Seeing another year out in rub-a-dub stylee… From Ghetto Priest’s Auld Lang Syne/Slave’s Lament versions (from the rare ON-U Sound single), to the brand new Inna Steppa Dub from Improvisators meet Iration Steppas, to the modern-meets-ancient sounds of Jah Wobble’s new Chinese Dub album (on 30Hertz), it was quite an irie party.
I found 55 records in 2008 that I thought were worth noting. 55 records—not just one or two songs, but the whole record was worthwhile. I got to 30 of them on this show, including some requests like Blitzen Trapper (thanks, Dan Haugen!). Then I tuned in to Dart Gun Radio later that night, and heard Abbi proclaim there weren’t many records that came out in ’08 that were worth anything, but she was going to dig up a couple. I had to smile. Check out the playlist and see if the ones you thought mattered in ’08 turned up this Tuesday morning.
New releases highlighted this week (noted by an asterisk * in the playlist) include Lila Downs’ Shake Away, Heiruspecs’ self-titled CD and the Soundtrack to the movie Cadillac Records featuring performances by singers turned actors Mos Def Beyonce and actor turned singer, Jeffrey Wright. The vinyl feature was the Temptations’ Wings of Love. Also, a musical goodbye to former major league baseball pitcher Dock Ellis who died a few weeks ago. Chuck Brodsky’s Dock Ellis’ No-No is a fun song. I recommend reading Donald Hall’s book, Dock Ellis in the Country of Baseball to get a unique viewpoint on an interesting athlete and social observer of his times 1960’s thru 80’s.
Today we listened the South Indian violin duo, Krshnan and Vijaya Lalgudi. It was the first part of a live concert for the Indian Music Society of Minnesota. The concert was from 30 March, 2008 and was recorded and edited by Dan Rein.
The second hour began with music from the Kings of Polka from Finland (Go). The group included Anti Jarvela, known for his work with Frigg and JPP. That was followed by classical music from Sunda (World Music Library), and then the Turkish gypsy group, the Barbaros Erkose Ensemble (Golden Horn Records), followed by Breton singer, Erik Marchand and Les Balkaniks (Chante du Monde), Then a track from local string man, Greg Herriges off of his latest recording, Telluric Currents (New Folk Records), then music from La Musgana of Spain (Mad River0, then a track from Donegal fiddler, Frank Cassidy, followed by the Kanaks of New Caledonia in the South Pacific (Le Chante du Monde), then Irish flute player Harry Bradley (Outlet), and the show was finished off with German folk rock group, Ougenweide (Bear).