For the Staller in you.

This was one of those days where many folks contacted me during the show to let me know that they had plans of things to do, but they were stalling as they got into the show’s groove…’s the way to get things done, later…..

Dance on your Head-Leftover Salmon w/Bela Fleck/Jeff Coffin/Reese Wynans
She’s a Landslide- Mark Croft (live MMM Studios)
Sweet Inspiration- the Derek Trucks Band
Around the World- Delaney Davidson
Sugar Baby- Legendary Shack Shakers
Quiet Whiskey- Catherine Russell
the Abyss- HB3

Vino- Girl in a Coma
Burn you Up, Burn you Up- Big Blue Ball
Wiggle Waggle- Herbie Hancock
Where Y’At- Trombone Shorty
Come Together- Dr. Lonnie Smith
Reynoldstown- Cadillac Jones
Take the L Train (to Brooklyn)- Brooklyn Funk Essentials
Root Cellar- Stanton Moore
Thanks Maw- Teddy Presberg
Window Shopping- Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings

Evil Man- Shafiq Husayn
God is Black- Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber
Pan Ga To- Jacques Schwarz Bart
Music is Still Secret- Marco Benevento
Emily Greene- Suprise Me Mr. Davis

Bogota by Bus- Jesse Cook
Teclar- Os Mutantes
Esta Tierra Es Tuya- Sones de Mexico
Yiri Yiri Bon- Ska Cubano
Look them Act- Balkan Beat Box
Indian Dope- the Spy from Cairo w/Ghalia Benali

Dream- Two Turntables & a Saxophone
More Songs- Wax Tailor
Leave it- Wax Tailor feat. Dionne Charles
Spaceships Over Haiti- Daniel Bernard Roumain
Relaxin’ at Camarillo- Charlie Parker’s New Stars reworked by Me’shell NdegeOcello


the Anoushka Shankar Project

The stage was set for a time that sticks into my memory, like all moments that tug at my emotions and feelings. Just as mentioned in my conversation with Anoushka the week prior, there were Indian Classical instruments that were being stretched beyond even some of the most captivating music I have yet to discover. As Anoushka mentioned, there was a piece that started the second “set” that was a mixture of the giant sitar sounds and a flamenco beat and rhythm, it had me moving in a way that my mind seemed to lead my tapping soul and I could feel the roof rising underneath this exploration. There were pieces written by Anoushka, by her father, as well as collaboration between Anoushka and the guys in the Project. Speaking of the band, for me there is a special energy that radiates from the vibe (not only the music created by) of Tanmoy Bose. He is famous for his tabla playing and has accompanied by Anoushka and Pundit Ravi Shankar for years….there is an unspoken something that he possesses with each other musician on stage, but the looks between he and Anoushka make the music travel….to well…places I am always thankful to be a part of. Ravichandra Kulur was stellar on the flute, it is easily recognizable why he is one of the most sought after flutists in India, performing solo and experimental music globally. He has mastered the art of playing the Kanjira (Tamborine) and that too was well evident in this evening performance. Pirashanna Thevarajah (joined in for the second set) is a speedy percussionist (Mridangam) playing both eastern and western percussion and showed off some rather speedy vocalizations that were bouncing off the walls like a rubber ball. Nick Able is a disciple of maestro Ravi Shankar and is an amazing artists in many spaces of media, tonight he was featured on the Tanpura. Those who know me and my likes of different sounds and how they weave into others sounds that one might not expect, will have to believe me when I say my respect and admiration for Anoushka Shankar grows immeasurably at time because of her vision gained through her sound exploration, she is on wavelengths I have not shared musically with many people and I am so honored to be a part of what she does. Here’s the evening’s performance from the Stoughton Opera House:

Yaman Manj
Ragu Vamsa Sudha
Voices of the Moon


Technolo-Gee Lemons

It seemed many of the things I wanted to do were postponed or re-started with unexplainable reasons….I held strong and made lemonade, rather sweet lemonade out of the technolo-Gee lemons I was working with….I want to thank friend of the program, Anoushka Shankar for her time chatting about the new label, musical visions and the show this Thursday at the Stoughton Opera House.

One More- 30 db
Darker Days- AM

Rhythm & Booze- Treat her Right
Little by Little- Twinemen
Sopchoppy- Swamp Cabbage (live)
One more Minute- Locksley

To the End- Charlie Wooton Project
Ybor City- JJ Grey & Mofro
She ain’t a Child no more- Sharon Jones & the DapKings
the World is a Beat- N’dambi
Pot lickin’- Stanton Moore

My Babe- Robert Walter
Hump- Melvin Sparks
the Waiver- the Twin Cats
Interlude#5(Excuses Excuses)-Sven Barth & Induce…

Hot Dance- Get Wilden & Orchestra
Get it Right- Breakestra
Wet Nap- Marchfourth Marching Band
Third ‘N Otis- Out to Lunch
Animated Creation- Jamaaladeen Tacuma
Los Tres Hermanos- SMV
Seven- FAHiR Atakoglu
Running from the Cops- Phantogram
Breathing under Water- Anoushka Shankar/Karsh Kale
**Conversation with Anoushka Shankar**
Sinister Grains- Anoushka Shankar
Kong- Bonobo

