Office Playlist (03-15-16)

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Here’s some of what we’re listening to in the SASSAS office today!

Amon Düül II: Yeti Christine Tavolacci: Ryoanji Thelonious Monk: Thelonious Alone in San Francisco Iggy Pop: Post-Pop Depression Anenon: Petrol Mark Maxwell: Sankofa Sound System (03.08.16 on Dublab)

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Amon Düül II: Yeti

Christine Tavolacci: Ryoanji

Ryoanji by Christine Tavolacci with Bonnie Whiting

Thelonious Monk: Thelonious Alone in San Francisco

Iggy Pop: Post-Pop Depression

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soundShoppe gear

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SASSAS Records V1.1 - Cover by Dave Muller, Music by Aaron Dilloway and Extended Organ

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soundShoppe January 2015 soundShoppe January 2015: Wild Don Lewis and Erin Worra duet

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Don Lewis (photo by Cindy Bernard)

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Joe Potts' gear

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Len Kammerling / John Luther Adams still

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Jeff Boynton at soundShoppe (photo by Joe Potts)

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