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EP 073 – Glass Houses Playlist #6 – Thundercats (Larry & Anthony’s Song)

Did you know there’s a connection between Billy Joel and one of the most popular cartoons of the 1980s? 

We didn’t know either until a few weeks ago. 

Recently, Michael and I interviewed Larry Franke, who was second engineer on Songs in the Attic and the Nylon Curtain. During the conversation, Larry mentioned that, after working with Billy and Phil Ramone, he worked on the cartoon Thundercats, which ran in syndication from 1985 to 1989. 

During the show’s run, that cartoon was about as big a deal to me as Billy Joel – maybe even more (Hey, I was in elementary school). 

And, hearing that Larry was an integral part of one of my favorite childhood shows meant I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to hear more about it. 

We’ll hear Larry’s memories of working with Billy in a few weeks. For my playlist episode this year, however, I’m doing something a little different. 

Instead of playing songs I worked on or by artists I really enjoy, I spoke with Larry and Anthony Gioveniello, who was on the production staff and occasionally directed episodes, about how they put together 130 episodes over four years. 

If you’re around my age and remember rushing home from school every afternoon to catch the latest adventures on Third Earth, you’ll love this intimate look at how a piece of your childhood was made. 

And, even if you’re too young, or too old, or just weren’t into the show, you’ll still enjoy the stories, behind-the-scenes information, and the memories of how important the show was for Larry and Anthony – not only for their careers, but also for the fun they had and the close friends they made during the show’s run. 

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EP 061 – Glass Houses Playlist #5 – The Nylon Curtain Live Through The Years

When Billy Joel’s The Nylon Curtain was released into the world in the fall of 1982, it was considered one of his most ambitious albums to date. 

 

Despite the rich layer and textures of the album’s sonic landscape, many of the songs translated to a live setting with apparent ease. The Nylon Curtain saw our first glimpse of many of these songs on stage. While the singles “Allentown,” “Pressure,” and “Goodnight Saigon” quickly became staples, the remaining 6 would become the elusive deep cut that would be a treat on the rare occasions they’d make their way to a setlist.

 

For this playlist episode, Michael is presenting The Nylon Curtain Live Through The Years… in album sequence, hear the entire album spanning nearly 40 years of live performances.

 

Track listing:

  1. Allentown (Live From Long Island – December 29, 1982 – Uniondale, NY – Nassau Coliseum)
  2. Laura (12 Gardens Live – Spring 2006 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden)
  3. Pressure (Live At Yankee Stadium – June 1990 – Bronx, NY – Yankee Stadium)
  4. Goodnight Saigon (Концерт – Live in the U.S.S.R – Summer 1987)
  5. She’s Right On Time (December 20, 2021 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden)
  6. A Room of Our Own (12 Gardens Live – Spring 2006 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden)
  7. Surprises (March 21, 2014 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden)
  8. Scandinavian Skies (Live From Long Island – December 29, 1982 – Uniondale, NY – Nassau Coliseum)
  9. Where’s The Orchestra? (MTV Night School – Fall 1982)

 

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EP 048 – Glass Houses Playlist #4

Once again, we’re taking a break from Billy — mostly, anyway — during those weird weeks between Thanksgiving and the winter holidays to bring you some different music.

 

Jack’s at the board with a playlist that’s split into three categories.

 

First up is “I’ve Loved These Days.” It’s a somewhat tongue-in-cheek way of looking at artists who spent 2020 writing new music that got released in 2021.

 

Next is “My Life.”which is a collection of songs featuring Jack on drums.

 

Finally, Jack spotlights great new music from today’s artists in “Keepin’ the Faith.” Because the good ole days weren’t always good, and tomorrow ain’t as bad as it seems.

 

I’ve Loved These Days

Interview: Mariel Beamount

“Dune” by Church Girls

“Look Out Desdemona” by Joe Pug

“All My Love” by Carsie Blanton

“I Can’t Wait To Break Your Heart,” by Carsie Blanton

“Working All the Time” by Xenia Rubinos

 

My Life

“Faded Flowers (alternate version)” by The Yarrows

Listen to the official version here.

