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At the end of 2014 I chopped things up with two of my favorite people, Anthony Valadez and Novena Carmel and earlier in the week I returned for more on their recently started “Champion City” podcast, which has already featured Chico Mann, Jeremy Sole, Dexter Story and Poetess Mayda De Valle. We talk about Cuba, the 2016 Election, some of my experiences teaching at Long Beach and the sad sad story of KPFK. You can subscribe to their podcast on Itunes or keep track of it on the Champion City soundcloud page.

Breakdown: Top 5 Songs of 2015

January 8th, 2016

Final post of this week long look back last year’s music always belongs to the best songs I heard over the past year. As with 2014, with a lot of personal matters going on, it seemed like there was less new music rolling around in my mind. But what was in there was stellar, and that’s what you’ll find here in my Top 5 Songs of 2015!

***Honorable Mentions: Hiatus Kaiyote – “Building A Ladder,” Annabel (Lee) –“Suki Desu” (Live Version Recorded Live At KPFK), Ibeyi – “River,” Vieux Fakra Toure & Julia Easterlin – “Masters Of War,” Kamasi Washington – “Henrietta Our Hero,” Kendrick Lamarr – “How Much Does A Dollar Cost?”

5. Dungen – En Gang Om Aret – Allas Sak (Mexican Summer)

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Dungen – En Gång Om Året

Allas Sak is such a good record that I almost think of it as a full document instead of a collection of songs. But from the very first time I heard the record “En Gång Om Året,” stood out. Perhaps more than any other song on this album, the individual pieces of Dungen’s sound come together fully as the song unfolds. But I think it’s Reine Fiske’s soaring guitar that is most responsible for why I love this song more than any of the others on the album and more than most every song I heard in 2015.

4. Oddisee – I Belong To The World – The Good Fight (Mello Music)

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Oddisee – I Belong To The World

As I mentioned during the 2015 rundown, while enjoyed this song at earlier parts of the year, it really didn’t become one of my favorites until well into the Fall. I think that some of that might be related to my trip to Cuba and the kind of contemplation that comes from turning 40. The sentiment that is in the song, one of feeling both out of place and feeling that you belong to something much broader than yourself is one that resonates with me, deeply. The more I thought about that feeling in my own life the more I found myself seeing this song as one that might not only be a favorite for the year, but one that might a personal anthem for a long time to come.

3. NxWorries – Suede – Single (Stones Throw)

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NxWorries – Suede

Few people (except perhaps the artist who is #1 on this list) had a better year than Anderson.Paak, who gained both widespread acclaim for being featured frequently on Dr. Dre’s surprise album Compton and set the indie world on fire with this collaboration with production guru Knxwledge. This song was so good that I pushed aside my usual requirement that a “Top” song is featured on a full-length album during that same year. But “Suede” is such an amazing song, with so many amazing lines and such an amazing sound that I had to include it here. I even quoted one of the lines in a class during a discussion of the many possible uses of the word “Bitch,” which rarely happens with contemporary music. More music from Anderson.Paak should be quickly approaching in 2016 and perhaps even a full-length album from NxWorries, but even if there isn’t, I’ll probably be listening to “Suede” through most of this year too.

2. The Sandwitches – Play It Again Dick – Our Toast (Empty Cellar)
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The Sandwitches – Play It Again Dick

It’s a bit of a tragedy that the single best thing the Sandwitches created is on their final recording as a band. Back in June I prophesized that this would be on this list and in the months that have passed, there isn’t a single part of what I said originally about this song that isn’t still true: ““Play It Again Dick” might stand as a signature tune from the group, featuring all the elements that endeared them to all who heard them and listened, slight country feel to Roxanne’s drumming, the twin harmonies where, in this case, Heidi sings in a lower register in between Grace’s lines and those mountains of lovely reverb on those twin guitars. Every time Grace belts out that “Honey aren’t you glad like me,” at the end it sends shivers up and down my spine.”

Even after hearing this song, now for hundreds of times, it still gives me chills during those final lines every single time. I will truly miss this band and the power Grace and Heidi were able to marshal through their voices.

1. Kamasi Washington – Malcolm’s Theme – The Epic (Brainfeeder)

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Kamasi Washington – Malcolm’s Theme

With 17 tracks spread out over nearly 3 hours, all of it incredible, you might think it would be hard to chose just one favorite from The Epic. Pretty much from the moment I heard “Malcolm’s Theme” I knew there was no chance any other song was going to be at the top of this list. Malcolm X is a cherished hero, not only for his political beliefs and criticism of the American racial system, but particularly as a model of redemption and an example of possibilities of having a second chance. Kamasi and his band offer a rhythm worthy of the man, as vocalists Patrice Quinn and Dwight Trible sing the eulogy, delivered by Ossie Davis at Brother Malcolm’s funeral, with great spirit. The choice to include Malcolm’s voice, and to use an excerpt where Malcolm discusses his worldview, acting as a counter point to negativity often directed towards him and particular these days to Muslims more generally, is part of what gives the song a timeless quality. 50 years from now, it’s likely people will still turn to this song as a tribute to Malcolm. Truly a remarkable achievement…

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2015 was another year of change for me personally. The many many troubles at KPFK finally caused me to leave my show there, and the pre-emptions throughout the year definitely affected my desire to track down as much music as I normally do. All that said, 2015 still had a number of really great new releases, including several from some of my favorite bands, including the following, my top 5 new releases from 2015.

***Honorable Mentions: Kendrick Lamarr – To Pimp A Butterfly (Top Rank Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope), Hiatus Kaiyote – Choose Your Own Weapon (Flying Buddah), Nicole Willis & the Soul Investigators – Happiness In Every Style (Timmion), Holly Golightly – Slowtown Now! (Damaged Goods), Oddisee – The Good Fight (Mello Music)

5. Annabel (Lee) – By The Sea…and Other Solitary Places – Ninja Tune
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Annabel (Lee) – (1849)

One of the first real surprises of the year was this record, technically the debut album from Annabel and Richard E as Annabel (Lee). Released on Record Store Day and a bit of a mystery until we were lucky enough to have the band perform on Melting Pot (as it turns out, the final performance on Melting Pot at KPFK). My thoughts on this album from back in May still ring true, “Annabel’s vocals don’t quite sound of this world, and the production work behind her, sparse, dark and at times downright ghostly, keeps the sound floating into the kind of space you’d think a dream-time collaboration between Billie Holiday and Geoff Barrow, both at their most melancholy, would produce.” A gorgeous listening experience from start to finish.

