CHRONOLOGY: LIFE + WORK

2021-07-30
KCRW's Private Playlist: Walt McClements
KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. Quite often, when an artist reverts to using their government name, it comes with speeches about going “back to basics” and “rediscovering” oneself. That is, unless you ask Walt McClements. Prior to decamping from New Orleans to LA, he held court as a multi-instrumentalist in larger ensembles like Dark Dark Dark, Hurray for the Riff Raff, and Why Are We Building Such A Big Ship?. In 2012, McClements branched off into a scaled-down project under the name Lonesome Leash and issued his first cassette, “I Am No Captain.” Having established his own creative base of operations, McClements then returned to collaborating with Weyes Blood, Tara Jane O’Neil, and Mirah, among others. After nearly a decade of Lonesome Leash’s idiosyncratic, song-driven avant-pop, McClements is releasing “A Hole in the Fence,” his first solo album under his own name. Rather than a reclamation of some idealized purity, the album pushes him further into unexplored terrain. The project shares sonic forms with drone, ambient, and contemporary classical music, amounting to what feels like a gently autobiographical tone poem. McClements paints an emotional map of marginalized lives and spaces, performed entirely on solo accordion (with a single dab of organ). It also represents his first purely instrumental work. Perhaps the closer one gets to the truth, the less there is to say.
2021-07-26
This American Life #742: The Thing I'm Getting Over

Field producer for TAL742 segment on Chase Friedman (Prologue).

2021-07-23
KCRW's Private Playlist: Jelani Aryeh

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. Like so many precocious artists, Jelani Aryeh grew up surrounded by music. His uncle produced hip-hop tracks in the adjacent bedroom of their San Diego home. And his father exposed him to countless artists while riding in the backseat of Dad’s vintage Jaguar. Aryeh’s own influences are both wide-ranging and continually evolving. His full-length debut, “I’ve Got Some Living to Do,” pushes the surge and shimmer of ‘90s indie rock through a 21st-century pop sensibility. And while he’s already received his garlands from many of the usual critical quarters, he possesses a genuine musical and emotional intelligence that does an end-run around the hype.

2021-07-16
KCRW's Private Playlist: Gel Set

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. If the name Gel Set conjures an involuntary cascade of ‘80s-derived pop culture signifiers, you’ve already fallen into Laura Callier’s trap. The LA-based multimedia artist created Gel Set as a kind of anti-pop statement, using some of its tropes (percolating synths, primitive video effects, day-glo makeup) for her own darkly ironic ends. Callier arrived at electronic music through many of the usual byways. She spent years in Chicago-area indie-rock bands until the promise of greater creative autonomy beckoned her to the synthesizer. Her first Gel Set cassette, “Cell Jets,” landed in 2012, but Callier’s breakthrough came in 2015 with the project’s full-length debut, “Human Salad.” Since then, the artist has refined her sound and sensibility over two further Gel Set albums, as well as collaborations with Whitney Johnson (as Simulation) and Nicole Ginelli (God Vol 1).

2021-07-09
KCRW's Private Playlist: Lionel Boy

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. The musician known as Lionel Boy may not be from Long Beach, but you might say he is of Long Beach. Like his adopted city, Lionel-Keone De Guzman embodies a world of contrasts: fresh-faced with an old soul, expansive in disposition but deeply introspective, smooth in sound but rooted in a skate-punk ethos. After a round of well-received singles over the last year, De Guzman has fully stepped out with his self-titled debut, a dozen songs that combine the inherited ease of his Hawaiian upbringing with a subtle undercurrent of youthful anxiety. And his selections for Private Playlist mirror those preoccupations. He constructs an elegy for his island-bound adolescence through songs by Morphine, Paula Fuga, and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down.

2021-07-02
KCRW's Private Playlist: Nick Waterhouse

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. Nick Waterhouse is no stranger to KCRW’s airwaves, having first appeared on the station in March 2014. Over five albums and a clutch of singles, Waterhouse has distilled the myriad sounds of his LA upbringing into an evocative and ever-evolving brew. For this edition of Private Playlist, he picks a mix of albums and singles that have changed the course of his life, including Mose Allison and Dee Clark.

2021-06-25
KCRW's Private Playlist: kezia

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. “I write from a pretty unconscious space,” says LA-based songwriter kezia. And although their music nods towards bright Gen Z pop production, it has a moonlit melancholy that hints at heavier things. Hailing from the Bay Area, kezia cut their teeth at underground parties and took that extroverted energy back to their home studio, fusing a party-ready sound with the darker hues that emerge in solitude. From that intoxicating brew came their debut EP, “Claire,” released in June 2021.

2021-06-18
KCRW's Private Playlist: The Growth Eternal

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. The Growth Eternal is the nom du disque of Byron Crenshaw, a Tulsa native and multi-instrumentalist currently living in LA. Following a string of digital singles, Crenshaw released his full-length debut, “Bass Tone Paintings,” as The Growth Eternal in 2020. The record is a compendium of one-minute psychedelic jazz numbers with introspective sentiments on Black identity, love for the environment, and social media anxieties. He recently followed it with “Kensho !,” an EP of micro-songs which, despite their brevity, demonstrate an ever-deepening artistry. The record’s title translates roughly as “seeing one’s [true] nature,” synonymous with the start of one’s journey to enlightenment in Zen Buddhism. Based on the evidence, one imagines a similar artistic path ahead for Crenshaw and The Growth Eternal.

2021-06-18
KCRW's Private Playlist: Paul Cornish

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. Ask pianist Paul Cornish about his intentions for his music, and he’ll say he wants to “improve the human condition one ear at a time.” That statement’s dual sense of ambition and earnestness feels like one way to understand his art. Still in his twenties, Cornish has already shared stages and studios with stratospheric talents like Herbie HancockJohn Legend, and Dee Dee Bridgewater, among many others. He sits on the faculty of the Stanford Jazz Workshop and occupies the piano bench for the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Performance. But Cornish’s way of speaking about jazz, and about music more broadly, shares spiritual qualities with his heroes like Robert Glasper and Jason Moran. And in performance, he proves himself to be a grounded, perceptive, and heart-stoppingly nimble musician. Put simply, Paul Cornish is one to watch.

2021-05-28
KCRW's Private Playlist: Bachelor

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. Musicians Jay Som (Melina Duterte) and Palehound (Ellen Kempner) were individually well-established on the indie circuit (and mutual fans) when they met backstage on a double bill in Sacramento in 2017. Almost immediately, they bonded over a range of shared experiences, most pointedly as queer women of the same generational cohort in the music industry. Following an auspicious 2018 jam session, they formalized their musical partnership with the formation of BachelorThe duo’s debut album, “Doomin’ Sun,” was recorded over two weeks in a rented Airbnb in Topanga Canyon in early 2020, replete with a piano and a hot tub. Treating the sessions as a kind of extended sleepaway camp, the result is a testament to the playful, free-associative nature of their collaboration.

2021-05-21
KCRW's Private Playlist: Wallice

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. LA’s Wallice began writing songs in middle school, contemplating secret crushes over instruments she learned to play in the school band. Drawing upon influences from bossanova to Black Eyed Peas, her music feels sweet and nostalgic, with a rowdy edge borrowed from her love of latter-day indie rock. Wallice’s early musical ambitions led her to the New School’s Jazz Vocal Performance program in New York, but a thirst for independence drew her back to California after one year.

Linking up creatively with a childhood friend, she released her debut single, “Punching Bag,” during the pandemic. Within weeks, a million bedroom-bound listeners gave her a breakout SoundCloud smash. The blogosphere followed suit, with kudos from tastemakers including The Line of Best FitPigeons & Planes, and The FADER. Wallice recently released her fourth single, “Hey Michael,” a wry takedown of self-important Gen Z boys through the lens of an unreliable female narrator.

2021-05-14
KCRW's Private Playlist: V.C.R

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. LA-based violinist, composer, and vocalist V.C.R makes self-styled “cinematic soul” that defies reductive categorizations. Homeschooled in a musical family, she began as a violin prodigy, performing in gospel choirs and string ensembles from age 5. Raised on a strict diet of non-secular music, V.C.R soon found her way to the popular repertoire, leading to obsessions with artists from Chaka Khan to J Dilla. Moving to LA, she quickly became an in-demand guest artist and collaborator, appearing with artists including Yoko Ono, Fiona Apple, Nicki Minaj, and St. Vincent, among many others. In 2019, she published her first book, “The Creative Black Woman’s Playbook,” published by Co-Conspirator Press. Her debut EP, including the single “Minnie Lives,” will be released in summer 2021.

