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The Bottomless Pit

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For March 28

by Marshall Crenshaw
The Left Banke, c. 1966

This may seem a little dark, but since forever, people have always placed treasured objects in the graves of loved ones. Besides loving my loved ones, one of the things that's defined my life has been deriving joy from listening to records like "Walk Away Renee" and "Pretty Ballerina" by The Left Banke. Those are records that I would take to the grave, and on tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10,  I'll play those and pay my respects to the young genius who brought them into being, the now-late Michael Brown (born Michael Lookofsky).

But mainly this week's show will be a "Road Trip Re-Cap." I've just arrived home from a hell of a trip around this USA of ours, a trip with lots of high points and memorable moments.

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For March 21

by Marshall Crenshaw

Tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" is a "rerun anthology" with a piece from here, a piece from elsewhere in the archive, and so on. I slapped it together with one foot out the door, so to speak. In reality, tonight I'll be traveling home (finally) from a month-long road trip.

I know for sure that Part One is a long piece that deals with a great book that I read a while ago, called Peppermint Twist: The Mob, the Music, and the Most Famous Dance Club of the '60s by Joel Selvin, John Johnson, and Dick Cami. The rest of the show—I can't remember exactly—but I'll promise you this: It won't be just dead air, at least not by my intention. And I'll be back to non-reruns next week (I think).

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For March 14

by Marshall Crenshaw
Bill Lloyd (courtesy of the artist,

Tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10 was pre-recorded just before I left on a month-long road trip, which I'm still on. I don't remember exactly what's on the show, to be honest. But a great way to find out, for all of us, would be to listen to the program, as I sincerely hope you'll do. Here's what I remember about it:  On this show I use a ploy, a tactic, that I list in my notes as "The Car." There are usually between 12 to 20 CDs in my car at any given time. I just went out to the car, rounded up whatever was there, and made a show out of it.

I remember now that these included CDs by three actual friends of mine: Bill Lloyd (of Nashville), Ray Mason (and The Ray Mason Band), and Glen Burtnik and his great new band, The Weeklings.

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For March 7

by Marshall Crenshaw
Dorothy Ashby

Calling all Dorothy Ashby and Bubble Puppy fans: tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10 is the perfect radio show for you. I've been binging lately on a couple of newly-acquired albums: Afro-Harping by Dorothy Ashby and A Gathering of Promises by Bubble Puppy. Both are different in terms of genre, but they represent '60s music at its greatest.

I'll be playing as much from both albums as the Digital Millenium Copyright Act will allow, along with much more besides.

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For February 28

by Marshall Crenshaw
The Shangri-Las, c. 1964

Due to my week being especially harried and hectic, tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10 is a rerun, and I went way back in the archives for this one, from October 2011. The whole show is dedicated to the girl group sound and era. This music was created back in the 1960s but continues to cast its spell to this day. I did the show in the first place after having to miss the Lincoln Center concert, "She's Got the Power: A Girl-Group Extravaganza," which I'm told was, emotionally and musically, a killer.

Tune in tonight to hear The Luv'd Ones, Maxine Brown, Jackie DeShannon, The Shangri-Las, and many more!