Marsbar Playlist ~ 1-19-2020

January 19, 2020

bigmars1David Marsden streaming live via the Internet. Join the fun and get some interesting (and always entertaining) information at the forum on Marsden Global.

Be sure to catch David and an eclectic collection of guest DJs streaming 24/7 on NYTheSpirit.com. Experience music unique to David Marsden and his tenure at CFNY-FM–music that defines not only an era, but a lifetime.

Typically, David presents a live show from 8PM until midnight on Saturday and Sunday nights; but, you just never know when he’ll pop in during the week.

Here’s the complete list, thanks to superlative late night assistance from JerusalemSlim:

54-40 – Sucker For Your Love
Adrian Belew – Phone Call From The Moon
B.B. King – The Thrill Is Gone
Beautiful South – Dream A Little Dream
Ben E. King – Stand By Me
Bruce Springsteen feat. Tom Morello – The Ghost Of Tom Joad (live)
Cabaret Voltaire – Sensoria (12″ mix)
Cockney Rebel – Sebastian
David Bowie/MARRS/Martin Luther King – Heroes With A Dream (mash-up)
David Gilmour – Where We Start
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Delerium – Myth
Domenic Troiano – We All Need Love
Dr. John, The Night Tripper – I Walk On Guilded Splinters
FM – One O’Clock Tomorrow
Gary Moore – With Love (Remember)
Goldfrapp – Ooh La La
Imagination Machine – True (May The Road Rise)
King Crimson – I Talk To The Wind
Kinks – Permanent Waves
Klaatu – Dear Christine
Krueger Band – Krueger Motel
Laurence Fishburne – Red Pill/Blue Pill dialogue from “The Matrix”
Leonard Cohen – Everybody Knows
Long John Baldry – Mr. Rubin
Lynyrd Skynyrd – That Smell
Moody Blues – I Know You’re Out There Somewhere
Morrissey feat. Thelma Houston – Bobby, Don’t You Think They Know?
Otis Rush – Right Place, Wrong Time
Peter Gabriel – Here Comes The Flood
Rob Stuart – A Beautiful Thing
Rod Stewart – Tom Traubert’s Blues (Waltzing Matilda)
Ruby & The Romantics – Our Day Will Come
Rupert Hine – I Hang On To My Vertigo
Shirley Bassey – Light My Fire (Booster Mix)
Snow Patrol – Don’t Give In
Snowy White – Burning Love
Steppenwolf feat. John Kay – Snowblind Friend
Sugarloaf – Green-Eyed Lady
Timmy Jay – Dread Not
Van Morrison – Astral Weeks
Van Morrison & Taj Mahal – How Can A Poor Boy?
War On Drugs – Strangest Things
Yello – Desire (Club mix)

Marsbar Playlist ~ 1-18-2020

January 18, 2020

bigmars1David Marsden streaming live via the Internet. Join the fun and get some interesting (and always entertaining) information at the forum on Marsden Global.

Be sure to catch David and an eclectic collection of guest DJs streaming 24/7 on NYTheSpirit.com. Experience music unique to David Marsden and his tenure at CFNY-FM–music that defines not only an era, but a lifetime.

Typically, David presents a live show from 8PM until midnight on Saturday and Sunday nights; but, you just never know when he’ll pop in during the week.

Here’s the complete list, thanks to late night assistance from TheBarron, who managed to fit list-keeping in with show-shoveling!

