Radio Free Song Club

Number 31

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All new music from: Jonathan Spottiswoode, Laura Cantrell, Chris Cochrane, Kate Jacobs, Amy Allison, Dave Schramm and Rick Moody, Peter Holsapple, Timothy Hill, and Jody Harris

Presented by: Nicholas Hill

The Radio Free All Stars: Dave Schramm, David Mansfield, Chris Cochrane, Timothy Hill, Paul Moschella, JD Foster, Dave Schramm, Jimi Zhivago

Number 31 was recorded live at The Living Room on the very last night of that wonderful venue on Ludlow Street — we happily anticipate its official renaissance in Brooklyn. Jonathan Spottiswoode was a guest. Chris Cochrane was a guest and first-time All Star, and Jimi Zhivago emerged from the control booth to make an All Star cameo. Dave and Laura were present and accounted for, but brought pre-recorded tracks for live over-dubbing. Both Peter Holsapple and Jody Harris had laryngitis. Peter bravely sang his song anyway to great effect and acclaim. Jody was able to perform his song, but with only a ghost of a vocal. Sadly he refused to do his Barry White. He recorded his vocal later, making this show a particularly mashed up mash up of the Live, the Later, and the Prior.

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Number 30

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All new music from: Joe McGinty, Will Musham, Karen Schoemer, Dan Bryk, Lianne Smith, Amy Allison, Peter Holsapple, Freedy Johnston, Kate Jacobs, Peter Blegvad and Dave Schramm

Presented by: Nicholas Hill

The Radio Free All Stars: Dave Schramm, Jeremy Chatzky, Paul Moschella, Joe McGinty and Don Piper

The not-quite-so-final-next-to-last show at The Living Room’s Ludlow Street digs. A fine time was had by all.

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Our Saturn Return

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It was early June 2013 and we were back at Gary’s Chop Shop. Richard Buckner was our guest. Jon Graboff was an All Star for the first time. Summer was about to begin.

All new music from:
 Richard Buckner, Victoria Williams, Howe Gelb, Jennie Lowe Stearns, Timothy Hill, Dave Schramm, Kate Jacobs, Peter Holsapple and Don Piper.

The Radio Free All Stars: Jon Graboff, Konrad Meissner, Don Piper, JD Foster, Timothy Hill and Dave Schramm

Presented by: Nicholas Hill

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Vingt-Neuvième

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Happy Summer to you all. It was July outside, but cool and dark in The Living Room. Goodbye Ludlow Street? Not so fast. The first of three “final” shows at The Living Room’s Ludlow Street haunts got Chris Stamey out of the house. Laura wrote about nuns, Kate referenced Supertramp, Freedy studied the lava flows, and Steve Goulding debuted as an All-Star. And then after the show half of the participants hightailed it across the river for a farewell performance at Maxwell’s, which was in it’s final week of existence. Sigh.

All new music from:
 Chris Stamey, Freedy Johnston, Dave Schramm, Jody Harris, Amy Allison, Kate Jacobs, Peter Holsapple and Laura Cantrell

The Radio Free All Stars: Jeremy Chatzky, Steve Goulding, David Mansfield, Timothy Hill and Dave Schramm

Presented by: Nicholas Hill

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Delirium Twenty-Sevens

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All new music from:
 Peter Stampfel, Ed Rogers, Amy Allison, Jody Harris, Don Piper, Peter Blegvad, Kate Jacobs/Ted Reichman, Peter Holsapple, Laura Cantrell, and Dave Schramm/Rick Moody

Presented by: Nicholas Hill

The Radio Free All Stars: JD Foster, Konrad Meissner, Andy Burton, Mark Spencer, Don Piper and Dave Schramm.

Peter Stampfel brought his banjo and his fiddle and his rainbow bow, along with a tune copped from Prince Albert Hunt’s Texas Ramblers via the Harry Smith Anthology, and another old favorite he completely re-imagined. Ed Rogers brought us all to the street where he was born, channeling the Village Green. Peter Blegvad brought his God Detector. Jody sang the blues. Amy, Don, Kate and Ted, Mr. Holsapple, Dave and Rick, Laura brought daisies, thirteen year-olds, telecasters played with abandon, tremelo, hidden sorrow, and tales of West Eighth Street.