2021-05-07
KCRW's Private Playlist: Edith Crash

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. Edith Crash is the nom du disque of Carole Sabouraud, a composer, producer, and songwriter originally hailing from Perpignan, France. Sabouraud moved to Spain as a teenager and began playing in bands and composing for films and documentaries. She adopted the Edith Crash moniker upon moving to LA in 2013. Here she met producer and multi-instrumentalist Alain Johannes (Queens of the Stone Age, PJ Harvey, Eleven), with whom she recorded 2015’s “Partir,” dedicated to her late mother. NPR caught Crash’s 2016 performance at SXSW and hailed her “bluesy, folky music,” calling it “very dark and strange.” Crash signed to Light in the Attic Records in 2019 and released “Frenzy,” her most recent album, co-produced with Jeff Berner (Psychic TV, Tony Conrad, Boy George). She filmed the video for her song “Running” on the grounds of DTLA’s famed underground haunt, The Smell. KCRW’s own Henry Rollins hailed the album as “super cool.” Last year, Sabouraud released her first album under her own name, a self-described “epic trailer album” titled “Suture.” And in 2021, she joined the mentorship program of the Alliance for Women Film Composers under the guidance of Emmy-nominated composer Miriam Cutler (“RBG,” “Dark Money”).

2021-04-30
KCRW's Private Playlist: Bedouine

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. The gently iconoclastic music of Bedouine (Azniv Korkejian) may call to mind any number of stylistic reference points, including bossanova, psychedelia, and classic American songcraft. But her oft-recounted life story has also been one of synthesis and integration. Born in Aleppo, Syria, to Armenian expatriates, she was raised on Arabic and Armenian traditional music. She discovered MTV growing up in a Western enclave in Saudi Arabia and moved to the U.S. while in grade school. Her family’s peripatetic lifestyle took her further around the country until she landed as an adult in Echo Park.

2021-04-23
KCRW's Private Playlist: Rosie Tucker

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. LA native Rosie Tucker exploded into popular consciousness with their 2019 sophomore album, “Never Not Never Not Never Not.” Widespread acclaim for their smart and empathetic songwriting quickly led to shared stages with Phoebe BridgersSoccer Mommy, and Vagabon, among others. Newly signed to Epitaph Records, Tucker is set to release their third album, “Sucker Supreme,” on April 30. As befits a label that hosts artists from Tom Waits to the Descendents, Tucker’s new album ramps up the energy while retaining their keen intellect and searching humanity.

2021-04-16
KCRW's Private Playlist: Ah Mer Ah Su

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. Ah Mer Ah Su’s name derives from the Shinto sun goddess Amaterasu, who is often characterized as the Queen of Heaven. It’s a fitting moniker for Star Amerasu, whose music acknowledges the depths of human experience while striving for a higher state of being. A musical polymath from a young age, Ah Mer Ah Su’s sound originated in her years in musical theatre and her formative training in voice and guitar. Following two early EPs, she released her full-length debut, “Star,” in 2018. As her sound has evolved into a vibrant, pop-oriented creation, her lyrics have similarly moved from the struggles of disenfranchisement to the power of reclaiming one’s space. She appeared as part of TOKiMONSTA’s “Every Woman Live Stream” in March 2021 and is working on a new album to be released this summer.

2021-04-09
KCRW's Private Playlist: Topaz Faerie

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. One of LA’s most exciting emerging artists, the mysterious Topaz Faerie produces an intoxicating blend of avant-pop, trip-hop, and bedroom experimentation. Her mini-album, 2019’s “In The Pits,” calls to mind the streetwise chanson of Martina Topley Bird and the stark and strange electronica of Belgium’s Crammed Discs. She grew up around LA, including a spell in the Arlington Heights neighborhood, where she received classical piano training from an older Belizean neighbor, Miss Pike. Switching to trumpet and finally to bass guitar, she became a jazz devotee, taking a particular interest in Chick Corea and the fusion of Jaco Pastorius and Weather Report. After a period spent composing in longhand, she learned electronic music production and developed the world of Topaz Faerie. In recent years, she has served as a touring bassist for Yves Tumor and Kelsey Lu. She is currently working on a full-length collaboration with Bobby Earth, to be released later in 2021.

2021-04-02
KCRW's Private Playlist: Ana Roxanne

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. Vocalist/composer Ana Roxanne‘s most recent album, “Because of a Flower,” begins with an incantation: “The spirit of harmony, as it condenses, produces all beings.” The sentiment might serve as a guiding principle for her creative work as a whole. Roxanne’s debut EP, “~​~​~,” made a splash with its quietly bold reworking of Chaka Khan’s 1978 disco classic “I’m Every Woman.” Her version is refracted through Whitney Houston’s powerhouse 1992 remake, which she heard as a child of Filipino immigrants newly absorbing American pop. These kaleidoscopic layers of influence and interpretation show up in Roxanne’s original material as well, where her jazz and classical training melds with her interests in ambient, spiritual, and popular music. The results are unclassifiable and bewitching, reminiscent of spaces as vast as a cathedral and as intimate as the womb.

2021-03-26
KCRW's Private Playlist: jez.who

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. jez.who is a Brooklyn-born writer, producer, photographer, and mental health advocate. A student of musical theater, they spent their early years as a cabaret performer in New York while pursuing work in film and TV. Moving to LA in 2018, they began self-producing music at home, releasing the “Peppapot” EP in August 2020. Inspired by their love of message-oriented club divas like Crystal WatersCeCe Peniston, and Barbara Tucker, the EP also soaks in trip-hop, R&B, and electro influences. jez.who released a new single, “older with time,” in March 2021.

2021-03-19
KCRW's Private Playlist: Vinyl Williams

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. Vinyl Williams is the musical alias of Lionel Williams, a multimedia artist, producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. An LA native, Williams is the scion of a considerable musical lineage — his grandfather is composer John Williams and both parents were also musicians. He adopted the Vinyl Williams moniker in 2007 and began producing what he calls “celestial pop” — a wildly idiosyncratic and original brew of dream-pop, neo-psychedelia, shoegaze, and math-rock. His second EP, “Ultimate World,” prompted a write-up from The Guardian, who featured the group as their “New Band of the Day” in March 2012. In 2013, Williams began producing richly immersive and psychedelic interactive music videos. A standout was a multimedia collaboration with Chaz Bundick (Toro Y Moi) titled “Trance Zen Dental Spa” in 2014. His subsequent video directing work has included Unknown Mortal OrchestraMedicine, and Tears For Fears. Over five albums, his own music has become increasingly more expansive, complex, and masterful, most recently with the release of 2020’s “Azure.”

2021-03-12
KCRW's Private Playlist: Sasami

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. Sasami may have achieved greater public awareness during her tenure in KCRW faves Cherry Glazerr, but she requires no co-signs as a musician, songwriter, and producer. She’s charted arrangements for Wild Nothing and Curtis Harding, tracked horns for Vagabon and Avi Buffalo, and sat in the producer’s chair for Hand Habits and others. In 2019, after learning how to translate her musical instincts into original songs, she released her self-titled debut album. “Sasami” brought her distinctive voice (vocal and musical) to the fore, abetted by guest turns from Devendra Banhart and Beach Fossils’ Dustin Payseur.

2021-03-05
KCRW's Private Playlist: Dante Elephante

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. A native son of Goleta, CA, Ruben Zarate received his education in a musical family in the shadow of UC Santa Barbara. For Zarate, that homegrown influence inspired him to bypass the town’s party-oriented music scene in favor of the introspective and aspirational writing of heroes like Harry Nilsson and Alex Chilton. In 2010, Zarate miraculously found a group of kindred spirits and formed the first incarnation of Dante Elephante. The band’s earliest efforts were captured on 2013’s “German Aquatics” cassette, whose production was threaded through with nostalgic surf-rock influences. Their 2015 full-length debut, “Anglo-Saxon Summer,” took a harder-edged approach. Zarate’s restless creative spirit led to another stylistic sea-change with their latest album, “Mid-Century Modern Romance,” which wraps his smart but heartfelt songwriting in gauzy disco fabrics.