10CC – The Wall Street Shuffle (Eminent Mix)
A Foot In Cold Water – (Make Me Do) Anything You Want
Aztec Cameras – Walk Out To Winter
Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band – I’m The Urban Spaceman
Boomtown Rats – Wind Chill Factor (Minus Zero)
Bryan Ferry – Is Your Love Strong Enough?
Comsat Angels – I’m Falling
Cut Copy – Lights & Music
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Dirty South & Evermore – It’s Too Late
Frank Zappa – Stink-Foot
Garfield – Crossing Over
Grace Jones – Slave To The Rhythm
Jimi Hendrix – The Wind Cries Mary
Jordan John – Make Way For The Funk Parade
Killers – Land of The Free
Lords Of The New Church – Dance With Me
Mike Batt feat. Midge Ure & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Vienna
Morrissey feat. Thelma Houston – Bobby, Don’t You Think They Know?
Parade – Go West
Parliament – Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)
Paul Weller – You Do Something To Me
Pet Shop Boys – Go West (12″ 2001 version)
Prince – Little Red Corvette (Dance mix)
Propellerheads feat. Shirley Bassey – History Repeating (Hip Length Mix)
Queen – Radio Ga Ga
Rammstein – Stripped (Heavy Mental Mix)
Richard O’Brien & Rocky Horror Cast – The Time Warp (1989 remix & extended version)
Rob Stuart – A Beautiful Thing
Robbie Robertson feat. Caroline MacKendrick – Unbound (Glen Ballard Remix)
Rough Trade – Crimes Of Passion
Simply Red – A Song For You
SLAVE To The SQUAREwave – Bonnie & Clyde
SLAVE To The SQUAREwave – Starrs
Sly & The Family Stone – I Want To Take You Higher
Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes – Love On The Wrong Side Of Town
Specials – The Lunatics
Spoons – Life On Demand
Stevie Ray Vaughn – Riviera Paradise
Strawbs – Queen Of Dreams
Terence Trent D’Arby – Wonderful World
Tom Robinson – Atmospherics: Listen To The Radio
Tubes – Tubes World Tour
Ultravox – White China (Special Mix)
Underworld – Born Slippy (Nuxx)

Marsbar Playlist ~ 1-12-2020

January 12, 2020

bigmars1David Marsden streaming live via the Internet. Join the fun and get some interesting (and always entertaining) information at the forum on Marsden Global.

Be sure to catch David and an eclectic collection of guest DJs streaming 24/7 on NYTheSpirit.com. Experience music unique to David Marsden and his tenure at CFNY-FM–music that defines not only an era, but a lifetime.

Typically, David presents a live show from 8PM until midnight on Saturday and Sunday nights; but, you just never know when he’ll pop in during the week.

Tonight, David included a heartfelt spoken word and music set dedicated to Neil Peart from Rush, who put on his wings this past week. Here’s the list complete list, thanks to late night assistance from JerusalemSlim:

Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa – I’ll Take Care Of You
Clash – Mustapha Dance (Rock The Casbah mix)
Concrete Blonde – Mexican Moon
Cowboy Junkies – Me And The Devil Blues
David Bowie feat. Klaus Nomi – The Man Who Sold The World (live)
David Marsden – Spoken Word–Recalling Rush in the early days…
David Marsden – Spoken Word–Recalling Rush and CFNY…
David Marsden – Spoken Word–Recalling the album recognizing “Spirit of Radio…”
David Marsden – Spoken Word–Recalling Neil Peart…
David Usher – Black Black Heart
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Depeche Mode – Route 66 (Beatmasters mix)
Elton John & Charles Aznavour – Yesterday When I Was Young
Eric Clapton – Same Old Blues (live)
FM – Good Vibrations
Gracious – Heaven (a.k.a. Do You Have A Clean Mind?)
Humble Pie – 79th And Sunset
Imagination Machine – Blue Room
Interview – St. Jean Wires
Joe Cocker – You Are So Beautiful
Jon & Vangelis – I’ll Find My Way Home
Julio Iglesias – Crazy
Kris Kristofferson & Steve Earle – Sunday Morning Coming Down
Lighthouse – 1849
Leon Russell – It’s A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
Marianne Faithfull – The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan
Mark Knopfler – We Can Get Wild
Micah Barnes – When In Rome (I Do As The Romans Do)
Molly Johnson – Better Than This
Neil Peart – Cotton Tail/Burning For Buddy–Tribute To Buddy Rich
Rob Stuart – A Beautiful Thing
Roxy Music – Avalon
Rush – 2112 Overture/The Temples Of Syrinx
Rush – Closer To The Heart
Rush – Discovery
Rush – Fly By Night
Rush – Making Memories
Rush – Oracle: The Dream
Rush – Soliloquy
Rush – The Spirit Of Radio
Rush – Tom Sawyer
Rush – Working Man
Scott Walker – If You Go Away
Shuggie Otis – Purple
SLAVE To The SQUAREwave – Tongue Tied
Spandau Ballet – True
War On Drugs – Strangest Thing

80s (and sometimes 20s) Music  Rules ~ Criminally Underrated Artists/Bands ~ Ward Band Album “Bring Me Low” Review

Photography by Warren DiFranco

Imagine being the first band on the planet—and quite possibly in the universe—to release an album for the 2020 decade.  An amazing feat, right? Well, there’s a band on the west coast of the US who achieved just that—I kid you not—and the name is Ward.

