• Birthdays

    Two significant birthdays happened over the last couple of weeks. Two musical heavyweights, Jimi Hendrix and Jaco Pastorius, would have celebrated birthdays on November 27th and December 1st, respectively. On this week’s Alloy broadcast the playlist included some classics by these two musicians who singlehandedly redefined their instruments and music, forever. Somehow, if both were alive in each other’s time period, I do believe they would have played together. Imagine the spark and fire that this dynamic collaboration would have generated. Checkout this week’s playlist to see and/or listen to all of this week’s discoveries and rediscoveries, old and new.

    Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “More Rabbit Holes” (click here).

    Thanks for listening!

  • More Rabbits than Holes

    Missing doing a live show last week meant I had a few more opportunities to go headlong into a few music-related rabbit holes. What did I pull out of the various rabbit holes? Checkout this week’s playlist to see and listen to this week’s discoveries and rediscoveries, old and new. You can also checkout “Down the Music Rabbit Hole” my blog post about the various musical discoveries made this week.

    Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “The Color of New” (click here). This week's artwork, “dream” was created by yours truly.

    Thanks for listening!

  • The Color of New

    It seems to be the season of new releases. This week's musical palette focused on a number of colorful new releases—from solo piano work to larger ensembles and many points in between. All is revealed in this week’s playlist.

    Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Take me somewhere other than here.” (click here). This week's artwork, “psychepixeldelic” was created by yours truly. Thanks for listening!

  • Take me somewhere other than here.

    I love that music can take me places that my mind and body seems perennially challenged to find and explore on its own. I have long appreciated the more abstract qualities of music and sound—its ability to transcend and untangle a nest of emotions, to transport via my mind's eye to some other point, some "other place." This week's show sprinkles across the arc of the playlist several current and older tracks that, in my subjective view, achieve this rare and appreciated quality.

    Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “The long and the short of it” (click here). This week's artwork, “celestial pedals” is an altered image created by yours truly. Thanks for listening!

Down the Music Rabbit Hole (Episode #138)

I finally got around to watching, “Sex and Broadcasting: A Film About WFMU”, a documentary about one of the finest and most eclectic independent and freeform radio stations around—the ever-evolving WFMU. If you ever wonder how WFMU came to be, where its freeform DNA originated, as well as the ongoing challenges and struggles it has to overcome just to keep afloat, this documentary more than covers those bases. Here is a link to all the places you can stream and/or purchase this documentary


Beatles PBS Documentary

Ever wonder what the secret sauce is behind a lot of the Beatles memorable tunes (were any not memorable?)? Well, PBS just aired during fund drive time a fabulous BBC documentary that focused exclusively on the Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band titled, Sgt. Pepper's Musical Revolution hosted by Howard Goodall. Unfortunately, this documentary doesn’t appear to be available, yet, for viewing or purchase. A drag, because this is an outstanding dive into the details behind how the Beatles composed several of the more memorable Sgt. Peppers tracks. If you can find it, watch it.

In the meantime, via the wonders of YouTube, you can watch a different documentary, also hosted by Howard Goodall, that covers a number of Beatles classic and goes under-the-hood to look at how they did what they did. Vastly entertaining and easy to watch—no previous music knowledge needed, but you will likely learn something you didn’t know before. Great stuff!

Birthdays (playlist #138)

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Two significant birthdays happened over the last couple of weeks. Two musical heavyweights, Jimi Hendrix and Jaco Pastorius, would have celebrated birthdays on November 27th and December 1st, respectively. On this week’s Alloy broadcast the playlist included some classics by these two musicians who singlehandedly redefined their instruments and music, forever. Somehow, if both were alive in each other’s time period, I do believe they would have played together. Imagine the spark and fire that this dynamic collaboration would have generated. Checkout this week’s playlist to see and/or listen to all of this week’s discoveries and rediscoveries, old and new.

Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “More Rabbit Holes” (click here). This week's artwork, “…” was created by yours truly.

Thanks for listening!


Composition Artist Album Listen Now!
“Port of Entry” Weather Report Night Passage Apple Music
“(Used To Be A) Cha-Cha” Jaco Pastorius Jaco Pastorius Apple Music
“Continuum” Jaco Pastorius Jaco Pastorius Apple Music
“Rainy Day, Dream Away” The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland Apple Music
“Still Raining, Still Dreaming” The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland Apple Music
“House Burning Down” The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland Apple Music
“Cranial #1 Right Now” Vital Information Show 'Em Where You Live Apple Music
“Cranial #2 the Jinx” Vital Information Show 'Em Where You Live Apple Music
“Hipnosis” New York Electric Piano Blues In Full Moon Apple Music
“The Parable” Jimmy Chamberlin Complex The Parable Apple Music
“Nine South” Chris Lightcap's Bigmouth Epicenter Apple Music
“Cannibal Resource” Dirty Projectors Bitte Orca Apple Music
“Accept Treasure” Sacha Mullin Duplex Bandcamp
“Xanadu (Live at Hammersmith Odeon - February 20, 1978)” Rush A Farewell to Kings (40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) Apple Music
“Body and Shadow (Night)” Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band Body and Shadow Streaming unavailable at this time.
“The Architect” Josh Nelson The Sky Remains Apple Music

