Valentine’s Day Playlist from Spool Going Round

Happy Valentine’s Day.  Tell someone you love them. 



Mike @ Spool Going Round

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The Jesus and Mary Chain makes us happy with the sad

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I had the good pleasure of seeing a reunited The Jesus and Mary Chain at Riot Fest in Chicago a few years back.   It wasn’t just a trip of nostalgia as the Reid brothers have decided to carry that into a new release and it is classic JAMC.

Hear “Always Sad” with duet partner Bernadette Denning.

The new album Damage and Joy is out on March 24th


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One More Rebel Song from Marley

If I was asked to name one person that has had the largest impact on music.  My answer has always been and will continue to be the great Bob Marley.  Not only did he make huge leaps for his own music but the influence that he has had on others in all genres is insurmountable.  Then you move on the the children that Bob had and the music that they have continued to make, both new and also keeping Bob’s music alive.  Just looking at Bob’s children alone you can’t even compare them to other children of musical legends they are so far ahead there is nothing to compare them to.  Now in 2017 this lineage continues here with Bob Marley’s maternal grandson.  I am pleased to introduce Skip Marley.

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“Yea if ya took all my rights away/ Yea if ya tellin’ me how to pray/ Yea if ya won’t let us demonstrate/ Ya wrong/ Yea if ya thinkin’ I don’t belong/ Yea if ya hidin’ behind a gun/ Yea if ya hopin’ I’m gonna run/ Ya wrong,”

Oh yea…Here is “Lions” by Skip Marley

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Depeche Mode ask “Where’s the Revolution?”

When I look back over the last couple of years at the concerts and releases that I have enjoyed the most.  I see a trend that leads to many of the bands continuing from the 80’s.   I don’t want to say that it is all nostalgia either.   These bands are putting out great new music, they are fit with high energy levels, and they just plain know how to put on a show after all these years of doing it.

Depeche Mode are planning a huge new tour around their new release but no US dates have been announced up to this point.  The album titled “Spirit” will be out on March 17th.   The new single was release today and it is called “Where’s the Revolution”



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Spool Going Round Radio Playlist



Thank you for listening!

Mike @ Spool Going Round

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Words of Wisdom From Joe

WWJD? What would Joe do?

We love you and miss you Joe Strummer.


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Buddy Guy is an American Treasure

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Photo by Mike @ Spool Going Round

I had the great joy of seeing Buddy Guy play at his club, Legends, in Chicago last week. Every January Buddy plays his very small blues club for about 15 to 20 shows and then hits the road. This blues legend is now 80 years old.

My friend says to me “where is he going to sit when he comes out?”  I smiled and told him that Buddy isn’t a sit down guitar player.  When Buddy comes out to play…he plays.  He stood for the whole 2 hour show and I damn well made sure I did too.  He wasn’t always standing still. He also walked throughout the whole club, so that everyone in this small room could get their own front row view of this legend.

Buddy told us how he opened Legends, not to make money, but to keep the blues alive. Blues clubs continue to go the way of the record shop.

The energy that Buddy Guy brings to his live show is so addictive.  Not only is he the best guitar player out there but he tells jokes.  That’s right and they are funny jokes that make you laugh out loud  He is a story-teller.  He is a history lesson.  He is a Legend.

Kennedy Center Honoree

Spool Going Round is not a great photographer.  Here are some professionally shot photos from the same night I was there. Here is 45 photos from BrooklynVegan photographer Brigid Gallagher and additional story by Amanda Hatfield.

“We owe him everything” – Eric Clapton

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Spool Going Round Playlist KPTZ 91.9fm

Today Spool Going Round had a major concert announcement for Seattle.  U2 at Century Link Field May 14th!! New music from David Bowie,  Elbow, and London Grammar.




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So glad that U2 are bringing Joshua Tree round again

“Recently I listened back to The Joshua Tree for the first time in nearly 30 years,” adds Bono. “It’s quite an opera. A lot of emotions which feel strangely current, love, loss, broken dreams, seeking oblivion, polarisation… all the greats… I’ve sung some of these songs a lot… but never all of them. I’m up for it, if our audience is as excited as we are… it’s gonna be a great night. Especially when we play at home. Croke Park.. it’s where the album was born, 30 years ago.”

If you’ve checked in with this blog before you know how important U2 were to my musical history.  I was lucky enough to see U2 several times and many of those shows were on the never-ending spiritual journey known as The Joshua Tree tour.  Always room for another.

I am so happy that the band is bringing that album and live show back to life 30 years later.   I can’t wait to hear “Red Hill Mining Town”

U2 The Joshua Tree 30th Anniversary Tour 2017

May 12 – Vancouver, BC @ BC Place
May 14 – Seattle, WA @ CenturyLink Field
May 17 – Santa Clara, CA @ Levi’s Stadium
May 20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Rose Bowl
May 24 – Houston, TX @ NRG Stadium
May 26 – Dallas, TX @ AT&T Stadium
June 3 – Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field
June 7 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Heinz Field
June 11 – Miami, Fl @ Hard Rock Stadium
June 14 – Tampa, FL @ Raymond James Stadium
June 18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Lincoln Financial Field
June 20 – Washington, DC @ FedExField
June 23 – Toronto, ONT @ Rogers Centre
June 25 – Boston, MA @ Gillette Stadium
June 28 – East Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium
July 1 – Cleveland, OH @ FirstEnergy Stadium

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Spool Going Round Playlist new for 2017

On Monday, January 2nd, from 8-10 am we get deep.  Spool Going Round believes the new year is the perfect time to unload some emotional baggage.  Clean it out and start new. Warning: You may feel emotions that you didn’t know you had.  Come along with Mike for this emotional journey that will take you from Johnny Cash singing about his “hurt” to Mick Jagger singing about his “Joy”.   This show will also include the greatest speech ever put in a movie.


Thank you so much for listening.  2017 is going to be great!  We have cleaned out our emotional baggage and are ready for a clean slate in the new year.

Mike @ Spool Going Round  email


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