Underwaterfalls

The second portion of the proGram washed right over:

You Brought The Rain- Ben Pirani
Think I’m Falling In Love- The Devonns
Cortando Bajito- Gecko Turner
Hitchhike- Jerry Velona
Digging My Potatoes- Sam Huber

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Growing Up- Moon Hooch
**pre-recorded conversation with Mike Wilbur of Moon Hooch**
Acid Mountain- Moon Hooch
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Holy Arp- The Crystal Method
Loyal- Odesza
Monster- Big Data Ft. Jamie Lidell
Human Love (PAAX Tulum Remix)- Dirty Vegas
Is It Worth It- Lyrics Born Ft. Del Tha Funkee Homosapien & Forrest Day
Guilty Conscience- Sly5thAve

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End Of The World Party (just in case)- Medeski Martin & Wood w/Alarm Will Sound
Spacesuit- Robert Walter’s 20th Congress
13th Key- Robert Walter’s 20th Congress

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Rebel Music- Christian Sands
Get Down, Get Down- Nate Smith
Ghost Thud (for Mr. Allen)- Nate Smith
So Be It- Nate Smith

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Present Day- Justin Kauflin
***pre-recorded conversation with Justin Kauflin***
Country Fried- Justin Kauflin
Somethin’ Somethin’ (revisited)- Justin Kauflin

Let’s Stay

The first portion of the proGram has the feeling of a new home:

Back Drag- Caroline Chimes
Rockalachia- Caroline Chimes
Travelin’ Far- Murder By Death
Groovin’ Away- Yonder Mountain String Band (live 8/22/2018)

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Stupid Pretty Face- Roscoe & Etta Ft. David Ryan Harris
Down On Me- Madeleine Peyroux
Fly To The Moon- Willie Nelson
Time Of The Season- Jake Shimabukuro
Wham!- The Skiffle Players

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greenarrowradio promo- Tom Gray of Delta Moon
Might Take A Lifetime- Delta Moon
Nutbush City Limits- Webb Wilder And The Beatnecks

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Planetarium- Slothrust
Raise Your Voice Joyce- Fucked Up

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I Don’t Know What To Do- The Creation Factory
Diablo- Mt. Mountain
Ankle Deep- The Jim Mitchells
Magnetic- The Jim Mitchells
His Name Is Beanpole- Beanpole
Chicken Boy- Beanpole

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Sweet Compromise- Scott Sharrard
Wasted- Neville Jacobs

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Luna- Joe Marcinek Band
**pre-recorded coversation with Joe Marcinek**
Mojo- Joe Marcinek Band

Drink In Some Moon Hooch

If any band is a poster child for turning the power of positive thoughts and intention into reality, it’s the explosive horn-and-percussion trio Moon Hooch. In just a few short years, the group, Mike Wilbur, fellow horn player Wenzl McGowen, and drummer James Muschler, has gone from playing on New York City subway platforms to touring around with some powerhouse groups like Beats Antique, They Might Be Giants, and Lotus, as well as selling out their own headline shows in major venues around the country. The band uses everything they’ve learned from their whirlwind journey to push their sound to new heights. That melds together the raw, transcendent energy of their live performances and the sleek sophistication of their studio work into a singular, intoxicating brew that blends elements of virtuosic jazz, groovy funk, and pulse-pounding electronic dance music. At their performances, the band now plays through what they call a “Reverse DJ” setup, in which the live sound from their horns runs through Ableton software on their laptops to process recorded effects onto the output. In addition, to flesh out their sound on the road, the band began utilizing Moog synthesizers, an EWI (an electronic wind instrument that responds to breath in addition to touch), and other more traditional instruments like clarinets. Mike has even added vocals to his repertoire on some tracks (something the subway never allowed him to do).

I had the chance to speak with Mike Wilbur about the groups upcoming stop in Madison on September 29th at the Majestic Theatre. We get into what both newcomers to the scene and people who have tasted the Moon Hooch earlier on can expect from the now version of the group. Which direction has that live sound taken in 2018? We get into how the new three track EP “Light It Up” got off the ground. BY the end of the conversation, I was wishing Mike was in studio with me helping prepare a setlist of music….as you will hear, he would play and arrange a show in a very familiar fashion as to what people expect on greenarrowradio.

Coming Home With Justin Kauflin

Home is where you hang your hat, or so the old adage goes. For Justin Kauflin, critically acclaimed and accomplished jazz pianist and composer, the last few years of touring has found home to been many places. On the brand new release, “Coming Home”, Justin invites others to experience the world from his perspective as he sonically paints the homes he has found throughout his global travels. This is his third release, and second with the tastemaker imprint Qwest Records. With this album, he ventures into new sonic territory bringing in more modern influences of synths, electric guitar, and bass. From the start, recording “Coming Home” was electric. Mr. Quincy Jones and Mr. Derrick Hodge produced the album at Quincy Jones’ famous Westlake Studios (Michael Jackson, Madonna, Frank Ocean). Justin was joined by Chris Smith on acoustic and electric bass, Corey Fonville on drums and percussions, and Alan Parker on acoustic and electric guitar. The musicians had a blast bringing the album to life. Justin is planning a tour to support the new album. He is excited to get back on the road and create new experiences with his music and can’t wait to take these tunes in front of a live audience and create new life into them.

