The Upful LIFE Podcast
056: SKERIK [saxophonist: Garage a Trois, Bastard Jazz, Emerald Quintet, Critters Buggin, DRKWAV, Syncopated Taint Septet, Bandalabra, Lorbo, Dead Kenny G’s, Omaha Diner, MORE!]

056: SKERIK [saxophonist: Garage a Trois, Bastard Jazz, Emerald Quintet, Critters Buggin, DRKWAV, Syncopated Taint Septet, Bandalabra, Lorbo, Dead Kenny G’s, Omaha Diner, MORE!]

April 27, 2022

Please welcome SKERIK, Seattle's inimitable master of saxophone skronk, to Episode 056 of *The Upful LIFE Podcast. Brilliant on both tenor and baritone saxophone,  most often mixing in electronics, effects, and loops, Skerik is nothing short of a pioneer in saxophonics.

  • 3:15 - Introducing Skerik
  • 9:30 - Skerik interview

Co-founder of Critters Buggin, Garage a Trois, Tuatara, DRKWAV, and Skerik’s Syncopated Taint Septet. He is also an original member of both Les Claypool’s Fancy Band and Fearless Flying Frog Brigade. Skerik has worked extensively with Stanton Moore (drummer-Galactic) and Charlie Hunter (8-string guitar) across numerous collabs, including Bastard Jazz, Emerald Quintet, plus Omaha Diner, Coalition of the Willing. His list of projects and peers is far too long for a podcast synopsis! Skerik is a son of Seattle through and through, even briefly working with grunge super-band Mad Season. We touch on a number of these topics in this wide-ranging conversation

 

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30 mins of Col. Claypool's Fearless Flying Frog Brigade

LIVE from Tipitina's Uptown in New Orleans, during Jazz Fest late night May 2002

 

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055: The Return of WEEDIE BRAIMAH (djembefola, Hands of Time, Nth Power, Trombone Shorty, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah)

055: The Return of WEEDIE BRAIMAH (djembefola, Hands of Time, Nth Power, Trombone Shorty, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah)

March 26, 2022

Welcome back the great Weedie Braimah to Ep.055!  An educational, inspirational, international deep dive with a man who is sworn to the drum. Topics include: recent trip to the continent, Ghanaian heritage, reflections on 'East St. Africa', the concept, players, intention and evolution of his band 'The Hands of Time', their GRAMMY-nominated self-titled album on Stretch/Ropeadope, his parents/ancestral lineage as a drummer and teacher, Idris Muhammad, the intergenerational connection between Baba Olatunji/Grateful Dead in the 1980's and what Weedie & Co are doing today, and more! Ruminations on his collabs with The Nth Power, Trombone Shorty, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Oteil Burbridge and others. This is a profound conversation that stretches nearly two hours, and I really had to run the whole thing in full because not a Weedie word is to be missed. Proud of this one, fam. Buckle up !

 

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"Walk on Water" - The Nth Power, AURA Studios 2014

 

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Special thanks to our friends at LOVE THAT BABY.

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The Music Cellar x Music Right 

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DONATE HERE! 

 

check out Return of Goree - Youssou N'Dour (w/Idris Muhummad)

bio from Bandcamp

Weedie Braimah is a djembefola—a master of the djembe, a West African drum with a hollow wood body and an animal skin stretched and fastened over the top, the origins of which date back to the 12th Century. Braimah, who was born in Ghana and raised in East St. Louis, is the product of a family whose musical history goes back centuries. His father, Oscar Sulley Braimah, was a master drummer and composer whose Uhuru Dance Band made remarkable records that bridged the gap between jazz and traditional African music. Braimah’s mother, Ann Morris was a gifted jazz drummer, and his great-uncle Idris Muhammad played with everyone from Grant Green and Horace Silver to Pharoah Sanders and Roberta Flack, while also leading his own ensembles. Braimah has been making music with The Nth Power, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave, 

Braimah’s latest album The Hands Of Time puts the interconnectedness of African diasporic music into practice. Featuring a variety of collaborators from around the world,  he & his eclectic band infuse jazz with hip-hop and funk, while the sound of the djembe and the spirit of West Africa gives these modern styles a timeless pulse.

