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Above the Basement offers casual and candid discussions with musicians, artists, producers and others from Boston and beyond. Conversations will inform and entertain listeners with experiences from those shaping Boston's music community and for whom music is a passion. You will hear their stories, hardships ​​faced and overcome... ​ and why they love what they do.
 
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Mission of Burma has been called, and we quote, "...one of the most important American rock bands of the last 20 years." That quote may be a bit dated, as now it may be 40 years, but either way, Clint Conley may find that to be hyperbole. But the fact remains that bands like The Pixies, Pearl Jam, Moby, REM, Nirvana and Throwing Muses (to name just…
 
We had an opportunity to sit with Abby (Abs) Kahler and Zoe Young - two of the members of the feminist folk foursome from Western, MA in the Pioneer Valley, Ruby Mack. We were sad to miss their bandmates Emma Ayres and Abbie Duquette, but during the time of COVID, we are always happy to sit face to face albeit 10 feet away and masked to chat with t…
 
Boston native Mark Kates is the founder of Fenway Recordings and manages several bands, including MGMT, The Cribs, Mission of Burma, Doves, Swim Mountain and KUNZITE. He had been in the biz since he was a kid, signing a who’s who of bands over the years including Beck, Jawbreaker, Elastica, Alabama 3. When working for Geffen, he brought them Sonic …
 
We took a lovely drive to western ma to sit alongside a flowing river with our new best friend Erin McKeown. OK, she might not be our best friend, but we certainly wish she was. Erin is a force of nature. A persistent welcoming smile immediately put me at ease. So much so that we talked for almost two hours. Which is why this episode is in two part…
 
We took a lovely drive to Western MA to sit alongside a flowing river with our new best friend Erin McKeown. OK, she might not be our best friend, but we certainly wish she was. Erin is a force of nature. A persistent welcoming smile immediately put me at ease. So much so that we talked for almost two hours. Which is why this episode is in two part…
 
Every time we ask someone in the music business what is the most exciting thing happening in music in the City of Boston, we always get the same answer. Hip-Hop. Not only has Hip Hop become the most popular music genre in the rest of the world, but Boston has become a hotbed of fantastic hip-hop artists like our next guest, Brandie Blaze. Brandie i…
 
Every once in a while we get to chat with a Boston legend. Chris Smither is one of the most distinguished and authentic singer-songwriter/bluesmen over the past 50+ years. His soulful voice and excellent finger-style guitar playing is set to a heartbeat kept in time by his signature tapping feet. Chris moved to Boston from New Orleans back in the m…
 
Ron and I sat in the back room of 40 South Street in Jamaica Plain, buried in denim, and various other piles of vintage clothing with our masks over our faces on a beautiful day not too long ago. The proprietor Hilken Mancini had to leave every so often to take care of the front of the store, but we got in a great conversation. 40 South Street is a…
 
Chuck drove out to Western Massachusetts to sit on Lisa’s front porch surrounded by chickens, a vocal rooster, two small children having an amazing time doing whatever small children feel like doing, bees and the occasional mouse to talk music, songwriting and Life in the Time of COVID. Lisa’s latest album How We Want To Live is a beautiful record …
 
Paul Hansen is The Grownup Noise – a Boston band formed in 2005 with bassist Adam Sankowski – that has had an impressive list of members too long to mention. The Grownup Noise website says their name represents something to rebel against, like fear, complacency, the closing of your heart, the stress of bills etc. We can imagine the current state of…
 
With a name like Mistress Carrie, we might be forgiven if we were a bit cautious asking her on ATB for a chat. But we knew what we were getting into. Boston native Mistress Carrie is a badass. She was until recently a DJ for 22 years and the Assistant Program Director of Boston rock station WAAF.above the basement, chuck clough, mistress carrie, ronnie hirschberg による
 
Boston Hip Hop artist Cliff Notez is another guest we had been trying to get on ATB for a long time. He’s a busy busy guy – writing, composing, teaching at Berklee College of Music and Emerson College, filming, sculpting, painting and according to WBUR in Boston, generally being one of the Boston arts community’s busiest multihyphenates. Which is a…
 
For our first in-person but appropriately distanced conversation since COVID hit, we were fortunate to sit with fellow Bostonian, author, documentary filmmaker and National Arts reporter for the Washington Post, Geoff Edgers. We first came to know Geoff at a book signing of his recent book Walk This Way - Run-DMC, Aerosmith, and the Song that Chang…
 
We first met Corey SantOne DePina at a Mighty Mighty Bosstones concert not too long ago with some of his students at Zumix, and we could tell right then that he was the real rock star of the evening. Zumix is an award-winning music and creative technology program designed to equip youth with the tools necessary to reach their full potential, while …
 
