Songs You Should Know – 14MHAM

Curated by St. J0NES

For Mental Health Awareness Month I created a playlist that centers the impact individualism has on mental health. Feeling isolated is a collective experience shared by many voices. The focus of this theme is to encourage more people to check in with their community members, & shed the illusion that any one person is alone. May each song serve to relieve the stigma attached to mental health, & bring attention to the importance of mutual support.

Matriarch hosted by St. J0NES features feminist, & queer-centric music. Airing e/o Tues 6-8p PST | 9-11p EST on FFP

Station Top 30 – Week of 5/9/2022

1. Shilpa Ray – Portrait of a Lady (Northern Spy)
2. The Linda Lindas – Growing Up (Epitaph)
3. Wet Leg – S/T (Domino)
4. Alabaster DePlume – GOLD (International Anthem)
5. Wednesday – Mowing the Leaves Instead of Piling ’em Up (Ordinal)
6. Pillow Queens – Leave The Light On (Royal Mountain)
7. Erasers – Constant Connection (Fire Talk)
8. Aldous Harding – Warm Chris (4AD)
9. Congotronics International – Where’s the One? (Crammed Discs)
10. Kate Bollinger – Look at it in the Light (Ghostly International)
11. Jane Inc. – Faster Than I Can Take (Telephone Explosion)
12. KAINA – It Was a Home (City Slang)
13. INHUMANKIND- Self-Deification (I, Voidhanger)
14. Sontag Shogun x Lau Nau – Valo Siroutuu (Beacon Sound)
15. Big Thief – Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You (4AD) 
16. Black Country, New Road – Ants From Up There (Ninja Tune) 
17. V.C.R. – The Chronicles Of A Caterpillar: The Egg (Leaving)
18. ADULT. – Becoming Undone (Dais)
19. Jenny Hval – Classic Objects (4AD) 
20. Calexico – El Mirador (Anti/Epitaph)
21. Destroyer – LABYRINTHITIS (Merge)
22. Guerilla Toss – Famously Alive (Sub Pop)
24. 50 Foot Wave – Black Pearl (Fire) 
25. Pilla B – Intersteller (Public)
26. Batu – Opal (Timedance) 
27. Fontaines D.C. – Skinty Fia (Partisan)
28. MJ Lenderman – Boat Songs (Dear Life)
29. Helms Alee – Keep This Be the Way (Sargent House)
30. GGGOLDDD – This Shame Should Not Be Mine (Artoffact)

Love & Algorhythms and a bit of Astrology with A.J. Haynes from Seratones

Photo of Seratones – three people seated; from left to right: Jesse Gabriel, A.J. Haynes, Travis Stewart; the background is light and each person’s shadow is visible in the photo.

Having been a Seratones fan since hearing their first album, Get Gone, I was excited when I first learned about the forthcoming album late last year. The Seratones sound continues to evolve and that holds true with the release of their latest album, Love & Algorhythms, which was released April 29. The band reimagines a classic disco track, incorporates Afrofuturism, and will make you dance while giving shout-outs to activists like Fannie Lou Hamer. 

About a week before the new album dropped and through the magic of Zoom, I was fortunate to catch up with Seratones’ lead singer A.J. Haynes between touring and doing various promotion gigs. We covered a variety of topics including talking about her influences growing up, navigating the music business, a bit of astrology, intuitive eating, and looking forward to future projects. 

Early influences

Between the songbooks she had from her mother to singing in the church choir, music was always around A.J.

“My mother passed away when I was 10 and so we were raised mostly by my grandmother and great grandmother and the community. So my grandmother is definitely my rock for sure,” she said.

During our chat, A.J. pulled one of her mother’s songbooks down from a shelf and showed me a copy of a Bossa Nova songbook in Japanese. Originally from the Philippines, A.J.’s mother made a living as a musician in a touring band before A.J. was born. She met the man who would become A.J.’s father, originally from Louisiana, while he was in the Navy and stationed in Yokosuka, Japan.

“Yeah, my mother loved Kenny G. Like a lot of really soothing saxophone music. I think that’s probably why I’m really drawn to John Coltrane and Alice Coltrane now. In my home space, I like to listen to a lot of calm instrumental music like Dorothy Ashby or a different kind of vibe like electronic, not techno, but repetitive electronic music. My partner listens to a lot of Kraftwerk type stuff,” she said.

In her grandmother’s home, she grew up listening to the R&B and hip-hop radio stations and has memories of listening to 1950s doo-wop, lots of Donna Summer, The Beatles, John Denver, and Clarence Carter.

Because A.J.’s vocals have a gospel feel, it was no surprise to learn she was in the church choir growing up starting at the Brownsville Baptist Church and then singing in AME and CME church choirs in high school. 

