Life During Wartime playlist for 01/05/2011

Program name: 
Life During Wartime
Air date: 
Diskordslife during wartimeBlame it on the Kidsvinyl warning
Personal & the PizzasDon't You Go In That GroundRaw Pie1234 Go
Zero BoysHuman BodyHistory ofSecretly Canadian
Talking HeadsI'm Not In LoveCBS sessionsboot
Gleaming SpiresSex GirlsSongs of the SpiresPosh Boy
TrashiesSweat Pants BonerLife Sucks Trash FuckBubbledum Records
TapewormBreak My Facekilled by death #9Redrum
DetentionDead Rock and RollersKilled by death #2Redrum
RazorsChrist ChildBLoodstains Across Germanyboot
GlonervBloodstains across Swedenboot
GizmosAmerika FirstKilled By Death #9redrum
Dow Jones and the IndustrialsCAn't Stand the MidwestBloodstains across the midwestboot
EatCommunist RadioKilled By Death #2redrum
NextCheap RewardsBloodstains Across Texasboot
The ScientistsFrantic RomanticFrantic Romantic 7"boot
AntidoteReal DealThou Shalt Not Killboot
RTAThe Epileptics/tself
Suspect PartsTo Stones/t17TV/Deranged
Groaning GrooveShadows/tself
Rotten CadaverStarve To Deaths/tSpoiled Rotten
Bog PeopleChaos TribesVivid Sekt splitFear Of War
Vivid SektCommon DisinterestBog People SplitFear Of War
Cheeta Chrome MotherfuckersEvery Day's a ReaganBCT #4BCT
Paxston QuiggleyLife's Too Shorts/t 7"PQ Records
Paggio PunksRumorsBCT #4BCT
MutantsNew DrugFun TerminalQuality
Action PackedSuicide BagFemme Punk Compboot
Iron LungCancerLive at SupersonicCapsule
Vaccinefuck your faith/Enlistmenthuman hatredpainkiller
Camera SilensRealiteRealiteEuthanasie
KidnapPutain De VieIl Faudra Bien Qu'un Jour Tout ChangeEuthanasie
Reich OrgasmFutur Pour TousReich OrgasmEuthanasie
Komintern SectUnis Par Le VinLes Seigneurs De La GuerreEuthanasie
No PubViol-enceV/A-ApocalypseEuthanasie
Parting GiftsSleepy CityStrychnine DandelionIn the Red
SHEOutta ReachOutta Reachboot
No TrendWho's to SayA dozen dead rosesno trend records
Poison IdeaGod Not GodKings of PunkTaang
The Plugzmindless contentmentKilled By Death #2
BugsHeil hitlerBloodstains Across Sweden
Pekinska PatkaOri OriBloodstains Across Yugoslavia
PankrtiLepi in prazniBloodstains Across Yugoslavia
PhosphorSchokoladenwurgerBloodstains Across Germany
Screamin Mee-MeesHot SoddyKilled By Death #2
Crash NormalLike a HorseStuffs CompCompost Modern Art
Dark RideTo Be Not Dying (since your youth)
Dark RidesNasty Weathers/t 7'Do you hear we?

The Noontime Jamboree playlist for 01/03/2011

Program name: 
The Noontime Jamboree
Air date: 

