Cafe`Ali playlist for 06/18/2024

ArtistTitleAlbum (* = New Release)
Marius BillgobensonA little Bit of Honey*
Tony MangraSimple Plan*
The WailersGet Up Stand Up*
Mystic BowiePlease Don't Go*
LaivyPeace Of Mind*
Rob EberleHalf Of You*
Shamar Na'il StarJust a Touch of Love*
Gun Hill RoadArtificial Intelligence (No Robots Were Injured in the Production of this Song*
The OutlawsRiders In The Sky
Punk MafiaRock and Roll Disco*
PrinceI wanna Be Your Lover
Lady BriDo What I do
Peoples ChoiceDo It any way You wanna
FunkadelicComing Round The Moutain
RockwellSomebody's Watching Me
EWFLet's Groove
Blue MagicChasing Rainbows
N.A.N.Saturday Action RallyJune 15
The SpinnersLove Don't Love Nobody
Democracy NowAhead of Juneteenth, Maryland Pardons 175K Pot Convictions, Seeking to Remedy Harms of War on Drugs
Linda JonesFor Your Precious Love
Blue MagicSide Show
Smokey RobinsonBeing With You
Blood StoneNatural High
Smokey RobinsonOne Heartbeat
SadeSmooth Operator
The MomentsLove On a Two Way Street
Angie BofillI Try
Norman ConnorsBetcha By Golly
Angela BofillThis Time I'll Be SweeterAngie
Guy NsangueMouna Bowa

I speak with Michael Harrison, Of Gun Hill Road
Now that the TALKERS 2024: Radio and Beyond conference is in the history books, TALKERS founder (and Gunhill Road member) Michael Harrison has embarked upon what is being called the Summer of ‘24 “Obsolete Slobs” media tour in support of the perennial rock group’s latest music video endeavor. Gunhill Road, the ensemble that has been creating multi-genre rock and pop music spanning more than five decades, has released a breathtaking new song and video titled, “Artificial Intelligence (No Robots Were Injured in the Production of this Song).” The piece – which is an unapologetic examination of the potential consequences AI poses to current human civilization – is an advance release from the band’s forthcoming fifth album. Gunhill Road has developed a unique niche in recent years attracting hundreds of thousands of internet followers powered, in large part, by the attention and airplay given it on talk radio. New songs by the group typically debut on multiple radio talk shows sparking conversation about today’s pressing topics of news and social concern. The compositions feature clever, biting lyrics delivered in a highly musical and original way. The band consists of co-founding member/pianist/vocalist/songwriter Steve Goldrich, longtime guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Paul Reisch, noted Broadway theater instrumentalist/guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Brian Koonin, and vocalist/songwriter Michael Harrison. (Harrison co-wrote this song and performs lead vocals.) This production features a special guest vocal appearance by recording artist Bibi Farber, daughter of the late talk radio pioneer, Barry Farber. The visually stunning video for “Artificial Intelligence (No Robots Were Injured in the Production of this Song)” which, ironically, employs generative AI for many of its remarkable images, was produced by Matthew B. Harrison. The song, an infectious rocker marked by driving guitars, riveting keyboards, soaring horns and a multi-layered group chorus depicts the dangers human civilization faces in an increasingly uncertain environment marked by the rising corruption of deep fakes and manipulative algorithms that threaten elections and question the very premise of “self-evident” truths. It ultimately asks the question, “What does it mean to be human?” Check out the video here.