Feeling roots with Tony Brown

As the Blues Tuesdays at the Frequency makes it weekly roll into our lives, there are times where I am certain the be there…you know, put things aside that I usually do in the studio and support the scene. Tony Brown graced the stage with AJ Love along side with drums and bass and man, this cat becomes part of the stage. More than a show of any sorts, Tony Brown delivers all kinds of music one way….from his soul. That’s why to me on what was obviously a night of blues music, it was all roots based and presented to us with love. I felt what this artist was feeling and that isn’t always the case, especially when the deepness of some blues gets digging down into parts of you where it hurts, Tony Brown brought that spot some sunshine and it was just what the whole space needed.

Tony’s new album!

the neXt one….

This was the second portion of playing two shows, I really had an especially fun time making this show go. I ran the music bag down to the final source of music and was able to share a lot of new music, and hEARd how it might fit in the neXt time, in a different way as a neighbor to a different sound. Here’s what the neXt one looked like:

Les Ottomans- Ilhan Ersahin w/Erik Truffaz
the Skin Pro intro-Sven Barth & Induce are Casual Sax & the Saxual Revolution
Panty Pops Pros- Sven Barth & Induce are Casual Sax & the Saxual Revolution

Strawman- Snarky Puppy
Luminescence- Luis Bonilla
Into you- Fahir Atakoglu
Sissyfuss- Suprise Me Mr. Davis
You Know I’m no Good- Marco Benevento
Squash Blossom- Stanton Moore
Skip- Out to Lunch
Sundown- International Velvet

Mandala- Thievery Corporation w/Anoushka Shankar
Akh Mastani (Punjabi Drum mix)- Tigerstyle ft. Labh Janjua
Pasand- Amina
Smartron- Balkan Beat Box
Treme Mardi Gras- Kermit Ruffins
Smoke my Peace Pipe(Smoke it Right)-the Wild Magnolias
I’ll Still be True- Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
Got the Hunger- Alice Russell (the Heavy mix)
Two Steps- Alice Russell (Herma Puma remix)
Tout Passe- DJ Center ft Samia Farah

Porque Te Vas- Las Rubias del Norte
Chuleta- Urban Legend
Regi Bugalu- the Quantic Soul Orchestra
Tres Negros- Omar Sosa
Wale- Vieux Farka Toure (Warp Technique remix)
Broke down Engine- Bob Dylan
Get a Life- Mike Massey (live MMM studios)
Born Under a Bad Sign- Moneybrother
Freedom- Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe w/Michael Franti/Saul Williams
Armstrong- DBR
Day in Day out- Nat King Cole (Cut Chemist mix)
It’s in our Hands- Taina Asili
Who- Karen Gibson Roc
Love you Down- Me’Shell Ndegeocello
Confusion- Gabriel Johnson
Grow Closer- the Nels Cline Singers
Shout it out-David Starfire w/Lynx & Jamie Janover

Strawberries & Cream-Wu Tang w/Inspectah Deck/RZA/Ghostface

Let’s play Two

I did a EARly morning fill in from 7-9am and followed it up with a three hour regular (as if) greenarrowradio show..As the great Ernie Banks said “Let’s Play Two”……

Highway Rider- Brad Mehldau
Light at the End- Marc Wagnon

Say Ladeo- Bobby McFerrin
Mi Descarga- El Movimento
Asato Maa (Sat Chit Ananda)-Gabriele Tranchina
Bombay Diner- Jesse Cook

In a Hole- Brazz Tree
Minimum Wage- Lila Downs (live)
River is Waiting- Irma Thomas & Henry Butler

Never Gonna let you go- Tina Moore
Unissasi Laulelet- the Do
Coda- the Do

Engajyani- Somi w/Hugh Masekela
Eyesdown- Bonobo ft. Andreya Triana

Drive to Montgomery- Randall Bramblett
My Best Friends Girl- Chad Hollister
Gravy- Beardo & Baddo
Nutz- Beardo & Baddo
I ain’t Human- Leroy Powell & the Messengers
Bolognious Funk- Nick Moss

Zebra- the John Butler Trio (live in MMM Studios)
Black Horse & the Cherry tree- KD Tunstall (live in MMM Studios)
Eyelids- Fridge
the Cynic- Kashmir w/David Bowie
Monster- Big Light
Darling it’s True- Locksley

