We Slide Toward The Weekend With Our ‘What’s In a Name’ EP, our Album of The Week, and a Tribute to Bob Marley, Thursday, May 12, 2022

Good Morning, Musicologists! We’ve got a great day of programming on tap for you folks today, including our ‘What’s In A Name’ EP which, in fact, we here in the Lounge sometimes forget is an EP.

Tonight we give you some live Wailers in memory of the great Bob Marley.

Here’s today’s musical landscape:

10:00 a.m. What’s In A Name: Various Artists

I confess we often forget this one, but it’s a fun one. Songs with names in them…in the title, lyrics, or both! You’ll hear from The Turtles, The Beatles, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Simon & Garfunkel, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Lou Reed, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Rod Stewart, Linda Ronstadt, Steely Dan, Buddy Holly, CSNY, Dolly Parton, Carly Simon, Tony Joe White, Warren Zevon, Emmylou Harris, The Allman Brothers Band, Laura Nyro, Three Dog Night, Shawn Colvin, Chuck Berry, James Taylor, Steve Winwood, and more!

4:00 p.m. Album of The Week: External Combustion by Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs

The next-to-last airing of The Dirty Knobs’ great new album, very Pettyesque in fact, and most welcome. It makes us yearn for yesteryear. But I digress. Get on it now because we’ll have a brand new one for you on Sunday. Final airing on Saturday. Time TBD.

7:00 p.m. Bob Marley & The Wailers Live at The Santa Barbara County Bowl, November 25, 1979

It’s hard to believe that Bob Marley has been gone for 41 years, but he has. He passed on May 11, 1979. Tonight, we pay tribute to the man and the band that put Reggae on the map for so many people.

Here we are again. We have our usual collection of worldwide listeners this morning from Belgium, Spain, Greece, Germany, the UK, France, Portugal, Russian Federation, Faroe Islands, Australia, and points beyond. Get on the map, people. You have no idea what you’re missing until you try it.

It’s Mudcrutch Monday Madness, Gram Parsons In the Spotlight, and ‘Live’ Steely Dan to Start The Work Week, Monday, May 2, 2022

Good Morning, Music Lovers! It has been bit since we’ve had a Mudcrutch Monday Madness, and The Music Mermaid has decided that this is indeed the day. We’ve also got Gram Parsons and Steely Dan on tap!

It’s a Mudcrutch kind of Monday.

Here’s your Monday musical landscape:

11:00 a.m. Mudcrutch Monday Madness! The Full Catalogue

Yep. It’s back. We’ve got a couple of hours of great music here for you as we give you their entire catalogue, including that kick-ass live version of Hungry No More from Boston’s House of Blues in 2016. Not to be missed.

3:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Gram Parsons

Gram Parsons was a country-rock legend, although he did not live long enough to reap his rewards, dying at the young age of 27. A member of The Byrds, The International Submarine Band, and The Flying Burrito Brothers, Gram Parsons was a pioneer in the fusion of country and rock.

7:00 p.m. Steely Dan Live at National City Pavillion, Cincinnati, Ohio, July 13, 2008 NEW!

This was a stop on the Think Fast Tour, and it’s brand new to our rotation. Steely Dan is, without a doubt, a seventies favorite here in The Mermaid Lounge.

We’ve got a lot of folks tuning in this morning. Mondays are always tough and great music can make your Monday better! Why not give it a try? We are totally free of charge. We do not require a “membership” and we’ll never charge your card because we don’t ask for one. All we ask is that you find a tab and tune us in. Is that so much to ask?

It’s Raining Outside The Lounge and We’ve Got Our ‘Water Water Everywhere’ EP, Plus The Who In The Spotlight Later, Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Good Morning, Musicologists! It may be dreary and dismal outside, but our ‘Water, Water Everywhere’ EP is anything but. We also put The Who In the Spotlight later!

Not a fan of Pete Townsend’s right-wing politics, but the music of The Who? That’s another story.

Here’s your midweek line-up:

10:00 a.m. Water, Water Everywhere: Various Artists

Scientific fact: The earth is composed of 71% water. It’s only fitting that water, therefore, has its own playlist…in all its forms. You’ll hear Paul McCartney, Deep Purple, Joe Cocker, Simon & Garfunkel, Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Otis Redding, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Elton John, The Doobie Brothers, Valerie Carter, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Al Green, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Loggins & Messina, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Linda Ronstadt, Spirit, The Grass Roots, The Beach Boys, Lindisfarne, Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt, Carole King, Steely Dan, Tom Rush, Johnny Rivers, America, Donovan, and more!

