Friday, July 18, 2014

Hopeful Melody

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Propelling ritual and identity, rhythm is the musical staple food of Africa. What of melody?

Whether the product of voices in English, French, or a thousand tribal dialects, the breath through a horn or flute, or a plucked kora, it is melody that tells the true stories of struggle, liberation, celebration and despair so contrasting on the continent.

This episode weaves melody over, through and around rhythms from Addis Ababa to Cape Town and includes these tracks:Download (right click and save) | Subscribe to all episodes | Subscribe in iTunes

Monday, July 07, 2014

All of the music in this episode was recorded before 1984, some as early as 1978, and ties many experimental strands together as it firmly establishes the foundation of the "No Wave" movement (which sprang from the art scene in downtown New York City).

The roots of this musical family tree spread all the way back to the underground music scene of mid-60s London, to bands like Soft Machine and Gong (members of which feature in the episode). In fact, perusing the lineups of those two groups in particular, one is led to artistic endeavours as diverse (and important in their own ways) as Manfred Mann, The Police, Sonic Youth, Carla Bley, jazz fusion, prog rock, ambient noise and countless others. This is music that influenced - and influences - high and low art from the late 20st century through today. Dig deeper, starting with the artists here. Whether you move forward or back in time from them, you will be astounded by the scope of the reach and impact.

Much of the music in this episode is truly of the "timeless" variety. An overused word, for sure, but rather than stretch for synonyms, let's call it what it is. Whether it is recording techniques, instrumentation, or composition, a significant portion of the songs in this mix could have been recorded today. Or 35 years ago.

This is what the future used to sound like.

Process / Motion - Material
Materialism - New York Gong
Panther Burn - Curlew
America Is Waiting - Brian Eno and David Byrne
Conversations With White Arc - Fred Frith
Shadow to Shadow - Kip Hanrahan
Reduction - Material
Square Dance - Material
Fastfather - Daevid Allen
Lizard Point - Brian Eno
I'm Sorry, I'm Such a Weenie - Jill Kroesen
Gate - Massacre
Filter - Elliot Sharp

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Monday, June 30, 2014

David Crosby

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David Crosby is a stone cold hippy. He didn't go Hollywood, he went the other way around when he left the Byrds and their LA scene for the Bay Area. He lived on his boat in Sausalito while he took enormous quantities of drugs, hung with the Dead and the Airplane, and wrote, co-wrote, sang and played on some phenomenal music in the late sixties and early seventies...the free love, guns, dope, jail time, reunion tours, good and bad records, environmentalism, sperm donation...it all adds up to an interesting cat who still talks like an idealist. Outraged, but hopeful...

One of my favorite records has long been his solo debut, If I Could Only Remember My Name. I've owned it at least three times: LP, original CD issue and the Deluxe Edition. It's just one of those albums...recorded during a collaborative and fertile time in the Bay Area, with members of the various bands all dropping by each other's sessions and playing on each other's projects, in what came to be known as the Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra.

An episode devoted to this music and Cros's career seems in order...Playlist will be posted in a subsequent update...

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Tend Your Garden

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Music calls and is a calling. It calls to rejoice, to resist, to praise and to devotion, to think and also to contemplate. It calls for dedication, diligence and sacrifice.

In this episode, the call goes out and is answered by musicians from Iran, Ethiopia, Cuba and Jamaica. What are they hearing? What are they compelled to do? What are they asking of the listener?

The Tryst: Azam Ali
Pay Dar Doran - Memory Of Cycles: Madjid Khaladj
Tchela Atbelegn: Asnaqetch Wergu
Tezeta: Seyfou Yohannes
Ene Negn Bay Manesh: Girma Beyene
Soy Campesino: Ska Cubano
12 Tribes of Israel [Extended]: Linval Thompson
Uncle George: Steel Pulse
Majority Rules: Jimmy Cliff
No Call Dread Name: The Itals
Congoman: The Congos
I Man: Herman Chin-Loy
Much Smarter: The Meditations
Reggay Train Dub: Cornel Campbell & the Aggrovators

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

El Saber es Fuerza

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Latin rhythm and melody make up some of the most consistently adaptable yet resilient and recognizable music around. Diverse, too. You cannot talk about post-WWII culture or politics in the Americas without reckoning with Latin music and musicians. This is barely a start...El Saber es Fuerza playlist details:
  1. Fio Maravilha - Jorge Ben & Toquinho
  2. Sufoco - Alcione
  3. Amor de Loca Juventud - Buena Vista Social Club
  4. La Vie - Manu Chao
  5. MAW Latin Blues - Nuyorican Soul
  6. Sarau Para Ramadés - Paulinho de Viola
  7. Um Canto De Afoxé Para O Bloco De Ile - Caetano Veloso
  8. Chaos In The Heat [Last Transmission] - Bill Laswell
  9. Dame un Cachito Pa'Huele - Marc Ribot Y Los Cubanos Postizos
  10. Cicuta Tibia - Cubanismo
  11. He Perdido Contigo - Omar Portuondo
  12. Só Quero Um Xodó - Gilberto Gil
  13. Latin Simone - Gorillaz
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Monday, June 09, 2014

Fire Before Cool

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What's in a name? In this case, reality. We start with a Jamaican soul-dub scorcher from Wackie's Rhythm Force and it gets hotter from there...but we won't let you burn...this set wraps up on a cool note with Nubian oud master musician, Hamza El Din. Playlist detail:
  1. You I Love Dub- Wackie's Rhythm Force - African Roots, Act 3
  2. La Rebellion - Orchestra Baobob - Pirates Choice
  3. This Land is for Everyone - Abyssinians - Arise
  4. Gone A Country - Everton Blender - King Man
  5. We Need Love - Johnny Osbourne - Mojo: Studio One Selector
  6. Get Ready (12" Mix) - Delroy Wilson - Darker than Blue
  7. Follow Marcus Garvey - Burning Spear - Hail H.I.M.
  8. Fittest of the Fit Dub - King Tubby - Dub Chill Out
  9. Mr. Joe (Mojo Rocksteady) - Dub Specialist - 17 Dub Shots from Studio One
  10. Hotter Fire - The Observers - Trojan Dub Rarities Box Set
  11. Before Summer Rain - Sanjay Mishra - Blue Incantation
  12. A Wish - Hamza El Din - A Wish
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Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Dervish's Side of the Moon

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Pink Floyd's classic The Dark Side of the Moon stands up to all comers: a capella vocals groups, Rastafarians, jazz quartets, prog rockers, club kids, jam bands and even string quartets. The proof is in this episode of the Burning Dervish podcast...

Featuring performances by Vocomotion, Easy Star All-Stars, Rick Wakeman, John Wetton, Vitamin String Quartet, Phish and others. 

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Tuesday, May 06, 2014

31 Union Square West at the corner of East 16th Street. Bank of the Metropolis.McCoy Tyner Trio
Metropolis Cafe
New York, NY
6-May-1994
Early and Late Show


McCoy Tyner - Piano
Avery Sharpe - Bass
Aaron Scott - Drums

Disc 1
Set I
01 My Romance (11:24)
02 The Seeker (16:57)
03 My Foolish Heart (06:19)
04 (12:28)
05 Blue Monk (10:12)
06 Giant Steps (05:10)
07 In A Mellow Tone (05:33)

Disc 2
01 (11:41)

Set II
02 Update (09.37)
03 I Should Care (06:34)
04 (11:47)
05 (08:47)
06 (20:00)

Disc 3
01 (13:22)
02 Fly With The Wind (15:19)


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