Send Me Your Music!


In the 16 years of doing the “Hidden Treasures” show, I have always looked for new music to play on the show that you have probably not heard elsewhere.  Often, it’s an artist or group that I have heard open for a bigger group, someone I just happened across on the internet, or someone that just hears about the show and sends me a promo CD.  I have received CD’s from all over the world, and it’s been a pleasure to keep up with artists as their careers have developed.  It also gives you a chance to discover new artists as you listen to the older, “classic” artists and albums featured every week.  The show is called “Hidden Treasures” for a reason, after all.                                One artist that I discovered was Ruut.  Ruut is an extremely talented singer/songwriter/musician from Maryland by way of her native Finland.  I have been playing her music on the show for years, since her career began, and her latest album, “Untold Stories” is the best work she has ever done.  Check her out on Facebook and you will probably come to the same conclusion.                                                                                     So if you are an aspiring artist or band, send me your CD.  If I like it, I will play it on the show for my listeners to hear.  And yes, I still use CD’s for the show, so either a regular CD or a CD-R.  If it’s a CD-R, make sure it will play on a CD player, and that I have the song titles (you’d be surprised how often people forget to send me the titles with the CD).   Email me at or contact me on Facebook and I will send you my address.  And one last thing, I have received all kinds of things with the CD’s and it’s always interesting and certainly attention-getting, so keep it up.  I will see you on Monday, 12-4 PM CST at .  Thanks for listening!          

16 Years Of UIC Radio And The “Hidden Treasures” Show

16 years is a long time.  As I noted recently, when UIC radio started in February of 2000, Bill Clinton was President, Lady Gaga was 13, and most of my fellow DJ’s at the station were not quite ready for kindergarten.  Since I work at UIC, I have been able to continue doing my show for all 16 of those years, and it has been a rewarding experience.  I hope you will continue to listen and I will do my best to uncover great music, old and new, that I think you should hear.  Without you, there is no show, and I appreciate you all.     As year 17 begins, I will be on the air today, the last day of February, featuring the music of LOU REED, THE WHO, THE BAND, and LE BUTCHERETTES.  The featured albums are both by STEVE EARLE, his debut “Guitar Town” (released 30 years ago this week in 1986), and “I Feel Alright” (released 20 years ago this week in 1996).  I hope you can join me today, 12-4 PM CST at !Processed with VSCOcam with b5 preset

I Don’t Believe In Astrology, but…

75 years ago this month, in a span of seven days, five recording artists were born in the USA.  Three came from the South and two from Brooklyn.  On January 18, 1941, David Ruffin, one of the great voices of The Temptations, was born in Mississippi.  David was the man behind such Temptations hits as “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg”, “I Wish It Would Rain”, and “My Girl”.  He also had a good solo career after leaving the band, with hits such as “My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)” and “Walk Away From Love”.  Unfortunately, he battled addiction his whole life and passed away in 1991 at the age of 50.  On the same day David was born in Mississippi, Bobby Goldsboro was born in Florida.  Bobby was known for pop hits that you either loved or hated, such at “See The Funny Little Clown” and “Honey”.                                                                                                   Three days later, on January 21, 1941, Richie Havens was born in Brooklyn.  Richie had a solid career in the 60’s on the folk music circuit, but saw his career explode in 1969, when he was the opening act of the Woodstock Festival.  Richie had two songs included in the “Woodstock” film, “Handsome Johnny” and “Freedom”.  The latter song was improvised on the spot.  From Wikipedia:  

His Woodstock appearance in 1969 catapulted him into stardom and was a major turning point in his career.[2] As the festival’s first performer, he held the crowd for nearly three hours. In part, Havens was told to continue playing, because many artists scheduled to perform after him were delayed in reaching the festival location with highways at a virtual standstill. He was called back for several encores. Having run out of tunes, he improvised a song based on the old spiritual “Motherless Child” that became “Freedom”. In an interview with Cliff Smith, for Music-Room, he explained: “I’d already played every song I knew and I was stalling, asking for more guitar and mic, trying to think of something else to play – and then it just came to me…The establishment was foolish enough to give us all this freedom and we used it in every way we could.”                           Richie passed away in 2013.                                                                                                                Three days later, on January 24, 1941, Aaron Neville was born in New Orleans.  Aaron has had a long solo career, with hits such as “Tell It Like It Is”, as well as being part of The Neville Brothers.  Our final artist was born in Brooklyn, three days after Richie Havens was born there (I’m assuming different hospitals), Neil Diamond.  From Wikipedia:       Diamond has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time.[1] He is the third most successful adult contemporary artist on the Billboard charts behind Elton John and one-time duet partner Barbra Streisand.[2] His songs have been covered internationally by many performers from various musical genres.                                                                                                                                           So there you have it, five very different artists, responsible for some of the greatest music of the 20th Century, all born in a week’s time.                                                                                           

