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Last show of September and that means we’re all on vinyl. Since we just changed seasons to Autumn, the show begins with our traditional choice for this time of the year, Lee Hazlewood’s “My Autumn’s Done Come,” before moving to a variety of places including music from Chris Connor, Jon Lucien, Gal Costa, Cut Chemist and Edan and more. Just about the whole second hour belongs to Jungle Fire, who came into the studio and recorded a fantastic live set and interview at KPFK (separate post to follow). This will be the last Melting Pot in a little while as I’m taking a hiatus to focus on grading at CSU-Long Beach. We’ll be back in a few weeks with LOADS of new music, in the meantime, enjoy the show and keep checking here for more music and also some giveaways!

Melting Pot on KPFK #179: First Hour
Melting Pot on KPFK #179: Second Hour

Playlist: 09-28-2014
{opening theme} Boris Gardiner – Melting Pot – Is What’s Happening (Dynamic)

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Lee Hazlewood – My Autumn’s Done Come – The Very Special World Of Lee Hazlewood (MGM)
Chris Connor – Everytime – Chris Connor (Atlantic)
Tim Buckley – Drifitn’ – Lorca (Elektra)

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Gal Costa – Namorinho De Portao – Gal Costa (1969) (Philips)
Cut Chemist – The Lesson Pt. 6: The Lecture – J5 12” (Rumble/Pickininny)
Edan – Echo Party – 12” (Traffic Ent.)

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Jon Lucien – Would You Believe In Me – Rashida (RCA)
The Advancement – Stone Folk – The Advancement (Philips)
Andrew White – Who Got De Fonk? – Fonk Update (Andrew’s Music)

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Jungle Fire – Performance & Interview – Recorded Live At KPFK (KPFK Archives)

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Jungle Fire – Snake Pit – Tropicoso (Nacional)
Juan Pablo Torres y Algo Nuevo – Son A Propulsion – Super Son (Arieto)

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

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With the Souls Of Mischief interview (separate post to follow) taking up the entire second hour, we only had one hour to work with, but made the most of it with new music from Los Hacheros, Moses Sumney and Jungle Fire, plus some classic material from DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist, Mark Hollis, Caetano Veloso. As mentioned, the second hour features music from the new Souls Of Mischief collaboration with Adrian Younge, There Is Only Now, and also an interview with the group. We’d hoped to have the group perform along with Adrian’s group Venice Dawn, but weren’t able to make it happen (at least not this time), but I think if you’re a fan of Souls Of Mischief and the Hieroglyphics crew out of Oakland, I think you’ll appreciate the chance to hear them talk about their art.

Melting Pot on KPFK #178: First Hour
Melting Pot on KPFK #178: Second Hour

Playlist: 09-21-2014
{opening theme} Booker T & The MGs – Melting Pot – 7” (Stax)

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Eddie Bo & the Soul Finders – We’re Doing It (The Thang) Pt. 2 – 7” (Bo Sound)
London Experimental Jazz Quartet – Destroy The Nihilist Picnic – Spiritual Jazz 5: The World (Jazzman)
Caetano Veloso – Tropicalia – Caetano Veloso (1968) (Philips)
Petch Asia Band – Lam Plearn Tua Yaang – The Sound Of Siam Vol. 2 (Soundway)

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Jungle Fire – Firewalker – Tropicoso (Nacional)
Cut Chemist & DJ Shadow – Product Placement (Excerpt) – Product Placement (Self-Release)
Electric Wire Hustle – Look In The Sky – Love Can Prevail (Okay Player)

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Lewis – Summer’s Moon – L’amour (Light In The Attic)
Mark Hollis – Westward Bound – Mark Hollis (Polydor)
Moses Sumney – Alchemy – Single (Self-Release)
Los Hacheros – Tintorera – Pilon (Daptone)

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Souls Of Mischief – Interview – Recorded Live At KPFK (KPFK Archives)

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

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Spent most of my Sunday over at the Beat Swap Meet in Chinatown, where I got a chance to spin a jazz only set just before making my way to KPFK for the show. We begin with a couple of the records I picked up, including a few that will make their way up here shortly. Fair amount of new tunes, from Electric Wire Hustle, Astronauts, ETC., Jungle Fire, KING, and Spain as well as some new older music from Lewis, Hoyt Axton, Philip Cohran and the amazing sound of Rome Sithammarat out of Thailand. In the second hour we did a short tribute to one of my fave LA DJs, Gaslamp Killer, who had a show dedicated to him at the Mayan in September. Enjoy!

