Connection to the Core

Sometimes when I take the time to put together a show with songs from other lands, I feel the travel take me on land, or over seas but today I felt the sounds come on right thru from the core~here’s what the musical exploration looked like:

Annon- Jake Shimabukuro
Bulgar Romani- the Vagabond Opera
New Year’s Eve in a haunted House- the Vagabond Opera
Life Cycles- Babki

And what Then?- the Shin (live)
Recordando do pio- Bonga
‘zaho Syianao- Wa Zimba
Simbi D’lo- Manze Dayila & the Nago Nation
Peye Pou Peye- Boukman Eksperyans
Tanbou Vye Gri- Boukman Eksperyans
Lo Bueno no Sale Barato- Habana Abierta
Caballito Nocturno- Juaneco Y Su Combo
Te Estas Equivocande- Gecko Turner
Quando o Carnaval Chegar- Marcia Salomon

Adios Felicidad- Omara Portuondo
Cachita- Omara Portuondo
Gracias- Omara Portuondo feat Jorge Drexler
Juligan- Marta Topferova

Sidi Gouro- Ali Farka Toure
Ai Haira- Vieux Farka Toure
Imidiwan Afrik Temdam- Tinariwen

Hommage a Tonton Ferrer- Orchestra Baobob
Sahara- Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara
Tibidi Waka- Vusi Mahlasela feat. Derek Trucks
Hora Anticuta Draga(Don’t Let me be….)-Les Triaboliques
Djefrile- Djoliba
International (Groucho Remix)- Baaba Maal
Ah Ndiya- Bela Fleck/Oumou Sangare
D’Gary Jam-B.Fleck/V.Mahlasela/B.Maal/T.Diabate/O.Sangare…
Mopti- Tribecastan
Friend of Crazy Joe- Peatbog Faeries
Garageschottis- Vasen
all one Tribe- Skeebo Knight
Real Simple- Slavic Soul Party
Baraat to Nowhere- Red Baraat

Bhanghall- DJ Rekha & Dave Sharma
Rabat- Beats Antique
Woosi- Baka Beyond
Meeting of Tribes- Baka Beyond
Hear it Loud- Global Lingo
He Manar(Goonda Dubwise Edit)-Global Lingo
Rebel Music- Mystic Bowie

Animal Magic-Adrian Sherwood (Lee Scratch Perry)
Crime or Music- Larry McDonald w/Stranger Cole & Squidley Cole
I’ll Take you There- Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Love Supreme- Dissisenten
Umleitung- Trio de Janeiro
Nem Biztos Semmi- Katie Kovacs & Gemini
Mondj Egy Meset- Piramis

Takou- Aiyb Dieng
Riddem- Daby Toure & Skip McDonald
Aksar- Najma Akhtar & Gary Lucus
Mother Taiga- Huun Huur Tu & Carmen Rizzo
Compassion- Soname

Setaa- Jamshied Sharifi
Dandiya- Vandana Vishwas
an Introduction to Indian Music- Ravi Shankar
Dhun: Fast Teental- Ravi Shankar
Hamsadhwani Tabla Duet- Anoushka Shankar
Yaman Kalyan- Anoushka Shankar

