Just For The Shell Of It

The final portion of this week’s proGram left behind where it once was, to get to where we are going next:

Mariana Trench- The Black Seeds
Everybody Knows (Deep Fried Dub Remix)- The Black Seeds
Club DZ- Acid Arab
The OG- A Tribe Called Red Ft. Black Bear
Collie Stuff- The Senior Allstars Ft. Ammoye

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Widowmaker (Max Paparella’s Remix)- Five Alarm Funk
Freight Train (Dirty Dan’s Tunnel Vision Remix)- Five Alarm Funk

Don’t Wait, Right Now- Lowdown Brass Band
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Tied Up- Moon Boots Ft. Steven Klavier
Final Form- Sampa The Great
OMG- Sampa The Great

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The Devil’s Warning (interlude)- Maneka
Mixer- Maneka
Oopdie Oop (Jazz)- Maneka

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Voices In My Head- Dr. John

Animal Plant

The middle portion of the proGram does not seem to distinguish between this or that:

Ridin’ On A Train- Keb’ Mo’
Sometime- Mavis Staples

Look Out- Dr. John
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I Like’s That- Skeebo Knight
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So Fine- Sol
Cloud 99- Sol
Tell You a Story- Sol
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Game of Life- Bubby Lewis Ft. Brandon Coleman & Joe Otis
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Live It Up (Hot Sauce)- LowDown Brass Band
Yoruba- Alma Afrobeat Ensemble
***pre-recorded conversation with Aaron Feder of Alma Afrobeat Ensemble***
Own World- Alma Afrobeat Ensemble
Retro Africa- Moken
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Tricks- Jahriffe
Conquer The Lion Dub- Jahriffe

Still Leaf Drop

The first portion of the proGram had a drop to stand still, with the movement inside:

Earthly Sensations- Bill Bloomer
Broken Good- Chuck Hawthorne
Time’s Changin’-Larry Keel (live)
Ain’t That Good news- Larry Keel
Prettiest Little Girl- We Banjo 3 (live)

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Dicey- Mark Cameron
So Cold- Zac Harmon

Rat Trap- Scrapomatic
Can’t Get Up- Delbert McClinton the Self-Made Men + Dana
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Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong With That- Robert Randolph & The Family Band
Thrill Of it- Robert Randolph & The Family Band
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished- Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers
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Too Hot To Handle- The Hollywood Stars
Flippy In My Red Dress- The Dollyrots
Oblivious- The Dollyrots
I Love You Instead- The Dollyrots

Alma Afrobeat Ensemble to Close out Atwoodfest

Alma Afrobeat Ensemble was founded in Chicago in 2003 by guitarist Aaron Feder. In 2006 Aaron made a move to Barcelona in search of a different sound for the band. He quickly found a group of international members, from all continents of the globe. In a short time the band was reformed and headlined the Fiestizaje music and arts festival in 2008. The band then set about recording their first studio album, Toubab Soul which was released in 2010. Shortly afterwards, they released the remix album, Toubab Resouled, and opened the world music festival Cruilla de Cultures with Konono No 1. The story has many twists and turns along the way, but now in 2019, they have a brand new self released album, “Monkey See, Monkey Do” out and the growth from those beginning is continuing to expand their sounds and styles. Which brings us to the Summer of 2019.

I had the chance to chat with Aaron ahead of Alma Afrobeat Ensemble’s set closing out this year’s Atwoodfest in Madison, Wisconsin on Sunday, July 28th. We get into what people can expect from this band now based in Barcelona, and how lucky Madison is to have them finally get here. Aaron has been trying for years and fortunately, Atwoodfest was able to get the stars to aliGn. We go seed to flower on the new release, “Monkey See, Money Do”, and while not a completely politically charged album, it does speak in a socially aware tongue and groove. I wanted to let people get a feel for the type of person Aaron is so we find out what had been floating his personal boat these days, as well as the set-list he would program, starting with which one off their new album he’d go with, for the listeners if given 45 minutes or so of the show.

