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Saturday, October 31, 2009 Options
Pink Puffers + Halloween

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Pink Puffers on parade. From TPapi's HONK Festival 2009 Flickr photo set.

The Pink Puffers brass band regularly fills the streets, squares and historical sites of Rome with their buoyant brand of funk, soul, jazz and New Orleans inspired originals and covers, not to mention the occasional Italian 70s film soundtrack. The rambunctious Romans hit our shores earlier this month at the invitation of the fabulous HONK Festival, a grand gathering of activist street bands held annually in the Boston area.

HONK festival bands are known for their vaudevillian antics - stilt walking, juggling etc. - and outrageous costumes. The Pink Puffer's own trademark bright pink outfits are more carnivalesque than scary perhaps - but their Vespa-throttling volume is definitely not for the timid. The thirteen Puffers squeezed into FMU Studio B for a blood-curdling, spine-tingling live session.

The HONK festival is a blast, with bands playing on the streets of Boston, Harvard Square in Cambridge, and a full day on multiple stages in Davis Square, Somerville. There is also a parade, and a big concert finale. Usually the festival is held on Columbus Day Weekend.

Some two dozen bands traveled from around the country - and two from Italy - to participate this year. And in keeping with the participatory spirit of the event and the activist band movement, this year you could sign up to play in a one-off pickup band and march in the parade even if you didn't come with a band. See for images and video from the festival and to learn more.

Also on this show: Somewhat scary internationally-flavored songs and tarantellas for Halloween.

Special thanks to our illustrious assistant engineer Bil Bowen - inventor of the revolutionary frame drum mic, the Pandeiro Microphone!

This Week's Playlist:

Dream Syndicate: Halloween Options / The Days of Wine and Roses / Rhino / Slash

Fairport Convention: Tam Lin Options / Liege and Lief / A & M

Steeleye Span: Allison Gross Options / Parcel Of Rogues / Shanachie

The Country Gentlemen: Bringing Mary Home Options / The Early Rebel Recordings 1962-1971 / Rebel

Bonzo Dog Band: Look Out, There's a Monster Coming Options

Wilfrido Vargas: El Extraterrestre (Version Robotica) Options / El Extraterrestre / Rodven

Aterciopelados: Dia Paranormal Options / Rio / Nacional
Uri Geller vs the Colombian Paramilitary - A Halloween Nightmare!

Lisandro Meza: Cumbia de los Locos Options / Lisandro's Cumbia / World Circuit

Dan Zanes: La Bruja Options / Nueva York / Festival Five
Vocals: Lila Downs

Los Caballeros: Dracula Cha Cha Options
Malaysian, curiously enough. Thanks to WMBR's The Intercontinental, Jesse Kaminsky's show Wednesdays 6-8 pm on WMBR, Cambridge MA. We heard this song on Jesse's terrifying Halloween special earlier this week (playlist and archive here).

Lord Kitchener: Love in the Cemetery Options

Harry Belafonte: Zombie Jamboree Options

Pink Puffers: Manlio Options
Live on WFMU

Pink Puffers: Roma a Mano Armata Options
Title song from 70s Italian film / Live on WFMU

Pink Puffers: Portace N'Artra Pecora, Kebbabbaro Options
Live on WFMU

Pink Puffers: Fear for Fever Options
Live on WFMU

Pink Puffers: Backside Love Options
Live on WFMU

PInk Puffers: Miracle Options
Live on WFMU

Pink Puffers: Push It Options
Hungry March Band song / Live on WFMU

PInk Puffers: Ended Love Without a Reason Options
Live on WFMU

Pink Puffers: Better Get it In Your Soul Options
Mingus classic / Live on WFMU

Pink Puffers: Heavy Brass Options
Live on WFMU

Monty Python: The Witch Options / Life of Brian (DVD)

Nistanimera: Chore Options / Chore

Pietro Cillone: Novina e Soni a Bailu Options / Various Artists: Tribu Italiche 9 - Calabria
Tarantella played on the fabulous southern Italian Launeddas

Quartaumentata: Vai Options / Pizzica La Tarantula

Il Parto delle Nuvole Pesante: Raggia Options / Various Artists: Tribu Italiche 9 - Calabria

Gogol Bordello: Harem in Tuscany Options / Super Taranta! / Side One Dummy

Agostones: Ordogbomba Options / Ordogbomba / Etnofon
The Devil's Bomb. Project of Hungarian musician Bela Agoston, who sings and plays saxophone and bagpipes.

Lou Quinse: Calant de Villafranca Options / Pour Passer Lou Rhone / Lou Quinse

Jim Albertson: The Jersey Devil Options

Caterina Caselli: Puoi Farmi Piangere Options
I Put a Spell on You - the Italian Hit Version

Richard Thompson: Season of the Witch Options / Various Artists: Crossing Jordan (Television Soundtrack) / Sony

Natacha Atlas: I Put a Spell On You Options / Ayeshteni / Mantra

Yat-Kha: Black Magic Woman Options / Re-Covers / World Village

Bo Gumbos: Zombie-Zomb Options / Bo & Gumbo / Sony

Listener comments!

  Sat. 10/31/09 6:23pm Maestroso:

Great start to Hallowe'en Rob!
  Sat. 10/31/09 7:34pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Thanks for hosting a live show tonight. It's excellent!
  Sat. 10/31/09 7:38pm Your DJ:

  Sat. 10/31/09 7:40pm God:

Diggin' it!
  Sat. 10/31/09 7:47pm Mitten John:

Hooray!! Pink Puffers!!!!
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