To Be Made

The final part of this week’s proGram had all the goods to make it special:

When We Have Love- Garrett Shider Ft. Lige Curry
Fire Eater- The White Blinds
Lovin’ You- The Honeyshotz
More and More (and More)- The Grease Traps

Thelma & Louise (We’re Not Looking Back)- Izo FitzRoy
Calamity- Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (live at the Apollo)
I’m Not Going To Cry- Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (live at the Apollo)
Sáré Kon Kon Pt. 2- Antibalas (live at the Apollo)

Burnt Belief- Rosso Portofino
Passage- Benjamin Lew & Steven Brown

All Good- Sam Henshaw
Chicken Wings- Sam Henshaw
Carousel- Atmosphere Ft. Nikki Jean

Groove Is In the Heart- DJ Nu-Mark Ft. Lonely Boy
Cigarette Please- Rollover DJ’s
Just A Little Bit In My Pocket- Rollover DJ’s

Lining Up Right

The mid-section to the proGram got into the rocks and rolled about:

Kira’s New Sweater- You and the Whose Armies
Half In, Half Out- The Kundalini Genie
Paperback Life (Alternate Version)- Mudhoney

I Rather Be Wrong- Fabrizio Grossi & Soul Garage Experience
Lucky Strike- Nick Frater

I Heard It Through The Grapevine- Vanilla Fudge
Starstream- The Appice Perdomo Project
**pre-recorded conversation with Mr. Carmine Appice**
Funky Jackson- The Appice Perdomo Project
Do You Think I’m Sexy- The Appice Perdomo Project
Stop In The Name Of Love- Vanilla Fudge

More Cowbell- Mike Gruwell
Swamp Grunge- Mike Gruwell

Perfectly Aligned

The first part of this week’s proGram had it’s path carvin’ out:

Somebody’s Shot of Whiskey- Erin Enderlin
She’s Tuff- Tony Holiday Ft. Victor Wainright
So Called Lover- Samantha Fish
Give Me Back My Wig- GA-20 (live)
I’m Mad- Memphissippi Sounds

Sometimes- Jessie Lee & The Alchemists
Lolly’s Place- Sugar Queen and the Straight Blues Band
Change My Name- Sugar Queen and the Straight Blues Band
Willow Tree- The Blue Chevys

Reaching Out- Tim Woods
Squid Tattoo- Sean Rowe
Sweet Mama Do Right- Jim Quick & Coastline
Rotoscope- Howlin’ Rain

The Appice Perdomo Project: Energy Overload

One of the key figures in rock and roll history, Carmine Appice has joined forces with multi-instrumentalist and rising studio star Fernando Perdomo to form The Appice Perdomo Project (aka APP), whose debut album ENERGY OVERLOAD was released September 24, 2021 on Cleopatra Records. The album is an all-instrumental, rock-oriented tour de force with fusion influences also readily apparent. Carmine’s always-amazing drumming and Perdomo’s blazing guitar licks and riffs make Energy Overload a tour de force of sound, texture and non-stop heaviness. Carmine has pounded the skins for such iconic rockers like Ozzy Osbourne, Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart (Carmine & Rod co-wrote the hits Do Ya Think I’m Sexy and Young Turks) and he is a founding member of legendary 60s rock bands Vanilla Fudge (You Keep Me Hanging On was the band’s classic hit in 1967…it was featured prominently in Quentin Tarantino’s film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) and he’s a founding member of Cactus. Both the Fudge and Cactus still tour. His playing has also been a huge influence on drummers including Joey Kramer (Aerosmith), Neal Peart (Rush), Phil Collins (Genesis), Brian Taylor (Queen), John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) and countless others. He was inducted into the Classic Drummer Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2014. He remains on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 100 Greatest Drummers of All-Time list.

I had the honor to catch up with Carmine and do a little diGGin’ into this blazing new release “Energy Overload”. We dissect a few of the new tracks and learn about the entire process (at times I think we did some algebra?). We talk about the new way of working happened in his new studio with Fernando on this project- and how long it was (and how many songs in) before they actually met in person. Fascinating stuff! We also get into new Vanilla Fudge, with the oriGinal line-up and how Carmine was able to help Tim Bogert (RIP) be a part of it. This was one of thse conversations where I cannot tell you more about it than is actually in it. You have to get an earful of the whole thing to get youself in the know. Carmine is “A Piece” of rock and roll greatness. diGG

