Archive
It’s the first half of a two-part series where I look back at my favorite interviews from 2020.
Of the best releases: James Thomson, Seth Walker, The New Deal, Woods, Owen, and yes…. Will Butler. Lots of Will Butler.
For the first time in the show’s ten year history, it’s a music episode.
Less talking, more music. This week I play some jams that I just really love without putting too much thought into it. Great music from The California Honeydrops, moe., Perpetual Groove and Twiddle.
Snuggle up and escape with Jenny Colgan to the beautiful island of Mure this winter.
Contemporary Jazz Jams today starting off with the Parisian café’esque Jitterbug Vipers and featuring Amendola vs. Blades, Robert Walter, Skerik Walton, Moon Hooch and Joe Marcinek.
The untold story of Britain’s most mysterious mountaineering legend – Maurice Wilson – and his heroic attempt to climb Everest alone.
“Mu·zak | ˈmyo͞ozak | Noun (trademark). Recorded light background music played through speakers in public places.”
The extraordinary story of a transformative decade on Broadway, featuring gripping behind-the-scenes accounts of shows such as ‘Rent’, ‘Angels in America’, ‘Chicago’, ‘The Lion King’, and ‘The Producers’—shows that changed the history of the American theater.
Back-to-back and true-to-form from BSS, SCI, MMB, CRB and The California Honeydrops.
How One Therapist and a Group of Strangers Saved My Life
Melancholy from Seth Walker, Mike Montrey, Ryan Montreau. Plus The Motet and Brother’s Keeper.
A fast-paced tale of the search for a racist serial killer in the early days of criminal profiling.
Enjoy pure music from CRB, SCI, Blues Traveler, California Honeydrops and MMB.
Sobel challenges tenacious stereotypes in this compelling debut novel, shedding new light on the hypermasculine world of American football.
Blessed Feathers and Menomena. The Flusters and Dust. Juveniles and Dan Deacon. This episode is all about nuggets of gold deep in the music-mine at BTR.
Perfect for fans of ‘The Hate U Give’, this unforgettable coming-of-age debut novel explores issues of race, class, and violence through the eyes of a wealthy black teenager whose family gets caught in the vortex of the 1992 Rodney King Riots.
First time players since Goldfarb hosted the show, on today’s episode we hear from Moses Guest, Keaton Simons, STS9, Tiga and The Kasai Allstars.
As per recent Book Talk annual tradition, it’s that time of year where I discuss and introduce you to the Shortlist for the 2020 Man Booker Prize in Fiction.
Tallest Man on Earth, Hiss Golden Messenger, Ghost of Paul Revere, Cass McCombs, Mountain Goats, Office Culture — All sounds that fit the mood of a cold and dark October night.
From 1967 to 1973, Michael Oberman interviewed more than three hundred top musical artists. Collected together for the first time, ‘Fast Forward, Play and Rewind’ presents more than one hundred interviews Oberman conducted with the most important musical artists of the day.
Organ solos from JMP and MMB, singer-songwriter ballads from Doug Tuttle and Burnell Pines, and some Grace Jones-inspired disco’esque from The Motet.
The ‘Call Me Ishmael Phone Book’ is the perfect gift for book lovers everywhere: a quirky and entertaining interactive guide to reading, featuring voicemails, literary Easter eggs, checklists, and more, from the creators of the popular multimedia project.
In 1964, a pair of brothers, born in Amsterdam but going to elementary school in Pasadena California, started a band called ‘The Broken Combs’. In 1972, they changed their name to the much more simple and direct surname of the two, ‘Van Halen’. RIP in Eddie.
Bestselling Author Eric Weiner rides the great rails of this Earth in search of life lessons from dead Philosophers.
Last Tuesday was hardly a debate. It was more like a debacle. Escape. We all need to.
A powerful exploration of what a woman ‘can’ be when what she ‘should’ be is no longer an option.
Not that this week’s episode of Jam Session is full of dirges, but I did want to take the time to dedicate this week’s show to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg and all that she did, not just for women in America, for the people of the World.
In this breathtaking collection of short fiction, his first-ever anthology, James Rollins brings together ten thrilling stories that dig a little deeper into his creative stomping grounds and open vistas into new landscapes and characters.
Some new bands to feature, and some new releases. This week’s episode is all about exploring the Fall releases.
Music from Sonny Knight, Sharon Jones, Mavis Staples, and Son Little. Names you wouldn’t normally see on Jam Session. But Artists that can hang with the best of them (if not already be leading the march).
A profoundly moving and unconventional mother-daughter saga, ‘The Last Story of Mina Lee’ illustrates the devastating realities of being an immigrant in America. 
Inspired by the West Coast, today’s episode is kicked off by Slightly Stoopid. More BC-hydro inspired music from Papa Grows Funk and The Disco Biscuits, and we end with a long Alt-Rock stream-of-consciousness guitar piece by Erika Wennerstrom.
A stirring historical novel about 19th century Vienna and the tragedy and dynamic passion that inspired Ludwig van Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata.
