Saturday, December 1
We mark World AIDS Day with selections from Violent Femmes, Queen, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Jenny Lewis, U2, Sugar and more.
Monday, December 3
We celebrate the birthdays of jazz/fusion/progressive rock violinist Joe Denizon and late Manilla Road guitarist Mark Shelton.
Tuesday, December 4
Released in 2007, Memory Almost Full was Paul McCartney’s fourteenth solo release and featured songs such as “Dance Tonight” and “Ever Present Past.” We’ll hear music from that recording as well as selections from Granpaboy’s Dead Man Shake.
Wednesday, December 5
Released in 1988 Bob Dylan’s Down in the Groove features guest appearances from Jerry Garcia, Mark Knopfler as well as lyrics co-written by Dylan and Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. We’ll hear music from this recording plus selections from the Grateful Dead’s 1987 set In The Dark.
Thursday, December 6
After having turned out a series of hit records in the late 1990s, the Dave Matthews Band retreated to the studio to make an arty and dark album. The record, which was later rejected by the band’s label, was widely bootlegged as The Lillywhite Sessions (named after producer Steve Lillywhite). In 2018, musician Ryley Walker retreated to a Chicago studio to make his own version of the album. We’ll hear selections from it on this episode as well music from The Sea and Cake’s 2007 release, Everybody.
Friday, December 7
It’s Our New Month, New Music feature with selections from Lake Street Dive, Bauhaus, and Jeff Tweedy.
Saturday, December 8
We’ll hear selections from Julia Holter’s brand-new effort, Aviary as well as music from Paul McCartney’s collaboration with producer/musician Youth, The Fireman.
Monday, December 10
We mark Human Rights Day with selections from Frank Zappa, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and more.
Tuesday, December 11
Listen for music from Bob Dylan’s Blood On The Tracks as well as Jackson Browne’s The Pretender.
Wednesday, December 12
Following the breakup of The Beatles, Paul McCartney assembled a new group of musicians dubbed Wings. In July 1971 he brought the band into the studio and tracked a largely rough-edged group of songs that at times betrayed his reputation as the “cute” Beatle. The resulting album, Wild Life has long been a divisive point for McCartney fans but has just been reissued in deluxe format featuring outtakes and rarities. We’ll hear music from the original release as well as selections from Mike Keneally’s You Must Be This Tall.
Thursday, December 13
We celebrate National Violin Day with selections from Joe Deninzon, Amanda Shires and Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown.
Friday, December 14
Antiphone is the new contemporary classical album from Spacebomb's Trey Pollard. Pollard serves as Spacebomb's in-house arranger and has done strings for Natalie Prass, Bedouine, and more. The album features contemporary chamber music for string quintet and chamber string orchestra and piano. Pollard showcases a variety of talents on the album, going between producing, conducting the small ensembles, and playing piano. The album emphasizes Pollard's emotional and conceptual sound and highlights his musical prowess. We’ll hear music from that release as well as selections from My Brightest Diamond’s A Million and One.