2021-02-26
KCRW's Private Playlist: The Koreatown Oddity

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. A native Angeleno, The Koreatown Oddity (Dominique Purdy) was born and raised in his namesake. As a teenager, Purdy plied his craft on the Sunset Strip, performing stand-up sets at the Laugh Factory. He made his feature film debut in 2006 in “The Boys & Girls Guide to Getting Down” before issuing his debut mixtape, “Eat A Dead Goat,” in 2012. Over the last decade, his discography has swelled to include seven studio albums and an additional 11 mixtapes, largely issued on cassette. He issued his debut album for Stones Throw, “Finna Be Past Tense,” in 2017.

2021-02-19
KCRW's Private Playlist: Frankie Reyes

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. Frankie Reyes is one of the myriad creative aliases of Gabriel Reyes-Whittaker, an electronic polymath who has also recorded as Gifted & Blessed (GB), Julian Abelar, The Reflektor, Abstract Eye, and more. As Frankie Reyes, he draws broadly upon his Puerto Rican heritage for elegant minimalist interpretations of traditional music. His most recent release is 2020’s “Originalitos” on Stones Throw, who also released Reyes-Whittaker’s music as The Steoples with vocalist Yeofi Andoh. The hyper-prolific producer also runs his own imprint, (fittingly) called GIFTED & BLESSED.

2021-02-19
How Arlo Parks followed her musical instincts into ‘Sunbeams’ (KCRW)

Arlo Parks is an incredible 20-year-old singer-songwriter, musician, and poet. She joined us for a conversation and an exclusive performance for Morning Becomes Eclectic. Hosted by Novena Carmel and co-produced with Anthony Valadez.

2021-02-12
KCRW's Private Playlist: Genevieve Artadi

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. Genevieve Artadi is most widely known as one-half of KNOWER, the avant-pop duo she formed with musical polymath Louis Cole in 2009. Prior to meeting Cole, she graduated with a degree in Jazz Studies from CalStateNorthridge and continued her studies at CSU Long Beach. In keeping with KNOWER’s borderless approach, the group has performed with Sweden’s Norrbotten Big Band and opened for the Red Hot Chili Peppers; collaborated with Pomplamoose and Snarky Puppy; and helmed an ever-changing live incarnation of the band. Recently, Artadi released a dazzling full-length solo album, “Dizzy Strange Summer.

2021-02-05
KCRW's Private Playlist: Gabe Goodman

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. Gabe Goodman is a relative newcomer to LA, having narrowly avoided another Eastern winter after decamping from New York in late 2020. But his blend of pristine pop and sunny melancholy is a perfect fit for California winters. His latest EP, “New Things,” was recorded back east, but Goodman is feeling right at home here, despite the strangeness of pandemic times. Goodman was a co-founder of Future Teens with Daniel Radin, in addition to his tenure in Boston-area bands like Magic Man and Photocomfort. Prior to his relocation, he also co-produced “Giver Taker,” the debut album by Boston’s Anjimile

2021-02-05
Anthony and Novena Welcome Tom Schnabel Back to MBE (KCRW)

The legendary Tom Schnabel returns to MBE for a special guest birthday set with new hosts Novena Carmel and Anthony Valadez. Co-produced with Ariana Morgenstern, Novena Carmel, and Anthony Valadez.

2021-01-29
KCRW's Private Playlist: Lady Blackbird

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. Few vocalists have earned the honor to be proclaimed “the Grace Jones of jazz,” but Lady Blackbird is not your average interpreter. She made a bold debut last year with her slow-burning version of Nina Simone’s “Blackbird.” Her second single, “Beware the Stranger,” was a similarly intense reworking of “Wanted Dead or Alive,” the rare groove classic popularized by the Voices of East Harlem. And in October, she released a gorgeously melancholy take on the James Gang’s “Collage.” She releases her full-length debut, “Black Acid Soul,” this spring.

2021-01-19
Late Night Consolations (1996​-​1998​)​, Vol. I

A compilation of deeply personal acoustic home recordings made from ages 19-21 during my tenure at Boston University, contemporaneous with the ideation of Science Park.

2021-01-15
KCRW's Private Playlist: Karriem Riggins

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. With a resume that ranges from Talib Kweli to Paul McCartney, L.A.-based drummer Karriem Riggins has assembled his kit in a borderless zone that encompasses modern jazz, hip-hop, classic singer-songwriters, and whatever else tickles his fancy. Riggins studied with legendary bassist Roy Brown and quickly became the go-to rhythmatist for Ron Carter, Donald Byrd, Oscar Peterson, and other jazz icons. Honoring his own upbringing among the nascent rap and hip-hop scenes, Riggins became an in-demand beatmaker for Common, J Dilla, and Erykah Badu, among others. His expansive credits also include Elvis Costello and the Roots, Kaytranada, Norah Jones, Diana Krall, and Esperanza Spalding. In late 2020, he released “Pardon My French,” a long-mooted collaboration with Madlib, as The Jahari Massamba Unit.

2021-01-08
KCRW's Private Playlist: Qur'an Shaheed

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. Pasadena’s Qur’an Shaheed was born into musical greatness: her father Nolan Shaheed is a trumpeter and cornetist who has recorded with Earth, Wind & Fire, and Buddy Collette, while her mother Sharon is a jazz pianist. But Qur’an’s musical resume is formidable in its own right: she’s collaborated with Jimetta Rose, Ktown Oddity, and the Pan Afrikan People’s Arkestra (alongside her father). She recorded her debut EP, 2020’s “Process,” in collaboration with LA underground stalwarts Human Error Club and Black Nile.

2021-01-02
Faulty Machine Recordings Service: December 2020

Released the December 2020 edition of Faulty Machine Recordings Service, an experimental distribution service for homebrew musical projects in order to release new music in a more timely and ongoing fashion.

2021-01-01
KCRW's Private Playlist: Channel Tres

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. Compton native Channel Tres (Sheldon Young) may be in the midst of a stratospheric rise, with a string of acclaimed singles culminating in an endorsement by none other than Elton John. But his newfound acclaim has been long in the making: he played drums in the church band and deepened his musical education in college, returning to LA to write and produce for artists including Wale, DUCKWRTH, and August 08. Like all musicians in 2020, Tres has been working away in solitude under quarantine, but on his new mixtape, “i can’t go outside,” he leans even further into the concept than most.

2020-12-25
KCRW's Private Playlist: Machinedrum

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. Machinedrum is the primary production and recording vehicle of Travis Stewart, a musical polymath whose career spans more than two decades and over a dozen full-length releases. Taking up the Machinedrum name in 2001, his first critical breakthrough arrived with 2009’s album, “Want To 1 2?” His 2011 album “Room(s),” for the Planet Mu imprint, met with similar acclaim. He went on to form successful collaborations with Praveen Sharma (Sepalcure) and Jimmy Edgar (JETS). As Machinedrum’s own stock continued to rise, Stewart sat in the producer’s chair for artists including Dawn Richard, Theophilus London, Azealia Banks, Rochelle Jordan, and Logic. Similarly in-demand as a remixer, his clientele includes Kelis, Solange, SBTRKT, Bonobo, and DJ Shadow. Now headquartered in Thousand Oaks, his latest album, “A View Of U,” was released in October 2020.

2020-12-18
KCRW's Private Playlist: Open Mike Eagle

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. With more than a dozen solo and collaborative projects to his name, Leimert Park’s Open Mike Eagle has spent his career redefining and expanding the parameters of “art rap,” the term he coined as a shorthand for leftfield and avant-garde rap music. He spent the 2010s finding comedy in rap music and American nightmares. On albums like ​”Brick Body Kids Still Daydream” ​and ​”Dark Comedy​,” he delivered hilarious socio-political insights via half-sung verses laid atop progressive production. More recently, he’s made a shift toward examining trauma: his own and his community’s. And on his brilliant new album, “Anime, Trauma, and Divorce,” he probes the darkness of his past and searches for lights to guide him forward.

2020-12-11
KCRW's Private Playlist: Lyric Jones

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. Nearly a decade into her career, MC/vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Lyric Jones is hitting her stride. Raised in the Boston area, Jones decamped to Atlanta and built an early following there before arriving in LA in 2012. She spent the intervening years collaborating and making guest appearances, including a 2016 single with Rah Digga, “Ski Mask Way.” A chance meeting with Phonte Coleman (Little Brother) in early 2020 quickly led to Jones’s new album, “Closer Than They Appear.” Along the way, she cleared another landmark in June by appearing on “Sesame Street” as a rapping hamburger, swapping bars with Phonte, also in character as a hiking boot.

