Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Wanna Get Outta Here (TOTR 391)

(graphic is street art in Hattiesburg, MS, next to the T Bones record store and restaurant)

Resistance Revival Chorus - Ella’s Song

Rev. Sekou & the Holy Ghost - Neighbor 

Ray Charles - Georgia on My Mind 

Bessie Jones & the Georgia Sea Island Singers - O Day

The Wild Tchoupitoulas - Here Dey Come

Lonnie McIntorsh - Arise and Shine

Junior Kimbrough - I Feel Good Again 

Carolina Chocolate Drops - Cornbread and Butterbeans

The War and Treaty - Wanna Get Outta Here

Big Head Todd and The Monsters w/ Cedric Burnside - Ramblin’ On My Mind

Chuck Simmons & Wardell Quezerque - Lay It On Me, Pt. 1

Little Feat - Spanish Moon

Adam Arcuragi - She Comes To Me

Jim Clark - Peggy-O

Sam Amidon - Dry Bones 

The Civil Wars - Poison & Wine

The Head and the Heart - All We Ever Knew

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Teach Your Children

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - Hope the High Road

Hiss Golden Messenger - Biloxi

JJ Grey & Mofro - Tupelo Honey

Steve Earle - Harlem River Blues

Justin Townes Earle - Graceland

Ben Harper & Soweto Gospel Choir & Jordan C. Brown - Fix You 

Dr. John & The Blind Boys Of Alabama & Nicholas Payton - What A Wonderful World 

Listen to these songs on Spotify here:

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Sonic Sanity for Insane Times: Best Music of 2020


Friends of Teacher On The Radio and fans of good music. Seventy albums from 2020, plus a playlist with 111 songs!

