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Four weeks into doing our show on Fridays, we finally have our first guests, the ethereal Annabel (Lee). The interview and performance with them takes up almost the entire second hour, with a couple of their favorite artists, Nick Drake and Nina Simone thrown in to round things out. In the first hour, we drew attention to several frees hows going on in LA via Grand Performances (Mexico 68 and Kamasi Washington perform next week, NOT to be missed!) and play a fair amount of tunes from Dungen, Kadhja Bonet, Ghostface Killah + Adrian Younge, Thundercat and more. Unfortunately, just as I’ve started to get my rhythm on Friday nights, I’ll be taking a prolonged break, with an upcoming fundraiser and a trip far out of town. My next show will be at the end of August, and my hopes are that I’ll have a boatload of new/old vinyl to share with you then. Enjoy!

Melting Pot on KPFK #204: First Hour
Melting Pot on KPFK #204: Second Hour

Playlist: 07-17-2015
{opening theme} Booker T & the MGs – Melting Pot – 7” (Stax)

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Kamasi Washington – The Rhythm Changes – The Epic (Brainfeeder)
Ondatropica – Tiene Sabor, Tiene Sazon – Ondatropica (Soundway)
Mexico 68 Afrobeat Orchestra – Rukus – Mexico 68 Afrobeat Orchestra (Rampart)

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Norma White – I Want Your Love – 7” (Ximeno)
Katalyst feat. Stephanie McKay – Day Into Night – Deep Impression (BBE)
Kadhja Bonet – Come Wander/Iemanja – Single (Self-Released)
Thundercat – Where The Giants Roam/Field Of Nephilim – The Beyond/Where The Giants Roam (Brainfeeder)
Magnum Force – Girl, You’re Too Cool – Ultra High Frequencies: The Chicago Party (Numero)

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Ghostfact Killah w/ Adrian Younge’s Venice Dawn feat. Raekwon & Bilal – Resurrection Morning – 12 Reasons To Die II (Linear Labs)
The Royal Jesters – Take Me For A Little While – Royal Jesters: English Oldies (Numero)
Miles Tackett & the 3 Times – Just What I Need – The Fool Who Wonders (Root Down LA)
Dungen – Akt Dit – Allas Sak (Mexican Summer)
Kutiman – Inner Galactic Lovers – Single (Self-Released)
The Pops – Som Imaginario De Jimi Hendrix – Brazilian Guitar Fuzz Bananas (World Psychedelic Funk Classics/Tropicalia In Furs)

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Annabel (Lee) – Interview & Performance – Recorded Live At KPFK (KPFK Archives)

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Annabel (Lee) – Find Me – By The Sea…And Other Solitary Places (Ninja Tune)
Nick Drake – Way To Blue – Five Leaves Left (Island)
Nina Simone – That’s All I Ask – Wild Is The Wind (Philips)

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

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Starting to get a feel for these Friday nights in the summer. A change in broadcast times also requires a change in mind and mood. For instance, at this moment and the exact opposite of my Sunday show, I know that the Sun sets throughout my first hour with Twilight beginning near the end. As such, you can expect some “Sunset music” in the first hour of the program, such as the sublime set featuring the Sandwitches, Nicole Willis and Amy Winehouse, as long as I’m able to provide a soundtrack for it. Also featured in last Friday’s show is new music from Holly Golightly, Dungen, Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge, Thundercat and Annabel (Lee), plus classic material from The Stooges (45th anniversary of their classic Fun House album was on 7/7), The United States Of America, Alice Coltrane and a taste of the “Deepest Digs Vol 6″ mix that was posted on 7/11…if things go according to plan, we should have a special guest & performance coming up this week, but until then, enjoy the show!