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

Yes, it’s true. This is the very first time we put The Who In the Spotlight here in The Mermaid Lounge. I confess a love-hate relationship with The Who, although I have long been a fan of their music. I saw them back in the day at Boston Garden. It was the night that Keith Moon collapsed on his drum set and the show had to be rescheduled. We saw them again and they were great. Moon would pass away not long after that. I am happy I saw them once, but I am thoroughly ambivalent about seeing them live ever again. In spite of that, this is a great playlist of their best stuff, and it’s formidable.

Tune us in, folks. We’ve got a full house this morning from Germany, Ireland, Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Russian Federation, Netherlands, South Africa, not to mention Cleveland, Buffalo, and Portsmouth. What are you waiting for?

Today We Serve Up Our ‘For Foodies Only’ Playlist, Celebrate The Women With Irma Thomas, and Remember The Great Taylor Hawkins, Monday, March 28, 2022

Good Morning, Music Lovers! It’s a bittersweet day today as we pay respects to Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters. That’s not all we’ve got, but it’s a day to remember one of the greatest drummers on the planet and just how fleeting life really is.

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. For Foodies Only: Various Artists

Somebody suggested we make a playlist including songs about food. I’m glad they did because this is a really cool and eclectic playlist. You’ll hear The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Judy Collins, Sam & Dave, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Four Tops, The Strangeloves, Led Zeppelin, Don McLean, Cream, The Guess Who, Tommy James & The Shondells, The Eagles, Neil Young, Lucinda Williams, The Kinks, Bob Dylan, Guy Clark, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Harry Nilsson, Fats Domino, Steely Dan, and more!

3:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Irma Thomas

We continue our celebration of Women’s History Month with Irma Thomas, a contemporary of Aretha Franklin who could easily be right up there on the musical food chain next to Aretha. But there’s apparently room for one one Queen of Soul, so Irma Thomas had to settle for the title of Soul Queen of New Orleans.

7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of The Foo Fighters

I wish we were running this playlist for happier reasons, but we’re not. We lose another great musician far too early in his life, and another one to drugs. Tonight we pay respects to the great Taylor Hawkins, and sincerely hope Dave Grohl and his mates eventually pull out of this sadness and keep on keepin’ on, even though there will never be another Taylor Hawkins.

What are you doing on Monday? Back to work? If you are in an office and have a computer, you can simply pull up a tab and join us for the day. We have many listeners around the globe who do. We have proof. We have emails! Best of all, we run 24/7 totally free of charge with no commercial interruptions. What’s not to like here?

Another Monday and We’re Between Heaven & Hell, We Put Steely Dan In The Spotlight, and Deliver That Sweet Soul Sound This Evening, February 21, 2022

Here we are again, people. The beginning of another work week. But we’ve got some great music for you today as we celebrate Walter Becker’s birthday and Black History Month. But hey, here in The Mermaid Lounge, every month is Black History Month.

We celebrate Walter Becker’s birthday with Steely Dan In the Spotlight

Here’s your Moan-Day line-up:

11:00 a.m. Between Heaven & Hell: Various Artists

We start the day with a real Monday playlist because on Monday we are generally between heaven and hell. Here we have references to heaven and hell in the title and lyrics, and you’ll hear from Donovan, The Eagles, Led Zeppelin, The Byrds, ZZ Top, Van Morrison, Lucinda Williams, Elvis Presley, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Fats Domino, Foo Fighters, The Grateful Dead, and more.

3:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Steely Dan

After the 60’s the music of the 70’s was a bit of a letdown. (It only got worse in subsequent decades, by the way.) But Steely Dan was one of those bands who was an oasis in the middle of a desert. Love this band and the rap that they can’t reproduce their sound ‘live’ on stage was bullshit, by the way. That was not my experience when I saw them. Today we (belatedly) celebrate Walter Becker’s birthday by putting Steely Dan In the Spotlight.

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

I’d say we’re celebrating Black History Month, but every month is Black History Month here in The Mermaid Lounge. If it weren’t for black music, there would be no rock n’ roll. And no. Elvis never said he invented rock n’ roll. He deferred to his black counterparts on that issue. You’ll hear from Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, The Four Tops, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Roberta Flack, Rare Earth, Jr. Walker & The All Stars, Fontella Bass, Edwin Starr, The Friends of Distinction, The Isley Brothers, Sly & The Family Stone, James Brown, Ray Charles, Etta James, Ben E. King, Mary Wells, Ann Peebles, The Temptations, Jackie Wilson, and more.

Your Monday doesn’t have to be a bad experience. Not when you’ve got access to all this great music totally free 24/7. No lie, people. We’re all about the music. People over profits. We live that here.

