Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. & Spirituals for the Healing of America

It is worth listening to the whole “I Have Been to the Mountaintop” speech on this MLK day. Takes a while to get rolling, but man, it gets good. This is the last speech he would make. 03 April 1968.

“It’s all right to talk about ‘long white robes over yonder,’ in all of its symbolism. But ultimately people want some suits and dresses and shoes to wear down here! It’s all right to talk about ‘streets flowing with milk and honey,’ but God has commanded us to be concerned about the slums down here, and his children who can’t eat three square meals a day. It’s all right to talk about the new Jerusalem, but one day, God’s preacher must talk about the new New York, the new Atlanta, the new Philadelphia, the new Los Angeles, the new Memphis, Tennessee. This is what we have to do.

Now the other thing we’ll have to do is this: Always anchor our external direct action with the power of economic withdrawal… We just need to go around to these stores, and to these massive industries in our country, and say,

‘God sent us by here, to say to you that you’re not treating his children right. And we’ve come by here to ask you to make the first item on your agenda fair treatment, where God’s children are concerned. Now, if you are not prepared to do that, we do have an agenda that we must follow. And our agenda calls for withdrawing economic support from you.’”

I also made the following playlist shortly after Trump was elected. It feels appropriate to revisit it today. We are certainly a nation that needs healing at this moment. Contains mostly spiritual jazz and African American songs of faith, hope, and healing. Lord have mercy.

Spirituals—For the Healing of America

Pharaoh Sanders: “Let Us Go Into the House of the Lord” [Summun, Bukmun, Umyun, 1970]
Marvin Gaye: “God is Love” / “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)” [What’s Going On, 1971]
Timmy Thomas: “Why Can’t We Live Together” [Why Can’t We Live Together, 1972]
Pastor T.L. Barrett & the Youth for Christ Choir: “Like A Ship” [Like A Ship (Without a Sail), 1971] 
Famous L. Renfroe: “Children” [Children, 1968]  
The Chambers Brothers: “People Get Ready” [The Time Has Come, 1967]
The Impressions: “Keep On Pushing” [ABC-Paramount 45, 1964]
Otis Redding: “Change Gonna Come” [Otis Blue, 1965]
Grant Green: “Deep River” [Feelin’ the Spirit, 1963]
Mahalia Jackson: “Down by the Riverside” [Sunday Morning Prayer Meeting, 1955]
Blind Willie Johnson: “Take Your Burden to the Lord and Leave it There” [Columbia 10" 78, 1929]
Voices of Conquest: “O Yes My Lord” [Good God! A Gospel Funk Hymnal, 2006]
Triumphs: “We Don’t Love Enough” [Good God! A Gospel Funk Hymnal, 2006]
Lonnie Liston Smith & the Cosmic Echoes: “Astral Traveling” [Astral Traveling, 1973]
Stevie Wonder: “Jesus Children of America” [Innervisions, 1973]
Al Green: “Chariots of Fire” [The Belle Album, 1977]
Billy Preston: “That’s the Way God Planned It” [That’s the Way God Planned It, 1969]
Nina Simone: “Why? (The King of Love is Dead)” [The Essential Nina Simone, 2003]
D’Angelo: “1000 Deaths” [Black Messiah, 2014]
John Coltrane: “Welcome” [Kule Sé Mama, 1967]
Marvin Gaye: “Wholy Holy” [What’s Going On, 1971]
The Velvet Underground: “Jesus” / “Beginning to See the Light” [The Velvet Underground, 1969]
McCoy Tyner: “His Blessings” [Extensions, 1970]
Charlie Haden: “We Shall Overcome” [Liberation Music Orchestra, 1970]
Allen Toussaint: “Solitude” [The Bright Mississippi, 2009]

KOOP The Clear Spot Setlist, 07 JAN 2017

Setlist for my guest deejay appearance on The Clear Spot on KOOP Austin 91.7 FM.

Check it out streaming on Radio Free America until 21 FEB 2017

Austin Texas Oddities, 2006–2016, Pt. 1

Strange Boys: “Drugs Iggy Drugs” [Son of Sambol CD-R—self-released, 2007]
Yellow Fever: “Cats & Rats” [KVRX Local Live, Vol. 12: The Technicolor Yawn—KVRX, 2008]
Horse + Donkey: “Dot Dot”[KVRX Local Live, Vol. 12: The Technicolor Yawn—KVRX, 2008]
Bike Problems: “Dear Canadian” [Capitol City EP—self-released, 2013]

SLUGBUG: “Nervous Man Music” [Truck Month—Plastic Waffle, 2013]
Belaire: “Filling the Cracks of Time” [Exploding Impacting—Indierect, 2007]
A Faulty Chromosome: “Paris” [KVRX Local Live, Vol. 13: Stimulus Package—KVRX, 2009
Roger Sellers: “Sincere” [8 Songs—self-released, 2012]

Soft Healer: “Grand Isle” [Monofonus One-Sider 10"—Monofonus Press, 2011]
Lomelda: “Late Dawn, Parts 1 & 2” [Forever—Punctum, 2015]
RF Shannon: “How the Moon Knew the Night” [7"—Punctum, 2014]

Big Bill: “Sweet Boy” [The Second Bill—self-released, 2015]


All Austin music 2006–2016! Way too much to play, so there will surely be a Part 2!


