• Mix

    Way back when, I chose the name “Alloy” for my radio show because, among other reasons, it is a word that implies combining and mixing—usually metals—but, at the core of the word, the idea of mixing things truly resonated. The playlists that I “mix” each week, and the assemblage of tracks that comprise the list, may seem at turns incongrous—how does that track/composition work after that track/composition? Sometimes I can explain it, other times??...well, many decisions are instinctual—they just “work” with my ear. But also, my deep feeling about the music I listen to and collect each week, and the process that it entails, echoes what the late designer, Charles Eames famously said, “Eventually, everything connects—people, ideas, objects.” And, I would add, music, too—seemingly disparate works, sonically different compositions—also “connect.” This is, has been, and will continue to be the guiding principal each week I collect music to share with you. Again, any given week’s music may seem incongruous (some weeks more than others!), and I totally understand that view, but to me it all fits, it all “connects.”

    Checkout this week’s playlist to see this week’s ”mix.” Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Otherworldly” (click here). This week's artwork, “mix” was created by yours truly and is a detail of a larger work that you can see here.

    As always, thanks for listening!

  • Otherwordly

    It was nice to be back playing new music and fabulous favorites this week! Checkout this week’s playlist to see all the music played. Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Harvesting” (click here). This week's artwork, “otherworldly” was created by yours truly.

    Thanks for listening!

  • Harvesting

    ‘Tis the season of “Best of” lists. I have never composed, and doubt I ever will, my own year-end list of “best of” releases, but I do take a look at lists that others create to see what is/was new and interesting that I missed. For today’s show, I pulled some “Best of 2017” tracks from the excellent YouTube music review channel, deep_cuts and the British avant garde music magazine The Wire. There was also time for sharing outstanding new releases by New York Electric Piano, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Julian Lage, and Björk. Checkout this week’s playlist to see and/or listen to all of this week’s discoveries—old and new.

    Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Birthdays” (click here). This week's artwork, “harvesting” was created by yours truly.

    Thanks for listening!

  • Birthdays

    Two significant birthdays happened over the last couple of weeks. Two musical heavyweights, Jimi Hendrix and Jaco Pastorius, would have celebrated birthdays on November 27th and December 1st, respectively. On this week’s Alloy broadcast the playlist included some classics by these two musicians who singlehandedly redefined their instruments and music, forever. Somehow, if both were alive in each other’s time period, I do believe they would have played together. Imagine the spark and fire that this dynamic collaboration would have generated. Checkout this week’s playlist to see and/or listen to all of this week’s discoveries and rediscoveries, old and new.

    Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “More Rabbit Holes” (click here).

    Thanks for listening!

Mix (playlist #141)

"mix" by gbmediadesign

Way back when, I chose the name “Alloy” for my radio show because, among other reasons, it is a word that implies combining and mixing—usually metals—but, at the core of the word, the idea of mixing things truly resonated. The playlists that I “mix” each week, and the assemblage of tracks that comprise the list, may seem at turns incongrous—how does that track/composition work after that track/composition? Sometimes I can explain it, other times??...well, many decisions are instinctual—they just “work” with my ear. But also, my deep feeling about the music I listen to and collect each week, and the process that it entails, echoes what the late designer, Charles Eames famously said, “Eventually, everything connects—people, ideas, objects.” And, I would add, music, too—seemingly disparate works, sonically different compositions—also “connect.” This is, has been, and will continue to be the guiding principal each week I collect music to share with you. Again, any given week’s music may seem incongruous (some weeks more than others!), and I totally understand that view, but to me it all fits, it all “connects.”

Checkout this week’s playlist to see this week’s ”mix.” Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Otherworldly” (click here). This week's artwork, “mix” was created by yours truly and is a detail of a larger work that you can see here.

As always, thanks for listening!


Compostion Artist Album
“Rumbero Como Yo” Brenda Navarrete Mi Mundo
“Baba Elegguá” Brenda Navarrete Mi Mundo
“Manteca” Michel Camilo Live In London
“Ignite It” New York Electric Piano State of the Art
“You Eat My Food, You Drink My Wine, You Steal My Girl!” Leslie Pintchik You Eat My Food, You Drink My Wine, You Steal My Girl!
“The Shortest Wavelength” Hristo Vitchev Quartet Of Light And Shadows
“San Lorenzo” Pat Metheny Group Pat Metheny Group
“Rambler” (Alternate Version) [Bonus Track] Bill Frisell Music IS
“Dialogue With The Devil” (or "Why don't We Celebrate") Bruce Cockburn Sunwheel Dance
“Jessica (Single Version)” The Allman Brothers Band A Decade of Hits 1969-1979
“Blue Wind” Jeff Beck Wired
“21st Century Schizoid Man” (Live) King Crimson Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind (Live)
“All I Need” Radiohead In Rainbows
“Heptapod B” Jóhann Jóhannsson Arrival (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
“The Flat” Jóhann Jóhannsson And In the Endless Pause There Came the Sound of Bees