For the first time ever on Jam Session, I play Cleveland’s own jam band Heartless Bastards. Two tracks by the Ghost Town Blues Band, some great music by Bully Pulpit and WhiteWater Ramble, plus a great drinking-politics song by Scott Cooper.
‘New York Times’ bestselling author Laura Lippman collects recent essays exploring motherhood as an older mom, her life as a reader, her relationships with her parents, friendship, and other topics that will resonate with a large audience.
New music by Axon Radio and some very new-age, out-of-this world jams by CATS, Jaden Carlson, Joss Jaffe, Lotus and the Mickey Hart Band.
Stephen Kiernan and the fictionalized account of the life of Charlie Fisk, a gifted mathematician who was drafted into Manhattan Project.
A new release from Craig Greenberg plus some bands I have yet to feature since taking over from Laura a little over a year ago: Kyle Hollingsworth, The Orange Constant, Tauk and Surprise Me Mr. Davis.
A fiercely personal and startlingly universal essay collection about the mysteries of gender and desire, of identity and class, of the stories we tell and the places we call home.
Cornmeal is featured for the first time on one of my episodes of JS. Some great music from ALO and Dangermuffin. And we go out remembering what the great, indoor theater-acoustics are like from the Fillmore in San Francisco.
One life-changing summer. Charlie meets Fran...
Soft voices from decker. and Heidi Lynne Gluck to the jazzy sounds of The California Honeydrops and Lettuce to the trad-jams of moe. and String Cheese Incident.
A compelling portrait of youth, love, and a lost era of New York.
New music by The New Deal, RJD2, and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. Medeski, Martin & Wood take us out with an end of the world party, (you know…. just in case).
First time plays by New Monsoon and Twiddle for me. Classic CRB and moe. and some Texas and Laurel Canyon sounds with Stu Larsen, Saint James Band, and Field Division.
‘Members Only’ follows an Indian-American college professor through one week, as he's chastised for being racist by his all-white tennis club following a major misstep with an African-American potential new member, and denounced as a reverse racist by a group of conservative students
Achilles Wheel and Cascade Crescendo help dry the sweat. Longriver and Dangermuffin slow our breathing. The Freeway Revival makes us think, and Karl Denson drives us home.
A fascinating historical story set at the 1936 Olympic Games, based on true history of the members of the first integrated women’s Olympic team, and exploring still-relevant themes of patriotism, athleticism, and equality.
Great keyboards in today’s show with Clayton Doley and Great American Taxi. Some words from Seth Walker that got me thinking. And 23 minutes of jamming with The Breakfast.
The inspirational story of one woman learning to surf and creating a new life in gritty, eccentric Rockaway Beach.
Acoustic sounds from moe., Dangermuffin, Buddhafly, Railroad Earth, and Marvelous Funkshun. But before we get to that, a great recent release from Pigeons Playing Ping Pong kicks the whole thing off.
The book on everyone’s mind this week, “The Room Where It Happened.” No, I don’t have Former National Security Advisor on the phone or in the studio, unfortunately, but I do offer some thoughts on the President, the upcoming election, freedom, and democracy.
Paying homage to the birth of jamming — the African Drum Circle — today’s episode features music by Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti, Mustafa Khaliq Ahmed, Abdoulaye Alhassane Toure, homage Mapfumo, and many other great African musicians.
In this pulse-pounding third action thriller for fans of Brad Thor and David Baldacci, hero Tom Locke, introduced in ‘Shadow War’ and ‘Deep Black’, must stop traitors and ruthless mercenaries working together to overthrow the president.
There is no common thread, no glue that bonds, no theme. This episode is music we need to hear right now, including Dangermuffin, Widespread Panic, Bedouin Soundclash, Karl Denson, Doug Tuttle, Seth Walker, plus more.
A compelling and indelible story set in small town America that examines the burden of guilt, the bitter price of forgiveness, and the debts we owe our dead, both recent and distant.
I play Ryan Montbleau for the first time on my episodes of Jam Session, and today I pontificate on the meaning of hearing Live music, with all the crowd noises and mic checks and improvisations, in face of all the ‘artist-alone-Live’ shows we’ve been taking in. Live tracks from ALO, Railroad Earth, CRB, plus some other studio gems.
James Joyce was her father. Samuel Beckett was her lover. This is her story.
It’s an eclectic show to say the least. But there is new music from Seth Walker, RJD2, The New Deal, and Upstate.
Jeffrey Round is back on Book Talk to talk about the Toronto publishing scene, a real serial killer in Toronto’s gay community, and Book 7 of his Dan Sharp Mysteries.
Music from The California Honeydrops, Leon Bridges, Son Little, The Motet, Achilles Wheel and Keller Williams + so much more. It’s a kitchen dance party in Harlem.
Christopher Moore’s hilarious retelling of a Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Two tracks by ALO; a nice long tracks by Perpetual Groove and some feel good, trippy guitar solos by Big Something, Dangermuffin, and Railroad Earth.
Jam Band vanguards like CRB, SCI, Umphrey’s McGee, Gov’t Mule and music that bounces around Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and the Carolinas.
A Harvard grad seeks a mate in a cult that forbids monogamy. To pursue love on her own terms, she must brave exile and learn self-trust.