Melting Pot on KPFK #177: First Hour
Melting Pot on KPFK #177: Second Hour

Playlist: 09-14-2014
{opening theme} Booker T & The MGs – Melting Pot – Melting Pot (Stax)

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Jimmy Scott – Our Day Will Come – The Source (Atlantic)
Cecil McBee – A Feeling – Mutima (Strata East)
Cymande – Promised Heights – Promised Heights (Janus)
The Albert – Pity The Child – The Albert (Perception)

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Electric Wire Hustle – Blackwater – Love Can Prevail (Okay Player)
Rome Sithammarat – Sao New Look – The Sound Of Siam Vol. 2 (Soundway)
Philip Cohran & the Artistic Heritage Ensemble – The Minstrel – Philip Cohran & the Artistic Heritage Ensemble (Zulu)

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Meshell Ndegeocello – Tom – Comet, Come To Me (Naïve)
KING – Mister Chameleon – Single (Self-Released)
Tim Maia – Reu Confesso – Tim Maia (1974) (Polydor)

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Gaslamp Killer feat. Adrian Younge and MRR – Dead Vets – Breakthrough (Brainfeeder)
Gaslamp Killer – Helio X GLK (Excerpt) – Helio X GLK (Now-Again)
Flying Lotus feat. Gaslamp Killer – GNG BNG – Los Angeles (Warp)
Gonajsufi feat. Gaslamp Killer – Kobwebz – A Sufi & A Killer (Warp)
Asha Bohsle & Suresh Wadkar – Yeh Hawa Yey Fiza – Sadma: Original Soundtrack (CBS)
Gaslamp Killer – Nissim – Breakthrough (Brainfeeder)

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Jungle Fire – Tropicoso – Tropicoso (Nacional)
Hoyt Axton – California Girls – Country Funk Vol. 2 (Light In The Attic)
The Savage Resurrection – Talking To You – The Savage Resurrection (Mercury)
Adrian Younge – There Is Only Now – There Is Only Now (Instrumentals) (Linear Labs)

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Lewis – Like To See You Again – L’amour (Light In The Attic)
Spain – The Fighter – Sargent Place (Dine Alone)
Astronauts, ETC. – Gravity – Sadie EP (Hit City USA)
Caroline Peyton – Brister – Intuition (BBQ)

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

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Originally planned to have Mike Watt return to the station for another interview and a guest DJ set (kind of a “the Watt from Pedro” at KPFK sorta thing), but he wasn’t able to make it to the station in time after picking up the other members of his Il Sogno Marinaio project. So, I packed a big bag of records, burned a couple of little CDs with new tunes and kept it loose. Quite a few long tracks, including a birthday tribute to Sonny Rollins with the all-world “The Eternal Triangle.” High anxiety getting it together, but mostly mellow moods on the air.

Melting Pot on KPFK #176: First Hour
Melting Pot on KPFK #176: Second Hour

DoubleNickels

Earlier this Summer, Double Nickels On The Dime, the classic album from the Minutemen, celebrated it’s 30th anniversary. Double Nickels is one of my favorite albums, something I’ve listened to hundreds of times over the years. It’s an album that has deep personal meaning for me, along with a handful of others, because it’s something that really changed the way I hear music and informed my personal and political sensibilities. When the idea for a tribute show came to mind, I knew I wanted to play the entire record, from start to finish. I wanted to include some information about the Minutemen and the recording of this album and considered using clips from the documentary We Jam Econo. Thankfully I was able to get a hold of Mike Watt and he was extremely gracious with his time, driving up from Pedro on a traffic filled hot summer weekday and spending almost two hours with me about the band and this album. Given the constraints of time, I had to edit down that conversation for the on-air program, but you can find our full conversation right here. All together this was truly a once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience. One of the shows that I’m most proud of in my 20+ year radio career. Enjoy this one to the fullest.