2020-12-04
KCRW's Private Playlist: Maral

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. Maral (Maral Mahmoudi) creates dense, distorted, and wildly textured club music with a darkly psychedelic edge. Drawing extensively on the field recordings and folk music of her Iranian heritage, Maral creates mirrored-reality music that recalls experimental artists like Sussan Deyhim and the depth-charge dub of Lee “Scratch” Perry. Maral’s debut cassette, 2019’s “Mahur Club,” served as a statement of intent for the hybrid music she calls “folk club.” Her new album, “Push,” features Perry, as well as Penny Rimbaud, co-founder of the legendary anarchist punk collective, Crass. Maral also hosts the show “Time Away” on dublab.

2020-12-03
Faulty Machine Recordings Service: November 2020

Released the November 2020 edition of Faulty Machine Recordings Service, an experimental distribution service for homebrew musical projects in order to release new music in a more timely and ongoing fashion.

2020-11-27
KCRW's Private Playlist: DUCKWRTH

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. DUCKWRTH grew up in South LA, where his formative musical experiences included singing in a Pentecostal church choir and absorbing the classic funk and R&B of his neighborhood. Decamping to San Francisco to study graphic arts, he soon developed a distinctive musical and visual style which matched the expansiveness of his new surroundings. His early mixtapes garnered steam in advance of his proper debut album, 2016’s “I’M UGLY.” He subsequently ventured into fashion design and visual arts before releasing another mixtape in 2016 and, most recently, a new album, “SuperGood,” in August. The release was commemorated by a live streamed performance in a local roller skating rink, where he used music, visuals, and theatrical techniques to represent the album.

2020-11-26
KCRW's Private Playlist One-Hour Special

Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments.  Every week, we invite a local artist to share a handful of tunes they can’t stop listening to. It’s a celebration of the energy and inspiration that turns music lovers into music makers. For this special edition, Anne Litt and I chose seven of our favorite Private Playlist installments. In the spirit of KCRW, you’ll hear music that runs the gamut from vintage ambient to Delta country blues; from Anime soundtracks to Nigerian funk. And, above all, you’ll hear some amazing artists talk passionately about the music that keeps their creative hearts beating.

2020-11-20
KCRW's Private Playlist: Julianna Barwick

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. Julianna Barwick is a composer, vocalist and producer who has performed with artists including Yoko Ono, The Flaming Lips, Philip Glass, and Ikue Mori. Barwick spent more than a decade building a devoted following in New York with her loop-based compositions for voice and electronics. But in 2016, she decided to start fresh in LA. Her new album, “Healing Is A Miracle,” is her first since making the move, and features collaborations with Jónsi, Mary Lattimore, and Nosaj Thing.

2020-11-13
KCRW's Private Playlist: Ndidi O

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. For nearly two decades, singer-songwriter Ndidi O (born Ndidi Onukwulu) has carved out an adventurous career that deftly moves between soul, blues, trip-hop, gospel, cabaret, and more. A two-time Juno Award nominee, Ndidi has released six solo albums, most recently 2018’s “These Days,” which she co-produced with Canadian multi-instrumentalist Mischa Chillak. She and Chillak also write and record under their trip-hop alias, BOGA.

2020-11-06
KCRW's Private Playlist: Mary Lattimore

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. Harpist Mary Lattimore has performed and recorded with artists including Sigur Ros, Thurston Moore, Jarvis Cocker, Kurt Vile, and Sharon Van Etten, among many others. Her newest release, “Silver Ladders,” follows a string of earlier acclaimed solo albums on Ghostly International and Thrill Jockey. “Silver Ladders” was recorded with Neil Halstead (Slowdive/Mojave 3) at his home studio in Cornwall, England. The album was released in October 2020 alongside a special “visual score” by photographer/director Rachael Pony Cassells.

2020-11-01
Faulty Machine Recordings Service: October 2020

Released the October 2020 edition of Faulty Machine Recordings Service, an experimental distribution service for homebrew musical projects in order to release new music in a more timely and ongoing fashion.

2020-10-30
KCRW's Private Playlist: Go Betty Go

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. Nicolette Vilar is the vocalist for Go Betty Go, a cornerstone of the latter-day SoCal Chicanx Punk scene that rose to prominence in the early 2000s. Often compared to the Go-Go’s, the band earned early plaudits for their classically tuneful three-chord rock’n’roll. They joined the Warped Tour in 2004 and 2005 and released two albums prior to Nicolette’s departure in 2006. The original lineup reunited in 2012 and issued “Reboot” in 2015.

2020-10-01
Faulty Machine Recordings Service: September 2020

Released the September 2020 edition of Faulty Machine Recordings Service, an experimental distribution service for homebrew musical projects in order to release new music in a more timely and ongoing fashion.

2020-09-24
Lost Notes: 1980 (Season 3) (KCRW)

Senior Producer of Lost Notes: 1980: a seven-part music documentary podcast from KCRW exploring a single year: 1980 – the brilliant, awkward and sometimes heartbreaking opening to a monumental decade in popular music. Written and hosted by Hanif Abdurraqib.

2020-09-16
KCRW's Greater LA: What it’s like looking out for fires

Appeared as a guest on KCRW’s “Greater LA” to talk about my volunteer work as a fire lookout in Los Padres National Forest.

2020-09-01
Faulty Machine Recordings Service: August 2020

Released the August 2020 edition of Faulty Machine Recordings Service, an experimental distribution service for homebrew musical projects in order to release new music in a more timely and ongoing fashion.

2020-08-14
KCRW's Private Playlist: Pete Tong

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. With a career reaching back to the late 1970s, Pete Tong is recognized as one of the most influential radio personalities in the UK. Tong was a key figure in England’s dance music resurgence in the 1990s, co-founding the long-running Essential Selection series on BBC Radio 1 at the start of the decade. Tong also founded the dance music label ffrr, which helped launch the careers of countless artists including Orbital, Asian Dub Foundation, Goldie, and Luke Vibert.

2020-08-01
Faulty Machine Recordings Service: July 2020

Released the July 2020 edition of Faulty Machine Recordings Service, an experimental distribution service for homebrew musical projects in order to release new music in a more timely and ongoing fashion.

2020-07-31
KCRW's Private Playlist: La Marisoul

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. La Marisoul is perhaps best known as the voice of LA’s Grammy-winning ensemble (and KCRW favorites), La Santa Cecilia. Growing up between Mexico and LA, she cut her teeth as a teenager singing on Olvera Street for spare change before co-founding La Santa Cecilia in 2007.

2020-07-24
KCRW's Private Playlist: Bob Mould

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. Bob Mould is one of the principal architects of American underground music. As one-third of ‘80s Minneapolis power trio Hüsker Dü, he married hardcore to psychedelia and punk to classic songcraft. He spent much of the ’90s leading Sugar, an even crunchier trio whose widescreen power-pop brought him within a hair’s breadth of mainstream success. His solo career launched with 1989’s indelible “Workbook” and continues with “Blue Hearts.

2020-07-17
KCRW's Private Playlist: San Cha

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a weekly listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. San Cha‘s music combines elements of cumbia, bolero, punk, and electro, held aloft by her extravagant, classically-trained voice.

2020-07-10
KCRW's Private Playlist: M. Ward

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a weekly listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. A prolific writer, producer, and performer, M. Ward is one of those characters for whom it’s hard to choose a career highlight. For some, he’s best known as one-half of She & Him with Zooey Deschanel. For others, it’s his participation in the Monsters of Folk supergroup with Conor OberstJim James, and Mike Mogis. Those who don’t know him by name may have heard him on the road or in the studio with Mavis Staples, Jenny Lewis, Norah Jones, Cat Power, Neko Case, Lucinda Williams, Peter Buck, and countless others. And all the while, there’s his extensive solo discography, the most recent of which is this year’s “Migration Stories” album.