Initially I had the privilege to make the band’s acquaintance in June 2017, via an interview with the band’s vocalist, Ward himself. A gracious and interesting interviewee, it was such a pleasure to get to know him and his music in more depth.

Now, I’m excited to familiarize all of you with (the band) Ward’s latest release. As I said, the band purposefully released this creative effort on January 1, 2020 at exactly 12:00AM (UTC+14:00), the dawn of the new decade. In addition to being a collection of beautifully crafted and executed tracks, Ward has designated proceeds from the sales of the album “Bring Me Low” to go to NAMI, a well-respected organization that helps individuals cope with depression and other bouts of mental illness.

“Bring Me Low,” a compendium of songs carefully and concisely illustrating the struggles that creative people find themselves in when battling depression is available for download HERE.

So, here are my thoughts on this brilliant album. I’ve listed it out by title track, each title encapsulated by a few lines of streaming consciousness/impressions scribbled out as I listened. But, please don’t take my word for it. Preview and fall in love with “Bring Me Low” for yourself. And, when you make this album a part of your music collection, feel proud in knowing that you are playing a major part to help musicians, as well as all the rest of us, battle mental disease.

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Album Title: Bring Me Low 

Photography by Warren DiFranco


Artist/band: Ward
© January 2020
Drums: Ryan Dietzenbach
Bass: Chris Gongora
Guitar/vocals: Ward
Guitar: Mauricio Munguia
Photography by Warren DiFranco

All songs by Ward except Further From The Edge (Ward & Munguia), Leave It On (Ward, Gongora, Dietzenbach) and All The Things I Want (Ward, Gongora, Dietzenbach, Munguia)

All songs mixed by The Elk, except Swimming and Leave It On, mixed by Jason Haag and The Elk, and Whatever Takes You Home, recorded live in one take at the lovely Rev9 studio.

Leave It On—My first thought as the song opens is that the melody resembles a very welcome throwback to the post-punk era of the music that I adore. A seriously wild bass riff anchors driving guitars and a frenetic beat that eventually morphs into a slower pace. But, the vocals never quit/slow down. The frantic lyrics and passionate vocals make listeners feel as if the vocalist is taking us along an anxious journey to a destination unknown.

All The Things I Want—Even though the lyrics are dark and full of introspection, the melody/tempo of this track consists of uptempo rhythms and jangly guitars that perfectly complement the vocals. There’s a definite urgency that is clearly conveyed, and yet the listener is given the sense that perhaps the desires/results the singer longs for have been placed out of reach and ultimately abandoned.

Photography by Warren DiFranco

I Can’t Fake It Anymore—The vocals make no bones about the singer/subject being at the end of his rope. We’ve all experienced this state of mind in some form or another during our lives and this song encapsulates perfectly the anger, frustration, and disappointment that result.

Bring Me Low—An angelic anthem that tears at the soul. As a title song, it bears the burden of the entire collection, from introducing the theme to setting the mood. This beautifully haunting song is a success on both counts. Backing vocals harmonize over a bluesy and emotional melody, which then segues into a graphic description of a low point in one’s life and a plaintive plea for relief. It’s a song rife with the struggles and obstacles encountered on the journey to becoming clean and sober.

Photography by Warren DiFranco

Further From The Edge—Ward’s range on this track truly takes us to the edge, then draws us slowly back into our comfort/safety zone. It’s like a roller coaster ride that is both exciting and terrifying because we realize we are not in control. All of us, at one time or another, has felt as though life keeps us hurtling along at its own pace, not ours, and this song is a graphic picture of the emotional tumult.

Swimming—Aurally, we are caught in a whirlpool of emotions. If this is what confusion of thoughts and loss of control sounds like, this track facilitates what it’s like to walk in the shoes of someone in the throes of mental illness. It’s not a pretty place to be—this song eventually has an end, but for some who suffer from depression, it can seem like no end is in sight. The lyrics and Ward’s vocals take us to that place so that we can understand it more fully.

Unsettled Souls—This is an unapologetic explanation of why the singer is who he is. What you see is what you get, and we are advised to deal with it. Most of this album lays bare the essence of a person in the midst of mental illness, but this one track sums it up concisely.

Dirt—The message here seems to be that we all have the ability to choose the path our lives will take—up to a point. That path, once chosen, means there is no going backward, only forward to deal with it the best that we can.

