Leaf The Deck

The first portion of this week’s proGram had a few reminders the Fall is falling:

There’s No Such Thing as a Bad Day- Justin Farren
Try- Larry Keel
The Motorcycle Song- Dan Horne
Highway of Lost Hats- Jim White
Do The Dachs-Hound- Bob Lewis With Phill Price

Cool Trick- Cathy Grier & The Troublemakers
It’s Good To Be King- Mojo Morganfield
Shake Your Moneymaker- Johnny Iguana w/Lil’ Ed
Down In The Bottom- Johnny Iguana

This Mess- Tim Woods
greenarrowradio promo- Tim Woods
Some Of Your Love- Tim Woods

My Sunday Feeling- Martin Barre
***pre-recorded conversation with Mr. Martin Barre***
Nothing Is Easy- Martin Barre
Locomotive Breath- Martin Barre


The 2nd half of this week’s The Yellow Light proGram knew it might be a good time to go missing:

Relight- Hemai Ft. Laura Roy & Woddy Green
Sour Face (dego Remix)- Bryony Jarman-Pinto
Rotations- Alex Phountzi & Risa T Ft. NameBrandSound

Haydar Hayda- Meriem Ben Amor
Ruhi- Meriem Ben Amor

Aslan- İlhan Erşahin Ft. Alp Ersönmez, Turgut Alp Bekoğlu & İzzet Kızıl
Drop Sound- Double Tiger Ft. Slightly Stoopid
Love Is Gonna Let Me Down- The Expanders
Marchment- The Graduals

Sway- Bright Dog Red
The Black Bird- François Houle 4
Binder- Ron Miles
Part IX- Keith Jarrett (live)


The first half of the 6th edition of “The Yellow Light” looked under some rocks and inside some twiGs for you:

Head- Victor DeLorenzo
World- Victor DeLorenzo
Lovely- Victor DeLorenzo
The Least Impossible- Gord Downie
Sacrifice- Plants and Animals

Breakdown- The Spits
Up All Night- The Spits

(Got My) Eyes On You- The Spies
Theme From The Munsters- Loungezotica 3000
Wicked Warped & Twisted- Kitt Wakeley
The Witch- Claudio Cassanueva

Paraguaya Punk- Juana Molina (live)
Un Día Punk- Juana Molina (live)

Budonian Knight- The Budos Band
On Top (Organ & Vibes)- The Stance Brothers
Drop Me A Line- Ghost Funk Orchestra
Sweet Path- Janko Nilovic & The Soul Surfers

Black Moses- Cliff Beach

Martin Barre: 50 Years of Jethro Tull

Martin Barre was the guitarist of Jethro Tull for over 43 years, his sound and playing was a major factor in their global success. Martin’s guitar playing has earned him a high level of respect and recognition; he was voted 25th best solo ever in the USA and 20th best solo ever in the UK for his playing on ‘Aqualung’. His playing on the album ‘Crest of a Knave’ earned him a Grammy award in 1989. One of the lauded & respected rock guitarists ever to walk the planet, Martin’s dynamic, expressive, explosive guitar playing was paramount to Jethro Tull’s live and recorded sound, starting with his debut on the band’s classic second album, Stand Up (1969), right up to the band’s eventual demise in 2012. As well as numerous Jethro Tull albums, Martin has worked with many other artists including Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Gary Moore, Joe Bonamassa and Chris Thompson and has shared a stage with such legends as Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd & Led Zeppelin. Martin has put together a band to play the “classic” music from the Tull catalogue. His band is a total commitment to give the Tull fans and a broader audience the chance to hear tracks not performed for many years. The band includes top musicians from a similar background. On Friday November 6, The Store for Music record label will proudly release worldwide Martin’s new album…a double CD affair entitled “50 Years of Jethro Tull”. CD1 features Martin and his band doing live in-studio electric performances of Jethro Tull songs…both classic tracks and deep album cuts from Tull’s earlier days….with new arrangements with Martin and his band putting their own stamp on these amazing songs. The 2nd CD features Martin and his band doing their own new versions of primarily classic acoustic songs from various periods of Tull’s legendary catalog. Martin and the band’s take on all these songs is fresh, inventive, interesting and, of course, extremely well done. His own band will be touring again at some point whenever the world is safe for him to do so, performing both Tull classics & Martin’s amazing original music.

