Marquee Moon 40th Anniversary

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Marquee Moon 40th Anniversary

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017

Rick McNulty hosts Left of the Dial on Fridays, 7-11 pm. Follow him on Twitter @Rick_Daddy

What exactly is a “cult album?” To me, it’s a record that falls through the cracks and goes by largely unnoticed and sells poorly until several years later when scores of music nerds start talking about what a terrific album it was. We’re talking Pet Sounds, Da Capo, White Light/White Heat, Astral Weeks, Ram, Underwater Moonlight, and In An Aeroplane Over The Sea.

marquee moon med coverTelevision’s Marquee Moon is a quintessential cult favorite – it didn’t even crack the top 150 albums in the US – yet it’s had more staying power than most records that came out in the 1970s. And that’s because it’s timeless, it never sounds dated, and it was far ahead of its time when it came out in 1977. A lot of that has to do with Tom Verlaine’s songwriting (strong, forceful, elastic, and hooks galore) as well as the fevered guitar interplay between Verlaine and Richard Lloyd. Guitarists today still mine the album for inspiration and to decipher its code, as if scientists had developed the perfect DNA for the art of guitar weaving.

Like so many cult albums before it, Marquee Moon was a victim of being so far ahead of its time that their record label didn’t know how to market it and radio stations – beginning to succumb to corporate mentality of the late ‘70s – were afraid of it. Television toiled in obscurity; even the glowing reviews from the rock cognoscenti couldn’t save them. They’d break up eighteen months later.

If you haven’t heard it, do yourself a favor. Listen to side 1, which in my mind is one of the greatest sides of music ever committed to vinyl. Four perfect songs in a row including an explosive, epic finish. It’s the real deal.

I remember how the darkness doubled
I recall lightning struck itself.

LOTD Favorites From 2016

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LOTD Favorites From 2016

Posted by on Dec 21, 2016

Rick McNulty hosts Left of the Dial on Fridays, 7-11 pm. Follow him on Twitter @Rick_Daddy

When you host a regular program on KUTX, you feel like you’re being bombarded with a taco cannon shooting new songs at you on a weekly basis – you have to stay on your toes. Hosting Left Of The Dial, where I play more adventurous and sometimes “not ready for prime-time” music, means I’m faced with even more tacos blasting towards my head – it’s like having that taco cannon blast the individual ingredients at you while you have to assemble a taco on the fly.

What I’m trying to say is that I’ve got a truckload of tasty new tacos for you to try, and they’re all from 2016. Below is a Spotify playlist of my favorite tracks from this year, and though you may not dig them all, I bet you’ll find some stuff that you’d use for your own mixtape. In any case, enjoy all the new music. Whoever says that music is dead is full of beans (old crusty beans from a gas station taco).

Tune in to Left Of The Dial on January 30th for Rick’s favorite songs of 2016.

Live Broadcast at Antone’s

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Live Broadcast at Antone’s

Posted by on Sep 15, 2016

Join us on the radio or in-person September 17 as Rick Daddy broadcasts his Saturday night R&B, Blues and Soul show live from Austin’s Home of the Blues. To celebrate the opening of Antone’s vinyl and gift shop, Big Henry’s, Rick (with help from drummer and deejay Mike Buck and his box of 45s) presents four hours of the finest sounds ever pressed on vinyl.

Rick will be joined throughout the evening by a number of legendary Austin Blues and Soul stars as they select their favorite 45s to play on-the-air. Rick has been dusting off his 45 collection and will bring in a couple of singles he received in a trade with the legendary host of Twine Time, the late Paul Ray. “We’ll have more records than you can shake a stick at,” Rick says, “but in any case, come on by and shake your tailfeather.”

Afterwards in the club you can catch Austin legend W.C. Clark with the solid soul of Tomar & The FCs opening. Saturday September 17, 7-11pm 305 E. 5th Street

The Summer of ’66

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The Summer of ’66

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016

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LOTD: Revolver at Fifty

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LOTD: Revolver at Fifty

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016

Rick McNulty hosts Left of the Dial on Fridays, 7-11 pm. Follow him on Twitter @Rick_Daddy

Early cover design.

Early cover design.

Fifty years ago this month, The Beatles released one of the greatest albums in pop music history. It was a game changer — and totally unexpected. Revolver fell into the laps of millions of fans that were used to hearing “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Ticket to Ride” and “We Can Work It Out.” Until that time, nothing The Beatles or anyone else had made sounded like it and nothing could prepare their audience for its arrival.

I recently devoted almost four hours of Left of the Dial to the landmark record, including isolated tracks, cover versions, and all sorts of ephemera related to the making of the album (wait until you hear about the origins of “Got To Get You Into My Life”). The playlist is below to help you skip around, and below that are the files for streaming, divided into four hour-long parts.

Got to Get You Into My Life – Earth, Wind & Fire
Eleanor Rigby – Four Tops
Taxman – Soulive
Taxman – The Beatles
Start! – The JamAt Chiswick
The Zoo – FEWS
She Said, She Said – Mark Mulcahy
Good Day Sunshine – Roy Redmond
Eleanor Rigby – The Beatles
And Your Bird Can Sing – Rogue Valley
Where There’s No One – She-Devils
Slippin’ – Feels
Tomorrow Never Knows – The Beatles
Bottle Rocket – Working for a Nuclear Free City
The New Pollution – Beck
Yellow Submarine – The Beatles
Love You To – Cornershop
She Said, She Said – Don Randi Trio
Got to Get You Into My Life – The Beatles
Paperback Writer – R.B. Greaves
First World Problem – Unknown Mortal OrchestraBeatles '66
And Your Bird Can Sing – The Beatles
Tomorrow Never Knows – Brownout feat. Alex Marrero
Vincent – Car Seat Headrest
Good Day Sunshine – The Beatles
Doctor Robert – Luke Temple
The Cause – Laura Gibson
I’m Only Sleeping (Take 1) – The Beatles
I’m Only Sleeping – The Beatles
Shiny Cage – The Dukes Of Stratosphear
Family Tree – Ben Kweller
Paperback Writer – The Beatles
Rain – The Beatles
She Said, She Said – The Black Keys
Eleanor Rigby – The Handsome Family
Taxman, Mr. Thief – Cheap Trick
Follow Me Home – The Mystery Lights
Taxman – Don Randi Trio
Love You To – The Beatles
Tomorrow Never Knows – Junior ParkerPaperback-Writer-Rain-shoot-the-beatles-9207368-500-358
Here, There and Everywhere – The Beatles
Close to No One – CCC
Good Day Sunshine – Lampshade
Paisley Park – Prince
For No One – The Beatles
Here, There and Everywhere – Roberta Flack
Doctor Robert – The Beatles
T.N.K. (Tomorrow Never Knows) – 801
Eleanor Rigby – Aretha Franklin
Yellow Submarine – Chris Eckman
She Said She Said – The Beatles
And Your Bird Can Sing – Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs
Eleanor Rigby – El Chicano
Love You To – Sukilove
Tomorrow Never Knows – Don Randi Trio
I Want to Tell You – The Beatles
Yellow Submarine – Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
Rain – Ed Harcourt
Tomorrow Never Knows (Take 1) – The Beatles
Got to Get You Into My Life – Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
And Your Bird Can Sing (instrumental) – The Beatles