Melting Pot on KPFK #203: First Hour
Melting Pot on KPFK #203: Second Hour

Playlist: 07-10-2015
{opening theme} Booker T & the MGs – Melting Pot – 7” (Stax)

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Nina Simone – Do I Move You? – Sings The Blues (RCA)
John Kasandra – Good Whiskey Bad Women – The True Genius (Respect)
Carl Sherlock Holmes – Black Bag – Investigation NO. 1 (CRS)
Jon Lucien – Would You Believe In Me – Rashida (RCA)
Luiz Gonzaga Jr. – Galope – Luiz Gonzaga Jr. (Odeon)
Los Tainos – Amor Mio (loop) – Los Tainos (Arieto)

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Dungen – Akt Dit – Allas Sak (Mexican Summer)
The United States Of America – The American Metaphysical Circus – The United States Of America (Columbia)
Broadcast – Come On Let’s Go – The Noise Made By People (Warp)
Ghostface Killah feat. Raekwon with Adrian Younge’s Venice Dawn – Let The Record Spin – Twelve Reasons To Die II (Linear Labs)
The Peddlers – On A Clear Day – Three In A Cell (CBS)

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The Sandwitches – Dear Prudence – Our Toast (Empty Cellar)
Nicole Willis & the Soul Investigators – On The East Side – Tortured Soul (Timmion)
Amy Winehouse – Wake Up Alone – Back To Black (Island)
The High Society Bros. – The Devil Gives Me Everything (Instrumental) – 7” (Timmion)

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Holly Golightly – Seven Wonders – Slowtown Now! (Damaged Goods)
The Gories – Thunderbird ESQ – I Know You Fine, How You Doin’ (Crypt)
The Stooges – Fun House – Fun House (Elektra)
Ersen – Gunese Don Cicegem – Ersen (Finders Keepers)
The Skatalites – Ceiling Bud – 7” (Ximeno)

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Dimas III – I Won’t Love You Again – Royal Jesters English Oldies (Numero)
Alice Coltrane – Turiya – Huntington Ashram Monastery (Impulse)
Annabel (Lee) – (1849) – By The Sea…And Other Solitary Places (Ninja Tune)
Archive – Nothing Else – Londinium (Island)

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Thundercat – Lone Wolf & Cub – The Beyond/Where The Giants Roam EP (Brainfeeder)
Kamasi Washington – Re Run – The Epic (Brainfeeder)
Elis Regina – Mundo Deserto – Ela (Philips)

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

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2015 is shaping up quite nicely in terms of music, with a nice mix of cherished artists returning for more and brand new voices emerging into the fold. As is our tradition, the first show of July takes a look back a tthe first six months of the year and also includes a few sleepers we missed in 2014…Enjoy!

Melting Pot on KPFK #202: First Hour
Melting Pot on KPFK #202: Second Hour

Playlist: 07-03-2015
{opening theme} Booker T & the Mgs – Melting Pot – 7” (Stax)

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Martha Bass – Walk With Me – Selma: Original Soundtrack (Paramount)
Ibeyi – River – Ibeyi (XL)
BBNG with Ghostface Killah feat. Danny Brown – Six Degrees – Sour Soul (Lex)
Bilal – Satellites – In Another Life (Purpose)
The Amazing – Tell Them You Can’t Leave – Picture You (Partisan)
Don Cherry & the Jazz Composer’s Orchestra – Burn Your Money – The Holy Mountain: Original Soundtrack (Finders Keepers)

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Dom La Nena – Era Una Vez – Soyo (Six Degrees)
Tashi Dorji – Death Flowers – Appa (Bathetic)
Annabel (Lee) – Breathe Us – By The Sea…And Other Solitary Places (Ninja Tune)
Nosaj Thing – Watch – Fated (Innovative Leisure)
Oddisee – Belong To The World – The Good Fight (Mello Music)
Buyepongo – Mulatu Para Ti – 7” (Soul Fiesta)

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The Sandwitches – Miggy – Our Toast (Empty Cellar)
Swervedriver – Setting Sun – I Wasn’t Born To Lose You (Cobraside)
Broadcast – Man Is Not A Bird – The Ha Ha Sound (Warp)
The Stark Reality – All You Need To Make Music – The Stark Reality Discover Hoagy Carmichael’s Music Shop (Now-Again)

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The Royal Jesters – My Kind OF Woman – Royal Jesters English Oldies (Numero)
PRhyme feat. Jay Electronica – To Me To You – Prhyme (Prhyme Records)
Sleater-Kinney – Surface Envy – No Cities To Love (Sub Pop)
Joanna Gruesome – There Is No Function Stacey – Peanut Butter (Slumberland)
Nedelle Torrisi – Double Horizon – Advice From Paradise (Ethereal Sequence/Drag City)
The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band – Lam Tang Wai Yook Pattana – 21st Century Molam (Zudrangma Records)

