Meah Pace Gives Santa The Boot

On Wednesday, December 6th, the world officially got a taste of the new tune “Ho Ho Ho (Santa’s Gotta Go)” with powerhouse soulstress Meah Pace, released on Body to Body Records. This new Christmas song is definitely not restricted to the holiday season with the smokin’ hot, Tina Turner-esque vocals Meah smacks us in the soul with. The track is like one of those special holiday songs that can be timeless in nature, with the a reason to be played loudly any time of the year. Last week we spoke with the man behind the track creation, Smoota and he exclaimed how Meah was the one and only voice he could think of to nail this track down. And ohhh was he spot on.

Not only did Meah and I talk about how she took the idea and vision behind this track and make it her own, but we got into what a holiday season is like for her at this point in her life. We took some time to run down a recap of how the year 2017 was for her not only as an artist but more importantly as a creative person. I am so thrilled ot be chatting with a member of the Resistance Revival Chorus, and Meah and I talk about the mission and the meaning behind this group as well as her work with !!!(Chk Chk Chk). Take a moment and listen to the heat behind the hot photo by Amy Touchette.

Photo by Amy Touchette

That Sky Don’t Lie

The second portion of the proGram had an eye on that sky:

greenarrowradio promo- Sharon Jones
Sail On- Sharon Jones & The DapKings
Let it Be- Aretha Franklin with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Mama’s Got a Bag of Her Own- Martha High

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Keep Dancin’- Charles Walker Band
S.T.A.Y.- Gizelle Smith Ft. Eric Boss

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**Pre-Recorded Conversation with Smoota**
Ho Ho Ho (Santa’s Gotta Go)- Smooth Presents Meah Pace
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We All Breath The Same Air- Kaidi Tatham
Supermoon- Ikebe Shakedown
Petra Sottofondo Generico in Re Minore- Piero Umiliani
Main Event- The Allergies Ft. Andy Cooper
Wonder Zebra- Kind & Kinky Zoo

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Bad Dog- Bonerama
Cult of Personality- Brass Against The Machine
Ziggurat- Barbacoa
Way You Make Me Feel- Mama Digdown’s Brass band

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You Are What You Is- The Ed Palermo Big Band
**Pre-Recorded Conversation with Ed Palermo**
Big Swifty Coda- The Ed Palermo Big Band
Influenza- The Ed Palermo Big Band

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Romantic Ecstasy- Ayaan Ali Bangash & Anubrata Chatterjee
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Ruxell- Zona Oeste
Uma Loba- Da Cruz
Guerreira- Da Cruz

Ride in Styles

The first portion of the proGram had us riding in some serious criminal style:

Them Way Long Time Ago Times- Robert Ellis & Courtney Hartman
Howard Hughes Blues- Robert Ellis & Courtney Hartman
Hold Me Darlin’- Grayson Capps
Heartbreaker- Brother Roy
Carolina- Brother Roy

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I Put a Spell On You- Seal
Anarouz- 3MA
Duna Ma Yelema- Boubacar Traore
Je Chanterai Pour Toi- Boubacar Traore

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Poor Black Mattie- Samantha Fish Ft. Lightnin’ Malcolm
Someone Else is Steppin’ in- Bobby Kyle
Mississippi Suitcase- Peter Parcek
Cincinnati Flow Rag- Ilya Portnov

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Delilah- Albert Castiglia
Chase Her Around the House- Albert Castiglia
Benediction- The Paula Boggs Band
I’m So Glad- Col. Bruce Hampton & The Madrid Express (live at the Vista Room)
Born in 77- King Khan

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You Are Another Me (intro)- Making Movies
La Marcha- Making Movies
Goodbye John- Los Chicos Muertos

Mixing it Up With Ed Palermo

Ed Palermo may have gained an international following with his ingenious orchestral arrangements of Frank Zappa tunes, but he’s hardly a one-trick pony. Earlier in the year, the saxophonist released an uproarious double album “The Great Un-American Songbook Volumes 1 & 2”, a project celebrating an expansive roster of songs by successive waves of British invaders, from the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Jeff Beck to King Crimson, Traffic, and Jethro Tull. With his new big band project, released on Cuneiform Records on October 6, 2017, Mr. Palermo is back on his home turf, but the landscape feels strange and uncanny. He is reclaiming the Zappa songbook, filtering Frank through the emotionally charged lens of the polymathic musical wizard Todd Rundgren in a wild and wooly transmogrification, “The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren”. Working once aGain with the same stellar cast of players, Mr. Palermo somehow captures the essence of these iconoclastic masters, making Zappa Zappier and Todd more Rundgrenian.

I had the pleasure of getting toGether with Ed to talk about the new release, how the two great tastes of Frank Zappa and Todd Rundgren were explored and puzzle-pieced with one another. We spoke in detail about Ed’s process for selection sounds to meld and how the feeling and flow of two songs, can make for a fantastic avenue when worked over just right. It was such a short time between the Ed Palermo Big Band’s last two releases and in our chat, we find out how these two albums (I barely finished sharing one before the next was in my ear room) were able to be let loose on the universe in such a quick way. This labor of love that Ed creates has always been such a special listen and feeling provider for me, but we learn how much hobby versus job this is for Ed…including a little love for the Cuneiform Records family. It isn’t easy for people with the same name (Zappa) to use this name while creating their own family namesake’s art, and it was not easy for Ed either. Find out a little more about his dealing with Gail Zappa on the usage of the family name with his creation. This conversation, is a journey I hope you’ll spend time digesting…… It, like Ed’s music…..is delicious.

Hill Up The View

The second portion of the pre-show proGram took to the hill up to hear the seen:

Introlude- Louis Cato
SE Interlude – Louis Cato
Someone Else- Louis Cato
One Sixty- Adam Ahuja
Terrestrial- Adam Ahuja
Everfly- Adam Ahuja

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Buzz- Raoul Björkenheim & Ecstasy
Sunflower- Raoul Björkenheim & Ecstasy
Unchained Houdini- Lorenzo Feliciati Ft. Davide Pettirossi
S.O.S.- Lorenzo Feliciati Ft. Mattias IA Eklundh, Luca Giacobbe & Armando Croce
Elevator Man- Lorenzo Feliciati Ft. Roberto Gualdi, Stan Adams, Pierluigi Bastioli & Duilio Ingrosso

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Goodbye Pork Pie Hat- Roswell Rudd, Fay Victor, Lafayette Harris & Ken Filiano
Kangoo- Eraldo Bernocchi w/ FM Einheit & Jo Quail

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Quarrel- LEF
Pale Skin- LEF
It’s Alright- LEF
Return of the Alien King- Zong

Bridge That Jazz

The first portion of the pre-show fill in, I walked your ears around these parts:

Love me or Leave Me- Lyn Stanley
Les Amours Perdues- Stacey Kent
Free of Form- Sarah Elizabeth Charles
Thinker- Sarah Elizabeth Charles
Zombie- Sarah Elizabeth Charles
If I Had a Talking Picture of You- Seth MacFarlane Ft. Norah Jones
My Buick, My Love and I- Seth MacFarlane Ft. Elizabeth Gillis

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Beauty and the Beast- Bebel Gilberto
Try Everything- Angelique Kidjo
Steamboat Willie- The Amazing Keystone Big Band
Looking for Mr. Gaines- Tom Howe
The Speakeasy- Tom Howe Ft. Jill Barber

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Satellite- Bill Charlap Trio
The Elements: Earth- Hiromi & Edmar Castaneda (live)
5- Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York
So Real- Negative Press Project
Eternal Life- Negative Press Project

Smoota Presents Meah Pace

Had a chance to catch up with friend of the proGram, SMOOTA as he presents a new track into the world, “Ho Ho Ho (Santa’s Gotta Go) with soulstress, Meah Pace, released on Body to Body Records. This new Christmas song is definitely not restricted to the holiday season with the smokin’ hot, Tina Turner-esque vocals Meah smacks us in the soul with. SMOOTA and I discuss how the song came to be and how there was only, in his mind’s ear, one voice to knock it outta the chimney. We get into what he’s been up to recently, ranging from a new solo album, work/recording with TV On The Radio, and his time this year in the new Gong Show band.

Next week, on December 6th, the day the track actually drops, I will speak with Meah about the tune. I’ll be giving you the virgin radio airplay tomorrow on the show and oh, by the way…check out the gift of a photo chosen as the track cover provided by Amy Touchette.

Photo by: Amy Touchette