Seasonably Warm

New Country Blues- Emmitt Nershi Band
Long way to go- Railroad Earth (live)
Fiddle Set- Enter the Haggis (live)
Folsom Prison- Sirsy (live)
Around the World- Delaney Davidson
Diamond in your Mind- Tom Waits (live)
I Wish you Would- Treat her Right
East River Delta- Stew Cutler trio
Sleepwalk- the Vultures w/Norton Buffalo & David Grisman
Astrosurfin’- the Dillingers
Rock this Town- the Brian Setzer Orchestra
I Want some More- Dan Auerbach
Broke Down on the Brazos- Gov’t Mule
Ufo Tofu- Bela Fleck & the Flecktones
Drume Negrita- Ry Cooder & Manuel Galban
Baby Seals- Mamarazzi
Worry bout Dat- Michael Ray & the Cosmic Krewe
Made a Mistake- Michael Ray & the Cosmic Krewe
Lost Funk- Mike Clark
To the Queen(for Cyp’s Parents)- Out to Lunch
Misty Mountain Hop- Michael Bellar & the As Is Ensemble
Astronaut Love Triangle- Charlie Hunter
Dory’s Day out- Garage a Trois
Dancing for the Queen of Bohemia-Eldad Tarmu Chamber Jazz Ensemble
Kamasutra- Vampyros Lesbos
African Sunset- Mo’ Horizons
The Numbers Game- Thievery Corporation
It’s a New Day- James Brown (live)
In the Middle- JTQ
Send a Gram- Jessica Cleaves & P Funk All Stars
Disco Truck- the JMC Project
Waiting on my Wings- The Word
Thermal Bad- the New Mastersounds
Hope it Feels Good- Nikka Costa
No Quarter Dub- DJ Spooky
One of These Days- Chaos Love Music
Ultra Funk- Los Amigos Invisibles (live)
Planet of the Superkids- The Greyboy All Stars (live)
Stranded in your Love-Sharon Jones & Dapkings (Cool Calm Pete Sweet Nothing Mix)
Papa was a Rolling Stone-the Temptations(DJ Jazzy Jeff/Pete Kuzma Soleful mix)
**On Air Interview w/Lex Sadler**

Hitch Shifter- Delicatessen
Cloud #9- Elizabeth the Band
Lovesick- Mariella
Emergency Break- Elizabeth the Band

Do you Dig it- GWAP
Sueno de Solentiname- Mano Negra
Bumbo- Nomo
Fellin’ Yucky-Sven Barth & Induce are the Saxual Revolution
Why Me- Wavefront Transmissions

Bhangra’s Panch- Fort Knox Five
Eden (feat Gigi)- Tommy T
Mende Chiraj- (Dj Spinna Remix)- Jacques Schwarz Bart

Melvin’s Rockpile

by Out To Lunch off of the Accurate Records label. Melvin’s Rockpile feeds listeners improvisational imagination with irresistible dance funk energy while continuously challenging the listeners aesthetic sensibility. As evidenced by tracks such as To the Queen and Captain Stilts, OTLs genre-bending soundscapes range from world, funk, jazz and breakbeat to dub and improvised house, captivating a cross-culture of audiences everywhere. Out To Lunch and Melvin’s Rockpile record release show is scheduled for January 15, 2009 at NuBlu in New York City, where the band holds their monthly residency…but i will have some for you to hEAR tomorrow.


Hump Day Groove-a-lot

I always enjoy getting a chance to be on air in the evening, especially during the safe harbor time as I can play some of the tunes I otherwise might not get a chance to….like Public Enemy for instance….Here’s the grooves to get a good humpin’ on:

Papa was a Rolling Stone- Los Lobos (live)
Blue Eyed Soul- Diane Durrett
Slow Down- King Johnson
Circumstances- Soulhound
Way that it Goes- Kyle Hollingsworth
Gettin’ Funky- Dumpstaphunk (live)
Blues for RW- Reuben Wilson
Don’t Mess with Bill- Mose Davis
Frim Fram Sauce- Akiko Tsuruga
A Call for all Demons- Revolutionary Snake Ensemble
Echidna’s Arf (of you)-the Ed Palermo Band
Best Western- Eric Biondo

Booty- Louis “Babbling” Kabbabie feat.P Funk All Stars
Davel’s Return- Dirk Quinn Band
An Ba Mango La- Jacques Schwartz Bart
Comfort Zone- Fourplay
Blast!- Marcus Miller
Classical Thump- SMV
Deception Blues- Jack DeJohnette
I Don’t Know why- M. Nahadr
Gangster of Love- Johnny “Guitar” Watson
Iko Iko- the Wild Magnolias
the Third Degree- the Dynamites feat. Charles Walker
Flying High (in the Friendly sky)-the Dirty Dozen Brass Band
In Time- Sly & the Family Stone
In the Mix- the JMC Project
Aye- the Mighty Underdogs
Freedom Walk- Lifesavas w/Dead Prez & Vernon Reid
PunkRapStarz- Dope Sagittarius
Bring that Beat back- Public Enemy
Gititit-BK One w/Benzilla feat Brother Ali/Slug
Soup du Jour- Astronauts of Antiquity feat DoodleBUG
Deeper Shade of Soul- Urban Dance Squad
the Six Wisdoms of Aspasia- Vampyros Lesbos
Rain Song- Mosquitos
Show the World- LadyBUG Mecca
Casa del Fuego- Una

