Archive for December, 2009

Global Beat, KFAI 12/30/09: 99% Jamaican

December 30, 2009

The days are short, the nights are long and as another winter storm hovered over the Midwest it was time again to head south, specifically to Jamaica for an all-reggae year end edition of Global Beat. The first hour was mostly filled with the sweet sounds of late 60’s rock steady while the second hour had a more rootsy 70’s feel. You can bring the warm sounds to your home via MP3 stream for two weeks at the KFAI site; the playlist is posted both there and here, after the break.

(photo of Alton Ellis by Greg Locks courtesy of Legends of Ska.)


Temposphere, KFAI 12/26/09

December 29, 2009

Some of the best records of 2009 mingling with classics from the last 40 years: that was the essence of Saturday evening’s Temposphere. The 2 hour show ranged from obscure library tracks (Sauveur Mallia anyone?) to beloved stalwarts like Augustus Pablo, T. Rex, The Impressions and Tony Allen. The show is available as an MP3 stream at the KFAI site until January 9, 2010 and the playlist is posted both there and here, after the break.


Global Beat, KFAI 12/23/09: Todo Brasil

December 23, 2009

As a massive winter storm approaches this corner of the world it felt like an apropos moment to bask in a warm wave of Brazilian Music. From Carmen Miranda to Maria Rita, Global Beat today was 2 full hours of musica brasileira. The show is available as an MP3 stream for two weeks at the KFAI site; you can check out the playlist there or here, after the break.

(the photo of Tom Jobim is from Loronix.)


20 Shots: Goin’ To Town (1935)

December 21, 2009

Goin’ To Town starts out as an oater yet somehow winds up among the haute monde in Buenos Aires where the story pivots on a horse race. When former dancehall queen Cleo Borden learns about a plot to sabotage her horse she employs some skulduggery of her own to ensure a happy outcome. Directed by Alexander Hall, screenplay by Mae West.

Top Shows Of The Year, 2009

December 17, 2009

(The Who didn’t play here in 2009 but sounded pretty great a couple of years ago at the Xcel Center… this photo predates that show by a little. From This Isn’t Happiness.)

Rokia Traore, The Cedar

Vieux Farka Touré, The Cedar

The Itals, Nomad World Pub

Os Mutantes, The Cedar

King Sunny Adé, Minnesota Zoo

Lucinda Williams/Tom & Lu’s wedding, First Avenue

The veterans (Itals, Mutantes, Adé) came through big time with solid shows while the upstarts from Mali (Traore, Farka Touré) showed they can contend with anybody. And Lucinda & Tom’s wedding as the finale to a great performance by her was just an amazing evening for all.

The 10 Best Albums of 2009

December 10, 2009

It was a good year for the ladies:

Kylie Auldist/Made Of Stone (Tru Thoughts)

Mayra Andrade/Storía Storía (RCA Victor France)

Sara Tavares/Xinti (Four Quarters)

Oumou Sangare/Seya (Nonesuch)

Peaches/I Feel Cream (XL)

Rokia Traore/Tchamantche (Nonesuch)

Quantic & His Combo Barbaro/Tradition in Transition (Tru Thoughts)

Havana Cultura: New Cuba Sound (Brownswood)

Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics/Inspiration Information Vol. 3 (Strut)

Brownout/Aguilas & Cobras (Six Degrees)

Each of these discs contains an abundance of tracks that will soothe, delight and inspire. While any of them would make a fabulous holiday gift, my recommendation is to treat yourself.

Other fine music from 2009: new releases from Tinariwen, Amadou & Mariam, Vieux Farka Touré (a great year for music from Mali!), Lura, Céu, Alice Russell, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Tony Allen, Puerto Plata, and Staff Benda Bilili. Ignore the pop charts, there is thrilling music percolating all over the planet.

Reissue of the year: Big Star/Keep Your Eyes On The Sky (Rhino): You may already own most of these tracks but they have never sounded better. The live disc is a revelation as well. A worthy monument to a great (and unjustly ignored in their time) band.

(related posts: The 10 Best Albums of 2008, The 10 Best Albums of 2007)

image source: LP Cover Lover

Paulette Goddard

December 9, 2009

A Paramount press photo, undated.

Original print from a current eBay auction.

Temposphere, KFAI 12/05/09

December 5, 2009

Tonight’s edition of Temposphere featured the debut of two new tracks from The Bamboos’ forthcoming CD (including On The Sly with Kylie Auldist on vocals, see the previous post for the video) as well as more music vintage and new from Caetano Veloso, Dinah Washington, Lizzy Parks, Richie Spice and so many others. You can enjoy the show via MP3 streaming for two weeks from broadcast by visiting the KFAI site. Playlists there and here, after the break.