Wednesday, November 29, 2017

"Someone Saved My Life Tonight" the Vinyl Voyage Song of the Week

Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy was released in 1975 and contains one of the greatest songs ever: "Someone Saved My Life Tonight." Listen tot his classic on vinyl, premiering at 10 am (central) on Vinyl Voyage Radio.

Listen to the song now playing on Youtube:

Friday, November 24, 2017

Mix Tape Memories S1E4: "When Elephants Dream of Blue Music"

This is one of my favorite mix tapes. It was created by my friend, Paloma and sent to me from Spain in the early 90s. We had met while she was a foreign exchange student in high school and have kept in touch throughout the years. There was a time when we would send each other mix tapes with our letters.

The mix tapes that Paloma created put everyone else to shame.  She spent a great deal of time creating unique covers and decorating the tapes, too.

This tape has an eclectic mix of music--from Harry Connick, Jr. to John Denver, from Tom Waits to Prince, from Fairground Attraction to Billie Holiday.

She called this tape, "When Elephants Dream of Blue Music." You can listen to it TONIGHT at 8 pm (central).  The episode repeats on Wednesday 1am and  1pm (central).  Episodes will then be available on-demand via Mixcloud.


Mix Tape Memories S1E3 Now Available On-Demand

Did you miss the last episode of Mix Tape Memories? You can now listen to the episode on demand via Mixcloud.

The tape featured in this episode was created from recording songs off of the radio in the early 80s. did you do that, too? Interestingly, this tape features some jingles and DJs from Chicago radio circa 1982.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

The 2017 First Nations Thanksgiving Broadcast

The Thanksgiving story that we all grew up on is not the whole story.  That moment of mutual peace and respect is a heart-warming story, to be sure. But it is not the whole story. What we fail to recognize is that just a generation after the first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims and the Natives were at war in what was the worst war per capita to occur on North American soil. That war was King Philip's War and it devastated Native populations in the northeast. Those native who weren't killed, were enslaved and sent to the West Indies. Some survivors escaped to Canada. The Pilgrims saw this victory as a message from God that they had the right to take Native land.  And take land they did.

The rest of the history of the relationship between the United States and First Nations is anything but heartwarming.

If you would like a basic primer on this history, I recommend reading Dee Brown's book, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. This book changed my view of history.

On this Thanksgiving, we are doing a small part in trying to honor First Nations by playing a selection of songs from First Nation artists. Our hope is that on this Thanksgiving, we take a moment to consider those who were here first and who have lived a different narrative of North America. Click on the links below to learn more about these artists.

Annie Humphrey
Bill Miller 
Buddy Red Bow 
Buffy Sainte Marie
Jim Boyd
Joanne Shenandoah
John Trudell 
Mary Youngblood
Pura Fé 
R. Carlos Nakai 
Robbie Robertson
Robert Mirabal
Sharon Burch

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

First Nation Thanksgiving

Last year, we played some native music on Thanksgiving to raise awareness for the Water Protectors, fighting to keep the Dakota Access Pipeline from transversing Native land and potentially ruining water supplies.

This year, we are going to continue the tradition. In honoring the people who populated this continent prior to the arrival of the Europeans, Vinyl Voyage Radio will broadcast a special Thanksgiving playlist, which features the best music for a Thanksgiving dinner, plus songs from various First Nation artists from the United States and Canada.

Join us for this special broadcast, starting at 1 pm (central) Thursday, November 23, 2017.

Only on Vinyl Voyage Radio.

First Nation Artists will include:

Annie Humphrey
Rona Yellow Robe
Bill Miller
Gareth Laffely
Jim Boyd
Mary Youngblood
Buffy Sainte Marie
Robert Mirabal
Robbie Robertson
Joanne Shenandoah
Kelly Derrickson
Keith Secola
Tabitha Fair
Twin Flames
Randy Granger

         and many more.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

"This Bitter Earth" is the Vinyl Voyage Song of the Week

This week, we are going back to 1960 for a masterpiece:  "This Bitter Earth" by Dinah Washington.  This song was released in 1960 and comes from her Unforgettable album.

The Song of the Week airs every Wednesday, at 10 am and 10 pm, Central.  And then throughout the week.

Hear it played on original vinyl below.