4. Ibeyi – Ibeyi – XL
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Ibeyi – River

Much of the first part of 2015 was spent in anticipation of the full-length from Lisa-Kaindé Diaz and Naomi Diaz, French-Cuban twin sisters whose music perfectly bridges the seemingly far distance between traditional Yoruba chants and songs with 21st century production. After a teaser of an EP, we got it just after Valentine’s Day and that timing couldn’t have been better. One of my biggest musical crushes of the year and a group that absolutely delivers the same brilliant sound in live performance as on record. With the Diaz sisters only being 20 years old, we should have many more albums to marvel over in the years to come.

3. The Sandwitches – Our Toast – Empty Cellar
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The Sandwitches – Miggy

With the great anticipation of future music from Ibeyi as their career just takes off, 2015 marked the end of one of my favorite bands, Frisco’s The Sandwitches. The women of the Sandwitches will likely keep making money in their separate projects (Grace Sings Sludge, Roxanne Roxanne and Pruno Truman), but there was a truly special sound when the trio came together and especially in the harmonies from Grace and Heidi. The loss perhaps wouldn’t sting so much if Our Toast wasn’t such an exceptional album, the best the band produced and one of my faves of 2015.

2. Dungen – Allas Sak – Mexican Summer
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Dungen – Allas Sak

I’ve said it many times, Dungen is my single favorite band of the 21st century. It’s been almost 5 years since the release of the last bands album and with the talent and musicianship of this quartet it was impossible that their latest album wouldn’t be on this list. Allas Sak continues a trend that’s happened since Tio Bitar, what might be described as a “mellowing” of the band’s sound. In our interview with Dungen, Gustav discussed how the changing sound might have to do with changes that happen as we age and mature. This period of time also marked changing dynamics with the group, as it moved from being primarily based around Gustav Ejstes and Reine Fiske to truly being a band, rounded out with Matias Gustavsson and Johan Holmegard. The closeness that the members have created, playing music together for almost a decade, is really on display on Allas Sak, a record that I enjoy as much as any other in this band’s discography.

1. Kamasi Washington – The Epic – Brainfeeder
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Kamasi Washington – Henrietta Our Hero

When you decide to name your album “The Epic,” you better deliver with some epic sounds. Kamasi Washington delivers the goods in creating an album that showed that despite seemingly constant arguments to the contrary, jazz music appeals to contemporary audiences. Washington’s sound remains true to the larger spiritual jazz ensembles of the 60s & 70s, while never sounding derivative of those collectives and incorporates a variety of newer styles and sounds as if they were always a part of this genre. At the same time that I think it’s important to view this record as a “Jazz record” The Epic is an album that in some ways defies categorization. As Duke Ellington used to say, there really are only two types of music, “good” and “bad,” and Kamasi’s music is very very VERY good.

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***honorable mentions: Unwound – Empire (Numero), Stark Reality – The Stark Reality Discovers Hoagy Carmichael’s Music Shop (Now-Again),Russ Huddleston & Robert Smith, Jr. – Original Soundtrack: Manos The Hands Of Fate (Ship To Shore), V/A – Hipshakers Vol. 4 (Vampi Soul), V/A – The Brasileiro Treasure Box Of Funk & Soul (Cultures Of Soul),

5. V/A – Royal Jesters: English Oldies (Numero)
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Dimas III – I Won’t Love You Again

Ruben Molina of the Southern Soul Spinners first put the music of Dimas Garza and the Royal Jesters on my radar, during a guest DJ set back in 2013. When he dropped the needle on Dimas III’s “I Won’t Love You Again,” both myself and Oliver Wang (who also did a mini-set that day) gave each other “the look” and jumped out of our seats to see what was playing. Numero (with an assist from Ruben) did us all a solid in 2015 by releasing pretty much everything released by this San Antonio, Texas soul outfit and it’s all very necessary.

4. Gloria Ann Taylor – Love Is A Hurtin’ Thing (Luv’n’Haight/Ubiquity)
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Gloria Ann Taylor – Deep Inside Of You

The music of Gloria Ann Taylor during the early 1970s, has been among the rarer bits of deep funk, generally only available to serious collectors. We had to wait a bit longer than we originally though, but late in 2015 Ubiquity released a comprehensive collection of Taylors work with her husband Walt “Wiz” Whisenhunt, recorded for his Selector Sound imprint. What’s most interesting to me about this collection is the comparison in sound between the sides that are just Whisenhunt directed, versus the two that we know without a doubt Dale Warren was involved in. While there are similarities, the way things are arranged on the 7-inch versions of “World That’s Not Real” or “Deep Inside You” bears all the hallmarks of the master of Dark Soul, which Warren perfected with his group, the 24-Carat Black. The vaunted 12” version of “Deep Inside You” adds a bit of a disco beat, but even at a faster tempo it still has that “Warren” sound. So difficult to find, it’s nice to know that this version is available to us all.

3. Waltel Branco – Assim Na Terra Como No Ceu (Mr. Bongo)
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Waltel Branco – Zorra

2015 was very much a year of insanely rare records getting the reissue treatment, so that people can recognize just what makes them so insanely priced. This collection of Novela soundtrack instrumentals from Waltel Branco was an album I didn’t know about until very very recently when Egon played a version of “Zorra” at his pop-up record store. Much to my great surprise and joy, Mr. Bongo had just released this record so that I got a chance to hear it in all it’s glory. One of the deepest, funkiest albums I’ve ever heard out of Brazil, which is REALLY saying something.

2. Alejandro Jodorowsky, Don Cherry & The Jazz Composer’s Orchestra & Ronald Frangipane – Holy Mountain: Original Soundtrack (Finders Keepers)
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Don Cherry & the Jazz Composer’s Orchestra – Tarot Will Teach You/Burn Your Money

Jodorowsky’s Holy Mountain is one of my all-time favorite films, a psychedelic, spiritual, legendary bit of film-making. Ever since discovering it, I’ve wanted to soundtrack, only to frustratingly discover that it was never formally released. Finally,in 2007, the soundtrack (along with others) was finally released as part of the 6 disc box set of Jodo’s films. However, it took the remaining 7+ years to finally get the soundtrack released on the medium it should have been release originally. Finders Keepers does a lovely job with the packaging as always and the music speaks for itself, especially the tracks that feature Don Cherry leading the Jazz Composer’s Orchestra.

1. Bruce & Vlady – The Reality (Vampi Soul)
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Bruce & Vlady – Wild Enough/Reality Monolouge

This was such a stunning surprise, something that even now, months after first discovering it, when I drop the needle on this record I still have a hard time believing that it exists. When you consider the success of Hansson & Karlsson in Sweden and Lee Michaels over here, the idea of an Organ & Drums duo makes more sense. How LA’s Bruce & Polish drummer Vlady got themselves together I’m sure is a great story. The album itself almost unfolds like a story, as Bruce mentions at the start wanting to tell the people about Reality. A really singular listening experience and absolutely the best reissued material I heard in 2015.

