2017-Jan-Mar

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Rev your engines, this soundboard feartures songs about cars.

High-Octane fuel burners from Rush, Kings of Leon, Electric Rag Band,
Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Wilson Pickett, War, and The Beatles.

Fill up your tank-and go for a road trip!

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Whodunnit  vol. 5 –

 

It’s another installment in Podcloud1’s popular series featuring songs performed by other artists.

This edition PeeperD features a twin-spin salute to the music of Gregg Allman and the Allman Brothers Band. Plus songs made famous by Black Sabbath, ZZ Top, Nirvana,
Gerry Rafferty and The Beatles.

See if you can figure out… WhoDunnit?

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Pill of Positivity –

 

 

Open up wide and pop in PeeperD’s Pill Of Positivity.

It’s a pod of music from across four decades crafted to lift your spirits.
Featuring Kings Of Leon, The Cure, ALO, Donavon Freinkenreiter, The Alarm, War, The Outdoor Type and Caesars. Plus samples of the new album by Thievery Corporation.

Wrap yourself in this warm blanket of sounds and leave the world behind.

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Shamrock & Roll 2 (celtic soundboard) –
 
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Podcloud1 as we uncork a playlist of Celtic Rockers to shake your shillelagh.

Featuring music from Saint Bushmill’s Choir, The Gobshites, Shane MacGowan & The Popes, Sir Reg, The Kilmaine Saints, Blood Or Whiskey, Greenland Whalefishers, Amadan, Rum Rebellion and The Black Tartan Clan.

This mix rivals the finest Irish pub so lift a pint to the Emerald Isle and turn it up loud!

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Focus On: Peter Gabriel the early years 1976-82-

 

In 1975, the band Genesis was becoming one of the most popular acts to come out of the progressive rock movement. So it came as quite a surprise when lead singer and front-man Peter Gabriel announced he was leaving the band to pursue a solo career. It turned out to be the right move as Gabriel’s eventually became one of the most popular artists in the world.

This pod examines the six year period from 1976 to 1982 during which Peter Gabriel took a giant leap of faith leaving behind the comfort of Genesis to pursue his musical vision. With a willingness to experiment and a desire to create a unique sound, Gabriel’s first four solo albums helped shape a new style of intelligent rock music. He melded electronic, experimental and world music influences with cutting edge technologies to produce what would become his signature sound.

Join host PeeperD as he tells the story of Peter Gabriel’s departure from Genesis and his rise to superstar status in this special edition of Focus On.

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Bio:

Peter Gabriel is an English singer-songwriter, musician and humanitarian activist who rose to fame as the original lead singer of the progressive rock band Genesis. After leaving Genesis in 1975, Gabriel launched a solo career, with “Solsbury Hill”. His 1986 album, “So”, is his best-selling release and is certified triple platinum in the UK and five times platinum in the U.S. The album’s most successful single, “Sledgehammer”, won a record nine awards at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards and remains the most played music video in the history of MTV.

Gabriel has been a champion of world music for much of his career. He co-founded the WOMAD festival in 1982. He has continued to focus on producing and promoting world music through his Real World Records label. Gabriel has also been involved in numerous humanitarian efforts. In 1980, he released the anti-apartheid single “Biko”. He has participated in several human rights benefit concerts, including Amnesty International’s “Human Rights Now!” tour in 1988, and co-founded the Witness human rights organization in 1992.

Gabriel has won three Brit Awards,six Grammy Awards, thirteen MTV Video Music Awards, the first Pioneer Award at the BT Digital Music Awards, the Q magazine Lifetime Achievement, the Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the Polar Music Prize. He was made a BMI Icon at the 57th annual BMI London Awards for his “influence on generations of music makers”. In recognition of his many years of human rights activism, he received the Man of Peace award from the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, and Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. AllMusic has described Gabriel as “one of rock’s most ambitious, innovative musicians, as well as one of its most political”. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010, followed by his induction as a solo artist in 2014.

 

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March Pod –

 

MisterMusic hosts this podcast for March.

Even though we ‘spring ‘ ahead this month as a start to Daylight Savings, and soon-to-be longer days and warmer temperatures, there still is a bit of ‘ol winter left for most of us.
The lingering cold weather won’t put a damper on the great tunes found in this podcast!
Featuring new music from The Black Angels, Depeche Mode, and The Orwells.
Plus, a few older hot numbers from Turin Brakes, NRBQ, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and a collaboration from Stan Ridgeway with Stuart Copeland.