I had the honor of catching up with Martin to get the buzz about this new double CD set into as many earholes as possible. We go through the creation of the records, including the respect Martin and his band mates have for the original music and the many people it shares an importance with. We talk songwriting and the addition of a new instrument, a female vocalists sound on some of the tracks. Martin is one of those people who is deeply rooted in many of our musical “family” tree and the new album(s), provide that same nostalgic sense as well as some real fresh, high quality newness, we all deserve to take a chance on.

Sikiru Adepoju & Riddim Doctors

Sikiru Adepoju is a master of the talking drum and many other Yoruba percussion instruments. After moving to the San Fransico Bay Area in 1985, Sikiru joined the influential and pioneering Nigerian percussionist Babatunde Olantunji and his Drums of Passion. This marked a lengthy period of high productivity from Sikiru which saw him recording and performing throughout the world until a year before Olantunji’s death in 2003. During this period he was introduced to Grateful Dead drummer, Mickey Hart, who has called Sikiru “The Mozart of the talking drum,” and employed him on many of his personal projects including the Grammy award winning albums Planet Drum (1991) & Global Drum Project (2008). Sikiru has shared the stage or recorded with many of music’s finest including The Grateful Dead, Stevie Wonder, Jerry Garcia, Carlos Santana, Ornette Coleman, Airto Moreira, Zakir Hussein, Pharaoh Sanders, Dave Schools, George Porter Jr., and many more. It is his versatility, skill, good humor, and willingness to push the limits of his drumming and his music which has gained Sikiru acceptance and respect among his peers and music listeners of all tastes. Now, in 2020 Sikiru brings us a new album titled “Ope (Gratitude)” with the group dubbed Riddim Doctors on MansMark Records.

I had the honor of spending a little time with Sikiru recently to discuss the new album. We get into the long and winding journey this music has taken, along with Sikiru, in order to make it out to the world. We talk about the incredible process and the amazing people behind the album’s sound and style. Including the role, Zakir Hussain played in the process. We also spoke about what he was able to learn, as a master when he started to talk with, work with and create with both Babatunde Olatunji and Mickey Hart. it is within this portion of the conversation that I knew Sikiru and I were connected by the bridge of the moment, finding your space within each of those moments. It’s times like this that remind me why it’s not just about the sounds, it’s about those who bring them to us just as much. While I have been close to him via his previous recordings and projects and that has helped me grow as a listener and sharer, this new music brings all that back plus, a sense of the now where this music, this sentiment is needed.

Looked Out

The final part of this week’s proGram was in there but it did see you:

Stoop Talk- Ghost Funk Orchestra
Barbarea Vulgaris- Tetrao Urogallus
Manyè (Synapson Remix)- David Walters
Shellfish Mademoiselle- Róisín Murphy
We Got Together- Róisín Murphy

Idiots In Time- The Graduals
I’m Still Trippin’- The Graduals
You Might Be A Racist- The Graduals

Keep It Moving- Statik Selektah Ft. Nas, Joey Bada$$ & Gary Clark Jr
Self Care- Tank and the Bangas Ft. Jamie Woods/Orleans Big/Anjelika Jelly Joseph
Source of Life- Ancient Astronauts Ft. Nilotika Cultural Ensemble
Ghetto Youth Never Give Up- Ancient Astronauts Ft. C. Wyne Nalukalala

New Compass- Josh Werner
The Impossible Silence- Eric Hilton

Up The Other Side

The middle part of the proGram went up on side and then down down…get down:

Melvyn- Middle Blue Ft. Jamie Saft & Mike Clark (live)
Kerria Lacca- Redtenbacher’s Funkestra Ft. Mike Outram & Tucker Antell
The Wrangler- The Budos Band
Dusterado- The Budos Band
Korban Olah- Ghost Funk Orchestra
Little Bird- Ghost Funk Orchestra
Say It Softly- Janko Nilovic & The Soul Surfers

It Takes A Spark To Start A Fire- Chicago Soul Jazz Collective
Where Do You Go When You Dream?- Chicago Soul Jazz Collective

For Your Pleasure- Pleasure
Back To Alabama- Pleasure

Meal For Many

The first piece to this week’s proGram puzzle started with the fresh ingredients and the heat turned up:

Running Like A Dog- Peter Veteska & Blues Train
Baby You Got What It Takes- Peter Veteska & Blues Train
Hoochie Coochie Man- Cody Simpson Ft. North Mississippi Allstars
Lies And Fear- Alastair Greene

I Ain’t Got No Problem With It- Kevin Burt
Live Your Life- Travellin’ Blue Kings
Come And Take It- John Németh
Motorhome- Johnny Iguana
Land of Precisely Three Dances- Johnny Iguana
Afterglow- Mike Mattison

Radiance- The Subliminals
Surface- The Subliminals

Bow- Victor DeLorenzo
**pre-recorded conversation with Victor DeLorenzo**
Coffee- Victor DeLorenzo
Civil Rights- Victor DeLorenzo

Walking Evening

The 2nd half of this week’s edition of “The Yellow Light” made sure to do it’s business:

Sitting Under Stars- Anthony Pirog
Dawn Cloud- Anthony Pirog
The Severing- Anthony Pirog
Witch- A Love Electric Ft. Remi Álvarez

A Swimming Trip- Oaagaada
Oag-Ada- Oaagaada
Something Comes Along- Bright Dog Red
Shutter- Eric Revis
Strange Ways- Vladimir Torres

Overload- Damien Groleau Trio
Part XII (Blues)- Keith Jarrett (live in Budapest)
Don’t Blame Me- Thelonious Monk (live in Palo Alto

Evening Walking

The first half of this week’s edition of “The Yellow Light” was just a stroll in the niGht:

El Bint El Shalabeya- Sultans of String Ft. Majd Sekkar/Demetrios Petsalakis/Fethi Nadjem
Ojhri Camp- Sultans Of String Ft. Anwar Khurshid & Ravi Naimpally
Awakening- A Moving Sound

Holy Hiroro- Modeste Hugues & Kilema
Saramba Tiako- Modeste Hugues & Kilema

Africa Trip Tape #2- Mancho w/Fanta Konate & Mamady Keita
Chaconne- Al Pari Quartet
Circular Lines- Kronos Quartet
Laughing On The Inside- Ben Rosenblum Nebula Project

Heavy Wave- César Orozco & Kamarata Jazz
Mo’ Bettah Blues- Chien Chien Lu
Chase- Analog Players Society

Spoken Drum from Victor DeLorenzo

We have been fortunate enough to have Victor DeLorenzo be a part of the show in many ways. From Femmes to the Drum-n-Cello of Nineteen Thirteen to the open aired radio plays of “Frail Pagans”. This time around we have a chance to discuss a new spoken word project he is putting forth to the world. Check out the chat below for more into the thoughts and execution of the Spoken Drum project and hear the voice from within the instrument.


civil rights

Produced by Victor DeLorenzo

*Recorded and Mixed at Sympathetic Muffler
and The Past Office in Milwaukee by Victor

**Text and Light Music by Victor
with Janet Schiff and Josh Schmidt

***All pieces c&p 2020 Defendimusics bmi

Victor: Drum Sets, Snare Drums, Cymbals, Voices, Keyboards,
Bass Keyboards and Percussion.

Janet: Bass Keyboard and Cello on “civil rights”
and Keyboards on “head”.

Josh: Cello Orchestra Arrangement and Recording
on “civil rights”.

Available now here.

