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The Bottomless Pit

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For March 8

by Marshall Crenshaw
Erykah Badu (courtesy of the artist via

This week's "The Bottomless Pit" is what I'm calling a "Rerun Anthology." I've been on the road and in the studio so much lately that I'm resorting to a rerun this week, but not exactly a straight-up rerun. I decided to go into the archive and grab three different chapters from different points in the show's chronology, with artists like Erykah Badu (pictured), Marc Ribot, Marvin Gaye and Mickey and Sylvia.

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For February 22

by Marshall Crenshaw
The Beatles deplaning at JFK, photograph by Harry Benson from the new LIFE book, 'Paul McCartney'

Fifty years ago this month, when The Beatles arrived and conquered America, did they really save rock music from stasis and brain death, like some pundits say? On tonight's The Bottomless Pit at 10, the response to that question is: "Hell no! Are you joking?"  This week's show cuts through the clichés, hyperbole and the Beatles nostalgia overkill.

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For February 15

by Marshall Crenshaw
Anoushka Shankar (photo:

On this week's "The Bottomless Pit," I'll take a nostalgia trip back to 1974 and put the audio spotlight on three albums that came out that year and really blew my mind: The Sun Collection by Elvis Presley, Legendary Masters: Eddie Cochran, and The Bop That Just Won't Stop by Gene Vincent. Those records rearranged my headspace back in '74, and of course are still exciting to me now.

Then during Part 3, we'll shift directions completely and hear a round-robin of tracks by Anoushka Shankar (pictured), banjo genius Tony Trischka and young jazz guitarist Nir Felder. All three have great, recently-released albums. And, of course, there'll be much more (including Fred Blassie).