Melting Pot on KPFK #175: First Hour
Melting Pot on KPFK #175: Second Hour

Playlist: 08-31-2014

{opening theme} Booker T & The MGs – Melting Pot – 7″ (Stax)

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Mike Watt – Interview – Recorded Live At KPFK: 07-31-2014

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The Minutemen – Side D. – Double Nickels On The Dime (SST)

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The Minutemen – Side Mike (Part 1) – Double Nickels On The Dime (SST)

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The Minutemen – Side Mike (Part 2) – Double Nickels On The Dime (SST)

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The Minutemen – Side George – Double Nickels On The Dime (SST)

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The Minutemen – Side Chaff – Double Nickels On The Dime (SST)

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

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First “real” show in a real long time, and this one is a doosey. When we have fundraisers and special programming, the music really piles up, plus I’ve been buying a ton of vinyl of late so there were all kinds of sounds that I’ve been waiting to share with you. Also, last week I went to New Orleans for a small-time getaway just before my birthday and the start of the new semester here at Long Beach, so there’s a few of my finds in the mix too. The show begins with a recently released protest song from Lauryn Hill, connected to the ongoing injustice in Ferguson, MO here in the states. The show also features a lot of anniversary music, a couple albums celebrating 20th anniversaries, Brother Sister from the Brand New Heavies and Grace from Jeff Buckley. I also play a Minutemen track that a different version is featured on their landmark album Double Nickels On The Dime, which I’ll be paying tribute to next Sunday for it’s 30th anniversary. Speaking of anniversaries, there’s also a couple songs dedicated to Chicano Batman’s Bardo Martinez and his new wife Laura in the second hour.

Finally, I also play some new music from Joanna Gruesome in the last set. The band played a couple of shows here in LA over the weekend and only deepened the heavy music crush I had on them, especially lead singer Alanna McArdle. I ran out of time, so I wasn’t able to read the amazing statement she posted after recently having to cancel a concert to take care of her mental health. It’s so incredibly rare to have a statement like this, here’s the link to it, please read it when you have a chance. If Alanna and Meredith of Perfect Pussy ever join forces in the same group, I’m not sure my heart could bear it, we’re lucky to have these fierce rock’n’rollers with us right now. Enjoy the show, next week it’s allllll Minutemen folks!

Melting Pot on KPFK #174: First Hour
Melting Pot on KPFK #174: Second Hour

Playlist: 08-24-2014
{opening theme} Booker T & the Mgs – Melting Pot – 7” (Stax)

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Lauryn Hill – Black Rage (Sketch) – Single (Self-released)
Eugene McDaniels – Headless Heroes – Headless Heroes Of The Apocalypse (Atlantic)
Jungle Fire – Comencemos – 7” (Colemine)
Dr. John – Where Ya At Mule – Sun, Moon & Herbs (Atco)
Sidney Bechet – Blue Horizon – Jazz Classics Vol. 1 (Blue Note)
Antibalas – Tattletale Pt. 1 – 7” (Daptone)

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KING – Mr. Chameleon – Single (Self-Released)
Brand New Heavies – Back To Love – Brother Sister (Delicious Vinyl)
Ed Motta – Dried Flowers – AOR (Dwitza)
Erasmo Carlos – Mane Joao – Sonhos E Memorias (Polydor)
Louiz Banks – Song For My Lady – Spritiual Jazz Vol. 5 (Jazzman)

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Oy – Marketplace – No Problem Saloon (Crammed Discs)
Los Hacheros – Toma Tu Pilon – Pilon (Daptone)
Jeff Buckley – Dream Brother – Grace (Columbia)
Ismael Lo – Tajabone – All About My Mother: Original Soundtrack (Universal)
Lost Midas – Archetype Forgotten – Off The Course (Tru Thoughts)

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Electric Wire Hustle – Look In The Sky – By & Bye (Okay Player)
Betty & Angel – Everlasting Love – 7” (Every Day)
Chris Connor – Try A Little Tenderness – Sings Lullabys Of Birdland (Bethlehem)
Dirty Three – Ashen Snow – Toward The Low Sun (Drag City/Anchor & Hope)
Chicano Batman – La Tigresa – Recorded Live At KPFK (KPFK Archives)

