Sandra Velasquez of Pistolera We are excited and happy to feature Sandra Velasquez, lead singer of the Brooklyn based band Pistolera. She joins us to talk about their new album El Desierto y la Ciudad and also provides a guest DJ set with music from Gil Scott Heron, Pink Floyd, Manu Chao, and Los Hermanos Flores.
DJ Miguel Vargas and DJ Ren hit you up with some electro cumbia by DJ Lengua and Sidesteppers as well as the always mandatory The Smiths. Additional music from Funkadelic, Al McCall, Victor Jara, Los Gatos, and Aretha Franklin.
Tonight we debuted the excellent new Durban Chamber album from Dubsalon; some heavy Alpha Steppa dubplates; and a very cool new EP from Andreia Dacal (on Fresh Poulp). On top of this we featured The Dub Zone Mix #102 “4 Corners of Dub”, and highlighted some of the artists at the 2011 Bayfront Reggae and World Music Fest – including Nkulee Dube, Taj Weekes & Adowa, and Steel Pulse. Finally, in the final hour DJ Baby Swiss put together a fun all-Japan mix featuring: Tsuyoshi Kawakami & his Moodmakers, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, Sugar Plant, Perfume, Mantis, Haruomi Hosono, Capsule, and Flare (a.k.a. Ken Ishii).
We were joined by filmmakers David Burton Morris and Victoria Wozniak in the 11:00 hour. Their film, Purple Haze, is showing as part of the Walker’s Made in MN series, and it celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. There are great scenes and shots of Minneapolis locations, including an iconic shot of the West Bank. The film was also groundbreaking in its use of music—music is really a character in the film. We learned their first film, Loose Ends, is not available to anyone to view, sadly. Purple Haze won the Sundance best film prize, so it would be neat to see the couple’s first film. We also heard new music from Seun Kuti Egypt 80, Old 97s, and Eliza Gilkyson.