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Options September 17, 2015: MGANGA!: Tak Shindo and Other Primitive Sounds from Basic Hip Digital Oddio

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Artist Track Album Year Comments
  Intro        
Tak Shindo  Mganga   Options Mganga! The Primitive Sounds of Tak Shindo  1958   
Tak Shindo  Mombasa Love Song   Options Mganga! The Primitive Sounds of Tak Shindo     
 
Music behind DJ:
Tak Shindo 
Safari to Kenya   Options Mganga! The Primitive Sounds of Tak Shindo     
Tak Shindo  Watusi Drum Dance   Options Mganga! The Primitive Sounds of Tak Shindo     
Tak Shindo  Bantu Spear Dance   Options Mganga! The Primitive Sounds of Tak Shindo     
Tak Shindo  Huts of Kichwamba   Options Mganga! The Primitive Sounds of Tak Shindo     
Tak Shindo  Bali Ha'I   Options Brass and Bamboo  1959   
Tak Shindo  Moon Over the Ruined Castle   Options The Yellow Unicorn  1960   
Martin Denny  Buddhist Bells   Options Primitiva  1958  With Tak Shindo on koto 
Tak Shindo  Jingle Jangle Jingle   Options Far East Goes Western  1962   
Tak Shindo  Tumbling Tumbleweeds   Options Far East Goes Western     
Warren Barker  Deep Night   Options Hawaiian Eye  1960   
 
Music behind DJ:
Tak Shindo 
       
Warren Barker  Hawaiian Eye   Options Hawaiian Eye     
Warren Barker  Rumba Rhapsody   Options Hawaiian Eye     
Warren Barker  Javanese Valley   Options William Holden Presents: A Musical Touch of Far Away Places  1959   
Warren Barker  Lotus Land   Options William Holden Presents: A Musical Touch of Far Away Places     
Don Ralke  Saoco   Options The Savage and the Sensuous Bongos  1960   
Don Ralke  Black Panther   Options The Savage and the Sensuous Bongos     
Don Ralke  Face Beside the Fire   Options The Savage and the Sensuous Bongos     
Johnny Richards  Ochun (Goddess Afrodita Yoruba)   Options The Rites of Diablo  1958   
Johnny Richards  Ofo (Dance of the Lost)   Options The Rites of Diablo     
101 Strings Orchestra  Whiplash   Options The Exotic Sounds of Love  1970   
 
Music behind DJ:
101 Strings Orchestra 
Exotic Love   Options The Exotic Sounds of Love     
Rex Kona and His Mandarins  Bird Train   Options Wild Orchids  1964   
John Evans  Quiet Village   Options Exotic Percussion and Brilliant Brass  1961  Featuring Chaino! 
Clyde Borly & His Percussions  Taboo   Options Music In 5 Dimensions  1965   
Clyde Borly & His Percussions  Afromania   Options Music In 5 Dimensions     
Clyde Borly & His Percussions  Caminho De Pedra   Options Music In 5 Dimensions     
John Evans  Return to Paradise   Options Exotic Percussion and Brilliant Brass    Featuring Chaino! 
Marty Wilson  Jungle Fantasy   Options Jun'gala  1959   
The Three Suns  Jungle Drums   Options Movin' 'N' Groovin'  1962   
Carl Stevens  Call of the Jungle   Options African Sounds  1962   
Fred Lowery  Pagan Love Song   Options Walking Along Kicking the Leaves  1957   
 
Music behind DJ:
Fang-Teng Lee 
  Sound of Magic Saw     
Pete Drake   Blue Guitar   Options Talking Steel Guitar  1965   
The Voices Of Walter Schumann  Sentimental Journey   Options Though Not a Word was Spoken     
Hash Brown & His Ignunt Strings  Overseas Operator   Options The Hash Brown Sounds  1962   
Brother Bones  How Am I To Know?   Options "Bones on the Beat"  1958  aka Freeman Davis 
Brother Bones  Poor Butterfly   Options "Bones on the Beat"     
Brother Bones  Sweet Georgia Brown   Options "Bones on the Beat"     
Billy Goldenberg  Murder by Book   Options Columbo - Season One (1968 - 1972)     
Richard Hayman  Melody No. 2   Options Genuine Electric Latin Love Machine  1969   
Pete Drake  I'm Sorry   Options Talking Steel Guitar     
 
Music behind DJ:
Les Baxter 
Deep Night   Options Caribbean Moonlight     


Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:56pm Gary:

Looking forward to this -- tho I will have to bow out at around 8:00
Avatar 6:58pm Flash Strap:

