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Saturday, August 1, 2009 Options
Alash Live + New Releases, Mixed Bag

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Alash is a quartet of master throat singers and instrumentalists from Tuva, the tiny but music-rich Central Asian republic. Proteges of Tuvan musical ambassador Kongar-ool Ondar (who you may know from the documentary film Genghis Blues), Alash mainly focuses on traditional repertoire. But the group also cites Jimi Hendrix as an influence and has collaborated with the Sun Ra Arkestra and Béla Fleck.

Alash is currently on the road in North America - gigs in the WFMU area include an August 9 date with the Sun Ra Arkestra at the Rotunda in Philadelphia, and their tour-ending August 15 gig at cozy Barbes in Park Slope, Brooklyn. See for full info on tour dates. The website also includes excellent background on the group, the traditions, the songs and the instruments (including images of course).

We catch the ensemble for a live session, with background provided by their sidekick and sometime collaborator Sean Quirk. Thanks to our illustrious engineer, Mark Triant

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Babasonicos: El Idolo Options / Mucho / Universal / *

Susheela Raman: Love Trap Options / Love Trap / Narada

Samim: Heater Options / Heater / Physical (12")
Claud Vonstroke mix / Samples Cumbia Cienaguera by Alberto Pacheco.

Dengue Fever: I Feel Love Options / Radio Dance Floor / M80 / *
Featuring Inara George. Download-only release.

Los Amigos Invisibles: Sueno Erotico Options / Commercial / Nacional / *

Sladka Yagoda: Ah, Samara-Gorodok Options / Ah, Samara-Gorodok / Eastex Music
Artist: Сладка ягода - "Sweet Berry"; cd and song title "Ах, Самара-городок" means "Ah, Samara City". Russian disco-folk cd I picked up in the Jerusalem Bus Station.

Iggy Pop: Les Feuilles Mortes (Marc's Theme) Options / Preliminaires / Astralwerks / *

Burhan Ocal and the Trakya All Stars: Opaz Options / Various Artists: Istanbul Twilight / Doublemoon
Smadj mix / vocals: Burcu Baş

Sjahin During: African Donkey Options / Afro Anatolian Tales / Doublemoon / *
Vocals: Aynur

Roberto Rodriguez: Oran Oran Options / Timba Talmud / Tzadik / *

Alash: Synn Miyar Options
Live on WFMU

Alash: Dyngyldai Options
Live on WFMU

Alash: Kargyraa Options
Live on WFMU

Alash: Bai-Taiga Options
Live on WFMU

Alash: Xoomei Options
Live on WFMU

Alash: Bashtak-la Deesh Meni Kanchaar? (I'm a Joker) Options
Live on WFMU

Alash: Dekei-oo and Saiyzyral Options / Alash

Huun Huur Tu and Carmen Rizzo: Orphaned Child Options / Eternal / *

Kongar-Ol Ondar: Where Has My Country Gone? Options / Back Tuva Future / Warner Brothers
With Willie Nelson

Berry Sakharof: Malitzati Bedagati Hadufa Options / Ibn Gabirol / Helicon Records / *
With Rea Mochiach. 12 new songs with lyrics taken from the poetry of 11th century Jewish philosopher Solomon Ibn Gabirol.

Niyaz: Hejran Options / Nine Heavens / Six Degrees

Keyvan Chemirani with Faiz Ali Faiz: The Light of the Eyes of Believers is Ali Options / Le Rhythme de la Parole / Accords Croises

Toto La Momposina: Curura Options / La Candela Viva / Real World
The title of the cd refers to a ball of fire, made of cloth, that is kicked around the street in the village of Talaigua (Toto la Momposina's home village on the remote island of Mompos in northern Atlantic coast Colombia).

Toto La Momposina: Mami Wata Options / Pacanto / World Village

Slavic Soul Party: Have a Beer (Remix) Options / Remixed / Barbes

17 Hippies: Atchafalaya Options / El Dorado / Hipster / *

Toni Kitanovski and the Cherkezi Orchestra: Tetovska Options / Borderlands / Enja
Macedonian jazz guitarist and his big band.

Auktyon: Debil Options / Girls Sing / Geometriya

Listener comments!

  Sat. 8/1/09 6:10pm slugluv1313:

ooooooooo SUSHEELA!!!!!!!!! (hoping to see her and BQP at Lincoln Center's outdoor thang!) THANKS SO MUCH ROB! . . . makes doing boring household stuff soooooo much easier and groovier . . . the kitties and i are ALL digging it!!!!!!!!!!
  Sat. 8/1/09 7:31pm Brian Oregon:

Great music! Thanks Alash and Rob for getting them on.
  Sat. 8/1/09 7:35pm Your DJ:

Glad you're enjoying it Brian!
  Sat. 8/1/09 9:01pm Mitten John:

Another great show, Rob!
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