Café Cubano- a Sound Retreat

As I have been moving into my new home, I have had the pleasure of accompanying the move with some fine Cuban guajiras, trovas, sones and boleros, which have captured me in a moment. A space I needed to find. Café Cubano is a captivating collection that will transport listeners to the charming cafes of this musically-rich Caribbean island. If you have never visited the Caribbean, the sounds here will delight you and your travel plans of the future. This album features a selection of exceptional performers who have incorporated Cuba’s diverse musical traditions and distinctive styles into their music. Several of the songs feature influences from the “nueva trova” movement, in which lyrical poetry is joined with Pan-American folk traditions. Others remain true to the sultry guajiras, romantic boleros and traditional sones which were the underpinning of the renowned Buena Vista Social Club recordings. Cuban music traces its roots back to the melodies of Europe and the rhythms of Africa, and the inspiring blend that resulted from years of interaction between these diverse cultures. Putumayo has provided me (and hopefully many others) with a sound retreat to take me away from the move and start to really MOVE it.


Music for Runners

Today, greenarrowradio got to be a part of the 2008 MadCity Marathon as the speakers were set outside part of the mile seven marker, and we gave it to them like runners like it. Thanks to Mad Mad Marcus for including brother G on this adventure and thanks to all those who push themselves to the limits..You all are NUTS. We also shared a moment on air with two Vietnam veterans to say THANK YOU and to remind folks as to why they have the day off to remember those who have fallen and those yet to fall for our freedoms. I salute you!
Now Hit IT……..

Chatfield Manor- Mike Keneally & Beer for Dolphins
Find my Heart- Eric Sardinas & Big Motor
Redemption- Andy Timmons Band
Nefertitti- Adrian Legg
Dirty- Bernie Worrell feat Warren Haynes
I Wonder- Yellowjackets feat Mike Stern
Imagine This!- Mediacracy
the Global Voice- Nicodemus
A Stork Crosses the Danube-Taraf de Haidouks
Sub-Aqua- Dr. Didg
Como soy Cubano- Habana Abierta
Devil Woman- Toubab Krewe
***Conversation with Vietnam Veteran Mr. Ray Elliott***
Sonic Sunrise- DJ TEEKO
Hot Lava- Perry Farrell
A Jam for Joe- DJ Logic & Jason Miles
Chicken Bucket- Big Ass Truck
Hootchie Mama- Big Ass Truck
Summer Swim- George Clinton & the P Funk All Stars
Funk out with your Junk out-Anthony Smith’s Trunk Fulla Funk
Baby Elephants & Thangs-Baby Elephants & George Clinton
Life’s Mood- Issac Hayes
Even Strangers- Baby Elephants
Southern Breeze- Issac Hayes
Walk the Dinosaur- Was, not Was
Love is Alive- Joan Osbourne
Smile- Lily Allen
Knock ’em Out- Lily Allen
LDN- Lilly Allen
***Conversation with Vietnam Veteran Mr Ray Maher***
Ooh Yeah- Moby
Work to do- the Isley Brothers
No Such Thing- Mem Shannon (live)
Beatles Medley- Tommy Emmanuel (by request)
King of the Mountain- Sandy Carroll
Break on Through- Stone Temple Pilots
Gravity- James Brown
El Aire-Cecilia Villar Enjuri feat SLY and Robbie
Sir your fashion has the cold heart of a Killer-the Beautiful Girls
the Headphonist- Kinky (live)
What’s Going on- Donny hathaway
Funky in the Middle- Nicodemus&Jay Rodriguez&Ticklah
Blind Ross- Stebmo
I Feel the Earth Move- the James Taylor Quartet (live)
Lets Stay Together- Al Green (by Request)
(Smell my) Special Ingredients- Stanton Moore Trio
Take me to the River- BB King & Lenny Kravitz & Cheryl Crow (live)
Baba- Global Drum Project
Confection- the Nels Cline Singers
Good Evening to the Fall- Caveman
Morenita- La Orquesta Magica De La Habana
That Old Black Magic- Dr John
Going Fetal- Eels
China Girl- Lena

Sun Ra’s day of Landing

Let’s Celebrate this celestial being today and every day.

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A prolific recording artist and frequent live performer, Sun Ra’s music ranged from keyboard solos to big bands of 30-odd musicians; his music touched on virtually the entire history of jazz, from ragtime to swing music, from bebop to free jazz; he was also a pioneer of electronic music, space music and free improvisation, and was one of the first musicians, regardless of genre, to make extensive use of electronic keyboards.

