Posts Tagged ‘Galactic’

playlist #158 (5/9/11)-big easy

May 10, 2011

World of Music
Pgm #158 – we’re headed down South today for some deep dixieland therapy
Catch the show on Mondays 3-5pm ET – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
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Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix http://www.intrahealth.org/open/ (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
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Bo Dollis & The Wild Magnolias: Carnival Time / I’m Back…At Carnival Time! / Rounder 2094 – (N’AWLINS)
Joel Xavier: Carnaval / Saravá / JXP 5600321380031 – (BRAZIL)
Kermit Ruffins: Tremé Mardi Gras / Livin’ A Tremé Life / Basin Street Records 107 – (N’AWLINS)
New Orleans Helsinki Connection: Go To New Orleans / At Last / New Orleans Helsinki Connection 242 – (N’AWLINS / HELSINKI)
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David Byrne: Carnival Eyes / Rei Momo / Luaka Bop 7599-25990 – (UK)
Señor Coconut: Firecracker / Yellow Fever! / Nacional Records 54214 – (GERMANY)
Rebirth Brass Band: Carnival Time / Ultimate Rebirth Brass Band / Mardi Gras Records 1085 – (N’AWLINS)
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band: Snowball / The New Orleans Album / Columbia 45414 – (N’AWLINS)
Arrow: Don’t Touch My Tempo / Caribbean Party / Putumayo 132 – (MONTSERRAT, WEST INDIES)
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Trombone Shorty: Hurricane Season / Backatown / Verve Forecast B0014194 – (N’AWLINS)
Galactic featuring Bo Dollis: Wild Man / Ya-Ka-May / ANTI- 87002 – (N’AWLINS)
Dr. John: Now That You Got Me (Whatcha Gonna Do?) / Creole Moon / Bluenote Records 724353459123 – (N’AWLINS)
Red Baraat: Hey Jamalo / Chaal Baby / Sin Records 10 – (NY CITY)
Los Hombres Calientes (Irvin Mayfield & Bill Summers): Carnival (Havana) / Vol. 5: Carnival / Basin Street Records 206 – (N’AWLINS)
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The Meters: Jambalaya / Good Old Funky Music / Rounder 2104 – (N’AWLINS)
Timbalada: Ginga de Balé / Servico de Animacão Popular / Vale Music 376 – (BRAZIL)
Johnny Adams: Cookin’ In Style / One Foot in the Blues / Rounder 2144 – (N’AWLINS)
Kermit Ruffins: Tremé Second Line / New Orleans Brass / Putumayo 270 – (N’AWLINS)
Dr. John: Goin’ Back to New Orleans / Goin’ Back to New Orleans / Warner Brothers 26940 – (N’AWLINS)
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Blade & Masquenada Family: Uma Viagen Nu Tempo / Uma Viagen Nu Tempo / Cavernjatt Records 13 – (BRAZIL)
The Underscore Orkestra: Wedding Song / The Extraordinary Adventures of… / http://www.theunderscoreorkestra.com 2011 – (OREGON, USA) *NEW* – Underscore Orkestra playing at Parima on 5/22
Nueva Manteca: Big Chief / Congo Square – Tribute to New Orleans / http://www.jwajazz.nl 367 – (N’AWLINS)
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Professor Longhair: Mardi Gras in New Orleans / New Orleans Piano / Atlantic Jazz 7225 – (N’AWLINS)
Marcia Ball, Irma Thomas & Tracy Nelson: Sing It / City of Dreams / Rounder 2196 – (N’AWLINS)
Kermit Ruffins: Drop Me Off in New Orleans / Every Day is a Holiday / Basin Street Records 703 – (N’AWLINS)
Louis Armstrong: When the Saints Go Marching In / Louis Armstrong-Ken Burns Jazz / Columbia Legacy 61440 – (N’AWLINS)

2010 in the rearview: what’s to love in music, part 2

December 31, 2010

The year-end survey continues – a few more of my favorite recordings from 2010:

Stile Antico: “Media vita” – This is the fourth recording from the young choir Stile Antico. They’re 14 members strong with a singular strong artistic vision that’s wasting no time establishing them in good company with groups like Anonymous 4. “Media vita” features choral music by the Tudor composer John Sheppard, a oft-overlooked contemporary of higher profile composers Thomas Tallis and (the somewhat younger) William Byrd. The real appeal of Sheppard’s outwardly austere harmonies reveals itself in washes (rather than flashes) of color, and the occasional dissonance and disharmony created with passing tones. The pure performance aesthetic of Stile Antico assures you hear every complexity and nuance in the various layers of music. This is one of two recordings from Stile Antico this year, the other is “Puer natus est” for Christmastime. I enjoyed both but prefer “Media vita” for its handling of the unusual repertoire.

