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playlist #88 (11/9/2009)-nyquil for the soul

November 9, 2009
World of Music
Pgm #88 – Down with the flu blues – back by popular demand, this is the second annual flu season special. Songs of commiseration, consolation, and outright INDIGNANT OUTRAGE! If this don’t make you feel better, baby – you dead!
Listen 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)
Squirrel Nut Zippers: La Grippe (the Flu) / The Inevitable Squirrel Nut Zippers / Mammoth Records 105 – (USA) * At Higher Ground tomorrow night: *
Big Joe Tex: Pneumonia / Hip To The Jive 2 / Sonic Scenery 708021 – (USA)
Shasha Marley: Evil Spirits Walk Away / Lost & Found / 1229 – (GHANA)
Françoise Hardy: Comment te dire adieu? (It Hurts To Say Goodbye) / Divine Divas / Rounder 5071 – (FRANCE)
Rupa & The April Fishes: Ç’est Pas d’l’amour/ extraordinary rendition / Cumbancha 7 – (SAN FRANCISCO) * At Parima tonight, 8pm: *
Will Patton Ensemble: Valse 29 / 6th Street Runaround / King’s Hill Music 2008 – (MADE IN VERMONT)
Albert Collins & The Icebreakers: Dyin’ Flu / Alligator Records 30th Anniversary Collection / Alligator Records    112 – (USA)
Johnny Long: Healin’ Touch / Lost & Found / Delta Groove 106 – (ST. LOUIS, MO)
The Lost Fingers: Billy Jean / Lost In The ’80s / Sony 88697 – (QUÉBEC) *NEW*
Maria Bethânia: Feita na Bahia / Encanteria / Quitanda 18 – (BRAZIL) *NEW*
Los Silvertones: Tamborito Swing / Panama!2 / Soundway 13 – (PANAMA)
The Very Best: Chalo (World) / Warm Heart of Africa / Green Owl Records 8.98864 – (MALAWI / FRANCE / ENGLAND) *NEW*
Rocky Fuller: Funeral Hearse At My Door / Chess Blues / Chess Records 9340 – (USA)
Neville Brothers: Will The Circle Be Unbroken / Yellow Moon / A&M Records 5240 – (N’AWLINS)
Allen Toussaint: St. James Infirmary / The Bright Mississippi / Nonesuch 480380 – (N’AWLINS) *NEW*
Tom Waits: Cold, Cold Ground / Franks Wild Years / Island 422-842 – (USA)
Robert Cray: I Shiver / Blues Guitar Greats / Universal 314 556 719 – (USA)
Alex Cuba: Amor Infinito (Infinite Love) / Les Nuits d’Afrique Compilation 2007 / Les Nuits d’Afrique 2099 – (CUBA)
Omara Portuondo: Gracias / Gracias / World Village 479021 – (CUBA) * NEW – Latin Grammy winner, Best Contemporary Tropical Album *
Rupa & The April Fishes: La Linea (The Border) / Este Mundo / Cumbancha 15 – (SAN FRANCISCO) *NEW – at Parima tonight, 8pm: *
Aswad: Don’t Turn Around / Distant Thunder / Mango 9810 – (JAMAICA)
Mathieu Mathieu: Cette Ville / Québec / Putumayo 279 – (QUÉBEC)
Hot Club of Detroit: Belleville / Hot Club of Detroit / Mack Avenue Records 1030 – (DETROIT)
Paolo Conte: Happy Feet / The Best of Paolo Conte / Nonesuch 79512 / (ITALY)
Haugaard & Høirup: Raaby Hopsa (Traditional Danish stick dance) / Lys (Light) / GOØ 501 – (DENMARK)
Kermit Ruffins: Kermit’s Second Line / Kermit Ruffins / Putumayo 233 – (N’AWLINS)
Shemekia Copeland: Turn The Heat Up / Alligator Records 30th Anniversary Collection / Alligator Records    112 – (USA)
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band: Me Like It Like That & Kidd Jordon’s Second Line / The New Orleans Album / Columbia    45414 – (N’AWLINS)

este mundo (this world)

November 9, 2009

Rupa-Este MundoImmigration, health care access, bad airline experiences…any one of these could be an NPR story (these same issues have made for many NPR stories, come to think of it) but these topics are also a broad sampling of the issues addressed in the music of Rupa and the April Fishes.

What else would you expect from a band whose front woman spends the non-touring half of the year as a doctor at San Francisco General? True story. And what a source of inspiration it proves to be.

The music’s diversity goes beyond its topicality. The songs are sung in French,  English, and Spanish, and the resulting mix is whimsical, ‘gypsy’, cabaret, poignant, and 100% original.

The last time Rupa and the April Fishes visited Burlington it was shortly after the release of extraordinary rendition, their debut release on the Charlotte, VT-based Cumbancha Records.

And so it is this time. Their second recording (Este Mundo) is less than two weeks old and  tonight you can seem them in a special one-night only show at Parima Thai Restaurant. It’s expected to be standing room only. You’ll find once they start playing you wouldn’t have it any other way.

novalima in burlington

July 20, 2009

2009-Jul19-Novalima02<—-(Parima Thai Restaurant, Sunday night, 10:30pm: just checking. Yep, remarkably, the roof’s still there. Good thing it’s a vaulted one.)

Novalima blew the lid off the place.

There it is, out in the open for the public record.

Eight members strong (and strong is the word); one musician for every year they’ve been a group. They shook it, smacked it, and sang it for all they were worth in a sold out show that lasted a little over two hours last night at Burlington’s Parima Thai Restaurant.

A late-breaking engagement (it helps that their record label is here!), their only Vermont appearance was squeezed in between shows at Montreal’s Nuits d’Afrique festival, Millennium Park in Chicago, and the rest of their North American summer tour.

Novalima at Parima Thai Restaurant: kicked it, yes they DID

Novalima at Parima Thai Restaurant: kicked it, yes they DID

The stage setup spoke volumes. I took a quick count before they got started and noted an iBook and two keyboards (at the back), an electric guitar and bass (one on either side), and four different drum setups of various sizes, styles, and tools. Four.

Best instrument of the night had to be the large bleached lower jawbone that clattered and clacked its way through the hands of several bandmembers in the course of the show. It’s just cool to ‘play’ a jawbone, that’s all there’s to it. (“Jawbone of an ass” – sound familiar? Check out the reference here for fun.)

True to their roots, Novalima spins out catchy Afro-Peruvian grooves heavy  on percussion and powerful vocals. The contemporary twist is that the acoustic instruments and  high energy, rhythmically- infused melodies are also overlayed with a tasteful veneer of electronic sounds and effects that amp the music into the ‘club mix’ zone and make it irresistably danceable.

These are musicians who thrive in the energy of a live house and love playing with each other. It was obvious in the rounds of smiles that made their way around the group throughout the show, and in the ‘click’ of the music itself.

They were on.

Check here for info about Novalima’s albums “Coba Coba” and “Coba Coba Remixed”

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