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About To Go

The beGinning of this week’s proGram definitely wanted to just burst outta its slumber:

Cabbage- Royal Horses
Tomorrow- Joshua Henry
Minor Time- Nick Waterhouse
Vincentine- Nick Waterhouse

Angry Young Man- The Bablers
Psychadilly Circus- The Bablers

Nice And Neat- Walter Broes & The Mercenaries
Smoker- Walter Broes & The Mercenaries
Nothing’s Easy but You and Me- The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
greenarrowradio promo- Halley DeVestern

Did You Catch That Jack?- Kirk Nelson & Jambalaya West
Cats Out Of The Bag- Kirk Nelson & Jambalaya West
To Be Alone With You- PM Warson
1986- The Static Dive

Todd Clouser And Cinema Music Plus

Todd Clouser is a composing guitarist, songwriter & performer based between Mexico City and the USA. Combining elements of rock, jazz blues, spoken word & improvised musics, he has toured the world with his group A Love Electric, as a solo act and performed alongside luminaries from John Lurie to John Zorn, Flea, Cyro Baptista, John Medeski, Keb Mo, and more, performing at rock, jazz and world music festivals across the globe. His prolific output & genre-evading creativity had NPR call Todd “a fascinating musician ….. (he) doesn’t belong to any scene and doesn’t want to”, and Mexico City’s La Jornada mentioning the group as “one of the most important acts of recent years”. A native of Minneapolis, MN, Todd grew up traveling the USA following his favorite artists & self publishing poetry/recordings before being signed to Ropeadope Records for his first “proper” release, entitled “A Love Electric”. As time/tours passed, A Love Electric became a band, first an instrumental act joined by NYC downtown scene heroes Steven Bernstein, Cyro Baptista, & Billy Martin, eventually settling as a trio that explores Todd’s songwriting while honoring the inquisition and fearlessness or jazz tradition, w/Hernan Hecht on drums & Aaron Cruz on bass. The trio has gone on to release 6 records on labels in the US & Mexico while performing nearly 1,000 concerts in the span of 7 years. So much has happened since those early days. Philanthropy/community outreach work has been an important of his work in Mexico and beyond. With the founding of his “Music Mission” initiative, Todd and patrons have donated thousands of dollars worth of instruments, education materials, workshops and basic needs support to communities in Nicaragua, Chiapas, Oaxaca, Mexico City, Durango etc. Todd is also the founder of Ropeadope Sur, a record label based out of Mexico City with a focus on Mexican acts in search of increased projection of their music, the first act signed being Los Cardencheros de Sapioriz, an acapella group singing slave-era songs on the ranches on northern Mexico.

It’s always nice to visit with family and Todd and I had a chance to catch up as he is heading to Madison on May 124th to play Garver Feed Mill in a trio with Alex Mercado and Rodrigo Villaneva. We get into the event which is entitled Cinema Music for Unmade Film and the tour that it is a part of. We spend some time also talking about his latest releases, “Fake Dudes” by Magnet Animals and a brand new live album on Ropeadope Sur called “Live, Loft, Köln”. The best part of all the things Todd is a part of is that there are so many kinds….it really provides me, a listeners and a sharer of music to learn so much about so many. I thini this latest conversation will do the same.

Talkin’ Garage A Trois With Skerik

Garage A Trois return in the form from which they were born 22 years earlier with a new studio album, Calm Down Cologne, on RPF Records. Comprised by guitarist friends of the proGram, Charlie Hunter, saxophonist Skerik and drummer Stanton Moore, OG GAT released their debut album Mysteryfunk to wide acclaim in 1999. The band evolved over the years in various configurations before eventually going dormant following its 2011 album, Always Be Happy, In 2019, the original 3 piece line-up reunited for a handful of shows. This would lead to an afternoon recording at Stone Gossard’s Studio Litho in Seattle, right across the street from where the band was playing a sold out, three night run at Nectar Lounge. Ace engineer Randall Dunn was invited to document the proceedings and captured the resulting album in one magical session. Dunn later took the tracks to AVAST! Recording Co. for mixing. With all but a few edits on the beginnings and ends of performances, Calm Down Cologne presents the music as it was played in the studio that day. The story about the album title might be that legendary underground Seattle artist Rick Klu gave Skerik the idea when he was describing a bouncer having to use some ‘calm down cologne’ on an unruly patron. I have been sprayed once or twice myself I think.

