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

Tuesday, December 19, 2017


On Wednesday, December 20, we celebrated America's favorite 70s lite pop duo with a chronological throw-down of covers, deconstructions, deep cuts, hits, mashups, samples, strip-downs, and more, from Downey, Calif., to Manila, Osaka, and Phnom Penh.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Looking Back on Looking Back in 2017

On December 13, we spun tracks from some three dozen international reissues and historical compilations released this year, from selections of Arabic and Turkish electronica to a 21st century deconstruction of a watershed moment in Brazilian pop history, to an exhaustive overview of Zamrock, and more ...

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Esengül ‎| Gizli Yaram

[UPDATE: New link in comments]

This remarkable woman was born Ağan Esen in 1954 in Istanbul, began her career working in casinos in Ankara, Istanbul, and Izmir, and died in a car accident near Ataköy. 

Whether it really was an accident is up for debate, however; Adil at Uludag Video in Brooklyn, where I picked this delicious cassette up last weekend, assured me that Esengül was rubbed out by the mob. She had, less than three weeks prior, witnessed the owner and a waitress in a casino where she was gigging assassinated.

Esengül was 24 years old. Her voice sounds much, much more seasoned. You can hear a different sent of tracks by her in this week's Bodega Pop Live broadcast, here.

Link to DL in the comments.

What do you think? I'd love to hear from you ...

Monday, December 4, 2017

Strange Angels

On December 6, Bodega Pop Live spun the Biafran godfather of Nigerian rock, a Turkish casino star cut down by the mob at age 24, the flattest singer in ultra-vertical Hong Kong, Burma’s psychedelic synth-pop answer to yacht rock, the Pakistani ingénue who brought Bollywood to its knees, and the Russian studio producer who secretly recorded the most psychedelic bedroom tapes of all time.

Listen to the show in the archives