Taking our cues from four recent reads -- Hisham D Aidi's Rebel Music; Sunaina Maira's Jil Oslo: Palestinian Hip Hop; Daniel J. Gilman's Cairo Pop; and Burkhalter, Dickinson & Harbert's The Arab Avant-Garde -- Bodega Pop Live on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio spun 3 hours of ridiculously awesome cutting edge cuts from north Africa to the middle east. Thrill to the latest in oriental glam, Egyptronica, spectral microtonalities, musiqa mu'asira, extreme metal, hyperpoliticized polylinguistic hip-hop, electro chaabi and more. Listen to the show now in the archives
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.