Chili-Peppers to play intimate London gig.

The band will play at a secret location in the UK capital on Good Friday (April 14), with the audience being made up of competition winners on BBC Radio 1.

The full set will be broadcast in a special show ‘Radio 1 presents the Red Hot Chili Peppers Live‘ on Easter Monday (April 17) from 7pm.
Tickets for the gig will be given away on-air across Radio 1’s daytime and specialist shows from today (April 10).
Stadium Arcadium‘ is set to be released on May 8, and is preceded by the single ‘Dani California‘ on May 1.

Now that will be a contest that was truly a winner.


The Who to release condensed opera

The Who are planning a limited edition release ahead of their long awaited full album this year.
The group’s surviving members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are currently working on their first studio record in 24 years, but have revealed plans for this extra release.
Recalling their 1969 rock opera ‘Tommy‘, guitarist Townshend confirmed the group have returned to the extended concept format.

Writing on, Townshend said: “Roger and I have completed the condensed 11-minute mini-opera, played it to the folks at (record label) Polydor, and are all set to release – probably as a limited edition – in June, prior to the release of a conventional CD in September.”
A full album from The Who was delayed after the group’s drummer Zak Starkey committed himself to playing with the band Oasis last year, but with summer gigs and a headlining appearance at this year’s T In The Park confirmed, the band now look set to return to action.

the original who

4/8/06: Not as prepared, but damn good.

Yeah, so….the work week didn’t allow for me to be as prepared as I normally like, but I made adjustments and all things being equal, it turned out well. Thanks to the many callers who wanted to find out what their thirsty ears had tuned into… all started with some Psyco-delica.

Too Much to Dream, Electric Prunes
Night Time, Strangeloves
No Time like the Right Time, Blues Broject
Oh Yeah, Shadows of Knight
Gonna Miss Me, 13th Floor Elevators
Psychotic Reaction, Count Five
Down Slow, Francis Jockey #
Hearts a Lonely Hunter, Thievery Corp.+David Byrne #
Queen Bee, African Fete
1st Love, Horace X #
Puppet Show, Horace X #
New E, Liquid Soul
These are the Ghosts, Band of Bees #
The Russian #
Hoe Down, Bela Fleck/Flecktones
Earth Jam, Bela Fleck/Flecktones
Rubin & Cherise, Jerry Garcia Band
Hi-Way 61 revisited, Bob Dylan #
Leopard-Skin Pill Box Hat, Bob Dylan #
Wond’ring Aloud, Jethro Tull #
Locomotive Breath, Jethro Tull #
Electric Goat, Cubby Creatures #
Static Fuzz, Cubby Creatures #
Lovin’ in my Baby’s Eyes, Leftover Salmon & Taj
Are you Sure Hank.., L. Salmon w/S. Bush/W. Jennings
Nobody’s Fault but Mine, L. Salmon w/John Bell
Am I Wrong, Keb Mo
Tonite, the Bottle let me Down, Throw Rag w/ Lemme
Whippin’ Post, Gregg Allman
Bad Trouble, Canned Heat w/ Roy Rogers
Good Stuff, Bibb/Black/Muldaur
Lope, Bill Payne #
Mercury Blues, Jimmy Thackery #
Sinner Street, Jimmy Thackery #
Jump for Jerry, Jimmy Thackery #
Gone Tomorrow Blues, Ritchie Kotzen
Tobacco Road, Richie Kotzen
Funk#48, James Gang


My Conversation with Billy Payne

We all know Bill Payne for his being the keyboardist and one of the founding members of the band Little Feat. Well, after years of pushing and prodding and working on a dinosaur of a computer: it took a hernia to get him to finally take his thoughts and the rides he took in his musical mind to create a solo project. In CIELO NORTE,
You are provided a rare insight into Bill’s uniquely personal and intimate voice during a journey through a wide-open display of musical influences. Cielo Norte was released February 22, 2005 from the kind folks at Hot Tomato Records.

Click here to listen to our conversation.

a photograph actually taken by Billy.

