Biography

I'm a singer/songwriter/composer/arranger. I've been singing and writing music and poetry since I was a kid. My Dad was into jazz so I grew up on the old standards and learning how to scat - improvisation is key to jazz and it suited me. When I was singing in smoke-filled clubs years ago, I lost my voice for a while and found my other voice. I'm now a jazz baby with a classically-trained lyric soprano chaser. Operatic training really strengthened my vocal chords and expanded my range so now I'm free to sing almost anything I like, though my voice isn't as high and light as it once was. In fact, having access to my 'new' lower voice has expanded what I can do more than I could have imagined it could. I have an experimental soul and I am always full of curiosity and excitement for new things and ideas. I love to collaborate with other musicians and artists of all kinds. Besides doing music, I also draw and paint and was once a professional photographer. I bring all of this together to express myself in as many media as possible.

Musically, it's an exciting time because of all the cross-pollination of genres, instruments, and cultures. I speak several languages and have studied the traditional music from more than one continent so it's a real joy to see more people intermingling different cultural influences.

My own background is intermingled from the get go (african and european diaspora mixed with native north american) so I appreciate people who are open-minded. I am usually a soloist but also love singing in a group. I like to work with people who like to experiment, who aren't rigid artistically, and who live for the excitement which takes place when minds collide. I like working with other singers, poets, songwriters, composers, and instrumentalists. I have a lot of live performing experience though, in the past few years, most of it has been on internet radio and tv. smiley

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Blog rss

Just my instrumental music... April 18, 2014
… for those who might be interested.
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Experimental Neo-classical Music at SoundIn April 13, 2014
Used to be called Improv Friday...
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Art Colony - Profile of the Week March 27, 2014
My art on display at The Art Colony this week with a Q & A interview
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WikiLoops (thanks to Sisters' Anne Cozean) November 12, 2013
Was listening to one of Sisters' wonderful tracks and WikiLoops was mentioned - I went over to see what it was about and...
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Halloween and all that jazz... November 2, 2012
Links to photos and songs I've made for Halloween.
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Music rss

Title Genre Released Plays
Dandelion Seed Blues Apr 17, 2014 211
Kirya or Going Native Alternative Apr 2, 2014 410
Summertime With Frizz Collab Jazz Mar 26, 2014 377
Tumbling Tumbleweeds (a cappella 4 part harmony) A Cappella Mar 19, 2014 344
All The Beautiful Things I See In You Inspirational Mar 11, 2014 314
Hum Tum Hum Do Rahi (We Are True Lovers) Collab World Feb 28, 2014 478
Star in My Sky (Swahili: Nyota katika anga yangu) Collab World Feb 22, 2014 265
Brighter Than Sunshine A Cappella Feb 14, 2014 266