“I feel like I got a really rich learning in all of those spaces. And this rural Baptist community and then in Shreveport, which is a little more of a city, you know, and the CME and AME church spaces … I love AME churches,” she said. “And just the learning that you get in music there is incredible.”

Meditation and the music business

In high school, A.J. became obsessed with Billie Holiday, punk music, and grunge. She formed a band to do something with her friends and started playing guitar while in college.

The past couple of years have been challenging for a lot of independent artists, especially with little to no touring happening. With the return of live shows, many artists are now encountering the increased costs.

“I was just looking at Little Simz, who I’m a huge fan of, and she was like, ‘Yo, I can’t tour the US because I can’t afford to,’” she said. “We would not have been able to support this promo tour had we not had label assistance. There’s no way because of how astronomical gas prices are. In addition to just everything being more heightened, like hotel rooms cost more like Airbnb’s costs more than they used to.”

Before the new album promotion cycle kicked off, A.J. spent time in Chiang Mai, Thailand, receiving her yoga certification thanks to a scholarship seeking to address the lack of diversity in wellness spaces. A.J. is now applying the practices and meditations learned to the frantic life of a touring musician.

“I feel very fortunate to have had some training,” she said. “How I manage … how I adapt is using tools like meditation. I have a practice where I meditate for 10 minutes a day – I don’t get an app, I just get a cushion or whatever and I sit for 10 minutes and focus on my breath. And it just reminds me that healing is available to everyone. We just have to sit still long enough for it to go and you will be rewarded for it,” she said. 

Disco and Stars

One song was key to the creation of Love & Algorhythms – “I Feel Love” by Donna Summer. A.J. listened to the song repeatedly and she noted the album is centered around that song. 

With the heavy disco influence of the album, A.J. also acknowledged the responsibility to pay homage. “As a queer person, I have queer elders … that did not exist for a long time, right? Because of colonialization, because of the erasure of queer history, and then also because of the AIDS crisis. So much of our ancestors were just forgotten about or erased. And so now we’re like, actually, we know how this works. And so let’s pay homage to,” she said.

And while A.J. loves Donna Summer, she noted Sylvester as the original disco queen. 

At different times during our chat, we veered into the topic of astrology – discussing our respective placements and how certain traits are expressions and self-reflection rather than assigning positive or negative traits based on a binary, gendered method.

“I love it’s Taurus season now,” she said. “So with the album, each song has an astrological body or has a celestial body that it’s tied to. For example, ’Two of a Kind’ as Earth – so celebrating like humanity and empathy … and also queerness as everyone’s queer, but they just don’t know it. Venus is ‘Pleasure.’ Mars is ‘Good Day,’ because it’s Aries, the first [single] to come out,” she said.

Vibes and Algorhythms

When it was time to create music for the new album, A.J. was intentional on not making an album similar to the band’s previous releases. 

“It’s just I can’t do the same. I mean, and so sometimes to my detriment, right? I look at some artists that I love and they really do the same thing over and over again. And it works for them. It’s good for them. You know, I can’t. I’ll get bored,” she said. 

But, she also realizes that with the use of AI and algorithms focused on finding music that sounds like something else you’d listen to, it can become harder to change it up.

“It’s tough because especially now, so much of the way that we interact with the world is based on algorithms and algorithms are based on previous versions of yourself, right? You know, it’s based on data collected from previous versions of yourself. So what happens to the person that’s always evolving and whose tastes are changing?” she said. “That’s why I love pop music. Like, look at Doja Cat. She started off with ‘Mooo, I’m a cow’ and now she’s doing whatever she wants. It’s possible.”

And that keeps A.J. hopeful for what’s to come. “It’s just like people just cycle between the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. I hope we do something else because like, what’s next? We can’t just be retro all the time,” she said. “In a way, everything has been heard before, but how can you put things together in a way that reflects your reality? Nina Simone talks about how the artist needs to reflect the times and I feel like I did that like with this album. I’m very aware of my lineage. I’m very aware of where I sit. I’m very aware of what’s possible. And so how do I use that information? To make something. That creates possibilities.”

Seratones’ latest album, Love & Algorhythms, is out now on New West Records. Follow them on Instagram, check out the album on Bandcamp, or pick it up from your favorite independent music shop!

Want to listen to the full interview with A.J. Haynes? Check it out on Mixcloud.