Built on Site

Just knew which was song #1……..and the rest went like this:

What’s he Building?- Tom Waits
Little Torch- Chris Whitley
the Blow Zone Layer- Jason Ricci & New Blood
Any Open Window- Gov’t Mule
Anthem- Soulhound

Jungle Funk- Brian Stoltz
HooDoo Thing- Brian Stoltz
I Don’t Talk too Much- Marther Carter
Mama Don’t Allow- Bobby Mitchell
Frank’s Slide Song- the Ramblin’ Ambassadors
Add mar Uran az esot- Kati Kovacs
Kinai fal- Nemenyi Bela & Atlantis

Soul Power- Revolutionary Snake Ensemble
Wait til you See- the Karl Walter Jr trio
Snake Fire- Marchforth Marching Band
Falestine- Babaloo
Dar Que Dificil- Juana Molina
Chica Chica Boom Chica- Bebel Gilberto
Prayer to the Saint of the Brokenhearted- Somi
Hidden Surprises- Zeep
Heads you Win- Zeep

Got a Thing on my Mind- Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
Stand Up- Lee Fields & Sugarman Co.

Golden Lady- Soulive
What Make Ya Dance- Fort Knox Five
Sundown- Fort Knox Five

Tell her She’s Lovely- Brownout
Sijuade- King Sunny Ade
Yuri- Oi Va Voi
Beyond Fasilados- Tommy T
Meu Mondo- Otto

Fafa- Vieux Farka Toure (J Boogie Mix)
Poye (Rise Ashen Mix)- Issa Bagayogo
Dry your Eyes- Wax Tailor feat Sara Genn

PunkRapStarz- Dope Sagittarius
Booneville Stomp- Les Claypool
Of Fungi & Foe- Les Claypool
Brooklyn Queens Expressway- Socialybrium

Como Ves- Ozomatli
Balkan Qoulou- Watcha Clan
Sweet Auburn Mishegas- 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra

Water no Get Enemy-D’angelo/Femi Kuti/Macy Gray/Roy Hargrove/Nile Rogers/the Soultronics & Positive Force
Hills Valleys & Valium- Mr Gnome
Plastic Shadow- Mr Gnome
Death Cult Soup N’ Salad- The Almighty Defenders
I got a Feeling- Paul McCartney (live NYC)
What’s Happening- Keb Mo
The World is a Beat- N’dambi
Straighten up & Fly Right-Nat King Cole(Will I Am/Natalie Cole)

Miles Hit (Rob Life Mix)- King Britt’s Philly Experiment
Heliocentric- DJ Spooky feat. Peter Gordon
Whirl of a Woman- J Russell w/Morrea Dickason/RC Lee
Crazy Crazy Insane- Apsci
Breakin’ Dawn- Brother Ali
Us- Brother Ali
Ma Foya-Michael Olatuja feat. Lynden David Hall

One Love- Bob Marley & the Wailers (Cardovan Mix)
Guvna Dub- Guvna Dub
Make a Move Dub- the Black Seeds
Golan to Galilee- Groundation