Waking up is hard to do

Power of Soul- Billy Cox & Buddy Miles
Still I’m Sad-the Yardbirds (live)
Dazed and Confused- the Yardbirds (live)
Ooh Mama Ooh- Moby Grape
Had Enough of Me- Darrin James Band
Universe- Mike Zito
Told me a Lie- Sean Costello
Katrina Blues- Elliott Sharp’s Terraplane
Crawl- Nikki Armstrong
Don’t that Bring you Back- Diane Durrett (live)
White Rabbit- Patti Smith
I’m Tore Down- Jeff Healy
Put your Money Where your Mouth is- Luther Allison
Funked Up- Joe Pitts
Lone me a Dime- Joe Pitts
Still this Goes on- Jason “Lefty” Williams
Blah Blah Blah- John Lisi & Delta Funk
Refer Headed Woman- Cashman
Como MS- Cashman
Underground- Chris Whitley & Jeff Lang
Jesus is Just alright-Robert Randolph Family Band with Clapton
Tell me Something I don’t Know-Geoff Achison & the Souldiggers (live)
Do the Dirt- Phantom Blues Band
Killin Floor- Sol Creech Band
Nobody’s Fault but Mine- NO Blues
Love is the Answer- Lipbone Redding
Let Me Have it all-Sly & the Family Stone (alt mix)
Beautiful- G Love & Tristian Prettyman
Country Ghetto- JJ Grey (live)
Porcelain Pipeline- East Coast Tremors
Speed Wobble- the Ramblin Ambassadors
I got a Woman- Reverend Organdrum
Birdwave- Green Light
When H Binds with O- Lotus (live)
Country Living- Yellowjackets feat. Mike Stern
Can’t Stand your Funk- the Mahavishnu Project
Lullaby for Che- Fiuczynski & Cappadocia
Back in the Daze- Doodlebug feat. D.O.R.

Fareed & Franziskaner

On Saturday night, there was a feel of graduation in the air here at the University of Wisconsin andthe Fareed Haque Group was in the Rathskeller making the time stand still with a world beat fusion transforming moments into more. The tabla rang most true to me this evening, while Fareed certainly was exploring sounds as his virtuosity allows, I found the skin of the tabla drum to insight my senses. To make things even more appealing, one of my favorite summer style beers was on tap and had its own seat at our table most of the evening, and the pitchers of a tasty wiess bier were flowing like a golden stream of delicious.

Saturday, What a Day

groovin’ all week with you.

Gimme Some Lovin’- Marco Benevento (live)
Redux:Porky, Boots & Floyd-Jeff Coffin & Charlie Peacock
Blind Ross- Stebmo
Homesteady- Billy Martin & G. Calvin Weston
Dime Grind Palace- Sex Mob
Bemsha Swing (Lively Up Yourself)- MMW
Crimson Forest- the Phibes
the Right Madness- the Phibes
Break me Down- Karl Denson Trio
Juju in Those Strings- Eccodek
Courage(Fabian Alsultanys UFO over Bamako Remix)-Vieux Farka Toure
African Herbsman-Bob Marley & the Wailers(King Kooba Remix)
Season’s Change-Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad (live)
Change my Ways- the Pietasters
Don’t Look Back- Peter Tosh & Mick Jagger
If it Don’t fit(Don’t Force it)-Melvin Sparks & Nikki Armstrong
Keep on Dancin’ (alt mix)- Sly & the Family Stone
You got it all- the New Mastersounds (live)
Dumpstaphunk Jam- Dumpstaphunk (live)
Gypsy Woman- George Clinton & P Funk
Shadow of Death Hotel- Barry Adamson
All About us- Brazilian Girls
Salsaton del Guevon- Babaloo
Hot Cookin’- G Love
Message Stick- Xavier Rudd
Don’t Look Back- Steve Reid Ensemble
Ah Ya Win a Win- Club d’Elf (live)
Fat Chance on a Friday Afternoon-Edgar Gabriels String Fusion
Four, For Tango- Kronos Quartet
Dimba- Ousamane Toure
Superwhirly-Guateque all stars feat Shiva
This World- Supreme Beings of Leisure
Thank you Nation 1814- Janet Jackson & DJ Reset
the Hop- Radio Citizen & Bajka
Ooh- Marcus Miller and Lalah Hathaway
Gambler- Beyondo
Bayou Betty- Bonerama (live)
Hokey Pokey- Big Sam’s Funky Nation
Special Shirt- Charlie Hunter trio
Weasel Pot Pie- that 1 guy

