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WPKN White Rose Political Calendar – February 17, 2020

Welcome to this week’s edition of the White Rose Political Calendar. The calendar takes its name from the White Rose, a resistance group in Nazi Germany that worked to educate and organize opposition to the horrifying agenda of the Third Reich. In the spirit of the White Rose, WPKN offers its weekly Political Calendar in order to give voice to the struggles for political, social, economic and environmental justice. Here are some of the listings for the week of February 17, 2020.


New Haven’s United Church on the Green will host three nights of a performance titled “A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer: Writings To Stop Violence Against Women and Girls. ” Taking place Thursday, February 20 through Saturday, February 22, the performances start at 7:30 p.m. each evening. All proceeds will benefit the Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence, and tickets are available at tinyurl.com/memoryrantprayer


The 46th Annual People’s World African American History Month Event takes place on Sunday, February 23. This 4:30 PM event, titled “Voting Rights Are Worth the Fight,” includes a panel discussion, performances, and readings of prize-winners in the high school writing competition, “Harriet Tubman and the Right to Vote.” There will also be a tribute to Freedom Rider Lula White. The event takes place at the Troup Middle School, 259 Edgewood Avenue in New Haven. A Unity March and Motorcade will precede the event, departing from the New Haven People’s Center at 37 Howe Street starting at 2:30 PM. More information is available by e-mailing pww@pobox.com or visiting this link: par-newhaven.org/2020/02/01/46th-annual-peoples-world-african-american-history-month-event-sunday-february-23/.


Since 1999, peace activists have stood vigil every Sunday in New Haven, calling on passers-by to “Resist This Endless War.” Over the years, the battle-lines have shifted, and the weapon arsenal has expanded to the drone warfare of the current day. New participants are welcome, and the vigil takes place between noon and 1 p.m. in the heart of New Haven’s Broadway shopping district. More information is at newhavensundayvigil.wordpress.com.


There are a number of organizations in our local communities working to support immigrant resettlement, housing, and education and, particularly, to protect immigrants who are facing deportation. In New Haven, Unidad Latina en Acción is a grassroots organization of immigrants defending labor, civil, and human rights. They have worked with a number of immigrants who have gone into sanctuary rather than face deportation. Their website is at ulanewhaven.org. They have opportunities for volunteers to accompany immigrants to court dates or to be part of their rapid response network.


On Long Island, Neighbors in Support of Immigrants, or NISI, works with immigrants in many ways. Their website has further listings of faith groups and others working to protect immigrants at supportimmigrants.blogspot.com; you can also search for the group on Facebook. Organization Latina Americana, a culture, arts, education, and advocacy group can be found at www.olaofeasternlongisland.org. The group Progressive East End Reformers (PEER) helps immigrants and “Dreamers” and is involved in other issues as well such as advocating for social, racial, environmental, and economic justice for all through electoral politics and activist, issue-oriented engagements. They can be found by searching for PEER/NYPAN on Facebook.


Nationally, the New Sanctuary Movement is forming local chapters of faith groups and their supporters who provide sanctuary to immigrants who are facing imminent deportation. Their website includes a detailed “Rapid Response Toolkit” and a pledge that individuals can sign to commit themselves or their faith organizations to support the sanctuary movement. Their website is at www.sanctuarynotdeportation.org


Amnesty International USA continues to keep working to stop discriminatory immigration bans and other U.S. actions that are endangering basic human rights. Their website is at www.amnestyusa.org. Amnesty International also works on a range of other issues within the United States including abolishing the death penalty, ending gun violence, and protecting the rights of the gay and transgender community.


While Amnesty International fights for human rights abroad, the group Moral Monday Connecticut pushes for equal rights and social and economic justice in the state of Connecticut. Moral Monday is a movement started in North Carolina after their governor and state legislature introduced draconian cuts to education and essential social services. Moral Monday Connecticut can be found online at moralmondayct.org.


With reproductive rights being curtailed around the country, the group NARAL continues to lead the fight to protect reproductive rights. More information is at prochoiceamerica.org or, in Connecticut, at prochoicect.org. The group Planned Parenthood is under constant attack everywhere from the halls of Congress to the streets of the many towns and cities where it provides health services. Opportunities for volunteering and action can be found by going to plannedparenthood.org and searching for the location nearest you. The New Haven office hosts a volunteer night every third Wednesday at their Whitney Avenue location, beginning at 5:30. Look for Planned Parenthood of Southern New England on Facebook.


The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is on the forefront in the fight for refugee rights, particularly, the ongoing battle over the horrific act of jailing immigrant children who have been separated from their families at the United States border. The ACLU is also involved in a wide array of other battles where constitutional rights are at stake, both nationally and locally. It helps local groups publicize their efforts through the website peoplepower.org. Since its creation, the site has helped to facilitate over 12,700 events nationwide. Their Smart Justice campaign hopes “to reduce the U.S. jail and prison population by 50% and to combat racial disparities in the criminal justice system.” This effort can be accessed by going to aclu.org and following the links on the front page.


United Illuminating continues to aggressively remove healthy trees throughout Connecticut. UI and other utilities argue that they are protecting power lines in the event of storms. Citizens should know that they have rights to protect trees on their property and in their neighborhood and region. To find out more about the regulations and resources available, check out the The Garden Club of New Haven’s website by going to www.gardenclubofnewhaven.org and click on “Trees and Power.”


Go New Haven Go is working for climate protection through individual action. Their “Back to Cool” campaign encourages commuters to cut their personal carbon emissions by leaving their cars at home on Fridays and biking, walking, or taking public transportation to school or work. Their website is at gonhgo.org.


New Haven’s Bioregional Group “Connects New Haveners to their life-place,” organizing numerous environmentally-focused activities themselves and promoting activities of like-minded organizations in the region. Their website is newhavenbioregionalgroup.org.


Many of WPKN’s public affairs, community programs, and cultural programs are available by podcast. WPKN has a talented and passionate pool of programmers who are deeply curious about the world around them. Their interviews are lively, timely, and a perfect companion for your morning run or afternoon car trip. You can find out more information by going to wpkn.org and clicking on the podcast link. More than ever, community radio stations like WPKN will be essential to provide an outlet for alternative political and cultural points of view.


To list your group’s local, regional or national events, send announcements, one week in advance when possible, to the White Rose Political Calendar, to valrichardson@wpkn.org. This week’s calendar was produced by Valerie and Rod Richardson.

WPKN’s Favorite Tracks of the Week – 02/16/20

  1. Jesse Malin: Meet Me At the End Of the World Again – Sunset Kids (Wicked Cool, 2019)
  2. Drive-By Truckers: Armageddon’s Back in Town – The Unraveling (ATO, 2020)
  3. Eric Burdon & War: Spill the Wine – Eric Burdon Declares “War” (MGM, 1970)
  4. Gambang Kromong Slendang Betawi: Onde-Onde – Music of Indonesia, Vol 3: Music from the Outskirts of Jakarta: Gambang Kromong (Smithsonian Folkways, 1991)
  5. Chuck Prophet: Get Off The Stage – single (Yep Roc, 2020)
  6. Evritiki Zygia: Fog – Ormenion (Teranga Beat, 2020)
  7. Moong Duc Thang: Hroong Jew’s Harp – Bamboo on the Mountains: Kmhmu Highlanders from SE Asia & the United States (Smithsonian Folkways, 1999)
  8. Carmen Souza: St. Vitus Dance – ¬The Silver Messengers (Galileo Music, 2019)
  9. CEL (Felix Kubin & Hubert Zemler): Ping Korridor – CEL (Bureau B, 2020)
  10. Michael Franti & Spearhead: When the Sun Begins to Shine – Stay Human, Vol. 2 (Boo Boo Wax, 2019)
  11. Pearl Jam: Dance Of the Clairvoyants – single (Republic, 2020)
  12. The Cure: Friday I’m In Love – Wish (Elektra, 1992)
  13. Claudia Schmidt: Chickadee Blues – Hark the Dark (Pragmavision, 2018)
  14. Supersuckers: That’s a Thing – Play That Rock N’ Roll (Acetate, 2020)
  15. David Essex: Rock On – Rock On (Columbia, 1973)
  16. Justin & the Juicetones: Left Handed Cigarette – The Show Must Go On EP (Justin & the Juicetones, 2020)
  17. Beach Bunny: Promises – Honeymoon (Mom & Pop, 2020)
  18. Bantou Mentale: Bantou Drive – Mentale Zombie (Glitterbeat, 2020)
  19. Jose Feliciano: I’m America – Behind This Guitar (Republic, 2020)
  20. The Stooges: Fun House – Fun House (Elektra, 1970)

This week’s chart data supplied by: howard thompson, Joseph Celli, Rich Kaminsky, Rob Silber, Rod Richardson, Valerie Richardson

WPKN’s Favorite Tracks of the Week – 02/09/20

  1. Shabaka and the Ancestors: Go My Heart, Go to Heaven – We Are Sent Here By History (Impulse!, 2020)
  2. Gang of Four: Ether – Entertainment (Warner Bros., 1979)
  3. The Psychedelic Furs: Don’t Believe – Made of Rain (Cooking Vinyl, 2020)
  4. Praed: Doomsday Survival Kit – Doomsday Survival Kit (Akuphone, 2019)
  5. A Girl Called Eddy: Come To The Palisades! – Been Around (Elefant, 2020)
  6. The Haden Triplets: I’ll Fly Away – The Family Songbook (Trimeter, 2020)
  7. The Long Ryders: Greenville – Psychedelic Country Soul (Cherry Red, 2019)
  8. Paul Kelly: Stealing In The Name Of The Lord – Charlie Gillett’s Radio Picks – Honky Tonk Vol. 2 (Ace, 2014)
  9. Flowers of America: Creepy Creepin’ The Dark Hallway – single (Magic Door, 2020)
  10. Sandy Denny: Quiet Joys Of Brotherhood – Sandy (Island, 1972)
  11. Nada Surf: Looking for You – Never Not Together (Barsuk, 2020)
  12. Fredrika Stahl: Pull Up Your Sleeves – Tomorrow (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Sony, 2015)
  13. Tony Allen and Hugh Masekela: We’ve Landed – Rejoice (World Circuit, 2022)
  14. Van Der Graaf Generator: Theme One – single (Charisma, 1972)
  15. African Head Charge: Dervish Chant – Songs Of Praise (On-U Sound, 1990)
  16. Tartie: Ablaze (YouTube)
  17. Clem Snide: Roger Ebert – Forever Just Beyond (Ramseur, 2020)
  18. A Girl Called Eddy: Been Around – Been Around (Elefant, 2020)
  19. Nadah El Shazly: Afqid Adh-Dhakira (I Lose Memory) – Ahwar (Nawa, 2017)
  20. Patto: Singing the Blues On Reds – Roll ’em Smoke ’em Put Another Line Out (Island, 1972)

This week’s chart data supplied by: Alec Cumming, Eric Cocks, howard thompson, KC Ryan, Rod Richardson, Steve Di Costanzo

WPKN’s Favorite Tracks of the Week – 02/02/20

  1. Drive-By Truckers: Thoughts and Prayers – The Unraveling (ATO, 2020)
  2. King Princess: Hit The Back – Cheap Queen (Zelig/Columbia, 2019)
  3. East Village: Here It Comes – Hotrod Hotel (Slumberland, 2020)
  4. John Prine: When I Get to Heaven – The Tree of Forgiveness (Oh Boy, 2018)
  5. Miles Davis: Back Seat Betty – We Want Miles (Columbia, 1981)
  6. Eliza & the Delusionals: Just Exist – A State of Living In an Objective Reality (Cooking Vinyl, 2019)
  7. En Attendant Ana: Do You Understand – Juillet (Trouble in Mind, 2020)
  8. Spiritualized: Rocket Shaped Song – Ladies & Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space BP (Dedicated, 2009)
  9. Black Lips: Angola Rodeo – Sing in a World That’s Falling Apart (Fire, 2020)
  10. The Replacements: I’ll Be You (Bearsville Version) – Dead Man’s Pop (Rhino, 2019)
  11. Amy Allison: Baby You’re the One – No Frills Friend (Spit & Polish, 2003)
  12. Dropkick Murphys: Amazing Grace – The Gang’s All Here (Hellcat, 1999)
  13. Jose Feliciano: The Chain – Behind This Guitar (Anthem, 2020)
  14. Similar Kind: Over There – Faces & Places EP (Factory Underground, 2019)
  15. Wye Oak: Fear of Heights – single (Merge, 2020)
  16. Bonny Light Horseman: Deep In Love – Bonny Light Horseman (37d03d, 2020)
  17. Ryan Hamilton and the Harlequin Ghosts: Can I Get An Amen – single (Wicked Cool, 2020)
  18. Garbage: Destroying Angels (feat. John Doe, Exene Cervenka) – single (Stun Volume, 2018)
  19. Kevin Morby: I Only Have Eyes For You – Resistance Radio: The Man In The High Castle Album (30th Century, 2017)
  20. Joe Meek & The Blue Men: I Hear A New World – I Hear A New World – An Outer Space Music Fantasy (Él, 2019)

This week’s chart data supplied by: howard thompson, Martha Nachman, Rich Kaminsky, Rob Silber, Steve Di Costanzo, Valerie Richardson

WPKN’s Favorite Tracks of the Week – 01/26/20

  1. Yuna & Little Simz: Pink Youth – Rouge (Verve Forecast, 2020)
  2. The Coffin Daggers: Ringo Mura Kara – Eleki (Cleopatra, 2020)
  3. Christone “Kingfish” Ingram: Fresh Out (feat. Buddy Guy) – Kingfish (Alligator, 2019)
  4. Conlon Nancarrow: Study No. 26 – Studies for Player Piano: The Original 1750 Arch Recordings (Other Minds, 2008)
  5. Etenesh Wassie & Mathieu Sourisseau: Minjar – Yene Alem (Buda Musique, 2018)
  6. They Might Be Giants: We Want a Rock – Flood Live in Australia (Asbestos, 2018)
  7. Mélissa Laveaux: Nan Fon Bwa – Radyo Siwèl (Nø Førmat!, 2018)
  8. Mannequin Pussy: Drunk II – Patience (Epitaph, 2019)
  9. William Tyler: Alpine Star – Goes West (Merge, 2019)
  10. Carolyn Sullivan: Dead! – Dave Godin’s Deep Soul Treasures • Vol. 5 (Kent, 2019)
  11. Difford & Tilbrook: Take Me I’m Yours (feat. Robert Glasper & ?uestlove) – single (Yep Roc, 2019)
  12. Pauline Oliveros & Deep Listening Band: Hi Bali, Hi – Sanctuary (Mode, 1995)
  13. Squirrel Flower: Not Your Prey – Contact Sports (Deluxe Ed.) (It Takes Time, 2016)
  14. Jimmy LaFave: Walk Away Renee – Austin Skyline (Bohemia Beat, 1992)
  15. P.P. Arnold: Baby Blue – The New Adventures of… (earMUSIC, 2019)
  16. The Pink Fairies: The Snake – single (Polydor, 1971)
  17. The Record Company: I Wanna Be Your Dog – single (TRC, 2019)
  18. Nina Simone: Baltimore – Jarvis Cocker’s Sunday Service (Ace, 2019)
  19. Jay Som: Tenderness – Anak Ko (Polyvinyl, 2019)
  20. Alabama 3: Speed of the Sound of Loneliness – Exile On Coldharbour Lane (Elemental, 1997)

This week’s chart data supplied by: Alec Cumming, howard thompson, Joseph Celli, KC Ryan, Martha Willette Lewis, Rich Kaminsky, Rob Silber, Rod Richardson, Steve Di Costanzo

WPKN’s Favorite Tracks of the Week – 01/19/20

  1. Dave Hogan: Real Cool Hand – Third Life (Dave Hogan, 2017)
  2. A Girl Called Eddy: Someone’s Gonna Break Your Heart – Been Around (Elefant, 2020)
  3. Charles Lloyd & Jason Moran: God Only Knows – Hagar’s Song (ECM, 2013)
  4. Eric Jacklin: Dreams We Share – The ‘Efflux’ EP (Eric Jacklin, 2020)
  5. Georgia: Started Out – Seeking Thrills (Domino, 2020)
  6. of Montreal: Polyaneurism – UR Fun (Polyvinyl, 2020)
  7. Graham Norwood: It’ll Never Happen Again – Out Of The Sea (Reasons Love, 2020)
  8. Terry Allen & The Panhandle Mystery Band: Death of the Last Stripper – Just Like Moby Dick (Paradise of Bachelors, 2020)
  9. The Orielles: Space Samba (Disco Volador Theme) – Disco Volador (Heavenly, 2020)
  10. Fred Fredburguer: Colegas [Colleagues] – Colegas (Elefant, 2019)
  11. The Jay Vons: The Word – The Word (La Castanya, 2019)
  12. King Princess: Homegirl – Cheap Queen (Zelig/Sony, 2019)
  13. Marshall Crenshaw: Only An Hour Ago – Miracle Of Science (Shiny-Tone, 2020)
  14. The Residents: Burn My Bones – Animal Lover (Mute, 2005)
  15. Joe Jackson: Night By Night – single (earMUSIC, 2019)
  16. Kalie Shorr: FU Forever – Open Book (Kalie Shorr, 2019)
  17. Chet Baker: You Make Me Feel So Young (Take 5) – It Could Happen To You (Original Jazz Classics/Riverside, 1987
  18. Mick Ronson: Billy Porter – Play, Don’t Worry (RCA Victor, 1975)
  19. Nada Surf: Something I Should Do – Never Not Together (Barsuk, 2020)
  20. Guy Klucevsek: 3 Microids, No. 2: Eleven Large Lobsters Loose in the Lobby – Transylvanian Software (Starkland, 1999)

This week’s chart data supplied by: Alec Cumming, Eric Cocks, howard thompson, KC Ryan, Rich Kaminsky, Rob Silber, Rod Richardson, Steve Di Costanzo

WPKN’s Favorite Tracks of the Week – 01/12/20

  1. The Amplifier Heads: The Boy with the Amplifier Head – Loudah (Vinyl Frontier, 2019)
  2. Wingless Angels: I Write My Name/Good Morning – Wingless Angels (Mindless, 1996)
  3. Michael Kiwanuka: You Ain’t the Problem – Kiwanuka (Polydor, 2019)
  4. Amyl and the Sniffers: Some Mutts (Can’t Be Muzzled) – Amyl and the Sniffers (ATO, 2019)
  5. Rickie Lee Jones: Jolie Jolie – Traffic From Paradise (Geffen, 1993)
  6. Octo Octa: Imminent Spirit Arrival – Resonant Body (T4T LUV NRG, 2019)
  7. Ramin Rahimi: I Stand Alone – Sumerian Dance: Persian Percussion Electrified (ARC, 2012)
  8. The Cordial Sins: You Are a Weight – In Memory E.P. (Diversion, 2019)
  9. Jake Shimabukuro: While My Guitar Gently Weeps – Walking Down Rainhill (Hitchhike, 2004)
  10. The Who: Hero Ground Zero – WHO (Polydor, 2019)
  11. Television: 1880 or So – Television (Capitol, 1992)
  12. Loga Ramin Torkian: The Wild Deer (Gavin) – Mehraab (Six Degrees, 2012)
  13. Hazmat Modine: Crust Of Bread – Box of Breath (Geckophonic/Jaro, 2019)
  14. Saeid Shanbehzadeh: Kalfat – Pour-Afrigha (Buda, 2016)
  15. Jesse Malin: Meet Me At The End Of The World Again – Sunset Kids (Wicked Cool, 2019)
  16. Hayley Mary: The Piss, The Perfume – The Piss, The Perfume (I OH YOU, 2020)
  17. Jockstrap: I Want Another Affair (Taylor Skye Remix) – Lost My Key in the >3 Club <3 (Kaya Kaya, 2019)
  18. Dorothy Moore: Misty Blue – Misty Blue (Malaco, 1976)
  19. Samantha Fish: She Don’t Live Around Here – Kill Or Be Kind (Rounder, 2019)
  20. Adam & the Ants: Antmusic – Kings of the Wild Frontier (Epic, 1980)

This week’s chart data supplied by: howard thompson, KC Ryan, Rich Kaminsky, Rob Silber, Rod Richardson, Steve Di Costanzo, Valerie Richardson

WPKN’s Favorite Tracks of the Week – 01/05/20

  1. Yo La Tengo: Eight Candles – Hanukkah + (Verve Forecast, 2019)
  2. Donnie Fritts: The Oldest Baby In The World – Oh My Goodness (Single Lock, 2015)
  3. Linda Ronstadt: Get Closer – Get Closer (Asylum, 1982)
  4. Lina_ Raül Refree: Destino – Lina_ Raül Refree (Glitterbeat, 2019)
  5. Suzi Quatro: Heart On The Line – single (Steamhammer, 2019)
  6. The Puppini Sisters: Panic – Betcha Bottom Dollar (UCJ/Verve, 2007)
  7. Archie Shepp: Cousin Mary – Four for Trane (Impulse!, 1965)
  8. The Rutles: Let’s Be Natural – The Rutles (Warner Bros, 1978)
  9. John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble: Long Swing Dream – All Can Work (New Amsterdam, 2018)
  10. Acid Arab: Rajel (feat. Ammar 808) – Jdid (Crammed, 2019)
  11. George Harrison: Ding Dong, Ding Dong – Dark Horse (Apple, 1974)
  12. Robert Black: Trio – State Of The Bass (OODiscs, 1994)
  13. The Techniques: Queen Majesty – single (Treasure Isle, 1967)
  14. Henry Threadgill: Like It Feels – Makin’ A Move (Columbia, 1995)
  15. Harry Nilsson: Cheek To Cheek – Flash Harry (Mercury, 1980)
  16. Big Black: Bad Penny – Songs About Fucking (Touch And Go, 1987)
  17. Mott: Too Short Arms (I Don’t Care) – Shouting and Pointing (Columbia, 1976)
  18. Roland Kirk: Theme for the Eulipions – The Return of the 5000 Lb. Man (Warner Bros, 1976)
  19. Hifi Sean: Testify (feat. Crystal Waters) – Ft. (Plastique 2016)
  20. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds: Wandering Star – single (Sour Mash, 2019)