Besame Mucho Collab Latin Feb 5, 2014 310
Atonal Lullaby Collab Jazz Jan 29, 2014 290
Oh What a Terrible Morning! (Apologies to Rodgers & Hammerstein!) Comedy Jan 17, 2014 351
This Sea of Harmony Rock Jan 13, 2014 296
Remembrances of You Jazz Jan 2, 2014 365
House of the Rising Sun (traditional) Collab Blues Dec 9, 2013 316
Goodbye to the Blues Collab Blues Nov 27, 2013 480
Bound Jazz Nov 19, 2013 283
Broken-Hearted Melody Pop Nov 13, 2013 370
Heavenly A Cappella Nov 4, 2013 371
Orchestrally Yours Classical Oct 6, 2013 333
The Winter of this Romance Jazz Sep 5, 2013 243
Oh Danny Boy (altered lyrics) Inspirational May 27, 2013 498
Someone Like You Collab Pop Apr 30, 2013 557
Piano Improv 3:54 am Jazz Feb 20, 2013 441
L'invitation au voyage (Henri DuParc) Classical Feb 7, 2013 824
Phantom of the Opera Collab Other Jan 1, 2013 455
White Christmas Collab Holiday Dec 25, 2012 380
Some Breaks Just Never Set Right Jazz Dec 14, 2012 350
A Trip to India & Back Again Jazz Dec 13, 2012 253
Lullaby for Two Collab Classical Nov 28, 2012 497
Carla Prepares for Autumn Classical Nov 21, 2012 295
Nobody Wins Collab Pop Nov 9, 2012 376
Blue Days in Heaven Classical Nov 7, 2012 328
Jazz of an Afternoon Jazz Nov 3, 2012 312
SkyFall Reinterpreted A Cappella Oct 11, 2012 633
Victory Reprise (Fight the Cancer) Inspirational Oct 8, 2012 293
Violets Collab Jazz Sep 25, 2012 455
Black is the Color of my True Love's Skin A Cappella Sep 17, 2012 790
Oasis Collab World Sep 9, 2012 478
Carla At Midnight Jazz Sep 6, 2012 345
Cellos Sing to Me at Night Classical Sep 1, 2012 436
Over the River I see Her Other Aug 3, 2012 436
Emeralds of Rajasthan Collab World Jun 29, 2012 558
The Book Of Love (cover) - For Graham on our Anniversary Electronica Jun 27, 2012 441
I Can't Make You Love Me (Bonnie Raitt Cover) Blues Jun 20, 2012 589
You Bought Me Violets For My Furs A Cappella Jun 20, 2012 308
Quando Men Vo (La Boheme) A Cappella Jun 7, 2012 734
Never Is A Promise (Fiona Apple Cover) A Cappella Jun 5, 2012 433
Is That All There Is? (for my Mom) Pop Apr 29, 2012 736
Tu Non Mi Conosci (You Don't Know Me) Classical Apr 14, 2012 587
This is a Lie (Cure cover) Remix Collab A Cappella Mar 16, 2012 508
Motherless Child A Cappella Feb 29, 2012 1219
This is My Valentine to You (a valentine for my daughter) Pop Feb 14, 2012 926
Tu Seulement Tu (You Only You) Collab Jazz Feb 14, 2012 419
Improv Friday 021012 Alternative Feb 11, 2012 324
A cappella Homage to Beautiful by India Arie A Cappella Nov 21, 2011 874
Like a Skeleton Clinging to the Skin of Life Collab Spoken Word Aug 9, 2011 962
Toxic (Yael Nam Cover) Alternative Aug 7, 2011 554
Oh Baby (in French) Collab Hip Hop/Rap Jul 29, 2011 1643
No One Ever Is To Blame Collab Pop Jul 27, 2011 1152
All My Life I Waited (Poem to Music) Spoken Word Jul 12, 2011 1295
7000 Miles Between Us Collab New Age Jul 11, 2011 882
Baby Shizzle Da Fa Zizzle Collab Dance Jul 11, 2011 867
Slowest Goldfinger Ever Recorded Pop Jul 8, 2011 676
Out Here On My Own Pop Jul 1, 2011 788
Late Night Dreamscape (Instrumental) Classical May 29, 2011 545
Save Me (Homage to Joan Armatrading) A Cappella Apr 4, 2011 691
Hold Your Head High (for survivors of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan) Collab Inspirational Mar 27, 2011 1247
Black and Gold Cover Pop Mar 17, 2011 617
Way Down Here, West of Where Jazz Feb 12, 2011 739
The Winter's Not Over Jazz Jan 11, 2011 708
