Same But Not So

The final part of this week’s proGram looked familiar maybe, but it had it’s own personalities:

An American Sunrise- Joy Harjo Ft. Rich Robinson
**pre-recorded conversation with Joy Harjo**
Midnight is a Horn Player- Joy Harjo Ft. Mike McCready & Dave Carter
This Morning I Pray for My Enemies- Joy Harjo Ft. Lisette Garcia, Marissa Sapulpa & Sandra Sapulpa

Inspiración de los Pueblos- Grupo Familia Vera
You All Know What to Do Dub- Lee “Scratch” Perry & The Spacewave
Light on the Runway- Jus Goodie
Sunshine Revolution- Gentleman’s Dub Club

Shake- Sam i Ft. Alex Greenwald
The Code- Alewya Ft. Moses Boyd
Heads Off- Kovacs The Hun
New Dawn Coming- Kovacs The Hun

Intergalactic Relations- Kaidi Tatham

Enhanced With Extra

The middle portion of the proGram had it’s funk and feeling out there…so much so that it brought out some sharpen tints to it all:

Define Love- Dope Sagittarius
2 Funky 4 U- Cobra Fantastic
Kinshasa Fc- STR4TA
Rhythm In Your Mind- STR4TA

The Black Stone Affair (reprise)- Whatitdo Archive Group
(Don’t) Hold Me Down- PM Warson

Palilalia- Robert Walter w/ Gary Bartz
Impervious- Robert Walter w/Gary Bartz
Are You With Me- Alan Evans
Do It Again- Alan Evans
Do It Again (outro)- Alan Evans

The March On America- Adrian Younge
James Mincey Jr.- Adrian Younge
Dying ON The Run- Adrian Younge

Nature Paints

The first part of this week’s proGram took the sound into the ground…plant on ice with a little twist of filter:

You And I- Valerie June
Stardust- Son of the Velvet Rat
The Ferris Wheel- Son of the Velvet Rat
Better Off Alone- The Black Angels (live at Levitation)

Early Man- Hypnosonics
Rub It In (Fort Apache Version)- Hypnosonics

Sad Eyed Lover- Katie Knipp
Hip To Your Trip- Damon Fowler
Express Connection- TOMISLAV GOLUBAN
grrenarrowradio promo- TOMISLAV GOLUBAN

Gotta Get Away- Travellin’ Blue Kings
Cherry on Top- Johnny Burgin Ft. Anson Funderburgh