Well I'll just play junk starting at 8:01, to play my best material would be meaningless without your ears receiving. Great show last night!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:01pm listener james from westwood:

A hearty Mganga! to Evan and all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:01pm Gary:

Thanks, man! I hope you'll explain who Tak Shindo is (was), as I hadn't heard of him / her until last night
Avatar 7:02pm Flash Strap:

Hello Hello James the Listener
  7:02pm Dean:

Today's theme isn't a "death by mganga" joke, is it?
Avatar 7:05pm Flash Strap:

If it were, I don't think I would get it. Is this a hoary old trope that I've missed out on?
Avatar 7:05pm ndbob:

evening Evan and everyone!
  7:06pm Dean:

Yes: http://www.jokes4us.com/dirtyjokes/bungajoke.html
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:07pm listener james from westwood:

My mom was a great fan of Martin Denny and Les Baxter back in the day, so when she first heard Shindo, she went on a tear through the record stores of Manhattan trying to find his records. For whatever reason it was damn near impossible to find his stuff, at least where she was looking.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:08pm Carmichael:

Hey there, Flash. Howdy, Explorers.
Avatar 7:08pm hyde:

yay, tak shindo! i still haven't listened to mganga since you hipped me to that download, so it's good to hear. all i really have besides this new one is brass and bamboo.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:12pm Doug Schulkind:

Happy Tak!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:14pm Doug Schulkind:

Call me crazy, but I see a certain similarity with this album cover: i1039.photobucket.com...
Avatar 7:14pm hyde:

dionysus records has been around for a long time. i remember buying records of theirs in the 80's. mostly garage rock stuff then, i still have a cynics 45, i think.
Avatar 7:15pm Flash Strap:

Hehe Dean I have heard that one
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:16pm Doug Schulkind:

Ohmigodilovethisrecordsomuch!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:16pm listener james from westwood:

@Doug: LOL @ the cover comparison.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:17pm Doug Schulkind:

Hello Listener J@mes!
Avatar 7:17pm Flash Strap:

Howdy carmichael! Hyde! Doug with the eagle eye!
Avatar 7:19pm Flash Strap:

That's right, Hyde... I think I have some garage stiff from them as well. Forgot about those
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:19pm melinda:

Hi all!
Avatar 7:21pm Flash Strap:

Hi there Melinda!
Avatar 7:22pm Flash Strap:

this is sort of the best Bali Hai, I think
Avatar 7:24pm Flash Strap:

I like this version a lot, but my favorite will always be Arthur Lyman's from Bwana'A
Avatar 7:26pm Flash Strap:

Here I said I wouldn't play Martin Denny. Then I just go ahead and do it right away. Dammit. Shindo on koto here
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:35pm listener james from westwood:

An entirely understandable urge.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:36pm melinda:

Sounding good tonight.
Avatar 7:44pm coelacanth:

buenas noches Flash & Explorers.
Avatar 7:46pm Flash Strap:

Thanks Melinda

Hola, coela
Avatar 7:48pm coelacanth:

that background while you spoke was a cover,essentially, of "haru no umi" - a song Mayumi and probably many other japanese people are very sick of! (though i'd bet Tak Shindo called it something else)
Avatar 7:49pm Flash Strap:

What William Holden was ever doing presenting a record like this, I don't know
Avatar 7:51pm Flash Strap:

That's interesting C. He did call it something else but I'd have to check which one it was
Avatar 7:51pm ndbob:

I always wondered bout that Evan
Avatar 7:54pm Flash Strap:

He's making such a scampish face too. He looks like a total heel on that cover: assets.rootsvinylguide.com...
Avatar 7:56pm hyde:

William Holden starred in The World of Suzie Wong in 1960 about an American who moves to Hong Kong. I wonder if that had something to do with it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:56pm Doug Schulkind:

@hyde
How could something so Wong, be so white?
Avatar 7:56pm Flash Strap:

Huh, I bet so. That's the sort of thing that happened. Mitchum's calypso album has a similar story
Avatar 7:57pm Flash Strap:

oh haa ha ha! Douglas you slay me
Avatar 7:57pm ndbob:

excellent show Evan - catch the rest on hte archive as usual
Avatar 7:58pm coelacanth:

Flash...maybe it'd be more accurate to say that Shindo track is quite different than the Miyagi song, but still enough the same that it's a bit beyond "derivative"!
Avatar 8:00pm coelacanth:

Doug's here to bring the punishment!
Avatar 8:01pm Flash Strap:

I wonder if he's incorporating a western theme into it, changing it 'round, gettin' all syncretic
Avatar 8:02pm Flash Strap:

talk about album art, by the way. This one's a doozy: lpcoverlover.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:03pm Gary:

