Tuesday 10pm: Feature LP: Kurt Vile – Bottle It In (2018)

Bottle It In is the eighth studio album by American musician Kurt Vile, released on October 12, 2018 through Matador Records. It features contributions from Kim Gordon, Cass McCombs, Stella Mozgawa of Warpaint, and Mary Lattimore.

The album was preceded by the singles “Loading Zones” and “Bassackwards”.

According to review aggregator Metacritic, Bottle It In has received an average score of 79 based on reviews from 21 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”. Sam Sodomsky of Pitchfork deemed the highlight of the album to be second single “Bassackwards”, which he called “10 minutes of warped, psychedelic folk-rock, like a long sigh in the face of existential dread”. Sodomsky noted that the album has a loose structure with “more accessible tracks up front and a meditative, somewhat indulgent back-half”, and summarized that the album feels like Vile is lost in an “in-between moment”. – Wikipedia

1. “Loading Zones” 3:23
2. “Hysteria” 5:22
3. “Yeah Bones” 4:44
4. “Bassackwards” 9:46
5. “One Trick Ponies” 5:21
6. “Rollin’ with the Flow”2:59
7. “Check Baby” 7:53
8. “Bottle It In” 10:39
9. “Mutinies” 5:52
10. “Come Again” 5:44
11. “Cold Was the Wind”4:51
12. “Skinny Mini” 10:26
13. “(Bottle Back)” 1:38

Tuesday 9pm: Feature LP: Elvis Costello and The Imposters – Look Now (2018)

Elvis Costello had already taken a few steps from the “angry young man” persona that dominated his first two albums by the time he began work on 1982’s Imperial Bedroom, but that was the disc where his evolution from brash upsetter to gifted pop craftsman began in earnest.

In 2017, Costello staged a concert tour in which he re-imagined the songs from that LP, and while that may or may not have put those tunes and their style back into his mind, 2018’s Look Now certainly is an extension of the mature and literate pop songwriting that he first fully embraced in that material. Look Now often feels like a cross between Imperial Bedroom and Painted from Memory, Costello’s 1998 collaboration with Burt Bacharach, and not just because Bacharach co-wrote three tracks with Costello. (Another pop tunesmith in the classic tradition, Carole King, also helped compose one of the tunes, “Burnt Sugar Is So Bitter.”)

Look Now isn’t rock & roll so much as it’s pop that blends the craft of classic Brill Building tunes of the ’60s with the narrative maturity of classic Broadway musicals and the sort of ballads that were once the purview of classic jazz vocalists. If you’re the sort of Costello fan who lives in hope that he’s going to make another This Year’s Model or Blood & Chocolate someday, Look Now will not be your cup of tea. But if you’re in the mood for a set of world-class songs dealing with grown-up themes and performed with nuance and a master’s touch, you could hardly do better.

As a vocalist, Costello’s phrasing and ability to inhabit a character has rarely been more assured, so much so that he sings a few songs from the point of view of a female protagonist and makes them work (including “He’s Given Me Things” and “Unwanted Number,” the latter written for the film Grace of My Heart).

The arrangements are artful and evocative, with subtle applications of strings and backing vocalists and pianist Steve Nieve once again reminding us why he’s been one of Costello’s most valued musical partners since the late ’70s. And while there are just enough sharp angles in “Under Lime” and “Mr. & Mrs. Hush” to remind us this is indeed Elvis Costello, Look Now is the work of a man with enough talent to take his muse in any direction he pleases and give us something memorable.

In 1978, the Arrogant Young Mr. Costello famously said, “I’m not going to be around to witness my artistic decline,” and 40 years on, Look Now proves he’s still living up to that claim. Ctsy Allmusic.com AllMusic Review by Mark Deming

1 Under Lime 5:35
2 Don’t Look Now 2:28
3 Burnt Sugar Is So Bitter 4:16
4 Stripping Paper 3:52
5 Unwanted Number 3:33
6 I Let the Sun Go Down 4:26
7 Mr. and Mrs. Hush 3:46
8 Photographs Can Lie 3:38
9 Dishonor the Stars 3:18
10 Suspect My Tears 4:49
11 Why Won’t Heaven Help Me? 3:22
12 He’s Given Me Things 4:11

Tuesday 6pm: Artist Countdown – America Top 45 Hits

America is an American rock group who have released sixteen studio albums, four live albums and seven compilation albums, including a holiday album. They have also issued forty- seven singles, including two Billboard Hot 100 number ones, and several number one singles on the adult contemporary charts.

America’s best-known song is their 1972 debut single, “A Horse with No Name”. It was the lead-off single to their self-titled debut album. The song became their first number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and was also a Top 5 hit in the United Kingdom, where it reached number three on the UK Singles Chart. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, America had charted eleven Top 40 singles in the United States. However, in the 1990s, their popularity began to fade. They have not had a Billboard charted single in the United States since 1984, though “Young Moon” charted in Germany in 1994, peaking at number 59 on the country’s Media Control Charts. Additionally, in 1998 “From a Moving Train” charted on the Radio and Records AC Airplay Top 40 Chart for six weeks and peaked at number 25 and “Winter Wonderland” peaked on the same chart at number 26 in 2002. – Wikipedia