Luisa Maita: “Lero-Lero” and “Maita Remixed” – This is actually two-in-one. Luisa Maíta’s debut album “Lero-Lero” was released in July, and it almost immediately spawned (in November) a remix treatment from notables like Maga Bo, Seiji, and DJ/rupture. Whether your tastes run to traditional Brazilian samba and bossa sounds (on “Lero-Lero”), or to the contemporized versions of the same material on the “Remixed” album, Maíta delivers her original songs with understated sultry flair. There is consistency of quality from track to track on these recordings, but not at the sacrifice of variety in tone and flavor. The message is clear: this is Brazil NOW.

Vijay Iyer: “Solo” – For an artist with a decade and a half experience it’s a little surprising it’s taken Vijay Iyer this long to offer the world a solo recording. I wasn’t sure what to expect with “Solo”, given Iyer’s artistic involvement with everything from hip-hop to improvisational collaborations and larger ensemble (orchestral) work. It’s worth the wait, and the question about all of those previous influences is answered by the fact that Iyer’s solo work is a rich blend of all of them. There’s the recording’s simple introduction with “Human Nature”, a song that digs deep into Iyer’s emotional abilities and reminds me of the supreme sensitivity and awareness heard with pianists like Bill Evans (always) and Keith Jarrett (in his best playing). And then you can hear Iyer’s spirited homage to Duke Ellington with “Black and Tan”, and his moving take on Monk’s “Epistrophy”. There is nothing about “Solo” that doesn’t ring true, from the standards (and not-so standard “standards”) to Iyer’s own forward-looking compositions. Look for more great things from this evolving young pianist.

Roland Tchakounté: “Blues Menessen” – What if John Lee Hooker had called his home West Africa? Cameroon’s Roland Tchakounté offers an answer to that thought – at least in part – with his searing bluesy guitar and deep, affecting vocals. And, he’s cool. But the John Lee Hooker comparison can’t be carried too far, Tchakounté is very much his own artist. He recorded two albums in Douala before he left Africa to live in France a few years ago. “Blues Menessen” was released this past May as his latest, most commercial recording. It is blues, but it’s not the West African/Sahara Touareg (think: Tinariwen) blues we’ve become familar with in recent years. This is fairly straightahead American Delta-style blues with an African accent, sung in Tchakounté’s native West Cameroonian language bamileke. It’s both unusual and familiar at the same time. The songs run a wide range of styles, from consistently rhythmic to more free-ranging and moodily interpretive. I love this recording.

Lobi Traoré: “Rainy Season Blues” – I couldn’t mention Roland Tchakounté without also talking about fellow Malian blues man Lobi Traoré. It was quite a shock this year to learn of his June 1st death. The circumstances aren’t completely clear (and of course, not especially important anyway). We do know that Traoré was 49 years old and had enjoyed great success in recent years. A year prior in the summer of 2009, he had met with producer Chris Eckman to lay down tracks for a new recording  featuring just his voice and guitar. What an ideal opportunity for an artist. The result is the new posthumous collection “Rainy Season Blues” – a quietly personal insight into Traoré’s art, featuring exclusively original material.  Traoré sings in Bambara on themes of peace, politics, and family. “Rainy Season Blues” is something like the ‘unplugged’ counterpart to the earlier “Mali Blues” album, and its rewards are equally sweet. Make that bittersweet, since this is also Traoré’s final musical statement. He will be greatly missed.

There are a LOT of other recordings I could mention…here’s a short list:

Mayte Martin: “Cantar a Manuel” – gorgeous flamenco singing from Spain.

Galactic: “Ya-ka-may” – down home SUPER funky sassy, brassy soul grooves from New Orleans…in fact, New Orleans gave the world several other hot releases this year too, including albums from Trombone Shorty (“Backatown”), Kermit Ruffins (“Happy Talk”), and Dr. Michael White (“Blue Crescent”).

