A Texas Piano Man, Some Easy Listening, Funk Warriors, The Whole Shebang

Feb 12, 2019

'The Whole Shebang' from Charlie Faye & The Fayettes
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Wednesday, February 13

Mark Feldman’s Level5 is a funk-inflected instrumental-based collective featuring bassist Will Lee (David Letterman, The World’s Most Dangerous Band) and guitarist Oz Noy. We’ll hear music from that as well as Charlie Faye & The Fayettes’ The Whole Shebang.

Thursday, February 14

It’s our annual Valentine’s Day special with selections from Nina Simone, Ray Charles, M Ward, The Cure and Billy Bragg.

Friday, February 15

Released in 1978, Love Bites was the sophomore release from the Buzzcocks and features one of the band’s most beloved songs, “Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve).” We’ll hear music from that release as well as selections from Real Life, the 1978 effort from former Buzzcocks member Howard Devoto’s band Magazine.

Sugar's 'Copper Blue'
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Saturday, February 16

Released in 1992, Copper Blue served as the debut album from the band Sugar featuring Bob Mould. The record’s high-energy alternative rock tendencies yielded some of Mould’s best songs of the 1990s, including “If I Can’t Change Your Mind,” “Hoover Dam” and “Helpless.” Listen for selections from that recording as well as from Juliana Hatfield’s Pussycat.

'Texas Piano Man' from Robert Ellis
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Monday, February 18

Having established himself as a singer-songwriter entrenched in the Americana tradition, Robert Ellis decided to do something a little different for his latest album. An accomplished guitarist, Ellis decided to write his latest record on grand piano. The result is Texas Piano Man, a collection of songs that recalls classic singer-songwriter albums of the 1970s while also highlighting a jazzier side of Ellis’ craft. Listen for music from that as well as selections from Jon Regen’s Stop Time.

Tuesday, February 19

Released in 1994, File Under: Easy Listening was the second and final album from Bob Mould’s band Sugar. The record had undergone a labored recording process (which saw Mould and his bandmates scrapping 17 songs they’d recorded in Atlanta, Georgia) and would fail to meet the commercial expectations placed on the band after its 1992 debut LP, Copper Blue. We’ll hear music from File Under: Easy Listening as well music from Juliana Hatfield’s collaboration with Matthew Caws of Nada Surf, The Minor Alps.

Jarboe's 'The Cut Of The Warrior'
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Wednesday, February 20

Having gained early notoriety with the band Swans, Louisiana-born singer Jarboe has been creating unusual, vocally-driven albums since her departure from that group in 1997 in addition to collaborating with acts such as Neurosis, Byla and others. We’ll hear music from her 2018 effort, The Cut Of The Warrior, as well as Kate Bush’s The Hounds Of Love.

We'll also remember multi-instrumentalist Kofi Burbidge, most notable for his work with Tedeschi Trucks Band. Burbidge died last Friday at the age of 57.

Thursday, February 21

Medium Cool is the latest release from Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Luther Russell. Listen for music from that recording as well as selections from Town of Ten by Old Joe Clarks.