their melodic staircase roar far & away...
Storybook Time: Chapter Four of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from Things Change fixtion. . .& this week's show features the Smithereens, a Jersey band who rocked the late '80s like they were the late '60s and nothing bad had yet happened...this a show near to my birthday, what of it, the music smiles & does not care...

04.22.2006 show


April 15, 2006 show features:
New Rock Album: Placebo, Meds (2006)...this band took awhile to convince me of its various musical prowesses, and did, and its sliding lyrical truths, and did...they mean what they say and play, and do it finely...
Featured Classic Rock Album: The Byrds, Younger Than Yesterday (1967)...The Byrds' first six albums came out in three years and bore a fury of fine harmonies, nutty sweet guitars, and high, near lyrics...this album rings with some of their best songs of that period...
Storybook Time: Chapter Four of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from Things Change fixtion...& this week's show features Prince, a one-man planet of funky erotic psychedelic explorations...maybe some answers this week, or some better questions, or something neither and both, that deeper dwelling place of calm...

04.15.2006 show


April 8, 2006 show features:
New Rock Album: Flaming Lips, At War With the Mystics (2006)...the Lips return after several years away, & jump into the current nutty buddy world, send out their melodic strangenesses in all directions & hit walls, ceilings, floors, clouds with all manner of splatters...
Featured Classic Rock Album: The Church, Starfish (1988)...I remember walking into a record store in Connecticut about '89, long bus trips to get to this store, & buying this Church LP, it took me more than I took it...saw them live twice that year...taught me psychedelic truths long before I hit the dots-n-drops myself...
Storybook Time: Chapter Three of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from random pomes and Things Change fixtion...& this week's show features Buddy Holly, one of the first to push rock-n-roll further than the sock hop, one of its first to die much too young...back to the mic after a break & its visits with some Dadaist lunacies, ready to tell on 'em...

04.08.2006 show


March 25, 2006 show features:
New Rock Album: Rum Diary, Poisons That Save Lives (2003)...this music runs into dark, electric spaces, the deep places where a pipe rests on a teak table, sweet smoke rising, rumbles beyond the walls, crazy acoustic full moon yowling through the darked tinted windows...
Featured Classic Rock Album: The Doors, Morrison Hotel (1970)...it's spring again and time for this show's annual Doors' album offering, this year the so-called "comeback" album...blood on the rise and it's following me...mmm...
Storybook Time: Chapter Three of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from Labyrinthine and Things Change fixtion...& this week's show features the Electric Light Orchestra, their great crescendoes of melodic cyclones...maybe something else too...what the weekly rants raise up with them, what carries along into the live & unbound...

03.25.2006 show


March 18, 2006 show features:
New Rock Album: Built to Spill, Ancient Melodies of the Future (2001)... this music cuts through the decades & the miles & arrives at the place where the guitars have always led you up & up & up...
Featured Classic Rock Album: Yes, The Yes Album (1971)... this band travels the long wispy spaces that few bands conceive, much less put into music & words...the sweet & far away...
Storybook Time: Chapter Three of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from Labyrinthine and Things Change fixtion. . .& this week's show features the Monkees, a band only LSD & the last decadent phase of capitalism could have produced...hehe...

03.18.2006 show


March 11, 2006 show features:
New Rock Album: The Shins, Chutes Too Narrow (2003)...This band's second album charms, is strange, charms strangely, lingers in a spill of bright light, of twangy guitars, of possibilities when music opens out raw & high...
Featured Classic Rock Album: The Smiths, Strangeways, Here We Come (1987)...the Smiths were a trippy rock band in the middle of the Reaganomics era, and so this earned them few, but fanatical fans...Morrissey moans sincerely, though a twinkle is suspected...Marr and the rest of the group rock it out behind him...rarely a stranger combo of personalities in one band...
Storybook Time: Chapter Three of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from New Songs poems and Things Change fixtion...& this week's show features the Traveling Wilburys, a dear little group of superstar buddies who joined up for just a bit to create a bunch of sly, dear, memorable songs...

03.11.2006 show


February 25, 2006 show features:
New Rock Album: Impossible Shapes, Tum (2006)...This past and future release is a cherry bowl of trippy little nuggets...they splat your tongue with strange goodness, then poof and here comes the next...
Featured Classic Rock Album: Bob Dylan, Highway 61 Revisited (1965)...Dylan was not walking on mortal ground when he penned these songs, they surely came from other ethers and landed in his hands by chance and luck...
Storybook Time: Chapter Three of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from New Songs poems and Things Change fixtion...& this week's show features the evilly delicious Smiths mmmm...yowzaaa & have another! Time to rave for the new world coming before it's gone again!

