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Options June 1, 2017: Lewiston, Belew, Hybrid Dub, & Radical Jewish Culture

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Artist Track Album Label Year Comments
  Intro          
Unknown  Sekehe Genggong: a) Pemungkah b) Frog Song c) Flute Solo   Options Music From The Morning Of The World  Nonesuch Explorer  1967  recorded by David Lewiston ‎ 
Unknown  Oígame Juanita   Options In Praise Of Oxalá And Other Gods / Black Music Of South America  Nonesuch Explorer  1970  recorded by David Lewiston ‎ 
Guapi  A Adorar A Antonio   Options In Praise Of Oxalá And Other Gods / Black Music Of South America  Nonesuch Explorer  1970  recorded by David Lewiston ‎ 
Unknown  Arrullo San Antonio   Options In Praise Of Oxalá And Other Gods / Black Music Of South America  Nonesuch Explorer  1970  recorded by David Lewiston ‎ 
I Mario  Bumblebee (Tumililingan)   Options Golden Rain - Balinese Gamelan Music - Ketjak: The Ramayana Monkey Chant  Nonesuch Explorer  1969  recorded by David Lewiston ‎ 
 
Music behind DJ:
 
  Golden Rain - Balinese Gamelan Music - Ketjak: The Ramayana Monkey Chant       
Talking Heads  Born Under Punches   Options Rome Concert 1980    1980  with Bernie Worrell & Adrian Belew 
David Bowie  Stay   Options Stage    1978  rec. live 1978 with Adrian Belew on lead guitar 
Laurie Anderson  Credit Racket   Options Home of the Brave    1986  Adrian Belew on guitar, Bill Laswell on bass 
Jean-Michel Jarre  Diva   Options Zoolook    1984  with vocals by Laurie Anderson and guitar&effects by Adrian Belew 
Laurie Anderson  Sharkey's Day   Options Mister Heartbreak    1984  Adrian Belew on guitar 
David Bowie  Red Sails   Options Lodger    1979  Adrian Belew on guitar 
Talking Heads  Listening Wind   Options Remain in Light    1980  Adrian Belew on guitar 
Adrian Belew  Young Lions   Options Young Lions    1990   
Adrian Belew  Hot Sun   Options Lone Rhino    1982   
 
Music behind DJ:
Adrian Belew 
Naive Guitar   Options Lone Rhino       
Lee 'Scratch' Perry & Adrian Sherwood  Lucky Tarzan   Options Dub Setter    2010   
Lee 'Scratch' Perry & Adrian Sherwood  Elixir of Life   Options Dub Setter    2010   
African Head Charge  Language & Mentality   Options Off the Beaten Track    1986  prod. Adrian Sherwood 
African Head Charge  Over the Sky   Options Off the Beaten Track    1986  prod. Adrian Sherwood 
General Strike  Sea Hunt   Options Danger in Paradise    1984  David Cunningham with Steve Beresford & David Toop 
General Strike  Guided Missiles   Options Danger in Paradise    1984  David Cunningham with Steve Beresford & David Toop; Lol Coxhill on Sax 
General Strike  Danger In Paradise   Options Danger in Paradise    1984  David Cunningham with Steve Beresford & David Toop 
Creation Rebel / New Age Steppers  Chemical Specialist   Options Threat To Creation    1981  prod. Adrian Sherwood 
The Missing Brazilians  Quicksand Beach Party   Options Warzone    1984  The Missing Brazilians = Adrian Sherwood 
Pecker  Pecker Power (Part Two)   Options Pecker Power    1980  Pecker=Masahito Hashida; with Carlton and Aston Barrett, rec. at Tuff Gong studios 
Pecker  Pecker Power (Part One)   Options Pecker Power    1980   
Brenda Ray  Swirlin Hearts   Options Walatta    2006  feat. Sir Freddie Viadukt aka the Minister of Noise; prod. by Scientist 
Steven Bernstein  Dybbuk Dub   Options Diaspora Soul  Tzadik - Radical Jewish Culture  1999   
 
Music behind DJ:
Steven Bernstein 
L'Chaim   Options Diaspora Soul       
Greg Wall  Among The Exile, By The River Kiver   Options Later Prophets  Tzadik - Radical Jewish Culture  2004  Gary Lucas on guitar 
Frank London  Imanu Malkheteynu   Options Scientist At Work  Tzadik - Radical Jewish Culture  2002  with John Zorn on sax 
Frank London  Golem Khosidl   Options Scientist At Work  Tzadik - Radical Jewish Culture  2002   
Marc Ribot  Caravan   Options Requiem For What's-His-Name    1992   
Gary Lucas  The Mensch in the Moon   Options Busy Being Born  Tzadik - Radical Jewish Culture  1998   
 
Music behind DJ:
Muzsikás  
Lamenting Song (Keserves)   Options Máramaros - The Lost Jewish Music Of Transylvania    1993   

Listener comments!

Avatar 6:56pm Flash Strap:

Evening, explorers!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:02pm doctorjazz:

Hey, Flash!
  7:02pm Dean:

Dang, was looking forward to Lewiston stuff, but gotta catch a bus!
Avatar 7:03pm Flash Strap:

this first set is in tribute to a great explorer of sound who just this week marched into the hereafter. David Lewiston. www.nonesuch.com...
Avatar 7:03pm Flash Strap:

Hi Dean, Hi Doc!

Sorry about the bus Dean
Avatar 7:03pm hyde:

Lewiston? I hope that's not Lewiston Maine where as an ill advised teenager I went to see the Grateful Dead at the place where Sonny Liston once fought Muhammad Ali. (actually it was fun)
Avatar 7:04pm Flash Strap:

haha this stuff is so wild
Avatar 7:05pm Flash Strap:

Hi Hyde! Not that Lewiston, rest assured. Does sound fun though
Avatar 7:07pm hyde:

ah, David Lewiston. Cool. It *was* fun, though luckily for me i jettisoned the Dead for hardcore punk rock soon after. (Apologies to Dead fans.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:07pm doctorjazz:

This is really bizarre sounding-if someone from the Chicago AACM/avant garde recorded it, you'd feel right at home.
Avatar 7:09pm Flash Strap:

Totally get what you mean, Doc

oh, btw, helpful liner notes on this LP: Recorded in Colombia, Ecuador and Brazil.

Throughout South America, the descendants of the millions of slaves brought to the New World by the Spanish and Portuguese still pay homage to the pantheon of their African ancestors, often, albeit, under the identities of Christian saints.
Avatar 7:12pm Flash Strap:

So we got two for St. Anthony tonight
Avatar 7:13pm Flash Strap:

I, Mario!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:15pm doctorjazz:

@Hyde-por que no los dos, as my daughter would say? I followed the dead in the early 70's, went for punk later in the decade, but was still listening to the Dead afterwards (though there was a long span I didn't listen much, 90's and 00's, listen some again now).
Avatar 7:19pm Flash Strap:

I never really got into the Dead or hardcore, so i had neither. I do love the Rhythm Devils, though

But I guess if you never saw the Dead live or attended a hardcore show, which I have not, you just have no idea about either scene.
Avatar 7:20pm hyde:

@doctorjazz hehe. i was seventeen, and listened to a lot of jazz and 60's music at that time. (i mean, i saw Sun Ra in 1980 too!) i just kind of soured on the whole Dead thing by 1981, and rejected it. some of it still sounds OK (i actually listened to the Lewiston show on the Internet Archive a couple months ago and it was fine. SOme of it was good.) but there's just a lot of noodling and baggage that goes along with that whole package that just isn't my thing anymore, that's all.
Avatar 7:20pm jefff:

man this is cool
Avatar 7:23pm hyde:

@Flash well, tomorrow night i'm going to see Jerry's Kids, who were one of the seminal Boston hardcore bands I used to go see circa 1983 or so. we'll see how that stands up!

i'm not slam dancing though, that's a young man's game
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:29pm doctorjazz:

Sounds like fun
Went to see Phil Lesh a few months ago, that was fun (he had Stanley Jordan on guitar, interesting mix).
Saw Sun Ra many times in the 80's, he used to play all sorts of clubs in Manhattan; man, that was amazing!
  7:33pm JtotheK:

Hi Flash, hi explorers!
Avatar 7:33pm Flash Strap:

Hi Jeff!

