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Options April 25, 2020: AVA MENDOZA is a Brooklyn-based guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer.

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Artist Track Album Label Approx. start time
William Parker Trio- Ava Mendoza / William Parker / Gerald Cleaver  Domingo   Options Mayan Space Station  unrealesed  0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Sarah Bernstein- violin, composition / Ava Mendoza- guitar / Adam Lane- bass / Vijay Anderson- drums     Live Recording    0:13:45 (Pop‑up)
Unnatural Ways  Shapeshifters   Options Unnatural Ways  New Atlantis  0:22:03 (Pop‑up)
Ava Mendoza  Kiss of Fire   Options Shadow Stories  Resipiscent  0:30:49 (Pop‑up)
Nels Cline- guitar / Ava Mendoza- guitar  Improvisation   Options     0:43:43 (Pop‑up)
Nels Cline- guitar / Ava Mendoza- guitar  Doomaby   Options     0:56:36 (Pop‑up)
Unnatural Ways  Quit Your Unnatural Ways   Options Unnatural Ways  New Atlantis  1:11:32 (Pop‑up)
Ava Mendoza  Goodnight, Irene   Options Shadow Stories    1:14:56 (Pop‑up)
Unnatural Ways (comp. Sam Ospovat)  Terraforming   Options We Aliens  Tzadik  1:20:24 (Pop‑up)
Unnatural Ways  Is This a Joke   Options Unnatural ways  New Atlantis  1:25:41 (Pop‑up)
Ava Mendoza (comp. Devin Hoff)  Apart From the Obvious Exceptions   Options     1:37:59 (Pop‑up)
Ava Mendoza - guitar, comp / Maxime Petit- bass / Will Guthrie- drums  I   Options Ava Mendoza / Maxime Petit / Will Guthrie  Becoq/Ranch Jam  1:47:42 (Pop‑up)
Ava Mendoza, perf. by The Living Earth Show  Untitled   Options     1:50:59 (Pop‑up)
Unnatural Ways  Surveillance Supersta   Options We Aliens  Tzadik  2:03:19 (Pop‑up)
Ava Mendoza  The Tennessee Waltz   Options Shadow Stories  Resipiscent  2:08:30 (Pop‑up)
Unnatural Ways  Dogsbodies   Options Unnatural Ways  New Atlantis  2:13:03 (Pop‑up)
Ava Mendoza - guitar, comp / Maxime Petit- bass / Will Guthrie- drums  2   Options Ava Mendoza / Maxime Petit / Will Guthrie  Becoq/Ranch Jam  2:23:20 (Pop‑up)
Unnatural Ways  The Runaway Song   Options The Paranoia Party  Sleeping Giant Glossolalia  2:32:51 (Pop‑up)
Unnatural Ways  Blowback Blues   Options We Aliens  Tzadik  2:39:52 (Pop‑up)
Unnatural Ways  Most Of All We Love to Spy   Options The Paranoia Party  Sleeping Giant Glossolalia  2:49:32 (Pop‑up)


Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:01pm doctorjazz:

Hi Free World Denizens!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:01pm doctorjazz:

That opening bass!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:01pm WR:

Looking forward to this. Dave and Ava.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:02pm Dave Sewelson:

welcome doctor and wr!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:02pm doctorjazz:

Probably miss some, have to go bike with mutt crew. Here for a bit, though.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:02pm chresti:

Hello Free World!
  2:02pm Chad Fowler:

Good afternoon
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:03pm Dave Sewelson:

bike with a mask doc?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:03pm doctorjazz:

William Parker! What a BIG sound! Cool guitar sounds now...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:03pm WR:

I wondered why I don't have this recording and then see it says unreleased on the playlist. I try to pay attention.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:03pm Dave Sewelson:

chresti!
  2:03pm Chad Fowler:

Dave, how are you doing the show during coronatime?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:04pm Dave Sewelson:

thanks for stopping by Chad....we have a long wire to where Ava is and walkie talkies...
Avatar 2:04pm spodiodi:

Dave! glad to be here
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:05pm WR:

