Good Morning, Music Lovers! This is my prototypical perfect programming day. The ladies dominate today, but we have The Band bringing up the rear later to close out the programming. (We do, however, return to Open Stream after; we are 24/7 baby; no interruptions.)
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. Album of the Week: Eli and The Thirteenth Confession by Laura Nyro NEW!
Laura Nyro has made many people famous because she was such a fucking amazing songwriter. But when she sings her songs herself, it’s amazing. She has a special place in our hearts here in The Mermaid Lounge.
3:00 p.m. Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris, Live at The Orpheum Theater, Boston, MA, on The Western Wall Tour, October 1, 1999 NEW!
It is not often that you have two amazingly talented singers on stage together. To say that they sound like angels is a phrase that is often over-used, but not in this case. The singing would be enough for me, but hearing them talk about the history of some of their songs and introducing their amazing band is an added bonus. This is the reason I spend so much time “finding” music out there. It’s a lot of work but, when you find something like this, it makes it all worthwhile.
7:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of The Band
The Beatles. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. The Band. My big three. They started out as Bob Dylan’s back-up band. Then they managed to forge a musical career of their own that is unrivaled in many ways. Tonight we close out the programming by putting them In The Spotlight.
I don’t know what you’re waiting for. We have some people from Denmark and Norway who have been on for three days solid now. We’ve recently added listeners from Argentina and the Russian Federation. Maybe people here just take this shit for granted. I feel sorry for you. Your lives must be empty if you don’t listen to music. And if you’re still paying for this stuff, your wallets are also empty.
Yes sir! And if that isn’t enough for you, we’ve got some great three-in-a-row’s lined up today. You really need to be here. It’s better than the shit on television, especially with this real-time shitshow going on.
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. The All-Girl Revue, Volume 4: Various Artists
It’s always a good day when the ladies are starting us out. Today we have volume 4 in our series, with Carly Simon, Lucinda Williams, Linda Ronstadt, Aretha Franklin, Sheryl Crow, Lydia Pense & Cold Blood, Carole King, Joan Baez, Phoebe Snow, and many more!
3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Sweet Baby James by James Taylor
We’re winding down here. After today, there’s only one more chance to hear this great album before we choose our new Album of The Week.
7:00 p.m. The Soul Men, Volume 1: Various Artists
Another open-stream-type playlist that has become popular here in The Mermaid Lounge. This one features Bill Withers, Al Green, Wicked Wilson Pickett, Freddie King, Jr. Walker & The All Stars, Otis Redding, Slim Harpo, The Four Tops, Fats Domino and more.
Call me biased, but this seems like a hell of a day to tune us in. Odds are you’ll find something you’ll like. Unless, of course, you’d rather pay for what you used to get for free. You know, before money became king. If that’s the case, I can’t help you.
Yes, it’s more streaming, some Wildflowers & All The Rest action as it is our Album of The Week, and we turn the stage over to the ladies later on.
Before we move along to the schedule, if you haven’t heard, the Wildflowers boxed set made its debut at no. 5 on the Billboard 200 it’s first week of release. If that isn’t enough, the original Wildflowers album was also re-released on October 16 and is currently at no. 1 on the rock charts. Think about that.
Here’s Thursday’s line-up:
12:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Wildflowers & All The Rest by Tom Petty
Tom Petty month is fast winding down, so we’re back to Wildflowers & All The Rest today. This is a great playlist that perfectly illustrates what a great band does on its journey to the final product. It’s a process.
Afternoon Open Streaming 26,000 songs without interruption.
Remember to listen for our new Three-in-a-Row feature throughout the afternoon!
7:00 p.m. The All-Girl Revue, Volume 2
We haven’t aired this one for a while: Linda Ronstadt, Aretha Franklin, Emmylou Harris, Etta James, The Two Janis’ Girls: Joplin and Ian, Laura Nyro, Joan Baez, Maria Muldaur and more!
We’re moving to our winter programming, whatever that turns out to be. We’re consistent, but not regimented. Our music selection remains as it always has. We’re free and we’ll stay that way. We respect your privacy and support your right to listen to free and open music without strings on your private information. We’re outside this system.