NEW YEAR SPECIAL-Retta hosts along with special guest Chris Tyle

1. Auld Lang Syne: Freddie Rich Radio Orch, 1931
2. Auld Lang Syne: Don Redman, 1938
3. Hum All Your Troubles Away: Zack White's Chocolate Beau Brummels
4. Winter Weather: Fats Waller and His Rhythm, 1941
5. Time Changes Everything: Tommy Duncan
6. Headin' for Better Times: Ted Lewis, 1931
7. A Jazz Holiday: Ted Lewis, 1928
8. Roly Poly - breakdown: Bob Wills, 1945
9. Roly Poly - issued take: ditto
10. New Year's Eve in a Haunted House: Raymond Scott, 1937
11. Bend Down Sister; Jimmie Grier, 1931
12. Sing a New Song: Bennie Krueger, 1932
13. Happy Days Are Here Again: Ben Selvin, 1930
14. Inspiration Waltz: George Poole Orchestra
15. Let's Try Again: Jimmie Lunceford, 1940
16. Happy Go Lucky: Cindy Walker, 1943
17. Winter Moon: Hoagy Carmichael, 1956
18. Things Are Looking Up: Fred Astaire, 1937 from the motion picture "A Damsel in Distress"
19. I'm on a Diet of Love: George Olsen, 1929
20. Prosperity Special: Hank Thompson and the Brazos Vally Boys,
21. Got a Bran' New Suit: Fats Waller and His Rhythm, 1935
22. Shake and Break It: Kid Howard at San Jacinto Hall, 1963
23. Happy As the Day is Long: Washboard Rhythm Kings, 1933
24. Pink Elephants: Guy Lombardo, 1932
25. Funny Little World: Lee Wiley, 1934
26. Gotta Go Places and Do Things: Lud Gluskin
27. Let's Misbehave: The Bluebirds (Harry Reser), 1928 (Tommy Gott, trumpet)
28, Lucky Polka: The Roudabouts
29. A Cigarette and a Silhouette: Mildred Bailey, 1938 with Red Norvo
30. Keep Looking Forward: Art Kahn and His Orchestra, 1932, with Bunny Berigan, trumpet
31. I Found a New Way to Go to Town: Don Redman, 1933

Eastside Sound playlist for 01/03/2011

Air date: 
Amy AnnelleThe Hellhound's AddressThe Cimarron Banks
The Blackberry BushesI'm On FireA Little Bit Of Grace
Lincoln CrockettSawdust SettlerAngels and Devils Alike
Joe DiffieHard to HandleHomecoming
Alejandro EscovedoShelling RainStreet Songs of Love
Future HistoriansFlathead LakeIf You Slip Into The Fog
Green WhiskeyOne Phone CallTriple Shot High
HillstompOld Plank RoadDarker The Night
Infamous StringdustersYou Can't Stop The ChangesThings That Fly
The Lew Jones ActSave Me From This RepetitionAnthology II - A New Past
Kites and CrowsShe Hangs The MoonGolden Room
Lincoln's BeardBefore You Walked InBrothers Grace
Mighty GhostsThe Kind of Gals I KnowAberdeen
Not An AirplaneOur TimeThings and People
Over The HillFloridaThe Album Is Dead
Matthew PriceOut of Sight Out of MindStranded
Red HorseI Am A ChildRed Horse
Caleb StineAin't NobodyAin't Nobody
William TylerTerrace of the Leper KingBehold the Spirit
Upside DownWounded KneeThe Town With Bad Wiring
Sharon Van EttenSave YourselfEpic
Kendl WinterWaiting for the TakerApple Core
Super XX ManBroken BranchWhite Bed
Y La BambaWinter's SkinLupon
The FallmenLast WaltzLife is Pain
Caleb KlauderMy Baby Came BackWestern Country

Every other Monday from 2pm until 4pm

The Eastside Sound

Music for your Monday Afternoon

brought to you by Volunteer Producer  RaScHo


2010 New Release Show

An A to Z selection from some of 2010's new releases (except for Q & Z)

Jazz in the Afternoon playlist for 01/05/2011

Program name: 
Jazz in the Afternoon
Air date: 

Jazz Lives! playlist for 01/05/2011

Program name: 
Jazz Lives!
Air date: 
SFJ jazz collectiveuna muy bonitaSFJazz collectivenonesuch
max roach with abbey lincolnwho will buy & love for saleagain vol. 2yes to jazz
mingus big bandgunslingin' birdsgunslingin' birdsdisques dreyfus
wynton marsalishappy feet bluesvillage vanguard boxcolumbia
kenny garrettintro to africalive at the iridiummack avenue
gerald wilsonhollywood freewaybig band modernthe jazz factory
charles tolliveron the nilelive at the blue notehalfnote
stan kentonsentimental riff random rifflive at the tropicanacapitol
MJQ (special guest sonny rollinsbags groovethe modern jazz quartet at music inn vol.2atlantic
cannonball adderly featuring ernie andrewsbig citylive sessioncapitol
mel brownblues for tracylive at jimmy macskarmenpolicy records
VSOPpara orientelive under the skycolumbia
jackie mcleanfivethe jackie mac attackbirdology
joey defrancescooleolive at yoshi's

Live recordings featured on this show indefinitely. Feel the excitement and hear the spirit of the moment.There can't be any gimmicks when you're live. You can't be jivin' unless you want to look like a chump.

