Archive for April, 2008

KFAI Record Show

April 25, 2008

The KFAI Record Show runs today through Sunday in Minneapolis.

The KFAI CD and Record Sale is Friday April 25th through Sunday, April 27th. Find new and used records and CDs, hard-to-find nuggets, and other oddities while supporting “Radio Without Boundaries.”

The sale will be held in the parking lot behind KFAI and Midwest Mountaineering as part of the Midwest Mountaineering Outdoor Adventure Expo.

The KFAI CD and Record Sale:

  • Friday, April 25th from 4:00pm until 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 26th from 9:00am until 6:00 pm
  • Sunday, April 27th from 11:00am until 5:00pm

Midwest Mountaineering is located at the intersection of Cedar and Riverside on the West Bank.

You can find bargains galore (CDs: $5; LPs: $1) and not feel buyer’s remorse because the proceeds from your purchase help support community radio. I’ll be working the opening shift today, 4 – 7 PM, hope to see you there.

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

April 20, 2008

War by Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. Who wouldn’t love to stumble upon these guys busking away at some subway stop?

Toumani Diabate at Other Music

April 18, 2008

Here’s a great mini-documentary on Toumani Diabate’s visit to NYC’s Other Music. (And don’t forget, April 19 is National Record Store Day!)


April 15, 2008

Chariot Coming. On some guy’s 45. Awesome.

Bogdanovich on Lubitsch

April 10, 2008

Peter Bogdanovich, director and author of several essential books on the great early film directors, has written a new appreciation of Ernst Lubitsch for the New York Observer. (Images above are from Lubitsch’s eternal classic Trouble In Paradise.)

Great Label: Soundway Records

April 10, 2008

They’re not exactly glutting the marketplace with releases, but the titles they do put out are uniformly excellent. This year Soundway Records have delivered a solid one-two punch with Nigeria Special and Nigeria Disco Funk Special. The quality of the tracks (African funk from the 70s that shows both a strong American influence and a deep originality) from start to finish on both sets is astonishing. The great (and obscure) music would easily stand on its own, but has been generously augmented with meticulous liner notes and fantastic photos. Kudos.

JB at Hef’s

April 8, 2008

In honor of the 5th release in the supremely essential Complete James Brown Singles series (with liner notes by the esteemed JB historian Alan Leeds), here’s a clip from Playboy After Dark.

Toots & The Maytals

April 7, 2008

Fine And Dandy from The Harder They Come. (Matthew Dessem’s review is up at The Criterion Contraption: he is working his way through watching and reviewing every title in the Criterion catalog.)

Global Beat 4/2/08

April 2, 2008

I sat in for Doug Cain on his weekly world music show, Global Beat, on KFAI today. You can stream the show until April 16 here. Set list follows.


Great Label: Ubiquity

April 1, 2008

For some reason, all of the new CDs that have crossed my path in the last week or so have been on the same label: Ubiquity Records. They are feeling kind of ubiquitous. Things that have caught my ear lately: The loping California dub reggae of The Lions, the downtempo moodiness of Clutchy Hopkins, the storming Ann Arbor Afro Beat of Nomo, and the crackling contemporary funk of both The Bamboos (Australia) and Orgone (above) (California). And checking their catalog, there’s lots more. These guys are on a roll.