Gracias to Omara Portuondo

Illustrious Cuban singer Omara Portuondo has made history twice this year. In October, the remarkable vocalist, and only female star of the Buena Vista Social Clubâ„¢, became one of the first Cuban artists in six years to obtain a visa to perform in the U.S., marking a cultural breakthrough in the strained relations between her homeland and the U.S. On November 5, she also became the first Cuban resident to present at the 10th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards, where she delivered the prestigious Song of The Year award. She was honored again as the winner for Best Contemporary Tropical Album or “Mejor Álbum Tropical Contemporáneo” with her latest release Gracias produced by Montuno Productions and released on World Village. Although Portuondo is a four-time Latin GRAMMY nominee, and won a “Prémio Música Brasileira” Brazilian Music Award last year for her duets album with Maria Bethania, as well as a Billboard Latin Music Award in 2005, this is her first GRAMMY award. Gracias was produced by Alê Siqueira, with musical direction from Swami Jr., and it features “some striking collaborations” (Songlines), with such guest artists as Jorge Drexler, Richard Bona, Cachaíto López, Chico Buarque and Chucho Valdés. It is a special gift from the artist to herself and to the songwriters for whom she feels the highest regard. As the Montreal Gazette writes, it is “a highly personal collection of ballads… she packs a lot of feeling into this tender and nostalgic album.” These are the songs she has always longed to sing.
Feb 24 Lisner Auditorium Washington DC
Feb 26 Harvard University: Sanders Theater Boston, MA
Feb 27 Town Hall New York, NY

Ones from this yEAR

All these tracks are brand new from 2009, mostly the 2nd portion of the year and some are sure to be in the top list of 2009 published 12/31.

Sun is Shining- Bebel Gilberto
What it Takes- N’dambi
Make it Good to me- Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
Little Sister- Michael Olatuja
International- Baaba Maal
Dancing Girls- Tribecastan
Desert to Desert- Abaji
Skip Funk- Warsaw Village
Lei Lei Ha- Watcha Clan (Transglobal Underground Mix)
Aguilas & Cobras- Brownout
Sitargazer- Fort Knox Five
Sundown- Fort Knox Five
Panty Pop Pros-Sven Barth & Induce are Casual Sax & the Saxual Revolution
Afford me this Poetry- Apsci
East West Express- Tommy T
Brothers- Tommy T
More Song (Skit)- Wax Tailor
Leave it- Wax tailor feat Dionne Charles
Come on Over- Breakestra feat Afrodyete
Nevermind- M. Nahadr
We Must- M. Nahadr
Mojuba-Melvin Gibbs’ Elevated Entity feat Amayo/J.Medeski
There, in Theatre-On Ka’a Davis w/Famous Original Djuke Music Players
Chains & Water C- Burnt Sugar & the Arkestra Chamber
Making Love to the Dark Ages-Burnt Sugar & the Arkestra Chamber
Love Still Hurts- Shafiq Husayn
Wonton- MMW
Hadd Mondjamel- Sarolta Zalatnay
Megvarlak ma Delben- locomotiv GT
Lust Life- Nat King Cole (Cee Lo Green Mix)

Run Down the Sound

Feeling a little beat up this week, but still managed to give away a pair of tickets to the upcoming Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival and do a live on air interview with Skip Von Kuske from the Vagabond Opera….The chase started as soon as I hit the “GO” button.

Demon Woman- Flight of the ConChords
What the Hell were you Thinking- Neal Fox
People got to be Free- Keb Mo
Turnin’ Pages- Peter Wolf
Streetwalkin’ Ed- Randy Edelman
Evil Ways- Rusted Root
One More Day- the Wood Brothers
Albert’s Shuffle-Bloomfield/Kooper/Stills (live)
Before you Accuse me- Bo Diddley
Bad Dream- Eddy Clearwater
the Eternal Is- Jason Ricci & New Blood
Good Excuse- the John Butler Trio (live Studio 92)
Word Up- Deni Bonet
VooDoo Man- Nikki Armstrong (live)
Do the Do- Mama Roo
Give me Back my Numbers- Geoff Achsion
Treat a Dog- Andrew Black & the Naturals
Mr. Pitiful- Tower of Power w/Sam Moore
One in Seven- Soulive
the Sax Pusher- Fort Knox Five
** Interview with Skip von Kuske of the Vagabond Opera**
Ganef- the Vagabond Opera
And then you’re gone- Pink Martini
the Transformation into Marlene- the Vagabond Opera
Red Rat- Fourth Ward Afro Klezmer Orchestra
Contada Ridiculata- Marchforth Marching Band

