mind melting | aka NEW BRAZIL MIX!!

I’m honored to have recently been invited to share a guest deejay set on Pacifica Radio in Los Angeles by one of my favorite tastemakers on the LA airwaves, Mr. Michael Barnes. Michael has hosted his popular and eclectic music program on both of the city’s main public radio platforms, 89.9 FM KCRW and KPFK 90.7 FM, a show and accompanying blog both titled Melting Pot Radio. He’s currently on hiatus from doing his programs regularly, however in January and February thus far, he’s filled in for regular ‘One Track Mind’ host Kristi Lomax, who’ll be making her return to her long-time post at the station very soon.

The links below will allow you to stream and/or download each hour of the show. The first link takes you to Michael’s New Orleans/Mardi Gras inspired first hour (including a brief interview with yours truly), while the second link features my guest deejay set–a jazzy and funky take on Brazil, just in time for Carnaval week. You won’t find much of the typical samba or batucada sounds here, but rather the set highlights a handful of genres just as rhythmic and beautiful as the country’s more prominent sounds. Plus, what’s really cool about this appearance on One Track Mind is that it is in large part thanks to Kristi’s show back around the turn of the millenium that I learned to love Afrobeat and pan-African genres, helping set me on the path to all that I enjoy as a world music deejay/selector/collector.

I’ve also included the tracklist for my set below. Click and enjoy!

KPFK 90.7 / ‘ONE TRACK MIND’ / Michael Barnes filling in for Kristi Lomax
February 9, 2018

Hour One | 10-11pm | MICHAEL BARNES NOLA SET + GLENN RED INTERVIEW

Hour Two | 11pm-Midnight | DJ GLENN RED FUNKY BRAZIL SET

MICHAEL BARNES’ “MELTING POT” BLOG

TRACK LISTING:

Intro: “São Paulo Antiga (Vinheta)” – OSVALDINHO DA CUICA & MADRINHA EUNICE
Historia do Samba Paulista I / CPC UMES, 1999

“Ossain” – JORGE ARMORIM AND HANK SCHROY
Orixás / independent release, 2004

“Esperar Pra Ver” – POOLSIDE & FATNOTRONIC
Brazilian Compilation Series, v.1 / Chit Chat Records, 2015

“Kabaluere” – ANTONIO CARLOS E JACOFI
Mudei de Idéia / RCA Victor, 1971

“Moeda, Reza E Cor” – DOM SALVADOR & ABOLICÃO
Som, Sangue e Raça / CBS Records, 1971

“Speed” – SONIA SANTOS
Mr. Bongo Presents “Tudo Ben”: Jorge Ben Covered / Mr. Bongo Worldwide LTD, 2009

“Som Do Copa 7” – COPA 7
O Som Do Copa 7 / Top Tape, 1979

“Canta Coco Morena” – SAMBA DE COCO RAIZES DE ARCOVERDE
Maga Bo apresenta Coco Raizes de Arcoverde / Kafundó Records, 2018

“Canto de Ossanha (Instrumental)” – LEO GANDELMAN
Lounjazz / Rob Digital, 2005

“Cidade Vazia [Suonho Sambossa Restyle]” – MILTON BANANA TRIO
In Brasil, Vol. 1 / Suonho In Brasil, 2012

“Maracatu Atomico [iZem Edit]” – OSMAR MILITO
iZem Edits & Remixes / independent release, 2015

“Tamanqueiro [Selvagem Edit]” – ELIZIO DE BUZIOS
single / Hello Sailor Recordings, 2015

“Pura” – ALMIR RICARDI
Festa Funk / RGE, 1984

“Labirinto” – OS FAMKS
Famks / EMI 1978

“Ginga” – LINCOLN OLIVETTI & ROBSON JORGE
Robson Jorge & Lincoln Olivetti / Som Livre, 1982

“Tao Bem” – ZAMBABEN
Zambaben / Zambaben, 2017

“Palco [Jean Claude Gavri Edit]” – GILBERTO GIL
To São Paulo With Love / independent release, 2014

“Lei Do Amor” – JOÃO DONATO & DONATINHO
single / Names You Can Trust, 2017

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sou excited!