02.25.2006 show


February 18, 2006 show features:
New Rock Album: Long Winters, When I Pretend to Fall (2003)... Long Winters perform songs that rock with guitars, horns, strings, swooping lyrical shine...they hit it hard & harder, then soft and softer, and that plumbs even further...a Seattle band and a pleasure to feature on this show...
Featured Classic Rock Album: Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV (1971)...one of the reassuring miracles about life is that someone today, and tomorrow, and beyond, is listening to this album for the first time, getting took by its power, its push toward liberation of mind & music...loveliness, sheer awe...
Storybook Time: Chapter Three of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from New Songs poems and Things Change fixtion. . .& this week's show features the singular swirling singing mists of Fleetwood Mac...these are long, chilly days but how we insist on walking on, how the sunshine is somewhere & here we come...here we come...as many of us as we can....

02.18.2006 show


February 4, 2006 show features:
New Rock Album: Rogue Wave, Descended Like Vultures (2005)... this band tosses off the harmonies like butterflies in the breeze...then the guitars hit & everyone goes ohhhhhhhhh...
Featured Classic Rock Album: The Velvet Underground, The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)... this album's release year was full of higher profile classics by the Doors & the Beatles, to name just two...but decades along only a very few have shown the staying grit of this set of dark street sirens & pretty pleasings...
Storybook Time: Chapter Three of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from New Songs poems and Things Change fixtion. . .some hefty lefty rants for yer pleasure & chagrin...& this week's show features some tasty grooving sugar all over your brain tunes from the Gin Blossoms...taste it...you wanna...

02.04.2006 show


January 28, 2006 show features:
Featured Album: Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Live Rust (1979)... a seminal work from a rock god, capturing him & his long-time band near the end of their first golden era (there would be more)...Neil rocks, wails, croons, rants, lets it all out there & brings it all home again...
Storybook Time: Chapter Three of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from New Songs poems and Things Change fixtion. . .It was seven years ago around this time that i began hosting this show in the back room of a small gallery in cambridge, massachusetts, where a rudimentary pirate FM station had been set up...good days, though little audience, a year of that, and two years at the low power AM/web station Allston-Brighton Free Radio in Boston...then a long while no show...finally come to SpiritPlants Radio in Nov 2003...a good run & ready to carry into the 8th year of shows!

01.28.2006 show


January 21, 2006 show features:
New rock album: Belle & Sebastian, The Life Pursuit, (2006)...i did not like this band at all...then i tried this album...now i think this band is so...fucking...good...weird high brit rock at its finest...
Featured Classic rock album: Steely Dan, Katy Lied, (1975)...this band inhabits its own world of smooth jazzy rock deep discontent...they are fine, they are addictive, you have been warned...
Storybook Time: Chapter Three of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from New Songs and Things Change. . .& this week's show features a few clear rock nuggets from the mountain top which Eric Clapton plays...mmm...God knows how to rock!

01.21.2006 show


January 7, 2006 show features:
New rock album: Nada Surf, The Weight is a Gift, (2005)...this band is beguiling...they sometimes rock sly & sweet, sometimes they hit the chords hard & go...nice surprise when I discovered em & here they are for you too...
Featured Classic rock album: R.E.M., Automatic for the People, (1992)...surely one of the great rock albums of all time, & one of the highest of high points for this band...i used to walk through the boston common with a cassette of this record blasting through my walkman...over & over & over...
Storybook Time: Chapter Three of The Long Trip: A Pre-history of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux . . .
Readings from New Songs and Things Change...& this week's show features the odd, beautiful music of David Bowie...here goes another year...just now...this moment...here goes!

01.07.2006 show


December 24, 2005 show features:
New rock album: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (2005)... strange, strange band, but song by song they rock, their lyrics gain a weird hold in the mind, they are good musicians & tell the old tales new...took awhile, but I got convinced...
Featured Classic rock Album: Creedence Clearwater Revival, Cosmo's Factory (1970)...one of my favorite American rock bands, I could listen to them for days, deeply funky & melodic, lyrics that purr & singe...this album features among its highlights a long explosive version of "Heard It Through the Grapevine"...none other quite like CCR...
Storybook Time: Chapter Three of The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia Paul Devereux...
Readings from New Songs and Things Change...& this week's show celebrates the holiday season, sort of, hehe hehe...