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The Rongetz Foundation – Kiss Kiss Double Jab – Kiss Kiss Double Jab (Heavenly Sweetness)
Kendrick Lamar – Institutionalized – To Pimp A Butterfly (Top Rank Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope)
The Rebirth – This Is Coming To – Being Through (Walkin’ Talkin’)
Bappi Lahiri – Taqdeer Ka Badshah – Bombay Disco 2 (Cultures Of Soul)

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Russo Passopusso – Flor De Plastico – Paraiso Da Miragem (Self-released)
Haitus Kaiyote – Molasses – Choose Your Weapon (Flying Buddah)
Kamasi Washington – Askim – The Epic (Brainfeeder)

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{closing theme} Don Cherry & the Jazz Composer’s Orchestra – The City Of Freedom – The Holy Mountain: Original Soundtrack (Finders Keepers)

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We made the move to Friday nights and began our tenure at our new time with our traditionally way of closing out the month, an all vinyl freeform kind of show. For this first show on Fridays, I brought what I guess you could call “comfort records,” some things that I really really love, in most cases that I’d played for listeners on Melting Pot before, during our 5 years on Sundays. It will take me some time to find my rhythm in this new slot, though I think we’ll have just as much fun, if not more, in this new time slot. My plan is to post the audio/breakdowns of the Friday shows here on Sundays, for you Sunday Melting Pot kind of folks, you can still listen to the show on Sundays with the promise of more each week. Next week we’ll be doing our “Best So Far” show, looking at the best music of 2015 released thus far, and always a few sleepers from 2014 that slipped under my radar originally. Enjoy the show!

Melting Pot on KPFK #201: First Hour
Melting Pot on KPFK #201: Second Hour

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For several months I’ve been planning this show, knowing that for #200 I wanted to highlight a favorite artist, as with the Dirty Three for show #100, and though this time I’d take a look back and feature an artist that I love but might be a bit unsung or under-appreciated. Ultimately I settled on highlighting the music of Dale Ossman Warren, perhaps best known as the mind behind the 24-Carat Black. Warren should be seen as a musical genius and one of the great talents of the era, but there is relatively little publicly known about the man and his methods. What we do have are a wealth of recordings that feature Warren as a writer, arranger, producer, engineer or musician.

With the 24 Carat Black recordings as a guide, in the first hour of the program I tried to choose songs that seemed to have been clearly touched by Warren’s hand. Some of them are well known, such as his first Stax related collaboration with Isaac Hayes, “Walk On By,” others are less well-known but just as amazing, such as the Precisions “What I Want,” which has been on repeat since I tracked it down recently. I also highlight several tracks from the “lost” album that the Numero group issued in 2009. With the few tracks that they were able to salvage, the mind boggles at the music Dale Warren might have been able to create given a full budget or perhaps a different period of time.

In the second hour we have the best statement of Warren’s vision, the 1973 album Ghetto: Misfortune’s Wealth, played from start to finish. I’m not sure why I hadn’t thought to play that whole album on the air until now, but I’m glad that I got to do it this past Sunday, on our last show on Sunday’s before we move to Fridays at 8pm this week. Big thanks to Rob Sevier of Numero Group and Oliver Wang of Soul-Sides.com for help tracking down a few of the tracks, eternal thanks to Matthew Africa (RIP) for turning me and others onto this music, and of course to the maestro himself Dale Warren, for leaving such a rich musical legacy.

Melting Pot on KPFK #200: First Hour
Melting Pot on KPFK #200: Second Hour

Playlist: 06-21-2015
{opening theme} Booker T & the MGs – Melting Pot – 7” (Stax)

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Isaac Hayes – Walk On By – 7” (Stax)
The 24 Carat Black – Best of Good Love Gone – Gone: The Promises Of Yesterday (Numero)
David Porter – I’m Afraid The Masquerade Is Over – Victim Of The Joke?: An Opera (Enterprise)
Isaac Hayes – Ike’s Mood I – …To Be Continued (Enterprise)

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The 24 Carat Black – I Began To Weep – Gone: The Promises Of Yesterday (Numero)
John Kasandra – The Other Brother/We Gotta Go On – The True Genius (Respect)
The Mad Lads – Gone, The Promises Of Yesterday – A New Beginning (Volt)
Strings’n’Things – Charge! – 7” (Jet Set)

