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Joni Haastrup’s take on psychedelic Afro-rock with his Nigerian band Monomono (and later as a solo artist) is the focus of three stellar new reissues from Soundway/Tummy Touch. On today’s African Rhythms we heard a couple of tracks from those records, along with new music from Congo courtesy of Damon Albarn’s new DNC Music project pairing Western producers with contemporary Congolese musicians.

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11/17 in a nutshell…
Palemina (Smith, incidentally) gave us GotchaSKAvered with her 1978 take on Keep On Running, cut during what we at the RSST call Ska’s Lost Decade (roughly 1968-1978). We had a 4(+2)-in-a-row of ’60s Ska International, with tracks from, in order, the UK, Poland, US, Germany, and 2 more US prime cuts. Sherwood raided the annual KFAI Record Sale bins for a good chunk of his orbit (during which a cow jumped over the moon, and a dish… oh, you know the rest). The Ooh (Opening Oldies Hour) went slightly off the rails in a couple of spots, but whaddya expect in space, anyway… gravity, perhaps? Our maneuvering thrusters put us back on the tracks in short order. By the way, just what are tracks doing way out here? Hmmm…

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More flecos de flamenco (songs on the fringe of flamenco)! The October 27th show just whetted Kristina’s appetite for trillas, campanilleras, and marianas – so here they all are again, in both their original and updated versions!

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Live and Die in L.A. On this episode of Radio Pocho DJ Ren busts out a dedication to his hometown, Los Angeles.

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THE WISDOM OF JAY THUNDERBOLT
from Love + Radio

Fun show this afternoon. Interviews with both ROSIE FLORES and LOUIE PEREZ of Los Lobos were tons of fun…..they’re both cool, interesting people who know how to entertain.

PHIL HEYWOOD came by with some music and a guitar in-hand. We chatted about his upcoming performance (actually, as I’m typing this a few days later, it isn’t upcoming, it’s already happened), spun some discs, and, best of all….Phil played three songs live, in-studio.

The only new release I played this week actually isn’t a new release. WTF, you say? Well, it’s a new release of old, familiar and great tunes. The Concord Label just released a 5-set collection by RAY CHARLES entitled “Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles. I’m thinking possible holiday gift here.

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