Yesterday was an “off” day in The Mermaid Lounge. We had a bit of a Facebook meltdown as the great purge of dissident voices continues, but our music remains here for your listening pleasure. Today’s Tom Petty offering as we celebrate Petty Month is his stint with Mudcrutch.
Here’s your Monday programming:
12:00 p.m. Mudcrutch Live at The Fonda Theatre, Hollywood, June 26, 2016
How many musicians have two successful bands? Well, Tom Petty did. In spite of his Heartbreakers’ success, he brought Mudcrutch — his original band that morphed into the Heartbreakers — back from the depths and they put themselves on the map. One of my biggest regrets is missing them at Boston’s House of Blues, where the best damned version of Hungry No More was recorded live. But hey, we do have their body of work, including this.
3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Unchained by Johnny Cash NEW!
There was a reason why guys like Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne sought out Tom Petty and his Heartbreakers. Johnny Cash was another. On his album, Unchained, he was backed by the Heartbreakers and produced by Petty’s producer, Rick Rubin. And unlike other Cash albums, this one featured only three of his own compositions, the rest were covers of others’ songs, including Tom Petty’s Southern Accents. Soundgarden’s Rusty Cage, and Beck’s Rowboat. It’s also rumored that he recorded Robert Palmer’s Addicted To Love, but it was never released. This album won Cash a Grammy. It’s a beauty.
(Yesterday was a rough posting day; this is a make-up airing!)
7:00 p.m. Warren Zevon & Jackson Browne, Live at VPRO Studios, December 8 1976
A live acoustic performance with two great singer-songwriters singing each other’s songs. There’s not much more you can say about this except that if you’re not tuning in, you’re missing a treat.
Well, here we are on a Monday (or Moan-Day,, depending upon houw you look at it). This is the perfect day to tune us in. We’re free, with no advertising and no hard sell. We also don’t spend most of the day talking into the mike.
Good Morning, Musicologists. If this mix isn’t eclectic, nothing is. With all of this said and done, we’re talking about less than eight hours of programming in a 24-hour day.
Here’s Saturday’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of John Prine
October is a busy birthday month for our favorite musicians, as you know. But we’d be remiss if we left this guy out. He is simply one of the greatest singer-songwriters of all time. Today, we celebrate the musical contributions of John Prine.
3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Waiting For Columbus by Little Feat
If you haven’t tuned this in yet, you’re officially on your last leg here. Today is our final airing. Tomorrow morning, we’ll have a brand new album when you roll yourself out of bed.
7:00 p.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live From The Vic Theatre in Chicago, April 19, 2003
I don’t know how much more I can say about the experiencing The Heartbreakers live, but this was undoubtedly one of their best performances. Don’t miss it.
10:00 p.m. Live Dead! The Grateful Dead Live at The Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, Ohio, September 8, 1990 NEW!
One more Saturday night (pun intended). Here we are again with this week’s airing of Live Dead! This is going to be like 365 no repeats. We’ve got an endless quantity of Dead performances because the Dead was the ultimate road band. No two shows were ever the same.
I’m tired of giving you the routine at the end, so I’m passing today. All I can say is you have no idea what you’re missing. But all you literally have to do is click below to find out.
Happy Saturday, Ungovernables! Saturdays are usually busier than weekdays, and this is no exception. We have some great programming on tap wrapped around the 24/7 airing of the best music on the planet.
Here’s your line-up for Saturday:
11:00 a.m. Joni Mitchell Live at Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, CO, July 30, 1983
Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell has combined folk, jazz, pop and rock over the years to deliver an amazing library of music. She just announced the birth of the Joni Mitchell Archives, a series of boxed sets that include her earliest-recorded work will be released over the next several years. I can tell you this is much anticipated here in The Mermaid Lounge.
3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Heaven Is In Your Mind by Traffic
This will be the final airing of this week’s Album of the Week. Tomorrow morning, there’ll be a brand new one on the blog.
6:00 p.m. Van Morrison Live at the Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ, October 6, 1979
Again, another singer-songwriter who defies the conventional, and he has also built an incredible body of work that began in the sixties with the British blues band, Them. The concert delivered on this date is classic Van Morrison.
10:00 p.m. Live Dead! The Grateful Dead Live at The McNicols Sports Arena, Denver, CO, December 14, 1990 NEW!
This Saturday’s Live Dead! is another strong outing by the world’s ultimate jam band. No two shows were ever the same, even on the same tour. Enjoy.
What you waiting for? I keep saying it: Free. 24/7. No commercials. No politicians. No chatter. Just music and a few station IDs. End of story.
Good Morning, Music Lovers! We have Duane Allman and Eric Clapton jamming at Criterion Studios, a playlist for those losers in love out there (myself included, by the way), and our Album of the Week.
