Good Morning, Music Lovers! It’s another Tuesday Bluesday in The Mermaid Lounge, and we’ve got a great line-up!
Here’s today’s musical programming:
11:00 a.m. Bob Dylan with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Live at the Sydney Entertainment Centre (1986)
This was recorded over two nights on part of Dylan’s True Confessions tour. Tom Petty credits Dylan with teaching The Heartbreakers the importance of spontaneity on stage. These two guys were just great together. It’s amazing how many people Tom Petty was able to mesh with musically. That’s the sign of an artist comfortable in his own skin.
3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Waiting For Columbus by Little Feat
Again, some of the best live music ever pressed onto vinyl. Little Feat defied definition. And I will say it again: They are the most underrated band in rock music history.
7:00 p.m. Tuesday Bluesday! Janis Joplin & The Cosmic Blues Band, Live at The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, April 11, 1969
She’s got dem old Kozmic Blues again, mama. And she’s belting them out here today.
So now we get to the inevitable question: What is wrong with people who do not like great free music, with no credit card or personal information required, no commercials, no endless boring plastic DJ chatter, and running 24/7. I don’t pretend to know what you’d call that illness.
Good Morning, Ungovernables! We’re on our final week of The Summer of Love, so we’re focusing on the Sixties today.
Here’s your Sunday Funday line-up:
1:00 p.m. Album of the Week: Younger Than Yesterday, The Byrds NEW!
This was The Byrds’ fourth studio album, released in February of 1967. With this album, they continued their foray into psychedelic music…with a touch of jazz thrown in for good measure. Chris Hillman began to take the spotlight, revealing himself to be a formidable singer-songwriter.
4:00 p.m. The Beatles: The Transformative Years
The Beatles also moved into the world of psychedelic music in the latter half of the sixties. The album Revolver was really the album that catapulted the band forward in this direction. This is a great playlist.
8:00 p.m. Janis Joplin Live at Winterland 1968
To close out the evening’s festivities, we hear from one of the most important, influential female rockers of the sixties live on stage at Winterland, Janis Joplin.
This is, like all the other days, a great day to tune us in. We’re no bullshit all day, every day. No hidden charges. No credit card required. No personal information requested. No advertising and no fucking politicians.
While we celebrate the music of our past, the future looms ahead of us with a much-anticipated Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers release. Today, on a light-programming day (meaning a lot of Open Stream), we celebrate both.
Here’s your Friday line-up:
12:00 p.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Deep Cuts & B-Sides
You know, people, any one of the songs on this playlist could have been a hit. Not like this band’s hits were junk, like some others. Far from it. But this band produced so much good music it’s incredible. And it’s incredible that this band was firing on all cylinders 40 years later, because Hypnotic Eye, their last studio release in 2014 was about as good as they get. They are the house band for a reason.
7:00 p.m. The Best of The Summer of Love!Big Brother and the Holding Company Featuring Janis JoplinNEW!
This debut album was released in August 1967. Not surprisingly, it was re-released one month later with Janis Joplin’s name added to the cover and a couple of additional songs thrown in. We have it here for you today.
Come on, Empire dwellers, let’s get our shit together. Europe, Asia, and other more far-flug areas are all over this station. As usual, the toddlers are bringing up the rear.
Good Morning, Ungovernables! This was one of the easiest programming days on the planet for me. Everything just fell into place. I just love that shit.
11:00 a.m. Album of the Week: Strange Days by The Doors
Both The Beatles and The Doors had two album releases in 1967. This was the second for The Doors and it is most definitely Album of the Week-worthy even though we did feature it once last week. So, here it is again!
3:00 p.m. The Sixties Rotation, Volume 2: Various Artists
This is always my favorite Sunday of the month. The only question ever is do I choose Volume 1 or Volume 2. Today, the decision was easy because it’s everything the latter part of the sixties were about musically. Features The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, The Jefferson Airplane, Bob Dylan, The Yardbirds, The Beach Boys, Janis Joplin, The Mamas & The Papas, Donovan, The Zombies, and so much more. Over five hours of uninterrupted sixties streaming!