Yule Log Jams

Back in 2012 I made this whiskey-nog concoction of classic Christmas tunes n’ some fun Holiday camp. Features Otis Redding, The Sonics, James Brown, Vince Guaraldi, and of course some of John Waters’ favorites. Enjoy by the fire in a ridiculous sweater.


Elvis Presley: “Santa Claus Is Back In Town” [Elvis’ Christmas Album]
Darlene Love: “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” [A Christmas Gift for You From Phil Spector]
Paul “Fat Daddy” Johnson: “Fat Daddy” [A John Waters Christmas]
Booker T. & The MG’s: “Silver Bells” [In The Christmas Spirit]
The Sonics: “The Village Idiot” [Here Are The Sonics!!!]
The Sonics: “Santa Claus” [Here Are The Sonics!!!]
Tiny Tim: “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” [Tiny Tim’s Christmas Album]
The Roundtable: “Scarborough Fair” [Folk Is Not A Four Letter Word]
The Trees Community: “Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem” [The Christ Tree]
Vince Guaraldi Trio: “Skating” [A Charlie Brown Christmas]
The Drifters: “White Christmas” [Home Alone: Original Soundtrack]
Jimmy Donley: “Santa! Don’t Pass Me By” [Tear Drop #3007]
Otis Redding: “Merry Christmas Baby” [Soul Christmas]
Pat Bone: “Clinkerated Chimes” [Wavy Gravy: Four Hairy Policemen]
B. Bumble & The Stingers: “Nut Rocker” [Rendezvous R 166-1]
Little Cindy: “Happy Birthday Jesus” [A John Waters Christmas]
Vince Guaraldi Trio: “My Little Drum” [A Charlie Brown Christmas]
The Ronettes: “Sleigh Ride” [A Christmas Gift for You From Phil Spector]
Elvis Presley: “Blue Christmas” [Elvis’ Christmas Album]
Booker T. & The MG’s: “Jingle Bells” [In The Christmas Spirit]
James Brown: “Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto” [James Brown’s Funky Christmas]
Akim & The Teddy Vann Production Company: “Santa Claus Is A Black Man” [Aimtone 45]
The Chipmunks: “The Chimpmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)” [Christmas With The Chipmunks]
Martin Mull: “Santa Doesn’t Cop Out On Dope” [Mulling It Over: Musical Oeuvre View]
Clarence Carter: “Back Door Santa” [Testifyin’]
Stormy Weather: “Christmas Time Is Coming” [MgcMo Single]
Rita Faye Wilson: “Sleigh Bells, Reindeer & Snow” [MGM 45]
Donny Hathaway: “This Christmas” [Soul Christmas]
The Coctails: “First Snowfall” [Winter Wonderland EP]
The Beatles: “Christmas Time (Is Here Again)” [Free as a Bird Single]



Dig this mix I originally made 2010. Spooky n’ weird garage rock, rockabilly, etc. I should make another one of these for next year.


The Sonics: “The Witch” [Here Are The Sonics!!!]
The One Way Streets: “Jack the Ripper” [Radio Cramps: The Purple Knif Show]
Link Wray & His Ray Men: “The Shadow Knows” [Rumble!]
Eddie Noack: “Psycho” [K-Ark 45]
The Graveyard Five: “The Marble Orchard” [Stanco 45]
Trailer: “Cannibal Girls”
Roky Erickson & The Aliens: “Bloody Hammer” [The Evil One]
The Lollipop Shoppe: “You Must Be A Witch” [Just Colour]
Monocles: “Spider & The Fly” [Pebbles, Vol. 3: The Acid Gallery]
The Third Rail: “No Return” [ID Music]
Os Mutantes: “Ave Lucifer” [A Divina Comédia Ou Ando Meio Desligado]
Sebastian Peabody: “Grave In The Desert” [Wavy Gravy: Four Hairy Policemen]
Trailer: “Astro Zombies”
Misfits: “Astro Zombies” [Misfits]
Boomer & Travis: “Foul Owl” [In The Heat Of The Night: Original Soundtrack]
King Horror: “Loch Ness Monster” [Loch Ness Monster]
Trailer: “Naked Under Leather”
Johnny Lance (aka Moses Longpiece): “The Big Tragedy” [Brent 7043]
Trailer: “Graveyard Tramps”
Novas: “The Crusher” [Back From The Grave, Vol. 1]
Bobby Fuller & The Fanantics: “Our Favorite Martian” [Legends Of Guitar: Surf, Vol. 1]
Jackie Morningstar: “Rockin’ In The Graveyard” [Rockin’ Bones: 1950s Punk & Rockabilly]
Trailer: “The Vault Of Horror”
Porter Waggoner: “Rubber Room” [Rubber Room]
Trailer: “The Virgin Witch”
Igor & The Maniacs: “The Big Green” [Wavy Gravy For Adult Enthusiasts]
Trailer: “Frogs”
Larry & The Blue Notes: “Night Of The Phantom” [Back From The Grave, Vol. 1]
Gonn: “Blackout Of Gretely” [Emir Records #SS-9217]
The Bees: “Voices Green & Purple” [Pebbles, Vol. 3: The Acid Gallery]
Misfits: “Halloween II” [Collection II]