 

 

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054: The Return of ERIC KRASNO [Soulive, The Assembly] + The Music Cellar fundraiser w/ Jonny G [lespecial]

054: The Return of ERIC KRASNO [Soulive, The Assembly] + The Music Cellar fundraiser w/ Jonny G [lespecial]

February 23, 2022

Welcome back the great Eric Krasno! The Soulive guitarist, Lettuce co-founder, The Assembly bandleader, and producer extraordinaire. Kraz has been a very busy bee of late, forming a new band, releasing solo LP Always, plus marriage, fatherhood, a new crib and studio in LA, and hosting the popular Plus One podcast. Kraz's Fall 2019 appearance on the Upful LIFE pod was quite well-received, so with all the exciting developments in his life and career, it feels like the perfect time to get up to speed with all things Eric Krasno.

Stick around at the end for The Music Cellar x Music Right campaign, an effort to raise funds for youth music education. DONATE HERE! 

  • 3:30  what's poppin & a special shoutout 
  • 14:00 - Welcome Back KRAZ!
  • 21:30 - ERIC KRASNO interview
  • 2:03:00 - The Music Cellar X Music Right w/ Jonny G of lespecial

* thumbnail photo: Aaron Bradley for Suwannee Hulaween

During the past couple of years, Krasno's life and career began to evolve in major ways. Kraz credits his young family as the revelation and motivation behind this latest collection of songs. A cross-country move after 2 decades defining Brooklyn. Soon thereafter, a swiftly-prolific musical partnership between Kraz and Bay Area-based producer/multi-instrumentalist Otis McDonald, then creating Eric Krasno & The Assembly.

Always finds Eric Krasno at a peaceful, introspective place in life and his career. What began as some innocuous demos of a Dylan cover blossomed into a full-fledged coalescing of musical souls. The duo subsequently put together Eric Krasno & the Assembly, that includes Upful LIFE pod alumnus Wil Blades. We hear a bit about Kraz's forthcoming new D'Angelico signature model guitar, his fondness for Hawaii, what's next for Soulive, plus the nuts and bolts of going on tour in pandemic times.

The Music Cellar x Music Right fundraiser for children's music education!

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The Music Cellar is a space in central Millerton, NY dedicated to music education, operated by Jonny G of lespecial (ep.040). We offer private lessons on many different instruments, including guitar, bass, drums, and piano, as well as group lessons and “toddler jam” for younger children. In addition to lessons, we also offer recording sessions, rehearsal space, equipment rental, sound reinforcement services, and even podcast recording.

Music Right is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization supporting music education initiatives. Scott Sacks shares their mission: collaborate with a growing network of incredible educators, musicians, business, individuals and community leaders to help shine a spot light on the incredible efforts of our partner programs of music education.

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SCARY POCKETS ft. Vidya Vox, Eric Krasno & Otis McDonald

"telepatía" (Kali Uchis funk cover) 

 

Episode 054 bumper music provided by ECHT!

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053: THE CHAMBERS PROJECT (Psychedelic Art & Culture w/ Brian Chambers, Jacaeber Kastor, A Path Untold)

053: THE CHAMBERS PROJECT (Psychedelic Art & Culture w/ Brian Chambers, Jacaeber Kastor, A Path Untold)

January 29, 2022

Episode 053 welcomes The Chambers Project for a wide-ranging discussion on psychedelic art, through both a historical and contemporary lens. The conversation welcomes a pair of pioneers from this particular space - Brian Chambers and Jacaeber Kastor - both of whom I met during the magnificent grand-opening of the avant-garde One Step Further show at The Chambers Project gallery in Grass Valley, CA. Later in the episode, electronic producer A Path Untold joins the fold for a bit about the musical branch of this ambitious endeavor.

  • 10:00 - introducing The Chambers Project
  • 18:00 - conversation w/ Brian Chambers & Jacaeber Kastor
  • 89:00 - Brian Chambers & A Path Untold talk The Chambers Project record label

The Chambers Project began with the intention of making contemporary psychedelic art accessible in Nevada County, CA. Since opening doors in 2018, they've presented the community with a spectrum of abstract, cutting-edge, surreal fine art. The Chambers Project focuses on the psychedelic aesthetic, with roots running deep in this field since first discovering the work of Ralph Steadman and Rick Griffin in 1995. A dozen years later, Chambers connected with MARS-1 & Oliver Vernon, and his vision began to take shape. The mission is to curate impactful shows that honor the Godfathers of the psychedelic art scene, as well as showcasing local and international artists. To create immersive environments that are meant to bring viewers into the psychedelic state that - from an early age- inspired their tastes in this art.

