• New Colors

    Spring is in full color these days. In tandem with the colorful seasonal change, lots of new music—new musical colors and textures—has been released over the last several weeks. This week’s show cast a light on a number of new releases revealing a multitude of sonic colors. Checkout this week’s playlist to see what colored the musical airwaves. Don't forget that you can see what was featured in last week’s show, “Power” (by clicking here). This week's artwork, “colors” is an altered/remixed photograph by yours truly. You can also see the full image here.

    As always, thanks for listening!

  • Power

    I have mixed feelings about the term/genre “power pop.” Not about the music that is often saddled with this label, quite the contrary. It’s the words chosen to define the music that fills this genre—“power” and the killer, to me: “pop.” Too often “power pop” seems to carry a residual negative and/or a dismissive err about it when I hear it used. Is it just me? Perhaps. Is this a label, a genre, that is more an artificial artifact from the 20th century? Time will tell as we move onward in this century. Time and again, labels and stuffing music into restrictive genre bins seems to be too limiting at times. But, I digress....the good news: today’s show cast a light on a number of exceptional bands and tracks that swim, some more deeply than others, in the waters of “power pop.” Magnificent sharp and heavy guitars mixed with driving yet economical arrangements filled the airwaves for part of the morning. More and different power was on display with a deep dive into Fripp and Eno’s live recording from 1975, a classic. Finally, the show opened with the fabulous “Pharaoh’s Dance” from Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew. The inspiration to include this track was in part born out of reading a great post that illuminated the fascinating creative process that flowed throughout the making of this release. Highly recommend checking the post out and listening to any track from this classic Miles Davis album. Timeless music. Checkout this week’s playlist to see what else was featured. Don't forget that you can see what was featured as part of the last episode, “Steps” (by clicking here). This week's artwork, “power” is an altered/remixed photograph by yours truly. You can also see the full image here.

    As always, thanks for listening!

  • Steps

    This week’s show focused on new and old(er) releases...and much in between during both hours. Checkout this week’s playlist to see what was featured. Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Twice Lit” (click here). This week's artwork, “steps” is an altered/remixed photograph by yours truly. You can also see more images here.

    As always, thanks for listening!

  • Twice Lit

    This week served up a host of doubles and a number of longer tracks that helped cast twice as much light as usual on both the artist and their compositions. Checkout this week’s playlist to see what was “twice lit.” Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “I got silence on my radio; Let the air waves flow” (click here). This week's artwork, “highlights” is a detail of an altered/remixed photograph by yours truly and you can also see the full version here.

    As always, thanks for listening!

New Colors (playlist #150)

“colors” by gbmediadesign

Spring is in full color these days. In tandem with the colorful seasonal change, lots of new music—new musical colors and textures—has been released over the last several weeks. This week’s show cast a light on a number of new releases revealing a multitude of sonic colors. Checkout this week’s playlist to see what colored the musical airwaves. Don't forget that you can see what was featured in last week’s show, “Power” (by clicking here). This week's artwork, “colors” is an altered/remixed photograph by yours truly. You can also see the full image here.

As always, thanks for listening!


Composition Artist Album
“It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)” Charlie Ballantine Life Is Brief: The Music Of Bob Dylan
“For Each, A Flower” the Nels Cline 4 currents, constellations
“OCD” Kait Dunton Triokait2
“So What?” Allan Harris The Genius Of Eddie Jefferson
“White Shadow” Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel (2)
“Death on Two Legs” Queen A Night At The Opera
“All Is Forgiven” Jellyfish Spilt Milk
“Russian Hill” Jellyfish Spilt Milk
“Prehistoric Beach” Quintopus Prehistoric Beach
“Counterpoint” Dustin Laurenzi Natural Language
“Bob’s Monsters” Bill Frisell Quartet
“Valse D'alchemie” Torch Torch
“Colors of Nothingness” Yelena Eckemoff Desert
“In The Dark” Kenny Barron Quintet Concentric Circles
“In the Trenches” Tia Fuller Diamond Cut
“Atomic Dog” David McMurray Music Is Life
“Down and Out” Danny Green Trio One Day It Will
“You Don't Know What Love Is” Mike Clark & Delbert Bump Retro Report

Power (playlist #149)