2020-07-03
KCRW's Private Playlist: Alice Bag

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a weekly listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. The piece airs Friday mornings on KCRW as the closing segment of Morning Edition. For this installment, I spoke with L.A. punk legend Alice Bag. Alice was the lead singer and co-founder of The Bags, one of the first bands to form during the initial wave of punk in Los Angeles. She was featured in Penelope Spheeris’s seminal documentary on L.A. punk, The Decline of Western Civilization. She is the author of the critically acclaimed books “Violence Girl” and “Pipe Bomb For the Soul.” Her second album, “Blueprint,” was named one of the Best Albums of 2018 by NPR. Her third, “Sister Dynamite,” was released under quarantine in April 2020.

2020-07-01
Faulty Machine Recordings Service: June 2020

Released the June 2020 edition of Faulty Machine Recordings Service, an experimental distribution service for homebrew musical projects in order to release new music in a more timely and ongoing fashion.

2020-06-26
KCRW's Private Playlist: Madame Gandhi

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a weekly listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. The piece airs Friday mornings on KCRW as the closing segment of Morning Edition. For this installment, I spoke with Madame Gandhi, aka producer/drummer/activist Kiran Gandhi. Gandhi was working as a digital analyst at Interscope Records in 2012 when she uploaded a live drum arrangement of M.I.A.’s “Bad Girls” recorded at their offices. She joined M.I.A.’s touring lineup while earning her MBA from Harvard Business School. She subsequently moved back to LA and launched her solo career as Madame Gandhi in an effort to combine her dual loves of activism and music.

2020-06-12
KCRW's Private Playlist: Aimee Mann

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a weekly listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. The piece airs Friday mornings on KCRW as the closing segment of Morning Edition. For this installment, I spoke with Aimee Mann, one of the most acclaimed voices in contemporary American songwriting. Mann is a paragon of smart, reflective, and penetrating songcraft. Her last solo release, 2017’s “Mental Illness,” won her a Grammy for Best Folk Album. Alongside fellow indie darling Ted Leo, she writes and records as The Both and co-hosts a podcast, “The Art of Process.”

2020-06-12
The Muezzins of Mali (2020 Remaster)

Reissue of my compendium of field recordings featuring calls to prayer (adhan) and prayer services (salat) recorded throughout Mali in January 2012. Re-edited and remastered from the original source recordings in June 2020. Available via Bandcamp.

2020-06-05
KCRW's Private Playlist: Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a weekly listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. The piece airs Friday mornings on KCRW as the closing segment of Morning Edition. For this installment, I hosted Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad, who were already superstar producers and musicians in their own right before teaming up as The Midnight Hour. Now they’re in demand as film and TV composers after their breakout score for Netflix’s Luke Cage in 2016. Younge and Muhammad also moonlight as part of the creative team behind L.A.’s performance series, Jazz is Dead.

2020-06-01
Faulty Machine Recordings Service: May 2020

Released the May 2020 edition of Faulty Machine Recordings Service, an experimental distribution service for homebrew musical projects in order to release new music in a more timely and ongoing fashion.

2020-05-29
KCRW's Private Playlist: TOKiMONSTA

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a weekly listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. The piece airs Friday mornings on KCRW as the closing segment of Morning Edition. For this episode, I spoke with Jennifer Lee, aka TOKiMONSTA, who got her start in the beat battles of Leimert Park, and quickly carved out a space in the legendary Low End Theory scene out of Lincoln Heights. Her 2010 debut, Midnight Menu, was released on Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder label. Collaborations with Jessie Ware, Anderson .Paak, and Kelly Rowland followed. Her 2017 album, Lune Rouge, was nominated for a Grammy in Best Dance/Electronic Album, making her the first female Asian-American artist to be considered in that category.

2020-05-22
KCRW's Private Playlist: Jeff Parker

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a weekly listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. The piece airs Friday mornings on KCRW as the closing segment of Morning Edition. For this installment, I spoke with guitarist Jeff Parker, whose career began with Chicago’s legendary Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). He rose to national prominence in the ‘90s during his tenure with “post-rock” ensembles such as Tortoise and Isotope 217. Since then, his studio credits have been as expansive and eclectic as his playing, including records by Andrew Bird, Meshell Ndegeocello, Rob Mazurek, Joshua Redman, the Aluminum Group, and more.

2020-05-15
KCRW's Private Playlist: Dorian Wood

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a weekly listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. The piece airs Friday mornings on KCRW as the closing segment of Morning Edition. For this installment, I spoke with Dorian Wood, an L.A. native whose searching and emotional work runs the gamut of genres and styles. Their commanding voice has been heard fronting chamber orchestras, rock ensembles, and anarchist marching bands, among others. As a musician, Wood has released over a dozen recordings, the most recent of which, XALÁ, marks the first time that they have recorded a full-length work in their mother tongue of Spanish. Prior to the quarantine, they were touring Europe, Mexico, and the U.S. with a show paying tribute to the late Mexican singer Chavela Vargas. Most recently, they became a 2020 Creative Capital Award recipient.

2020-05-08
KCRW's Private Playlist: Thundercat

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a weekly listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. The piece airs Friday mornings on KCRW as the closing segment of Morning Edition. For this installment, I spoke with Thundercat, one of L.A.’s most accomplished and in-demand musicians. A frequent collaborator with Flying Lotus, Bruner has also contributed to albums by Erykah Badu, Kamasi Washington, and Kendrick Lamar, with whom Bruner shared a Grammy in 2016 for his performance on the track “These Walls.” But most recently Thundercat has come into his own as a solo artist. His fourth album, It Is What It Is, was released in April 2020 on Brainfeeder. Bruner spoke with KCRW about the night Jaco Pastorius changed his life, the importance of listening to albums from the beginning, and the record that helps him through strange times.

2020-05-01
KCRW's Private Playlist: Neon Indian

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a weekly listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. The piece airs Friday mornings on KCRW as the closing segment of Morning Edition. For this episode, I spoke with Neon Indian, the stage alias of Alan Palomo, a musician and producer who has released three albums and a handful of EPs since 2008. Palomo has collaborated with the Flaming Lips, Holy Ghost!, and Miami Horror, and has produced remixes for Au Revoir Simone, Grizzly Bear, and The Silent League.

2020-05-01
Faulty Machine Recordings Service: April 2020

Released the April 2020 edition of Faulty Machine Recordings Service, an experimental distribution service for homebrew musical projects in order to release new music in a more timely and ongoing fashion.

2020-04-24
KCRW's Private Playlist: Mia Doi Todd

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a weekly listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. The piece airs Friday mornings on KCRW as the closing segment of Morning Edition. For this installment, I spoke with Mia Doi Todda singer-songwriter and L.A. native. Since 1997, Todd has released ten solo albums and appeared on countless recordings with other artists, including Saul Williams, The Folk Implosion, and David J of Bauhaus.

2020-04-17
KCRW's Private Playlist: Hand Habits

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a weekly listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. The piece airs Friday mornings on KCRW as the closing segment of Morning Edition. For this installment, I spoke with Hand Habits, the solo project of Meg Duffy, a multi-instrumentalist who has performed and recorded with acts including Kevin Morby, The War on Drugs, and William Tyler.

2020-04-10
KCRW's Private Playlist: Chris Cohen

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a weekly listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. The piece airs Friday mornings on KCRW as the closing segment of Morning Edition. For this installment, I spoke with Chris Cohen, a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with an extensive discography as a solo artist, sideman, producer, and band member.

2020-04-03
KCRW's Private Playlist: Inara George

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a weekly listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. The piece airs Friday mornings on KCRW as the closing segment of Morning Edition. For the inaugural episode, I spoke with Inara George, a vocalist and songwriter best known as one-half of pop duo The Bird And The Bee. She spoke with me about raising music-literate kids and her own nostalgic listening under quarantine.

2020-04-01
Faulty Machine Recordings Service: March 2020

Released the March 2020 edition of Faulty Machine Recordings Service, an experimental distribution service for homebrew musical projects in order to release new music in a more timely and ongoing fashion.

2020-03-31
Faulty Machine Recordings Service

Launched an experimental distribution service for homebrew musical projects in order to release music in a more timely and ongoing fashion.

2020-02-26
Bodies (Season 2) (KCRW)

Mixing engineer for second season of Bodiesa documentary series featuring stories of medical mysteries in women’s health produced by Allison Behringer for KCRW.

2020-02-21
Pam Grier: From Blaxploitation to Black Excellence (WNYC)

Served as field producer and recordist for this New Yorker Radio Hour piece on actress Pam Grier.