Almost Free For Flight

The final portion of this week’s proGram was almost ready to fly away to where it needs to go:

Anchin- Tommy T Ft. Mahmoud Ahmed
Modern Man- Rocky Dawuni
Iko Kreyol (79rs Gang Version)- Lakou Mizik & 79rs Gang
Malembe- KOKOKO!
Africa Unite- Bholoja

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Orquídea- Quantic Ft. Sly5thAve
Linked- Bonobo
Burning Forest- Lil Fish
Plume- Caravan Palace

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Unstoppable (Fat Beats)- Sebastian Fraye
Wild (Fire)- Sebastian Fraye
Traversing the Endless Road- Desert Dwellers
Windmill (Chocolate Orb Dubbed Mix)- Sandelica

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Hallelujah- Melbreeze Ft. Scott Kinsey, Jimmy Haslip, Gary Novak & Arto Tuncboyaciyan

Dew You Knowtice

The middle portion of the proGram made it easy to see and hear, if you open your sense(s):

Daddy’s Song- Martha Wainwright
Take 54- Mikaela Davis

Back On Top- Van Morrison
Anytime- Mavis Staples
I Remember You- Keb’ Mo’

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I Ain’t No Johnny Mercer- Dr. John
Food For Thot- Dr. John
She Said- George Porter Jr.
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Level Up Your Soul (For Sandman)- Club d’Elf Ft. Hayley Jane
Sweet Power, Your Embrace- Lance Ferguson’s Rare Groove Spectrum
Blackbyrds Theme- Lance Ferguson’s Rare Groove Spectrum
2 Much!- The Allergies Ft. Andy Cooper

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Ancient Tusk- Bubby Lewis Ft. Kwinton Gray
Until- Bubby Lewis
What Is Is- Bubby Lewis

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We Have Seen Another World- Matias Aguayo
Escape Route- Aaron Whitby

Nectar Sweet Spot

The first portion of the regularly schedule proGram had a camera on the bee’s head:

Little Green Man- Larry Keel
Crocodile Man- Larry Keel

I’ll Be The One- Warren Haynes (live at Bonaroo)
Yan-Nah Mama-Loo- Taj Mahal
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Tootie Ma Is a Big Fine Thing- Jersey Swamp Cats
greenarrowradio promo- Mark Cameron
Back Seat Boogie- Mark Cameron
Honey Pleez- Zac Harmon

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Latin Trip- Latin Playboys
Tropic Of Capricorn- London Underground
I Can’t Help It- The Hollywood Stars
Cool About Easy- L7

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This Could Be The Night- Bart & The Bedazzled

Wings And SUM Songs

Did another pre-show G-Show to keep the air beneath our wings.

The Well-Tempered Clavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869: 1. Prelude in C-Sharp Major, BWV 848- Keith Jarrett (live)
The Well-Tempered Clavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869: 1. Prelude in D Major, BWV 850- Keith Jarrett (live)
The Well-Tempered Clavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869: 2. Fugue in E Major, BWV 854- Keith Jarrett (live)

Positive Way- Jamie Saft Quartet
Landrace- Jamie Saft Quartet

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Technocats- Rodney Whitaker
Remembrance- Rodney Whitaker
Well You Needn’t- Mike Clark (live At the Iridium
Fuggedaboutit Blues- Tyler Blanton

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Sesame Street Theme- Joe Fiedler Ft. Jeff Lederer, Sean Conly & Michael Sarin
People in Your Neighborhood- Joe Fiedler Ft. Jeff Lederer, Sean Conly & Michael Sarin
Family Dynamics- Myele Manzanza

Stage Lights Bounce Line

The final portion of the proGram took what the light showed and added it’s own twists and turns:

Divergence- Quantic
Now or Never- Quantic Ft. Alice Russell
Hedgehog’s Dilemma- Neue Grafik Ensemble Ft. Brother Portrait
Give No Fucks- Drama

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HER Love- Common Ft. Daniel Caesar
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Alice- Godtet
Touch The Sky- LBT
Zeta- Dr. Dundiff
Goodbye- Dr. Dundiff Ft. K.Raydio

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No Deal-Fernando Viciconte Ft. Luther Russell
Tidal Wave- Have Gun, Will Travel
Callin’ The Wild- Larry Keel

Via Chicago- Wilco

The What’s Next

The middle portion of this week’s proGram went from one state to another. What is next?

