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More With Making Movies

As Making Movies delivers its 4th album, XOPA, the Kansas City band proves true the maxim which, in English, is like an encouraging version of “reap what you sow.” Meant to inspire to push forward, the phrase is chanted on the LP’s multi-movement epic, “La Primera Radio” — but it’s exemplary, too, of the band’s musical odyssey. This is a band that makes American music with an asterisk: because Making Movies’ sound encompasses the entirety of the Americas, not solely the country inarguably centered in mainstream everything. It’s through this broader perspective that they have crunched classic rock into Latin American rhythms — African-derived percussion & styles like rumba, merengue, mambo & cumbia — in a way that feels oddly familiar, yet delivers the invigorating chills of hearing something uniquely new. Each member: Enrique Chi, vocalist/guitarist/songwriter; his brother Diego Chi, bassist/experimental vocalist; percussionist Juan-Carlos Chaurand; & Duncan Burnett, newly incorporated into the band on drums, is enthusiastically committed to music history, to uncovering connections between genres & cultures both their own & otherwise. They’re all lifelong musicians too, hailing from disparate yet similar backgrounds, parents that cherished music, fathers that kickstarted cultural movements, families in which gospel is critical to their very existence. The band’s collective desire for exploration has attracted a several connections, many of them legendary players, like friend of the proGram Mr. Steve Berlin of iconic rock band Los Lobos, a recurring collaborator & steadfast champion of the band. An approach from beloved Panamanian musician Rubén Blades led to joint songs like “No te Calles’‘ & “Cómo Perdonar.” Making Movies has also created with indie-folk band Hurray for the Riff Raff, trumpeter Asdru Sierra of Ozomatli, Puerto Rican salsero Frankie Negrón, and all-female mariachi group Flor de Toloache. On the heels of Making Movies’ 2019 album ameri’kana, the band worked on a documentary series, through which they connected with the legendary organist Reverend Charles Hodges, an soul music pioneer who played alongside Al Green, and fellow Memphis, Tennessee, musicians the Sensational Barnes Brothers. At their live shows, they are wholly present, feeling every original groove with the same rush of as when they first found it. This approach has prompted many to proclaim: ‘This IS my new favorite band’.

I had the opportunity to catch up with family to the proGram, Enrique Chi ahead of the Making Movies sets on the weekend of August 13-14th at the McPike Sessions – the Pursuit of Happiness. We got into why coming to Madison is a no-brainer, we dive deep into the technology and songwriting sides of the new record ‘XOPA’ and we touch base on the give back the band is art of with a discussion around the upcoming AMERI’KANA Music & Arts Festival. Check them out live, listen to the music but definitely figure out a way to find out that the difference is why.

Concrete Bloom

The xtra time spent in studio today brought the colors out of the dim.

Juneteenth- Katalyst /Adrian Younge/Ali Shaheed Muhammad
Hey Good Lookin’ Woman- Ronnie Foster


LOVE QUANTUM (Prelude)- Theo Croker
JAZZ IS DEAD- Theo Croker Ft. Gary Bartz & Kassa Overall
ROOTS- Anthony Fung Ft. David Binney, Luca Mendoza & Orquesta La Kshamba


The Wanderer- Kabir Sehgal, Amaan Ali Bangash & Ayaan Ali Bangash

Art Everywhere

The final part of the proGram this week found the art in it all.

Cosmoturismo- Watch TV W/Mondomo
Chinatown (Michele Ranauro Remix)- Manupuma
Motel- LAVA LA RUE
Hi-Fidelity- LAVA LA RUE Ft. Biig Piig
Don’t Book Me- Buttering Trio


Encounter(vanish)- Kuedo
We Chillin’ Out- Kaidi Tatham Ft. The Easy Access Orchestra
Nothing You Can Do- Roy Shakked


Drop That Ghetto Blaster!- Mr. Big Mouse
Gorba The Chief- Sacher Musak
Agent Cooper Lurvs Coffee (loglady remix)- Twin Freaks


Islands- Ransel
Back From the Dead- Kings & Associates
Santomense- Neto Amado
Paramarera Boracho- Sonora

Pollen Grab

Middle parts of today’s proGram grabbed new life to share.

