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Saturday, February 28, 2009 Options
Bosphorus Blow-Out Jet Lag Edition...

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...or, I went to Turkey and all I got was this gigantic pile of cds!


Your DJ single-handedly resurrects the Turkish music industry at the IMC Blok in Istanbul,
home base for over 200 record labels.


Special thanks to:

Selen Zorlu from Istanbul-based Doublemoon Records.

Ahmet Uluğ from Doublemoon Records.

Istanbul-based musician Ulaş Özdemir whose day job is with Kalan Müzik.

Murat Ertel from Istanbul band Baba Zula.

Işık Sarıhan from Ankara band Hayvanlar Alemi.

Toronto-based musician Brenna MacCrimmon.

And my infinitely patient partner Katie Gentile of the New York / New Jersey band The Special Pillow.

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Cahit Oben: Halime Options / Various Artists: Altın Mikrofon / Dogan Music
Thanks to Murat Ertel from Baba Zula!

Mavi Işıklar: Helvacı Options / Various Artists: Altın Mikrofon / Dogan Music

Kemani Cemal Cinarli: Bu Yil Bekar Kalalim Options / Sulukule / Traditional Crossroads

Selim Sesler: The Song of a Homesick Bride Options / Anatolian Wedding / Doublemoon
Vocals: Brenna MacCrimmon

Beirut: Venice Options / March of the Zapotec / Ba Da Bing / *

Bar Beida 04 vs Mercan Dede: Zefir Options / Various Artists: Doublemoon Remixed / Doublemoon

Kasbah Rockers: Hikayati Options / Kasbah Rockers / Barraka el Farnatshi

Rokia Traore: Zen Options / Tchamantche / Nonesuch / *

Chanchiki: Rasshoi!! Options / Gokuraku

Takashi Hirayasu & Bob Brozman: Bebe Nu Kusakaiga Options / Jin Jin Firefly / World Music Network

Madame XD: Black Silk Options / Black Silk EP / It's Hot Man! / *

Akron/Family: Ed is a Portal Options / Love is Simple / Young God
Thanks to Dan Bodah for turning me on to this - I'll be MC'ing for Dan next Sunday morning during our fundraiser!

Akido: Psychedelic Baby Options / Akido / Mercury

Monomono: Awareness Is What You Need Options / The Dawn of Awareness / Capitol

Occidental Brothers Dance Band International: Akwaaba "You Are Welcome" Options / Odo Sanbra / *
Pre-release - official release party will be at the Empty Bottle in Chicago on April 17

Les Amazones de Guinee: Zawi Options / Wamato / Sterns / *

Mbilia Bel: Eswi Yo Wapi Options / Bel Canto / Sterns / *

Cem Karaca: Bindik Bir Alamete Options / Bindik Bir Alamete / Majör Müzik
1999 release by the great Anatolian rocker, currently out of print (I may have incorrectly suggested on-air that it was newer than that).

Edip Akbayram & Dostlar: Dar Agaci Options / Nedir Ne Degilder / Yavuz Asocal

Hasan Erdogan: Zaman Kalmadi Options / Engel Olma Yollarma "Mapushane" / Ozlem

Fuat Saka: Sotka Faroz Options / Lazutlar III / Allaturka

Youssou N'Dour: Pullo Ardo Options / Rokku Mi Rokka / Nonesuch

West Philadelphia Orchestra: Geamparalele Options / West Philadelphia Orchestra

Burcan Ocal & Enver Izmailov: Hikaye Options / Black Sea / Ada Muzik
"Legend"

Aynur: Eman Eman - Eman Dilo Options / Nupel / Kalan

Taksim Trio: Gitti de Gitti Options / Taksim Trio / Doublemoon

Gonul Akkor: Boyle Gelmis Boyle Gecer Dunya Options / Various Artists: Yilidizlarin Altinda / Kalan
Vintage Turkish film song

Cahit Berkay: Selvi Boylum Al Yazmalim Options / Various Artists: Yilidizlarin Altinda / Kalan
Vintage Turkish film song

Abigail Washburn and the Sparrow Quartet: Kangding Qingge Options / Abigail Washburn and the Sparrow Quartet / Nettwerk

Dry Branch Fire Squad: Rider on an Orphan Train Options / Echoes of the Mountains / Rounder / *




Listener comments!