I had the honor of discussing the new album with Justin and how it grew from a newly planted seed and bloomed into a beautiful flower of sonic unity. We get into how “Home” was at times, redefined and what made the road have a comfortable feel. Of course, we had to find out what kinds of special touch working with both Mr. Quincy Jones and Mr. Derrick Hodge (as well as the other talented band members) brought out of each other during the process. And finding out what Mr. Kauflin would play on greenarrowradio if given the chance to fill in for me if I were to step out of the studio. He would easily take you, the listener, with him on a similar ride we attempt each time we get toGether through the airwaves. Check out this great person and artist in our chat, I think you’ll find he is someone to help guide us through.

Photo by John Lewis Marshall

The Harmony With Joe Marcinek Band

I found a little time to chat with friend of the proGram, Joe Marcinek as he prepares to hit The Harmony Bar & Grill on September 15th with opening act, The Lower 5th. Joe and I get into what a newcomer to the ever revolving and moment to moment coolness of his Joe Marcinek Band, and on this night in Madison he will feature a couple of the members of local favorites, Natty Nation. We spend a few moments teasing the brand new album, “JM3”. We get into the two incredible musicians that round out that organ trio album and we find out if the crowd in Madison will hear any of the new material. Joe and I will be talking aGain in November when the album drops to get more insight into the process, the work and the goodness that turned out in this new sound.

P.S. I will be airing something off the new album this week on the show.

Scotch Rocks For Cheers

The second portion of the proGram, raised a glass to say welcome:

Hey Mae- Webb Wilder And The Beatnecks
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Gunk- Voodoo Visionary
Cookie Jar- Frank Bey
Can’t Get Out Of Your Own Way- Ben Pirani
Birth Of The Cool- Tony Adamo

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Instrument of Brass Destruction- Drums & Tuba
Fake Buddha’s Inner Child- Jonathan Scales Fourchestra Ft. Oteil Burbridge
Go Back- Caz Gardiner & the Badasonics
Testimony- Anchorsong

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Number One- Robin Nolan Trio
Django’s Tiger- Alfonso Ponticelli
Soldat- Lemon Bucket Orkestra

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Panagram- Jake Shimabukuro
**excerpt of pre-recorded conversation with Jake Shimabukuro**
Eleanor Rigby- Jake Shimabukuro
If 6 Was 9- Jake Shimabukuro

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Pio Mentiroso- Afro Cuban All Stars
Elube Chango- Afro Cuban All Stars
Chikungunya- Rio Mira
Andarele- Rio Mira
Torbellino- Rio Mira
La Envidia- Novalima
Herejia- Novalima

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La Descarriá- Corina Lawrence Ft. Miss Bolivia [Uji Remix]
Interlude #3- Sly5thAve Ft. DJ Center

Valves And All

The first portion of the proGram had all the knobs turned and tweaked the way you like them:

Cannonball Blues- Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard
Sing me Back Home- Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard
Spikebuck- Caroline Chimes
Not Far Away- Yonder Moutain String Band (live 8/22/2018)
Crazy Train- Younder Mountain String Band (live 8/22/2018)

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One Man’s Ceiling Is Another Man’s Floor- Paul Simon
Can’t Run But- Paul Simon

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Indigo Pt. 2- Kandace Springs
People Make The Work Go ‘Round- Kandace Springs
Madre Tierra- Maya Jupiter Ft. Los Cojolites

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Fruit- Pill
Sober Motel- Dilly Dally
Unwarranted Advice- Psychic Rites
Penn Station= The Jack Moves

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JP Florida Blues #1- JP Harris
Blues for Brazil- Stringshot Ft. Roy Rogers, Badi Assad & Carlos Reyes
Mad- The Boogie Beasts
Small Town Crime- Geoff Achison
Pour Another Drink- Jonathon Long
No Deals- Rachelle Coba

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Never Mind- Naia Izumi
**excerpt of pre-recorded conversation with Naia Izumi**
Soft Spoken- Naia Izumi

Jake Shimabukuro’s Greatest Day In Madison

Jake Shimabukuro’s wholly unique approach to the ukulele started early. As a youngster growing up in Honolulu, Hawaii, he started playing the instrument at the age of four, learning the basics from his mother, Carol, and then developing his craft further by studying the likes of musical masters such as Eddie Kamae, Ohta-San and Peter Moon. As he matured, Jake also found inspiration from guitar players, drummers, pianists, and singers. Even athletes helped fuel the intensity of his artistic fire. Jakes’s records have topped the Billboard World Music Charts on numerous occasions, and as a live performer he has become one of the hottest tickets around. He’s played with world-renowned orchestras and at prestigious venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center and the Sydney Opera House, and has dazzled audiences at music festivals including Bonnaroo, SXSW, the Playboy Jazz Festival and Fuji Rock Festival. He even performed for that rarest of audiences: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Not too shabby for a humble young man from Hawaii and his trusty ukulele.

