Marsbar Playlist ~ 6-18-2017

June 18, 2017

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 is the complete list thanks to JerusalemSlim’s much-appreciated apres-10PM assistance:

Albert King, Steve Cropper, Pops Staples – Opus De Soul
Angus Stone, Julia Stone, Kygo – For What It’s Worth
Annie Halsam – Rockalise (excerpt)
Beatles – Lovely Rita
Beatles – She’s Leaving Home
Blackmore’s Night – Rainbow Eyes
Bobby Bazini – Summer Is Gone
Boy George – The Crying Game
Carmen Twillie & Lebo M. – Circle Of Life
Cars – Moving In Stereo
Chris Impellitteri – Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Echo & the Bunnymen – The Killing Moon
Elliott Murphy – Anastasia
Elvis Presley – You Were Always On My Mind
Eric Clapton – My Father’s Eyes
Etta James – Life, Love & The Blues
FWLR & JELO – Work And Rule
Gary Moore – Everyday I Will Play The Blues
Gorillaz – Andromeda
Isley Brothers – Shout
Jeff Beck Group – Blues Deluxe
Johnny Cash & Fiona Apple – Father And Son
Kinks – Lost And Found
Kinks – Lola
Kruger Band – Mostly About Johnny One Note
Lucas Silveira – I’m Your Man
Marianne Faithfull – Vagabond Ways
Moody Blues – Melancholy Man
Pink Floyd – Arnold Layne
Porcupine Tree – Collapse The Light Into The Earth
Prince – Rocknroll Loveaffair
Psyche – Disorder (Legacy mix)
Queen – These Are The Days Of Our Lives
Quicksilver Messenger Service – Fresh Air (Rare Session)
Rob Stuart – A Beautiful Thing
Robert Palmer – Johnny & Mary
Rod Stewart – The Killing Of Georgie (Parts I And II)
Roger Waters – The Tide Is Turning (After Live Aid)
Smiths – Panic
Staple Singers – Let’s Do It Again
Strange Advance/Man of Mars Music – Love Becomes Electric (extended club remix)
Stranglers – Always The Sun
Tom Waits – Tom Traubert’s Blues (Waltzing Matilda)
War On Drugs – Thinking Of A Place
Willie Nelson – You Were Always On My Mind
Willy Deville – Across The Borderline

Marsbar Playlist ~ 6-17-2017

June 17, 2017

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.

OK, it was somewhat of a Herculean effort to compile a complete list, enlisting the aid of 3 people (TheBarron, JerusalemSlim, and me)–sort of like stitching together Frankenstein. Let’s see…how many similes and metaphors can I mix? :roll: Anyway, many thanks to TheBarron and JerusalemSlim for their collaborative late night effort:

69 Eyes – Gothic Girl
Beatles – Fixing A Hole
Book Of Love – Boy (Peter Rauhofer Club Mix)
Brian Eno/John Cale – Spinning Away
Cut Copy – Lights & Music
David Bowie – Rebel Rebel (Soulwax Club Remix)
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Earons – Land Of Hunger
Farm – Very Emotional (extended remix)
Fools – Psycho Chicken
Frank Zappa – Montana
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Two Tribes
Front 242 – Masterhit (Parts I & II)
FWLR & JELO – Victory Too Soon (Mooij Remix)
Gary Numan/Tubeway Army – Are ‘Friends’ Electric?
Grace Jones – Feel Up (Remix)
Japan – Quiet Life
Jimi Hendrix – The Wind Cries Mary
Living Colour – Glamour Boys
Love & Rockets – Ball Of Confusion
Moev – Open Mind
New Order – Plastic (extended remix)
Pet Shop Boys – Suburbia (remix)
Petula Clark – Cut Copy Me (Compuphonic Remix)
Portugal. The Man – Purple Yellow Red And Blue
Project Pitchfork – Orange Moon
Psychedelic Furs – President Gas
Rammstein – Reise Reise
Rob Stuart – A Beautiful Thing
Roxy Music – Virginia Plain
Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Love Missile F1-11 (Ultraviolence Mix)
Silencers – Bulletproof Heart
Simple Minds – Medley: New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)/Take Me To The River/Light My Fire (Live)
Slave to the SQUAREwave – Casino
Slave to the SQUAREwave – Get Out Of My House
Sly & The Family Stone – I Want To Take You Higher
Stevie Ray Vaughn & Co – Little Wing (Live)
Talking Heads – Animals
Tame Impala – Yes I’m Changing
Third World – Try Jah Love
Ultravox – Brilliant
Wallflowers – Reboot The Mission