We’ve Got ‘Travelin’ Fever’ at Mid-Week, and We Put Steely Dan In the Spotlight Later, Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Gooooooood Morning, Music Lovers everywhere! We’ve hit mid-week once again and we’ve got our most excellent ‘Travelin’ Fever’ EP to kick off the day. We put Steely Dan front and center a bit later.

We put The Dan In the Spotlight later, but first we go Travelin’

Here’s your mid-week programming:

11:00 a.m. Travelin’ Fever: Various Artists

In the time of COVID, I’m not interested in planes, trains, or boats packed with people, so I’ll live vicariously through this great EP. You’ll hear Jackson Browne, Dan Fogelberg, The Box Tops, Canned Heat, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, The Who, The Eagles, Janis Joplin, Guy Clark, Del Shannon, Asleep at The Wheel, Jesse Winchester, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Led Zeppelin, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, and more!

7:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Steely Dan

I’ve heard some pretty dumb comments about Steely Dan. You know, like they can’t reproduce their sound “live.” Having seen them, that’s bullshit. Steely Dan made some of the absolute best music of the seventies and eighties. They fused pop, jazz, and rock into a sound all it’s own. They are In the Spotlight here tonight.

It’s December, so give yourself a Christmas present that’s totally free. Better still, try us out and then give a gift to someone you know loves music. Tell them about us. That’s free too. No commercials. No mouthy DJ’s. No hidden costs. No personal information required. Merry Fucking Christmas. Tune us in.

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Saturday Delivers A Great New Playlist, NOT The Album of The Week, The Actual Album of The Week, and LIVE DEAD, September 4, 2021

Here we are with our usual frenetic Saturday in The Mermaid Lounge, and we wish you a great Good Morning. We’ve got some really cool stuff on tap, including a brand new playlist called Repeat After Me.

Today we’ve got a great new playlist of remakes and reboots along with the originals!

Here’s your Saturday line-up!

11:00 a.m. Repeat After Me: Various Artists NEW!

I was driving home from work when this idea came into my head and I wondered what the hell took me so long. I also have to tell you that I somehow feel this is simply the first volume. I thought of even more this morning. Here we have some great songs that have also been the beneficiaries of great remakes. They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and that is certainly the case in the music world. The best want to remake and pay tribute to the best songwriters and performers who have inspired their own music.

The playlist for this volume will be in the blog under the “Playlist” tab. Just click on it and scroll to the bottom.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Countdown to Ecstasy by Steely Dan FINAL AIRING!

This is the final airing of this great album. Get on it while you can. Tomorrow, we’ve got a brand new album to feature, and it’s one that just got its 50th Anniversary edition to boot!

7:00 p.m. NOT The Album of The Week: Surf N’ Burn by The Blue Stingrays

Last summer we added surf music to our repertoire, but we’ve not given it much of an audience this summer, regrettably I might add. As we work on the Labor Day Weekend, we’re going to play Surf N’ Burn by The Blue Stingrays. There’s a story behind this one. This band made one album, although the liner notes called them the premier surf music band of the sixties (when surf music first burst onto the music scene). The band is actually Mike Campbell and Ron Blair (of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), and Randall Marsh (drummer for Mudcrutch, another Tom Petty band). The did this anonymously because they didn’t want to detract from The Heartbreakers meteoric rise of 1997, the year the album was released. They didn’t particularly care if it even sold a copy (which it did; I have one). They did it because they love the sound of surf music.

The album was just picked up and re-released a few weeks ago. If you are a lover of guitars (and of Mike Campbell, simply one of the best guitarists on the planet), then there’s something about surf guitar music that can’t be explained. Tune it in and see for yourself.

10:00 p.m. LIVE DEAD! The Grateful Dead Live at The Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, California, July 1, 1973

This is one of the few repeat performances we’ve played since starting LIVE DEAD three years ago, but it also hasn’t been aired since 2019. It’ll be like new, just like every live performance The Dead has done. We have several brand new never-before-played concerts in the bucket. We just need to get them ready.

Saturday in The Mermaid Lounge is pretty busy, and this one is no different. Give us a shot. We’ve got listeners from all over this morning, including Italy, Israel, Denmark, Sweden, the UK, France, Germany, The Russian Federation, Romania, Spain and even The Republic of Korea. We’re sitting here waiting on the U.S. (although we do have someone from North Carolina and someone from Texas this morning). Tune us in. Get with the damned program.

