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Options November 12, 2015: Cosmic Juju

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Artist Track Album Label Year Comments
Richard Schneider Jr.  Fata Morgana/Birds and Children   Options Fata Morgana    1980  Jaki Liebezeit on drums 
Music behind DJ:
Alex Cima 
Primera   Options Cosmic Connection    1979   
Gert Thrue  I Play the Body Electric   Options Sound Painted Pictures of Cosmic Love    1977  Denmark 
Admiral Dele Abiodun & His Top Hitters Band  It's Time For Juju Music   Options It's Time For Juju Music    1984  Nigeria 
Gert Thrue  Cepheus   Options Sound Painted Pictures of Cosmic Love    1977   
Music behind DJ:
Alex Cima 
Equator   Options Cosmic Connection       
Wayne Shorter  Juju   Options Juju  Blue Note  1964   
Chivo Borraro  Blues Para un Cosmonauta   Options Blues Para un Cosmonauta    1975  Argentina 
Bruno Spoerri & Reto Webber  Cosmic Samba   Options The Sound of the UFOs    1978  Switzerland 
Lonnie Liston Smith & the Cosmic Echoes  Sais (Egypt)   Options Cosmic Funk    1974  written by Mtume 
West African Cosmos  Emeraude   Options West African Cosmos    1976   
Gianna Sposito  Tempesta Magnetica   Options Cosmo Graffiti  RCA  1984   
Don Ralke  Ju-Ju Man   Options The Savage and the Sensuous Bongos    1960   
Music behind DJ:
Archie Shepp 
The Magic of Ju-Ju   Options The Magic of Ju-Ju    1968   
Mamman Sani  Arman Doley   Options Unreleased Tapes 1981-1984  Sahel Sounds  2015   
Mamman Sani  Gosi   Options Unreleased Tapes 1981-1984       
Mamman Sani  Five Hundred Miles   Options Unreleased Tapes 1981-1984       

Listener comments!

Avatar 7:00pm ndbob:

evening Evan et al
Avatar 7:00pm Flash Strap:

eve to ya bob
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:01pm Carmichael:

Cosmic Juju sounds right up my alley.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:02pm melinda:

hi Evan & everyone
Avatar 7:02pm Flash Strap:

g r e e t i n g s :

explorer Carmichael
explorer Melinda
Avatar 7:03pm Flash Strap:

great to see you all tonight
  7:04pm Dean:

Cosmic Jokers, perhaps? (I kinda hope not, because I have to go offline and run errands.)
Avatar 7:04pm ndbob:

greetings Carmichael and Melinda and Dean
Avatar 7:04pm hyde:

is this where the Jaki Liebezeit fan club meets?
Avatar 7:05pm Flash Strap:

no jokers tonight, i'm afraid. my cosmic jokers files asre all such low bitrate i'm disinclined to play them on air. need to replace ASAP
Avatar 7:05pm Flash Strap:

Hyde: yes!
  7:06pm Dean:

Better than mine. Mine had no bitrate at all, being vinyl. Until I unloaded them.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:06pm melinda:

Off to a great start!
Avatar 7:07pm Flash Strap:

well that vinyl beats any bitrate in my book but hate to hear they've left your collection. hope their sale funded the acquisition of even better records
Avatar 7:07pm Flash Strap:

thanks melinda, i'm a huge nut about this track
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:12pm melinda:

There's a lot going on in it.
Avatar 7:13pm Flash Strap:

i never understood why this record wasn't more of a classic in synth/krautrock/psych circles, i think it's terrific
Avatar 7:15pm northguineahills:

Actually, I've never heard of Richard Schneider.
Avatar 7:17pm Flash Strap:

he's hit or miss from the stuff i've heard, but worked with Liebezeit a fair amount and has some crazy good choice cuts
Avatar 7:17pm Flash Strap:

also, hello, NGH!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:19pm Doug Schulkind:

Time to drink the aural beer of the Strappist Monk!
Avatar 7:20pm Flash Strap:

evening Doug! mighty FINE evening to you sir!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:21pm Doug Schulkind:

Hey Flash, you are not connected to the stream! It is playing the continuous queue of tracks just now!
Avatar 7:23pm hyde:

ack, is it an Art Ensemble tune? because that was driving me crazy!
Avatar 7:23pm Flash Strap:

am i still off?
Avatar 7:24pm hyde:

yeah, it sounds jazzy still
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:24pm Doug Schulkind:

Julius Hemphill's "The Hard Blues" is airing right now. Killer track, but not Flash Strap.