Glass Fields

The final portion of this past week’s proGram was piece by piece put together:

Call The Army Back- Beyondo
Le Menteur (Mokosi)- Zazou Bikaye
Rhumba for Peregrine- Mike Dillon

Danger Road- Josh Werner
**pre-recorded conversationwith Josh Werner**
Mode For Titan- Josh Werner
The Crossing- Josh Werner

Folsom Prison Blues- Papa Rosko & Toots & The Maytals
Original Kuff- Chaka Demus
Drum Pan Sound- Reggie Stepper
Come Fe Mash It- Tony Tuff

Peppery Weapons- Snooch Dodd and The Pro-Teens
Burning Down The House- Coco Rosie Ft. Big Freedia/ANOHNI/Brooke Candy/Cakes Da Killa
Live From The Abyss- Denzel Curry

piece made by Mammywak

Eye And Eye

The middle portion of the proGram had one on you:

It’s Only Us- Monophonics
Little Bit- Karate Boogaloo x Danielle Ponder
Little By Little- Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings

Sixth Hammer- The Budos Band
Mierda De Toro- The Budos Band
Renegade- The Budos Band
Love Reference- The Voice Of Lajorun
Adonai- Ikebe Shakedown
Runaway (Mr. Bird RMX)- Freekbass

Afroeuropean- Jimi Tenor
The Boogee- Janko Nilovic & The Soul Surfers
Q- Tony Koch and the AltNews Band
Imperial Strut- Yellowjackets

Arrowing In

The first part of the proGram had a direction all of it’s own to follow:

American Pyre- Austin Lucas
Tea Time- Low Cut Connie

I Can See Your Love Light Shine- John Nemeth
Sometimes- John Nemeth
Daddy’s Going out Tonight- Jeremiah Johnson
Rock n Roll for the Soul- Jeremiah Johnson
The Ballad Of George Floyd- Dave Specter & Billy Branch

When You Don’t Know What to Do- Alastair Greene
Back At The Poor House- Alastair Greene
44 Blues- Johnny Iguana
Hammer and Tickle- Johnny Iguana

Shoe’s Droppin’- Jessie Wagner
Got Something For You- Mike Mattison
Word’s Coming Down- Mike Mattison
I Really Miss You- Mike Mattison

These Three

The second half of this week’s spin-off proGram, “The Yellow Light” had a line forming:

Dance Like Americans- A Love Electric Ft. Francisco Lelo De Larrea
Lesbian Techno- M’Lumbo & Jane Ira Bloom Ft. Robert Jordan Ray Flatow & Vincent Veloso
Yes, We Can (Remix 2020)- M’Lumbo & Jane Ira Bloom Ft. Jaz Sawyer/Robert Jordan Ray Flatow/Brian O’Neill

Sketches of an Afro Blue- Kahil El’Zabar
Sunday In The Quartet- Bright Dog Red
No Collusion- System 6

Not Like The Others- Death By Unga Bunga
Star Cage- Mugstar
Illusions- Alien Mustangs
Waiting The Dawn- Alien Mustangs

Same Old Line- The Spyrals
Planet Queen- Todd Rundgren with Donald Fagan

The Final Pick

The first half of this week’s spin-off proGram, “The Yellow Light” had the last of the crop still trying:

Antardrishti: IX. Om Shanti for Peace- Baluji Shrivastav
Antardrishti: VIII. Revelation- Baluji Shrivastav
Tal Tala/Daidaian- A.G.A Trio
Dzveli Kartuli Satsekvao- A.G.A Trio
Bingyol- A.G.A Trio
Dragonboat- Lin Shicheng and Gao Hong

Sweet Uganda- GNL Zamba
Angel- Papa Rosko
Angel- Yasmine Kyd
Walls and Roses- Mary Halvorson’s Code Girl

F Train Drain- Devin Gray & Gerald Cleaver
Yesseh’s Interlude- Alonzo Demetrius
Expectations- Alonzo Demetrius