 

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"Heart Matters" - A Path Untold 

(available 2/11/22)

&

"Heart of Gold" Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires

(Neil Young cover, dedicated to the late Joey Pye) 

 

Episode 053 bumper music provided by ECHT!

https://echt.bandcamp.com/

 

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052: SHAWN SETARO (hip-hop journalist w Complex/ The Cipher/ Tekashi 69 book/ Pop Smoke pod) + RIP Greg Tate

052: SHAWN SETARO (hip-hop journalist w Complex/ The Cipher/ Tekashi 69 book/ Pop Smoke pod) + RIP Greg Tate

December 23, 2021

It’s an honor and a privilege to welcome accomplished journalist, author, and rap podcast OG SHAWN SETARO, a reporter at Complex, to Episode 052. Setaro has a brand new book on the shelves this week, about the sordid saga of Tekashi 6ix9ine. He's the writer and reporter on the podcasts 'Infamous' (about Tekashi), 'Complex Subject: Pop Smoke'. He’s written about music and culture for Forbes, The Atlantic, Vibe, The Source, GQ, Esquire, The Sondheim Review, and more. Setaro was Editor-in-Chief for Rap Genius, and hosted the iconic rap pod The Cipher, an encyclopedic hip-hop program featuring deep dive interviews with 250 legendary figures in the culture.  The Cipher was among the biggest influences and inspirations for The Upful LIFE Podcast, and in this interview, you will see the parallels and find out just why I revere “Same Ol’ Shawn” the way I do.

  • 8:00 - RIP GREG TATE. (tributes from Questlove & Jay Smooth)
  • 18:30 - Introducing SHAWN SETARO & a lil' about the Tekashi 6ix9ine story
  • 30:00 - Interview - SHAWN SETARO

Setaro is the author of the fantastic new book Complex Presents Dummy Boy: Tekashi 6ix9ine and the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, his first. We discuss this extremely shocking tale, his process reporting the story, and unpack the project at large. In tracing Tekashi 6ix9ine's life - from Bushwick to the heights of the rap scene - Setaro illuminates the story of the young rapper who forged an alliance with a notorious street gang to bolster his image and boost his internet clout. More than a biography, Dummy Boy is an American crime story, a critical examination of internet trolling in the Trump era, and an exploration of the long-running connection between rap, gangs, and police in New York City.

In this conversation we touch Shawn's career journey into journalism and podcasting, plus the violent/criminal nature of drill rap culture, how it finds its way into the mainstream music culture. Shawn Setaro is a man of many talents in the musical sphere; in addition to his journalistic accomplishments, he’s is also a Berklee-educated bassist and guitarist who has recorded and performed with The Dresden Dolls, Amanda Palmer, the Lordz of Brooklyn, Alina Simone, and others

BUY HIS BOOK! Complex Presents Dummy Boy: Tekashi 6ix9ine and the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods

LISTEN to THE CIPHER podcast w/"Same Ol' Shawn" HERE!

 

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"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" - Black Uhuru,

live in Germany 1981 [RIP Robbie Shakespeare]

 

"Water" - The Roots,

live at North Sea Jazz Fest 2003 [RIP Leonard 'Hub' Hubbard']

 

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051: NEAL FRANCIS (singer-songwriter-keys) / + Salute to the Spirit of Suwannee w/ SCOTT T

051: NEAL FRANCIS (singer-songwriter-keys) / + Salute to the Spirit of Suwannee w/ SCOTT T

November 24, 2021

Welcome white-hot singer/songwriter/keyboardist NEAL FRANCIS to Episode 051! Neal is straight outta Chicago’s buzz-bin, an artist riding a meteoric rise to the heart of the zeitgeist, thanks to his monumental 2019 debut solo LP Changes. On November 5th, Neal dropped his stunning sophomore record In Plain Sight on ATO Records, and has been touring hard in the run up to the release, including a raucous late-night performance at Suwannee Hulaween. In addition to an hour with Francis, Episode 051 includes a special Suwannee Hulaween tribute, and a recording of a profound talk courtesy of SOSMP philosopher-poet SCOTT T, which took place in the Oasis Tent at Hula 2021. 

  • 04:00 -   Give Thanks: Suwannee Hulaween/SOSMP  
  • 10:15 -   Neal Francis intro 
  • 17:15 -  “Praeludium 2 in C-Minor” (J.S.Bach) by Neal Francis
  • 19:00  -  Neal Francis interview
  • 1:24:00 - Scott T @ SOSMP intro
  • 1:31:15 - Scott T - Spirit of Suwannee talk from Oasis Tent, Hula 2021 

Just a couple of days before Hulaween, I had a chance to catch up with Neal in between tour stops in Charleston, SC. This was my first time meeting or speaking with him, and he’s been doing a bunch of press for his new album; during the early part of the interview I was even a little nervous. But eventually, we connect in potent fashion, discussing his early days with Chi-town’s nascent funk band The Heard, Francis’ spiral into alcoholism, bottoming out, regrouping, rebirth, and the revolution/revelation that was debut album Changes. From there we get into his latest LP, collaborators like Sergio Rios (Orgone), David Shaw (The Revivalists), Chris Gelbuda, Derek Trucks, and a peek inside the church where Francis conceived and recorded In Plain Sight,  as well as his muses and creative process. A very insightful conversation with nothing short of a shooting star. 

After Neal & I wrap up, we have a little more about Suwannee Hulaween 2021, including a recording from an inspiring, informative talk courtesy of Florida-based poet/musician Scott T. The topic du jour was (basically) the history, mystery, and mysticism of The Spirit of Suwannee Music Park. This illuminating and insightful TED-talk type situation took place on Friday 10/29 at Hulaween inside the Oasis Tent, which a sort of burgeoning educational tentacle of the Hula festival experience. I share some personal Hula reflections while introducing this talk. 

LISTEN TO NEAL FRANCIS In Plain Sight record release concert from 11.5.21 at Rosa's Lounge in Chicago

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"People Everywhere > Gypsy Woman (Crystal Waters)"

Khruangbin

encore, live at Suwannee Hulaween 2021

 

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050: JAY BLAKESBERG (rock photographer/ filmmaker / GD-culture anthropologist)

050: JAY BLAKESBERG (rock photographer/ filmmaker / GD-culture anthropologist)

October 27, 2021

Honored to welcome to Episode 050 the great JAY BLAKESBERG, a photographer, filmmaker, and cultural anthropologist who really needs no introduction, though I give him a lengthy, fawning one to kick off this program. Jay is best known for his iconic work shooting (and following) the Grateful Dead since the late 1970’s, and has continued to chronicle the various offshoots and band developments thru the years. He’s also a Bay Area institution, a world-renowned photographer /filmmaker/historian all over rock music, stretching out far beyond the ever-sprawling GD universe where he first cut his teeth and made his bones. 

  • Introducing Jay Blakesberg- @ 7:00 
  • Interview w/ Jay Blakesberg @ 14:00

Jay was kind enough to invite me to his home studio for a couple of hours one glorious San Francisco morning. For this particular conversation, we focus on the legacy, psychedelia, and undying, inter-generational appeal of the Grateful Dead, told thru Jay’s journey with them and his camera, plus myriad points between. In addition to geeking out about various eras, performances, legends and lore of the mighty GD, we also discuss our membership in a far-less cool but no less interesting fraternity: incarceration and the drug war. Both of us privileged and extremely fortunate, in no uncertain terms we explore these experiences and parallels, as Jay blesses us up with pearls of wisdom, knowledge of self, deeply held convictions and overstandings rooted in that harrowing chapter of his life. We also touch on music media in the digital age, & the next generation of jam bands that Jay is stoked on.

Jay’s done a number of great podcasts in recent years, about the Dead and his career, but I believe ours to hit just a wee bit different. If you choose to tune in, turn on, and drop out for this 90 minute free exchange of ideas, you’ll find out just why.

Follow all things Jay Blakesberg at BLAKESBERG.COM 

@jayblakesberg & @retroblakesberg on instagram

Special thanks to all the artists, musicians, producers, promoters, movers, shakers, lovers and angels who have made themselves available and open to discuss their lives and careers in this format and context. 

Large UP & a deep bow of profound gratitude to all the listeners out there who have empowered this program to reach it’s 50th episode. I’m humbled by the love and support, I hope to produce another 50, Jah-willing.  