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The Operative Phrase is “New Content” Today With Nina Simone In the Spotlight, and Our Brand New ‘Paint It Black’ Playlist, Thursday, September 2, 2021

Good Morning, Musicologists! Well, it’s downright cold here today and I’m loving the break from tropical Massachusetts. To top it off, we’ve got brand new stuff for you today.

Today we put Nina Simone, singer, songwriter, musician, arranger, and activist, In the Spotlight

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of Nina Simone NEW!

This has been a very long time coming, and we are so glad it’s finally come to fruition. Nina Simone had a very long and illustrious career. She was a singer, songwriter, musician, arranger and a social activist during her lifetime. Her musical styles covered and blended jazz, classical, gospel, R & B, pop, folk, and blues. Enjoy.

3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Countdown to Ecstasy by Steely Dan

We’re winding down on this great album. We’ve got one more airing on Saturday before we choose a new album for Sunday’s airing.

7:00 p.m. Paint It Black: Various Artists NEW!

This is our brand new playlist and it features the word “black” in the Title, the lyrics, or both. You’ll hear The Kinks, Tim Hardin, Rosanne Cash, Johnny Cash, Dr. John, Fairport Convention, The Grateful Dead, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones (of course), The Flying Burrito Brothers, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Jackson Browne, Taj Mahal, Laura Nyro, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, Tom Rush, Steely Dan, Three Dog Night, The Hollies, Warren Zevon, The Band, and many more!

By the way, this new set list is up on the blog under the Playlist tab. Simply go there and scroll to the bottom!

It’s a new season outside and inside The Mermaid Lounge. We’ll be adding some new features, new music, new playlists, and Trifectas. We hope to utilize the blog more than we are right now, and we can be followed on Facebook at @BecomeUngovernable Radio and Della Piana’s Ungovernable Music Emporium and Museum, and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/UngovernRadio2.

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It’s Tuesday Bluesday With The Second Half of Our Allman Brothers Extravaganza, Stevie Ray Vaughan In the Spotlight, and Our Album of The Week Sandwich, August 31, 2021

Good Morning, Bluesologists! Welcome back to another Tuesday Bluesday here in The Mermaid Lounge. We’ve got the second half of our Allman Brothers blues extravaganza today, and some SRV a bit later.

We’ve got Stevie Ray Vaughan In the Spotlight a bit later

Here’s your Tuesday Bluesday line-up:

10:00 a.m. Martin Scorcese Presents The Blues: The Allman Brothers Band NEW!

This is the second half of what we began last week. We start an hour earlier today because it’s a bit longer than the first set. Essentially, we have round two of the brothers playing traditional blues songs. It’s a treat. Don’t miss it.

4:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Countdown to Ecstasy by Steely Dan

The second airing of this great album. We inject a bit of good old rock n’ roll (with a hint of jazz, of course) in the middle of all those blues.

7:00 p.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Stevie Ray Vaughan

Generations of guitar-loving kids are still discovering the magic of this guy. He has been described as a man of simple taste with impeccable style. We cover his music from both his time with Double Trouble and as a solo artist.

It goes without saying that before, in between, and after, we have open stream as determined by The Music Mermaid. She also has simple taste but impeccable style. We run 24/7 completely free of charge. All you need to do is pull up a computer tab. (Oh yeah, you can also tune us in on your phone.)

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It’s Another Sunday Funday Here With “Folk Music From A-to-Z” and Steely Dan With Our Album of The Week, August 29, 2021

Good Morning, Music Lovers! We have another great Sunday lined up here in The Mermaid Lounge with our folk music extended playlist, and Steely Dan owns our new featured album.

You’ll be hearing Peter, Paul & Mary later during our Folk Music From A-To-Z extended playlist

Here’s today’s line-up:

11:00 a.m. Album of The Week: Countdown to Ecstasy by Steely Dan NEW!

Here in The Mermaid Lounge, we don’t care much about whether or not an album has generated “hits” or not. (Although we actually consider several songs on this masterpiece actual hit material.) What we care about is music, and this is a great album. And that’s why it’s this week’s Album of The Week.

3:00 p.m. Folk Music From A-To-Z: Various Artists

It’s that time of the month again when we break out the folk music archives. You’ll hear John Prine, Tom Rush, Woody Guthrie, Odetta, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Peter, Paul & Mary, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, Linda Ronstadt, Eric Andersen, Jesse Winchester, Cat Stevens, Phil Ochs, Nanci Griffith and many more!

It’s Sunday and that means it’s the Official Day of Rest. So give it a rest and tune us in. We’re 100% free 24/7 with no interruptions from those pesky advertisers. And we never ask for your credit card or personal info.

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