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playlist #119 (7/12/10)-earthly delights

July 12, 2010
World of Music
Pgm #119 – A cool garden of tunes for a hot afternoon
Catch the show on Mondays 3-5pm EDT – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
Maria Montalvo: Cantos del Alma / Cantos del Alma / Putumayo 174 – (CHILE)
Babukishan: Divine Love / Gypsy India / Star Music 24 – (INDIA)
Tom Waits: Earth Died Screaming / Bone Machine / Island 314512580 – (USA)
Kimi Djabaté: Djombé / Karam / Cumbancha 12 – (GUINEA-BISSAU)
Guagua: Chinaman Rastafari / Tres / 2010 – (MADE IN VT) *NEW*
Angelique Kidjo: Zelie / Oyo / (demo) / N/A – (BENIN) *NEW*
Los Nemus del Pacifico: La Lengua Viperina / Grandes Exitos (Greatest Hits) / Discos Fuentes 10266 – (COLOMBIA)
Lila Downs: La Linea (The Border) / Border / Narada World 10265 – (MEXICO)
Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba: Jamana Be Diya / I Speak Fula / Next Ambience 1 – (MALI) *NEW*
Galactic featuring Katey Red & Sissy Nobby: Katey vs. Nobby / Ya-Ka-May / ANTI- 87002 – (N’AWLINS) *NEW*
Slavic Soul Party: Baltika / Taketron / Barbès Records 23 – (USA)
DJ Frane: In The Garden / Electric Garden of Delights / Tuff City Massive 3 – (USA)
Luisa Maita: Alento / Lero-Lero / Cumbancha 17 – (BRAZIL) *NEW-being released on 7/27 *
Velha Guarda da Portela: Sabiá Cantador / Tudo Azul / Redcircle Music 2 – (BRAZIL)
Hot Club of San Francisco: Be That Way / Be That Way / Panda Digital 217 – (USA)
Cristina Branco: Musa / Corpo Illuminado / Emarcy 14151 – (PORTUGAL)
Staff Benda Bilili: Moto Moindo / Très Très Fort / Crammed Discs 51 – (DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO)
Mike Mainieri: I Love You / Crescent / NYC Records 6041 – (USA) *NEW – being released on 7/17 *
Easy Star All-Stars: Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds / Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band / Discos CNR 21622 – (JAMAICA/USA)
Mongo Santamaria: Day Tripper / Jazz Moods-Cha Cha Party / Concord 5220 – (CUBA)
The Bad Plus + Wendy Lewis: Comfortably Numb / For All I Care / Heads Up 3148 – (USA)
Easy Star All-Stars: Us and Them / Dub Side of the Moon / Easy Star Records 21606 – (JAMAICA/USA)
Kirmizi Biber: Bendeniz / Turkish Groove / Putumayo 248 – (TURKEY)
Cornelius Claudio Kreusch: Trip Soka / Fēfē / BlackMud Sound 1 – (GERMANY)
Totó La Mompasina: Cosas Pá Pensar / La Bodega / Astar 8 – (COLOMBIA)

