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This is where all of culture and all of time are collapsed into one seductive portal and viewed through the panoramic lens of the exotic. Come and embark on an armchair-travel virtual-voyage to the heart of timeless darkness and beyond; embrace the numinous monolith of the exotic immensity. Let us find that place where hybridization meets its destiny as pure fantasy. Let us become observers observing those others who are ourselves. You wear your mask and I'll wear mine.

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Options February 25, 2016: Stardust, Civilization, Cha Cha Cha, A Place Called Africa

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Artist Track Album Year Comments Approx. start time
  Back to the Jungle   Moon Over Africa (1930's radio serial)  1937?  underscored by "Raga Des Aufgehenden Planeten (Raga Of The Rising Planet)" by Clara Mondshine from Luna Africana (1981)  0:02:34 (Pop‑up)
Billy Ward and His Dominoes  Star Dust   Options Star Dust/Lucinda 7"  1957    0:14:00 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Elmo Hope 
  New Faces, New Sounds      0:17:08 (Pop‑up)
Elmo Hope Trio  Stars Over Marrakech   Options New Faces, New Sounds  1953    0:25:14 (Pop‑up)
Slim Gaillard  Yep Roc Heresay   Options The Absolute Voutest!  1946  rec. 1946 at Billy Berg's Jazz Club  0:27:26 (Pop‑up)
Slim Gaillard  African Jive   Options The Legendary McVouty  1941  with Slam Stewart on additional vocals and Chico Hamilton on drums  0:30:35 (Pop‑up)
Slim Gaillard  Dunkin' Bagel   Options Laughing in Rhythm  1945    0:38:38 (Pop‑up)
The Ink Spots  Java Jive   Options The Ink Spots  1946    0:41:35 (Pop‑up)
The Ink Spots  We Three (My Echo, My Shadow, And Me)   Options The Ink Spots  1946    0:44:38 (Pop‑up)
Woody Herman  Civilization (Bongo, Bongo, Bongo)   Options Boulevard of Memories/Civilization (Bongo, Bongo, Bongo) 7"  1947    0:47:44 (Pop‑up)
Bing Crosby  Down Among the Sheltering Palms   Options Bing with a Beat  1957  with Bob Scobey's Frisco Jazz Band  0:51:18 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Woot Steenhuis 
Paradise   Options Hawaiian Surf Ride      0:54:27 (Pop‑up)
The Ink Spots  Until the Real Thing Comes Along   Options The Ink Spots  1946    1:08:31 (Pop‑up)
The Ink Spots  It's Funny to Everyone but Me   Options It's Funny to Everyone but Me/Just for a Thrill 10"  1939    1:10:59 (Pop‑up)
Jackie Vernon  Stardust   Options A Night In New York with Vic Damone and Jackie Vernon  1965    1:13:57 (Pop‑up)
Al Grey with Billy Mitchell  Stardust   Options Night Song  1963    1:16:10 (Pop‑up)
Martin Denny  Stardust   Options The Enchanted Sea  1959    1:21:25 (Pop‑up)
Martin Denny  Song of the Islands   Options The Enchanted Sea      1:23:17 (Pop‑up)
Los Diplomaticos  Contigo en la Distancia   Options Contigo en la Distancia      1:46:47 (Pop‑up)
Los Diplomaticos  Obsesion   Options Contigo en la Distancia      1:47:02 (Pop‑up)