Friday, I'm In Love! Collab Pop Dec 1, 2010 803
Thanks for Everything Collab Jazz Nov 22, 2010 673
Si Tu Veux World Nov 18, 2010 694
Disturbingly Ambient Ambient Nov 15, 2010 721
In the Crook of my Arm (Open Collab) A Cappella Nov 10, 2010 1714
This Time For Good (live improv) Other Nov 8, 2010 579
Children Together Collab Surf Nov 4, 2010 4349
You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman R&B Nov 1, 2010 1093
Do You Believe Me? (Halloween on my mind...) Holiday Oct 31, 2010 687
Concerto Mio (My Concerto) Classical Oct 24, 2010 954
Mon Rayon de Soleil (My Sunshine) Collab Pop Oct 15, 2010 1246
Cryptic Lullaby Collab Alternative Oct 14, 2010 1798
I Took A Blood Oath Collab Blues Oct 7, 2010 1032
Always Your Friend Ambient Sep 24, 2010 833
The Boys' Own Lament Classical Sep 18, 2010 1373
A Recent Rain Revisited Jazz Sep 16, 2010 820
You Don't Know What It Means Collab R&B Sep 12, 2010 978
Aquarius Revisited Collab Inspirational Sep 9, 2010 919
Is There Any Chance? Collab Jazz Sep 2, 2010 1190
Would You Know Me? Collab Jazz Aug 5, 2010 1093
The Sound Of You (Live Improv Version) Collab Jazz Jul 29, 2010 914
Rediscovering the World Classical Jul 24, 2010 1132
Carla's Secret Garden Collab Classical Jul 17, 2010 2745
Late Night Dreamscape Spoken Word Jul 13, 2010 977
A Case Of You Blues Jul 13, 2010 657
Your Soul Is Mine (The Video) Music Videos Jul 12, 2010 1077
Just Stay Collab Classical Jul 9, 2010 883
In Time Collab World Jul 6, 2010 851
Karma is What We Make It Collab Ambient Jul 5, 2010 1305
Ye Iono Collab Blues Jul 1, 2010 774
When I Go Inspirational Jun 30, 2010 575
When The Earth Enfolds Me... (Liebeslied No. 2 in e flat) Collab Classical Jun 26, 2010 712
Modern Life Other Jun 22, 2010 905
I Cry 4 U Collab Other Jun 18, 2010 656
Cry Into My Tears (Collab) Collab Other Jun 15, 2010 1437
Snake Gods Electronica Jun 8, 2010 924
Si Buscabas (for Graham on our anniversary) Folk Jun 7, 2010 840
ANGEL (Remix) Collab Inspirational Jun 4, 2010 1018
Love And Desire Classical Jun 1, 2010 707
One Day When I'm Not At Home Other May 31, 2010 897
Break It To The Dance Floor Collab Electronica May 26, 2010 806
You May Hold All the Keys Collab Pop May 25, 2010 788
Carla and Grald Do Death (extended version) Explicit Collab Blues May 24, 2010 668
I Don't Pity Anyone Classical May 19, 2010 1088
O Death (Take One) Alternative May 10, 2010 1082
Kom som ett barn fram till mig (Come to Me Like A Child) Jazz May 7, 2010 1945
I'd Like To Take You At Your Word Collab Alternative May 5, 2010 849
Tribute World May 2, 2010 688
Right On Time Collab Ambient May 1, 2010 1016
There's A Monster In Me Collab R&B Apr 30, 2010 1130
Is it Just Fun and Games? Collab Dance Apr 29, 2010 963
Blues for Allan Collab Blues Apr 26, 2010 822
Seeing Your Boat Off Collab Latin Apr 25, 2010 706
Show Me Your Dance Collab Dance Apr 20, 2010 2492
The Happy Inebriate Finds His Way Home Classical Apr 20, 2010 957
No One Else But You Collab Country Apr 17, 2010 784
In The Aftermath of What We Had Collab Rock Apr 14, 2010 1005
Is It For Love? Collab Ambient Apr 13, 2010 788
Here We Are Again Collab Alternative Apr 13, 2010 821
Six Huit (6 - 8) Collab Blues Apr 8, 2010 1190
Slow Me Down Jazz Apr 7, 2010 820
Magical East - Club Mix Collab Dance Apr 4, 2010 1031
Come As You Are Inspirational Apr 1, 2010 988
The End of the Universe Rock Mar 29, 2010 681
