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A Lamb, A Gate And Where The Strings Come In

Wednesday, May 15

Released in 2003, Transatlantacism is considered the breakthrough album from Death Cab For Cutie. We’ll hear selections from that recording on this episode as well as music from Chris Cornell’s 1999 recording, Euphoria Morning featuring drums from Josh Freese (Sting, A Perfect Circle, Devo).

Thursday, May 16

When Peter Gabriel set about making his third self-titled solo album (often called “Melt”), he provided a simple directive to drummers Phil Collins and Jerry Marotta: Don’t use cymbals. Although Collins was initially reluctant to accept the approach, he quickly accepted the challenge and his performance on the song “Intruder” paved the way for his “gated drum” sound, which would become a signature feature of his own breakthrough solo hit, “In The Air Tonight.” We’ll hear selections from the Gabriel effort plus music from Genesis’ The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, the final Genesis record to feature both Collins and Gabriel.

Friday, May 17

We celebrate the birthday of musician Taj Mahal with selections from throughout his career.

Saturday, May 18

For much of the Grateful Dead’s career the double drum attack of Mickey Hart and Bill Kruetzmann formed the backbone of the legendary outfit’s sound. We’ll hear from the 1987 album In The Dark as well as music from Synchronicity, the final studio LP from The Police.

Monday, May 20

Drummer Jon Wurster has recorded with a wide range of artists, though he is perhaps best known for his work with Bob Mould, The Mountain Goats and Superchunk. We’ll hear selections featuring his drumming from Superchunk’s 1995 effort Here’s Where The Strings Come In, Mould’s 2019 Sunshine Rock and The Mountain Goats’ latest, In League With Dragons. Plus: Selections from Venture Out by The Cavves.

Tuesday, May 21

Wall of Flowers brings together guitarist Mike Baggetta, bassist Mike Watt (Minutemen, Firehose) and legendary session drummer Jim Keltner. We’ll hear music from that release as well as selections from Watt’s 1995 album Ball-Hog or Tugboat?