Mel got me some new paints for Christmas, and we’re starting a new year, so I decided to do an actual painting on a real canvas, and I did it as close to the style of Edward Hopper as I can manage at the moment. I think I slopped up the background a bit. I used photos I’d taken in different bookstores over the years for reference.
The idea was to ponder whether books have a life, bereft of readers. Is it really the knowledge of the known world if nobody reads it?
Also, I was too lazy to try to paint people.
If you want to see this one a bit bigger, just click on it.
Meanwhile, Monday at 2 PM on The AIR, we kick off the new year with a new episode of Psychedelic Shack, followed at 3 PM by a new edition of Herman Linte’s weekly showcase of the Progressive Rock of the past half-century, Prognosis. You can listen to The AIR at the website, or on the embedded radio player at the top of the right-hand column of this blog.
Nigel Pye dug into his archives for a buttload of acid rock this week, expanding your minds with the folks who did the same in an attempt at better living through chemistry.
Check out the playlist for all the heavy, heavy vibes, man…
Psychedelic Shack 055
Quicksilver Messenger Service “Maiden of the Cancer Moon”
Atomic Rooster “The Devil’s Answer”
Vanilla Fudge “Season of the Witch”
Attiila “Amplifier Fire”
The Frost “Black as Night”
The Illusion “Did You See Her Eyes”
Uriah Heep “Gypsy”
Steppenwolf “Don’t Step On The Grass, Sam”
Psychedelic Shack can be heard every Monday at 2 PM, with replays Tuesday at 9 AM, Wednesday at 10 PM, Friday at 1 PM, and Saturday at 9 AM. Classic episodes can be heard Sunday at 9 AM as part of our Sunday Haversham Recording Institute collection.
Following that hour of Psychedelic wonderments, Herman Linte’s Prognosis will bring us two hours filled with three of the most important albums in the history of Progressive Rock, all of which were released fifty years ago, in 1972. You will all of Emerson Lake and Palmer’s “Trilogy” and “Close To The Edge,” by YES, plus three long tracks from the Genesis album, “Foxtrot.” These are presented in a mixtape format, so you get nothing but the music, after Herman’s intro.
You can hear Prognosis on The AIR Monday at 3 PM, with replays Tuesday at 7 AM, Wednesday at 8 PM, Thursday at Noon, and Saturday at 10 AM. You can hear two classic episodes of the show Sunday at 2 PM.
At 8 PM, we bring you eleven hours of The Lost Beatles Tapes episodes of Beatles Blast, hosted by Yours Truly. We’ll probably bring you more rare Beatles music in this spot next week, because you can’t find a better way to start a year than with Beatles.