“Children of the New Dawn” - Jóhann Jóhannsson, Mandy (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

“Atrocities” - Psalm Zero, Atrocities - Single

“Asa True” - Eyvind Kang, Chirality

“The Terminator Theme (Extended Version)” - Brad Fiedel, The Terminator (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

“A Message from Albert” - Albert Ayler, New Grass

“Love Cry” - Albert Ayler, Love Cry

“Albert Ayler (His Life Was Too Short)” - Leroy Jenkins, The Legend of Ai Glatson

“God Bless the Child” - Eric Dolphy, The Illinois Concert

“Kecak” - The Kecak (Monkey Chant), Baraka: The Deluxe Edition (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

“Kecak” - Kecak Wira Natha, World Classics: Me No Inna It

”Innard Pulse” - Mark Dresser, Guts

“Death Notes 1-3” - Raz Mesinai, Death Notes

“Introduction” - Albert Ayler, My Name is Albert Ayler

“Blade Runner (End Titles) - Vangelis, Blade Runner (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

“Piss & Gasoline” - Organ Dealer, Visceral Infection

“Drowned” - Entombed, Left Hand Path

“Rêve Noir” - Stephen O’Malley & Anthony Pateras, Rêve Noir

“Two” - George Lewis & Evan Parker, From Saxophone & Trombone

“Harmonielehre - 2. Chorale I: Sum + Difference” - Alex Mincek, Torrent

“Thick Tarragon” (Excerpt) - Eyvind Kang, Visible Breath

“6 Capricci: No. 3, Assai agitato” - Salvatore Sciarrino, Sciarrino: Complete Works for Violin & Viola

“Siubhal Turnlar ii: For String Quartet” - Matthew Welch, Dream Tigers

Episode 215, Aaron Novik


For episode 215 clarinetist Aaron Novik swings by for a go-round on the mics. Raised in Connecticut, he lived in San Francisco for several years, where nurtured several longstanding musical relationships. Aaron moved to New York in 2015 and starting tomorrow night , July 16th, he’s kicking off a weeklong residency at the Stone. In an unprecedented move, for each performance Aaron is releasing an EP of new music. Aaron is a sweetheart and I’m glad we finally found the time to talk on the mics. Sorry for the salt levels.


Episode 214, Jeff Tobias


Multi-instrumentalist Jeff Tobias was raised on Long Island, spent many years in Athens GA and has been living in New York City for the past seven years. He was a member of bands Dark Meat, We Versus the Shark and Nymph. He currently plays in Sunwatchers and Reps and last year he released his first recording of solo saxophone music. Jeff is a good cat and this conversation is one of my favorites of recent memory.


Episode 213, Ava Mendoza Part II


For episode 213, the great Ava Mendoza returns to talk shop. Since her last visit in 2013, Ava has become a seasoned New Yorker and a crucial contributor to the city’s music scene. Today we talk pedals, making records, song writing, improvisation and a whole lot more. Ava is one of the best around and today is a good talk.


Episode 212, Joe Tomino


Before moving back to his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio in 2014 drummer Joe Tomino was a crucial force in the world of New York underground music. He is one third of the long-running group Dub Trio, with whom he has performed in the bands of Mike Patton, Matisyahu, Fugees and many more. Dub Trio seamlessly blends aggressive rock, reggae, metal and dub studio logic into am utterly unique and thrilling musical aggregate. They’ve just released their fifth album and ahead of embarking on a tour opening for Incubus, Joe stopped by to talk shop. Joe is one of the best guys around and it was a joy to be able to spend some time with him.



Episode 210, Melvin Gibbs


Melvin Gibbs is an extraordinary bass player who for the better part of the last four decades has been a key figure in the worlds of rock, jazz, funk and the New York avant-garde. An original member of the Black Rock Coalition and a veteran of bands led by Ronald Shannon Jackson, Sonny Sharrock, Henry Rollins and others, Melvin has led an incredibly varied and colorful career. Ahead of his appearance this Thursday at the 2019 Vision Festival, Melvin stopped by to talk about his new project the God Particle, a collaboration with physicist and musician Stephon Alexander.



Episode 209, Evan Parker


Evan Parker is a living legend who in the past fifty years he has almost singlehandedly reinvented the language of the saxophone, presenting a world of sonic possibilities perviously unimagined. Born at the tail end of World War II in Bristol, England, his first musical interest was cool West Coast jazz but quickly found his way to Bird and Diz, and eventually Trane. Through constant work and solo concerts as well as longstanding relationships with improvisers like Paul Lytton, Barry Guy, Alex von Schlippenbach and Paul Lovens, Evan has established himself as one of the forefathers of European improvisation. Today’s conversation covers a lot of ground and it is an absolute honor to be able to present it here.


Episode 208, Nick McMaster


Born and raised in New York, bassist Nick McMaster has been an essential participant in the city’s avant metal scene for the past ten plus years. A member of both Krallice and Geryon, Nick has also contributed to Bloody Panda, Psalm Zero, Castevet. For today’s talk we cover a lot of ground, from the various strains of NYC metal, to living in Poland, different approaches to metal bass and a lot more.


