Spool Going Round Playlist KPTZ 91.9 fm www.kptz.org



New Music from Neil Young and the XX


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Spool Going Round Playlist 91.9fm KPTZ

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Muddy Magnolias blossom with socially conscious R&B

Great new band I am really enjoying named Muddy Magnolias. They deliver the message and the music you need to hear. They are out of Nashville and you can enjoy a taste of them below.

I will be playing “Brother, What Happend?” on my Spool Going Round radio show tomorrow morning between 8-10 am PST on KPTZ.org

Maybe they will stop by my radio show when up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest?

From their website

“We want to see what society would be like if we all reached out in ways we normally wouldn’t,” adds Wilson.

And that is the magic and the message. The music of Muddy Magnolias, live and on record, comes from a place where the Mississippi meets the A-Train by way of Nashville. Whether yours is the back porch or the front stoop, Spanish moss or window box garden, dusty country lane or crowded subway car, rural honky-tonk or uptown club, this is music that beckons. Muddy Magnolias are collaboration without boundaries, musical healing in a landscape of the heart, and all of us who treasure creative energy, honest art and the possibilities of love and unity, are better for their arrival.


Muddy Magnolias debut album “Broken People,” is available now and in stores internationally.


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Spool Going Round Playlist 91.9 fm

Here is what I played.  If you would like to submit your art for possible broadcast, you can contact me at spoolgoinground@yahoo.com

Tune in online at kptz.org


X celebrating 40 years with shows at Crocodile Cafe in Seattle for 4 nights starting 11/27

Thanks for listening,

Mike @ Spool Going Round

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Peter Hook & The Light at Seattle’s Showbox 11/3/16

What a wonderful night of music. Imagine if you will, about 15 New Order songs from the opening band and then the same band returns to close the night out with about 15 Joy Division songs. I had my doubts going in but I was quickly put straight and saw the light.

Thanks to youtuber Erik Bartlett for putting this video recap together.

For all of us who love Joy Division’s recorded material but the chance of seeing them live ended with the self-inflicted life-taking of their singer Ian Curtis on the eve of what was going to be their first US tour. So when Hooky says to the Seattle crowd, this song is dedicated to Kurt Cobain, he knows a thing or two about the singer of your band committing suicide and how that leaves the people around him and fans to carry on.

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Peter Hook took the vocals and since he can’t sing and play bass, he has passed that duty on to his son Jack. Any question if they are related is taken away when they both turn their heads sideways. The nose knows.

The light also includes additional vocals and guitar on the New Order tunes which allows Peter Hook to try and not do too much vocally.  The Joy Division songs are spot on though.  You don’t have to kick the rocks and say “I’ll never hear that song live” thanks to Hooky, you can. AND SHOULD.

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I have already read Peter Hook’s first book recapping the Joy Divison years.  You can search the Spool Going Round archives to see how much I enjoyed that one.  I am now 100 pages into his new 700 page book on the New Order years.  Hooky is a great storyteller and puts you there in the tour van with the rest of the group.  I highly recommend both reads.  Please catch them live if they are coming to your town.

Peter Hook thank you so much for playing this music live with your wonderful band.  It was such a cool crowd and I could tell you were helping everyone of them to a new spiritual awakening.


Mike @ Spool Going Round

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The World Needed This: CUBS WIN!!

The world seems to get crazier every day.  This election has got everyone questioning our leaders and wondering where our heroes are at? Maybe the craziest thing to ever happen, just happened.  The Cubs won the World Series!

Mike from Spool Going Round in full Cubs gear at Seattle's KMTT in 1997

Mike from Spool Going Round in full Cubs gear at Seattle’s KMTT in 1997

The little team that couldn’t for 108 years found a way they could.  It was with a bunch of good guys who had each other’s back and the least likely to rise took a step up when those around them were down.  It was a team effort and it took strength and a positive outlook to overcome time, curse, bad attitudes, settling for less. It wasn’t easy.  It took a lot of determination, but they did it!