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Souls of Mischief & Adrian Younge – Panic Struck – There Is Only Now (Linear Labs)
Angkanang Kunchai – Lam Plearn Mee Mia Leaw Pai – The Sound Of Siam Vol. 2 (Soundway)
Allah-Las – 501-415 – Worship The Sun (Innovative Leisure)
Gales of Joy – Oh Yes – 7” (King)
Bo Rhambo – Two For The Blues – Enchanted Evening (imperial)

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Joanna Gruesome – Psykick Espionage – 7” (Slumberland/Captured Tracks)
The Minutemen – Little Man With A Gun In His Hand – Buzz Or Howl Under The Influence Of Heat (SST)
Louis Prima – Oh Marie – The Wildest! (Capitol)
Kasai All-Stars – The Chief Enthronement / Oyaye – Beware The Fetish (Crammed Discs)
Chico Hamilton Quintet – Siete Cuatro – Chico Hamilton Quintet (Pacific Jazz)

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Dungen – C. Visar Vagen – Tio Bitar (Kemado)

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Really nice to be back on the air again, I’ve been waiting and waiting for this one for what seemed like months. In the first hour of the show we have an interview with Adam Kahan (separate post to follow) the film-maker behind the truly beautiful documentary on Rahsaan Roland Kirk, The Case Of The Three Sided Dream. The second hour of the program is an hour long tribute to one of the greatest and funkiest drummers to have ever walked the planet, Idris Muhammad. I’ll write a bit more later Monday, enjoy the sounds for now!

Melting Pot on KPFK #173: First Hour
Melting Pot on KPFK #173: Second Hour

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Took a bit of a hiatus here at the start of August, but I’ll be back full-time here on the blog for the rest of the month. Here’s the fundraising special we did a couple weeks ago, we’ll be back with a new show on August 17th! Thanks to everyone who supported Melting Pot and KPFK!

Melting Pot on KPFK #172: First Hour
Melting Pot on KPFK #172: Second Hour

Haden

This was a very special show. I wasn’t on the air last week, so I wasn’t able to share the Charnett Moffett interview or pay tribute to Charlie Haden. With Haden’s passing, Moffett is without a doubt the best bass player walking the earth. We recorded the interview on Thursday, the day before we found out about Haden’s passing and so we don’t discuss him, and instead focus solely on Moffett’s exceptional career. It’s truly an honor to be able to pair this interview and performance with a tribute to Haden, as these two players (along with Mingus) are my favorite bassist/composers in Jazz History.

In the week since we learned of his passing, I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on Haden’s legacy and listening to all of the fantastic tributes on KPFK. I’d pretty much known what songs I was going to play featuring Haden within a couple of hours of hearing of his passing. I’m struck that with an entire week of programming, from 5 or 6 different shows on our station, there was very little overlap in the songs people played. Charlie Haden’s career was so long and so stellar that we likely could have dedicated the entire week to him, 24/7, and never once repeated ourselves. In my case, I focused on songs that I had deep personal connection to. 10 years ago, I had a much more extensive collection of music that featured Haden. Over the last decade as I’ve started to rebuild my collection, I’ve often had to focus on the music that I knew I loved most. That is certainly the case with the majority of tracks I’ve played here, many of them recorded from around 1970 to 1973, a period of time where Haden was particularly associated with two large ensembles, his Liberation Music Orchestra and the Jazz Composer’s Orchestra. The sound of these pieces is certainly within the avant-garde, but it is marked by an extraordinary soulfulness and depth of emotion that isn’t always found within this particular branch of the creative music we call Jazz, but was always found in the music of Charlie Haden, regardless of what ensemble or style of music he played.

Each of these songs, as well as the recent collaboration with his son, Josh Haden and his band Spain, “You and I,” testify to the extraordinary beauty of Haden’s playing. As I’ve mentioned before, truly hearing Haden’s music affected me in profound ways, not just in terms of how I approach music, but also politically, emotionally and spiritually. I am a better man and more capable of recognizing the wonders of life and playing my part to increase beauty and love in this world because of the work of Charlie Haden. I will be eternally grateful to him for the many gifts he gave us all.