Black Mountain Side- Steve Tibbetts
Roam And Spy- Steve Tibbetts


Individual Like You- Hot Pursuit Of Happiness
***pre-recorded conversation with Thollem***
Make More Friends- Hot Pursuit Of Happiness
The Sound- Hot Pursuit Of Happiness


Serenella- Seal Party
Arboretum- Bonzo Squad
Dirty Job- The Jauntee
Let Me In From the Cold- The New Mastersounds w/Lamar Williams Jr.


Windsurf- Alex Puddu
Summer Lovin’- Cerrone Ft. Purple Disco Machine
Golden Air- Sun’s Signature
Boots In the Snow- Machine
Headhunter- Machine

Botanically Yours

The first part of the proGram this week saw the same things different on a familiar trip.

Big Shot Bring Nothing- Kitty Ford
Life’s Been Good to Me- Kitty Ford
DIX – A – Billy- Mimi Roman


Castle on Irish Bayou- Andrew Duhon
Promised Land- Andrew Duhon
Bride & Groom- David Rosales
New Day- Kenny Roby
Married to a Train- Kenny Roby


greenarrowradio promo- Breezy Rodio
The Asymptomatics- Breezy Rodio
Blind Leading the Blind- Mississippi MacDonald Ft. Vaneese Thomas
Baby Be Good- Demetria Taylor Ft. Mike Wheeler & Carlos Showers
Nursing My Kitty Cat- Demetria Taylor Ft. Mike Wheeler & Carlos Showers
Dancin’ Shoes- Silent Partners
Provin’ Ground- Silent Partners


Come and Get It- Irene Pena
Cracklin’ Rosie- The Brothers Steve
Lola- Diamond Hands
Fever- The Jaws of Brooklyn

Hot Pursuit Of Happiness

Thollem is a perpetually traveling pianist, keyboardist, composer, improviser, singer-songwriter, activist, author & teacher. He’s spent most of his life living on the road throughout North America & Europe. His work is ever-changing, evolving & responding to the times and his experiences, both as a soloist and in collaboration with hundreds of artists across disciplines. He is known internationally as an acoustic piano player in the free jazz and post-classical worlds, as the lead vocalist for the Italian agit-punk band Tsigoti and as an electronic keyboardist through a slew of projects. Born & raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Thollem began playing the piano, composing/improvising as a child, absorbing the sounds of his culturally diverse upbringing. As an adult he has continued to incorporate the breadth of musics he has experienced on his extensive travels. Since 2005, he has played over 1,500 concerts throughout North America & Europe as a soloist and in collaboration with other musicians, dancers & filmmakers. In that time span, as lead facilitator or co-leader, he has also released close to 100 albums on 23 different vanguard labels. A very brief cross section of his many collaborators include William Parker, Pauline Oliveros, Stefano Scodanibbio, Nels Cline, Rob Mazurek, Ravish Momin, Michael Wimberly, Mike Watt & Carmina Escobar. The deep true list is as diverse as his ear.

Over the years I have had a chance to discuss several different projects with Thollem, but this one is unique. He was out of his element in some ways with his most recent work, ‘This Day’s Called Tuesday’ by his twenty first century one man band Hot Pursuit Of Happiness (HPOH). We get in there about what was different and how these tracks developed over time [and are still evolving as Thollem figures out what they will become in a live setting]. We talk about Thollem the singer/songwriter, the live beat maker and the sonic producer all in one in a real time environment…but it seems like the bottom line is just how this music, these songs make me, make him, make WE feel. There is something to this new music, I hope you will take a listen and share just what it is. It miGht just be special.

More Than A View

Final part of the proGram had things ready to go.

Spending Time With Ludwig- Gard Nilssen Acoustic Unity
Boogie- Gard Nilssen Acoustic Unity


Vantablack- Trio Xolo
**pre-recorded conversation with Zachary Swanson of Trio Xolo**
Cropsey- Trio Xolo
Gravesend- Trio Xolo


Pursuing Resolution- Tim Lin
Emlilweni- Nduduzo Makhathini Ft. Jaleel Shaw
Match Strikes- Erik Friedlander
Chandelier- Erik Friedlander
First Move- Aaron Seeber


Sightseeing- Anthony Fung
What Does it Mean to be Free?- Anthony Fung Ft. Andrew Renfroe, Paul Cornish & David Binney
Supernova- Martin Bejerano
B. Radley (Electro Midi Shred RMX)- Martin Bejerano
Find Joy- JK Group

Feel That Breeze

The middle parts to the proGram was right there…and felt it all along the way.