This is our second conversation with a former guest that we thought was important to have due to recent events. We spoke with Ashleigh Gordon - violist, activist and Artistic Director of Castle of Our Skins, a Boston-based concert and educational series devoted to celebrating Black Artistry through music. We talked to Ashleigh about how she’s doing…
 
The COVID pandemic hit all of us quickly and our plans for the spring, summer and perhaps beyond, were scuttled. We know of many musicians who were planning to tour a new album and unfortunately they had to postpone, or in the case of Ry Cavanaugh of the amazing band Session Americana, cancel altogether. Hopefully we can change his mind about the t…
 
We wanted to catch up with a few of our previous guests to see how they are doing in this quarantine from which, thankfully, we are slowly emerging.I’ll have a few different guests on to talk about the current state of affairs in our city, including the protests and state of our country.So here is a conversation with Boston Emissions’ Anngelle Wood…
 
On one fine day back in early March, The ATB team drove out to Greenfield, MA to Great Spirits Tattoo to not only talk with musician and artist Ben Reigal, but also to get Chuck another tattoo! Chuck got a tattoo of a compass on the inside of my left arm. I think we can all agree that a compass is something that we as a country, as a society and as…
 
We sat with Sybil Gallagher and her husband Chadwick Stokes from the band DISPATCH – aka The Biggest Band No One Has Ever Heard Of. This despite the huge following and many, many loyal fans they continued to have even after a long hiatus that began in 2004. Just before that hiatus - that is now over, Chadwick Stokes started another band out of Bost…
 
WBCN legend Charles Laquidara and also the infamous Dwayne Ingalls Glasscock joined us for a conversation at the recently opened Woods Hill Pier 4 in Boston. This just a week before Charles as well as Red Sox Hall of Fame pitcher Bill “Spaceman” Lee take the stage at The Wilbur Theater in Boston on Tuesday, December 10. So many of us listened to WB…
 
Chuck Clough 0:00 Hello, this is Chuck from Above the Basement Boston music and conversation. Hey, we have missed you all so much and hope to get back on a regular schedule. We are still working out some new projects and we will tell you about those very soon. But one thing we can tell you about something we are honored and excited to announce we h…
 
We sat with Lori McKenna before her recent show celebrating the 15th anniversary of her album Return To Bittertown at Cary Memorial Hall in Lexington, MA. The Stoughton, Mass. native is a multi grammy-winning singer songwriter and the first woman ever to win the Country Music Association’s Song of the Year two years running as well as Academy of Co…
 
When we think of the blended art forms of music and photography, there is a something iconic that can come out of a still picture of the great artists of the past. Catching a glimpse of Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock or Leonard Bernstein conducting at the Philharmonic, it’s as if you can see the music coming out of the page - the thoughts coming from th…
 
We met up with Jake Shimabukuro before his concert in front of a sold out crowd at Cary Memorial Hall in Lexington, Massachusetts. Jake became an international sensation in 2006 when a YouTube video of him playing While My Guitar Gently Weeps in Central Park - without his knowledge - became one of the very first viral videos on that site with milli…
 
Here is the long awaited live acoustic set that the wonderful Circus Trees performed for us after their episode back in June of 2019. They played three songs for us - two from their amazing album Sakura and a new one that we hope will be on their next album. Please enjoy, share, and then purchase their music at circustrees.bandcamp.com. You can lis…
 
We saw Circus Trees at The Sinclair in Cambridge when we were there to celebrate The Record Co. and their upcoming new space in Boston. Three young women came on the stage in front of a full house. And once they began playing, everyone paid attention. They blew us away. Finola, 15, Giuliana, 17 and Edmee, also known as Egg, 13, are sisters from Mar…
 
Here is a short live interview that we did on 91.5 WMFO radio with Anngelle Wood from Boston Emissions for On The Town with Mikey D - a show that was started 30 years ago. Sadly, Mike passed in 2003 but the show continues in Mikey’s D’s name, broadcasting On the Town every Wednesday night, from 9PM to Midnight EST on Tufts University’s WMFO, 91.5 F…
 
Ronnie 1:19 Above the basement awesome music and conversation. We are listening to Melinda Doolittle singing I'm a woman in 2007 with a voice that transcends not only genres but generations. It is fitting that Melinda has come back as a special guest performer for the third time with our friends at the Boston Children's chorus. We sat with Miss do …
 
