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)

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!