12.24.2005 show


December 17, 2005 show features:
New rock album: The Tragically Hip, In Between Evolution (2004)... Canada's own rock supergroup, less known elsewhere, been around a couple decades now...they rock this one hard, electric fury, hard groove, freak lyric charms...this album took me over slowly, now arrived, staying...
Featured Classic rock Album: Tomorrow, Tomorrow (1968)...this album is drenched in the good acid rock rolling high through the UK in '68, shares the same trippy air as Pink Floyd & the Soft Machine, crazy fun for you nutty hippie kids of all ages..hehe...
Storybook Time: Chapter Three of The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia Paul Devereux...
Readings from New Songs and Things Change...& this week's featured artist is Donovan & his high vibey acoustic troubadour delights...

12.17.2005 show


December 10, 2005 show features:
New rock album: Supergrass, Road to Rouen (2005)... A new discovery for me, though this Brit band has been around awhile...rock a little like the oldies, punk a little too, a luring way with melody & rhythm, great new album...
Featured Classic rock Album: The Grateful Dead, Live/Dead (1969). . .ok, so you hit Dead shows back then or you missed em, either way, tune this album in, puff a little something good, lay back, it's all present now like always again, & here you go...
Storybook Time: Chapter Three of The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia Paul Devereux...
Readings from New Songs and Things Change...& something of a tribute to John Lennon, have you been gone that long? Why do you still seem so present, almost waiting for the rest of us?

12.10.2005 show


November 26, 2005 show features:
New rock album: Death Cab for Cutie, Plans (2005)...this album flies so deep in the fabric of rock-n-roll that trying to figure out what it did not influence since '73 when it came out would be impossible...still every bit the classic it's long been...
Featured Classic rock Album: Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon (1973)... this album flies so deep in the fabric of rock-n-roll that trying to figure out what it did not influence since '73 when it came out would be impossible...still every bit the classic it's long been...
Storybook Time: Chapter Three of The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia Paul Devereux...
Readings from New Songs and Things Change...thankful for many beautiful people & things in the world, & for SPF Radio indeed!

11.26.2005 show


November 12, 2005 show features:
New rock album: Boards of Canada The Campfire Headphase (2005)... the Scottish duo BoC works a special ground between electronica & rock...move a listener with melodies & weirdness that sticks deep & good...this third album is their finest, trippiest yet...
Featured Classic rock Album: The Zombies, Odessey & Oracle (1968)... this brit band sings high & sweet, lyrics sometimes lush & romantic, but sometimes in a place not quite like any other's...easy to fall within their music, harder to find a reason to leave...
Storybook Time: Chapter Three of The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia Paul Devereux...
Readings from New Songs and Things Change...ready for this one? are you sure? it is coming fast atcha...

11.12.2005 show


November 5, 2005 show features:
New rock album: Neil Young, Prairie Wind (2005)... NY returns with what looks to be the third in his Harvest/Harvest Moon series of acoustic, reflective albums...this one takes awhile to reveal its rare, special bite, then it does, & makes a lot of sense thereafter...
Featured Classic rock Album: Love, Forever Changes (1967)... a weird album in a year of weird albums...horns, strange hippie wisdom, rocks some even...worth its path....
Storybook Time: Chapter Three of The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia Paul Devereux...
Readings from New Songs and Things Change...a week off always makes this show crazy revving to resume...

11.05.2005 show


October 22, 2005 show features:
New rock album: My Morning Jacket, Z (2005)...this Louisville, Kentucky band rocks into all sort of places, soft, raucous, weird, sublime, their album takes you up & along & never forgets to keep you in mind no matter how upside down sideways the view gets...
Featured Classic rock Album: The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)...chuck berry & buddy holly pretty much invented rock-n-roll...the beatles & dylan listened closely & reinvented it in their turn...this album is the sound of the beatles announcing that reinvention...it is also their proclamation that acid can drive art even wilder in genius hands...
Storybook Time: Chapter Two of The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia Paul Devereux...
Readings from New Songs and Things Change...bits of books, bits of pomes, bits of the moon at noon...bits of high building up higher...

10.22.2005 show


October 15, 2005 show features:
New rock album: Elbow, Leaders of the Free World (2005)... once called a Coldplay clone, this UK band has developed a sound odd & compelling & all its own...sweet, sometimes groovy, & over & over compelling new rock...
Featured Classic rock Album: The Waterboys, Fisherman's Blues (1988)... the best album to date by one of Ireland's best rock bands, there is folk in it, loud guitars, soft poetry, sweetness & bawdiness too...
Storybook Time: Chapter Two of The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia Paul Devereux...
Readings from New Songs and Things Change...the world a strange tangled place & music one of its few constant paths...come along...

