Download here or click below to play, (or watch the video at the bottom of the page!) As you certainly know by know if you're a regular listener of this program, a good chunk of my career was spent in music radio in Los Angeles. Back in 1997, while working as Rock Editor of the radio/record industry trade magazine The Album Network, I heard a record from a new band called Five for Fighting. I fell in love with it. I met the man who recorded under that band name, John Ondrasik, just in time to learn that [...]
Download here or click below to play It's Independence Day, but not really. It's more akin to anti-independence day. But it is July 4th, so celebrations abound. My musical selections for today probably show my cynicism, but a few project a bit of hope. So, enjoy the musical interlude today. It's back to reality tomorrow...
Download here or click below to play, (or watch the video at the bottom of the page!) Today might be the day hell freezes over. Remember that it's going to get hellishly cold this weekend, at least here on the east coast. I'm going to ask Howie Klein about his article posted at DownWithTyranny titled "In Defense of Chuck Schumer". Seriously. We'll deal with current issues, but I can't spend a show with Howie Klein without asking him to weigh in on another post he wrote, "Music Biz Has Deteriorated Not Because Of Musicians, But Because Of... Extreme Capitalism". Congress [...]
Download here or click below to play, (or watch the video at the bottom of the page!) To absolutely no one's surprise, Steve Bannon and Kash Patel defied their subpoenas and did not appear before the House Select Committee investigating January 6 today. Now the committee says they will refer him to the Justice Dept for criminal prosecution.... but not until after the committee meets on Tuesday. Huh? Kyrsten Sinema is on a fundraising trip to Europe. Seriously. There's so much happening that defies common sense. So that's where we'll begin today, as Howie Klein of Down with Tyranny [...]
I'm glad this week is over. I can't even recite the mass shootings and cops who killed Black men (or boys) in the past week, because this shit has reached pandemic proportions. Or, more accurately, epidemic, as it's only here in the US. I did check in with The Intercept's Ryan Grim who broke the story this week about Democrats introducing legislation to expand the number of justices on the Supreme Court. He'll give us the story on that, plus weigh in on the PRO Act and DC Statehood. Then we'll segue into the weekend, as I'm joined by Greg [...]
Download here or click below to play Happy Martin Luther King Jr Day! We have a special show today. It's one that honors MLK and celebrates the fact that music is returning to the White House! It's been a vast, cultural wasteland for the past four years, but I got some great news about the musical treats in store as the Biden-Harris administration officially begins in just two days. I'll fill you in, and then bring on Lili Haydn and Marvin Etzioni. They're two artists who both have new music out dealing with the strange times we're living through [...]
Download here or click below to play I didn't think it was possible after the year we've almost completed, but the news is getting even more weird by the day. Today, we'll examine the rank Republican hypocrisy on display now more than ever, the ongoing acts of sedition and other nonsense Trump is considering, and the role of journalism in protecting Democracy. BuzzFeed News' senior investigative journalist and government-labeled FOIA Terrorist Jason Leopold is our guest today. No funny today, but I did show some of my paintings and promised I'd post them here for those who only [...]
When Alanis Morissette burst onto the scene in the summer of 1995, KSCA fm 101.9 had been on the air in Los Angeles for about a year. I was one of the lucky few to be in the room for a showcase at a small club in West LA whose name I can't remember, though I can still picture the scene quite clearly. She was in the larger, upstairs room, filled with mostly industry people. I was mesmerized as she strutted across the stage, flinging her hair wildly while sing-screaming about going down on her ex in a theater [...]
"Hey Baby, it's the fourth of July!" In case you didn't recognize it, that's a lyric from "Fourth of July" by the band X. Today, we celebrate Independence Day with music. I promise, these are not the 4th of July songs you'll hear at the fireworks display or on the radio. But I hope you enjoy the selections. I'll be back with a new, live show tomorrow.
I had met Jackson Browne a few times over the years, and had seem him in concert dozens of times. I finally got to interview him for the first time when he joined me in the fm 101.9 Music Hall on September 13, 1996. This still ranks up among my favorite artist interviews. I then went on to host Jackson Browne for his appearance on the "Columbia Records Radio Hour". (I haven't been able to locate a recording of that, sadly.) For a few years, we tried to schedule an interview on my Air America radio show. By [...]