We are always fascinated to talk about the state of Boston music and Boston music history with people in the business. Terrestrial radio is a huge part of that – WBCN, WFNX, WZLX - if you grew up in Boston those stations were a seminal way to discover new bands that inspired so many musicians. We met Anngelle Wood at a State of Live Music event tha…
 
We sat with Zumix founder Madeleine Steczynski. ZUMIX is an East Boston-based nonprofit organization dedicated to building the Boston community through music and creative technology. What began as an idea around a kitchen table has blossomed into a wonderful place for kids to create and learn. As you will hear from Madeleine, they are taught valuab…
 
We met up with phenom guitarist and singer Arielle and her band as they road tripped in from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland to The Red Room @ Cafe 939 at Berklee College of Music. Arielle has toured North America and the UK, opening for the likes of Eric Johnson, Greg Alman, Heart, Joan Jett and many others and none other than Brian May …
 
Kabir Sen, AKA MC Kabir is an educator at heart who teaches through music. He teaches at Shady Hill School in Cambridge and his students are some of his biggest fans, as we discovered when several of his students attended our latest ConcertCast at City Winery Boston. Kabir also plays with hip-hop reggae band Krush Faktory and they appear often at l…
 
When we first began this podcast and started putting together names of people we would like as guests, Billy Beard was on the primary list. Not necessarily because we had heard him play, but because we saw him playing with everyone else. Billy got his start in Boston with the pop band Face To Face. And not to date ourselves but we totally remember …
 
National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins is a rock-star of science who was instrumental in the identification of multiple genes for hereditary disease including cystic fibrosis, Huntington’s and neurofibromatosis. He led the Human Genome Project in the 1990's that resulted in the mapping of the entire human genome sequence in 2003…
 
A performance by A Far Cry - Live at City Winery Boston - February 28, 2019 in Boston, MA. Recorded after our fourth ConcertCast - a conversation and performance in front of a live audience. To listen to the entire conversation, go here: http://abovethwww.abovethebasement.com/131-a-far-cry Johannes Brahms, Viola Quintet in G Major, Op. 111 Antonín …
 
Episode 131 - a ConcertCast Event with A Far Cry Classical music is pretty much the only music in the world that still sounds beautiful when the musicians are tuning up. It sounded so great we decided to start the episode with a brief tuning session. We were joined by Megumi Lewis, Omar Chen Guey, Caitlin Lynch, Jae Cosmos Lee, Michael Unterman and…
 
Episode 130 - a conversation with Ari Hest. With a distinctive voice and beautiful melodies, Ari Hest has carved out a diverse career as an independent artist. Several of his songs have appeared on TV and Film soundtracks, and 2014 collaboration with Judy Collins earned him his first Grammy nomination for their album Silver Skies Blue. Now with a b…
 
Episode 129 - a conversation with Livingston Taylor. Boston’s own Livingston Taylor is a musician, teacher and interested man. Yes – we said interestED, not interesting. Not that Livingston isn’t interesting, because he certainly is. This will all make sense in our conversation. Liv is a full professor at Berklee College of Music where he teaches S…
 
We are taking a little detour from our usual format to bring you this very special episode. We hosted a conversation between the illustrious sports reporters Gordon Edes and Steve Buckley with arguably the most well know Presidential Historian in the world - Doris Kearns Goodwin. With the 2018 Red Sox World Series Trophy in the room, we talked, san…
 
Episode 127 - a conversation with Jared Bowen. We took a ride early one morning to the WGBH studios in Brighton, Mass to sit with arts and entertainment reporter and Boston native Jared Bowen. Jared has talked with all sorts or amazing people. Jared can be found, well – really everywhere. He is an Emmy award-winning host of the TV series, 'Open Stu…
 
Episode 126 - a conversation with Oompa We first ran into Oompa at Boston One Night Band back in 2018 – listen to Episode 123 for our conversation with Richard Bouchard about that event - but Oompa immediately stood out to me and I quickly put her down as someone to reach out to. Fast forward almost exactly a year later and we happily got a chance …
 
Episode 125 - a conversation with Peter Gammons. As a Boston Red Sox fan living in the NY/NJ area back in the 90’s and early 2000’s, life as a Sox fan was...well...difficult. Especially after Game 7 of the ALCS when the New York Yankees walked off the Sox in 2003. But that was just the beginning of a Red Sox renaissance that eventually brought the …
 
Every so often we get the opportunity to catch a musical coming through Boston and then sit with the actors or musicians for a chat. We were especially lucky to have a conversation with the lovely Zina Ellis who plays the Fairy Godmother in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA at the beautifully restored Emerson Colonial Theatre. We saw the show the …
 
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