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Streaming the Audio Motherlode, a brand-new online music channel from WFMU is set to kick off soon. To start, the stream will deliver an ever-spinning freeform carousel of sounds, a curated mix of adventurous music from all over. The goal, though, will be to supersede, as much as possible, the 24/7 jukebox flow with original programming. I hope to have contributions from some familiar names in the WFMU galaxy, as well as from fellow music obsessives plucked from their orbits in the online audiosphere.
My radio program, Give the Drummer Some, will be airing live on the stream every Friday, 9-noon (ET). The first show on the stream is planned for a week from this Friday, June 25. To receive my weekly e-newsletter and stay in the loop on the launch of the show and Streaming the Audio Motherlode, be sure to get on the mailing list. In the meantime, sink your teeth into the half-dozen dazzlers offered in this week's installment of Mining the Audio Motherlode:
Kick Out the Jams
Replete with manic "Gooooaallll!!!" sounders from historic World Cup matches, this Brazilian comp serves up musical encomia to the world's most popular sport. Highlights include Carmen Miranda's 1938 rendition of the beloved "Touradas Em Madri," Jackson Do Pandeiro's worshipful homage "O Rei Pelé," (hear it, above) and the great Pelé's suave 1969 duet with Elis Regina.
Jackson C. Frank ~ “Blues Run the Game”
(Blog: Standing at the Crossroads)
Do You Believe in Tragic
From my Favorites of 2004 page: "The horrible-but-true story of Jackson C. Frank is a nearly unendurable tale of bad luck, heartbreak and illness. The only balm is wallowing in Frank's tunes of incandescent melancholia. The survivor of a Buffalo schoolhouse fire that killed most of his classmates, Frank took up guitar during his long hospitalization. A decade later he would head to London and become, for a tragically short stretch, the golden boy of the Soho folk set."
Rahul Dev Burman ~ “Apna Desh”
(Blog: Music From the Third Floor)
From the soundtrack: Duniya Mein Logon Ko (mp3) by Asha Bhosle & Pancham
Hooray for Bollywood
R.D. Burman composed the music for Apna Desh along with eighteen other flicks in 1972. On occasion, Burman would step out of the engineer's booth and perform under the pseudonym Pancham—especially with his muse, Asha Bhosle, whom he married in 1980. The tandem's all-time-great collaboration "Duniya Mein Logon Ko," was covered by Sun City Girls—under the title "Apna Desh"—in 1994. One imagines it was a loving tribute to Burman, who had died in January of that year. Have a listen: Apna Desh (mp3)
Arthur Doyle Electro-Acoustic Ensemble ~ “National Conspiracy”
(Blog: Mutant Sounds)
À la Bama
From Mutant Sound: “Legendary fire tongued free sax blasting madman Arthur Doyle has led this wild and wooly ensemble that mates him with Majora label artist Leslie Q. and folks from Temple of Bon Matin and Coffee for some ten years now, dropping releases along the way on imprints like Ecstatic Yod and Qbico. Issued in an edition of only 60 copies, National Conspiracy finds Doyle and this crew making tape mangled and spaghetti tangled mischief out of recordings of their already wonkily unstable sounding gigs; the manhandled end results landing not far afield from something like Smegma.”
North was an exec with Nashboro Records where triple-threat (singer/composer/producer) Jerry Williams Jr. (aka Swamp Dogg) hoped to sign a distribution pact for his Mankind label. North inked the deal provided that Williams produce him, which he did for North's 1971 LP Friend. While that record produced the huge smash "She's All I Got," this collaboration, recorded four years later, featured no knockout hit, but delivered darkly smoldering numbers throughout.
Various ~ “Las Orquestas de “Victor””
Volume 1 | Volume 2 | Volume 3
(Blog: Listen to Your Ears)
I'm With the Bandoneón
Three CDs worth of vintage tango, from the mid 1920s to the early '40s, featuring the top composers and instrumentalists—including Adolfo Carabelli, Luis Petrucelli, and Agesilao Ferrazzano—sitting in with the Orquesta Típica Victor—the demonstration band Victor deployed to sell its records.
Give the Drummer Some, Fridays, 9 to noon (ET)
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