10.15.2005 show


October 8, 2005 show features:
New rock album: New Pornographers, Twin Cinema (2005)...this album builds slowly in the mind until it moves in, takes over, & re-creates the interior in high colors & bouncy floors & walls...delicious stuff...
Featured Classic Rock Album: Small Faces, Ogden's Nut Gone Flake (1968)... this is surely a strange record, britishly endearing, trippy R&B that makes its musical place in the world...
Storybook Time: Chapter Two of The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia Paul Devereux...
Readings from New Songs and Things Change...back after a week off and ready to jump up, up, up! and in...wheeee...

10.08.2005 show


September 24, 2005 show features:
New rock album: Grandaddy, Sumday (2003)... this California band goos into one's pores with its strange keys & freak lyrics. . .and stays & stays. . .watch, listen, see how they stay & stay. . .
Featured Classic rock Album: Paul Simon, Paul Simon (1972). . .Simon had a tall reputation with Simon & Garfunkel to leap. . .and with this album he simply took a breath & walked straight through. . .
Storybook Time: Chapter Two of The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia Paul Devereux...
Readings from New Songs and Things Change. . . new, change, all that is & matters, all that comes & goes, all that is. . .

09.24.2005 show


September 17, 2005 show features:
New rock album: Super Furry Animals, Love Kraft (2005)...this Welsh band brings out a new luscious soundfeast slipping into the rockier and softer terrains...still weird, still lovely, still jamming...
Featured Classic rock Album: The Pretty Things, S.F. Sorrow (1968)... called by many the first rock opera, this also is a delicious picnic of pipers drawing you higher & higher, laughing & laughing...
Storybook Time: Chapter Two of The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia Paul Devereux...
Readings from New Songs and Things Change...some shows suggest themselves, some just open the door and say AHHHHH...

09.17.2005 show


September 10, 2005 show features:
New rock album: Guster, (2003)...this Boston band offers a bouquet of pop grooves, sweet, staying tunes, fine in the mind & booty...
Featured Classic rock Album: Pink Floyd, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967)...anyone wanting to find the roots of acid rock must soon or sooner stop off at this debut release from one of the most vital bands ever...ever...
Storybook Time: Chapter Two of The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia Paul Devereux...
Readings from New Songs and Things Change...returned from the desert in more or less the same form, ready to lift up into the autumn and the several possible elsewheres related...heh...

09.10.2005 show


August 27, 2005 show features:
New rock album: Thirteen Senses, The Invitation (2005)...this UK band has it going from the start, moody, bright UK rock that leans toward even more...leans hard...
Featured Classic rock Album: Big Brother & the Holding Company, Big Brother & the Holding Company (1967)...This San Francisco band roared out of the gate on Janis Joplin's yowl carried on a sea of trip n funk n bluesy rock...yowwwwwwww...
Storybook Time: Chapter Two of The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia Paul Devereux...
Readings from New Songs and Things Change...leaving for the Great Burn not too many hours from now, & no clue as ever, & every hope stands high...

08.27.2005 show


August 20, 2005 show features:
New rock album: Snow Patrol, Final Straw (2003)... I didn't connect with this band at all. . .figured them for another UK wimp rock band...then came on their music on my computer by chance this week...bang, wow! they goooood...
Featured Classic rock Album: The Allman Brothers Band, Idlewild South (1970)...A southern rock band I'd never too much noticed, & then this week I did...and, again, bang, wow!...
Storybook Time: Chapter Two of The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia Paul Devereux...
Readings from New Songs and Things Change...nearing the great Burn in the desert, heart points toward it true, what will it teach this year? What can it be offered?

08.20.2005 show


August 13, 2005 show features:
New rock album: Gomez, Split the Difference (2004)... I had heard this band's name but not their music until this late evening, and even as this show is hours away, I'm grooving with this Brit powerhouse brand new...
Featured Classic rock Album: Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, Greatest Hits (1994)...Seger & his boys rocked harder & smarter than most bands of his prime in the '70s or since...this album recalls & deepens the truth of this man's wildly good rock'n'roll music...
Storybook Time: Chapter Two of The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia Paul Devereux...
Readings from New Songs and Things Change...returning to the air after a couple of weeks in some weird tangled places...happily, ready to take the mic again & raise it up again & here goes again!

08.13.2005 show


July 23, 2005 show features:
New rock album: Teenage Fanclub, Man-Made (2005)...Scottish group rides deep into themes of love & loss...sometimes sweet, sometimes terrifying...music that gets hard at the beauty & sadness of living...
Featured Classic rock Album: The Who, Quadrophenia (1973)... talk about your long trips, & bands that lived before they got old...this double-album proved this band could do nearly anything...anything, really...rock of ages...
Storybook Time: Chapter Two of The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia Paul Devereux...
Readings from New Songs and Things Change...sometimes music is all that's left for comfort & instruction...hang on to it...when the words come along, they will be truer...hang on to them too...til letting go comes easily...

07.23.2005 show


July 16, 2005 show features:
New rock album: Sleater-Kinney, The Woods (2005)...the hard-rocking girls from the Pacific Northwest return on an even more ambitious plane this time, & going along with them is a challenge to the most open mind...but, yah, they still shake asses. . .
Featured Classic rock Album: Creedence Clearwater Revival, Willie & the Poor Boys (1969)...CCR shake asses too, push the cerebral into the swamps to face the deep funk there, & stay, & move further in...
Storybook Time: Chapter Two of The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia Paul Devereux...
Readings from New Songs and Things Change...singing & singing higher, here goes another, so many shows have come along & yet new & dangerous & only matters by being such & moreso...

07.16.2005 show


June 25, 2005 show features:
New rock album: Oasis, Don't Believe the Truth (2005). . .I used to hate this band as a blatant, bad imitator of the Beatles, but I tried this album out for ha-has, and damned if I didn't spend half an evening listening again & again...they have found their sound at last, and tis good!
Featured Classic rock Album: Traffic, Low Spark of High Heeled Boys (1971)... Steve Winwood & his crew set another album alight & drift ever upwards pretty & further than pretty...happiness in its many songs...
Storybook Time: Chapter Two of The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia Paul Devereux...
Readings from New Songs and Things Change...spreading the truths & whatever they are embedded in far & wide!

06.25.2005 show


June 18, 2005 show features:
New rock album: Spoon, Gimme Fiction (2005) ...dark, compelling new psychedelic rock, potent & controlled when not loose & unleashed...rocks and rocks and rocks...
Featured Classic rock Album: Neil Young, After the Gold Rush (1970)...on the LP cover, a tripped out image of glowering Neil is passing a tiny little woman, he is going to the studio to record loud noise & sweet murmurs...she is going home to cower from the menace of tall glowering hippies in the street...heh...
Storybook Time: Chapter Two of The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia Paul Devereux...
Readings from New Songs and Things Change...it will extend out as far as it can go, from pools to strands to bits, & what comes back will be...

06.18.2005 show


June 11, 2005 show features:
New rock album: Coldplay, X&Y (2005), FINALLY...their last album hit me one fine Saturday a couple of years ago while journeying in my old hometown far from here, and it's not stopped hitting since...their new one resumes their high, sweet course and leads to more pretty, dark places...
Featured Classic rock Album: The Byrds, Fifth Dimension (1966)...their jingle jangle guitars and harmonies upheld some witheringly hopeful sentiments...memorable, scarring music...from many miles up...
Storybook Time: Chapter Two of The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia Paul Devereux...
Readings from New Songs and Things Change...guest noises and yawps...tales of freaks from then, now, & henceforth!

06.11.2005 show


June 4, 2005 show features:
New rock album: Shpongle, Nothing Lasts . . . But Nothing is Lost (2005)...FINALLY...i got introduced to shpongle years ago and have been waiting like countless others for their next musical bomb...all i can say is...BOOM!!!....
Featured Classic rock Album: Rolling Stones, Sticky Fingers (1971)... from its Andy Warhol real zipper-n-all cover to its ten dirty pretty tracks, this is one of the albums that keeps people showing up at the old geezers' shows...heh...
Storybook Time: Chapter Two of The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia Paul Devereux...
Readings from New Songs and Things Change... roars & rants from saturday's high noon high, what new, what next, whither bound? indeed!

06.04.2005 show


May 28, 2005 show features:
New rock album: Elbow, Cast of Thousands (2004)... this album resembles coldplay, pink floyd, and other rock giants, and then...delightedly...it doesn't anymore....
Classic rock album: Led Zeppelin, III (1970) the test of every really heavy rock band since LZ is can they go acoustic and make it beautiful? learn how the masters led the way, and lead it still...
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter Two of The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux...
Readings from New Songs and Things Change . . . roars & rants from saturday's high noon high, what new, what next, whither bound? indeed!

