Like Spring’s warm breezes, Fleet Foxes are back with Crack-up

1. I Am All That I Need / Arroyo Seco / Thumbprint Scar
2. Cassius, –
3. – Naiads, Cassadies
4. Kept Woman
5. Third of May / Ōdaigahara
6. If You Need To, Keep Time on Me
7. Mearcstapa
8. On Another Ocean (January / June)

9. Fool’s Errand

10. I Should See Memphis

11. Crack-Up 

The new Fleet Foxes album comes just in time for sitting out on the deck and looking at nature as their sweet harmonies fill the air.   After listening to the whole new album Crack-Up, due June 16th via Nonesuch records,  I can tell you it is well worth the wait.  Pre-order now.

I have always loved songs that start out as one thing and completely morph into another. Fleet Foxes are taking this concept to a new higher level by doing their version of suites. “I am all that I need/Arroyo Seco/Thumbprint scar” is a perfect example and starts the album off.  I wonder why more artists are not doing this, especially with this MP3 format and being such a singles driven listening experience these days, it makes sense that if you want the listener to experience three songs together: you would put them together as a suite.

I can’t help but feel that Fleet Foxes should spend their entire time recording because they are so fantastic at album making.  Album making is becoming a lost art form and we must not let it die.  It is important to our survival.  This goes against my great love of seeing bands live (I also believe that the concert experience is what will bring the world together.)  I have only seen Fleet Foxes live on video and it seems that these delicate pieces with beautiful harmonies must have trouble competing with an audience of chatter-boxes (bros talking) on loudmouth soup (alcohol) who believe that everything they say is brilliant and need to be heard by all (bloggers).  Even with this being said the only way bands make money in 2017 is to tour. Fleet Foxes will take this album out on a pretty extensive road trip.  Dates below.  Many venues are allowing you to purchase the album with your tickets.

May 15 | Missoula, MT at The Wilma (SOLD OUT)

May 16 | Spokane, WA at Knitting Factory

May 18 | Portland, OR at Crystal Ballroom (SOLD OUT)

May 19 | Seattle, WA at The Showbox at the Market (SOLD OUT)

May 26 | Sydney, Australia at Sydney Opera House

May 27 | Sydney, Australia at Sydney Opera House

May 28 | Sydney, Australia at Sydney Opera House

May 29 | Sydney, Australia at Sydney Opera House

June 23 | France, Lille at ‘Aéronef

June 24 | Netherlands, Ewijk at Down The Rabbit Hole

July 1 | Spain, Vilanova i la Geltrú at Vida Festival

July 3 | Italy, Ferrara at Bands Apart

July 4 | Switzerland, Montreux at Montreux Jazz Festival

July 7 | Spain, Bilbao at Bilbao BBK Live

July 8 | Portugal, Lisbon at NOS Alive Festival

July 11 | Ireland, Cork at Cork Opera House

July 13 | Ireland, Dublin at The Iveagh Gardens

July 14 | Ireland, Dublin at The Iveagh Gardens (SOLD OUT)

July 16 | United Kingdom, Southwold at Latitude Festival

July 27 | Portland, ME at Thompson’s Point

July 28 | Newport, RI at Newport Folk Festival (SOLD OUT)

July 29 | Columbia, MD at Merriweather Post Pavilion

July 31 | Philadelphia, PA at Mann Center for the Performing Arts w/ Animal Collective

August 1 | Brooklyn, NY at Brooklyn! Festival at the Prospect Parkl (SOLD OUT)

August 2 | Brooklyn, NY at Brooklyn! Festival at the Prospect Park

August 4 | Toronto, ON at Massey Hall (SOLD OUT)

August 5 | Toronto, ON at Massey Hall (SOLD OUT)

August 6 | Detroit, MI at The Masonic

August 8 | Kansas City, MO at The Midland

August 11 – 13 | San Francisco, CA at Outside Lands

August 13 | Las Vegas, NV at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan

August 14 | Tucson, AZ at Rialto Theatre

August 16 | Austin, TX at ACL Live at The Moody Theater

August 17 | Austin, TX at ACL Live at The Moody Theater (SOLD OUT)

August 18 | Dallas, TX at The Bomb Factory

September 13 | Vancouver, BC at Malkin Bowl (SOLD OUT)

September 14 | Seattle, WA at Paramount Theatre (SOLD OUT)

September 15 | Seattle, WA at Paramount Theatre

September 16 | Troutdale, OR at Edgefield Concerts

September 18 | Reno, NV at Grand Theatre at Grand Sierra Resort and Casino

September 20 | Santa Barbara, CA at The Arlington Theatre

September 21 | San Diego, CA at Observatory North Park (SOLD OUT)

September 23 | Los Angeles, CA at Hollywood Bowl w/ Beach House

September 24 | Phoenix, AZ at Comerica Theatre

September 25 | Santa Fe, NM at Santa Fe Opera

September 27 | Morrison, CO at Red Rocks Amphitheatre w/ Beach House (SOLD OUT)

September 29 | Omaha, NE at Waiting Room Outdoors

September 30 | St. Paul, MN at The Palace Theatre (SOLD OUT)

October 1 | St. Paul, MN at Palace Theatre

October 3 | Chicago, IL at Chicago Theatre (SOLD OUT)