Please Read Me- Soft Hearted Scientists
Supernut- Jack Ellister
Billy Silver- London Underground

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Scatter The Rats- L7
I Know How To Party- The Dollyrots

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Don’t Resist- Cobra Fantastic
All I Do Everyday- George Porter Jr. & the Runnin’ Pardners (live)
I Get High- George Porter Jr.
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Mr. Diva- Kaleta & Super Yamba Band
***pre-recorded conversation with Kaleta***
Hungry Man, Angry Man- Kaleta & Super Yamba Band
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A Gozar La Vida- Orquesta Akokán
The Game- Mayer Hawthorne

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Carnaval- Pepper Ft. Henry Fong and Jinco
Malcolm X- Dubblestandart & Firehouse Crew
I Not Robot Dub- Dubblestandart & Firehouse Crew
Babylon The Bandit- Dubblestandart & Firehouse Crew

When The Colors Feel You

The first portion of the actual proGram was a massage of the senses for both Mother Nature and us:

Gone To Mexico- Delbert McClinton and the Self-Made Men + Dana
I Don’t Mind- Jersey Swamp Cats
Shiny Gray Corvette- Jersey Swamp Cats
Praying For Rain- Michael Lee
Go On To School- Big Jack Reynolds

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Old Time Religion- Jim Stephens Ft. Ja-Tun Thomas & Shaun Martin
Yellow River- Jim Stephens Ft. BoyWonder & Will Winborne, Jr.
Don’t Throw It Away- Keb’ Mo’ Ft. Taj Mahal
Change- Mavis Staples

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Party Hellfire- Dr. John
Hit The Road To Dreamland- Dr. John
Dream- Dr. John
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Just Got Paid- Gov’t Mule (live in Atlanta 4/12/96)

Greece Is The Word

Did a little pre-show G-show to give the feeling of being here or there the legs of travelers:

The Well-Tempered Clavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869: 2. Fugue in C Minor, BWV 847- Keith Jarrett (live)
The Well-Tempered Clavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869: 2. Fugue in C Major, BWV 846- Keith Jarrett (live)
The Well-Tempered Clavier: Book 1, BWV 846-869: 2. Fugue in D Major, BWV 850- Keith Jarrett (live)

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Airegin- Stan Getz (live at The Gate)
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Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans- Eyal Vilner Big Band
Big Apple Contest- Eyal Vilner Big Band
Hidden Corners- Jamie Saft Quartet
The Yellow Nimbus, Pt. 1- Chick Corea
Oaty- Tyler Blanton
Epilogue / Make America Again- Ryan Keberle & Catharsis Ft. Camila Meza & Jorge Roeder
Fooled and Pushed Apart- Ryan Keberle & Catharsis Ft. Camila Meza,Scott Robinson,Jorge Roeder & Eric Doob

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13 Enemas for Good Luck- Red Kite
Flew a Little Bullfinch Through the Window- Red Kite

Photo by: RCarbone

Kaleta & Super Yamba Band

Afro-funksters Kaleta & Super Yamba Band are known for their explosive live shows teeming with danceable rhythms and a vivacious energy that brings out the boogie in audiences from all walks of life. Fronted by legendary Afrobeat veteran Leon Ligan-Majek—a.k.a. Kaleta, the Brooklyn, N.Y. based group weaves together lively, multi-faceted rhythms and groovy basslines beneath bright horns, swirling synthesizers and Kaleta’s smoky vocals. Song lyrics seamlessly glide between languages native to West Africa along with French and Pidgin English, “the official language of Afrobeat” according to the band. Vocalist, guitarist, percussionist and producer Kaleta was born in the West African country of Benin Republic and lived his adolescent life in Lagos, Nigeria—the birthplace of Afrobeat. He got his start in the late 1970s performing in church and after capturing the attention of world music pioneer King Sunny Ade, was given the opportunity to go on a global tour with the iconic Nigerian musician and later with Fela Kuti though the 1980s and into the 1990s. After moving to New York City, Kaleta was overjoyed to find Super Yamba Band and hear their fresh take on the vintage sounds of his native Benin, taking its cues from artists like Orchestre Poly-Rythmo, El Rego and Gnonnas Pedro. Today, the band’s infectious sound and energy has earned them a devoted following and a skyrocketing reputation. The group has erupted onto the music scene with performances at the World Music Institute’s Masters Of African Music Series in New York, Felabration NYC, Millpond.Live Festival in Massachusetts, Paste Magazine’s Emerging Music Festival in New York City and the historic Apollo Theatre. In a review of their performance at the Emerging Music Festival, online tastemaker Afropop Worldwide said “their ace-up-the-sleeve: the singer Kaleta, whose James Brown grunts have got to be some of the best in the business.” With their latest single “Mr. Diva” (2018), Kaleta & Super Yamba continue to treat listeners to an unforgettable experience of world-class Afro-Funk dance music. A new album on Ubiquity Records is due out this Autumn.

