Maston AD playlist

Our weekly two hour show on SIRIUS/XMU, channel 35, can be heard twice every Friday – Noon EST with an encore broadcast at Midnight EST. Maston guests during hour one of today’s programme.

SIRIUS 506: Jean Michel Bernard – Générique Stephane ++ Yo La Tengo – Out Of The Pool ++ Terry Callier – You Don’t Care ++ Keith Mansfield – Morning Broadway ++ Shintaro Sakamoto – Let’s Dance Raw (Instrumental) ++ The Giant Jellybean Copout – Look at the Girls ++ Paul Piot – Un Coolie Recommande ++ John Cameron – Liquid Sunshine ++ Altın Gün – Tatlî Dile Güler Yüze ++ Henry Mancini – Lujon ++ Charles Grean – Beyond Antares ++ Brian Bennett/Alan Hackshaw – Mermaid ++ Piero Umiliani – Viaggio Nell Inconscio ++ The Arbors – I Can’t Quit Her ++ PAINT – Heaven in Farsi ++ Scen Libaek – Where the Daring Go ++ Jean Claude Vannier – Katmandou 8 ++ Nino Nardini – Tropicola ++ Matsahiko Sato – Andy Warhol ++ Amedeo Tommasi – Ittiologia ++ Barry Forgie – Mediterranae ++ Lena Platonos – Aimatines skies apo apostasi ++ Bobby Womack – Jubilee (Don’t Let Nobody Turn You Around) ++ Gorillaz – Double Bass ++ Rocket Juice And The Moon – Forward Sweep ++ King Krule – Dum Surfer ++ Charlotte Gainsbourg – Greenwich Mean Time ++ Juana Molina – Cosoco ++ Destroyer – Tinseltown Swimming In Blood ++ Sinkane – Telephone ++ Bentho Gustave Titiou & L’international Poly-Rythmo – Iyame Dji Ki Bi Ni ++ Makaya McCraven – Above & Beyond ++ Masao Yagi  – Sukeban M-2 ++  Trevor Dandy – Is There Any Love ++ Lenny Kravitz – What Goes Around ++ Vanessa Paradis – Paradis ++ The Soundcarriers – Low Light ++ Khruangbin – Maria También

*You can listen, for free, online with the SIRIUS three day trial — just submit an email address and they will send you a password.


Sister Rosetta Tharpe moved in the spaces between binaries. She introduced white audiences to black music. She brought the church to the nightclub, blurring the lines between the sacred and the secular. Some said the guitarist/singer “played like a man,” an inarticulate statement meant to evoke the strength and power she possessed, attacking her distorted electric guitar in holy reverie, as if that wildness wasn’t something a woman was capable of. Her songs were charged with carnal energy, but infused with spiritual depth. Tharpe’s influence on foundational rock & rollers like Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, and Johnny Cash was profound, yet her story’s been under-told since her death in 1973.

Thankfully, her legend has become less obscured in recent years. In 2007, Gayle F. Wald published a biography, Shout, Sister, Shout: The Untold Story of Rock-and-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe. In 2013, PBS dedicated an episode of American Masters to Tharpe. Last year, the sometimes slow-moving Rock & Roll Hall of Fame — which still, bafflingly, hasn’t inducted the great Link Wray — included in Tharpe in its class of 2018. On January 5th, ORG Music will release Live in 1960, a live set that found Tharpe solo in front of an appreciative European audience. Originally issued by Southland on compact disc in 1991, the wide release follows limited color-vinyl pressings.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe :: Down By The Riverside (Live)

The concert is alternatingly bracing (“Can’t Sit Down”), bluesy (“Can’t No Grave Hold My Body Down”), and reverent (“Precious Lord”). The performance found Tharpe at the start of a new decade. In the previous, she’d transgressed in the eyes of some gospel purists, cutting blues sides and performing for pop crowds, but there’s no doubting the depth of her faith on these recordings. Tharpe sings of a present, knowable grace, and of a love that will make not only the next life glorious, but also this present one. “We all are looking for peace in this life, in this world,” she says at the start of the closer “Peace In The Valley. “We would have it with each other, with love. But maybe someday, when we get over, there we’ll have peace too.” words/j woodbury

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Another ride in Neil’s dune buggy, another collection of (mostly) low-key NY highlights. The following 26 tracks span the 1980 Hawks & Doves LP to 2007’s Chrome Dreams II. Eat a peach . . .

Neil Young :: Music Arcade / A Medley (1980-2007) (spotify)


Happy new year, it’s 2018. Welcome to future. Having said that, here’s something from the other side of the spectrum —  a little 12″ dose of blue country funk from 1970, courtesy of Rob Galbraith’s Nashville Dirt.