No, Flash, the next track (Dorothy Ashby on harp) just started up.
Avatar 7:25pm Flash Strap:

well, i'm connected on my end!
Avatar 7:25pm hyde:

oh, it was Hemphill. I knew I recognized it, but I thought it was some cover.
  7:25pm Lynne:

Nope. You're not online right now.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:25pm Doug Schulkind:

Are you hearing yourself over the Internet, or just a local monitor?
Avatar 7:25pm Flash Strap:

was i ever on?
  7:26pm Lynne:

I thought so at the beginning, but I haven't heard you talk tonight.
Avatar 7:26pm Flash Strap:

no, i'm not hearing myself online, but my nicecast is reading that i'm connected and online
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:26pm Doug Schulkind:

I just got home and opened your playlist and started listening at 7:20 (ET).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:27pm Doug Schulkind:

Maybe close Nicecast and restart that machine, the reconnect?
Avatar 7:28pm Flash Strap:

well, what the hell
Avatar 7:29pm Flash Strap:

how's that?
Avatar 7:29pm hyde:

that sounds like the synthy stuff
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:29pm Doug Schulkind:

OK, THAT sounds more like it. Whatever was just playing on the stream faded and now some electronic loveliness is happening.
  7:29pm Lynne:

Talk soon so we'll know.
  7:30pm Lynne:

There you are!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:31pm Doug Schulkind:

The automated stream should be playing Ray Barretto right now, and this does not sound like any Ray Barretto record I know.

And THERE is are the dulcet cords of Sir Strap!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:33pm Doug Schulkind:

The weird thing now is that the metadata reading out on iTunes is the tracks from the stream and not your playlist. I think this is a bizarre glitch that has nothing to do with your end, Flash Strap. I am going to make your playlist unlive and then live again to see if the metadata kicks in.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:34pm Doug Schulkind:

OK, turning off and on your playlist seems to have done the trick.
Avatar 7:34pm Flash Strap:

Thanks, Doug. I was pretty sure I hadn't screwed anything up on my end, but can never be TOO confident about that
Avatar 7:36pm Flash Strap:

Man, so no one got to hear that Schneider track? and to think i've been saving it for a special moment!
Avatar 7:37pm Flash Strap:

Thanks for patching me up, Dr. Doug
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:40pm Dorothy:

No prob, Tin Man. (Thank goodness you don't have a tin ear.)
Avatar 7:41pm hyde:

heh, oh well. we'll have to go back to the archive to check the Scneider. I feel dumb because I knew I recognized the track but I thought it was Art Ensemble so I was googling "Richard Schneider" + "fata morgana" + "art ensemble" and not finding anything and it was making me nuts. I never considered that it was coming from the stream.
Avatar 7:43pm Flash Strap:

what a mindfuck. i would have been going NUTS in your shoes
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:43pm Doug Schulkind:

And you'll get those precious moments back, hyde.
Avatar 7:45pm Flash Strap:

yeah, when you die they just return to you all those moments, wasted in pointless confusion, in a little parcel, and you can use them to buy hard candies and ice cream at the sweets shop in heaven
Avatar 7:47pm Flash Strap:

this is one of my favorite west african records ever. i love how wacky it gets
Avatar 7:47pm hyde:

oh, that's cool. i was gonna sue the drummer some stream for mental anguish, but i'll settle for suckers in heaven
Avatar 7:49pm ndbob:

great one here - even better then "Fidel and Raul"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:51pm Doug Schulkind:

A fave over in these parts, too!
Avatar 7:56pm Flash Strap:

I'm in a long-form mood tonight. Love a track that luxuriates, builds, repetitions. tracks that are born, live a full life, and die while you listen
Avatar 7:57pm Flash Strap:

this guitar is

Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:58pm Doug Schulkind:

I adore your playlist art, Flash. The reflection that dances across our astronaut's face shield is a goofy wonder.
Avatar 7:58pm Jeff:

Um, oops. I believe all your confusion and heartache earlier about what was playing where is due to some stuff I was doing. My most abject apologies.