Soul Makossa- Revolutionary Snake Ensemble
A Lover like me- Binky Griptite w/the Sugarman Three
Thunder Chicken- the Mighty Imperials
Back at the Boathouse- Breakestra
Animated Creation- Jamaaladeen Tacuma
Makai & Tacoma- Jon Irabagon
Well you Needn’t- Cory Wong Quartet

Captured in a Moment- Jeff Coffin/Charlie Peacock
Ode Ma Ti P’Ogidan Soko- King Sunny Ade
Calypso Blues-Nat King Cole(Damian JR GONG Marley & Stephen Marley Mix)
One Love- Playing for a Change
Papa was a Rolling Stone-the Temptations (DJ Jazzy Jeff/Pete Kuzma Solefull Remix)
It’s More Expensive for this- Snooze
Dance this Mess Around- the B 52s
Voulez Vous- Arling & Cameron

Ceiba Funkraiser

Funk for the forest! All proceeds support the Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation. Ceiba works with rural landowners in Ecuador to help create and sustain locally-run biodiversity reserves. The Lalo Loor Dry Forest and El Pahuma Orchid Reserve are two examples of our lands-in-private-hands approach, which empower local people to successfully manage their own resources. Ecuador is one of the world’s most biodiverse countries, so every penny raised in the US has an enormous conservation impact there. Tonight’s terrific entertainment line-up will start at 8:00pm. With an auction and other events to be held throughout the night — you could walk home with a fabulous tropical orchid! Check out the awesome lineup: “If Chafo was a stew: Funk would be the broth, Reggae, Blues and Hip-Hop would be the ingredients, and Latin would be the spice.” No tropical party would be complete without a heavy dollop of musica latina, you can feel the equatorial heat! The Gomers – “One of the best bands I ever saw, a legendary and inestimably important band, but more than that. Not so much a band as – well, more like a squad of gods. A God Squad. A full-on, balls-out God Squad of Rock.” These cats can do just about anything, and this evening they will purr out some of the funkiest tunes in the forest. Tani Diakite & the Malian Blues Band’s rootsy, danceable groove earns the band most of its accolades. But the group…is also about producing good vibes.” An original blend of African sounds, Tani and friends put out a groove that’s irresistable. WADOMA is a West African Dance troupe that “brings the colorful fabric of African life to the Midwest.” Drum-laden rhythms pour from this group, they are sure to get your tail wagging!



See what some folks are calling: “The most important international professional market of world music of every kind. This international fair brings together professionals from the worlds of folk, roots, ethnic and traditional music and also includes concerts, conferences and documentary films. It contributes to networking as an effective means of promoting music and culture of all kinds across frontiers.” UNESCO Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity

“WOMEX, the biggest world music trade fair on the planet” The Australian

“World music fans and professionals must etch one event permanently into their diaries: the WOMEX conference, exhibition and festival! […] It was my first time attending this world music expo in Sevilla, and I am totally addicted now! In addition to meeting hundreds of bookers, labels, cultural promotion agencies and musicians, the highlight is catching 45 [49!] bands from around the world live in concert.” Madanmohan Rao, World Music Editor at Rave Magazine & RJ, India.

Check out the Hip Happening at WOMEX

Old Crow Medicine Show

The Barrymore Theatre has been my one time a week stop, this time for more twang and stringed instrumentation. Old Crow Medicine Show gave the sold out crowd a “humdinger” of two sets. Raucous Bluegrass and country rock, jams into fiddle psychedelia lead the evening into a that feeling I had when first drinking beers in the back woods where only the four-wheel drive equipped vehicles could get you in and out. The music of this night gave me a sense of my youth as it is still being tamed by my adult (some would say) life. I have been spinning these guys on my show since I began some 6 years ago and would easily bump several acts in the similar vein to the side over if they were around playing. The gig is more than a gig, it is a hoe-down party built for overalls and smiles, flannel shirts and tie dyed skirts……It was nice to hear the variety in their on stage “twangings” and the variety in the crowd.


One for a friend….

From the “untucked Shirt club” to the witty conversation about, well all of it as seen & felt through a special spirit…a snack master and musicians musician but most importantly, a friend. I hope this show would have Adam laughing, jamming and proud to be a part of…I hope I did him well this time. 5 hours of music….