  1. Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit - Reunions

  2. Possessed By Paul James - As We Go Wandering

  3. Ray La Montagne - Monovision 

  4. John Craigie - Asterisk to the Universe

  5. Margo Price - That’s How Rumors Get Started

  6. Resistance Revival Chorus - This Joy

  7. Ondara - Folk n Roll Vol. 1: Tales of Isolation

  8. American Aquarium - Lamentations

  9. Drive By Truckers - The Unraveling

  10. Nathaniel Rateliff - And It’s Still Alright

  11. Brian Fallon - Local Honey

  12. The Band of Heathens - Stranger

  13. Dawes - Good Luck With Whatever

  14. Phish - Sigma Oasis 

  15. Ruston Kelly - Shape & Destroy

  16. Sufjan Stevens - The Ascension

  17. The War and Treaty - Hearts Town

  18. Shemekia Copeland - Uncivil War

  19. Tyler Childers - Long Violent History 

  20. Brent Cobb - Keep ‘Em On Them Toes

  21. The Avett Brothers - The Third Gleam

  22. Maria McKee - La Vita Nuova

  23. The Porter’s Gate - Justice Songs

  24. Joshua Burnside - Into The Depths of Hell

  25. Kingdom in My Mind - The Wood Brothers

  26. Bonny Light Horseman - Bonny Light Horseman

  27. Sadler Vaden - Anybody out there?

  28. Mt. Joy - Rearrange Us

  29. Nahko and Medicine for the People - Take Your Power Back 

  30. My Morning Jacket - The Waterfall II

  31. Blitzen Trapper - Holy Smokes Future Jokes

  32. Flaming Lips - American Head 

  33. December - God Is Not A Man

  34. Matt Berninger - Serpentine Prison 

  35. Delta Spirit - What Is There

  36. Jake Blount - Spider Tales

  37. Casey Neill - Crow Hill + EP2

  38. David Wimbish - Surface Tension

  39. Rev. Yolanda - YolandaNanda

  40. David Rovics - Notes From A Failed State

  41. Bill Fay - Countless Branches 

  42. The Chicks - Gaslighter 

  43. Bruce Springsteen - Letter To You 

  44. Jeff Tweedy - Love Is The King

  45. Julian Taylor - The Ridge

  46. Carbon Leaf - Gathering 

  47. Andy Frasco & the U.N. - Keep On Keeping On

  48. Laura Jane Grace - Stay Alive 

  49. AJJ - Good Luck Everybody

  50. Puscifer - Existential Reckoning

  51. Drive By Truckers - The New OK 

  52. Nada Surf - Never Not Together

  53. Mandy Moore - Silver Landings 

  54. William Elliot Whitmore - I’m With You

  55. Sturgill Simpson - Cuttin’ Grass

  56. Colter Wall - Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs

  57. Steve Earle - Ghosts of West Virginia

  58. Bob Dylan - Rough and Rowdy Ways

  59. Indigo Girls - Look Long

  60. Fleet Foxes - Shore 

  61. Danbert Nobacon, Kira Wood Cramer, & The Axis of Dissent - Mesmerica - Expect A Circus

  62. Delta Rae - The Light 

  63. Brennen Leigh - Prairie Love Letter 

  64. The Hanging Stars -  A New Kind of Sky

  65. Ben Seretan - Youth Pastoral

  66. Waylon Payne - Blue Eyes, The Harlot, The Queer, The Pusher & Me

  67. Raye Zaragoza - Woman In Color

  68. Sally Anne Morgan - Thread

  69. Tre Burt - Caught It From The Rye

  70. William Prince - Gospel First Nation

Playlist -

Sunday, January 3, 2021

We're All In This Together Now (TOTR 390)


-marathon all-day episode
-aired live on WTTU back on Monday, December 7, 2020
-best of 2020 & holiday theme

Nahko And Medicine For The People - Bend Like The Willow
Andy Frasco & the U.N. - None of Those Things
Merry Hell - Leave It in the Ground
The Wood Brothers - Jitterbug Love
Sadler Vaden - Don't Worry
Mt. Joy - Let Loose
Phish - Everything's Right
Nada Surf - Something I Should Do
Brian Fallon - When You're Ready
Carbon Leaf - Gathering
Bill Fay - Filled With Wonder Once Again
Nathaniel Rateliff -  And It's Still Alright
Possessed by Paul James - When It Breaks
Ondara - Mr. Landlord
Tyler Childers - Long Violent History
Brent Cobb - Shut up and Sing
Brennen Leigh - Pipeline
Casey Neill - The Distance Ahead
Bruce Springsteen - Rainmaker
Jeff Tweedy - Natural Disaster
Steve Earle - Time is Never on Our Side
Bob Dylan - Murder Most Foul
Sufjan Stevens - America
Puscifer - Bedlamite
Pearl Jam - Buckle Up
Drive-By Truckers - The New OK
The Porter's Gate - We Will Make No Peace With Oppression
Shemekia Copeland - Uncivil War
The Chicks - Set Me Free
Indigo Girls - Howl At The Moon
Margo Price - I'd Die For You
David Wimbish - Sorry
The Avett Brothers - I Should’ve Spent The Day With My Family
Will Kimbrough - The Late Great John Prine Blues
American Aquarium - Six Years Come September
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - River
My Morning Jacket - Run It
Ray LaMontagne - Summer Clouds
Blitzen Trapper - Requiem
John Craigie - Son of a Man
December - God Is Not a Man
Matt Berninger - Loved So Little
Fleet Foxes -  A Long Way Past The Past
The Band Of Heathens - Black Cat
Dawes - Didn't Fix Me
The Flaming Lips- My Religion Is You
Rev. Yolanda - Love Lifted Me
Ruston Kelly - Jubilee
The War and Treaty - Jubilee
Jake Blount - Move, Daniel
Ben Harper & Rhiannon Giddens - Black Eyed Dog
Black Pumas - Fast Car
Eliza Gilkyson - Where Have All the Flowers Gone
Molly Tuttle - She's A Rainbow
Jake Hoot & Ricky Duran - La Bamba
Resistance Revival Chorus & Deva Mahal - Everybody Deserves To Be Free
Mountain Man - Simple Gifts
Jason Ringenberg - John the Baptist Was a Real Humdinger
Mandy Moore - How Could This Be Christmas?
Dolly Parton & Miley Cyrus - Christmas Is (feat. Miley Cyrus)
Carrie Underwood & John Legend - Hallelujah
Brandi Carlile - Hallelujah
Ruston Kelly - Hallelujah Anyway
Eva Cassidy - O Come, All Ye Faithful
The Goo Goo Dolls - Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
Sons Of The Never Wrong - In the Inn
John Prine - Christmas in Prison
Justin Townes Earle - Graceland
Mountain Man - Greensleeves
Andrew Bird - Greenwine
Benjamin Scheuer & Atlantic Holiday - Christmas Is Black And Blue
Merry Hell - Beyond the Call
John Paul White & Rosanne Cash - We're All In This Together Now
Ana Egge & The First Unitarian Brooklyn Choir - We Are One
Bonny Light Horseman - Bright Morning Stars
Margo Price - River
Ruston Kelly - O Holy Night

