Give the Drummer Some's
Favorite Downloads from the MP3 Blogosphere
Tune in to WFMU this Friday (9-noon, EST) for the final over-the-air broadcast of my radio show, Give the Drummer Some. After 23+ years, the program is leaving WFMU's airwaves, but it's not leaving WFMU. Beginning in a few weeks, Give the Drummer Some will be webcast live—Fridays, 9-noon—on the new STREAMING THE AUDIO MOTHERLODE, which will be launching presently. To be kept up-to-date on all developments with the show and the new 24/7 web stream, please join my mailing list. I will continue posting Mining the Audio Motherlode in this space, though I may miss a few weeks next month during the big move to Pittsburgh. — Doug Schulkind
Twangs for the Memories
Not too long ago, serious lovers of esoteric post-war Country & Western tunes found themselves addicted to an eccentric discography/zine out of Middlesex, UK, called "The Hillbilly Researcher." Though the print version is defunct, HR has surfaced online in the form of a magnificent blog posting dusty old 78s from long-lost artists and labels. To transport yourself to this magical land where rare treasures pop up faster than mesquite on the chaparral, just click your boot heels together (and then click here: Hillbilly-Researcher).
Tom Cora ~ "Gumption in Limbo"
(Blog: Killed in Cars)
How Cello Can You Go
Hard to imagine that this work of genius is twenty years old. The name of this record comes from the title—"Gumption in Limbo (The Four-Limbed Approach)"—Cora had given to a piece he performed at one of his earliest live solo concerts, in 1986. Stunning stuff.
Misak Nakarat ~ "Taek Dang Phlo"
From the album: Klua Thammai Chon (mp3)
From Peter at Monrakplengthai: "Misak helped introduce rock'n'roll music to Thailand. It's said that his comic delivery smoothed the edges of what was considered a racy and aggressive new genre, making it more accessible to Thai audiences of the time."
Various ~ "Calypso Ladies"
(Blog: The Sly Mongoose)
To All the Girls I've Loved Before
When I first spied this disc on a record store shelf years ago, I thought "Eureka!" Here, finally, is a collection of great women calypsonians! Sadly, it's only a collection of songs about the ladies. Troubadouring in Trinidad and Tobago has been an exclusively patriarchal affair (at least up until Calypso Rose's debut in the mid-1960s). Bear Family's essential 10-CD box West Indian Rhythm: Calypso 1938-1940 doesn't contain a single track by a female performer!
Roze ~ "Acorde"
(Blog: Sonho de Vinil)
From the album: Urubus e Poentes (mp3)
By Any Other Name
"My song is uterine," says this Bahian folk empress. "My throat only allows the passage of that voice that screams, moans, and sings in me. I sing it in the navel." (via Google Translate)
Listen for music from these and other incredible finds on
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