Melting Pot on KPFK #171: First Hour
Melting Pot on KPFK #171: Second Hour

Playlist: 07-20-2014

{opening theme} Booker T & the MGs – Melting Pot – 7″ (Stax)

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Charnett Moffett – Interview and Performance – Recorded Live at KPFK (KPFK Archives)

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Charlie Haden Tribute:
The Liberation Music Orchestra feat. Charlie Haden – Song For Che – Liberation Music Orchestra (Impulse)
The Liberation Music Orchestra feat. Charlie Haden – Els Segadors – Ballad Of The Fallen (ECM)

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The Jazz Composer’s Orchestra feat. Charlie Haden – Trans-Love Airways – The Relativity Suite (JCOA)
Joe Henderson feat. Charlie Haden – Earth – The Elements (Milestone)

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The Jazz Composer’s Orchestra feat. Charlie Haden – Hotel Overture – Escalator Over The Hill (JCOA)
Spain feat. Charlie Haden – You and I – Sargent Place (Glitterhouse)

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{closing theme} The Liberation Music Orchestra feat. Charlie Haden – We Shall Overcome – Liberation Music Orchestra (Impulse)

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2014 has been another really solid year for music, especially new jazz artists expanding the boundaries of the genre. Quite a few records from 2013 that slipped under my radar find their way into the show as well…we’ll see what the second half of the year has in store for us, but for now enjoy the “Best So Far”!

Melting Pot on KPFK #170: First Hour
Melting Pot on KPFK #170: Second Hour

Playlist: 07-06-2014
{opening theme} Booker T & the MGs – Melting Pot – 7” (Stax)

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Karol Conka – Caxambu – Batuk Freak (Mr. Bongo)
BadBadNotGood – Can’t Leave The Night – III (Innovative Leisure)
Spain – Love At First Sight – Sargent Place (Glitterhouse)
Perfect Pussy – Interference Fits – Say Yes To Love (Captured Tracks)
William Onyeabor – Body and Soul – World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who is William Onyeabor (Luaka Bop)
Stanton Davis – Delta 6/Brighter Days – Isis Voyage (Culters Of Soul)

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The Internet feat. Tay Walker – You Don’t Even Know – Feel Good (Odd Future)
Ned Doheny – A Love Of Your Own – Separate Oceans (Numero)
Chicano Batman – Magma – Cycles Of Existential Rhyme (El Relleno)
Asha Bhosle & Chorus – Koi Lutera – Bombay Disco (Cultures Of Soul)
Los Macuanos – Iglesia De San Miguel Canoa – El Origen (Nacional)

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Grace Jakcson – Gonna Get U – 7” (Ximeno)
Anthony Valadez feat. Bird – Good Looking – In Search Of… (Plug Research)
Bart Davenport – Every Little Step – Recorded Live At KPFK (KPFK Archives)
Michael Bloomfield – Hymn Time – From His Head To His Heart To His Hands (Legacy)
Sun Kil Moon – I Can’t Live Without My Mother’s Love – Benji (Caldo Verde)
Ikebe Shakedown – Rio Grande – Stone By Stone (Ubiquity)

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Joanna Gruesome – Secret Surprise – Weird Sister (Slumberland)
Nick Waterhouse – It #3 – Holly (Innovative Leisure)
Ana Tijoux – Rio Abajo – Vengo (Nacional)
Soul Jazz Orchestra – East Flows The River – Inner Fire (Strut)
Zara McFarlane – Her Eyes – Recorded Live At KPFK (KPFK Archives)
Kris Bowers – Vices & Virtues – Heroes + Misfits (Concord)

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Charnett Moffett – Bassland – Spirit Of Sound (Motema)
Unwound – Plight – Rat Conspiracy (Numero)
The Beta Club – Freak Beat (Cinematic Mix) – 7” (Cartel)
Warpaint – Go In – Warpaint (Rough Trade)
Madlib & Freddie Gibbs – Shame – Pinata (Madlib Invazion)
107th Street Stickball Team – Barbara With The Kooky Eyes – Let’s Boogaloo Vol. 6 (Record Kicks)