Friday, November 17, 2017

TONIGHT: New Episode of Mix Tape Memories - A tape recorded from the radio c. 1981

On this episode of Mix tape Memories, we are placing in the deck a 60 minute tape creatively entitled "Tape 1." When I was in Junior High, I sat for hours in front of the radio waiting for songs to come on and quickly hitting the "record" button to get the songs I wanted.  I think nearly everyone who grew up in that era knows what I am talking about, right?

This was the first of many tapes I made that way. I even kept a notebook, listing every song for each tape. Sometimes, I was even able to capture clips of DJs, too. On this tape, you'll hear Brant Miller, who was a DJ on WLS in Chicago. Today, he is a weatherman.

This episode of Mix Tape Memories premieres TONIGHT at 8pm, Central and repeats next Wednesday at 1pm.

Visit Mixcloud for the episodes on-demand. Each episode is placed on Mixcloud a week after they air.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

S1E2 Mix Tape Memories Now Available ON-DEMAND!

The last episode of Mix Tape Memories, featuring a mix tape from 1988 called "The Tape I Made When i Had Nothing to Do" is now available on-demand, via Mix Cloud.

This tape features some great tunes from The Cure, REM, XTC, B-52s, INXS and many, many more.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Song of the Week - "Miracles" by Jefferson Starship

New episodes of the Song of the Week premieres every Wednesday, 10 am and 10 pm (Central). Listen to this song below played on original vinyl.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

New Episode of Adventures in Vinyl - "Super Star Collection" from 1978

This month on Adventures in Vinyl, we are spinning a double K-tel album from 1978 entitled, "Super Star Collection." This album features songs from the likes of Andy Gibb, Alice Cooper, England Dan and John Ford Coley and many more.

This is a special two-part episode. Part 2 airs in December.

This new episode of Adventures in Vinyl can be heard every Saturday through the month of November at 12:30 pm and Sunday at 4 pm, central. It also is broadcast at 2 am on Wednesday mornings.

You can also listen to it on demand via Mixcloud.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Mix Tape Memories S1E2: "The Tape I Made When I Had Nothing to Do"

On this episode of Mix Tape Memories, we have an old TDK cassette with songs from the Clash, the Cure, INXS, the B-52s, Crazy 8s and many more.  Apparently, I made this tape when I had nothing else to do.

This episode premieres tonight at 8 pm (Central) and repeats on Wednesday, at 1 pm (Central)

Last week's episode is now available via Mixcloud.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Song of the Week - "Sympathy for the Devil"

We are spinning the 1968 Rolling Stones classic, "Sympathy for the Devil" this week on the Song of the Week.

The Song of the Week premieres every Wednesday at 10 am (Central), repeats at 10 pm and then can be heard throughout the week.

Watch and listen to it being played on original vinyl.

Friday, November 3, 2017

S1E1: "A Rainy Evening, Sipping Coffee in Front of a Fire..."

On this premiere episode of Mixtape Memories, we have a tape in the deck from c. 1991. It is called "A Rainy Evening Sipping Coffee in Front of a Fire." Yes, a little pretentious, I know. 

This mix is unique in that it has couplets of songs by the same artists, and occasional excerpts of rain and thunder from one of those old Environments albums that captured natural sounds. Remember those albums?

This mix also has a range of songs from various decades. From the Guess Who to Everything But the Girl, from Kate Bush to Sting, this album has an eclectic mix, perfect for sipping coffee on a rainy evening in front of a fire.

New episodes of Mixtape Memories can be heard on Friday evenings, 8 pm Central. The episode will be repeated on Wednesday at 1 pm Central.

Have a mixtape you would like to have featured on Mixtape Memories?  Let us know. Click here for more information.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Mixtape Memories - Series Premiere Friday, 11/3 8pm

Six years ago, we produced four episodes of Mixtape Memories, but then life got in the way and production stopped.  But now, it's back!

The first episode of Mixtape Memories premieres on November 3 at 8pm (central). Each week, we will feature a special mixtape from my collection (and maybe yours!).

Each new episode of Mixtape Memories will repeat on the following Wednesday at 1 pm (central) and then be made available on Mixcloud.

If you would like to perhaps submit your own mixtape for inclusion in an upcoming episode, hit the tab above and fill out the form. We would love to hear from you!