Rob Galbraith :: Corner Of Spit And Whittle


It’s a little late to propose Boz Metzdorf for any year-end lists, maybe 38 years too late, but Metzdorf’s Signs of Seasons feels primed to be remembered-for-the-first-time. The LP has been burning an ever-deepening earhole  since our copy arrived after reaching out to Boz directly via his site. As a whole, Signs touches upon a host of (then) contemporary sounds (from Neil Young and the Doobie Brothers, to the Flying Burrito Brothers) yet crafts its own end-of-decade vision. See: standout track “Sails Across The Sea” as it meanders through a cosmic-folk lament that both grows layers and peels like an onion. words / b kramer

Boz Metzdorf :: Sails Across The Sea


Our weekly two hour show on SIRIUS/XMU, channel 35, can be heard twice every Friday – Noon EST with an encore broadcast at Midnight EST. The annual AD holiday show. To download Christmas Jambree :: A Vintage Jamaican Yuletide Mixtape, go here.

SIRIUS 505: Jean Michel Bernard – Générique Stephane ++ Sun Ra – It’s Christmas Time ++ The Black On White Affair – Auld Lang Syne ++ Binky Griptite – Stone Soul Christmas ++ Sonny Bradshaw – Peace And Love (Little Drummer Boy) ++ Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – 8 Days (of Hanukkah) ++ The Soul Saints Orchestra – Santa’s Got A Bag Of Soul ++ Donny Hathaway – This Christmas ++ Jack Scott – There’s Trouble Brewing ++ The Wailers – Christmas Spirit ++ The Sonics – Don’t Believe In Christmas ++ Billy Childish – Christmas Lights ++ Thee Headcoatees – Santa Clause ++ Chuck Berry – Merry Christmas Baby ++ The Ethiopians – Ding Dong Bell ++ Alton Ellis – Christmas Coming ++ The Kingstonians – Merry Merry Christmas ++ Rupie Edwards – Christmas Parade ++ Doreen Shaffer – Wishing You a Merry Christmas ++ Joe Gibbs Ultra Sound – Rock It For Christmas ++ Owen Gray – Collins Greetings ++ Byron Lee & The Dragonaires – Winter Wonderland Reggay ++ Little John – Save a Little For Christmas ++ Heptones – Christmas Is Here ++ Palemina & Faith D’Aguilar – Santa Ketch Up Eena Mango Tree ++ Alton Ellis & The Lipsticks – Merry Merry Christmas ++ The Cimarons – Holy Christmas ++ Don Cornel (aka Cornel Campbell) & The Eternals – Christmas Joy ++ Sugar Minott – Christmas Jambree ++ Jackie Mittoo – Joy Joy ++ Mikey Dread – JBC Radio broadcast, Christmas Eve 1978 ++ Half Pint – Christmas Vibes ++ The Maytals – Happy Christmas (The Christmas Song) ++ Al & The Vibrators – Merry Christmas ++ Premo & Joe – Peace on Earth ++ Silvertones – Bling Bling Christmas ++ The Wailers – White Christmas ++ The Cables – Christmas Is Not Just a Holiday ++ Joe Gibbs Family (feat/ Beres Hammond) – Winter Wonderland ++ Lee Scratch Perry & Sandra Robinson – Merry Christmas Happy New Year ++ Alton Ellis – Praise Jah, It’s Christmas ++ Gaylads – Christmas

*You can listen, for free, online with the SIRIUS three day trial — just submit an email address and they will send you a password.

AD YearInReview 2017

Here it is. Our obligatory year-end review. The following is an unranked list of albums that caught, and kept, our attention in 2017. Let it blurb. – AD

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Circuit Des Yeux – Reaching for Indigo: Haley Fohr’s Circuit Des Yeux project has always skirted some expansive sonic frontiers. Her singular, twangy bellow, deft finger-picking, and alien drones conjure the image of a lone rider trotting across some star-splotched prairie. Reaching for Indigo turns that expansive energy inward: “Stick your head inside a paper bag and see just what you find/ Was it you? Was it me? Or was it another type?” As if to parallel the porous borders of the self, Fohr’s command of both traditional songwriting and sound-as-art make this album her most focused and realized expression to date. An album of awakening and restoration. (buy)

Arthur Russell – Instrumentals: Recorded during two separate sessions between 1975-78, the reissued/remastered Instrumentals finds the artist early in his career prior to his lauded disco/club explorations. A stylistic omnivore, these 17 tracks present yet another side of Russell invoking Brian Wilson, free-form improvisation, atmospheric drone and beyond. A truly captivating listen by an indispensable artist. (buy)