At the Mall- JJ Soul Band
Let’s Go- the Pines
The Thrill is Gone- Garcia/Grisman
Oh, Atlanta- Alison Krauss
Drag ‘N’ Fly- Dale Watson
Rockin’ in the Parlor- Can Kickers (live)
Congress- Enter the Haggis (live)
Shubbee’s Doobie- Bela Fleck & the Flecktones (live)
The Water’s Always Changing but the River..-Samuel James
Desert of Love- David Gans
Hey Now Now- Chris Huff
Cigarette- Akiva
Kansas City- Davis Coen
Borrow your Love- Carey Bell
Hard Lovin’ mama- Katie Webster
You Can’t Take it w/You- EG Kight
Told me a Lie- Sean Costello
Blues for Luci- Pedro Arevalo
the Shadow Government- They Might be Giants
the Candy Man- Cibo Matto
Child in the Sunburst Pyramid- Turn me on Dead man
Wondermint- Turn me on Dead man
the Joker- Wes Montgomery
Honey Burger’s grill New Mix- Skeebo Knight
Bruce Lee- Skeebo Knight
***On Air Chat w/PaulE Drums for concerts4cures***
Can you Feel it-Soul Summit feat Maysa (live)
Cold Plate (intro/reprise- King Johnson (live)
Snack Master-Skeebo/Marcus/Adam
Chicken/Good Fortune- King Johnson (live)
I Thank you- Tower of Power feat Tom Jones
Funky Belly- the Mighty Imperials feat Joseph Henry
Testify- Cadillac Jones
I know you don’t Know-Zigaboo Modeliste & Gaboon’s Gang (live)
Treadneck- the Dynamites feat Charles Walker

Bass in your Face- Jamaaladeen Tacuma
Avood Mehava-Soulico feat. Oren Barzilay
Cyclic- Jazzanova
Another New Day- Jazzanova
Mister Magic-King Britt’s Philly Experiment (DJ Ghe Mix)
Thirteen Men- Ann Margaret
Besame Mucho- Herb Alpert & Lani Hall (live)
Slowly- Max Sedgley
Wicked Funk- Kwaanza Posse
Set the Children Free- Larry McDonald & Toots Hibbert
Rara Ti Celia- Boukman Eksperyans
Sunrise- Mark Weinstein & Omar Sosa
Invocation- Mark Weinstein & Omar Sosa
Ugly Woman- Andy Narell + Relator
Destinos- Billy Cobham & Asere
Danza Ritual- Uxia

Guitarra Negra- Gipsy Kings
Blew my Top- Geoff Achison
Finest Flower- King Johnson (live)
Fat Redneck Gangster- Garage a Trois
Reinhardt Rag-Keller Williams w/Moseley/Droll/Sipe (live)
Backbone- Euforquestra
Orange Blossoms- JJ Grey & Mofro
Heaven Has no Mercy- Honeytribe
Back Door Man- Mama Roo
You Talk too Much- Joe Jones
Dirty Water- the Inmates
Have you Ever- Joe Tex
Besa Mi Bottom Turn-the Ramblin’ Ambassadors
Nora- Neoton
Gotcha- Lesnizver
Strenge- Dva

Shanti Mantra- Ravi Shankar

Michael Bellar As Is Ensemble


The As-Is Ensemble is the sound dwelling of musician/producer Michael Bellar. The album is one that’ll easily get your ears perked up waiting for the next note and the next transition. The As-Is Ensemble has shared billings with many alt-jazzy artists and acts such as: Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, John Scofield, Medeski Martain and Wood and formerly were the house band at the world famous Blue Note jazz club in New York City. I look forward to sharing more of this album with you, and I am going to dig in deeper to the other two studio albums (“Like it Is” & “React”). On this latest release in 2009, “Turned On Turned Up” features Rob Jost on bass (Bjork/Imogen Heap), Brad Wentworth (Ryan Keberle/Aretha Franklin) on drums and Percussionist Robert Di Pietro (Norah Jones/Jessie Harris).