New Reissues, New Podcasts, New President!

Like MLK said, "Lightning makes no sound until it strikes."

I’m Jason Boucher and welcome to Nocturnal, a weekly newsletter about sound + music where I highlight some of the best new music, podcasts, stories, streaming video, and current events. I use my best efforts to dispense useful news, information, and reviews along with related links that I hope you’ll dig. I get too excited for new records, reissues, soundtracks, live music, & films, so I’m sharing my delight with you! Questions jason.boucher@icloud.com

Today in the newsletter: new music re-issues from Owlsey Stanley Foundation and Black Fire, new music podcasts, shockingly good things to watch so quickly into the new year, how to save the arts, and of course my radio show playlist and audio archive.

But first…

“My father's dream is not just a speech he gave or an idyllic view of what could be. My father's dream is something we must all choose each and every day to work towards. Together, we are all my father's legacy.”  - Martin Luther King III

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Listen Up!

Ali Akbar Khan with Indranil Bhattacharya, and Zakir Hussain - Live at the Family Dog on May 29, 1970 (Owlsey Stanley Foundation)

Ali Akbar Khan was the court musician of the Maharaja of Jodphur, a MacArthur ‘Genius Grant’ recipient, and was called the Bach of India by the Washington Post. Khan was a key influence of the Beatles, Grateful Dead, Rolling Stones, and Santana. This 2 CD set is now available.

Lon Moshe & Southern Freedom Arkestra - Love Is Where the Spirit Lies (Strut)

Official archive of Black Fire, Jimmy Gray's seminal independent soul and jazz label from Richmond, VA circa 1975 to 1993. Working from original master tapes and unreleased sessions, vibraphonist Lon Moshe and the Southern Freedom Arkestra 1977 release has just been reissued by Strut and available now on CD, LP, and Digital.

Podcasts To Peruse

  • MetaPod - MetaPod unpacks the web’s most interesting podcasts and the stories behind them, via an in-depth interview with a different presenter every week.

  • Broken Record - The world deserves liner notes again—for a new audience of music lovers. Hosted by Justin Richmond with interviews by Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell, and former New York Times editor Bruce Headlam.

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Nocturnal. The Radio Show

Nocturnal is unprocessed freeform radio delivered every Tuesday evening on WSCA. Featuring new music and a variety of hubbub from then & now. Listen and join the live chat each week.  Here’s the playlist for 01/12/21:

F.U.’s “Unite Or Lose” My America (Taang!)
Negative FX “Mind Control” Negative FX/Last Rights (Taang!)
Bad Brains “Banned In D.C.” Bad Brains (ROIR)
Cause for Alarm “Stand As One” Cause for Alarm (Victory)
The Cortinas “Fascist Dictator” Punk Rock Anthology (Anagram Records)
Reagan Youth “Get The Ruler Out” A Collection of Pop Classics (New Red Archives)
Suicidal Tendencies “Fascist Pig” Suicidal Tendencies (Frontier)
Dead Kennedys “Goons of Hazzard” Frankenchrist (Manifesto)
Chumbawamba “Nazi” Showbusiness! (One Little Indian)
Boogie Down Productions “The Racist” Edutainment (Jive)
Public Enemy “Fear Of A Black Planet” Fear Of A Black Planet (Def Jam)
Syl Johnson “Is It Because I’m Black” Is It Because I’m Black (Numero Group)
Lon Moshe & Southern Freedom Arkestra “Doin’ the Carvin’ for Thabo” The Black Fire Records Story 1975-1993 (Strut)
Isotope 217 “Beneath the Undertow” The Unstable Molecule (Thrill Jockey)Alain Bellaïche “Reggae and Western” Sea Fluorescent (Asylum Records)
Gil Scott-Heron “Whitey On The Moon” The Revolution Begins: The Flying Dutchman Masters (Ace Records)
Café Türk “Haydi Yallah” Café Türk (Zel Zele Records)
Siouxsie and The Banshees “Dear Prudence” Hyaena Digital (Geffen)
The Monkees “Gonna Buy Me a Dog” Music Box (Rhino)
Saint Etienne “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” Foxbase Alpha (WM Japan)
The Good, The Bad and The Queen “History Song” The Good, The Bad and The Queen (Parlophone UK)
The London Suede “The Drowners” Suede (EMI)
Chapterhouse “Pearl (Edit)” Whirlpool (RCA/Dedicated)
Chumbawamba “Behave” Uneasy Listening (EMI)
The Sugargliders “Ahprahran” There and Back Again Lane (Sarah Records)
Heavenly Feat. Calvin Johnson “C Is The Heavenly Option” Le Jardin De Heavenly (Sarah Records)
Swirlies “Upstairs” What To Do About Them (Taang!)

Jawbox “Savory” For Your Own Special Sweetheart (DeSoto Records)
Silver Jews “Dallas” The Natural Bridge (Drag City)

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Until next week… - JB