“power” by gbmediadesign

I have mixed feelings about the term/genre “power pop.” Not about the music that is often saddled with this label, quite the contrary. It’s the words chosen to define the music that fills this genre—“power” and the killer, to me: “pop.” Too often “power pop” seems to carry a residual negative and/or a dismissive err about it when I hear it used. Is it just me? Perhaps. Is this a label, a genre, that is more an artificial artifact from the 20th century? Time will tell as we move onward in this century. Time and again, labels and stuffing music into restrictive genre bins seems to be too limiting at times. But, I digress....the good news: today’s show cast a light on a number of exceptional bands and tracks that swim, some more deeply than others, in the waters of “power pop.” Magnificent sharp and heavy guitars mixed with driving yet economical arrangements filled the airwaves for part of the morning. More and different power was on display with a deep dive into Fripp and Eno’s live recording from 1975, a classic. Finally, the show opened with the fabulous “Pharaoh’s Dance” from Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew. The inspiration to include this track was in part born out of reading a great post that illuminated the fascinating creative process that flowed throughout the making of this release. Highly recommend checking the post out and listening to any track from this classic Miles Davis album. Timeless music. Checkout this week’s playlist to see what else was featured. Don't forget that you can see what was featured as part of the last episode, “Steps” (by clicking here). This week's artwork, “power” is an altered/remixed photograph by yours truly. You can also see the full image here.

As always, thanks for listening!


Composition Artist Album
“Pharaoh's Dance” Miles Davis Bitches Brew
“Swing Ghost '59” the Nels Cline 4 currents, constellations
“Cartoon” Bill Frisell This Land
“Julius Hemphill” Bill Frisell This Land
“Matte Kudasai” King Crimson Discipline
“Elephant Talk” King Crimson Discipline
“A Trophy Mule In Particular” Guided By Voices Earthquake Glue
“Secret Star” Guided By Voices Earthquake Glue
“Russian Hill” Jellyfish Spilt Milk
“Wind on Water” Robert Fripp & Brian Eno Live In Paris 28.05.1975
“A Near Find in Rip Pop” Robert Fripp & Brian Eno Live In Paris 28.05.1975
“A Fearful Proper Din” Robert Fripp & Brian Eno Live In Paris 28.05.1975
“A Darn Psi Inferno” Robert Fripp & Brian Eno Live In Paris 28.05.1975
“Evening Star” Robert Fripp & Brian Eno Live In Paris 28.05.1975

Steps (playlist #148)

“steps” by gbmediadesign

This week’s show focused on new and old(er) releases...and much in between during both hours. Checkout this week’s playlist to see what was featured. Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Twice Lit” (click here). This week's artwork, “steps” is an altered/remixed photograph by yours truly. You can also see more images here.

As always, thanks for listening!


Composition Artist Album
"So What (Second Concert) (Live from Konserthuset, Stockholm)" Miles Davis & John Coltrane The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6
Blue Monk Bill Evans Conversations With Myself
The Pioneers Bill Frisell Music IS
Kentucky Derby Bill Frisell Music IS
Masters Of War (Featuring Rob Dixon) Charlie Ballantine Life Is Brief: The Music Of Bob Dylan
One More Cup Of Coffee Charlie Ballantine Life Is Brief: The Music Of Bob Dylan
Furtive the Nels Cline 4 currents, constellations
Imperfect 10 the Nels Cline 4 currents, constellations
Fear Of The Known Todd Marcus On These Streets
Dragons in Denver Whirlpool This World and One More
Weller Dustin Laurenzi Natural Language
Time Lapse to Fall Danny Green Trio One Day It Will
Epicenter Chris Lightcap's Bigmouth Epicenter
Area 6 7 8 New York Electric Piano Keys To The City Volumes 1 & 2
A Hundred Moons GoGo Penguin A Humdrum Star

Twice Lit (playlist #147)

“highlights” by gbmediadesign

This week served up a host of doubles and a number of longer tracks that helped cast twice as much light as usual on both the artist and their compositions. Checkout this week’s playlist to see what was “twice lit.” Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “I got silence on my radio; Let the air waves flow” (click here). This week's artwork, “highlights” is a detail of an altered/remixed photograph by yours truly and you can also see the full version here.

As always, thanks for listening!


