Episode 148A: Temporal Jupiter Thought Gang

New music from cellist/composer Julia Kent, singer Sharon Van Etten, the David Lynch/Angelo Badalamenti side project Thought Gang, songwriter Tim Presley’s White Fence, and New York United, a new collaboration between downtown NY musicians Daniel Carter, Tobias Wilner, Djibril Toure, and Federico Ughi.

Original air date: February 8, 2019

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Tim Presley’s White Fence

Tim Presley’s White Fence

Sharon Van Etten 
Jupiter 4
Remind Me Tomorrow  2019

Johnny Jewel 
Spiral Staircase
Themes For Television Italians Do It Better 2018

Johnny Jewel Embers
Themes For Television Italians Do It Better 2018

Low Dancing and Fire
Double Negative 2018

Thalia Zedek Band We Will Roll
Fighting Season Thrill Jockey Records 2018 Rock

Tim Presley I Have to Feed Larry's Hawk
I Have to Feed Larry's Hawk Drag City Records 2019 Rock

Nick Cave & Warren Ellis Rom
White Lunar Mute 2009

The Nels Cline Singers 
Into It
Initiate Cryptogramophone 2010 Jazz

Bill Callahan Invocation of Ratiocination
Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle Drag City Inc. 2009 

Julia Kent Crepuscolo
Temporal The Leaf Label 2019 Classical

Thought Gang Frank 2000 Prelude
Thought Gang Sacred Bones Records / Hostess 2018

Thought Gang One Dog Bark
Thought Gang Sacred Bones Records 2018 Jazz

Kendrick Lamar untitled
Untitled Unmastered. Top Dawg Entertainment 2016 

Daniel Carter, Tobias Wilner, Djibril Toure, Federico Ughi Canal Street
New York United 577 Records 2018 Jazz

John Zorn Chi Mai
The Big Gundown Tzadik 2000

Episode 147: Ryan H. Walsh

Ryan H. Walsh is the author of Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968, a highly entertaining and adventurous book chronicling the development of Van Morrison’s 1968 masterpiece Astral Weeks in Boston and many other surreal and interrelated Boston stories from the same year. Ryan joins Free Association to talk about some of the stories from 1968, including The Velvet Underground’s popularity in Boston, the so-called Boston Sound bands, and Jim Kweskin and Mel Lyman of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band.

Original air date: January 11, 2019

Listen or download this podcast episode on Spotify or iTunes.


Van Morrison, “Sweet Thing”
Astral Weeks (Rhino/Warner Bros. 1968 Rock)


Jim Kweskin, “Stealin’”
America (Collectible Records 1971)


The Velvet Underground “White Light/White Heat”
White Light/White Heat (Verve 1968)

The Velvet Underground “Sister Ray (Live)”
Live at the Boston Tea Party, May 1969 (ODL 2014)


The Velvet Underground “Femme Fatale”
Sunday Morning/Femme Fatale (Verve 1966)

The Modern Lovers “Astral Plane”
The Modern Lovers (Beserkley 1976)


Earth Opera “The Red Sox are Winning”
Earth Opera (Elektra 1968)


Beacon Street Union “Mystic Morning”
The Eyes of The Beacon Street Union (MGM 1968)


Van Morrison “Astral Weeks”
Astral Weeks (Rhino/Warner Bros. 1968 Rock)

Hallelujah the Hills “Theme From Astral Weeks 1968”
Against Electricity (Discrete Pageantry Records 2018)

Episode 146: Year in Music 2018

Hear three hours of the best and most frequently played tracks from 2018 on Free Association, including both national, international, and local (Boston) artists. This episode will be released in three parts on Spotify and iTunes.