Jake and I have spoken to one another since the very beGinning We have offered each other our thoughts on all the music. I look forward to my yearly conversation with him to see where he is being inspired by and how direction-different he is able to make that ukulele go. This time is even more special as we get to talk about his upcoming show on September 24th at The Overture Center For The Arts, right here in my backyard of Madison, Wisconsin. We get deep into his brand new album, “The Greatest Day” and how it developed into a split of six originals and six covers. Take a listen to our chat and hear how one Hendrix tune is crafted into another Hendrix tune to weave a magical sound masterpiece. And to personalize it a little more, we learn what Jake might have done for a career if music was not the path he was fortunate (ad so were we) enough to make a living doing.

Naia Izumi Has Something To Say

Naia Izumi is an independent guitarist, bassist, drummer, singer songwriter and producer based out of Los Angeles and recipient of the 2018 NPR Tiny Desk Contest. Creating music and playing for people on the streets, watching and feeling those who pass by and making sounds that resonate within the moment when the heart feels it. Many of the shared moments of creation are interpreted elegantly with a guitar through an intricate uniqueness that is refreshing, soulful and downright bizarre at times with haunting undertones reminding you that magic exists.

I had the chance to catch up with Naia shortly before the September 8th show on the beautiful Terrace at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. We take some time to let people who go to the show know that the moments that will be shared will be unlike anything you may have seen online that features Naia. Feeding off the atmosphere and the audience has been a key to the growth of this artist. We walk through a timeline from when that first sonic experimentation to the moment in May when Naia won the annual NPR Tiny Desk Contest. Can you believe that it may have actually slipped his mind that he even entered the contest? We dissect the song he entered, “Soft Spoken” and discussed being born with something to say, and when that right moment to be heard showed up. I listen to A LOT of music of all sorts, and it is hard to find something/someone that truly fits into that “unique” category, but with Naia Izumi, I think I have found it.

Photo By Beck Harlan/NPR

Shadow Grow Flowers Beware

The second portion of the proGram was swing a bat over in the shadows:

Girl You Are Out Of Time- The Creation Factory
Magic In The Air- The Past Tense
Bedazzled- LoveyDove
Amelia Jane- Campbell Stokes Sunshine Recorder

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Budtender- Beast From The East
Policy Of Truth- The St. Petersburg Ska Jazz Review
Ecos de Radio Iguana- Sarazino

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Days Long Ago- The Temple Rockers Ft. Linval Thompson
Live & Learn- Black Uhuru Ft. Prezident Brown
Lovelght- KBong

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Just For A minute- The Sha La Das
Bout to Blow- Lucky Brown & The SG’s
Saints and Beggars- Lucky Brown & The SG’s
Wonderful Way- Beyondo Ft. Elizabeth Zimen

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Trains and Moonlight Destinies- Black Masala
Fate- Lemon Bucket Orkestra
Crooked- Lemon Bucket Orkestra

**Excerpt of pre-recorded conversation with Michael Louis Johnson of Lemon Bucket Orkestra**
Freedom- Lemon Bucket Orkestra
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Icons At The Fair- John Scofield
Trapping Season- Steady Holiday

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Stars- Iya Terra
Pickin’ Up- Cantrell
Tomorrow Party- deM atlaS
Hazing- Sextile
Drop You- Sextile
Spun- Sextile
Interlude #2- Sly5thAve Ft. Zach Brock
Interlude #4- Sly5thAve

In The Records of G

The first portion of the proGram had some surprises in the flow… here’s how we got it to go:

Bye Bye Love- Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard
True Dark- Murder By Death
Busted- William Elliott Whitmore

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Reptilia- Andrew Combs
Chicken Dinner- Luke Winslow King
Wild Wild Wild- Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis

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Wheelin’ & Dealin’- Tommy Emmanuel Ft. JD Simo & Charlie Cushman
Straight A’s- Jake Shimabukuro

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*Conversation In Studio with Kirstie Kraus*
Gotta Do- Kirstie Kraus (live in studio)
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A Seat For One And All- Dan Zanes Ft. Claudia Eliaza
Guitars To The Stars- Dan Zanes Ft. Claudia Eliaza
Hats- Dan Zanes Ft. Claudia Eliaza

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Boll Weevil- Tyler Grant & Robin Kessinger
Misha Bella- Geoff Achison
greenarrowradio promo- Michele D’Amour
Let It Slide- Michele D’amour and the Love Dealers
Rock ’em Dead- Johhny & The Headhnters
Bury Me- Jonathon Long

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Didn’t Wanna Fall In Love- David Gerald
High Cost of Loving You- Scott Sharrard
Wonder Wheel- Strange Majik
City Girls- Handsome Jack