Here’s today’s programming line-up:
11:00 a.m. Duane Allman & Eric Clapton Studio Jams 1 Thru 6
One day Duane Allman was working at Criterion Studios when Eric Clapton and his band, Derek & The Dominos, dropped by to record. They were introduced and the rest is history. The result became known as The Layla Sessions.
3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Heaven Is In Your Mind by Traffic
You can learn the history of this great album, or any of our AOW selections, by simply clicking on the album cover image in the right sidebar!
7:00 p.m. Nothing But Heartbreak: Various Artists
“I been through diamonds! I been through minks! I been through it all! Love Stinks!” J. Geils’ lament is just one of the songs for the lovelorn you’ll hear on today’s featured playlist!
So, again, I’m wondering what the people in the U.S. are waiting for. Europe, Asia and other far-flung locations are all over this radio station. As usual, the toddlers are running behind. We’re free. We require no information. All you need to do is pull up a tab. Seriously.
Good Morning, Ungovernables! It’s an early morning day today, so we’re going with (mostly) Open Stream until a bit later when Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real drops by for some fun.
Here’s your Wednesday line-up!
All Day (Mostly) Open Stream
Circulating 25,000+ songs without interruption (except my golden voice for a few station I.D. breaks) right up until…
6:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Affectionately known as POTR. One of the finest country rock bands you’ll find these days, and currently Neil Young’s back-up band. Lukas probably learned all of this from hanging around with his dad. He was clearly paying attention.
So, what the hell indeed are you waiting for? Perfect day to get the musical lay of the land for this little radio station…a little radio station that shows more variety with less chatter and no advertising. And best of all, we’re free. Put your credit card away. Your money is no good here.
Good Morning, Audiophiles! How are we this fine Sunday morning? We are doing very well here in The Mermaid Lounge, and we have some great stuff coming your way. Today we also celebrate Roger Waters’ 77th birthday.
Here’s your Sunday Funday line-up:
11:00 a.m. Linda Ronstadt Live at My Father’s Place, Roslyn, New York, July 21, 1974 NEW!
Like so many other small venues of its time, My Father’s Place was the incubator for future stars. In Boston (actually, Cambridge), we had Jonathan Swift’s, Jack’s, The Inn Square Men’s Bar, and Passim’s Coffee House.
Linda Ronstadt was one of those future stars who passed through My Father’s Place on her way to the top. We have her July 21 ,1974 performance today. That was also her Heart Like A Wheel breakout year.
3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Heaven Is In Your Mind by Traffic NEW!
Here’s the thing about British bands and America. The releases are always different between Europe and the U.S., and I’m always so annoyed by that. Why? Because the European ones are always so much stronger. But never mind that shit. Traffic was an excellent band, although a bit psychotic about how to handle Dave Mason. It was some kind of love-hate relationship. Still, he and the magnificent Steve Winwood played their styles off each other very well, and Jim Capaldi? Well, Traffic would never have been Traffic without him. This is a great album, no matter where the hell it came from.
7:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Pink Floyd NEW!
Today is Roger Waters’ 77th birthday, and it’s time for Pink Floyd to step into The Spotlight here in The Mermaid Lounge, where music nirvana is made daily.
Look, people, again I say Europe and Asia is all over this station. I have no idea what the problem here is in America. Perhaps you prefer to pay for your music. I can’t explain the lethargy. Whatever. Whenever you wake the fuck up, we’ll be here.
Good Morning, Ungovernables! Today we have Wide Open Stream until 11:00 a.m. EST, when we begin airing The British Are Coming, more than five uninterrupted hours of British Invasion (and beyond) music.
Here are some of the artists you’ll be hearing:
The Rolling Stones
The Dave Clark Five
Them (featuring Van Morrison)
and many more. So, tune us in, people. You will not regret it.
Good Morning, Music Lovers! We have a great line-up today from The Mermaid Lounge, and we’re firing on all cylinders right from the start!
Here’s Thursday’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. The Band: Live at The Casino Arena, Asbury Park, New Jersey, July 20, 1976
The started as Bob Dylan’s back-up band, and the rest is history. The Band left us an amazing volume of just plain great fucking music, from their hits to their deep cuts. That’s why we love them here in The Mermaid Lounge.
3:00 p.m. Album of the Week: Revolver by The Beatles
No matter who you talk to about Beatle albums, the consensus is that this was a vast turning point for the band from all perspectives.
7:00 p.m. The All-Girl Revue Too: Various Artists UPDATED!
We’re back with an updated version of The All-Girl Revue Too. Hear Norah Jones, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Patti Smith, Laura Nyro, Chi Coltrane, Etta James and more!
It’s a beauty of a day to give us a shot. So, don’t fuck this up.