Original air date: December 14, 2019



Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse, “Dark Night of the Soul (feat. David Lynch)”
[Sparklehorse Mix]Dark Night of the Soul (Deluxe Edition) Parlophone UK USA 

Johnny Jewel & Desire, “Saturday (Evening)”
Themes For Television 
Italians Do It Better 2018

Johnny Jewel, “Red Curtains”
Themes For Television
Italians Do It Better 2018

Johnny Jewel, “Deja Vu”
Themes For Television
Italians Do It Better 2018

Soap&Skin, “Surrounded”
From Gas To Solid / You Are My Friend 
Play It Again Sam Records 2018

Marissa Nadler, “For My Crimes”
For My Crimes 
Sacred Bones Records 2018 Rock

Jon Hassell, “Dreaming”
Listening To Pictures 
Ndeya 2018 Jazz

Ben Vince, “What I Can See (feat.Micachu)”
Where To Now? 2018 Jazz

Colin Stetson, “Reborn”
Hereditary (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 
Milan 2018 CD

Low, “Dancing and Fire”
Double Negative 
Sub Pop Records 2018 Rock

Cat Power, “Stay”
Domino 2018 Rock

Willard Grant Conspiracy, “Untethered”
Loose 2018 CD Rock

Arve Henriksen, Pink Cherry Trees
The Height Of The Reeds 
Rune Grammofon 2018 Jazz


Melody’s Echo Chamber, “Visions of Someone Special, on a Wall of Reflections”
Bon Voyage 
Fat Possum / Hostess 2018 Rock

David Byrne, “Doing the Right Thing”
American Utopia
Nonesuch 2018

Arc Iris, “$GNMS”
Icon Of Ego 
Ba Da Bing! 2018 Rock

Chris Lightcap “Far Away Planet (feat. Nels Cline & John Medeski)”
The Royal Potato Family 2018 Jazz

Gruff Rhys, Oh Dear!
Rough Trade 2018

Tracey Thorn, Queen
Unmade Road 2018 CD

Objekt, “Secret Snake”
Cocoon Crush 
Pan (3) 2018

Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet, The Water Rises
Nonesuch 2018 CD Classical

Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet, Our Street Is A Black River
Nonesuch 2018 CD Classical

Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet, Galaxies
Nonesuch 2018 CD Classical

Will Ragano, “All Units”
Tripping on Wires
Will Ragano 2018

Will Ragano, “Scarsdale Surprise”
Tripping on Wires
Will Ragano 2018

A Hawk And A Hacksaw, The Magic Spring
Forest Bathing 
LM Dupli-Cation 2018

Greg Jamie, Inherit the Wind
Crazy Time 
Orindal Records 2018 Rock

Chilly Gonzales, Present Tense
Solo Piano III 
2018 Classical


Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Exclusive Grave
Hope Downs 
Sub Pop 2018 CD

E, Down She Goes
Negative Work 
Thrill Jockey Records 2018 Rock

Tropical Fuck Storm, You Let My Tyres Down
A Laughing Death in Meatspace 
Joyful Noise Recordings 2018 Rock

Thalia Zedek Band, Fighting Season
Fighting Season 
Thrill Jockey Records 2018 Rock

Brandon Seabrook Trio, Bovicidal

Monofonus Press 2018 CD Jazz

Alec K. Redfearn & The Eyesores, The Opposite
The Opposite 
Cuneiform Records 2018 CD Rock

BC35 & Ajda The Turkish Queen, Take This Ride
The 35 Year Anniversary of BC Studio 
Bronson Recordings 2018

Andrew Stern, Nocturne in Eb
Bright Angel 
Stern Furniture 2018 Jazz

Richard Thompson, Trying
13 Rivers 
New West Records 2018

Yo La Tengo, For You Too
There’s a Riot Going On 
Matador 2018 CD Rock

Julia Holter, Chaitius
Domino Recording Co / Hostess 2018

Hawthonn, Eden
Red Goddess (Of This Men Shall Know Nothing) 
Ba Da Bing! 2018 CD

Gazelle Twin, Folly
Pastoral Anti-Ghost 
Moon Ray 2018

Gazelle Twin, Jerusalem
Pastoral Anti-Ghost 
Moon Ray Records 2018

Kronos Quartet, Clouded Yellow
Michael Gordon: Clouded Yellow 
Cantaloupe Music 2018 CD Classical

Eric Chenaux, There’s Our Love
Slowly Paradise 
Constellation 2018

Laura Cannell, Trails
Brawl Records (2) 2018 CD Classical