Mystery Train #96

Different view edition

This show is a kind of a lens, it’s made to look at things from a different view.
Guest opticians include Dido, Guy Clark, Cowboy Junkies, Irma Thomas, Marianne Faithfull, Magazine, Sixto Rodriguez, The Everly Brothers, John Cale, The Smithereens et al.

Mystery Train #95

Free fall edition

Songs about taking a leap of faith and free falling to a new stage in life.
Including artists like Pixies, The Pretty Things, Anita Lane, Cocteau Twins, Kacy & Clayton, Jenny Lewis, Lakis Papadopoulos, Stereognosis, No Blues, Blind Faith, The Velvelettes, Vaya Con Dios et al.

Mystery Train #92

Far away edition

A show that might take you far away from your everyday life.
Featured artists include Jim Ford, D/troit, St Francis Hotel, Karen Dalton, Linda Perhacs, Lavrentis Machairitsas, Spiritualized, Whyte Horses, The Pastels, Beastie Boys, Angus & Julia Stone et al.

Mystery Train #90

Close encounters edition

This show is all about UFOs, flying saucers and aliens. Watch the skies and listen to the music!
Guest ufologists include Billy Lee Riley, Pixies, Ramones, Hüsker Dü, Klaatu, Margot & The Nuclear So And So’s, Parliament, The Stranglers, Ella Fitzgerald, Blink-182, Sufjan Stevens, UFO et al.

Mystery Train #89

It’s fine here edition

The one where we just sit back, relax and take in the fine August night. In this show we mostly revisit some low-key favorites.
Featuring songs by Lana Del Rey, Del Barber, Pierro Piccioni, The Psychedelic Furs, A.C. Newman, Black Pumas, Blouse, La Femme, Still Corners, Broadcast et al.

Mystery Train #88

In the room edition

There is a room in your head. It’s full of objects, places, experiences and songs.
This is an atypical broadcast, a little schizophrenic in the music choices -with many Greek artists.
Featuring songs by Yo La Tengo, The Teardrop Explodes, Naked Pray, Spyridoula, Morka, The Nits, Melina Kana, Iron Butterfly, Pavlos Sidiropoulos, Harry Nilsson et al.

Mystery Train’s theme song

It’s been many months since the show acquired a distinctive intro theme. It so happens to be the first thing that I ever played on air, and it’s both driving and atmospheric. I’m talking about Pipeline, from The Chantays -the original and definitive version of this surf rock classic. There have been occasions where I used other songs (once, even a great Bill Frisell Pipeline cover) but for frequent listeners this tune means Mystery Train is on.

I thought it would be boring for you to listen to it every time you press play on these podcasts. It really has no point without the talking and welcoming that takes place during the live broadcast. But I believe it deserves a special place on this blog!

Mystery Train #87

Rio – Antirio edition

A show in full summer mood, bouncing around the globe: USA, Greece, Brazil, Jamaica, UK, India, Italy… this train is taking you places!
Fellow travelers include Markos Vamvakaris, Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, Mano Negra, Spunk!, 2Hurt, Vetiver, Savina Yannatou, Koop, Angelos Skordilis, Gram Parsons et al.