Marsbar Playlist ~ 6-11-2017

June 11, 2017

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 is the complete list, thanks to TheBarron who did double post-10PM duty this weekend:

A Foot In Coldwater – Anything You Want (Make Me Do)
Alphaville – Forever Young
B.B. King/Etta James – There’s Something On Your Mind
Band – The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
Barclay James Harvest – Hymn
Beatles – Strawberry Fields (Stereo Mix 2015)
Beautiful South – Dream A Little Dream Of Me
Beth Hart/Joe Bonamassa – Close To My Fire
Billy Idol – Mony Mony (Hung Like A Pony mix)
Blackberry Smoke/Gregg Allman – Free On The Wing
Cocteau Twins – Pandora (For Cindy)
Colin James – Why’d You Lie
Conjure One – Center Of The Sun (Solarstone’s Chilled Out Remix)
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Fleece – Riverside
Garfield – Play It Again Boys
Hardage feat. Peter Gabriel & Electrokingdom – Big Time (extended remix)
Hidden Cameras – Bread For Brat
Hooverphonic – Anger Never Dies
Jimi Hendrix Experience – Rainy Day, Dream Away
Joe Cocker – Everybody Hurts Sometimes
Jools Holland feat. Steve Earl – Play It Sam
Kate Bush – The Dreaming
Krueger Band – Krueger Motel
Mark Knopfler – Lights Of Taormina
Moby Grape – 8:05
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – Red Right Hand
Paul Weiler – Wishing On A Star
Peter Murphy – A Strange Kind Of Love (Version 1)
Phoenix – Via Veneto
Portugal/The Man – Modern Jesus
Procul Harem – A Salty Dog
Rob Stuart – A Beautiful Thing
Robbie Robertson – Testimony
Roxy Music – Avalon
Shuggie Otis – Purple
Streets – Dry Your Eyes Mate
Supertramp – Brother Where You Bound
The The – Infected
Timi Yuro – Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Troggs – Love Is All Around
Turtles – Happy Together
Unheilig – An Deiner Seite
Velvet Underground – Who Loves The Sun
Verve – Bittersweet Symphony
Willy DeVille – I Call Your Name

 

Marsbar Playlist ~ 6-10-2017

June 10, 2017

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 is the complete list, thanks to much-appreciated late night assistance from TheBarron:

Alabama 3 – Woke up This Morning
Beatles – A Day In The Life
Cabaret Voltaire – Sensoria (12″ Mix)
Christian Hudson – Four Leaf Clover
Chuck Berry – Rock And Roll Music
Cure – A Forest (Acoustic Version)
David Bowie And Annie Lennox – Under Pressure (live)
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Depeche Mode – Everything Counts (In Large Amounts)
Depeche Mode – Strangelove (Tim Simenon/Mark Saunders remix)
Diodes – Photographs From Mars
DJ Kodi – Purple Rain
Duane Eddy – Ghost Riders In The Sky
Electronic Dream Factory – So, What Of Tomorrow (original version)
Eric Clapton/Dire Straits – Wonderful Tonight (Live From Wembley 1988)
Fleece – Under The Light
Fleet Foxes – Fools Errand
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Welcome To The Pleasuredome (Escape Act Video mix)
FWLR & JELO – Work And Rule
George Clinton – Atomic Dog
Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel – White Lines (Don’t Do It)
Hunter Valentine – She Only Loves Me When She’s Wasted
John Martyn – I’d Rather Be The Devil (Devil Got My Woman)
Killing Joke – Love Like Blood (extended 12″ mix)
Kinks – Misfit
Kygo/Julia Stone/Angus Stone – For What It’s Worth
Muse – Dig Down
Ofenbach – Be Mine
Peter Murphy – A Strange Kind Of Love (Version 1)
Phoenix – Via Veneto
Pink Floyd feat. Stéphane Grappelli – Wish You Were Here
Porcupine Tree – The Start Of Something Beautiful
Portugal/The Man – Modern Jesus
Propaganda – Dr. Mabuse
Rammstein – Stripped (Heavy Mental mix)
Rob Stuart – A Beautiful Thing
Roger Waters – Get Back To Radio
Sarah Brightman & Steve Harley – The Phantom Of The Opera
Slave to the SQUAREwave – Johnny 3:16
Sly & The Family Stone – Dance To The Music
Sparks – Kiss Me Quick (Extended Version/New Mix)
Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel – Make Me Smile
Sylvester – Do Ya Wanna Funk
Underworld – Second Hand
War On Drugs – Thinking Of A Place

