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Saturday, February 11, 2012 Options
The Sway Machinery

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The Sway Machinery in Mali with Khaira Arby.

Jeremiah Lockwood grew up with deep Jewish music - his dad was a cantor - but as a teen he also started playing deep American music - country blues guitar. He pulls both streams together with his band the Sway Machinery, an all star outfit whose members also play with Balkan Beat Box (as he does), Antibalas and even Arcade Fire.

The group's lyrics are drawn from Jewish religious texts, but the music is wide open. Recently the band added yet another dimension, teaming up with the electrifying Malian Singer Khaira Arby. She joins the Sway Machinery on the band's latest cd The House of Friendly Ghosts (JDub) and on an Electric Cowbell 7"". The Sway Machinery joins us live ahead of a big tour of Australia sandwiched between two NY gigs - Feb 15th at the Museum of Jewish Heritage and March 9th at Zebulon.

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Erkin Koray: Arap Saçı Options / Erkin Koray 2 / WPC / *

Barış Manço and Moğollar: Binboğanın Kızı Options / Various Artists: Istanbul 70 / NuBlu / *
Moğollar - one of the great Anatolian rock bands - means "Mongols"

Neung Phak: Kawp Koon Kawp Koon Options / Neung Phak / Abduction / *

Forro in the Dark: Lampião Chegou Options / Light a Candle / NuBlu
Before playing this song, I said it was "accordion-driven". But while conventional forro of Northeastern Brazil typically features accordion (which came to the country from Portugal in the 1800s), the squeezebox is nowhere to be heard on this track by a not so conventional NY-based forro band.

Grupo 2000: Notas de Colores Options / El Destape / Light in the Attic / *

Flor Pucarina: Sola Siempre Sola Options / ¡Sola... Siempre Sola!

Los Hermanos Lovo: Las Tres Fronteras Options / Soy Salvadoreno / Smithsonian Folkways

Benny Bazz: Cumbia, Tabaco y Ron Options / Various Artists: Cumbia Bestial / Chusma

Muchachito Bombo Infierno: La Quiero Options / Idas y Vueltas / *

Bio Ritmo vs That Little Chimps: Majadero Options / Various Artists: 101 Things to do in Bongolia / Electric Cowbell

Shazalakazoo: Aleva Options / Karton City Boom / Eastblok / *

NY Gypsy All Stars: Balkan Bollywood Options / Romantech / *

Daga Dana: Kiribati Options / Dlaczego Nie / *
The title refers to Kiribati - a Pacific state consisting of 33 coral islands and - says the band - "an inspiration to think about exploring the world on the go."

Attwenger: Duamasche Options / Flux / Trikont / *

Village Kollektiv: Topola Options / Subvillage Sound / Open Sources

Yungchen Lhamo (Ama): Tara Options / Ama / Real World
Featuring Mamadou Diabate, kora

Cheikh Lo: Warico Options / Jamm / Nonesuch

Vijana Jazz Band: Utatugombanisha (You Will Make Us Quarrel) Options / The Koka Koka Sex Battalion / Sterns / *

Etubom Rex Williams & His Nigerian Artistes: Ama Mbre Ewa Options / Various Artists: Nigeria 70: Sweet Times / Strut / *

El Chivo Sin Ley: Tirale Bajito Options / Various Artists: The Bachata Legends / IASO / *

CJ Chenier: Red Shack Zydeco Options / Can't Sit Down / World Village / *

Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys: Dominos Options / Dominos / Rounder

The Sway Machinery: Live on WFMU Options

The Sway Machinery: Gawad Teriamou Options / The House of Friendly Ghosts, Volume 1 / JDub
With Khaira Arby

The Sway Machinery: Goumou Options / The House of Friendly Ghosts, Volume 1 / JDub

Maalem Said Damir & Gnawa All Stars: Bania Bambara Options / Various Artists: Rough Guide to Morocco / World Music Network / *

Trio Tritticali: Azizah Options / Issue #1 / *
Mohammed Abdel Wahab composition

Listener comments!

  Sat. 2/11/12 6:16pm Ignore Function:

Great show so far.
  Sat. 2/11/12 6:21pm Eric:

Yeah nice tracks! Just curious if you use a stereo microphone for your live remotes from Barbes and other places, if so which one? Thanks.
  Sat. 2/11/12 6:21pm glenn:

research, schmesearch.
  Sat. 2/11/12 6:24pm Bas, NL:

Hi Rob! Way too cold out out here... Warm headphones, warm music. I'm glued to you tonight...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 2/11/12 6:34pm Rob W:

Warm headphones do help! Hi everyone. Eric - we don't use stereo mics for remotes - if you're wondering about getting a stereo mic - email me robw AT wfmu DOT org tomorrow or Monday and I can give you some thoughts on that.
  Sat. 2/11/12 6:36pm seang:

  Sat. 2/11/12 7:04pm Eric:

cool, thanks Rob
  Sat. 2/11/12 7:06pm toshi:

hey Rob, tell that dapper man Jordan McLean that i think he's dreamy!
  Sat. 2/11/12 8:23pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Good show tonight.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 2/11/12 8:23pm Your DJ:

Thanks Ken!
  Sat. 2/11/12 8:28pm maestroso:

Wow, these folks are awesome!
Thanks for bringing this to us Rob
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 2/11/12 8:32pm Your DJ:

On behalf of Sway Machinery, thanks Maestroso!
  Sat. 2/11/12 8:36pm PB:

It is all over the news that Whitney Houston has died. Her music may not have been my cup of tea but still a really tragic story.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Sat. 2/11/12 8:37pm Your DJ:

Wow, hadn't heard, very sad to hear that, thanks PB.
  Sun. 2/12/12 5:41pm Robert:

Great show WOW who did the last two songs. Did not see them on the playlist.
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