WFMU's Cheyenne Hohman and a team of volunteers has just finished the heroic task of organizing more than 17,000 music files of live performances at the station ... and on Wednesday, August 26, Bodega Pop Live on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio listened to some of our favorite moments. Catch blistering performances by punks from the Czech Republic and China, rappers from Ghana, Japanese and European avant-gardists, divas from Mauritania, and much, much more! Listen to the show now in the archives
Nearly a dozen rare, uncomped, never-before-aired grooves by Iran's Daughter, Googoosh; a set of rollicking rollercoaster riffs by Italy's greatest living belter, Mina; Lata Mangeshkar tracks that will unthread your eyebrows; and more ... a three-hour celebration of a select few of the world's greatest living female pop icons at their most pop icon-y. It's not about you ... it's all about them. Listen to the show now in the archives
Last week I made one of the single biggest CD discoveries
I've ever made -- and I've been bodega diving for nearly two decades. At
Thai-Cam Video in Portland, Oregon, I found, in a box that had been scootched
beneath shelving and nearly hidden from the eye, more than 50 Cambodian CDs,
all from the 1990s. Then add to that the dozen or so Thai and Lao recordings
from the 1980s - present I plucked later that week from a couple of Lao
groceries outside of Fort Worth, Texas.
Now, on Bodega Pop Live you can hear three hours of super-rare Cambodian synth pop,
switched-on Morlam Lao, electronic luk thung from Thailand, and a couple of
largely forgotten gems from the 1960s and 70s, most of it never before played
on any English-language radio station, not even WFMU.
Yes, I've been neglecting the bodega. To make it up to you, how about a genuinely thrilling six volume set of French femme-pop from the 1960s? Hear a couple of tracks in Bodega Pop Live's WFMU / Give the Drummer Radio show, here.
On Wednesday, July 15, Bodega Pop Live on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio celebrated Cassette Culture! We explored some of the best -- and strangest -- the medium has to offer, from forgotten post-revolution Iranian songbirds to Japanese and American tape experiments of the 1980s and '90s to obscure Brazilian punk, New Jersey Hardcore and Moroccan rock and roll. Listen to the show in the archives
On Wednesday, Jun 8, Bodega Pop Live on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio celebrated Bastille Day half-a-dozen days early with a three-hour selection of music from la République française. Inspired by Jonathyne Briggs' recent book on postwar popular music, SOUNDS FRENCH, we explored early French rock, psychedelic, punk, hip hop from the banlieues, raï from the Algerian diaspora, and choice new tracks from the contemporary French underground. Listen to the archived show now
Hurry! Grab it right now, right here Uh ... do I even need to ... well ... [cough] ... YES, Mr. or Ms. Smartypants, the music most certainly DOES live up to that admittedly very, very special cover. You're looking at Sidney, aka Rap Ninja, Ghana's most controversial hiplife artist, a man who recently changed his name, speaking of man, to "Man" ("Barima" means "Man" in Twi). This super-delicious offering was plucked from a Ghanian bodega at 96-07 57th Avenue in Lefrak City, Queens. Along with a number of other seriously delightful things that, if you're nice, I'll consider sharing in the days and weeks to come. ...