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The Embraceables – Here I Go – 7” (Sidra)
Gloria Ann Taylor – World That’s Not Real – 7” (Selector Sound)
The Precisions – What I Want – 7” (Drew)
The 24 Carat Black – I’ll Never Let You Go – Gone: The Promises Of Yesterday (Numero)

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The 24 Carat Black – Ghetto: Misfortune’s Wealth (Enterprise)

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Number one thing to mention is that this past Sunday’s show will be the next to last Sunday we’re on the air on KPFK. Starting June 26th, we’ll relocate to Fridays from 8-10pm. Very little will change in terms of the show, though being on at that time does change my mood and will likely change the mood of the show as well. Good amount of new music in the first hour, including more from Kamasi Washington, Jones, The Sandwitches and an artist from Brasil I’ve been meaning to share for a while Russo Passopusso. Our second hour belongs to Ornette Coleman, and some of my favorite songs from the earliest period of Coleman’s career, in some ways the most innovative period as well. Next Sunday, our last Sunday, will be our 200th show on KPFK, we’ll be doing a special show (similar to how for our 100th show we focused only on the Dirty Three) focused on the music of Dale Warren, especially his 1960s & 1970s legendary work with Isaac Hayes, Gloria Ann Taylor and the 24-Carat Black!

Melting Pot on KPFK #199: First Hour
Melting Pot on KPFK #199: Second Hour

Playlist: 06-14-2015
Booker T & the MGs – Melting Pot – 7” (Stax)

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Dale Warren & the Wattstax ’72 Orchestra – Salvation Symphony – Wattstax: The Living Word (Stax)
Kamasi Washington – The Rhythm Changes – The Epic (Brainfeeder)
Gal Costa – Mamae, Coragem – Tropicalia (Philips)
Jones – You – Indulge EP (37 Adventures)

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The Sandwitches – Miggy – Our Toast (Empty Cellar)
Spain – You Were Meant For Me – I Believe (Restless)
Annabel (Lee) – Alone – By The Sea…And Other Solitary Places (Ninja Tune)

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Russo Passopusso – Relogio – Paraiso Da Miragem (Self-Released)
Gil Scott-Heron – Alien (Hold On To Your Dream) – Nothing New (XL)
Terry Kath + Dusty Rhodes, The American Dream – Tell Me (Remix) – Electra Glide In Blue (United Artists)

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Ornette Coleman – Free – Change Of The Century (Atlantic)
Ornette Coleman – Focus On Sanity – The Shape Of Jazz To Come (Atlantic)
Ornette Coleman – Una Muy Bonita – Change Of The Century (Atlantic)

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Ornette Coleman – First Take (Free Jazz) – Twins (Atlantic)

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Ornette Coleman – Beauty Is A Rare Thing – This Is Our Music (Atlantic)
Ornette Coleman – Embraceable You – This Is Our Music (Atlantic)
Ornette Coleman – Lonely Woman – The Shape Of Jazz To Come (Atlantic)

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5 Years…that’s pretty much as long as I’ve been at any of the individual stations I’ve worked at in my radio career. Part of the whole appeal of moving from KCRW to KPFK was to be able to have 100% control of the show and be able to bring in guests for interviews, DJ sets and performances. Over the past 5 years there have been some incredible sessions, last Sunday’s show highlights all of the musicians who performed on our show over these first 5 years. I also attempted to incorporate a little bit of some of the stellar guest DJ sets that we’ve had too, though with all of this music, there wasn’t much of a chance to incorporate many of the interviews themselves. It’s been a great ride, and one that I hope will continue for many more years to come. Each and every interview, Guest DJ set and performance is archived here on this website under the “Be Our Guest” category. You can get a taste for each one from this show, but there’s so much more music waiting for you if you missed them the first time around.

