Friday, January 22, 2016

This Is Happening Now

First, a word about David Bowie's death.
He was and will always be a hero to me and an inspiration to achieve what others might consider impossible. His humble beginnings in music, his many failures and false starts, never deterred him from carrying on, experimenting and seeking the right formula for success. He was Ziggy, the Duke, the Berlin Derelict, the Pop Star and, finally, Lazarus. He gave us his 'Sound + Vision' until, quite literally, the day that he ascended into the Heaven of his own making. The world is a lesser place without his genius and I will forever miss his presence in this world.

Now, a word about the future of our much beloved Egg Radio.
AJ and Jennifer
It was not long ago that the supremely gigantic and heartless devourer of all that is good, Vivendi Music, purchased ShoutCast - the company which hosts the Egg Radio stream. Rumor is that Vivendi is going to shut down almost every indie radio station broadcasting on ShoutCast, including ours. Upon hearing the news, I sought out the guidance of our good Captain, AJ Gentile, asking if Egg Radio's 11 year run was coming to an end on January 31st... and he assured me that, one way or another, our little radio station would survive. He is my friend and my brother and I knew that he would stand with us.

Finally? I haven't forgotten you, The Egg or the mission we have been on since 2005. While I have to apologize for being absent from this page, I have been adding music and, in the last three days, have uploaded over 900 new songs to the Egg Radio playlist. You will never get tired of a single track because there are thousands to listen to.

Rock music continues splintering into a million sub-genres while maintaining the identity of 'Rock And Roll' and I am thrilled to continue introducing new music from both new and established artists. You'll be hearing Bowie's new tracks, music from Savages 'Adore Life', brand new PJ Harvey tracks, Bloc Party, Iggy Pop's new project with Josh Homme, Broncho, EL VY and hundreds more. We will be here for you, providing music from artists who may never get the sort of mainstream exposure that could make them famous but deserve to be heard and appreciated by those with adventurous hearts, minds and ears.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Steady Rollin' Man...

Again, I've let this place go way too long without posting... but this time, the news is all good.

To begin, I have been adding new music on a regular basis because that is what I do and, if you have been listening, you're hearing a wealth of great stuff from Babes, L7, Bully, EMA, Sleater-Kinney, Veruca Salt, Courtney Barnett, Meg Myers and a whole slew of other great bands and artists. One thing you may have noticed on the above list? They are all 'grrrl bands' or bands that are fronted by women. It matters.
It would be presumptuous of me to write that what we are seeing is the 'Rebirth/Revival of Grrl Power' but every band on the list is representative of that sound, that era and - from a lyrical perspective - a feminist point of view. The new artists, such as Babes, Meg Myers, Bully and EMA are on the cutting edge of modern feminism; all write blistering lyrics that are meant to drill huge holes into the mindset of young men who belong to the 'Bro' culture. Veterans such as L7, Veruca Salt and Sleater-Kinney have regrouped not to cash in on the reunion trail but to write new music that is just as powerful as their older material but, in many cases, even better because as they have matured, they can make a truly logical, cynical, honest appraisal of the world in 2015.
Egg Radio has always been weighted toward women who rock and it will not change.
FM Radio may not understand why these artists are vital to the whole dialogue between the sexes but OUR station is very proud to feature them and to let the world know that their words need to be heard. I'm curious as to how you feel about this resurgence. Leave a response below and let me know how you feel.

One last thing... for the last seven months, I have been in a serious, committed relationship with a woman who loves music as much as I do and I've  been spending all of my free time with her and, yeah, that has cut back on the posts I add to this blog... but, if you have a woman as cool, hip, funny, intelligent and beautiful as I do? You might slack off a little, as well. Please do understand that we have been working different shifts since the relationship began, so the 'free time' has been limited. We are about to be working the same schedule, so... hey... more posts!

I love all of you and your continued support of Egg Radio means the world to me.

