It’s Saturday Here in The Mermaid Lounge and We’ve Got (A Little Bit O’) Soul, The Final Airing of Our AOW, and LIVE DEAD Later, July 17, 2021

It’s another Saturday in The Mermaid Lounge and we’re on full throttle soul today. We have our extended play list going, along with the final airing of Exit Wounds by The Wallflowers, and LIVE DEAD late this evening.

Here’s Saturday’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. A Little Bit O’ Soul: Various Artists

Today we are playing a bit of catch-up after our Fillmore Fiesta earlier in the month, so we give you our Little Bit O’ Soul extended playlist. This gem features The Temptations, The Ronettes, Aretha Franklin, Jimmy Ruffin, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Carla Thomas, Fontella Bass, Slim Harpo, Ben E. King, Nina Simone, Jackie Wilson, The Ad Libs, Booker T & The MGs, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, and many more!

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Exit Wounds by The Wallflowers FINAL AIRING!

Today is the final airing of our latest Album of The Week, Exit Wounds by Jakob Dylan & The Wallflowers, their first new album in a decade. Tomorrow we’ll feature a brand new album for the upcoming week.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! Rocking the Cradle: The Grateful Dead Live in Egypt, Recorded Live September 15 & 16, 1978 NEW!

Live Grateful Dead recorded at the Giza pyramid complex. Unlike some of the live performances you are treated to, this is actually not a soundboard recording but one that was mixed down and released in 2008, on the 30th anniversary of the event. Enjoy.

Saturdays are always a great day to tune us in. We’re usually chock full of great programming in addition to our full catalogue of live stream. And best of all, we’re free 24/7 every day of every week.

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It’s Monday Again With The Band, Little Richard In the Spotlight, and Your DJ’s Favorite R & B Stream, June 28, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! Here we are again beginning another week. Monday has rolled around again, much too quickly I must admit.

The Band was one of the finest damned bands on this (or any) planet.

Here’s your Moan-Day line-up:

11:00 a.m. The Band Live at The Casino Arena, Asbury Park, New Jersey, July 20, 1976

They went from Bob Dylan’s “back-up” band to being one of the finest, most respected musical entities on this or any planet. The Band was a wonderful thing. They are legendary for a reason.

3:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Little Richard

We not only play our favorites, but those who were rock n’ roll pioneers…those who inspired and delighted our favorites. Little Richard was a force, and he certainly is one of those early pioneers.

7:00 p.m. DJ’s Choice: My Favorite R & B Stream, Various Artists

One night I sat down and put this together off the top of my head. You’ll hear Al Green, Ray Charles, Curtis Mayfield, The Four Tops, The Staple Singers, Sam Cooke, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Sam & Dave, Booker T. & The MGs, James Brown, Wicked Wilson Pickett, Jackie Wilson, Jimmy Ruffin, and more!

It’s too damned hot to go out today. Why not sit back, relax and tune us in? Believe me. You cannot go wrong.

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It’s Sunday Here, and It’s Time for The British to Invade Our Airwaves While The Wicked One Owns Our Album of The Week, June 13, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers across the universe! We’re here in The Mermaid Lounge on this lovely day, and it’s time for another visit from our friends from across the pond, as they say. Wilson Pickett will also give us our Album of The Week.

Here’s your Sunday line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: In the Midnight Hour & Other Hits by Wilson Pickett NEW!

They don’t call him “Wicked” Wilson Pickett for nothing. Wilson Pickett was a major player in establishing the genre of American soul music, with more than 50 songs making the R & B charts. And many of those songs crossed over into the Billboard Hot 100. It’s about time he’s recognized in this venue.

3:00 p.m. The British Are Coming! Various Artists

It’s time once again for us to pay respects to the British Invasion (the musical one), and to those bands who followed in their footsteps. This was one of our very first long players here on #BecomeUngovernable Radio.

