Archive for March, 2011

African Rhythms, KFAI 03/31/11: Pledge Drive!

March 31, 2011

Keeping the fires burning (over 1/3 of the way to our goal of $80,000), Charlie, Jojo, Deborah and I made the case for supporting African Rhythms and KFAI. Along the way we heard a brand new track by Orchestre Poly-Rythmo from their first album in 20 years plus plenty of classic African popular music including cuts from King Sunny Ade, Vieux Farka Toure and Orchestre Baobab. You can show your support for independent radio by visiting the KFAI site and you can check out the show and playlist here (and here).


Temposphere, KFAI 03/26/11: Pledge Drive!

March 27, 2011

It was day one of KFAI’s 2011 Spring Pledge Drive and I joined Luke Andrews on Temposphere for two hours of music and some good reasons to participate in commercial free radio. You can hear the show for two weeks and you can support KFAI with a membership right now.

Delicious Industries

African Rhythms, KFAI 03/24/11

March 24, 2011

It was a full contingent at African Rhythms today on KFAI with Salif, Jojo, Charlie and myself taking turns spinning great African music from the past and present. I brought in tracks from Ebo Taylor, Los Chicharrons, and a great young Touareg band called Tamikrest. You can check out the show via MP3 stream for two weeks at the KFAI site. Playlist follows.

Mamadi Dioubaté on the cover of a French EP from the 50s


African Rhythms, KFAI 03/17/11

March 17, 2011

The curator of the Surface Noise blog has joined the African Rhythms team at KFAI and today was my first show with Charlie and Jojo. We started off with a couple of tracks from the sizzling Angola Soundtrack compilation from Analog Africa and moved through music by Super Mama Djombo, Tony Allen, Chiekh Lo and lots more. The show is available as an MP3 stream for two weeks at the KFAI site where you can also find the playlist (here too, after the break).


Legends of Ska Kickstarter campaign underway

March 12, 2011

Our friends at Steady Rock are taking things into high gear as they inaugurate their Kickstarter campaign to finish the Legends of Ska documentary about the birth of Jamaica’s vibrant music scene and the amazing reunion of many of the architects of Ska including Prince Buster, Derrick Morgan, Alton Ellis, The Skatalites and a host of others. If you’d like to be part of the action, go there, check out the brand new trailer and participate!

photo: Prince Buster by Greg Locks, courtesy of Legends of Ska

(cross posted at The Continental Drift)

LP cover: Ghesseye Do Mahi

March 11, 2011

Gougoush on Ahang Rooz (Iran), 1960s

Jesse Kaminsky

78 RPM Record Labels, part 4

March 7, 2011

Someone in Riga, Latvia has a small collection of gorgeous 78s up for auction on Ebay. Moroccan folk, musette, calypso, Ghana highlife, and Congolese rumba are among the genres available. The collection will be dispersed around the world soon but in the meantime we can savor these delectable, rare labels.


see also: 78 RPM Record Labels, 78 RPM Record Labels, part 2, 78 RPM Record Labels, part 3

Dead End publicity photo, 1937

March 7, 2011

Sylvia Sidney

old hollywood

Temposphere, KFAI 03/05/11

March 5, 2011

Tonight’s edition of Temposphere was 2 hours of soul drenched music — both modern and vintage — from around the globe, including tracks from such worthies as Antibalas, Pat Thomas (represented here by the mighty 10 minute track Yesu Sau Bra), Orgone, Alton Ellis and a host of others. As always there’s a 14 day window to hear the show via MP3 stream at the KFAI site where the complete playlist has been posted (it’s here too, after the cut).

photo: Rain, Arthur Leipzig, 1954 via facie populi


Global Beat, KFAI 03/02/11

March 2, 2011

So much cool new music to get to on today’s edition of Global Beat including tracks from Los Chicharrons, Lucinda Williams, Ebo Taylor, Nostalgia 77, Mayra Andrade, and the insanely prolific Shawn Lee. We took more than a few left turns along the way and wrapped it all up in a neat two hour package that you can check out via MP3 stream at the KFAI site, where you can also peep the playlist (posted here as well after the break.)

photo by Herbert Maeder, 1952 via unrealityblackandwhite