 

Marsbar Playlist ~ 6-4-2017

June 4, 2017

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.

We missed our weekly dose of Marsden live on Saturday, but he more than made up for it during the Sunday night show. Here is the complete list, thanks to superb post-10PM assistance from JerusalemSlim:

??? – Radio (live)
Alvin Lee – The Bluest Blues
Band – I Shall Be Released
Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa – Your Heart Is As Black As Night
Blackmore’s Night – Wish You Were Here
Bobby Bazini – Summer Is Gone
Clash – Magnificent Seven
David Bowie – Sunday (Moby remix)
David Gray – Sail Away
David Usher – Black Black Heart
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Delerium – A Poem For Byzantium
Gil Scott Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, et al – Ferry Cross The Mersey
Icehouse – Electric Blue (12″ remix)
Iggy Pop – I’m Bored
Isaac Hayes – Theme From Shaft
James Brown – Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag
James Cotton – Feel Like Going Home
Jeff Buckley – Bird On A Wire
Joel Plaskett Emergency – Fashionable People
John Lee Hooker & Bonnie Raitt – I’m In The Mood
Jon & Vangelis – I Hear You Now
Julian Troiano – Try
Kinks – Permanent Waves
Leonard Cohen – First We Take Manhattan
Lotus Eaters – You Don’t Need Someone New
Lou Reed – Ride Sally Ride
Marianne Faithfull – Broken English
Martha And The Muffins – Echo Beach (30th Anniversary Version)
OneRepublic – Kids (SeeB Remix)
Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush – Don’t Give Up
Pink Floyd – Lost For Words
Pink Floyd – Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts VI-IX)
Porcupine Tree – Normal
Rob Stuart – A Beautiful Thing
Rolling Stones – Memory Motel
Slave to the SQUAREwave – Healing Hands
Smiths – How Soon Is Now?
Snowy White – Burning Love
Talking Heads – Once In A Lifetime
TJR – One Love (Original Mix)
Van Morrison – Tupelo Honey
Whitley – More Than Life

80s (and Sometimes 10s) Music Rules ~ Criminally Underrated Artists/Bands ~ WARD

(All photographs copyright (c) Elk Road)

Once again, it has been my good fortune to be contacted by a musician who is promoting his band’s music. I say “good fortune,” because when I pulled up Christopher Ward’s music to preview, the band had me at the opening bars of “Liars.” These hungry ears were fed a heaping helping of lyrical, melodic nourishment that makes them want to go back for seconds, thirds…heck, how about just plain binge-listening.

Christopher Ward

Everything that I’ve heard so far from the Los Angeles-based band WARD embodies the absolute best of pre-grunge, pre-shoegaze, post-punk power pop 80s. What a combination! It’s a more-than-welcome trip down memory lane, and a testament to the fact that great music genres never die—they just get re-purposed. Some artists are gifted to do that more successfully than others, and WARD is one of the best.

Christopher Ward was gracious enough to be interviewed for this article. Take a few minutes to get to know him and his supremely talented band, and put your support behind them to give them a much-deserved push into the spotlight.

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MissParker:  How long have you been making music in the L.A. area?

Christopher Ward: It’s been a whirlwind. I think it’s been six months, max…yeah, we’ve been a band only since Dec 1 (2016). A short time; we’ve played 14 shows for almost 1000 people.

MissParker:  Who exactly is the band and what brought you together?