Shocks of Sheba playlist for 01/05/2011

Program name: 
Shocks of Sheba
Air date: 
Daweh CongoSocial Disorder...super vibezCD
Andrew BeesBeast steppersCD
SluggyRender Your Heart...macdada12"
Maikal XThe Best In You...vpCD
SilverDay To Day Ghetto Livin'...drumsongCD
Natural BlackDon't Paint The Wrong Picture...cou$insLP
Jah CureLet Jah Be Praise...manatee7"
Alton & ZootOppression...soul jazzLP
ExumaHold On Joshua...clandisc7"
Carlton Livingston & The Treasure Isle AllstarsDuke...gadd 5910"
Pablo MosesMore Than You Can of mosesCD
Horace AndyStop Your Brutality...tappaLP
Michael ProphetPoverty...freedom sounds7"
Michael Prophet/TrinityFight It To The Top/Lively Tribulation...blood & fireCD
Ranking JoeTribute To John Lennon...tadsLP
U Brown & Jennifer LaraHere I Am...radsCD
Pat KellyI'm So Proud...chanan-jah12"
Dave Barker# My Whole World Is Fallin Down...striker lee12"
Sugar Minott & The Rock Studio Posse# A Whole Heap A Version...striker lee12"
The PioneersFeeling High...trojanLP
Peter BroggsInternational Farmer...rasLP
Twinkle BrothersOne Head...twinkleCD
Stiffy DreadJah Dreadful...twinkleLP
Rod TaylorTeach I Everything...gussie pLP
Bim Sherman# Ever Firm...centuryCD
Bim Sherman# Black Jah Jah Dub...efaCD
Chezidek## Herbalist...tadsCD
Sugar Minott## Rough Ole Life (Babylon)...heartbeatLP
Ghetto PriestThis Time...reggae roastCD
LorenzoThe Way They're Living...irie itesCD
Vivian JonesWha Dem Ah Seh...cou$insCD
Little RoyWorking...pressure soundsLP
Lloyd RuddockGenuine Way...wambesi7"
MeditationsThere Must Be A First Time...libertyLP
Bunny Lie LieLove Me A Deal With...high power7"
Don CarlosWhen I...don carlosCD
Ras ZacharriHerbs Man...shem ha borehCD

# denotes version excursion

bubblin' under the mic chat:  sly & robbie - conference (trojan)

Anodyne playlist for 01/03/2011

Program name: 
Back To The Egg
Air date: 

This was a Top Ten albums of 2010 show featuring music journalist Michael Keefe as my special guest! This was the third year of our countdown show. We hope you enjoyed it.

Scroll down a bit for our lists. Feel free to post your own in the comments!

Deerhunter – Memory Boy – Halcyon Digest (4AD, 2010)
Joanna Newsom – Autumn – Have One On Me (Drag City, 2010)
Ray Wylie Hubbard – Down Home Country Blues – A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There is No C) (Bordello, 2010)
LCD Soundsystem – You Wanted A Hit – This Is Happening (DFA, 2010)
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings – Money – I Learned The Hard Way (Daptone, 2010)
Broken Bells – Mongrel Heart – Broken Bells (Columbia, 2010)
Free Energy – Bang Pop – Stuck On Nothing (DFA, 2010)
Kristin Hersh – Crooked – Crooked (Throwing Music, 2010)

The Scruffs – Conquer Me – Conquest (Ardent Music, 2010)
John Wesley Harding – Good For The Ratings – Sings To A Small Guitar Volume 1 (self, 2010)
Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 – The Afterlight – Propellor Time (Yep Roc, 2010)
Arcade Fire – Suburban War – The Suburbs (Merge, 2010)
Joanna Newsom – Soft As Chalk – Have One On Me (Drag City, 2010)
The Soft Pack – Answer To Yourself – The Soft Pack (Kemado, 2010)
John Grant – Silver Platter Club – Queen Of Denmark (Bella Union, 2010)

