Melting Pot

{Update: Okay, I’m going to take you guys behind the curtain on this one…So, I’ve been planning this debut for this past week and thought I had everything ready to go. Since I draw my music from a bunch of sources, vinyl, CDs, mp3s, I tend to burn the music I’m going to use to a couple CDs and just take that, bringing my laptops to record the audio of the show. As I was on my way to KPFK, about 25 minutes before the show, I found out one of my CD-R’s(with ½ of my show) did not record properly!!!!!!!

After 5 minutes of some truly classic freaking out on the 134 freeway, I remembered that virtually all of the music was on my two laptops, both of which I had thankfully taken with me, with most of the tracks on one and some tracks I’d recorded over from vinyl on the other. I didn’t have time to edit the raw vinyl tracks, just burn another CD.

Mind you, this is all going on literally as the show begins…that’s the reason the “Melting Pot” theme goes on for about 3 minutes at the start and why I mention “if the technology will work for me…” at the start of the show…all that craziness is also why the audio (now added below) is a little “hot” on the Mic. Quite an auspicious beginning for Melting Pot, but the fact that everything worked out says a lot and is one of the many reasons I love radio. Enjoy the show, this one was a debut for the ages on my end…Michael}

Well here we go with the first official show for Melting Pot on KPFK. If there’s a difference between this show and ones I’ve done at other places it’s definitely the level of focus. With only two hours, the shortest amount of time I’ve ever had for a regular show in my 16+ years of radio, I really have to make sure that everything I put on is top shelf material. But I try to come up with an eclectic mix that tends towards the funky, but goes a few other places as well. I hope you enjoy the debut and all the shows to come. In today’s show we have a lot of new music, including from Seu Jorge, Chali 2na,Pains of Being Pure At Heart, the Atl’s Mass Influence, Now Again’s new California Funk collection and music from the Iranian pop underground from Take It Easy Hospital. One of the tracks I’m most excited to play comes from some high schoolers out of Minnesota called Total Babe. You’ll definitely be hearing more from them in coming weeks. Also classic material from Roberto Carlos, Les Baxter (Hell’s Belles!), Willie Hutch and some Electric Prunes in honor and tribute to Dennis Hopper who passed away just yesterday.

Also on a more serious note, a LA DJ by the name of Kutmah is fighting deportation and there’s a benefit show for his legal fund coming up on June 3rd at the Echoplex here in Los Angeles with Dam-Funk, Daedulus, Gaslamp Killer and others. You kind more info here: http://www.freekutmah.com

Melting Pot on KPFK #1: First Hour
Melting Pot on KPFK #1: Second Hour

Playlist: 5-30-2010

{opening theme} Booker T. & the MGs – Melting Pot – Melting Pot (Stax)

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Willie Hutch – I Choose You – The Mack: Original Soundtrack (Motown)
Murs & 9th – I Used To Love H.E.R. Again – Fornever (SMC)
Twilight – Still Loving You – Still Loving You (Luv’n’Haight)
Seu Jorge – Everybody Loves the Sunshine – Single (White Label)
Kutmah – Blazt Off (excerpt) – Master Blazter: Blazt Off (HVW8)

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Shoes – Saving Mr. Billy’s Soul – Eccentric Breaks & Beats (Numero)
Mass Influence – Morning Breath Chasers – 12” (self-released)
Mr. Chop – Straighten It Out – For Pete’s Sake (Now-Again)
Roberto Carlos – Nao Vou Ficar – Roberto Carlos (CBS)
Polar Bear – Bap Bap Bap – Peepers (Leaf)

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Bastien Lallemant – La Plage – Le Pop 5 (Le Pop Musik)
The National – Sorrow – High Violet (4ad)
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Sad Waters – Your Funeral My Trial (Mute)
Petula Clark – Heart – I Know A Place (Warner Bros.)
The Electric Prunes – Kyrie Eleison (instrumental) – David Axelrod: The Warner/Reprise Sessions (Warner UK)

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L.A. Bare Faxx – Super Cool Brother – California Funk (Now-Again/Jazzman)
The Black Keys – Next Girl – Brothers (Nonesuch)
Les Baxter – Chain Fight – Hell’s Belles: Original Soundtrack (Sidewalk)
Los Roberts – El Saltamontes – Sensacional Soul, vol. 2 (Vampi Soul)
Chali 2na feat. J-Live – Across The Map – Fish Market Part 2 (Decon)
Sun Ra – Angels & Demons At Play – Angels & Demons At Play (Impulse)

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Take It Easy Hospital – Me & You – No One Knows About Persian Cats: Original Soundtrack (Milan)
Flying Lotus – Drips/Auntie’s Harp – Cosmogramma (Warp)
Broken Social Scene – Sentimental X’s – Forgiveness Rock Record (Arts & Crafts)
Neu! – Hallo Gallo – Neu! (Polygram)

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Pains of Being Pure At Heart – Lost Saint – 7” (Slumberland)
Love – And More – Love (Elektra)
Total Babe – Bearbones – Total Babe (So Tm)
Jovenes y Sexys feat. Joie Joie Joie – Gold Day – Bruno EP (Poni Republic)

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{closing theme} The Dirty Three – Ever Since – Cinder (Touch & Go)

2 Responses to “Breakdown: May 30th on KPFK…Melting Pot’s Debut!!!”

  1. danksquad

    Chali 2na Killed it at the Desert Rocks music festival shit was fun!

  2. Michael Barnes

    Chali is a great performer, as much as I love Jurassic 5, it's nice having Chali as a "free agent" able to roam all over with that unique voice and flow. Hope you enjoyed the show!

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