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Miles Tackett & the 3 Times – Just What I Need – The Fool Who Wonders (Root Down Records)
Hokis Pokis – Nowhere – The Magic Of Hokis Pokis (Luv n’ Haight)
Rodrigo Amarante – Mana – Cavalo (Easy Sound)
Debruit & Alsarah – Alhalim – Aljawal (Soundway)
Nedelle Torrisi – Can’t Wait – Nedelle Torrisi (Self-Released)

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{closing theme} Takuya Kuroda – Green & Gold – Rising Son (Blue Note)

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Closed out June in fine style with our usual all-vinyl affair, but with a not so usual guest DJ, Mr. Nick Waterhouse (separate post upcoming). In the first hour I got a chance to spin a little bit of vinyl, in tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and also short tributes to a couple of dearly departed soul men, Teenie Hodges & Bobby Womack. Also got a chance to play some newer vinyl, reissued sounds from Danny Holloway’s Ximeno Records from Underground Vegtables (another version of Melting Pot!) and Grace Jackson plus new sounds from the Beta Club. The rest of the time we spend with Nick Waterhouse, talking about his music and style in the first hour and then a 40+ minute Guest DJ set all on 45 vinyl in the second hour. The show ends with a very short song dedicated to WRAS Atlanta, Album 88 and the continued struggle to return the station, now that it has switched over to its new “format,” to being 100% student run and operated. “Come Sunday” is one of my favorite all-time songs, a song that focuses on the struggle of life and the optimism that things will be better as long as we keep holding on and keep pushing on. Next week it’s our “Best So Far” of 2014, and as good as June was, we’re hoping July will be even better! Thanks for tuning in!

Melting Pot on KPFK #169: First Hour
Melting Pot on KPFK #169: Second Hour

Playlist: 06-30-2014

{opening theme} Underground Vegetables – Melting Pot – 7″ (Ximeno)

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SNCC Freedom Singers – Woke up This Morning With My Mind On Freedom – Voices Of The Civil Rights Movement (Smithsonian)
Al Green feat. Teenie Hodges – Old Time Lovin’ – Let’s Stay Together (Hi)
Bobby Womack – Looking For A Love – 7″ (Collectables)
The Ronettes – Walking In The Rain – 7″ (Philles)
Booker Little – Victory & Sorrow – Victory & Sorrow (Bethlehem)

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Grace Jackson – Gonna Get U – 7″ (Ximeno)
Los Tainos – Amor Mio – Los Tainos (Arieto)
The Beta Club – Freak Beat – 7″ (Cartel)
Keno Duke – Too Late, Fall Back Baby – Sense OF Values (Strata East)

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Nick Waterhouse – Interview – Recorded Live At KPFK (KPFK Archives)

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Nick Waterhouse – Sleeping Pills – Holly (Innovative Leisure)

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Nick Waterhouse – Guest DJ Set – Recorded Live At KPFK (KPFK Archives)

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Duke Ellington feat. Ray Nance – Come Sunday – Black, Brown & Biege (CBS)

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So much going on in so many different places, but this show really helped me bringing everything together and it turned out into one of my single favorite shows I’ve done at KPFK. First there’s the music, which includes a bevy of tributes, to recently passed away Gerry Goffin and Horace Silver, to the season of Summer and the end of Spring with Love and Dungen, giveaways and new music from Lee Fields, Foreign Exchange, Miles Tackett, The Beta Club and others…highlight of the show is certainly the interview and performance from Zara McFarlane (separate post coming). Back to back weeks of some of the best interviews in our short time on the air and we’re just getting started here in Year 5 on KPFK. Next week it’s the end of the month, so we’re all on vinyl and should have a guest DJ set from Nick Waterhouse!

