Good Morning, Music Lovers! It’s the end of 2020 (happily), but we here in The Mermaid Lounge know better than to think 2021 is going to be much better. So, we’ve got music to soothe our souls. So do you. But only if you tune us in.
Here’s today’s year-end line-up:
11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Moondance by Van Morrison
We’re winding down on Van “The Man” Morrison’s brilliant masterpiece here. You have one more day to tune it in before we choose a new AOW.
3:00 p.m. Under The Influence: Various Artists
Yes, we’ll be under the influence by this time today. I promise. Let’s face it, whether legal or illegal, we’ve all done it. Personally, I have no regrets. You’ll hear The Beatles, The Byrds, Arlo Guthrie, Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen, Steely Dan, Talking Heads, Tom Petty, and more! Just over two hours of mind-altering music.
7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Jeff Lynne NEW!
Yesterday was Jeff Lynne’s 74th birthday. Our celebration is, as they say, better late than never. We’ve got Jeff Lynne here with his Electric Light Orchestra, and as Otis Wilbury. Most people don’t realize that Jeff Lynne was also the band leader of The Move back in the sixties (one of my favorite British bands). That band morphed into ELO. We have some Move music in here as well. Lynne is also a multi-instrumentalist and producer, who has worked with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, George Harrison and, of course, The Traveling Wilburys, the best damned supergroup ever.
10:00 p.m. The New Year’s Eve Special Edition of Live Dead! The Grateful Dead Close Winterland, San Francisco, December 31, 1978 NEW!
On this particular New Year’s Eve, The Grateful Dead played their 48th and final show at Bill Graham’s Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. It was one hell of a show.
This would be an EXCELLENT way to kick out the 2020 jams and start the New Year. We’re free. We’re fun. We don’t talk a lot, and we certainly don’t cut off songs with endless DJ chatter. We talk with our music. Join the fucking party.
Good Morning, Music Lovers! We are getting slammed here outside The Mermaid Lounge, but the music rolls on, my friends!
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. Bob Marley & The Wailers Live at the Santa Barbara County Bowl, November 25, 1979
Bob Marley and The Wailers delivering some great music in support of the Survival album. The Survival Tour in 1979 would be Bob Marley’s second to last tour ever before his passing.
3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Led Zeppelin IV by Led Zeppelin
We’re winding down on our Album of The Week. We have one more airing after this, so tune this baby in, people! Before you know it, there’ll be a new selection!
7:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Fats Domino
There can be no denying this man’s contribution to the birth of rock n’ roll. I’m not sure anybody was playing this stuff before him. I know Bill Haley & The Comets are given the credit for depositing the first rock n’ roll song on the charts, but if you listen back to the black artists, you have to know that is where all of this began and where everyone’s inspiration came from.
Tune us in, people. It’s cold and snowy where I am. I’m sure some of you are sharing the wealth. I have to work. If you don’t, this is where you want to be.
Good Morning, Music Lovers! Here we are again in The Mermaid Lounge and it’s another great day of music as ROCKTOBER moves along.
Here is your Sunday Funday line-up:
12:00 p.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live at The Fillmore, March 15, 1999
The Heartbreakers on a leg of their High Grass Dogs Tour.I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The chemistry of this band is beyond amazing. They have it firing on all eight cylinders each and every outing. It’s Petty Month here in The Mermaid Lounge. There’s more where this came from.
5:00 p.m. Bob Marley & The Wailers Live at The Beacon Theatre, New York, April 30, 1976
The Legend and his bandmates, The Wailers, on their Rastaman Vibration Tour live from The Beacon.
8:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Waiting for Columbus by Little Feat NEW!
Again, the most underrated band in rock music because they defy definition. Little Feat is an eclectic combination of rock and roll, blues, boogie, country, folk, soul, New Orleans R&B, and swamp music. Waiting for Columbus was recorded over seven live performances during 1977. The venues were The Rainbow Theatre in London, and George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium in Washington, D.C.
Although I generally don’t give a shit what critics think, it should be duly noted that critics widely believe this is one of the finest live albums in music history. And for once, I agree with their position.
Let’s get with the program, America. Everyone else has. Tune us in. This is a great day to start.
Good Morning, Musical Minions! This is our usual active Saturday in The Mermaid Lounge. And I promise you a really good time.
Here’s today’s very active line up!
11:00 a.m. Under The Influence: Various Artists
You know, we’ve all been under the influence at one time or another. Some of it legal. Some of it not so legal. Don’t lie now. Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, Tom Petty, Linda Ronstadt, Little Feat, Talking Heads, Pink Floyd, The Doors, Bob Marley, and many others will be attesting to that fact.
3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: The Lost Tapes by Valerie Carter
The final airing of The Lost Tapes, but never fear. Valerie Carter is a favorite here and you’ll be hearing more of her. Tomorrow, when you wake up, we’ll have a brand new Album of The Week to kick off Blues Week!
7:00 p.m. The Soul Queens, Volume One: Various Artists
Yes. There is an official Queen here. Aretha Franklin. The Queen of Soul. But there are others helping her out: Irma Thomas, Carla Thomas, Etta James, Barbara Lewis, Ann Peebles, The Shirelles, The Ronettes, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, and more.
10:00 p.m. Live Dead! The Grateful Dead Live at The San Francisco Civic Auditorium, December 30, 1983 NEW!
This is not to be confused with the December 28th show which we aired a few months ago. As we all know, no two shows are ever the same with The Dead.
So, what are you doing today? Hey, I’m slaving in retail hell. My last day before my official “weekend” begins. But you could be here enjoying all this great music. All it takes is a tab and the link below. No shit. Nothing else.
