The Heat was in and on

On this final day of February, I believe I brought two hours of vent blowing heat right out of your listening devices of choice…I am all for your ears having a choice. Thanks to you once again for tuning in and checking it all out. Here’s the heat:

Cracks in the Finish-Jorma Kaukonen
Guaranga- the Gipsy Kings
Estudos Populares Brasileiros #3-Paulo Martelli
Shuba Yatra- Bela Fleck & the Flecktones
Zozani- the Jazz mandolin Project
Something to make you Happy-the Derek Trucks Band
The Fire Next Time-scrapOmatic
Come on Over- George Soule
This and that- Jamal Thomas
Bounce 2 This-Kendra Foster & P Funk Allstars
Son of a Preacherman- Soul Summit (live)
Hound Dog- Macy Gray (live)
Cold Turkey- Lenny Kravitz
The Middle Passage- the Mackrosoft
the Path- Big Ass truck
Alice in VooDooLand- Ex Centric Sound System
Enter the Rain- Comandante Zero
Higher than High- Pressure Cooker
Melody Ruler- Pressure Cooker
Guvna Dub- Guvna Dub
Grits- SMV
Bartalk- Erik Scott
Midnight Moon-Brother Joscephus & the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra
Girls Like That- Weird War
You Speak my Language- Morphine (live)
Don’t U Wish- Rebirth Brass band
Let’s get Sick- Rithma
Sandunga-Dave Pike/Masters at Work
Roots- Willie Bobo/Masters at Work

KODO Drummers

When it was announced that the KODO Drummers would be in town back in the summer at the Overture Center, as part of this season’s international Festival, I was completely thrilled as I have always found this show to be one that captivates my feelings of inner connections to my surroundings through sounds. The rhythm and beats which carry rediscovered traditional roots and values come alive and take control one strike of a drum at a time. Moments of silence huddle close to sounds of thunderous storms while bodies cores are being challenged to their pounding limits. There is a primal fierceness but certainly a child-like playful side as well mixing in some humorous musical skits while peeking the audiences curiosity as to where this now moment will lead them. From the moment the drummers came out on stage until the time of the “great drum” the audience was ready to explode with appreciation for this unique fervent flavor, fulfilling the translation of KODOHEARTBEAT. The sounds of taiko is felt in the body as much as it is heard….it is like the pulse of mother nature and while in attendance it may just sit you in her lap and allow the beat of her heart to take you over too.


Surprise Snow Slam

The snow was coming at me sideways and whichways… was the first of many in the new STUDIO A….lots of glass windows and ample opportunities to make good radio happen….take today for instance.

Make you Crazy- Brett Dennen w/Femi Kuti
I’m Tore Down- John Hammond/G Love
Born a Penny- Shemekia Copeland
Love Land- Charles Wright
Check Yourself- Oteil & the Peacemakers
You got Something- movin’ Melvin Brown
Thank You Nation 1814-Janet Jackson w/DJ Reset
Instant Karma- U2
Give Peace a Chance-Aerosmith w/Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars
Illuminated- Weird War
Game Face- Skeebo Knight
Let’s Go- Stanton Moore
Intruder- KODO
the Butcher- Drums & tuba
Speedball- Boston Horns
Dead dog in the Street- Dirty Dozen Brass band
Let’s get it on- Rebirth Brass band
a Child Shall Lead the way-Brother Joscephus & the Love revival Revolution orchestra
Dirty Dirty- the Mackrosoft
Turn my Teeth up- Baby Elephant
Easy Virtue- Robert Walter’s 20th Congress
Djarabi- Toubab Krewe
Mama- Baku
El Cuarto de Tula-Buena Vista Social Club (live)
Moldavian- Luminescent Orchestrii
Boris the Spider- Tom Constanten
Mana- Xavier Rudd
Fallujah Dub- Guvna Dub
On Veut se Marier-Ba Cissoko w/Tiken Jah Fakoly
Jah Libile- Serges Kassy
Jamaica Farewell- Desmond Dekker
Crabbuckit- K OS
The Private Psychedelic Reel- the Chemical Brothers
Stay Human-Michael Franti & Spearhead (Stereo Steambath remix)
the Sea- Morcheeba
Wherever you are- the Bomb Squad
Ramblin’- Liquid Soul
32 84 31 St- Sam Kininger
Aliens Made me do this- Erik Scott
Ice Cream- Steve Kimock Band
Arcadia Finlandis- Dave Fiuczynski
Jean Pierre- Eric Johnson
Flux & Meter- Tommy Guerrero
Soul Serenade- Matthew Montfort