If Now Were Then Collab Rock Mar 16, 2010 1132
I'm Drowning (Djev Asnew Cover) Collab A Cappella Mar 10, 2010 1091
Goodbye, So Long, and Farewell Explicit Collab Jazz Mar 8, 2010 1114
Jellies Resplendent - Monterey Bay Aquarium Music Videos Mar 4, 2010 1096
When You Come World Mar 2, 2010 686
Love or Abuse - Your Choice Explicit Blues Feb 25, 2010 785
Our Yearlong Affair Collab Classical Feb 20, 2010 1120
Fado Improv (2/5/10) A Cappella Feb 6, 2010 1638
Dika Flow (a tribute and a thank you) Music Videos Feb 5, 2010 1611
Sometimes (for Randolf) Collab Alternative Feb 4, 2010 676
Daphne Redrawn Classical Feb 2, 2010 2989
Fado Explicit A Cappella Jan 28, 2010 1121
Why? (MellyOMatic Mix) Collab Jazz Jan 26, 2010 655
Loving You Is Not the Best Idea Explicit Spoken Word Jan 25, 2010 720
The Crucifixion A Cappella Jan 23, 2010 3494
I Don't Feel A Thing Other Jan 21, 2010 744
Lake Merritt at Night Explicit Alternative Jan 18, 2010 728
Winter Boy (Buffy Ste. Marie Cover) A Cappella Jan 16, 2010 756
Cause I Love You A Cappella Jan 14, 2010 792
Summertime in Richmond Collab Jazz Jan 4, 2010 937
One Rock From Canada (Improv) Collab Classical Jan 3, 2010 700
Flamenco Mood (version 1) Ambient Dec 29, 2009 813
Come Along With Me A Cappella Dec 18, 2009 973
Delay Play 12/18/09 A Cappella Dec 18, 2009 674
There Is A Man Collab Inspirational Dec 16, 2009 790
Comfort & Joy Collab Jazz Dec 16, 2009 981
Unconditional (For Theo and Maya) Collab Jazz Dec 14, 2009 789
Let It Snow Collab Jazz Dec 14, 2009 846
Winter Is Here Collab Jazz Dec 14, 2009 699
As I watch you pass From this planetary mass... live improv 12/4/09 Jazz Dec 10, 2009 844
Windy Hollow - Farewell to Jessica Classical Dec 10, 2009 639
Delay Play (12/04/09) A Cappella Dec 6, 2009 795
All The Pretty Little Horses (traditional) A Cappella Dec 4, 2009 710
Left To Bleed Slowly, I Look To My Thoughts (Live Improv) Explicit Collab Alternative Nov 20, 2009 1027
When the Lady Says Jump (Live Improv) Collab Jazz Nov 20, 2009 1061
Sister Brother, Father Mother Collab R&B Nov 15, 2009 3032
Memories of Life Classical Nov 12, 2009 868
Your Memory Lingers On Alternative Nov 5, 2009 854
Return of the Sex Vampires Explicit Collab New Age Nov 1, 2009 1430
Thriller (the duet!) Explicit Collab Pop Nov 1, 2009 896
Angel (Cover) - dedicated to Frank Atkins Collab Inspirational Oct 29, 2009 1002
The Vampire's Lament Explicit Alternative Oct 28, 2009 814
Jessica and Dutch Inspirational Oct 26, 2009 1268
Don't Make Me Do It Explicit Alternative Oct 19, 2009 682
Me and Thee Alternative Oct 19, 2009 692
This Thing Called Longing Pop Oct 18, 2009 609
Truly Ambient Oct 15, 2009 849
Don't Say It Isn't So Collab Pop Oct 15, 2009 1659
Waiting for the Sun Collab Ska/Reggae/Dub Oct 14, 2009 811
Elizabeth in Chains Classical Oct 2, 2009 967
Ambient Mirrors A Cappella Oct 2, 2009 709
Breathe Collab Childrens Sep 21, 2009 932
Calling You (Ambient Version) Collab Ambient Sep 21, 2009 877
Calling In My Debts Collab Blues Sep 21, 2009 960
Fall With Abandon (Tom's Mix) Explicit Collab Jazz Sep 18, 2009 1292
Carla's Second Ember Collab Jazz Sep 16, 2009 730
Fall With Abandon Explicit Collab Jazz Sep 15, 2009 742
Baby, I Miss You Blues Sep 9, 2009 902
The First Leaves of Autumn Jazz Sep 8, 2009 2205
3 A.M. (Open Collab) Blues Sep 7, 2009 850
Carla's First Ember Collab New Age Sep 6, 2009 1044