Mercy: Wadada Leo Smith

Groundbreaking composer/trumpeter & friend of the proGram, Mr. Wadada Leo Smith celebrate his 80th birthday with a year of special events including “A Dialogue: Creativity and Mercy with a Reflection on the Role of the Artist in Today’s World,” Harvard University’s Louis C. Elson Lecture delivered virtually at 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 14. The event features the world premiere of Mr. Smith’s new work “Mercy,” composed in honor of essential hospital workers and performed by Smith, Vijay Iyer, and Andrew Cyrille. Smith and Iyer will also participate in a virtual conversation followed by a Q&A session. Wadada’s year-long celebration of his 80th birthday includes the release of six major projects comprising twenty-two CDs on TUM Records, two world premieres, inclusion in a film and concerts, and numerous residencies culminating in an 80th birthday celebration concert to be broadcast on his birthday, December 18, 2021.

2021-22 TUM Recordings

May 21, 2021 – Sacred Ceremonies, a 3-CD box set featuring Wadada with Milford Graves and Bill Laswell in duets and a trio.

May 21, 2021 – Trumpet, a 3-CD box set featuring 14 new compositions for solo trumpet.

November 19, 2021 – Wadada Leo Smith’s Great Lakes Quartet: The Chicago Symphonies
Box set with 4 CDs. Smith on trumpet, Henry Threadgill and Jonathon Haffner on saxophones, John Lindberg on double bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums.

November 19, 2021 – Wadada Leo Smith, Vijay Iyer, and Jack DeJohnette: A Love Sonnet for Billie Holiday
This brings the three artists together for the first time in this meeting of creative giants.

February 18, 2022 – Wadada Leo Smith: String Quartets No. 1 – 12
Box set with 7 CDs featuring RedKoral Quartet plus featured soloists including Smith, Anthony Davis, Alison Bjorkedal, Thomas Buckner, and more.

February 18, 2022 – Wadada Leo Smith: Emerald Duets
Box set with 4 CDs, one each with Pheeroan akLaff, Han Bennink, Andrew Cyrille and Jack DeJohnette. This set adds to Smith’s long history of duo recordings with some of the greatest drummers in the history of creative music.

This event in it’s entirety, help me, as a human doing, fill in some of the cracks in my foundational concreate that have been slowly eroding away in the past couple of years.

Rocky Smooth

The final part of this week’s proGram had the feel of it:

Ready Or Not- Ursula 1000
Take Me Back (Scottie Soul’s Remix)- Sunday Slim
San Mateo- Garrett Shider
Cruise Control (daZZZla & Doris Remix)- Mr. Doris & D-Funk
Las Panteras- Los Bitchos
Play On- Rollover DJ’s

Community- Kuf Knotz & Christine Elise
Mind Journey- Kuf Knotz & Christine Elise
Real Love- Kuf Knotz & Christine Elise
Rescue Mission Pt. 2- Leaf Erikson
Smoke Don’t Clear- Injury Reserve

Love & Dopamine- The Glory Reverb
Midnight- RoSaWay

You Beat Me To The Punch- LOUALLDAY + Mary Wells
What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted- LOUALLDAY + Jimmy Ruffin
Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)- LOUALLDAY + The Temptations

Together Colors Work Well

The mid-section of the proGram is further proof, toGether should be a simple & beautiful thanG:

Nine Souls- Ilana Katz Katz
Downtown With The Devil- Ilana Katz Katz
Good News- Diane Durrett & Soul Suga
greenarrowradio promo- Blind Lemon Pledge
Broken Hearted Blues- Carolyn Wonderland

Waiting To Be Free- Zac Harmon
Cake Walk- Tony Holiday Ft. Mark Hummel & Dennis Gruenling
Wish It into the Cornfield- Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps Ft. Anson Funderburgh
Imaginary War- Samantha Fish

Moment 1- Superfjord
Sassy- Kurt Elling Ft. Charlie Hunter
The World (Is Going Up in Flames)- Charles Bradley & The Extraordinaires (Live at the Apollo)
Can’t Get It Right- The Honeyshotz
You’ve Been Cheating- Omar Coleman & Eddie Roberts

Changes- Apollo Suns
So Long Ethan- Apollo Suns
Eazin’ Down- Eddie Roberts

I Don’t Want to See You Cry (LP Version)- Ghetto Priest

Shroom Zoom

The first part of this week’s proGram got us growing quick in a rockin’ way:

Sweet Child O Mine- 2 Cellos
Magic- Grand Splendid
I’ll Be There- The Dazed Son
Hemlock Girl- The High 70’s
Hertz- Amyl and The Sniffers

