It’s Our Official ‘Summertime’ Kick-off With a Brand New Playlist, Badfinger at the BBC, and Joni In The Spotlight, Monday, June 27, 2022

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We hope we can brighten your work-week start today with some great music. It’s summertime, and we’ve got some brand new music for you.

We officially kick off summer with a brand new playlist today!

Here’s your Monday programming:

11:00 a.m. Summertime: Various Artists NEW!

This is the beginning of a week where we feature some new music. We start here with our new ‘Summertime’ playlist. We’ve got songs with the word summer, summertime, and variations thereof in the title but, if you listen closely, you’ll hear some surf music in there as well. You’ll hear from Paul McCartney, Electric Light Orchestra, Eddie Cochran, Joni Mitchell, Sly & The Family Stone, Poco, The Blue Stingrays, The Doors, The Beach Boys, Jimmy Cliff, Joan Baez, Foo Fighters, Donovan, Paul Simon, Van Morrison, Nina Simone, John Prine, Johnny Rivers, Gary Hoey, The Desert Rose Band, Dick Dale & His Del-Tones, The Stone Poneys, Chrissie Hynde, Bob Dylan, The Surfaris, Nanci Griffith, and more!

4:00 p.m. Badfinger: Live at The BBC Studios, 1972-1973

Today’s live music offering is Badfinger, a true power pop band that made some great music in its time. Today we’ve got them live at BBC Studios in London recorded in 1972 and 1973. Undoubtedly the best signing ever by Apple Records.

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Joni Mitchell

It’s been a spell since we featured Joni Mitchell In the Spotlight, so we’re remedying that little miscue today. She’s kind of the sound of summer in a way. We’ve always loved Joni’s music here in The Mermaid Lounge. She is one of the most brilliant singer-songwriters on the planet.

Come on. It’s Monday. And we all know Monday’s suck. I’ve been sick with COVID for a second time here and I return to retail hell myself tomorrow, so why not join me today in kicking back and enjoying some great tunes.

On Monday, We Take a Trip to New Orleans, and We’ve Got Valerie Carter’s ‘The Lost Tapes 1 & 2’ Back-to-Back Later, May 16, 2022

Good Morning, Musicologists! We’re back in retail hell for the day, but we’ve got great music on tap, including music from New Orleans and a special airing of Valerie Carter’s The Lost Tapes later.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band is just one of the NOLA bands you’ll hear today!

Here’s your Moan-Day lineup:

10:00 a.m. Down in New Orleans: Various Artists

Not only will you hear authentic Cajun/Zydeco as part of this great EP today, but you’ll be treated to musical artists who were born in Louisiana. This includes BeauSoleil, Clifton Chenier, Lucinda Williams, Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, The Neville Brothers, Tony Joe White, Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, Irma Thomas, Allen Fontenot, Aaron Neville, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Chance Bushman, The Daywalkers, The Boogaloo Swamis, Kermit Ruffins, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Magnolia Sisters, The Meters, Queen Ida & The BonTemps, Boozoo Chavis, and more!

7:00 p.m. Valerie Carter: The Lost Tapes, Volumes One & Two

This is a special back-to-back airing of some great “found” music from the late, great Valerie Carter. Not only was she a solo artist in her own right, but she was a highly sought-after addition to projects from artists like Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne and others. I will never forget her appearance as the opening act for Ronstadt’s concert at the Orpheum in Boston, and the two of them singing on stage together. One of my fondest musical memories.

Tune us in, people. You don’t hear this shit anywhere else, and you certainly don’t hear it for free 24/7. Before, after and in between our modest programming hours, we bring you great Open Stream around the clock.

It’s Monday and We’re on Wide Open Stream With Trifectas All Day Long, March 21, 2022

Good Morning, Musicologists! We are having some software upgrades completed today and we’re on Wide Open Stream. The Music Mermaid is in charge and she has decided that we’re tossing in Trifectas today! It’s DJ’s choice!

The Music Mermaid is at the controls and life is good!

Here’s today’s line-up:

Music all day long. No commercial interruption, and Trifectas on the hour starting at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 6:00 p.m. We run 24/7 without commercial interruption. Tune. Us. In.