Praying For Enemies with Joy Harjo

In her first new recording in a decade, Joy Harjo – the first Native American named Poet Laureate of the United States – digs deep into the indigenous red earth and the shared languages of music to sing, speak and play a stunningly original musical meditation that seeks healing for a troubled world – “I Pray for My Enemies”, released on Sunyata Records March 5. Collaborating with producer/engineer Barrett Martin on this unique new album, Joy brings a fresh identity to the poetry & songs that have made her a renowned poet of the Muscogee Creek Nation & one of the most authentic and compelling voices of these times. “The concept for I Pray for My Enemies began” says Harjo, “with an urgent need to deal with discord, opposition. It could have been on a tribal, national or a personal level. I no longer remember. The urgency had a heartbeat and in any gathering of two or more, perhaps the whole planet, our hearts lean to entrainment – that is, to beat together.” Latin Grammy-winning producer, composer and founding father of the historic Seattle music scene, Barrett Martin brings a new dimension to Harjo’s unique sound-world – her words and music spoken, sung and explored in a vibrant mix of classic instrumental sounds. Harjo and Martin describe it as “funkified spoken word” inspiring “elegant jazz, urban soul, and inner city, reservation grit.” She sings and speaks her poetry, as well as playing saxophone and flute, on an album she describes as “very much of-the-moment.” Martin holds it all together with drums, upright bass, keyboards & production duties. He assembled an all-star band to explore Harjo’s work, featuring Peter Buck (R.E.M.) on electric guitar & feedback; Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) on electric guitar solos; Krist Novoselic (Nirvana) on acoustic guitar; and Rich Robinson (Black Crowes) on electric guitar solos. Additional players include renowned Iraqi oud master Rahim Alhaj; trumpeter Dave Carter & percussionist/backing vocalist Lisette Garcia. Joy’s stepdaughters sing harmony vocals, and her husband Owen Sapulpa plays surdo drum on the album. Joy defines songs and poems as distinctly different expressions, & both are featured in the 16 tracks that make up the album. Her words & music, older & newer, get a fresh new identity here. Some of Harjo’s defining poems appear here – “An American Sunrise,” “Fear,” “Running” & “Remember” – refracting her own experience as a Native American woman of her culturally defining generation. “Calling the Spirit Back,” from an early collection of Harjo’s poems, and the new song “How Love Blows Through the Trees” – written when COVID-19 reached her home in Tulsa, OK – echo the suffering of a world experiencing a pandemic.
Joy Harjo is the author of several books of poetry, plays, children’s books. In May, The Library of Congress will release Living Nations, Living Words: an Anthology of First Peoples Poetry: and in September a memoir Poet Warrior, A Call for Love and Justice, Oprah Winfrey recently picked her anthology of Native American poetry for her book club. Her many honors include the Ruth Lily Prize for Lifetime Achievement from the Poetry Foundation; the Academy of American Poets Wallace Stevens Award; PEN USA Literary Award and many others. She is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and is a founding board member of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation.

I had the complete honor of catching up with Joy about this brand new release and we dive into the seed to flower tale. How she got to work with Mr. Martin and the key of the rhythm. All the words above speak the truth about Joy, but to get a true sense of this album and how it sounds and more importantly feels, is up to you. Go hear, go feel.

Springs Pops

The 3rd installment of the Spring edition of The Yellow Light. This week’s proGram popped with newly grown sounds:

Kinds of Light: III. Fluorescence- Akropolis Reed Quintet
Rites for the Afterlife: III. The Hall of Judgement- Akropolis Reed Quintet
My Favorite Things I- Masabumi Kikuchi
Improvisation- Masabumi Kikuchi

Un Mundo En Que Quepan Muchos Mundos- Gustavo Cortiñas
El Jinete Y El Caballo- Gustavo Cortiñas

Revived Mind- Jihye Lee Orchestra
Dissatisfied Mind- Jihye Lee Orchestra
Kinetic- Steven Feifke Big Band
Sgraffito- TuneTown Ft. Artie Roth, Ernesto Cervini & Kelly Jefferson
Cheryl- TuneTown Ft. Ernesto Cervini, Kelly Jefferson & Artie Roth

Fiskeskärsmelodin- Koma Saxo (live)

Tree View

The final part of this week’s proGram had the fan or tress just listening in:

Mina Mê- Kiazi Malonga
Akwa- Kiazi Malonga

Punky Reggae Party Dub- Lee “Scratch” Perry & The Spacewave
Ever Forward Dub- Lee “Scratch” Perry & The Spacewave
Stir It up (In the Pot) Dub- Lee “Scratch” Perry & The Spacewave
Ease and Flow- Indubious Ft. Mike Love

Enkisesei- Fernando Anuang’a & Maasai Vocals
Enkairishi- Fernando Anuang’a & Maasai Vocals

Mové Piti- Sakili
Misié Benet- Sakili
La ri Latanie- Sakili
Rabbit Invents the Saxophone- Joy Harjo

Get Off Your Seat

The middle portion of this week’s proGram didn’t really let you sit on it, Potsie:

Hot n’ Greezy- Alan Evans
Snakebites- Chicken Grass Ft. Princess Shaw
King of the Mountain- Gizelle Smith
Spike Lee- Les Jeux Sont Funk

