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)

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

We celebrate the first week of summer -- and Brian Wilson's 6/20 birthday - with this critics' 5-star favorite Monday night.  Layering their pristine vocal harmonies with such quirky tools as harpsichords, Theremin, bicycle bells, and barking dogs, 1966's Pet Sounds remains one of the best-produced and most influential rock albums ever released.  Yes, it's up there with such milestone classics as The Beatles' Revolver and Sgt. Pepper, which Brian in particular tried obsessively to compete with.  "Without Pet Sounds, Sgt.

It's the soundtrack to a flatpicker's heaven on Monday night, when we spin this 1987 gem that features 14 tunes from two of the best.  Norman's traditional stylings mesh with Tony's explosive rhythm and runs on this collection of traditional tunes, Blake originals, and covers of the Monroe Brothers, the Delmore Brothers, and Gordon Lightfoot (who'll be performing in Asheville 6/16!)  Celebrate Tony's 6/8 birthday and Norman's wife Nancy's 6/11 birthday with us this week! 

Monday night we break out the New Wave/Punk dance grooves with you, as June 1st is the 30th anniversary of the release of Speaking in Tongues from the Talking Heads.  David Byrne and company made their names for themselves with this one:  "Girlfriend Is Better"!  "Swamp"!  "This Must Be the Place"!  "BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE"!  Hold tight, wait 'til the party's over...

Monday Night May 27th at 8pm: THE DOORS - L.A. Woman

May 25, 2013

L.A. Woman was the sixth and final studio album from The Doors -- excluding two lesser-known albums the three remaining members recorded following Jim Morrison's death, which was just less than three months after L.A.

"Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass"!  It just rolls off the tongue, doesn't it?  And it flowed effortlessly when the jamband Leftover Salmon brought their self-described style to packed venues, most notably in their home state of Colorado, and in our Southeastern Appalachian corner of the country.  This album from 1992 was their recording debut for their fans, having first formed in 1989 when Vince Herman's band the Salmon Heads asked some members of the Left Hand String Band (mandolinist Drew Emmitt and the late banjo pioneer Mark Vann) to sit in.  Join us for this 21-year-old flashback, as we ge

Drugs, spirituality, politics,  urban living...Topics that are certainly relevant in today's world, but they became heavy themes of the late '60's and early '70's, for sure.  And they loom large in Stevie Wonder's 1973 masterpiece, Innervisions, with memorable songs like "Too High", "Living For the City", "Higher Ground", and "Don't Worry 'Bout a Thing".  Hey Stevie!  Happy Birthday to ya!  We'll be celebrating all day on WNCW. 

We take you back to this legendary NYC venue on Feb. 21st, 1954, between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m.

"The King of Broken Hearts", "No Show Jones", "Possum"....whatever you call him, George Jones was one of the greatest singers in country and any genre of music, with #1 hits from the '50's through the '90's.  As he was known for such outstanding duets with other great singers over the years (most notably his former wife Tammy Wynette), we continue our tribute to Jones Monday night with his 1979 album of duets with Waylon, Willie, Emmylou, Mavis, and others that you'll recognize and/or be surprised to recognize.  The album was reissued in a 2-CD set in 2005; we've got the original LP, plus s

Monday night we revisit one of the premier bluegrass bands for your Spindale Cycle, especially so we can celebrate the birthdays of members Pat Enright (Monday) and Roland White (Tuesday).  This 1990 release features their takes on Stephen Foster, Johnny Cash, and Hank Sr. standards, alongside more traditional bluegrass numbers.  Stuart Duncan, Alan O'Bryant, and Gene Libbea round out the lineup.