Photography by Warren DiFranco

Whatever Takes You Home—The lyrics in this track tell us that it’s up to us and us alone to figure out how to maneuver our way through life. It’s difficult for each and every one of us, fraught with mistakes and bad decisions, and sometimes we have to fail before we can successfully reach our destination. This is an honest look at what we all face, and Ward’s vocals pull no punches.

There are three bonus tracks/add-ons that are included with the download: Helter Skelter, Don’t Be Scared, and Sober.

Whatever you do, don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience this incredible album, as well as contribute toward a wonderful and important cause. Again, the album Bring Me Low is just a click away and can be downloaded HERE.

And finally, Ward is pulling together a music compilation of peers and other international musicians to raise money for the Australian firefighting efforts. 100% of proceeds will benefit The Trustee for NSW Rural Fire Service & Brigades Donations Fund.  Do your part to support this important and heartbreaking cause. Download/listen HERE.

Ward ~ Swimming (Official)

 

Ward ~ Whatever Takes You Home (Live)

Marsbar Playlist ~ 1-11-2020

January 11, 2020

bigmars1David Marsden streaming live via the Internet. Join the fun and get some interesting (and always entertaining) information at the forum on Marsden Global.

Be sure to catch David and an eclectic collection of guest DJs streaming 24/7 on NYTheSpirit.com. Experience music unique to David Marsden and his tenure at CFNY-FM–music that defines not only an era, but a lifetime.

Typically, David presents a live show from 8PM until midnight on Saturday and Sunday nights; but, you just never know when he’ll pop in during the week.

Here’s the complete list, thanks to the post-10 PM help from the master multitasker himself, TheBarron:

54-40 – How’s Your Day Going
Alan Parsons – Sirius
Arcade Fire – We Exist
Billy Idol – Mony Mony (Hung Like A Pony mix)
Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy
Crowbar – Oh What A Feeling
Culture Club – Do You Really Want To Hurt Me (So80s Extended Reconstruction mix)
Cut Copy – Need You Now
Damned – Eloise
David Gilmour – Where We Start
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Disturbed – The Sound Of Silence
Elliot Murphy – Anastasia
Eric Clapton/Dire Straits – Wonderful Tonight
Farm – All Together Now
Front Line Assembly – Civilization
Gary Numan – Cars (E Reg mix)
Imagination Machine – Dancing On A Highwire
Jason Collett – Vanderpool Vanderpool
Jimi Hendrix – Rainy Day Dream Away
Johnny Clegg & Juluka – Scatterlings Of Africa
Laid Back – White Horse (U.S. edit)
M/A/R/R/S & Michael Jackson – Pump Up The Volume/Bad (mash-up)
Nash The Slash – Dance After Curfew (DM Remix)
New Order – True Faith
Pink Floyd – Atom Heart Mother Suite/Father’s Shout…
Planet Funk – Inside All The People (Harvey’s Ibiza Sleepy mix)
Project Pitchfork – Timekiller (And One remix)
Rammstein – Deutschland
Rob Stuart – A Beautiful Thing
Silencers – Painted Moon (US Extended Remix)
Simply Red – Money’s Too Tight To Mention (The Cutback Mix)
Simply Red – Open Up The Red Box
Simply Red – Something Got Me Started
Simply Red – Stars
SLAVE To The SQUAREwave – Poor Man’s Fight
Sofi Tukker – Swing (Mahmut Orhan remix)
Spacehog – Lucy’s Shoe
Talking Heads – Once In A Lifetime (extended mix)
Terry Draper – Sunset On Mars
Tom Robinson – Cabin Boy
Tubes – Slipped My Disco

Marsbar Playlist ~ 12-22-2019

December 22, 2019

bigmars1David Marsden streaming live via the Internet. Join the fun and get some interesting (and always entertaining) information at the forum on Marsden Global.

Be sure to catch David and an eclectic collection of guest DJs streaming 24/7 on NYTheSpirit.com. Experience music unique to David Marsden and his tenure at CFNY-FM–music that defines not only an era, but a lifetime.

Typically, David presents a live show from 8PM until midnight on Saturday and Sunday nights; but, you just never know when he’ll pop in during the week.