Amazing is the Grace in Music Collab Inspirational Sep 5, 2009 981
For Theo on his Birthday 2009 Collab Childrens Sep 3, 2009 693
Here in America Collab Inspirational Aug 27, 2009 1279
Angel (Open Collab) A Cappella Aug 27, 2009 883
5th Street Mission A Cappella Aug 27, 2009 643
Cosmic Phone Call to Carla Collab Comedy Aug 20, 2009 1225
Satie Bluer Collab New Age Aug 20, 2009 869
Come Home With Me Explicit Jazz Aug 17, 2009 864
Your Soul Is Mine Explicit Collab Electronica Aug 12, 2009 2264
My new workstation Setups Aug 12, 2009 676
U Don't Know What Love Is Collab Jazz Aug 9, 2009 1636
Viva la Vida (Coldplay Cover) Collab Jazz Aug 6, 2009 2101
Not Yet Tangible Spoken Word Aug 2, 2009 942
Open Me Explicit Inspirational Jul 30, 2009 783
What I'd Like Collab Blues Jul 26, 2009 1085
Magical East (aka Scratch That Itch) Collab Dance Jul 20, 2009 856
Carla's First Dream Collab A Cappella Jul 18, 2009 864
Steph's Song Jazz Jul 16, 2009 754
Boy From Ipanema (Jobim Cover) Explicit Latin Jul 8, 2009 949
Easy to be Hard (a capella) A Cappella Jul 7, 2009 1752
Welcome to my World - interim stage! Country Jul 3, 2009 641
Tragic Redux Explicit Collab Hip Hop/Rap Jun 24, 2009 1059
Red Clouds at Night Collab Jazz Jun 24, 2009 1563
Summer Solstice Collab Jazz Jun 21, 2009 1296
Tenth Collab Jazz Jun 7, 2009 1140
El Vals de la Bruja Boba (spanish language version) Collab Childrens May 31, 2009 3459
Interpretation Collab Jazz May 27, 2009 1129
Again (by Stephen Liu) Collab Pop May 25, 2009 990
Return to Forever (Minnie Ripperton Cover) Inspirational May 22, 2009 937
Give Me Sympathy (the studio version :) Collab Alternative May 18, 2009 1205
Just Smile Jazz May 11, 2009 1254
Gimme Sympathy (Metric Cover) Collab Alternative May 10, 2009 1267
Another Valentine's Day Jazz Apr 19, 2009 1032
Demons A Cappella Apr 17, 2009 852
The Silly Witch Waltz Redux Collab Childrens Apr 13, 2009 1120
A Recent Rain Jazz Apr 6, 2009 893
Spider Explicit Collab Rock Apr 3, 2009 867
Jazz Explicit Spoken Word Apr 1, 2009 851
Uwe Moto (You are the Fire) - Version 2 World Mar 21, 2009 853
Uwe Moto (You are the Fire) World Mar 17, 2009 1052
Come To Me Now (final version) Collab Jazz Mar 3, 2007 2475
Just Call My Name A Cappella Jan 25, 2007 2121
Sleep Maya Sleep Childrens May 19, 2006 1787

Collaborations

Title Genre Released Plays
Dreams & Fantasies (Short Edit) Dance Mar 31, 2014 225
Buh-Bye! That all you got for me? Jazz Mar 13, 2014 151
Moonchild (male duet) Rock Feb 19, 2014 258
Push Me, Pull You Explicit Rock Feb 6, 2014 266
House of the rising sun with frills Folk Dec 21, 2013 217
It's so hard [bit chomper] Electronica Jul 27, 2011 424
It's so hard [Fastly slow] R&B Jul 25, 2011 448
Streets of Zen Rock Feb 7, 2011 680
Our Secret Garden (very ultimate edition ^^) Inspirational Nov 25, 2010 2061
Return of the Sex Vampyres (feat. Carla P) Ambient Oct 31, 2010 2940
I TALK TO THE WIND (King Crimson cover) Rock Oct 25, 2010 3484
The Rauschoff Effect (Open Your Eyes) Ambient Aug 21, 2010 818
Many Hands Many Voices Video Music Videos Aug 1, 2010 6654
The Secret Garden (new mix with Carla & Zip) Inspirational Jul 21, 2010 984
Walk on (Unplugged) Rock Jun 21, 2010 1268
The Rauschoff Effect Ambient May 30, 2010 1068
GCP Fly The Flag Update Music Videos May 10, 2010 2396
Overstayed My Welcome Blues May 3, 2010 1717
Dika Flows on a Trolley (ft. Carla J Patterson) Electronica Apr 22, 2010 881