Written by Random Citizen

Station Top 30 – Week of 5/2/2022

1. The Linda Lindas – Growing Up (Epitaph)
2. Guerilla Toss – Famously Alive (Sub Pop) 
3. 50 Foot Wave – Black Pearl (Fire) 
4. Savak – Human Error / Human Delight (Peculiar Works)
5. Pillow Queens – Leave The Light On (Royal Mountain) 
6. Pilla B – Interstellar (Public)
7. Metronomy – Small World (Because)
8. Erasers – Constant Connection (Fire Talk)
9. Confidence Man – TILT (Heavenly/PIAS)
10. ADULT. – Becoming Undone (Dais) 
11. Wet Leg – S/T (Domino) 
12. INHUMANKIND – Self-Deification (I, Voidhanger)
13. Wednesday – Mowing the Leaves Instead of Piling ’em Up (Ordinal)
14. The Loyal Seas – Strange Mornings In The Garden (American Laundromat)
15. Black Country, New Road – Ants From Up There (Ninja Tune)
16. Beach House – Once Twice Melody (Sub Pop)
17. Yard Act – The Overload (Zen F.C.) 
18. Sontag Shogun x Lau Nau – Valo Siroutuu (Beacon Sound)
19. Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul – Topical Dancer (DEEWEE)
20. Spiritualized – Everything Was Beautiful (Fat Possum)
21. Walt Disco – Unlearning (Lucky Number)
22. Destroyer – LABYRINTHITIS (Merge) 
23. PENDANT – Harp (Saddle Creek)
24. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Omnium Gatherum (KGLW)
25. The Weather Station – How Is it That I Should Look At The Stars (Fat Possum)
26. Big Thief – Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You (4AD)
27. Soul Glo – Diaspora Problems (Epitaph) 
28. Animal Collective – Time Skiffs (Domino) 
29. Feral Light – Psychic Contortions (I, Voidhanger) 
30. Father John Misty – Chloë and the Next 20th Century (Sub Pop) 

Station Top 30 – Week of 4/25/2022

1. Pilla B – Interstellar (Public)
2. 50 Foot Wave – Black Pearl (Fire) 
3. Wet Leg – S/T (Domino) 
4. Savak – Human Error / Human Delight (Peculiar Works)
5. Spiritualized – Everything Was Beautiful (Fat Possum)
6. The Linda Lindas – Growing Up (Epitaph)
7. Ibibio Sound Machine – Electricity (Merge)
8. Tears for Fears – The Tipping Point (Warner)
9. Sontag Shogun x Lau Nau – Valo Siroutuu (Beacon Sound)
10. Father John Misty – Chloë and the Next 20th Century (Sub Pop)
11. ADULT. – Becoming Undone (Dais)
12. Jenny Hval – Classic Objects (4AD)
13. Yard Act – The Overload (Zen F.C.)
14. Confidence Man – TILT (Heavenly/PIAS)
15. Guerilla Toss – Famously Alive (Sub Pop) 
16. Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul – Topical Dancer (DEEWEE)
17. The Good Ones – Rwanda…you see ghosts, i see sky (Six Degrees)
18. Kill Alters – Armed to the Teeth L.M.O.M.M. (Hausu Mountain)
19. Alabaster DePlume – GOLD (International Anthem) 
20. Absent in Body – Plague God (Relapse)
21. EXEK – Advertise Here (Castle Face)
22. OHYUNG – imagine naked! (NNA Tapes) 
23. the body & OAA – Enemy of Love (Thrill Jockey) 
24. V/A – Anthology Of Experimental Music From Japan (Unexplained Sounds)
25. Nico – Everyone Sees But Only A Few Know (Akita Club)
26. Tanya Tagaq – Tongues (Six Shooter) 
27. Destroyer – LABYRINTHITIS (Merge) 
28. LEYA – Eyeline (NNA Tapes)
29. Beach House – Once Twice Melody (Sub Pop)
30. HEALTH – DISCO 4 :: PART II (Loma Vista/Concord) 

Albums Released This Week in Music History

Hi Freeformers, looking back in history at albums released the last week of April to May 1st, in the past 50+ years. Lots of good stuff and many that have been mostly forgotten, but you’ll find a few hidden gems in this list. Enjoy this trip down Memory Lane! – Kim Paris, Melting Pot

April 25                         On the Threshold of a Dream by The Moody Blues at 50 - Rock and Roll Globe