Laura Veirs – Life Is Good Blues – July Flame (Raven Marching Band, 2010)
Laurie Anderson – Only An Expert – Homeland (Nonesuch, 2010)
The New Pornographers – Up In The Dark – Together (Matador, 2010)
LCD Soundsystem – Pow Pow – This Is Happening (DFA, 2010)
Spoon – Nobody Gets Me But You – Transference (Merge, 2010)

Cee Lo Green – Fuck You – The Lady Killer (Elektra, 2010)
Devo – Don’t Shoot (I’m A Man) – Something For Everybody (Warner Bros, 2010)
Boston Spaceships – C’mon Baby Grace – Our Cubehouse Still Rocks (Guided By Voices, 2010)

Michael Keefe’s Top 25 Albums of 2010:
25. Tindersticks – Falling Down A Mountain
24. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
23. The Young Veins – Take A Vacation
22. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – History Of Modern
21. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today
20. Les Savy Fav – Road For Ruin
19. Vampire Weekend – Contra
18. BabyBird – Ex-Maniac
17. Superchunk – Majesty Shredding
16. Johann Sebastian Bach – Cello Suites (Zuill Bailey)
15. Spoon – Transference
14. The Vaselines – Sex With An X
13. Bobby McFerrin – Vocabularies
12. The Like – Release Me
11. Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
10. Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings – I Learned The Hard Way
09. Ray Wylie Hubbard – A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There Is No C)
08. Cee-Lo Green – The Lady Killer
07. Free Energy – Stuck On Nothing
06. The Scruffs – Conquest
05. Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 – Propellor Time
04. Joanna Newsom – Have One On Me
03. John Grant – Queen Of Denmark
02. Laurie Anderson – Homeland
01. LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening

JBJ’s Top 25 Albums of 2010:
25. Gorillaz – Plastic Beach
24. The Books – The Way Out
23. Quasi – American Gong
22. Sun Kil Moon – Admiral Fell Promises
21. The Thermals – Personal Life
20. Field Music – Field Music (Measure)
19. Damien Jurado – Saint Bartlett
18. Boy Eats Drum Machine – 20 Beats
17. Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 – Propellor Time
16. Blue Cranes – Observatories
15. Sea Of Bees – Songs For The Ravens
14. Frankie Rose & The Outs – Frankie Rose & The Outs
13. Tobacco – Maniac Meat
12. Sleigh Bells – Treats
11. Blood Red Shoes – Fire Like This
10. Joanna Newsom – Have One On Me
09. LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
08. Broken Bells – Broken Bells
07. Kristin Hersh – Crooked
06. John Wesley Harding – Sings To A Small Guitar Vol. 1
05. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
04. The Soft Pack – The Soft Pack
03. Laura Veirs – July Flame
02. The New Pornographers – Together
01. Spoon – Transference

La Ruleta playlist for 02/16/2010

Program name: 
La Ruleta
Air date: 
Arturo MezaHombre Mono
Gerardo EncisoCorredor CallejeroA Contracorriente
Nuevo MexicoReflexionesNuevo MexicoOrfeon
Nuevo MexicoAl AmanecerNuevo MexicoOrfeon
UndersunMusica Sin Sombras
UndersunMusica Sin Sombras
Flor de MetalCiudad Azul
Flor de MetalArrancame la PielCiudad Azul
Real de Catorce
Javier Batiz
Javier BatizEnamorado de la Novia de mi Mejor Amigo
Guillermo BriseñoAusencias e IrreverenciasAusencias e IrreverenciasFoton

audio for this show can be found at:

