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)

It's our 2nd week in a row to feature an  '80's Athens, GA favorite for our Spindale Cycle.  This time it's the premier Southern rock/jamband, with their debut full-length.  Revered as their best -- or at least an essential collection -- by many fellow Spreadheads, Space Wrangler was released in 1988 on the tiny Landslide Record label, before graduating to Capricorn.  Celebrate John Bell's 4/14 birthday with an hour of Panic this Monday! 

Monday Night April 8th at 8pm: R.E.M. - Murmur

Apr 5, 2013

This month marks the 30th anniversary of R.E.M.'s first full-length release, Murmur.

While all of Emmylou's early albums had the great influence of Gram Parsons/Flying Burrito Brothers, 1975's Elite Hotel is one of the strongest.

To celebrate the birthday of the Queen of Soul, The Spindale Cycle is proud to play Aretha Franklin`s Young, Gifted and Black. A top 10 gold-certified album released in 1972, it takes its title from the Nina Simone song. With an All Star band which included Dr.

This month marks the 40th anniversary of the release of one of the most revered rock albums of all time.  Brilliantly engineered by Alan Parsons, and featuring songs that would become staples of Pink Floyd's shows, it is without a doubt a cult classic and masterpiece.  What other albums have been covered in their entirety in electronica, dub reggae, a capella, string quartet, bluegrass, and other styles? Turn it up Monday at 8.  Starting The Wizard of Oz on mute at the same time is your choice...

Though a native of Georgia (Jonesboro, March 12, 1896), Jesse Fuller gained fame as the face and voice of West Coast Blues in the '50's and '60's, especially with his "San Francisco Bay Blues".  By the time this album came out in 1963, the title track was already a hit, and he was performing for a wide variety of gigs and record labels.  This album captures his one-man-band prowess on guitar, harmonica, kazoo, ... and his own home-made "footdella". 

Heartbreak, hopelessness, mortality....heavy, heady topics for any of us to brood over.  But no one made sense of these unavoidable themes -- or put them into well-crafted poetry -- better than the late great Townes Van Zandt.  In the early 2000's, many of his 70's albums were reissued to a wider audience, and this 1978 gem Flyin' Shoes is one of those classics.  See why Townes is one of our favorite songwriters here at WNCW -- see why Steve Earle made a whole album of his work and even asked him to be his son Justin Townes Earle's godfather -- when we celebrate his March 7

Monday Night 2/25 at 8pm: THE BEATLES - Please Please Me

Feb 22, 2013

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles recording songs from their debut album Please Please Me. Monday the 25th marks the 70th anniversary of the birth of George Harrison.  Join us for an hour of the Fab Four with Sander Morrison this Monday night! 

Monday Night 2/18 at 8pm: THE SELDOM SCENE - Act Two

Feb 15, 2013

We have D.C.'s finest bluegrass band for your Monday night feature this week, as we tip our hat to mandolinist/tenor singer John Duffey on his birthday with one of his first recordings with The Scene.  And we pay our respects to the late Mike Auldridge, a pioneer of the dobro who passed on 12/29/12.  You'll hear some familiar non-bluegrass songwriters covered here (Hank Williams, John Prine, Gene Clark), but be sure to also listen for Duffey's take on "Small Exception of Me", and of course the fine lead vocals of the late John Starling. 

An iconic figure of New Orleans music history, an inspiration to Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint and Dr. John among others, it's The Fess!  He spent time as a cook, a boxer, a soldier, and a professional cardplayer among other things, but we know him as the pianist who gave us THE anthem for Mardi Gras.  Join us on Fat Tuesday eve for some Rock 'n' Roll Gumbo that'll get you in the mood.  Yea you right!