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July 12, 2008: Just Back from Austin
We got in at 5 am Friday morning, from San Antone, after more than a week in Texas. Mostly Austin, visiting old friends, eating mexican food and hearing mucho music. Then a few days in the hill country west of town-- Enchanted Rock, Lost Maples, Rio Frio, with a final stay in Utopia, Texas on the Sabinal River. I brought a lot of this music back with me.
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|Big Guitars from Texas||Boomerang||This Texas twang reminds me (and you?) that I'm back on the radio|
|Grupo Fantasma||El Sabio Soy Yo||Latinfunk out of Austin, these guys hit it big over the past few years; check out their newest CD, Sonidos Gold (High Wire Music, 2008)|
|Rick Trevino||Ojitos Traidores||Country crooner returns to his Chicano roots; from Los Super Seven's tribute to border radio: "Heard It Through the X" (Telarc, 2006)|
|Marcos Loya||Yo Te Quiero||Movie music by Robert Rodriquez, from the soundtrack to "Once Upon a Time in Mexico"|
|Del Castillo||Perdoname||These hot guitar brothers are one of Austin's favorite bands these days; from "Brotherhood" (Smilin' Castle Records, 2006)|
|Del Castillo||El Corrido de Don Lulai||We saw them last week at Nutty Browns, an outdoor space in Dripping Springs-- 1/2 hour west of Austin. Great live show, with a Texas sunset, enchiladas y cerveza|
|Juno Reactor||Pistolero||More music from filmmaker Rodriquez, who also plays guitar on these tunes|
|Los Lonely Boys||Love Don't Care About Me||On record, they are a little too pop. But live, these three brothers from San Angelo-- Jo Jo, Henry & Ringo Garza-- sure can rock.|
|Del Castillo w/ Willie Nelson||I Never Cared For You||Beautiful tune; we heard them play an instrumental version of this, no Willie.|
|Grupo Fantasma||Perso Fra / Mesquites||I just love this stuff; hope you do too!|
|Chingon||Cuka Rocka||This is Robert Rodriquez's own band, also from the "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" soundtrack|
|Cuarteto Don Ramon||Pachuco Boogie||On the liner notes, it says this is actually Don Tosti's Pachuco Boogie Boys-- recorded in Los Angeles in 1948.|
|Monstas||Chicken Wings||Austin drummer Ernie Durawa-- originally from San Antonio-- is one of the main forces in this fine band; check out their debut album: "Meet the Monstas"|
|Texas Tornados||El Pantalon Blue Jean||Doug Sahm & Freddy Fender are now gone but Flaco Jiminez (playing accordian here) and Augie Meyers play on! Drums by Ernesto Saldana Durawa.|
|Texas Tornados||Adios Mexico||The Tornados recorded two versions of their first album, one in Spanish & one in English. (WB, 1990)|
|Freddy Steady||Narum's Harem||Freddy Steady is Freddy Krc, longtime Austin all around everything. This is from a 4-song soundtrack to a (probably non-existent) movie called "Masquade a Go Go"|
|Los Jazz Vatos||Tres Palabras||One more from Ernie Durawa, this time a cut from his jazz combo.|
|Cachaito||Tumbao No.5||Cuban bassist Orlando Lopez-- nephew of the late great bass player Cachao (Israel Lopez), who some say invented mambo-- has a superb new album: "Cachaito" (World Circuit, 2008)|
|Sabor Kolombia||El Mix tracks 6&7 excerpt||Not sure about title but great music; from DJ Rupture's 2008 WFMU Marathon CD|
|Chicha Libre||Sonido Amazonico||Title cut to the fine fine album from this Brooklyn psychedelic cumbia band; the CD was put out by Barbes Records this year. And they play there a lot.|
|Mano Negra||Drive Me Crazy||This is the first time I heard of Manu Chao, back when he played with this crazy multiculti combo|
|King Tubby||Who's Dub||King Tubby takes the Heptones tune--"Who's Fooling"-- and mixes it up a bit; from a new CD called "King Tubby On the Mix, Volume 2"|
|Manu Chao||Prince Fatty Remix Instrumental Version||This guy is everywhere! From "Politik Kills" on Nacional|