Antonin Dvořák’s complete Symphonic Poems, with Charles Mackerras & the Czech Philharmonic (on Supraphon) – this is the contemporary recording of the Poems we’ve been waiting for.

Gil Scott-Heron: “‘I’m New Here” – gritty, original, real, with all the usual great observations about life and our society. Scott-Heron’s first recording in 15 years, and WHAT a return.

Joan Soriano: “El Duque de la Bachata” – singing, blistering guitar-driven melodies from the Dominican Republic.

Frederic Chopin’s late masterpieces with pianist Stephen Hough (on Hyperion) – a perfectly crafted recording to celebrate Chopin’s 200th anniversary year.

Oswin Chin Behilia: “Liber” – politically-infused, lyrically Caribbean songs from a soulful guitar master.

I guess it has to end somewhere, so that’s it for this year’s wrap-up. Cheers to another year of good listening in 2011!

playlist #141 (12/27/10)-listening to 2010 finale

December 27, 2010

World of Music
Pgm #141 – We’re ending the year with a world-class dance party featuring some of the best recordings of 2010 – HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Catch the show on Mondays 3-5pm EDT – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
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Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / http://www.intrahealth.org/open/ (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
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Galactic: Wild Man / Ya-ka-may / Anti- 87002 – (N’AWLINS)
Steve Zahn & Friends: Shame Shame Shame / Treme HBO 4910 – (N’AWLINS) * 2010 Grammy nominee – Best Soundtrack *
Trio Zamora: No Me Importa / The Lost Cuban Trios of Casa Marina / Ahi-Nama 1068 – (CUBAN)
Luísa Maita (remixed by Maga Bo): Maita Remixed / Maita Remixed / Cumbancha Discovery 87 – (BRAZIL)
Easy Star All-Stars (Mad Professor Remix): Money / Dubber Side of the Moon / Easy Star 1023 – (NEW YORK, USA)
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Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté: Sabu Yerkoy / Ali & Toumani / World Circuit 522937 – (MALI) * 2010 Grammy nominee – Best Traditional African Album *
Michèle Choinière: Tant Mon Mari / La Violette / http://www.michelechoiniere.com 2010 – (MADE IN VT)
Los Destellos: Constelación / The Roots of Chicha 2 / Barbes Records 28 – (PERU)
Red Baarat: Chaal Baby / Chaal Baby / Sin Records 10 – (NEW YORK, USA)
Trombone Shorty: In The 6th / Backatown / Verve 14194 – (N’AWLINS)
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Anadolu University Folkdance Ensemble: Siksara-Horon / Turkey-Traditional Music / ARC Music 2301 – (TURKEY)
Razia: Babanao / Zebu Nation / Cumbancha Discovery (demo) – (MADAGASCAR)
Lee “Scratch” Perry: Weatherman / Revelation / Megawave 342 – (JAMAICA) * 2010 Grammy nominee – Best Reggae Album *
Oswin Chin Behilia: Korupshon / Liber / Otrabanda 10 – (CURAÇAO)
The Underscore Orkestra: Devil with the Devil / No Money No Honey All We Got Is Us / http://www.theunderscoreorkestra.com 2010 – (OREGON, USA)
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Spanish Harlem Orchestra: Son de Corazon / Viva La Tradición / Concord Picante 32263 – (USA)
Angélique Kidjo: Dil Main Chuppa Ke Pyar Ka / Õÿö (demo) 2010 – (BENIN) * 2010 Grammy nominee – Best Contemporary African Album *
Roland Tchakounté: A Tchann / Blues Menessen / Tupelo Productions 2010 – (CAMEROON)
Soulive: Drive My Car / Rubber Soulive / Royal Family Records 1003 – (USA)
Joan Soriano: Cal y Arena / El Duque de la Bachata / iASO 5 – (DOMINICAN REPUBLIC)
Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba: I Speak Fula / I Speak Fula / Next Ambience 1 (MALI) – * 2010 Grammy nominee – Best Traditional African Album *
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Dengue Fever: Shave Your Beard / Electric Cambodia / Minky 1 – (USA/CAMBODIA)
Baba Sissoko: Dakan / Afrocubism / Nonesuch 525993 – (MALI/CUBA)
El Green featuring Carlos Santiago: La Santiaguera / El Boom Boom / Tumi 159 – (CUBA)
Trio Azteca: Besame Mucho / The Best of Mexico / ARC Music 2302 – (MEXICO)
Manicato: Plena pa’l Mundo / Familia / http://www.manicato.com 2010 – (USA)
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Kermit Ruffins: If I Only Had a Brain / Happy Talk / Basin Street Records 111 – (N’AWLINS)
Dr. Michael White: Will The Circle Be Unbroken / Blue Crescent / Basin Street Records 504 – (N’AWLINS)