Breakdown: Top 5 Finds Of 2015

January 5th, 2016

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***Honorable Mentions: Hansson & Karlsson – Monument [Atomic Records, Burbank], Vicente Rojas – A Las 2 A.M. [Tienda Seriosha, Habana Vieja, Cuba], The Perfect Circle – S/T [Atomic Records, Burbank], Horace Silver – Spiritualizing The Senses [Crate Diggers Record Fair, DTLA], Jards Macale – S/T [Tropicalia In Furs Pop-Up, Highland Park]

5. Muddy Waters – After The Rain – Cadet Concept [Gimme Gimme Records, Highland Park]
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Muddy Waters – Bottom Of The Sea

I’ve featured this record here already, but strangely enough, it seems I didn’t share the story behind how it came my way. Maybe the second or third time I’d been at the new location for Gimme Gimme, it turned out that comic Marc Maron was also there in the store. From what I hear, Maron really loves the store and has even filmed portions of his show there. On this particular day the owner was trying to get Maron interested in a couple of records that I’m extremely familiar with, the Howlin’ Wolf album and this album from Muddy Waters. Apparently he’d bought Electric Mud recently and seemed pleased with the Howlin’ Wolf record, but since this one was sealed and he couldn’t listen to it at that moment, he passed. Roughly 5 seconds after he left, I immediately went up to ask about this record, something I’d never seen “in the wild,” and a couple minutes later I was on my way. The album isn’t as wild as Electric Mud, but it’s still got that sludgy psychedelic sound, mostly courtesy of guitar master Pete Cosey. Very very happy to have this in my collection.

4. Modo – 7″ – Melodiya [Tienda Seriosha, Habana Vieja, Cuba]
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Modo – Ziedu Karalis

As I mentioned previously, I was just as excited being in Havana to dig for Cuban music as I was about the possibilities of finding music from the Soviet Bloc, Africa or other places in Latin America. Picking this one up was a no-brainer, given that it seemed to be clearly from the 1970s and the band was also billed as a “instrumental ensemble.” Turns out only the A-side was an instrumental, a real proggy one at that, but the B-side featured two hard-core funk songs, including the break-tastic song I shared from this previously and “Ziedu Karalis” which I share here. I’m looking forward to picking up more from the band this year, now that I know a bit more about them.

3. Achim Reichel – AR4 – Zebra [Crate Diggers Record Fair, DTLA]
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Achim Reichel – Vita

In terms of pure aural enjoyment, I think I’ve probably listened to this album the most in the later half of the past year. At some point in the near future I’ll share more from it in a Dig Deep post. Achim Reichel put out several Kraut-rocky albums in the 1970s. This one came my way at the inaugural Crate Diggers record fair in L.A. I didn’t have a great deal of money, but was hopeful that I’d run into some interesting titles. I didn’t even make it past the second table. Picked this up from a Vegas dealer who had a lot of solid and interesting records. This record didn’t have it’s original cover, was just in a white sleeve with “Zebra” written on the front. Perhaps because the print on the label was so small, it seemed that someone though that Zebra was the artist, instead of rightly noting Reichel’s name. Turned out to be a very good thing for me, since this record often sells for $100+ and I got it for $5.

2. Ensemble Al-Salaam – The Sojourner – Strata East [Groove Merchant, San Francisco]
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Ensemble Al-Salaam – Optimystical

Sometimes finding great records is just about timing. In this case, the record Gods smiled on me during a one-day trip to the Bay Area and to the Groove Merchant. Cool Chris wasn’t there, but B-Cause was able to call him up at the WMFU record fair to discuss the records I’d brought to trade. If not for that, I wouldn’t have had the money to pick up this record, one of the rarer ones on the already super rare Strata East record label and one of the deepest Spiritual Jazz records I own.

1. Rafael Somavilla – Instrumental – Areito [Tienda Seriosha, Habana Vieja, Cuba]
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Rafael Somavilla – En Casa Del Pobre

Spending several days digging through the crates at Seriosha’s in Havana was one of the great vinyl experiences I’ve ever had. Part of what made it even more memorable was the process after returning to the States, spending hours cleaning off the 45s and LPs and then dropping the needle on the things that I had found. Even though I thought I knew a little something about modern Cuban music from the 1960s and 1970s, the vast majority of the records I bought were things that I had virtually no idea what they were going to sound like. As I’ve shared earlier, this Rafael Somavilla record was the one that surprised me the most, in terms of the diversity of sounds that were coming out of my speakers. All of the records I brought back from Havana were not winners, but even if 90% of them had turned out to be ruined, warped or scratched up, finding this record would have made up for them. We’ll see what I find on my second trip to Havana later this year.

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For the first time in this blog’s history, we’re doing our “Best Of” round-up from home, instead of at a radio station. It’s definitely a different experience for me, though I think things sound pretty decent with the set-up I currently have. It’s been over five years since I did online only shows, and things are really different since then, so there’s a bit of rust and some kinks (but fewer than with the Best Vinyl show), but I’ll sort all that out in time as “We Jam Econo” throughout the year. What is absolutely top quality is the music, a little over two hours of the best things I heard in 2015. As is our tradition, the rest of the week will be devoted to taking a look back at the past year in music, with posts on my favorite vinyl digs, reissues, songs and albums of 2015. Enjoy the show and thanks for listening!

Melting Pot’s Best Of 2015: Part 1
Melting Pot’s Best Of 2015: Part 2

Melting Pot’s Best Of 2015 Playlist:
{Opening theme} Booker T & the Mgs – Melting Pot – Melting Pot (Stax)

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Oddisee – I Belong To The World – The Good Fight (Mello Music)
Kadhja Bonet – Gramma Honey – The Visitor EP (Self-released)
Thundercat – Lone Wolf & Cub – The Beyond/Where The Wild Things Roam (Brainfeeder)
The Stark Reality – Shooting Stars – The Stark Reality Discovers Hoagy Carmichael’s Music Shop (Now-Again)
Bruce & Vlady – Reality/Blue Variations – The Reality (Vampi Soul)

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The Sandwitches – Play it Again, Dick – Our Toast (Empty Cellar)
Shannon & the Clams – Gone By The Dawn – Gone By The Dawn (Hardly Art)
Novos Baianos – Juventude Sexta e Saubado – The Brasileiro Treasure Box Of Funk & Soul (Cultures Of Soul)
Nicole Willis & the Soul Investigators – One In A Million – Happiness In Every Style (Timmion)
The Souljazz Orchestra – Soleil Couchant – Resistance (Strut)
Holly Golightly – As You Go Down – Slowtown Now! (Damaged Goods)
Dexter Story – Mowa – Wondem (Soundway)

