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
3:48 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Monday Night January 27th at 8pm: UNCLE TUPELO - No Depression

Before Wilco and Son Volt, there was Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar and their late-'80's alt-country band Uncle Tupelo.  Though they didn't last long before going their separate ways, they recorded one of the most defining albums of WNCW in our first year, No Depression.  As music critic Jason Ankeny writes, "for all of the record's doleful cynicism -- virtually every cut nods toward dashed hopes, broken promises, and paralyzing fear -- there's an undeniable electricity afoot as well; by channeling the mournful clarity of country into the crackling fury of punk, No Depression

Spindale Cycle
4:36 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Monday Night January 13th at 8pm: LUCINDA WILLIAMS - (self-titled)

It was her third album (2nd one of original songs), but in many ways this 1988 release was a breakthrough for her, and set the stage for Sweet Old World and Car Wheels on a Gravel Road that followed.  A remastered version is being released on 1/14, with an accompanying collection of live material from The Netherlands in 1989, and other bonus tracks.  We'll celebrate it with  "Changed the Locks", "Passionate Kisses", "Crescent City", and the rest of this great Rough Trade reissue Monday night. 

Spindale Cycle
2:26 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Monday Night January 6th at 8pm: TOM WAITS - The Heart of Saturday Night

This 40-year-old classic was Waits' second release, and picks up right where his critically acclaimed Closing Time debut leaves off.  We celebrate his December 7th birthday a night early on WNCW this week.

Spindale Cycle
1:36 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Monday Night the 23rd at 8pm: VINCE GUARALDI TRIO - A Charlie Brown Christmas

A WNCW tradition for the Monday before Christmas for over ten years now, this definitive holiday soundtrack was created in 1965 for the treasured A Charlie Brown Christmas TV special.  Vince Guaraldi's piano and arrangements make the perfect soundtrack for conjuring up falling snowflakes ("Skating"), a relaxing holiday spirit ("Christmas Time is Here"), and the humor, charm, and innocence of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the entire Peanuts gang.  Pass your holiday joys and traditions on to the little ones around us with this one -- that is if you let them stay up this late. 

Spindale Cycle
9:22 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Monday Night December 2nd at 8pm: JUNIOR MURVIN - Police and Thieves

The reggae world lost a big one last Monday with the passing of Junior Murvin.  Best known for his huge 1976 hit "Police and Thieves" (which was made further popular by The Clash's great cover), Murvin had a beautiful falsetto that (perhaps) belied the hard-hitting, often brutal reality of violence and inequality he sang about.  This album has the classic reggae production stamp of Lee "Scratch" Perry all over it.  As critic Rick Anderson has written, "There may be eight or ten perfect reggae albums in existence, and this is certainly one of them." 

Spindale Cycle
11:08 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Monday Night December 2nd at 8pm: THE BYRDS - The Notorious Byrd Brothers

35 years ago saw the release of this gem from The Byrds, with all the elements that they were known for: 60's pop, spacy psychelia, and country-rock.  Songwriting credits here include Carole King, David Crosby, Michael Clarke, and Roger McGuinn, but the one with the most to his name here might be Chris Hillman, whose birthday we celebrate this week. 

Spindale Cycle
10:57 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Monday Night November 25th at 8pm: JERRY JEFF WALKER - Viva Terlingua!

Music critic Thom Jurek refers to it as "the Live at the Fillmore East of redneck Texas folk-rock".  Recorded at the Luckenback Dancehall with his Gonzo Band in August 1973 and released 40 years ago this week, Viva Terlingua has some great covers from Guy Clark and Ray Wylie Hubbard ("Up Against the Wall Redneck Mother") along with some of Walker's best originals (except maybe "Mr. Bojangles"). 

Spindale Cycle
8:53 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Monday Night November 18th at 8pm: ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND - Eat a Peach

This '72 album is truly "Dedicated To a Brother: Duane Allman", and captures the band both shortly before Duane's untimely death in October of '71, and with some choice recordings made by the surviving members in the following months.   Somehow, they were able to not only come back together and continue hittin' the note, but put together some of their strongest material, in loving tribute to Gregg's, and the rest of the band's, brother.  Celebrate Duane's birthday this week. 

Spindale Cycle
9:56 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Monday Night November 11th at 8pm: MOSE ALLISON - Your Mind is On Vacation

Is he a jazz artist?  Is he a blues singer?  Is he a singer-songwriter?  Yes.  And it really shouldn't matter whether he's one or all of the above, but this "category problem" has unfortunately meant that not enough people are familiar with the great Mose Allison.  We have his 1976 album, which oddly was his only one between '73 and '81, for your Monday night as we celebrate his birthday. 

Spindale Cycle
10:04 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Monday Night November 4th at 8pm: GUY CLARK - Texas Cookin'

We celebrate the birthday of one of Americana's best songwriters this week with Guy's 2nd album, from 1976.  This one features an all-star cast of guests, including Waylon Jennings, Emmylou Harris, and Rodney Crowell -- all together on the same chorus, even! Johnny Gimble, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Tracy Nelson are here too.  If Guy's skills as a top tier ballad writer weren't already established, they are with with this classic.  "Take me to a barroom driver/Set me on a stool/If I can't be her man, I'm damned/If I'll be her fool." 

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