playlist #140 (12/20/10)-listening to 2010, pt. 3

December 20, 2010

World of Music
Pgm #140 – Number three of four shows dedicated to some of the best international music of 2010
Catch the show on Mondays 3-5pm EDT – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
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Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / http://www.intrahealth.org/open/ (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
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Dengue Fever & Ros Sereysothea: Cold Sky / Electric Cambodia / Minky Records 1 – (CAMBODIA)
Gorillaz: White Flag / Plastic Beach / Virgin 27547 – (USA)
The Mayapuris: Shiva Shiva / Mridanga / Equal Vision Records 190 – (INDIA)
Trio Azteca & de Norte a Sur: El Colas / The Best of Mexico / ARC Music 2302 – (MEXICO)
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Hot Club of Detroit: Equilibrium / It’s About That Time / Mack Avenue 1051 – (USA)
Tumi & The Volume: Asinamali / Pick A Dream / Sakifo Records 3216165 – (SOUTH AFRICA)
Oswin Chin Behilia: Zikinzá / Liber / Otrabanda Records 10 – (CURAÇAO)
Lena Ka: Fais Semblant / Cinquième Saison / SACEM 31075120478 – (FRANCE)
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Raúl Paz: Gente / Havanization / Naïve 2010 – (CUBA)
Emad Sayyah: Raksat Loubnan / Bellydance from Lebanon / ARC Music 2278 – (LEBANON)
Balval: Mamo / Le Ciel Tout Nu / Whaling City Sound 53 – (FRANCE)
Diabel Cissoko & Ramon Goose: Totoumo / Mansana Blues / Dixiefrog 8683 – (MALI/UK)
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Master Drummers of Africa: Dagwamba / Master Drummers of Africa vol. 2-Ubuntu / ARC Music 2280 – (GHANA)
Nour Eddine: Laafou / Morocco-Traditional Sounds and Music / ARC Music 2289 – (MOROCCO)
Lobi Traoré: Moko ti y lamban don / Rainy Season Blues / Glitterhouse Records 711 – (MALI)
Giulia y los Tellarini: Ay Mi Niña / Eusebio / Music to Measure 2008 – (SPAIN)
Mike Mainieri & Charlie Mariano: Bye Bye Blackbird / Crescent / NYC Records 6041 – (USA)
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Trombone Shorty: On Your Way Down / Backatown / Verve 14194 – (N’AWLINS)
Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars: Dununya / Rise & Shine / Cumbancha 18 – (SIERRA LEONE)
Dr. Michael White: King of the Second Line / Blue Crescent / Basin Street Records 504 – (N’AWLINS)
Kermit Ruffins: Ain’t That Good News / Happy Talk / Basin Street Records 111 – (N’AWLINS)
Galactic: Katey vs Nobby / Ya-Ka-May / Anti- 87002 – (N’AWLINS)
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Toots & The Maytals: Higher Ground / Flip and Twist / D&F Music 2010 – (JAMAICA)
The Whitefield Brothers: Pamukkale / Earthology / Now Again Records 2010 – (GERMANY)
Lil Queenie & The Percolators: My Darlin’ New Orleans / Treme / HBO Music 14910 – * 2010 Grammy nominee * – (N’AWLINS)
Sonia Brex: Good Times / Naif / Piranha 2442 – (GERMANY/ITALY)

