Now Playing: Seth Applebaum and The World of Ghost Funk Orchestra

In this very special episode of Now Playing, we have an in-depth conversation with Seth Applebaum, of Ghost Funk Orchestra, about his roots, his inspirations and his creative process. We also talk about the band’s new debut full-length record, A Song for Paul, which has received a wealth of praise the world over, including being recently named Album of The Day by Bandcamp.

The interview is saturated in a bed of sounds and music that make up the world and background of Ghost Funk Orchestra. Since Mixcloud will not allow me to list more than a few tracks per artist, here’s an accurate guide of the samples* that you might hear behind and around the conversation:

-Intro (including excerpts of Howl by Allen Ginsberg, Afro-Latina by Elizabeth Acevedo, Colors by Pharaoh Sanders and San Francisco Scene by Jack Kerouac)

  1. Dark Passages – Ghost Funk Orchestra
  2. Barrel House Blues – Unknown Studio Pianist
  3. The Chocolate Nuisance (live)- Cannonball Adderly
  4. Boneyard Baile – Ghost Funk Orchestra
  5. Walk Like a Motherfucker – Ghost Funk Orchestra
  6. Brain Fog – Ghost Funk Orchestra
  7. Oud Blues – Ahmed Abdul-Malik
  8. Hysteria – Def Leppard
  9. Good Thing – Fine Young Cannibals
  10. Spirit Dance – Ghost Funk Orchestra 
  11. H20gate Blues – Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson
  12. Harlem River Drive – Harlem River Drive (Eddie Palmieri)
  13. Headless Heroes of The Apocalypse – Eugene McDonald
  14. Kaifa Part 1 & 2 – Karl Hector & The Malcouns
  15. Winnebago Warrior – Dead Kennedys
  16. Rumble – Link Wray
  17. Afro Blue – Robert Glasper Experiment (feat. Erykah Badu)
  18. Chillin – Domi & JD Beck
  19. Safari Strut – Whitefield Brothers
  20. Bill O’Reilly Freaking Out Meltdown – Mononeon
  21. Intro – Ghost Funk Orchestra
  22. A Conversation – Ghost Funk Orchestra
  23. Pling! – Shuggie Otis
  24. Hihache – Lafayatte Afro Rock Band
  25. Intro 2 – Ghost Funk Orchestra
  26. Smoke Signals – Eddie Harris

-Outtro (Including a sample of Love March (Live at Woodstock) by The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Brownout by Ghost Funk Orchestra)

You can buy Ghost Funk Orchestra’s A Song For Paul on vinyl, cassette, CD and digital from Karma Chief Records right here and you can find out more about the band at their website over here.

*Other sounds recorded by me or sourced from the archive at

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Keith Hadad, the creator and manager of RCU, has been a contributing writer to Elmore Magazine and and maintains a regular column, “Keith Hadad’s Choice,” in Blicker magazine. His writing has also appeared in the Smithsonian Folkways' Guest Blog and the Optical Sounds Fanzine. Also, please check out the blog's super-active Instagram account, @recordcratesunited for daily blurb-styled music reviews.

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