Early Morning Gumbo playlist for 01/04/2011

Program name: 
Early Morning Gumbo
Air date: 

 all 2010 release or reissue

CALEB KLAUDER / Deep river / Western Country (West Sound)
JOY KILLS SORROW / New shoes / Darkness Sure Becomes This City (Signature)
MERLE HAGGARD / Live and love always / I am what I am (Vanguard)
SECRET SISTERS / My heart skips a beat / The Secret Sisters (Beladroit)
CHIP TAYLOR & CARRIE RODRIGUEZ / Your name is on my lips / The New Bye & Bye (Train Wreck)
YVETTE LANDRY / Where memories are gold / Should Have Known (self)
MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER / I have a need for solitude / The Age of Miracles (Zoe)
MEGAN LOVELL / Reso Fandango / Southern Filibuster (E1) various artists
LUCINDA WILLIAMS / The ballad of Lucy Jordan / Twisted Turnable Man (Sugar Hill) various artists
JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE / Harlem River blues / Harlem River Blues (Bloodshot)
AARON NEVILLE / You've got to move / I Know I've Been Changed (TellIt)
MAVIS STAPLES / I belong to the band / You Are Not Alone (Anti)
PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND (f/DR JOHN) / Winin' boy blues / Preservation (Preservation Hall Recordings)
NATALIE MERCHANT / The Janitor's boy / Leave Your Sleep (Nonesuch)
ERNIE HAWKINS / The southbound sneak / Whinin' Boy (Corona)
RICHARD THOMPSON / Among the Gorse, among the Grey / Dream Attic (Shout)
MARY GAUTHIER / Another day borrowed / The Foundling (Razor & Tie)
SID SELVIDGE / Catch the wind / I Should Be Blue (Archer)
THE ONCE / The briar and the rose / The Once (Borealis)
MOLLIE O'BRIEN & RICH MOORE / Don't bother me / Saints & Sinners (Remington Road)
RED MOLLY / Lookin' for trouble / James (self)
SUZY THOMPSON & DEL REY / Use good judgement / Hen Party (Hobemian)

Anjali and The Kid playlist for 01/04/2011

Program name: 
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Kush
Air date: 
Major Lazer f. M.I.A. & Busy SignalSound Of SirenLazers Never Die
Rye Rye f. M.I.A.Sunshinesingle
MIAIt Takes A Muscle To Fall In LoveMAYA
Lady ChannSticky Situation (Toddla T Remix)white label
Poirier f. Face-TWha La La LengRunning High Vol.1
GyptianHold Yuh (Major Lazer remix)white label
JR Dread f. Kaka BhainiawalaJaan Tho PyaariThe Debut
DJ Dips f. Pooja, MC Rax, Menis, RKZ, Horizon & Swami BaracusThis DJsingle
Tinie TempahPass OutDisc-Overy
Skepta f. Preeya KalidasCross My Heartsingle
Amar f. Jim Beanz & D.O.E.MasalaShow It Off
Rishi Rich f. MumzyIt Can Only Be LoveThe Streets of Bollywood 3
Minoo Purshottam & Gurdas MannLong Dha LishkaraPure Desi Vol. 3
Gunjan f. Blitzkrieg (Tigerstyle)Kya Karoon (TIK edit)Goonj : Echoes from Gunjan
UBK f. Firewater & Ravid KahalaniYemen BrosMassive Soundtrack for the Modern Belly Dancer
Don OmarGood LookingMeet The Orphans
Delhi 2 DublinTommyPlanet Electric
Fuego f. Serani, Deevani, Black Point, Mozart La Para, Los Pepes, Monkey Black, Sensato del Patio & VillanosamQue Buena Tu Ta (Chosen Few DR remix)La Musica del Futuro
AlbertomEnamorado De Mi CarteraI ♥ Urbano 2011
South Rakkas CrewSo It GoStimulus Package
PitbullBon, BonArmando
Binary Cumbia OrchestraLa Inconformable (Shazalakazoo remix)white label
Max PashmManea K (Shazalakazoo 7/8 remix)white label
AkalaFind No EnemyDoubleThink
Nas & Damian MarleyPatienceDistant Relatives
Los Rakas f FaviolaAbrazame (Uproot Andy remix)white label
Rahat Fateh Ali KhanDil To Bachcha HaiIshqiya OST

The second of our best of 2010 specials.

Dr. Zomb's Stereo Obscura playlist for 12/24/2010

Program name: 
Dr. Zomb's Stereo Obscura
Air date: 

Dr. Zomb trots out the xmat,   lives to tell about it,   but doesn't have the energy...