March into some great Music!

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70’s Deep Tracks-vol. 34 –

 

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These are forgotten tracks that will take you back to the days when FM radio was truly an art form. And, likely never be played on today’s preset definition of what is “Classic Rock”. 

 

Volume 34- Some of the biggest names of the decade make appearances in this edition of our popular series.

Guitar fireworks from Eric Clapton, Joe Walsh, Jeff Beck and Robin Trower. Featuring music from Heart, Kansas and The Moody Blues. Plus a great cover of an early
Fleetwood Mac tune by The Rockets.

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Music Of Mardi Gras – vol. 5 –

It’s Podcloud1’s 5th annual celebration of Fat Tuesday-the grand finale of Mardi Gras.

Here’s a mix of some of the biggest names of the Crescent City .
It’s guaranteed to kick your carnival into high gear! Songs from The Meters, Trombone Shorty, Mighty Sam McClain, Cottonmouth Robicheaux, The Pinstripe Brass Band,
Willy DeVille, Courtney Granger and The One Love Brass Band.
Plus a live cut from our archives featuring The Band teaming up with Bobby Charles.

It’s the last big party before lent~ Time to whip up a pitcher of hurricanes and some red beans & rice!

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The Sixties – vol. 18 –

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 Fire up the lava lamp as this edition of our soundboard series explores the psychedelic side of the 60s.

Featuring music from The 13th Floor Elevators, Crabby Appleton, Bubble Puppy, Kaleidoscope, The Peanut Butter Conspiracy, Sweetwater, July,
and The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band.

See the cool sounds and hear the groovy colors!

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New Mix –

MisterMusic is back with a New Mix of tunes for February!

Featuring the latest by The Jesus & Mary Chain, and Swimming Tapes.
Plus a couple from the vault by David & David, Bill Withers, and Ian Hunter.
Rockers from Iggy & The Stooges, and Bad Company round out the set.

This one will take the chill out of the air !

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Focus On: Dr. John –

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Dr. John, is actually Mac Rebennack, an American singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist, with a distinctive growl of a voice.

His music combines blues, pop, jazz, funk, R&B, as well as zydeco, boogie-woogie and rock and roll. Active as a session musician since the late 1950s, he originally gained a cult following in the late 1960s following the release of his album “Gris-Gris”. To accompany the album he transformed himself into  “Dr. John The Night Tripper” with wildly theatrical stage shows inspired by old time medicine shows, Mardi Gras costumes and voodoo ceremonies. Eventually, Dr. John moved to a more traditionally-based R&B and funk-based sound that is heavily influenced by his native New Orleans. In 1973, he scored a top-20 hit with “Right Place Wrong Time”. Over the course of his lengthy career, he has veered between his own brand of “voodoo” music and traditional forms of blues and R&B.

Dr. John has recorded over 35 albums and has won numerous Grammy Awards. His songs and scores have appeared in feature films, TV shows and commercials as well as instructional videos. Additionally, he has served as a producer, arranger, session player and collaborator for many other artists.

This pod contains several selections spanning Dr. John’s lengthy career.

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Born in New Orleans in 1940, Malcolm John “Mac” Rebennack found early musical inspiration in the minstrel tunes sung by his grandfather and a number of aunts, uncles, sister and cousins who played piano.  His father, the owner of an appliance store and record shop, exposed him as a young boy to prominent jazz musicians like King Oliver and Louis Armstrong. Throughout his adolescence his father’s connections gave him access to the recording sessions of burgeoning rock artists such as Little Richard and Guitar Slim. From these exposures he advanced into clubs and onto the stage playing with various local artists. In his early teens, Rebennack met Professor Longhair, which started a period that would mark rapid growth as a musician and the beginnings of his life as a professional musician. Rebennack grew up with full exposure to the realities of New Orleans. Prostitutes, pimps, thieves and addicts all participated in the same nightlife scene that contributed to his development as a musician. During the 1950s, he sold narcotics and even ran a brothel.

Rebennack split his time between the clubs and recording studios. Because of his knowledge of the local music scene, he served as an A&R (artist and repertoire) man scouting talent to record mono 45 RPM singles for local labels.  At age 16, he was hired as a producer at Ace Records where his musical experience expanded dramatically working with artists like James Booker and Earl King. As a musician, Rebennack originally concentrated on guitar gigging with local bands. He had a regional hit with a Bo Diddley-influenced instrumental called “Storm Warning” on Rex Records in 1959. However, his career as a guitarist was stunted when his left ring finger was injured by a gunshot while defending a bandmate at a gig in Jackson, Mississippi. After the injury, Rebennack eventually shifted over to piano as his main instrument.