I’m beyond thrilled to announce that the release date for my first remix since 2016 falls on this coming Friday, February 9th! It’s a re-envisioning of the tune “Sou” by Burkina Faso’s WÜIWA, whose traditional kora and balafon sound we decided to freak disco style with a bumpin’ bass line, funky wahwah guitars and synth lines that would put a smile on the faces of our favorite 80s new wave bands. The project was done in collaboration with my partner from LA JUNTA SOUND SYSTEM, David Cardena aka ‘degruvme’ (think Deee-Lite for those who know), and involved me traveling about 30 minutes or so each way, a few evenings a week for about a month to work out of his Pasadena home studio, so that we both had equal opportunity for creative input. Big props to degruvme, as he sat in the chair and behind the actual computer keyboard for most of the production process…well, because he’s much quicker on a computer than I am (he’s an IT manager by day). I sat right at his side for all of it though, even during the car mixdown tests. AND I did the cover art above 😉

Extra thanks to our brother, Joe McGuire, of Pan-Californian Afro-disco-funk outfit Afrolicious for composing and recording the guitar and bass tracks during a fun two-hour session in his Santa Monica, CA studio. Plus, once again, we called on our friend Charlie B. Wilder aka Chuck Wild aka Captain Planet to polish the project with a final mixdown and mastering session.

Most of all, our gratitude goes to Seb Krimi of RADIO KRIMI and RADIO KRIMI RECORDS based in Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France for inviting us to work on this project and releasing it on his amazing label. Please check out the tune, consider purchasing it and spreading the word…we’re grateful for everyone’s kindness!

DOWNLOAD FROM HERE.

Check out the RADIO KRIMI RECORDS Bandcamp Page for their full discography.

Keep up with regular online broadcasts on RADIO KRIMI.

blue/s xmas.

Last week a friend of mine who owns a vintage apparel & accessories store in Claremont CA hired me to curate an xmas playlist similar to the sound of the Brian Setzer Orchestra. Since it’s located right across the hall from the coffee bar where I often post up for many hours during the week, I visit her store to browse and shop regularly and really enjoy the music she’s playing on her mini stereo system.

Anyway, putting it together was kind of fun and she really dug the set so I finally decided to re-activate my Spotify page and add it as my first entry. While I chose to include a couple of songs that you might hear on KOST 103.5’s post-Halloween holiday repertoire (which is WAY too early of a start date, IMHO), and without trying to go ostentatiously deep, I went for a bluesy (but not too melancholy), swingin’ set that I think might be a pretty fresh take. I chose 18 tunes, but because I still needed an extra 15 minutes to fill out an 80-minute blank CD, I added four extra tunes from a great compilation called “An Austin Rhythm and Blues Christmas”. Check out my “Blue(s) Xmas” playlist via the link below:

GLENN RED on Spotify

Track List:
FRANK SINATRA – “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”
LITTLE JIMMY KING & THE MEMPHIS HORNS – “Happy Christmas Tears”
THE HONEY DIPPERS – “Under The Christmas Tree”
B.B. KING – “Merry Christmas, Baby”
THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA – “Jingle Bells”
BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY – “Christmastime In Tinseltown”
BILLY PAUL WILLIAMS & LAUREN CARTER – “All I Want For Christmas Is You”
KAY STARR – “I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm [stuhr remix]”
THE PUPPINI SISTERS – “Step Into Christmas”
ROOMFUL OF BLUES – “I Want You With Me Christmas”
BIG MAYBELLE – “Silent Night”
ELVIS PRESLEY – “Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Clause Lane)”
CHRIS ISAAK – “Blue Christmas”
IRMA THOMAS & THE PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND – “May Ev’ry Day Be Christmas”
CLARENCE CARTER – “Back Door Santa”
ANGELA STREHLI – “Boogie Woogie Santa Clause”
LOWELL FULSON – “Lonesome Christmas”
LOU ANN BARTON – “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree”
PAUL RAY – “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”
ANGELA STREHLI – “Sweet Little Baby Boy”
SARAH BROWN – “My Christmas Tree Is Hung With Tears”
SOLOMON BURKE – “Presents For Christmas”

Hope you enjoy it. Happy Holidays.

irRESISTible.

Several weeks ago, I was honored when my friend Beto González asked me to take over the design campaign for an upcoming show he’d been working on. Below is what I came up with based on his great ideas. Recently, I’ve also been added on to this amazing show happening at the Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood CA this Friday August 4th. The show begins at 8:30pm, but I’ll be out on the plaza spinning a deejay set of Brazilian music and other tunes from around the world beginning at 6:30pm. It’s another great honor to be part of this night of Resistance music that’s good for the soul, given the seemingly many parallels with America’s political climate and that of Brazil during the mid 1960s thru the mid 1980s. Check out this great article by Ivan Fernandez posted this morning in the LA Weekly:

Brasil 70: Samba/Soul/Resistance at The Ford Theatres

So grab your tickets at www.fordtheatres.org and come out early with a picnic basket and some wine and make a great evening of it. I’d love to see you there. ❤