I had the chance to dive deep into the new music with Skerik. We talk about the creation of these mind-opening, ass-shaking tunes and how music – this music is the best thing they can do and capture this music in the now moment. This translates so beautifully when this band is live and amazingly, onto this record. We also got into some of the new music is is making with True Loves on Color Red Music, and recent music with Nels Cline. SAY WHA????? Skerik is also cool enough to build a setlist of things around one of the new tracks on Calm Down Cologne….click into find out what he choose.

WMI PLUS At Home – Anoushka Shankar

It is always a pleasure to spend a little time with our friend, world-renowned composer and sitarist Anoushka Shankar, but to be able to do that in an intimate conversation with friend and fellow musician Priya Darshini is priceless. Anoushka shared some music and talked about her upcoming album (Love Letters P.S.) release, as well as continuing her family’s legacy as an artist, humanitarian and activist. This fantastic conversation was followed by a Q&A with those in attendance. What a treat that the World Music Institute put on here, and they have been and continue to find ways for us to stay on top of what is going on with the important bridge builders around the globe. Check out what they are doing and try to find a way to support them and spread the word.

Wisconsin Sound Series: Pro Arte Quartet

The Pro Arte Quartet (PAQ) was founded by conservatory students in Brussels in 1912 and became one of Europe’s most celebrated ensembles. Named Court Quartet to the Queen of Belgium, PAQ attracted the attention of notable composers, among them Bartok, who dedicated his fourth quartet to PAQ, and Barber, whose Op. 11(“Adagio for Strings”) PAQ premiered. Stranded in the U.S. when Nazi forces invaded Belgium in 1940, PAQ was offered residency at the University of Wisconsin, where it has remained since. One of the world’s most distinguished quartets, PAQ is the first and only quartet to reach its centennial anniversary, celebrated with new works, exhibits, a documentary, radio broadcasts, CD releases, and a new book on its storied history. PAQ’s performance is part of the Wisconsin Sound Series which showcases and supports local musicians and artists.

String Trio in C Minor, Op. 9 No. 3 (1797-8) Ludwig van Beethoven
Allegro con spirito
Adagio con espressione
Scherzo: Allegro molto e vivace
Finale: Presto

David Perry, Violin
Sally Chisholm, Viola
Parry Karp, Violoncello

Piano Trio in C Minor, Op. 1 No. 3 (1793-4) Ludwig van Beethoven
Allegro con brio
Andante cantabile con Variazioni
Menuetto: Quasi Allegro
Finale: Prestissimo

Thomas Kasdorf, Piano
Suzanne Beia, Violin
Parry Karp, Violoncello

The Dangling Hearts

The final portion of this week’s proGram wore it’s heart on a stem and vine:

Calling- Indubious
Bless the Water- Indubious Ft. Alcyon Massive
Police In Helicopter (Vocal Mix)- Yaadcore, Jah9 & Subatomic Sound System
2 Bad Brown DJs- Soulfiya Ft. Apache Indian
Offering- Soulfiya Ft. El Dusty & Clips x Ahoy

Black Eyed Peace- Piper Street Sound Ft. Andy Bassford
**pre-recorded conversation with Andy Bassford**
A Shadow in August- Piper Street Sound Ft. Andy Bassford
Stonesteady- Piper Street Sound Ft. Andy Bassford

Musical Minds (iLLBilly Hi-Tec Remix)- Mexican Dubwiser Ft. Yarah Bravo
La Gran Ciudad (La Gorda Dub Remix)- Mexican Dubwiser Ft. Tino El Pinguino
Punky Reggae Party- Seanie T
Message In The Bottle- Dubxanne Ft. Earl 16

Star Growth Greens

The middle portion of this week’s proGram knew it would grow upwards and the time is now:

No Ways Tired- Elizabeth King & The Gospel Souls
Can’t Cheat The Dance- Jeb Loy Nichols Ft. Cold Diamond & Mink
We Gotta Work On It- Jeb Loy Nichols Ft. Cold Diamond & Mink
Take Your Time- Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal
Gimme That Lovin’- Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal

Another Shot Fired- The Tibbs
Objects In Mirror- Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra
Blind Man Can See It- Karate Boogaloo
Ae Naujawan Hai Sab Kuchh Yahan- Karate Boogaloo

Jan Jan- Robert Walter Ft. Gary Bartz & The Greyboy Allstars
Poison Dart- Robert Walter, Eddie Roberts, Adam Deitch (W.R.D.)
Chum City- Robert Walter, Eddie Roberts, Adam Deitch (W.R.D.)
Pump Up The Vallium- Robert Walter, Eddie Roberts, Adam Deitch (W.R.D.)

Above The Grounds

The first part of this week’s proGram took a look from below, above:

Visions- José González
Come On In My Kitchen- Adam Moezinia

Crying Holy- Reverend Freakchild
Personal Jesus- Reverend Freakchild
I’m Waiting for My Man / She Caught the Katy- Eddie Turner
Whoa, Whoa, Whoa- Eddie Turner
Whatever She Wants- Jose Ramirez

Hot Diggity- Kirk Nelson & Jambalaya West
Bird Of The World- M Ross Perkins
Fugitive Lover- Nick Waterhouse

Train Ticket- Jenny Don’t And The Spurs
It’s For Fun (That’s All We’re Living For)- The Forty Nineteens
Runaway- Results of Adults
SKrAm!- Jeff Rosenstock

Black Eyed Peace

Atlanta based producer Matt Mansfield aka Piper Street Sound has created a stunningly beautiful & collaborative EP of instrumental Reggae music with legendary Reggae guitarist Andy Bassford (Toots and the Maytals, Dennis Brown, Horace Andy, Culture, Roots Radics). Black Eyed Peace follows 2020’s Small Plate / Rid Them EP but puts a focus on guitar melodies masterfully executed by Maestro Bassford. The songs still bear that special Piper Street customary horn heavy & dub infused stylin’ but on this release, the flow moves into some new territory; elements of Rocksteady, major keys now bouncing alongside their minor key brethren, Yaya Brown’s akete drumming prods and propels the rhythms carved by the uber-tight drumming of Brian Daggett and the bass of Mansfield, Chris Case’s keyboard mastery blazes alongside, almost at times within the horns of Will Scruggs, Jonathan Lloyd and Dashill Smith. Black Eyed Peace is a collaborative affair pieced together gradually over the course of the pandemic, the horn sessions miraculously took place the week before everything shut down, and all other elements were recorded in home studios and electronically gathered by Matt, who then helped to guide them through the forest of the unknown into a toGetherness of today, many of us seek to find.

I had the opportunity to spend a little quality time with Andy Bassford to get a deeper look and feel into what led to his accepting this fantastic project as something he could feel ready to attach his name to. We get an inside look into his decision making, the vibrancy of the newly found relationship with Matt and even the possibilities of what comes next sonically. When you listen in, it sounds like the discovery of what could be has just beGun. Andy has been around so many of the great artists and sounds of a genre specifically, but I believe after listening in on this conversation, you’d agree that he is clearly in the business for the music, and I am so excited that Matt and he have found each other, and as that door keeps opening, we will all benefit from future collaborations and new found friends.

Toes Dipped In

The final edition of the Springtime spin-off proGram, The Yellow Light. Dipped in and cemented in time:

Full Plate- Steve Hunt
Cyclic Episode- Perry Smith
The Reconstruction Beat- Dan Wilson

The Right To Live- Ralph Peterson Jr.
Blue Hughes- Ralph Peterson Jr.
Four Play- Ralph Peterson Jr.