2019-12-31
2019 In Radio

2019 radio/podcast clientele: Getty Museum, Inside Trader Joe’s (Sound That Brands/Emmis), Kindredcast (iHeartRadio), Manifest (NBCUniversal), Masterpiece (WGBH), Minnesota Public Radio, Money Ha Ha, Motherly, New Yorker Radio Hour (WNYC), NPR, Pop Up Magazine, This American Life, Thrive Global/Arianna Huffington (iHeartRadio).

2019-12-24
John Legend Holiday Guest DJ Set (KCRW)

Produced, engineered, and mixed a holiday Guest DJ Set by John Legend for KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, with host Eric J. Lawrence and show producer Mary Chellamy.

2019-12-07
The National/Mike Millard (KCRW)

A news feature on legendary bootlegger Mike Millard and indie-rock band The National for KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic. Co-produced with Anne Litt, Tyler Hale, and Nick White.

2019-11-11
Recording Artists (Getty Museum)

Mixed, scored, and sound-designed Recording Artists, a podcast series for the Getty Museum exploring the lives and careers of six women artists from the 20th Century.

2019-11-01
Third Coast Int'l Audio Festival Audio Doctor

Selected as one of “six masterful practitioners of audio” in residence at the 2019 Third Coast International Audio Festival. Worked with Festival attendees on an appointment basis to dissect, troubleshoot, and (re)design their audio pieces.

2019-10-26
ShortWaveMusic «ALL NIGHT FLIGHT» #6: Chicago, IL

Performed ShortWaveMusic «ALL NIGHT FLIGHT», an eight-hour immersive nocturnal sound-art experience, at Tritriangle in Chicago, IL.

2019-09-19
Radio Is A Foreign Country #21: Radio Digs

Contributed ShortWaveMusic archival recordings to Episode #21 of Kenneth Routon’s broadcast ethnography mixtape/radio show, Radio is a Foreign Country.

2019-09-03
Burning Man 2019 Field Recordings

Attended Burning Man 2019 (Black Rock City, NV) and recorded soundscapes, sound installations, and other field audio for the ongoing Black Rock Soundscapes project.

2019-06-26
A Fiery Unrest: Why Plymouth Avenue Burned (MPR)

Mixed A Fiery Unrest: Why Plymouth Avenue Burned, a radio documentary produced for Minnesota Public Radio by Nancy Rosenbaum.

2019-04-25
Lost Notes (Season 2) (KCRW)

Returning series producer of Lost Notes: an eight-part music documentary podcast from KCRW covering “the greatest music stories never truly told”, with host and executive producer Jessica Hopper.

2019-02-18
The New School: Radio Experiments

Guest lecturer for the New School (New York, NY) for two seminars in their Radio Experiments graduate-level course, developed and taught by Joan Schuman.

2019-01-06
The Clouds Should Know Me By Now (Earlid)

Contributed The Clouds Should Know Me By Now, a long-form essay on the ShortWaveMusic project, to the Fidelity issue of sound-art journal Earlid.

2018-12-31
2018 In Radio

2018 radio/podcast clientele: The Getty Museum, iHeartRadio, In Other Words (Art Agency, Partners), Inside Trader Joe’s (Amplifi Media), L.A. Theatre Works, Manifest (NBCUniversal), Masterpiece (WGBH), Motherly, New Yorker Radio Hour (WNYC), Soho House Stories (Radio Wolfgang), Studio 360 (WNYC), This American Life, Thrive Global/Arianna Huffington (iHeartRadio), Tilted: A Lean In Podcast, The Wine Down with Ben Schwartz (Endeavor)

2018-11-10
ShortWaveMusic «ALL NIGHT FLIGHT» #5: Joshua Tree, CA

Performed ShortWaveMusic «ALL NIGHT FLIGHT», an eight-hour immersive nocturnal sound-art experience, at a secret location in Joshua Tree, CA.

2018-10-05
Science Park: Mercator

Mercator is Science Park’s fourth album, and its first since 2001. The album was recorded March-December 2017 at Mysterious Mammal Studio in Inglewood, CA, and released on October 5, 2018. The album is available on Bandcamp and elsewhere.

2018-09-28
Science Park: 1381GSS (Duck & Cover Mix)

The “Duck & Cover Mix” reimagines Science Park’s “1381GSS” as an apocalyptic dancescape in which sensuous club rhythms are married to anxiety-provoking air-raid sirens and attack warning broadcasts.

2018-09-28
Science Park: Futurama (20th Anniversary Reissue)

Futurama is Science Park’s second album, recorded in June/July 1998 and released in September 1998. This newly-expanded edition (with 10 bonus tracks) was issued on the 20th anniversary of its release. Available via Bandcamp.

2018-09-20
The Secret Life of Plants (KCRW/McSweeney's)

Produced “The Secret Life of Plants” for The Organist (KCRW/McSweeney’s) with producer Lindsay Patterson.

2018-08-17
Science Park: Dot of America (Single)

Dot of America” is the second single from Science Park’s forthcoming album, Mercator.

2018-07-20
Bryan Sandlin: States (Science Park After Dark Remix)

Remixed singer/songwriter Bryan Sandlin’s “States” single.

2018-06-05
Science Park: 1381GSS (Single)

1381GSS” is Science Park’s first new release since 2001’s Disinformation, and the project’s first-ever music video.

2018-05-09
The Wine Down with Ben Schwartz

Mixer/editor/engineer for The Wine Down by Wine Dialogues, a podcast starring actor/writer/comedian Ben Schwartz.

2018-05-01
Inside Trader Joe's

Field producer/engineer for Inside Trader Joe’s podcast. (Ongoing)

2018-04-05
Lost Notes (KCRW)

Series producer of Lost Notes, an eight-part music documentary podcast from KCRW covering “the greatest music stories never truly told.” (The series returns in 2019.)

2017-12-31
2017 In Radio

2017 radio/podcast clientele: 99% Invisible (Radiotopia), The Big Listen (WAMU), Closer Than They Appear with Carvell Wallace (Al Jazeera), Cornell Tech, Harvard Business School, In Other Words (Art Agency, Partners), Kindredcast (LionTree, LLC), New Yorker Radio Hour (WNYC), Only a Game (WBUR), Pineapple.fm, Pop Up Magazine, Public Radio International, Science Vs. (Gimlet), Short Cuts (BBC/Falling Tree Productions), Soho House Stories (Radio Wolfgang), Studio 360 (WNYC), This American Life, Thrive Global/Arianna Huffington (iHeartRadio)

2017-12-14
How To Be In Two Places At Once (KCRW/McSweeney's)

Produced “How To Be In Two Places At Once: The Firesign Theatre in the U.S. and Vietnam” for The Organist (KCRW/McSweeney’s) with author/scholar Jeremy Braddock.

2017-09-09
Burning Man 2017 Field Recordings

Attended Burning Man 2017 (Black Rock City, NV) and recorded soundscapes, sound installations, and other field audio for the ongoing Black Rock Soundscapes project.

2017-02-09
Baptism of Solitude (KCRW/The Organist)

Produced “Baptism of Solitude” for The Organist (KCRW/McSweeney’s) with author/scholar Brian T. Edwards.

2017-02-03
Socotra Soundscapes: Field Recordings from the Archipelago

A compilation album featuring field recordings made on the archipelago of Socotra (a protectorate of Yemen) in March 2013. Available via Bandcamp.

2016-12-31
2016 in Radio

2016 radio/podcast clientele: Falling Tree Productions (BBC Radio 4), FiveThirtyEight, Gimlet, Girlboss (Panoply), Latino USA, Life of the Law, Monocle, National Endowment for the Arts, Note to Self (WNYC), Now What with Ryan Duffy (Huffington Post), On the Media (WNYC), Pitch, State of the Re-Union, Studio 360 (WNYC), TED Radio Hour (NPR), Testbed (BBC Radio 4), This American Life.

2016-11-22
KCRW Investigates with Karen Foshay

Contributing producer and mixer on three investigative series with reporter Karen Foshay for KCRW: Future of Work, Troubled Waters, and Burned.

2016-10-02
ShortWaveMusic «ALL NIGHT FLIGHT» #4: Halle, Germany

Performed ShortWaveMusic «ALL NIGHT FLIGHT», an eight-hour immersive nocturnal sound-art experience, at Radio Revolten International Radio Art Festival (Halle, Germany).

