Nov 4, 2016 episode of Connections on WPKN with Eric Cocks. New and vintage music. Plus special guests Richard Barone and Steve Addabbo in the studio for a wide ranging conversation about their new albums, early music from Greenwich Village, record production, remixing and remastering Bob Dylan's 18 cd Cutting Edge album and much more… plus live performances by Richard and Steve.
The show starts with new and vintage music from Chris Joss, Ian Hunter, Allen Toussaint, Sam Phillips, Foxygen, Jenny O., The Jaynettes, The Flaming Lips, La Femme, Flock of Dimes, Beck (remixed), Phantogram (remixed), Staglia, Suzanne Ciani and The Squeaky Chairs.
About 57 minutes in, I'm joined by Richard and Steve on acoustic and electric guitar and vocals. There are live and recorded performances from both of their recent albums:
Richard Barone… Sorrows & Promises: Greenwich Village in the 1960's
Steve Addabbo… Out of Nothing
Both albums are highly recommended! After many years as a musician, engineer, producer and studio owner working with artists such as Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, Eric Anderson, Lenny Kaye and many more, Steve recently recorded his first solo album, and it's a gem. Terrific songwriting and production!
Richard, a founding member of The Bongos, with a long history of collaboration with many artists, musicians and producers, has just released a heartfelt tribute to the music, songwriting and musicians who created music in the early days of the scene in Greenwich Village in the 60's. These are original visions of carefully selected songs, some well known, some obscure… including one by Buddy Holly (who lived in The Village), performed live by Richard and Steve. Also songs on the record written by Dion (who performs with Richard on the album), John Sebastian (who joins in on vocals, harmonica and autoharp), Lou Reed & John Cale and others. Also live performances of an early Janis Ian song, and songs from Steve's album, including the brilliant "My Emmylou".
Btw, Steve produced Richard's album, which sounds incredible and has a great feel on each song.
Over the course of the show, we talk in depth about record production, music, The Beatles, Bob Dylan (and Steve's methods of making 50 year old tapes of Dylan outtakes from Blonde On Blonde, Highway 61, Bringing It All Back Home and Another Self Portrait all sound great, and up to current day standards, while allowing us a chance to see what it was like being in the studio while Bob created and changed and edited such adventurous and influential music.
There was much more to our conversations. We all had a blast… and plenty of laughs!
Thanks for tuning in!
Previous episodes of Connections are available in the WPKN archives, including interviews with Chris Frantz of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club, Producer Tony Visconti (Bowie, T-Rex and many more), New Yorker cartoonist and author Roz Chast, Peppy Castro of The Blues Magoos, Grammy Award winning singer and author Janis Ian and more. Also special features on Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Harry Nilsson, The Beach Boys, Bob Marley and the British Invasion.
Here are some direct links:
Connections: Rolling Stones in mono, Lennon, Bowie, new and vintage music (Oct 7, 2016):
Connections: Dylan, Beatles, new and vintage music (Sep 23, 2016)
Connections: Stretching Out (Oct 7, 2016)
The Beatles Revolver at 50 plus new and vintage music (Aug 5, 2016):
(Includes world premieres of music by Alan Menken for A Bronx Tale. Bowie, Stockhausen, Jenny O, Ian Hunter, Annette Peacock and more.)
The Beatles at The Hollywood Bowl, Dylan, The Kinks plus new and vintage music (Aug 19, 2016):
Connections: Blonde on Blonde and Pet Sounds Outtakes, Plus New and Vintage Music (May 20, 2016):
Connections: Dylan's Cutting Edge 1965-1966 and more (Nov 4, 2015)
(The first hour and a half explores previously unreleased songs and outtakes):
Connections: Dylan's Cutting Edge Part 2, New Music and Tony Visconti Interview (Dec 18, 2015)
Tony Visconti Interview
(Direct link to Dec 18, 2015 conversation about record production, David Bowie, Marc Bolan of T Rex, exploring music and much more):
Connections: Beatles movie premiere, Dylan, new and vintage music (Sep 16, 2016)
Connections: Bob Dylan 75th Birthday Special with Eric Cocks and Chris Frantz (May 24, 2016):
Connections (Feb 19, 2016): New music from Lucinda Williams, Wild Nothing, Dion, Anna Rose, Hillary Bratton, The Mynabirds, Mavis Staples, Ty Segall, Miike Snow, One Prayer One Sin, Leon Bridges and more. World premiere of music from A Bronx Tale, The Musical by Alan Menken. Plus Beatles, Dylan, Lee Hazlewood, Larry Williams and other vintage music:
Connections with Eric Cocks (New and vintage music, plus rare demos by Alan Menken and much more, Nov 20, 2015):
Connections: The Beatles and Dylan in Mono on Vinyl and more…
Connections: Dylan's Basement Tapes and other stuff…
May 15, 2015 Bob Dylan Special with Chris Frantz:
Peppy Castro of The Blues Magoos: Interview/Conversation
Roz Chast: Guest DJ and Interview with New Yorker cartoonist and bestselling author:
Stretching out with electronic music by Suzanne Ciani, Laurie Spiegel, Brian Eno and Aphex Twin. Plus Beethoven, Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane. Along with Rolling Stones, Beatles, David Lindley, The Blue Nile and much more!
Connections at Night (including music and comedy geared for late night listening):
Bob Dylan Special with Chris Frantz and Jeff Slate (May 2014):
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