The Operative Phrase is “New Content” Today With Nina Simone In the Spotlight, and Our Brand New ‘Paint It Black’ Playlist, Thursday, September 2, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! Well, it’s downright cold here today and I’m loving the break from tropical Massachusetts. To top it off, we’ve got brand new stuff for you today.

Today we put Nina Simone, singer, songwriter, musician, arranger, and activist, In the Spotlight

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Nina Simone NEW!

This has been a very long time coming, and we are so glad it’s finally come to fruition. Nina Simone had a very long and illustrious career. She was a singer, songwriter, musician, arranger and a social activist during her lifetime. Her musical styles covered and blended jazz, classical, gospel, R & B, pop, folk, and blues. Enjoy.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Countdown to Ecstasy by Steely Dan

We’re winding down on this great album. We’ve got one more airing on Saturday before we choose a new album for Sunday’s airing.

7:00 p.m. Paint It Black: Various Artists NEW!

This is our brand new playlist and it features the word “black” in the Title, the lyrics, or both. You’ll hear The Kinks, Tim Hardin, Rosanne Cash, Johnny Cash, Dr. John, Fairport Convention, The Grateful Dead, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones (of course), The Flying Burrito Brothers, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Jackson Browne, Taj Mahal, Laura Nyro, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, Tom Rush, Steely Dan, Three Dog Night, The Hollies, Warren Zevon, The Band, and many more!

By the way, this new set list is up on the blog under the Playlist tab. Simply go there and scroll to the bottom!

It’s a new season outside and inside The Mermaid Lounge. We’ll be adding some new features, new music, new playlists, and Trifectas. We hope to utilize the blog more than we are right now, and we can be followed on Facebook at @BecomeUngovernable Radio and Della Piana’s Ungovernable Music Emporium and Museum, and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/UngovernRadio2.

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We’re at Midweek With The Neville Brothers In the Spotlight, and Badass Guitarists: Volume One, on Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers across the planet! Here we are at another midweek. We have a lot of wide open stream today, but we have some great programming as well!

Today we have a brand new Spotlight, featuring The Neville Brothers

Here’s Wednesday’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of The Neville Brothers NEW!

This one has been on my list for a quite a long time and it’s finally here. I got to see these guys just one time during one of my business trips to New Orleans. They were live at Tipitinas, a great venue, by the way. Today we have them as a band, some of them solo, and we also have The Meters. Art Neville was the founder of both The Neville Brothers and The Meters. They are truly a magical, musical family.

7:00 p.m. Badass Guitarists, Volume One: Various Artists

Here we have some of the handiwork of some of music’s greatest on guitar. You’ll hear Dickie Betts, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Jeff Beck, Keith Richards, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bonnie Raitt, Jimmy Page, Lowell George, Paul Barriere, Jimi Hendrix, Walter Becker, Mike Campbell, Joe Perry and more.

We’ll have Volume Two on Friday of this week, and we’re putting together Volume Three right now. So, if we’ve missed anyone, we’ll rectify that.

Once again, please give us a shot. We’re all about the music because this is a labor of love. We make no profit whatsoever. That is definitely not why we’re here.

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Open Stream Followed by Don McLean In The Spotlight, and ‘Money, Honey’ Later, Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We kick off the day with wide Open Stream until early afternoon, when we put Don McLean In the Spotlight!

We kick off today’s programming with Don McLean In the Spotlight!

2:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Don McLean NEW!

Who can forget that eight-minute anthem called American Pie? When I was young, we played it over and over again, lamenting the loss of Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and The Big Bopper. But Don McLean was a singer-songwriter who was so much more than that song. Over his career, he amassed 40 gold and platinum records. Today we put him In the Spotlight for you.

7:00 p.m. Money, Honey: Various Artists

This is a great playlist talking about what appears to be everyone’s favorite topic: MONEY. Ask Elvis Presley, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, J. J. Cale, Slim Harpo, The Beatles, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, The Steve Miller Band, Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell, Barrett Strong, Van Morrison, The Guess Who, and many more!

We’re sitting here in The Mermaid Lounge eagerly awaiting your arrival. What are you waiting for?

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Today We’ve Got John Lennon In The Spotlight, Eva Cassidy Live at Blues Alley, and Maria Muldaur’s Album of The Week, Thursday, March 11, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We’ve got a new addition to the women of The Mermaid Lounge, and her name is Eva Cassidy. We think you’ll love her as much as we do.