Melting Pot on KPFK #168: First Hour
Melting Pot On KPFK #168: Second Hour

Playlist: 06-22-2014
{opening theme} Booker T & the MGs – Melting Pot – 7” (Stax)

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The Monkees – Somewhere In The Morning – More Of The Monkees (Rhino)
Love – The Good Humor Man He Sees Everything Like This – Forever Changes (Elektra)
Dungen – Soda – Skit I Allt (Kemado)
Eric Dolphy – Tenderly – Far Cry (Prestige)
Rodrigo Amarante – The Ribbon – Recorded Live At KPFK (KPFK Archives)

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Lee Fields & the Expressions – Still Gets Me Down – Emma Jean (Truth & Soul)
Nick Waterhouse – Let It Come Down – Holly (Innovative Leisure)
King Khan & the Shrines – Tell Me – The Supreme Genius Of King Khan & the Shrines (Vice)
Captain Beefheart – Tropical Hot Dog Night – Shiny Beast (Virgin)
The Beta Club – Brassa Nova – 7” (Cartel Records)

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Foreign Exchange – Right After Midnight – Love In Flying Colors (Foreign Exchange Music)
King – In The Meantime – Recordedd Live At KPFK (KPFK Archives)
Ned Doheny – Get It Up For Love – Separate Oceans (Numero)
Blu – The Return – Good To Be Home (Nature Sounds)
Quantic feat. Anibal Velasquez – La Callejera – Magnetica (Tru Thoughts)

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Zara McFarlane – Interview & Performance – Recorded Live At KPFK (KPFK Archives)

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Zara McFarlane feat. Leron Thomas – Angie La La – If You Knew Her (Brownswood)
BadBadNotGood – Triangle – III (Innovative Leisure)
Miles Tackett & the 3 Times – Everything – The Fool Who Wonders (Self-Released)
Horace Silver – Senor Blues – Senor Blues (Blue Note)

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

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Haven’t had too many shows like this, where we have two guests, but I’ve learned over the years to take the opportunities as they come and so for Father’s Day we had an interview and guest DJ set with DJ 671 of the Beat Swap Meet AND a interview & performance from Rodrigo Amarante! (separate posts to follow for both) Both are fantastic and are great representations of what I hope makes this show so special and are only possible because of the grand freedom I have to produce this program at KPFK. With 90+ minutes devoted to those two guests, my direct contribution is minimal, but very potent. The show begins with a tribute to one of the most unique male vocalists of all-time, the recently departed Little Jimmy Scott, a non-traditional Father’s Day tune from Tim Buckley perfectly complimented by Zara McFarlane at the end of that first set. I end with a track from guest Rodrigo Amarante’s debut solo record Cavalo, along with a song from Containe that popped into my mind after not hearing it for 15 years, and closes up with a George Jones song for my own Father, who’s love of Country music I refected when I was young, but appreciate now that I’m an adult. There are also some subtle Father’s Day elements in both the guest DJ set from DJ 671 and the performance from Amarante…all in all, one of my best shows since coming to KPFK, hope you enjoy it as much as I did putting it together!

Melting Pot on KPFK #167: First Hour
Melting Pot on KPFK #167: Second Hour

Playlist: 06-15-2014
{opening theme} Booker T & the MGs – Melting Pot – 7” (Stax)

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Little Jimmy Scott – This Love Of Mine – The Source (Atlantic)
Tim Buckley – Dream Letter – Happy Sad (Elektra)
Zara McFarlane – You’ll Get Me In Trouble – If You Knew Her (Brownswood)

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DJ 671 – Interview & Guest DJ Set – Recorded Live At KPFK (KPFK Archives)
The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble – I.B. Struttin’ – 7” (Self-released)

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Rodrigo Amarante – Interview & Performance

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Rodrigo Amarante – Nada Em Vao – Cavalo (Easy Sound)
Containe – Only Cowards Walk Like Cowards – Only Cowards Walk Like Cowards (Enchante)
George Jones – Sometimes You Just Can’t Win – Trouble In Mind (United Artists)