During this period, he descended into heavy narcotics use and was arrested on drug charges. He was sentenced to two years at a federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas. When his sentence ended in 1965, he moved to Los Angeles where he became a “first call” session musician in the booming studio scene of the 1960s and 1970s. Rebennack was part of the so-called “Wrecking Crew” stable of studio musicians that provided backing for artists such as Sonny & Cher, Canned Heat, and Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention, as well as many other acts.

Beginning in the late 1960s, Rebennack gained fame as a solo artist after adopting the persona of Dr. John, The Night Tripper. “Gris-Gris”, his 1968 debut album which combined voodoo rhythms and chants with the New Orleans music tradition, was ranked 143rd on Rolling Stone’s “The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time” list. During this time, he put together a band of talented musicians and toured extensively. Dr. John’s act combined New Orleans-style R&B with psychedelic rock and elaborate stage shows that bordered on voodoo religious ceremonies, including elaborate costumes and headdress. These tours helped raise his profile in the music community. Three more albums, “Babylon” (1969), “Remedies” (1970) and “The Sun, Moon, and Herbs (1971), were released in the same vein as “Gris-Gris”. By this time, Dr. John had gained a notable cult following, which included artists such as Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger, who both took part in the sessions for “The Sun, Moon, and Herbs”. This album served as a transition from his Night Tripper voodoo, psychedelic persona to one more closely associated with traditional New Orleans R&B and funk.

His next album, “Dr. John’s Gumbo”, proved to be a landmark recording and is one of his most popular to this day. Considered a cornerstone of New Orleans music, it features covers of several New Orleans R&B standards. The lead single from the album, “Iko Iko”, broke into the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. In 2003, the album was ranked number 404 on Rolling Stone’s magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. It allowed Dr. John to expand beyond the psychedelic voodoo music and theatrics which had driven his career since he took on the Dr. John persona, although it has always remained an integral part of his music and identity. “After we cut the new record”, Rebennack was quoted as saying, “I decided I’d had enough of the “mighty-coo-de-fiyo” hoodoo show, so I dumped the Gris-Gris routine we had been touring with since 1967 and worked up a new act—a Mardi Gras revue featuring the New Orleans standards we had covered in Gumbo.”

In 1973, with Allen Toussaint producing and The Meters backing, Dr. John released the seminal New Orleans funk album “In The Right Place”. In the same way that “Gris-Gris” introduced the world to the voodoo-influenced side of his music, and that “Dr. John’s Gumbo” began his career-long reputation as an esteemed interpreter of New Orleans standards, “In the Right Place” established Dr. John as one of the main ambassadors of New Orleans funk. Although it was still anchored in R&B, the album had more of a straight-ahead dance feel than his previous recordings. It rose to number 24 on the Billboard album charts, while the single “Right Place Wrong Time” landed at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. A second single, “Such a Night”, peaked at  number 42. Still in heavy rotation on most classic rock stations, “Right Place Wrong Time” remains his single most recognized song.

Attempting to capitalize on the successful formula of “In The Right Place”, Dr. John again collaborated with Allen Toussaint and The Meters, for his next album, “Desitively Bonnaroo”, released in 1974. Although similar in feel, the record failed to catch hold in the mainstream like its predecessor had done. It would be his last pure funk album until 1994’s “Television”. However, like his voodoo and traditional New Orleans R&B influences, funk has continued to heavily influence most of his work to the present day especially in concert. In 1975, Dr. John took his well-honed musical revue on the road and made a stop in Hollywood. The result was the live album, “Hollywood Be Thy Name”, which was an excellent example of his live performances during this era.

On Thanksgiving Day 1976 he performed at the farewell concert for The Band, which was filmed by Martin Scorsese and released as “The Last Waltz”s. Also in the mid-1970s Dr. John began an almost twenty year collaboration with the R&R Hall of Fame/Songwriters Hall of Fame writer Doc Pomus. Initially, this partnership resulted in songs for Dr. John’s 1978  “City Lights” and 1979’s “Tango Palace”, as well as B.B. King’s “There Must Be a Better World Somewhere”, which won a Grammy for Best Ethnic or Traditional Recording in 1982.