Eva Cassidy, photographed in front of Blues Alley in Georgetown.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of John Lennon

Seems like a John Lennon kind of day here in the lounge, so we’ve got a spotlight feature for you…and us.

3:00 p.m. Eva Cassidy Live at Blues Alley, Georgetown, Washington, D.C. NEW!

To be quite honest, I had not heard of Eva Cassidy until a friend told me to find her music and listen. So I did. There could be a reason why I did not have the opportunity to know her stuff, and it’s because she didn’t live long enough to become a star. Eva Cassidy passed away from cancer at the age of 33 back in 1966. Her album, Songbird, sold over five million copies worldwide. This is a do not miss performance. And yes, Eva’s music has been added to the standard rotation as well.

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Heart of Mine by Maria Muldaur

We are winding down on our Album of the Week. We’ll have one more airing of this one Saturday, before we choose a new release for next week. For those of you who did not know Dylan had a romantic side, and that Maria Muldaur has such a great voice and interpretive skills, I suggest you listen in.

In fact, I suggest you listen in period. Because you have to pay to get this kind of music elsewhere. And by the way, there is absolutely no music outlet who features women. Not even the ones you have to subscribe to.

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We’ve Added New Music To Our Standard Rotation!

We’ve added some new music to our Standard Rotation over the past couple of weeks. This is the first opportunity we’ve had to update you on these additions.

The great Curtis Mayfield.

We’ve added some new people and bands to the rotation, like The Jerry Garcia Band, The Boogaloo Swamis (Cajun/Zydeco), and the combination of Jimi Hendrix & Little Richard.

We’ve also added to the volume of several artists: Sam Cooke, Curtis Mayfield, Emmylou Harris, The Youngbloods, Tracy Chapman and BeauSoleil.

We’ve also cleaned out some duplicates and some old political stuff (we still have more of this junk to go; but it is a painstaking process), giving us a total of 26,834 songs in the rotation.

We will be adding some of our Album of The Week selections to the on-demand section over the next few weeks.

In spite of the fact that we offer several hours of planned programming during each day, the vast majority of our 24-hour cycle is devoted to Open Stream. We hope you’ll tune us in.

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New Song Additions to The Standard Rotation Completed

We’ve just completed a new round of upgrades to the Standard Rotation, adding some brand new artists and bolstering the song collection of others.

We’ve added the music of Harry Chapin to our standard rotation.

Here’s the breakdown:

New Additions: Harry Chapin, Mitch Ryder, John Hartford, Glen Campbell, The Move (pre-ELO for Jeff Lynne), Eric Andersen, Cilla Black, Brenda Lee, Dion & The Belmonts, The Blues Project, The James Gang, Basia, Solomon Burke, and Quicksilver Messenger Service.

Additional Material: Cat Stevens, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, and Buddy Guy. We’ve also now put Bob Dylan’s entire catalogue in with the exception of his Christmas album. This includes his latest release, Rough and Rowdy Ways, which is coming up soon as our Album of The Week.

We are already working on pulling together material for another update and will keep you informed.

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By The Way, Did I Mention Our Recent General Rotation Upgrade? I Think Not.

I’m pretty sure I did not mention this, but we did do a recent music upgrade. In several cases, we added to artist libraries, but in a few cases, we added brand new artists.

Truffle. A new old local New England band. We’ve added some. We’ll be adding more.

Here’s the rundown:

Brand New Additions

Truffle, Peter & Gordon (it has been a long time coming), Hot Tuna, Jim Croce, and B. J. Thomas

Expanded Libraries

Buddy Guy, LaVern Baker, Chicago, Jackie Wilson, Wendy Waldman, Linda Ronstadt (Winter Light and We Ran), Joan Baez, The Neville Brothers, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Roy Orbison, The Highwaymen, Tim Hardin, Jackie DeShannon, The Grateful Dead (live shows literally weekly), and Guy Clark

This was a first pass. We have more to add and will be doing so soon. I have a couple more days off coming up this week and will be working on this. Feverishly, I might add. Because The Music Mermaid is bitching that her download bucket is full.

Donovan In the Spotlight, Lucinda Williams Live at The Fillmore, and Van Morrison’s MOONDANCE is Our Album of The Week, Sunday, December 27, 2020

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We have a rather eclectic mix of programming from The Mermaid Lounge today, and we’re proud of it!

