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)

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.