Mia Zapata remembered in Documentary

Seattle punks the Gits, led by riot grrrl par excellence Mia Zapata, were at the height of their powers in 1993 when a single inhuman act brought their promising trajectory to an abrupt halt. While walking home on the night of July 7 of that year, Zapata was raped and murdered. It took over a decade for police to find Zapata’s killer and put him to justice. Meanwhile, the tragedy shocked and horrified the members of the Seattle music community that had embraced Zapata– but at the same time, it united them. In response Zapata’s death, several members of this community founded Home Alive, an organization which continues offering self-defense classes and educating folks through community outreach programs to this day. Zapata also left her mark on more than a few charismatic frontwomen to emerge over the years. The legacy of the Gits and the circumstances surrounding Zapata’s untimely passing are examined in depth in The Gits, a feature-length documentary that has been making the festival rounds and will soon hit a theater and/or DVD player near you. Directed by California filmmaker Kerri O’Kane and packed with rare footage of the Gits’ formative years, The Gits will screen at theaters around North America in the coming months. It emerges in DVD form July 8 via Liberation Entertainment.

A list of cities where you can catch The Gits follows. More screenings and theatrical runs are expected to be added, so do yourself a favor and bookmark the film’s website for updates.

The Gits (arranged by opening date):

June 5
Louisville, KY – Rudyard Kipling (Last Call Film Festival) (single screening)

June 7
Columbia, MO – Ragtag Theater (single screening)

July 4
Denver, CO – Starz Film Center
New York, NY – Pioneer Theater
Portland, OR – Clinton Street Theater
Sacramento, CA – Movies on the Big Screen
Seattle, WA – Northwest Film Forum
Winnipeg, Manitoba – Big Smash

July 7
Austin, TX – Alamo Draft House (single screening)
Indianapolis, IN – Greenbriar Cinema Grill (single screening)
Providence, RI – AS220 (single screening)
San Francisco, CA – The Embarcadero (single screening)
Seattle, WA – Metro Cinema (single screening)

July 27
Edmonton, Alberta – Metro Cinema


into the 4th hour

An extended greenarrowradio today. Double the pleasures and sounds.

Balkan Trilogy- TerraFolk
1.Mystic Intro
2.Ajde Jano
3.Ederneni Boyacilari

Monkey Blake- Jazz Mandolin Project
Papa George- Tommy Emmanuel (live)
Tibidi Waka- Vusi Mahlasela with Derek Trucks
Blues for Luci- Pedro Arevalo
Mama Boulet- Leftover Salmon
Fat Chance on a Friday Afternoon-Edgar Gabriel’s String Fusion
Suits me Fine- King Johnson
See a Change a Comin’- Mama Roo
Woke up Pissed…- John Lisi & Delta Funk
Lives of Clay- Jack Bruce & Robin Trower
Coffee- Papa Mali
Papa Dukie & the Mud People- the Subdudes
Take a Ride- George Soule
Hot’Lanta- the NRG Band (live)
Chester Bustamante- Cameron Mizell
Adolescence- the Poogie Bell Band
Silent Power- Russel Blake
Sexual Healing- Bobby Pickett
Getting Blue- Gert Wilden Orchestra
Dance Naked under Palmtrees- Mo’ Horizon
Legalize It- RAQ (live)
Spend a Little Time- Barry Adamson
Love on the Run- Galactic
Hubbub-Bobby Previte’s Weather Clear Track Fast
I know you Know- Esperanza Spalding
Wandering Swallow- Forro in the Dark with Bebel Gilberto
Albuquerque Bar Band-Bobby Previte’s Latin for Travelers
Never Gonna Let you go- Slavic Soul Party
Everybody Loves You-Hazmat Modine with Huun Huur Tu
Thursday- Morphine (live)
You Look Like Rain- Morphine (live)
Loan me a Dime- Albert Castiglia
Fire- Nigel Kennedy
Krystaline- Sugar Blue
Beatles Medley- Tommy Emmanuel (live)
1. Here Comes the Sun
2.When I’m 64
3. Lady Madonna
4.Day Tripper

Something Went Right- George Soule
Baby it’s You- Smith
Sexy Side of You- George Clinton
Blow Up- James Taylor Quartet (live)
(Smell My) Special Ingredients-Stanton Moore Trio
Left Right and Center- Victor Wooten
Shake Everything you Got- Maceo Parker (live)
the Headphonist- Kinky (live)
Cha Cha- Balkan Beat Box
Mysterious Ways- Angelique Kidjo
Reeboks in Heaven- Fujiya and Miyagi
Prayer in Passing- Anoushka Shankar
Jungle Tango- Jazz Mandolin Project
Aba Balano Shanka- Orchestra Ethiopia