October 4 | Chicago IL at Chicago Theatre

November 1-5 | Reykjavik, Iceland at Iceland Airwaves

November 7 | Switzerland, Zurich at X-tra

November 8 | Austria, Vienna at Gasometer

November 9 | Croatia, Zagreb at Tvornica Kulture

November 12 | Germany, Hamburg at Docks

November 13 | Germany, Berlin at Columbiahalle

November 17 | Belgium, Brussels at Ancienne Belgique

November 18 | Belgium, Brussels at Ancienne Belgique

November 20 | France, Paris at Le Trianon

December 1 | Germany, Köln at Live Music Hall

December 03 | Sweden, Stockholm at Annexet (SOLD OUT)

December 04 | Sweden, Stockholm at Annexet

December 05 | Norway, Oslo at Sentrum Scene (SOLD OUT)

December 06 | Norway, Oslo at Sentrum Scene

I will pull out individual songs to play on the radio but really it is best listened to completely from start to finish.  This album will surely show up on a best of list at the end of this year.   I can’t wait for the many days ahead on my deck listening to it.  Their music warms you like the sun and keeps you content like the gentle breezes.  –Reviewed by Mike @ Spool Going Round

This video is directed by Sean Pecknold.

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Spool Going Round Radio Playlist

Photo Credit: Bob Rowan & Nora Petrich

The radio station had me dress up as a British Bobby as part of our The Beatles tribute concert.  I am pictured above.  Confiscated A LOT of weed.

Don’t forget you can listen back to the show for 2 weeks thanks to  CLICK HERE


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Fantastic band named Desperate Journalist

“The band sounds like The Smiths fronted by The Cranberries vocalist” -Spool Going Round

  • Jo Bevan – vocals
  • Simon Drowner – bass guitar
  • Rob Hardy – guitar (the other one, not the bass)
  • Caroline Helbert  – drums

Their 2nd release is titled GROW UP and was recently released.   From it is this track called “Be Kind”

Their 1st release was self-titled from 2014. Here is a track called “Cristina” from it.

“So good” – Spool Going Round

“Check out Desperate Journalist” – Spool Going Round

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I have over 50,000 plays on Soundcloud

Don’t you think that they would send you a nice email or something for that? Not a thing.  Thanks a lot Soundcloud, for nothin’

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Joy Division’s last live performance was on this date in 1980

On May 2nd 1980 Joy Division played their last show together. You can listen to it below thanks to youtuber rokopolis.

A couple of weeks later was the report of Ian’s death by broadcast legend John Peel

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Spool Going Round Radio Playlist and Replay

Another great show. Will be available for playback at this link for 2 weeks. Enjoy!

Started a new feature this week called “Wax Track” using the slang term for vinyl, “wax” and featuring a track off of something out of my vinyl record collection.  This week’s feature on The Concerts for People of Kampuchea.  A benefit concert with an incredible list of artists; The Who, The Pretenders, The Clash, The Specials, Paul McCartney, Robert Plant and the cut I featured was from Queen.  Never released on CD.

RadioFreeAmerica Playback of Spool Going Round

Spool Going Round Playlist


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Gorillaz will Roam Free in Seattle on a Saturday night in September

The tease of new music being released by Gorillaz is very tempting.   They will be backing that new release with a pretty large tour which brings them to Seattle on Saturday, September 30th at the Key Arena.

I am hoping that Damon Albarn tours with his previous bandmates, from The Clash, Mick Jones and Paul Simonon.

Image result for gorillaz members from the clash

The album is out at the end of April titled HUMANZ

Great remix of Andromeda by Bonobo that I played on my radio show.

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Coachella Live Webcast is a great chance to see bands perform live

Sure we can call it Couch-ella since we won’t be leaving the couch. But we don’t have to and there are a lot of great bands streaming their sets live starting Friday from Coachella.


Here are some Spool Going Round recommended sets to check out.

Friday, April 14th:

Pacific Standard Time

4:10 – King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard (channel 1)

4:50 – The Lemon Twigs (channel 3)

5:00 – Bonobo (channel 1)

9:35 – The xx (channel 1)

10:40 – Radiohead (channel 1)

Saturday, April 15th:

3:35 – Local Natives (channel 1)

4:45 – Car Seat Headrest (channel 2)

7:15 – DREAMCAR (channel 2)

9:05 – Warpaint (channel 2)

9:55 – Tycho (channel 2)

10:15 – Bon Iver (channel 1)

Sunday, April 16th:

4:25 – Whitney (channel 1)

5:15 – Toots & The Maytals (channel 1)

8:40 – Hans Zimmer (channel 2)

9:20 – Lorde (channel 1)

10:30 – New Order (channel 2)




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Spool Going Round Playlist and Link to Rebroadcast

You can now catch my show for up to two weeks after it airs thanks to Radio Free America. Look for Spool Going Round 8-10 am. Click on the link below.

Radio Free America rebroadcast of Spool Going Round radio show

Now, here’s a song I’m gonna lay on you strictly ’cause I dig it

Spool Going Round Playlist


Mike @ Spool Going Round

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City and Colour Tour dates

Incredible talent Dallas Green = City and Colour

09.16 Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
09.18 Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
09.20 San Diego, CA @ Humphrey’s By The Bay
09.22 San Luis Obispo, CA @ Fremont Theater
09.23 San Francisco, CA @ Masonic
09.26 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
09.28 Bellingham, WA @ Mount Baker Theatre
09.29 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
09.30 Seattle, WA @ Paramount

My favorite show on the internet. I can literally get lost record shopping with “what’s in my bag” for hours and hours. Just watch one after another, after another…

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