1969 ● The Moody Blues — On The Threshold Of A Dream Psychedelic Rock

1975 ● The Doobie Brothers — Stampede Pop-Rock

1977 ● 10cc — Deceptive Bends Pop-Rock

1979 ● Donna Summer — Bad Girls Disco

1980 ● Black Sabbath — Heaven And Hell Hard Rock

1985 ● Exodus — Bonded By Blood Heavy Metal

1988 ● Soul Asylum — Hang Time Alt. Rock/Garage Rock

1994 ● Blur — Parklife Alt Pop-Rock/Britpop

1994 ● David Bowie — Santa Monica ’72 Glam Rock

1995 ● Bob Dylan — MTV Unplugged Folk-Rock

1995 ● King Crimson — THRAK Prog Rock

1995 ● Little Feat — Ain’t Had Enough Fun Southern Rock

1996 ● Parliament — Live 1976-93 Funk

2000 ● Toni Braxton — The Heat Soul-Pop

2000 ● Blondie — Livid [UK] New Wave Pop-Rock

2000 ● Donovan — Summer Day Reflection Songs Folk-Rock

2000 ● Neil Young — Silver & Gold Folk-Rock

2002 ● Goo Goo Dolls — Gutterflower Alt Pop-Rock/Post-Grunge

2005 ● Goo Goo Dolls — Let Love In Alt Pop-Rock/Post-Grunge

2006 ● Rush — Gold Prog/Art Rock

2006 ● Bruce Springsteen — We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions Folk-Rock

April 26                         Right On by The Supremes (Album; Motown; MS705): Reviews, Ratings, Credits,  Song list - Rate Your Music                   

1970 ● The Supremes — Right On Soul Motown

1980 ● X — Los Angeles Punk-Rock (L.A.)

1982 ● Bucks Fizz — Are You Ready Europop-Dance

1982 ● Paul McCartney — Tug Of War Pop-Rock

1983 ● “Weird Al” Yankovic — “Weird Al” Yankovic Comedy/Parody

1985 ● Hooters — Nervous Night New Wave Pop-Rock

1988 ● k.d. lang — Shadowland Alt Country Rock

1988 ● Honeymoon Suite — Racing After Midnight Arena Rock

1988 ● Frank Zappa — Guitar Instrumental Rock

1989 ● Richard Marx — Repeat Offender AA Pop-Rock

1991 ● The Bodeans — Black And White Roots Rock

1991 ● Luther Vandross — Power Of Love Smooth Soul

1993 ● The Fall — The Infotainment Scan Post-Punk

1994 ● Johnny Cash — American Recordings Traditional Country

1994 ● Live — Throwing Copper Post-Grunge Alt Rock

1994 ● Fleetwood Mac — In Chicago 1969 Electric Blues

1994 ● Jimi Hendrix — Blues Blues-Rock

1999 ● Children Of Bodom — Hatebreeder Heavy Metal/Black Metal

2004 ● The Rolling Stones — Singles 1963-1965 Blues-Rock

2005 ● New Order — Waiting For The Siren’s Call Alt Pop-Rock

2005 ● Cream — Gold Blues-Rock

2005 ● Joni Mitchell — Songs Of A Prairie Girl Folk-Rock

2005 ● Bruce Springsteen — Devils & Dust Heartland Rock

2006 ● Soul Asylum — Closer To The Stars: Best Oif The Twin/Tone Years Alt. Pop-Rock

2011 ● Steve Earle — I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive Alt. Country

2011 ● The Rolling Stones — Singles 1971-2006 Blues-Rock

2013 ● Chad & Jeremy — Three In The Attic Folk-Pop

April 27                         Album cover of Dance To The Music by Sly and the Family Stone | The family  stone, Sly, Party songs

1968 ● Sly & The Family Stone — Dance To The Music Soul-Funk

1973 ● Weather Report — Sweetnighter Jazz-Rock Fusion

1979 ● Heatwave — Hot Property Funk/Disco

1981 ● The Fall — Slates [EP] Post-Punk

1983 ● The B-52’s — Whammy! New Wave Pop-Rock

1987 ● Slade — You Boyz Make Big Noize Hard Rock

1987 ● David Bowie — Never Let Me Down Glam Rock

1987 ● R.E.M. — Dead Letter Office Alt. Pop-Rock

1991 ● Pat Benatar — True Love Hard Rock/Jump Blues

1992 ● Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds — Henry’s Dream Alt Rock

1992 ● XTC — Nonsuch New Wave Pop-Rock

1993 ● Vince Neil — Exposed Heavy Metal/Hair Metal

1993 ● Porno For Pyros — Porno For Pyros Alt Rock

1998 ● Massive Attack — Mezzanine Trip-Hop

1998 ● Blind Guardian — Nightfall In Middle-Earth Heavy Metal/Power Metal

1999 ● AFI — Black Sails EP Hardcore Punk

2000 ● Immortal — Damned In Black Heavy Metal/Black Metal

2004 ● Joan Jett & The Blackhearts — Naked Hard Rock

2004 ● Black Sabbath — Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath (1970-1978) Hard Rock

2004 ● Patti Smith — Trampin’ Hard Rock

2008 ● Carly Simon — This Kind Of Love Pop-Rock

2010 ● Melissa Etheridge — Fearless Love Roots Rock

April 28                        

1969 ● Chicago — Chicago Transit Authority Jazz-Rock

1970 ● Smokey Robinson & The Miracles — What Love Has…Joined Together Soul Motown