The Black Stone Affair (main theme)- Whatitdo Archive Group
Blood Chief- Whatitdo Archive Group
We Like It- STR4TA
Steppers Crusade- STR4TA
Stay On The Groove (DJ Caution Regroove)- The New Mastersounds

Together Again- Angelo Moore & The Brand New Step
La Policía- Bachaco
Lunca- Balkan Taksim

A Seated View In

The first part of this week’s proGram took a seat and let the view and the sounds soak right on in:

Reefer Head Man- Martin Lang Ft. Frank Krawkowski/Billy Flynn/Illinois Slim & Dean Haas
Taxman- Damon Fowler
My ’49- Atomic 44’s
greenarrowradio promo- Dave Thomas

Rub It In- Hypnosonics
They Bent Me- Hypnosonics
Earl man (Fort Apache Version)- Hypnosonics
Blue Hearts- Paul Bergmann

Manipulation- The Black Angels (live at Levitation)
You On The Run- The Black Angels (live at Levitation)
Blue Whale- Holy Monitor

The Call For The Cure- Magnet Animals
Lonely In Space- The Buzzards of Fuzz

Walking Home- The Blips

The Twine Inside

The 2nd instalment of the (almost) Spring Edition of the greenarrowradio spin-off proGram, The Yellow Light. This set has some undoing to do:

Mr. Lucky- Vinnie Riccitelli Octet
Hummingbirds- Yelena Eckemoff
Falling Down- Michael Wolff (Live at Vitellos, 2011)

Rotten Roses- Adrian Younge
Margaret Garner- Adrian Younge

Orafardo- Richard Ford
Be- Omar Sosa Ft. Rajery
Veloma E- Omar Sosa Ft. Rajery
Sabo- Omar Sosa Ft. Monja Mahafay

Chorfa- Innov Gnawa
Waheguru Nanak Guru- Manika Kaur Ft. Jesse Bannister
Hay Gobind Hay Dayal- Manika Kaur Ft. Kaviraj Singh Dhadialla

Fluff And Glow

The final part of this week’s proGram had a lot of shine and a glowing blast – you can just feel that:

My Sensual Homily- Arashka
Shooldyrak. Suan Krez- ShooDJa-ChooDJa
Deh Shiva Mix- Manika Kaur

Circles- Joe Chambers
Mine Or Blues- Makram Aboul Hosn
Betcha Sting- Makram Aboul Hosn

In The Middle Of The Darkness- Meroli
The Birth of Us- Logan Richardson Ft. Igor Osypov/Peter Schlamb/Dominique Sanders/Ryan J. Lee
Find Your Ore- Takahiro Izumikawa Ft. Silent Titan

Driving Down The Road- Mike Dillon & Punkadelic
What Tony Says- Mike Dillon & Punkadelic Ft. Nicholas Payton
Further Adventures In Misadventures- Mike Dillon & Punkadelic Ft. Steven Bernstein & Matt Chamberlain

Peppers To Be

The middle section of this week’s proGram will soon be something much more:

Mama (You Will Make It)- Adrian Younge
Last Train to Budapest- Whatitdo Archive Group
Kraak & Smaak I Think (FSQ Funkadelic Touch Dub)- Kraak & Smaak Ft. Berenice van Leer
Hikky Burr- The Jeff Benedict Big Big Band

Ekuté- Pino Palladino & Blake Mills
Some Day Play, Right Now Stay Dub- Lee Scratch Perry & The Spacewave
Hercules (North Street West ‘holyvoodou’ Dub)- Ghetto Priest
Show Of Shame- Femi Kuti

The Principle (O Príncipio)- IKOQWE
The Infinite (O Infinito)- IKOQWE
Makumba- IKOQWE
Nigeria- Nicola Conte & Gianluca Petrella
Eretseretse-Omar Sosa Ft. Monja Mahafay

Changüí en Yateras- Grupo Estrellas Campesinas
Maçka Yolları- Altın Gün

Go On Now Pop

The first portion of this week’s proGram started to peek up and take a feel around:

If I Could Turn Back Time- Marion Raw
No No No- Marion Raw
Here Alone- Heather The Jerk
Master Spirits- Cameron Graves

Wondering If He Might- Sunday wilde Ft. Harpdog Brown
Someone Stole My Shoes- Hypnosonics (live)

Freaks- Magnet Animals
Mad Hatter- Mike Dillon
Pelagic- Mike Dillon
Bumpy’s Lament- Karate Boogaloo
Pay Your Way In Pain- St. Vincent

Ua Ah- Alan Evans (live at Skidmore College)
Glovebox Pistol- Menahan Street Band
The Starchaser- Menahan Street Band
Cabin Fever- Menahan Street Band

Breaking the Olympic Standard: Ibtihaj Muhammad

Ibtihaj Muhammad is an entrepreneur, activist, speaker, and Olympic medalist in fencing. A 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, 5-time Senior World medalist and World Champion, in 2016, Ibtihaj became the first American woman to compete in the Olympics in hijab. She was a 3-time All American at Duke University where she graduated with a dual major in International Relations and African Studies. In 2014, Ibtihaj launched her own clothing company, Louella, which aims to bring modest, fashionable, and affordable clothing to the United States market. In 2017, Mattel announced their first hijab Barbie, modeled in Ibtihaj’s likeness, as part of Barbie’s “Shero” line of dolls.

Ibtihaj released her debut memoir in July 2018, PROUD: My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream. Her third book, New York Times’ Bestseller children’s book, The Proudest Blue, released September 2019 with glowing reviews. As well as an author, Ibtihaj is a sports ambassador with the U.S. Department of State’s Empowering Women and Girls through Sport Initiative, and works closely with organizations like Athletes for Impact and the Special Olympics.

As part of the WUD Distinguished Lecture Series, Ibthihaj was part of a virtual event discussing her career in fencing, what it’s like preparing for the Olympics, diversity and activism within the sports industry, and how her identity as a woman of color and a Muslim-American impacts her within the male-dominated sports world. I was psyched I got to check out this event. It was a joy to hear her speak of getting after it, not being afraid to be the only one, and that will all of her hard work and successes, she is still just another member of our global community with regular thoughts and feelings just like you and I.

Puff Of Nature

The first edition of a Spring Fling program Thursdays from 11am-hiGh Noon…The Yellow Light #1 brought SUM grooves to your nature:

What The People Say- Alan Evans
Break It Down- Alan Evans
Ethiopian Airlines- Whatitdo Archive Group

Revolutionize- Adrian Younge
Watch The Children- Adrian Younge

Ramblin’- Charles Lloyd & The Marvels
Peace- Charles Lloyd & The Marvels
Asteroid Mines of the Kuiper Belt- The Luvmenauts
Spice Always Flows- The Luvmenauts
One Giant Step, Part iii (Laika’s Short Orbit Edit)- Binker Golding/John Edwards/Steve Noble

Sunrays- Logan Richardson Ft. Laura Taglialatela & Corey Fonville
Intro to Modjadji- Makram Aboul Hosn
Chron- Noah Preminger & Kim Cass

Dee Dee- Miguel Zenón Ft. Jordi Rossy, Ariel Bringuez & Demian Cabaud (live)

Cabbage Pop

The final portion of the proGram this week was the first to show off it’s feeling on Spring:

Imagine (arranged for Vocal Ensemble)- Afrika Mamas
Hlonipha- Afrika Mamas
Come Away- Vana Liya Ft. Half Pint

The Throne- Indubious Ft. Capelton
Arabia- Roots of Creation Ft. Mihali
Night Shift- Gentleman’s Dub Club Ft. Gardna
The Right Time- Krak In Dub Ft. Johnny Osbourne & Ras Demo
Good JuJu- Nicola Conte & Gianluca Petrella