You’ll hear The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Yardbirds, Lulu, Petula Clark, The Dave Clark Five, Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Kinks, Led Zeppelin, Them, The Who, The Searchers, Queen, The Hollies, Cream, Herman’s Hermits, Dusty Springfield, and more. This is five hours of uninterrupted music!

Once again, we ask nothing except that you tune us in by clicking the link below. We don’t ask for a “subscription” or acredit card or any personal information. Nada. We do not run advertising (only a station I.D. by yours truly here and there), and we don’t employ chatty disc jockeys who think they’re stand-up comedians. Give us a shot.

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Welcome to Saturday in The Mermaid Lounge! We Bring You A Little Bit O’ Soul, The Final Airing of “Old Yellow Moon” and our Ritual LIVE DEAD, June 12, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! It’s our usual busy Saturday here in The Mermaid Lounge and I leave you in good flippers with the Music Mermaid as I head off to the land of retail.

Here’s how your Saturday is shaping up:

11:00 a.m. A Little Bit O’Soul: Various Artists

Actually, it’s a shitload o’soul here in the lounge today. Just over five hours of the greatest soul from Motown to Memphis and back. You’ll hear Ray Charles, Etta James, Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Supremes, Al Green, Irma Thomas, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Fats Domino, and so many more.

7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Old Yellow Moon by Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell FINAL AIRING!

Tonight at 7:00 p.m. we bid a fond but very necessary farewell to this great album. Tomorrow, when you roll out of the sack, we’ll have a brand new one for you.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, CA NEW!

In keeping with our Saturday evening ritual, we’ve got another great airing of LIVE DEAD! Again, it’s one we’ve never aired before keeping the tradition alive. Join us and listen to the music world’s premier jam band.

Do I sound like a broken record when I get to this part of the blog post? Of course I do. But that’s the role of advertising. Everyone knows that if you repeat something enough maybe somebody will want me to shut the fuck up and listen. You have no idea what you’re missing…for free.

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It’s Another Monday in Paradise With the Rascals, Tom Petty’s “Wildflowers” Project, and Some Pretty Sweet Soul, March 8, 2021

Good Morning, Radio Sweethearts! It’s another Monday but, hey, the sun is out and that’s a plus. We’ve got some great music programming for today sprinkled in with that wild and crazy Open Stream.

We happily revisit Tom Petty’s massive “Wildflowers” project today.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. In the Spotlight: The (Young) Rascals

Are they The Rascals? Yes. Are they The Young Rascals? Yes. We’re quibbling here. The Rascals were one of the finest bands on the planet back in the day. Today, we put them In the Spotlight. For your listening pleasure, of course.

3:00 p.m. Tom Petty’s Wildflowers Project: All The Rest

It has been a while since the release of the Wildflowers Project, and we’re going to start revisiting it intermittently today. We begin with All The Rest, or the songs that didn’t make the album. Of course, some of these songs appeared somewhere later down the road. However, some were not heard until this project was released, like Leave Virginia Alone and Confusion Wheel. We have those here today.

7:00 p.m. Sweet Soul Music 1965: Various Artists

Some early soul here with the likes of Solomon Burke, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Fontella Bass, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Joe Tex, Lee Dorsey, Roy Head, Don Covay, Booker T & The MGs (the original Stax Records house band), Kim Weston, and more!

Please, spare me from having to tell you we’re totally free and operate outside the system yet again. I’m getting tired of saying this. I simply think Americans don’t bother to stop and smell the roses unless, of course, they are paying for it through the nose. The beauty of capitalism is that people buy into it.

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The Ladies Kick Off The Festivities, Our Album of The Week is Back, and The Soul Men Kick Ass This Evening, Thursday, November 5, 2020

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.

The Ladies are in command this morning.

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.