Aliens & Wizards- Spike Wilner Trio
The Boy In the Bubble- Art of Time Ensemble Ft. Gregory Hoskins
Thanking the Earth- Carlos Nino Ft. Nate Mercereau & Sam Gendel
Forever More- João Donato, Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad

Tambó- Rubén Blades with Roberto Delgado & Orquesta

Red Light Casting

The final part of the proGram this week had to find its favorite spot to reflect:

Gonna Fly Now- Karate Boogaloo
Flight- Karate Boogaloo
We Play the Funk (CMC & Silenta Remix)- Five Alarm Funk Ft. Bootsy Collins

Omo Aye- The Voice of Lajorun
Nuestra Victoria- Marinero
Hustle- Sons Of Kemet Ft. Kojey Radical
Get Jazzy- Drumagick

Ancestors- LV & Joshua Idehen
The Light- DJ Format

Deshta (Forever)- Lisa Gerrard & Jules Maxwell
Ma Kadouni (Oblik Lines Remix)- Meriem Ben Amor
Entropy- Asta Hiroki

Icemilk- Piper Street Sound Ft. Andy Bassford

Grown Close In

The middle parts of the proGram got a closer look into that fresh growth:

Tell Me- The Forty Nineteens
Go Little GTO- The Forty Nineteens
Approximately Eternity- Athanor
Run Away- Dree Leer

Very Blue- Nick Waterhouse
Pushing Too Hard- Nick Waterhouse
Living in the Last Days- Elizabeth King
Make It Happen- Mindi Abair Ft. Booker T. Jones
This Big Blue- Chase Frank

The Epic- Garage A Trois
Little Miss Lover- Robert Walter Ft. Gary Bartz & The Greyboy Allstars
Jimmy’s Groove- Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio
Break The Rules- Momo Said
Get Back Up- George Porter Jr. and Runnin’ Pardners
Cloud Funk- George Porter Jr. and Runnin’ Pardners

Your Garden Growth

The first part of this week’s proGram wanted to show off some of its early growth:

Outside Women Blues- Davy Knowles
Badlands- Cristina Vane
Heaven Bound Station- Cristina Vane

Factors of Awakening- Reverend Freakchild Ft. Kevin Griffin
See That His Grave Is Kept Clean- Reverend Freakchild
What Goes Up- 8 Ball Aitken
You Won’t Have a Problem When I’m Gone- Chris Cain

Where You Gonna Stop- Jimmie Bratcher
The New Day- Voodoo Ramble
Try- The Halley DeVestern Band (live)
Rattle Can- The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
greenarrowradio promo- Reverend Peyton
Crime To Be Poor- The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

Black Gold- Black River Delta
No NO- GA-20
Insomniac- Hypnosonics

Magnolia Ways

The 7th edition of the Spring spin-off proGram The Yellow Light was guided by the tree blossoms:

Soulsea- Gary Bartz/Ali Shaheed Muhammad/Adrian Younge

T Plays It Cool- Karate Boogaloo
Ally (Headnodic Remix)- Adryon De León
LA LOCOMOTIVE DORT- Yves-Ferdinand Bouvier
Basement- Momo Said
Sunny Side Of The Street- Momo Said

The Only You- Chase Frank
To Tell- Nick Waterhouse

Mammoth- Roots Of Creation
The Offering- Indubious Ft. Sizzla, Skillinjah
Waiting For Summer- Space Kamp
Neutral Ground- Green Buddha Ft. Big Chief Gerald Paige

Tropics- Sim Nagai
Body & Soul- Sim Nagai
Douglas Fir- Sim Nagai

Daytime Shadow

The 6th edition of the Springtime spin-off proGram, The Yellow Light, took the colors as the fluff flew over:

Movement 4- Floating Points & Pharoah Sanders W/London Symphony Orchestra
Porcelain (reprise Version)- Moby Ft. Jim James
Somuchmoreaware- møziz
Fallingisgrowing- møziz

Poughtu- Serge Bulat w/Katie Buckley & Nino Errera
Hope You’re Doin’ Better- Mndsgn
Grind- BARK

Love Bite- Middle Name Dance Band Ft. Natalie Slade
Yanıyorum- Tugba & Cagri

Asphalt Homeland- Ghost Funk Orchestra
Distant Mode- Gary Bartz Adrian Younge Ali Shaheed Muhammad
Black And Brown- Gary Bartz Adrian Younge Ali Shaheed Muhammad