Melting Pot on KPFK #198: First Hour
Melting Pot on KPFK #198: Second Hour

Melting Pot’s 5 Year Anniversary:
{opening theme} Booker T & the MGs – Melting Pot – 7” (Stax)

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Pacha Massive – Your Love – Recorded Live At KPFK: 08-01-2010
Francoiz Breut – Les Jounes Pousses – Recorded Live At KPFK: 09-29-2010
Quadron – Untitled – Recorded Live At KPFK: 10-29-2010
Belleruche – Clockwatching – Recorded Live At KPFK: 11-29-2010
La Sera – Never Come Around – Recorded Live At KPFK: 01-28-2011
DJ Lengua – Guest DJ Set (Excerpt) – Recorded Live At KPFK: 08-28-2011

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Bing Ji Ling – Like We Used To Do – Recorded Live At KPFK: 04-27-2011
Corin Tucker – 1,000 Years – Recorded Live At KPFK: 07-08-2011
Pollyn – Sometimes You Just Know – Recorded Live At KPFK: 07-08-2011
Boogaloo Assassins – No, No, No – Recorded Live At KPFK: 10-12-2011
The Sandwitches – My Heart Does Swell – Recorded Live At KPFK: 11-02-2011
DJ Spinna – Guest DJ Set (Excerpt) – Recorded Live At KPFK: 11-10-2012

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Barry Adamson – People – Recorded Live At KPFK: 07-08-2011
Spain – Untitled No. 1 – Recorded Live At KPFK: 04-16-2012
Chicano Batman – Itotiani – Recorded Live At KPFK: 07-16-2012
Kenny Dope – Guest DJ Set (Excerpt) – Recorded Live At KPFK: 04-14-2013

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Hot 8 Brass Band – Rock With The Hot 8 – Recorded Live At KPFK: 02-04-2013
Lady – Money – Recorded Live At KPFK: 04-17-2013
KING – Supernatural – Recorded Live At KPFK: 04-26-2013
Dom La Nena – Anjo Gabriel – Recorded Live At KPFK: 05-31-2013
Ruben Molina – Guest DJ Set (Excerpt) – Recorded Live At KPFK: 07-28-2013

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The Summer Twins – I’m No Good – Recorded Live At KPFK: 06-17-2013
Matthew Sweet – Time Capsule – Recorded Live At KPFK: 07-10-2013
Hiatus Kaiyote – Lace Skull – Recorded Live At KPFK: 10-29-2013
Bart Davenport – Every Little Step – Recorded Live At KPFK: 04-18-2014
Natasha Diggs – Guest DJ Set (Excerpt) – Recorded Live At KPFK: 07-12-2014

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Rodrigo Amarante – The Ribbon – Recorded Live At KPFK: 06-13-2014
Zara McFarlane – Open Heart – Recorded Live At KPFK: 06-16-2014
Charnett Moffet – Spirit of Sound – Recorded Live At KPFK: 07-10-2014
Jungle Fire – Tropicoso – Recorded Live At KPFK: 09-24-2014

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We took a pause to the fundraising for the Memorial Day weekend and I got to play y’all some tunes and revel in the Golden State Warriors defeating the Houston Rockets, thanks to Lil’ B’s curse. Loads of new tunes and mixed with love and care from yours truly. Enjoy!

Melting Pot on KPFK #197: First Hour
Melting Pot on KPFK #197: Second Hour

Playlist: 05-24-2015
{opening theme} Booker T & the MGs – Melting Pot – Melting Pot (Stax)
Gang Starr – Just To Get A Rep – Mass Appeal (Virgin/EMI)
Algodon Egipcio – Helio (Fair Ohs Cover) – Canta (Lefse)
Emily King – The Animals – Single (Self-released)
Nedelle Torrisi – Psychic Returns – Nedelle Torrisi (Ethereal Sequence/Drag City)
Nina Simone – Either Way I Lose – Wild Is The Wind (Philips)

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The Sandwitches – Nothing But Love – Our Toast (Empty Cellar)
Annabel (Lee) – Find Me – By The Sea…And Other Solitary Places (Ninja Tune)
Moses Sumney – Seeds – Single (Self-released)
Oddisee Belong To The World – The Good Fight (Mello Music)

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Joanna Gruesome – Honestly Do Yr Worst – Peanut Butter (Slumberland)
The Nation Of Ulysses – A Kid Who Tells On Another Kid Is A Dead Kid – 13 Point Program to Destroy America (Dischord)
Chico Trujillo – Malgeniosa – Reina De Todas Las Fiestas (Barbes)
Saun & Starr – Sunshine – Look Closer (Daptone)
Platinum Pied Pipers feat. Karma Stewart – On A Cloud – Abundance (Ubiquity)