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The Amazing – Captured Light – Picture You (Partisan)
Annabel (Lee) – Find Me – By The Sea…and Other Solitary Places (Ninja Tune)
Tashi Dorji – Forbidden – Appa (Bathetic)
Vieux Fakra Toure & Julia Easterlin – Masters Of War – Touristes (Six Degrees)
Don Cherry & The Jazz Composer’s Orchestra – Burn Your Money – Holy Mountain Soundtrack (Finders Keepers)

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Gloria Ann Taylor – World That’s Not Real – Love Is A Hutirn’ Thing (Luv’n’Haight/Ubiquity)
Waltel Branco – Tema De Ricardinho – Assim Na Terra Como No Ceu (Mr. Bongo)
King Midas Sound/Fennesz – Loving Or Leaving – Edition 1 (Ninja Tune)
Dimas III – I’ll Never Love You Again – Royal Jesters: English Oldies (Numero)
NxWorries – Suede – Single (Stones Throw)
Ibeyi – River – Ibeyi (XL)
Kamasi Washington – Change Of The Guard – The Epic (Brainfeeder)

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Kamasi Washington – Malcolm’s Theme – The Epic (Brainfeeder)
Kendrick Lamarr – How Much Does A Dollar Cost? – To Pimp A Butterfly (Top Rank Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope)
Hiatus Kaiyote – Building A Ladder – Choose Your Own Weapon (Flying Buddah)
Dungen – En Gang Om Aret – Allas Sak (Mexican Summer)

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{Closing Theme} Dungen – Flickor Och Pojkar – Allas Sak (Mexican Summer)

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I may not have a radio station, but I still got records, a mixer, a voice, a computer and a microphone and so, this marks the return of “The Melting Pot Radio Hour.” As has been our tradition over the past five years, I focus on the “Best Of 2015” during this first week of the new year. Normally this show, focused on the best vinyl I found in 2015, comes at the tail end of the year. But it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these shows from home, and it will take some time to figure out a workable routine. Probably won’t have things the way I like them until next month, but still it’s nice to get back to sharing music. Tomorrow I’ll post my “Best Of 2015” show and all week I’ll be focused on the best music I heard throughout last year…Enjoy!

Melting Pot’s Best Vinyl Dug Up In 2015: Part 1
Melting Pot’s Best Vinyl Dug Up In 2015: Part 2

Playlist:
{opening theme}Boris Gardiner – Melting Pot – Is What’s Happening (Dynamic)

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Rafael Somavilla – Dominga – Instrumetnal (Areito)
Nara Leao – Mamae Coragem – Nara Leao (1968) (Phillips)
The Savage Ressurection – Talking To You – The Savage Ressurection (Mainstream)
Muddy Waters – Blues and Trouble – After The rain (Cadet Concept)
The New Birth – You Are What I’m All About – Birth Day (RCA)
The Perfect Circle – Spreadin’ News – The Perfect Circle (Inner City)
Modo – Nevajag Raudat – 7” (Melodiya)
Los Tios Queridos – Si Me Ves Volar – 7” (RCA)
Rd Burman – Dil Lena Khel Hai Dildar Ka – 7” (Music India)
The Maytals – Disco Reggae – Toots Presents The Maytals (Chin Randy’s Records)
Vicente Rojas – Esto No Es Para Bailar – A Las 2 A.M. (Areito)

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Mystery Band – Mystery Song – Mystery 12” (White Label)
The Nation Of Ulysses – The Sound Of Jazz To Come/N.O.U.S.P.T.D.A. – Birth Of The Ulysses Aesthetic 7” (Dischord)
The Power Of Zeus – Sorcerer Of Isis – The Gospel According To Zeus (Rare Earth)
Ronnie Von – Voce De Azul – Minha Maquina Voadora (Polydor )
Dungen – Soda (Instrumental) – Skit I Allt Instrumentals (Subliminal Sounds)
Achim Reichel – Vita – AR4 (Zebra)

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Marinho Castellar – Atencao/Luando – Marinho Castellar e Banda Disrritimia (Novo Mundo)
Alice Coltrane – Turiya – Huntington Ashram Monastery (Impulse)
King Crimson – Lady OF The Dancing Water – Lizard (Atlantic)
Silvio Rodriguez – El Hombre DeMaisinicu – XX Aniversario De La Cinematografia Cubana (Areito)
Babu Satake – Tetego Hashi (Theme Song Lone Wolf & Cub TV Series) – 7” (Victor)
Carl McKnight – Pusher Man – Sweat & Steel (Trace)
Hansson & Karlsson – Tax Free – Monument (Polydor)

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Ensemble Al-Salaam – Peace – The Sojourner (Strata East)
Sass – I Only Wanted To Love You – 7” (20th Century)
Juan Pablo Torres – Extracto De Son – Con Todo Los Hierros (Areito)
Jards Macale – Vapor Barato – Jards Macale (Phillips)
Tatsuro Yamashita – Dancer – Spacy (RCA)
John Kasandra – The Other Brother – The True Genius (Respect)
The Precisions – What I Want – 7” (Drew)
Lorez Alexandria – Endless – Didn’t We (Pzazz)
Baden Powell – Violao – 27 Horas De Estudio (Elenco)
The Outsiders – Start Over – Calling On Youth (Raw Edge)

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{closing theme} Horace Silver – Moving Forward With Confidence – Spiritualizing the Senses ( Silveto)

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After a month-long hiatus from radio, it was my pleasure to guest host Danny Holloway’s show, Heads Up, on Dublab.com. While I was familiar with Dublab’s work in LA and beyond, this was my first time actually stopping by at the internet radio station. Along for the ride was Music Man Miles, who dropped a fantastic and eclectic hour-plus set of music. Once I sorted out the technology after his set, we close the show with a little chat about some of the things that Miles has on the calendar and a points about collecting trends and music. Not sure when I’ll be hosting a show, though I do know in the near future I’ll be dropping in on Anthony Valadez & Novena Carmel’s Champion City podcast. Other than that, you can likely look for a return of the “Melting Pot Radio Hour” late this month as I do my traditional rundowns of the best vinyl I dug up over the year and my Best of 2015 shows (y’all didn’t think I was gonna just NOT do those, did ya?). For the time being enjoy the show!

