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)

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Spindale Cycle
5:03 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Monday Night August 26th at 8pm: CESARIA EVORA - Miss Perfumado

We'll try to start saying farewell to summer on Monday night with a trip to the tropical Cape Verde Islands.  One woman is responsible for bringing this island nation's rich musical tradition to the world: Cesaria Evora (8/27/41-12/17/11).  Her Cape Verdean mornas and Portuguese fados, blended with West African percussion, Brazilian modhinas, and British sea shanties, were among the most captivating and beautiful of world music sounds.  No passport needed as we sail to Cape Verde with her 1992 album. 

Spindale Cycle
5:05 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Monday Night August 19th at 8pm: LED ZEPPELIN - Houses of the Holy

We celebrate Robert Plant's August 20th birthday this week with Monday night's spotlight on Led Zeppelin's 1973 masterpiece, Houses of the Holy.  Following their series of "I-IV", the band branched out with a few different directions, yet the sound remains the same: classic Zeppelin that is just as incredible 40 years later as it was when it was first released.  "The Rain Song", "Over the Hills and Far Away", "D'Yer Maker", "No Quarter", "Dancing Days", "The Song Remains the Same".... turn it up Monday night! 

Spindale Cycle
7:25 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Monday Night August 12th at 8pm: DIRE STRAITS - Communique

Mark Knopfler is featured prominently in our programming this week: We celebrate his birthday Monday night with Dire Straits' 1979 release, in which the band's strong influence of the late J.J. Cale's sound features prominently.  Then this Wednesday it's his new release Privateering for New Tunes at 2, which will finally be released here in the U.S. on September 10th! 

Spindale Cycle
9:13 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Monday Night August 5th at 8pm: JERRY GARCIA - Reflections

We like to celebrate the life of Jerry Garcia (8/1/42 - 8/9/95) around this time of year, and on Monday night we are pleased to bring you this 1976 release of his.  His 3rd "solo" release, Reflections includes all of the (then) members of the Grateful Dead helping out, as well as JGB mates John Kahn, Nicky Hopkins, Ron Tutt, and Larry Knechtel.  Check out the fine studio versions of "Mission in the Rain", "They Love Each Other", "Comes a Time", and other favorites of the road.  Thanks for the memories, Jerry!

Spindale Cycle
9:03 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Monday Night July 29th at 8pm: J.J. CALE - Naturally

We are saddened to hear of the passing of guitarist/singer/songwriter J.J.

Spindale Cycle
7:07 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Monday Night July 22nd at 8pm: STEVE GOODMAN - LIVE AT THE EARL OF OLD TOWN

Monday night the 25th, we celebrate the birthday of the late singer-songwriter Steve Goodman with a concert recorded 8/14/78 at an intimate Chicago nightclub that was the launching pad for Goodman, his close friend John Prine, and others.  Goodman was among the first to bring a witty sense of humor, engaging storytelling, and variety of guitar styles to the otherwise more monotone folksinger style of the day.  Enjoy his captivating stage presence as we spotlight him for your Spindale Cycle. 

Spindale Cycle
9:53 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Monday Night July 15th at 8pm: JOHN COLTRANE - Blue Train

John Coltrane – Blue Train

John Coltrane was still working as a member of Thelonious Monk`s quartet in 1957 when he recorded his second solo album, "Blue Train". The hard bop recording brought together a collection of jazz giants including, Miles Davis, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones, and would be the only time he would record on Blue Note as a band leader.  Listen to the jazz classic Monday night at 8pm during the Spindale Cycle on WNCW.

Spindale Cycle
3:06 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Monday Night July 8th at 8pm: JOHN PRINE - The Missing Years

Prine's Grammy-winning 1991 classic is being re-released on vinyl on Tuesday the 9th!  All the best....

Spindale Cycle
9:53 pm
Sat June 29, 2013

Monday Night July 1st at 8pm: PETER ROWAN - The First Whippoorwill

This week marks a number of notable bluegrass birthdays, including Keith Whitley, Byron Berline, Jeff Autry, and the 4th of July birthdays of Charlie Monroe and Peter Rowan.  So for our Spindale Cycle, how about Peter Rowan's 1985 tribute to his mentor (and Charlie's brother) Bill Monroe.  Sam Bush, Bill Keith, Alan O'Bryant, Richard Greene, Roy Husky Jr., and Buddy Spicher join Rowan for this great collection of Monroe classics.  Besides, in this week of celebrating our country, what's more American than bluegrass? 

Spindale Cycle
5:38 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Monday Night June 24th at 8pm: ALBERT KING - Thursday Night in San Francisco

This Thursday night the 27th marks the 45th anniversary of blues great Albert King taking the stage of the Fillmore Auditorium with his new band to record his second of two nights for a possible live album.  Oh what a blistering hot night it was, with smokin' versions of "San-Ho-Zay", "Call It Stormy Monday", and other gems.  The Fillmore, mostly known for its legendary psychedelic rock acts (Grateful Dead, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, and assorted light shows and more) was open for just one more week before Bill Graham closed it and moved operations to the equally legendary Carousel Ball