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Lil B feat. 9th Wonder, Phonte and Jean Grae – Base For Your Face – Single (Self-Released)
David Axelrod – Holy Are You (Instrumental) – The Warner/Reprise Sessions (Warner UK)
Hiatus Kaiyote – Building A Ladder – Choose Your Weapon (Flying Buddah)
Andreya Triana – Heart In My Hands – Giants (Ninja Tune)

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Kamasi Washington – Chang Of The Guard – The Epic (Brainfeeder)
Nosaj Thing – Let You – Fated (Innovative Leisure)
Curren$y & Freddie Gibbs – Fetti – Welcome To Los Santos (Mass Appeal/Rockstar)

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Ghostface Killah feat. Raekwon – Return Of The Savage – Twelve Reasons To Die II (Linear Labs)
Bilal – Satellites – In Another Life (Purpose Music)
Gil Scott-Heron – Back Home – Winter In America (Strata East)
Ensemble Al-Salaam – Peace – The Sojourner (Strata East)

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Not to toot my own horn or nothing, but this is one of the best shows we’ve done here in 2015. Nothing to do with me really, it’s the music, and it kind of dawned on me all of the sudden that virtually all of the new releases on this week’s show are all strong contenders for the end of year “Best Of” special. I know it’s only May, but I have a good sense for these things, so don’t be surprised when Annabel (Lee), Nicole Willis & the Soul Investigators, Nosaj Thing, The Sandwitches, Oddisee, and Haitus Kaiyote show in that list. Those artists are featured, along with classic material from the Flamin’ Groovies, Outkast, The Ensemble Al-Salaam and James Brown, on what would have been his 82nd birthday. The second hour is dedicated to an artist who might just have put out the best release of the year, Kamasi Washington, who is about to release his 3-part 172 minute masterpiece “The Epic.” The interview here is edited for airplay, there’ll be a separate post soon with the full version. If you’re in LA and you got the time, make sure to hustle down to the Regent tonight for the release show celebration featuring Kamasi and essentially every player of consequence in the Los Angeles area. This is likely to be the last Melting Pot for a while, as KPFK is going into fundraiser mode for the next month and I’ve got a mountain of grading to do…until we meet again, enjoy the show!

Melting Pot on KPFK #196: First Hour
Melting Pot on KPFK #196: Second Hour

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Was in a very jazzy mood a couple weeks ago for the end of April all vinyl affair…presently I’m busy catching up for lost time and trying to get back to grading. I’ll post more about the show later on, including the playlist.

Melting Pot on KPFK #195: First Hour
Melting Pot on KPFK #195: Second Hour

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Started the show off with a show of solidarity connected to the upcoming commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide of 1915, which resulted in 1.5 million deaths and was the original event for which the term “genocide” was created to describe. Like so many other moments of horror in history, this is something that is still unacknowledged by many people around the world, especially those in present day Turkey. Armenian Hip-Hop artist R. Mean’s song and video “Open Wounds” was created to bring greater awareness to this moment and it’s there that we began:

From there we also paid brief tribute to GURU of Gang Starr who passed away 5 years ago, and to Charles Mingus, just ahead of what would have been his 93rd birthday on April 22nd, and in between there’s a whole lot of music including new tunes from Nicole Willis & the Soul Investigators, The Sandwitches, Jose James, King Khan & the BBQ Show, Oddisee, Nadine Shah, Death and classics from Gal Costa, Captain Beefheart, Can, Ramswey Lewis and Tim Buckley. We’ll be back next week, all on vinyl to close out the month.