Review*the Essential Jimmy Thackery*

Shortly after departing the popular Washington DC area blues band The Nighthawks, of which he was a founding member, Jimmy Thackery re-emerged with the power trio Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers in order to put the spotlight firmly on his aggressive and distinctive blues rock guitar style. These selections from Thackery‘s Blind Pig years represent what many fans and critics alike consider to be his most vibrant and creative period to date. Special guests include Lonnie Brooks, Duke Robillard, John Mooney and Reba Russell.
This album as you would expect showcases Thackery‘s masterfull guitar work but does expolit a little weaker of a tool in his voice. Still, this music will drive you to drive, so hit the road and don’t forget to pack the Essential Jimmy Thackery on the trip.

blind pig records 2006


Simon is ready to ‘Surprise’ with Eno

After many years of work, Paul Simon is finally ready to share his long-awaited collaboration with producer Brian Eno (U2, Talking Heads) with the listening public. The 11-track project, named “Surprise,” will be released May 9 in North America via Warner Bros. and a day earlier internationally. Some of the songs set to appear on “Surprise” are “Sons and Daughters,” “How Can You Live in the Northeast,” “Outrageous” and “Father and Daughter,” Simon’s contribution to 2002’s “The Wild Thornberrys Movie” which was nominated for the best original song Academy Award. Guest appearances include guitarist Bill Frisell, drummer Steve Gadd and pianist Herbie Hancock, whose 2005 album, “Possibilities,” featured a new recording with Simon of his “I Do It for Your Love.” “Surprise” is Simon‘s first studio album since 2000’s “You’re the One.”

I am not so sure I will run out to get this one, although I am a Bill Frisell fan.


The next step: Dana Colley

The sound of the barratone sax is one that is unforgetable, especially when being produced by Dana Colley. You know him from Morphine, Orchestra Morphine and now Twinemen. Check out the conversation we had and stay tuned as we find out if I was successful in getting Mars Williams and Dana together or better yet, Twinemen and Liquid Soul. Two great tastes that do taste great together.

listen to our conversation here


4/1/06 the show for FOOLS

Ways like an Angel. Junior Wells
Let it Roll, Frank Morey
I can’t Quit you Baby, Otis Rush
Midnight Creep, Big Joe Williams
Detroit Iron, Jimmy Thackery *
Wild Night Out, Jimmy Thackery *
Cold Beverages, G Love & Special Sauce #
Shooting Hoops, G Love & Special Sauce #
Honeybee Blues, Tao of Groove
She Went Around, Tao of Groove
Ho Cake, Mofro
Free, Mofro
You Sexy Thing, Tom Tom Club #
Mr. Jones, Talking Heads
Life During Wartime, Talking Heads #
Nokta, Rachid Taha
Ida, Racid Taha
Palmistry, Tabla Beat Science
Tamania, Daby Balde *
Barracuda, Rasputina *
Rock-N-Roll, Rasputina *
I like Birds, Eels *
Hey Man, Now you’re really Living, Eels *
Don’t Think Twice, Mike Ness
I’m Afraid of Americans, David Bowie
China Girl, Iggy Pop
Jessica, Almman Brothers #
Get Right with god, Lucinda Williams
Disorder in the House, Warren Zevon
Rub Me Raw, Warren Zevon
down home sophisticate, Corey Harris
Motivational Speaker, Alvin Youngblood Hart *
Maggie’s Farm, Hot Tuna w/Bob Weir #
I’m a Man, Billy Boy Arnold *
Sorry Boy’s Jump, Billy Boy Arnold *


For Real: A Curt Cobain Doll?!

Once merely a household name, Cobain will become a household item this June when National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA) unleashes the very first KC action figure. This charming piece of plastic resin captures the late Nirvana frontman mid-power chord, donning the very get-up he made famous in the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video. Dude even comes with a chunk of high-school-gym-floor as a base; skanked-out cheerleaders sold separately. And if that isn’t enough to make you cry, ugly rumors are swirling about of late, rumors that Cobain’s widow Courtney Love is attempting to sell a 25% stake in Nirvana‘s catalog for $100,000,000 to…drumroll please…a “private equity firm” partnered with U2‘s Bono! Please let that not be true. Please, lord, please. -Matthew Solarski


Gang of Four’s Dave Allen

We had a bad connection, as I believe Mr. Allen was at work on his cell. Either way, I certainly appreciate the time he took to chat and as always, he is a musician looking out for the others. We learn thru this interview that a re-mix of Return the Gift will be out in May.

take a listen here

Relevant artists: Gang of Four,Dave Allen & The Elastic Purejoy,Shriekback,Glassjaw,squall


From the wise John Coltrane….

…Well, I think that music, being an expression of the human heart, or of the human being itself, does express just what is happening. I feel it expresses the whole thing..the whole human experience at the particular time that is being expressed.

I think that sums it up for me when planning and spontaneously shifting the show to meet the listeners needs and balance how I am feelin’ as well.