Funkshovit- C’ammafunk
Bessoka- Manu Dibango
Dur Di Kutubel- Eneida Marta
Mi Palabra- Antonio Sanchez Ft. Ana Tijoux
Twenty Twenty Two- Myki Tuff


Night on My Mind- Sharky
Full Circle- Supreme Beings of Leisure
Recess- Watch TV w/El Gran Lapofsky
Palumbo- Watch TV
Searchin’- Wax Tailor Ft. Kuf Knotz


Dogon Cypher- Katalyst, Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad
Sultry Song II- Ronnie Foster
Mind Melder- Troy Roberts
Golden Limousine- Golden Dawn Arkestra

Edging The Water

The first part of this week’s proGram had it’s own shorelines.

What’s Happenin’ Here- Kenny Roby
Cat and Mouse- Teddy & The Rough Riders
Rhinestone Salute- Teddy & The Rough Riders
greenarrowradio promo- Brad “Guitar” Wilson
Kick Us- Kimberly Morgan York


Very Best Thing- Quinn Deveaux & The California Honeydrops
Once There Was No Sun- Jake Blount


Cujo Kiddies- Disq
Geronimo- Young Fathers


Wonderful World- Joe Marcinek
Hold Your Head Up- The Harlem Gospel Travelers
Sweeter Than Strychnine- Lizzie No & Ben Pirani Ft. The Means of Production
Curls- The Pro-Teens
Lock Your Door- Machine
Why Can’t People (Be Colors Too?)- Machine

In Flower, In Song by Trio Xolo

‘In Flower, In Song’ is the debut album from Trio Xolo, an improvising group composed of bassist Zachary Swanson, saxophonist Derrick Michaels, and percussionist Dalius Naujo. With a telepathic ear toward musical interplay, Trio Xolo performs free-flowing stream of consciousness improvisations. The result is true, in the moment composition. The trio moves together dynamically as their voices simultaneously overlap and converge into one. In Flower, In Song was recorded live in one room and unveils a warm, organic sound: Swanson’s distinctive use of gut strings produce a dark, woody tone, Michaels draws robust color from a vintage saxophone, and Naujo expresses a nuanced control of energy and dynamics. Through explorations of melody, atmosphere, and texture, they can either embrace or dispel the traditional hierarchy of the trio format. At its core, Trio Xolo creates music that seeks to capture the essence of the moment through deep listening.

I had the opportunity to have a conversation with bassist, Zachary Swanson ahead of the album’s release. We got into how the moments were born, the flow of the sound and what we both found really cool was at the end of the day, the songs presented in an ‘order’ in a collection, we actually in the order that they were conceived. This in the now making of art, such as ‘In Flower, In Song’ has been in the front and back and even the sides of my mind, so getting more time with someone who lives in it, was special. Just like this record. The exploration finds will find a home behind your ears and gets right into the veins of my moods. This record will assist in taking your time and finding new ways to spend it, opening paths that were unseen and it’s up to you to go blaze that trail. Take Trio Xolo with you on the journey.

Release Date: August 19, 2022 on 577 Records
Compositions by Zachary Swanson, BMI

Anything In There

The final part of this week’s proGram was looking and found.

Interlude- George Lernis Ft. John Patitucci
Between Two Worlds (Arrival)- George Lernis Ft. John Patitucci
Elephant- Vela Vada Ft. Brad Walker
War Cry- Vela Vada Ft. 79rs Gang


Curated Reality- Tommy Crane
(……………)- Nate Wooley & Columbia Icefield


Abantwana Belanga- Nduduzo Makhathini
Parksville- Gordon Grdina’s Nomad Trio Ft. Matt Mitchell & Jim Black


Lucid Dreaming (Opening)- Brandon Coleman
On The One- Brandon Coleman
My Ideal 1- Gerald Clayton
Peace Invocation- Gerald Clayton Ft. Charles Lloyd

Still Climbing

Middle parts to the proGram keep on going with the ups and downs.