“Loaded” by Dime Street Joker

“I Will” by Cicada Jade

“Maybe You Forgot” by Chris Trainor

 

Keeping the Faith

“The Other Day” by Bees!

 

 

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EP 038 – Glass Houses Playlist #3

We’re back with another playlist episode this week. We have so much fun putting these together and sharing some of our favorite music with you all.

Michael is back with another playlist of some favorites over the past several years. From 90s alternative to 2010s soul and singer/songwriters, these have been mainstays for Michael and we are excited to share them with you!

Again, if you dig what you hear, we’d appreciate you checking out and picking up some new music by these artists wherever you get your music!

PLAYLIST #3:

  • ATHENAEUM – “Flat Tire”
  • PAPA VEGAS – “No Destination”
  • THE VERVE PIPE – “Out Like A Lamb”
  • EMERSON HART – “I Wish The Best For You”
  • OUR LADY PEACE – “Somewhere Out There”
  • BLISS 66 – “Not Quite Paradise”
  • 19 WHEELS – “I Want You Here”
  • TYRONE WELLS – “In Between The Lines”
  • THE NIGHT GAME – “The Outfield”
  • OWSLEY – “She’s The One”
  • NINE DAYS – “Still Here”
  • KACEY MUSGRAVES – “Space Cowboy”
  • SPLENDER – “The Loneliest Person I Know”
  • GRAHAM COLTON – “On Your Side”
  • SEBASTIAN KOLE – “Love’s On The Way”

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EP 021 – Glass Houses Playlist #2

This holiday week, settle in with some classic songs, a small glimpse into the Philadelphia music scene, and some exciting new artists making music today! 

 

This is our second playlist episode, where Jack and Michael take turns playing DJ to spin some tunes and tell some stories behind them. 

 

Jack’s on the turntable (literally, in some cases) this time to bring you: 

 

All You Wanna Do Is Dance: Classic Songs Ripped Directly From 45s 

  • Lover’s Concerto by The Toys
  • Devil With The Blue Dress / Good Golly Miss Molly by Mitch Ryder & The Detroit 
  • Wheels
  • Jumpin Jack Flash by The Rolling Stones
  • Whiskey Man by The Who
  • Sweet Things You Do by Eddie Floyd
  • Reach Out (I’ll Be There) by The Four Tops 

 

My Life: Songs Featuring Jack On Drums

  • Thousand Lives by Church Girls
  • Impossible One by The Yarrows
  • Sangamon River Lament by Gavilan
  • Tree Beard’s Journey by Borrowed Equipment

 

Keeping The Faith: New Music!

  • So Ferocious by Carie Blanton
  • Civic Duty by Chipocrite
  • Yellow Dandelion by Jo-Armon Jones feat. Georgia Ann Muldrew
  • Ours by Joe Pug
  • Right by Xenia Rubinos

 

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EP 009 – Glass Houses Playlist #1

We’re bringing you something a little different for this episode. To say things have been crazy lately, is an understatement. We weren’t able to pull together a regular episode in time but still wanted to bring you something.  

Introducing the GLASS HOUSES PLAYLIST. Michael & Jack will take turns playing DJ to spin some tunes and tell some stories behind them. First up is Michael as he plays some songs from some great artist he has worked with over the years. The song list is below. If you dig what you hear, we’d appreciate you checking out and picking up some new music by these artists wherever you get your music!

PLAYLIST #1:

 

MAIN STREET EAST – “Caroline”

THE FUN(K) CLUB – “38 Graymont”

SEPTEMBER ON – “On The Outside Again”

KNEE DEEP SHAG – “Faded And Live”

CIDER – “This Life”

AN AMERICAN UNDERDOG (Andy Reed) – “Put Out The Fire”

TOM PAXTON & THE DONJUANS – “After The Storm”

COLIN HAY – “Send Somebody”

BIG SKY – “Waiting”

DONNY BROWN – “Losing A Part of Your Soul”

JESSE YOUNG – “The Distance”

MILE – “The Way Home”

PETE SCHMIDT – “Someday”

THE VERVE PIPE – “Never Let You Down”

ASHTON ALLEN – “If You Leave”

 

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