Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Koreas, real and imagined.

Tonight from 7-10 PM ET, Bodega Pop Live on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio spins North and South Korean tracks, from the 1960s to today.

Bookmark the page and see you at 7 PM tonight!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Crazy Love

This Valentine's Day, Wednesday, Feb 14, from 7-10 PM ET, Bodega Pop Live on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio spins tracks by six of our favorite fools for love: Abdel Halim Hafez, Aiha Higurashi, Serge Gainsbourg, Googoosh, Daniel Johnston, and La Lupe.

Bookmark the page and see you Wednesday night!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Man Who Recorded the World

On Wednesday, February 6, Pop Live on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio celebrated recorder / compiler extraordinaire Alan Lomax, who would have been 103 last Wednesday. (Due to illness, we were unable to broadcast this show the week of his actual birthday, January 31.)

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Help! Google / SEO / Net Neutrality experts ...

I have never seen a drop like this in audience and I'm not doing anything differently here on my blog. Yet, the traffic suddenly swan-dived to about 200 per day, the lowest since I started blogging in 2010. 

Presumably, a minor adjustment / correction wouldn't result in such a radical and immediate shift like this -- what should I be on the lookout for? Is Google penalizing me specifically? Was there a major update in mid-January?

Tuesday, January 23, 2018


On Wednesday, January 24, Bodega Pop Live on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio spun rare 60s, 70s, and 80s pop, voodoo drums, field recordings, and more from the Haitian half of Hispaniola. 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Party Hearty, Françoise Hardy

France’s greatest living pop artist turns 74 today! 

From 7-9 PM on Bodega Pop Live (WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio) we’ll celebrate with collaborations, cover versions, deconstructions, deep cuts, hits, homages, mashups, samples, and translations spanning the singer-songwriter’s 50+ year career. 

From 9-10 PM we'll focus in on tracks penned and performed by Hardy herself, from her 1962 debut to her final album of the seventies, Musique Saoule (1978). 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Radio Lima

Afro-Peruvian, avant-garde, boogaloo, chicha, exotica, huayno, indigenous, post-punk, psychedelic, and more

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Sophisticated Ladies

On Wednesday, January 3, we spun tracks by six worldly women, from the U.S., Japan, Egypt, Poland, Turkey, and Korea.

Listen to the show in the archives

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Cambodian vocal-only cassette

It was cold today. Not New York cold. Minneapolis cold. It's 11 degrees as I type this, warmed by a hissing radiator and the voice - the virtually naked, unmanipulated voice - of (presumably) the woman pictured on the cover of this cassette I found several hours earlier at Battambang Market II in the Bronx.

It's a remarkable recording. Six of its eight tracks consist of nothing but this woman singing, sans accompaniment of any kind. The other two tracks - each side's last - are traditional Khmer instrumentals. 

There aren't any albums I can think of that feature just a solo voice, unmediated (save, in this instance, for bit of reverb or room echo). I can think of a couple that feature one person's voice multitracked a number of times over itself (e.g., Japanese beatboxer Dokaka's Human Interface).

I love overlay, generally; but this cassette is something entirely different. There's a bit of reverb. Otherwise, it's just this voice. Singing, lamenting, pleading. Breathing. You can hear her breathe in between every. Single. Phrase. 

It's otherworldly. I picked up a number of other things at Battambang today, but this was just so uniquely beautiful, I had to share it with you before anything else.

Happy New Year.

Link to recording in comments.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Lost Lost Lost | Special 5-hour show

Inspired by Jonas Mekas's multi-hour, epic home movie, we presented a very personal, five-hour sonic collage-memory of two decades of music collecting in New York’s slowly disappearing immigrant-owned bodegas and media stores