Radio Memories with Green Day / New Music Friday with The National, GnR, Heatmiser / 2 Quotes from Axl Rose

morning babble / Friday 08-18-23

This is the scribble that leads to the babble. Sometimes, it gets tidied up; but other times, not so much. When all else fails: watch the video!

(Basket Case clip)

We’ve had Dookie for nearly 30 years. I remember listening to that album non-stop in college. I remember playing it on WVUD – the voice of the University of Delaware. This upcoming February 1st – we will officially have 30-year-old Dookie.

(2nd Basket Case clip)

Babble Opener

Green Day are reissuing Dookie on September 29th which is ahead of its official 30th year anniversary date. The new edition includes the original album, demos, outtakes, and live recordings of the band’s Woodstock ’94 set as well as a show in Barcelona from June 1994. I played Basket Case at the beginning, but there’s a ton of great music on this album: there’s When I Come Around, Welcome to Paradise, and, of course, the song that I accidentally played on an Adult Contemporary station – 99.5 WJBR – “She” (play clip) Wasn’t my fault – this was before computer tracks and the CD compilation reset to 1 and that one played. It could have worse (Longview clip)

I didn’t play that. Happy Weekend everyone / Heading to the shore this weekend and hoping to get new shades. I’ve lost a pair and broken a pair.

New Music Friday:

I put together a Spotify playlist of the songs that I talked about and thought about today for New Music Friday. Click here for that!

  • Last weekend, the new song “Perhaps” from Guns N’ Roses leaked all across the land. (Welcome to the Jungle) – that wasn’t it. So, it leaked – at least in bars that contained TouchTunes’ digital jukeboxes where “Perhaps” appeared and could be punched up to be heard. Back in my radio days we would get these “leaks” directly from the record reps. They would show up and would hand off an unlabeled CD and say “Play this, until you receive a Cease-and-desist.” We always followed along and would, of course, eventually receive one of those warnings – radio stations would wear it as a badge of honor. Some of you are stuck on the fact that I said “CD” – yes, this was from like 25 years ago. Nothing digital. Anyway – The bands just wanted their music played and the “leaks” helped with making the news. Not sure if that’s the case again here, but in a modernized creative space. Nevertheless, according to the press release via Audacy, the song was “written and recorded by Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan this year.” This is their “first collective new composition and recording together in 30 years since 1993’s The Spaghetti Incident?
  • A band that I’ve been playing non-stop lately – both their old stuff and newest stuff (show vinyl) The National have released a pair of songs, “Space Invader” which is being played live a lot during the tour as well as “Alphabet City” which has NOT gotten the live treatment. These are the National’s first songs since April’s release of First Two Pages of Frankenstein. Not sure if this is the beginnings of a new album or a possible deluxe version of this one? I’m ready for whatever. Both new songs come with visuals drawn and animated by group member Bryce Dessner’s wife Pauline de Lassus, who records music under the name Minda Tindle. Here’s a clip of “Alphabet City” (clip)
  • Via Jack White’s Record Company – Third Man Records – legendary 90s indie rock group Heatmiser — comprised of Elliott Smith, Neil Gust, Tony Lash, and Brandt Peterson — have announced The Music of Heatmiser which is a new, 29-song compilation of previously unheard recordings, out October 6th. Heatmiser released their first cassette, The Music of Heatmiser, at shows and local record shops in 1992. The new Third Man compilation features all six tracks from the cassette and also replicates its title and artwork. Alongside this announcement, the band have shared a version of “Lowlife” from their 1992 demo cassette along with a live video filmed during a 1993 performance in Fort Collins, CO. Here’s “Lowlife.”
  • Several quick hits of new music: this Tuesday – apparently – we are receiving a new song from the Black Pumas. I love those guys. Immediately went and pulled my record of their work. Don’t want to hurry the weekend along, but I’m looking forward to some new Black Pumas. // Speaking of vinyl, Broken Social Scene co-founder and lead vocalist Kevin Drew just released two new songs “Out In The Fields” and “Party Oven” which will be on his album: Aging. You can hear those songs everywhere today, but this is where it gets interesting – Physical copies of the album will be available September 22nd; it hits digital streaming platforms on November 3rd THAT would be incredible for the vinyl industry if more artists would do that. // and lastly, just so everyone can hear me say “booty”. Doechii released a new song called “Booty Drop.” (clip)

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“We are made up of two contrasting ideals: Love and Fear. Pick One and Live.” – by Axl Rose

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