I had the honor of discussing the upcoming Kaleta & Super Yamba Band event in Madison, Wisconsin at the High Noon Saloon on June 30th with the legend himself, Kaleta. We discuss what event-goers can expect from the groups first time in Madison. It was thrilling to here him talk about how he got started playing with two Icons in a music scene I love, King Sunny Adé and Fela Kuti. I also took the time to get some of the inside scoop on how the soon to be released album started coming together from a seed to it’s eventual big bloom in Autumn. I hiGhly recommend checking out this band in any capcaity, but for the real feel, find them live and hold on tight.

Plant It In The Center Of It

The final portion of this week’s proGram looked for the bulls-eye within the musical show of nature:

In My Space(Dub – Lexicon Mix)- Dubblestandart & Firehouse Crew Ft. Mackeehan & Cedric Myton
If You Don’t Die Too Soon- Among Criminals
Questions- The Frightnrs
No Te Hagas- Orquesta Akokán

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Grandeza- Sessa
Tesão Central- Sessa
Salted Caramel Ice Cream- Metronomy

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Welcome- Dr. Dundiff Ft. K. Raydio
Swan Lake- Dr. Dundiff
The Right Time- Dr. Dundiff

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Sweet Home New Orleans- Dr. John
It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)- Dr. John

And What’s Going On Here

The middle portion of the proGram let nature do what nature do:

Chinese Surprize- Latin Playboys
De Paisano a Paisano-Making Movies Ft. David Hidalgo
Una Tierra- Making Movies

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Finally Say Goodbye- Greg Antista and the Lonely Streets
Buzz- Bumpin Uglies Ft. Tropidelic
Crawling From The Wreckage- C.J. Ramone
Movin’ On- C.J. Ramone

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Burn Baby- L7
Insane- ROSEMARINE
I’m Not Your Girl- ROSEMARINE

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The Lickening- Hawkeyes
Look At ‘Em Scramble- Hawkeyes
More More More- White Manna

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Neverwood- Nineteen Thirteen
**Pre-recorded Conversation with Kris Jones about Special Guest App**

Still Awaiting The Right Kiss

The first portion of the proGram reminds us all that we are our own princess or prince:

Don’t Worry- Mark Cline Bates
Black Night- Willie Nelson Ft. Dr. John
The Medicine Show- Melissa Ethridge
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Blood On The Stage- Have Gun, Will Travel
Walk on Up (But Keep That Red Dress On)- Big Jack Reynolds
Poor Boy- Big Jack Reynolds
Keep On- Jim Stephens Ft. Ja-Tun Thomas/Shaun Martin/Big Sam Williams/Jeffrey T. Watkins/Lori LaPatka
Oklahoma- Keb’ Mo’

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Brothers And Sisters- Mavis Staples
The Family Daptone Hey Brother (Do Unto Others)- The Family Daptone Ft. Antibalas/The Frightnrs/Charles Bradley/Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings/The James Hunter Six/Lee Fields/Saun & Starr
Unqualified- Ikebe Shakedown
Let Her Lead- ReFunk Ft. Ira May

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Clap Your Hands- The Lewis Express
Let Is Slide- Cobra Fantastic
Open Up Your Mind!- Angelo Moore & the Brand New Step
Walking With Z- Aaron Whitby

Two Cycle Smile

Did a little pre-show proGramming and truly discovered that twice is really nice.

