Tonight, it’s all about 2016 – from A Tribe Called Quest to Kevin Morby and Car Seat Headrest to Nicholas Jaar and the Field – we’re playing some of the year’s best cuts. I hope you join me for a celebration of the year’s finest.
In the meantime, zone in to some Aphex Twin:
I’ve spent the last week organizing my music, so I’ve come across some stuff I haven’t heard in a while. We’ll go back to the 90s with Spacemen 3, Stereolab, Belle and Sebastian, forge our way into some solo guitar with James Blackshaw and John Fahey, and get down with some jazz from the late 60s and early 70s.
In the meantime, enjoy some Stereolab:
Tonight on Point of Departure, I’ll be spinning music from and inspired by New York City as well as some songs in the spirit of tomorrow’s presidential election.
Here’s Muddy Waters’ “Rollin’ Stone,” the second single ever released by Chess Records. A small label started in 1950, Chess was founded by two Jewish immigrants from Poland, Phil and Leonard Czyz. The impact Chess had on music is immense. At the time, they released what was referred to as “race” music, but the label helped popularize blues and what ended up becoming rock n’ roll, with artists such as John Lee Hooker, Etta James, Chuck Berry, and Howlin’ Wolf. And yes, this single was the inspiration for the British rock band and the U.S. magazine.
Phil passed away today at the age of 95. May he rest in peace, and long live great music.
And case you missed it, Point of Departure dove into the music of Nobel Prize-winning poet, musician, iconoclast, Bob Dylan.
But have no fear: You can stream the last half right here: