Petal By Petal

The final portion of the proGram counted each petal one by one with no conclusion. So we took care of your Irie feelings:

Bigger Head- Bajah
Universal Souljah- Bajah
I Feel Like- Bajah

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Tear Of A Clown- The Beat
Baby I Need Your Loving- The Heptones
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It’s Not What You Know (It’s Who You Know)- Bob & Gene Ft. The Inversions
Snake Oil- Little Axe
Factory Girl (Dub)- Little Axe

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Dub Along- Lee “Scratch” Perry & Subatomic Sound System Ft. Screechy Dan

***Pre-recorded conversation with Brother Larry McDonald***
So It Conquer- Lee “Scratch” Perry & Subatomic Sound System
Croaking Lizard Dubstrumental (Chase the Devil Riddem)- Lee “Scratch” Perry & Subatomic Sound System

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Louie Louie- Toots & The Maytals
Dirty Flirty Ft. Pato Irie (Afro-Brazillian Drumming)- Sly And Robbie Meet Dubmatrix
Dread Inna Babylon 2 / Method Jajouka 2- Method of Defiance

Underwater Falls

The second portion of this week’s proGram was down under the land where the water flows in falls:

Interlude 1- Todd Clouser, John Medeski, JT Bates (live at Icehouse)
White Jesus- Todd Clouser, John Medeski, JT Bates (live at Icehouse)

Moby Dick- Chad Smith’s Bombastic Meatbats
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Funky Munky Biznes- Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen
I Got Eyes- The James Hunter Six
Church- Anatoly Ice
Real Woman- Anatoly Ice

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Big Day- Orgone
Hound Dogs- Orgone

Jive Turkey- Here Come The Mummies
Take Off The Crown- Crowd Company
Away With You- Crowd Company
I Get By (I Got The)- Daytoner

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Tökkö- Mopo
Riisto- Mopo
Pink Flamingos (Yours Truly)- Pink Flamingo Rhythm Revue

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Fake ID (Instrumental)- Riton & Kah-Lo
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Cafecito- Ursula 1000
Neon Palms- Ursula 1000
Up The Down Escalator- Ursula 1000

Ya Nass- Restless Leg Syndrome

And The Fluffy Parts

The first portion of this week’s proGram dared you to blow it:

Comrades In Pop TC&I
Extraordinary Love- Erika Wennerstrom
Twisted Sky- Dana Buoy

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You Worry Me- Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
War JJ Grey & Mofro (live)
You Need to Be With Me- Susan Tedeschi (live MMM Studios)
Didn’t Leave Me no Ladder- Paul Cebar (live MMM Studios)
Brewster Avenue Bump- Monsetr Mike Welch & Mike Ledbetter W/Laura Chavez
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Chocolate Jesus- Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa (live in Amsterdam)
Amsterdam Amsterdam- Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa (live in Amsterdam)
Funky Tom’s Place- Big Twist & The Mellow Fellows (live in Chicago)
300 Pounds of Heavenly Joy- Big Twist & The Mellow Fellows (live in Chicago)
Pretty Good For a Girl- Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers Ft. Joe Bonamassa
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Slowly Causing (Everything You’ve Wanted to Come Undone)- Grace Basement
Maybellene- Grace Basement
Sparkling Wine- The Wood Brothers

Peace, Love & Happiness- G. Love & Special Sauce
***Pre-recorded conversation with G. Love***
Christmas Morning- G. Love
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Fishnet Stockings- Stay Cats
I Fought The Law- Stray Cats
Battle of Evermore- Lovemongers (live Bridge School Concerts)
The Barbarian- Emerson Lake & Palmer
Quitting Time- Dope Sagittarius

Brother Larry and MisterG

What can I say about my friend Brother Larry McDonald? He is one of the roots of Jamaican percussion that was instrumental in creating the innovative sounds that have been flowing from the island for so many years. As an originator and sound innovator, he has played with and been involved in some of the most well recognized music of all time. Whether it is friend of the proGram, Toots Hibberts and the Maytals or the legend himself, Mr. Bob Marley, you can find the creations of Brother Larry keeping the rhythms pulsing and the feelings positive. For over 50 year now, Brother Larry’s credits are too numerous to list, but for me his involvement with other originals like Gil Scott Heron and Taj Mahal stand out to me as momentous works. In 2009, Larry put out his first solo effort, Drumquestra, (which was the # 1 album for this radio host for that year) which featured many former collaborators, including Sly Dunbar, Uziah Thompson of Bob Marley and the Wailers and the former Count Ossie drummers known as the “Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari in an orchestra of drummers. Drumquestra also featured former frontmen from bands Larry performed and recorded with, including Toots, Bob Andy, Mutabaruka, Stranger Cole and Dollarman. The album was recorded at a live session at Harry J Studios in Kingston Jamaica by Steel Pulse producer Sidney Mills for Malik Al Nasir’s MCPR label.

I had the pleasure of catching up with my friend Larry as he prepares to set back out to perform with Lee SCRATCH Perry and Subatomic Sound System on the Super Ape returns to Conquer tour. We talked about how working on this album and tour was as a man who has nothing more musically to prove to anyone. He was on many of the original tunes off off Scratch’s “Super Ape” release, so he was able to truthfully talk about similarities and differences in this new album. This work was a redo not a remix! We talked about how Brother Larry feels like he is just finally understanding all he has learned form the years of experience and how he uses his PhD is drum-ology to read a live crowd in order to help keep the groove fresh. We also shared a moment of toGetherness in remembrance of a mutual friend, Richard Segan, who was an influential man in the scene of the world’s music who Larry and I got to know from the heart outward. This is an insightful, fun lovin’ and real cool conversation with a true legend. There might even be talk of a possible itch to create a new album.

The Essence of G Love

For many years, G Love and Special Sauce have been bringing their unique blend of blues infused with hip Hop splattered with Rock-n-Roll and leveled off with some deep grooves into open minds and thirsty ear-holes, as a matter of fact it’s now been 25 years. Their self-titled debut, featuring the hit “Cold Beverage,” wound up going gold and since then the band became known for their well crafted live shows and have made it all happen around the world. Over many of those years, G and I have gotten toGether to promote his shows, talk about new music and heroes of ours. You can flip on back through this website to find a couple of those chats of yesteryear. This year, G is back with Special Sauce to open up their 25th Anniversary tour at the Majestic Theater.

We take some time to talk about the upcoming event in Madison and the special occasion of this particular tour, and G gives a newbie a nice perspective of what kinds of sound melding can be expected if it’s your first time getting some Special Sauce over yourself. We talk about how even when time flies on by, the essence of who you are as a person does not necessarily change and the music one creates, while there becomes more of a catalog, the feeling of it is still fresh. Speaking of fresh, we discuss what prompted the first G Love Christmas album and his yearly gig(s) in Hawaii….and you heard it at the end, he invites me to roadie for that leg of the tour. get inside the essence of G Love by checking out the catch up session above.

Maui Wowie

The final portion of this week’s proGram took off to the islands but left us with just a new tee-shirt…(if we’re lucky):

You’re Becoming- Thollem
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Demons and Struggle- Ravi Shankar
Crows at Sunset (intro)- Samer Gupta
Crows at Sunset- Sameer Gupta
If I Can’t- Katayoun Goudarzi, Shujaat Khan, Kevin Hays, & Tim Ries
Unafraid- Katayoun Goudarzi, Shujaat Khan, Kevin Hays, & Tim Ries
Disarray- Katayoun Goudarzi, Shujaat Khan, Kevin Hays, & Tim Ries

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Caritas Abundant- Tina Turner, Ani Choying, Sawani Shende Sathaye, Mor Karbasi, Dima Orsho & Regula Curti
Awakening Beyond Part 2- Tina Turner, Ani Choying, Sawani Shende Sathaye, Mor Karbasi, Dima Orsho & Regula Curti
Awakening Beyond Part 3- Tina Turner, Ani Choying, Sawani Shende Sathaye, Mor Karbasi, Dima Orsho & Regula Curti

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Viajar Contigo- Boogat Ft. Lemon Bucket Orkestra
Cumbia de las Naves- Boogat Ft. Miss Bolivia
No la peles, papá- Betsayda Machado & Parranda
Me Meo- Betsayda Machado & Parranda
Sentimiento- Betsayda Machado & Parranda

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Malibu- Noaccordian
Baba Elegguá- Brenda Navarrete


Photo by Janest Schiff

A Bit Wired

The second portion of the proGram was a little bit haywired:

Hammer and Tickle- The Claudettes
Infernal Piano Plot…HATCHED!- The Claudettes
Passing The Ace- Chad Smith’s Bombastic Meatbats
Hate Us- Dope Sagittarius
On Fire- JJ Grey & Mofro (live)
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Woody Shaw- Headhunters
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Polk Salad Annie- Big Twist & The Mellow Fellows (live in Chicago)
Broken Woman- Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics
Bump- Here Come the Mummies
Year of The Rooster PT. 1- Scone Cash Players
The Watford Stomp- The FameBeats
Don’t Tell No Lies- The FameBeats

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Baby I Owe You- Funk Mob 420 (live in Spain)
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Let Me Be- Crowd Company
Hacia un Manana Mejor- Ocote Soul Sounds & Adrian Quesada
La Reja- Ocote Soul Sounds & Adrian Quesada
The Grand Elixir- Ocote Soul Sounds & Adrian Quesada
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Mystic- Kermit Ruffins & Irvin Mayfield
Mr. Big Stuff- Kermit Ruffins & Rebirth Brass Band
Don’t You Wish- Rebirth Brass Band
**Pre-recorded Conversation with Mr. Keith Frazier of Rebirth Brass Band**
Let’s Get It On- Rebirth Brass Band

Cooking a Ring Around You

The first portion of the proGram caramelized up the ring around you:

Roll and Tumble- Jeff Blaney
No One Knows My Plan- Charles Butler

Roll Me Up- Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson & Snoop Dogg
Whiskey In The Jar- The Kissers (live)
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People Have the Power- Patti Smith (live)
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Boogie Chillin’ John Lee Hooker
Big Legs Tight Skirt- John Lee Hooker
Don’t Look Back- John Lee Hooker Ft. Van Morrison

Wild Heart- Samantha Fish
Turn it Up- Samantha Fish
Little by Little- Gregg Allman
I Believe I’ll Go Back Home- Gregg Allman
Stop & Listen- Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers
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An Organ, A Guitar and a Chicken Wing- Ray Manzarek & Roy Rogers
Jump Start- Bruce Katz Band (live)
Doin’ Bad Feelin’ Good- Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen
Where Did My Monkey Go- Phantom Blues Band
Boogah Man- Phantom Blues Band
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Give a Little Bit- Tommy Talton
I Can’t Believe It- Tommy Talton
Well Well- Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa (live in Amsterdam)
Semi Truck- Commander Cody
Loser’s Avenue- Commander Cody

Madison Gets a Rebirth

Rebirth Brass Band is known for combining traditional New Orleans brass band music, including the New Orleans tradition of second line, with funk, jazz, soul and hip hop. Rebirth’s longstanding regular Tuesday night gig at the Maple Leaf Bar on Oak Street in the Carrollton neighborhood of Uptown New Orleans is one of the pillars of the New Orleans music scene, and has served as a reliable introduction to the city’s nightlife for many new arrivals to the city. During his speech commemorating the 10th year since Hurricane Katrina, President Barack Obama jokingly mentioned that maybe he’ll “finally hear Rebirth at Maple Leaf on Tuesday night” after he is out of office. The band regularly tours North America and Europe. In 2011, Basin Street Records released the album Rebirth of New Orleans, which reached No. 1 on the CMJ Jazz charts and earned the group a 2012 Grammy Award for Best Regional Roots Music Album. Rebirth also has received an award for “Best Brass Band” from OffBeat Magazine.

I had the honor of speaking with Co-Founder and bass drummer, Mr. Keith Frazier ahead of the January 7th show in Madison at The Stage Door. Mr. Frazier and I painted a little picture of what to look out for at the upcoming gig as well as finding out the difference between featuring on another artist’s album versus getting down to it themselves. I ask about the possibility of a new release as well as the importance o=f community and family in their scene. We find out whether or not, President Obama has had the chance to catch them at their reGualr spot, the Maple leaf and what would happen if Donald Trump asked to come check them out. Great stuff, great band, gonna be a usual great party atmosphere.

Note: This show has been moved to the Ruby Lounge at Liquid.

Rebirth Brass Band

Will They Remain

The third portion of the proGram asks the questions about who/what will remain as we push/pull/drag into the new year:

Aftermath- Mr. Lif & Brass Menazeri
Guiding Light- Mr. Lif & Brass Menazeri
When The Morning Comes- Mickey Hart

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Cut the Infection- Chicago Afrobeat Project Ft. Tony Allen & Oranmiyan
Must Come Down- Chicago Afrobeat Project Ft. Tony Allen & Oranmiyan
Caburu- Instigator Afrobeat Orchestra Ft. Ray Lugo
Free Flow- Instigator Afrobeat Orchestra Ft. Mas1a
G Spot- Instigator Afrobeat Orchestra

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Ipiros- Syriana (Jazz Remix by Toby Marks)
Ipiros- Syriana (S40 Remix)

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Tribulation- The Expanders
Cali Collie- Dub Gabriel Ft. Addis Pablo
Black Magic, White Lies- Dub Gabriel
Mr. Brooks- Victor Rice
The Dream- Victor Rice
Great Hereos- Little Axe
Be Thankful (among the Grateful)- Little Axe