Here’s the complete list, thanks to JerusalemSlim’s unquenchable post-10PM holiday cheer:

54-40 – Dream We Spoke Of
Band feat. Staple Singers – The Weight (live)
Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa – I’ll Take Care Of You
Blackmore’s Night – Rainbow Eyes
Bob Seeger & The Silver Bullet Band – Night Moves
Bryan Ferry – Is Your Love Strong Enough?
Buddy Guy – Mustang Sally
Buddy Guy – First Time I Met The Blues
Colourfield feat. Sinead O’Connor – Monkey In Winter (12″ b-side version)
Crash Test Dummies – Heart Of Stone
Daft Punk – Pentatonix
David Bowie – Blue Jean
David Clayton-Thomas – Never Again
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Dierks Bentley – Black
Dr. John – Such A Night (from Trippin’ Live)
Eric Clapton – My Father’s Eyes
Genesis – Watcher Of The Skies
Goddo – Under My Hat
Imagination Machine – A Northern Evening
Joe Brown – I’ll See You In My Dreams (live)
John Lee Hooker & Van Morrison – Travellin’ Blues
John Martyn – Let The Good Things Come
Ladysmith Black Mambazo – People Get Ready
Leon Russell – A Song For You
Long John Baldry – Let’s Burn Down The Cornfield
Luther Allison – Bad Love
Mark Knopfler – Lights Of Taormina
Mary Hopkin – Those Were The Days
Moody Blues – I Know You’re Out There Somewhere
Parachute Club – Rise Up
Peter Murphy – All Night Long
Psychedelic Furs – Sister Europe
Rob Stuart – A Beautiful Thing
Roger Waters – The Tide Is Turning (After Live Aid)
Simply Red – Holding Back The Years (DMC Remix)
SLAVE To The SQUAREwave – Get Out Of My House
Strange Advance – We Run
Tim Curry – Birds Of A Feather
Tom Robinson – Atmospherics: Listen To The Radio
Toni Childs – The Dead Are Dancing
Tony Joe White – The Guitar Don’t Lie
War On Drugs – Thinking Of A Place
William Shatner – Silver Bells
Wombats – Let’s Dance To Joy Division

Marsbar Playlist ~ 12-21-2019

December 21, 2019

bigmars1David Marsden streaming live via the Internet. Join the fun and get some interesting (and always entertaining) information at the forum on Marsden Global.

Be sure to catch David and an eclectic collection of guest DJs streaming 24/7 on NYTheSpirit.com. Experience music unique to David Marsden and his tenure at CFNY-FM–music that defines not only an era, but a lifetime.

Typically, David presents a live show from 8PM until midnight on Saturday and Sunday nights; but, you just never know when he’ll pop in during the week.

Here’s the complete list, thanks to the flexibility and ingenuity of TheBarron to cover the post-10PM show under technologically adverse conditions!

10CC – I’m Not In Love
Arcade Fire – We Exist
Barclay James Harvest – She Said
Blackmore’s Night – Mid Winter’s Night
Book Of Love – Boy (Peter Rauhofer Club mix)
Boomtown Rats – Back To Boomtown (the remix)
Bruce Springsteen – Secret Garden
Carole Pope/Sara T. Russell – Some Velvet Morning
David Bowie – Wild Is the Wind
David Usher – Black Black Heart
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Echo And The Bunnymen – The Cutter
Echo And The Bunnymen – The Killing Moon
Heaven 17 – Let Me Go (12″ extended version)
Imagination Machine – Blue Room
Japan – Life In Tokyo (12″ extended version)
Jools Holland/Norah Jones – In The Dark
Luciano Pavarotti/Eric Clapton – Holy Mother
Meat Puppets – Backwater
New Pornographers – Use It
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Enola Gay
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Souvenir
Phil Manzanera – Listen Now
Pink Floyd – Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Pts. 6-9)
Pink Floyd – Surfacing
Pogues – Summer In Siam
Pukka Orchestra – A Wonderful Time To Be Young
Queen – Radio Ga Ga
Rammstein – Deutschland
Rob Stuart – A Beautiful Thing
Roxy Music – Avalon
Scissor Sisters Invisible Light
Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Atari Baby
Sinead O’Connor – Nothing Compares To You
SLAVE To The SQUAREWave – Debauchery
SLAVE to the SQUAREwave – Starrs
Sofi Tukker – Batshit
Spandau Ballet – True (12” Mix)
Tight Fit – The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Tractors – Swingin’ Home For Christmas
Visage – The Damned Don’t Cry
Zee – Confusion