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Bottomless Put – 4/11/15

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On Monday I had something else in the works, but then on Tuesday (4/7/15) Stan Freberg died. So 2/3 of this Saturday’s Bottomless Pit will be an edited rerun of a tribute that I did to Stan back in Sept. 2013; at that time he was still walking the Earth. (As it happened, that night’s show also included a brief tribute to Eydie Gorme, who’d recently passed away. I’ve left part of her tribute in the rerun.)
Stan Freberg’s work was something that really helped shape my outlook on life when I was a kid. He made an art out of pointing out and skewering human ridiculousness; his records and commercials, MAD magazine, Jay Ward and Bill Scott cartoons.. I seized on all these things as a kid; they helped explain LIFE to me. And they did the same for masses of other kids, and non-kids too. Stan Freberg really was a big deal for a long time.
So join me this Saturday in saluting him (at 10 PM EST on WFUV, and/or wfuv.org), and hopefully you’ll enjoy whatever else I throw together that night..

The Bottomless Pit – 04/04

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This week’s wide-ranging installment of The Bottomless Pit contains an Indo-Rock history lesson, Pt. 2 of my Road Trip Re-Cap (I was traveling all over the US during March, did Pt. 1 of the Re-Cap last week), plus tributes to guitar genius John Renbourn, and to Cynthia Lennon, both recently departed (or “departed”, depending on what you believe), along with selections from Vince Taylor, Nina Simone, Harry Lookofsky, Swan Dive, and much more. I’m amazed that I was able to cram it all into 1 hour, but I was..
That’s The Bottomless Pit, Saturdays at 10 PM, New York Time, on WFUV Public Radio (wfuv.org)..

Bottomless Pit- 3/28/15

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This may seem a little dark but.. Since forever, people have always placed treasured objects in the graves of loved ones. Besides loving my loved ones, one of the things that’s defined my life has been deriving joy from listening to records like “Walk Away Renee” and “Pretty Ballerina”, by The Left Banke. Those are records that I would take to the grave, and on this week’s Bottomless Pit I’ll play those, and pay my respects to the young genius who brought them into being, the now-late Michael Brown (born Michael Lookofsky).
But mainly this week’s show will be a “Road Trip Re-Cap”. I’ve just arrived home from a hell of a trip around this USA of ours, a trip with lots of high points and memorable moments..
Please join me for all of the above, and a hell of a lot more, Saturday night at 10 PM NY-time, on WFUV (wfuv.org)..