Lion Rock- DJ Absurd
Bwanya- Playing For Change Band & Playing for Change
Spirits Rebellious- Kabir Sehgal, Amaan Ali Bangash & Ayaan Ali Bangash
Jaipur Festival- Kabir Sehgal, Amaan Ali Bangash & Ayaan Ali Bangash ft. Oran Etkin
Aajke Shaadi- Khiyo
Ek Jomuna- Khiyo

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Aquamarine- Danger Mouse & Black Thought Ft. Michael Kiwanuka
Run- Killer Mike Ft. Young Thug & Dave Chapelle
Adulting- Femme Deadly Venoms Ft. Lateef The Truthspeaker
It’s Not Me It’s You- Femme Deadly Venoms, Jazz Mafia & Shaina E


Let Yourself Go- Ella Fitzgerald [live Hollywood Bowl]
In the Paint- The Cookers Quintet Ft. Bernie Senensky
Tempest- Extended Trio
Emancipation Day- Roberto Occhipinti
Sharifa the Great- Joy Lapps

Deer Yes

First pieces of this week’s proGram was just doing it’s own thang in it’s own spot.

Po’ Black Sheep- Nora Brown
Shortnin’ Bread- Nora Brown


Let It Go- Gabe Stillman
***pre-recorded conversation with Gabe Stillman***
No Time for Me- Gabe Stillman

We Could Be Gold Diggers- Ina Forsman
Play On- Roy Shakked
Pyroclastic- Chicken Grass
CC Stomp- True Loves
Broken Flowers- The Shaolin Afronauts


Scream- Brooklyn Funk Essentials & Alison Limerick
Trouble- Say She She


Doggone Blues Again- Joe Marcinek Band
Isn’t She Lovely- Ronnie Foster
Get It in the Sun- Sai Galaxy Ft. Olugbade Okunade

Gabe Stillman Helps Close Atwoodfest22

The Gabe Stillman Band hits the stage in high gear and only goes higher as they embrace all corners of American Roots Music with their impromptu selection of original gems and a few carefully chosen covers. Since landing in the final 8 of the 35th Annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN, and further honored as the recipient of the esteemed Gibson Guitar Award, Gabe and his band have been focused on expanding their footprint on a national & international level. Based in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Gabe formed the band in 2015, shortly after graduating from Boston’s Berklee College of Music. His first self-produced release “The Grind” received wide acclaim. The 2nd release, “Flying’ High” is backed by the legendary Nighthawks. Gabe’s most current project, his first full-length release “Just Say The Word” features 15 tracks with 13 originals, is on the Boston-based, Vizztone Record Label. This robust project was guided by famed musician and producer Anson Funderburgh.

I had a chance to catch up with Gabe ahead of his upcoming Mid-west tour where he will be closing out Atwoodfest22on the Madison Heritage stage Sunday, July 31st. We get into what makes his live shows something people are always left raving about, how he looks forward to his first trip into Madison and the creation of his album, “Just Say The Word”. There may be new music that we talk about as well as the potential upcoming honor that comes with the name of one of Gabe’s musical heroes, Mr. Sean Costello.

image by Kirk Hansen

Cardinal Rule

The final part of the proGram this week was perched for the right kind of flight.

Breathless- Femme Deadly Venoms
After Hours- Femme Deadly Venoms Ft. Nicholas Payton
Sol Supreme- Sol Messiah Ft. Cambatta

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The Griot- Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad Ft. Henry Franklin
Running with the Tribe- Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad Ft. Phil Ranelin & Wendell Harrison
Interstellar Space- Brandon Coleman
Lucid Dreaming (Closing)- Brandon Coleman
Solar Eclipse- Clear Path Ensemble


Time To Mind the Mystics- Dan Bruce’s :beta Collective

Quand Nos Pères Étaient Des Poissons- L’Empire des Sons
Moving Waves- André Fertier & Clivage
I’ll Stay- Jasual Cazz
Delilah- The Hank Jones & Milt Jackson All Star Quartet [live]

Quick Buzz Found

Middle parts of the proGram found right where we wanted to bee.

Half Mast on Bourbon Street- Craig Waters and the Flood
Boom, Bang, Gone!- Freedust
Sister Rosett’a Train- ChickenGrass Ft. Princess Shaw
Trading Bullets- ChickenGrass


Time Is Running Out- Machine
Only People Can Save the World- Machine
No Sayers- True Loves
On The Spot- True Loves


Reciprocity- Joe Marcinek Band
***pre-recorded conversation with Joe Marcinek***
Lagniappe- Joe Marcinek Band
Cool Down- Joe Marcinek Band


Consejos- Making Movies Ft. Charles Hodges/David Hildago/Dolores Huerta/Mai-Elka Prado/Robert Mirabel/Rueben Blades/Sheyla DeJesus
La Primera Radio- Making Movies Ft. Marc Ribot
Canción de Espinas- Los Dorados

To The Fish

1st part of the proGram this week put u that ‘GONE FISHIN’ sign for a bit.