Christopher Ward: Up until about a year ago (Summer 2016) I was a corporate vice-president for a global technology company working in the Empire State Building in New York City. I had played in many bands in the long-ago past, but had hung up on my dreams perhaps 10 years ago. For many reasons, I did what many people do, what they think they should, what will be safe, what will be secure. My life was increasingly successful, but also increasingly unsatisfying. One day I plopped down at my desk and flipped on my music player. The Joshua Tree came on Pandora and I just started crying. Bawling. Nostalgia is a greek word meaning, ‘the pain of a homesickness.’ In that moment, I knew surely that I wasn’t home, where I needed to be. I had forgotten for many years, until that moment, how much I wanted to play rock music, was meant to play music, and how much my heart yearned to be back home: writing music, singing, and performing on stage.

I left New York last summer and got a place in Culver City, CA. I wrote most of our songs in a couple of weeks over the summer…they all poured out quite fast. In late fall, I started putting ads out on Craigslist and a few other places. It was tough sifting through the respondents, but I ended up with a great band that has come to be WARD: Darren Edwards on drums, Karim Elghobashi on bass, and Mauricio Munguia playing guitar, along with me signing and playing guitar. WARD played our first show Nov. 30, 2016 and haven’t stopped since.

WARD @ Lexington Bar (Feb 2017)

MissParker:  You mention in your promo that Echo & The Bunnymen, The Smiths, and The Stone Roses are all influences. I think that’s just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. I actually hear a bit of early U2 and the British band Ride, among others. Who else do you feel has influenced your music?

Christopher Ward: It’s so funny, everyone seems to have a different take on who we sound like; everyone from The Ramones to Ryan Adams. The early 80s (80-85) has been a target for me, simply because that’s where I’m starting and it’s where I have been harkening back to for a more raw, earnest and live rock sound that I feel is missing from L.A. stages. Tom Petty was the first artist I adored, and always will: His defiance of the establishment and the music industry itself. His songwriting, melodies, and chords are very apparent to me in my music, even if the ‘sound’ is quite different. I love the swagger of The Doors and Echo and the Bunnymen. But more than any other band, I will always adore the ambitious hopefulness U2 continues to dare to bring to music. No band is cooler at being uncool; and yes, their sound is certainly a thread through everything I do.

MissParker: I’m really curious as to what makes a contemporary band go “retro.” Not that it’s a bad thing—on the contrary, I love the trip back to what I feel is the world’s best era/genres of music. But you have veteran musicians like the late, great David Bowie who made it a point to keep pushing forward, pointedly avoiding the past. And another favorite of mine, Gary Numan, has been very vocal about his dislike of being funneled into “nostalgia acts,” preferring to evolve instead of looking back. Yet, as a contemporary band, you do it very well. Why?

Christopher Ward: I adore David Bowie. And in fact, he described himself as a “tasteful thief,” and admitted he would steal happily from other genres, artists and histories. Bowie would be the first to tell us we should readily take ideas from other places, as long we create something unique with that material. The live and raw ‘sound’ from early 80s music, the idealism and arena ambition is incredibly inspiring to me right now, amidst a quite polished and subdued indie rock climate, especially in L.A. I aim to create something new from the known. While WARD is starting with these sounds, I know we will end up someplace else. Our best music is yet to come, and I have no idea what that will sound like. I admit that I started this band on a note of nostalgia, and am happy giving overt nods to the bands that started me down this road. That said, I’ll definitely keep borrowing to make it my own.

WARD @ TRIP (DEC 2016)

MissParker: Who writes the lyrics? Do they deal with a central theme, or are they born of a current state of mind?

Christopher Ward: I write all the lyrics. Love, drugs, and sex cover the themes of many of my favorite songs. Right now, I’m more inspired by introspection about our life choices. Many of the songs have a ‘carpe diem’ sentiment: why we so readily choose safety over the love of our souls, why we are lulled into thinking we have time to waste. I suppose in that way my lyrics obtain more to the introspection of 90s grunge: apathy, confinement, and freedom.

MissParker: I always have to ask this, as trite as it sounds; but as a writer, I’m naturally curious: which typically comes first, the lyrics or the music?

Christopher Ward: Music comes first. Always. I work better as a sketcher than a planner. I think the tone of the songs write the lyrics. I have a book of words I am always looking to insert into great melodies. I’m always trying new things, so that may change some day.