 

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“Althea” - Springfield MA 9.03.80

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049: MOVIE CLUB (psych-rock duo) / SHINEHEAD (reggae legend) / RIP Michael K. Williams

049: MOVIE CLUB (psych-rock duo) / SHINEHEAD (reggae legend) / RIP Michael K. Williams

September 30, 2021

A fresh look towards the future & blast from the past with this pair of insightful conversations. Welcome Venice Beach-based psych-rock duo MOVIE CLUB, and world-renowned reggae/dancehall/hip-hop/soul legend SHINEHEAD to *The Upful LIFE Podcast* Episode 049. 

  • Michael K. Williams tribute @ 2:20
  • Introducing Movie Club @ 11:00 / Interview @ 17:45
  • Introducing Shinehead  @ 63:00 / Interview @ 67:40

Had to take a few moments and discuss my feelings and grief with regard to the tragic passing of one of my all-time favorite actors, Michael K. Williams, best known as Omar Devonne Little on HBO's masterful series The Wire. Fentanyl snatches yet another hero from our midst. My heart aches, so please indulge me in a tribute to a fallen icon.

Movie Club's Jessamyn Violet (drums) and Vince Cuneo (guitar) check in from their spot out in SoCal, and we dive into their nearly four-year odyssey. I really dig what these two get into, and in this powwow you'll find out why. Movie Club recently released their latest EP Fangtooth, on the heels of 2020's marvelous full-length LP Black Flamingo. A gumbo-like stew of doom, goth, boom-bap, emo-sludge, and psychedelia, Movie Club is one of the more exciting new things to float my way. The pair have worked with Jesus Coomes (Lettuce), and Tim Lefebrve (Tedeschi Trucks Band, Wayne Krantz, David Bowie), among other cats in their ever-evolving elixir.  Check out www.movieclubtheband.com !

Shinehead’s iconic career has yielded an incredible, diverse resume of classic cuts, including staples like “Jamaican in New York,” “Collie Weed,” “Chain Gang” “Strive,” “Golden Touch”, plus latest forwards “Never Had a Dream Come True,  Curtis Mayfield’s “The Makings of You”. Rumor has it, Shinehead has a little Marvin Gaye on deck.  His 1986 LP Rough and Rugged crossed the dancehall with hip-hop, a groundbreaking document that holds up 35 years down the road. With an legacy in Black music: hip-hop, reggae, dancehall, R&B, and beyond – the unique musical styles of Shinehead have etched his name in the annals of music history.  You can find a Shinehead, Butterfly and Kingston 12 HiFi at Kingston12hifi.com. 

 

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Shinehead: "Billie Jean" [dub] - (1986)

Movie Club: "Ghost in the Machine" (2021)

Dr. Lonnie Smith: "I Can't Stand It" (live 1971)

 

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048:  SCOTTY B (JamBase/YEMblog) & JASON ABRAMS (Rock & Wrestling Connection Pod) - Talkin’ The PHlSH From VT - 2021 Summer Tour & More!

048: SCOTTY B (JamBase/YEMblog) & JASON ABRAMS (Rock & Wrestling Connection Pod) - Talkin’ The PHlSH From VT - 2021 Summer Tour & More!

August 25, 2021

cover photo: (c) Jake Silco 2021 (used w/permission)

For Episode 048, we flip the script a lil' bit. Finally, a podcast about The PHlSH from VT! Instead of one long form interview, for this two-hour hoo-ride I invited a pair of venerable Phishtorians to the show for twin conversations and complimentary commentary, as we discuss the band's impressive, triumphant return to the stage in summer 2021.

  • Scotty B of JamBase/YEMblog - intro- 11:30, interview- 12:45
  • PSA - toxic masculinity & predatory behaviors in the Phish scene 51:00
  • B.Getz on The Phish from VT in AC - 58:00 
  • Jason Abrams intro- 66:00, J.A. interview- 69:00
  • Kevin Cassels on his brother Phil's suicide & Smashing Pumpkins "Rhinoceros" at Deer Creek '98 - 123:00

First up is the man with his desk flipped upside down, the dude who conceived/created "The Skinny". Legend of the scene Scott Bernstein aka Scotty B, Editorial Director at JamBase.com, the cool cat behind the wildly-popular YEMblog & it's unicorn Twitter handle. Scotty B has been loving the band for nearly 30 years, is an accomplished journalist and treasured voice in the jam community, and his unique perspective was precisely why I asked him to join me for a chat. For this half-hour dialogue, Scott delivers some really thought-provoking contributions, on the magic in the music & beyond. Follow Scotty B at @YEMblog and @heyscottyb.