|Many Chao||Chris Blackwell & Paul "Groucho" Smykle Remix||It's always hard to read ManuChao's covers but that's okay; it's what's inside that counts!|
|King Tubby||The Human Race||King Tubby does the Symbols|
|Orchestra Baobab||Pape Ndiaye||I missed them when they were in NYC recently but this is from a new CD on World Circuit called "Made in Dakar"|
|Harry E. Quashie||Anadwofa||A popular number here at WFMU, this tune is from "Living is Hard: West African Music in Britain, 1927-1929" (Honest Jons Records, 2008)|
|Newham Generals||Tetsuya's Theme||From "Lagos Shake" A Tony Allen Chop Up" (Honest Jons Records, 2008)|
|Leni Stern||Ousmane||So many American musicians have been going to Africa to record & collaborate; jazz guitarist Leni Stern went to Mali to work with some great players and the result is well worth it.|
|Rex Lawson and this Rivers Men||Oko||Vampisoul recently put out a collection of Nigerian and Ghanian highlife from the 60s & 70s|
|Mono Mono||Kenimania||They weren't kidding: "Nigeria Rock Special: Psychedelic Afro-Rock & Fuzz Funk in 1970s Nigeria" (Soundway, 2008)|
|The Hygrades||In the Jungle||Wow. More.|
|Tinariwan||Arawan||Rock & roll from the deserts of Mali, from "A Rough Guide to the Music of Mali"-- a collection of the best of the best|
|Steve Turre||African Shuffle||In 1995, Steve Turre put out a fabulous CD called the "Rhythm Within"-- with a great band and his own "sanctified" shells. This number has help from Andy Gonzalez, Stanton Davis, Dimati Dinizulu, Milton Cardona & others.|
|Chucho Valdes||Caravan||The CD is "Briyumba Palo Congo: Religion of the Congo" on Blue Note Records, recorded in Havana in 1998. This is, of course, one of the most recorded songs in the world-- and this version is one of the best!|
|The Coffin Daggers||Caravan||A different take on this classic, recorded in Brooklyn between 2002-2004; bandmember Peter lives across the street from me here in Jersey City!|
|Henry O||Crackin' Up||Henry Ojutkangas, from Finland, has the blues; Texas drummer Ernie Durawa is going to Europe soon to tour with Henry. Check him on the web at musicmobile.fi|
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Got your listserve email - totally psyched for this show. Arriba!
Hello from west coast Scotland,I`m enjoying the music and will be listening to more on your archive.
delicious! there is NOTHING like that mingus bass beat. also: great show, thanks!
Hey, Steve! Great show as always...though I feel as though it is a long ago Friday in East Orange and I am in the record library getting ready to come on next. Anyway, greetings from Minnesota, hope you are well.
Hi Steve, loving the African psych-rock. Any Balkan stuff would be much appreciated!
yura from croatia:
play balkan :D
Hi all: Nice to hear from you; I'm in a groove, with less than a half hour to go. Will try to fit stuff in but, if not, next time. Check out old shows on the archive; write more to email@example.com. (Andy: I heard you on the air a while back, when you were in town. Hope all is well.)
Things are good...sipping a beer with a friend, listening to your show while the sun sets- how bad could that be? Living in the country, nice...but hearing the run down of upcoming live shows makes me yearn a bit for NYC (saw Rachid Taha and Dengue Fever last week- great show). We have a great bluegrass festival once per year, though- it's fantastic. Other than that, married and all, fixing to move to Minneapolis...if ever you are around these parts, let me know!
p.s. funny- i had a version of caravan cued up during my fill in but ran out of time- it was by 17 Pygmies.
Do you have the cd "Smashes" by Zircus? It has a great version of Caravan.
Great show. I especially enjoyed the tex-mex tracks. Thanks for including us on the caravan section of your show! We're psyched to have WFMU on our side.
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