Due to the fact that we'll now be following a rebroadcast of something which aired hours earlier, and this will happen without an opportunity to announce the change to our listeners, I imagine my audience will drop to, well, the trusty handful who're reading this message. But I'll continue to ride the bucking bronco that is 'BAI as long as I can. Even though the buck-speed has been turned up to eleven.
I still love the fuck outta the place.
Thanks, as always, for your support, Folks. If you're interested in keeping up with my radio future (or lack thereof), I strongly urge you to join the Thump and Growl Facebook group. I'm now gonna sit down with a bag of sweet pea crisps, put on my headphones, and listen to the entire Cake discography in chronological order and at tremendous volume, and hope this has all disappeared by the end.
The Summer Fund Drive episode of Thump and Growl (complete with cliffhanger) is happening July 30th, where our gift to you for supporting WBAI will be The Best of Thump and Growl, Volume 5! New to the show, or just now recovering from a two-and-a-half-year long dialing finger injury? Don't fret. You'll be able to snag volumes 1 through 4, as well. Artists are daily being added to the line-up. Don't miss this one, mmmkay? 65% of life's mysteries will be answered on Tuesday the 30th, 10-noon.
Thump and Growl Summer Fundraiser
10-noon, Tuesday, July 30, 2013
WBAI 99.5 FM in NYC and streaming at http://wbai.org
UPDATE: I'm still tracking down musicians, many of whom are hiding like truffles. Participating artists so far include Red Baraat, The Coup, Kate Nash, Luna, Lilacs & Champagne, Maia Vidal, OK Star Orchestra, The Cannanes, Greg Brown, Kaleidoscope Jukebox, Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra, and my new favorite band Blue Gene, who wanted to know how the hell I found ‘em. Deets are still being worked out with some other big probablies.
PS: I call dibs on the future band name Big Probablies.
Bursting with the tastiest from recent episodes, The Best of Thump and Growl, Volume 4 includes tracks by:
Thump and Growl Fall Fundraising Show
10-noon, Tuesday 10/2/2012
WBAI 99.5 fm in NYC
and streaming at http://wbai.org
Pledge Line: (212) 209-2950
Tune in, call up, plunk down.
Morphine's Mark Sandman would've hated to have his 60th Birthday recognized. But Thump and Growl is doing it anyway. With music from Morphine's discography and Sandman's solo work, as well as from incarnations which came both before and after: Treat Her Right, Orchestra Morphine, Jeff Robinson Trio and Dana Colley, Bourbon Princess, Twinemen, Ever-Expanding Elastic Waste Band, Either/Orchestra, A.K.A.C.O.D., and others launched or influenced by Sandman's career. We'll also hear some unreleased material and a Morphine cover or two. That'd really piss him off.
Thump and Growl
10-noon, Tuesday, 9/18/2012
WBAI 99.5 fm in NYC
and streaming live at wbai.org
Seu Jorge and Almaz
The Jolly Boys
Stephin Merritt and The 6ths with Katherine Whalen of Squirrel Nut Zippers
Skintologists featuring Kerieva
Adrian Younge with Calibro 35 and Shawn Lee
the late great Mark Sandman
Snag a copy for y'self, our gift to you for your pledge of support to WBAI and Thump and Growl.
Hiya, Kids. Tune in Tuesday, May 8th for the Occupy Thump and Growl fundraising special, where I'll be spinning tracks from the upcoming release, Occupy This Album, and making the 4-disc set (including Willie Nelson, Mogwai, Jackson Browne, Debbie Harry, Patti Smith, Yo La Tengo, Thievery Corporation) available to you for a pledge of $50 or more. Double it and we'll add a pair of passes to Tuesday evening's release party at City Winery, where the performers include Michael Moore. Singing. Not only will you be saving money ($140 value), but you'll be helping to keep alternative radio alive.
Joining me in the studio will be producer Jason Samel along with the following artists from the 76-track album:
Angels Of Vice
Greg Smith and the Broken English
John Butler Trio(ish)
Dylan Chambers and his father Lester Chambers of the Chambers Brothers
...and we're still working out arrangements with a few more artists I'm VERY excited about hosting.