05.28.2005 show


May 14, 2005 show features:
New rock album: Yes, Keystudio (2001)...if any '60s band emerged in the new century still playing to the cosmic source as cleanly as ever, it was Yes, and a very few others...
Classic rock album: The Beatles, Revolver (1966). . .beatles turn on, tune in, rock out harder and higher than ever, invite everyone along...
Storybook Time: Chapter Two of The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux...
Readings from New Songs and Things Change. . .i stayed up half the night readying this show, and i'm DELIGHTED...hehe...

05.14.2005 show


May 07, 2005 show features:
New rock album: Beck, Guero (2005)...funky white boy returns to his roots and finds the groove but no comfort there...thumps darkly...
Classic rock album: Bob Dylan, Blonde on Blonde (1966). . .godgurunutgenius can't stop making music when young so lets it all roar out til the record stops and you pass out to happy delusions...
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter One of The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux...
Readings from New Songs and Things Change...& letting it all roar out til something somewhere responds in kind, and we laugh & laugh & laugh...

05.07.2005 show


April 30, 2005 show features:
New rock album: The Doves, Some Cities (2005)...brit rock alive and further along in the new century...strange album, difficult moments til it's easy and righteous...
Classic rock album: Grateful Dead, Aoxomoxoa (1969)...early Dead, some pretty, some roaring, freedom and terror in the days around them, they blew it all out...
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter One of The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux...
Readings from New Songs, Things Change, & once again on saturday mornings like this show was when it was a tiny one on pirate FM in boston a long ago, long long...

04.30.2005 show


April 17, 2005 show features:
New rock album: Broken Social Scene, You Forgot it in People (2002)...jammy lovely wonder from a many membered collective making music to excite your groove and incite your hope...
Classic rock album: Billy Joel, Turnstiles (1976)...when i was 17, i'd sit at my kitchen table with this LP blasting on my portable turntable, and i'd play along the piano parts, my fingers tapping along, and i'd sing in my cracked voice first song to last, but especially the second side of the record...another classic and personal favorite unearthed from the back-when...
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter One of The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux...
Readings from New Songs and Things Change, & efforts as always to go a step further along in webcasting & cyber-connections. . .

04.17.2005 show


April 10, 2005 show features:
New rock album: Arcade Fire, Funeral (2004)...this first album from AF is a strange wonder, mourns, exults, is a hyper-overflow of creative excitement...
Classic rock album: Harry Chapin, Sniper & Other Love Songs (1972)...this album was the soundtrack to my life some years ago when i was green...i hear it now and love it anew...sad, thoroughly loving...happy to unearth it from obscurity...
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter One of The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux...
Readings from New Songs, New Period, and a jump up and out to see what is possible in aural cyberspace...what is possible?...heh...

04.10.2005 show


April 3, 2005 show features:
New rock album: The Decemberists, Picaresque (2005)...a carnival of words & sounds & delight...a strange candy eaten with your ears to fall onto a breeze out to somewhere really weird & good...
Classic rock album: The Doors, Strange Days (1967)...jim morrison & his crew pick up where they left off at the end of their first album, continuing to tale by beauty, hypnosis, grotesque conjurings, the pretty & dirty & unknowable corners of their time & other times & no times...
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter One of The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux...
Readings from New Songs, New Period, a praise for coming green days, whatever it will be, will be, & elsewise too...heh...

04.03.2005 show


March 23, 2005 show features:
New rock album: Low, The Great Destroyer (2005) ...pretty & strange, rocks up and off the cliff at moments, then breaking lovely harmonies cause flight not crash...sweet bites of melody...
Classic rock album: Velvet Underground, White Light/White Heat (1967)...the Velvets rock as hard as anyone in the universe when they've a mind to, and then slow, stop, offer a grotesque trinket of acoustic, and raise it up again...
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter One of The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux...
Readings from New Songs and Things Change, and chants for peace and sweetness and fresh wind among trees & souls...etc etc etc...

03.23.2005 show


March 7, 2005 show features:
New rock album: Bright Eyes, I'm Wide Awake It's Morning (2005) ...protean folk-rock work from a very exciting young voice in rock...his music resembles yesterday, lifts today, and gestures toward tomorrow...
Classic rock album: Pink Floyd, Atom Heart Mother (1970)...early Floyd rocked high, hard, and strange like there was no yesterday, today, or tomorrow...
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter One of The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux...
Readings from New Songs, Things Change, new rants, new season here it comes...