Too Late (A Big Wave)- Pinhdar
Slave To My Rhythm- Fabrizio Grossi & Soul Garage Experience

Rev It Up- The Ziggens
The Giant Turtle Is the Memory of the Beaches- Captain Rico & the Ghost Band

Long Haul Trucker- Pat McManus Band
I Ain’t Got You- The Ronnie Wood Band Ft. Mick Taylor (live @ The Royal Albert Hall)
I Am A Fool For You- Mink Shoals

Amyl & The Sniffer Livestream “Comfort To Me”

Amyl & the Sniffers, the Melbourne, Australia rock band fronted by Amy Taylor, released their sophomore album “Comfort To Me” a few weeks ago via ATO Records/Rough Trade. I was thankful to be a part of a VIP event where the band premiered a filmed performance of the record played in full, in one take, on a slab of concrete in a suburban wasteland somewhere in Melbourne, Australia.

“Comfort To Me”, which was co-produced by the band and Dan Luscombe, is the follow-up to Amyl & the Sniffers’ critically acclaimed 2019 self-titled debut album, which won Australia’s esteemed ARIA Award for Best Rock Album and saw the band tour their anarchic and ridiculously fun live show internationally for the past two years. With its lyrics largely written during the Australian Bushfire season, when The Sniffers were already wearing masks to protect themselves from smoke in the air, Comfort To Me came together in a 3-bedroom apartment where the four band members quarantined together during COVID-19 lockdown. The result is a less spontaneous and more darkly considered record that masterfully captures the essence of the band like never before. “This album is just us — raw self expression, defiant energy, unapologetic vulnerability,” says Taylor. “It was written by four self-taught musicians who are all just trying to get by and have a good time.”

This album, this band. THIS THIS THIS!!!

Pigeon Grooves

Final portion of this week’s proGram got those city birds out of their comfort zone and ohhh they got it going:

New Thing- The Allergies
You Don’t Love Me- Jamie and the Numbers
Yeah, You!- The Rare Sounds & Eddie Roberts & Robert Walter Ft. Chris Stillwell & Zak Najor
Shimmy Sham- The White Blinds

A Brighter Day- The New Mastersounds, Lamar Williams Jr. & Adryon De León Ft. Josh Hoyer
Organ Speech- Mister T.
Groove Analyser- Mister T.
Formerly Diffin’s Corners- Davis Hall & The Green Lanterns

How Do I Let a Good Man Down- Robin McKelle
The World Is Cold- Cookin’ on 3 Burners Ft. Mantra & Jane Tyrrell
Ms. Fat Booty- Cookin’ On 3 Burners
Bi-Polar- Garrett Shider

Silver Gloves- Apollo Suns
Pops- Let Your Hair Down
Luigiboard- Let Your Hair Down
Bird of Paradise- The Grease Traps
The Things You Do- The Honeyshotz

Hallelujah- Todd Clouser A Love Electric

This Right There

The middle portion of this week’s proGram worked hard to take you here:

greenarrowradio promo- Rusty Ends
When the Cat’s Gone the Mice Play- Sue Foley
Mama Put the Gun Down- The Porkroll Project
Once the World Stops Ending- Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps Ft. Dean Parks
Make America Groove- Diane Durrett & Soul Suga

Chicken Feet- Whitey Somers
Wot You Got- Whitey Somers
Get Outta Here (Dog Named Bo)-Tony Holiday Ft. Bobby Rush
Love Raining Down- Avey Grouws Band
Desiree- Seth Lee Jones
Mary Ann- Seth Lee Jones

Ain’t No Givin’ Up- Fabrizio Grossi & Soul Garage Experience
Ain’t That Loving You Baby- The Ronnie Wood Band Ft. Mick Taylor (live)
Bell Bottom Blues- Tedeschi Trucks Band Ft. Trey Anastasio (live at LOCKN)

Be The Change- FUTURENOT

Path Leave

The first part of this week’s proGram definitely weaves it’s way thru the comings and goings:

The Owl Theory- Swamp Tooth
Valle Local- José González
Never Enough- Good Morning
Almost Jumped The Sun (reprise)- Will Rainier
Mrs. Rosenbaum- The Brothers Steve

Breed- The Dollyrots
Don’t Fence Me In- Amyl and The Sniffers
Guided By Angels- Amyl and The Sniffers

The Beachland Ballroom- IDLES
Tame The Wave- Captain Rico & the Ghost Band
Butterfly- Mega Bog