WARD @ Silverlake Lounge (Jan 2017)

MissParker: I know traveling is a huge expense, especially when you have to drag equipment along with you. I am of the (possibly mistaken) impression that cross-country bus trips are turning into a thing of the past.  Do you play anywhere outside of the L.A. area, or do you solely rely on the Internet to get your music out worldwide?

Christopher Ward: We have over 30k fans online, who watch videos, purchase music and give us great feedback. But while the Internet is a powerful thing, nothing will replace live show experience. Live videos can work well to reach more people, but still, the reality is that videos are a sad replacement for the real live show. I think that’s because there’s a very real aspect of theater that goes along with live music: what is special is the moment and space shared between artist and audience. This can’t really be replaced with video. We are still quite new, but very hungry for festivals and live tours outside the L.A. area. And I’m very thankful for your interview with me today. Hopefully, press and interviews like this will help us to connect with the right professionals and start playing outside of L.A. very soon.

MissParker: Your site mentions that you’ve recorded an EP and that the full album is coming soon. When do you expect that to happen?

Christopher Ward: Oh, well good news! Since we first chatted, the EP is now live and available! You can download for free or pay any price you want for it here: http://ward.band/ep. Enjoy!

MissParker: I have come to know a lot of musicians who spend every waking moment trying to get their music played and heard by others. It takes a certain amount of bravery to throw all that you have behind your craft, to the exclusion of everything else. What motivates you to do that?

Christopher Ward: After too many years of my life spent trying to do anything else, giving it my all doesn’t really seem like a gamble anymore.

MissParker: I’m sure we haven’t covered nearly enough territory in this brief interview to give a full picture of the creative force behind WARD, and its ongoing journey. What else would you like to add?

Christopher Ward: Simply to say, that the world needs more people to live the life meant for them and to be who they are, instead of the lives others want them to be. I can certainly thank Bowie for that sentiment, and finally, I feel I am doing my best to live that life. Right now, I think all of us in this band are that, more than anything. It was truly a pleasure to connect with you. Thank you.

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Marsbar Playlist ~ 5-28-2017

May 28, 2017

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 is the complete list, thanks to the ever-efficient late night assistance of JerusalemSlim:

69 Eyes – Gothic Girl
Alarm – Rain In The Summertime (Through The Haze Mix)
Allman Brothers Band – Leavin’
Allman Brothers Band – Midnight Rider
Barclay James Harvest – She Said (live)
Be Bop Deluxe – Modern Music
Be Bop Deluxe – Dancing In The Moonlight (All Alone)
Be Bop Deluxe – Honeymoon On Mars
Be Bop Deluxe – Lost In The Neon World
Be Bop Deluxe – Dance Of The Uncle Sam Humanoids
Be Bop Deluxe – Modern Music (Reprise)
Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa – I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know
Bobby Bland & B.B. King – The Thrill Is Gone
Boomtown Rats – Dave
Concrete Blonde – Everybody Knows
Cut Copy – Lights & Music
Dee Long – Good Night Universe
Fleece – Under The Light
Frank Zappa – Joe’s Garage
Gowan – A Criminal Mind
Horslips – The Man Who Built America
Howard Devoto – Rainy Season
Jags – Last Picture Show
Japan – Gentlemen Take Polaroids
Kristian Kostov – Beautiful Mess
Lee Michaels – Do You Know What I Mean
Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
Lloyd Cole And The Commotions – Speedboat
Man Called Adam – Easter Song
Milky Whites And The Bluesmen – When I Dance With You Baby
Morrissey – Every Day Is Like Sunday
My Morning Jacket – Look At You
Peter Murphy – Marlene Dietrich’s Favourite Poem
Pink Floyd – Louder Than Words
Powder Blues Band – Boppin’ With The Blues
Pukka Orchestra – Listen To The Radio
Rob Stuart – A Beautiful Thing
Scissor Sisters – Lovers In The Backseat
Smash Mouth – Walkin’ On The Sun
Smiths – There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
Sound Of Contact – Pale Blue Dot
Sparks – Kiss Me Quick (Extended Version/New Mix)
Staple Singers – Let’s Do It Again
Steve Forbert – Romeo’s Tune
Steve Hackett – Watcher Of The Skies
Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel – Sebastian
Thomas Dolby – Windpower
Tubes – Don’t Touch Me There
Willie Nelson – Always On My Mind