50 Years Of “Rubber Soul”

   The Beatles released “Rubber Soul” 50 years ago next week on December 3, 1965.  It was their sixth studio release and represented a new direction for the band.  Pitchfork Media has described the album as “the most important artistic leap in the Beatles’ career—the signpost that signaled a shift away from Beatlemania and the heavy demands of teen pop, toward more introspective, adult subject matter”.  Richie Unterberger writing at said “the lyrics represented a quantum leap in terms of thoughtfulness, maturity, and complex ambiguities.”                                                                                                                 Amazingly, the album was recorded in a little over a month, from October 12, 1965 to November 15, 1965.  It’s 14 songs clock in at a bit under 35 minutes, with all songs less than three minutes long except “You Won’t See Me”, which runs 3:19.  “Rubber Soul” was really the first album that allowed the group to devote time to recording an album in the studio, uninterrupted by touring demands.  With producer George Martin, they were able to create new, more sophisticated music than they had previously.  From Wikipedia: “To achieve the mimicry of a harpsichord by the piano on “In My Life”, George Martin played the piano with the tape running at half-speed. When played back at normal speed during the mixdown, the sped-up sound gave the illusion of a harpsichord.[23][24]Processing used included heavily compressed and equalised piano sound on “The Word“, an effect soon extremely popular in the genre of psychedelic music. Prior to the recording sessions, McCartney was given a new bass, a Rickenbacker 4001, which had a much beefier bass sound than the Hofner. All of the songs on the album, except for “Drive My Car”, were recorded using the new bass. McCartney also experiments with a fuzz box on Harrison’s composition “Think For Yourself”.”  In 2012, Rubber Soul was ranked number five on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.   That first week of December 50 years ago was quite a week for English band releases.  Released on the same day as “Rubber Soul” was The Who’s debut, “The Who Sings My Generation” and one day later, The Rolling Stones’ “December’s Children (And Everybody’s).  I will be featuring all three albums on my show Monday, 12-4 PM CST at .  I hope you can join me!                                          


One Crazy Week In Rock’n’Roll History

    Every week on the “Hidden Treasures Of Rock’n’Roll” show I feature five artists that were born or five albums that were released that week in the past.  I feature albums on the five-year anniversaries (25 years ago, 40 years ago, etc.) and I try especially to feature the artists when it’s a big birthday (50 or 65 years old, etc.).  After doing the show on Monday afternoons, I start planning next week’s show on Monday nights.  I go through my reference materials and look for the artists and albums for that week.  Some weeks are a little bare, and I have to really look to find five artists or albums to feature, but others weeks it’s really hard to narrow down the list to five.  The upcoming week, November 1st-7th was such a week.  I first looked at the birthdays, and several immediately were deemed “feature worthy”.  Keith Emerson is 71 on Monday the 2nd.  Birthdays on Mondays tend to get featured, as that is the day of the broadcast.  Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree is 48 on the 3rd.  One reason I stared doing the show was to feature artists like Porcupine Tree, great music that doesn’t get heard on the radio.  Doug Sahm, one of my favorite artists, and an important figure in 60’s music, was born on Nov. 6th, so that was another one.  And Joni Mitchell turns 72 on Nov. 7th, and as she is one of my favorite all-time artists, she is always featured.  So that’s four features there, just for birthdays, with one spot left for any albums released during the week.  In researching further, I see that the Grateful Dead’s “American Beauty” and Nick Drake’s “Bryter Layter” were both released on Nov. 1, 1970, making this the 45th anniversary of their release.  Then I see that The Band’s last great studio LP, “Northern Lights-Southern Cross”, was released 40 years ago this week on Nov. 1, 1975.  Yes’s great second album, “Time And A Word” was released 45 years ago on Nov. 2, 1970.  And finally, I see that David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold The World” was also released 45 years ago on Nov. 4, 1970.  So that’s nine artists and albums worthy of being featured, and I can only feature five.  To feature more wouldn’t do justice to them all.  How did I get down to five?  I just featured Jon Anderson of Yes on this week’s show for his birthday, so “Time And A Word” is being left off.  I love Doug Sahm, but I do feature his music most years, so unfortunately not this year.  Same with Steven Wilson and Porcupine Tree, see you next year.  And finally “Bryter Layter” is a fine album, but not quite historically as important as the other features.  So the features this week will be KEITH EMERSON (having a Monday birthday helps), JONI MITCHELL, “American Beauty” (possibly the Dead’s best studio LP), “The Man Who Sold The World” (a great album, and historically important also), and “Northern Lights-Southern Cross (the final great album by one of the 20th Century’s great bands).  So there you have it, a look behind the scenes at what I have been doing for the last 15 years to bring you the show, every Monday from 12-4 PM CST at http// .  I hope you can join me on Monday!


