Melting Pot

Even though I’m a big sports fan, I didn’t mind hositng the show on Super Bowl Sunday yesterday. If I hadn’t done the show, I wouldn’t have been able to pay tribute to Don Cornelius or been able to bring in Adrian Younge for a guest DJ set and interview. I recently just said quite a lot on Don Cornelius, but what I wanted to do in the tribute was to give some of the flavor of the show, especially in those early truly groundbreaking days. So you hear a little bit of the Soul Train Gang talking to the artists, incredible performances exclusively done for the show from James Brown, Bill Withers and Aretha Franklin and can hear the soul clap and party atmosphere of the Soul Train Line as Graham Central Station’s “Release Yourself” plays in the background. Most of all you hear Don Cornelius’ voice and his signature closing wishing us all “Love, Peace and Soul.”

The whole second hour is given over to an amazing guest DJ set mixed live at the station earlier in the week by Adrian Younge, who also sits in to discuss his new album Something About April (Separate Post Coming). In between there’s also a few new tunes, from Lee Fields, Ana Tijoux, The One & Nines as well as classic material from Syl Johnson, Rebirth and J Dilla (celebrate Dilla Day, his birthday on the 7th, by playing your favorite Dilla tunes). Next week it’s fundraising time and we’ll have a pretty cool music sweepstakes for my show, until then enjoy this week’s show.

Melting Pot on KPFK #74: First Hour
Melting Pot on KPFK #74: Second Hour

Playlist: 02-05-2012

{opening theme} Booker T & the Mgs – Melting Pot – 7” (Stax)

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Don Cornelius Tribute Set:
James Brown – Super Bad – Best of Soul Train DVD (Time Life)
Bill Withers – Use Me – Best of Soul Train DVD (Time Life)
Graham Central Station – Release Yourself – Best of Soul Train DVD (Time Life)
Aretha Franklin – Rock Steady – Best of Soul Train DVD (Time Life)

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Syl Johnson – Different Strokes – 7” (Twilight)
The One and Nines – Make It Easy – 7” (Cotter)
Lee Fields & the Expressions – Faithful Man – Faithful Man (Truth & Soul)
Ana Tijoux – El Rey Solo – La Bala (Nacional)

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Boogaloo Assassins – No No No – Single (Self-released)
Rebirth Brass Band – Let’s Go Get ‘Em – Rebirth of New Orleans (Basin Street)
Sureshot Symphony Solution feat. The Mighty Pope – Mr. Fortune & Fame – 7” (Self-released)
J Dilla – Anti-American Graffiti/Geek Down – Donuts (Stones Throw)

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Adrian Younge – Guest DJ Set & Interview – Recorded Live At KPFK (KPFK Archives)

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Adrian Younge & Venice Dawn – It’s Me – Something About April (Wax Poetics)

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