playlist #132 (10/25/10)-walk around the globe

October 25, 2010

World of Music
Pgm #132 – Walk around the globe
Catch the show on Mondays 3-5pm EDT – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
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Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / http://www.intrahealth.org/open/ (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
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Alabina: Lolole (Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood) / Rhythms in Common / World Market 26764 – (SPAIN/ISRAEL)
Strune: Zlestoko / Traditional Music from Macedonia / ARC Music 2307 – (BALKANS)
Irakere & Chucho Valdés: La Explosion / Afro-Cuban Jazz Now / Blue Note Records 31378 – (CUBA)
R’nBesk: Bitte Versteh / Muhabbet / Sony 82876814622 – (TURKEY/GERMANY)
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New York Malagasy Orkestra: Lalana / Masoala / Cinq Planètes 17.126 – (NY CITY/MADAGASCAR)
Rita Marley: Who Is Your Neighbour / Harambe / Shanachie 43010 – (JAMAICA)
Owsin Chin Behilia: Sigi Traha e Bom / Liber / Otrabanda Records 10 – (CURAÇAO)
Mike Manieri/Marnix Busstra Quartet: All In A Row / Trinary Motion (Live in Europe) / NYC Records 6042 – (USA)
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Galactic: Katey vs. Nobby / Ya-Ka-May / ANTI- 87002 – (N’AWLINS)
Cheb Bilal: Nif Ou El Hemma / Nif Ou Lhama / Royal Music 29750 – (ALGERIA)
Balval: Kames? / Le Ciel Tout Nu (the naked sky) / Whaling City Sound 53 – (FRANCE)
Joan Soriano: Mi último llanto / El Duque de la Bachata / iASO 5 – (DOMINICAN REPUBLIC)
Marta Topferova: Mi Poema / Sueño Verde / Circular Moves 7014 – (NY CITY/CZECH REPUBLIC)
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Frank Vignola: Swing 49 / 100 Years of Django / Azica 72244 – (USA)
Burhan Öçal & Jamaaldeen Tacuma: Groove alla Turca / PRI’s The World presents Global Hits / Public Radio International 7001 – (TURKEY/USA)
Baco Hiriz Band: Lover / Baco Hiriz Band / BHB 2010 – (JAMAICA) *NEW*
Emad Sayyah: Belly Belly Belly / Modern Bellydance From Lebanon / ARC Music 2303 – (LEBANON)
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2raumwohnung: Sexy Girl / Kommt Zusammen / it sounds 8547 – (GERMANY)
Yannick: Ces Soirées La (Oh, What a Night!) / Cover The World / Putumayo 208 – (FRANCE)
V.M. Bhatt & Matt Malley: The Scalding Rain / Sleepless Nights / World Village 468097 – (INDIA/USA)
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Ana Moura:  Como Uma Nuvem No Céu / Leva-Me Aos Fados / World Village 468099 – (CZECH REPUBLIC/USA)
Swing Noire: Tchavolo Swing / Hot Jazz in the Tradition of Django Reinhardt & the Quintette of the Hot Club of France / http://www.swingnoire.com 2009 – (MADE IN VT)
Ruben Blades: Dime / The Best / Sony 80718 – (PANAMA/USA)
Rokia Traoré: Tounka / Tchamantché / Emarcy 530785 – (MALI)

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
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Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / http://www.intrahealth.org/open/ (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
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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)
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Guagua: Chinaman Rastafari / Tres / http://www.guaguavt.com 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*
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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)
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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 *
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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)
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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 #106 (3/15/10)-springy