Wild Goose Chase- Nora Brown
Rodeo- Jerry Pinnell Ft. Arlo McKinley [live]
Fenced In- Umphrey’s McGee


Get Outta My Way- Todd Sharpville
Down so Long- Ryan Lee Crosby
Wish I Was in Heaven Sitting Down- Ryan Lee Crosby
Talk to You- Dennis Johnson


Rich White Honky Blues- Hank Williams Jr.
Venus In Furs- Jeff Beck & Johnny Depp
Nattens Sista Strimma Ljus- Dungen
greenarrowradio promo- The Kut
Fun When You’re Winning- The Kut


Blacklisted- Priest

More With Joe Marcinek

Joe Marcinek Band is an experience you will never forget. That is because each show features a different lineup of musicians creating a different set of music every night. The music is equal parts Chicago Blues, New Orleans Funk, Grateful Dead Psychedelia, and Jazz Fusion! JMB is an ever evolving mixture of original compositions and incredible musicians. Each show has a slightly different lineup and interpretation. Joe tours nationally from New York to LA and everywhere in between. And since most of the lineups will only happen one time, it makes every night that ‘can’t miss show’. The group has featured many prominent special guests including Bernie Worrell (P-Funk, Talking Heads), Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band), George Porter JR (The Meters), Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Alan Evans (Soulive), Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Tony Hall (Dumpstaphunk, Dave Mathews & Friends), Shaun Martin (Snarky Puppy, Kirk Franklin), Allen Aucoin (the Disco Biscuits), Marty Sammon (Buddy Guy), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident / EOTO), Erik “Jesus” Coomes (Lettuce), Borahm Lee (Break Science), Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), Mike Greenfield (Lotus), Borham Lee (Break Science), Steve Molitz (Phil Lesh & Friends / Particle) Joey Porter (The Motet / Juno What), Fareed Haque, Scott Metzger, Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy) Garrett Sayers (The Motet) Allie Kral (Yonder Mountain String Band), Freekbass, Vinnie Amico and Jim Loughlin (moe.) and more!

This time around Joe and I continue our conversation when JMB4 was the topic as it was the riGht time to drop ‘JMB5’, The band’s 5th record out now on Vintage League Music. We dove back into how this when went down and getting the studio work in and all the stars aligned from the beginning. Friend of the show, Mr. Robert Walter adds his flare and fire to this one and to me, it has that feel good, heal right thang going on. We get into something solo he put together when coming off the bi that hit so many, and we even tease a little of what the next record will be like and who will be a part of it. Another Dead Funk Summit is right around the corner once again AND an upcoming George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners tour featuring Joe Marcinek is just about here, so we make sure to get a little pitch in for the things you maybe didn’t know you needed to know about.

Berry Good Spot

The extra sets this week found themselves right where they were needing to be.

La Vuelta de Rosca- Dario Acosta Teich
Driva’ Man- Max Roach
Rendez-rio- Natural Lateral
I’ll Stay- Roy Hargrove & The RH Factor [live]


It Could Happen To You- John Scofield
Contemporary Insanity- Tobin Mueller Ft. Paul Nelson
What Is Hip- Tobin Mueller Ft. Paul Nelson

Scene Right Through

The final part of this week’s proGram could see right thru it all.

Trying to Find- Midan & AHNAMUSICA
XOPA- Making Movies


El León- Adrian Quesada Ft. Rudy De Anda
Jambalaya- Primo Carrasco and David Beebe
Irie In the Morning- Jyemo Club


Summer Party- David Versace
Serpentes- Da Cruz Ft. Magugu
Doomsday- The Pro-Teens
Never Forget- Sampa the Great Ft. Chef 187, Tio Nason & Mwanje
Tahin- TOYTOY


Ready, Set, Go- Bass Extremes Ft. Bootsy Collins
Home Bass- Bass Extremes Ft. Marcus Miller, Ron Carter, John Patitucci
Cold Duck Time- Frank Catalano Ft. Mike Clark (Live)