A Glimpse of Heaven - Collab. version ^^ Ambient Apr 19, 2010 927
Come Down Here Explicit Ska/Reggae/Dub Apr 6, 2010 676
Summertime with Carla Jazz Feb 15, 2010 810
I'm not your MONKEY! Explicit Funk Jan 29, 2010 1235
SUNRISE-*re-release (Meditation I) Featuring Carla J. Patterson World Dec 15, 2009 760
Walk On (feat. jkane, pharmakeus, carlajpatterson, Henno, Northpoint and dr_elvis01) Rock Dec 15, 2009 1919
Our Glory Turned to Dust Rock Dec 13, 2009 1021
Again (Remix feat. Carla J Patterson) Alternative Dec 7, 2009 800
SUNRISE (Meditation I) Featuring Carla J. Patterson World Dec 6, 2009 821
Beer Barrel Polka Other Oct 12, 2009 5744
[Guitar]-Gimee Sympathy (Cover) Music Videos Oct 3, 2009 999
Feelin' Alright (Traffic Cover) Rock Sep 22, 2009 3335
3 A.M(OPEN COLLAB)by ilan and carla Other Sep 12, 2009 717
Cold Nights Rock Sep 11, 2009 4564
ADVENTURES OF A DREAMER - CHAPTER VI - You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. Ambient Sep 8, 2009 1486
Same Dream Every Night World Sep 2, 2009 1722
FRAGILE (sting cover) Ambient Aug 25, 2009 1364
In This Together Jazz Aug 5, 2009 1082
Belladonna Blues May 13, 2009 1432
Moonchild (King Crimson cover) Inspirational May 9, 2009 2350

Favorites

Title Artist Genre Plays
Runaway Daydream RazbaqueDirge Jazz 82
SATURDAY JAZZ ldecarmine Jazz 79
The ill wind is a Bad Sign Telemetry Blues 76
Hilo is Closer than Humbolt jptiptonsr Other 90
Kem æ vil vær (Who I want to be) NinaGaarden Pop 203
Time After Time AlanStarkie Pop 151
Broken Sonata ScottHorwath Inspirational 253
break eagle [+2] Holiday 270
The Dance ihussain Folk 301
Black Seed composerrogue [+1] Rock 184
Old Time Rock 'n' Roll VictorBarrett Rock 129
Born on the Bad Side grathy Blues 301
Whence Mungo Other 175
Spectrum - Ay Papito SpectrumUK House 126
Ledstjärna with De Udda (Oliva & Elina) toveco Inspirational 391
What Did I Mean To You JeffPaige Funk 219
Sam & Ceal brassgospelguy Other 205
Divertimento in G (Spring Morning) jptiptonsr Classical 149
Without A Kiss JeffPaige R&B 222
Dreams & Fantasies (Short Edit) Axelbreeze [+3] Dance 225
Flying Shoes LaFayette Jazz 495
The Offer (v1) Mungo Alternative 130
White Guitar pharmakeus [+2] Rock 450
Quarters Stebbo Alternative 140
Mike's Mischief Telemetry Jazz 160
Life is a long quiet river Narananda Ambient 162
TOSIN Tony2008 Metal 204
Something's Telling Me This Is Not A Dream mfwmiles Punk 233
Secrets tomdevine Pop 206
Maybe (Radio Edit) Axelbreeze Pop 1279
fixing a hole eagle A Cappella 636
You're in My Movie SISTERS Pop 402
Weaving Spiders A1K3M1 [+2] House 637
Everybody's Talking (cover) georgeptingley Pop 256
à contre-cœur AngeloA Classical 155
A Pedal Removed (Open for Collaboration) MikeHuntingford Other 220
Oh Lucky One tomdevine World 253
Falling Star Narananda Inspirational 165
Buh-Bye! That all you got for me? carl_patterson [+1] Jazz 151
colors eagle [+1] Jazz 398
The dream of dreams thgbroekhof Jazz 124
Turning Leaves RichardJohn Folk 252
Funk for all Seasons pt.2 AcetyleneJukebox Funk 221
Evening After jptiptonsr Classical 163
Visage (3/12) Mungo World 219
Love Riot MikeHuntingford Jazz 284
Overcast Slide jrahn Rock 175
Thursday morning Pastorial (Tantimont to Joy) jptiptonsr Other 141
ping a ponga mayhem Lapskin Alternative 166
Oblivion DigitalRedux Alternative 122
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