We’re at Mid-Week With Our ‘Folk Music From A-to-Z’ EP and Booker T. & The MGs In The Spotlight, December 22, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers around the globe. I’ve got an early start to my day, so we’ve got a bit of an early start to our music programming…and another of our multi-artist EPs.

We start off our musical journey with the legends of the American folk scene

Here’s your midweek line-up:

10:00 a.m. Folk Music From A-to-Z: Various Artists UPDATED!

We start today with the legends of folk, along with some folks who just happen to have dipped their toes into the folk music genre. Impressively, I might add. You’ll hear Tom Rush, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Arlo Guthrie, Bonnie Raitt, Nanci Griffith, Dave Van Ronk, The Beatles, Joan Baez, The Stone Poneys, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Wallflowers, Jesse Winchester, Eric Anderson, The Band, Emmylou Harris, Pete Seeger, Cat Stevens, Phil Ochs, Simon & Garfunkel, Odetta, Bruce Springsteen, Peter, Paul & Mary, John Prine, and many more!

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: Booker T. & The MGs

The history of this band is one for the books, folks, and I urge you all to read about it here. They came into play as the house band for Stax-Volt Records. The first iteration of band consisted of 17-year-old Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper (who was eighteen), Lewie Steinberg, and Al Jackson, Jr., and the rest is musicl history. Tonight we put them In the Spotlight.

We’ve got Portugal, Italy, the UK, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Russian Federation, Faroe Islands, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Spain, Germany, and points beyond tuning in this morning. What are you waiting for?

It’s Sunday in The Mermaid Lounge and That Brings the Extended-Play ORIGINAL Sixties Rotation Along With Our New Album of The Week From Valerie Carter, October 3, 2021

Good Morning, Music Aficionados everywhere! Here we are with another Sunday in The Mermaid Lounge and we’ve got our usual great programming situation going here.

Valerie Carter was way more than just a pretty face. As Jackson Browne sang of her, “That Girl Could Sing.” See for yourself today.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Just A Stone’s Throw Away by Valerie Carter NEW!

For those who do not know Valerie Carter, this album is a great way to start that process. It is so hard to categorize this album (her debut album). It’s a little bit folk, it’s a little bit country, it’s got some jazz moments and it’s a lot of R & B and funk. Carter has an amazing voice that can handle it all. Just A Stone’s Throw was produced by Lowell George (Little Feat), George Massenburg, and Maurice White (Earth, Wind & Fire). It featured musicians like Jackson Browne, Bob Glaub, Herb Pederson, John Sebastion and literally all of Little Feat. Her back-up singers included Linda Ronstadt, Deniece Williams, Herb Pederson, Lowell George, and Maurice White. Yeah, you’ve got all week to tune it in, but why wait?

3:00 p.m. The Original Sixties Rotation: Various Artists

We have two massive sixties rotation EP’s, and this is the first from the early sixties to the mid-sixties. There’s some overlap in artists from one to the other, but none of the songs overlap. In this EP, you’ll hear from a pretty eclectic line-up that includes Sonny & Cher, The Monkees, Mary Wells, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Dusty Springfield, Tommy James & The Shondells, The Beatles, Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Hollies, The Searchers, The Dave Clark Five, Petula Clark, Buddy Holly, The Kinks, Neil Diamond, The Band, The Yardbirds, The Temptations, The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Donovan, The Rolling Stones and more!

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It’s Midweek Music Festival Time With Music From Woodstock and Monterey Pop on Wednesday, September 15, 2021

It’s hard to tell what inspires me to do what I do, but I can tell you that I’ve been listening to music since I was a little kid. Before the Beatles gave me my own music, I was listening to my sisters’ music — Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers, and others. I remember watching my oldest sister dance on American Bandstand on our old black and white television. That was pretty cool back then.