March 15, 2010
World of Music
Pgm #106 – Sunshine and shamrocks, the sounds of early springtime
Catch the show on Mondays 3-5pm EDT – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
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Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / http://www.intrahealth.org/open/ (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
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Ukulélé Club de Paris: Ma Princesse des Mers du Sud (My Princess of the South Seas) / Manuia! / Emarcy 17741 – (FRANCE)
La Fragua: With a Little Help from My Friends / De Los Andes a Los Beatles / Antara 758 – (ARGENTINA)
Popie Paul: Un Bai Wolo / The Best of Sabakoe, vol. 1 / Stemra 6 – (SURINAME)
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Dengue Fever & Ros Sereysothea: Shave Your Beard / Dengue Fever Presents Electric Cambodia/ Minky Records 1 – (CAMBODIA) *NEW*
Big Horns B: Mission Impossible / A Night at the Jazz Rooms / Mr. Bongo Records 58 – (UK)
Stochelo Rosenberg: I Wish / Ready’n Able / Iris Music 3001 891 – (NETHERLANDS)
Soul Quality Quartet: Toda Tercafeira (Jazzanova rework) / Sound Affects: Brazil / Mr. Bongo Records 49 – (BRAZIL)
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Brendan Larrissey: Mist on the Mountains/Three Little Drummers / The Rough Guide to Irish Music / Rough Guide 1006 – (IRELAND)
Capercaillie: A State of Yearning / Choice Language / Sanctuary 84629 – (IRELAND)
The Chieftains: Lots of Drops of Brandy / The Essential Chieftains / RCA 75398 – (IRELAND)
Broderick: Do You Love an Apple / Kissing Fishes / Offspring Records 106 – (IRELAND)
The Chieftains featuring the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: The Squid Jiggin’ Ground/Larry O’Gaff / The Essential Chieftains / RCA 75398 – (IRELAND)
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The Reibirth Brass Band: (I Feel Like) Busting Loose / Ultimate Rebirth Brass Band / Mardi Gras Records 1085 – (N’AWLINS)
Sierra Leone Refugee All-Stars: Jah Come Down / Rise & Shine / Cumbancha 18 – (SIERRA LEONE) *NEW*
Nassima: Femmes de Toutes Couleurs / Des Racines et des Chants / Rue Stendahl 2009 – (ALGERIA)
Nikki Giovanni: Woman Poem / Truth is on the Way / Collectables 6506 – (USA)
Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra: N.E.S.T.A. (Never Ever Submit to Authority) / Liberation Afrobeat vol. 1 / Ninja Tune 56 – (USA)
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Khaled: Ya Aâchkou / Kenza / Ark 21 Records 186 850 012 – (ALGERIA)
Galactic featuring Irma Thomas: Heart of Steel / Ya-Ka-May / Anti- 87002 – (N’AWLINS) *NEW*
Jet Lag: Qatanger / Dasaz / Phat Phish Records 80005 – (INDIA)
John Brown’s Body: Love is a Fire / Among Them / Shanachie 45042 – (USA)
Julian Marley: Sunshine / A Time & Place / Tuff Gong International 54610 – (JAMAICA)
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Tipico Santa Rosa: Chelly a Puntra Pa Casa / Na Playa / Chirino Music Center 95 – (CURAÇAO)
Razia Said: Babonao / Zebu Nation / Cumbancha (demo) – (MADAGASCAR) *NEW*
Haitiando: Gròg Mwen / The Rough Guide to the Music of Haiti / Rough Guide 1067 – (HAITI)
Lollo Meier: Blue Skies / Rosas / GypsyMuyic.NL 62 – (NETHERLANDS)

playlist #104 (3/1/2010)-what’s new

March 2, 2010
World of Music
Pgm #104 – Digging into the new stuff! (New in the world, and new to us.)
Catch the show on Mondays 3-5pm EDT – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
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Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / http://www.intrahealth.org/open/ (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
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Galactic featuring the Rebirth Brass Band, Trombone Shorty, and Corey Henry: Friends of Science, Boe Money, Cineramascope / Ya-Ka-May / ANTI- 87002 – (N’AWLINS) *NEW*
Honny & The Bees Band (Bonobo Remix): Psychedelic Woman / Sound Affects Africa / Mr. Bongo Records 45 – (SOUTH AFRICA)
Massak: Anywhere Trouble / Haïti Market / Le Maquis 54115 – (HAITI)
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Sofia Tosello: La Verdadera Llama / Alma y Luna / Sunnyside 1231 – (ARGENTINA)
Puerta Plata: Casita de Campo / Casita de Campo / iASO 4 – (DOMINICAN REPUBLIC)
Yasmin Levy: Una Noche Mas (One More Night) / Mano Suave / 4Q 1817 – (JERUSALEM)
David Doucet: Balfa Waltz / Quand J’ai Parti / Rounder 6040 – (LOUISIANA, USA)
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Ambros Seelos: Pilsen-Polka / Alpenglück / GEMA 790533 – (BAVARIA)
Giorgio Conte: Rock’n’Roll & Cha Cha Cha / L’ambasciatore del Sogni / CDADEU 2002 – (ITALY)
(Unknown artist): (Unknown song title) / (Unknown album name) / RIPP 8 – (JAPAN)
Ive Mendes: Night Night (Craigie remix) / Ive Mendes / Mr. Bongo Records 25 – (BRAZIL)
Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra: Gabe’s New Joint / Talkatif / Ninja Tune 66 – (NYC, USA)
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Panaswing: Me Lo Dijo Una Gitana / Panama! 3 / Soundway 18 – (PANAMA)
Swing Noire: Heavy Artillerie / Hot Jazz in the Tradition of Django Reinhardt & The Quintette of the Hot Club of France / http://www.swingnoire.com 2010 – (MADE IN VT) *NEW*
Mariza: Primavera (Spring) / Fado Curvo / Times Square Records 9033 – (PORTUGAL)
Buika & Chucho Valdes: Somos / El Último Trago / Warner Music Spain 68614 – (SPAIN / CUBA)
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Shantel: Usti, Usti Baba / Planet Paprika / essay recordings 54 – (GERMANY)
Michael Viner’s Incredible Bongo Band: When the Bed Breaks Down, I’ll Meet You in the Spring / Bongo Rock / Mr. Bongo Records 43 – (USA)
Bo Dollis & The Wild Magnolias: Shallow Water Oh Mama / I’m Back…At Carnival Time / Rounder 2094 – (N’AWLINS)
Tania Libertad: La Contamanina / Lo Mejor de la Musica Criolla / Phantom Records 2005 – (HAITI)
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Martin Buscaglia: Lovin’ You / El Evangelio Según Mi Jardinero / Love Monk Disco Buenos 16756 – (URUGUAY)
Siete Rayo: Lo Bueno N’Ma / Descemer / Universal 5160 – (CUBA)
Antonio Carlos Jobim: Milagre / Minha Alma Canta / Jobim Biscoito Fino 312 – (BRAZIL)
Rokia Traoré: Laidu / Mouneïssa / Indigo 2624 – (MALI) *Coming to the Flynn Main Stage on 4/18*
Orchestra Baobab: Dee Moo Woor / Specialist in All Styles / World Circuit 79685 – (SENEGAL)