Josh Werner’s Mode For Titan

Raised in Milwaukee, Josh Werner was a private student of Richard Davis. In 1996, he moved to New York and attended the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music program. His years of recording and performing with top-tier and cutting-edge artists has made an imprint on his identity and place in music history. He is also a frequent collaborator of Bill Laswell via such projects as Method Of Defiance and Bass invaders. On October 9th, Josh dropped his album ‘Mode For Titan’, a solo bass offering that is grounded in minimalist beauty and co-produced Mr. Laswell. This stunning collection of tracks is being released via Laswell’s label M.O.D. Reloaded. This album proves that the bass is a melodic and ambient force in its own right. Writing on and for the bass, Josh explores new dimensions of composition and improvisation, and effortlessly moves through sonic textures, all without a conventional rhythm section, he explores novel instrumental territory, including the sitar bass, seven-string and fretless bass. Over the years, Josh has made quite a name for himself working in a variety of styles, most notably in dub, experimental rock, hip hop and jazz. His work with Ghostface Killer, CocoRosie, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Cibo Matto, PopCaan, James Brandon Lewis, Matisyahu, Sly and Robbie, Wu Tang Clan and TV On The Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe has cemented his status as a low-end heavyweight.

I had the chance to catch up with the program’s friend, Josh Werner about this new project. We get into the beGinnings of the album, we talk about how the roots set into the ground of the songs and while a wide array of influences is heard on his compositions, it’s the introspective creative focus that guides. Simplicity, beauty and space are constant in this journey, and the rich colors of Mr. Laswell’s sonic translations are the compass. So, we get into how creating the entirety of the album with someone like Mr. Bill Laswell took the album to where it calls home. I think when you get your whole person wrapped around the experience of this collection of feelings, you’ll find where it fits into your home too. As of October 9, the ‘Mode For Titan’ LP is available on CD and digitally everywhere, including Apple Music, Amazon and Spotify. It can also be obtained directly from the label via Bandcamp.

Bursting Into The Dark

The final portion of this week’s proGram could have taken us straight into he night time:

I’m on It- The Allergies Ft. Dr Syntax & Skunkadelic
Never Wanted You More (Dr. Rubberfunk Remix)- Smoove & Turrell
Theme from Selva- Quantic

Zion- Polyrhythmics
Omega- Black Market Brass
I’ll Take You There- Riddem Doctors
Goin’ Somewhere- Riddem Doctors

Holding On- Selina Albright
Get The Lowdown- Tony Koch and the Alt News Band

(interlude) Merica Mirror- Public Enemy
If You Can’t Join Em Beat Em- Public Enemy
Closing: I Am Black- Public Enemy

Inside Tickle

The middle portion of this week’s proGram got the sniffer to twitch:

On Pontchartrain- Mike Mattison
Jeepster- Joan Jett
**Pre-recorded conversation with 3X Grammy winning engineer Marc Urselli**
I Love To Boogie- King Khan
Rock On- Perry Farrell

Ahz-The Flowdown
Queen Bee- Ghost Funk Orchestra
Don’t Give Up On Me- Emma Donovan & The Putbacks
Move On- The Freedom Affair
Sunday Lies- Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal

Get Out Of Your Own Head- Freekbass
Under Krameria- Freekbass
Palmaillerennen- Hamburg Spinners
Make A Difference- Steve Arrington

It’ll Blow Away

The first portion of this week’s proGram knew that if you give it just a minute…..

Prize- Seela
When The World- Seela
My Stove’s in Good Condition- The Brianna Thomas Band
Since I Fell for You- The Brianna Thomas Band
Jersey Bounce- Ella Fitzgerald (live in Berlin 1962)

Knock My Boots- Paul Boddy & The Slidewinder Blues Band
Like Father Like Daughter- Skylar Rogers
The Devil- Dudley Taft
Sweep The Shack- John Nemeth

Life’s a One Way Ticket- Peter Parcek
She Likes To Boogie Real Low- Peter Parcek
Why Why Why- Harry Hmura
Memphis High- Kerry Kearney

The Beast Is Back- John Shipe
Big Easy Women- Johnny Iguana
Hitting on Nothing- Laura Tate (live in El Paso)