Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Looking Back on Looking Back in 2021 | 7-10 PM EST

TONIGHT on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio, we spin three hours of tracks from some of our favorite 2021 reissues and historical compilations.

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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Yegor & Yanka | 7-10 PM EST


TONIGHT on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio, Bodega Pop spins deconstructions and tributes, deep cuts and favorites by Soviet-era Siberian legends Yegor Letov (leader of Grazhdanskaya Oborona) and Yanka Dyagileva.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Baligh Cafe | 7-10 PM EST


TONIGHT 7-10 PM EST: Drawing in part from CDs found on a recent trip to Paterson, NJ, we salute this (very real) cafe's titular composer with our second three-hour tribute. (Hear our first, from 2016, here.)

Wednesday, November 24, 2021



TONIGHT on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio, Bodega Pop spins Brazilian punk, protest, funk, samba, hip-hop, electronic, tropicalia, folk, disco, bossa nova, underground, lo-fi, capoeira, and pop sounds

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Guitar Hero: Mauritania | Western Sahara | Mali | Niger

Tonight from 7-10 PM EST on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio, Bodega Pop spins three hours of shred-heavy Saharan guitar-forward tracks

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Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Os Mutantes | 7-10 PM EST


Tonight on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio, we focus on the greatest Brazilian rock band of all time, spinning hits, deep cuts, solo outings, side projects, samples, covers

Wednesday, November 3, 2021



Tonight on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio, Bodega Pop spins three hours of Japanese hardcore, rockabilly, punk, and retro sounds.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

On the DL: Music Blogs, Yesterday and Today


Join us tonight from 7-10 PM EDT on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio for this very special program!

Tim Abdullah (Moroccan Tape Stash), Peter Doolan (Monrakplengthai), and WFMU’s Doug Schulkind (Give the Drummer Some, Mining the Audio Motherlode) join us for a celebration of the audio-centric download weblog, the death of which has been pronounced countless times over the last decade-and-change. We’ll talk (and play tracks from) pioneers, GOATs, influencers, guilty pleasures and buried treasures—as well as the sustainability of the medium post-Bandcamp, -Spotify, and -reissue culture.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Arabic Singles Going Steady | 7-10 ET PM Tonight


Every October, WFMU conducts its Year End fund drive. And the third week of every October, WFMU DJs participate in Singles Going Steady Week, a 7-day celebration of those little records with the big holes.

This year, for the first time ever, we'll be spinning Arabic 45s. Hear rare tracks by artists from Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Somalia, and Syria tonight from 7-10 PM EDT.

Stop by, give a listen, and say hello. If you can, throw a bit of cash our way to keep this great station on air and online 24/7, just for you.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Psychedelic Man | 7-10 PM EDT


Is Psychedelic Man performing a genre? A period-style? A sensibility or feeling? Or does he simply represent a state of being? Find out tonight from 7-10 PM EDT on Bodega Pop on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

It's a Small World (Millie Small)


TONIGHT, from 7-10 PM EDT, Bodega Pop on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio celebrates Jamaica's first international superstar with hits, deep cuts, mashups, covers, and deconstructions.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Radio Douala | 7-10 PM EDT

TONIGHT on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio, Bodega Pop spins Cameroonian bikutsi, funk, disco, bend-skin, hip hop, makossa, and more.


Wednesday, September 22, 2021



Tonight on WFMU's Give the Drummer: Psychic emanations from Benin City to Ramallah. Who's Zoomin' Who?

Wednesday, September 15, 2021



Tonight on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio, we share sonic emanations from Afghanistan to the banlieue. Feelings without name.

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Groupe Ouled Chtiwi | Sawt al Ochat cassette


This morning's offering is what Moroccan Tape Stash's Tim Abdellah (HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TIM!!!) describes as "cassette-era chaabi, heavy on the aita." I found this, along with dozens of other cassettes I have yet to share, at Naseem Meat Market & Grocery on Steinway Street here in beautiful Astoria. The store has long since closed and reopened under new ownership with a new name, but I owe a quarter to a third of my cassette collection to that place, a goldmine back in the day.

Not wanting to bother the aforementioned Tim, I made an attempt to identify, transliterate, and (when possible) translate all of the tracks using Google translate, but it was ultimately a mystery as the number of titles on the cover didn't seem to correspond to what I was seeing and hearing in Audacity.

I gave in and sent the files to Tim, who realized that part of the problem is that the track order appears to be flipped. I've updated them in the metadata and now offer the FLAC files to you, dear visitor, for your listening pleasure.