going galactic

February 28, 2010

After the recent review here: you knew this was coming!

Featuring the new Galactic release Ya-Ka-May this week on World of Music, with a lot of other new stuff we haven’t gotten to yet including the latest from Burlington’s gypsy jazzers Swing Noire; last year’s collaboration between Concha Buika and Chucho Valdez, El Ultimo Trogo; and more retro sounds from the isthmus with the new Soundway collection, Panama 3.

World of Music is a loosely organized, thinly disguised slapdash of blues, poetry, jazz, and world music every Monday from 3-5pm ET on the Radiator.  Online, or at 105.9FM if you’re listening in Burlington, VT.

galactic – grooves that cut glass

February 27, 2010

For the most part I still get music the old fashioned way:  order a CD and wait a couple of days for it to show up. I like the suspense. I also like being able to check out the packaging and flip through the liner notes while listening. (All the more rewarding, in this case, where the artwork is a mesmerizing confusion of images that will stand up to many revisitations!) So earlier this week when Galactic’s new album Ya-Ka-May showed up, I waited until the end of the day and listened to it on the drive home. Before I knew it, I was speeding. Kind of…a lot.

The reason I picked it up in the first place is the group’s drummer, Stanton Moore. I got turned on to him years ago and I get just about everything he puts out. With a tight high-hat and kicking bass back beat he  just might be the funkiest kit out there. It’s just the sound you want with New Orleans-flavored grooves. Which brings me to the real heart and soul of this recording: post-Katrina N’awlins. Blues, jazz, dixie, Creole, Cajun, Zydeco, hip-hop, soul, boogie-woogie, stride…where else in the world can claim so many native styles of music? Part of the answer here is that N’awlins has always acknowledged its special place as a confluence (geographical and musical), aggregating styles and influences and reshaping them into something wholly fresh. In the same way the mighty river itself accumulates various parts of the lands it passes through, before depositing them all at the delta – Ya-Ka-May encompasses the many unique sounds and styles of the Crescent City and delivers them anew in a wild, irresistable mix. A few of my fave tracks are Katey vs. Nobby, Do It Again, and Heart of Steel.

Ya-Ka-May is a party album, with unrelenting bounce beats and more guest vocalists (Allen Toussaint, John Boutté, Irma Thomas, Cheeky Blakk, Bo Dollis) than any previous Galactic project. Add to that gumbo harmonicas, cellos, accordions, and a generous overlay of samples from sources as diverse as traditional Hungarian and African music. It’s intense, it’s hardcore, and it’s a wholesale celebration of the continuing evolution of music from the special city that is New Orleans. Here’s a bit more on the album’s background:

(PS – what, no Parental Advisory sticker here? Um, OK…)


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