Otherworldly (playlist #140)

"otherworldly" by gbmediadesign

It was nice to be back playing new music and fabulous favorites this week! Checkout this week’s playlist to see all the music played. Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Harvesting” (click here). This week's artwork, “otherworldly” was created by yours truly.

Thanks for listening!


Composition Artist Album
“Juju” Dr. Lonnie Smith All In My Mind
“6 Mama Bear Love Army” New York Electric Piano State of the Art
“The Epic” Pat Metheny Group American Garage
“Unnamed Cells” Myriad3 Moons
“Pantheon” Julian Lage Modern Lore
“Throughout” Bill Frisell In Line
“The Beach” Bill Frisell & Arild Andersen In Line
“Betula, Pt. 1” Amulets Betula
“Sandstorm” Peter Gabriel Passion: Music For The Last Temptation Of Christ
“Black Origami” Jlin Black Origami
“Reggie-n-Rex Express” New York Electric Piano State of the Art
“Undiscovered First” Feist Metals
“You're The Man (Pts. 1 & 2)” Marvin Gaye The Very Best

Harvesting (playlist #139)

"harvesting" by gbmediadesign

‘Tis the season of “Best of” lists. I have never composed, and doubt I ever will, my own year-end list of “best of” releases, but I do take a look at lists that others create to see what is/was new and interesting that I missed. For today’s show, I pulled some “Best of 2017” tracks from the excellent YouTube music review channel, deep_cuts and the British avant garde music magazine The Wire. There was also time for sharing outstanding new releases by New York Electric Piano, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Julian Lage, and Björk. Checkout this week’s playlist to see and/or listen to all of this week’s discoveries—old and new.

Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Birthdays” (click here). This week's artwork, “harvesting” was created by yours truly.

Thanks for listening!


Composition Artist Album Listen Now!
“Because” Giacomo Fiore My Heart Comes Undone/Because EP Apple Music
“Evensong” Robert Fripp & Brian Eno Evening Star Not available for streaming at this time.
“El Condor Pasa (If I Could)” Simon & Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water Apple Music
“NKISI (EDIT)” Chino Amobi Paradiso Apple Music
“Starwood Choker” Bing & Ruth No Home of the Mind Apple Music
“Carrie & Lowell (iPhone Demo)” Sufjan Stevens The Greatest Gift Apple Music
“Fourth of July” Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell Apple Music
“I Am Consumed” Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith The Kid Apple Music
“I Am a Thought” Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith The Kid Apple Music
“Utopia” Björk Utopia Apple Music
“Useful Chamber” Dirty Projectors Bitte Orca Apple Music
“Holy Room” Somi Petite Afrique Apple Music
“Water Music I” Robert Fripp Exposure Not available for streaming at this time.
“Here Comes The Flood” Robert Fripp Exposure Not available for streaming at this time.
“Water Music II” Robert Fripp Exposure Not available for streaming at this time.
“Reverence” New York Electric Piano State of the Art Apple Music
“Dig The Whole” New York Electric Piano State of the Art Apple Music
“Theme 001” Jaimie Branch Fly or Die Apple Music
“...Meanwhile” Jaimie Branch Fly or Die Apple Music
“Alhambra” Dr. Lonnie Smith All In My Mind Apple Music
“Earth Science” Julian Lage Modern Lore Apple Music

Harvesting

‘Tis the season of “Best of” lists. I have never composed, and doubt I ever will, my own year-end list of “best of” releases, but I do take a look at lists that others create to see what is/was new and interesting that I missed. For today’s show, I pulled some “Best of 2017” tracks from the excellent YouTube music review channel, deep_cuts and the British avant garde music magazine The Wire. There was also time for sharing outstanding new releases by New York Electric Piano, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Julian Lage, and Björk. Checkout this week’s playlist to see and/or listen to all of this week’s discoveries—old and new.

Don't forget that you can listen to all of the music from the last episode, “Birthdays” (click here). This week's artwork, “harvesting” was created by yours truly.

Thanks for listening!

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