       Fifteen years ago, in the Fall of 2000, UIC Radio began broadcasting.  My show was part of that first semester, so the station and I are both celebrating our fifteenth year on the air.                                                                                                                                                                                                            How did the show start?  I noticed an ad in the campus paper that the University was starting an internet radio station and looking for DJ’s.  I had worked in college radio during my undergraduate days at the University of Alabama as part of my Broadcasting and Film degree.  I always enjoyed it, primarily due to my love of music.  And I hated what music offerings were on the air in Chicago in 2000.  Unfortunately, they are not much better today, other than UIC Radio.  So I applied for a show, submitted a demo tape, and was interviewed.  I was accepted, and began doing my show in the same time slot it occupies today, Mondays from 12-4 PM.  Most shows were two hours, but I was basically given two shows, from 12-2 and from 2-4.  The first two hours were current alternative music, and the second was basically whatever I wanted to play, much like my current show.   After a few months of this, I asked the station manager if I could just play my own music for the whole four hours.  She agreed, and the show has been the “Hidden Treasures” show since then.  My whole idea in doing the show was to play the best music, old and new, that you didn’t hear elsewhere.  I missed the old days of radio, when you were constantly discovering new music.  And there was great music coming  out at the time that wasn’t being heard on the radio, artists like Porcupine Tree and Eric Matthews, that I wanted to play, along with great older music that people may not have been exposed to. That’s what I wanted to accomplish with the show, and I have tried to do that for fifteen years now.  So I hope you will continue to listen to the show, Mondays from 12-4 PM CST at .  And this week’s show will feature some music from Eric Matthews, his great debut album, released 20 years ago this week in 1995, “It’s Heavy In Here”.  I hope you can join me!


In Praise Of Andy Kulberg

I started doing my show over 14 years ago to feature great music that doesn’t get the attention it deserves.  That’s why the show is called “Hidden Treasures Of Rock’n’Roll”.  Andy Kulberg was responsible for a lot of great music in the late 60’s and early 70’s.  He was born 71 years ago this week in 1944, and passed away in 2002 from Lymphoma.  Andy was a fine songwriter and musician, playing bass and flute.  He was a founding member of two great bands, The Blues Project and Seatrain.  While with The Blues Project, Al Kooper wrote “Flute Thing”, to feature Andy, and the song became a radio staple during that time.  Andy also co-wrote Seatrain’s biggest hit, “13 Questions”.  I will be featuring Andy’s music on today’s show for his birthday this week.  I hope you can join me.

It’s All About Catching That One Moment

Sometimes you just get lucky.  Several times I have been at music fests and just happened to walk by a stage and discovered great music by an artist that I had never heard before.  That’s a big reason I love getting there early, when the lesser-known artists are playing, usually even more than seeing the headliners, when it’s extremely crowded and hard to see.  It’s great to be right there when the magic happens, up close and personal.  That’s another reason I prefer seeing smaller shows in clubs than going to an arena, where you lost that contact.  And this brings me to a certain moment in time, Oct. 7, 2011.  Antony & The Tramps, one of Chicago’s best bands, has come to Austin to play a show at a club.  Their show also coincides with the Occupy Austin demonstrations, part of the Occupy movement going on around the country at the time.  Antony and the band finished their show and were relaxing afterward, when someone comes in from the Occupy demonstration and asks if they will come out and play for the crowd.  They agreed, and fortunately for us all, their amazing performance of “The Warrior” was captured by someone with a video camera.  Here it is, a great moment in time.  Enjoy.  Oh yeah, Antony joins me on my show today at 12:30 at .  We will be playing tracks from their upcoming album.  And if you enjoy this video, be sure and see them live Friday night in Chicago at Lincoln Hall.  It should be another great moment…

Bring Back Twin Lead Guitars!

I have often said, to anyone that will listen, that the three things most lacking in rock’n’roll music today are harmony vocals, organs (especially real Hammond organs), and twin lead guitars.  The first two are heard more often, but twin lead guitars have almost disappeared from the modern music scene.  Off the top of my head, Dr. Dog is one of the few current bands that sometimes features a twin lead guitar attack.  It’s a great sound, and it’s a shame that it isn’t heard more.  The halcyon days for twin leads was the early 70’s, featured in such bands as The Allman Brothers, Wishbone Ash, and Thin Lizzy, among others, not to mention the great work of Dick Wagner and Steve Hunter on Lou Reed’s classic live LP, “Rock and Roll Animal”.  So come on, rockers of today, start working on it and let’s bring back the twin lead guitar attack!

“Bringing It All Back Home” Turns 50

Bob Dylan released his fifth album, “Bringing It All Back Home”, 50 years ago today in 1965.  It’s an amazing work for it’s time, recorded by the 23 year-old Dylan over three days in January of that year.  One track, “Maggie’s Farm”, was recorded in one take.  “Home” is also a landmark album for Dylan, as it marks his first “electric” recordings.  One half of the album is electric, the other acoustic.  It was also Dylan’s most popular album yet, reaching #6 on the Billboard albums chart (his first Top 10) release.  The single “Subterranean Homesick Blues” also was his first charting single to date, reaching #39 on the Billboard singles chart.  In 2003, Rolling Stone named it #31 on it’s list of the greatest albums of all time.  I will be featuring it on my show Monday, 12-4 PM CST at .  I hope you can join me!