03.07.2005 show


February 20, 2005 show features:
New rock album: Mercury Rev, Secret Migration (2005) ...It's been four years since this brilliant art rock band has been around, and the beautiful new music they have percolated has proven the wait for their return very much worth it...
Classic rock album: 13th Floor Elevators, What's Going On (1967)...hard rocking acid group from Austin, Texas, with music that kept the attention of my acid guru years back when we met...
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter One of The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux...
Readings from New Songs, Things Change, and random, intentional, accidental, and dreamy too...

02.20.2005 show


February 13, 2005 show features:
New rock album: Green Day, American Idiot (2004) ...The little band that finally could...a punk rock opera for the ages busts this group out of the pack & shows the limitless possibilities of punk rocking while young maturing into full blown rocking later on...think of how XTC matured, Costello, Talking Heads, Pretenders, Blondie, and that is the excitement Green Day has finally generated...the music kicks ass...
Classic rock album: Marvin Gaye, What's Going On (1971)...After some years singing classic soul music, and getting to feel more and more bored and restrained, Gaye finally forced Motown to let him sing the truth of his times as he saw it...this brilliant record was the result...
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter One of The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux...
Readings from New Songs, Things Change, and plenty of yawping, ranting loveliness all 'round...

02.13.2005 show


February 6, 2005 show features:
New rock album: John Fogerty, Deja Vu All Over Again (2004) ...The genius behind CCR has been firing out great solo albums every so often for many years ago...this one renews his musical potency, and is a gladly welcomed gift
Classic rock album: The Kinks, Something Else (1967)...The Brothers Davies made this album from their unique musical space, somewhat English, somewhat comical, somewhat tender, loveliness...
Storybook Time: Continuing Chapter One of The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia by Paul Devereux...
plus new lingual songs, fresh shouts into the ether, & other things unforeseeable...

02.06.2005 show


January 30, 2005 show features:
Featured album: Woodstock, 3 Days of Peace, Love, & Music, original motion picture soundtrack (1970)...to celebrate the 6th anniversary of this show going on air, the full triple album of glorious music...turn on, tune in...
Storybook Time: Chapter One of The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia Paul Devereux...
plus new poetry, new pleas, new meanderings, six years along now...

01.30.2005 show


January 23, 2005 show features:
New rock album: Throwing Muses, Throwing Muses (2004), Boston band from years back comes roaring along again with new beauty & bite sharpened...
Classic rock album: Stevie Wonder, Inner Visions (1973)...maestro funk man letting out his cries for love & praise of matters flesh, high, & fanciful...
Storybook Time: continuing Introduction to The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia Paul Devereux...
plus new poetry, new strangeness, old bleeps, odd hours...hehe. . .

01.23.2005 show


January 9, 2005 show features:
New rock album: Pearl Jam, Riot Act (2002), hard rockers with a deep love of melody & groove, this album something especially special among their releases...
Classic rock album: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Deja Vu (1969)... folk rock love high chorus, a beat, a beat, a beat, chorus, mmmmm......
Storybook Time: continuing Introduction to The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia Paul Devereux...
plus new poetry, and fresh rant, and music clear and music strange...hehe. . .

01.09.2005 show


December 26, 2004 show features:
New rock album: Sonic Youth, Sonic Nurse (2004), SY make pretty high noise with strange instrumentation & biting words, memorable & odd both....
Classic rock album: Jimi Hendrix Experience, Are You Experienced? (1967)... rock god blows minds with music nice & nasty by turn & mood...spaceshot farther than most ever get...
Storybook Time: continuing Introduction to The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia Paul Devereux...
plus readings from the resistance, much greater than they say...

12.26.2004 show


December 19, 2004 show features:
New rock album: Spiritualized, Ladies & Gentlemen We are Floating in Space (1997), a hard, high, amazing journey into the musical wilderlands of sadness...
Classic rock album: XTC, Skylarking (1986)...this album is high with no hard, amazing with no sad, lovely counterpoint of rock blissed...
Storybook Time: continuing Introduction to The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia Paul Devereux...
plus readings in wild & sadness, and ether, and other...

