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Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Live In Madison

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead is a cover band of sorts that takes some of the tunes of The Grateful Dead and allows them to flow out of their collective beings into a sound pool for some of the most involved fan-base there ever has been. When these five cats get toGether in this form, the momentary surprises are many and way far out. The five are: Joe Russo, Dave Dreiwitz, (friend of the program) Marco Benevento, Scott Metzger & Tom Hamilton. Each bring an incredible individual force to this JRAD scene. While Joe has been a big part of Further and played with members of the Dead, this band brings as much of themselves to the “cover” of the Dead (and a few other bands) to reform a sound and a feeling that is recognizable and exciting. JRAD has been touring and securing itself on the festival scene while constantly bringing more ears along for the ride and us in Madison are lucky to welcome them here on February 18th at The Orpheum.

I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to talk to Joe before they land here in Madison. We spend time getting to understand what dialect and language each individual brings to this group and the fun and energy that causes in a live setting. We talk about how they add the skins to the spine that is the vast songbook of The Grateful Dead, and how much of the show is based off improvised segments within that skeletal system of sound. Joe attests that this project might have started off with the idea of a one off and you can hear a little of the amazement in his voice when talking about how long the pulse has been thumping. Hearing Joe speak about the times they have had to call in a sub or two off the bench (including Oteil Burbridge) is really truly a sincere appreciation of brothers. To my brothers and sisters, please enjoy this chat.

PHOTO BY Timothy Dwenger

Museum Glass Welcome

The second portion of the proGram featured two conversations from two artists who share a space in each others lives. The meeting on this program was unintentional, just a sign of having the finger on the pulse of some scene. We have a radio debut of a young artist and the music went in and around and it is still there…somewhere:

Mambo Rapido- Orquesta Akokán
Mambo Arabia- Eddie Kochak
The Mojo- Sax Mallard
Mary- Preacher Stephens & The Foree Wells Combo

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Code Pavao- Coco Raizes De Arcoverde
Baiao Destemperado- Barbatuques
Brilhantina- Renata Rosa

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Rumbero Como Yo- Brenda Navarrete
Tsunami- Stephane Wrembel
Let There Be Light- Darshan
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Run for the Red Fort (Raga Chandrakauns)- Sameer Gupta
***Pre-recorded Conversation with Sameer Gupta***
Innocence in Harlem- Sameer Gupta
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Mystic- Youssoupha Sidibe
Vision- Youssoupha Sidibe

Tumba- Angelique Kidjo
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Salutations- Tina Turner, Ani Choying, Sawani Shende Sathaye, Mor Karbasi, Dima Orsho & Regula Curti
***Pre-recorded Conversation with Falu***
My Name- Nishaad *Radio Debut
Drugs Hallucinations, The Divine- Ravi Shanakr
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You Don’t Own Me- The Resistance Revival Orchestra

Glass Pieces Shaped

The first portion of the proGram took the pieces and fixed them into a mosaic movement:

Farm Fun Time- Tommy Emmanuel & David Grisman
This is It- The Wood Brothers

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Love & Appreciation (To Georgia)- Johnny Tucker
The Nietzsche Lounge- Peter Karp
Big Bee- Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys
Dance In the Rain- Laurie Morvan

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Mr. Dill Pickle- Carolyn Gaines
(We’ve got to) Come Together- The Reverend Shawn Amos

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Pizza Flavored Kisses- Spice Boys
The Brontë Pin, Pt.2- Monks of Doom
How Ya Doin’?- Jane Lee Hooker
Alive- Dope Sagittarius

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Interlude 3- Todd Clouser, John Medeski & JT Bates (live at Icehouse)
*&%* You Guys- Todd Clouser, John Medeski & JT Bates
Jabberwockie- MK Groove Orchestra

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Bastille Day- Matthew Stubbs and the Antiguas
Don’t Let Pride Take You For a Ride- The James Hunter Six
Look a Py Py- Orgone
Psycheground- Calibro 35

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Li’l Liza Jane Interlude- Kermit Ruffins & Irvin Mayfield
Just Playin’ Kermit Ruffins & Irvin Mayfield Ft. Wendell Brunious, Leroy Jones, Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown & Andrew Baham
Strip Tease- Alessandro Alessandroni
Night Fly- Alessandro Alessandroni

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Gave My Heart (SMBD Edit)- Omar Ft. Leon Ware

A Walk Through Falu’s Bazaar

Falu is internationally recognized for her rare ability to seamlessly blend a signature modern inventive style with a formidable Indian classically-shaped vocal talent. She was trained rigorously in the Jaipur musical tradition and in the Benares style of Thumrie. She later continued studying under the late sarangi/vocal master Ustad Sultan Khan, and later with the legendary Smt. Kishori Amonkar (Jaipur style). Originally from Bombay, Falu moved to the States in 2000 and was appointed as a visiting lecturer at Tufts University. Falu’s subsequent career in the States had led to a series of brilliant and high profile collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma, Wyclef Jean, Philip Glass, Ricky Martin, Blues Traveler and A. R. Rahman amongst, to name just a few. She has even performed for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House. I have always enjoyed the artist, Falu but what I have learned over time is that it is also the person she is that adds to the art. Her latest project, “Falu’s Bazaar” takes families on a musical journey through South Asia, while creating the wide open opportunity to learn about the culture, everyday life and how to be a a cultivator of ones roots.