Throughout the 70s, Dr. John was also a prominent session musician. He played piano on The Rolling Stones’ 1972 song “Let It Loose”, and backed Carly Simon and James Taylor in their duet of “Mockingbird” in 1974, and Neil Diamond on “Beautiful Noise” in 1976. He also contributed the song “More and More” to Simon’s “Playing Possum” album. He played on three songs on Maria Muldaur’s 1973 solo debut album, including his composition “Three Dollar Bill”. He was co-producer on Van Morrison’s 1977 album “A Period Of Transition” and also played keyboards and guitar. He contributed three songs and also played guitar and keyboards on Levon Helm’s 1977 release, “Levon Helm and the RCO Allstars”. He played keyboards on the highly successful 1979 solo debut album by Rickie Lee Jones and has toured with Willy DeVille and contributed to his album 1978 album “Return To Magenta”. In 1979, he collaborated with the legendary Professor Longhair on his last recording “Crawfish Fiesta”, as a guitarist and co-producer. The album was awarded the first W.C. Handy Blues Album of the Year in 1980, and was released shortly after Longhair’s death in January 1980.

Dr. John didn’t record many albums during the 80s. In 1981 and 1983, he put out two solo piano albums where he played many of his own boogie-woogie compositions. But he did release music through other means. He wrote and performed the score for the film version of John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row released in 1982. His songs were featured in many films, including “New Look” in “National Lampoon’s European Vacation” in 1985 and “Such a Night” in “Colors” in 1988. Film scores for documentaries included the New Orleans dialect film “Yeah You Rite!” in 1985 and “American Tongues” in 1987. Dr. John was also featured in several video and audio piano lessons of blues and New Orleans piano styles published by Homespun Tapes.

During this period, Dr. John’s longtime confidant and personal manager, Paul Howrilla, was responsible for securing this crossover work. He moved Dr. John from Los Angeles to New York City, as well as modifying Dr. John’s image from the 1970s to the 1990s. In 1988, he signed with the major label Warner Brothers. The following year he released his first vocal studio album in ten years “In A Sentimental Mood”. It was a set of pop standards that included the Grammy winning duet with Rickie Lee Jones, “Makin’ Whoopee”. Between July and September 1989, Dr. John toured in the first Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, along side Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Nils Lofgren, Jim Keltner, Joe Walsh, Billy Preston and Clarence Clemons. The tour produced the 1990 live album “Ringo Starr And His All-Starr Band”.

In 1992, Dr. John’s second album for Warner Brothers was a musical history of the Crescent City. “Goin’ Back To New Orleans”, featured many great New Orleans-based musicians, such as Aaron Neville, The Neville Brothers, Al Hirt and Pete Fountain, backing him up. It won a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album that year.

Although he ended his relationship with Warner Brothers, Dr. John continued to release albums throughout the rest of the decade. 1994’s funky “Television”, and 1998’s “Anutha Zone” were highlights of this period, as well as the 1997 live album “Trippin’ Livewhich was recorded over a week-long stint in London. He continued his cross over work as well with “My Opinionation” which was the theme song for the early 90s television sitcom “Blossom”. Dr. John also did the vocals for Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits’ “Luv Dat Chicken” jingle.

A version of “Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans” with Harry Connick Jr. was released on Connick’s album “20” and VHS “Singin’ & Swingin’” in 1990. In 1996, he performed the song “Cruella De Vil” during the end credits of the film “101 Dalmations”. In 1997, he appeared on the charity single version of Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day”. In the same year, he played piano on the Spiritualized song “Cop Shoot Cop…”, from their critically acclaimed album “Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space”.

Dr John signed with Blue Note Records in 2000 releasing the Duke Ellington tribute “Duke Elegant”. In the feature film “Blues Brothers 2000”, he joined the fictional band The Louisiana Gator Boys to perform the songs “How Blue Can You Get” and “New Orleans”. His version of the Donovan song “Season Of The Witch” was also featured in the movie and on the soundtrack.

In 2001, Dr. John returned with an album of New Orleans R&B titled “Creole Moon”. For this recording, he was backed by his “Lower 9-11 Musician Vocaleers”, which was comprised of a group of musicians who’d been playing with him for many years. Another strong offering followed in 2004 with “N’Awlinz Dis, Dat Or D’Utha”. In September 2005, he performed Bobby Charles’ “Walkin’ to New Orleans”, to close the “Shelter From The Storm: A Concert For The Gulf Coast” telethon in relief of Hurricane Katrina victims. In response to the devastation of his hometown, Dr. John released a four-song EP, “Sippiana Hericane”, in November to benefit the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic, Salvation Army, and the Jazz Foundation of America.