Black Widow Spy der- 9th Wave

JBB & Toubab Krewe

The Majestic had a certain feel and smell to it Sunday night, on an Easter Sunday with the students away there was a beautiful room of people that really felt their rockin’ grOOves together. John Brown’s Body and Toubab Krewe are sharing the bill, flopping headliner positions nightly on this recent tour and for me when the boys in John Brown’s Body opened up the show, I was ready to get ready. The dubbed reggae sounds filled the room with instant joy and plenty of innovative dance expressions. The trio of horns sent shiver me timbers down to my feet and took perfect care of my musical head. Overall this 8 piece outfit brings a sense of powerful journey to the future riddems landscape, like flying into the unknown in a Boombastic air balloon. After I interviewed drummerTommy Benedetti on the show last week, we chatted heavy on out Boston connections….Mr. Rourke, Micro and the Red Sox and we had a chance to catch the end of the home opener at Fenway together backstage with results that cause an ear to ear grin…and the Sox won too!! Toubab Krewe smashed onto the scene with their deep rock and roll rhythms accompanied by those traditional Malian instruments, causing a storm to blow over the crowd that reminds me that certain collaborations are just meant to be. I love the storm that takes over the group in a room as Toubab does that jamming thing that they do best in a live setting..So man, can you just imagine the positive vibes sent out into the cosmos as these two acts are touring around together. And even I got in some of those innovative dance grooves as the night quickly turned into morning time. Yes To Live Music.



Play Ball

Rhythm & Melody with Baseball = a haPPy G.

Come Around- the Contribution
Susanah- 30db
Liquor, Guns & Ammo- Chad Hollister
Saturn Song- Beat Circus
The Course of the River- Beat Circus

Hard Row to Hoe- Brother Dege
Edward’s Thump up- the Edward
Off the Blues- Sol
Unexpected Kisses- Charlie Wooton Project
Orange Blossoms- JJ Grey & Mofro
Sweet Feelings- Cracked Ice
Leap of Faith- Seth Walker

We the People- Catherine Russell
One Night (of Sin)- Corinne Bailey Rae (live)
Be my Guest- Ben Harper w/the Skatalites
Speak of the Devil- John Brown’s Body w/Vaughn Benjamin
5th Base Girl- the Roast Beef Curtins
Wet- Henry Turner Jr & Flavor
Bunny Playa- Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe
Funk you- the Twin Cats
Outcries from the Sea of Red- Teddy Presberg
Waste Management- Afroskull

Sonic Boom- Kazumi Watanabe
Bugs- Miriodor
Intelligence Meltdown- Algernon
Nobody Ever wins the Giant Panda 4-a New Brain for Arnie
Automatic Platinum- NRG Ensemble
Autorail- Toubab Krewe (live)
the Hop- Radio Citizen w/Bajka
Think Back- Galactic w/Chali 2na
Two Steps-Alice Russell (Shawn Lee’s 7inch remix)
Love Hangover- Diana Ross (remixed Haring)
Free Man- South Shore Commission
There’s Enough-Gaudi w/Michael Franti & Hardage
Optical- Chris Joss
Progress- Tony Allen w/Africa 70
Africa- Steele Beauttah
Jou Male- Boukman Eksperyans
Makes you Extatic- the Tao of Groove

and the earth said this to me

as the earth was spinning today, these were the sounds from the lands I caught and shared:

International- Baaba Maal
Hot Blue- Somi

Salam- Akli D
Kaira- Toubab Krewe (live)
Madame Mariama- Justin Adams/Juldeh Camara
Past Time- Daby Toure/Skip McDonald
Black Magic Woman- Albert Kuvezin & Yat Kha
Opovrhov- Jarret
Nora- Neoton
Disko Cirkus- DVA
in the Back of the Car- Emo
Lijepa Mare- Balkan Beat Box
Bomba- Novalima
Saidi the Man- the Spy from Cairo
Quero Dancar- Global Noize
La Rumba D’el Jefe- Jesse Cook
White Horses- Tierra Negra & Muriel Anderson
Viva La Fiesta-Las Rubias del Norte

Mama- Baku
Agnaxire/Saleromi-Carlinhos Brown w/Tata Monale
Tombo Do Pau-Dona Edith Do Prato E Vozes Da Purificacao
Arenita Azul- Lila Downs
Ina This Time- Tony Brown
A WHo Responsible- Steel Pulse
Be at Peace- John Brown’s Body
*On Air chat w/Tommy Benedetti of John Brown’s Body*
Make your Move- John Brown’s Body
Fallujah Dub- Guvna Dub
One Love- Playing for Change
Parda- Najma Akhtar & Gary Lucas
Compassion- Soname
Slither- Anoushka Shankar/Karsh Kale
Tere Naina- Shafqat Amanat Ali
Rang De- Shankar Mahadevan & Suraj Jaggan

Raga Shudh Sarang- Ravi Shankar
Flute Song- Mamer
Tinh Dau- Ngoc Ha
Amaritsi- Luminescent Orchestrii
They Gotta Quit Kicking my Dog around-Terry Hall/Mustaq
Rebelion- Taina Asili
Malagueria- Inti Illimani
Entre a Mi Pago Sin Golpear- Marta Topferova
Caso Arrumado- Ana Moura

Sakura Sakura- Jake Shimabukuro (live)
Sandy Boys- Tim Eriksen
Colonel Fraser- Jerry Sullivan
Rustemul- 17 hippies
Princess Rahsaanica- TribeCasten
Flirtation- Mark Weinstein/Omar Sosa
Tolu Afe- Te Vaka
Tal anoa te pate- Te Vaka

Hayom Kadosh-Christopher Tin w/the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Mostly Love- Narayan & Janet