I had the pleasure of talking with Falu about the project. We took a walk through the bazaar together and discovered how the flow of the album from top down to lullaby were presented as ideas, and how the questions of a child can really lead you any/everywhere. In a first, Falu’s son Nishaad took to the conversation. He unveils what his favorite song on the album is, how grandma did with her song and there’s actually an unplugged version of the album’s opening track, as performed by Nishaad. Radio gold. Please enjoy our conversation.

Falu’s Bazaar

Sameer Gupta with A Circle Has No Beginning

Sameer Gupta is known as one of the few percussionists simultaneously representing the traditions of American jazz on drumset, and Indian classical music on tabla. Though his first few years were spent under the guidance of Ustad Zakir Hussain, his own interests and love of tabla brought him to the great tabla maestro Pt Anindo Chatterjee. Sameer has continued to build his career by combining traditional and modern improvisational styles drawing from his dual Indian and American heritage, and has already established himself as an original musical voice in jazz, world, and fusion music. From his early percussion studies in Tokyo, Japan in the mid 80s, he has consistently placed himself in many challenging musical environments. From bebop to avant-garde jazz, and European classical percussion to North Indian classical tabla, he continues to compose and perform music from a true multi-cultural perspective that now bridges several continents. As 2018 rolls in, Sameer is set to release a brand new album, “A Circle Has No Beginning”. This project brings together some of today’s finest accompanists and soloists in various styles to create a truly remarkable musical journey. With a firm Indian Classical Raga influence, the album draws on strong modern jazz improvisational roots to heighten the creative energy and spectrum of possibilities.

I had the pleasure of talking with Sameer about the project, and how he was able to follow the album from the directions it was taking him and his colleagues. We break down a couple of the artists and their important contributions and shared visions. We dissect a couple of the tracks that hit me hard in my heart’s ears as well as compare and contrast a little between the new album and his last release, Namaskar. We walk a little through the scene of the Brooklyn Raga Massive which has been hailed as “Leaders of the Raga Renaissance” by the New Yorker. I have to say that I always get a thrill out of talking about an album, a song a scene I digg, but this album took me on a new turn and I was equally opened up by chatting with Sameer about the flow, the process and the way music….in the moment….makes it happen. I hope you’ll find the same feeling about both, the album itself and the people who are behind the moments.

Musicians of the Project
Sameer Gupta – Drumset, Tabla; Marc Cary – Wurlitzer, Moog, Synth; Morley Shanti-Kamen – Vox (on Little Wheel Spin and Spin); Marika Hughes – Cello, Vox; Brandee Younger – Harp; Arun Ramamurthy – Carnatic Violin; Jay Gandhi – Bansuri Flute; Trina Basu – Violin; Rashaan Carter – Bass; Neel Murgai – Sitar; Pawan Benjamin – Tenor Saxophone; Sharik Hasan – Piano, Keys; Michael Gam – Bass

Rawwkkkk Feet

The second portion of the proGram had the feet to rawkkkkkk to:

If I Tell You I Love You- Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa (live in Amsterdam)
For My Friends- Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa (live in Amsterdam)
The Honorable Death of the 100 Million- Monks of Doom
Mannish Boy- Jimi Hendirx (4/22/69, Band of Gypsy Studio session, *Previously unreleased)

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Sharpest Claws- Dope Sagittarius
Sacred place- Dope Sagittarius

***Pre-recorded Conversation with Luqman Brown of Dope Sagittarius***
Black Empress- Dope Sagittarius
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greenarrowradio theme- Mister Rourke
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You’re a Star- Niles Francis
Hold Me Closer- Omar Ft. Stuart Zender & Maurice Brown
Doobie Doobie Doo- Omar Ft. Tall Black Guy
Guys Just Want to Have Pleasure- De Lux
Body Heat Disco- Body Heat Gang Band

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Tojo’s Tale- Astroboter
Monoatomic- Astroboter
Opal City Vice- Astroboter

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Life Ain’t Easy- Ghetto Priest
Find a Way- DB Cohen Ft. D’Oxman & Mark Professor (Wrongtom’s Echolocation Dub)
Above The Storm- Stick Figure

