Monday, April 2
Released in 1974, David Live spotlights David Bowie’s studio album from the same year, Diamond Dogs and features guitar work from longtime Bowie collaborator Earl Slick. We’ll hear music from this recording plus selections from Slick’s work with John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
Tuesday, April 3
We celebrate the birthday of musician Richard Thompson with selections from his time with Fairport Convention with a variety of other musical projects. Plus: We’ll hear covers of his songs from Los Lobos, Loudon Wainwright III, Bob Mould and others.
Wednesday, April 4
Canadian band Sloan has been making music since 1991 with little commercial success in the United States despite being an early and consistent favorite among critics. The band has just released the album 12, which celebrates the band’s history and its unique place as a veteran act which features all original members. Listen for selections from 12 on this episode plus music from Low Cut Connie’s Dirty Pictures, Pt.1.
Thursday, April 5
Plucked from Frank Zappa’s touring band by David Bowie in the late 1970s, guitarist Adrian Belew collaborated with the British musician on two releases from the era, the live Stage release as well as the studio creation Lodger. We’ll hear music from both those releases on this episode of Strange Currency plus music from across Belew’s career.
Friday, April 6
It’s our New Month, New Music feature with selections from The Sword, Trampled By Turtles and more.
Saturday, April 7
Listen for music from rock2 the latest by The Dean Ween Group. We’ll also hear selections from the band Ween’s 2003 release Quebec.
Monday, April 9
Released in 1993, Black Tie White Noise was David Bowie’s first solo album in six years. The record temporarily reunited him with guitarist Mick Ronson (on one track) and features appearances from frequent collaborators such as Nile Rodgers, Mike Garson and Reeves Gabrels. We’ll hear music from this album plus selections from Ronson’s 1974 disc Play Don’t Worry.
Tuesday, April 10
Released in 1983, Let’s Dance would become David Bowie’s biggest selling album and spawn three hit singles. The album is also notable for featuring the playing of guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan. Bowie had met the Texas guitarist a year earlier and invited him to participate on the album. Though there were plans for the two to work extensively together throughout 1983, those plans never materialized. We’ll hear selections from Let’s Dance on this episode plus music from Vaughan’s 1983 debut with his own band, Double Trouble, Texas Flood.