On February 5, 2006, he joined fellow New Orleans native Aaron Neville, Aretha Franklin and a 150-member choir for the national anthem at Super Bowl XL as part of a pre-game tribute to New Orleans. Three days later, he joined Allen Toussaint, Bonnie Raitt, The Edge, and Irma Thomas to perform “We Can Can” as the closing performance at the Grammy Awards. In May of 2006, Dr. John released his final album for Blue Note, “Mercenary”. It was an album made up almost entirely of tunes by Johnny Mercer with a new soul twist. That same month, he recorded a live session at Abbey Road Studios for “Live From Abbey Road”.  He also performed the opening theme music to the PBS children’s program “Curious George”. On July 30, 2006, Dr. John performed a solo piano show at a New Orleans Musicians Relief Fund benefit at the Black Orchid Theatre in Chicago.

In 2007, Dr. John accepted an invitation to participate in “Goin’ Home: A Tribute To Fats Domino”. He contributed his version of Domino’s “Don’t Leave Me This Way”. In January 2008, Dr. John, was inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame. Later, in February, he performed at “All-Star Saturday Night”, part of the NBA All-Star Weekend hosted by New Orleans. In June, he released the album “City That Care Forgot” which featured guest appearances from Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, Terrence Blanchard and Ani DiFranco. It yielded the hit “Time For A Change” and won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album. With a string of great albums, Dr. John was more consistent in the early 2000s than at any other time in his career.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Dr. John became a full-fledged activist with an increased sense of urgency about Louisiana and the Gulf region. In his concert performances and media interviews, he focused on educating the world about his geography’s significance as a musical, spiritual, and environmental territory. After spending several decades away from his home, Dr. John moved back to New Orleans in 2009. In the Disney film of that year “The Princess And The Frog”, he sang the opening tune, “Down In New Orleans”.

He reigned as King of the Krewe Du Vieux for the 2010 New Orleans Mardi Gras season. On May 13, 2010, Dr. John played alongside The Roots on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” and was warmly greeted by Jimmy’s first guest, Keith Richards. In June, Dr John played at the Glastonbury Festival in the UK. Two months later, he released the album “Tribal” which employed some of the spookier elements of his earlier recordings like “Gris-Gris”. Significantly, Dr. John wrote 13 of the record’s 14 tracks. Critics called it a revelation saying “Tribal is a career-defining summation from one of America’s most important musicians”.

In 2011, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint and The Meters performed “Desitively Bonnaroo” in its entirety at the Bonnaroo Music And Arts Festival as part of its tenth year celebration. The name of the festival was taken from the name of his 1974 album. He also played keyboards and had a major role in shaping Gregg Allman’s 2011 album “Low Country Blues”, which was produced by T-Bone Burnett.  Later that same year he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame along with Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper, Darlene Love and Tom Waits.

In 2012, he released “Locked Down”, a collaboration with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, who produced and played guitar. The album received very positive reviews for its raw, Afrobeat-influenced sound. The Los Angeles Times said that “it created something magical, the embodiment of everything he’s done but pushed in a clear new direction”. It won the Grammy for Best Blues album that year.

In spring 2014, “The Musical Mojo of Mac”, a tribute concert to honor Dr. John was held in New Orleans. It featured an all-star cast including Aaron Neville, Irma Thomas, Widespread Panic, Allen Toussaint, Warren Haynes, John Fogerty, Mavis Staples, Jason Isbell, Tab Benoit, Ryan Bingham and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band among others. The show was kicked off by Bruce Springsteen singing “Right Place, Wrong Time”, with Dr. John and an all-star band which included event producer Don Was on bass.

In August, Dr. John released his Louis Armstrong tribute album, “Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch”. He described the inspiration of the album as Louis Armstrong coming to him in a dream and telling him “do my music your way”. “Ske-Dat-De-Dat” turned many of the songs Armstrong recorded inside out and upside down, fast-forwarding them to 2014 with hip-hop beats, funk grooves and wildly inventive horn arrangements.