Heads Up: 12-09-15 – Set 1
Heads Up: 12-09-15 – Set 2

Playlist – Guest Hosting Dublab’s Heads Up: 12-09-2015
{opening theme} The Skatalites – Ceiling Bud – 7” (Ximeno Records)

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The Special AKA – Racist Friend – In The Studio (Chrysalis)
Eddie Palmieri – Caminando – Vamanos Pal Monte (Tico)
Gloria Ann Taylor – Deep Inside Of You – 7” Selector Sound
Paulo Diniz – Felicidade – Quero Voltar Pra Bahia (Odeon)
Warm Dust – Blood Of My Fathers – Peace In Our Time (Uni)
Ame Son – Reborn This Morning On The Way Of… – Catalyse (BYG / Metronome)
Jackson Heights – Since I Last Saw You – King Progress (Mercury)
Hansson & Karlsson – Tax Free – Monument (Polydor)

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Music Man Miles Guest Set:
Fred Neil – The Dolphins – Fred Neil (Capitol)
Funk Inc. – Message From The Meters – Superfunk (Prestige)
The Meters – Wichita Lineman – Struttin’ (Josie)
The Byrds – Everybody’s Been Burned – Younger Than Yesterday (Columbia)
Doris – You Never Come Closer – Did You Give The World Some Love Today (EMI / Odeon)
Ocho – Undress My Mind – Ocho (Soul Jazz)
Duke Pearson – Stormy – It Could Only Happen With You (Blue Note)
Cal Tjader – Mambero – Tjader (Fantasy)
The James Gang – Collage – 16 Greatest Hits (ABC)
Terry Reid – The Frame – Seed Of Memory (ABC)
Little Feat – Two Trains – Dixie Chicken (Warner Bros.)
Syl Johnson – Trying To Get To You – Goodie Goodie Good Times (Shama)
Paul Weller – Amongst Butterflies – Paul Weller (Go! Discs)
Steve Parks – Movin In The Right Direction – Movin In The Right Direction (Solid Smoke)
Cheyenne’s Comin’ – Come Back To Me – Cheyenne’s Comin’ (Shady Brook)
The Three Pieces – Shortnin’ Bread – Vibes Of Truth (Fantasy)
Bobby Valentin – Berebicua – 7” (Fania)
ET Mensah & His Tempos Band – Save Me – Mensah’s African Rhythms (EMI)
Quantic & Alice Russell – Boogaloo 33 – Quantic & His Combo Barbaro with Alice Russell (Tru Thoughts)

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{closing theme} Achim Reichel – Vita – AR4 (Zebra)

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In all honesty, I had every intention of making sure this would get posted a few days after it broadcast. But you know what happens to our best laid plans. In some ways it’s fitting that it took me a fair amount of time to get this show up, it’s a microcosm of my entire five years at KPFK, and as a final show on the station, that seems very fitting indeed. The decision to leave KPFK had been brewing over the last several months. I could write a book on my feelings about what is currently happening to KPFK and the wider Pacifica network, but the easiest way of saying why I am leaving is to simply say that I do not have the time to invest in KPFK that I would like and no longer feel that the station is a place where I can do the kind of show that I want to do. This choice does not have anything to do with anyone placing any restrictions on my work as a programmer. During my five years I’ve enjoyed the confidence of the music director Maggie LePique and interim Program Director Alan Minsky and they have been extremely supportive of my vision for Melting Pot. My choice is more connected to the ongoing crisis and the entrenched dysfunction that seems likely to end in the dismantling of the network and the possible loss of multiple stations.

For years there was an acceptable amount of dysfunction and crisis that I could tolerate, after all, within the first month of being on the air, I had 3 weeks of fundraising sandwiched between 2 weeks of “regular” programming. But my show was never given a full chance to build an audience that would have supported it through thick and thin, and as the years have gone by, the pace of fundraising has increased on pace with the problems at the station and the network. As our financial issues have balloned due to mismanagement on many different levels, the ability to produce a quality show, has become more and more difficult. As a programmer at a station without a functional music department and with no music library, you are responsible for 100% of what you play. The constant disruptions to programming, the lack of organization or basic planning has made it impossible to do my show in the way that I feel it should be done. When long-time programmers Derek Rath, Yatrika Shah-Rais and Betto Acros resigned en masse from the Global Village over many of these issues, I was close to just resigning right then and there at the beginning of October. The final straw for me was connected to the Dungen interview that takes up the second hour of this last program. In order to make this interview happen, I had to book and pay out of my own pocket for rehearsal space. The lack of a dedicated performance space and a dedicated engineer, meant that even though I was able to get the band into a studio, our recording wasn’t suitable for broadcast and the inability to do something, that should be taken for granted at a radio station with KPFK’s legacy and space, only confirmed that this was the right time to leave the station.

This was not a choice that I made lightly or without difficulty. I strongly believe in the mission of KPFK and Pacifica. Within a week of moving to California back in 1999, I was on the streets of Berkeley, protesting with other concerned parties what we viewed as overreach by the Pacific board in the firing of KPFA GM Nicole Sawaya. That protest eventually led to the very structure of governance that has become Pacifica’s undoing, a hard lesson in unintended consequences for sure. I’m not sure there is enough collective will to create another movement right now that would right the ship and bring KPFK and the other Pacifica stations into the future. I hope that there is, but I don’t see any of that positive change on the horizon. Were I that 25 year old man of the past, just beginning graduate school with few responsibilities outside of himself, I would likely still be in this fight. But as a 40-year old, recently divorced man, who is primarily responsible to the 400-550 students he teaches each year at CSU-Long Beach, I have to choose my battles more wisely. And so, my time at KPFK (and perhaps terrestrial radio more generally) is done and this chapter is closed. I’m proud of everything I was able to accomplish at KPFK and proud of this final show. While this show below represents the farewell transmission of Melting Pot on KPFK, it is not yet a grand finale for my work as a DJ. I will continue to share music here on the blog, occasionally in local spaces and perhaps, if I’m lucky, on an online radio station. As a final word, I’d like to thank listeners of the program, it was a privilege to have hosted this show for you on your airwaves. Thank you for listening…

Melting Pot on KPFK #211: First Hour
Melting Pot on KPFK #211: Second Hour

Playlist: 11-6-2015
{opening theme) Booker T & the Mgs – Melting Pot – 7” (Stax)

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Songs: Ohia – Farewell Transmission – Magnolia Electric Co. (Secretly Canadian)
Rotary Connection – Life Could – Aladdin (Cadet Concept)
Erasmo Carlos – Minha Gente – Sonhos E Memorias (Polydor)
Alice Coltrane & Charlie Haden – For Turiya – Closeness (Horizon)

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Josh Haden & Spain – I Do – Single (Self-Released)
Janis Joplin – To Love Somebody – I Got Dem Ol Kozmic Blues Again Mama! (Columbia)
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo Cotonou – Min We Tun So – The Skeletal Essence Of Afro-Funk 1969-1980 (Analog Africa)
Rodrigo Amarante – The Ribbon – Recorded Live At KPFK (KPFK Archives)