Wisconsin Sound: Mr. Chair

The Wisconsin Union Theater’s new online event series, called Wisconsin Sound, will exclusively feature Wisconsin artists, and on April 11th we were treated to some Mr. Chair. The Theater team created this new series both for its patrons as well as to help support performance artists, many of whom have experienced canceled performances due to COVID-19. Mr. Chair looks like a jazz combo, enchants like a string quartet, and electrifies like a rock band, all while delighting listeners with their fresh and authentic sound. As classically-trained musicians well-versed in jazz, electronics, prog rock, world music and beyond, Mr. Chair is a contemporary fusion ensemble for music fans of all backgrounds. Their compositions are long-form journeys – sometimes delicate and sweet, sometimes thrashing with unbridled energy and conviction. Their sound palette is diverse, and used to tell stories in styles cinematic, surreal, romantic, funky, whimsical, and always captivating. They perform original works as well as their own arrangements of iconic pieces from Stravinsky to Bach. Mr. Chair can fit any size room. They design acoustic shows for intimate cabaret settings all the way up to thrilling concert hall performances with full string orchestras.

Made Of This Dust

The final portion of the proGram reminded us all that we are the stars in our own show:

Calm Down Cologne- Garage A Trois Ft. Stanton Moore, Charlie Hunter & Skerik
Highly Medicated- Mara TK

Visions Of Love- Gary Bartz / Adrian Younge / Ali Shaheed Muhammad
The Message- Gary Bartz / Adrian Younge / Ali Shaheed Muhammad
Blue Jungles- Gary Bartz / Adrian Younge / Ali Shaheed Muhammad

Movement 2- Floating Points & Pharoah Sanders Ft. London Symphony Orchestra
Movement 3- Floating Points & Pharoah Sanders Ft. London Symphony Orchestra
Movement 5- Floating Points & Pharoah Sanders Ft. London Symphony Orchestra
Moonman- Nick Hakim & Roy Nathanson

Sister Susannah- Anoushka Shankar
Shabi-Bi-Di-Do- The Dutch Benglos
Utammada- Ismail & Sixu Touré

Young Lies- Poté Ft. Damon Albarn
Long Legged Larry- Aesop Rock
Rockafucker- Epsilon One

Stars Shine On

The middle sets of the proGram kept us listening and looking upward and outward:

Keppe, ‘K Zien Ier Voe Joen- Guy Verlinde
Testify- Elizabeth King & The Gospel Souls
Shake That Man- Sunday wilde

Promises I’ve Made- Andrew Gabbard
Treat You Right (Soul Version)- Jeff White
Yard Birds- True Loves
Treat Me Bad- Izy

Why Can’t We Live Together- Dr. Lonnie Smith Ft. Iggy Pop
Kick To The Head, Burrito To The Face- Robert Walter Ft. Gary Bartz & The Greyboy Allstars
Volcanic Acne- Robert Walter Ft. Gary Bartz & The Greyboy Allstars
Just Start Groovin’- George Porter Jr. and Runnin’ Pardners
Porter 13A- George Porter Jr. and Runnin’ Pardners

She Ain’t No Fluffer- The Handcuffs

The NiGht Sky Appears

The first piece of this weeks proGram. showed the stars glimmering throughout.

White Line Fever- Bobby Osborne
Hahahaohhoho- Yellow Ostrich
WHALE- Yellow Ostrich
Love Killed Cobain- Az U R
I Might- Dree Leer

Country Buzz- Steve Keenan Band
Whiskey Drinking Blues- Steve Keenan Band
Eyes Of A Woman- Cole Myronuk & The Wild
Spanish Leonard- The Roosters

Bo’s Veranda (Travolta’s Walk)- Hypnosonics
Like a Damn Fool- Hypnosonics
Livin’ With You- Hypnosonics

This Branch Served

The 5th edition of the Springtime edition of The Yellow Light. Look into the lines:

Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright- Adam Moezinia
Silicon Road- Mischa Blanos
Now’s The Time- Steve Hunt
SALT- Joey Alexander

Spiritual Ideation- Gary Bartz, Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge
FREEDOM- Jon Batiste

Live From The Apollo- Lorne Lofsky
We See- John Patitucci, Vinnie Colaiuta & Bill Cunliffe
Wildwood- Jack Brandfield Ft. Randy Napoleon & Rodney Whitaker

Tenderly- Marko Mebus & Wüste Welle BIG BAND