Watcha Clan

Watcha Clan are a Marseilles-based quartet that fuses together influences as diverse as its members’ heritages. Drawing on North African, Spanish, Arabic, Hebrew, French, and modern electronic musical styles for inspiration, the Clan claim a nomadic ethic, calling no single style “home.” Since their inception at the turn of the century, Watcha Clan’s touring schedule and lifestyle have been as nomadic as their philosophy. This is from La fete de Marquette here in Madison this year.

Tasting Madison

Took a few hours on this beautiful Sunday afternoon to head downtown to the capitol square and enjoyed some of the tasty treats Madison has to offer. The annual Taste of Madison was something not to be missed. Seems I like beer mostly, with a Capitol Brewery Wheat being the beverage of choice. There was a good sized crowd circling the capitol with opportunities to see a few different musical acts, and to try any variety of a varieties of treats~from Brats and cheese curds to Indonesia or Ethiopian fare, desserts or meals, sides or the aforementioned BEER.





There has been a week solid of G-rate weather and the sounds of summer were ringing and singing true on this day…Click on the above thumbs to get a better view.

Snake on the Lake Festival

My home away from home, WSUM 91.7 FM, Madison’s Student Radio station, returns to the Memorial Union Terrace on September 4th for their third annual Snake on the Lake Music Festival. After the success of last years acts, which featured Tortoise, Damien Jurado, Awesome Color, and a number of others, this year audiences can look forward to another all-star lineup and one amazing show! Performing at this year’s festival will be RJD2, Hollywood Holt & Million $ Mano, Maritime, Free Energy, and Yourself and the Air. Local favorites The Nod will kick things off at 4pm and sets by WSUM’s very own DJs will be interspersed between acts. The festival is free to the public and in the case of bad weather will be moved to der Rathskeller.


R.I.P. Rashied Ali

Rashied Ali, whose expressionistic, free-jazz drumming helped define the experimental style of John Coltrane’s final years, died Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 76.
In the mid-1960s, he joined Elvin Jones as a second drummer with Coltrane’s ensemble at the Village Gate in November 1965 He recorded with Coltrane and Jones on the 1965 album “Meditations” and, after replacing Jones as Coltrane’s drummer, on the duet album “Interstellar Space” (1967), one of the purest expressions of the free-jazz movement. On his own Web site, his playing is described as “a multi-rhythmic, polytonal propellant, helping fuel Coltrane’s flights of free-jazz fancy.” Born Robert Patterson into a musical family in Philadelphia. He started out on piano and dabbled with trombone and trumpet before finding his way to the drums, which he began to play seriously while serving in the Army. On returning to Philadelphia, he played in local rhythm and blues and rock and roll groups before moving on to jazz and moving to New York in 1963, where he played with progressive jazz musicians like Don Cherry, Pharaoh Sanders, Archie Shepp and Albert Ayler. After Coltrane’s death in 1967, he toured Europe and, returning to New York, opened Ali’s Alley, a club intended as a showcase for free-jazz musicians. It operated until 1979. From the 1980s until his death, Mr. Ali performed and recorded with several avant-garde groups, including Phalanx and Prima Materia, an ensemble devoted to interpreting the music of Coltrane and Ayler. Most recently he performed with the Rashied Ali Quintet, which he formed in 2003.

May he rest peacefully.

Desdamona’s THE SOURCE

Friend of the program Desdamona:

Chris Hinding – Producer;
Wayne Johnson – Director;
Jeremy Wanek – Editor;
Mark Kasper – Lead Camera;

“The Source” by the marvelous Desdamona is the second music video from the Minnesota School of Business crew at Broadview & DV. IMGD (graphics) students & Nicole Nelson did the art work & signs. Chris Whurr tagged the brick walls.

solo dancer: Dancin’t Dave

Female Trio:
MadFresh ~
Nlighten ~
B-Girl Seoul

Nicole Fae – Hair & Makeup!!!!!!!
Nick Wosika – Photographer
Many students were involved, including:
Spencer Peter, Kyle Walczak, Cody Clifton, Angel Snetzinger, Nick Rau, Armondo Franco, Slobodan & other dv students .

Nicole Newman
Wayne Johnson
Chris Hinding

Hopefully some Peace

R.I.P. Michael Jackson….Known by so many for so many reasons….but the only reason to really care was for the person making the music and that art he produced was and might always be immeasurable. Too many songs that matter to list…to many albums that were great and set the bar for musicians around the globe to strive for…..whether you follow the pop scene that became Michael Jackson’s world, you know his music….you know his videos and you probably at one point in your life, shared one of your favorite moments with Michael through his music. I am so happy that I got to share moments with his music that I connected with others over……I always rooted for Michael and hoped he could just disappear into the “never never land” he so deeply tried to create for people to escape with.. Rest peacefully…….

Dance to your own Michael Jackson

R.I.P. Ali Akbar Khan

Ali Akbar Khan, 87, a Bengali musician who was regarded as one of the finest artists of Indian classical music and who helped popularize the genre in the West through appearances on television, record and stage, died June 18 at his home in San Anselmo, Calif., of a kidney ailment. The son of a revered musician and teacher, Mr. Khan began intensive training as a child and partnered with sitar player Ravi Shankar — his future brother-in-law — performing duets throughout India. So, our hearts do go out to our friends the Shankar’s and their entire family. Mr. Khan was a virtuoso of the sarod, a 25-string instrument in the lute family. His chosen musical genre is based in part on the concept of the raga, which consists of improvised music based on a variety of scales. From these scales, or permutations of them, Indian musicians follow traditional forms but add their own inflections and feeling. Once, the late American violinist Yehudi Menuhin, who became one of his earliest champions in the West, said he considered Mr. Khan “an absolute genius, the greatest musician in the world.” As a young man exploring musical journeys, I was fortunate enough to see this amazing artist live at our local performing arts center and left that building a new person…I often speak of Mr. Khan when discussing in open my travels and explorations in sound hearing with anyone giving him such high praise as a road of his own in my adventures.

R.I.P. Ali Akbar Khan


Read the rest of the article from the Washington Post here.

What I’ve been Ear-Drummin’

Things I may or may not always share over the air, but here’s what has been tickling those sensitive sound spots in my ears:

Frank Zappa’s Trance-Fusion
Sam Newsome’s Global Unity
The Prodigy’s Invaders Must Die
Ryuichi Sakamoto’s Chasm
HuDost’s Trapeze
Nels Cline’s Coward
Deep Forest’s III
Donnie Williams & Park Place’s The Power
Chick Corea’s Works
Mozart’s Piano Sonatas Klaviersonaten KV 309 & 331 as performed by Claudio Arrau


R.I.P. Kenny Rankin

Kenny Rankin first gained acclaim as one of the guitarists on Bob Dylan‘s landmark 1965 album, “Bringing it all Back Home,” had been preparing to record an album of new material when he became ill a few weeks ago. Recording sessions scheduled with producer Phil Ramone were canceled as his health began to deteriorate. “That he was still at the top of his game is one of the saddest parts of his passing for me,” Denny Stilwell, president of Mack Avenue Records, said in a statement. “He performed the new material in our office over the last few months and his voice was still in its finest form — he sounded absolutely amazing. Our hearts and prayers are with his family.” Mr. Rankin will always be revered as a brilliant pop vocalist and highly regarded musician-songwriter whose stylings ranged from jazz to pop to the world music influences he picked up as a child in New York.