Melting Pot on KPFK #194: First Hour
Melting Pot on KPFK #194: Second Hour

Playlist: 04-19-2015
{opening theme} Booker T & the MGs – Melting Pot – Melting Pot (Stax)

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R. Mean – Open Wounds – Open Wounds 1915 (Self-Released)
Gang Starr – Robbin Hood Theory – Moment Of Truth (Noo Trybe)
Buddy Collette – Fun City – Now And Then (Legend)
Nadine Shah – Nothing Else To Do – Fast Food (R&S)

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Death – Resurrection – N.E.W. (Drag City)
The King Khan & BBQ Show – We Are The Champion – Bad News Boys (In The Red)
Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band – Sugar N’ Spikes – Trout Mask Replica (Straight)
Tashi Dorji – Forbidden – Appa (Bathetic)
Fernanda y Bernarda Utrera – Lo Mismo Juego – El Cante De Fernanda Y Bernarda Utrera (Fontana)

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Nicole Willis & the Soul Investigators – Paint Me In A Corner – Single (Timmion)
Ramsey Lewis – Ode – Maiden Voyage (Cadet)
Jungle Fire – Together/Los Filigreses – Recorded Live At KPFK (KPFK Archives)
The Rebirth – Show ‘Em – Being Thru The Eyes Of A Child (Walkin’ Talkin’)

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Jose James – I Thought About You – Yesterday I Had The Blues (Blue Note)
Tim Buckley – Blue Melody – Blue Afternoon (Straight)
Oddisee – Belong To The World – The Good Fight (Mello Music)
Ibeyi – Weatherman – Ibeyi (XL)
Clark – Beacon – Clark (Warp)

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Nosaj Thing feat. Chance The Rapper – Cold Stares – Fated (Innovative Leisure)
Portico – Atacama – Living Fields (Ninja Tune)
Can – Bring Me Coffee or Tea – Tago Mago (UA)
Mrr/Adm feat. Malcolm Catto – 009 – Untitled 10” (Self-Released)

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The Sandwitches – Play It Again Dick – Our Toast (Empty Cellar)
Gal Costa – The Archaic Lonely Star Blues – Le-Gal (Phillips)
Charles Mingus – Half-Mast Inhibition – Mingus Revisited (Limelight)

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

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Easter Sunday is always a fun show for me. Since the move to KPFK, I’ve tried to come up with some unexpected tracks in celebration, and while I almost always include personal favorites like “Groovin’ With Jesus” or “Get High With Jesus” I felt like keeping things fresh this year and playing tunes I hadn’t featured before, with a track from Axelrod’s “Mass,” Alice Coltrane’s epic “Lord Of Lords” and a recent entry from Kendrick Lamar, his “How Much Does A Dollar Cost?” The show from there features a fair amount of new things, including tracks from Rapper Big Pooh (of Little Brother), Ibeyi, Warpaint, Toro y Moi, Dom La Nena, Waxahatchee and Portico. At the start of the second hour there is a short excerpt of a tribute set that Oliver Wang of Soul-Sides.com put together for our friend Matthew Africa. You can check out the full-length mix by clicking right here. We’ll be back with the music after a week hiatus for fundraising, see you then!

Melting Pot on KPFK #193: 1st Hour
Melting Pot on KPFK #193: 2nd Hour

Playlist: 04-5-14
{opening theme} Booker T & The MGs – Melting Pot – Melting Pot (Stax)

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David Axelrod & the Electric Prunes – Agnus Dei – Mass In F Minor (Reprise)
Alice Coltrane – Lord Of Lords – Lord of Lords (Impulse)
Kendrick Lamar – How Much Does A Dollar Cost? – How To Pimp A Butterfly (Top Rank Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope)

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Ibeyi – Better In Tune With The Infinite – Single (Self-Released)
Grupo Folklorico Y Experimental Nueva Yorquino – Canto Asoyin – Concepts In Unity (Salsoul)
Fela Kuti & Africa 70 – Water No Get Enemy – Expensive Shit (Knitting Factory)

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Rapper Big Pooh feat. Eric Black Soul Keith – How I Move – Words Paint Pictures (Mello Music)
Toro Y Moi – The Flight – What For? (Carpark)
Waxahatchee – La Loose – Ivy Tripp (Merge)
Hiatus Kaiyote – Breathing Underwater – Single (Flying Buddah)
Pete Rock – One, Two, A Few More – Petestrumentals 2 (Mello Music)

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DJ O-Dub – It Began With Matthew Africa (Tribute Mix) – Soul-sides.com
24 Carat Black – Theme From 24-Carat Black – Jazz Dance Classics Vol. 1 (Luv’n’Haight)

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Warpaint – No Way Out – Single (Rought Trade)
Neu! – Weissensee – Neu! (UA)
Portico feat. Jono McCleery – Colour Fading – Living Fields (Ninja Tune)