Monday, December 7, 2020

Marathon of meaning - Ordinary Takes 2 - show notes

 12-5-2020 Ordinary Takes 3 - show notes 

this podcast is a co-production of Teacher On The Radio & Ordinary Space

Co-hosts Andrew Smith & Rick Quinn

links to listen:

“Ordinary Takes” is based at the intersection of pop culture, theology, and social justice, but we wear those ideas loosely and interpret them inclusively.

I definitely want to drop artists and lists and playlists and maybe even discuss/debate some of these choices. But an arc that will unite us today, is the spirit-emotion-message of our music fandom practice, how pop music and headphone therapy/devotionals, helped us survive this totally strange and at times terrifying year. 

This article from Amanda P, the New Yorker critic tapped this vibe:

Rick’s best picks:

Rick’s Picks for Best Albums of 2020

  1. Fetch the Bolt Cutters-Fiona Apple

  2. Reunions-Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

  3. The Unraveling-Drive-By Truckers

  4. folklore-Taylor Swift

  5. Gaslighter-The Chicks

  6. RTJ4-Run the Jewels

  7. Punisher-Phoebe Bridgers

  8. Rough and Rowdy Ways-Bob Dylan

  9. Live Forever-Bartees Strange

  10. Good Souls Better Angels-Lucinda Williams

  11. A Letter To You-Bruce Springsteen

  12. Homegrown-Neil Young*

*Homegrown is technically a 2020 release but is a previously unreleased Neil Young record from 1974-1975 written and recorded after Young’s “Ditch Trilogy” (Time Fades Away, Tonights the Night, On the Beach) and before Zuma.

:20 Amy Rock - Amy is a Nashville resident, Tennessee Tech alumni, and former radio DJ at WTTU. She loves indie rock and EDM and misses going to Music festivals and raves.

Amy Rock’s best of 2020 playlist:

:40 Scott Greenberg

Greenberg’s Top 10 Albums of 2020

  1. Letter to You - Bruce Springsteen 

  2. Rookie

  3. Sideways to New Italy - Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

  4. Saint Cloud - Waxahatchee

  5. Lover & a Fighter - Devil Doll

  6. TIE: Women in Music Pt. III - Haim                                                                                                                                                              Superstar - Caroline Rose 

  7. TIE: Reunions - Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit                                                                                                                                                   That’s How Rumors Get Started - Margo Price

  8. Concrete and Glass - Nicolas Godin

  9. The Unraveling - Drive-By Truckers

  10. Daughter - Lydia Loveless 

Bio As a quirky Jewish kid born into a life of irony on Christmas Eve, Scott Greenberg grew up running wild on the mean streets of suburban Detroit, raised on a steady diet of Motown, AM gold, Marvel Comics, Kiss & Creem magazine, guided only by the wit of Groucho Marx as filtered through Hawkeye Pierce. 


Scott’s radio show - Debts No Honest Man Can Pay - started at WHFR-FM (Dearborn, MI) in 2003. The show moved with him to North Carolina, landing at WGWG-FM (Boiling Springs, NC) in 2006, then Plaza Midwood Community Radio (Charlotte, NC) in 2012. 


There was also a brief 2 1/2-month pitstop at WLFM-FM (Appleton, WI), but that’s another story for another time. Plaza Midwood Community Radio folded in April, 2020. By early June, Debts had “phoenixed” into a podcast, thanks to some friends back in Detroit at NRM Streamcast


Over the years, Scott’s won 4 awards from the Michigan Association of Educational Broadcasters, and was voted Best Radio Personality in the Charlotte Creative Loafing 2015 Readers' Poll.


He currently lives in Charlotte, NC, where he works as a professional copywriter.