Dr. John’s 2014 and 2015 world tours included sold-out shows throughout the U.S. and Europe. They alternated between Louis Armstrong tribute shows and career-spanning gigs with his backing band The Nite Trippers. In January of 2016, Dr. John was one of the headliners on Jam Cruise 14. He was also featured in the Disney soundtrack to the film “The Jungle Book” singing “The Bare Necessities”.

After the death of his long-time friend and collaborator, Allen Toussaint, Dr. John and the Nite Trippers appeared at the Hollywood Bowl tribute show “Yes We Can Can” on July 20, 2016. Also performing Toussaint compositions were New Orleans artists Irma Thomas, Cyril Neville, Galactic, and the Allen Toussaint Band. In October, a live album and DVD of the “Musical Mojo” tribute concert was released. It demonstrates the influence Dr. John’s blend of jazz, soul, R&B, rock and pop has had on other musicians over the years. That same month, he was honored at the Jazz Foundation of America’s “A Great Night In Harlem” at the legendary Apollo Theater.

 

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Sexy Love Pod #4 –

It’s the most anticipated pod of the year and it’s just in time for Valentine’s Day!

PeeperD’s  Sexy Love Pod vol. 4 is a mischievous mix featuring songs of stimulation-the perfect soundtrack for your sexy holiday festivities.

This year’s  Extra Long edition fills your ears with music from The Beatles, Prince, Devo, Garbage, Led Zeppelin, Wilson Pickett, The Cramps, Bad Company, Ian Dury & The Blockheads, Stephen Stills, The Rolling Stones, Jim Croce and Tim Buckley. Plus a kinky segment featuring a 80s “high-hair-puller” by Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction.

Pop this one in the cassette player as you park the plymouth in the garage of love!

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70’s Deep Tracks – vol. 33 –

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These are forgotten tracks that will take you back to the days when FM radio was truly an art form. And, likely never be played on today’s preset definition of what is “Classic Rock”.

 70’s Deep Tracks – the return of album rock…Podcloud1 style!

Volume 33 – Loud and proud! It’s the heavier side of 70s rock

with music from AC/DC, The Scorpions, Nazareth, Molly Hatchet, Foghat and Montrose. Plus rarities from Be Bop Deluxe and Back Street Crawler.

This One Runs Full Throttle!

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Fire and Ice –

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On this soundboard we explore Fire and Ice in song form.

With musical help by Foreigner, Harry Nilsson, Shriekback, Nada Surf, Johnny Cash,
The Cult, and Pat Benatar.

This one will light a spark to a winter day.

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Inauguration Celebration –

Podcloud1 has no problem getting artists to play at our Inauguration “Celebration”   ~

Join host PeeperD as he celebrates the transition of power with musical guests The Rolling Stones, REM, Bob Dylan, The Kinks, Richard Thompson, Jarvis Cocker, and World Party. Plus a classic dance track from the 80s by Heaven 17.
Celebrity appearances abound in this politically-themed mix peppered with gallows humor.
If we’re going to hell in a bucket, at least we can enjoy the ride!

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The Sixties – vol. 17-

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Sounds of the sixties from smack dab in the middle of the decade.

Hits from The Rolling Stones, The Supremes, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Herman’s Hermits, Manfred Mann, The Beach Boys, Petula Clark, The McCoys and Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders, and Jr. Walker & the All Stars.

It’s a Musical Flashback!

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January Pod –

MisterMusic  starts the year with a pod featuring new music by Grandaddy, Strand of Oaks, and Elbow.
Filling out the pod is music from Yello, Elvis Costello & the Attractions, Midnight Oil, Alberta Cross, and The Shins.

Turn It Up!

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Focus On: Silversun Pickups –
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Silversun Pickups is an alternative rock band from Los Angeles that was formed in 2000.

Their atmospheric sound contains elements of dream pop, psychedelic rock and shoegazing. They’ve often been compared to The Smashing Pumpkins due to the similarities between lead singer Brian Aubert’s raspy androgynous vocal stylings and those of great pumpkin Billy Corgan. But the comparisons don’t stop there. Silversun Pickups’ song structure mimics the loud/soft and light/dark dynamics associated with 90s alternative bands. However the band has been able to take all of these influences and craft an instantly identifiable sound that has made them a favorite of music critics and fans. It has propelled them to the top of the alternative charts which, in turn, has made them a major live attraction. Besides headlining sold out concert tours all over the world, they frequent the festival circuit with numerous appearances at Lollapalooza and Coachella over the years.

