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Wild Honey, Flaming Pies And Arguing With The Fireman

Saturday, July 1

Released in 1997, Flaming Pie was Paul McCartney’s first album in four years. The title played on the origins of The Beatles’ name (which John Lennon said was presented to him by a man who appeared on a flaming pie) and featured a wide range of guests, including Ringo Starr, Steve Miller and ELO’s Jeff Lynne, who had worked closely with McCartney, Starr and George Harrison on the Beatles’ Anthology documentary the previous year. Listen for selections from Flaming Pie as well music from The recently reissued edition of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Monday, July 3

Guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Freddie Nelson’s latest release is Shake The Cage. Informed by classic rock acts such as Queen and The Beatles, the record carries a contemporary sound with Nelson’s songwriting placed at the forefront. We’ll hear selections from Shake The Cage as well as material from United States, Nelson’s collaboration with Mr. Big/Racer X guitarist Paul Gilbert.

Tuesday, July 4

We celebrate Independence Day selections from Yes, X, David Bowie and Los Lobos.

Wednesday, July 5

1967: Sunshine Tomorrow is a new boxed set that examines the evolution of the Beach Boys’ album Wild Honey. That 1967 record found the group aiming for a more soul driven sound with Mike Love and Brian Wilson collaborating extensively on the songs. The new set also features live tracks from the era and outtakes from the group’s Smiley Smile sessions, which took place earlier that year. Listen for music from that release as well as Mike Keneally’s 2001 release, Wooden Smoke.

Thursday, July 6

Iteration is the first full-length release in five years from electronic music artist Com Truise. We’ll hear music from this release as well as new songs from Paul McCartney’s collaboration with producer Youth, The Fireman. We’ll focus on the duo’s third (and so far final) album, 2008’s Electric Arguments.

Friday, July 7

It’s our New Month, New Music feature with brand new selections from Broken Social Scene, and Aaron Lee Martin.

Saturday, July 8

Twin Freaks is a 2005 collaborative release between Paul McCartney and producer and DJ Freelance Hellraiser. The double LP features highly revamped renditions of classic McCartney material such as “Live and Let Die” and “Maybe I’m Amazed” as well as deeper cuts such as “Temporary Secretary.” Listen for music from this effort as well as songs from guitarist and vocalist Adrian Belew’s 1982 solo debut, Lone Rhino.

Monday, July 10

Released in 1993, Mavis Staples’ The Voice appeared on Prince’s Paisley Park label and features material written and produced by him, including “Melody Cool,” which also appeared in the 1990 Prince-directed film Graffiti Bridge. Listen for music from both The Voice and the Graffiti Bridge soundtrack on this episode.