This week’s chart data supplied by: Eric Cocks, howard thompson, Joseph Celli, Rob Silber, Rod Richardson, Valerie Richardson

WPKN’s Favourite Picks of the Year, 2019

Bob Anderson: “A Little Bit Of Everything

  • Sun Ra: Monorails and Satellites Works for Solo Piano Vols. 1,2,3 (Cosmic Myth)
  • Art Ensemble of Chicago: We Are On The Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration (Pi)
  • Charlie Karp: Back To You (Red Parlor)
  • Delbert McClinton and the Self-Made Men: Tall, Dark & Handsome (Hot Shot)
  • Eric Dolphy: Musical Prophet: The Expanded 1963 New York Studio Sessions (Resonance)
  • Galactic: Already Ready Already (Tchoup-Zilla)
  • The JB’s: More Mess On My Thing (Now-Again)
  • John Coltrane: Blue World (Impulse!)
  • Nick Lowe: Love Starvation (Yep Roc)
  • Raphael Saadiq: Jimmy Lee (Columbia)
  • Thom Yorke: Anima (XL)

Steve di Costanzo: “Radio Base Camp

  • Altin Gün: Gece (ATO)
  • Brittany Howard: Jaime (ATO)
  • The Comet Is Coming: Trust In The Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery (Impulse!)
  • Fontaines D.C.: Dogrel (Partisan)
  • Jamila Woods: Legacy! Legacy! (Jagjaguar)
  • Michael Kiwanuka: KIWANUKA (Interscope)
  • ¿Que Vola?: ¿Que Vola? (Nø Førmat)
  • Sampa The Great: The Return (Ninja Tune)
  • Sault: 5 (Forever Living Originals)
  • Steve Gunn: The Unseen In Between (Matador)

Alec Cumming “Snap, Crackle, POP!

  • Aldous Harding: Fixture Picture (4AD)
  • Cate Le Bon: Daylight Matters (Mexican Summer)
  • DIIV: Skin Game (Captured Tracks)
  • Joe Jackson: Friend Better (earMUSIC)
  • Kate Tempest: Firesmoke (American Recordings)
  • Nick Lowe: Love Starvation (Yep Roc)
  • Robert Forster: Crazy Jane on the Day of Judgement (Tapete)
  • Stephen Bishop: Like Mother Like Daughter (BMG Rights Management)
  • The Stroppies: Cellophane Car (Tough Love)
  • Sunflower Bean: Fear City (Mom + Pop)

Del “in Transition

  • Bonnie Bishop: The Walk (Bonnie Bishop)
  • Bruce Hornsby: Absolute Zero (Zappo Prod’s)
  • Fred Gillen Jr: If I Woke Up This Morning and Died (Dye)
  • Gary Clark Jr: This Land (Warner Bros.)
  • Josh Ritter: Fever Breaks (Pytheas)
  • Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry: Rootz Reggae Dub (Megawave)
  • Norah Jones: Begin Again (Blue Note)
  • Son Volt: Union (Transmit Sound)
  • Willie Nelson: Ride Me Back Home (Legacy)
  • Wynton Marsalis: Bolden (OST) (Blue Engine)

Kevin Gallagher “Digging In The Dirt

  • Bria Skonberg: Nothing Ever Happens (Bria Skonberg)
  • The Infamous Stringdusters: Live from Covington Kentucky (Tape Time)
  • Juan Álamo & Marimjazzia: Ruta Panoramica (Summitt)
  • Justin Townes Earle: The Saint of Lost Causes (New West)
  • Mavis Staples – Live in London (Anti-)
  • Our Native Daughters (feat. Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah, Leyla McCalla, Allison Russell): Songs of Our Native Daughters (Smithsonian Folkways)
  • Paul Nedzela: Introducing Paul Nedzela (Outside In)
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band: A Tuba to Cuba (Sub Pop)
  • Snarky Puppy: Immigrance (GroundUP)
  • Stan Getz: Getz at the Gate (Live at the Village Gate, Nov 26th, 1961) (Verve)

Tone “Doc” Hardy “Jazz and Soul On Ice

  1. Miles Davis: Rubberband (Warner/Rhino)
  2. Althea René: Flawsome (Althea Rene)
  3. Norman Brown: Highest Act of Love (Shanachie)
  4. Lori Williams: Full Circle (LoriJazz)
  5. Brendan Rothwell: Sentiment (Brendan Rothwell)
  6. Prince: Originals (NPG/Warner Bros)
  7. G-Nice: I’m Aroundd – The Marathon Continued (The Real G-Nice/Horizon)
  8. Cassandra Lucas: Long Way Home (CRC Musik)
  9. Trombeatz: A Carribean Thing (Truth Revolution/The Innovative People)
  10. Tahirah Memory: Asha (Tahirah Memory)

Rich Kaminsky: “Off-Beat

  • Alex Lahey: Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself (Dead Oceans)
  • Ali Barter: History of Boys (PIAS)
  • Charlie Bliss: Hard to Believe (Barsuk)
  • Le Butcherettes: father/ELOHIM (Rise)
  • The Coolies: Blueberry Crumble (Wicked Cool)
  • Deer Tick: Hey! Yeah! (Partisan)
  • Duck and Cover: Bleeding (State Line/Susspool)
  • The Hu: Yuve Yuve Yu (Eleven Seven)
  • Los Straitjackets: Ashokan Farewell (Yep Roc)
  • Tacocat: New World (Sub Pop)

Binnie Klein: “A Miniature World

  1. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Ghosteen (Ghosteen)
  2. Aldous Harding: Designer (4AD)
  3. Hozier: Wasteland, Baby! (Columbia
  4. Big Thief: U.F.O.F. (4AD)
  5. Weyes Blood: Titanic Rising (Sub Pop)
  6. Angel Olsen: All Mirrors (Jagjaguwar)
  7. Toro Y Moi: Outer Peace (Carpark)
  8. Thom Yorke: Anima (XL)
  9. Beck: Hyperspace (Capitol)
  10. Kevin Morby: Oh My God (Dead Oceans)

Martha Willette Lewis: “The Flux Capacitor

  1. Kate Tempest: Holy Elixir (American Recordings)
  2. Higher Brothers: Sunshine (88rising)
  3. Mondo Cozmo: Black Cadillac (Last Gang)
  4. Mattiel: Keep the Change (ATO)
  5. Son Volt: The 99 (Transmit Sound)
  6. I Know Leopard: Seventy Lies (Ivy League)
  7. The Felice Brothers: Undress (Yep Roc)
  8. Catherine Russell: You’re Not the Only Oyster in the Stew (Dot Time)
  9. Doomsquad: General Hum (Bella Union)
  10. Foals: Exits (Warner Bros.)

Michelle Morgan: “Love and Communication”

  • Angel Olsen: All Mirrors (Jagjaguwar)
  • Big Thief: Two Hands *and* U.F.O.F (4AD)
  • Cherry Glazerr: Stuffed & Ready (Secretly Canadian)
  • Helado Negro: This is How You Smile (RVNG Intl.)
  • Kishi Bashi: Omoiyari (Joyful Noise)
  • Mannequin Pussy: Patience (Epitaph)
  • Mega Bog: Dolphine (Paradise of Bachelors)
  • Nilüfer Yanya: Miss Universe (ATO)
  • Pile: Green & Gray (Exploding in Sound)
  • Sharon Van Etten: Remind Me Tomorrow (Jagjaguwar)

Mark Mushin: “One Step Ahead Of The Blues

  1. Kelly’s Lot: Alyssa (Kelly’s Lot)
  2. Sean Gaiser: Brave (Sean Gaiser)
  3. Sally Fletcher: Colours Of Your Rainbow (1555456 Records DK)
  4. Southbound: Four Leaf Clover (Southbound)
  5. Cara Being Blue: Old Feelin’ (Cara Being Blue)
  6. Regina Bonelli: Killing Floor (True Groove)
  7. Adam Holt: Mr. Morning Drive (Zenith)
  8. Brandon Santini: Heartbreaker (American Showplace)
  9. Seth Rosenbloom: Keep On Turning (HOLMZ)
  10. Michael Bloom And The Blues Prophecy: Old Man Blues (Random Acts)

Martha Nachman: “The Music Never Stopped

  1. Vampire Weekend: Father Of The Bride (Columbia)
  2. Kevin Morby: Oh My God (Dead Oceans)
  3. Hayes Carll: What It Is (Dualtone)
  4. Our Native Daughters (feat. Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah, Leyla McCalla, Allison Russell): Songs of Our Native Daughters (Smithsonian Folkways)
  5. The Highwomen: The Highwomen (Elektra)
  6. The Black Keys: Let’s Rock (Easy Eye/Nonesuch)
  7. Jade Bird: Jade Bird (Glassnote)
  8. The Avett Brothers: Closer Than Together (American Recordings)
  9. Upstate: Healing (Royal Potato Family)
  10. Sheryl Crow: Threads (Valory/Big Machine)

Rick Petrone: “The Jazz Sound

  1. Joey DeFransesco: In The Key Of The Universe (Mack Avenue)
  2. Mike Le Donne: Partners In Time (Savant)
  3. Monty Alexander: Wareika Hill Rastamonk Vibrations (MACD)
  4. Mary Stallings: Songs Were Made To Sing (Smoke Sessions)
  5. Jimmy Cobb: This I Dig Of You (Smoke Sessions)
  6. Ted Nash, Steve Cardenas, Ben Allison: Somewhere Else: West Side Story Songs (Plastic Sax)
  7. Nicki Parrott: New York To Paris (Arbors)
  8. Ryan Keberle & Catharsis: The Hope I Hold (Green Leaf)
  9. Jonathan Kreisberg: Capturing Spirits – JKQ Live! (New for Now)
  10. Adrian Cunningham: Play Lerner & Loewe (Arbors)

Rod Richardson: “Radio Nothing

  • A-WA: Bayti Fi Rasi (S-Curve)
  • Acid Arab: Jdid (Crammed)
  • The Budos Band: The Budos Band V (Daptone)
  • The Hu: The Gereg (Eleven Seven)
  • Michael Gordon: Acquanetta (Cantaloupe)
  • Natacha Atlas: Strange Days (Whirlwind)
  • Park Jiha: Philos (Glitterbeat)
  • R. Weis: Glass In Your Ear (R. Weis)
  • Rammstein: RAMMSTEIN (Universal)
  • Širom: A Universe That Roasts Blossoms For a Horse (Glitterbeat)

Valerie Richardson: “Radio Something

  • Altın Gün: Gece (ATO)
  • BaianaSystem: O Futuro Não Demora (Máquina de Louco)
  • Buke & Gase: Scholars (Brassland)
  • Cate Le Bon: Reward (Mexican Summer)
  • Jesca Hoop: Stonechild (Memphis Industries)
  • Keb’ Mo’: Oklahoma (Concord)
  • Mark Mulcahy: The Gus (Mezzotint)
  • Rachid Taha: Je Suis Africain (Naïve)
  • Various Artists: Puro Tayta Shanti (Discos Shaki/Little Axe)
  • Violent Femmes: Hotel Last Resort (Add It Up/PIAS)

KC Ryan

  • Bruce Springsteen: If I Should Fall Behind (Columbia)
  • Cate Le Bon: Daylight Matters (Mexican Summer)
  • Josh Ritter & The Milk Carton Kids: The Gospel of Mary (Pytheas)
  • Kate Tempest: People’s Faces (American Recordings)
  • The Menzingers: America (You’re Freaking Me Out) (Epitaph)
  • Savoy Brown: Don’t Hang Me Out to Dry (Quarto Valley)
  • Serena Fisseau and Vincent Peisani: What a Wonderful World (ACT Music)
  • The Slambovian Circus of Dreams: Every Little Light (Storm King)
  • Whyte Horses: Ça Plane Pour Moi (CRC)
  • Youn Sun Na: Mercy Mercy Me (the Ecology) (Warner Music)

Rob Silber: “Rock Therapy

  1. Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul: Summer Of Sorcery (Wicked Cool)
  2. Samantha Fish: Kill Or Be Kind (Rounder)
  3. Mike Zito and Friends: Rock & Roll – A Tribute To Chuck Berry (Ruf)
  4. Bruce Springsteen: Western Stars (Columbia)
  5. Kelly’s Lot: Can’t Take My Soul (Kelly’s Lot)
  6. The Who: Who (Polydor)
  7. Alice Wallace: Into The Blue (JTM)
  8. John Mayall: Nobody Told Me (Forty Below)
  9. Genya Ravan: Icon (Rum Bar)
  10. Stephen Clair: Strange Perfume (Rock City)

Bruce Swan: “Music My Mother Would Not Like

  1. Dave Gunning: Up Against The Sky (Wee House of Music)
  2. Martyn Joseph: Here Come The Young (Pipe)
  3. Ordinary Elephant: Honest (Ordinary Elephant)
  4. Peter Mulvey: There Is Another World (Righteous Babe)
  5. Danny Schmidt: Standard Deviation (Live Once)
  6. Catherine MacLellan: Coyote (Catherine MacLellan)
  7. Anna Tivel: The Question (Anna Tivel)
  8. Charlie Parr: Charlie Parr (Red House)
  9. Rod Picott: Tell The Truth & Shame The Devil (Welding Rod)
  10. River Drivers: Big Oak Road (River Drivers)

howard thompson: “PURE

  1. Mondo Cozmo: Black Cadillac (Last Gang)
  2. Kelly Hunt: Across the Great Divide (Rare Bird)
  3. Robyn Hitchcock: Take Off Your Bandages (Tiny Ghost)
  4. Iris Dement: House Where Nobody Lives (Dualtone)
  5. Daniel Norgren: Dandelion Time (Superpuma)
  6. Mindy Gledhill: Adiós Cariño (Blue Morph)
  7. The Reverse Cowgirls: Hot Dinners (Northern Cowboy)
  8. Lost Bayou Ramblers: Amedé Choupique (live) (Lost Bayou)
  9. The Vacant Lots: The Bells (A Recordings)
  10. Motörhead: Overkill (40th Anniversary Edition) (BMG)

Amy “Night Nurse” Wachtel: “Rockers Arena

  1. Mykal Rose: Red, Gold, Green and Blue (Trojan JA)
  2. Akae Beka: Mek A Menshun (Zion High Productions)
  3. Various: Down In Jamaica (40 Years Of VP Records) (VP)
  4. Third World: More Work to be Done (Ghetto Youths International)
  5. Koffee: Rapture (Columbia)
  6. Jesse Royal: LionOrder (ft. Protoje) (Easy Star)
  7. Steel Pulse: Mass Manipulation (Rootfire Collective)
  8. Oku Onuora: I’ve Seen (Fruits)
  9. Lila Iké: Where I’m Coming From(In.Digg.Nation Collective)
  10. Mortimer: Lightning (Easy Star)

WPKN’s Favourite Picks of the Year, 2018

WPKN’s Favorite Tracks of the Week – 12/22/19

  1. W.H. Lung: Inspiration! – Incidental Music (Melodic, 2019)
  2. Deb Never: Ugly – House on Wheels (WeDidIt, 2019)
  3. Kongar-Ool Ondar: Where Has My Country Gone – Back Tuva Future (Warner Bros., 1999)
  4. Beck: Uneventful Days – Hyperspace (Fonograf/Capitol, 2019)
  5. Bonny Light Horseman: Jane Jane – Bonny Light Horseman (37d03d, 2019)
  6. Alan Vega: Screamin Jesus – It (Fader, 2017)
  7. David Bowie: Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed – David Bowie (Parlophone, 1969)
  8. Michael Kiwanuka: Hard To Say Goodbye – KIWANUKA (Polydor, 2019)
  9. Hand Habits: placeholder – placeholder (Saddle Creek, 2019)
  10. Pinpeat Orchestra of Siemreap Angkor: Phleng krao nay – Cambodian: Folk & Ceremonial Music (UNESCO/Smithsonian, 1996)
  11. Paul Simon: St. Judy’s Comet – There Goes Rhymin’ Simon (Columbia, 1973)
  12. A Thousand Tiny Fingers: Psychedelic Steppenwolves (feat. Dave Rubin) – Psychedelic Steppenwolves (Mad Hands, 2008)
  13. The Red Propellers: Pink Knives Sharpened – pulse waltz free fall (Rollercoaster, 2019)
  14. Beck: Everlasting Nothing – Hyperspace (Fonograf/Capitol, 2019)
  15. Bismillah Khan: Raga: Katavati – The Shenai Artistry of Bismillah Khan (Capitol, 1968)
  16. The Teskey Brothers: Man Of The Universe – Run Home Slow (Glassnote, 2019)
  17. Vincent Quatroche: All the Old Cars – Matador From Another Planet (Sleeping Giant, 2004)
  18. Paranoid London: Starting Fights (feat. Josh Caffe) – PL (Paranoid London, 2019)
  19. Fleet Foxes: Third of May/Ōdaigahara – Crack-up (Nonesuch, 2017)
  20. Josh Ritter & The Milk Carton Kids: The Gospel of Mary – single (Pytheas, 2019)

This week’s chart data supplied by: Alec Cumming, Binnie Klein, howard thompson, Joseph Celli, KC Ryan, Martha Nachman, Steve Di Costanzo

WPKN’s Favorite Tracks of the Week – 12/15/19

  1. Matt Barbier: Octahedron [Violoncello] – Platonic Solids (Carrier, 2019)
  2. The Who: I Don’t Wanna Get Wise – Who (Polydor, 2019)
  3. Samantha Fish: Run, Run, Rudolph – single (Rounder, 2019)
  4. Los Lobos: La Rama – Llegó Navida (Rhino, 2019)
  5. Burning Spear: Marcus Garvey – Marcus Garvey / Garvey’s Ghost (Island, 1987)
  6. Robyn Hitchcock & Andy Partridge: Planet England – Planet England (Ape House, 2019)
  7. [Philip Glass, comp.]/Trinity Wall Street/JulianWachner [cond.]: Movement II. Creation Of The Cosmos – Symphony No. 5 (Orange Mountain, 2019)
  8. Duck and Cover: Bleeding Edge – single (State Line, 2019)
  9. Pentaphobe: Sahan – A Tribal Metamorphosis (Mondo Melodia, 2005)
  10. William Doyle (feat. Brian Eno): Design Guide – Your Wilderness Revisited (William Doyle, 2019)
  11. Mike Zito: Johnny B. Goode (feat. Walter Trout) – Rock & Roll: A Tribute To Chuck Berry (Ruf, 2019)
  12. Ry Cooder: John Lee Hooker for President – Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down (Nonesuch, 2011)
  13. Garbage: We Never Tell – Strange Little Birds (Stun Volume, 2016)
  14. Alanis Morissette: Reasons I Drink – single (Crush/Thirty Tigers, 2019)
  15. John Martyn: Head and Heart – Bless The Weather (Island, 1971)
  16. Termination Dust: It’s Not A Place, It’s A Feeling – Growing Down (Glacial Pace, 2019)
  17. Amnesia Scanner: AS Too Wrong – Another Life (Pan, 2018)
  18. Randy Newman: Rider In the Rain – Little Criminals (Warner Bros., 1977)
  19. Electric Peace: Kill For Your Love – Kill For Your Love (Barred, 2019)
  20. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard: Mars For The Rich – Infest The Rat’s Nest (ATO, 2019)

This week’s chart data supplied by: howard thompson, Rich Kaminsky, Rob Silber, Rod Richardson, Steve Di Costanzo

WPKN’s Favorite Tracks of the Week – 12/08/19

  1. DIIV: Skin Game – Deceiver (Captured Tracks, 2019)
  2. Coldplay: Arabesque – Everyday Life (Parlophone, 2019)
  3. Amnesia Scanner: AS Acá (feat. Lalita) – single (Pan, 2019)
  4. Len Barry: 1-2-3 – MOD: The Ultimate Collection (Union Square/UMC, 2018)
  5. Soccer Mommy: Yellow Is the Color Of Her Eyes – single (Loma Vista, 2019)
  6. Patrick Watson: Sit Down Beside Me – single (Secret City, 2010)
  7. Wadada Leo Smith: The Empress, Lady Day – Najwa (TUM, 2017)
  8. Eivind Opsvik: Lull Of Lumber – Overseas III (Loyal Label, 2008)
  9. Sunflower Bean: Sinking Sands – Twentytwo in Blue (Mom+Pop, 2018)
  10. David Bowie: Good Morning Girl – MOD: The Ultimate Collection (Union Square, 2018)
  11. Soundwalk Collective w/Patti Smith: Mummer Love – Mummer Love (Bella Union, 2019)
  12. Karl Berger & Jason Hao Hwang: Prophecy – Conjure (True Sounds, 2019)
  13. Graham Parker: Nixon’s Rules – single (100%, 2019)
  14. Suss: Mojave – High Line (Northern Spy, 2019)
  15. Walter Trout: Nature’s Disappearing – Survivor (Provogue, 2019)
  16. (Sandy) Alex G: Crime – House of Sugar (Domino, 2019)
  17. Wendy Carlos: Afterlife – Tales Of Heaven And Hell (East Side Digital, 1998)
  18. Kyoko Kitamura’s Tidepool Fauna: Deadbolt – Protean Labyrinth (Kyoko Kitamura, 2018)
  19. Dandy: Rudy, A Message To You – single (Ska Beat, 1967)
  20. Eddie Cochran: C’mon Everybody – Eddie Cochran (Liberty, 1960)

This week’s chart data supplied by: Alec Cumming, Binnie Klein, howard thompson, Joseph Celli, Kevin Gallagher, Rob Silber, Rod Richardson