Tune in. Turn on. Drop out. That would be the order of this day, music lovers. We are totally free every day. There’s never a credit card required or, for that matter, any personal information necessary. Just pull up a tab and click on the link below.
Good Morning, Ungovernables! We’ve got something for everybody today from The Mermaid Lounge, highlighted by the Monterey International Pop Festival!
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of The Foo Fighters
The Foos started as Dave Grohl’s one-man project after the death of Kurt Cobain and the dissolution of Nirvana. The rest, as they say, is legend.
3:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Marvin Gaye NEW!
Singer. Songwriter. Producer. Marvin Gaye helped shape the Motown sound, earning himself a string of hits along with the title, The Prince of Motown. Today, we give him his due.
7:00 p.m. The Best of The Summer of Love! The Monterey International Pop Festival NEW!
Before Woodstock in 1969, there was the Monterey International Pop Festival held at the Monterey County Fairgrounds in California from June 16-18, 1967. The Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Who, Johnny Rivers, Simon & Garfunkel, The Grateful Dead, The Mamas & The Papas and many others all graced the stage. It also marked the introduction of Otis Redding to the world.
Yeah, baby. This is a great music day to figure out what we’re all about. Join us. We’re free. Always. We’re about as outside the system as you can get. We’re perfect for you.
Good Morning, Ungovernables! It’s another Tuesday Bluesday here in The Mermaid Lounge and we have an oldie but goodie for you today.
Here’s your line-up for Tuesday:
11:00 a.m. Tuesday Bluesday! Janis Joplin & The Kozmic Blues Band, Live in Amsterdam, April 1, 1969 NEW!
The Kozmic Blues Band was but one of the bands that Janis fronted after Big Brother & The Holding Company and before Full Tilt Boogie, as she continued her quest for the “perfect” band. There isn’t much information out there about the band, other than the members’ names. The link I provided is just about the best info you can find out there, and it’s a fan site.
3:00 p.m. Album of the Week: Good Souls Better Angels by Lucinda Williams
The latest album from Lucinda Williams is our featured album this week. You can learn more about this album by clicking on the photo in the right sidebar on this blog.
6:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of The Doors
Like Janis Joplin, The Doors’ leader, Jim Morrison, is one of the members of the ’27 Club’, the rockers who died in their 27th year. There are several others in this group, including Gram Parsons, Jimi Hendrix, and Brian Jones. The Doors were only a factor for four years but, in four years, they made some seriously great fucking music.
It’s time to tune us in! We’re sitting here waiting for you.
Good Morning, Ungovernables! Today we have live Janis, and a replay of our introductory instrumental surf anthology before our new surf playlist on Saturday.
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.)
Good Morning, Ungovernables! Welcome to day whatever-the-fuck-it-is of our discontent. While we’re all waiting for you to rise up, we’ll try to make life a bit more bearable.
Here’s your line-up for Thursday:
12:00 p.m. Janis Joplin Live at Winterland 1968
This may seem like a morbid discussion, but a number of musicians have died in their 27th year. Kurt Cobain. Robert Johnson. Amy Winehouse. But three of the most famous? Janis Joplin. Jimi Hendrix. Jim Morrison. All dead at 27. All members of the ’27 Club.’
4:00 p.m. Album of the Week: Sargeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles
This is arguably the greatest album of all time. Not only was the music brilliant, but so was the album packaging. It was the first album to open like a book, and the first to feature the lyrics printed on the cover. The front cover photograph remains a conversation piece to this day.
7:00 p.m. The Beach Boys: The Smile Sessions NEW!
It is said that Brian Wilson was the creative force behind The Beach Boys. Artists from Linda Ronstadt to Paul McCartney consider him a musical genius, but all of the members conributed to the whole. These sessions prove that The Beach Boys weren’t just another ‘surf music’ band (although they were pretty damned good at that too).
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