  Sat. 2/28/09 6:22pm slugluv1313:

hi Rob!!!!!!!! i gotta run back to (thankfully EMPTY) laundromat (hey this IS Hoboken on a Saturday night hahahaha!!!!!) BUT i am leaving yer show on for *feline enjoyment* !!!
  Sat. 2/28/09 6:23pm Dursun Sakarya:

WTF!!! can't get away from this stuff
Thank Allah for TRT3, they only play nonTurkish misic.
  Sat. 2/28/09 6:24pm Your DJ:

I have to say slugluv that our cats seem a little ambivalent to my show and FMU in general - but maybe yours are more cultured...
  Sat. 2/28/09 6:27pm Your DJ:

But Dursun, the singer is Canadian!
  Sat. 2/28/09 6:29pm Dursun Sakarya:

oh that her
my sister told me about her. she's more Turkish than Turks.
  Sat. 2/28/09 6:38pm Your DJ:

That's right, Brenna spent about ten years in Istanbul - though she's back in Toronto now - and has sung with quite a number of groups and artists in different styles. I just got back from Turkey myself, that's why I'm a little obsessed but I understand your feelings - after all I'm Jewish and I don't always want to hear Klezmer! But we won't be all-Turkish tonight; I'll be playing other stuff too.
  Sat. 2/28/09 6:47pm Dursun Sakarya:

the stuff you're playing is HUGELY better than the pop crap I hear on TV & radio.
recommendation: Desert Dreams of Light: music from the Silk Road.
  Sat. 2/28/09 6:56pm Your DJ:

Thanks Dursun!
  Sat. 2/28/09 7:01pm Scott:

The World's best world music show. Rob, you're some kind of genius.
This is what the marketing people call "appointment listening".
  Sat. 2/28/09 7:03pm Your DJ:

Why gee thanks Scott!
  Sat. 2/28/09 7:20pm julian:

just tuned in. seems like I missed the turkish sets. damn. any more coming up later?

so, you went to turkey. lucky you!
how was the pide? and the imam bayildi?
  Sat. 2/28/09 7:22pm Your DJ:

Great Pide. And more Turkish music coming soon...
  Sat. 2/28/09 7:27pm isik:

hi rob. I just came to check the station and you're on air! Enjoyed your final day here?
  Sat. 2/28/09 7:31pm Your DJ:

Hi Isik - yes indeed - and we did make it to the record store Dost in Ankara where I added a few last discs to my gigantic pile! (By the way dear listeners, Isik plays in a great band from Ankara that you may have heard on FMU, Hayvanlar Alemi!)
  Sat. 2/28/09 7:42pm Steven S:

Damn, that Mbilia Bel cut RAWKS.
  Sat. 2/28/09 7:46pm Your DJ:

It's a classic - kind of her signature song. Glad you enjoyed it.
  Sat. 2/28/09 7:51pm isik:

oh, thanks for mentioning that! anyway, you're welcome back anytime. I hope there will be more action in Ankara then... and falafels.

(by the way if I haven't heard it wrong, you've just said that Cem Karaca is still active. he died a few years ago.)
  Sat. 2/28/09 7:52pm Mac:

Blew off Opera with the wife to listen to your show (and do some work).
I know it is late but I wanted to offer my art-design services for your Marathon Give-away CD. Already pledged for your Funky Gaida. Maybe next year?
  Sat. 2/28/09 8:00pm Your DJ:

Thanks Mac! I feel terribly responsible though - I don't want to undermine your social life! But hey but that's very nice of you re: art-design. Certainly could be something for the future.
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