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The Bottomless Pit

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For December 20

by Marshall Crenshaw
Kathryn Williams and Niall MacColl (courtesy of the artists' website)

Please join me tonight at 10 on "The Bottomless Pit" for the first of two wrapping-up exercises for 2014, both of which will include some holiday season music by Kay Martin and Her Bodyguards, The Pogues and others. I'll also recap 2014 from a personal standpoint, talk about some interesting work experiences I had this year and play some tracks by Drivin' and Cryin', Steve Wynn, Kathryn Williams and Neill MacColl, plus lots of others.

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For December 13

by Marshall Crenshaw
Ian McLagan

As mentioned last week, tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10 is a full-hour tribute to the great, and now sadly late, Ian McLagan. We'll hear his musical soul power, of which he had massive amounts, on records by The Small Faces, The Faces, Ron Wood, Rod Stewart, James McMurty, Lucinda Williams and many more others, including Ian himself (in his singer-songwriter mode). He was a real favorite of mine, somebody who could play "the phone book"— and break your heart with it.

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For December 6

by Marshall Crenshaw
The Move

I have the blues over the death of Ian McLagan, one of the greatest rock musicians who ever breathed air. However, tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10 is a "rerun anthology," assembled from parts of past shows, because I haven't had a spare minute during the last two weeks to do a new show. Late last night I thought of scrapping the "rerun anthology" and slapping together a quick Ian McLagan tribute, but instead I'll do a full show on him next week when I'll have the time to do it thoughtfully.

Meanwhile, tonight on the show I'll trace the history of the vibraphone and of The Move ... and a little bit more.

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For November 29

by Marshall Crenshaw
Norton Records (courtesy of their website)

Tonight's post-Thanksgiving edition of "The Bottomless Pit" at 10 is a straight-up rerun of a show that aired on Dec. 15, 2012. It's a tribute to the good works of Billy Miller and Miriam Linna, outstanding citizens/artists/entrepreneurs, owners and operators of Norton Records and Kicks Publications. They've been having some extra trials and tribulations lately; I'm rerunning this week's show to restate my appreciation for what they do and what they've done.

Musically, we'll hear, of course, Hasil Adkins, The A-Bones, Danny Zella, Gene Vincent, Lou Reed (with The Primitives), Bobby Fuller, Esquerita, Nervous Norvus, and many more great artists that are found on the Norton label and website.

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For November 22

by Marshall Crenshaw
Scott Walker with Sunn O))) (photo by Phil Laslett)

Tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10 marks a kind of a random anniversary (the 51st), but an anniversary nonetheless: of the death of President Kennedy, one of the sh***iest things that ever happened to America. I still remember the day—and the days after—and the way the whole thing felt to me as a 10-year-old kid. We'll go back to that time period, musically speaking, and actually have a good time doing it, the prior downcast-sounding sentence notwithstanding.

We'll also hear a track from the new album by Scott Walker and Sunn O))) which is, of course, a real toe-tapper.