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Sonic Shock Therapy

hosted by Treavor Hastings  //  Monday at 5p est

"This program is theraputic for me and hopefully it will be for you.  A couple of hours to escape  and reset the brain. You can expect a healthy mix of blues, rock, jazz, funk, prog, psychedelia, stupidity and drama.  No rules, no pre-programmed playlists.  Have a listen.  You never know, it could lift your spirits or even piss you off -- and won't that be fun! " - th


Is this thing on?

It's been far too long since I updated this here blog...and for that I'm sorry.  I'd gotten sucked into a wormhole that took me on the journey of a lifetime.  I saw space creatures, heard incredible sounds and ate exotic foods.  But I'm back and I've got some music to share!  Check out some of these performances...I think you'll dig 'em.  They're sure to inspire the next show.

Stevie Ray 3/21/85 at Manor Downs

Bettye LaVette covering The Who



Where does the time go?

Seems like time has been moving at warp speed lately.  I've been keeping so busy that I think my own shadow is still running behind me to catch up.  If not for music, I think I'd have lost my mind long ago.  This week I've been listening to some great tunes.  Derek Trucks has released a dTb Live album called Roadsongs.  It's stellar!   The dTb sounds better every year and this live album is their best yet.  I strongly recommend checkin it out.  I've also been revisting some great albums from years past.  Here are some the albums in heavy rotation this month:

Funkadelic's Maggot Brain

Rush's Grace Under Pressure

Supertramp's Even in the Quietest Moments

Frank Zappa's Imaginary Diseases

The Decemberist's The Crane Wife

Leslie West's Blues to Die For




I didn't even know such a word existed....but I knew there'd be one.    So, here we are 150 Sonic Streamz later.  It's been a lot of fun pulling together a new show every week.  As I always say to family and friends: It's cheaper than therapy!  

I did do something boneheaded though.  I wrote over my playlist. Now, in order to see what was played on the sesquicentennial show, you've got to listen to it -- which, I guess, is the point anyway.  Right?


But anyway, enough about that.  This past weekend, I went up to Hunter Mountain, NY with Gus Mason and a couple other friends for the sixth annual Mountain Jam hosted by Warren Haynes.  This time around we go to see the Soulive side project  Lettuce, Dave Mason, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi, The Yonder Mountain String Band and Gov't Mule.  It was a stellar event.  Check out some choice cuts from the show that are up on YouTube:

Dave Mason performing

Jerry Douglas performing

Gov't Mule performing



R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio

Heaven and Hell is one of my favorite metal records ever.  And lyrically, the title track is one that resonated with me instantly.  That album is pure genius.  To this day I find myself listening to the whole album and wanting more.  And I recently rescued a Dio anthology from the trash at work (wtf?!) --  everything I hear from him I enjoy.  It's sad that he's gone but his music will endure.  I regret I never saw him in concert...but thanks to the internets we've got some great video to remember him by.   Rest in peace, Ronnie.



Heaven and Hell

Sing me a song, you're a singer
Do me a wrong, you're a bringer of evil
The devil is never a maker
The less that you give, you're a taker
So it's on and on and on, it's heaven and hell, oh well

The lover of lifes not a sinner
The ending is just a beginner
The closer you get to the meaning
The sooner you'll know that you're dreaming
So it's on and on and on, oh it's on and on and on
It goes on and on and on, heaven and hell
I can tell, fool, fool!

Well if it seems to be real, it's illusion
For every moment of truth, there's confusion in life
Love can be seen as the answer, but nobody bleeds for the dancer
And it's on and on, on and on and on....

They say that lifes a carousel
Spinning fast, youve got to ride it well
The world is full of kings and queens
Who blind your eyes and steal your dreams
Its heaven and hell, oh well
And they'll tell you black is really white
The moon is just the sun at night
And when you walk in golden halls
You get to keep the gold that falls
Its heaven and hell, oh no!
Fool, fool!
Youve got to bleed for the dancer!
Fool, fool!
Look for the answer!
Fool, fool, fool!

This week...

This week saw the full trasnformation from RandoRadio to Area 24 Radio take a giant leap forward toward being nearly complete and all of us here are pretty stoked.  In a couple weeks we will move from our current studios to the new digs just down the hall.  In the meantime....we're still pumping out shows from Studio 2B.

This week on Sonic Streamz, we've got a great mix that includes Broken Bells, Jackie Greene, Frank Zappa, Ray Charles, Porcupine Tree, King Crimson, Phil Lesh, National Lampoon's Radio Hour, Bob Marley,  Third World, Paul Simon and tons more. If you missed the show live, head over to our VAULT and listen on-demand there.

 A couple of things I found on the web this week that I thought I'd share:

Gov't Mule performing at Jazz Fest - "Broke Down on the Brazos."


The amazing Albert King interview and performance from Sweden in 1980.