On Monday, something prompted me to make this day music festival day in honor of Woodstock 1969 and its predecessor, The Monterey International Pop Festival in 1967. But there was another festival that nobody seems to have recorded or documented. It was held at Watkins Glen in New York in 1973 and featured three giants: The Band, The Allman Brothers Band, and The Grateful Dead. It was called The Summer Jam. In fact. the audience at Summer Jam was bigger than Woodstock, with 600,000 people in attendance. The closest we’ve come to finding a decent recording is a soundboard of The Grateful Dead’s performance, which we will feature on this coming Saturday night’s LIVE DEAD feature. At the end of the performance, both The Band and The Allman Brothers Band come up on stage with them.

Woodstock 1969 made music history, and the bands who played there are part of our station’s DNA.

Here’s today’s musical line-up:

11:00 a.m. Music From Woodstock: Three Days of Peace, Love and Music, August 15-18, 1969

Today we have four hours of music celebrating the legendary Woodstock festival. In spite of the fact that “Woodstock” has been recreated a few times, there was only one real Woodstock and it happened in 1969. You’ll hear Crosby, Stills & Nash (their first live performance ever), Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Canned Heat, Arlo Guthrie, The Band, Joan Baez, Tim Hardin, John Sebastian, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, Country Joe & The Fish, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Who and more!

7:00 p.m. Music From The Monterey International Pop Festival, June 16-18, 1967

Truth be told, this is the festival that sparked it all and made Woodstock possible. Large, outdoor festivals had never happened before Monterey. What few people also realize is this is where a guy named Otis Redding was introduced to the music world. You’ll hear The Big O, along with The Byrds, Jefferson Airplane, The Who, Bob Dylan, Scott McKenzie, The Animals (who made a great song called Monterey about this event), Simon & Garfunkel, The Association, The Electric Flag, Booker T & The MGs, and more. Many of these performers would also be at Woodstock 1969.

As we always say, this is a great day to tune us in. But then again, every day is a great day to tune us in because we don’t play music like other radio stations. We are different not only in content, but also in style. See for yourselves.

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It’s Saturday With The Flying Burrito Brothers, Booker T & The MGs, LIVE DEAD, and Our Album of The Week, May 15, 2021

Welcome to our usual raucus Saturday here in The Mermaid Lounge. While I entertain the entitled consumer masses, The Music Mermaid will be seeing to your listening pleasure. We’ve got our usual great Saturday line-up.

Booker T & The MGs, the Stax Records house band, were a force. We’ve got them In the Spotlight this evening!

Here’s your Saturday line-up:

11:00 a.m. The Flying Burrito Brothers Live at The Palomino, Hollywood, CA, June 8, 1969 NEW!

We love this band here in The Mermaid Lounge, and this particular live recording is new to us here. Gram Parsons didn’t live long enough to really reach his potential, but we believe it was limitless and that he left us a great musical legacy.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Linda Ronstadt, The Stone Poneys & Friends, Volume III FINAL AIRING!

We say farewell to this album after today’s airing, the final Stone Poneys album before Linda Ronstadt launches into her meteoric career and her decade reign as the Queen of Rock. Tomorrow, we’ll have a brand new album for you.

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: Booker T & The MGs

Yes, they were the Stax Records house band, but they were so much more than that. They were a force in the music world and, once you pay attention to them, it’s easy to see why Tom Petty and his bandmates were so smitten with them.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at The Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountainview, CA, June 21, 1989 NEW!

Another new offering from the ultimate jam band here. We aired a previous Dead show several months ago from this venue, but this one is brandy new. Enjoy.

I can hear the birds outside my window this morning, the sun is already up, and our friends from Europe, Asia and beyond are already tuned in. Why don’t you join them? We’re not-for-profit. we accept no advertising to clog up your listening pleasure with a hard sell from our sponsors (we don’t have any), and we don’t employ chatty DJs who talk endlessly about inane subjects. We just play music and toss in a few station ID comments a day. And oh, by the way, we play music nobody else plays all day long. That’s it. Today should be the day.

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Both Macca and Booker T. & The MG’s In the Spotlight Today, Emmylou Harris Sings With The Desert Rose Band, and The Shadow Later, Monday, January 18, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We are working in reverse today because there’s a lot of shit going on in The Mermaid Lounge today. Our music trivia will appear after this a bit later on. Sorry to upset your mojo.

