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)

Is he a jazz artist?  Is he a blues singer?  Is he a singer-songwriter?  Yes.  And it really shouldn't matter whether he's one or all of the above, but this "category problem" has unfortunately meant that not enough people are familiar with the great Mose Allison.  We have his 1976 album, which oddly was his only one between '73 and '81, for your Monday night as we celebrate his birthday. 

We celebrate the birthday of one of Americana's best songwriters this week with Guy's 2nd album, from 1976.  This one features an all-star cast of guests, including Waylon Jennings, Emmylou Harris, and Rodney Crowell -- all together on the same chorus, even! Johnny Gimble, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Tracy Nelson are here too.  If Guy's skills as a top tier ballad writer weren't already established, they are with with this classic.  "Take me to a barroom driver/Set me on a stool/If I can't be her man, I'm damned/If I'll be her fool." 

Monday Night October 28th at 8pm: LOU REED - New York

Oct 28, 2013

We are sad to learn of the passing of Lou Reed this past weekend.  He was 71.  Reed fronted The Velvet Underground, whose late '60's albums provided a counterpoint to the "Summer of Love"-flavored and AM-oriented releases of the era.  The V.U. alone would have cemented his status as a rock 'n roll icon, but his solo career that followed brought many more dimensions to his legendary status of rebellious songwriter, musician, and singer.  His 1989 ode to his hometown kicks off an evening and week filled with Lou Reed. 

One of a few notable reissues of late (along with Eric Clapton's MTV Unplugged and Southern Culture on the Skids' Dig This) is the 1970 breakthrough classic from Van the Man.  "And It Stoned Me", "Into the Mystic", "Caravan"....and now a 2nd disc of various outtakes and songs you have never heard before.  Congratulations to those 'NCW members who will receive a copy of this 2-CD set for your pledge last week -- good choice! 

He has often been considered Africa's version of Bob Marley, and for good reason. But his political intensity was far greater.  With his synthesis of West African highlife, funk, jazz, and traditional Yoruba rhythms, underneath call-and-response vocals covering potent political and social topics, Fela's Afrobeat sound spread throughout the African Diaspora and the entire world.  This 1992 collection captures highlights of his band's incredible grooves and powerful delivery in the mid-'70's.  Nigeria's Fela Anikulapo-Kuti would be 75 this Tuesday if he were still with us.

20 years ago, Southern Culture on the Skids recorded their Ditch Diggin' album.  Later this month, they're releasing a re-recording of it! That's right, a dozen classic countrified surf-psych-swamp-pop tunes, from the three same, original members: Rick Miller on guitar, Mary Huff on bass, and Dave Hartman on drums.  Says Rick, "These new versions take off where the old ones left off, and they sound terrific.  I think old fans and new are gonna DIG THIS album!"

Daniel Lanois is best known for his impressive work as a producer for various big albums by U2, Peter Gabriel, Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, and others.

Monday night we celebrate Ani DiFranco's birthday with her 3rd album, 1992's Imperfectly.  With a continued emphasis on hard-hitting, deeply personal songs touching on sexuality, politics, and the rough life of a traveling indie musician, DiFranco also branched out in new directions on this one, adding outside musicians for bass drums, viola, trumpet, etc.  Always a WNCW favorite, always a Righteous Babe, Happy Birthday Ani! 

With is ability to play an impressive array of roots styles -- and instruments -- with incredible skill and ease, David Bromberg is one of our favorite artists, and we're so glad he has returned to making music after a hiatus.  We celebrate his new release Only Slightly Mad, and his birthday this week, with a listen to this classic live one of his, recorded mostly in 1976 (with a '79 version of "Make Me a Pallet On the Floor" to wrap it up.) 

It was supposed to be the beginning of a terrific new chapter in Otis Redding's career: a monumental leap in depth and success, as evidenced by the title track, recorded just days before his death (and that of 4 members of his band The Bar-Kays) in a plane crash on December 10, 1967.  Instead, the album became a posthumous closure for one of the greatest voices in Southern Soul.  The other songs were a mix of singles and B-sides gathered together by producer/guitarist Steve Cropper going back to '65, giving it little cohesion.  And, it remains one of his most revered albums, 45 years later.