Los Diplomaticos  Solamente Una Vez   Options Contigo en la Distancia      1:47:43 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Los Diplomaticos 
        1:47:52 (Pop‑up)
Marimba Chiapas  El Manicero   Options Cha Cha Cha Vol. 4  1959    1:49:14 (Pop‑up)
Marimba Chiapas  Las Clases de Cha Cha Cha   Options Cha Cha Cha Vol. 4      1:49:39 (Pop‑up)
Marimba Chiapas  El Tunel   Options Cha Cha Cha Vol. 4      1:49:54 (Pop‑up)
Jose Cubano and his Orchestra  Kiss Me Again   Options Cha Cha Cha      1:51:00 (Pop‑up)
Art Mooney and his Big Band  Bwana   Options Cha Cha Cha  1959    1:52:10 (Pop‑up)
Jose Cubano and his Orchestra  Toyland   Options Cha Cha Cha      1:53:57 (Pop‑up)
Jose Cubano and his Orchestra  Yama Yama Man   Options Cha Cha Cha      1:55:59 (Pop‑up)
Art Mooney and his Big Band  Glow Worm   Options Cha Cha Cha      1:58:38 (Pop‑up)
Eddie Maynard  Cha Cha No. 8   Options Perez Prado's Dance Party  196?    2:00:33 (Pop‑up)
Perez Prado  Guaglione   Options Great Mambos, Also Other Latin American Favorites  1960    2:03:25 (Pop‑up)
Perez Prado  Cuba en Cha Cha Cha   Options Great Mambos, Also Other Latin American Favorites      2:05:45 (Pop‑up)
Perez Prado  Mambo Macabre   Options Great Mambos, Also Other Latin American Favorites      2:08:47 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Perez Prado 
        2:16:22 (Pop‑up)
Norman (Arab) Sands and The Valiants  Don't Wanna Leave The Congo   Options Rockin' with Joe/Don't Wanna Leave The Congo  1960    2:17:28 (Pop‑up)
Gary Schneider  Civilization   Options Just For Fun - Just For Friends  1978    2:19:07 (Pop‑up)
Skatalites  African Dub   Options Herb Dub - Collie Dub  1976  with King Tubby  2:22:06 (Pop‑up)
Lee Perry  Place Called Africa version 3   Options Africa's Blood  1971    2:24:54 (Pop‑up)
Desmond Dekker  Pretty Africa   Options Pretty Africa/Sabotage 7"  1967    2:27:40 (Pop‑up)
Upsetters/Lee Perry  Cold Weather   Options Double Seven  1973    2:30:06 (Pop‑up)
Silvertones  African Dub Version   Options African Dub/African Dub Version 7"  1977  with King Tubby  2:32:57 (Pop‑up)
Geinoh Yamashirogumi  Gemsbok   Options Africa Genjoh (The African Vision Singing)  1982    2:36:21 (Pop‑up)
Geinoh Yamashirogumi  Mikadenunasho   Options Africa Genjoh (The African Vision Singing)      2:38:18 (Pop‑up)
Geinoh Yamashirogumi  Agba'a   Options Africa Genjoh (The African Vision Singing)      2:39:36 (Pop‑up)
Marty Manning  Forbidden Planet   Options The Twilight Zone  1961    2:42:52 (Pop‑up)
Manny Albam  I Had the Craziest Dream   Options I Had the Craziest Dream  1961    2:45:21 (Pop‑up)
Fantastic Strings Orchestra  Stranger in Paradise   Options Shadow of Your Smile  1972    2:47:39 (Pop‑up)
Dick Hyman & Mary Mayo  Stella by Starlight   Options Moon Gas  1963    2:49:54 (Pop‑up)
Hoagy Carmichael  Stardust   Options   1942    2:52:43 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Les Baxter  
Deep Night   Options Caribbean Moonlight      2:55:22 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