Keep WORT Weird..err..Wired

This is the time of year where we at the local listener sponsored community radio here in Madison, WORT looks to have those we reach…..reach back a little. WORT-FM is a non-commercial, listener sponsored, member controlled community radio station broadcasting to south central Wisconsin. WORT volunteers and staff provide quality programming and services to a broad spectrum of the community through:
* promotion of communication, education, entertainment, and understanding by providing a forum for both the discussion of public issues and the expansion of musical and cultural experience;
* facilitation of community expression and provision of community access to the airwaves for the purpose of sharing music, culture, news, and information;
* challenge of the cultural and intellectual assumptions of our listeners through unique and diverse programming;
* orientation towards the audience with concern for those under- represented by other media.

WORT is committed to radio programming with a human perspective — respecting all peoples and their environments.


Celebrate youth

After the show Saturday, went to the Monona Terrace for a gathering to celebrate youth. 2009 marks the 10th anniversary of Wisconsin Youth Company’s annual showcase of youth arts and performance. It’s a day to let young people know how much we value their contributions to our communities. It’s a celebration of the youth in our region and the diversity of their cultures, talents, and interests. We highlight the amazing talent and dedication of our youth, and give them a chance to shine and share their passions. There were multiple stages of youth performances, a visual art exhibit, hands-on activities, and exhibit booths with resources on programs and services for youth and families. It was a day filled with fun for all ages! This year’s theme is “Up in the Air.” The sky is the limit in 2009! The day showcased all things that fly and float. They actually managed to incorporate the beauty, color and captivating nature of kites as well as trapeze, juggling, aviation, birds and much more.


for Lovers and FUNKers

Sending out some songs to make it happen.

White Rabbit- Patti Smith
Never Going Back to Memphis-Shemekia Copeland
Down in the Flood- Derek Trucks band
Pork N Beans- Left Lane Cruiser
Moses Poses: Private Eye- bad Apples
Soul Mine- Chris Daniels & the Kings
On Fire- JJ Grey & Mofro
These kinds of Blues- the Mannish Boys
Expressway to your Heart-Merl Saunders & Friends
Mercy Mercy- Charles Earland
the Governor- Melvin Sparks band Live
Southern Storm-Skeebo Knight & Barry Richmond
In the House- Mike Clark
Shaw ‘Nuff-Jarrett/Peacock/DeJohnette live
Life’s other Mystery- the Microscopic Septet
Slide Serenade- Sex Mob
Conk Buster- Sex Mob
No Thing on me- Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Attaboy- Liquid Soul
Street Sound- the Pimps of Joytime
Livin’ for your Love- Dayton Flic
Frankenstein- Marcus Miller
Chump Suey- Doug Johns
Salt & Cherries (MC5)-Wendy & Lisa
So it Goes- the BPA w/Olly Hite
Never Forsake u- Lipbone Redding
You know i’m no Good- Amy Winehouse
Those Girls- Kinky
FIYO on the Bayou- Particle (live)
Creepin’- Poogie Bell Band
Clashing- Drums & Tuba
Ain’t that a Bitch- Johhny GUITAR Watson
Return to the Mountain- Greyboy
Parkside Bounce- Greyboy
Sleepwalk- Cloud Nine
Yo Soy Asi- los Amigos Invisibles
After Midnight-Merl Saunders & Friends


Cheer Accident

I had the chance to chat with drummer/composer/vocalist Thymme Jones the other day as an on air guest to the show, as his band Cheer Accident was rolling into town on Sunday night at the Frequency. The boldness of their new album on Cuneiform, Fear Draws Misfortune comes out in obvious yet unfamiliar contexts. The show is as much of a sound exploration as the album suggests, riveting artistic coherency reaching lush and captivating post rock/art rock even avant-progressive……whatever you want to titled it–it takes you away with an edge of superior musicianship making the tools of the trade and the ideas of their use unconventional—unprecedented and unmatched. From the cover of the winter’s SIGNAL TO NOISE to the underground scene of the windy city, Cheer Accident is a show to be a part of, especially when you want that more to a show you might be looking for. On the album I have quickly fell flat for the interlude escape offered up by “and then you Realize you Haven’t Left yet” to the where is it going to take me feeling left from “Humanizing the Distance”. This release offers the listener some daring boundary erasing experiments set to cause inexplicable reactions.

