Friday, April 22, 2016

LA SOUTERRAINE


On Wednesday, April 27, from 7-10 PM EDT, Bodega Pop Live on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio celebrates France's grooviest record label, La Souterraine, with a three-hour tour of their finest moments, from an extended Aquaserge freak-out to Laetitia Sadier's cover of Serge Gainsbourg's weirdest song of all time.


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

BALIGH HAMDI


Like Mohamed Abdel Wahab before him, Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdi helped to modernize Arabic music, pushing at its boundaries through popular songs and music for film and television that sampled from western and other eastern ideas and instrumentation (saxophone, electric guitar, sitar, electronic keyboards) while steeped in the folkloric tradition he studied as a young adult.

Born in Cairo in 1931, Hamdi reputedly dedicated his life to becoming a composer before he was even a teen. He got his first major break in 1957 when Oum Kalthoum tracked him down through friend and fellow composer Muhammad Fawzi; Hamdi and Kalthoum collaborated on "Inta Feen wi-'l-Hubb Feen?" recorded in 1960 for Misrophon -- Hamdi subsequently wrote a new song for the diva nearly every year after that until her death in 1975.

Hamdi's work with Kalthoum was considered "light" in comparison to standbys Riad al-Sunbati and Zakariyya Ahmed, but Kalthoum knew that the younger composer brought her image a fresh appeal -- this is the period, after all, when electric guitarist Omar Khorshid became a permanent fixture of her orchestra. 

Hamdi worked with all of the other major singers of the time, from Shadia and Faiza Ahmed to Abdel Halim Hafez, for whom he wrote the enduring "Mahwood" and "Khosara Khosara," which was sampled decades later by Timbaland for Jay-Z's "Big Pimpin'" -- the subject of a highly publicized copyright battle with Hamdi's family. (His work has been sampled by artists across at least three continents.)

Hamdi continued to write for up and coming singers -- Najat al-Saghira, Sabah, Hani Shaker, Warda (to whom he was married for nearly a decade), Mayada el-Hennawy, and Latifa, supporting and in some cases launching their careers.

This Wednesday night, from 7-10 PM EDT, Bodega Pop Live on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio pays tribute to this towering figure of Arabic music, with a three-hour retrospective including rare live solo tracks, out of print collaborations and experimentation, and some of the hits that made him famous throughout the Arabic-speaking world.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

RAW POWER


On Wednesday, April 13, from 7-10 PM EDT, Bodega Pop Live on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio loads up three hours of mind-blowing rare cassette tracks from Rwanda, living room recordings from Mauritania, folk, punk and post-punk from the former Yugoslavia, and 1980s hits from Indonesia.


Sunday, April 3, 2016

I WANNA BE YOUR BEATLES!!!


This Wednesday, April 6, from 7 to 10 PM EDT, Bodega Pop Live on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio celebrates the most popular skiffle band of all time with a three-hour trip through some of the thrill-craziest covers, mashups, samples, forgeries, and flat-out ripoffs by would-be fifth Beatles from Buenos Aires, São Paulo, and Warsaw through Bangkok, Manila, and Tokyo. 

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

THE THINNEST OF THREADS


Join me TONIGHT from 7-10 PM ET on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio for a three-hour sonic adventure you can unravel ... with your ears.

Listen to the show and join the conversation (starts at 7 PM sharp!)

Friday, March 18, 2016

Kraftwerk | YMO | Stereolab


On Wednesday, March 23, from 7 to 10 PM EDT, Bodega Pop Live on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio will celebrate three of the most innovative electropop groups of all time -- Kraftwerk, Yellow Magic Orchestra, and Stereolab -- with an hour-long, career-spanning survey of each band's über-genki oeuvre. 

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

CAMBODIAN BODEGA


Hear selections from this exclusive comp TONIGHT from 7-10 PM EDT on WFMU's Bodega Pop Live on Give the Drummer Radio when I'm joined by 100% Whatever's Mary Wing, who'll be bringing along some of her favorite synthpop to spin.

Over the years I've found more than 130 Khmer CDs in Cambodian bodegas and video stores from the Bronx to Portland and Seattle. For WFMU's 2016 Marathon, I compiled 20 of my favorite tracks from the 1960s to the 1990s -- *tracks you won't find on any other comp, anywhere* -- and it can be yours for a pledge of $75 or more.

I'll also be giving away 9 different CDs of thrill-packed music from Africa, Latin America, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Texas, USA; pledges of $20 or more get you in the running to win one (or more).

Listen to the show, join the conversation, and pledge to keep the mighty WFMU on the air in 2016!




Wednesday, March 2, 2016

YURI MOROZOV


On Wednesday, March 2, Bodega Pop Live on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio took a tour of the 70s and early 80s work of one of Soviet Russia's most thrilling and enigmatic figures: Yuri Morozov (aka Yury Morozov).


Russian studio engineer / music producer Yuri Morozov (Юрий Морозов, 1948 – 2006) led a series of not-so-secret double lives: he was also a poet, novelist, musician, singer-songwriter, composer, visual artist, and hippie scofflaw. He was not exactly Russia’s John Lennon, as some have claimed, although Lennon was one of many significant influences. He was Russia’s Lennon & McCartney, R. Stevie Moore, William Onyeabor, Bob Dylan, Konrad Plank, David Byrne, Captain Beefheart, Czesław Niemen, Brian Eno, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and David Bowie all wrapped up into one. 

Morozov recorded a reputed 60 albums—60 studio albums—the bulk of them in the 1970s and 80s, self-released and distributed magnitizdat-style. The earliest were recorded in his small, cluttered St. Petersburg apartment; these include the legendary Land of the Gnomes (1972), Cherry Orchard of Jimi Hendrix (1973) and Cretin Wedding (1976); beginning in 1977 he courted imprisonment by recording his work illegally, after hours, in the state-run studio where he worked. The next year he recorded the first of at least three album-length electronic music experiments—but rather than austere collections of purely synthesized chirps, bleeps and warbles, The Inexplicable (1978) and its follow-ups, Spells and Human Extinction (both 1979) were trippy psychedelic masterpieces with shrieking guitars, human grunts and squeals, and endlessly mutating and bizarre synth landscapes and textures.

Friday, February 19, 2016

JULISSA VALE


Brooklyn-bred drummer and percussionist Julissa Vale studied with Johnny “Mr. Boogaloo Blues” Colon and Jimmy Delgado, a journey that led her to perform with numerous artists, including Victor Jones, Mino Cinelu, and Tato Torres y Yerbabeuna. She has been artist in residence for several New York City colleges and hosts “On the Rocks with Jules” Mondays from 7 PM – 9 PM on KPISS.FM. Julissa visits the bodega on Wednesday, February 24, from 7 PM – 10 PM to share some of her grooviest tracks from Latin America.

Listen to the show in the archives

Monday, February 15, 2016

ALGERIANS


On Wednesday, February 15, Bodega Pop Live on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio spun three hours of Algerian psych and progressive, Berber metal, Meghrebi rap, O.G. chioukhs and cheikhates, dark Kabylie folk, raw raï, Muslim oudists, and Jewish pianists.