Help us as we join together both the Roth and Hagar eras to praise him: EVH. Many people have picked up the guitar, but few pushed at its boundaries like one Mr. Edward Van Halen. It’s Lesson 145 of the 101 Series, and this time out we’re playing the tastiest licks tapped out over multiple generations of rock kick-assery. From the humble streets of Pasadena, to arenas everywhere, spark one up for Eddie. Turn this up to 11, let the neighbors know about it.
It’s been 26 years since Woodstock ’94 and the mud has finally been completely washed off . . . time to celebrate a time when people could stand near each other. Jump the chain link with us for Lesson 145 (though your hosts misspeak and name it Lesson 144) of the 101 Series, covering one of the better sequels (don’t bother with part three) in music history. Join Balcony Radio and 1/2 million of your closest friends in the mud to hear two dozen of the best tracks over one long weekend upstate. Leave your car on the turnpike, it’ll still be there Monday.
Certain places where time, energy and good drugs meet are magical. One of those spots was a certain zip code in the hills above Hollywood from 1965-1975. In Lesson ??? of the infinite 101 Series, we take a geography lesson with the best music of Laurel Canyon. Harmonize with the wind and the trees and the bees landing on the flowers. (And don’t pay attention to the scruffy hippies coming up the driveway . . .)
Howdy, partner, it’s time to travel the dustiest, longest trail of all: the one connecting the chakras to the universe. Infinity is a bull you can’t ride for 8 seconds, friends. Collect your stardust filled bones and pull up to the campfire for a new episode of Blue Highway, venturing further through that great weird American music. This week, we put on the denim and frills and thumb a ride to the corner of country and psychedelia, blasting off with the cosmic cowboys of the late 60s and early 70s. Hold on to your hat, we’re not stopping for it on the way to Venus.
It’s time to let the music live . . . in Lesson ??? of the 101 Series, we highlight the music of one of the original bards of rock and roll: Buddy Holly. The man who invented the singer-songwriter also managed to look cool in soda pop glass-thick frames, a skinny tie, and black and white. In just a few years, he wrote (literally) a thousand great songs. Enjoy a couple dozen with your boys on the Balcony.
Hey. You. Do you like REM? The Replacements? Tom Petty? The Jayhawks? Wilco? The Eagles? Then, guess what, buddy, you like The Byrds. All those bands owe a great debt to Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman, David Crosby, Gene Clark and the rest of the flock for all that jingle-janglin’. In Lesson ??? of the 101 Series, we take flight with The Byrds. Stay in formation, we’ll be traveling eight miles high.
Another decade has come and gone and . . . it was definitely 10 years. Wow! While rock may be dead, hip hop messed up on opioids, country bro-ified and pop Beiber-ized . . . we still managed to find good music from the 2010s to share. Here it is, the Best of the Decade.
If there’s one thing to be thankful for, it is music. And food. So, two things to be thankful for. Join us as we celebrate the two with an entire show dedicated to T-Day. Tune out the family and your favorite teams losing on television, put on the airpods and let Balcony Radio soundtrack every course.
THIS IS A VERY SPECIAL DAY: PEGGY LEE (THANKSGIVING DINER PARTY)
ALMOST THANKSGIVING DAY: GRAHAM PARKER (YOUR COUNTRY)
THANKSGIVING: LOUDON WAINRIGHT III (CAREER MOVES)
I’VE GOT PLENTY TO BE THANKFUL FOR: BING CROSBY (HOLIDAY INN)
SWEET POTATO PIE: AL JARREAU (COMPLETE)
MY SWEET POTATO: BOOKER T. & THE MGS (AND NOW!)
MASHED POTATOS: JAMES BROWN (GRITS & SOUL)
APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE: JAY & THE TECHINQUES (APPLE, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE)
ROLL PLYMOUTH ROCK: BRIAN WILSON (SMILE)
THANKSGIVING SONG: MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER (COME DARKNESS, COME LIGHT)
YOUNG PILGRIMS: THE SHINS (CHUTES TOO NARROW)
WILD AS A TURKEY: HAYES CARLL (TROUBLE IN MIND)
BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU GOT: LOVE (REEL TO REAL)
THANKFUL ‘N’ THOUGHTFUL: SLY & THE FAMILY STONE (FRESH)
LET’S TURKEY TROT: LITTLE EVA (PLAYLIST)
EVERYBODY EATS WHEN THEY COME TO MY HOUSE: CAB CALLOWAY (HI DE HO MAN)
FLYING TURKEY TROT: REO SPEEDWAGON (YOU GET WHAT YOU PLAY FOR)
THE THANKSGIVING FILLER: DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS (GO-GO BOOTS)
GIVE THANKS AND PRAISES: BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS (CONFRONTATION)
THANK YOU, FRIENDS: BIG STAR (KEEP AN EYE ON THE SKY)
SANTA STOLE CHRISTMAS: JUMMY BUFFET (‘TIS THE SEASON)
They don’t always give out awards for best songs . . . until they do. Every year. At the Oscars. In Lesson 137 of the 101 Series we play the best tunes from the movies. Some of your all-time favorites have won the Oscar for Best Song, we’ll be spinning a couple dozen of them.
Scotland . . . land of haggis, men in mid-thigh skirts (kilts) who will kick your ass, and golf. It’s given us those terrible things, but it’s also given us one Rod the Mod Bod of Nailing Blondes Stewart. In Lesson 137 of the 101 Series, we get some plaid soul with one of the.