Keeping the ARTS as the Center

I had the privilege of being invited to the unveiling of the 2008-2009 season at the Overture Center for the Arts today and was treated to time spent appreciating the arts and talking about multicultural diversity. While the upcoming season is going to once again fulfill the sense of diversity, it is clear that the Overture plans on making sure they are in the front of the line when it comes to being an entry point to appreciating, teaching and recognizing the importance of other cultures as it mingles within Madison. The “O.C” is the biggest on-going classroom around, acting as a front porch for kids, parents….everyone to find out something they might not otherwise have found. Speaking of the new season…early highlights for me are: KODO, the Neville Brothers and Dr. John, Porter/Batiste/Stoltz, the Song & Dance Ensemble of West Africa, Afro-Cuban All Stars, The Assad Brothers, Cab Calloway Orchestra, Avenue Q, Cirque Eloize, Stomp, The Spencers Theatre of Illusion… get the point! I want to thank Abi and all the fine folks of the Overture Center for the Arts, for the invitation, the acknowledgment and for understanding the importance of keeping the Arts as the Center of potential new ideas.

Madison’s Home of the Arts

Gimme some BEATS, would ya?

If you get the fever for tha flava of some serious beats…I will always send you toward Om Records, the put out some serious sounds that’ll make your face dance and your sweat shake. These latest 2 are no exception to that rule.


The sixth installment of the ‘Sounds of Om’ series previews the freshest new music signed to the cutting edge label with exclusive tracks and sought after remixes. Volume Six takes a ride through a slick selection of future house music with a wonky main course, with a side of techy beats & groovy dessert to finish things off with style.


Kicking off the 2008 edition of Miami is none other than Billboard #1 Remixer Eric Kupper’s (Hed Kandi) with his remix of Samantha James’, most downloaded Om track on iTunes, “Breathe You In”. Bound to be one of this biggest tracks this year! Om Miami 2008 is the first time this track has been available on CD. Also featured here is JT Donaldson & Bugz in the Attic’s Daz-I-Kue with they’re dancefloor remix of Home & Garden. It doesn’t stop there! Miami features over 12 new tracks never before released anywhere on CD. Om fans be forewarned! This release is HOT!

The way we do

Alkhier Illa Doffor- Cheb i Sabbah (Bassnectar remix)
Jai Bhavani- Cheb i Sabbah
Bollyhood- DJ Logic/Jason Miles
Planetary Beat- DJ Logic/Jason Miles
Powers- Blackalicious
It’s too Funky in Here- Funkstar Deluxe
Baghdad Cafe- Liquid Soul
Stop- Liquid Soul
(Late Night at the) Maple Leaf- Stanton Moore Trio
As 7 Tribos- Uakti
KiyaKiya- Babatunde Olatunji
Wahala- Akoya Afrobeat
Get Up- Kaleta & Zozo Afrobeat
Gimme Shelter- Angelique Kidjo with Joss Stone
Ooh Yea- Marcus Miller feat. Lalah Hathaway
Me & Chuck- Les Claypool & the Holy Mackerel
Ain’t that A Shame- John Lennon
My Girl Josephine-Taj Mahal/N.O. Social Club
Whole Lotta Loving-L. Kravitz&Trombone Shorty&Pee Wee Ellis&Rebirth Brass Band&Fred Wesley&Maceo Parker
Ocean- Bonerama
Funk if I know- Michael Ray & the Cosmic Krewe
Oh! Billy- Sirsy
Hypnotized- AKACOD
Porchswing- Bourbon Princess
Pick up the Pieces- Quartet San Francisco

Words Fused together from elsewhere

Last night at in the Capitol Theater in the Overture Center for the Arts, those of us in attendance were part of a scene, a moment in time most likely unlike no other….Universes

Undeniable uniqueness
New School meets Old School meets WHAT?
Invincible human beat ‘capella box
Vernacular crossing borders
Ear opening
Recital from the heart’s deep
Super MF
Essential forward thinking & expression
Starts at a beginning to the end.

Check out my conversation with Steven Sapp, one of the founders of the group here.


Center Satge-right where he Belongs

How appropriate are titles to albums, songs, bands…..sometimes they are just perfect. In this case for my tastes, I think the hammer hit that snail square. Tommy Emmanuel c.g.p. has a new live album out today called “Center Stage” and that is the live setting feel gives the listen who has never seen him perform a look, well listen anyways, into the treat it truly is. Released on Favored Nations, this Live 2 CD set (with a DVD coming mid summer) is as intimate as a recording can be, and is a great blend of some new tracks and some fan favotires for previous FN releases. The four new tracks are introduced as: “Ruby’s Eyes”, “Jolly Swagman”, “Lenny Bro”, and “Papa George” (inspired by the legendary Sir George Harrison. This summer there will be a DVD released mixed in 5.1 Dolby Digital sound & filmed in that eye-grabbing High Definition. Both the CD and the DVD contain extra performances of Tommy’s that were not originally part of the “Sierra Center Stage” PBS television program.

A Must Have. “Center Stage” 2008 Favored Nations