Archive for February, 2009

Record Covers: Global Tour

February 25, 2009


Here’s the latest in our ongoing series of vintage record design: not too surprisingly, the music on these LPs is as vivid and varied as the wonderful covers. Images are from around the web, including the great music sites Loronix and Global Groove, who always provide meticulous scans of their rare gems.

(Related posts: Vintage Jazz Record Covers, More Vintage Jazz Record Covers, Brazilian LP Covers, More Brazilian LP Covers, Reggae 45s, Reggae 45s Part 2, LP Cover Bonanza)

20 Actresses (grand finale)

February 18, 2009


This viral theme has long played itself out everywhere else, but not here. It’s a big pantheon, but not infinite, so consider this a last shot. Once more, with pleasure.

Joan Blondell, Norma Shearer, Ann Dvorak, Janet Gaynor, Ginger Rogers, Ann Sheridan, Lillian Gish,  Lena Horne, Ruth Chatterton, Joan Bennett, Dorothy Dandridge, Ruby Keeler, Kyoko Kishida, Bibi Andersson, Elizabeth Taylor,  Setsuko Hara, Lili Taylor, Judy Davis, Faye Dunaway, Catherine O’Hara.

(Related posts: 20 Actresses, 20 (more) Actresses, 20 Actors, 20 (more) Actors)

Temposphere 02/14/09

February 14, 2009

Was it wrong of me to start out the Valentines Day edition of Temposphere with something called Blood Suckers Dub? I tried to atone for that during the course of the program, especially towards the end when we heard a Nina Simone song for all the love birds out there. Heard as well: a brand new track from Amadou & Mariam from their upcoming disc Made In Mali, Boliviana by Ibrahim Ferrer with departed BVSC bassist Cachaito, plus some wicked jazz disco from Japan by Cro-Magnon, and of course much more. You can stream my Mix Romantica 2009 here until February 28, click through for the playlist.


Neco Novellas

February 11, 2009

Amazingly eclectic Mozambique combo Neco Novellas have released a CD on Times Square called New Dawn that ranges effortlessly from Chopi traditional songs to arty Brazilian MPB, sung in five different languages with panache and charisma by young leader Anselmo “Neco” Johanhane.

Like Rokia Traore, these guys show the benefits of growing up with a diverse music collection in the house. Here’s part one of the excellent EPK, which should also carry you through to parts 2 & 3.

Above: Zula Zula live on Dutch TV.

Cachaito & Ibrahim Ferrer

February 10, 2009

Wahira by Ibrahim Ferrer with the great Cuban bassist, Cachaito.

Mulatu & The Heliocentrics

February 9, 2009

Ethio-jazz pioneer Mulatu Astatke has cut an album with British percussionist Malcolm Catto and his band The Heliocentrics, to be released on the innovative UK label Strut (who recently issued another genius collaboration with Amp Fiddler and Sly & Robbie). The performance of Yekermo Sew here is from London in April of 2008.

Rokia Traore at The Cedar

February 7, 2009

Rokia Traore and her group are making some of the most amazing music on the planet right now.  A new musical direction brings elements of 70s funk rock to her delicate modern take on Malian traditional music. That could have been a recipe for disaster, but on the evidence of her show last night at The Cedar it’s a spectacular success.

The publicity photo here suggests the Rokia of previous records, beautiful, ethereal and restrained. It’s a misdirection because her shows are exuberant, dynamic workouts that are as great as any powerful rock concert you’ve been to but also have the depth of the ages.

Legends Of Ska

February 4, 2009

The Legends Of Ska website has upgraded its film trailer page. Click the link for great hi-def mini-docs on Stranger Cole, Patsy Todd, and the Singers and Players from the Legends Of Ska concerts (which also featured Alton Ellis, Derrick Morgan, Prince Buster, Derrick Harriott, Lord Creator, Owen Gray, and in the words of King Stitt, “a host of others”). (You’ll need QuickTime Player to view – a free download if you don’t already have it.)