2016-09-28
Off the Block (KCRW)

Composed theme and incidental music for KCRW’s investigative series Off the Block.

2016-09-24
ShortWaveMusic «ALL NIGHT FLIGHT» #3: Joshua Tree, CA

Dress rehearsal/performance for the overseas debut of ShortWaveMusic «ALL NIGHT FLIGHT», an eight-hour immersive nocturnal sound-art experience.

2016-09-12
Burning Man 2016 Field Recordings

Attended Burning Man 2016 (Black Rock City, NV) and recorded soundscapes, sound installations, and other field audio for the ongoing Black Rock Soundscapes project.

2016-07-29
PBS Masterpiece Studio

L.A. regional field producer/engineer for PBS Masterpiece Studio. (Ongoing)

2016-07-08
Mix Tapes (KCRW/UnFictional)

Produced “Mix Tapes, Mix Tapes, Mix Tapes” for KCRW’s UnFictional radio documentary series.

2016-05-30
Field Recordings from the Sespe Wilderness

Two long-form nocturnal soundscapes recorded in the Sespe Wilderness (above Ojai, CA) in May 2016. Available via Bandcamp.

2016-04-08
Radio Free (KCRW/The Organist)

Produced Radio Free for The Organist (KCRW/McSweeney’s) with writer/producer Niela Orr.

2016-04-05
The Organist (KCRW/McSweeney's)

Contributing Editor for the arts and culture podcast from KCRW and McSweeney’s. (Ongoing)

2016-03-11
Getty Museum: Art + Ideas

Mixer/post-producer for the Getty Museum’s Art + Ideas podcast. (Ongoing)

2015-11-15
At the Tone: A Little History of NIST Radio Stations WWV & WWVH

The culmination of two decades’ research, At the Tone is the first comprehensive audio survey of NIST Radio Stations WWV and WWVH: two legendary shortwave radio broadcasters whose primary purpose is the dissemination of scientifically precise time and frequency. Recordings span the period 1955-2017 (the project has been periodically updated since its release). Available via Bandcamp.

2015-09-01
Housed: Life on Skid Row (KCRW)

Contributed production, editing, and mixing to Lisa Napoli’s investigative series, Housed: Life on Skid Row for KCRW.

2015-07-15
Rescuing Soviet History (WNYC/Studio 360)

Produced “Rescuing Soviet History Before It Disappears” for WNYC’s Studio 360.

2015-06-17
Science Park: Disinformation (15th Anniversary Reissue)

Disinformation is Science Park’s third album, recorded in June/July 2000 and released in January 2001. This newly-expanded edition (with 10 bonus tracks) was issued on the 15th anniversary of its recording. Available via Bandcamp.

2015-05-22
Reza Banki (KCRW/UnFictional)

Produced “Reza Banki” for KCRW’s UnFictional radio documentary series.

2015-03-26
Is That A Fairy?

Field recording for Chris Young and Dave Skwarczek’s interactive children’s e-book, Is That A Fairy?, with original music by Book of Love.

2015-01-31
Cody Bayne / NONEXTANT (Gold Haus Gallery, L.A.)

Original, five-hour soundscape composed for a mixed-media sculpture/installation by artist Cody Bayne from original sonic materials gathered in collaboration with the artist. Presented at Gold Haus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

2015-01-21
Mike Harding Meets... (dublab)

Special guest on dublab’s Mike Harding Meets… radio program with BJ Nilsen (Hazard) and Mike Harding (Touch).

2014-11-24
Incidents in the Ether (Radio Museo Reina Sofia)

Sound art commission for Museo Reina Sofia Radio (Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain) as part of their Modernity and Transduction podcast series.

2014-10-12
Socotra: Once and Today

Contributed field recordings from Socotra Archipelago for short film Socotra: Once and Today by Story Collective and Felisa Jimenez.

2014-09-12
Burning Man 2014 Field Recordings

Attended Burning Man 2014 (Black Rock City, NV) and recorded soundscapes, sound installations, and other field audio for the ongoing Black Rock Soundscapes project.

2014-07-14
Local Radio of Socotra Archipelago (Monocle)

Produced a segment on Local Radio of Socotra Archipelago for Monocle 24’s The Monocle Culture Show.

2014-06-13
Field Recordings from Mississippi Palisades State Park

A long-form nocturnal soundscape recorded in Mississippi Palisades State Park (Savanna, IL) in June 2014. Available via Bandcamp.

2014-03-28
ShortWaveMusic «ALL NIGHT FLIGHT» #2: Los Angeles, CA

Abbreviated downtown Los Angeles performance of of ShortWaveMusic «ALL NIGHT FLIGHT», an eight-hour immersive nocturnal sound-art experience. Also featured a DJ set/performance by Mike Harding of Touch.

2014-03-22
ShortWaveMusic «ALL NIGHT FLIGHT» for Radius Sketchpad (WXGC/Wave Farm)

A reduced version of ShortWaveMusic «ALL NIGHT FLIGHT» for the Radius SKETCHPAD series, as broadcast on WXGC/Wave Farm.

2014-02-21
Myke Weiskopf: 30: A Retrospective 1976-2006 (Remaster/Reissue)

30: A Retrospective 1976-2006 (Obscure-Disk OBSCD07) was a compendium of pop music and sound-art work to date. Remastered and re-released in 2014. Available via Bandcamp.

2013-12-03
The Ghosts of Fire Island (KCRW/UnFictional)

Radio documentary for KCRW’s UnFictional chronicling the coming of AIDS/HIV to the gay mecca of Fire Island, New York in the early 1980s. Winner, First Place (Large Newsroom Documentary category) at the 2014 Public Radio News Directors awards; Second Place (Radio Documentary) at the 2014 Los Angeles Press Club Awards.

2013-10-11
Fog Signals 1980-1993

Restoration of a compendium of vintage recordings of fog horns and fog bells from the archives of U.K.-based Association of Lighthouse Keepers. (Recordings are not yet commercially available and are kept in the ALK’s private holdings.)

2013-10-04
The Muezzins of Mali

A compendium of field recordings featuring calls to prayer (adhan) and prayer services (salat) recorded throughout Mali in January 2012. Available via Bandcamp.

2013-09-21
ShortWaveMusic «ALL NIGHT FLIGHT: QUADRA» for Dubbelradio (Sweden)

Special four-channel remix/re-edit of ShortWaveMusic «ALL NIGHT FLIGHT: QUADRA» for Dubbelradio, a 24-hour radio art festival that took place at Konsthall C in Stockholm in September 2013. Two city-wide FM frequencies were used to broadcast unique radio art pieces and specially conceived performances designed to be listened to on two radios simultaneously.

2013-09-10
Ud At Samle Svampe: ShortWaveMusic (SNYK Radio)

A special ShortWaveMusic mix for Ud At Samle Svampe (“Out to Collect Mushrooms”): a podcast series from SNYK Radio (Denmark) presenting “strange, rare, interesting or inspiring music or sound” gathered by artists.

2013-07-31
ShortWaveMusic «ALL NIGHT FLIGHT» for Radius (Chicago, IL)

Special radio broadcast edit of ShortWaveMusic «ALL NIGHT FLIGHT» produced for Radius, an experimental radio broadcast platform from Chicago.

2013-07-30
framework radio #431: Socotra (framework:afield)

A broadcast collage of found sound, field recordings, and musical performances from the 2013 ShortWaveMusic expedition to Socotra Archipelago, produced for framework radio (London) for their special framework:afield subseries.

2013-07-20
ShortWaveMusic «ALL NIGHT FLIGHT» #1: Joshua Tree, CA

Inaugural performance of ShortWaveMusic «ALL NIGHT FLIGHT», an eight-hour immersive nocturnal sound-art experience, at a secret location in Joshua Tree, CA.

2013-03-23
ShortWaveMusic 2013: Socotra

ShortWaveMusic was a global sound project and documentary series which aimed to preserve the sound of regional and international broadcasting around the world. The 2010 installation was recorded throughout the archipelago of Socotra, and included additional field recordings of folkloric music, storytelling, and soundscapes in Dagub, Hadibo, Hilham, Hulaf, Khissa di Nasseeb, Qabhaten, Qalensiyah, Qasrhir, Shouab, and Wadi Dirhor. [Listen]

2012-09-06
Miss Barbie Q for Working Now

Produced a profile of Los Angeles-based drag writer, performer, actor, and entrepreneur Miss Barbie Q for the Working Now Project, an online collaborative audio project about the working lives of people today around the world.