3/25 Now….back to the show

Radiothon being over, it is time to kick back into true direction unknown radio. Just take a look at this set list: it is all over the place…but in a good way.

Think, Magic Slim & the Drivers
She’s Cold as Ice, Roy Rogers
Take me Back, James Cotton
Harpin’ on a Riff, Charlie Musselwhite
Let’s Rock, Commander Cody
Crow Jane, Derek Trucks band #
Drown in my own Tears, Derek Trucks & Greg Allman
Guapa Pasea, Geckoturner #
Paisa, Manake-e #
Taweet, Daljit Mattu #
Evolver, Djun Djetti #
What a Wonderful World, Maceo Parker #
Imagine, Mediacracy #*
Damaged Goods, Gang of Four #
Natural’s not in it, Gang of Four #
Free Salute, Little Barrie #
Long Hair, Little Barrie #
a Good Woman is HArd to find, Morphine *
Rope on Fire, Morphine *
Take me with You, Morphine *
Gat in Rupak, Anoushka Shankar *
Lively up Yourself,, Bob Marley & the Wailers
Sugar Pie,, Melody Makers & the Wailers
I want to Fly Away, Bob Weir
Ring of Fire, Moonlight Wranglers
Satisfaction, Rob Wasserman
Big Mama’s Door, Alvin Youngblood Hart #
Meanest Jukebox in Town, Alvin Youngblood Hart #
Big Black Mariah, John Hammond jr
Rockin’ Boogie, Fleetwood Mac (1969) *
Fleetwood Mac, Fleetwood Mac (1969) *
Sweet Little Lady, George Thorogood
Don’t let the Boss man get you Down, Thorogood
Middle Aged Woman Blues, Sapphire #*
Spank!, Ron Levy
Dreamin’, G-Love & the Special Sauce
Rodeo Clown, G-Love & the Special Sauce


Listening into the Future with Roy Wooten

Listen here for the world according to Roy “futureman” Wooten from his own futuristic world as well as an occasional tour with Bela Fleck as one of the flecktones. I think you’ll agree that he is out of this world and still as cool as Fonzie…aaaaaaa

Listen to the FUTUREMAN podcast here


The three time Grammy award winner from Bela Fleck and the Flecktones is back at it again! Taking downtempo, house, breakbeat, jazz, tribal, and funk, Futureman is mixing it all together and serving it up through turntables, laptops, drum machines, live kits, and visual projections.

Mr.G. speakin’ With G-Love

That’s right, I chatted with G-Love about the bands release-to-be in August. We spoke about his 76ers and my Celtics. We put away dishes and chilled out talkin’ about hip hop blues. We got on the subject of his collaborating with one of his influences Mr. John Hammond, who we spoke to hear a few weeks back. As you would expect….G-Love is a cool cat and one can only imagine if John Hammond will dip his toes into the hip hop blues world that G-love calls his own.


This is one of the coolest conversations I have been a part of. G Love and I just chillin’. He’s a good multi-tasker…Seriously, the musical sponge really does put the dishes away…and minds his 4 year old as well.

Listen to the podcast here.

Indie Labels Press FCC For Fair Airplay

I can’t wait until the day I can shout,”Hooray for the Little guys”. Like George Mason in the Sweet Sixteen, I am rooting for my airplay for the littlle lables, the up-and-comers. Here is what is happenin’. Check it out.

The American Association Of Independent Music (or A2IM), a collection of indie record labels that formed last summer to promote fair rights for independent labels, sent a letter to FCC Chairman Kevin Martin to assess the “unfair advantage” major labels have in getting radio play, and to pursue allegations of payola.
Acting President of A2IM Don Rose said that, “…the FCC is conducting a thorough investigation of alleged payola-like practices in the commercial radio industry.” The FCC will also be determining exactly how these practices have unfairly tipped the scales for the major labels. This process started in July 2005 when New York Attorney General Elliott Spitzer brought to light documents from Sony BMG (one of the four remaining majors) that showed many different forms of “payola” (or payola-related) activities, often indirect in the form of presents. Though they were small gifts, like electronics and concert tickets, to specific DJs (small enough to fly under the radar) they could easily add up to millions of dollars worth of gifts.
These practices, A2IM states, “made it virtually impossible for songs released by independent labels to be considered for airplay within existing formats.” The radio airplay for artists on independent labels, subsequently, was at roughly 10% last summer, even though the Nielson SoundScan ratings showed album sales for indies around 27% of market sales for 2004-05. Despite all this evidence for the strength of the independent music market, “Somehow,” Rose states, “music released by independents is virtually absent from the commercial airwaves.”
Members of A2IM include a long list of independent labels such as GSL, Epitaph, Beggars Group, Matador, Lookout, Roadrunner, TVT, Touch & Go, and Sub Pop. They undertake the burden of securing a future in the music industry where artists are given fair chances to succeed against those on larger and more well-financed labels.

