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Show #82: Artists You Should Know, Jessica Fichot

Posted November 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Jessica Fichot has a new album, an EP of 7 songs called Dear Shanghai, that celebrates her Chinese parentage and background. Her past 2 albums, Le Chemin (The Path) and Le Secret (The Secret), demonstrate her talent at French chanson-style and writing, complete with bal musette (think French cafe à la Robert Doisneau) accordion, gypsy swing, folk, pop, and other French popular styles. The new album, Dear Shanghai, brings …

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Audiophile Alert: Me & Henry Rollins

Posted November 19, 2014 by | 3 Comments
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Awhile back, Henry Rollins wrote a feature for Stereophile, a monthly rag for hi-fi enthusiasts and nerds. Henry is hardly a nerd, to wit this statement, he wrote in his article entitled “I Am an Audiophile”:
“People can hurl any epithet they want about the snobbishness they think audiophiles retain. Let them drink their wine from boxes. The sound of my Bob Ludwig-mastered pressing of Led Zeppelin’s Houses …

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Breakup Songs to Wallow In

Posted November 17, 2014 by | 3 Comments
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While the upcoming holidays can be cause for cheer for many, they can also open up a black hole that others emerge from only after Valentine’s Day.
My current relationship status is happy and stable, but with the holidays just around the corner, I find myself musing back on certain songs or pieces of music that I once listened to repeatedly post-breakup. Naturally, the songs were different …

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Show #81: Lesser-Known Brazilian Gems

Posted November 14, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Brazilian superstar Caetano Veloso once characterized Brazil as “the great other” Why? Because following Columbus’ discovery of the New World in 1493, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain went to the Pope to lay claim to these newly discovered territories. Under the 1494 Treaty of Tordesillas, the Spanish-born Pope Alexader VI issued a papal bull decreeing all territories longitudinally 370 miles west of the …

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Don’t Miss: Ana Moura—This Friday, November 14

Posted November 11, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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I am a huge fan of fado, and I am particularly fond of Ana Moura. Fado, like the blues, jazz, and tango, originated in the lower rungs of Portuguese society, in Lisbon’s working class areas like the Mouraria, Alfama, and Bairro Alto port areas in the 1820s. With boats docking in at these ports from all over the world, early fado took its influences from both Arabic modes …

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RIP: Manitas de Plata, “A Great and Savage Artist” (1921–2014)

Posted November 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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“A great and savage artist” were the words John Steinbeck once used to describe gypsy guitarist, Ricardo Baliardo, better known as “Manitas de Plata” for his “little silver hands.” Born in 1921 to a traveling gypsy caravan in the Camargue region of southern France, de Plata never learned to read or write (he was tasked with begging as a child), but was a self-taught …

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Show #80: Songs of Ecstasy and Enchantment

Posted November 7, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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I didn’t really know at first what to call this show, but I did know that these are all songs of wonder good for musing and dreaming. Some of them I have enjoyed for years and never tired of.
We begin with Pakistani sufi master the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, originally from an obscure Angel album called Spirit II: Spirit of Rumi. Graeme Revell produced this …

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Tinariwen, The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer

Posted November 3, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Tinariwen, The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer sounds like a gruesome scene from the Kel Tamashek uprising of 1963 in northern Mali that saw the death of messianic Tinarwen frontman Ibrahim Ag Alhabib’s parents when he was a small boy. But in fact, it’s actually the group’s playbill for the North America tour for their latest album, Emmaar.
When The Harpoonist (Shawn Hall) and the …

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Show #79: The Other Side o’ Halloween

Posted October 29, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Halloween, like a lot of holidays, brings about the same songs again and again. You’ll always hear things like “Monster Mash,” “Werewolves of London,” or “Thriller.”
A few years ago, I wrote a post about the talented Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, who was by no means a one-trick Halloween pony, but sadly, came to be known for only one of his songs, “I Put A Spell On You” …

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Flamenco Superstar El Cigala Debuts at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Posted October 28, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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First there was Camarón de la Isla (“Shrimp of the Island”), named because he was skinny and taunted for his complexion being as white as the albino “ghost shrimp” found in the mud volcanoes along the Gulf of Cádiz. He didn’t live long, dying of cancer in 1992 at the age of 42, but was already hailed then as the greatest cantaor (singer) of all …

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