This pod features selections from all four of their studio albums, their debut ep, a special Record Store Day ep and a previously-unreleased song which appeared on their greatest hits collection.

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Lead guitarist and vocalist Brian Aubert met bassist Nikki Monninger in 1994 on a flight from Los Angeles to London. Both of them were heading to Cambridge for a school exchange program. He noticed her sitting across the aisle as she was stealing alcohol from the drink cart by distracting the flight attendant. The two became friends and stayed in touch when they returned to L.A. During the late 90s, they played together or in mutual friends’ bands all across the L.A. club scene.

Eventually they formed a band called A Couple Of Couples. This name reflected the fact that Aubert was romantically involved with drummer Elvira Gonzales while Monninger was in a relationship with rhythm guitarist Jack Kennedy. However, after both couples broke up, the group went through some personnel changes, and in 2003, Gonzales and Kennedy left the band. They were replaced by keyboard player Joe Lester and Christopher Guanlao on drums.

They began to attract a strong following in the uber-hip Silver Lake music scene with regular shows at trendy clubs like The Silverlake Lounge and Spaceland. The band’s name comes from a liquor store across the street from The Silverlake Lounge. One of their friends would often arrive at the store late at night to buy liquor making what was known as the “Silversun Pickup”.

In these early days, the group was constantly playing live and, in the process, learned how to be a band on stage. At one of their shows, Aubert was given a live bootleg CD of the group. He described listening to it as “unbelievably horrifying”. The band decided they needed to enter a studio to record their own material.

Between 2002 and 2003, they began recording songs at the area recording studio “The Ship”. In 2004, they recorded two more songs at Clearlake Studios. This was followed by two more songs in 2005 at Sunset Sound. Around this time, the group signed with Dangerbird Records. All of the previously-recorded songs were combined to make the band’s debut EP titled “Pikul” which was released in July. The title came from the nickname of a friend of the band who had died, and to whom the album was dedicated.

The EP was received well by critics. Charles Sears from Spacelab gave it three out of five stars saying “the music of Pikul is light on the ears but heavy and deep on the sounds”. The first single was “Kissing Families” which was called a culmination of a 90s rock blend of alternative and shoegaze. Comparisons were drawn to The Smashing Pumpkins and My Bloody Valentine. Silversun Pickups were a band ready to take the world by storm.

They began work on their first full-length album in January of 2006. Unlike the hodgepodge nature of the EP, the band wanted to have a more thought-out and put-together sound. They concentrated on the guitar sounds over a four month period at several different studios including Sunset Sound.

The album was titled “Carnavas” and it was released in July of 2006. The title was the Greek maiden name of Aubert’s family. Some suppliers were also given copies of a four track EP “The Tripwire Session: Live in Chicago”.

It was released to much anticipation in the indie rock blogosphere. Pitchfork said “Carnavas scores points for constructing dreamlike aural shrouds. Those nostalgic for Smashing Pumpkins tunes of yesteryear will find themselves nestled inside the minutes of Lazy Eye.” IGN wrote “the androgynous vocals of front man Brian Aubert might not work in support of another band, but the warm wash of sound of Silversun Pickups and the fragile intensity of its leader combine to provide an album that will leave listeners tattered, torn and ultimately satisfied. Silversun Pickups’s debut album is one of the most stunning debut albums of the year.”

Carnavas generated two successful singles on the U.S. Modern Rock chart. “Lazy Eye” hit number 5 in 2007 and “Well Thought Out Twinkles” hit number 9 in 2008. Both of the songs were featured in popular video games of the time. Riding the success of the album, the band set off on a concert tour that started in bars and small venues. But they quickly graduated to arenas opening for Snow Patrol and eventually a spot on the 2007 Coachella and Lollapalooza stages.

After completing the tour at the end of 2007, the band took a two month break. During this time, they built their own studio named “The Dark”. In July of 2008, they began work on their follow-up album. Over an eight month period, the group laid down 17 new songs which were eventually cut down to ten for the album. It was titled “Swoon” and was released in April of 2009. The first single was “Panic Switch” which went to number one on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart. It also appeared on several popular video games including Rock Band and Guitar Hero.

Like Carnavas, Swoon received generally positive reviews from critics. Spin called it “a trip best made with headphones”. They said “the Pickups pile on the sophomore-album enhancements, deepening a sound that scarcely wanted for depth beforehand.” Sputnik Music said “Swoon is an impressive album from an up and coming band.” The album reached the seventh spot on the Billboard 200.

