Due to my week being especially harried and hectic, tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10 is a rerun, and I went way back in the archives for this one, from October 2011. The whole show is dedicated to the girl group sound and era. This music was created back in the 1960s but continues to cast its spell to this day. I did the show in the first place after having to miss the Lincoln Center concert, "She's Got the Power: A Girl-Group Extravaganza," which I'm told was, emotionally and musically, a killer.
Tune in tonight to hear The Luv'd Ones, Maxine Brown, Jackie DeShannon, The Shangri-Las, and many more!
Q: What do Leiber and Stoller, Merle Haggard, Tom T. Hall, and Bob Dylan all have in common?
A: They'll all be heard on "The Bottomless Pit" with me, Marshall Crenshaw, tonight at 10. Tonight's show will also feature a tribute to the truly great, and now sadly late, Lesley Gore.
Last August, while I was in California with The Bottle Rockets, I paid a visit one afternoon to Amoeba Music in Hollywood to shop, and to be filmed while shopping. They have a video feature on their website called "What's In My Bag." If you'd like to see a segment of "What's In My Bag" featuring me, watch it here.
I had a super-great time at Amoeba that day, and on tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10, we'll take a listen to all of the records that I bought there, including selections by Sun Ra and The Arkestra, The Staple Singers, Lata Mangeshkar and a good many more.
Tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10 will include some nepotism, some cronyism, and much more. Rapper and YouTube star Froggy Fresh is my cousin Rita's grandson. His records and videos are much loved by the New York Crenshaws, the Dallas Crenshaws, the Michigan Crenshaws (and all the rest), and by millions of other people too. He'll be heard on the show this week. That's the "nepotism" part.
Then, I went to my post-office box one day two weeks ago and it was stuffed full of CDs by some of my favorite recording artists who also happen to be friends of mine: Bill Lloyd of Nashville, Viktor Huganet of France, and the great Scott Morgan of Ann Arbor. They will all be heard on the show—there's the "cronyism" part. Finally, there was also a CD in my mailbox that day by guitar genius Toulouse Englehardt, who I've never met and I'm not related to. Toulouse and the now, sadly, late, Don Covay are the "much more."
It's (still) a New Year, so let the tributes to newly-dead rock and rollers of 2015 begin. On tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10, I'll start with a tribute to Kim Fowley, a singular and brilliant character. He was only 75 when he died earlier this month, but had a couple lifetimes' worth of first-hand rock and roll stories. He also had some unique personal accomplishments as a record producer, manager, songwriter, and person who did it all and saw it all. In addition, I'll also be playing some tracks from the superb new (as of 11/14) album Seeds by TV on the Radio. And I plan on letting my iPod-on-shuffle do at least part of the show for me. What could possibly go wrong?