Shirts, Palominos, And Paper Gods
Wednesday, September 9
Yours, Dreamily is the debut album from The Arcs, the latest project from Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. The group brings Auerbach together with several longtime friends and, although it has elements recognizable from his work with The Black Keys, very much maintains its own identity.
We’ll hear selections from that release as well as Leave The Radio On, the latest from singer-songwriter Fernando. The Argentinian-born musician had been based in Portland, Oregon since the 1990s and has been releasing intense, thoughtful records in that time, culminating in this new recording which features appearances from fellow musicians who have recorded with Eels, Richmond Fontaine and others.
Thursday, September 10
The Magic World is the latest release from Kansas musician David Lord under the guise of the Wonder Revolution project. We’ll hear selections from that release as well as from The World Palestine’s Everything Is Subliminal.
Friday, September 11
It’s the return of Vinyl Friday: What began largely as an avant-garde musical project in New York City c. 1981 transformed into an Americana/roots project in 1986 with the album Blast of Silence (Axed My Baby For A Nickel). The project that released that album, Golden Palominos, was spearheaded by drummer Anton Fier who’s joined on this mid-80s release by a wide range of musicians including Syd Straw, Jack Bruce, Carla Bley and others. We’ll hear selections from that recording as well as from Rad Times Xpress IV, the latest release from Black Bananas.
Saturday, September 12
Annie Golden created some waves on the screen over the last few years as Norma on the series Orange Is The New Black, but long before that series she was the frontwoman of the New York City-based band The Shirts. Released in 1978, at the cusp of the punk/new wave hype, the debut album from The Shirts is in the spotlight on this episode of the show as is the 1978 debut by New England. Hailing from Boston, the quartet was managed by Bill Aucoin (the man who oversaw the career of KISS and, later, Billy Idol) and this debut album, produced by Paul Stanley, featured the minor hit “Don’t Ever Wanna Lose Ya.”
Monday, September 14
Tommy Keene has been making highly listenable records since the 1980s, but remains very much a cult figure in U.S. music circles. Although that probably won’t change any time soon, his latest offering, Laugh In The Dark, reminds us why he’s earned a reputation for delivering consistently first-rate songs that touch on a range of influences from The Beatles to Led Zeppelin to punk and new wave. We’ll hear selections from this release as well as music from Brace, the latest release from Lou Barlow of Dinosaur Jr.
Tuesday, September 15
Faith In The Future is the latest release from Craig Finn of The Hold Steady. Influenced in part by the writing of American literary greats John Cheever and Raymond Carver, this LP is stark and thought-provoking, like Finn’s previous work. We’ll hear selections from that recording as well as from the debut EP by Sneakers. Chris Stamey, an icon of indie pop, and friend Mitch Easter began to explore recording techniques in Winston-Salem, NC, during their youth. In 1976, Chris and his band, Sneakers (including drummer Will Rigby, with appearances from Easter), released a single on Stamey’s own Carnivorous Records. The sessions were engineered by Don Dixon, who would eventually produce bands like R.E.M. (with Easter) and The Smithereens. Stamey and Rigby would go on to form The dB’s and Easter would reappear in Let’s Active—but the Sneakers single remains vital in not only independent record history, but music in general.
Wednesday, September 16
We celebrate what would have been B.B. King’s 9oth birthday with a wide range of music from throughout his impressive career.
Thursday, September 17
Born in the years just before rock ‘n’ roll emerged, legendary musician Randall Bramblett has made a career for himself as a solo artist and studio musician, amassing credits with Widespread Panic, Steve Winwood, Gregg Allman and others. He returns with his 10th solo release, Devil Music, which features appearances from Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits, Derek Trucks and others. We’ll hear selections from that recording as well as music from the new album by Gary Clark Jr., The Story of Sonny Boy Slim.
Friday, September 18
No No No is the first album in four years from the folk-influenced outfit Beirut, led by Santa Fe-born musician Zach Condon. We’ll hear selections from it on this episode of the show as well as music from Depression Cherry, the latest release from Beach House.
Saturday, September 19
Paper Gods is the first album in five years from Duran Duran, reuniting the band with producer Nile Rodgers, who the band worked with on the troubled 1986 LP Notorious, as well as Mark Ronson, who was responsible for production duties on the group’s acclaimed 2010 record, All You Need Is Now. We’ll hear from that on this episode of the show as well as from Sharon Van Etten’s Are We There.
Monday, September 21
Rattle That Lock is the first solo album in nearly a decade from former Pink Floyd vocalist and guitarist David Gilmour. Much of the album was co-written with his wife, journalist Polly Samson and features many of the players who comprised latter-day Pink Floyd’s touring band. Gilmour has said that he’s moved on from Pink Floyd at last but many fans will still find many of the critical Floyd elements on this release. Listen for selections from that as well as from Crosseyed Heart, the first album from Keith Richards since 1992’s Main Offender.