Between interviews, a few personal words from an anonymous phan are sure raise an eyebrow, and your ire. But this message and missive are urgent, necessary and sadly long overdue; as such I felt called to amplify her.

Yours truly reads an essay from my own heart ,before we behold the return of J.A.! aka Jason Abrams of Rock & Wrestling Connection podcast. In addition to being a passionate phanner goin on a quarter century, Jason is a pop music historian, pro-wrasslin' almanac, and rock n'roll lifer. He touches on tour stops in Hershey PA & Atlantic City, then J.A. gets into his recent experiences catching Guns n' Roses. He draws some illuminating parallels and makes salient points on both bands. I love chopping it up with the one & only J.A.! Follow Rock n' Wrestling Connection Pod on Tik Tok- @rockandwrestlingpod and Twitter - @rockndwrestling

 

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We finish up Ep.048 on a somber, beautiful note: revisiting former Pharmer's Almanac editor Kevin Cassels' entry from August 1998, where he unspools the traumatic tale of his brother's suicide, explains the genesis and meaning behind the Smashing Pumpkins "Rhinoceros" cover from Deer Creek that year.  I am dedicating this to my dear friend & dearly departed Benny Dread, who took his own life in similar fashion a few months ago.

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047: THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE- David Block (Gone Gone Beyond, producer/multi-instrumentalist)

047: THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE- David Block (Gone Gone Beyond, producer/multi-instrumentalist)

July 12, 2021

Welcome THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE- DAVID BLOCK (solo electronic producer + Gone Gone Beyond) to Episode 047! A dancefloor General, prince of the piano, soundtrack to the squish, or conductor around the campfire, David wears myriad musical and intellectual hats. He's been a celebrated artist across various mediums for over a dozen years, with considerable contributions to the West Coast festival/Burning Man/live music communities. Block's international future-folk quartet Gone Gone Beyond recently released their stunning third full-length LP 2030 to rave reviews from rabid fans, and a chorus of critical acclaim.

@ 9:00  introducing The Human Experience/David Block/Gone Gone Beyond

@ 14:00 Dennis Cook pontificates on GGB's new LP '2030' 

@ 19:00 - Interview w/The Human Experience - David Block

David checks in via Zoom from Topanga Canyon in SoCal, and we immediately dig into GGB's astounding new record in all it's glistening glory. From the humble beginnings on tour in 2019, to a multi-hued masterpiece that arrived in June 2021, we get the scoop on David Block, Danny Musengo, Kat Factor and Mel Seme's cosmic convergence and eventual coalescence, the magic of 2030, the individual DNA within GGB, and their collective artistic evolution. No longer just a side-piece for The Human Experience, Block discusses the ego death in removing his nom de plume from Gone Gone Beyond, and the passion project leaving the proverbial nest. 

The Human Experience is well known for his uplifting, prolific collaborations with female singers and instrumentalists, as women's features dot the majority of his dozen-plus album releases. None more popular nor treasured than the cerebral sorcery found on Soul Visions, featuring Rising Appalachia's original music as well as traditionals from the Deep South. Block hops in the wayback machine over a decade ago, takes us around the world and on festival tour as he retraces the origin story of first connecting with Chloe Smith & Leah Song and how this seminal classic came to a fateful, ultimately fantastic fruition.

Towards the end of this spirited discussion on all things The Human Experience, I decided to shift the tenor to a couple of more serious topics. Being that David is a progressive thinker, a people person, a beloved, respected member of the Black Rock City community and it's voluminous, kaleidoscopic diaspora, I asked him to weigh in on the state of our proverbial union, straight no chaser. Occasionally the cynic yet, ever the sage, my man does not duck for cover nor mince words as he waxes philosophic on where do we go from here.

All that jazz (in ya bones!) plus way more juicy, sexy remix mojo than you can shave into the side of your head... on a touching, thought-provoking, thrilling, and emotionally-rewarding Episode 047 of The Upful LIFE Podcast with very special guest The Human Experience- David Block.

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"Dusted Compass" (original)

The Human Experience feat. Lila Rose (2012)

 

"Mississippi" Soul Visions

(T.H.E. feat. Rising Appalachia-2013)

 

"Under Siege" Gone Gone Beyond feat. Kalibri - 2016

 

"Canyons" & "Gravity" (live & acoustic)

Gone Gone Beyond - 2021

 

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