To promote the new album, Silversun Pickups started with three shows in England before returning to play Coachella. They then set out on a tour of the U.S. which included a taping in New York for MTV’s Unplugged in May. In June they began a month-long European tour and then returned to continue across the U.S and Canada including a slot at Lollapalooza 2009.

Around this time, the band released a second single, “Substitution”, which made it to number 17 on the alternative charts.They continued touring across Canada and back to the U.S. through November. The group finished the year by supporting Placebo on their Winter 2009 European tour. In early December, the band was nominated for a Grammy in the Best New Artist category.

They opened 2010 with an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live in January. A third single, “The Royal We”, was released in February reaching number five on the alternative charts. In spring, the band supported Muse for their U.S. Tour. They toured North America again in the summer with Against Me! That fall, they played several dates in Australia with the band Birds Of Tokyo. In October of 2010, they appeared on Austin City Limits which marked the end of 18 months on the road. The band decided to take a year-long break from the concert stage to focus on recording their third album.

While working on new material throughout 2011, Silversun Pickups stayed in the public eye with a couple of releases. They contributed a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Not Dark Yet” for the tribute album “Chimes Of Freedom: Songs Of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years Of Amnesty International”. In November, the band released a three song 10” vinyl single for Record Store Day’s “Back To Black Friday” event. Titled “Seasick”, it was comprised of three previously unreleased songs that were left over from the “Swoon” sessions.

In February of 2012, the group announced they would be playing the main stage at the upcoming Sasquatch! Music Festival. The next month, the band confirmed via Twitter that their new album would be titled “Neck Of The Woods” with the first single, “Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings)” to be released at the end of the month.

On May 8, 2012, Silversun Pickups released their third studio album. It opened near the top of the i-Tunes top 100 albums and moved to the number one spot the following day. Around the same time, the band announced they would be playing a number of high-profile summer music festivals. Reception for the album was generally positive. Alternative Press awarded the album four out of five stars saying” Silversun Pickups are not re-living the ghosts of alt-rock past. Instead, they’re helping define the genre’s future.”

Prior to the start of a fall tour of North America, Nikki Monninger announced she was pregnant and would be temporarily replaced by Sarah Negahdari from the group The Happy Hollows. A second single, “The Pit” was soon released eventually hitting number five on the alternative music charts. It would be followed by “Dots And Dashes (Enough Already)” in January of 2013.

Throughout the rest of the year, the band had a much lighter road schedule with many days off between gigs. Highlights included an acoustic show at Origami Vinyl for Record Store Day, a set at the J Paul Getty Museum, several radio station promotional gigs and another appearance on Austin City Limits. After a spot on Jimmy Kimmel in February of 2014, the group took a long deserved break.

2014 only saw a couple of live performances while the band enjoyed their time off. However they did release a compilation album titled “The Singles Collection” which contained a new song “Cannibal”. In October, the group announced that they had begun work on their next record.

During this period, the band formed their own label “New Machine Records”. Finally, on June 15, 2015, Silversun Pickups announced a new album. The first single, “Nightlight” was released the following month in advance of the record. The band began a short promotional tour of record stores and small venues across the U.S.

“Better Nature” came out at the end of September. It corresponded with the release of the record’s second single “Circadian Rhythm (Last Dance)”. The album was recorded in collaboration with producer/mixer Jacknife Lee who brought electronic and industrial touches to the band’s signature sound. Critics noticed the subtle changes. Sputnik Music wrote “Silversun Pickups have finally embarked upon a journey for lusher, more electronically-vibrant pastures. Better Nature is really just the next logical step for the band and it qualifies as yet another gem in this group’s already illustrious discography.”

Silversun Pickups began a U.S. and Canadian tour in September that carried over into January of 2016. The band continued to tour throughout North America and Europe for the remainder of 2016 with highlights including two sets at Coachella in the spring as well as another appearance at Lollapalooza.

 

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These are forgotten tracks that will take you back to the days when FM radio was truly an art form. And, likely never be played on today’s preset definition of what is “Classic Rock”.

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Volume 32  -Experience the R&B and funk influences of the 70’s.

Songs from the Average White Band, Boz Scaggs, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, Steely Dan, Wet Willie and The Doobie Brothers. Plus a hit from Joni Mitchell and a little-known gem from Kayak.

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