Learn more about it at

Xiu Xiu Prep New LP, EP, Collaborations

Xiu Xiu have a real busy 2006 ahead of them with a mountain of projects ready to be unleashed. The band has finished their 5th LP with Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier behind the boards. Titled The Air Force the record is due for release on September 15. Jamie Stewart and company also have a covers EP/7″ package in the works, which will see stripped-down versions of tunes by Nina Simone, Bauhaus, and Elliott Smith. What’s more, the mopey noise-makers will be releasing a collaborative effort with ambient wonder Grouper as well as another XXL (Xiu Xiu and Larsen) effort. And if that wasn’t enough, Stewart is helping compose music for a McSweeney‘s DVD of early 20th century animation. Phew! All that’s left for Xiu Xiu is perhaps a feature film. Maybe A Hard Day’s Night with attempted suicides and analog static?

From what I hear the LP has 11 tracks and you can check out more on this band at:

3/18/2006 Radiothon part two

We here at GREENARROWRADIO want to thank all of the listeners who called in to show their support to WHUS and our show by helping us exceed our show goal on the way to breaking our station goal of 27,000$. These monies will be put to immediate use, paying off an existing loan fo rour new(er) radio tower. We are going to be going digital, WHUS is moving into unchartered territory with this, but that is what we do best here. There are so many costs to the daily running and overall maintaining of this station that the one time a year we ask for our listeners to step up and join in and as always, they do. THANK YOU.

We did manage to get some tunes played between the guest appearences of the filthy one himself Dave Estell. Dean-o stopped thru to pitch in. Dean-o was the host of a popular show here on Wednesday mornings called Progressive Regression. He may be joining us from time to time to get back into it. Welcome him.

My Way Down, Chris Duarte Band
Letter to my Girlfriend, Chris Duarte Band
Can’t Call you no more, Hubert Sumlin Blues Party #
Poor me, Pour me, Hubert Sumlin Blues Party #
The Letter, Matt Schofield #
Back at Square one, Matt Schofield #
Please Love Me, Otis Rush #
It Takes Time, Otis Rush #
Daily Bread, Corey Harris #
Female Problems, Rev. Billy C. Wirtz #
Cure for Pain, Morphine
Equinox, Liquid Soul
Organ Colossus, Ron Levy’s Wild Kingdom #
Khaira, Corey Harris #
Lint of Love, Cibo Matto
Agni, Tom Rossi
Electric Moonshine, Dr. Didg
Country Death Song, Violent Femmes
yalla yalla, Joe Strummer
Nobody’s Fault but Mine, Alvin Youngblood Hart #
I need your Love, Fleetwood Mac (1969)
Samson & Delilah, Rev. Blind Gary Davis


Crossing the Line in NCAA hoops?

Well, you be the judge. Is this a mere case of outstanding razzin’ in the modern age or is this just plain mean?
When USC guard Gabe Pruitt went up to take his first free throws during the game, he was greeted by the Cal fans with a rousing chorus of “Vic-tor-ia! Vic-tor-ia!” and a phone number. Pruitt went on to miss both free throws. Now, you might be asking, who is Victoria and why would the Cal fans chant out her name? Well, it turns out that days before, members of the Cal Rally Committee IM’ed Pruitt and pretended to be a UCLA co-ed named Victoria. They even sent fake pictures of “Victoria.” After going back and forth, the Cal students hooked, lined, and sinkered Gabe into thinking he was going to get the hook up after the game and so he gave “Victoria” his phone number and, well, that’s how he found his phone number not only chanted back at him, but held up on signs during the game.
Pruitt went onto go only 3 for 13 the whole night and Cal went onto win by eleven. While it’s hard to say whether or not Pruitt was fazed by all of this, if Cal fans want to go ahead and think they had a hand in it, they certainly have every right to. Cal’s team is currently considered to be a “bubble” team and unsure what the Tourney Gods have for them. While Cal’s RPI ranking might be not so hot, this stunt should give them a much higher FPO (Fans Punking Opponents) ranking. And if that’s not good enough, they should be let in only to see what they could cook up for J.J. Redick.

I think I am just plain impressed.