Saturday, June 15, 2019

Audible Empire


On Wednesday, June 19, from 7:00-10:00 PM EDT, Bodega Pop Live on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio explores the global impact of genre and instrumentation, inspired by Ronald Radano & Tejumola Olaniyan's Audible Empire: Music, Global Politics, Critique. We'll hear groovy 60s Mando- and Cantopop classics, early African synthpop, Burmese, Arabic, and Ethiopian piano works, and much more.

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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Radio Mogadishu


Three hours of heart-stoppingly great balwo, funk, pop, qaraabi, soul and more from Somalia. 

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Mike and Tsoi


Music by Mikhail (Mike) Naumenko and Viktor Tsoi, who led two of Soviet Russia's greatest bands: Zoopark and Kino, respectively.

We spun the songs they're best known for, as well as deep cuts, an early house concert (see pic above), acoustic versions, tribute covers, and more. 

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Sunday, May 26, 2019

1966


On Wednesday, May 29, Bodega Pop Live on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio spins three hours of boogaloo, pop, surf, bossa nova, psychedelic, folk, field recordings, ska, and more, all recorded in the year the decade exploded

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Revenge of the Japanese She-Punks 1979-89


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By the time Shonen Knife were passing around the 50 copies of their self-released cassette demo, Everybody Happy (1982), Japanese all-girl and female-fronted acts had already left a series of deep and lasting marks on the archipelago’s punk scene. The short list would have to include Aunt Sally’s pioneering Aunt Sally (1979) and lead singer Phew’s bold leap forward Phew (1981), as well as Plastics’ B52’s-inspired Welcome Plastics (1979), Noise’s brilliantly stripped-down Emperor (1980), Tolerance’s darkly futuristic, proto-EDM Divin and Mizutama Shobodan’s sublime Maiden’s Prayer Da Da Da! (both 1981), and probably the greatest Japanese post-punk record of them all, Saboten’s Floor (1982).

Germany fell in love with Phew—her self-titled debut was engineered by Conny Plank; Holger Czukay and Jaki Liebezeit from Can provided the bounce and beat—and she later collaborated with DAF’s Chrislo Haas, Einstürzende Neubauten’s Alexander Hacke, and Rabotti’s Thomas Stern.

America fell for Shonen Knife: the U.S. release of Burning Farm and Pretty Little Baka Guy were on regular rotation at the San Francisco branch of Tower Records the whole year and change I worked there in the late eighties. I left Tower just before the tribute Every Band Has A Shonen Knife Who Loves Them dropped; I’m guessing it was even more popular among the staff.

From our vantage point back then, Shonen Knife was Japanese punk. No doubt there were a handful of savvy music obsessives flying over the Pacific to hunt down the Vanity Records catalog with Friction and the Stalin blasting through their Walkman headphones. But for most of us, it was Shonen Knife. Because, first, that’s who got picked up here. And, yes, their poetically kooky English-language lyrics were charming. And, in their way, very late eighties.

Throughout the 1980s, Japanese punk proliferated, mutating into its inevitable offshoots (hardcore, new and no wave, minimal synth, post-punk, avant-pop), and women spearheaded several of the decade’s era-defining forces: After Dinner, C. Memi, the Comes, Go-Bangs, G-Schmitt, Kadorie, Katra Turana, Nurse, Rap. That’s just a handful of artists, but a good number compared to the previous decade in Japan, where women were mostly absent among the country’s psychedelic-era history makers. 

What caused the shift? Punk’s D.I.Y. ethos certainly had an impact. The Runaways were big enough in Japan to warrant a 1977 visit; they must have inspired some women to pick up a guitar, drumsticks, or a microphone. Some say it was Shonen Knife’s example that led to a surge in female-forward acts—Naoko and Atsuko showed that women could make their own music, their own way, and become popular overseas doing it. 

But, then, so did Phew.

Tune in this Wednesday, May 21, from 7-10 PM EDT, when Bodega Pop Live on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio spins classic, deep, and rare eighties cuts by some four dozen Japanese she-punks.

Listen to the show now in the archives!


Saturday, May 11, 2019

Oum Kalthoum & Her Rivals


A celebration of the enduring legacy of Oum Kalthoum with a three-hour throwdown pitting the Voice of Egypt against her biggest competition: Asmahan (pictured above) and Leila Mourad

Featuring super-rare tracks and 2 dozen related photographs from the period. 

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

VISIONARIES


WHO: The Dark Wizard. The Sun of Latin Music. The inventive scholar/composer. The late underground innovator. The son of the world's greatest living voice. The arranger who changed everything.

WHAT: Six legends from Cameroon, France, Lebanon, Jamaica, Japan, and the USA

WHEN:
Anytime


WHERE:
Bodega Pop Live on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio archives


WHY:
Listen now to find out!