1980 ● Alice Cooper — Flush The Fashion Hard Rock

1980 ● Grateful Dead — Go To Heaven Pop-Rock

1982 ● Marshall Crenshaw — Marshall Crenshaw Power Pop

1992 ● Tracy Chapman — Matters Of The Heart Folk-Rock

1992 ● Annie Lennox — Diva Adult Alternative Pop-Rock

1995 ● Fair Warning — Rainmaker Hard Rock

1997 ● Stratovarius — Visions Heavy Metal/Power Metal

1998 ● Secret Chiefs 3 — Second Grand Constitution And Bylaws, Hurqalya Experimental/Indie Rock

1998 ● Big Pun — Capital Punishment Latino Rap

1998 ● Children Of Bodom — Something Wild Heavy Metal/Black Metal

1998 ● Dave Matthews Band — Before These Crowded Streets AA Pop-Rock

1998 ● Danny Wilde & The Rembrandts — Spin This Pop-Rock

1998 ● Jimmy Buffett — Don’t Stop The Carnival Folk-Rock

1998 ● Jefferson Airplane — Live At The Fillmore East Psychedelic Rock

1998 ● The Monkees — The Monkees Anthology Pop-Rock

1998 ● Stevie Nicks — Enchanted: The Works Of Stevie Nicks Pop-Rock

1998 ● Yes — Beyond & Before: BBC Recordings 1969-1970 Prog Rock

2002 ● Mark Knopfler — A Shot At Glory [Sndtrk] Roots Rock

2009 ● The Black Crowes — Warpaint Live Southern Rock

2009 ● Various Artists — Playing For Change: Songs Around The World Worldbeat

2013 ● The Ramona Flowers — Lust And Lies [EP] Dream Pop

2015 ● Eric Clapton — Forever Man Blues-Rock

2017 ● John Mellencamp — Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Roots Rock

April 29                        

1967 ● The Turtles — Happy Together Pop-Rock

1968 ● Martha Reeves & The Vandellas — Ridin’ High Soul Motown

1968 ● The Temptations — The Temptations Wish It Would Rain Soul Motown

1971 ● The Doors — L. A. Woman Blues-Rock

1977 ● Alice Cooper — Lace And Whiskey Ballad

1981 ● Van Halen — Fair Warning Hard Rock

1983 ● The Replacements — Hootenanny Alt. Pop-Rock

1985 ● Freddie Mercury — Mr. Bad Guy Pop-Rock

1985 ● Santana — Beyond Appearances Jazz-Rock Fusion

1989 ● Tom Petty — Full Moon Fever Album Rock

1996 ● Buzzcocks — All Set Punk-Rock

1996 ● Black Sabbath — The Sabbath Stones Hard Rock

1997 ● The Ataris — Anywhere But Here Pop-Punk

1997 ● Indigo Girls — Shaming Of The Sun Folk-Rock

1997 ● The Kentucky Headhunters — Stompin’ Grounds Southern Rock

1997 ● Lynyrd Skynyrd — Twenty Southern Rock

2001 ● Prince — Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic Dance-Pop

2008 ● Mudcrutch — Mudcrutch Southern Rock

2008 ● Kansas — Playlist: The Very Best Of Kansas Prog/Arena Rock

2008 ● Madonna — Hard Candy Dance-Pop

2008 ● Steve Winwood — Nine Lives Album Rock

April 30                        

1965 ● The Zombies — Begin Here Baroque Pop

1969 ● Marvin Gaye — M.P.G. Soul Motown

1971 ● Thin Lizzy — Thin Lizzy Hard Rock

1971 ● The Doobie Brothers — The Doobie Brothers Pop-Rock

1973 ● Paul McCartney & Wings — Red Rose Speedway Pop-Rock

1974 ● J.J. Cale — Okie Blues-Rock

1976 ● Elton John — Here And There Pop-Rock

1976 ● Bob Marley & The Wailers — Rastaman Vibration Roots Reggae

1977 ● The Moody Blues — Caught Live + 5 [UK] Psychedelic Rock

1979 ● Sister Sledge — We Are Family Disco

1982 ● A Flock Of Seagulls — A Flock Of Seagulls New Wave Synth-Pop

1982 ● Cheap Trick — One On One Hard Rock/Power Pop

1984 ● Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark — Junk Culture New Wave Synth Pop

1984 ● The Cure — The Top Post-Punk

1986 ● Golden Earring — The Hole Hard Rock

1986 ● Keel — The Final Frontier Heavy Metal

1989 ● Lynyrd Skynyrd — Skynyrd’s Innyrds Southern Rock

1990 ● Billy Bragg — The Internationale Folk-Rock

1991 ● Boyz II Men — Cooleyhighharmony New Jack Swing

1991 ● Joe Jackson — Laughter & Lust New Wave Pop-Rock

1991 ● Yes — Union Prog Rock

1992 ● Iced Earth — Night Of The Stormrider Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal

1996 ● Dave Matthews Band — Crash AA Pop-Rock

1996 ● The Cranberries — To The Faithful Departed Alt. Pop-Rock

2002 ● Jethro Tull — Living With The Past Folk-Rock

2012 ● The Specials — More…Or Less: The Specials Live Ska Revival

2013 ● Iggy Pop & The Stooges — Ready To Die Alt. Rock / Punk

2013 ● Spin Doctors — If The River Was Whiskey Alt Pop-Rock

May 01                          

1961 ● Ben E. King — Spanish Harlem Soul

1969 ● Joni Mitchell — Clouds Folk-Rock

1970 ● Bob Dylan — Possum Belly Overalls Folk-Rock

1972 ● Jeff Beck Group — The Jeff Beck Group Blues-Rock

1975 ● James Taylor — Gorilla Folk-Rock

1987 ● Deacon Blue — Raintown [UK] Alt. Pop-Rock

1988 ● A-Ha — Stay On These Roads Synth-Pop

1988 ● Fairground Attraction — The First Of A Million Kisses Alt. Pop-Rock/Skiffle

1990 ● Flotsam And Jetsam — When The Storm Comes Down Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal

1990 ● Rory Gallagher — Fresh Evidence Blues-Rock

1992 ● Dixie Chicks — Little Ol’ Cowgirl Country-Rock

1992 ● The Vaselines — The Way Of The Vaselines: A Complete History Indie Pop-Rock

1995 ● T.I.S.M. — Machiavelli And The Four Seasons Alt Pop-Rock

1998 ● Simple Minds — Real Live 91 New Wave Alt. Pop

2000 ● Bardot — Bardot Pop/Girl Group

2001 ● Gram Parsons — Sacred Hearts & Fallen Angels: The Gram Parsons Anthology Country-Rock

2001 ● Timothy B. Schmit — Fed The Fire Country-Rock

2001 ● Huey Lewis & The News — Plan B Pop-Rock

2001 ● Stevie Nicks — Trouble In Shangri-La Pop-Rock

2007 ● Dinosaur Jr. — Beyond Alt. Rock

2007 ● Black Sabbath — Live At Hammersmith Odeon Hard Rock

2007 ● Rush — Snakes & Arrows Prog/Art Rock

2007 ● Warren Zevon — Preludes: Rare And Unreleased Recordings Pop-Rock

2010 ● Natalie Cole — Original Album Series Soul-Pop                

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Songs You Should Know – springy-dingy

Curated by DJ Ducky

Best time to listen: when you’re feeling springy-dingy driving and/or walking around Portland on a sunny day, appreciating all of the people riding their bikes and drinking their patio beers and walking their cute lil dogs, and suddenly feeling really damn nostalgic for your mom’s Jello eggs – which you didn’t really like that much, it was more of a novelty item – at easter and the simplicity/innocence of the springtime of your youth #oddlyspecific

Songs You Should Know – Green Spring

Curated by Lizard King & altNUM3

Lizard King:

My side of the playlist is a little bit all over the place. It starts out with ‘Soylent Green’ by Wumpscut, which is inspired by the 1973 film set in 2022 based on a rations corporation making meat products from dead bodies. Is this what we have to look forward to this year? Let’s hope not!
Then we go into a classic by Björk, ‘Earth Intruders’, which was written based on a dream she had on a flight. Many people, including myself, interpret this song as being about humans destroying the planet we call home.

‘Bed’s are Burning’ remains the only song by Midnight Oil that I’ve heard, but it’s one I often think about and always sing along to. It’s about the Australian government’s mistreatment of the indigenous peoples and their land. It was kind of a wake-up call to me when I first heard it that this mistreatment is happening all over the world.

‘Grandma’s Money’ by LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER can be considered a millennial anthem. Greedy older generations hoarding all the money, leaving us with no means to achieve our dreams. Kind of sad to think about, but most of the music I listen to is.

Moving on to more light-hearted music, ‘Cemetry Gates’ by The Smiths always reminds me that cemeteries were once a peaceful place to hold picnics. I love to imagine sitting on a blanket among the graves, having a lovely picnic on a nice sunny day with a friend.

Probably my favourite song from Florence and the Machine, ‘Rabbit Heart’ has a beautiful music video that evokes the urge in me to go running barefoot into the forest. The visuals are warm and bright, matching the whimsical music, but also layered in illusion to match the darker themed lyrics of demand and sacrifice.

I chose Orchid Bloom by Lemonade because it was the only Earthly title off my favourite album of theirs, Minus Tide. They’re always a go-to listen for when the sun is out. The dance rhythm and upbeat synth of this song makes me feel like I should be part of a road trip montage with my friends.
Hibou is another go-to listen of mine on bright spring days- often paired with Lemonade. The two songs I chose of theirs remind me of spring. I imagine people in long, sheer dresses with flower crowns, running and dancing through a field of dandelions and wildflowers when I listen to ‘In the Sun’. I interpret ‘When the Season Ends’ as a song of change and growth, much like the season of spring.

I finish off my part of the playlist with a Tears For Fears song titled ‘Sowing the Seeds of Love’, just to remind everyone to be kind to each other and that there is love in the world. An appropriate contrast, I think, to how this playlist started.


These are some songs that always make me feel happy, and that things are looking up~ They’re also great songs for a peaceful stroll through a beautifully blooming spring garden.

Teen Daze strikes a beautiful balance between melancholy and hopefulness that I’m just all about.

Telefon Tel Aviv, Jake Bowen, and Detach’i all have a rather similar style that just always makes me feel good.

This track from Henry Green has a nice spring pop vibe. Green is also a part of a project called Corre, and their music makes me cry, but we’re not here to talk about that.

This song from something6 has that drum beat that just gets me every time, and the vintage synth sounds always bring me joy.

Noble Oak is on here for the same reasons Teen Daze is. Some great hopeful yet somewhat melancholic tones.

Robotprins – much like most chiptune, just always brings the biggest smile to my face. Makes me feel refreshed and excited for the future. I just love chiptune so much ❤ so I had to add it :3

Thanks for checking out our playlist!

We are Lizard King and altNUM3 from Geistersequenz. Our show, featuring synth sounds of all kinds, can be heard alternating Tuesdays from 14:00-16:00 (2pm-4pm) here on Freeform Portland!

Songs You Should Know – 🌳GREEN🌳

Curated by Big Lunch

Hello Freeform Portland listeners,

In honor of this month’s theme of 🌳 GREEN 🌳, I’m pleased to give you a playlist of nature-themed, ambient and ambient-adjacent tracks, all of which I find very special and particularly conducive to springtime walks with headphones on. I hope this music offers you space for reflection and/or contentment as leaves reemerge and flowers bloom.

As always, catch my regularly scheduled show on alternating Tuesdays, 8-10 pm.

Bon appetit and bon voyage,


01. Mort Garson – Plantasia
02. Green-House – Royal Fern
03. Motohiko Hamase – Tree
04. Moondog – Pastoral II
05. Mark Barrott – Schopenhauer’s Garden
06. Yoshio Ojima – Biodome
07. Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou – The Garden of Gethesemanie
08. Roedelius – Le Jardin
09. Radiohead – Treefingers (Extended Version)
10. Ecovillage – Master of the Forest
11. Shiho Yabuki – Forestland
12. Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society – Ride Under Trees
13. Jacob Newman – Moss Hollow
14. Hiroshi Yoshimura – Green
15. Brian Eno – Another Green World

Freeform Favorite Fifteen

Created and curated by Kim Paris, host of Melting Pot, alternate Sundays 8-10 am

Hi Freeformers, I took this opportunity to compile a list of some of my favorite longer songs, at 8-13 minutes each. These longer tracks are more suited to late night radio than for my Sunday morning show. Some of these are well-known, and others less so, you could call those “deep tracks”. These are not in any particular order, but I tried to arrange them to flow smoothly if you listen to them in this sequence. So relax and go with the flow of this “eclectic groove” mix. I can think of way more than 15 favorite songs, covering 60 years of music, but these are among the best. I hope this set helps expand your musical horizons.

1. Grey DayJessie Colin YoungLight Shine1974


Grey Day is one of the most popular Jesse Colin Young songs, and one of his longest. Like Ridgetop, it speaks of his love for nature and relative privacy, and features his favorite band of Marin musicians. Grey Day conjures a cool cloudy day in Marin County, with a jazzy feel. Read a review here:

2. Freedom FlightShuggie Otis Freedom Flight1971


Shuggie Otis was the son of blues artist Johnny Otis, and only 17 when this was recorded. His band included Wilton Felder, George Duke, Aynsley Dunbar, Mike Kowalski, Richard Aplanalp and his father Johnny Otis. Read a review here:

3. So Far Away The CrusadersCrusaders 11972


My all-time favorite Crusaders track, featuring Joe Sample, Wilton Felder, Wayne Henderson, Stix Hooper and Larry Carlton on guitar. Recorded at Wally Heider Studios in L.A. Read a review here:

4. Wise OneJohn Coltrane QuartetCrescent1964


John Coltrane was in his prime at the time of this recording in 1964, with his classic quartet featuring McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones. Read a review here:

5. Sama LayucaMcCoy Tyner QuartetQuartet2007


Sama Layuca was the title of a 1974 album by McCoy Tyner, and he revives the song on this album to great effect. His quartet features Joe Lovano, Christian McBride & Jeff “Tain” Watts. Recorded at Yoshi’s Jazz Club in Oakland. Read a review here:

6. World PeaceTimeless All StarsSubway Jazz Club1986


This video was recorded at the Subway Jazz Club in Cologne Germany in 1986. This version is not available on an album, but this song was released on Timeless Heart in 1983. The Timeless All Stars were Curtis Fuller, Harold Land, Bobby Hutcherson, Cedar Walton, Buster Willams & Billy Higgins. Read a review ofTimeless Heart here:

7. Sunflower Milt Jackson Sunflower1973


Sunflower is not only the current symbol of Ukraine’s brave fight against Russian aggression, but what may be Milt Jackson’s finest recording for CTI Records. His all-star band features Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Freddie Hubbard, Billy Cobham, Ralph McDonald & Jay Berliner. Read a review here:

8. Mellow
West Montgomery &
Jimmy Smith
Further Adventures
of Jimmy and Wes


Guitarist Wes Montgomery & B3 Organ Master Jimmy Smith only recorded together in the studio for 3 days, but what a session! Produced by Creed Taylor, this album was recorded at the same time as The Dynamic Duo but released 2 years later. Featuring Ray Barretto & Grady Tate. Read a review here:

9. Melting PotBooker T & The MG’sMelting Pot 1971


Melting Pot is the theme song and name of my Sunday morning show on Freeform Portland, and the song title symbolizes my quest for an eclectic music mix, a funky “soulful stew”. It’s also the title cut of the last studio album by the original Booker T & The MG’s, who reformed at a later date. Featuring Blues Brothers backup band Steve Cropper and Donald “Duck” Dunn. Read a review here:

10. My Funny ValentineGarcia & SaundersKeystone Companions1973


My Funny Valentine is a Rodgers & Hart jazz classic that was recorded by Frank Sinatra, Chet Baker & Sarah Vaughan, all during 1954. Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders released their version on Live at Keystone in 1973, and it’s as close to jazz as this duo ever got. It was also released on a box set, Keystone Companions, here’s a review:

11. Bird SongGrateful DeadCarter-Finley Stadium1990


Bird Song was a classic Garcia-Hunter song from Garcia’s first solo album, the original version was 4-1/2 minutes long. Over the years, the Dead would stretch this song out to well over 10 minutes, including this version from 1990 that featured Bruce Hornsby on keyboards. Bruce would play with the band for the next 18 months. Read a review here:

12. LaylaPhil Lesh & FriendsLive at Terrapin Crossroads2012


A great cover version of the great classic by Derek & The Dominos, which featured Eric Clapton & Duane Allman on guitars. This live 2012 version by Phil Lesh & Friends features Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers, Govt Mule), John Scofield (Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood) & Jackie Greene (Black Crowes, Trigger Hippy) in a 3-way guitar mash-up, with Jeff Chimenti on keyboards & Joe Russo on drums. Here’s the full concert:

13. In Memory of Elizabeth ReedThe Allman BrothersLive at Fillmore East1971


At Fillmore East is one of several live albums release by the Allman Brothers over the years, and one of their best. Featuring Duane Allman on slide guitar, In Memory of Elizabeth Reed is a winding instrumental written by Dicky Betts about a former flame, who passed away. Read a review of this live album here:

14. Grand LarcenySea LevelHotels, Motels & Road Shows (Atlanta GA)1978


Sea Level was a spin-off from The Allman Brothers, featuring Chuck Leavell (C.Leavell), Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson & Lamar Williams from the Allmans, along with guitarist Jimmy Nalls. Their first self-titled album was critically acclaimed, and they toured extensively in 1977-78. This live version of Grand Larceny is from Atlanta in 1978. Read about Sea Level here:

15. Riviera ParadiseStevie Ray VaughanTexas Blues (Live from Austin TX)1989


Among the many powerful blues songs that Stevie Ray Vaughan recorded during his too-short career, my favorites are his instrumentals, Lenny and Riviera Paradise. In this video and other recordings, SRV dedicates this song to “everybody that is still suffering, in any way.” I still get chills every time I hear it. Read a review here:

Kim Paris hosts Melting Pot every other Sunday at 8-10 am on Freeform Portland.