Thump and Growl
WBAI 99.5 fm in NYC and streaming at http://stream.wbai.org
Call (212) 209-2950 to pledge during the show, and let the phone volunteer know whether you're cool with having your name read on the air. See ya then!
This week Thump and Growl becomes PLUMP and Growl as we salute the day with a T&G Fat Tuesday music mix celebrating all things embonpoint. The custom compilation is our gift to you for pledging your support to WBAI. Tune in live and pledge to help keep the freeform sounds of independent radio alive. Aaaaand to snag your Fat Tuesday CD. It's gonna be SO FAT.
Participating artists include:
Root Boy Slim
David "Honeyboy" Edwards
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Mississippi Gabe Carter
The MarchFourth Marching Band
Thump and Growl (and jiggle)
Tuesday, February 21st
WBAI 99.5 FM in NYC
and streaming at http://stream.wbai.org/
Call (212) 209-2950 during the show to pledge, and when the phone volunteer asks whether I may read your name on the air, give 'em a big, fat yes.
NEW: Can't call in during the show? You now may pledge for the premium at http://www.give2wbai.org/product_p/oc0486.htm
If you'd like to make an online donation which doesn't involve a thank-you gift, you may do so by going to http://wbai.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=9898&Itemid=154 and selecting your desired amount, then from the pull-down menu, hit "Thump and Growl."
Occupy Wool Street is a Chicago-based campaign encouraging knitters, crafters, and designers to make hats, scarves, gloves, blankets, and such to help OWS protesters better endure the cold weather. The effort not only provides a valuable service for the movement, but also allows the participation of those who'd like to join the protest, but are unable to be there physically.
WBAI's Wall Street studios serve as the collection point, receiving both mailed packages and by-hand deliveries for distribution at Zuccotti Park and other protest points throughout NYC. For drop-offs, call (212) 209-2800 M-F 9:00-5:00 and have your name added to the security list, then bring photo ID with you. Otherwise mail gear to:
120 Wall St., 10th floor
NY, NY 10005
Q - Does the fiber used to make the items need to be wool?
A - Nah. As long as it's clean and not animal fur.
Q - I have many wonderful qualities, but I don't knit or crochet or sew or anything. Does it need to be something I made myself?
A - Not really. I don't knit or crochet either, so I'm thinking of taking this opportunity to learn. But I'll likelier just be hitting up Etsy.
Q - Is this tax deductible?
A - Nope. But think of the warm fuzzy (see what I did there?) feeling you'll have, knowing you've put a lid on the noggin of a cold protester.
Q - I desperately, desperately want to do more. How can I do more? Hurry! Tell me! Quick!
A - You can help spread the word. There's an Occupy Wool Street Facebook page you can like and share. Plaster Tumblr with us. Tweet 'til you're sore. Noodge your crafty hipster friends. Harass your nanna. Host an OWS needle party (not the heroin kind, though.) Got a rooftop you can safely climb atop for shouting purposes?
Q - Is there some secret you've not yet told us?
A - Why, yes, there is. If you'd like to use a stitch or a safety pin to attach a personal note of encouragement to the protester who'll be wearing your handiwork, or even a photo of yourself, we'll be extra super double careful not to knock it off.
Q - I have questions, but I'm trapped under a heavy piece of furniture and can't get to the internets right now. What should I do?
A - First, yell for someone to come help you. Thank them profusely, 'cause folks is busy, y'know. Then later, send your questions to email@example.com
Fight the power! With fuzzy mittens!
UPDATE 2/2/2012: WBAI and I would like to thank everyone who participated in Occupy Wool Street by creating, donating, and spreading the word. It's been an overwhelming success, with many more submissions than we ever imagined we'd get. Because of the volume of donations already received, and the changing logistics of the local Occupy Wall Street protests, we've decided to start winding it down now, rather than next month. Items we currently have on hand will still be distributed to the protesters, as will any currently in transit. If you're now working on something for the project, you may still send it in, if you like. Everything will find a worthy host.
Again, many thanks to all who took part. It's been heartening to see handmade hats, scarves, gloves, and such coming in from all over the country, including from the Occupy Berkeley Solidarity Knit-Ins, and one gentleman in the Bronx who himself knitted two or three boxes of beautiful cold weather gear.
Thank you all.