Avatar 6:55pm ndbob:

evening Evan and everyone!
Avatar 6:59pm Flash Strap:

hi bob!
Avatar 7:04pm Flash Strap:

how are we today?
Avatar 7:05pm Flash Strap:

it's worth pointing out: the character Nguru is a severed head that knows the way to Atlantis. That's what his character is.
Avatar 7:06pm Flash Strap:

"Not much is known about the radio series Moon Over Africa. It is thought to be a South African radio show which aired around 1937 or 1938. There are 26 episodes lasting 15 minutes each. Since nothing is really known about the series we are not sure if there were episodes which aired before, or after, these 26 episodes.

The 26 episodes follow an expedition led by Professor Anton Edwards as they search for the missing city of Atlantis. They follow the directions of a shrunken head which speaks the ancient language of the people of Atlantis and run into many strange dangers in the African jungle."
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:07pm melinda:

hi Evan & Bob!
Avatar 7:07pm ndbob:

wow Evan - this is new to me for sure
Avatar 7:08pm Flash Strap:

Hi Melinda!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:08pm Doug Schulkind:

Swoon over Explorers Room. Much is known and loved about this particular series.
Avatar 7:08pm Flash Strap:

hi there doug, you honey tongued charmer
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:09pm melinda:

New to me too.
Avatar 7:09pm Flash Strap:

all known episodes of Moon over Africa can be found here: archive.org...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:09pm Webhamster Henry:

This is wild.
Avatar 7:10pm Flash Strap:

Hey Henry! I agree
Avatar 7:10pm ndbob:

Hi Melinda! Doug! Harry!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:10pm melinda:

I'm picturing Margaret Hamilton when I hear the woman cackle.
Avatar 7:10pm ndbob:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:10pm melinda:

hi Bob! Henry!
Avatar 7:10pm Flash Strap:

@melinda: totally
Avatar 7:11pm ndbob:

@melinda Indeed
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:11pm Webhamster Henry:

I've been listening to lots of radio drammers (tm Judson Fountain) and am glad to hear one that's not just padded or full of mystery and murder.
Avatar 7:15pm hyde:

whoops, late due to spacing out on experimental animation movies on youtube
Avatar 7:15pm ndbob:

@henry wasn't there a Judson Fountain recording on the 365 days project?
Avatar 7:15pm Flash Strap:

well, it was time well-spent then. hi hyde!
Avatar 7:21pm ndbob:

Hoagy - from here in Bloomington
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:22pm Doug Schulkind:

@Webhamster Henry
Give the Drammer Some
Avatar 7:28pm Flash Strap:

This is one of my favorite songs, ever, ever.
Avatar 7:29pm northguineahills:

ah, Slim Gaillard!
Avatar 7:30pm Flash Strap:

hey NGH!
Avatar 7:32pm Flash Strap:

haha guy #2 is so annoyed for some reason
  7:37pm d:

what the hell???

i love this!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:37pm Webhamster Henry:

The naties are restless and want fried ice cream tonight.
Avatar 7:39pm Flash Strap:

Hi d! me too
Avatar 7:40pm Flash Strap:

man, all the voutness can't distract from the fact that Slim is 2nd to none on a guitar
  7:41pm d:

just discovered your show this week.

it's really great. listened to the beach boys show about 5 times now.
Avatar 7:42pm Flash Strap:

aw, shucks, Explorer D. Glad to have you on board. And glad to hear that Beach Boys show holds up to multiple listens! I cared a lot about that one
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:42pm Webhamster Henry:

@ndbob I don't think so: but you can hear some of those J F drammers in the WFMU archives; just search for him!
Avatar 7:49pm Flash Strap:

this song is so fucked up, everything that's interesting and all that's bad about exotica
Avatar 7:49pm ndbob:

will do Henry!
Avatar 7:50pm Flash Strap:

with that glimmer of hope for a better world, too
Avatar 7:52pm Flash Strap:

this whole record is so tops, my daddies. seriously
  7:54pm d:

hey flash - i'm a big denny wilson fan too - in case you haven't seen it there's a good doc on him online -

Avatar 7:58pm ndbob:

excellent first hour Evan - catch the rest on the archive as usual!
Avatar 7:58pm hyde:

@d oooh, i'll watch that. thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:00pm melinda:

see ya Bob! Hi d!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:02pm melinda:

I need some Ink Spots in my collection.
Avatar 8:05pm hyde:

everybody needs some Ink Spots
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:05pm melinda:

"Talk about golden shit..." haha
Avatar 8:07pm hyde:

oh, i love this one
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:07pm doctorjazz:

Hi-great set lists so far...can't stay now, will have to catch up with the archive!
Avatar 8:09pm coelacanth:

Hi Evan and Exploreres
Avatar 8:09pm Flash Strap:

"I'd be a knave for you": now that is love
Avatar 8:09pm Flash Strap:

@Hyde: so true
Avatar 8:09pm Flash Strap:

Hi Doc, welcome C-boy
Avatar 8:13pm Flash Strap:

this finale!
  8:14pm d:

hi melinda!

i can barely see you through the palm fronds...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:14pm Webhamster Henry:

This melody is already haunting my memory.
Avatar 8:15pm Flash Strap:

Avatar 8:17pm Flash Strap:

@ Henry: you're joking, but I love that about this song: it's about being haunted by a song, and it's a song that haunts you. You are being haunted by a song that's about being haunted by a song, and Hoagy Carmichael is a genius
  8:22pm d:

it's not possible to play this tune too many times...

how bout an "all stardust" episode?
Avatar 8:39pm hyde:

let's hear some cha cha cha scratching
Avatar 8:51pm Flash Strap:

whoo, finally caught up on the playlist
Avatar 8:54pm Flash Strap:

are we enjoying our cha chas?
Avatar 8:56pm Flash Strap:

for the record, these are 2 different LPs with same name
Avatar 8:59pm hyde:

cha cha cha is due for a revival.
Avatar 9:01pm Flash Strap:

I always thought this was a Prado LP, because it says it is, but it turns out there's only three Prado tracks on the whole thing
Avatar 9:02pm hyde:

when i was a kid, we used to get stoned and crank up the Perez Prado records one of my buddies' parents had. his records made a huge impression on me. they're so...exuberant.
Avatar 9:04pm Flash Strap:

I love Perez Prado, so so much. I know just what you mean, Hyde
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:06pm Alex In Illinois:

Somewhere I have a download of an album by Perez Prado and Rosemary Clooney.
Avatar 9:07pm Flash Strap:

I think I have that one, too Alex! And Hello to you!
Avatar 9:10pm Flash Strap:

god, Prado is a king
Avatar 9:15pm hyde:

thanks a lot, the junk store man/swamp thing parallel just made me cough laughing
Avatar 9:19pm Flash Strap:

ha ha wonderful, Hyde
Avatar 9:19pm Flash Strap:

this song has basically no redeeming qualities. maybe one, at the most
Avatar 9:21pm Flash Strap:

i mean, is there a better example of terrible doubletracking of vocals?
  9:26pm yellowbird:

I've gotta agree Flash; it was a completely absurd production choice.
Avatar 9:28pm Flash Strap:

Hey yellowbird!
  9:29pm yellowbird:

Good evening!
Avatar 9:33pm northguineahills:

loving the dubtastic set!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:33pm Webhamster Henry:

Thanks for giving the drummer some Civilization, Cha Cha, and Vout-o-roonie!
Avatar 9:33pm Flash Strap:

me too, NGH. bout time i got into sub dubtasticity on this show
Avatar 9:34pm Flash Strap:

my pleasure, my hamster friend
Avatar 9:44pm Flash Strap:

Y'all still with me? cause this last stretch is a doozy
Avatar 9:46pm northguineahills:

yep, but I'll be jumping in the shower in a few minutes....
Avatar 9:46pm hyde:

still here. the lee perry etc set was great.
Avatar 9:51pm northguineahills:

Hyman's proto-electronic records!
  9:53pm d:

i was hoping you'd play this version

Avatar 9:53pm Flash Strap:

glad you like it
Avatar 9:57pm coelacanth:

Thanks Evan ! 'night all
Avatar 10:00pm Flash Strap:

gooooood night pallies!
Avatar 10:01pm hyde:

thanks man, farewell all
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