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
5:05 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Spindale Cycle: Monday Night the 21st at 8pm: THE STAPLE SINGERS - Be Altitude: Respect Yourself

After Pops Staples and his daughters met Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., they began writing a string of civil rights songs to accompany Dr. King's speeches and movement, including King's favorite, "Why Am I Treated So Bad?".  We honor Dr. King's birthday Monday evening with The Staples Singers' 1972 Stax album, which featured 3 R&B Top 10 hits: "Respect Yourself," "I'll Take You There," and "This World."

Spindale Cycle
6:00 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Monday Night at 8pm: T-BONE BURNETT - T-Bone Burnett

Released as a one-off project for MCA's briefly revived country subsidiary Dot Records, T-Bone Burnett's 1986 self-titled release is a wonderful stripped down snapshot of the singer/songwriter that is also a bit of a departure from the pop/rock side of his other work during this era.  With contributions from folks like Jerry Douglas, David Hidalgo, and Byron Berline here, you can hear how Burnett, who would become one of the most in-demand producers for successes by The Counting Crows, The Wallflowers, and others, was a great fit for roots-music classics like the O Brother Where Art Tho

Spindale Cycle
3:55 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Monday Night at 8pm: JOAN BAEZ - Diamonds & Rust

Possessing one of the most emotive and unmistakable sopranos in folk and pop music, Joan Baez has been performing (and championing various political causes) for over 50 years now.  Though she is associated most with her 1960's successes, her 1975 gold-selling album "Diamonds & Rust" is our spotlight on Monday night as we celebrate her January 9th birthday.  Defining covers here of John Prine, Jackson Browne, The Allman Brothers Band, and of course Bob Dylan,  but the crown jewel is the title track, the revealing Top 40 single about her relationship with Dylan...not bad for her first for

Spindale Cycle
1:00 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Monday Night at 8pm: THE PAUL BUTTERFIELD BLUES BAND - East-West

We celebrate harmonica great Paul Butterfield's birthday with this powerful '66 release.  Recorded the year following Dylan's famous electric Newport set backed by members of his band, East-West includes covers of Robert Johnson, Allen Toussaint, Muddy Waters, ....and closes with a 13-minute experimental jam inspired by none other than Ravi Shankar, who passed away last Tuesday.  Butterfield's band included Elvin Bishop, Mike Bloomfield,  Jerome Arnold, & Billy Davenport.

Spindale Cycle
9:21 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Monday Night at 8pm: THE DAVE BRUBECK QUARTET - Time Out

One of the vanguards of progressive jazz, pianist Dave Brubeck died Wednesday, just one day short of his 92nd birthday.  WNCW salutes this legend with his landmark 1959 release "Time Out" for your Spindale Cycle Monday night.  Inspired by a recent U.S. State Department sponsored trip to Eurasia, this album features non-Western time signatures as a theme, including Turkish-inspired 9/8 time, and their signature 5/4 hit, "Take 5". 

Spindale Cycle
9:00 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Monday, December 3rd at 8pm: J.J. CALE - Troubadour

We always get thank you's whenever we play a little J.J. Cale, so how about an hour's worth?  His 1976 release "Troubadour" is a favorite of ours, and featured the debuts of "Cocaine" and "Travelin' Light" (covered later by Eric Clapton and Widespread Panic, respectively and respectfully.)  Let's celebrate Cale's Dec. 5th birthday a couple days early: tune in Monday night for The Spindale Cycle! 

Spindale Cycle
9:53 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Monday night at 8pm: THE BAND - The Last Waltz

Recorded on Thanksgiving Day 1976 at Bill Graham's Winterland Ballroom, this "farewell concert" for The Band remains one of THE classic live recordings of our time.  Aside from the rock solid foundation of the late Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson, and the rest of the host band, the incredible guests steal the show, with standout performances from Muddy Waters, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, The Staple Singers, and more.  Part I was aired on November 19th, and Part II will be aired tonight, November 26th.  (Sorry, the Thanksgiving Dinner that was served for 5000 not included.)  

Spindale Cycle
8:36 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Monday night at 8pm: NEIL YOUNG - On the Beach

Neil Young is as busy this year as any other: two 2012 releases with Crazy Horse (Americana, and his brand new Psychedelic Pill), a huge autobiography (Waging Heavy Peace), and various ongoing projects from designing an electric car, to inventing a new listening format, to caring for his son and ranch.  We celebrate his birthday today by revisiting his 1974 album "On the Beach" for your Spindale Cycle.  Not a favorite among critics back then, but one of Neil's favorites, and nowadays a favorite of his hardcore fans. 

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Spindale Cycle
1:30 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Monday night 11/5 at 8pm: GRAM PARSONS - GP

Acknowledged widely as The Father of Country-Rock and Americana and the man who introduced us to Emmylou Harris (not to mention the foundation of Friday night's "Cosmic American Music Show"), Gram Parsons was born on 11/5/46.  His all-too-short solo career followed short, classic stints with The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, and of course The International Submarine Band.   We honor one of our favorites with "GP" on Monday night, near the 40th anniversary of its release, along with selections from other Gram recordings to round out the hour. 

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Spindale Cycle
5:00 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Monday, October 22nd at 8pm: DIZZY GILLESPIE - Something Old, Something New

We celebrate Dizzy's 10/21 birthday with this 1963 gem of a recording, featuring James Moody on sax and flute, Kenny Barron on piano, Chris White on bass, and Rudy Collins on drums. 

The first half is a reworking of some 1945 favorites, and the second half includes then-new tunes like "Cup Bearers" and "Early Mornin' Blues."