Here is Tim's corrected transliteration/translation/order and notes on tracks 2-5:

Groupe Ouled Chtiwi مجموعة اولاد الشتيوي

Sawt al Ochak cassette صوط العشاق

1) Al Ghorba (Alienation) الغربة
2) Ana Lghram (Me and Lovesickness) انا الغرام
3) Kachkoul Aswaken (Medley: The Residents)  كشكول السواكن

4) Jaaidan - Al Halga - Al Ghaba (جعيدان -الحلگة - الغابة)
5) (Taarida)


Track 2: Your translation of "Ana Lghram" is correct for title as written. But listening to the vocals he says "ana w lghram, ma3andi tbib ana", which means something like "me and lovesickness, i have no doctor, me". So I would go with "Me and Lovesickness" for the translation.

Track 3: I didn't know the term "kachkoul" before, which Google translates as "notebook" or "patchwork". But looking around on YouTube, I get the idea that in a musical context it means something like a medley. The track is definitely related to Swaken - it's a term used in Aita that means "residents", in the sense of those possessor spirits whose residence in bodies manifests during trance.

Track 4: The terms Jaaidan and Halga are new to me. They appear to be Aita pieces, and I found different versions of them on YouTube that sound like parts of this long medley. I do know Al Ghaba (the forest), which is a well-known chaabi/aita song but I don't hear it in Track 4 or Track 5.

Track 5: This seems like just a filler instrumental to run out the tape. I usually label these "Taarida", which is a term used for formulaic musical instrumentals, and it literally means "making wider", or "stretching out". So I used that here for Track 5 title.

It's a terrific ride. As often is the case, massive thanks to Tim! Link in the comments.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Chinatowns | 7-10 PM EDT


On tonight's show, we'll share a diversity of sounds found in disparate Chinatowns, from New York City to Bangkok.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Brain 1972 | 7-10 PM EDT


Tonight on Bodega Pop, we spin tracks from the first year of Bruno Wendel and Günter Körber's legendary Hamburg-based krautrock-forward label

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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Polnareff | 7-10 PM EDT


Inspired by a recent article by Richard Metzger, we take a deep dive into Michel Polarneff's work and influence. HT to Tim Abdellah for pointing us to the article.

Wednesday, August 11, 2021



TONIGHT on WFMU'S Give the Drummer Radio, Bodega Pop spins rare and thrill-inducing live tracks from Egypt, Germany, Iran, Japan, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Sudan, Syria, the UK, and USA. 

Everyone here is vaxxed up and the porta-potties are definitely on their way, so grab another chilidog and brew!

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Beirut 20/21


An immersive evening in recent recordings from the Lebanese capital. (Hat tip to this compilation.)

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

STREET JAMS: Hip Hop 1979-83 | 7-10 PM EDT


TONIGHT on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio, Bodega Pop spins three hours of the genre's first five years on wax

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

TAKE A CHANCE WITH MOÉ: The Aut'chose Experience

A romp through French-speaking Canada's punk, proto-rap, prog, disco, stoner, and sci-fi metal scenes by way of Lucien Francoeur & Co. 

For our good buddy Brandon Downing, who introduced us to the band many years ago.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2021

International Vinyl | 7-10 PM EDT


TONIGHT on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio, Bodega Pop spins our first-ever all-vinyl show! Featuring recently acquired LPs, EPs, and 45s from Armenia, Cambodia, Canada, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, India, Iran, Lebanon, and Mexico

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Pathé 100 : The Series

From 7-10 PM TONIGHT, Bodega Pop on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio spins Folk, jazz, mandopop, movie songs, rock 'n' roll, and shidaiqu from the now ultra-rare reissue series


Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Portland & Seattle Score | 7-10 PM EDT


Bodega Pop returns tonight to spin tracks from cassettes, CDs, singles, and 10" records found on a recent trip to the Pacific Northwest

Listen to the show in the archives

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Benin | 7-10 PM EDT


Inspired by the first episode of Stephen Satterfield and Jessica Harris's High on the Hog, we spin field recordings, funk, neo-traditional Bariba & Dendi music, and more from the West African Republic

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Monday, May 31, 2021

Orchestra Zeitouni | FLAC cassette rip


Here's a high-energy Moroccan cassette I found at Nassem Halal Meat and Mediterranean Grocery on Steinway Street, walking distance from my place here in Astoria, Queens.

There is no track list for this cassette, not on the J-card, not on either side of the cassette itself.

The kamenjah on the cover is featured prominently throughout. Supporting it: Percussion, guinbri, keyboard (barely detectable rhythmic pumping on Side 1, Track 3; a bit more prominent on Side 2), and vocals.

Grab it now (link in the comments) 

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Massnawa | Cassette FLAC rip


I know next to nothing about Massnawa, other than that they are a Moroccan group, in the ballpark of similar Moroccans Lemchaheb, Jil Jilala, and Nass El Ghiwane.

I don't even know what year this cassette is from; no one has yet added this album to Massnawa's Discogs page.