You My Love- Anushka
Sluntseto Trepti (Carmen Rizzo Remix)- TRIGAIDA
Frantic- Izy
A Song on the Wind- Eagle

G.O.Y.D.- Lava La Rue
Gold Chains- Genesis Owusu
Rapvid- King Khazm Ft. Oze, Ephniko & DJ Gafeto

Breakin’ On Through

The middle portion of this week’s proGram is always the first to pop out with hopes:

Want It All- Dree Leer
Throw Me Around- The Blips
Black Myself- Amythyst Kiah

Hand Of Time- Triptides
**pre-recorded conversation with Glenn Brigman of Triptides**
Another Dream- Triptides
Let It Go- Triptides

Bubble Up- Photon
Did It Again- The True Loves
Strange Times- Omar Coleman
Crab Walk- Funkboy
Fo’ Sho’- Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

Just Hafta Look In

The first part of this week’s proGram was inside that little spot you walked right past:

One’s On The Way- Loretta Lynn Ft. Margo Price
Hot Lovin’ Momma- Joe Lewis Band
Where’s The Girl- Hypnosonics
Wait- The Letrasets

Burn The Whole Thing Down- Magnet Animals
Forecast In Rome- Magnet Animals
The Kids Are Gonna Win- Magnet Animals
Through An Open Window- Thumbscrew
Fractured Sanity- Thumbscrew

I Don’t Mind- Heather The Jerk
**pre-recorded conversation with Heather The Jerk**
Zone Out- Heather The Jerk
Gone Thinking- Heather The Jerk

Gimme A Buzz- T Benny and the Buzz Bros.
Get It In The End- Benny Trokan

Cable Access TV from Heather The Jerk

Heather the jerk is the solo project of Heather Sawyer based out of Madison, WI. She started the project around 2016 to challenge herself and see if she could play music “one man band” style using guitar, bass drum, and high hat. After playing a few shows HTJ released a 4 song ep titled “The Rick Shitty Sessions” recorded by Rick Freuhling of local bands Fire Heads and Dumb Vision. In between now and then Heather played in a couple touring bands and was pretty busy with that. Fast forward several years and a pandemic later, Heather wrote a bunch of songs and decided to record them all as a full band this time around. Cable Access TV is the result of the recording sessions. Recorded entirely by Graham Hunt at their practice space this last fall, CATV also features Graham, and friend Tyler Fassnacht on some guitar and bass help. Cable Access TV is the result of some breakups, a pandemic, and smoking up.

I had the opportunity to get a little time with Heather The Jerk to get her take of how the album creation went down. We talk some of the ins and outs of this album, some of those inspirations that inspired and a new video as well as some thinGs in the pipeline….who is this Dana and The I Don’t Need That’s?? Heather is one of those special people making that real feel to her sound and Madison is lucky to have her within the scene.

Triptides Bring Out Alter Echoes

With a sound oscillating between psychedelic pop and space rock, Triptides’ album Alter Echoes channels both The Byrds at their most hallucinogenic and Pink Floyd at their most cosmically composed while creating something immediate and new. These are some heady, sun-drenched psych-pop-type sounds that guarantee to open new paths within you, and bring a easy cool feeling over you. The band has established itself as a preeminent part of the new wave of L.A. psych music. With Alter Echoes they pull away from the pack, thanks to the quality of their songwriting, performance and production. The Los Angeles based band is led by multi-instrumentalist Glenn Brigman, and with drummer Brendan Peleo-Lazar and bassist/guitarist Stephen Burns. Triptides’ Alter Echoes will be released on limited vinyl and digital / streaming platforms on March 19th via Alive Naturalsound Records.

I had the chance to catch up quick with Glenn Brigman of Triptides to dive a little deeper into the uplifting sounds created on ‘Alter Echoes”. We get into the path from start to finish, the growth of the music and Glenn builds a set around one of the tracks off the record with some other wild artists and tunes. EarGrab the conversation but make sure to get an earful of this album.