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Byrd Up! Asteroid Strikes North

April 20, 2020. It’s difficult to underestimate the influence of the Byrds. Dubbed the American Beatles, their influence reaches far beyond the Prairie School soffits that dot Laurel Canyon. Generations of paisley-clad subterraneans and rodeo sweethearts have fired up their Richenbackers to emulate their pysch sound of the West.

Dig the Asteroid No. 4. Riding out from Philly for the Bay, the A4 have chalked up nine long plays with their blend of Spacemen 3, Pink Floyd, and, yup – The Byrds.

In advance of the 2020 release of “Northern Songs”, the Asteroid No. 4 have released their first single, aptly titled, “Northern Song”. It’s a groovy, Byrds-inspired, space jam, just in time for you to sport that fringed, suede poncho and Nazorean footwear. Hey man, the song is pretty dang good too, brothers and sisters. RIYL: Byrds, Rain Parade, Quarter After, Beachwood Sparks; Burrito Brothers, and Spacemen 3.

Great Lakes Reverberation. John J. Callahan, PhD. POW/WCSB Joining POW In the summer of love, 2019, John Callahan, co-host of the Friday Night Rock Rotation, has been a conspicuous presence on WCSB for 16 years. John is known for spinning modern psych in the vein of Velvet Underground, Spacemen 3, and the Brian Jonestown Massacre (BJM). Interviews of his favorite artists are also his thing. The Magnetic Fields, Dream Syndicate, Black Angels, and Dandy Warhols have all shared the airwaves of the Rock Rotation. John’s first review/interview dates back to 1991 when he shot the chit-chat with shoegaze legends Chris Acland and Emma Anderson of Lush. Today it's spacing out with Fuxa, Pontiak, and Kim Gordon for the love of all things rock ‘n’ roll. It’s coffee over Moon Duo as he plots his next interviews with the Caribou, Chad VanGaalen, and Ty Segall. Oh yeah, Dr. Callahan is a life long special education teacher, swimmer, and Dad. You can find his super-sharp wife and family leading the way into Cleveland-area record stores and flower gardens.