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – The Kid: The composer and sound artist Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith has a knack for fusing organic sounds with synthesized ones. This multitudinous union comes across with an air of the mystical, the ritual, the meditative. As the title suggests, The Kid taps into a childish whimsy, and each song conjures an imaginative aural ecosystem that that burbles and thrums with Smith’s curiosity and warmth. (buy)

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Alice Coltrane – World Spirituality Classics 1 / The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane: Luaka Bop’s excellent World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda cherrypicks highlights from the musician’s days at the Sai Anantam Ashram outside of Los Angeles. Recorded between 1982 and 1995, this material is devotional and functional — it was largely written for the ashram’s services, with vocal chants and propulsive percussion accompanying Alice’s Wurlitzer and synth playing. But it still feels very personal, as Coltrane looks both to Eastern modes and gospel traditions to create a wholly unique, heavily spiritual sound. Ecstatic isn’t even the half of it. (buy)

Hiroshi Yoshimura — Music For Nine Postcards: Hiroshi Yoshimura intended the nine one-bar pieces that make up Music For Nine Postcards to be played slowly, over and over again, with slight drifts in the melody and tempo meant to recreate the movements of the cloud and shade he’d see out of his window. The recordings he made with Satoshi Ashikawa and released in 1982 (reissued by Empire of Signs in November) move at a cosmic pace, and their intermixed sadness and sweetness give it a sense of personhood missing from much ambient music before or since. (buy)

Midori Takada — Through the Looking Glass: 1983’s Through the Looking Glass presents Japanese composer Midori Takada’s dizzying take on minimalism: Classical composition always in line with emotional expression. Her marimba facilitates meditation, but this is ambient music most suited to active listening, its rhythmic blend of African and Asian percussion both spiritual and technically wondrous. Fans of Eno, Reich, and the most challenging corners of the new age spectrum take note — these are special, moving sounds. An exceptional percussion-based work from an underappreciated master of sound. (buy)

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Joan Shelley — Joan Shelley: Discussing his 2017 masterpiece Lincoln in the Bardo, author George Saunders called empathy a “superpower.” By that standard, Kentucky songwriter Joan Shelley’s self-titled record is the work of a superhero, its Celtic-tinged odes to understanding, romantic possibility, and incisive questions centered on locating the center not only in one’s self, but in those around you. “In your wild indifference/It’s all centered on you,” she sings, but she turns the rebuke around, asking “Ain’t it lonely?” — a recognition that we needn’t live sequestered away from each other. (buy)

Gunn Truscinski Duo — Bay Head: Though the last couple years have seen guitarist Steve Gunn and drummer John Truscinski creating great work together in a full-band group on Gunn’s solo albums for Matador, there’s something noteworthy about hearing the two in a duo setting. The sonic space around them emphasizes their dynamic — Truscinski with an intuitive swing, Gunn with a thoughtful, melodic touch — and allows for heady exploration. From the blistering “Flood and Fire” to the sanguine “Seagull for Chuck Berry,” Bay Head provides a glimpse of two players who truly know each other, whose ability to hear the other translates to inspiring sound. (buy)

Neil Young – Hitchhiker: Neil Young’s latest archival release, is an absolutely essential addition to the songwriter’s canon, capturing a skeletal mid-1976 solo acoustic session fueled by beer, weed and cocaine. Young was on a hot streak in the mid-70s, with classic tunes pouring out like water from a tap. There were so many songs that several went unreleased until now – “Give Me Strength,” “Hawaii” and Hitchhiker’s harrowing title track among them, standing up easily alongside such well-traveled favorites as “Powderfinger” and “Pocahontas.” (buy)

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Outro Tempo: Electronic And Contemporary Music From Brazil 1978-1992: A collection of exotic, otherworldly futurism and electronics, born from the most poignant of circumstances, the assemblage finds traditions and soundscapes blending into a new form. This alternative vision not only fuses jazz, ambient music, and minimalism with indigenous roots, but also naturally evokes the spirit of Tropicália. A wonderful and exquisitely strange compilation. (buy)

Tonstartssbandht  Sorcerer: Meticulous yet free. Tonstartssbandht sculpt their own brand of spaced-out krautrock and improvisational psych. Their sound distinctive and welcoming, brothers Andy and Edwin White allow themselves a sonic spaciousness that contains orbits: jammy neo-psych-folk, cloud-bound vocal harmonies, and spacey ambient soundscapes. (buy)

Horse Lords – Mixtape IV: Baltimore’s lords of DIY, just-intoned matrix music tackle compositions by the late visionary composer Julius Eastman. Interpretations of “Stay on It” and “Remember the Future” comprise the two sides of Horse Lords’ most recent “mixtape,” and these contributions to the present revival of Eastman’s work are both timely and rousing, beautiful and hypnotic. (buy)

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