Thanks for the awesome Shindoduction! Off to see friends in the neighborhood
Avatar 8:04pm coelacanth:

the Art of making voodoo look sexy.
Avatar 8:04pm Flash Strap:

Have great friends, Gary! smell ya later
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:08pm Uncle Michael:

Greetings, radio pals.
Avatar 8:09pm Flash Strap:

This is the guy who arranged Kenton's Cuban Fire, by the way
Avatar 8:09pm Flash Strap:

Hello Uncle!
Avatar 8:12pm Flash Strap:

orgasm alert, in case you're playing this for 1st grade night classes
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:13pm melinda:

haha
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:13pm Uncle Michael:

I didn't know about this when I did my semi-recent orgasm set!
Avatar 8:14pm Flash Strap:

man, there are lots more orgasms on this record in case you ever do another one. I'll send it to you if you remind me
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:15pm Uncle Michael:

I pretty much exhausted the oeuvre, or so I thought.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:18pm Uncle Michael:

The title song from Suzy Wong by Tommy Edwards is sublime.
Avatar 8:19pm coelacanth:

Flash,that was hyde who brought that info!
Avatar 8:21pm hyde:

haha, it could so easily have been coelacanth too, though
Avatar 8:23pm hyde:

whoa, this is some uptempo exotica
Avatar 8:23pm Flash Strap:

Sorry guys!
Avatar 8:24pm Flash Strap:

This one really reminds me of the jarring artificiality of Magne's tropical Fantasy
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:25pm melinda:

There was something in that last one that sounded like an oncoming train.
Avatar 8:26pm Flash Strap:

definitely! the old jungle train trope!
Avatar 8:27pm Flash Strap:

Damn, these birds! So eery!
Avatar 8:28pm Flash Strap:

such a great Quiet Village, my god
Avatar 8:30pm Flash Strap:

I am really excited by this record, I'd never heard it until very recently and it's just such exquisite exotica. instant new favorite
Avatar 8:34pm Flash Strap:

is that thumb piano AND tabla?
Avatar 8:34pm coelacanth:

this whole set is pretty sweet
Avatar 8:36pm Flash Strap:

hope I can keep it that way. I'm really enjoying it myself, obviously
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:42pm listener james from westwood:

This Wilson cut is a fun one. Enjoying this set as well!!
Avatar 8:42pm Flash Strap:

talk about a jungle train
Avatar 8:47pm coelacanth:

i missed most of the Tak Shindo. i'll come back for that; but right now,this set rules!
Avatar 8:48pm hyde:

oooh, this is a *killer* three suns tune.
Avatar 8:48pm Flash Strap:

thanks, C. !
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:51pm melinda:

What is this instrument?
Avatar 8:52pm Flash Strap:

Fred's just whistlin', Melinda!
Avatar 8:54pm coelacanth:

this whole time i've been trying to do some funky treatment,using gimp, to that party picture over there (<). it's not working so well because the texture is such that the bucket-fill only fills a few pixels at a time.
there really are other things i should be doing!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:54pm melinda:

Far out!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:59pm melinda:

Oh yeah, I know Indian Love Call. It is theremin-like, indeed.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:00pm Doug Schulkind:

This program is like mmmm ganja, for the ears!
Avatar 9:00pm hyde:

some day this show will really only be two hours, and i'll be so disappointed
Avatar 9:03pm Flash Strap:

God forbid I ever have a show following me, I'd be so crippled by the hard deadline.
Avatar 9:04pm coelacanth:

that happened once,hyde- on a day that i squirmed in at 8:50. sad indeed.
Avatar 9:05pm Flash Strap:

You guys are the reason I always tell myself it's ok to go long. you make me feel like it's preferred
Avatar 9:06pm hyde:

it is!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:06pm melinda:

I like it when shows go overtime.
Avatar 9:07pm Flash Strap:

thanks friends
Avatar 9:07pm coelacanth:

as the days get shorter i can check in earlier and earlier; it's still a treat when you go long!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:07pm melinda:

Especially when it involves someone named Hash Brown.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:08pm Doug Schulkind:

Guess who has himself a nice stereo copy of Mganga, Flashy! (Thanks, Dude!)
  9:08pm ape status:

Oh glorious day! This first time I've managed to listen to the Explorers Room live!!! Love you Flash Strap!
Avatar 9:09pm Flash Strap:

Oh, my pleasure Doug. So happy to share. That Baxter probably aint to shabby either, but I haven't heard it yet. Lord knows I need to upgrade that one
Avatar 9:09pm Flash Strap:

love you too ape stat! so glad you caught me!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:10pm Doug Schulkind:

Yep, thrilled to have the Baxter, too. Wee!
Avatar 9:10pm Flash Strap:

This Brother Bones is probably not new to a lot of you, but it is to me, and I'm wholly enamoured
Avatar 9:12pm Flash Strap:

and TALK about an album cover: cdn.discogs.com...
Avatar 9:14pm coelacanth:

Ha! that cover's Great!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:14pm Doug Schulkind:

My radio is spinning a basketball on its pinkie!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:15pm melinda:

I saw the Harlem Globetrotters in the early 80s. They were a big deal then.
Avatar 9:16pm Flash Strap:

haha I'll never forget seeing them. blew my 2nd grade mind
Avatar 9:17pm hyde:

@melinda ha, i saw them about then too. sadly, i had my money on the washington generals.
Avatar 9:17pm Flash Strap:

Happy birthday Peter Falk
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:18pm listener james from westwood:

Didn't see them live, but I remember being jazzed when they appeared on the TV show "The White Shadow."
Avatar 9:18pm coelacanth:

when the globetrotters were on was one of the fairly rare events that the whole family got together for tv.
Avatar 9:18pm hyde:

Peter Falk is the greatest
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:19pm listener james from westwood:

I always have time for typewriters used as musical instruments.
Avatar 9:20pm hyde:

Murder by the Book is a great Columbo ep too. Directed by Steven Spielberg! (also, cinematography by the great Russell Metty)
Avatar 9:20pm coelacanth:

Peter Falk will Live forever.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:21pm Minnesota Jeff:

Good evening!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:21pm melinda:

I remember The White Shadow, it had good theme music.
Avatar 9:21pm ape_status:

Is it even possible to have a character drive a car that messed up on TV these days? Columbo was the best!
Avatar 9:22pm Flash Strap:

Columbo is really the greatest show ever of all time. I am sure of that
Avatar 9:23pm Flash Strap:

that peugeot is a wonder
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:23pm melinda:

My memories of Columbo are pretty limited, I need to Netflix that. Everyone seems to love it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:24pm melinda:

Jesus Christ, that steel guitar apologizing is bizarrely wonderful!
Avatar 9:24pm Flash Strap:

Oh you should. It holds up and then some. Watch the one where Jack Cassidy plays a magician, that's my all-time. That or the one where Robert Culp is a subliminal messages ad expert
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:25pm Minnesota Jeff:

Hard to imagine many of his busts landed in convictions though.
Avatar 9:25pm Flash Strap:

It's such a weird sound! TOO weird for whatever its audience would have been, I figure
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:26pm melinda:

That sounds like a great role for Robert Culp. I liked him in I Spy, glad I watched that before the Cosby stuff came out.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:26pm Uncle Michael:

Thanks Evan!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:26pm listener james from westwood:

Thanks a ton for show and especially the Shindo!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:27pm Uncle Michael:

No Jive Bombers in that set!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:27pm Santos L Halper:

Great sounds, exotic and otherwise. Thanks Mr Strap!
Avatar 9:28pm coelacanth:

Mr.Drake was Exquisite on the All Things Must Pass album though.
Avatar 9:28pm hyde:

the Robert Culp Columbo ep is fantastic. I'm also a big fan of √Čtude In Black, with John Cassavetes as a jerkhole conductor and cameos by Myrna Loy and Blythe Danner.

Thanks Flash!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:29pm Uncle Michael:

There's more than one Culp episode!
Avatar 9:30pm ape_status:

Wow! You guys are bringing back some serious Columbo memories. Gonna have to revisit it soon!
Avatar 9:30pm coelacanth:

i probably saw most columbo episodes but i think i'd like to refresh my memories, a lot!

Thanks Evan Brilliant as always!
later on folks!
Avatar 9:31pm Flash Strap:

Etude in black is one of the very very best indeed. Falk and cassavettes are really electric together.

All the Culp episodes are really good, but the subliminal messages one is the best
Avatar 9:31pm Flash Strap:

Wish I had dropped some Jive bombers in there!
Avatar 9:32pm Flash Strap:

Hi Santos!
Avatar 9:32pm Flash Strap:

Thank you everyone, and to all a grand night. Smooches
Avatar 9:33pm Flash Strap:

Oh and I almost forgot: this is where I grabbed most of tonight's stuff: www.basichipdigitaloddio.com...

Check it out, every day
Avatar 9:33pm ape_status:

Thanks Flash. T'was the first, won't be the last.
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