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Cheer Accident-Fear Draws Misfortune-Cuneiform-2009

the WOLFGANG by E. Van Halen

Dutch/American rock star Eddie Van Halen has managed to create a new indestructible guitar with bosses of a top medical tool company. The Wolfgang, which has been named after Van Halen’s son and his band mate, features custom-made stainless steel frets and metal accessories. And Van Halen knows that his new instrument is unbreakable, because he tried to trash it on the last tour. “During the last show, I actually tried to break a Wolfgang, and it wouldn’t break. I picked it up and I couldn’t break the damn thing. I threw it up in the air, and later put it out in the rain. I picked it up half an hour later, and it was still in tune. It p**sed me off,” Contactmusic quoted him as telling CNN. The price for Van Halen’s new guitar has been set at 3,000 dollars. I personally wonder what unique sounds this “Super Hero” of guitars can offer, since you would never need another guitar again if it won’t bust up….also, how will this machine adapt to the advances of the near future and beyond?



Detox Mansion- Warren Zevon
Locomotive Breath- Jethro Tull (live)
Sweet Inspiration- the Derek Trucks Band
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Everyday People-Sly & Family Stone w/Maroon 5
He’s got the Whole World…-George Porter JR
Pungee- Cameron Mizell
Legalize it- MSMW
Twin Killers- Marco Benevento
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Jungle Tango- the Jazz Mandolin Project
Nasty Tasty- Lumenscent Orchestrii
Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby- Dr John
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Without Lions- Vijay Iyer
Pinky Ring- Viktor Krauss
Faces- Bill Frisell
More More Bigger Better Faster w/Cheese-Gutbucket
And then you Realized you Haven’t left yet-Cheer Accident
Skitso-Keller Williams Mosley/Droll & Sipe (live)
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Let the music Play-G Love/Marc Broussard/Ben Harper
Let’s Dance- Beyondo
Diablo Azul- Kinky
Che Che Makossa- Antibalas
Devil Woman- Toubab Krewe
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The return of the Peanut Butter Queen-Brewed by Noon
Woe is uh Me Bop- Fast-N-Bulbous
Just a Closer Walk-Revolutionary Snake Ensemble
Brown Skin Girl- Revolutionary Snake Ensemble
Congalegre- Soul Station
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Tomorrow Never knows- the Beatles
Humanizing the Distance- Cheer Accident
*On Air Conversation w/Thymme of Cheer Accident*
Camp O’ Physique- Cheer Accident
Ganja- Michael Jost & the Dragonfly Project

Langerado Canceled

Today, the 2009 Langerado Music Festival is cancelled due to sluggish ticket sales. The 7th annual event was slated to happen March 6-8 at their new home in downtown Miami’s Bicentennial Park. Langerado’s independent local promoters, faced with a very tough decision in a dismal economy, cancelled the 2009 event only after every possible option was exhausted. As Langerado Co-Promoter Ethan Schwartz explains, “Langerado has always put the fan experience first. Unfortunately, during these difficult economic times, and facing a first year in a new venue, it’s become apparent that we cannot execute a production that lives up to the high standards of our past events. Putting Langerado on hold was the toughest decision we have ever had to make. We are very grateful for the support of the greater-Miami community and the music community during this difficult time.” All tickets purchased will be refunded. Please look for ticket refunds to be processed in the next 5-7 business days. Each order will be refunded to the credit card in full, minus the included order processing fees. Shipping fees will also be credited for those orders that did not select the free shipping promotion. Visit for more information.


African Reggae

Now here is a collection I would have loved to have been a part of listening to & tracking down the proper fits for. Putumayo presents, African Reggae, a collection of powerful and vibrant traditional and modern sounds from African musicians in part to pay homage to Bob Marley. His impact on the music of Africa is undeniable..and the theme of unity sung of loudly with hope for liberation and thus influenced each artist on this collection. From Ba Cissoko with Tiken Jah Fakoly and Mo’ Kalamity & the Wizards to One Love Family and Majek Fashek, the Jamaican influence on African music shows that spirit of connective unity betwenn cultures that make a musician like Bob Marley so memorable, and allows for others to build off that familiar rhythm and chants and continue in that ONE LOVE. A portion of the proceeds from this album will be donated to HOPEHIV in support of their efforts to strengthen the capacity of African children who have been orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS.