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{So here we are, everything from the first seven years of Melting Pot, pretty much as it was for seven years. I’ll be fixing broken links to these pages and reposting any audio I still have from the earlier years. I was finally (AFTER SEVEN YEARS!) able to fix the search, so you can look for things a lot easier Enjoy the memories!}

7/7/16 marks the 7th anniversary of this blog. I’m not sure if I ever really thought I’d be doing this as long as all of that, but now that I’m here at this mark, it gives me some time to reflect. A lot has changed in my life over these seven years. The one constant has always been music. While I may never have a radio show again, or a regular night at a club/bar, it is a profound privilege just to occupy some space on the interwebs and share music for those who care to listen. With all that said, I’m going to renovate, refresh and restart anew on 7/7. We’ll have a new design and I’ll be moving all of these posts from the past seven years to a separate “Classic” website. All of the old posts will be there, all of the music, every single thing, including all of the comments…but I’ll be starting all over again on this website. I’m not really sure how this is all going to go, but I’m excited to start over and start fresh. Thanks to everyone who’s swung by this site over the years, listened to the tunes and shared posts…most of all, I hope y’all dig where Melting Pot goes next.


I don’t know about you, but 2016 has been a strange year for me…been tough to get into a groove for pretty much the whole Spring, which I’m sure those of you still kicking around here have noticed. But with the end of the semester and a three month break from teaching. I’m looking forward to this Summer and all that is to come. I will definitely get up that promised mix of vinyl dug up in Spain over the next week and get back into a more regular posting pattern as well.

I have some BIG plans for the blog this year, which hopefully will all coincide with our 7th anniversary in July. One of the plans is having some LA DJs who I admire create mixes from some of my favorite tracks over the years. I’ve recently gotten the first mix in, from LA’s very own DJ Frane, and it’s spectacular…since I’m feeling so groovy about the future, I thought I’d give you a little taste of his mix, so here’s seven minutes and thirty three seconds of mellow goodness courtesy of DJ Frane & Melting Pot…Dig On It!

DJ Frane – 7 Years Of Melting Pot Mix (Teaser)


April 8th, 2016


I know 2016 hasn’t exactly been the year of consistency for the blog, but things are on the upswing, I promise…I just got back from an exceptional trip to Spain, with brief stops in Philly and London, where I picked up a crates worth of vinyl. I’ll be spending most of the weekend going through all of these records and you can expect a mix of the different sounds soon, as well as some posts dedicated to the trip and the stores (especially Discos Wah Wah, pictured above)!


Forces conspired against me throughout the year to keep me from putting things together quite the way I promised in year five, but nothing these days can stop me from sharing great music. Here’s the “Top 20” of the past year, curated lovingly and mixed meekly by yours truly. Now, I promise, and this time I REALLY mean it, that for Year #7, we’ll have some truly special things to share. So, until next July, enjoy these tunes and all the rest to come…Dig On It!

Melting Pot’s Deepest Digs Volume 6

1. Jun Mayuzumi – Miracle – Angel Love
2. Nina Simone – Do I Move You? – Nina Sings The Blues
3. Jon Kasandra – Good Whiskey, Bad Women – The True Genius
4. Carl Sherlock Holmes – Black Bag – Investigation No. 1
5. Jon Lucien – Would You Believe In Me – Rashida
6. Luiz Gonzaga Jr. – Galope – Luiz Gonzaga Jr.
7. Los Tainos – Amor Mio – Los Tainos
8. Tami Lynn – Mojo Hanna – Love Is Here and Now You’re Gone
9. DJ Rogers – Celebration – DJ Rogers
10. Sod – Pushie – Face The Music
11. Yao Su Yong – Extremely – Gold Record Album
12. The Main Attraction – Everyday – And Now…
13. Leon Thomas – The Creator Has A Master Plan – Spirits Known and Unknown
14. Light Rain – Beautiful Friend – Dream Dancer
15. Bobby Callendar – Rainbow / Nature – Rainbow
16. Muddy Waters – Bottom Of The Sea – After The Rain
17. Brother Jack McDuff – Come and Carry Me Home – To Seek A New Home
18. The Albert – Pity The Child – The Albert
19. Bo Rhambo – Dream Awhile – Enchanted Evening
20. Little Jimmy Scott – Our Day Will Come – The Source