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Gloria Ann Taylor – World That’s Not Real – Love Is A Hurtin’ Thing (Ubiquity/Luv’n’Haight)
Phonte feat. Evidence, Big Krit & 9th Wonder – Life Of Kings – Charity Starts At Home (Foreign Exchange)
Funkadelic – The Promentalshitbackwashpsychosisenema Squad (the Doo Doo Chasers) – One Nation Under A Groove (WB)
Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics – Blue Nile – Inspiration Information (Strut)

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Dungen – Interview – Recorded Live At Bedrock LA (Melting Pot Archives)

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Dungen – En Gang Om Aret – Allas Sak (Mexican Summer)
Dungen – Satt Att Se – 4 (Mexican Summer)
Dungen – Soda – Skit I Allt (Mexican Summer)
Dungen – Akt Dit – Allas Sak (Mexican Summer)
Dungen – C. Visar Vagen – Tio Bitar (Kemado)

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{closing song} Johnny Hartman – We’ll Be Together Again – Songs From The Heart (Bethlehem)

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Originally, I had no idea this would be my next to last show on KPFK. I began the show with a short set connected to the latest school shooting, this time in Oregon. From there we went a number of different places, unfortunately the recording had some problems and so it picks up in the middle of the second set with Bikini Kill. You may notice that at the close of the show I sound more mysteriously pensive than normal, which now having ended my show, likely might have been a clue that my time at KPFK was nearing an end. Just before signing off, Kristi Lomax told me that Derek, Yatrika and Betto of the Global Village had resigned en masse as a protest to how things had been developing at KPFK. I was crestfallen. As y’all now know I’ve also decided to leave and I’ll have more to say about that when I post my final show. For now, here’s (most of) the penultimate broadcast of Melting Pot on KPFK.

Melting Pot on KPFK #210: First Hour
Melting Pot on KPFK #210: Second Hour

Playlist: 10-2-2015
{opening theme} Booker T & the MGs – Melting Pot – Melting Pot (Stax)

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Gil Scott-Heron – Must Be Something – First Light Of A New Day (Arista)
The Soul Jazz Orchestra – As The World Turns – Resistance (Strut)
Weldon Irvine – Music Is The Key – Sinbad (RCA)

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Ceu – Falta De Ar – Ao Vivo (Six Degrees)
Bikini Kill – Double Dre Ya – Revolution Girl Style Now (Bikini Kill Records)
The New York Dolls – Puss ‘n’ Boots – Too Much, Too Soon (Mercury)
Creations Unlimited – Corruption Is The Thing – Boddie Recording Company, Cleveland (Numero)
Juan Pablo Torres y Algo Nuevo – Son A Propulsion – Super Son (Areito)

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Alpha – Left Behind – Loving Nobody (Don’t Touch)
King Midas Sound / Fennesz – Loving Or Leaving – Edition 1 (Ninja Tune)
Phil Cohran & the Artistic Heritage Ensemble – The Minstrel – Phil Cohran & the Artistic Heritage Ensemble (Zulu)
Buffalo Brothers – Barabkan Breakfast – Fresh From The Horn (Buffalo Brothers)

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Thundercat – Them Changes – The Beyond / Where The Wild Things Roam EP (Brainfeeder)
Moonchild – The Truth – Single (Tru Thoughts)
Blackalicious feat. Vursatyl and Jum – That Night – Imano Vol. 1 (OMG)
Paul Weller – Remember How We Started – Paul Weller (Go Disc!)
NxWorries – Suede – Single (Stones Throw)
Dungen – Flickor Och Pojkara – Allas Sak (Mexican Summer)

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Dungen – En Gang Om Aret – Allas Sak (Mexican Summer)
Can – Mary, Mary, So Contrary – Monster Movie (UA)
Guilty Simpson feat. Spacek – Smoke –
Eduardo Araujo – Kizumbau – (Cultures Of Soul)

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Kadhja Bonet – Gramma Honey – The Visitor EP (Self-Released)
Bruce & Vlady – Reality / Blue Variations – The Reality (Vampi Soul)

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{closing theme} Dungen – C. Visar Vagen – Tio Bitar (Kemado)

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Well, this was an interesting night. As is often the case before these end of the month all vinyl shows, I’ll spend some time at either Atomic in Burbank or Amoeba in Hollywood before making my way to the station. I know exactly how long it takes to get from those record stores to the station and I always make sure to leave with plenty of time. This Friday was no different, until it was VERY different. A 10 minute trip ended up taking 35 minutes, and that meant that I was late for my shift…and why? Kanye West. Seriously…Kanye West, who was playing at the Hollywood Bowl. It’s precisely because of times like these that I have an 8 minute long theme song. As I was driving up to the station, I was thinking about how much time I still had to go and ran into the studio thinking I still had a minute to go, but forgot that our signal is on a delay. So the show starts off with two rounds of “Melting Pot” before I get into things (I didn’t set up the recording correctly so, that opening is a bit muffled compared to the rest of the show), but with the time we had left, I tried to make the most of it with the usual mix of diverse sounds you’ve come to expect. Next week will be our last show for several weeks, so do be sure to tune in!

Melting Pot on KPFK #209: First Hour
Melting Pot on KPFK #209:Second Hour

Playlist: 9-25-2015
{opening theme} Booker T & The MGs – Melting Pot (2x) – Melting Pot (Stax)

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Lee Hazlewood – My Autumn’s Done Come – The Very Special World Of Lee Hazlewood (MGM)
David Axelrod – The Fly – Songs Of Experience (Capitol)
King Crimson – Cirkus – Lizard (Atlantic)

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Yao Su Young & the Telstars Combo – Closer People – Yao Su Yong & the Telstars Combo (Haishan)
The Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra – Popular Myth & the Destruction of Sodom / Chizen Itza, Temple Of The Virgins – Chariots Of The Gods (Polydor)
Edip Akbayram & Dolstar – Daglar Dagladi Beni – 7″ (Sayan)
Power Of Zeus – Sorcerer Of Isis – Gospel According To Zeus (Rare Earth)

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Dungen – Familj – Tio Bitar (Kemado)
Haircut & the Impossibles – Sock It My Way – Call It Soul (Somerset)

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Olivia Byington – Procissao – Identidad (Areito)
Shades Of Black Lightning – Any Old Way – The Shades Of Black Lightning (Tower)
Herondy Bueno – Quem E Voce, Quem Sou – 7″ (RCA)
Ray Barretto – Teacher Of Love – Acid (Fania)
The Electric Flag – Soul Searchin’ / Sunny – The Electric Flag (Columbia)

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Paul Weller – 22 Dreams – 22 Dreams (Yep Roc)
The Small Faces – Hey Girl – Early Faces (Pride)
The Nation Of Ulysses – N.O.U.S.P.T.D.A. – The Birth If The Ulysses Aesthetic (Dischord)
Albert Ayler – Drudgery – Music Is The Healing Force Of The Universe (Impulse!)

