Fanatics! Henry Rollins' KCRW Show Tomorrow Night: New La Sera, Going Deep with George Crumb
Fanatics! I am sitting in the backstage area here at the Broadway Theater in Saskatoon Canada as Road Manager Ward wrestles with the south of great sound system here in an attempt to make things sound good for the show that starts very soon.
As you are listening to the show, I will be onstage in Thunder Bay, Ontario. I don't think I have been there before. I thought it best that we start our show with some Thunder references! Most interesting of all of our thunderous choices has to be the Hank III track. This is some serious work. I am so glad Shelton is free from his Curb Records deal at long last so he can really pour it on. A major talent.
More of that new Iggy record for your enjoyment tonight. Let's see, there's a few new thangs we are getting into tonight worth mentioning. The new La Sera record is pretty cool, I have not spent much time with it yet but am digging it. I just got a somewhat new Mark Robinson of Unrest, Flin Flon, Air Miami, etc. project called Fang Wizard. So far, there is an album and a cassette single. To make things interesting, Mark kindly sent us files of the cassette-only songs and tonight, we play one. The very excellent Cloudland Canyon check in with a new album called Fin Eaves and tonight, we play a track from that as well as a track from the new Young Prisms album. I have to play that one a little more as I just got it but so far, I am liking it.
Way down in the second hour, you will notice that we are getting in deep with the great composer George Crumb. The first time I heard his music was on KCRW in 1984 and it was these selections. I became a fan immediately. I think it's perfect for hour number two. It's always great to have a Wolf Eyes track on the show, so tonight we finish our second to last block with Olson and company. I think this set echoes well off our earlier Dolphy track.
Our last block is a teenage blowout. All the songs teen and, of course, Fanatic-oriented. A great way to rip it all the way to the end of the show!
Next week, a great concept set that I hope you like. It was very challenging to put together and took quite awhile but ultimately worth it. I hope you get a chance to check tonight's show! May the iced coffee find you and STAY FANATIC!!! --Henry
Henry can be reached at: Henryontheradio@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter @henryrollins.
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