Holiday Depression 2010


jean pierre massiera   bonne annee 1969 7"   finders keepers

excerpt   "troubled christmas" religious 7"   from some thrift store

bruce haack/ted pandel  excerpt intro   ebenezer electric lp   dimension 5

negativland   christianity is stupid   escape from noise lp   seeland

        ?            turkey fanfare   v/vm v/a xmas 7"   v/vm

electronic fly symph.    first noel    v/vm v/a xmas 7"    v/vm

drew dobbs   # 1,2    12 sins of christmas cd   mindwrecker

james brown   lets make xmas mean something...  

joseph spence   santa claus is coming ...

experts of legitimization   breathe   commercial ad hoc cd    illegal art

ecc    the christmas wrong   plagiarythm nation cd   seeland

drew dobbs   dubcracker suite

portsmouth sinfonia orch.   dance of the sugar plum fairy   ...plays the popular classics lp

crafty ladies xmas 7"   rudolf the red nosed reindeer

esquivel   blue christmas

drew dobbs   #8    12 sins of xmas cd

sonics   don't believe in christmas

korla pandit   merry xmas

wax audio   happy xmas

3 suns   ding dong dandy   ding dong dandy xmas lp   rca

sy mann/jj perrey   jingle bells

he 5    jingle bells   merry christmas lp

escape mechanism   elf song   droplift cd

drew dobbs   helpful   12 sins of... cd   mindwrecker

mel henke   baby its cold outside   la dolce henke lp  warner brothers

the sisterhood   christmas treat, peppermint

black flag   gimme gimme, gimme 7"   sst

                    excerpts     v/vm v/a xmas 7"

drew d         ?

wild man fischer/dr.demento    i'm a christmas tree

little marcy   c.h.r.i.s.t.m.a.s.

patsy raye & the beatniks   beatnik's wish

drew dobbs   # 10      12 sins of... cd


confidential to lisa:  no, the show isn't archived for pod cast...   was unable to respond to your email...   thanks for your interest and we hope to get our music programming archived asap!












A Different Nature playlist for 01/03/2011

Program name: 
A Different Nature
Air date: 

 Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris & Conduction, part 2 of 6

 Sketches of NYC (7:29) / from Nublu Orchestra conducted by Butch Morris  (Nublu, 2006)

Conduction #25, The Akbank Conduction (45:00), Conduction #26, Akbank II (7:04) / from the 10-CD box set Testament: A Conduction Collection (New World, 1995)


"Conduction #135, Sheng Skyscraper (53:34) / from "Conduction / Induction" (Rai Trade, 2007)


for a complete listing of personnel, go to the Butch Morris website:

and download Conduction Chronology.


to learn more about the documentary Black February:


host: Andy Hosch /// This evening we bring you the second in a six part series on the music of composer and conductor Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris, recognized internationally as the principal theorist and practitioner in the evolution of Conduction, and a leading innovator in the confluence of jazz, new music, improvisation and contemporary classical music. Butch’s work redefines the role of composer, conductor, arranger and performer and bridges the gap between the composer, interpreter and improviser. Over the last 25 years Morris has led over 180 Conductions in cities around the world. In this second installment, we will hear conductions which feature traditional instruments from Turkey and China, along with Western instruments and electronics

This series will continue on the 1st Monday of each month (with the possible exception of April, when it may be preempted by special Membership Drive programming). Also, I am arranging to do an interview with Butch Morris which we hope to air later in the series. So tune in and get ready to check out some truly amazing sounds. Visit Butch Morris's website at and also go to to learn about the recently released documentary film, "Black February" which follows a month long series of Conduction performances in New York during February, 2005 celebrating the 20th anniversary since of  of Morris' first Conduction.

The following is an excerpt taken from the book Arcana II (John Zorn, et al.) as reprinted in the liner notes to the double CD "conduction/induction" (Rai Trade, 2007).  I think it is very informative to hear, in Butch Morris' own words, his description of the principles of Conduction and of his overall artistic philosophy:

“For more than 20 years through Conduction, I have had the privilege to engage and enjoy, from the inside, this intermediate space between notation and improvisation, acquiring new skills and perspectives while doing so.

