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Episode 441: Brad Mehldau's 'Finding Gabriel'

Episode 441: Brad Mehldau's 'Finding Gabriel'

Brad Mehldau, simply put, is one of the most respected living jazz players on the planet. He’s also one of the most prolific. Think Stephen King levels of prolific, but for music. Many of you may know him from his work covering some Radiohead tunes, but rest assured he is much MUCH more than that. In fact, on his new album Finding Gabriel, he is doing nothing less than searching for the meaning of life, the universe, and everything. Suffice to say the album is HEAVY, but it’s also one of the most exhilarating listens of the year in any genre.


Episode 431: Ryan Porter's 'Force For Good'

Episode 431: Ryan Porter's 'Force For Good'

On his follow up to 2018’s The Optimist, Ryan Porter and his friends the West Coast Get Down are once again swinging for the fences and bring jazz into the spotlight for a whole new generation. Rehearsed and recorded in five-hour bursts in multiple locations, Force For Good is a fearless step forward into the future of American jazz that celebrates America’s greatest art form even as it challenges what came before it. Join us as we discuss Porter’s seemingly limitless talent, the normalization of jazz in the popular culture, and much more. 


Episode 404: Julian Lage's 'Love Hurts'

Episode 404: Julian Lage's 'Love Hurts'

On his latest release Love Hurts, jazz guitar wunderkind Julian Lage is making bold steps towards furthering his reputation of being one of the most visible and respected figures the ongoing jazz renaissance of the past few years. Presenting classics of American jazz, folk, and even some rock and roll through the lens of his trio (featuring Jorge Roeder on bass and Dave King on drums) Lage draws listeners old and new into some familiar territory while still managing to get some of his exquisite ya-ya’s out in the process.

Join us as we make a jazz with our guest Casey Rae and dig into the latest from one of the modern eras most exciting and talented voices in jazz, or any other genre.


Episode 394: The Skiffle Players are back with 'Skiff' and thoughts on 'The Beatles (Super Deluxe)'

Episode 394: The Skiffle Players are back with 'Skiff' and thoughts on 'The Beatles (Super Deluxe)'

The members of The Skiffle Players — Neal Casal (Circles Around The Sun/Chris Robinson Brotherhood), Dan Horne (Beachwood Sparks), Cass McCombs, Farmer Dave Scher (All Night Radio/Beachwood Sparks), Aaron Sperske (Father John Misty/Beachwood Sparks) — are some of the most respected musicians on the scene today. So when they find the time to get together for a new Skiffle Players album, you’d best believe it’s going to be something special. Skiff, the collective’s second LP, expands on the foundation they laid with 2016’s Skifflin’ and hints at a blindingly bright future that looks a lot like the past that they’ve been celebrating.


Episode 392: In Conversation with Marian McLaughlin

Episode 392: In Conversation with Marian McLaughlin

On her new album Lake Accontink, Marian McLaughlin invites the listener along on her quest to try and make sense of the many ways in which we impact and are impacted by the environment, and what it all may mean in the long run. We’re sitting down with the Baltimore-based musician to talk about what inspired her self-described “music for the Anthropocene Epoch,” the perils of capitalism in the modern age, the joy of playing in a room with one-hundred other guitarists and much more!


Episode 391: Makaya McCraven's 'Universal Beings' and new music from Braxton Cook

Episode 391: Makaya McCraven's 'Universal Beings' and new music from Braxton Cook

To call Chicago’s Makaya McCraven, just a drummer would be doing the multi-talented musical truth seeker a grave disservice. Over the past few years, McCraven has been refining a production technique that mixes live jam sessions and impromptu performances with radically creative editing to produce some of the most exciting jazz of the modern day. On Universal Beings, an album recorded in four different locations with four distinct groups of musicians at each, McCraven seems to have perfected this technique, and the result is one of the best albums of 2018. Meditative, complex, smooth, and even funky, Universal Beings points to blindingly bright future for not just McCraven, but jazz as a whole.

PLUS! Saxaphonist, vocalist, and DMV native Braxton Cook is back with a new album No Doubt, and we’ve got a listen to it’s title track to help you get hip to this remarkable talent!


Episode 374: Constant Image - Flasher

Episode 374: Constant Image - Flasher

Washington, DC's Flasher made minor waves with their self-titled debut in 2016, and now the trio is back with a new label (Domino) and a fun-as-hell new LP, Constant Image. Recalling the late 80's heyday of gothic synthpop, Constant Image's outta time, place, and, most importantly, outta sight sound is the new hotness arriving just in time to save us all from another dreary Summer in the swamp.

PLUS! Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge's long-gestating project The Midnight Hour is finally out in the wild, and we've got a tasty track for you to turn the lights down lowwww and do whatever comes naturally for ya.


Episode 373: Childqueen - Kadhja Bonet

Episode 373: Childqueen - Kadhja Bonet

On our latest podcast, soul/jazz polymath Kadhja Bonet is back with the follow up to her remarkable 2016 debut, The Visitor, and the more things have changed, the more they have stayed the same. Bursting with the uniquely impossible smoothness and impeccable sophistication that defined The VisitorChildqueen is a singular that mood feels as fresh as it does timeless. Special guest Marcus J. Moore (Senior Editor, Bandcamp) joins us to journey through this latest weird and wonderful that Bonet has shared. 

