Good Morning, Musicologists! It’s Friday once again and we are giving you something old and something new, and commemmorating a great album release today.
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. Derek & The Dominos Live at The Fillmore East, New York City, October 23, 1970 NEW!
On October 23 and 24, 1970, Derek & The Dominos played two shows at the famed Fillmore East. We have the first night’s performance here today.
3:00 p.m. NOT The Album of The Week: Sargeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band NEW!
This is not a regular feature of our station, but we do it once in a while when the occasion calls for it. Today, we are running this in commemoration of the release of one of the most incredible albums of all time, Sargeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. It was released fifty-four years ago on June 2, 1967.
This was The Beatles’ eighth studio album, and was the first where the track listing was the same on both the US and UK version. It was the first album to have all of the lyrics printed on the cover. Musicologists recognize this album as the first concept album ever. The album spent 27 weeks at the top of the UK charts, and 15 on top of the US charts.
7:00 p.m. Deb’s Stream: What’s In A Name, Various Artists
One of our most popular playlists is up later this evening, What’s In A Name. Songs with names in either the title or the lyrics. You’ll hear The Beatles, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Simon & Garfunkel, Fleetwood Mac, The Velvet Underground, The Band, The Kinks, Neil Diamond, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, and many more.
We have a great line up today sprinkled throughout all of our great Open Stream, and you should take advantage of that if you haven’t spent time listening in yet. We are totally free and run 24/7.
Good Morning, Country Bumpkins! We’ve got our new long-playing country/country rock playlist makes its debut today, with just about five hours of great stuff from Johnny Cash to The Flying Burrito Brothers!
Here’s your Saturday playlist:
11:00 a.m. Are You Ready For The Country?: Various Artists NEW!
We unveil our latest long-player today called Are You Ready for The Country? It’s just about five hours of uninterrupted great country and country-rock music. You won’t hear any of those homogenized country singers here. Instead, you’ll hear The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Johnny Cash, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Buffalo Springfield, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Jeff Walker, Bonnie Raitt, Gram Parsons, The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Byrds, Pure Prairie League, The Ozark Mountan Daredevils, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Guy Clark, Tom Rush, John Prine, and more!
A complete paylist of all the great songs you will hear appears behind the Playlist tabs on this blog. Just scroll to the bottom of the list!
7:30 p.m. Album of The Week: Hotcakes by Carly Simon FINAL AIRING!
We close the books on Hotcakes this evening with our final airing. Tomorrow when you roll your ass out of bed, there will be a new selection listed on the blog.
10:00 p.m. Live Dead! The Grateful Dead Live at Buckeye Lake Music Center, Hebron, Ohio, June 11, 1993 NEW!
Tonight we feature another new concert by the ultimate jam band, The Grateful Dead. This one comes from the Buckeye Lake Music Center, an outdoor venue in Hebron, Ohio.
There’s no point in telling you all of the reasons why you should tune us in. We’re not-for-profit radio, so we don’t ask you for a subscription, or a credit card. We also don’t collect any personal information from you. We accept no advertising. And our DJ’s are practically mutes. We play music.
Good Morning, Music Lovers! I hope you are enjoying the same weather wherever you are as we are here in The Mermaid Lounge today! The sun is out, the air is clear, and the music is great!
Here’s your midweek line-up:
12:00 p.m. The Band Live on The King Biscuit Flower Hour Radio Show
I used to listen to the King Biscuit show religiously. It was nationally syndicated and we had a few great radio stations here in Boston back in the day. That’s when radio was radio, people. Now it’s an enterprise. This particular broadcast is a bootleg of a 1976 concert by The Band at The Carter Baron Amphitheatre in Washington, D.C. We hope you enjoy it.
6:00 p.m. The Doors Live at Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan, May 8, 1970
The Doors were together for only four years before Jim Morrison’s untimely death in 1970, but they left behind a musical imprint that will not be forgotten.
The rest of the day is devoted to Open Stream. And we seriously mean that. No advertising. And our only interruptions are short, infrequent radio I.D. messages courtesy of yours truly. You can’t hold that against us, after all. How the hell would you know what you’re listening to?
Good Morning, Musicologists! We’re past the mid-week point, thankfully, and we’ve got a damned good line-up to day. It starts with one of The All-Girl Revues this morning.
Here’s your line-up:
11:00 a.m. The All-Girl Revue, Volume Three: Various Artists UPDATED!