playlist #112 (4/26/10)-green and black

April 27, 2010
World of Music
Pgm #112 – Just for fun, today’s theme: black and green CDs. That’s it. Every recording played on today’s program has either a black or green CD jacket, or both. (Can’t do THAT with an mp3.)
Catch the show on Mondays 3-5pm EDT – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
John Lee Hooker: Bottle Up and Go / Boom Boom / Pointblank 86553 – (USA)
DJ Frane: Green Buds in the Springtime / Electric Gardens of Delight / Tuff City Massive 3 – (USA)
Kazem Al Saher: Aghazalek / The Impossible Love / Mondo Melodia 850016 – (ALGERIA)
Miriam Jarquín & Blues Latino: Quizás, Quizás, Quizás (Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps) / No Hay Palabras / 2005 – (COSTA RICA)
Tinariwen: Chatma / Amassakoul / IRL 14 – (MALI)
Luna Itzel: La Josefenita / Frida / Global e Rack 13217 – (MEXICO)
Taj Mahal & Toumani Diabate: Queen Bee / Kulanjan / Hannibal 1444 – (USA/MALI)
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu: Wukun / Gurrumul / Sony Australia 80201 – (AUSTRALIA)
(Untranslated S. Korean artist): (Untranslated title) / (Untranslated Album Title) / Riverman 1 – (SOUTH KOREA)
Malinky: The Dreadful End of Marianna for Sorcery / Last Leaves / CDTRAX 190 – (SCOTLAND)
Baka Beyond: The Rhythm Tree / Rhythm Tree / March Hare Music 20 – (CAMEROON)
Fruko y Sus Tesos: Manyoma / Grandes Exitos 1 / Discos Fuentes 11011 – (CUBA)
Third World: Feel A Little Better / 96 Degrees in the Shade / Mango 162-539 – (JAMAICA)
Luísa Maita: Lero-Lero (Hey, what’s up) / Lero-Lero / Cumbancha Discovery 17 – (BRAZIL) * NEW – to be released in July *
Haugaard & Høirup: Raaby Hopsa (trad. Danish stick dance) / Lys (Light) / Danish Folk Music Production 501 – (DENMARK)
Niño Torrente and Son de Hoy: Compasión / Niño Torrente and Son de Hoy / Ardel Records 2003 – (CUBA)
Pearl Dowdell: Good Things / Florida Funk (Funk 45s from the Alligator State) / Jazzman 5029 – (USA)
Chuchumbé: La Gallina (the hen) / Caramba Niño / Ediciones Pentagrama 1366 – (MEXICO)
Robert Shaw Chorale: Patapan / The Many Moods of Christmas / RCA 68805 – (USA/SPAIN)
abc bossa: Desafinado / Evolucion / Vinicius Not Death (VND) Records 2007 – (BRAZIL)
Sonia & Disappear Fear: Telepatia Sexual / Tango / Disappear 1012 – (USA)
Thomas Mapumba featuring Ntswaki: Mwafwako / Mapumba / Next Music 25 – (SOUTH AFRICA)
Niamh Parsons: Alexander / Blackbirds & Thrushes / Green Linnet 1197 – (IRELAND)
Mathieu Mathieu: La Gloire est Morte / La Gloire est Morte / Milagro Records 1313 – (CANADA)
Emily Higgins: Bluebird Day / Oasis Acoustic Radio Sampler / Oasis 18 – (USA)
Caetano Veloso e Gilberto Gil: Cada Macaco No Seu Galho (Cha Chuá) / Tropicália 2 / Elektra Nonesuch 79339 – (BRAZIL)

playlist #78 (8/17/2009) – hot tunes for the dog days

August 17, 2009
World of Music
Pgm #78 – The show returns from summer hiatus with new tunes for the dog days. Yeah, it’s hot. That’s a drag. Might as well dance.
Listen online Mondays 3-5pm EDT at The Radiator
Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / – (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
Tiempo Libre: Tu Conga Bach (on Bach’s Fugue in c minor) / Bach in Havana / Sony 44701 – (CUBA) *NEW*
Klazz Brothers & Cuba Percussion: Beethoven’s “Für Elise” / Classic Meets Cuba / Sony 93090 – (CUBA)
Omara Portuondo & Richard Bona: Drume Negrita / Gracias / World Village 479021 – (CUBA) *NEW*
Los Destellos: Para Elisa (on Beethoven’s Für Elise) / The Roots of Chicha / Barbès Records 16 – (PERU)
Third World: 96 Degrees in the Shade / 96 Degrees in the Shade / Mango 162-539 – (JAMAICA)
Soap Kills: Cheftak / Cheftak / Soapkills 2002 – (LEBANON)
Sarazino: Ecos de Radio Iguana / Ya Foy! (“No problem!”) / Cumbancha Discovery 13 – (ECUADOR / CANADA) *NEW* – special preview – to be released on Aug. 25th *
Susan McKeown & Lorin Sklamberg: Buenos Aires / Saints & Tzadiks / World Village 468089 – (IRELAND / BROOKLYN, NY) *NEW*
La Bottine Souriante: Les Robineaux / Anthologie II / Mille-Pattes 2044 – (QUÉBEC)
The Waitiki 7: Coronation / Adventures in Paradise / Pass Out Records 7001 – (HAWAII) *NEW*
Kimi Djabaté: Fatu (Tribute to Fatumata) / Karam / Cumbancha Discovery 12 – (GUINEA-BISSAU) *NEW*
Hadouk Trio (featuring Malouma) : Tourneblues / Baldamoree / Naïve 812891 – (FRANCE/ARMENIA/MAURITANIA) *NEW*
Les Triaboliques: Black Earth Boys / RiverMudTwilight / World Village 468088 – (UK/WORLD FUSION) *NEW*
Glaz: Holen Ar Bed (“Salt of the Earth”) / Le Sel de la Terre / Radio France 8424742 – (BRITTANY)
Los Amigos Invisibles: Mango Cool / Sound of the Venezuelan Gozadera / Luaka Bop 46839 – (VENEZUELA)
Diaouled ar Menez: Rondes de Loudéac / Chauffe la Breizh! / Coop Breizh 875 – (BRITTANY)
Grupo Galé: Volver, Volver (“Return, return”) / Salsa! / Putumayo 289 – (COLOMBIA) *NEW*
Obrador: Red Licorice / Live in Havana / (self-produced) 1998 – (CUBA)
Oumou Sangaré: Wele Wele Wintou / Seya / Nonesuch 519650 – (MALI) *NEW*
Xistra de Coruxo: Foliada de Tenorio / Adicado… Do Fol Edicións 8 – (SPAIN)
DJ Frane: A Story I Heard/Take a Look/Luminous Particles / Journey to the Planet of Birds / (self-produced) 2008 – (USA)

trading fours: this week’s listening

July 25, 2009

“Trading fours” is an occasional series you’ll see here featuring four recommended recordings on a theme from any music genre. Leave a comment – send me your four picks, explain what the theme is and why you chose them. I’ll do the rest. (See previous post for the details on this project.)