Composition Artist Album
"All Blues (Live from Konserthuset, Stockholm)" Miles Davis & John Coltrane The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6
“Monk's Dream” Thelonious Monk Quartet Monk's Dream
“Blue Monk” Thelonious Monk The Composer
“Rag” Bill Frisell This Land
“Go Happy Lucky” Bill Frisell Music IS
“Amenette” the Nels Cline 4 currents, constellations
“River Mouth (Parts 1 & 2)” the Nels Cline 4 currents, constellations
“Partial Darkness” Hristo Vitchev Quartet Of Light And Shadows
“Transient State” GoGo Penguin A Humdrum Star
“Lazuli” Beach House Bloom
“On The Sea” Beach House Bloom
“Indigo” Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel (2)
“Home Sweet Home” Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel (2)
“Gemini” Phil Schurger Echoes Of The Ancestors

“I got silence on my radio; Let the air waves flow” (Playlist #146)

“harder-wear” by gbmediadesign

This week’s Alloy was not silent and the show definitely “let the airwaves flow.” From new releases and discoveries to timeless classics…and everything in between, and even more! You will want to checkout this week’s playlist to see what was shared. Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Scaffolding” (click here). This week's artwork, “harder-wear” is a detail of an altered/remixed photograph by yours truly and you can also see the full version here.

As always, thanks for listening!


Composition Artist Album
“Radiska” Andreas Varady The Quest
“Time Is A Sphere” Counterweight Counterweight
“All Is Full Of Love” Sharel Cassity & Elektra Evolve
“All Is Full Of Love” Björk Homogenic
“Popcorn Superhet Receiver: Pt. 1” Aukso Orchestra & Marek Mos Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima, Popcorn Superhet Receiver, Polymorphia, 48 Responses to Polymorphia
“The American Metaphysical Circus” United States Of America The United States of America
“May This Be Love” The Jimi Hendrix Experience Are You Experienced
“Are You Experienced?” The Jimi Hendrix Experience Are You Experienced
“Bison Disciple” Dave Miller Old Door Phantoms
“There There. (The Boney King Of Nowhere.)” Radiohead Hail To The Thief
“Chasm” Clark Sommers Lens By A Thread
“Pillage” Clark Sommers Lens By A Thread
“I Never Knew” Miss Remember Miss Remember
“Moonlight Mile” The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers
“Monica Jane” Bill Frisell Music IS
“Winslow Homer” Bill Frisell Music IS
“Fluid” Bram Weijters & Chad McCullough Feather
“Later On” Robert Fripp & Brian Eno Live In Paris 28.05.1975

Scaffolding (playlist #145)

“scaffolding” by gbmediadesign

Today I was intrigued by the idea of scaffolding, the network of poles and platforms that, when constructed, build a secure foundation by which one can traverse layers and floors. Musically, scaffolding can be the slow and steady building of an artist’s catalog of music—building, weaving, if you will, a complex network of connections, both temporal and evolutionary. As listener’s, in this age of streaming music services, we can climb up and down, in and around an artist’s catalog, their musical scaffolding—sonically, moving in and out, up and down, traversing works, collaborations, and more. In honor of Bill Frisell’s recent birthday, and his recent solo release, the magnificent Music IS, today’s show traversed a small part of his intricate and towering musical scaffolding.

Checkout this week’s playlist to see what was shared and what today’s Alloy scaffolding sounded like. Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Crimson” (click here). This week's artwork, “scaffolding” is an altered/remixed photograph by yours truly and you can also see it here.

As always, thanks for listening!


Compostion Artist Album
“I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town” Wynton Marsalis Septet United We Swing: Best of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Galas
“Droni Mitchell” Counterweight Counterweight
“Cuento #1 : West Coast” Matthew Golombisky's Cuentos Volumes 1 & 2
“Warszawa” Delta Saxophone Quartet Bowie, Berlin & Beyond
“Spartacus Love Theme” Bill Evans Conversations With Myself
“Variation on a Theme” Bill Frisell Ghost Town
“Change in the Air” Bill Frisell Music IS
“In Line” Bill Frisell Music IS
“Coltrane Time” Andrew Cyrille, Bill Frisell, Richard Teitelbaum & Ben Street The Declaration of Musical Independence
“In the New Year” Charles Rumback Tag Book
“Song for Andrew No.1” Andrew Cyrille, Bill Frisell, Richard Teitelbaum & Ben Street The Declaration of Musical Independence
“Laxness” Jakob Bro December Song
“The Frisell Dream” Dave Douglas Quintet (with Bill Frisell) Strange Liberation
“Perseverance” Video Gum Culture Perseverance
“Ether” Bram Weijters & Chad McCullough Feather
“Present Tense” Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool
“Says” Nils Frahm Spaces (Bonus Track Version)
“Dig The Whole” New York Electric Piano State of the Art