Good Morning, Music Lovers! Saturday is always our busiest programming day and that holds true today as well. But trust me. It’s all good, as they say.
Here’s your Saturday line-up!
11:00 a.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Live on Soundstage, April 19, 2003
This 2003 performance remains one of the best recordings of any band live anywhere on the planet. I’m not the only one who shares that opinion either. The Chicago location opens up all the possibilities of a blues outing, and the band does not disappoint.
3:00 p.m. Album of the Week: Unchained by Johnny Cash FINAL AIRING!
The final airing of this great album is mid-afternoon today. Tomorrow, we’ll have a brand new album featured on the blog.
7:00 p.m. The All-Girl Revue, Volume 3: Various Artists
Tune in to nearly two hours of music with Linda Ronstadt, Phoebe Snow, Lydia Pense (a blast from the past; the lead singer of Cold Blood), The Shirelles, Dolly Parton, Bonnie Raitt, Norah Jones, and many more!
10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, August 13, 1975 NEW!
No two shows the same. Ever. Even on consecutive nights. That’s the legend of The Grateful Dead.
We’re pretty busy this morning. People from around the world are tuning in already. That’s good. Because tomorrow, we begin unveiling Wallflowers & All The Rest from Tom Petty. Be here or be square, as they say.
It’s a banner day here on #BecomeUngovernable Radio. Yesterday, I got my text that the Tom Petty package has indeed shipped. We will have some fun the rest of Tom Petty Month, but in the meantime…
Here’s Friday’s line-up!
11:00 a.m. Tom Petty & Mike Campbell: The Dynamic Duo
While it’s true that Petty often brought the songs to the band, it is also true that Mike Cambell often brought a great riff to Mr. Petty. This playlist highlights their songwriting partnership.
3:00 p.m. Jimi Hendrix Live at The Cafe Au-Go-Go, New York City, March 17, 1968 NEW!
Hendrix live. Tough stuff to find, but fun to go hunting for. And I am always on the hunt, so stay tuned.
7:00 p.m. Joni Mitchell Live at Carnegie Hall, New York, February 23, 1972
I saw Joni Mitchell live on her Court & Spark tour with Tom Scott & The LA Express. She was brilliant, and she was often not a pleasant soul on stage. Be careful not to clap at the wrong time. One of the most revered singer-songwriters of all time, and rightfully so.
It’s a fine morning. Why not tune us in? I mean, there’s absofuckinglutely no reason not to: We’re free. No credit card or personal information required. We run 24/7 (the majority of our hours are open stream). Our DJ doesn’t have diahrrhea of the mouth. No advertising. No politicians. Ever. Just music.
Good Morning, Musicologists! Today’s mix is Lucinda Williams and Tom Petty. It was Lucinda who opened for The Heartbreakers on their 40th Anniversary Tour at The Hollywood Bowl. It’s only fitting that we pair them up today.
Here’s Monday’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. Lucinda Williams Live From Austin City Limits, December 5, 1998
Lucinda Williams is a singer-songwriter extraordinaire whose bluesy roots rock music has stood the test of time. If her name doesn’t roll off your tongue, it should.
4:00 p.m. Tom Petty: Wildflowers & All The Rest, The New Releases
We’re back with the five new releases from the Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers new box set, due out on October 16.
6:00 p.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, December 31, 1978
The infamous New Year’s Eve show from Santa Monica with a very young, energetic Tom Petty. That’s how we remember him.
Come on, people. It’s your day to give us a shot here. Don’t waste any more time turning the dial on your radio. Get to your computer or your phone and pull up a tab.
For those who missed this during BLUES WEEK, we are re-running this playlist for our Tuesday Bluesday offering. It has already been updated with some new music!
4:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Give It Up by Bonnie Raitt
The first return of Give It Up from then 23-year-old Bonnie Raitt. It was her second studio album, and it’s clear that the blues are in her DNA.
7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Wendy Waldman NEW!
The way it works for me is that any friend of Linda Ronstadt is a friend of mine. I have discovered so many strong female singers and songwriters that way, and Wendy Waldman is no exception. (Others have included Valerie Carter and Karla Bonoff.) If you haven’t heard Wendy Waldman sing yet, you’re in for a treat. The song to listen for is The Eagle and The Owl. She and Ronstadt sound amazing together.