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King Gerson Combo – Mr. John, It’s The Pay Day – 7″ (Polydor)
RD Burman – Dil Lena Khel Hai Dildar Ka – 7″ (Music India)
Vicente Rojas – En La Orbita – A Las 2 A.M. (Areito)

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{Closing theme} Dungen – C. Visar Vagen – Tio Bitar (Kemado)

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Lots of new tunes, more than a few just released online in the past week. The show begins with one, from LA artist Kadjha Bonet, who has released quite a bit of music just this month, culminating with the Visitor EP. The last set features another, from LA Based Coco O. of Quadron. In between there’s a lot of new tunes from King Midas Sound + Fennesz, Nicole Willis & the Soul Investigators, Shannon & the Clams, Dam-Funk, Petite Noir, Farao and more. The second hour begins with a real short set of some of my favorite Boogaloo tunes, in honor of the premiere of “We Like It Like That: the Story Of Latin Boogaloo” here on the west coast. Next week we should be on all-vinyl and might also be raising some funds for KPFK…see you then.

Melting Pot on KPFK #208: First Hour
Melting Pot on KPFK #208: Second Hour

Playlist: 09-18-2015
{opening theme} Booker T & the MGs – Melting Pot – Melting Pot (Stax)

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Kadhja Bonet – Fair Weather Friend – The Visitor EP (Self-released)
Skylab – Seashell – #1 (Tummy Touch)
King Midas Sound / Fennesz – On My Mind – Edition 1 (Ninja Tune)
Farao – Hunter – Til It’s All Forgotten (Arts & Craft)

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NxWorries – Suede – Single (Stones Throw)
Petite Noir feat. Baloji – La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful – La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful (Domino)
Toro y Moi – Power Of Now – Samantha (Self-released)
Adrian Younge’s Venice Dawn feat. Laetitia Sadier – Memories Of War – Linear Labs Los Angeles (Linear Labs)
Dungen – Franks Kaktus – Allas Sek (Mexican Summer)

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Nicole Willis & the Soul Investigators – Thief In The Night – Happiness In Every Style (Timmion)
The Clientele – I Can’t Seem To Make You Mine – Unreal & Alone: The Best Of The Clientele (Merge)
The Chamanas – 1111 – Once Once (Nacional)
Jimmy Nolen – The Way You Do – R&B Hipshakers Vol. 4 (Vampi Soul)
Shannon & the Clams – Gone By The Dawn – Gone By The Dawn (Hardly Art)

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Joey Pastrana – Let’s Ball – Let’s Ball (Cotique)
Pete Rodriguez – Oh, That’s Nice – Ay Que Bueno! (allegre)
Eddie Palmieri – Ay Que Rico – Champagne (Tico)

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Vieux Farka Toure & Julia Easterlin – Bamba No Wili – Touristes (Six Degrees)
Blackalicious feat. Myron & E – On Fire Tonight – Imani Vol. 1 (OMG)
The Soul Jazz Orchestra – Soleil Couchant – Resistance (Strut)
Omar Souleyman – Ya Yumma – Wenu Wenu (Ribbon)
Mexico 68 Afro Beat Orchestra – Quench – Mexico 68 Afro Beat Orchestra (Rampart)

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Coco O. – The Hardest Thing – Single (Self Released)
Dam-Funk – It Didn’t Have 2 End This Way – Invite The Light (Stones Throw)
Magnum Force – Girl, You’re Too Cool – Ultra High Frequencies: The Chicago Party (Numero)
Shintaro Sakamoto – You Just Decided – How To Live With A Phantom (Other Music)

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{closing theme} Dungen – C. Visar Vagen – Tio Bitar (Kemado)

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Like so many other Americans, my memories of September 11, 2001 remain vivid. I also remember hosting a show on KALX the day after and only wanting to focus on beauty and love in the face of such horror. 9/11 is also the anniversary of another horrific moment in history, the beginning of the Pinochet Junta in Chile that led to tens of thousands of arrests as well as thousands of people murder and disappeared. One of those people was the singer Victor Jara and so it made good sense to start the show off with music from him. “El Derecho De Vivir En Paz” translates as “The Right To Live In Peace.” Peace was the theme of that first set, which also included some spiritual jazz from Pharoah Sanders and the Ensemble-Al Salaam. From there we focused on quite a lot of new releases, including music from Vieux Farka Toure & Julia Esterlin, Shannon & the Clams, Holly Golightly, Dungen, Nicole Willis & the Soul Investigators, Chicano Batman plus a mea culpa on Silva, a record from 2014 that I should have played much more more. The second hour begins with an excerpt of the Sorpresa Musical mix that I posted here last week, and if all goes well, next week’s show will feature part of Vol. 2. Enjoy!

Melting Pot on KPFK #207: First Hour
Melting Pot on KPFK #207: Second Hour

Playlist: 09-11-2015
{opening theme} Booker T & the MGs – Melting Pot – Melting Pot (Stax)

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Victor Jara – El Derecho De Vivir En Paz – El Derecho De Vivir En Paz (Odeon)
Pharoah Sanders – Prince Of Peace – Izipho Sam (Strata East)
Ensemble Al-Salaam – Peace – The Sorjurner (Strata East)
The Heliocentrics & Mulatu Astatke – Blue Nile – Inspiration Information (Strut)

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Vieux Farka Toure & Julia Esterlin – Masters Of War – Touristes (Six Degrees)
Dungen – Akt Dit – Allas Sak (Mexican Summer)
David Axelrod – Song Of Innocence – Songs Of Innocence (Capitol)

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Shannon & the Clams – Baby Blue – Gone By The Dawn (Hardly Art)
The Butterflys – Good Night Baby – Girl Groups Lost & Found: One Kiss Leads To Another (Rhino)
Chicano Batman – Black Lipstick – Single (El Relleno)
The Soul Surfers feat. Myron & E – You Can Run (But You Can’t Hide) From My Love – Soul Rock! (Ubiquity)

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Various Artists – Excerpt – Sorpresa Musical Vol. 1 (meltingpotblog.com)
Rafael Somavilla – Dominga – Instrumental (Areito)

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Boogaloo Assassins – No, No, No – Recorded Live At KPFK (KPFK Archives)
Clarence Paul – Baby Don’t You Leave Poor Me – R&B Hipshakers Vol. 4 (Vampi Soul)
Holly Golightly – As You Go Down – Slowtown Now! (Damaged Goods)
Nicole Willis & the Soul Investigators – Together We Climb – Happiness In Every Style (Timmion)