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World Corruption Dub- Richie Phoe
Unity Dub- Richie Phoe
Rudeboy (vocals) D’Oxman Ft. Ramrock All Stars Gentlemen
Stay Alive- Hollie Cook (Hempolics Remix)

Luqman Brown of Dope Sagittarius talks Sacred Places

DOPE SAGITTARIUS is the epic tale of an inter-dimensional, time-traveling band hell-bent on saving the multiverse from mediocre music. Inspired by the likes of Funkadelic, OutKast, The Qemists & The Gorillaz, DOPE SAGITTARIUS embodies an undeniably creative blend of music, animation, technology, wit, humor & history. The man behind the band is Luqman Brown and I had a chance to catch back up with him about the new release, “Sacred Places” on Buddhabug Records. We get into how the album worked its way into a final piece, dissect a few of the tracks and make sure to give props and shout outs to the many (listed below) who helped piece it all toGether.

The Band is as follow:

Luqman Aka Whistler: Vocals/Rhythm Guitar
Ramsy Jones: Drums/Vocals
Ernest D’Amso: Bass/Vocals
Asim Barns: Lead Guitar
Micah Gaugh: Keys/Sax/Vocals

Roy Radics chanting on “Scared Place”
Entrifed the God of Sound plays keys and sings On “Brunchin With Bitches”
Cory Glover Sings on “Define Love” along with Marc Cary on keys and Ronny Drayton on lead guitar.
Mazz Muse on “Black Empress” along with Mike Ladd MCing
Shelly Nicole sings on “Hate Us” Along with Julie Brown.
Horns section is V Jeff on “Hate Us”

Produced By Luqman Brown and Brian Gosher

Hey Woman…nice shot

The first portion of the proGram celebrates the marks-woman in all of us:

Cinderella’s Fella- Tommy Emmanuel & David Grisman
Rachel’s Lullaby- Tommy Emmanuel Ft. Jake Shimabukuro

Guitar Boogie- Tommy Emmanuel (live at The Ryman)
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London in the Sixties- The Fugitives
Les étoiles- Melody Gardot (Live – London 2016)
Goodbye- Melody Gardot (live – Utrecht 2016)

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Willie and Poor Bob- Dickey Betts & Warren Haynes
Talkin’ About You Baby- Johnny Tucker
The Jean Genie- The Reverend Shawn Amos
Catch That Train- Carolyn Gaines (feat. Grady Gaines, Jr.)

I Can’t Be Satisfied- Curtis Salgado & Alan Hager
Just Say When- Mindi Abair Ft. Gregg Allman
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Same Thing- James Montgomery Band
Who Do You Love- James Montgomery Band
CandyMan Blues- Little Feat
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Pin Your Spin- Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen
Ain’t Nuttin’ Nice- Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen
Cracka Break- Mofro
Frog Giggin’- Mofro
Free- Mofro
Orange Blossoms- JJ Grey & Mofro (live)
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Sky High- The Wood Brothers
Deep Soul For High Society- The Claudettes
Motorhome- The Claudettes

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And This Guy

The extra portion of the proGram was overseen by this guy:

Epilogue: All You Need is Love- Kate McGarry/Keith Ganz/Gary Versace
Mr. Sparkle/What A Difference A Day Makes- Kate McGarry/Keith Ganz/Gary Versace

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The Dream Then And Now: Movement 1- Jamaaladeen Tacuma
The Dream Then And Now: Movement 5- Jamaaladeen Tacuma
The Dream Then And Now: Movement 7- Jamaaladeen Tacuma
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Black Narcissus- James Hall
Glu-Glu- Omar Sosa & NRD Big Band

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Interlude 2- Todd Clouser, John Medeski, JT Bates (live at Icehouse)
Amazing Grace- Todd Clouser, John Medeski, JT Bates (live at Icehouse)

***Prerecorded conversation with Todd Clouser***
Nadia Me Debe- Todd Clouser, John Medeski, JT Bates (live at Icehouse)
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Prelude No. 6: Allegro (1996)- Eliza Garth
Prelude No. 12: Quickly (2013)- Eliza Garth
Prelude No. 10: Moderato (2006)- Eliza Garth
Blue in Green- Jamie Saft

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Announcements- Kevin Sun
Misanthrope- Kevin Sun

Photo by: Michael Sullivan

Marimba Madness

The second portion of the proGram had the mallets to the side and the madness a-plenty:

Edgar Chaos- Ampline
Shrunken Heads- Ampline

Treasure Island- Steve Vai (live)
Oooo- Steve Vai (live)
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Major Tom- Ripplegroove
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Security- JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound
Always Feel So Good- Freevolt
Platinum- Here Come The Mummies
V.I.P.- Here Come The Mummies
Bed, Bath & Behind- Here Come The Mummies
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Outro- Nooky Jones
Dreaming About You- Nooky Jones