Sunday, April 28, 2019

HIP HOP AFRICA


Pioneering, exploratory, conscious, leftfield, new and old school tracks straight outta Abidjan, Bamako, Cairo, Dakar, Fès, and beyond.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

BORN BAD


An island of infidels, a city so bad the world tore it in two, a reviled industry, an iconoclastic label, the country leading the rest of us in violent crimes, and the borough with the meanest streets.

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

SXSE | 21st Century Sounds from South and Southeast Asia


Psychedelic bedroom recordings, dark ambient electronic, experimental conscious hip hop, riot grrrl lo-fi noise, and other 21st Century sounds from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Zambia | Zanzibar | Zimbabwe


Three thrill-packed hours of field recordings, fuzzed-out garage & psychedelic rock, mbira, taraab, and more

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Golden Era: Australia


Aboriginal hip hop, Aussie postpunk, Avalanches rarities & remixes, indigenous country & blues, and electronica, experimental, prog, psych, and fuzz from down under.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Divas vs. Queens


The diva of disco-funk laika; NYC's downtown music queen; Myanmar hip-hop's No. 1 diva; the Punjab's queen of classical; Lebanon's Diva of Music; Belgium's 80s electro-pop queen

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Arab Spring


Celebrate the Vernal Equinox with three hours of our hardest-rocking tracks from North Africa and the Middle East. 



Tuesday, March 12, 2019

HEAD TO HEAD HIPPIES! w/Uncle Michael


Bodega proprietor Gary goes Hippie Head-to-Head with Hinky Dinky Time's Uncle Michael in a battle of "whoa, epic" proportions for WEEK TWO of WFMU's 2019 FUNDRAISING MARATHON!

We'll be giving away 9 thrilling CD and LP prizes, including some mind-expanding Latin psychedlic, African space music, and southeast Asian scorchers!



Everyone who pledges $75 can choose to receive a copy of Bodega Pop Live Presents: BACK IN THE USSR: Soviet Rock + Underground, 1971-1990, a collection of 20 hand-picked tracks by state-approved rock groups and scofflaw miscreants from my massive personal super-posse of action-packed thrills from everybody's favorite 20th century empire!


Monday, March 4, 2019

The Voice | WFMU Marathon Week 1 w/Dan Bodah


Bodega Pop Live on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio welcomes co-host Dan Bodah for WEEK ONE of WFMU's 2019 FUNDRAISING MARATHON

We'll be giving away 9 thrilling CD and LP prizes, including some ear-searing Thai morlam & pop, mind-altering Egyptian electronica, trippy Tibetan field recordings, and some guitar-forward north African rock. Oh, and a brilliant soundtrack by Serge Gainsbourg, too.



Everyone who pledges $75 can choose to receive a copy of Bodega Pop Live Presents: BACK IN THE USSR: Soviet Rock + Underground, 1971-1990, a collection of 20 hand-picked tracks by state-approved rock groups and scofflaw miscreants from my massive personal super-posse of action-packed thrills from everybody's favorite 20th century empire!


Thursday, February 21, 2019

The Only Language We Shared Were the Names of Our Favorite Artists


Music found in Amsterdam, Bangkok, Geneva, Luang Prabang, Kyoto, Marrakesh, Montréal, Paris, Quebec City, Tokyo, and Vientiane.

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Friday, February 8, 2019

You walk into a bodega, talk with a guy maybe 20-30 minutes, walk out with a bag of grime-encrusted CDs or cassettes, one or two of which may change your life


Some of our favorite music found in bodegas and immigrant-run media stores in New York City, Washington DC, Paterson, Berkeley, Portland, Seattle, Fort Worth, Montreal, Paris, Dallas, London, and beyond

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Woman Is the Future of Man


Tracks by half a dozen 21st Century artists: Midori, Aicha Maya, Wunmi, Juana Molina, Peaches, and M.I.A.


Monday, January 28, 2019

Venezuela


Venezualan psychedelic, folk, hip-hop, joropo, electronic, pop, experimental, field recordings, post-rock, twee & more

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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Araby


Three hours of scorchers from Oman, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Iraq, Lebanon, and beyond

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Solid Foudation


This special show celebrates our dear friend and neighbor Melissa's milestone birthday. Melissa has delighted us with so many insanely beautiful and delicious baked goods over the years, we figured the least we could do was to provide her with a mix to mix her dough & batter by. A long-time lover of reggae, we hope she finds this special birthday program focused on Jamaican sounds inspiring


Tuesday, January 1, 2019

MOTHERLAND


Field recordings and traditional sounds from Africa, from the early/mid-20th century to the 21st

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