Music by The New Deal, Lotus, Joss Jaffe, American Babies, MMW, and MMB. It’s a 21st Century, Star-WarsTM inspired episode of Jam Session.
A rising New York Times reporter tells the compelling story of The Compton Cowboys, a group of African-American men and women who defy stereotypes and continue the proud, centuries-old tradition of black cowboys in the heart of one of America’s most notorious cities.
Classic SCI. Live CRB. Funk from Asheville, North Carolina and Colorado, and the eclectic sounds of Garaj Mahal.
Einstein, Michael Jackson & Me is Bloom's story-the strange tale of a scientific expedition into the dark underbelly of science and fame where new myths and movements are made.
Music celebrating weed and getting high. Great tracks by Cousin Fungus, 10 Ft. Ganja, Slightly Stoopid and Das Funk Haus. Some country by Grayson Capps and some Blues by the Ghost Town Blues Band.
Trusted with the secrets of the wealthy, she can never reveal her own… This week on Book Talk we hear from Alka Joshi about her debut novel ‘The Henna Artist.’
This week we try to stay focused on some great singer-songwriters who live in the tradition of Americana, Country and Bluegrass, and put an emphasis on the power of words and whose voices we can’t forget. In remembrance of John Prine, 10.10.1946 — 04.07.2020.
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Divergent series, the Carve the Mark duology, Chosen Ones and various short stories.
I play Road Man for the first time, get a Reggae theme to kick things off with Bumpin’ Uglies, Buddahfly and SS. Funk it up with Tomatoband. And ponder on lyrics with Dangermuffin and Fruits Bats. CRB brings it on home.
The moving new novel by the author of ‘Harmless Like You,’ a ‘New York Times Book Review’ Editors' Choice and NPR Great Read.
Brand new music from CATS plus some Pigeon Town, live Skerik, SPAGA, JM and MMB.
Rebel, seeker, traveler, observer, vagabond, writer. Jim Christy has been called all these things and more. Inspired at age twelve after reading Jack Kerouac’s On The Road one summer while running wild in the streets of a tough Philadelphia neighborhood, Christy began his life-long habit of following the wind.
Early tracks from Broken Social Scene, The Motet and Gov’t Mule plus some classic jams from String Cheese and Papadosio. It’s an episode that hopefully helps you forget about everything for an hour.
New music from Mapache, great organ sounds from MMB plus mandolin from Leftover Salmon and African drumbeats from Achilles Wheel.
From New York Times finance editor David Enrich, a searing exposé of the most scandalous bank in the world, revealing its shadowy ties to Donald Trump, Putin's Russia, and Nazi Germany.
This ep is composed of Jams that are seven minutes or longer. Only leaves me room to play six tracks. But why end a jam when it’s jus so damn good.
New music from sibling duo Jocelyn & Chris Arndt and introducing the sounds of Johnny In The Basement and tomatoband.
From the author of ‘A Place at the Table’ and ‘A Soft Place to Land’ comes an intense, complex, and wholly immersive multigenerational novel that explores the complex relationship between two very different women and the secrets they bequeath to their daughters.
New music by CATS and WhiteWater Ramble leads us to Robert Walter’s 20th Congress, The Motet, Leif Erikson, Misty Mountain Sting Band, Chris Thile, Leftover Salmon and moe. It’s amazing how’s its all connected, idn’t it?
In 1994, Mab Segrest first explained how she “had become a woman haunted by the dead.” Against a backdrop of nine generations of her family’s history, Segrest explored her experiences in the 1980s as a white lesbian organizing against a virulent far-right movement in North Carolina.
New live cuts from Howlin’ Rain and Kingsley Durant. The Breakfast is on for the first time since I took over. And a phenomenal opening track by CBH.
The compelling story of seven women and one man at the heart of a sit-in protesting decreased enrollment and hiring of African Americans at Swarthmore College and demanding a Black Studies curriculum.
New music from PPP, a nice reggae-jam that makes me wish I was in California, and some upbeat, happy, sounds from NY, NJ, MD and IL.
New music from Kingsley Durant and SixFoxWhiskey plus a lot of attention to organ jammin’.
Writing from a historical perspective, ‘Delivered by Midwives’ dives into the rich and complex narrative of black midwives in the twentieth century south.
New music from Umphrey’s McGee and we dive into the consciousness of Bonny Done, Strand of Oaks, American Babies and The Good Graces.
Five must-read books on the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
New Wood Brothers and new Moon Hooch as they both start tours to support new albums released Jan 10. And I replay for you some new, old music I discovered this week by Railroad Earth and Keller Williams (plus a lot more).
A look back at the last ten years of books, publishing, literature and of course, my show.
It’s a calming episode with Joe Russo, La Strada, Robert Earl Thomas, Burnell Pines and Purple Mountains.
A psychology professor encounters a teenage girl who exists as multiple incarnations, each living in a separate reality.
New music from Umphrey’s McGee with some fresh sounds for 2020 Jams from American Babies, Daemon Chili, Karl Denson and Joss Jaffe.
One man knows the connection between two extraordinary acts of arson, fifteen years apart, in his Montana hometown–if only he could remember it.