Six years of Melting Pot is in the books. This year wasn’t quite as brutal as the previous one, but it was still a very “Of Mice & Men” kind of year where my best laid plans didn’t exactly pan out. But I’m still here and still on the radio and that means another year of music. This year should be an interesting one, if for no other reason than in August I should be making a trip that I’ve longed to make most of my life and hopefully will net some great records to share. There’s also word that the legendary Brazilian focused vinyl store, Tropicalia In Furs, will be opening up soon in LA, which also should lead to some welcome additions to my collection and this blog. I feel good about how things are going, personally and professionally and that should connect to more regular and more varied posts and also more mixes, beginning with our traditional Deepest Digs, which I absolutely promise will be posted on 7/11. Thanks to all of you who keep coming to this blog, listen to the music and spread the word. Onwards and upwards…




Year number five boiled down to the best twenty tracks from the past twelve months of our Dig Deep section…Later this year I hope to have a special 5th anniversary mix put together by one of the best DJ’s here in LA, but until then, Dig On It!

Melting Pot’s Deepest Digs Volume 5

1.  Phil Upchurch – Adam and Charlene – Upchurch
2.  The Emotions – Take Me Back – Untouched
3.  Johnny Frigo Sextet – Gardens On The Moon – The Electric Jazz Of Gus Giordano
4.  The Peppos and Jones Straightjacket Band – Humanity – 7″
5.  Clifford Coulter – Yodelin In A Whatchamaname Thang – Do It Now…Worry About It Later
6.  Miguel De Deus – Fabrica De Papeis – Black Soul Brothers
7.  Lenny White – Sweet Dreamer – Big City
8.  Gabor Szabo – Galatea’s Guitar – Dreams
9.  Ame Son – Eclosion – Catalyse
10. Joe Henderson – Earth – The Elements
11. Richard Menezes – Nova Jersey – 7″
12. Marcia Griffiths – Here I Am Baby – Sweet Bitter Love
13. Little Richard – The Rill Thing – The Rill Thing
14. Jean Kassapian – The Snake – 7″
15. The Latinaires – Camel Walk – Camel Walk
16. Horace Silver – Won’t You Open Up Your Senses – Total Response
17. Billy Harper – Soulfully, I Love You – Capra Black
18. Jerry Butler – Ain’t Understanding Mellow – The Sagittarius Movement
19. John Mayall – Looking At Tomorrow – Back To The Roots
20. Erasmo Carlos – Minha Gente – Sonhos e Memorias 1941-1972


Oh boy, this past year was motherf**ker…no other way of saying it. This year was the first I actually contemplated ending this blog. There were so many issues going down on the home front that I didn’t have nearly the time, energy or effort to work on this blog. But as I’m sure is the case for many of you, musical therapy is one of the best ways to feel better and as things have gradually settled, I’m able to more consistently post things here and also spend more energy on producing the best radio show that I can. Year 5 was a tough one, but I’m still here and it seems there are more than a few of you out there who are still here too. I really appreciate the time you spend on this blog and hope the music finds you in your time of need, the way it has in mine. I’m very excited about this next year on both this blog and the radio show. I’m hoping to have a special mix in honor of this 5th anniversary from one of the most talented DJs here in LA, stay posted for that, as well as the usual “Deepest Digs” from yours truly…onwards and upwards folks, this time with feeling!

Peace be with you all,



This past Sunday I celebrated 20 years since I started as a DJ in Radio. I’ve never been a person who is particularly concerned about tooting their own horn and so putting a show together like this was really difficult. When I do anniversary shows for Melting Pot on KPFK, all of the focus is on the best music we recorded live in the past year. My personal style as a DJ is to not spend much time talking, especially not about myself, and keep the focus on the music. To do a show like this there was no way to escape having to talk about things that I’ve done but for me I wanted to focus less on accomplishments and instead focus on indelible memories. After working at 5 different stations, it was real hard cramming twenty years of memories into less than 2 hours. I tried to do justice to all the amazing people who I’ve worked with and tried to give a sense of what it’s been like to have the profound privilege to share music on the public’s airwaves (every station I’ve worked for has been non-commercial and either a college or community run station).