More Rabbits than Holes (playlist #137)

"dream" by gbmediadesign

Missing doing a live show last week meant I had a few more opportunities to go headlong into a few music-related rabbit holes. What did I pull out of the various rabbit holes? Checkout this week’s playlist to see and listen to this week’s discoveries and rediscoveries, old and new. You can also checkout “Down the Music Rabbit Hole” my blog post about the various musical discoveries made this week.

Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “The Color of New” (click here). This week's artwork, “dream” was created by yours truly.

Thanks for listening!


Composition Artist Album Listen Now!
“Invitation” Jaco Pastorius Jaco Pastorius: the Birthday Concert Apple Music
“Bright Size Life” Pat Metheny Bright Size Life Apple Music
“Introduction (Remastered)” Chicago Chicago Transit Authority Apple Music
“Hymn To Freedom” Wynton Marsalis & Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra Handful Of Keys Apple Music
“Montana (Frank Zappa)” The Ed Palermo Big Band The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren Bandcamp
“The Other Side of Summer” Elvis Costello Mighty Like a Rose Apple Music
“Love Is the Key by the Sea” Nick Heyward Woodland Echoes Apple Music
“All Delighted People (Original Version)” Sufjan Stevens All Delighted People EP Apple Music
“John My Beloved” Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell Apple Music
“The National Anthem” Radiohead Kid A Apple Music
“Answer It!” Raoul Bjorkenheim / eCsTaSy Doors of Perception Apple Music
“Cliodynamics III” Han-earl Park, Dominic Lash, Mark Sanders and Caroline Pugh Sirene 1009 Apple Music
“Voicemail” Keyon Harrold The Mugician Apple Music
“Piccadilly Sources” Schnellertollermeier Rights Apple Music

Down the Music Rabbit Hole (Episode #137)

The last few weeks I have been enjoying revisiting selections from Sufjan Stevens’ catalog. This time around I am hearing more prog/folk-prog tendencies in his last few releases. This week’s show featured one such track, the fantastic mini-opus, “All Delighted People” from the album of the same name. This EP is probably oft-overlooked, but contains several gems that should not be missed. Additionally, I stumbled across this youtube video that tackles explaining, quite well, Sufjan’s compositional style by zeroing in on the fantastic track Casimir Pulaski Day which appears to exemplify one of his compositional formulas. If you want to see Sufjan Stevens in a full concert setting, there is a concert film that was recorded while he was touring in support of one of his more recent releases, Carrie & Lowell. This week’s show played the hauntingly beautiful track, “John My Beloved” from this release.

The Color of New (playlist #136)

"psychepixeldelic" by gbmediadesign

It seems to be the season of new releases. This week's musical palette focused on a number of colorful new releases—from solo piano work to larger ensembles and many points in between. All is revealed in this week’s playlist.

Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Take me somewhere other than here.” (click here). This week's artwork, “psychepixeldelic” was created by yours truly. Thanks for listening!


Composition Artist Album Listen Now!
“Bridges And Tunnels” Josh Nelson The Sky Remains Apple Music
“Duality“ Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band Body and Shadow Not available for streaming at airtime.
“No Rain“ Ernesto Cervini's Turboprop Featuring Tara Davidson, Joel Frahm, William Carn, Adrean Farrugia And Dan Loomis Rev Apple Music
“Chronology“ Ornette Coleman The Shape of Jazz to Come Apple Music
“Ringer“ Ben Reimer Katana of Choice - Music for Drumset Soloist Apple Music
“Prairie Barn“ Matt Wilson Honey and Salt Apple Music
“Cry Me a River“ Michael Wolff Zenith Apple Music
“Moon River“ Negroni's Trio New Era Apple Music
“Videotape“ Radiohead In Rainbows Apple Music
“Futile Devices“ Sufjan Stevens The Age of Adz Apple Music
“Weird Fishes/Arpeggi“ Radiohead In Rainbows Apple Music
“Jabal Haraz“ Michel Banabila & Mehmet Polat New Land Apple Music
“Henya“ Blue Note All-Stars: Our Point of View Blue Note All-Stars: Our Point of View Apple Music
“Hymn to Freedom" (feat. Isaiah J. Thompson) Wynton Marsalis & Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra Handful Of Keys Apple Music
“The Frim Fram Sauce“ Michel Camilo Live In London Apple Music
“Elemental“ Raoul Bjorkenheim / eCsTaSy Doors of Perception Bandcamp
“Bad Roads“ Tony Allen The Source Apple Music
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