Claire EP by Ella Woolsey

I must make a big deal out of this because it is unlike much of the pedestrian pabulum that main-stream commercial radio forces us to listen to on a daily basis from which I joyfully rebel. Additionally, because her bio made a point of highlighting it, she is only 17 years old. What is remarkable here is that most of the kids in my classroom aren’t listening to anything this original and probably with one or two exceptions, probably wouldn’t be able to or even want to consider making anything so beautiful. Read More

Song of Sorrow by Rx27

Joie Blaney has retired his former project, Joie Dead Blonde Girlfriend. While occasionally enlisting a few additional players to round out his sound, it was primarily an extremely powerful one-man-band. Moving to Los Angeles about ten years ago more or less, Joie fought like hell to thrive as we all do in a new place and he has done very well for himself, establishing and exercising his musical chops like I always expected him to do when I first encountered his musical cyclone in New York City. Read More

RadioMike Interviews: Caravan of Thieves

This was the last interview I conducted before the website hiatus.  It is a fairly typical RadioMike interview with an exploration of influences current projects, and musical memories.  Please enjoy and if you have any suggestions for musical interviews, please send them our way.  I look forward to sharing new interviews with you soon, perhaps with a newer variety of questions that you can submit in addition to newer questions that I am researching.

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RadioMike 009

While this is the second of two shows that dates from a 2011 production date, neither was posted for anyone to play.  I didn’t want to waste them since there is a lot of good music here that was submitted to the show way back then by old friends and new friends.  So without further ado until I can create new shows for you all, enjoy these.  And, thanks for your patience and apologies for all of those test podcast posts.  All the kinks should be worked out regarding the podcasts.  If you would like to submit your music or want to suggest an artist that we should know about, please get in touch.

Here’s what we’ve got this time.

  1. Concert Silence, Track 1 from 09.22.07
  2. The Prophets,  Wrong House from Bigger Than Elvis
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RadioMike 008

While this is one of two shows that dates from a 2011 production date, neither was posted for anyone to play.  I didn’t want to waste them since there is a lot of good music here that was submitted to the show way back then by old friends and new friends.  So without further ado until I can create new shows for you all, enjoy these.  And, thanks for your patience and apologies for all of those test podcast posts.  All the kinks should be worked out regarding the podcasts.  If you would like to submit your music or want to suggest an artist that we should know about, please get in touch.

You’ll hear:

  1. Diane Cluck, Love Me If Ye Do from Countless Times
  2. Kirsten DeHaan, The Night Shift from Thorns On A Crown
  3. Arms Of Kism...
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The Waco Brothers’ Going Down in History

The Waco Brothers
Going Down in History
Bloodshot Records, 2016

If I am not mistaken the last Waco Brothers album was years ago.  Having seen them live at a few Bloodshot BBQs, nothing seems to have changed but the seasoning has, perhaps become stronger.

“DIYBYOB” opens the album, declaring that “this is the first track from the last album,” perhaps as an obscure homage to Cheap Trick’s Live at Budakhan or the Beatles’ Live at the Hollywood Bowl, but I may be stretching things a bit. There are hints at apathy, DIY, and going on with existing, rather than living, and an election season filled with circus antics that are probably no worse than what we’ve seen in the past. This may be the closest they have ever come to a stereotypical country song.

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Robbie Fulks’ Upland Stories

Robbie Fulks
Upland Stories
Bloodshot Records, 2016

Regrettably, I don’t think I have ever seen Fulks in concert, though I really need to.  While he isn’t a songwriting factory like Ryan Adams (though brilliant a factory he is), Fulks is a great songwriter, and I am happy to see he continues to create.  While most may not remember this, one of my favorite tunes is “F*ck This Town” chronicling his experience as a singer-songwriter in Nashville and their lack of appreciation of his talents.  He was originally signed to Bloodshot early on, and left with great fanfare to a major label.  After releasing one album on an unappreciative major label, he returned to Bloodshot and has never left.

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