In more-fun news... everybody who's hearing Herr Doktor Professor Flash Strap now is doing so via a shiny new Icecast server on a shiny new computer in a shiny new datacenter in Noo York City. I want to see if it manages not to be plagued with as many funny little network interruptions as our older primary stream server. (So what do I do first? Mess up a show. Sigh. I thought I looked at the schedule...)
Avatar 7:59pm ndbob:

excellent show Evan! catch the rest on the archive
Avatar 8:00pm Flash Strap:

haha all is forgiven Jeff. thanks for bringing us into the bright new future. nobody said the new world would come at no cost
Avatar 8:00pm Flash Strap:

adios, NDroberto
Avatar 8:04pm ndbob:

ah actually I can listen a little longer than usual it turns out:)
Avatar 8:04pm Flash Strap:

thanks doug! I just found it on google while looking for something entirely. I think it's by a gif artist under the handle "kotutohum"

if you can believe it
Avatar 8:05pm Flash Strap:

glad to keep ya bob
Avatar 8:17pm Flash Strap:

This is such a weird, wonderful album–do we all already know it?
Avatar 8:22pm hyde:

nope, this is new to me
Avatar 8:23pm ndbob:

and now I do have to go
thanks again Evan!
Avatar 8:23pm Flash Strap:

these stolen moments were precious

bye for now bob
Avatar 8:27pm Flash Strap:

Avatar 8:28pm Flash Strap:

and up next, get ready for a REALLY good track
Avatar 8:33pm Flash Strap:

might be my #1 Lonnie Liston Smith, here
Avatar 8:35pm hyde:

it's great. sounds similar to the Gato Barbieri stuff around then. Smith plays on some of that, right?
Avatar 8:35pm Flash Strap:

yeah, he's all over Bolivia, which is coincidentally my fave Gato stuff
Avatar 8:36pm Flash Strap:

though Gato never got that unabashedly trippy
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:39pm Ike:

Avatar 8:39pm Flash Strap:

i wish there was just endlessly more psychedelic cosmic jazz. that particular moment ended too soon
Avatar 8:39pm Flash Strap:

hewwo ike
Avatar 8:43pm Little Danny:

Late arrival but playlist thusfar looks/sounds great Flash!
Avatar 8:52pm northguineahills:

What about the band Juju? Their album, "a message from mazambique (1972)" is damn good, although by the late 70s they headed into discoesque territory,
Avatar 8:55pm Flash Strap:

I need to hear that one, NGH, I don't think I have it!
Avatar 8:55pm Flash Strap:

Great to have you here, LD!
Avatar 8:56pm Flash Strap:

check out this awesome record here
Avatar 8:57pm Little Danny:

I could almost imagine hearing some key tracks from Pataphysics' Divination LP amongst all these.
Avatar 8:58pm northguineahills:

Avatar 8:59pm Flash Strap:

I don't have that one either LD. I'm digging in and looking fo rthem both now
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:00pm Doug Schulkind:

Hello there, Diminutive Daniel!
Avatar 9:01pm Flash Strap:

found juju, not divination yet
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:06pm Ike:

I just ate way too much pita bread. It's irresistible. It's the fluffiest whole wheat pita bread ever. It's fluffier than a poodle having a bad hair day. Well, maybe not that fluffy. Anyway, this music goes well with fluffy pita bread.
Avatar 9:06pm hyde:

thanks man!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:07pm melinda:

Thanks for the cosmic sounds!
Avatar 9:08pm Flash Strap:

Thank YOU, Hyde and Melinda
Avatar 9:09pm Flash Strap:

Enjoy your pita, hungry Ike
Avatar 9:09pm Little Danny:

God this African stuff is blowing my mind.

Hi Doug!
Avatar 9:10pm Flash Strap:

and if you're out there Spook: I have a mission in der Blaue Traum, thanks to you
Avatar 9:11pm Flash Strap:

@LD: all the Mamman Sani stuff I've heard is pretty crazy, highly recommended
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:12pm Doug Schulkind:

Stellar sounds, Baron von Shtrap!
Avatar 9:12pm Flash Strap:

d'anks Cap'n Douglas Fairkind!
Avatar 9:13pm Little Danny:

Thanks for the tip Flash. Will investigate.
Avatar 9:14pm Flash Strap:

goodnight all! thanks for listening! see ya next week
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