Jerry's Kids is such a good name for a hardcore outfit.

Hi JtotheK! Wonderful to see you!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:34pm doctorjazz:

This version of Talking Heads was pretty amazing. (saw the earlier version a few times)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:34pm Listener Scott:

This is one of the best live shows ever. Most (all?) of it's available on Youtube too. They're all so relaxed, and Belew was having the time of his life.
Avatar 7:35pm Flash Strap:

or should I say Hi Jefff!

@doc: it really is. this performance almost edges out all other versions for me, honestly, except that they're all too good
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:35pm Listener Scott:

I just saw Belew at the Iridium, he's still incredible.
Avatar 7:35pm hyde:

@doc jazz yeah, the guy we stay with in Boston is going to see some leftover Dead band bunch that is playing at Fenway this summer. i'm not sure what the band is, but i imagine it's that same bunch.

i only saw Sun Ra once, at Mass Art. it may have been 1979, not 1980.

i'm amused that as i'm reminiscing about all this that Flash is playing Talking Heads ca. 1980. i saw the Remain in Light tour too at the Orpheum in Boston, haha
Avatar 7:36pm Flash Strap:

Hi Listener Scott! I was watching those videos and just dying, they're so good. And yeah, Belew always looks like he's in a state of grace. or rapture
Avatar 7:40pm Flash Strap:

there's a video of this performance as well, Belew is on fire and Bowie is just cracking up watching him play.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:40pm Listener Scott:

Born under punches and Crosseyed and Painless from that Rome show are the standouts on the video.
Avatar 7:41pm Flash Strap:

totally agree, Scott
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:43pm Listener Scott:

At the Belew show I sat near some guys who attend Belew's "camp" each year, I think in Woodstock. They had a lot of interesting stories, and had a great take on why Belew doesn't tour with Fripp. Basically, Fripp makes the entire touring group practice each day for two weeks, 6 hours a day, so they sound like they're in the studio when they play live. Belew far too loose for that sort of regimentation.
Avatar 7:44pm hyde:

wait, what? i live in Woodstock! i have never heard of this, though i'm really not plugged in up here. dang.
Avatar 7:45pm Flash Strap:

huh, that makes sense. I know Belew is a huge part of the King Crimson (v.2) sound, but it just does nothing for me, and I suspect that's why. On the other hand, the only time I really groove on Fripp is when Bowie or Eno have him totally off guard
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:47pm Listener Scott:

Looked it up, it's in Big Indian NY, not Woodstock:
www.facebook.com...
Avatar 7:48pm Little Danny:

just made it in! greetings Evan and flashers and strappers alike
Avatar 7:48pm hyde:

@Flash fwiw i actually saw that King Crimson band play too maybe ca. 1986 in Amherst, and it was pretty great. but you could tell there was a total dichotomy between cool Fripp and hot Belew on stage, like Scott says
Avatar 7:50pm Little Danny:

Whoa I had no idea Jean-Michel Jarre sounded like THIS
Avatar 7:51pm Flash Strap:

Hi LD!

@Hyde: I bet it was great, and seeing it live would probably be the best way to find your way into that kind of music. at least, it would be for me I think
Avatar 7:51pm hyde:

@Scott ah, Big Indian. well, that's not too far from here. maybe 15 miles.
Avatar 7:52pm Flash Strap:

@LD: I love pretty much all of Jarre's prime-years work, but this album is totally, astonishingly unique and special. You'd love it, man
Avatar 7:53pm Flash Strap:

of course, Laurie being on this totally MAKES it
Avatar 7:56pm hyde:

@Flash yeah, it was cool. and the more i think about it, it had to be earlier than '86. maybe late 81 early 82, because i think it was before Beat. i was never a huge King Crimson guy, but it was sort of when they had their second act
Avatar 7:59pm Flash Strap:

jesus, basically no one gets me in the soul the way Laurie Anderson does
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:59pm Listener Scott:

Belew photos I took at the Iridium show
www.flickr.com...
Avatar 8:00pm Hams:

one of the best shows i've seen was laurie anderson at battery park in new york, right there on the river. for free. really something else.
Avatar 8:02pm Flash Strap:

Hi there, Hams! Maybe the best show I ever saw in my life was seeing her this last winter with Phillip Glass for his 80th birthday. he was just okay, but she was totally brilliant beyond belief. I cried like a baby
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:04pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Half a Century of Bowie Albums - Today.
Avatar 8:04pm Hams:

ha. yeah, i wanted to cry too at the show, actually. funny.
Avatar 8:04pm Flash Strap:

some notes on Belew's soloing here:

"The variable is Adrian Belew, who came to the Lodger sessions some time after recording had started. Taking a cue from Robert Fripp’s improvisational work on “Heroes,” Bowie, Tony Visconti and Eno used a similar tactic, not letting Belew hear any of the tracks before he soloed on them, not even giving him a key or chords as clues. So Belew, alone in the studio and being monitored by closed-circuit cameras, ripped out the solos for “DJ,” Boys Keep Swinging” and “Red Sails” in three takes each. He was cut off just as he was growing familiar with each song.

Belew’s various solos were then dissected, with Bowie and Visconti taking the shards they thought fit a particular section and dubbing them in. The result, like the tremolo-laden, joyous Belew patchworks in “Red Sails,” was somehow perfect—the solos sound as if they were crafted beforehand, but keep their sense of barely-controlled energy. It’s waves of thought being voiced on strings." bowiesongs.wordpress.com...
Avatar 8:05pm Little Danny:

wow! (re: 50yrs of Bowie)
Avatar 8:05pm Flash Strap:

Hi RevRab!

@Hams: She has that effect, it's like she cuts through everything to show you a truth beyond beauty or fear but full of both
Avatar 8:06pm Little Danny:

And thanks for the tip on that Jarre album, Flash!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:06pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Have enjoyed Belew's solo albums - to me, evoking 'AbbeyRoad'~'LetItBe', of all things...
Avatar 8:08pm Flash Strap:

I really like some of his solo stuff - it's hit and miss for me, but the hits hit hard
Avatar 8:10pm Flash Strap:

I love all the hard boiled third worldisms on this LP. It has that a bit in common with Lodger, though the approaches are pretty different
Avatar 8:38pm Flash Strap:

that's Einstein, baby!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:38pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Love his voice.
Avatar 8:40pm Flash Strap:

it's a perfect Einstein voice!
Avatar 8:46pm Flash Strap:

this record is so interesting
Avatar 8:54pm geezerette:

uncategorizeable :D
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:54pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

PetSounds at Night.
Avatar 8:57pm Flash Strap:

Hi Geezerette! How goes it?
Avatar 8:58pm coelacanth∅:

olá Evan e Exploradores
Avatar 8:59pm Flash Strap:

Coelacanth! Good evening!
Avatar 9:04pm geezerette:

Hey Evan! Good,thanks!, you? :)
  9:04pm bopapocalypse:

just gettin here, this song is fire
Avatar 9:06pm hyde:

whoops, i'm awol from playlist comments reading my book about The Last Mughal. But I'm still absorbing the tunes, do not worry...
Avatar 9:07pm geezerette:

Hiya Coel & RevRab. :) Hiya Hyde.
Avatar 9:07pm northguineahills:

Pecker sounds like a precursor Yamasuka Eye, Nabakuza Takmura, and Aki Onda's Audio Sports....
Avatar 9:09pm Flash Strap:

Hey Big Bopper! Hi NGH!
Avatar 9:12pm hyde:

hellooooooo geezerette!
Avatar 9:14pm geezerette:

:::::D !
  9:16pm bopapocalypse:

yo flash! ya know i got to check in & get my mind expanded by this & assorted other things ;)
Avatar 9:17pm Flash Strap:

Never better than when you're on the scene, Spooky One
  9:20pm Dean:

Off the bus, out of the car, errands run, home, catching up with comments and playlist. Re: Hyde's comments, I brag incessantly, usually on Uncle Michael's show, that I attended every Grateful Dead concert. Didn't miss one. I was with hyde at that Maine show. More plausibly, I also spent time in punk, at the advent of the LA scene. Fond memories.