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Rodrigo Amarante – Fall Asleep – Recorded Live At KPFK (KPFK Archives)
Epic Soundtracks – Sleepy City – Change My Life (Bar/None)
Dom La Nena – Era Una Vez – Soyo (Six Degrees)
Billie Holiday – You Turned The Tables On Me – Solitude (Verve)

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

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End of the month and so during the first hour we were all on vinyl, with a surprising number of contemporary releases, from local artists Nedelle Torrisi and Baast, as well as recent release from Frisco’s the Sandwitches, who should have a new album on the horizon. In the second hour we have a return engagement from Rodrigo Amarante, who was our guest last Summer and blesses us again with his presence and all the beauty that comes from that voice and his guitar (plus a lullaby on piano, separate post to follow).

Melting Pot on KPFK #192: 1st Hour
Melting Pot on KPFK #192: 2nd Hour

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March 22nd was our first show of Spring, and as is our tradition, it meant we started things off with Biz Markie’s legendary ode to the season of change, renewal and hope, “Spring Again.” More than a few new tunes, plus some classics, you know…all you expect from Melting Pot on KPFK. Enjoy!

Melting Pot on KPFK #191: 1st Hour
Melting Pot on KPFK #191: 2nd Hour

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It was sooooooooo nice to be back on this air this past Sunday! I hadn’t been on the air since January 25th and I was worried I might not remember what to do, but thankfully it is more or less just like riding a bike. As is often the case when I haven’t been on the air for a while, the releases pile up. With only two hours, there’s a lot more music that I could have played, but overall, I think it’s a pretty solid return. Lots of new tunes, but the show starts off with a little tribute to one of my musical heroes, Sly Stone, who celebrated his 72nd birthday on Sunday. I’ll be sure to keep things on track here at the blog (playlist up tomorrow or Friday) and hopefully I’ll be on the air for a good amount of time here throughout the rest of the year. Enjoy!

Melting Pot on KPFK #190: 1st Hour
Melting Pot on KPFK #190: 2nd Hour

Playlist: 3-15-2015

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

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Sly & the Family Stone – Underdog – A Whole New Thing (Epic)
Sly & the Family Stone – Color Me True – Dance To The Music (Epic)
Sly & the Family Stone – Remember Who You Are – Back On The Right Track (WB)
Sly & the Family Stone – Can’t Strain My Brain – Small Talk (Epic)
Sly & the Family Stone – Just Like A Baby – There’s A Riot Going On (Epic)
Sly Stone – Africa – I’m Just Like You: Sly’s Stone Flower 1969-1970 (Light In The Attic)

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Rongetz Foundation feat. Gary Bartz – Marshmellow Throne – Kiss Kiss Double Jab (Heavenly Sweetness)
Zion I feat. 1-Oak – Last Nite – Sun Moon and Stars (Mass Appeal)
Tropics – Hunger – Rapture (Innovative Leisure)
Romare – Jimmy’s Lament – Projections (Ninja Tune)

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Swervedriver – Setting Sun – I Wasn’t Born To Lose You (Cobraside)
The Amazing – Broken – Picture You (Partisan)
Emmy The Great – Swimming Pools – S EP (Bella Union)
Ibeyi – Faithful – Ibeyi (XL)

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Prhyme feat. Jay Electronic – To Me To You – Prhyme (Prhyme Records)
Harvey Mandel – Light’s Out – Cristo Redentor (Phillips)
Dom La Nena – Menino – Soyo (Six Degrees)

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Zomba Prison Project – Women Today Take Care Of Business – Zomba Prison Project (Six Degrees)
Bappi Lahiri & Chorus – Taqdeer Ka Badshah – Bombay Disco 2 (Cultures Of Soul)
Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band – Lam Tang Wai Yook Pattana – 21st Century Molam (Zudrangma Records)

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Nedelle Torrisi – Fool Boy – Advice From Paradise (Ethereal Sequence/Drag City)
Portico feat. Jamie Woon – Memory Of Newness – Living Fields (Ninja Tune)
David Korevaar – Le Tombeau De Couperin II: Fugue – Maurice Ravel: Le Tombeau De Couperin (MSR Classics)
Charles Mingus – Duke’s Choice – A Modern Jazz Symposium Of Music and Poetry (Bethlehem)

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

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