2012-07-18
Waves of Waves (Avenue 50 Studio, L.A.)

“Waves of Waves” was an original sound art piece assembled from transmissions received at a single geographic point in L.A., produced for the Listen Up, Los Angeles! group audio art show at Avenue 50 Studio.

2012-07-08
Strangers (KCRW)

Music supervisor for Lea Thau’s Strangers podcast (then distributed by KCRW) from July 2012-April 2015.

2012-01-16
ShortWaveMusic 2012: Timbuktu

ShortWaveMusic was a global sound project and documentary series which aimed to preserve the sound of regional and international broadcasting around the world. The 2012 installation was recorded throughout Mali, and included additional field recordings made in Bamako, Diéma, San, Ségou, Sikasso, and Timbuktu. [Listen]

2011-09-05
Burning Man 2011 Field Recordings

Attended Burning Man 2011 (Black Rock City, NV) and recorded soundscapes, sound installations, and other field audio for the ongoing Black Rock Soundscapes project.

2011-06-01
ShortWaveMusic 2011: United Arab Emirates

ShortWaveMusic was a global sound project and documentary series which aimed to preserve the sound of regional and international broadcasting around the world. The 2011 installation was recorded throughout the United Arab Emirates in October 2010 and was underwritten by Soundwalk Collective for their Empty Quarter/Eternal Hell project. [Listen]

2010-12-21
The Story with Dick Gordon (WUNC)

Appeared as a guest/subject on The Story with Dick Gordon to talk about Bulgarian folk music, shortwave radio, and a chance meeting with the voice of Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares…

2010-08-15
ShortWaveMusic 2010: Bulgaria

ShortWaveMusic was a global sound project and documentary series which aimed to preserve the sound of regional and international broadcasting around the world. The 2010 installation was recorded throughout Bulgaria, and included additional field recordings of folkloric music and dance in Dolen/Satovcha, Draginovo, Kovachevtsi, and the Koprivshtitsa National Festival of Bulgarian Folklore. [Listen]

2010-05-15
Megapolis Audio Festival (Baltimore, MD)

Remote participant (via livestreaming) in David Goren’s Shortwave Shindig at the 2010 Megapolis Audio Festival (Baltimore, MD).

2010-03-19
Sib Radio Gowanus (Cabinet, NYC)

A group anthology/narrowcast of field recordings and sound art created in conjunction with the “Postcards from Gowanus” gallery show (Cabinet, Brooklyn, NYC).

2010-02-02
Obsessed by Time and Shortwave (Monitoring Times)

Autobiographical article on the formation of the IDTXA (International Time-signal DXers’ Association) and subsequent adventures in shortwave listening. Published in Monitoring Times magazine (February 2010) as part of their “First Person Radio” series.

2009-09-13
ShortWaveMusic 2009: Ibiza

ShortWaveMusic was a global sound project and documentary series which aimed to preserve the sound of regional and international broadcasting around the world. The 2009 installation was recorded in Santa Eulària des Riu, Ibiza. [Listen]

2009-03-01
2009 Winter SWL Fest

Remote participant (via livestreaming) in David Goren’s Listening Lounge at the 2009 NASWA Winter SWL Fest (Kulpsville, PA).

2008-09-18
Burning Man 2008 Field Recordings

Attended Burning Man 2008 (Black Rock City, NV) and recorded soundscapes, sound installations, and other field audio for the ongoing Black Rock Soundscapes project.

2008-03-07
2008 Winter SWL Fest

Remote participant (via livestreaming) in David Goren’s Listening Lounge at the 2008 NASWA Winter SWL Fest (Kulpsville, PA).

2008-02-16
L.A. Theatre Works

Radio Producer (2008-2011), Senior Radio Producer (2011-2015), and Consulting Radio Producer (2015-2018) for audio drama company L.A. Theatre Works.

2008-02-13
Josh Haden / Dead Sea Scrolls

Recorded the live album Nova Express Cafe 13 February 2008 for the solo project from Spain bassist Josh Haden.

2008-01-01
Boston > Los Angeles

Moved to Los Angeles from Boston. First place of residence was the former Aloha Apt-Hotel, a Spanish colonial revival style apartment building built in 1929. Noted former tenants include Bonita Granville, Beryl Mercer, and Ethel Grey Terry.

2007-08-31
Burning Man 2007 Field Recordings

Attended Burning Man 2007 (Black Rock City, NV) and recorded soundscapes, sound installations, and other field audio for the ongoing Black Rock Soundscapes project.

2007-05-06
Laurie Anderson Orgy® (WHRB)

Hosted and produced the Laurie Anderson Orgy – a two-day, 24-hour celebration of the music and sound work of Laurie Anderson – for WHRB (Cambridge, MA).

2007-01-26
Bulgarian Folklore Orgy® (WHRB)

Hosted and produced the Bulgarian Folklore Orgy – a two-day, 24-hour celebration of Bulgarian folkloric music – for WHRB (Cambridge, MA).

2007-01-01
Myke Weiskopf: 30: A Retrospective 1976-2006

30: A Retrospective 1976-2006 (Obscure-Disk OBSCD07) was a compendium of pop music and sound-art work to date.

2006-09-08
Burning Man 2006 Field Recordings

Attended Burning Man 2006 (Black Rock City, NV) and recorded soundscapes, sound installations, and other field audio for the ongoing Black Rock Soundscapes project.

2006-05-03
Umm Kulthum Orgy® (WHRB)

Hosted and produced A Voice Like Egypt: The Umm Kulthum Orgy – a two-day celebration of the music and voice of Umm Kulthum – for WHRB (Cambridge, MA).

2006-03-03
2006 Winter SWL Fest

Presented a mix of archival shortwave recordings and a presentation on the WWII-era shortwave recordings held in the U.S. National Archives. Part of David Goren’s Listening Lounge at the 2006 NASWA Winter SWL Fest (Kulpsville, PA).

2005-06-15
ShortWaveMusic (2005-2008)

ShortWaveMusic was a global sound project and documentary series which aimed to preserve the sound of regional and international broadcasting around the world. The project began on the Blogspot platform in June 2005 and continued as an irregular MP3 blog until August 2008. Recordings from this period were predominantly conducted around Boston, MA. [Listen]

2004-03-13
2004 Winter SWL Fest

Presented a mix of archival shortwave recordings and a presentation on the history of NIST Radio Stations WWV & WWVH. Part of David Goren’s Listening Lounge at the 2004 NASWA Winter SWL Fest (Kulpsville, PA).

2001-02-27
Science Park: Disinformation (Original Release)

Science Park’s third album, Disinformation, released on Obscure-Disk (OBSCD05). Reissue available via Bandcamp.

2000-06-02
Science Park: Time Out Of Joint 7"

An early 7″ vinyl précis of material from At The Tone, released by the Chicago-based experimental label Kultbox.

2000-03-23
Science Park: Ascension Island 7"

7″ single release of Science Park’s “Ascension Island” b/w “That Part of You” / “Truth Will Out”, released on Japanese indie-pop label Motorway.

1998-09-22
Science Park: Futurama (Original Release)

Science Park’s second album, Futurama, released on Obscure-Disk (OBSCD03). Reissue available via Bandcamp.

1997-09-01
Rykodisc / Slow River Records

Begins working at Rykodisc HQ in Salem, MA, under the auspices of subsidiary Slow River Records. Worked records by Josh Rouse, Sparklehorse, Chuck E. Weiss, Charlie Chesterman, Willard Grant Conspiracy, Future Bible Heroes, Fan Modine, Purple Ivy Shadows, Disque 9, and more.

1997-06-07
Science Park @ Boston Pride '97

Science Park’s live debut at Boston Pride ’97 on Boston Common.

1997-05-15
Science Park: Science Park

Science Park’s debut album, Science Park, released as a hand-pressed CD-R on Obscure-Disk (OBSCD01).

1995-08-28
Illinois > Boston

Moved to Boston, MA, to attend Boston University (BA, English Literature, CAS ‘oo).

1995-06-09
Myke Weiskopf: Collapsible Jerk (Cassette)

First commercially-available release, issued on cassette on Obscure-Disk (OBSCS01).