Not sure what prompted the Belew set, and I'm not a big fan, but he adds interesting spice to a track on a live Robert Palmer album.
Avatar 9:20pm northguineahills:

David Gould's "Adonai in Dub"on Tzadik Recs is the most awesome mix of trad Jewish music w/ Perry-esque dub ot there
Avatar 9:29pm Flash Strap:

@NGH: I gotta hear that!
Avatar 9:32pm Flash Strap:

I love how trippy this is. I love this track
  9:32pm bopapocalypse:

this is real nice. very lynchian.
Avatar 9:32pm hyde:

@Dean ha!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:34pm Doug Schulkind:

Home from my daughter's high school spring orchestra concert! Glad to now be attending my brother's spring sonic extravaganza!
Avatar 9:35pm Flash Strap:

Welcome brother Doug!
  9:37pm bopapocalypse:

hey doug ya tall drink of water. what a sight for sore eyes!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:38pm doctorjazz:

Love Tzadik recordings, you could almost pull one out at random, chances are good I'll like it (especially the Radical Jewish Culture stuff).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:39pm Doug Schulkind:

I like to think of myself as a tall drink of seltzer.
Avatar 9:41pm hyde:

stream drop!
Avatar 9:41pm hyde:

ok now though
Avatar 9:42pm Flash Strap:

@Doc: I agree, I think the series contains easily some of the best music of the late 90s and early 2000s

@Hyde: I should be back now?
Avatar 9:42pm hyde:

@Flash yeah, just a brief interlude. fine now.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:43pm Doug Schulkind:

Gone for just a microblip, Sir Flash.
Avatar 9:43pm Flash Strap:

hate when that happens. gnash my teeth, hiss
Avatar 9:46pm northguineahills:

The worst Tzadik Record I heard, my reaction was, "meh, that was pretty good, but I don't think I'll buy that today."
Avatar 9:47pm Flash Strap:

so true, NGH
  9:47pm Dean:

I hammer on this, too. Claw Hammer's "Caravan" is bananas. Worth hearing.
Avatar 9:48pm hyde:

@Dean i love Claw Hammer
  9:49pm Dean:

@hyde, me, too. Heard them a handful of times at, e.g., Al's Bar, Mr. T Bowl. Damn, I miss them.
Avatar 9:52pm northguineahills:

David Gould was originally in the Boston ska/Reggae band, John Brown's Body". He first made "Adonai" as a regular Jewish reggae record. Zorn asked him to make a dub version. It took multiple versions as Zorn kept on asking for "more dub!". Finally, Zorn dubbed it out himself, and it sold better then Gould's original.
Avatar 9:52pm Little Danny:

Thanks for another superb show, Flash! You make it sound so easy
  9:52pm Dean:

That's great. "More dub!" Sounds like a SNL routine...
Avatar 9:53pm Little Danny:

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Avatar 9:54pm northguineahills:

I like how Zorn released the Marc Bolan and the Serge Gainesbourg tributes under the Radical Jewish Cultrue series
Avatar 9:54pm northguineahills:

Thanks Flash, see you next week!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:56pm doctorjazz:

Thanks, Flash!
Avatar 9:57pm hyde:

thanks Flash!
Avatar 9:58pm Flash Strap:

Thanks all! See you in Danny's room or back here same time next week

Have wonderful days and splendid nights
Avatar 10:10pm coelacanth∅:

Thanks Evan!
  11:35am Andrés Miranda Aqueveque:

Ludwig Z!!!!
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