20 years seems like a long time when you call it “20 years,” but this time has really flown by. When I started I was 18 and really thought I knew something about music. 20 years later I feel like there’s still so much I don’t know and that might be part of the reason why I enjoy being on the air so much. Being a DJ, playing music, talking about it and interacting with listeners is such a fantastic experience. To have done it at 5 different and all extraordinary stations has been amazing. Since this is the thing that I’ve done longer than anything else in my life (I mention in the show how I now have students who weren’t even born when I started in radio which is crazy to me), it’s also one of few things I still do that my Mother, who passed away in 1995, was able to experience and be apart of. When I first started at Album 88, she would record my shows, even though they were from 3-6AM in the morning. Listening to some of those cassettes, and other shows over the years I’m amazed at the changes to my style, but also how similar everything has remained no matter where I am. Even now, when I get really excited about particular artists and songs, I sound exactly like I did almost twenty years ago. It’s highly likely that one of the reasons that I’ll continue to be a DJ for as long as I can convince someone to give me a show, is that the sense of discovery and the thrill of sharing music that you love is one of the best feelings I’ve ever had in my life. It’s been an honor to have been a DJ this long, I have no idea how long I’ll keep doing it, or where it will take me from here, but it’s truly been an honor.

There was no way in a two hour show that I could personal thank all the incredibly talented people who have influenced me as a DJ, so I’ll take that time to do now…WRAS Album 88: Randall Moore, Daryl Felker, Talib Shabazz, Chris Simony, Alan Moore, Christy Montero, Brian Montero, Chris Hall, Maddi Saluzzi, Dusty Fohs, Todd Phillips, Shachar Oren, Yancy Yohannon, The Cat, Tomomi , Will Griggs, Cecily Walker, Anni & Allison, Chris K, Lara Kiang, James Diggs, Eve, Paul Bush, Sonya Bowman, Jez De Wolfe, Mallory Sodano, Michael Overstreet, Bobby Carter, Kathryn Keith, Kerry Mumpower, Jeff Walker and Thomas Jackson Watts Jr. WORT: Norm Stockwell, Bill Malone, Elizabeth DiNovella, Gary Alderman, Jane Reynolds, Alex Wilding-White and, Sybil Augustine aka Rev. Velveteen KALX: Matthew Africa, Oliver Wang, Jesse Luscious, Last Will, Anthony Bonet, Kitty English, Sergio, Roscoe 2000, Tigerlily, Suzanne La, Ryan aka Roger Mas, JJ, Heather, 45 RPM, Mo Herms, Dan Strachota, Ian Hetzner, Mike Burma, Disco Shawn, Cool Chris, Joe Six Pack, Sean Boogie and Rickey Vincent KCRW: Anne Litt, , Eric J. Lawrence, Jason Kramer, Kajon Cermac, Ruth Seymour, Nic Harcourt, Ariana Morgenstern, Aaron Byrd, Mario Cotto, Liza Richardson, Garth Trinidad, Raul Campos, Jason Bentley, Dan Wilcox, Rachel Reynolds, Gemma Dempsey, Whitney Alderson, Nicole Cifani, Anil Dewan, Nassir Nassirzadeh, Laura Shumate, Sarah Spitz, Mathieu Schreyer, Jeremy Sole, Chuck P, Marion Hodges, Chris Douridas, Tom Schnabel, Gary Calamar, Thomas Golubic, Jennifer Ferro, JC Swiatek and Anthony Valadez KPFK: Maggie Lepique, Mark Maxwell, Stan Misraje, Chuck Foster, Shayna Dread, Carlos Nino, Alan Minsky, Roz, Alan and Kat Larman, Ali Lexa, Rita Neyer, Terry Guy, Zuberi Fields, Jessica Woods, Derek Rath, Sergio Mielniczenko, Betto Arcos, Nnamdi, Abraham Beltran, Sean Osborn, Santana Westbrook, Steve Martin and Morgan Rhodes. Thank you (and anyone else who I might have shamefully forgotten) all for what you’ve given me. It’s been a pleasure…Onwards and Upwards.

Melting Pot on KPFK #141: First Hour
Melting Pot on KPFK #141: Second Hour

Playlist: 09-29-2013
{opening theme} Booker T & the MGS – Melting Pot – 7” (Stax)

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G. Love – Music Is Love – Radio Oddyssey Vol. 1 (Ichiban)
Butterfield Blues Band – Mine To Love – In My Own Dream (Elektra)
Talk Talk – Ascension Day – Laughing Stock (Verve)
Behead The Propeht No Lord Shall Live – In The Garden – I Am That Great And Fiery Force (K Recs)
Public Enemy – Bring The Noise (G-Wiz Edit) – Recorded Live At WRAS (Personal Collection)
Fela Kuti – No Agreement – No Agreement (Celluloid)