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Ibeyi – Better In Tune With The Infinite – Single (Self-released)
Soul Jazz Orchestra – Life Is What You Make It – Resistance (Strut)
Silva – Mare – Ocean View (Six Degrees)
The Whitest Boy Alive – Intentions – Rules (Bubbles)

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{closing theme} Dungen – C. Visar Vagen – Tio Bitar (Kemado)

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Though last week’s show was our official return from one of our longest breaks since we began at KPFK, this week’s show was the first “real” show since July. With the all vinyl shows, I purposely do not plan anything, aside from the records I put in my bag. With our regular shows, there’s quite a lot of prep, since KPFK doesn’t have a working library, and new music comes out in all kinds of formats these days. During that break, I really hadn’t been keeping up on new releases, so in the midst of the second week of the semester I had to cram two months of new records into a few hours. New music from Dungen, Holly Golightly, Baloji, Chicano Batman and more is just a small sampling of new stuff on my plate, much more in coming weeks. This week’s show featured several tributes. At the start, I played some of the beginning of Matthew Africa and B Cause’s legendary Soul Boulders 2 collection, here at the third anniversary of Matthew’s passing. That collection is still online, and it’s required listening for those who love slow, funky and rare tunes. Listen and download the full mix by clicking right here. In the second hour, we started off by replaying our interview with the Sandwitches, one of my favorite bands, who played their final show here in LA Friday night (there were literally tears in my beer when the girls played a slowed down version of “My Heart Does Swell”) and we closed off the show with a far too short tribute to Jamaican trombonist extraordinaire, Rico Rodriguez…be back with more music next week, and stay tuned for my first mix of Cuban music, which should be up tomorrow!

Melting Pot on KPFK #206: First Hour
Melting Pot on KPFK #206: Second Hour

Playlist: 09-04-2015

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

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DJ Matthew Africa & B Cause – Excerpt from Soul Boulders 2 – Soul Boulders 2 (https://soundcloud.com/djbcause/matthew-africa-dj-b-cause)
The Soul Investigators – Bad Viberations – 7” (Timmion)

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Nicole Willis & the Soul Investigators – One In A Million – Happiness In Every Style (Timmion)
Dungen – Franks Kaktus – Allas Sak (Mexican Summer)
The Soul Jazz Orchestra – Bull’s Eye – Resistance (Strut)
Conjunto Los Latinos – Quemando – 7” (Areito)

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Baloji feat. Petite Noir & Muanza – Capture – 64 Bits and Malachite EP (Crammed Discs)
Ibeyi – Mama Says – Ibeyi (XL)
Dayme Arocena – Nino – Nueva Era (Brownswood)
Gavin Turek & Tokimonsta – Once Was Love – You’re Invited (Brainfeeder)
Toro y Moi – By The Neck – Samantha (Self-Released)

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The Sandwitches – Interview & Performance – Originally Recorded Live at KPFK: 11-2-2011 (KPFK Archives)

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The Sandwitches – Play It Again, Dick – Our Toast (Empty Cellar)
Chicano Batman – Black Lipstick – Single (El Relleno)
Holly Golightly – Catch Your Fall – Slowtown Now (Damaged Goods)
The Chamanas – Alas De Hierro – Once Once (Nacional)

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Dandy Livingstone feat. Rico Rodriguez – Rudy, A Message To You – 7” (Trojan)
The Specials feat. Rico Rodriguez – Nite Klub – The Specials (Two-Tone)
Rico Rodriguez – Ramble – The Man From Wareika (Blue Note)

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{closing theme} Rico Rodriguez – Lumumba – The Man From Wareika (Blue Note)

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This might have been my longest period of time away from the KPFK airwaves since Melting Pot started…42 DAYS! Needless to say, it was nice to be back, especially since during that time there’s quite a lot of vinyl that I’d added to my collection. Our traditional end of the month, all-vinyl, show was the perfect time to return to be able to share a good bit of those discoveries with y’all. In fact, the entire second hour features music that I dug up in Havana, Cuba! Although I did get to play a number of my favorite things I got down there, there’s so much more to share (look for much more on that front this coming week). Next week we’ll be back, showcasing our particular blend of new and classic releases. Until then, enjoy the show!

Melting Pot on KPFK #205: First Hour
Melting Pot on KPFK #205: Second Hour

Playlist: 08-28-2015
{opening theme} Boris Gardiner – Melting Pot – Is What’S Happening (Dynamic)

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Sidney Bechet – Days Beyond Recall – Jazz Classics (Blue Note)
Willie West & the High Society Bros. – Slow & Easy – Lost Soul (Timmion)
The Sandwitches – Miggy Malone – Our Toast (Empty Cellar)

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Chicano Batman – Amor Verde – Cycles Of Existential Rhyme (El Relleno)
Jards Macale – Let’s Play That – Jards Macale (Philips)
Yukio Hashi – Shikaku Michi – 7” (Victor)
Power Of Zeus – In The Night – The Gospel According To Zeus (Rare Earth)
Ronnie Vonn – Imagem – A Maquina Voadora (Polydor)
The Soul Investigators – One In A Million – 7” (Timmion)

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Nicole Willis & the Soul Investigators – Paint Me In A Corner – 7” (Timmion)
Donald Byrd – Dominoes – Places & Spaces (Blue Note)
Michael Jackson – It’s The Falling In Love – Off The Wall (Epic)
Homzsy Trio Group – Onye Dara Ada – Super Eagles Special (Homzy)

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Grupo Irakere – Iya – Irakere (Areito)
Rafael Somavilla – La Batea – Instrumental (Areito)
Las D’Aida – Exitos De Las D’Aida – Las D’Aida y Su Grupo (Areito)
Senen Suarez – En El Pico Blanco – Sorpresal Musical 7” (Areito)

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Mirtha y Raul – El Salvaje Del Amor Pierde – 7” (Areito)
Modo – Nevajag Raudat – 7” (Melodiya)
Grupo Experimentacion Sonora con Eduardo Ramos – Vocacion-Revolucion – XX Anniversario De la Cinematographia Cuba (Egrem)
Juan Pablo Torres – Extracto De Son – Con Todos Los Hierros (Areito)
Raul Gomez – Anatomia De La Problema – 7” (Areito)

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Raul Gomez – 6 Son – 7” (Areito)
Farah Maria – Un Cuento – 7” (Areito)
Vicente Rojas – Esto No Es Para Bailar – En Las 2 A.M. (Areito)
Conjunto Son 14 – A Bayamo En Coche – A Bayamo En Coche (Areito)
Omara Portuondo – Soy Cubano – Omara! (Areito)

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Chuco Valdes – Son No. 2 – Jazz Bata (Areito)

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