The context, of course, has been polarized by history and practice: musicians and musical communities bound by notation and musicians and musical communities bound by improvisation. Yet between them is the space where a potential for new life, an expansive range of expression that has gone untouched, prevails; and where ideals and ideas incubate for the continuum of the ‘musical’ canon.

Conduction®: a vocabulary of ideographic signs and gestures activated to modify or construct a real-time musical arrangement (of any notation) or composition. Each sign and gesture transmits generative information for interpretation and provides instantaneous possibilities for altering or initiating harmony, melody, rhythm, articulation, phrasing or form.

Conduction concerns transmission, communication and expression; a common ground where all culture and style cohabit, not only by way of their distinctiveness, but also in how each contributes, in the ensemble, to a unique encounter. More intimately, it concerns a capacity of musicianship for new skills with new principles.

The vocabulary of Conduction is symbolic information (directives: signs and gestures) that carry definition and meaning to propel musicians toward substantive understanding and achievement.  It provides the precision and the focus needed to navigate music’s vast terrain.

The principles of Conduction foster, enhance and evoke the analytical reasoning of each musician’s history, knowledge, intelligence, experience, instinct, intuition, expression, will and fantasy as fundamental requirement.

In Conduction, the art of composition and the immediacy of performance become interdependent -- while the language of music cultivates and integrates all vernaculars and traditions open to, and in, the ensemble.

Results are ever present: enhanced musicianship; discovery of structure and substance in the arc of the performance; the evolution of a social logic based on new reciprocities between human and music, and between composer and conductor, conductor as composer, instrumentalist and conductor, instrumentalist and composer -- and audience, attaining new levels of momentary logic and new clarities about the character of the work itself.

Now, this bridge that Conduction builds between notation and improvisation fuels interest. For with it, I can identify, embrace and exploit the weaknesses and strengths of both together and depict, in the process, core limitations in either. Conduction also requires its realization in physical, rather than theoretical, form to facilitate (new) kinds of augmentation. The logic of circumstance(s) dictates the maximizing of encounter, and the musical and social structures that grow from such encounter.

Conduction is vivacious in that it draws on the full expanse of musical design while asking of its musicians that they refine their capacities beyond style and cultural aesthetic or social difference.

There are as many rewards as questions here but none, it seems, as significant as that which opens pathways, both individually and collectively; pathways shuttered previously by custom or fear. And I refer to the exclusionary focus of most musical traditions and to the fear of compromising identity.

Conduction, however, is not in contestation with given forms as much as it seeks to supplement them with a greater appreciation of possibility --  a capacity for dialogue uniquely spurred by the moments and movements that appear and vanish.

At the same time, by stripping away predispositions to value this or that in music, we also construct a mirror to the kinds of relationships that subsist in society, and the wherewithal of music to challenge and transform them; a community in microcosm that functions via this dynamic.

Conduction is neither method nor process, but practicum that reveals only in practice and through all its metaphorical concepts.

A sonic arena utilizing every tool in its arsenal to construct, deconstruct and reconstruct with and from the basic properties of pitch, duration, intensity and timbre. Primed by an ‘Extra Dimension,’ which motivates us to engage and respond within, as beyond, all territory, Conduction invokes a continuum that thrives in a real-time transmission of relationships and meaning; the spontaneity and precision that we need to ignite and combust order and organization within sonic thought.

From the conductor’s perspective, Conduction is the art of “environing,” the organization of surrounding things, conditions or influences. It is a technique to capture and discover sonic information, structure and sub-structure, meaning, implication and expression (as we construct together) -- all primary values in our pursuit of coherence and poignancy, and the immediacy of place.

From the perspective of the instrumentalist, the musician learns that Conduction is ensemble skill, and that  Conduction’s criteria drive attentiveness, discrimination, understanding, perception and execution. Each sign in the Conduction Vocabulary has definition, yet within that definition each musician is obliged to qualitatively define its ‘content’. The descriptive (vocabulary) thus generates prospect; and by virtue of the definition attached to each sign, each interpretation evolves by progressive self-development through historical and momentary orientation.

To contribute to Conduction, the musician reveals explicit content within the evolving work. As such, musical flexibility and potential expand as we explore a new condition of liberty to foster individual and collective freedoms in real time.

