TONIGHT, Wednesday, February 22, from 7-10 PM ET, Bodega Pop Live on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio spins three hours of strange sounds from the Russian Federation and former USSR, including Soviet synth-driven religious pop, a bedroom project devoted entirely to the 16th century occult language Enochian, Siberian cassette-culture freak outs, a hip-hop album celebrating the life of alcoholics, and much more, from the 1980s to present. Bookmark the page and see you this evening at 7:00!
On Wednesday, February 15, Bodega Pop Live on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio celebrates the persistence of one of the most maligned yet influential pop figures of all time: Yoko Ono, who turns 84 on Saturday.
We'll hear collaborations with John Lennon from the sixties and seventies, ear-bending tracks from her solo albums (some still out of print, some recently reissued), samples, covers, and tributes from around the world.
Inspired by Michael E. Veal and E. Tammy Kim's recent collection of essays on the ethics vs. aesthetics of Sublime Frequencies, we'll spin tracks from the earliest Bishop-Mayet & Co. releases, along with tracks from pioneering collections by Parallel World, Yaala Yaala, Awesome Tapes from Africa, Sahel Sounds, Akuphone, PetPet's Tapes, and DJ /rupture.
Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen. On Wednesday, February 1, from 7-10 PM ET, Bodega Pop Live on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio will spin an ear-bending assortment of tracks from each of these seven countries.
Of all the damaging decrees the Cheeto-in-Chief has attempted to inflict on the American people, the so-called "Muslim ban," which includes a 90-day ban on entering the U.S. by anyone (including legal U.S. residents) from the seven countries listed above is the most dangerous and heinously heartless, cruel and -- let's be frank -- impeachable. (He has business ties with Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Turkey, all Muslim-majority countries, none of which are, conveniently, affected by the ban.)
Resist! Protest, call your elected officials, make whatever noise you can, do not let this unconstitutional and impeachable offense gain traction of any kind.
On Wednesday, January 25, from 7-10 PM ET, Bodega Pop Live on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio celebrates the Egyptian ثورة 25 يناير with avant-garde, punk, electronic, hip hop and more from Egypt’s January 25 Revolution Generation.
On Wednesday, January 11, Bodega Pop Live on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio will spin Hong Kong, Lao, Singaporean and Thai tracks found in Laos and Thailand along with field recordings made by your humble proprietor of street singers, Molam stars, and everyday people in Bangkok, Savannakhét, Vientiane, and Luang Prabang.
On Wednesday, December 14, from 7-10 PM ET, Bodega Pop Live on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio spins three hours of tracks from our favorite historical compilations and reissues of the year, from French punk and German electronic to Moroccan funk and Nigerian rock.
On Wednesday, December 7, from 7-10 PM ET, Bodega Pop Live on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio celebrates New York City at its noisiest, with a three-hour tour of seventies and eighties scenes from the Lower East Side to the South Bronx.
The Epiphanies column has been running in the U.K. music magazine The Wire for nearly 20 years. Each month a different writer, musician and/or academic describes a life-changing encounter with music. Last year, The Wire released a collection of 52 Epiphanies, ranging from Geeta Dayal's discovery of extremely repetitious music as a bridge between herself and her classical Indian music enthusiast parents to Matthew Collin's remembrance of Belgrade independent radio station B92 as a beacon of resistance in 1990s Serbia.
TONIGHT, from 7-10 PM ET, Bodega Pop Live on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio spins a few dozen life-changing tracks discovered over the last 20 years in bodegas and mom-and-pop run media stores from Flushing, Queens, and Oakland, California, to the Medina of Marrakesh and the banlieues of Paris.