1:00  Scott Winchell

Scott Winchell’s 2020 Musical Highlights: 
* Not in order, by any means: (I could go for days, but these are some of the highlights)

  • Fontaines D.C., “A Hero’s Death” (They have saved Irish rock)

  • Declan McKenna, “Zeros” (Strong brit venture)

  • Steve Earle, “Ghosts of West Virginia”  (True Grit)

  • Public Enemy, “What you Gonna Do When the Grid Goes Down?” (Truth)

  • Alanis Morissette, “Such Pretty Forks In The Road” (That jagged little pill didn’t kill her)

  • Waxahatchee, “Saint Cloud”  (Top to bottom greatness)

  • The Psychedelic Furs, “Made Of Rain” (29 years between albums, and it’s one of their best)

  • Pearl Jam, “Gigaton” (I know it pisses folks off to say it, but this is probably their best album in 15 years)

  • Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, “Reunions” (No comment needed)

  • Mylie Cyrus, “Plastic Hearts” (The goddaughter of Dolly is proving worthy)

  • Testament, “Titans of Creation” (Best album of the year, in my opinion.  Definitely, the best thrash album)

  • Phish, “Sigma Oasis” (Not a huge Phish fan.  This album impressed me, however)

  • The Killers, “Imploding The Mirage”  (More people should get into this American treasure of a band)

  • The Weekend, “After Hours” (It is THAT good)

COMEBACK OF 2020:  AC/DC, “Power Up” (Death, jail, hearing loss, vertigo.  Yet, they’re back.)

Miss:  The Blind Boys of Alabama, “Almost Home” (Released years ago, re-released 2020.  This is gold.)

Observation:  Mainstream Country really tanked during the pandemic.  

Throwback:  I had several weeks-long swaths where I listened to Rush, ‘Power Windows’ endlessly.  (1985)

Scott is a proven sales professional and leader, with demonstrated success in sales & marketing development, and revenue, pricing & inventory management. He has successfully built and led numerous B2B sales teams within the media advertising world. Scott has managed the pricing and inventory of a $270 million+ advertising revenue portfolio, while working with local media markets in the sales development of local, regional and national clients. His passion for the media industry, and to help businesses through smart marketing has provided Scott with a deep understanding of all media, including broadcast, the digital landscape, and the every growing world of programmatic advertising.

Scott’s career path has taken him from stops in the broadcasting and music industries as a DJ, music programmer, artist manager and marketing pro to a successful stint in the advertising revenue side of the entertainment world.  

Scott resides in Birmingham, AL with his wife Shannon and three cats.  His favorite band of all-time:  The Cult.  

1:20 Becca Klaver

Songs that have been hanging out on my list for a while and will make the cut:

  1. Destroyer - The Raven

  2. Shamir - Other Side

  3. Margo Price - Prisoner of the Highway OR Stone Me

  4. Waxahatchee -- Witches OR Can't Do Much

  5. Bon Iver - AUATC


Other fun ones to discuss:

  1. Shameika - Shameika Said (feat. Fiona Apple)

  2. Minnie Riperton, Star Slinger - Les Fleurs (Star Slinger Remix)


Plus a few songs that speak to 2020:

  1. Jess Williamson - Pictures of Flowers

  2. illuminati hotties - free dumb

  3. Noname - Song 33

  4. Lightning Dust - Material Life

Becca Klaver is the author of the poetry collections LA Liminal (Kore Press, 2010), Empire Wasted (Bloof Books, 2016), and Ready for the World (Black Lawrence Press, 2020), as well as several chapbooks. A founding editor of Switchback Books, she is currently co-editing, with Arielle Greenberg, the digital poetry anthology Electric Gurlesque. She is the Robert P. Dana Director of the Center for the Literary Arts at Cornell College and lives in Iowa City.

1:40 Steve Stockman

Northern Irish artists suggested by Steve:


Kitt Philippi
Joshua Burnside

Our Krypton Son 

Steve Stockman has been involved at just about every level of music. He has managed, booked bands for the Greenbelt festival, hosted a radio show on BBC Ulster and is a regular reviewer on his Soul Surmise blog. He has written two books, Walk On; The Spiritual Journey of U2 and The Rock Cries Out; Discovering Eternal Truth in Unlikely Music. In 2020 he found himself leaning on the familiar artists like Springsteen, Dylan and Tom Petty and all his new discoveries being Northern Irish artists like Joshua Burnside, Malojian, Arborist, Kitt Philippi and Our Son Krypton. By day Steve is minister of Fitzroy Presbyterian in Belfast, N. Ireland.