It’s been a while since we heard this particular collection, and we just expanded the playlist, adding new songs and artists. You will hear Linda Ronstadt, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Joni Mitchell, Shawn Colvin, Valerie Carter, Aretha Franklin, Norah Jones, Marial Muldaur, Bonnie Raitt, and more!
3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Rough and Rowdy Ways by Bob Dylan
We are winding down on this one. Saturday will be your last day to hear the first collection of original Bob Dylan songs since 2012. Tune it in!
7:00 p.m. In The Spotlight: The Music of The Band
The Band is an American classic. Beginning as Dylan’s back-up band, this amazing talented group of musicians went on to build a kick-ass history that has stood the test of time. One of our favorites here in The Mermaid Lounge. Luckily, I’ll be home from the salt mines for this one.
It’s time, people. We’ve got plenty of it, and you keep wasting yours on commercial stations. You ought to join your friends from Europe and Asia and tune us in.
Good Morning from the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge where the inhabitants of The Mermaid Lounge rarely sleep. Or so it seems. This is a pretty busy day in rock n’ roll, as you will see.
Here are the facts, children:
January 3, 1955: 20-year-old Elvis Presley appeared live in Boonesville, Virginia. He was still only a regional success but, by the end of 1956, he would explode into a national sensation.
January 3, 1957: Fats Domino records I’m Walkin’ (one of the greatest songs ever made, in my opinion). He wrote the song after his car broke down and he heard a fan yell, “Hey, look at Fats Domino, he’s walking!” The song would reach #4 on the US Pop chart and #1 on the R & B chart.
January 3, 1963: After placing 30 songs on the Billboard chart with Imperial Records, Rick Nelson signed a $1 million, 20-year contract with Decca (you know, the label that turned the Beatles down). He would generate six more Top 40 hits for Decca before his tragic death.
Speaking of The Beatles, they kicked off a five-day tour of Scotland on this day at the Two Red Shoes Ballroom in Elgin.
January 3, 1964: The Beatles were seen on television for the (first? second?) time (nobody has the definitive answer except them) when a BBC clip from a show called The Mersey Sound showing the band singing She Loves You was released on the Jack Paar Show. Old Jack, of course, made fun of them, particularly their hair cuts. In short order, The Beatles would teach them a lesson and shut them the fuck up.
January 3, 1967: The Beach Boys’ Carl Wilson refused to report to his local draft board after receiving his draft notice. He would eventually win conscious objector status. In the meantime, Good Vibrations was in its fourth week in the #1 slot.
January 3, 1970: The Beatles’ final recording session was held at Abbey Road Studios on this day. The final song they played together was I Me Mine, which would also be the title of George Harrison’s autobiography ten years later.
Also on this day, Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head, from the Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid soundtrack, would become B.J. Thomas’ third US Top 10 hit, and his first #1.
January 3, 1972: Don MacLean’s American Pie receives a Gold record. It reached #1 in both America and the UK, eventually selling three million copies.
January 3, 1974: Bob Dylan & The Band reunite for a US tour. Dylan was promoting his Planet Waves LP, while The Band had just released Moondog Matinee (last week’s Album of The Week) and the single Ain’t Got No Home. The tour was chronicled six months later with the release of the double album set Before The Flood.
January 3, 1976: Bob Dylan’s song about former boxer Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter (called Hurricane), which peaked at #33 on the Billboard chart, caused enough negative publicity to eventually get Carter released from prison. The song protested Carter’s innocence and his wrongful conviction on murder charges, as well as the authorities’ failure to even consider another perpetrator because Carter was black.
January 3, 1987: Aretha Franklin becomes the first woman inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame. It seems like ridiculous amount of time for women to get the recognition they deserved in this business, and consider that it would take Linda Ronstadt until 2014 to be inducted, one of the biggest travesties in the music business.
Born On This Day
January 3, 1926: Sir George Martin, British record producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer and musician who nurtered The Beatles’ creative side and was known appropriately, according to McCartney, as The Fifth Beatle, was born in Highbury, London.
January 3, 1943: Van Dyke Parks, songwriter and producer who worked with Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys on the Smile album (a great album, by the way), played keyboards on The Byrds’ Eight Miles High, and produced Ry Cooder, Randy Newman, and Judy Collins, was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
January 3, 1945: Stephen Stills, singer-songwriter who was a member of Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Manassas, and who released an album with Neil Young as The Stills-Young Band, was born in Dallas, Texas.