Crimson (playlist #144)

"crimson cassettes" by gbmediadesign

This was a week of fabulous finds. First off, excellent new releases filled the airwaves at the show’s outset. Checkout this week’s playlist to see what was shared. The show then pivoted on a new release by Delta Saxophone Quartet, Bowie, Berlin & Beyond which features an exceptional cover of Brian Eno’s, Music for Airports. The balance of the show then explored tracks from Robert Fripp & Brian Eno’s Live In Paris 28.05.1975 a three-disc set that I recently acquired. It is a looper’s delight (highly recommend it) and it is a vital historic document of the looping/experimental period of Eno and Fripp. The show ended with a dip into more Crimsony goodness with tracks from (I think) the overlooked 1995 King Crimson release, Thrak—a prog essential listen.

Checkout this week’s playlist to see all the music that what was shared. Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Tape” (click here). This week's artwork, “crimson cassette” is an altered/remixed photograph by yours truly and you can also see it here.

As always, thanks for listening!


Compostion Artist Album
“Raven's Wing” Corcoran Holt The Mecca
“Troll Talk” Kevin Bales And Keri Johnsrud Beyond The Neighborhood, The Music Of Fred Rogers
“Aparecida” Counterweight Counterweight
“The Old Road” Perry Smith Quintet New Angel
“It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry” Wynton Marsalis Septet United We Swing: Best of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Galas
“State Of The Art” New York Electric Piano State of the Art
“Music for Airports” Delta Saxophone Quartet Bowie, Berlin & Beyond
“Tone Reverse” [Live: Ubique Maubeuge (2000); composer: Hourbette] Art Zoyd 44 1/2 at a Glance: Selections from the Art Zoyd Box Set
“Ahoi” Harmonia Musik Von Harmonia
“Test Loop I” Robert Fripp & Brian Eno Live In Paris 28.05.1975 [Disc 3]
“Test Loop II” Robert Fripp & Brian Eno Live In Paris 28.05.1975 [Disc 3]
“Loop Only: A Radical Representative Of Pinsnip” Robert Fripp & Brian Eno Live In Paris 28.05.1975 [Disc 3]
“Dinosaur” (feat. Gwilym Simcock) Delta Saxophone Quartet Crimson! (feat. Gwilym Simcock)
“Dinosaur” King Crimson Thrak
“Walking on Air” King Crimson Thrak
“Strid” GoGo Penguin A Humdrum Star

Tape (playlist #143)

"tape" by gbmediadesign

This week’s show focused on new jazz releases in the first hour and explored some new and classic recordings featuring tape loops and experimental electronica in the second hour.

Checkout this week’s playlist to see what was shared. Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Through the Wires” (click here). This week's artwork, “tape” is an altered/remixed photograph by yours truly and you can also see it here.

As always, thanks for listening!


Compostion Artist Album
“Up Jumped Spring” Dr. Lonnie Smith All In My Mind
“November 30th” Under The Lake Jazz, Groove & Attitude
“Wonton Kelly” George Kahn Straight Ahead
“Deep Water” Perry Smith Quintet New Angel
“MB Lament” Keyon Harrold The Mugician
“Bells” Aaron Aranita Featuring The Brent Fischer Orchestra Segunda Vista
“Tree Of Stars” Alfredo Rodríguez The Little Dream
“A Peaceful Silence” Jason Marsalis And The 21st Century Trad Band Melody Reimagined: Book 1
“Wordsmith” Julian Lage Modern Lore
“Road To Joy” New York Electric Piano State of the Art
“Pentachromatic Butterflies” Hristo Vitchev Quartet Of Light And Shadows
“Prayer” GoGo Penguin A Humdrum Star
“Near Light” Ólafur Arnalds Living Room Songs
“Bardo” GoGo Penguin A Humdrum Star
“Trace” Harmonia & Eno '76 Tracks and Traces
“I Want to Fade Like Magnetic Tape, Disappearing in a Wash of Noise and Fantastic Distortions” Hainbach On Endless Beach
“Ninety One Ever” Amulets In Flux
“The Heavenly Music Corporation I” (reversed) Robert Fripp & Brian Eno No Pussyfooting

