Music Friday Blog

  • Nationbuilder down this week

    Sorry we are late getting the site refreshed this week.  NationBuilder, our platform suffered a complicated loss of access which brought the platform down for several could find it but we could not update it.  Happily, all is well now and our guests this week are here in their glory. Cuesta Loeb and Cusi Coyllur.

  • Lanita and Glass Mansions this Friday

    LANITA brings us her new album and songs from her debut EP, Listen to Your Heartbeat, produced by the legendary Don Was.  She worked with other with award-winning artists and producers such as Colbie Caillat, Jessica Sanchez, and Teddy Riley.  She co-founded Little Monarch with Casey Kalmenson, and rocks stages and festivals throughout Southern California. And she has a thoughful story to tell about going from hometown venues to national TV in only 3 years.  On the same program will be the duo Glass Mansions, who decided to change the name of their band, Death of Paris, after the 2015 terror attacks in that city.  They have stripped down from a larger band to the two of them and it works, really really well.



  • Kirsten Collins and David Poe Friday. Wow!

    KIRSTEN_COLLINS_RECORDING_SMILE300SQ.jpgTwo very different talents, but both with film and tv soundtracks and solid recordings and live appearances. And both willing to speak their minds. Kirsten rocks hip-hop, pop love songs. She also acts and models.  David has soundtracks on several TV shows and his video on Lady Liberty and immigration has gone viral.  Tune in!






  • Jail Garage Doors. This Friday.

    JGD._guitar_lineup300sq.jpgThere will be music, but mostly this Friday there will be the kind of stories that our society needs now.  Uplifting stories.  True stories.  Stories of how music and guitars can help broken people.  Wayne Kramer, guitarist for MC% spent 2 yers in jail, where he actually learned music and got the inspiration to join with Billy Bragg to create adn orgnization tht uses guitars to help prioners start new, prdoctive and fulfillng lives.  He is join by one of those prisones, Ken Hartman, who, after 34 years in jail, now works for Jail Guitar Doors.

    In our second segment we tgalk with H"Aitina, who has sbeen immersed in music since high school, produces several top hits and is now back wtih a new EP.  She is truely a queen of R&B and soul, and jazz, and just about everything great music.


  • Gina Chavez in the spotlight

    GChavez_CostaRica_SpencerSelvidge_300.jpgWe are doing something different this week - we are giving the entire show over to a single guest, Gina Chavez.  she has been on the show before and I have seen her live twice and let me tell you, one show is not enough to contain her.  A singer/songwriter with a shelf full of awards and a huge fanbase, she is also an activist, a scholar, a barrier breaker and an all around great person. er song "Maize" is still on the top of my playlist and its topic - the negative impact of NAFTA on Mexican farmers is still as relevant as ever.  Her new song Heaven Knows is a valentine letter set to lyrics for her wife, Jodie Granado.  She and Jodie are both practicing Catholics and have created a scholarship fund for Catholic School girls they worked within Latin America - love knows no boundaries. There are so many more things I could say about Gina and the upcoming album. Lightbeam, but best just to tune in this Friday and her it yourself - and call in and talk to her.

  • Power singers Danielle H and Avionica this Friday

    jOSE_Mrochek_300_SQ.jpgDanielle H is at the beginning of her career.  With an EP, several singles and a solid reputation for session work and backup vocals, she is getting ready to release her debut album and video while blowing away live audiences in Southern California. She can't see, but wow, can she sing and nothing stops her.  Avionica, AKA Jose Mrochek, fills arenas in Latin America with powerhouse rock in Latin and English and is bringing that power to the LA  and the US music market.







  • Mexico, Korea, and good ol' American rock this Friday.

    joe_kye_violein_pluck._300.jpgI love mashups, especially cross-national and cross-cultural mixes.  This Friday our first mashup is Mexican and surf music and Spain and Brazil and results in a Rockabilly Mambo or south of the border surf music with El Twanguera who mixes up into a fabulous groove that brings back Duane Eddie and the 60's and looks forward to today's fusion music. Our second mashup is Joe Kye who added a loop pedal to his Korean classical violin pedal and the percussion, and then finger picking and then lyrics and collaborations and the rest is history.





  • The old and the new. Leslie Mandoki and Parker Matthews this week

    Mandoki-300sq1.jpgWell, this will be interesting.  
    A man who has done it all and is creating yet more new music and a young man just starting out in a music career but with a message.  Mandoki tours the world from his base in Germany has worked in virtually every aspect of music at the highest levels and is now in Los Angeles with a new project.  Parker Matthew grew up with bullying because he was different, went into film and is now using music to express his message of tolerance, love, and respect for the LBGT community. I am very much looking forward to these conversations, and to sharing the music.

  • Blowing your mind this week. Money Chica and Holy Golden

    money_chica_s300sq.jpgTwo bands that inject drug music into your ears from different directions. Money Chica hits you with 60s-feeling psychedelic over the top cumbia rock - "Chica" music from Peru and Columbia,  Holy Golden take you a dreamy world that then rocks you with 4/4 beats and pulsing melodies. Either way, this Friday you will meet two bands that know how to get into your mind.






    namm-show300.jpegMusic Friday Live will be at the NAMM show this week.  NAMM- the National Association of Music Merchants is the CES of the music industry.  Over 100,000 people converge on the Anaheim Convention Center, next to Disneyland, for 4 days of demonstrations, concerts, showcases, equipment displays, panel discussion, and awards.  Everybody who is anybody in music is there, along with a lot of people who want to be somebody and are working on it.  Over a thousand booths demonstrate the latest in music instruments and technologies, many with stages for mini concerts during the day.  the main stage outside offers concerts from major headliners, and private parties and receptions are too numerous to count, along with the musicians who play at them. From Eva and the Vagabond Tales to the winners of the John Lennon Songwriting contest and hundreds in between the music never stops. We will not broadcast from NAMM. but we can tell you all about it.