PLUS! Israel Nash is back with some potent good vibes, and we've got the first single of off his upcoming LP for you to get lost in!


Episode 360: The Sounds of Washington, DC, Part 4

Episode 360: The Sounds of Washington, DC, Part 4

Known to most of the world as a political playground, Washington, D.C. is a city where decisions that shape the course of, not just American, but HUMAN history, are made every day. More than that though, D.C. is a city where cultures collide resulting in a creative class that produces some of the most compelling and diverse art in the world. Built on the legacy of jazz and go-go, D.C. is on the cusp of a creative explosion and bringing everything from hip-hop to indie rock into the fold.

In part four of our Sounds of Washington, DC series, we're dipping our toes into the DIY space, traveling back in time for some homegrown jazz/funk, and getting serious about what needs to be done to protect and revive this city's native culture for not just a day, but all year long. 


Episode 343: The Sounds of Washington, DC, Part 2 - Chocolate City

Episode 343: The Sounds of Washington, DC, Part 2 - Chocolate City

Known to most of the world as a political playground, Washington, D.C. is a city where decisions that shape the course of, not just American, but HUMAN history, are made every day. More than that though, D.C. is a city where cultures collide resulting in a creative class that produces some of the most compelling and diverse art in the world. Built on the legacy of jazz and go-go, D.C. is on the cusp of a creative explosion and bringing everything from hip-hop to indie rock into the fold.

In part two of our Sounds of Washington, DC series, we're joined by the duo April + Vista, one of the city's rising stars, to explore a little bit of the history of "Chocolate City", some of the music that made the nation's capital such a fertile landscape for African-American musicians to thrive in, and how economic shifts and gentrification have changed things for that tradition, maybe for good. 


"in a library, in the summer (when I read I fall asleep)" - Faunaphor

"in a library, in the summer (when I read I fall asleep)" - Faunaphor

Sounds Like:

A markedly more serene Louis Weeks and Noah Berman

Why You Should Care:

DC-based keyboardist Louis Weeks and guitarist Noah Berman have been creating music side by side for a few years now, but today, they are debuting music under a new moniker – Faunaphor. The vintage synths and sparse percussion paired with dissonant piano chords making their presence at any given moment makes this a slight departure from the pair’s previous work, but Weeks’s vocals are as calm and assured as ever here. Faunaphor’s debut album And There I Was is due later this year.


Episode 281: Jason A. Mullinax

Episode 281: Jason A. Mullinax

Jason A. Mullinax is a father, multi-instrumentalist, music nerd, educator, creative lifer, and, most importantly, the author of his remarkable new album, Time Being.

Come hang with us in the basement for a while as we talk to Jason about a lifetime in music, the intersections between outer-space and modern pop, and pretty much everything in-between.

Let's get cosmic, kidz...


Episode 276: Give Me The Night - George Benson [Discologist]

Episode 276: Give Me The Night - George Benson [Discologist]

WIth over forty albums, both live and in the studio, under his belt, jazz guitarist George Benson is one of the most respected and prolific musicians in music history.

In 1980 he teamed up with hitmaker Quincy Jones and with A LOT of help from their friends, crafted one of the greatest R&B albums/songs of all time.

For some reason, Kevin and Marcus thought it was a really good idea to talk about it.

Break out the Courvoisier and cashmere V-neck, because we're going IN on George Benson's sensational, sensual masterpiece, Give Me The Night!


Episode 260: Uprising - Miles Mosley

Episode 260: Uprising - Miles Mosley

Eric Church is an OUTLAW and he's proving it by taking the fight to ticket scalpers and reclaiming 25K tickets for his upcoming world tour. OUTLAW. 

Bassist Miles Mosly has collaborated with some of the biggest and most creative names in music. Miles Mosely is a badass. Now Miles Mosely has made a badass album. We discuss. 

MANWOLVES may not be the reboot of the Wolfen franchise you've been waiting DECADES for, but they are a pretty groovy jazz/hip-hop/rock/funk outfit from Chicago who's starting to make a name for themselves. Dig it with their latest track "Sing Along."


Episode 253: Process - Sampha

Episode 253: Process - Sampha

Sampha Sisay has spent the bulk of his career on the sidelines, singing and producing for the likes of Drake, Kanye West, Solange, and many more. On Process, his first full-length, the multi-talented soul phenom is finally stepping fully into the spotlight, and the results are stunning. Marcus Dowling (Decades, Pitchfork) and Marcus Moore (Bandcamp) join Kevin this week to work through their multitude of feels. 

PLUS! Everybody needs more jazz in their life, and we've got a taste of pianist Noah Haidu's upcoming LP Infinite Distances for you to get cultured to.


Episode 219: Robert Glasper Experiment - ArtScience

Episode 219: Robert Glasper Experiment - ArtScience

What's in a name? Turns out a whole lot if you're in a band. Some guy named Eric has offered up a whole mess of suggestions, some good, some...not so much. 

Since roundabout 2004, jazz pianist Robert Glasper has played on all your favorite records, won all the Grammy's, and blown all of the minds in the process. Marcus Dowling (Pitchfork, Bandcamp) and Marcus J. Moore (Sr. Editor, Bandcamp) join us to work through this musical giant's latest "experiment", ArtScience.

Mndsgn's latest LP Body Wash is a cosmic mashup of chill, funk, and hip-hop. Marcus Dowling gives us the lowdown on the new album and spins a track to get you all the way onboard.