Spindale Cycle™

Mondays at 8pm

A classic album played in its entirety, because some albums are meant to be played all the way through. (Regrettably, due to Recording Industry Association of America restrictions, The Spindale Cycle is not available online)

Join WNCW host Sander Morrison this Monday night at 9:00 as we celebrate the 46th anniversary of Woodstock! The Woodstock Music & Art Fair—informally, the Woodstock Festival or simply Woodstock—was a music festival, billed as "An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music".

Monday, February 9th is the anniversary of the Beatles first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, certainly one of the most important musical pop-culture moments in our history. Join us this Monday as we celebrate this historic event with an evening with the Beatles, starting at 8:00 pm with "Please Please Me" as our "Spindale Cycle" feature, to be followed by a night of Beatles original songs, covers by other artists, their individual solo projects, and more. It's a night of Beatlemania, only on WNCW. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!

Before Wilco and Son Volt, there was Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar and their late-'80's alt-country band Uncle Tupelo.  Though they didn't last long before going their separate ways, they recorded one of the most defining albums of WNCW in our first year, No Depression.  As music critic Jason Ankeny writes, "for all of the record's doleful cynicism -- virtually every cut nods toward dashed hopes, broken promises, and paralyzing fear -- there's an undeniable electricity afoot as well; by channeling the mournful clarity of country into the crackling fury of punk, No Depression

It was her third album (2nd one of original songs), but in many ways this 1988 release was a breakthrough for her, and set the stage for Sweet Old World and Car Wheels on a Gravel Road that followed.  A remastered version is being released on 1/14, with an accompanying collection of live material from The Netherlands in 1989, and other bonus tracks.  We'll celebrate it with  "Changed the Locks", "Passionate Kisses", "Crescent City", and the rest of this great Rough Trade reissue Monday night. 

This 40-year-old classic was Waits' second release, and picks up right where his critically acclaimed Closing Time debut leaves off.  We celebrate his December 7th birthday a night early on WNCW this week.

A WNCW tradition for the Monday before Christmas for over ten years now, this definitive holiday soundtrack was created in 1965 for the treasured A Charlie Brown Christmas TV special.  Vince Guaraldi's piano and arrangements make the perfect soundtrack for conjuring up falling snowflakes ("Skating"), a relaxing holiday spirit ("Christmas Time is Here"), and the humor, charm, and innocence of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the entire Peanuts gang.  Pass your holiday joys and traditions on to the little ones around us with this one -- that is if you let them stay up this late. 

The reggae world lost a big one last Monday with the passing of Junior Murvin.  Best known for his huge 1976 hit "Police and Thieves" (which was made further popular by The Clash's great cover), Murvin had a beautiful falsetto that (perhaps) belied the hard-hitting, often brutal reality of violence and inequality he sang about.  This album has the classic reggae production stamp of Lee "Scratch" Perry all over it.  As critic Rick Anderson has written, "There may be eight or ten perfect reggae albums in existence, and this is certainly one of them." 

35 years ago saw the release of this gem from The Byrds, with all the elements that they were known for: 60's pop, spacy psychelia, and country-rock.  Songwriting credits here include Carole King, David Crosby, Michael Clarke, and Roger McGuinn, but the one with the most to his name here might be Chris Hillman, whose birthday we celebrate this week. 

Music critic Thom Jurek refers to it as "the Live at the Fillmore East of redneck Texas folk-rock".  Recorded at the Luckenback Dancehall with his Gonzo Band in August 1973 and released 40 years ago this week, Viva Terlingua has some great covers from Guy Clark and Ray Wylie Hubbard ("Up Against the Wall Redneck Mother") along with some of Walker's best originals (except maybe "Mr. Bojangles"). 

This '72 album is truly "Dedicated To a Brother: Duane Allman", and captures the band both shortly before Duane's untimely death in October of '71, and with some choice recordings made by the surviving members in the following months.   Somehow, they were able to not only come back together and continue hittin' the note, but put together some of their strongest material, in loving tribute to Gregg's, and the rest of the band's, brother.  Celebrate Duane's birthday this week.