Open Windows (Here I Am)- Dan + Claudia Zanes Ft. Grace Ferrell/Phillip Ferrell/Amadou Kouyate
**pre-recorded conversation with Claudia & Dan Zanes**
New Beginnings- Dan + Claudia Zanes Ft. Eze Jackson
Star Time- Dan + Claudia Zanes Ft. Ashley Sierra

Let Love Be Your Guide

Smithsonian Folkways has officially welcomed “Let Love Be Your Guide”, the first duo album by internationally renowned family musicians and family to the proGram, Claudia & Dan Zanes. The collection is a welcoming, freewheeling musical conversation about anti-racism, racial justice, and the joys of community. Conceived during the 2020 Black Lives Matter uprisings and coronavirus pandemic, the songs describe the new terms of togetherness – how we understand it, how we build it, and how we strive for more. Claudia & Dan like to describe their style – rooted in many different traditions including gospel, country, R&B, and traditional Haitian music – as electric folk. At the core it’s two voices and an electric guitar. The eclectic, warm, and accessible music the duo makes reflects the kindness and openness that underpin their message: out of isolation and hardship we can learn how to accept and heal the wounds of the past, and how to change and face the future with grace and compassion, regardless of our age. In addition to the usual ways that music enhances our daily lives, Claudia & Dan imagine that families will use these songs as a starting point for important and uplifting conversations at home. “Let Love Be Your Guide” was written and recorded in Baltimore shortly after the couple moved to the city from Brooklyn at the end of 2019. They had been there just a few months when the pandemic hit and they were left, like all of us, at home. In an effort to connect with others, they decided to record and share a new song online every day, creating a Social Isolation Song Series. The popular series, which was later acquired by the Library of Congress, delivered inspiration and hope by bringing people together when we were forced apart, providing light when things were so dark for the artists and their virtual audience. The series ended after two hundred days. The experience changed the couple as they realized more clearly what folk singers have always known: songs are here to inspire and uplift, but they’re also here to tell the stories and reflect the times, and these were indeed unprecedented and unforgettable times.

I had the pleasure to sit down and chat with family to the proGram, Claudia + Dan about the new release, “Let Love Be Your Guide”. We dive into how it formed out of the Isolation Song Series and how a new place to call home helped build onto the existing possibilities. Stories are told, laughs are definitely had and the inspiration of a first time duo album, by a duo meant to be, are easily felt when check ing out our chat. As always, the best way to dive into a new album is to find a way to get it into your earholes and heart and see how it wraps itself around you. I have a feeling you’ll see how an album about some serious themes can still be inviting to all and a celebration of each of us.

Others In This Space

The final portion of this week’s proGram took others into consideration, wherever they may be:

Lightning Flash- Amir ElSaffar Rivers Of Sound
City Adventure- A Moving Sound
Jiu Kuang (Drunken Ecstasy)- Cheng Yu with Dennis Kwong Thye Lee

Thiosano- Kadialy Kouyate
Felicitation- Sonia Aimy
Bakithi- Guy Buttery, Mohd. Amjad Khan & Mudassir Khan

Tempest Of The Dawn- Trio Tekke
Yemenia- Rasm Almashan
Sahari- Aziza Brahim

Cadillac Dreams- J.Ele
El Inflador- Orquesta Akokán

Sugar Stacked

The middle part of this week’s proGram had itself glued toGether with that sweetness of tha’ suGar.

Oakanda Overdrive- Burnt Sugar Arkestra Chamber
***pre-recorded conversation with Jared Michael Nickerson**
Lisala Over Inna-OAKANDA- Burnt Sugar Arkestra Chamber
Repatration-Of-The-Midnight-Moors-(Oakanda rmx-2)- Burnt Sugar Arkestra Chamber

Parallel Experience- David Ornette Cherry
Hargrove- Kenny Garrett
A Love Supreme, Pt. IV ~ Psalm- John Coltrane (live in Seattle, 1965)

Wrong Key Donkey- Helen Sung with Harlem Quartet
Tues Days- Jane Ira Bloom & Allison Miller

Fillin’ It Uphill

The first part of this week’s proGram had so much in the path upwards:

Beautiful Is Black- Brandee Younger Ft. Ron Carter
Marimbista- Jenny Klukken
Chapters- Jenny Klukken

Waves Of Color- Barrett Martin Group
Dance Of The Seven Sisters- Barrett Martin Group
Chuckles- Band Of Other Brothers

Orange Coals- Graham Dechter
Mr. Day- Dave Liebeman

Bye Bye Blackbird- Pat Coil Ft. Danny Gottlieb & Jacob Jezioro
4 A.M.- Gerry Gibbs
Natty Notes- Gerry Gibbs