Booker T. & The MG’s. One of the best. Unfortunately, there are people who have no idea what the fuck instruments actually sound like today. Yet they still call the shit they produce music.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Paul McCartney

With the Beatles, with Wings, and as a solo artist, Paul McCartney has stood the test of time. Yeah, he was the most commercial of The Beatles. Without that, there would not be the opportunity to create the other shit. Record companies don’t support people who don’t create revenue. That’s how capitalism works, like it or not.

3:00 p.m. Emmylou Harris & The Desert Rose Band

One of our favorites, Emmylou Harris, takes a turn with the Desert Rose Band, founded by ex-Byrd Chris Hillman. Other members include Herb Pederson, John Jorgenson, Bill Bryson, JayDee Maness, and Steve Duncan.

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Booker T. & The MG’s

Ah yes, remember when instruments mattered in music? Now, according to Kanye West, Yeezy, Ye, Assclown of the Century, you can make all that shit sound with a computer and a program. Progress. Ain’t it great?

10:00 p.m. The Shadow: 08 Murder By The Dead NEW!

A convicted man sentenced to death vows retribution from the grave. A judge and a D.A. are murdered shortly after his execution. They better call The Shadow fast because the jury foreman is next unless someone figures this shit out.

Tune us in, people. You are wasting valuable hours of ear candy. Get on it.

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My Favorite Heartbreaker Live Performances, The Final Airing of our AOW, The Flying Burrito Brothers Live at The Avalon, and Live Dead Later, Saturday, December 12, 2020

Good Morning, Music Lovers! Here we are on our usual chock full Saturday, and it’s all good, as they say these days. Personally, I prefer, “It’s fucking mint.”

Yeah, baby. There is nobody like The Heartbreakers live and in person.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Deb’s Stream: The Best of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live UPDATED!

This isn’t a new playlist, but it has been updated over the past week, and we haven’t heard live Heartbreakers in a while, mostly because I try not to show favoritism when it comes to them, The Beatles, and Linda Ronstadt. It’s a struggle. Here we have my absolute favorite Heartbreaker live performances, and we’re simply not done yet. There will be other iterations of this playlist down the road.

4:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Eli and The Thirteenth Confession by Laura Nyro

This is your last chance to hear this great album this week. Tomorrow, we move on to a new selection. Don’t mess this up, people.

7:00 p.m. The Flying Burrito Brothers Live at The Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, April 6, 1969 NEW!

This is the perfect early evening performance by the Gram Parsons version of the Flying Burrito Brothers. This was actually the opening act for The Grateful Dead that evening. We have this weeks’ Live Dead coming up a bit later!

10:00 p.m. Live Dead! The Grateful Dead Live at Berkeley Community Theater, Berkeley, California, April 22, 1986 NEW!

It’s our Saturday night constitution here in The Mermaid Lounge. This week’s Live Dead is from the Berkeley Community Center.

Tune in. Turn on. Drop out. That’s what I’d be doing if I had my choice. But alas, I don’t. I owe my soul to the company store. So, you enjoy yourselves on my behalf.

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Janis Live at The Fillmore, Our Instrumental Surf Anthology, and The Inner Sanctum Returns, Friday, May 28, 2020

Good Morning, Ungovernables! Today we have live Janis, and a replay of our introductory instrumental surf anthology before our new surf playlist on Saturday.

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Here’s your Friday line-up:

12:00 p.m.   Janis Joplin: Live at The Fillmore East (1969)    NEW!

Janis was…Janis. She had a powerful voice, and a powerful stage presence. Although her career was tragically short, she was one of the most influential singer-songwriters of her generation. She has also achieved legend status in subsequent generations. There’s a reason for that when it happens.

5:00 p.m.    Instrumental Surf Anthology, Volume 1: Various Artists

We replay our first surf playlist from last weekend to get the juices flowing. On Saturday, you are introduced to the Blue Stingrays! Who are those guys? You’ll have to check the blog to find out!

8:00 p.m.    The Inner Sanctum: Hunter From Beyond

This is our final airing of this week’s episode. There’ll be a new episode on Monday!

Tune us in. You don’t need a device. All you need is a new tab on your browser or a phone. There’s nothing to fill out. No credit card required. Just free music. (We do this because we can.)

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