Through the Wires (playlist #142)

"wires" by gbmediadesign

This week’s show featured a host of new and less-new music that explored some interesting grooves and sonic landscapes—from the familiar to the unfamiliar, the expected to the unexpected. Checkout this week’s playlist to see what was shared “through the wires.” Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Mix” (click here). This week's artwork, “through the wires” was created by yours truly and you can also see it here.

As always, thanks for listening!


Compostion Artist Album
“Monk's World” Perry Smith Quintet New Angel
“November 30th” Under The Lake Jazz, Groove & Attitude
“Roger the Dodger” Julian Lage Modern Lore
“A Need For Anger Management” Mario Cruz Finding Common Ground
“Strange Sky” Dan Siegel Origins
“Wish For A Thousand Wishes” New York Electric Piano State of the Art
“Just as Cool as the Other Side of the Pillow” Jason Marsalis And The 21st Century Trad Band Melody Reimagined: Book 1
“Dream State” (feat. Lawrence Fields, Linda May Han Oh & Joey Baron) Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Sound Prints Scandal
“Devil May Care” Kristina Koller Perception
“Mama Just Wants to Barrelhouse All Night Long” Bruce Cockburn Circles in the Stream
“A Rainbow in Curved Air, for electric piano, dumbak & tambourines” Terry Riley Riley: A Rainbow in Curved Air, Poppy Nogood and the Phantom Band
“How to Disappear Completely” Radiohead Kid A
“Treefingers Radiohead” Kid A
“Near Light” Ólafur Arnalds Living Room Songs

Mix (playlist #141)

"mix" by gbmediadesign

Way back when, I chose the name “Alloy” for my radio show because, among other reasons, it is a word that implies combining and mixing—usually metals—but, at the core of the word, the idea of mixing things truly resonated. The playlists that I “mix” each week, and the assemblage of tracks that comprise the list, may seem at turns incongrous—how does that track/composition work after that track/composition? Sometimes I can explain it, other times??...well, many decisions are instinctual—they just “work” with my ear. But also, my deep feeling about the music I listen to and collect each week, and the process that it entails, echoes what the late designer, Charles Eames famously said, “Eventually, everything connects—people, ideas, objects.” And, I would add, music, too—seemingly disparate works, sonically different compositions—also “connect.” This is, has been, and will continue to be the guiding principal each week I collect music to share with you. Again, any given week’s music may seem incongruous (some weeks more than others!), and I totally understand that view, but to me it all fits, it all “connects.”

Checkout this week’s playlist to see this week’s ”mix.” Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Otherworldly” (click here). This week's artwork, “mix” was created by yours truly and is a detail of a larger work that you can see here.

As always, thanks for listening!


Compostion Artist Album
“Rumbero Como Yo” Brenda Navarrete Mi Mundo
“Baba Elegguá” Brenda Navarrete Mi Mundo
“Manteca” Michel Camilo Live In London
“Ignite It” New York Electric Piano State of the Art
“You Eat My Food, You Drink My Wine, You Steal My Girl!” Leslie Pintchik You Eat My Food, You Drink My Wine, You Steal My Girl!
“The Shortest Wavelength” Hristo Vitchev Quartet Of Light And Shadows
“San Lorenzo” Pat Metheny Group Pat Metheny Group
“Rambler” (Alternate Version) [Bonus Track] Bill Frisell Music IS
“Dialogue With The Devil” (or "Why don't We Celebrate") Bruce Cockburn Sunwheel Dance
“Jessica (Single Version)” The Allman Brothers Band A Decade of Hits 1969-1979
“Blue Wind” Jeff Beck Wired
“21st Century Schizoid Man” (Live) King Crimson Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind (Live)
“All I Need” Radiohead In Rainbows
“Heptapod B” Jóhann Jóhannsson Arrival (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
“The Flat” Jóhann Jóhannsson And In the Endless Pause There Came the Sound of Bees

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