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“Wildflowers & All The Rest” Debuts, Johnny Rivers In The Spotlight, and Some Great Soul Later, Sunday, October 18, 2020

Good Morning, Music Lovers & Petty Fans Alike! We’ve got a great array of music on tap and — as you may have suspected — Wildflowers & All The Rest is our Album of The Week! It’s an amazing volume of work. I’ve already passed through once. The only question was how it would be presented.

We’ll do that in bursts, but we will have one airing in its complete form before the end of Tom Petty Month. We’ll also air the segments twice a week at various times.

Tom Petty in the studio during the recording of the original Wildflowers album.

Here’s your line up for Sunday Funday!

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Wildflowers & All The Rest by Tom Petty NEW!

Today’s Airing: Live Wildflowers

There’s a ton of new material here. It’s a revelation about how the guy worked, how he worked with his band, and where he was at the time all of that great music made its way out. We’re starting with all the best damned live versions of Wildflower songs.

3:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Johnny Rivers

Johnny Rivers, ,a favorite here in The Mermaid Lounge. One of the best damned singers, songwriters, and record producers many will probably never know. His style encompassed rockabilly, folk, blues, and good old time rock n’ roll. You might want to tune this in.

7:00 p.m. That Sweet Soul Sound: Various Artists

This is one sweet playlist with Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Fats Domino, Roberta Flack, Jackie Wilson, The Marvelettes, The Supremes, and many more.

So, it’s a day of rest. Give it a rest. Tune in. Turn on. Drop out. It’s the only way to unwind. We’ve got great music. And it’s all fucking free. You got a problem with that?

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Petty Month Continues, We Have Our Album of The Week, and The Temptations in The Spotlight, Thursday, October 8, 2020

Good Morning, Musicologists. We’ve got a great programming line-up today in between all that open stream we run 24/7, including a smattering of Motown.

It’s The Temptations, baby.

Here’s today’s tempting line-up:

11:00 a.m. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Take The Highway Live!

If you had the opportunity to see The Heartbreakers live, then you know how good they actually were. Their chemistry as a band was off the fucking charts. This live interlude was recorded live over two shows: November 23, 1991 at the Lawlor Events Center and the University of Nevada, and November 24 at the Oakland Coliseum Arena.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Waiting for Columbus by Little Feat

Time is running down on our Album of the Week. We have one more airing after today before a new album is chosen. So, be sure to tune this in. It’s one of the finest performances by any band at any time in music history.

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of The Temptations NEW!

We’re building new playlists here all the time. This is one of them. Today we give The Temptations, a classic Motown band, their due here in The Mermaid Lounge.

We’re here 24/7, and we don’t know what it takes to get the people from the U.S. to join in, just like the rest of the revolution going on in the world. Everywhere except here. Perhaps you need to wake up on several levels.

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Otis Redding & The Pretenders in The Spotlight, and The Heartbreakers’ 30th Anniversary Tour on Monday, September 7, 2020

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.

Tom Petty 30th Anniversary Tour Ticket

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.

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Stephen Stills & Manassas Live in Amsterdam, and Miss Etta James Takes Her Turn in The Spotlight, Friday, August 7, 2020

Greetings, Ungovernables! We have light programming today and many hours of Open Stream, but the scheduled music we have is pretty cool.

Stephen Stills & Manassas

Here’s Friday’s musical landscape:

11:00 a.m.   Stephen Stills & Manassas Live at Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, March 23, 1972  NEW!

Stephen Stills’ musical talents and contribution cannot be denied, but his life seems to have been lived in short musical periods where his ego dictated the direction. His Manassas period was no different — short and sweet. Stills formed the band in the fall of 1971. By 1972, the band dissolved, but not before giving us some great music.

7:00 p.m.   In The Spotlight: The Music of Etta James  NEW!

Etta James once said tha the only place where she felt at home was on the stage, where she sang the blues, soul, R & B, jazz, gospel, and rock n’ roll. She is best known for hits like Tell Mama, At Last, The Wallflower, and I’d Rather go Blind.

Tune us in. You cannot go wrong. Believe me. I’d never lie to you.

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