1 A Horse with No Name
2 Ventura Highway
3 Tin Man
4 Sister Golden Hair
5 You Can Do Magic
6 Daisy Jane
7 Lonely People
8 I Need You
9 The Border
10 Today’s the Day
11 Don’t Cross the River
12 Right Before Your Eyes
13 Muskrat Love
14 Woman Tonight
15 Amber Cascades
16 Special Girl
17 All Around
18 From a Moving Train
19 Can’t Fall Asleep to a Lullaby (featuring Steve Perry)
20 The Last Unicorn
21 All My Life
22 Sandman 
23 California Dreamin’
24 Young Moon
25 Only in Your Heart
26 Rainbow Song
27 Only Game in Town
28 You Could Have Been the One
29 Green Monkey
30 She’s a Liar
31 Jet Boy Blue
32 God of the Sun
33 Don’t Cry Baby
34 Slow Down
35 Hangover
36 Survival
37 Catch That Train
38 Jody
39 Cast the Spirit
40 Hope
41 Wednesday Morning
42 Moment to Moment
43 Chasing the Rainbow
44 Ride On
45 My Kinda Woman

Monday 10pm: LP Lounge with Willie B

Tonight the LP Lounge drops a needle on the best concert recording of the 1970s. And we have two reasons, beyond the quality of the recording, that make this broadcast worth listening in on (in our own humble opinion) – First, we’ve taken the original quadraphonic vinyl, demodulated it into it’s 4 separate channels, then re-encoded it using the QS system so you can actually get a reasonable approximation of the Quad mix (either by using regular stereo headphones, or playing it through a Dolby pro-logic home theater system) – the other reason – we are bringing you the 12 minutes of Elvis that was cut from the original broadcast when RCA put it on LP. These are being played in QS surround sound as well (even though these were never on LP, we hope you won’t mind). You can hear us on RadioMaxMusic.com, or using the tuneIn app – look for RadioMaxMusic!  Encore Thursday 12am ET

Monday 6pm: Max 20th Century – 1972 (Part I)

January 17 – Highway 51 South in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, is renamed “Elvis Presley Boulevard.”
January 20 – The debut of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon at The Dome, Brighton, is halted by technical difficulties. Dark Side of the Moon would be played in its entirety the following night, but it would be a full year before the album was released.
January 21 – Keith Richards jumps on stage to jam with Chuck Berry at the Hollywood Palladium, but is ordered off for playing too loud. Berry later claims that he did not recognize Keith and would not have booted him if he did.
January 29–31 – The first Sunbury Music Festival is held in Sunbury, Victoria. Performers include Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs, Wendy Saddington, Chain and The La De Das.
January 31 – Over 40,000 mourners file past Mahalia Jackson’s open casket to pay their respects in Chicago’s Great Salem Baptist Church.
February 9 – Paul McCartney’s new band, Wings, make their live debut at the University of Nottingham in England. It’s McCartney’s first public concert since The Beatles’ 1966 US tour.
February 13 – Led Zeppelin’s concert in Singapore is canceled when government officials will not let them off the airplane because of their long hair.
February 14–18 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono co-host an entire week of The Mike Douglas Show.
February 15 – The United States gives federal copyright protection to sound recordings. Prior to this, phonograph records were only protected at state level, and not in all states.
February 19
Paul McCartney’s single “Give Ireland Back to the Irish” (inspired by the “Bloody Sunday” massacre in Ireland on January 30, 1972) is banned by the BBC. The controversy caused by the banning only increases the song’s popularity and it ends up in the Top 20 in England.
Sammy Davis, Jr. makes a guest appearance on the television show All in the Family.
February 23 – Elvis and Priscilla Presley separate.
February 29 – John Lennon’s U.S. immigration visa expires, beginning his three-and-a-half-year fight to remain in the country.
March 15
At the 14th Annual Grammy Awards, winners include Carole King, Kris Kristofferson, Colin Davis, Michel LeGrand, Isaac Hayes, Julian Bream, Vladimir Horowitz, the Juilliard String Quartet and Bill Withers.[1]
L.A. disc jockey Robert W. Morgan plays Donny Osmond’s “Puppy Love” non-stop for 90 minutes. Police are called, but no arrests are made.
March 21 – Terry Knight announces he is launching a $5 million lawsuit against Grand Funk’s new manager John Eastman, one week after being fired as Grand Funk’s manager. It triggers a series of suits and counter-suits between Knight and the band throughout the coming months.
March 25 – The 17th Eurovision Song Contest, held in the Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland, is won by German-based Greek singer Vicky Leandros, representing Luxembourg with the song Après Toi. The song is subsequently released around Europe, having been recorded in several languages, including in English as Come What May.
March 31 – Official Beatles fan club closes down.
April 2 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono hold a press conference in New York. The Lennons discuss their appeal against the US Immigration Department’s decision to deport John.
April 9 – First solo concert of Valery Leontiev.
April 16 – Electric Light Orchestra make their live debut at the Fox and Greyhound pub in Park Lane, Croydon, England.
April 29 – New York City mayor John Lindsay announces that he is supporting John Lennon and Yoko Ono in their fight to remain in the United States.
May 2 – Stone the Crows lead guitarist Les Harvey is electrocuted on stage during a show in Swansea, Wales, by touching a poorly connected microphone. Harvey died in a hospital a few hours later. The band’s lead singer, Maggie Bell, Harvey’s longtime girlfriend, was also hospitalized, having collapsed on stage after the incident.
May 8 – Billy Preston becomes the first rock performer to headline at New York’s Radio City Music Hall
May 27 – The Opryland USA country music theme park opens in Nashville, Tennessee. – Wikipedia