Burnt Sugar Arkestra Chamber: Angels Over Oakanda

Founded by Village Voice icon Greg Tate & co-led with Dayton Ohio monster bassist Jared Michael Nickerson since 1999, Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber is a sprawling band of musicians whose prodigious personnel allows them to freely juggle a wide swath of the experimental soul-jazz-hip hop spectrum. Burnt Sugar was originally conceived as a forum for the New York area improvisational musician to compose, record and perform material which reflects the breadth and depth of American diasparan music in the 21st century. The intent of the Arkestra Chamber, through the deployment of Butch Morris’s conduction system, is to make every performance a fresh interpretation of its constituent parts. Rather than limit ourselves to the straight jackets that the commercial recording industry uses to market contemporary Black Music, Burnt Sugar freely moves amongst many styles, eras and genres to devise its own exciting hybrids. These hybrids are based on a solid foundation of various musical traditions and the use of cutting-edge music technology. In this sense the group mission honors its deepest inspirations, the first post-modernists of American music – Duke Ellington, Sun Ra, Parliament Funkadelic and The Art Ensemble of Chicago. This very accomplished crew has playing credits that range from Cecil Taylor, Charlie Musselwhite, Melvin Van Peebles, Lady Keir, Toshi Reagon, Vernon Reid, Arto Lindsey, DJ Logic, John Paul Bourelly, Gary Lucas, TV On The Radio, Tamar Kali, Mark Ribot, Phish, William Parker, Lizz Wright, The Holmes Brothers, Wadada Leo Smith, The The, David Murray, Thurston Moore, and Joseph Bowie to let you know. Arkestra Conductor Greg Tate says, “Burnt Sugar got the nerve to claim Sly Stone, Morton Feldman, Billie Holiday, Jimi Hendrix and Jean Luc Ponty as progenitors. Our player-ranks include known Irish fiddlers, AACM refugees, Afro-punk rejects, unrepentant beboppers, feminist rappers, jitterbugging doowoppers, frankly loud funk-a-teers and rodeo stars of the digital divide.” All this above is from their website, I call them the daily best unplanned thanG that could happen then, and family.

I had the opportunity to catch up with my man Mr. Jared Michael Nickerson to take a deep dive into the brand new four-song suite titled “Angels Over Oakanda”, which is the group’s first new studio-generated album of original material since 2017’s “All You Zombies Dig The Luminosity”. The album is being released on CD and as a digital download by Avant Groidd Musica September 23, 2021 with a 12” vinyl release to follow in 2022. J & I get into the birth and beGinning life of each track as the entity they are, we talk what could have been, what it is and what is still gonna be for the Arkestra as we all move in a new world way. Truthfully, there are few words I can give you to add to our chat, the experience that is the Burnt Sugar Arkestra Chamber and mostly, the creative beings that comprised the sonic adventures created by beings clearly meant to get after it, as one. Live is the right way to get this kinda Sugar, until then, let this new music into you, and experience.

The Shift Music Festival & Visionaries Summit

The Shift Music Festival & Visionaries Summit is a free, online conference and music festival with 100+ speakers and music artists from around the globe coming together to offer electrifying inspiration, deep transformative practices, powerful healing work, ecstatic music celebrations, and real game plans for change.

This year, there was this fantastic partnership with TreeSisters, a social change and reforestation charity out of the UK. While this event is completely free, we invite you to donate to Tree Sisters and aid our goal of planting 1 million trees. To plant one tree costs on average about 50 cents USD. 100% of your donation goes to reforestation efforts through TreeSisters. And it is never too late to reach out to find out more and donate to the causes.

What a mind and soul opening event

Get Out There

The final portion of this week’s proGram had a little ways to keep on going:

Poetry- Common Ft. Marcus King & Isaiah Sharkey
Get It Right- Common Ft. Raphael Saadiq
Café Collonge- Maston w/L’Eclair
Do You Feel It Working- Maston w/L’Eclair

Lemniscate- More Ghost Than Man
The Worlds I Made There- More Ghost Than Man

A Fish Called Dharma- One Earth Alliance
Old Man Touchy- One Earth Alliance

Kolanut- Sonia Aimy
Do Your Best- Sonia Aimy
Better Days- Sasha Dobson
These Boots Are Made For Walking- Sasha Dobson
The Peanut Vendor- The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong All Stars Ft. Wynton Marsalis & Herlin Riley

Hazlo Como Yo- Grupo Changüí de Guantánamo