January 3, 1946: John Paul Jones, bassist, keyboardist, and producer with Led Zeppelin, was born in Sidcup, London.
And that is all today from The College. We’ll be back with the line-up in a bit.
Well, Good Morning, Musicologists! It’s our usual busy Saturday here in The Mermaid Lounge as we kick off some new playlists to carry us into the New Year!
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. In the Spotlight: The Music of Roy Orbison NEW!
We’ve got all the Roy you want here, from his outstanding solo career right up on through his time as a member of The Traveling Wilburys with friends George Harrison, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and Bob Dylan, the best damned super group on the planet. Ever. Enjoy this one.
The set list is up under our Playlist tab. Simply scroll to the bottom!
3:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Moondog Matinee by The Band FINAL AIRING!
We’re closing out Moondog Matinee today. Tomorrow when you wake up, there’ll be a brand new Album of the Week ready to go!
6:00 p.m. Selections From the Monterey International Pop Music Festival, June 17-19, 1967
Since today marks the day the rockumentary hit the theaters back in 1968, we thought we’d commemorate the precursor to Woodstock by playing some tunes from the festival.
The set list is also up under the Playlist tab. Again, just scroll down.
10:00 p.m. Live Dead! The Grateful Dead Live at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, April 12, 1986 NEW!
Another new ‘Live Dead’ offering for this week. We’ve played no duplicates here since this little extravaganza began, and we will go as long as we can with new material! This one comes from the now-demolished Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre.
Tune us in, people. No commercials. No credit card required. No memberships. No personal information. What’s the matter? That make you nervous?
Good Morning, Musicologists! Here we are on holiday, and we’ve got the perfect antidote to that bad Christmas music that I know is playing in ACE Hardware today. Luckily, I’m here in The Mermaid Lounge.
Here’s your Christmas Eve day programming!
11:00 a.m. Bob Dylan with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live in Sacramento, June 12, 1986
One day, Bob Dylan asked Tom Petty to go on tour with him. There’s a reason why all these guys wanted The Heartbreakers around. You’re about to find out just exactly why. In return, all of the members of The Heartbreakers credit Dylan with teaching them the importance of adjusting plans, songs, and being more spontaneous on stage. It was a marriage made in music heaven.
4:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Moondog Matinee by The Band
I could go on and on about The Band, undoubtedly one of the great treasures in American popular music. They may have started as Dylan’s back-up band, but they carved their own very real place in music history.
7:00 p.m. That Sweet Soul Sound: Various Artists EXPANDED AND UPDATED!
This is a great playlist to close out today’s programming. We’ve added some new music, so we’ve added some new songs to the playlist. We hope you’ll enjoy hearing Otis Redding, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Mary Wells, James Brown, Rare Earth, The Box Tops, The Marvelettes, Jackie Wilson, The Temptations, Ann Peebles, Bill Withers and many more!
It’s Christmas. Time to pack it in. Be done with the pursuit of capitalism, and tune in to a radio station with no ulterior money-making motives. We don’t ask you to subscribe. We don’t ask for your credit card. We don’t ask for personal information because we don’t intend to sell you anything. We’re here for the music, believe it or not. If you choose not to believe, then all I can say is that you have no idea what you are missing.
Good Morning, Blues Lovers! This is your day. Today we’ve got a great mix of material for you to hear, including sprinkles of Three-in-a-Row’s along the way from the likes of B.B. King, Janis Joplin, and others!
Here’s today’s line-up:
11:00 a.m. Eric Clapton & Friends: The Crossroads Guitar Festival Revisited
Up first is nearly four hours of great music. Let’s call it a smorgasboard of songs culled from Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festivals over the years. You’ll hear the cream of the crop like, Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck, Gary Clark Jr., The Robert Cray Band, Willie Nelson, Joe Walsh, ZZ Top, Sheryl Crow, Doyle Bramhall II, Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks, and Susan Tedeschi.
7:00 p.m. Album of The Week: Moondog Matinee by The Band
Again, it’s kismet. This week’s Album of The Week, Moondog Matinee, just happens to be The Band’s homage to R & B and the blues. It fits just perfectly with today.
In between, we have Open Stream, uninterrupted by idle chatter and commercials, and seasoned with Three-in-a-Row’s from the likes of B.B. King, Janis Joplin, The Allman Brothers Band, and Lucinda Williams.
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.