Posts Tagged ‘Brownout’

African Rhythms, KFAI 05/24/12

May 24, 2012

On today’s edition of African Rhythms: Great new music from Nickodemus with Afrika Bambaataa and Brownout plus classics from Lady Saw, Manu Dibango, Guelewar and lots more. The show is up and streaming at the KFAI site.


Global Beat, KFAI 01/19/11

January 19, 2011

New music releases have slowed down a little bit through the holidays so I mostly relied on the tried and true on today’s episode of Global Beat (I did sneak in new/old cuts from Brownout and the Afro Soul-Tet). Along the way we heard timeless tracks from Gregory Isaacs, Bembeya Jazz, PM Dawn and the heretofore lesser mentioned Pluto Shervington. The show is available in its entirety for two weeks as an MP3 stream at the KFAI site where you can also scan the playlist (posted here as well, after the break).

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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)

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Temposphere, KFAI 09/05/09

September 5, 2009


If it’s Saturday evening on the West Bank of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis it’s the time and place for Temposphere, a weekly musical amalgam of fresh and classic jazz, samba, salsa, dub, Afrobeat and funk. This week’s edition featured classic cuts from the likes of Donald Byrd, PM Dawn, Mark Murphy and Ennio Morricone, plus tracks from some superb recent CDs: Sara Tavares, Kylie Auldist, Quantic & His Combo Barbaro, and Brownout have all released great new records that you won’t regret tracking down. You can relive the 2 hours via MP3 or Real Audio streams at the KFAI site; the playlist is posted both there and here after the break.

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Temposphere, KFAI 08/22/09

August 22, 2009


Tonight’s edition of Temposphere was adorned with lovely new music from such artists as Kylie Auldist, Sara Tavares, Quantic & His Combo Barbaro, and Brownout, an amazing Latin funk band from Austin, Texas. The new was bolstered by the classic: tracks from Jon Hendricks, Funkadelic, Hugh Mundell and Lorez Alexandria sounded equally bright and shiny alongside their younger siblings. As always, the show is available in full dimensional stereo (your preference: MP3 stream or Real Audio) for two weeks after the broadcast date at the KFAI site. Playlist can also be found at there or here after the break.

(image is from Pilllpat’s Flickr photostream.)