Good day out here. Sun is out. Sky is blue. Music is spectacular. Tune us in.
Here we are again on Labor Day. This isn’t about waving flags. This is a day to thank the labor movement for the advances they made for the working class. Period. Now, let’s get on with the music portion of the program.
Today, we are celebrating two birthdays, Chrissie Hynde (69 years) of The Pretenders, and Benmont Tench (67 years) of The Heartbreakers. Long may they run.
Here’s today’s musical line-up:
11:00 a.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 30th Anniversary Concert, The Stephen J. O’Connell Center, Gainesville: September 21, 2006
This is undoubtedly one of the finest Tom Petty tours ever, and the Gainesville performance was absolutely brilliant. The band was dead “on” that night. We air this today in honor of Benmont Tench’s 67th birthday.
3:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Otis Redding
No big event here. It was just time to run Otis Redding’s amazing playlist again. “The Big O” made his debut at The Monterey International Pop Festival back in June of 1967. On December 10, 1967, Otis Redding died in a plane crash, joining Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix in the 27 Club.
7:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of The Pretenders
One of the most outstanding things to happen to music during this time frame was The Pretenders, a really kick-ass band led by Chrissie Hynde, an often-overlooked rock pioneer. Today we celebrate her 69th birthday.
It’s a holiday. Good day to tune us in. I mean, really. We’re totally free. We don’t even ask your frackin’ name. No credit card required. Best of all, we’re 24/7 with no commercials and no political bullshit.
Good Morning, Ungovernables and Music Lovers Alike! It’s Saturday and it’s the last work day before my weekend. Time to celebrate.
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. The Best of The Summer of Love!The Doors by The Doors
The Doors had two releases in 1967. This was their debut album, recorded in 1966 and released in January of 1967. It is considered a seminal event in the development of psychedelic and acid rock. An amazing album.
3:00 p.m. Album of the Week: Younger Than Yesterday by The Byrds FINAL AIRING!
This is the final airing of this week’s Album of the Week. Tomorrow, there’ll be a new one in its place!
7:00 p.m. Linda Ronstadt Live at The Capitol Theater, Passaic, New Jersey, December 6, 1975
Heart Like a Wheel was released in 1974, and Prisoner in Disguise in 1975. It was lift-off time on the launch pad of Linda Ronstadt’s career.
10:00 p.m. Live Dead! The Grateful Dead Live at The Matrix Club, San Francisco, December 4, 1966 NEW!
Tonight we take it back to 1966 and the infamous Matrix Club on Fillmore Street, San Francisco, a key location to what is called ‘the San Francisco sound.’ Enjoy.
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Good Morning, Ungovernables! It’s Friday once again. Women’s Week is coming down to the wire, but we’ve still got some great programming planned right through Sunday, so don’t go away.
Irma Thomas (shown performing in 2008) is known as the “sweet soul queen of New Orleans.”
Here’s your Friday line-up:
11:00 a.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Irma Thomas
Irma Thomas is a contemporary of Aretha Franklin, but she never quite reached that level of commercial success. Known as The Soul Queen of New Orleans, Irma has been pleasing her audiences for many decades.
3:00 p.m. The Inner Sanctum: The Skull That Walked FINAL AIRING!
The final airing of The Skull That Walked, so get your spooky on. We’ve got a new one coming on Monday as we roll toward the end of our first season of Old Time Radio.
7:00 p.m. Joni Mitchell Live at the Teatro Tenda, Lampugnano, Milan, Italy, May 9, 1983 NEW!
Someone once asked me why Joni Mitchell is so important. My response? “Are you fucking kidding me?” Roberta Joan Mitchell, Canadian singer-songwriter, has built a musical legend by weaving pop, rock, folk and jazz into her own amazing style. A prolific songwriter, Mitchell has written about love, abandonment, disillusionment, the environment, war and the human condition. Today we have her live from Milan, Italy.
Why not make today the day you join us in The Mermaid Lounge. I mean, seriously. What have you got to lose? We don’t cost a damned thing. Or require your information. So, there.