Friday, May 15, 2015

'Blues Ain't Nothin' But A Good Man Feelin' Bad' - Goodbye, B.B. and Thanks

In January,1970, I was a typical hangdog, horny 16 year old with no girlfriends, no prospects and not much of a future beyond some boring retail job in my hometown of Wichita Falls, Texas. Winter was already at its worst and my empty heart was just as cold and bitter as the brutal North wind that swept down from Canada via the Midwestern plains.
I had, at the time, not much hope and not much happiness... but I did have a car. It was a truly 'classy' 1964 Pontiac Starchief.  Sure, it was the size of a naval aircraft carrier and was just about as easy to navigate but it did have one redeeming feature - an AM radio with a big in-dash speaker. Music, in a car! What a cool invention!
Sure, I already knew that cars had radios but, thanks to my dad, I thought that there were only two types of music on radios: Country AND Western.
Just kidding.
I'd been listening to TOP 40 radio since I was a wee lad and had spent a huge chunk of my life listening to R&B, Pop, Beach Boys, Beatles, Motown, The Who, The Rolling Stones and every other band/genre of music that was popular, so it was nice to control the radio dial in my own ride. I loved all of those songs and I loved what was happening in the late 60's, as radio became more adventurous and included bands like the Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Hendrix and Cream to their playlists.
Still, there was a moment in time that changed the way I listened to music, the way that I reacted to it and influenced my musical taste in ways that I could not have imagined.
It was around ten o'clock on a Friday evening as I drove around the backroads of Wichita County with the heater cranked and the driver's window down. I was knocking back the first of four illegally gotten bottles of Boone's Farm Strawberry Hill and listening to KNIN AM on the radio, feeling sorry for myself and wishing that life would change for the better. As I drove, I heard a sound that I had never before heard on radio... a slow 12-Bar  blues vamp in a minor key, with guitar fills that stung like hornets and soothed like honey.
The Man in 1970
I was mesmerized. I had heard the blues of course but had never heard anything as real, as authentic and as life changing as the voice that followed those guitar notes. The voice of Riley 'B.B.' King shook my soul down to its foundations as he wailed about how the thrill was gone. I parked on the side of the road and listened... and I wept... and I was overjoyed... and I drove to a convenience store, called the DJ (Lance Bailey) begging
After that experience, I went headfirst into the history of the blues, discovering Son House, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters and so many more... including the father of them all, Robert Johnson.
him to play it again. (He did! Twice in the next hour!)
To this day, I love the blues more than any other style of music you might name. Sure, I love bluegrass, country, rock, folk and world music... but, for me, it all comes from the blues.

I love you, B.B. King. I'm gonna miss you awful for all that you represented to the world... but I will always be appreciative of the recorded legacy left behind and all of the memories you implanted in the minds of those who were lucky enough to see you giving 1000% of yourself to entertain an audience. You rest in peace, now... and when I get to heaven, I hope to have front row seats.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Burn Out Or Fade Away? How About Both!

Hey, kids!
It's been a mere 18 years since Faith No More released the extremely forgettable LP 'Album Of The Year' and 17 years since the band called it quits. Sure, they've done a few reunion shows since 2009 but none among us, who count FNM as an all-time-favorite band, believed that they would reconvene for songwriting/arranging/rehearsal/recording purposes with the objective of releasing new music. It just wasn't in the cards. Well, fuck me, running, it's here. The new Faith No More LP is called 'SOL INVICTUS' and - based on the two tracks I've heard - it sounds as if the band spent the last 17 years sharpening what they do best and using said weapon to create even better, more powerful post-punk hooks which hold together Mike Patton's psychotic lyric pastiches. You'll hear the song 'Superhero' and not understand the meaning of the lyrics even while you clench your fists and sing along to the chorus. It's THAT kind of music... the best kind.

So, I'm curious about your feelings on artists that were once a huge part of your life and are making a comeback or never went away. Are you glad that FNM is back? Do you wish that U2 would just go away? Is there a band you loved that needs to return... or a favorite that has overstayed their expiration date?

Feel free to comment! I like hearing from y'all, I really do.