A state of risk, certainly; a distillation of immediacy, no doubt; the incarnation of a step in the evolution of music that each musician embodies – this is a goal.

Conduction is an art that flowers in contradiction (for some), ambiguity (for others) and encounter (for all involved). By constructing, deconstructing and contrasting composition at will, we forge an intermediate space, both intensive and extensive, for the evolution of ensemble music, and for a new virtuoso thus versed.

In this way, Conduction opens a range of possibility previously unknown, just barely known or in what we know all too well. After all, Conduction is a way to explore music as we make it -- a probe to mine music and the ensemble at its most basic levels.

All in all, what we have here is the evolution of a model of empirical form; a way to contribute to the musical continuum as possibility and a (new) musical responsibility where the collective determines the experience of symbolic sonic stimuli; where all forms of notation, improvisation, style and thought combine to establish a unique constellation of momentary logic (improvisation); where consciences can mature in a perfectly working precision that can never reach what is traditionally known as perfection.”

                                                                                                 --LAWRENCE D. “BUTCH” MORRIS







Folk Espresso playlist for 01/03/2011

Program name: 
Folk Espresso
Air date: 
Hank Payne and Claire FavroShade Tree MechanicHeart of the Matter
Nick JainaStrawberry ManFriends & Friends of Friends, Vol. III
Jane WrightLong Time Comin' NowSouthern Songs and Ballads
Lucinda WilliamsWordsWest
Three Fingered JackTuustepp/Baghad GusBigger Than You Think
Patty Larkin and Cheryl WheelerIsland of Time25
Mark LemhousePaper SackThe Great American Yard Sale
Tom WaitsOl' '55Closing Time
David Hidalgo and Louie PerezTil the Hands Fall Off the ClockThe Long Goodbye
Johnny EdsonFather TimeMore Than Friends
Andrew CalhounSea of SnowWhere Blue Meets Blue
Django Reinhardt & Stephane GrappelliNuagesThe Ultimate Collection
The Craig Carothers TrioSnowmanSelf-Titled
Caravan GoghBliss BallSelf-Titled
Abigail Washburn & The Sparrow QuartetKangding Qingge / Old Timey Dance PartySelf-Titled
Assembly of Dust with Martin Sexton and Tony RiceRevelrySome Assembly Required
Bill MorrisseyParty at the U.N.Standing Eight
Chris KokeshHell of a YearOctober Valentine
Miguel MartinezBrand New StartStories

Dear Listeners,

Glad to have you along for the first Folk Espresso of the new year.  As always, it was a fun show to put together.  I threw in a few time-related songs since the passing of time was on our minds this past weekend...and I had a set for a dear friend who celebrated a birthday yesterday.  I sure hope you caught the words of the very funny song, Father Time, about growing old.  Leave it to Johnny Edson to make us laugh...

Keep on listenin'.



Astral Traveling playlist for 01/02/2011

Program name: 
Astral Traveling
Air date: 
Toudie HeathKamiliKawaidaO'Be Records
The Q4ReminisceDarker Days EPSelf Released
Hal Singer & Jeff GilsonMother AfricaSoul Of AfricaKindered Spirits
Bobby Hutcherson & Harold LandGoing Down SouthSan FranciscoBlue Note
Milt JacksonI'm Not So SureOlingaCTI
Weather ReportTearsWeather ReportColombia
Freddie HubbardUncle Albert/Admiral HalseyFirst LightCTI
Saravah SoulSe Da DOCultura ImpuraTru Thoughts
Alphonze MouzonCrying AngelesThe Essence Of MysteryBlue Note
Ocote Soul SoundsRevenge Of The CacaroachCoconut RockESL
Ocote Soul SoundsTres RatasCoconut RockESL
Dizzy GilespieMe 'N ThemPortait Of JennyPerception
Shawn Lee & Cluctchy HopkinsAncient Chineese SecretColetânea Difusor de Som 1Ubiquity
Leny AndradeInfluenca Do JazzBossa Nova, Sua Historia, Sua GentePhilips
Foster SylversMisdemeanorUrban ClassicsPolydor


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