Interlude- Camila Meza & the Nectar Orchestra
Kallfu- Camila Meza & the Nectar Orchestra

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Mozambique- Carvalho
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Simonero- Avishai Cohen
Elchinov- Avishai Cohen
Hound Dog- Casey Abrams
Downcount- Tyler Blanton

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Double Consciousness- Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah
Antidote- Chick Corea The Spanish Heart Band Ft. Ruben Blades

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Free For All- Doug Carn and his West Coast Organ Band
Thermo- Soul Message Band Ft. Greg Ward, Geof Bradfield
After The Dance- Dave Stryker
Rubber Duckie- Joe Fiedler Ft. Steven Bernstein, Jeff Lederer, Sean Conly & Michael Sarin

Talking Special Guest With Kris Jones

Special Guest App is a technology platform that helps make it extremely simple and affordable for anyone, anywhere to hire LIVE entertainment on demand via mobile and Web apps. Special Guest App removes friction from the LIVE entertainment booking process by seamlessly facilitating discovery, communication, scheduling, agreement, and payments. This people-centric tool helps venue owners and managers make more money by streamlining the entire process of booking live entertainment and their professional talent buying team operates to help leverage live entertainment to help them grow revenue and create incredible experiences. Special Guest is agent, manager and promoter friendly and actually serves all talent types, including musicians, comedians, magicians, kids entertainers, dancers, DJs, actors / actresses, rappers / hip hop artists, photographers, and much more! The company was cofounded by actor / comedian Damon Wayans, Jr and serial entrepreneur and best selling author, Kristopher Jones

I had the opportunity to discuss this innovative application with co-founder Kris Jones, who is (just to name a couple) a serial entrepreneur, angel investor and best selling author that comes with years of experience and an open mind that makes this application tick from a technology/business standpoint. We get into the who, what, where, why and when can you get started using Special Guest type questions. For me, the reason I wanted to help spread the word is that this platform helps even out the playing field for all types of talent, including those who don’t have the black-book filled with all the right connections. Special Guest can help all the hands in the jar come out with hand fulls!!

Mobile App can be grabbed up here for iOS.

*Soon to be released for Android.

Where The Mud Meets The Road

The final portion of this week’s proGram makes the most out of any falling rain:

Herbs For Your Headache- Ola Onabule
La Cosa- Orquesta Akokán
Keep Talkin’- Yoko Miwa
Bogie Stop Shuffle- Yoko Miwa

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Save The Bones For Henry Jones- Dr. John
I Own the Night- Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah Ft. Saul Williams
The Shared Stories of Rivals (KEITA)- Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah Ft. Saul Williams

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Beyond All Limits- Doug Carn
Slush- Jared Pauley
Don’t Cross The Coss- Roxy Coss

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Doing It Over- Irie Time
Stretch First- Brijean
Show And tell- Brijean

Glad To Be A Chive

The middle portion of the proGram knew how to add a little to the tastes:

Batonga- Santana Ft. Buika
Luna Hechicera- Santana Ft. Buika

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Tired Of Giving In- Making Movies Ft. Flor De Toloche
**pre-recorded conversation with Enrique Chi of Making Movies**
The Wake Of The Fall (Nibiru)- Making Movies
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That Old Black Magic- Dr. John
greenarrowradio promo- Mark Mullins
Misty Mountain Hop- Bonerama
Kings & Queens- The New Mastersounds Ft. Lamar Williams Jr.
Oh Tammi- Alan Evans
Sparky The Flying Dog- Alan Evans

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Toast 2 Us- Tuxedo Ft. Benny Sings
Freedom- Mydy Rabycad
Escalator- Resavoir Ft. Sen Morimoto
What If- Amber Mark
Crossing- Yosi Horikawa

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No Sunshine Tomorrow (Sunset Version)- Children Of Zeus
Bad Days Are Over- deM atlaS Ft. Atmosphere
Happy Daze- Bluke