Episode 207, William Parker Revisited


With the 24th annual Vision Festival fast approaching it seemed like a good time to revisit one of the most popular episodes in the history of the 5049 Podcast, my conversation from 2013 with bass extraordinaire, philosopher, organizer and story teller, William Parker. As a bonus, included here is my second conversation with William from 2015 for Sound American, discussing the work of Don Cherry. Thank you to Nate Wooley and Sound American.


Episode 206, Ryan Muncy


Saxophonist Ryan Muncy is at the forefront of new music, collaborating closely with many of today’s most cutting edge composers and ensembles. He received a Doctor of Music degree from Northwestern University in 2012 and has been a crucial member of many of today’s most important ensembles such as the International Contemporary Ensemble, Talea, Ensemble Dal Niente, Wet Ink and others. For today’s talk we get into it, discussing all matters sax and Ryan’s work for the past two decades.


Episode 205, James Plotkin


James Plotkin is a legend of underground music. Active for the past three decades as a guitarist, composer, producer and mastering engineer, his influence across a broad range of adventurous music cannot be overstated. From his earliest days with Regurgitation to his participation in Khanate, one of the most influential metal bands of the last twenty years, James has been steadily contributing to the language of modern dark music. He is also a lynchpin of the 5049 label, having mastered all but one of our releases. For this talk we go back ton his earliest days in Jersey, hanging out with Morbid Angel as a teenager, making electronic music, mixing and mastering records and a whole lot more. James Plotkin is a first rate artist who deserves serious attention.


Episode 204, Nick Dunston


Nick Dunston is a talented young bass player who is quickly making a mark on the world of contemporary improvisation and jazz. Raised in New York and educated at the New School, he started at cello at age four and has been playing the bass since a teenager. Not yet out of college, he is already a member of bands led by Marc Ribot, Dave Douglas, Amirtha Kidambi and Tyshawn Sorey. In addition to being a naturally gifted musician, he is also a 2019 Van Lier fellow by way of Roulette Intermedium.


Episode 203, Trevor Dunn Part II


On the verge of releasing his first recording of chamber music, the best dude around, Trevor Dunn, returns to the podcast for a second go-round on the mics. Living in Brooklyn since 2000 Trevor has been a key figure in dozens of projects led by John Zorn, Mike Patton, Erik Friedlander, Kris Davis and many many more. Now at the age of 51, he is embarking on a series of releases of his own projects. For this talk we cover a lot of ground: being a sideman, compositional process, Ornette Coleman, film-scoring, the Fyre Festival and a lot lot more. It’s a good time to be a Trevor Dunn fan.



Episode 202, Sam Pluta


Chicago based composer/laptop improviser Sam Pluta has been developing a completely personal language for the better part of the past two decades. A professor at the University of Chicago, he has worked closely with Peter Evans, George Lewis, Jeff Snyder and Evan Parker. He is a member of the Wet Ink Ensemble and is a co-founder of Carrier Records. He’s also a really funny and likable guy and today’s talk is a good one.


Episode 201, Alex Ward


Born in 1974, Alex Ward is a London based clarinetist and guitarist who got his start in free improvised music when he was eleven years old, playing with Derek Bailey. Over the years he’s worked closely with Steve Noble, Simon H. Fell, Weasel Walter, Pat Thomas and many others. In addition to being a gifted clarinetist, Alex is an accomplished guitarist who has been forging an idiosyncratic language all his own. Most recently he has been touring with This Is Not This Heat, which brought him over the States for a series of shows. Clarinet, guitar, London, improvisation and a whole lot more. Today is a good one!


Episode 200, Henry Fraser


For episode 200, we welcome young bass virtuoso, Henry Fraser, onto the show for lots of good talk about his first few years in New York, his work with the Anthony Coleman Trio, his ongoing collaboration with Sam Weinberg, starting to play electric bass in his twenties, Boston and a whole lot more. Henry is the man and you will be hearing from him for years to come. To kick things off, we go through six years of listener emails to which I am finally getting around to responding. EPISODE 200!!!!


Episode 199, Alan Licht


Guitarist Alan Licht has been active across a broad range of activity in the wold of experimental music since the late 80s. Born and raised in Jersey, based in Brooklyn, Alan has been playing guitar since he was a teenager. He’s worked closely with Loren Connors, Lee Ranaldo, Jim O’Rourke and many others. He’s a published author and for many years was the booker for the legendary NYC club Tonic. Alan has stayed very busy over the years and has a perspective all his own, with a lot of stories to tell.


Episode 198, Raz Mesinai


Producer/Sound Alchemist Raz Mesinai has been a vital force across several strains of the New York Underground since the late eighties. Active as a soundtrack composer, DJ, mix engineer, percussionist, educator and more, he’s released records on ROIR, Asphodel, Tzadik and more. Along with Scotty Hard, he started the Underground Producers Alliance, a consortium of creative producers offering courses in music production. This conversation was recorded in Raz’s studio in Brooklyn.


Episode 197, Kato Hideki


In the underground music scene of New York City, bassist, engineer, educator Kato Hideki is a most crucial participant. Before moving to New York City in 1992 Kato was an original member of Otomo Yoshihide’s Ground Zero. Since arriving in New York, he has worked closely with John Zorn, Ikue Mori, Eyvind Kang, Fred Frith, Marc Ribot and Zeena Parkins among many others. He was born and raised in Nagoya, Japan and has played on many of my favorite records to come out of New York in the last twenty five years. A great talk with a great guy.