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26th Boxing Day Edition

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All new music from:
 Bob Musial, Alana Amram, Stuart Moxham, David Mansfield, Peter Holsapple, Kate Jacobs, Don Piper, Peter Blegvad, Dave Schramm, Freedy Johnston, and Amy Allison

Presented by: Nicholas Hill

The Radio Free All Stars: Dave Schramm, David Mansfield, JD Foster, Paul Moschella, Timothy Hill, and Don Piper

An unusually co-writery bunch of songs for our crew.  Amy Allison and David Mansfield, Don Piper and Ed Rogers, Kate Jacobs and Dave Schramm. Curious. Jody sent us Bob Musial, and Peter Blegvad sent Stuart Moxham. All tucked into the tiny Maid’s Room — truly and virtually — where Prosperity Dumplings are always just around the corner.

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Twenty-Fifth Number

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All new music from:
 Don Piper, Kate Jacobs, Peter Blegvad, Stivali Comodi, Jody Harris, Dave Schramm, Amy Allison, Karen Mantler, Peter Holsapple, and Laura Cantrell w/Tracyanne Campbell

Presented by: Nicholas Hill

The Radio Free All Stars: Dave Schramm, David Mansfield, JD Foster, Konrad Meissner and Andy Burton

Beautiful Brooklyn Recording! Thanks Andy Taub! This show was pure chaos to organize but went down smooth as glass.

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Number 24

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All new music from:
 Dana Kletter, Byron Isaacs, Victoria Williams, Freedy Johnston, Peter Holsapple, Dave Schramm, Amy Allison, Heather Fae Speaker, Peter Blegvad, Kate Jacobs, and Laura Cantrell

Presented by: Nicholas Hill

The Radio Free All Stars: Dave Schramm, David Mansfield, Byron Isaacs, Paul Moschella and Andy Burton

Live at The Living Room. Byron Isaacs of Ollabelle was an All Star and guest writer, Dana Kletter was in town with a killer sad song. Dave wrote with Rick Moody again, and Laura with Sam Bisbee. Freedy brought a song about Joey Ramone. We played tracks from Victoria, Peter H and Peter B. Kate sang a song for the Queen’s Jubilee and Amy wrote about a real angel. Dana and Laura honored Doc Watson with Down in the Valley to Pray. RIP Doc.

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Catch 23

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All new music (mostly) from:
 Rick Moody, Simone White, Freedy Johnston, Don Piper, Kate Jacobs, Dave Schramm, Peter Blegvad, Laura Cantrell, Jody Harris, and Peter Holsapple; Nicholas Hill covers Levon and the Hawks

Presented by: Nicholas Hill

The Radio Free All Star Orchestra: Dave Schramm, David Mansfield, JD Foster, Konrad Meisner, Ted Reichman, Don Piper, Matt Horn, and Franklin Bruno

Back in the Chop Shop, thank you Gary! Rick Moody and Simone White were our guests, throwing themselves into the instant nature of the thing and reveling in the All Star experience. Because what happens is: you bring in a new song, tender and green, and in a few minutes you’re singing it with a great band giving it their glorious all. Nicholas honored Levon Helm with a Levon and the Hawks tune. Further elegies from Don, Kate and Peter B. Dave collaborated with Rick, and Laura with Franklin Bruno. Freedy and Jody got band do-overs of earlier songs. And Rick read from his new collection of essays on music, an exhortation to the drummers of Europe, with band accompaniment.

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Goodness Gracious Take 22

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All new music from:
 Mary Lorson, Joe McGinty, Freedy Johnston, Jennie Lowe Stearns, Stivali Comodi, Amy Allison, Don Piper, Kate Jacobs, Dave Schramm, and Peter Holsapple

Presented by: Nicholas Hill

The Radio Free All Stars: Dave Schramm, David Mansfield, JD Foster, Paul Moschella, and Joe McGinty

Back in the tiny yet brilliant Maid’s Room, with Prosperity Dumplings just around the corner. Finally got Mary Lorson in the studio with two songs (one new and wary, one older and happy as a summer movie). Joe McGinty back for an All Star turn and another piece of post-pop lovelornity. Freedy was there, explaining the value of putting the word California in your chorus. JD Foster premiered his new band Stivali Comodi with a fresh track hot off the press.

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