Good Morning, Ungovernable Music Lovers! We’ve got three legends on tap today. Today, we pay respects to Reggae legend Toots Hibbert, who left this earth over the weekend.
Here’s your line-up for Monday:
1:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Neil Young
Whether as a soloist or as part of a greater whole (CSNY, The Buffalo Springfield), Neil Young is one of the premier singer-songwriters of all time. Today he’s in the spotlight.
4:00 p.m. Bob Dylan Live at Budokan, February 28 and March 1, 1978
Although recorded during his 1978 world tour, the album was not released until 1979, after at least one counterfeit made its way to market and several imports were created.
7:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: Toots & The Maytals NEW!
Toots & The Maytals are in the general rotation, but today we feature them in The Spotlight. Reggae legend Toots Hibbert passed away this past Saturday in Kingston, Jamaica at the age of 77, and we aim to give him and his band their due.
Tune us in. We have no idea what you are waiting for but, hey, we’ve got time.
Good Morning, Ungovernables! We’ve got a great line-up for Saturday, including Bob Marley’s final performance ever and our new Live Dead concert!
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. Bob Marley & The Wailers Live at The Stanley Theater, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 23, 1980
This would be the lion’s final concert ever as he continued to perform with malignant melanoma. Bob Marley would leave this earth on May 11, 1981. Listen to the man, people. Get up, stand up.
3:00 p.m. Album of the Week: Miles of Aisles by Joni MitchellFINAL AIRING!
We bid a fond farewell to Joni Mitchell’s first live album ever, Miles of Aisles. Tomorrow, we’ll have a brand new selection!
7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Antoine “Fats” Domino
I’m not sure people truly understand how instrumental Fats Domino was to the birth of rock n’ roll, but we here do. He sold 65 millon records between 1955 and 1960 — in just five years. He also had eleven top 10 hits during that time also.
10:00 p.m. Live Dead! The Grateful Dead Live at The Greek Theater, University of California at Berkeley, May 23, 1982 NEW!
Jerry Garcia leads the greatest jam band on the planet back for another live session, this time from The Greek Theater at UCal Berkeley.
In between all of this great programming, we are rotating 23,000+ songs. The chances of you hearing a duplicate song are slim and none. Give us a try today. We’re free. We’re outside the system, and we’re not in this for the money. We’re not making a dime.
Good Morning, Ungovernables! Here’s the musical landscape as we retreat into The Sixties for the day. I’m happy to make the trip!
Here’s your Sunday Funday line-up:
12:00 p.m. Album of the Week: Surrealistic Pillow by Jefferson Airplane NEW!
The band that pioneered psychedelic rock and cemented the San Francisco Sound back in the day deserves its place in the spotlight on a Sixties Sunday. Jefferson Airplane was also the first band of its genre to achieve commercial success.
3:00 p.m. The Sixties Rotation, Volume 2: Various Artists NEW!
The Beatles, The Stones, Dylan, The Dead, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, The Byrds, The Yardbirds, Cream, Vanilla Fudge…and all the rest of the bands that launched an incredible generation of music.
Good Morning, Ungovernables! We have a most excellent Saturday line-up, including two live shows — one from the Grateful Dead and one from Bob Marley & The Wailers.
Here’s your Saturday line-up!
12:00 p.m. Album of the Week: Tapestry by Carole King
The final airing of Carole King’s masterpiece. Tomorrow, we’ll have a brand new Album of the Week when you wake up!
5:00 p.m. Bob Marley & The Wailers Live at the Beacon Theater, May 1, 1976
The Wailers were initially formed when self-taught musician Hubert Winston McIntosh (Peter Tosh) met the singers Neville Livingston (Bunny Wailer), and Robert Nesta Marley (Bob Marley) in 1963. The Beacon Theater show in 1976 was part of the Rastaman Vibration Tour.
10:00 p.m. Live Dead: The Grateful Dead Live at the Oakland Auditorium Arena, December 31, 1979 NEW!
The Grateful Dead ring in 1980 live from the Oakland Auditorium Arena!
You really should tune us in. We’re outside the system. We’re free. No commercials, political or otherwise. Just great fucking music.
Good Morning, Ungovernables! Today we have a brand new Album of the Week, and it’s our Sixties Rotation Sunday!
Here’s your Sunday Funday line-up:
10:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Adieu False Heart, Linda Ronstadt & Ann Savoy NEW!
Nobody can ever accuse Linda Ronstadt of resting on her laurels. She was always in pursuit of the next musical adventure. The absolute best thing about Ronstadt — at least for her true fans — was that she refused to have her music defined by anybody. To put it bluntly, she sang because she loved singing.
This album was released on July 25, 2006. It would be Ronstadt’s last studio album before her retirement in 2011, and her revelation about having Parkinson’s Disease. Her musical partner is the amazing Ann Savoy, a Cajun music singer with a band called The Magolia Sisters. Ronstadt is technically a soprano; Savoy an alto. They had made duets before for a Cajun tribute album. Here, they unite as The Zozo Sisters, and the result is stunning.
Absolute Fact: Linda Ronstadt’s ultimate desire was to be part of an all-girl band. Those were the kinds of projects she sought out for herself.
2:00 p.m. The Sixties on Sunday!
We’re back with five hours of musical programming that defined a generation. From The Beatles, to The Kinks, to Barry McGuire, Lulu, Del Shannon, and Bob Dylan. It’s all here!
So, it’s Sunday. A day of rest. What are you going to do about that?