We'll save your seat for when you get back doctorjazz.
  2:05pm Chad Fowler:

hah. :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:05pm doctorjazz:

I'm being very good about wearing the mask in public, but makes no sense to me walking/running/biking outdoors, risk is zero as far as I can see.
  2:06pm Chad Fowler:

Can Ava see this? Wondering why this is unreleased. I love it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:07pm doctorjazz:

And the 3rd member of the trio, Gerald Cleaver, saw him not that long ago with Nels Cline/Larry Ochs, also a big fan.
  2:09pm JosephB:

Hello Dave and Ava! What a pleasure...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:10pm Dave Sewelson:

JosephB yeah
Avatar 2:10pm Sem:

Hiya, Dave, and free worlders. Let the Saturday afternoon play out as it should,
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:11pm Dave Sewelson:

Sem!
Avatar 2:11pm northguineahills:

Here, looking forward to the sounds!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:13pm Dave Sewelson:

avamendozamusic.bandcamp.com
unnaturalways.bandcamp.com
Avatar 2:13pm northguineahills:

Mayan Space Station should be played in tandem w/ Souvlaki Space Station.... (to fullfill my aural and culinary needs).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:13pm Dave Sewelson:

ngh....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:14pm WR:

Wow, glad I don't have to feel bad about missing those shows.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:16pm ParUbi:

Hey everyone!
  2:16pm JosephB:

Ava, I love what you guys do with Mal's CAN tunes! I've helped back him up a couple of times in LA, so it's exciting to see how different bands go about arranging the tunes. Your guitar backing on "Thief" is killer! I was wondering how one might do it with just a single guitar, and you do it exceptionally well
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:20pm WR:

Or rather I'm sad that I don't have to feel bad about missing those shows.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:23pm Doug Schulkind:

I loved getting whirled for free.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:26pm doctorjazz:

This is GREAT stuff!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:27pm Dave Sewelson:

Doug, is that pooch 100%?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:27pm doctorjazz:

Intense! Not for the faint off heart! (Would love to hear this live...)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:29pm Doug Schulkind:

@Dave
Totally recovered! No on to the next unidentified ingestible!
  2:32pm JosephB:

What an ending!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:33pm Dave Sewelson:

yeah JosephB
  2:34pm JosephB:

Aw, and this tune -- I've actually tried to learn it from Ava's youtube videos, but it still needs work, haha
  2:37pm Aron Namenwirth:

Hi Eva and Dave fun stuff enjoying it
Avatar 2:39pm Franco Twinkie:

Hi Ava! We featured you on our first show many years ago.
Avatar 2:41pm Franco Twinkie:

Kind of like the movie The Exterminating Angel, Dave? Just can't seem to leave the party,Ha!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:41pm Dave Sewelson:

Aron and Franco!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:42pm WR:

Sonny Sharrock!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:42pm doctorjazz:

Nels!
  2:42pm Aron Namenwirth:

Punk rock yah mike watts!
Avatar 2:43pm coelacanth∅:

greetings Dave & Ava and free worldlings
  2:43pm Aron Namenwirth:

Man Ava got good taste
Avatar 2:44pm northguineahills:

William Parker was my gateway to jazz, seeing him live. It got me out of my indie rock ghetto.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:45pm doctorjazz:

Are we invited in 2021?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:45pm WR:

Dave Sewelson, master interview host.
Avatar 2:45pm Franco Twinkie:

Mike Watt also loves roast pork sandwiches from the Busy Bee in San Pedro.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:46pm WR:

Exactly doctorjazz, party at Ava's in 2021. LOL.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:47pm WR:

Gotta turn up the volume, let it rattle the windows.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:47pm Dave Sewelson:

sealy snuck in.....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:48pm doctorjazz:

WR, sent some random stuff, recent downloads. I'm ripping a ton of Sonny Rollins and Charlie Parker for a friend, interested? (Or anyone else)?
  2:48pm Aron Namenwirth:

okay my right ear drum is rattling at almost same frequency as my left good job
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:49pm Dave Sewelson:

yes please doc....
Avatar 2:49pm fred:

Hello Dave, Ava and all
I briefly gave a look at my work inbox after Mayuko's show, but decided to take a break from giving a fuck for the day
Avatar 2:49pm coelacanth∅:

i think Ava made it onto Jeff Golick's marathon premium "jazz guitar for people who hate jazz guitar", a few years back.
i could be mistaken but she would fit in.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:50pm doctorjazz:

Think I can tell which guitar is which, but I'm probably wrong. Waiting for Nels to start looping through his computer/effects great.
  2:50pm Aron Namenwirth:

ode to fuzz
Avatar 2:51pm Franco Twinkie:

The Geraldine Fibbers were a great band, but I don't know what their sandwich preferences were.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:51pm doctorjazz:

(Don't Know Ava's tool kit, though)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:53pm WR:

doctorjazz, yes and yes.
Avatar 2:54pm fred:

This show and Ridgewood Radio are so tough because I miss this music live so much. Yet, they're so precious as well
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:55pm ParUbi:

very meditative, almost mystical stuff
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:59pm ParUbi:

Her Bandcamp for ease of reference: avamendozamusic.bandcamp.com
  3:00pm Jim Ryan:

Hi Ava, Dave . . . I'm digging it! Thanks, Jim
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:02pm Dave Sewelson:

Hey Jim!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:03pm WR:

Were both these duos with Cline recorded on the same day? A gig or ?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:04pm Dave Sewelson:

avamendozamusic.com
Avatar 3:04pm coelacanth∅:

dr.j you know i'll accept almost everything you feel like sending! esp. Rollins. i have just 2 Rollins albums, i think, and both are vinyl...and i'm not home and don't remember which albums.
i'm not hugely into Bird, though acknowledging his contribution...if you want to share some must-hear essentials.
...i've heard lots, over the years, and it just never turned me on -but maybe i haven't heard what i need to; or maybe i've mellowed (i usually found him a bit boring); or maybe i should just hear something in-particular that is essential to an understanding...
i know it was always mostly about his tone, and his control...
  3:05pm Jeff g. via app:

Eels Cline is good but kind of slippery.
Avatar 3:05pm northguineahills:

This track has a Sunn(O)))) vibe, maybe after some espressos....
Avatar 3:06pm Franco Twinkie:

Since James Gurley and Robert Quine don't play much anymore, Ava is boldly carrying the flag for people like myself who like it upside down and inside out.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:06pm chresti:

Haha Jeff g.
Avatar 3:07pm fred:

Speaking of tone, control, and doing something with it, this pretty much nails it
Avatar 3:07pm coelacanth∅:

Jeff, if you can hold it still long enough to get it to your mouth it's good with avocado and a sweet sauce though
  3:07pm Jeff g. via app:

Thanks for being here, Ava!
Avatar 3:09pm coelacanth∅:

(Ava's voice reminds me of wfmu's Bethany's)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:17pm doctorjazz:

I'm already sending, easy to add on email address for 1 more. I adore Charlie Parker; can sing many of his solos. The problem with his records is that they become academic studies, alternate takes up the wazoo. The box I have on CD (have the rest on L.P.) id's the same; best way to listen is to just play master takes l digital makes this easy). Later on, if curious, can check out alternates. My $0.02.
Family ready to bike, gonna run, loved the music and chat, thanks!
Avatar 3:19pm coelacanth∅:

Thanks doc...use your judgement. i'm open.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:20pm WR:

Later doctorjazz, and thank you.
Avatar 3:21pm coelacanth∅:

have a fun and safe ride
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:23pm WR:

Ava, can you say something about what moved you to do Goodnight Irene?
  3:23pm JosephB:

Amazing drums on this one
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:24pm Dave Sewelson:

happy trails doc
  3:35pm David J:

Just joining, my iPhone in the shop, first time listening on computer with web browser. Red type on blue background! Ouch!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:37pm Dave Sewelson:

unnaturalways.bandcamp.com
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:37pm WR:

Got it, thank you Ava!
  3:38pm Dean:

Hoff played in these parts with Good for Cows.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:39pm Dave Sewelson:

Welcome David J....thanks for the tip Dean....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:56pm WR:

Dang, only once have I beat chresti to click the favorite link. Feels like Family Feud and I'm letting the family down because Franco will always know the question. ;)
Avatar 3:57pm spodiodi:

love the vibes accompaniment
Avatar 3:57pm spodiodi:

it's all been great too
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:58pm WR:

PS: that means we just clicked favorite on the The Living Earth Show.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:58pm Dave Sewelson:

thanks spodi
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:58pm chresti:

Ha WR.
Avatar 3:58pm spodiodi:

ouch lol
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:59pm chresti:

Yeah, the vibes needed a star.
  4:02pm Dean:

Some of us don't have a radio or heart, but only because we don't register an account with the station. But we give money! Yeah, Swag for Life is the monthly regular deduction.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:02pm WR:

And the archives storage cost too.
  4:03pm Dean:

Sort of like the Wizard of Oz..."If I only had a heart...or a radio."
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:04pm WR:

You do the good work for sure Dave!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:04pm Stanley:

You can stay humble by disabling the icons.
Not me, though, as I'm very proud of them
Avatar 4:05pm fred:

Man, you have no idea how WFMU is crucial to me in these times
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:05pm Andrew Waterloo:

oh crap.. I've been missing Ava
  4:06pm JosephB:

Staying humble is good... but a little peer pressure to donate is not such a a bad thing either
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:07pm WR:

Didn't know that Stanley. I loved the pumpkin from the fall fund raiser. Now I don't know which to do
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:08pm Dave Sewelson:

Wow Stanley!......
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:09pm WR:

But yes Ava, heart means 2020 donor and radio means subscriber.
Avatar 4:09pm fred:

@Stanley: I often disable the icons after the marathon because I get tired of the shaming. Not this year though, that seemed a petty concern. I might change my mind though, if it gets back it will be worse than usual
  4:11pm Dean:

DJ Uncle Michael asked me if I like doing math. That's it, partly. (If you don't register, you have to solve a simple addition problem to post your comment.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:11pm WR:

Liking this whimsical Tennessee Waltz. Very much.
  4:13pm Dean:

Has Dave asked Ava if Weasel Walter is as nuts as he seems? Caught him live here in the Bay Area before he migrated east. Intense, musical, and intensely musical, that guy.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:13pm Gina Bacon:

Hey, y'all! I like this version. Really nice.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:17pm Andrew Waterloo:

Unnatural Ways is great live.. even after a day long drive.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:19pm Stanley:

This is one good album
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:20pm chresti:

I liked the pumpkin, too @WR I wish the static from Kenzo's show followed me around, tho.
Avatar 4:22pm fred:

@chresti: I think the issue would be that some people would have so many icons it would make the board unreadable
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:23pm Stanley:

It's bit like the badges you collect as a boy scout.
But like I said that little radio means the world to me.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:24pm WR:

Go Dave go!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:24pm chresti:

I noticed some extra badges from other shows, @fred
Avatar 4:26pm spodiodi:

heck yeah. (guitar is maybe a little quiet vs sax, but i'm not complaining)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:26pm Stanley:

Me too, digging this set up.
Avatar 4:26pm fred:

I actually was a boy scout many decades ago. Didn't stick
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:27pm doctorjazz:

Been playing on the radio/phone, water break, glad I'm catching the duet!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:28pm WR:

And next is Ava giving it a shot?
Avatar 4:28pm spodiodi:

good timing, doctorjazz
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:28pm Stanley:

Love your dedication, dr J
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:31pm Stanley:

Applause!
  4:32pm JosephB:

Nice!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:32pm chresti:

I was a Brownie until I was kicked out because I couldn't afford the uniform.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:33pm Stanley:

Has Dave moved into another room?
  4:34pm Dean:

DJ voice is way down in the mix. I think he corrected for the sax, forgot to re-adjust.
Avatar 4:34pm northguineahills:

I was an Eagle Scout. I got it by age 14, in the minimum amount of time possible, as I couldn't get my driver's license (learner's permit), until I did. I rarely did scouts after that unless there was a cool camping trip (or when they went to the UK).
Avatar 4:34pm fred:

I was kicked out (well deserved) because I was a momma's boy who couldn't handle the outdoors
Avatar 4:35pm northguineahills:

I prefer the outdoors, but clashed w/ the authoritarianism tendancies...
Avatar 4:38pm fred:

@ngh: I first read "clashed" as "clothed" (I'm so tired), which gave your post a Laibach vibe
Avatar 4:40pm northguineahills:

@fred: haha!
Avatar 4:41pm spodiodi:

i have mixed feelings about my experience w scouts... mostly clothed
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:42pm Stanley:

I have to admit my interest was a little less honourable. The scouts ran monthly joint discos with the Girl Guides!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:43pm WR:

Ava, whenever I hear free blues blowing on guitar I sometimes hear chording that reminds me of some Beefheart tunes. Any Beefheart listening in your background?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:44pm Stanley:

See what you mean WR.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:47pm Gina Bacon:

Thanks, Dave!! Great show!
Avatar 4:48pm Franco Twinkie:

Are you gonna go to the beach, Ava?
  4:49pm JosephB:

Thanks Ava, please come to LA when all this craziness is over!
Avatar 4:49pm fred:

@WR: I tend to avoid mentioning it. I haven't listened to much, but the Beefheart/Zappa divide seems a touchy subject. I'm probably on the Beefheart side, but I really don't know
Avatar 4:49pm Franco Twinkie:

I heard Dali's Car!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:50pm doctorjazz:

Thanks, great show!
Avatar 4:51pm northguineahills:

Thanks Ava and Dave!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:51pm WR:

Thank you Ava! Love your music!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:51pm chresti:

Thanks Dave and Ava!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:51pm Gina Bacon:

And thank you, Ava!
Avatar 4:51pm spodiodi:

thanks Ava!
thanks, Dave!
great show!
Avatar 4:52pm duke:

Thanks Dave and Ana, great music!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:52pm Dave Sewelson:

Stay tuned
5:00 – 7:00pm (ET) :::::: Live from Nashville, Tennessee
SOMEDAY MATINEE with Gina Bacon
wfmu.org...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:53pm Dave Sewelson:

thanks all you commenteeers! and others
  4:54pm JosephB:

Thanks Dave!!!!
Avatar 4:56pm Franco Twinkie:

Fred, it always mystified the way fans personalized the so called Beefheart/Zappa thing, as if they knew the real nature of their relationship.
  4:56pm ?:

thanks for listening and writing everyone! was a real pleasure.

ava
http://avamendozamusic.com/
https://unnaturalways.bandcamp.com/
https://avamendozamusic.bandcamp.com/
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:57pm Andrew Waterloo:

Well. in the Beefheart doc they were talking about the bongo fury tour and the tension between Beefhart and Zappa. Finally at the end of the interview string Zappa just shrugs and says "C'mon guys, it was a 10 week tour"
  4:57pm avamendoza:

that's from ava haha...
stay healthy out there.
  4:58pm Dean:

Thank you. Delightful afternoon here.
Avatar 4:58pm Franco Twinkie:

Andrew,Ha!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:58pm doctorjazz:

L Lou red Robert
Avatar Swag For Life Member 4:58pm WR:

@Fred both Vliet & Zappa made music that I love. I leave at that. It is the music, the recordings that we have now to enjoy as we can in our own way.
  4:59pm Dean:

(Franco, we'll get around to Mr. T's!)
Avatar 4:59pm fred:

@Franco: I don't know. I've just been asked to take a side, which doesn't sit well with me. I really don't know either, to tell the truth
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:00pm Stanley:

Very enjoyable show. Many thanks Dave and Ava.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:01pm WR:

Thanks again and again Ava and Dave!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:02pm chresti:

ava, your photo reminds me of Natalie Wood.
Avatar 5:51pm coelacanth∅:

thanks Dave! Thanks Ava!
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