I’ll get the series started with a set that can best be described as “Things I listened to this week”. In both of my jobs (as music director at VPR, and interning at Cumbancha/Putumayo World Music) and in my weekly show at the Radiator, I’m really fortunate to have exposure to a lot of different kinds and styles of music. As a result, the week’s listening often encompasses everything from jazz and classical to more eclectic sounds (electronic music, prepared instruments)  to new tunes from all different parts of the world. Here’s a pretty typical week of listening:

DJ Frane: Journey to the Planet of Birds

DJ Frane's "Journey to the Planet of Birds"

#1 – DJ Frane’s “Journey to the Planet of Birds” – I was turned on to this amazing, complete musical vision by a friend at Cumbancha. It’s an artfully crafted (more than 300 samples!) electronic tapestry, all on themes of birds and space and spaceflight. It even includes John Glenn’s magical “thousands of luminous fireflies” audio from that moment in February, 1962 as Friendship 7 ventured into the dark side of the planet, and Glenn saw the light particles (ice crystals) swarming his capsule. This is a beautiful recording, and a snapshot “of an era”, in a sense, even though it’s only a year or so old. Things are changing fast in the area of music rights and just as quickly it’s becoming about impossible to create a new work from sampling as liberally as DJ Frane does here.


Rautavaara's "Cantus Arcticus"

#2 – Rautavaara: Cantus Arcticus, Op. 61 – Early this week as I listened to DJ Frane weaving his spell with the “Birds” I was reminded of another piece, by Finnish sound master Einojuhani Rautavaara. His Cantus Arcticus, Concerto for Birds and Orchestra (written 1972) is an equally complex and enchanting work whose “samples” include shore larks, and migrating whooper swans. Sometimes I like to listen to this CD when I’m driving. Between its birdsongs and wide open sound landscapes, it has a soundtrack kind of feel. Perfect for watching nature roll by outside. (I’m not saying that it doesn’t deserve more concentrated listening as well; it does.) Bonus listening on this particular recording (with the Lahti Symphony and conductor Osmo Vanska) – the monunemtal “Angel of Light” Symphony #7, one of Rautavaara’s finest works. Outstanding.

Coltrane's "Meditations"

Coltrane's "Meditations"

#3 – John Coltrane’s “Meditations” – Following the tracks through from the opening (“The Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost”), through the middle section (“Compassion”, “Love”, “Consequences”) to the end (“Serenity”) is nothing less than a full-circle spiritual reckoning. The fuller, louder and more demanding companion piece to Coltrane’s “First Meditations” (recorded two months earlier that same year, 1965), this one adds Pharoah Sanders and second drummer Rashied Ali to the classic quartet for a largely free-form exploration on themes of redemption and personal reconciliation. [PS – It’s been said before, but it can’t be said often enough: engineer Rudy Van Gelder is a genius of mythic Mozart proportions and talent.]

Kimi Djabaté's "Karam"

Kimi Djabaté's "Karam"

#4 – Kimi Djabaté’s “Karam” – From Guinea-Bissau and carrying on the centuries-old tradition of West African griots, Kimi Djabaté’s music leans heavy on the vocals in soulfully rhythmic tunes. The voice is definitely the thing with this one. It’s been riding around with me for a few weeks, but now that I’ve had a chance to really get into it, I can tell you the more I listen the more I appreciate some of the other (non-vocal) aspects of it: like the gentle, woody, melodic percussion that drives many of the songs. Like the sweetly singing kora. And the transparency of instrumental textures – you can really pick out the individual voices and follow them through each piece. Full disclosure: “Karam” will officially be released on Tuesday (7/28) this coming week. I’ve had a copy of it and I’ve been able to listen to it for a while now because I’m an intern at Cumbancha, and this CD is the first release in the new Cumbancha “Discovery” series. The further truth, though, is that I would be listening to this release and loving it even if I had no association with the label. (I would have just had to wait longer to come across it on my own.) “Karam” is special.

So there you have it, getting the conversation started with the first recommendations in the new “Trading Fours” series. Pick a theme and leave me a comment here with your top four music picks.

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