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

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This past week’s show was actually the first “regular” Melting Pot I’ve done in a really long time. The fundraiser took up most of May, and since then we’ve done some special programming on the show. There was quite a bit of new music to get to, including Rodrigo Amarante, Zara McFarlane and Brownout covering Black Sabbath, as well as a slew of new releases from Los Angeles based artists E. Arenas (of Chicano Batman), Miles Tackett & the 3 Times and a couple of local records I really should have been playing much more much earlier from Moonchild and Nedelle Torrisi. We began the show by paying tribute to a couple of people who recently passed. “Phenomenal Woman” begins the show, as a tribute to Dr. Maya Angelou’s extraordinary life. At the close of the first set I pay tribute to a collector out of Chicago whom I never met, but in learning of his passing I also learned of the indelible mark he left on all those who knew him, Bob Abrahamian. The second hour begins with an interview from Eilon Paz of Dust and Grooves (separate post to follow) where we talk about his amazing photography project documenting the collections of vinyl enthusiasts from around the world. This interview kicks off what I hope will be a very eventful summer for Melting Pot, if everything I have lined up actually comes through. For now enjoy the show!

Melting Pot on KPFK #166: First Hour
Melting Pot on KPFK #166: Second Hour

Playlist: 06-08-2014
{opening theme} Booker T & the MGs – Melting Pot – Melting Pot (Stax)

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Dr. Maya Angelou – Phenomenal Woman – In Their Own Voices: A Century Of Recorded Poetry (Word Beat)
Zara McFarlane feat. Leron Thomas – Angie La La – If You Knew Her (Brownswood)
Dolores Gibson – I Got A Feeling – 7” (Ultrasonic)
Syl Johnson – Soul Heaven – The Complete Mythology of Syl Johnson (Numero)

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Rodrigo Amarante – Tardei – Cavalo (Easy Sound)
Jessica Lea Mayfield – The One I Love Best – With Blasphemy So Heartfelt (Nonesuch)
Miles Tackett & the 3 Times – One More Time – The Fool Who Wanders (Self-relesed)
The Rock*A*Teens – Cry – Cry (Daemon)

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Brownout – Into The Void – Brown Sabbath (Ubiquity)
Black Sabbath – Tomorrow’s Dream – Vol. 4 (WB)
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Moonland – Dig Lazarus Dig! (Mute)
E. Arenas – Passaro Atado – Nariz (El Relleno)

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Funkadelic – Everybody’s Goona Make It This Time – America Eats Its Young (Westbound)
Phonte feat. 9th Wonder, Evidence & Big K.R.I.T. – The Life Of Kings – Charity Starts At Home (Foreign Exchange Music)
Helene Smith – True Love Don’t Grow On Trees – Eccentric Soul: The Outskirts of Deep City (Numero)

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Black Star feat. Vinia Mojica – K.O.S. (Determination) – Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star (Rawkus)
Moonchild – I’ll Make It Easy – Please Rewind (Self-Released)
Nedelle Torrisi – I Love Thousands Every Summer – Nedelle Torrisi (Self-Released)
Ned Doheny – Get It Up For Love – Separate Oceans (Numero)

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

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On the personal side of things, this has been a really difficult year for me, much of that has affected how often I post here on the blog and might have also affected the show as well. I’d started the year with the hope that I’d be doing more performances and interviews than ever before, but we ended up with about the same amount as Year 3. What we didn’t have in quantity, we more than made up in quality, with sessions from Dom La Nena, The Summer Twins, Matthew Sweet, Hiatus Kaiyote and Bart Davenport, as well as guest DJ sessions and interviews with Robin Hannibal, Myron & E, Deano Sounds and LA’s very own Ruben Molina. All of these are archived here in the “Be Our Guest” section. In our anniversary show, I changed the format a bit, choosing two interviews to highlight, in this year’s case Dom La Nena and Bart Davenport, and with the rest of the time, I decided to play you the songs from the other sessions, but presented, more or less, as they were actually recorded in our studios. With Matthew Sweet and Hiatus Kaiyote, you get a little taste of the chatter between the musicians as they perform at our studios. I love these little moments and though I edit them out for the finished interview that we broadcast, they are some of my favorite moments of these sessions. Enjoy the show and we’ll see what Year #5 has in store. Now that my personal life has started to stabilize I’m putting even more time into Melting Pot and hopefully you’ll be hearing a variety of guests shortly on our show.

Melting Pot on KPFK #165: First Hour
Melting Pot on KPFK #165: Second Hour

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