I was born a Cub fan and today is one of the happiest days of my life.  I remember all those Cubs fans who helped me along the way and the journey we took until their lives ran out and there wasn’t a World Championship in site.  This is for all of them.   My one grandfather would always have the Cubs game on WGN when we went over to his house.   He didn’t talk much but we would watch those games rooting for our Cubbies.  My other Grandfather would turn on the game on the radio and we would listen while my Grandmother went grocery or clothes shopping.   She was in the mall and we were out in the parking lot glued to the radio.  Listening to Harry Carry and Ron Santo taught me to love the game even more.  All those listed in this paragraph are no longer with us but I believe they caught game 7 from wherever they are.

I’ve told the story before on how my radio was always tuned to AM for the Cubs games until one morning when I woke up at 10 years old and the AM switch had been accidentally moved to FM.  This was how I discovered Rock and Roll and radio disk jockeys.  That led me to a life long love or rock music, into being a disk jockey, and writing this blog.   All the while never forgetting to turn over to AM when the Cubbies were playing.

I love this team.  I love the Cubs.

Congratulations to all the Cubs team, management, ownership, and fans. I wake up today with a new optimism.  We now live in a world where anything is possible.

Someday we will go all the way. Someday is NOW!

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I’m Back Baby. I’m Back on the Radio!

I couldn’t be happier to tell you that I am back on the radio.  Mike @ Spool Going Round hosting the morning show on KPTZ 91.9 FM Radio Port Townsend and all around the world on KPTZ.org

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My first show back on the air was a success.  See the playlist below…

KPTZ Playlist Mike @ Spool Going Round

Tune in for a great eclectic mix of music from one of the most beautiful places on earth. Interested in having your music played?  Interested in stopping by for an interview?  Playing live in-studio? Please contact me at spoolgoinground@yahoo.com

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New Music from Daniel Land

I enjoyed my first listen to this new release so much, I am typing this as it finishes. Just a beautiful sounding well crafted album. Pre-order your copy now. Daniel was able to create the colourful, widescreen sound he set out to on this forthcoming release “In Love with a Ghost”

Daniel Land explains, “This is an album about cities. It is an album about reinvention, and starting your life over. It is an album about growing up, finding love, and settling down. And to a lesser degree, it is about the damage that can be done to a person, or a family, by falling in love with the wrong person. With ‘In Love With A Ghost’, I came full circle for a while by incorporating a whole bunch of influences that pre-date my love of dream-pop and shoegaze. I really wanted to make a colourful, widescreen, detailed record. When I started the album, I didn’t have a live band, and most of the tracks were written on the piano, for my own amusement, rather than for a group with three guitarists.” Daniel suffered a series of health issues midway through making the album, including a chronic inner-ear infection that left him partially deaf for over a year and also prone to bouts of dizziness. “Unable to make music, and living in a new city made me feel, at times, powerfully depressed. This became a crisis of confidence that went very deep and it did seem, for a while, that I would never find my way back to making music again. Finishing the album was a process that involved re-evaluating my life and overhauling my relationship to music, and coming out of the other side more healthy, more humble, and more grateful. It’s good to be back again,” says Daniel.

1 You & Me Against The Sky
2 Holes On The Dancefloor
3 Everyone’s Got A Guy Garvey Story
4 The Sweetest Lover
5 New York Boogie-Woogie
6 Little City Symphony
7 Saints With His Mercy
8 Whistling Gypsy
9 In Love With A Ghost
10 The Beautiful Room Is Empty
Available 11/25
Recommended by Mike @ Spool Going Round
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It was 25 years ago this night. Nirvana at Chicago’s Metro.

