Monday, August 24, 2015


WFMU's Cheyenne Hohman and a team of volunteers has just finished the heroic task of organizing more than 17,000 music files of live performances at the station ... and on Wednesday, August 26, Bodega Pop Live on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio listened to some of our favorite moments.

Catch blistering performances by punks from the Czech Republic and China, rappers from Ghana, Japanese and European avant-gardists, divas from Mauritania, and much, much more!

Listen to the show now in the archives

Wednesday, August 19, 2015


Nearly a dozen rare, uncomped, never-before-aired grooves by Iran's Daughter, Googoosh; a set of rollicking rollercoaster riffs by Italy's greatest living belter, Mina; Lata Mangeshkar tracks that will unthread your eyebrows; and more ... a three-hour celebration of a select few of the world's greatest living female pop icons at their most pop icon-y. It's not about you ... it's all about them.

Listen to the show now in the archives

Wednesday, August 12, 2015


Last week I made one of the single biggest CD discoveries I've ever made -- and I've been bodega diving for nearly two decades. At Thai-Cam Video in Portland, Oregon, I found, in a box that had been scootched beneath shelving and nearly hidden from the eye, more than 50 Cambodian CDs, all from the 1990s. Then add to that the dozen or so Thai and Lao recordings from the 1980s - present I plucked later that week from a couple of Lao groceries outside of Fort Worth, Texas.

Now, on Bodega Pop Live you can hear three hours of super-rare Cambodian synth pop, switched-on Morlam Lao, electronic luk thung from Thailand, and a couple of largely forgotten gems from the 1960s and 70s, most of it never before played on any English-language radio station, not even WFMU.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Ultra Chicks Vols. 1-6

Reupped by reader demand on July 27, 2015, here.

Yes, I've been neglecting the bodega. To make it up to you, how about a genuinely thrilling six volume set of French femme-pop from the 1960s? 

Hear a couple of tracks in Bodega Pop Live's WFMU / Give the Drummer Radio show, here.


In 2005, music collector Stuart Ellis began a hunt for original, rare vinyl from Asia, Africa and the Middle East that would result in two collections (Bollywood Steel Guitar and Pakistan: Instrumental Folk & Pop Songs) and a blog, Radiodiffusion Internasionaal Index, which featured a new single every week from dozens of countries from around world. 

Ellis ceased updating Radiodiffusion in 2013, but the blog remains a favorite destination and resource for DJs, musicians and listeners around the globe.

On Wednesday, July 29, Bodega Pop Live on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio celebrated Ellis's work discovering, compiling and contextualizing all of this terrific music with a three-hour mix of our favorite, ear-bending tracks.

Listen to the show now in the archives!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


On Wednesday, July 22, Bodega Pop Live on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio celebrated music performed with electronic instruments. Taking our inspiration from Mark Brend's The Sound of Tomorrow: How Electronic Music Was Smuggled into the Mainstream, we travelled across the world and through time, from 20th century pop and avant-garde experiments on the wire recorder, Moog and theremin to contemporary breakcore, mashups and workstation-driven luk thung.

Listen to the show now in the archives

Wednesday, July 15, 2015


On Wednesday, July 15, Bodega Pop Live on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio celebrated Cassette Culture! We explored some of the best -- and strangest -- the medium has to offer, from forgotten post-revolution Iranian songbirds to Japanese and American tape experiments of the 1980s and '90s to obscure Brazilian punk, New Jersey Hardcore and Moroccan rock and roll. 

Listen to the show in the archives

Wednesday, July 8, 2015


On Wednesday, Jun 8, Bodega Pop Live on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio celebrated Bastille Day half-a-dozen days early with a three-hour selection of music from la République française. 

Inspired by Jonathyne Briggs' recent book on postwar popular music, SOUNDS FRENCH, we explored early French rock, psychedelic, punk, hip hop from the banlieues, raï from the Algerian diaspora, and choice new tracks from the contemporary French underground.

Listen to the archived show now

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Queens Is King!

TONIGHT, from 7-10 PM EDT, Bodega Pop Live on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio will serve up three hours of supersonic thrills repping the most diverse ZIP codes on planet Earth, from Bosnian, Greek and Egyptian pop and hip hop to rare Burmese, Pakistani and Ghanian tracks discovered in bodegas from Astoria to Flushing, Jamaica, Lefrak City ... and beyond.

Listen to the show (starts at 7:00 PM)

Friday, June 26, 2015

Sidney | Barima Bii Ba

Hurry! Grab it right now, right here

Uh ... do I even need to ... well ... [cough] ...

YES, Mr. or Ms. Smartypants, the music most certainly DOES live up to that admittedly very, very special cover. You're looking at Sidney, aka Rap Ninja, Ghana's most controversial hiplife artist, a man who recently changed his name, speaking of man, to "Man" ("Barima" means "Man" in Twi). 

This super-delicious offering was plucked from a Ghanian bodega at 96-07 57th Avenue in Lefrak City, Queens. Along with a number of other seriously delightful things that, if you're nice, I'll consider sharing in the days and weeks to come. ...