12.19.2004 show


December 12, 2004 show features:
New rock album: Medeski, Martin & Wood, End of the World Party (Just in Case) (2004), jammying acid jazz trio chase their strange flow further along, hard, soft, twisting where they will & join them please...
Classic rock album: The Yardbirds, Roger the Engineer (1966)... this album catches this British blues-rock band at a still-point of artistic frenzy, popjamtrip loveliness..
Storybook Time: continuing Introduction to The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia Paul Devereux...
plus readings in chaos & magick, time to find something more to the Universe than human mewlings...

12.12.2004 show


November 28, 2004 show features:
New rock album: Red Hot Chili Peppers, By the Way (2002), the Peppers have kept their punk intensity while finding other kinds of beauty & power to infuse their music...hard, smooth, goes, goes...
Classic rock album: Blind Faith, Blind Faith (1969)... from the ashes of Cream & Traffic grew this Clapton/Winwood-led supergroup to burn impossibly high for a moment & then gone...
Storybook Time: continuing Introduction to The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia Paul Devereux...
plus green magick in word and melody for a world not lost despite the Empire's tries...

11.28.2004 show


November 22, 2004 show features:
New rock album: Yes, Magnification (2001), some bands find some deep music sound to call their own and they chase after it over many years, and Yes is one of those bands, this music is high, sweet, and righteous...
Classic rock album: Sly & the Family Stone, Stand! (1969)... mannnn, this album is so many kinds of things, trippy, funky, high, quiet, thoughtful, angry, hoping, just amazing work from vintage days...
Storybook Time: continuing Introduction to The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia Paul Devereux...
plus tales from the Underground Reader...letting up and out all the goodness within to a human world in need of it...

11.22.2004 show


November 14, 2004 show features:
New rock album: U2, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2004), the Irish band of the world springs forth new visions set to high electric guitars, riven with tough, lasting ideals...
Classic rock album:The Moody Blues, In Search of the Lost Chord (1968)... a lovely trippy rave-out, sung, strummed, fluted...
Storybook Time: continuing Introduction to The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia Paul Devereux...
plus tales from the Underground Reader...let's go as far as we can in three hours in hyperspace...

11.14.2004 show


November 7, 2004 show features:
New rock album: Flaming Lips, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (2002), a Sgt Pepper like candy rocking trip into outer space where good and evil confront each other in rhythm and melody...sweetness...
Classic rock album: Quicksilver Messenger Service, Quicksilver Messenger Service (1968)... another San Francisco band that knew how to coax lovely high beauty from electricity and steel...
Storybook Time: continuing Introduction to The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia Paul Devereux...
plus tales from the Underground Reader...and whatever else can happen...

11.07.2004 show


October 24, 2004 show features:
New rock album: Camper Van Beethoven, New Roman Times (2004), return to the world from a long slumber, to present a loosely connected semi-rock opera telling the story of a Texas teenager who joins the military after a 9/11-like event, becomes disillusioned, and joins an anti-government militia...guitar and fiddle freakouts along the way too, of course, heh...
Classic rock album: Buffalo Springfield, Buffalo Springfield (1966)... his album is one of the key sources of all the high lovely scary dark hippy jamrock that came later...mmm mmm...
Storybook Time: Introduction to The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia Paul Devereux...
plus tales from the Underground Reader...poem kisses & other sweet noise...it gets better & better....

10.24.2004 show


October 17, 2004 show features:
New rock album: Stereophonics, You Gotta Go There to Come Back (2003), rocking hard smarts from yet another welsh band out to keep three chords and the truth alive...hehe...
Classic rock album: Jefferson Airplane, Volunteers (1969)...San Francisco hippy jammers get hard and loud...lovely noise...
Storybook Time: Conclusion of The Lazy Man's Guide to Enlightenment Thaddeus Golas...
plus all manner of word wows and trance strangeness, just loud til soft and then somewhere else indeed...

10.17.2004 show


October 10, 2004 show features:
New rock album: Super Furry Animals, Phantom Power (2003), this welsh band rocks high low and sometimes strangely angular, their album a journey into tuneful mazes among artful high noise...
Classic rock album: Santana, Abraxas (1970)...rock god carlos santana leads his latin-tinged group up and up and then further away...lovely mind melt guitars and organs and so on...
Storybook Time: Chapter Nine of The Lazy Man's Guide to Enlightenment Thaddeus Golas...
and wordy music and musical yipes and yawps, rants electronic and acoustic both...hehe...this show delayed by a week by a potent journey cost its bit, and a mix made to respond...called "cry (ayahuasca mix)"...

10.10.2004 show


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