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Jeff Buckley – Mojo Pin – Grace (Columbia)
Smoke – Pretend – 7” (Colossal)
Max Roach – Interview – Recorded May 24 1997 (Personal Collection)
Max Roach – The Drum Also Waltzes – Drums Unlimited (Atlantic)
Rahsaan Roland Kirk – Spirits Up Above – Volunteered Slavery (Atlantic)

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Billy Harper – Soulfully I Love You – Capra Black (Strata East)
Kenny Baker – Mississippi Waltz – Plays Bill Monroe (County)
Kenny Baker – Wheel Hoss – Plays Bill Monroe (County)

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US 69 – I’m On My Way – Yesterday’s Folks (Buddah)
Gal Costa – De Um Role – A Todo Vapor (Philips)
Rodger Collins – Foxy Girls In Oakland – 7” (Galaxy)
Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up (Coda) – Curtis (Curtom)

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Jose James – Nola – The Dreamer (Brownswood)
Norman Lear – Interview – KCRW’s Guest DJ Project (KCRW.COM)
Catpower – Silver Stallion – Recorded Live On KCRW 2-29-2008 (KCRW.COM)
Francoiz Breut – Les Jeunes Pousses – A L’aveuglette (T-Rec)
Boris Gardiner – Melting Pot – Is What’s Happening (Dynamic)

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Matthew Sweet – Time Capsule – Recorded Live At KPFK (KPFK Archives)
Boogaloo Assassins – Magic Rose – Recorded Live At KPFK (KPFK Archives)
The Sandwitches – My Heart Does Swell – Recorded Live At KPFK (KPFK Archives)
King – In The Meantime – Recorded Live At KPFK (KPFK Archives)
Quadron – Baby Be Mine – Recorded Live At KPFK (KPFK Archives)

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{closing theme} Dungen – C. Visar Vagen – Tio Batar


4 Years in I hope you know the score, even if this is a few weeks late (better late than never, right?). Twenty of my favorite tracks from the past year on Melting Pot…Dig On It!

Melting Pot’s Deepest Digs Volume 4

1. Lee Hazlewood – For One Moment – The Very Special World Of Lee Hazlewood (MGM)
2. Perez Prado – Black Magnolia – El Fabuloso (Dimsa)
3. Wilson Simonal – Meia Volta – Wilson Simonal (Odeon)
4. Lebron Brothers – Dance, Dance, Dance – Brother (Cotique)
5. Latin Blues Band – I’ll Be A Happy Man – Take A Trip Pussycat (Speed)
6. La Clave – Latin Slide – La Clave (Verve)
7. Lyn Collins – We Want To Parrty, Parrty, Parrty – 7” (People)
8. Research 1-6-12 – Can You Baby – In Research (Flick City)
9. Danny Schloss – In A Dream – Dreams And Illusons (Verve Forecast)
10. Demon Fuzz – Another Country – Afreaka! (Janus)
11. Mount Rushmore – Toe Jam – ’69 (Dot)
12. Edip Akbayaram & Dolstar – Daglar Dagladi Beni – 7” (Sayan)
13. Dionne Warwick – You’re Gonna Need Me – Just Being Myself (WB)
14. The Heads – Digging Your Head – Heads Up (Liberty)
15. Erkin Korsay – Yagmur – 7” (Istanbul)
16. Gas Mask – If You Just Think Of Me – Their First Album (Tonsil)
17. Mind Garage – Recessional – Again! (RCA)
18. Becky and Sandy – I Wish We’d All Been Ready – I Know Where I’m Going (Mission)
19. Siren – Wake Up My Children – Siren (Elektra)
20. JJ Barnes – You Owe It To Yourself Parts 1 & 2 – Born Again (Perception)


Hard to believe a whole ‘nuther year has passed but we’re still kicking after 4 years of steady bloggin’. This past year was especially fantastic on the radio end with a number of great interviews/performances (from Shuggie Otis, King, Dom La Nena and Lady just to name a few) and exclusive Guest DJ sets from Kenny Dope, Spinna, Frane and E Da Boss. I have no idea what year number five will have in store for the blog or the radio show, but I sincerely thank all of you who have supported this blog, from checking out the posts and music to actually throwing a little money my way to keep everything up and running. Vol. 4 of our anniversary mix might be a little late this year, but that will be coming up soon…onwards and upwards!



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