There was an underground buzz building about this band from Seattle.  My friends and I were frequent guests of Cabaret Metro in Chicago always checking the concert calendar there to see what was up and coming.  Nirvana was coming it was announced and I called my friend Eric.  We were both at work but agreed to run to Ticketmaster after work and get a ticket so that we could both go check this new band out.  I purchased one ticket, went home, and later Eric called me to say by the time he made it to Ticketmaster they were sold out. At this point I was thinking about selling my ticket.  Of course, I knew the reality of being a music obsessive, I was going it alone on this one.  I was never one to be comfortable about doing things alone.  Even though at this age I was starting to realize that my friends were growing into alcoholics or drug addicts, it was still more comfortable for me to do things with them, then do it alone.

I headed out from the suburbs so concerned about the way I was dressed, how my hair looked, how others would judge me, checking my self in the rear view mirror the whole way to the concert.  The line was long and once inside this may be the most packed I have ever witnessed The Metro (A close second would be when I saw Peter Murphy with opening act Nine Inch Nails, but that is for another post).  The “flexible” room capacity was not a lark.  There was a reason why Eric didn’t get a ticket and this show was completely sold out.  The band playing that night was about to change the course of current music. Nevermind wasn’t out yet when the tickets went on sale for this show.  But little did we know in a couple months time Nevermind would be replacing Michael Jackson at the top of the charts. I pushed up towards the stage.  I figured in a mosh pit others wouldn’t notice I was there by myself.

After Nirvana kicked into Aneurysm, it didn’t matter.  You could feel the world changing.  This was the new music.  This was the band that would lead the change. They let us outsiders know it was okay to be ourselves.  It was even okay to be at a concert by yourself in order to witness great music. There are a few memories for me of this show.  I remember Kurt and his torn jeans and Mr. Rogers sweater. I think the best memory might be that Kurt seemed to be really enjoying himself.  He was coming off the high of knowing he had written an incredible albums worth of music.  Oblivious to the media attention and drug addiction that would follow. In the recording of this show you can hear him several times giggle and crack up while singing.  The playful exchanging of instruments at the end of the show. I remember how it all ended with the destruction of Dave’s drum kit and the story of selling enough records that week that he could finally buy a new drum kit so they demolished his current set. Drum kit demolition is a strong statement for “there will be no encore.”  You can hear from the recording how great Kurt’s voice was on this night. THANK YOU SO MUCH to sadlybadlyy5’s channel for posting this soundboard recording. Catching a young band just about to break out is like lightning in a bottle. It was Nirvana, Cabaret Metro, Chicago, IL on 10/12/91.  The fun lighthearted 80’s was officially over.  This is what the 90’s would sound like.  Courtney captured Kurt on this night. After catching her then boyfriend, Billy Corgan, with another woman.  She had her sights set on Kurt.   They would end up at the Days Inn-Chicago just blocks from Metro.  Nirvana’s set list would never be this great again.  What a night for rock and roll.  I am glad I was there to witness.

Other Spool Going Round posts in this series you may enjoy Conspiracy of Hope  My reflections on over 1,000 concerts attended This the Power of 3 My reflections on over 1,000 concerts attended

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It’s Time for a US Rock Against Racism Concert

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Recently listening to The Specials and having the news pop up constantly with these horrible acts of violence, most against an opposite skin color, you have to step back and realize this is not right.

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I am white.  I am not a racist.  If you are watching white cops kill black people on video, you have to be saying “WTF!” We have a serious problem here.  Just because you are black and I am white, doesn’t make that alright.

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The byline on this blog is bringing the world together through music.  We can do it!  The Rock against Racism concerts that featured bands like The Clash and The Specials were wonderful gatherings showing that whites and blacks were not that different and had to look out for each other.  Racism is no way man.  The Specials had blacks and whites in the same band and that was beautiful.  They would get bottled though and had to stand their ground against the dim-witted.  40 years later proves we learn almost nothing from history.  We can’t change history.  But the good news is we all have a future.  We can make that what we want.


Remember that movie with the coach and his team was down and there wasn’t much time left but he motivated them to come back and win? Well that is nothing.  The greatest movie speech of all time came from Charlie Chaplin in The Great Dictator.

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Let’s continue to bring people together through music.

Mike @ Spool Going Round


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