A few new records premier in today’s show. R. Stevie Moore has a new album called Advanced and it’s as fresh and as exciting as we got used from Stevie. Hipbone Slim who collaborated with Mama Rosin earlier this year, also has an album on his own with his Kneetremblers. Cody Chesnutt who you may remember as a guest on Phrenology by the Roots, is back this year with a new EP called Black Skin No Value, somewhat more ambitious project than his first album Headphone Masterpiece. Calexico are back with a compilation record that contains the best tracks from their tour only discs. The only new name today is the New Orleans street band Washboard Chaz Blues Trio.
We dedicate today’s show to Mark Moogy Klingman, a frequent collaborator of Todd Rundgren and a synthesizer pioneer who died at the age of 61 after a battle with cancer last week.
Freddy Cannon – Tallahasee Lassie;
The Rolling Stones – Tallahassee Lassie;
Israel Nash Gripka – Black And Blue;
Hipbone Slim and The Kneetremblers – King Of The Rocket Men;
Washboard Chaz Blues Trio – Pick Yourself Up;
Mama Rosin with Hipbone Slim and The Kneetremblers – London Zydeco;
Reigning Sound – Watching My Baby;
Cody Chesnutt – The Seed;
Cody Chesnutt – Where Is All The Money Going;
True Sons of Thunder – Bloodclot;
Todd Rundgren – Dust In The Wind;
Todd Rundgren – Just One Victory;
Rainer with Joey Burns and John Convertino – Cheer Down;
Calexico – Griptape;
Walter Ghoul’s Lavender Brigade – Glass Room;
R. Stevie Moore – Carmen is Coming;
Thee Oh Sees – The Dream.
More bad news this week… Steve Popovich, rock maverick from Cleveland who indebted the world with many great records died last week in Tennessee at the age of 68. Steve was a musical promoter and record label owner in the golden age of ’70s when he helped manage careers of Bruce Springsteen, Cheap Trick, Boz Scaggs, Joe Grushecky, Southside Johnny, Ronnie Spector, Meat Loaf, Johnny Cash – just to name a few. He was a rare breed, a promoter who truly cared for the music he was promoting, someone who believed in what he liked, even if there was no conventional logic for pushing what he pushed. In that way, he is a true inspiration. We also say goodbye to Benny Spellman, a New Orleans singer who also died last week in his hometown at the age of 79. He left behind exciting early rock songs such as Fortune Teller and Lipstick Traces On A Cigarette, both written by Allen Toussaint. We also throw in a few new records. We introduce Dead Rock West from LA, a band clearly influenced by X. Also, we have new albums for Kate Maki and John Paul Keith. Mama Rosin, zydeco band from Switzerland is also back with a collaboration with Hipbone Slim.
The Euclid Beach Band – There’s No Surf in Cleveland;
Ronnie Spector – Say Goodbye To Hollywood;
Ian Hunter – Just Another Night;
Iron City Houserockers – Love’s So Tough;
Johnny Cash – Heavy Metal;
Dead Rock West – Ain’t No Grave;
Dead Rock West – On The Outside;
Centromatic – Most Everyone Will Find;
John Paul Keith – Bad Luck Baby;
John Paul Keith – Otherwise;
The Rolling Stones – Fortune Teller;
Benny Spellman – Fortune Teller;
Benny Spellman – I Feel Good;
Joe Jones – California Sun;
Mama Rosin with Hipbone Slim and the Kneetremblers – Louisiana Sun;
Ramones – California Sun;
SexA – Kupanje;
Kate Maki – From Below;
Kate Maki – The Signal.