***Pre-recorded conversation with Cameron Kinghorn of Nooky Jones***
Hello- Nooky Jones
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King’s March- Soulive
Think- Orgone Ft. Adryon de Leon
Fast Forward- Crowd Company
Blind Pig- Crowd Company
Station 77- Crowd Company

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The Accession- Darkhouse Family
Pirates- Brazilian Girls
PARAD(w/me)E- Sylvan Esso
In My View- Young Fathers
Tropics- SaiB

Glass Is On Fire

The first portion of the show made your you felt it as the glass cauGht the presented fire and made it grow:

The Other Shoe- Old 97’s & Waylon Jennings
Into The Blue- Old Bastard Son Of Johnny Cash
Purple Haze- Tommy Emmanuel Ft. Jerry Douglas

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Happiness Jones- The Wood Brothers
Mellow Down Easy- Little Feat
Sideways- Lauren Ruth Ward
Air- Mofro
Jukehouse- Mofro
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Only Love- Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Hot Summer Night- Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Don’t Cut Your Hair- The Pretenders (live)
Boots of Chinese Plastic- The Pretenders (live)
Dreams- The Cranberries (live Woodstock ’94)
Two Weeks- High Up
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Beware of My Dog- Carolyn Gaines Ft. Big Jay McNeely
Addicted To You- Mindi Abair Ft. Booker T. Jones
Sea Saw- Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa (live)
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Little Johnny- James Montgomery Band (live
One Night Only- Curtis Salgado & Alan Hager
Satisfied- Tinsley Ellis
Dixie Lullaby- Tinsley Ellis

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greenarrowradio theme- Mister Rourke
One More Time- Ben Miller Band
Akira Kurosawa- Ben Miller Band

Get Some Nooky Jones

After three years of captivating audiences with their unique blend of soul, jazz, and undertones of hip-hop, Minneapolis-based Nooky Jones have finally released their debut self-titled album back on July 28, 2017 via Young And Foolish Records. A truly cohesive collection of love stories and music that takes listeners to beautiful places alongside deeply provocative characters, the album is a much needed artistic expression of self for vocalist/frontman Cameron Kinghorn. Produced over the course of fifteen months at RiverRock Studios and The Hideaway in Northeast Minneapolis, the band’s debut album relies on each musician’s unique style as a critical part of the overall sound. Atop airtight yet comfortably loose drum and bass grooves often reminiscent of 90s R&B and Hip-Hop, layers of harmonically complex piano, organ, and Fender Rhodes create a lushness associated with jazz that rarely integrates into neo-soul-pop music so tastefully.

I had the opportunity to chat with Cameron about what a Madison crowd can look forward to expecting from the upcoming show on Friday, January 26th at the High Noon Saloon. We dove into the flow of the debut release and how it moves like the night of a shared first meeting moment and how the evolution of the album came to surface and reward listeners and music sharers alike. Take a listen to the above conversation to find out which two bands Nooky Jones will be playing with shortly after leaving the Madison area, (Oh Purple comes to mind) as well as what would Cam and the band choose to spin for you, if they had control of the board of greenarrowradio if I stepped out for a bit and left them in charge.

One of Todd’s People

Todd Clouser is a man who makes the journey happen his way, from moment to moment. He takes it as it goes and makes one step after the other count. Todd is one of these cats who has the ability to not only tell the story with his songs, but use his songs to communicate on another level to those who listen. I have been able to watch his sound and style grow over the course of time and that one thing…time…seems to bring the paths of similarly minded communicator to the steps of Todd’s musical door. I have watched the paints mix to create the newest of colors with some brightness and some darkness none other have duplicated. We all search and seek and dream and believe what we believe…somehow Todd has been a voice I can believe in musically, but it’s the person, the being of Todd Clouser that I am most fond of. I had the chance aGain to ask him a few questions about what’s been going on and how he is. The newness just about to come off his plate is the release of a new record for starters. Thus story-line begins on at a sold out gig on a cold Minnesota night. It features Todd talking to the room with his voice and guitar, Mr. JT Bates on drums and percussion and friend of the proGram, Mr. John Medeski on Hammond B3 Organ and Fender Rhodes, and is named: You The Brave: Live at Icehouse.

This new live recording on Ropeadope Sur is the truth, in real time of making the sounds that linked up the trios paths to that very moment, where creating meets pulse. I am proud to be someone who has been walking the paths with Todd for a few more than a few years now and to see the others who cross path to be with and create with him puts a huge smile in my heart. Todd takes a little time out of his day in Mexico to chat about the new album, working with the coolness over at Ropeadope Sur and a little about our ongoing almost project with Medeski Myself and Todd, where I am featured on power tools… We talk about vulnerability, travel and home. EarGrab some here:

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