“I’d rather play a few nights at the Fillmore than one night at an arena” -Lucinda Williams

Here’s today’s programming:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Moondance by Van Morrison NEW!

We move from The Band’s Moondog Matinee to Van Morrison’s Moondance. There’s a certain unplanned symmetry to this selection. But this is undoubtedly one of the finest albums ever made in the history of popular music. It is more than a worthy selection as our Album of The Week.

3:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Donovan

It has been a while since we heard from this guy. He certainly made some of the most memorable music of the sixties, and is one of my personal favorites.

7:00 p.m. Lucinda Williams Live at The Fillmore, San Francisco, November 20-22, 2003 NEW!

These live songs were recorded over a three-night performance at The Fillmore in San Francisco on November 20, 21 and 22, 2003. Released in 2005, this was Lucinda’s first live album ever, and it’s a great one.

Beyond this, we’re on Open Stream, just as we are every single day with no advertising, no political talk, and no chatty DJ’s. We don’t cost a damned penny, we don’t ask for your credit card, and we do not require personal information. Just click on the link and see for yourselves.

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Roy Orbison In the Spotlight, The Final Airing of Moondog Matinee, Selections From Monterey Pop, and Tonight’s Live Dead, Saturday, December 26, 2020

Well, Good Morning, Musicologists! It’s our usual busy Saturday here in The Mermaid Lounge as we kick off some new playlists to carry us into the New Year!

Five-octave Roy Orbison, the man with the golden voice.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Roy Orbison NEW!

We’ve got all the Roy you want here, from his outstanding solo career right up on through his time as a member of The Traveling Wilburys with friends George Harrison, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and Bob Dylan, the best damned super group on the planet. Ever. Enjoy this one.

The set list is up under our Playlist tab. Simply scroll to the bottom!

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Moondog Matinee by The Band FINAL AIRING!

We’re closing out Moondog Matinee today. Tomorrow when you wake up, there’ll be a brand new Album of the Week ready to go!

6:00 p.m. Selections From the Monterey International Pop Music Festival, June 17-19, 1967

Since today marks the day the rockumentary hit the theaters back in 1968, we thought we’d commemorate the precursor to Woodstock by playing some tunes from the festival.

The set list is also up under the Playlist tab. Again, just scroll down.

10:00 p.m. Live Dead! The Grateful Dead Live at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, April 12, 1986 NEW!

Another new ‘Live Dead’ offering for this week. We’ve played no duplicates here since this little extravaganza began, and we will go as long as we can with new material! This one comes from the now-demolished Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre.

Tune us in, people. No commercials. No credit card required. No memberships. No personal information. What’s the matter? That make you nervous?

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We’ve Got New Bonnie Raitt, The Summer of Love, Live Dead, and Our Album of The Week on Saturday, November 28, 2020

It’s Saturday, and that means it’s like Grand Central Station for music lovers! We’ve got some great stuff today, but guess what? It’s still only a total of eight hours of programming in a 24-hour play cycle.

Bonnie Raitt. Great Fucking Voice. Badass Guitarist. Legend.

Here’s today’s line-up!

11:00 a.m. The Summer of Love, Volume One: Various Artists

Undoubtedly my time here. This was a time in music history when so many really good sounds were made. And they didn’t all sound the fucking same, or come out of the magic box.

This playlist features Petula Clark, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Yardbirds, The Spencer Davis Group, The Box Tops, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Marvin Gaye, Van Morrison, The Doors and many more!

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Homecoming by America

One of America’s finest albums has its final airing today. Tomorrow when you wake up, there will be a new album posted on the blog.

7:00 p.m. Bonnie Raitt In-Studio Concert: The Wonderland Tape, August 5, 1977 NEW!

Bonnie Raitt live in-studio in August of 1977, one month after the release of her Sweet Forgiveness album — her sixth album and the one that put her on the map (although, it should have happened much earlier). It also provided her first commercial hit, Runaway, the excellent bluesy remake of Del Shannon’s classic.

10:00 p.m. Live Dead! The Grateful Dead Live at Onondega County War Memorial, New York, September 28, 1976 (aka, Dick’s Picks, Vol. 20) NEW!

Yet another live classic from the world’s preeminent jam band. Even if we repeated a concert or a hundred, you’d never know. They never sound the same and you always hear something new. (BTW, there is no Grateful Dead without Jerry Garcia.)

Tune in. Turn on. Drop out. That’s the order of the day. So, just do it.

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