All I can tell you is that it is one of the most inventive Moroccan albums I've ever heard and I doubt you'll feel any different.


Side 1
Rujue Hayya رجوع هيئة
Warda Fi Al Sahra وردة في الصحراء

Side 2
Al Gharib الغريب
Sidi Moussa Ben Ali سيدي موسي ابن عاي
Mawsim Al Sayda موسم الصيدة

Link in the comments. Grab it while you can.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Cassettes | 7-10 PM EDT


Tonight on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio, Bodega Pop plays scorchers from around the globe on everybody's least favorite analog format!

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Saturday, May 22, 2021

Orchestra Abdel Hamid | FLAC cassette rip


I've had this Moroccan cassette for years, something I picked up on Steinway Street's Nassem Halal Meat and Mediterranean Grocery long before the owner sold the store. This is an enjoyable ride, with bursts of punchy strings and organ fills -- are they real strings and organ or synth? -- over a driving, complex but steady, rocking beat. Terrific, subtly emotive vocals, with call-and-response chorus.

I've made a first attempt at a track list, but I don't entirely trust my transliteration skills. Worth noting that most of the songs bleed into each other, thus tracks 2 and 3 on Side One are really two songs, and Side Two is a continuous track consisting of four songs.


Awad عواد

Fatna فاطنة and Taxi تکایسي

Ana Al Maebud Allah أنا المعبود الله and Alalat Rah Kwany  الالة راه کواني


Ma Yuqit Lak Qabar ما يقيت لك  قابار and Mimai Dariha ميمىي دارها and Eayt Ana Manhbur عيت أنا مانحبر and Malo Malo مالو مالو

Link to FLAC files in the comments. If you're still downloading things from here, it would nice to hear from you. Leave a message, say hello.

Friday, May 21, 2021

Rubaiyat Salah Jahin | Salah Jahin, Ali al-Haggar, Sayed Makawy (1988, Egypt, FLAC rip)

This cassette is not listed on Discogs, but there does exist a poor-quality YouTube video that I'll leave it to you to find if you really want to.

This is a remarkable recording, from 1988, of a collaboration between long-time friends composer Sayed Makawy and poet and cartoonist Salah Jahin (or a tribute by the composer to his then recently deceased friend). It is not the first time Makawy had scored Jahin's poetry; Discogs lists this cassette, with the same title (which I think translates as The Poetry of Salah Jahin). 

However, the main difference between that one (pictured directly above) and the cassette I'm sharing today (pictured at the top of this post) is that the latter features the singing voice of Ali al Haggar in addition to whomever is reciting Salah Jahin's poetry (perhaps Jahin himself, although the poet died in 1986, two years before this release).

Al Haggar is an interesting choice. His voice has a smooth, mid- to high-range huskiness that, to my ear, at least, is more than a little reminiscent of Abdel Halim Hafez--the one famous singer that composer Sayed Makawy famously never worked with.

I've never heard an album quite like this. Clearly Egyptian in orchestration and composition, there are distinct touches that make it unique. Plus, more obviously, it toggles rather aggressively back and forth between passages of recited and sung poetry--something I've only ever heard before in recordings of Persian poetry, and even there, there was only one vocalist. This is clearly two, one for each mode.

Link to FLAC files in comments.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Lust for Life. | 7-10 PM EDT


TONIGHT on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio: Mind-blowing cassettes from Congo, Kuwait, and Mali. Egyptian-Palestinian experimentation. A rediscovered Brazilian underground classic. Il Maestro. Horny reggae. And Nico.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Goodbye, Rock. Yuri Morozov | 7-10 PM EDT


TONIGHT on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio, Bodega Pop spins Soviet freak folk, progressive & psychedelic, avant-electronica, esoteric funk, and more by Russia's greatest bedroom star

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Madagascar | 7-10 PM EDT


The Mushrooms Fever

Tonight on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio, Bodega Pop spins punk, pop, hip hop, field recordings, old cassettes, 78s, and more from the red island

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Slanted and Enchanted | 7-10 PM EDT


Dreamy pop, rock, psych, field, avant-garde, and more, from four or five corners of the world

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Keyboard Kings | 7-10 PM EDT


TONIGHT on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio we spin favorite and obscure tracks by keyboard kings, queens, dukes, and duchesses

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Lao New Year | 7-10 PM EDT


Photo by Laurent Jeanneau (aka Kink Gong)

TONIGHT on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio, Bodega Pop spins three hours of country stars, ethnic minorities, 80s & 90s Lao-American synthpoppers, French Lao beatmakers, forgotten rockers

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021



TONIGHT on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio, Bodega Pop spins Jamaican dancehall hits, dis tracks, deep cuts, and come-ons

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