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Saturday, August 3, 2013 Options
Gimme Shelter (дать мне приют)
or, Back in the USSR

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Tongue salad is just one of the many
culinary treasures that await Edward
Snowden in Mother Russia (and our DJ
in Brighton Beach).

Programming of music from Russia and ex-USSR countries and regions during this program does not suggest we agree with the Russian government's policies on same-sex relationships (which of course we despise) and many, many, other issues. Snowden's ironic exile to a land of limited free speech is simply a good excuse to play a lot of ex-Soviet stuff that's been sitting around, and share some new discoveries from our most recent pilgrimage to Brighton Beach!

My current favorite shop for finding music from Russia and the former USSR in Brighton Beach is RBC Video, a large two-floor book, video and cd shop at 269 Brighton Beach Avenue. There are dollar bins outside the shop and on the ground floor, plus popular selections downstairs. If you walk up the spiral staircase and through the large Russian book selection to the back of the second floor, you'll find more esoteric Russian cds - indie rock, electronic, experimental, vintage pop, folk music, some regional sounds, etc. RBC's English language site for mail-order (or for a little research ahead of your visit) is

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Baba Yaga: Back in the USSR Options (0:00:00 )

Angelique Kidjo: Gimme Shelter Options / Djin Djin / ATO (0:03:46 )

Leningrad Cowboys: The Cossack Song Options / Jukebox - Music in the Films of Aki Kaurismaki (0:07:05 )

Bremen Musicians: 3 Pesnya... Options / Bremenski Muzikanti (0:09:42 )

Raisa Nemenova: Песенка стюардессы / Golden Collection Retro / Bomba Music (0:14:14 )
1964 song

Ayarkhaan: Legend of the Creation of the World Options / Echo of the Past (0:16:40 )
From Yakutia

Namgar: Tunka Options / Nomad (0:21:42 )
Wedding Song from Buryatia

Huun Huur Tu with Sainkho Namtchylak: Artyy Sayyr Options / Mother Earth! Father Sky! (0:27:33 )
From Tuva (of course)

Chirgilchin: Chuguruk Aat Options / Collectible (0:32:28 )
A song about beautiful horses and nice girls (says the liner notes)

Kongar-Ool Ondar: Charazhym Options / Echoes of Tuva / Friends of Tuva (0:36:06 )
"My Beauty"

Albert Kuvezin & Yat-Kha: Giraffe Song Options / Re-Covers (0:39:50 )
Composed by the famous bardic singer Vladimir Vysotsky who died in his early forties in 1980

Vladimir Vysotsky: Dialog Y Televisora Options / Various Artists: Rough Guide to the Music of Russia / World Music Network (0:43:01 )

Sibirskaya Vechora: Track 8 Options / Sibirskaya Vechora (0:47:22 )
From Sberia

Singers from Belgorod: Pod Zareu Ya Stoyala Options / Tam Letal Pavlin: A Peacock Once Went Flying / Pan (0:49:18 )

Kukuruza: Beyond the Rocky Mountain Options / Endless Story / Gadfly (0:51:45 )

Aquarium: Ryba Options / Ihtiologiya (1:01:19 )

Markscheider Kunst: Cumbia Options / Markscheider Kunst (1:03:51 )

Alla Pugacheva: Mal-Pomalu Options / DA! / Extraphone (1:07:29 )
"A Little Less"

Auktyon: Crayons and Sticks Options / Top (1:10:24 )

Terrarium: Электрическая Птица (Elektricheskya Ptitsa = Electric Bird) + География (Geography) Options (1:14:24 )
Featuring Boris Grebenschikov of Aquarium

R. Tunzheegin: Sochi, the Capital of Songs Options / Various Artists: 2nd International Festival of Youth Songs / Melodiya (1:21:10 )
The singer is actually Mongolian so wouldn't qualify for our theme on that level - but it's a song about Sochi! So, it passes. Thank you.

Irina Brzhevskaya: Веснушки / Golden Collection Retro / Bomba Music (1:25:10 )

Anatoli Steklov: Chuvash Dance Melody Options / Various Artists: Mother Volga / Pan (1:26:13 )

St. Petersburg Ska-Jazz Review: Trip Back to Childhood Options / Various Artists: Russendisko / Trikont (1:35:00 )

Ensemble Alla: Track 4 Options / 1988 (1:38:16 )

Boris Grebenschikov and the Anna Karenina Quartet: Horse, What's Your Name Options / Soulful Songs (1:41:37 )

Zdob și Zdub: Dragostea Options / Hardcore Moldovenesc (1:43:26 )
From Moldova - a bit off-theme at this point...

Roksonaki: Karol Options / Tin (1:49:21 )
From Kazakhstan

Pesnyary: Oy Rano Na Ivana Options / Pesnyary (1:52:46 )
From Belarus

Cambodian Space Project: Wait Ten More Months Options / 2011: A Space Odyssey (1:59:40 )
Old Cambodian rock song that Dengue Fever also cover / playing @ Drom Aug 9, Rock Shop Aug 10

Soul Flower Union: Satsujinkyo Roulette Options / Screwball Comedy / Respect Records (2:02:57 )
Mad Murderer Roulette

Gogol Bordello: My Gypsy Auto Pilot Options / Pura Vida Conspiracy / Casa Golo / * (2:07:04 )

Gabriel Sullivan & Taraf de Tucson: Que Dolor Options / None of This is Mine / Fell City / * (2:10:03 )
Quotes Iag Bari by Fanfare Ciocarlia / same basic rhythm / melody

Fanfare Tirana meets Trans-Global Underground: Bring the Bride In Options / Kabatronics / World Village (2:14:56 )

Goran Bregovic and his Wedding and Funeral Band: Bella Ciao Options / Champagne for Gypsies (2:18:11 )

Chico Trujillo: La Banda de Mi Vecino Options / Grand Pecador / Barbes / * (2:22:07 )

Jorge Zapato Piano y Orquesta: Cumbia Cienaguera Options / Various Artists: Colombia es Pasion Volume 2 (2:26:12 )

Cortijo y Su Combo: Madame Calalu Options / Various Artists: Saoco Volume 2 / VampiSoul / * (2:28:13 )

Orquesta el Macabeo: Cogiendo Pon Options / El Entierro / Discos de Hoy (2:31:20 )
From Puerto Rico

Pedrito Martinez: Volando Voy Options / Rumba de la Isla / Calle 54 / * (2:34:29 )

Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey & His Inter-Reformers Band: Alowo... Options / Miliki Sound / Obey (2:44:55 )

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/3/13 6:06pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

I know a knockout from the Ukraine!
...not as well as I'd like...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/3/13 6:15pm Ike:

Where'd ya get that tongue salad? Nargis Cafe?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/3/13 6:17pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...I have to be reminded of PBS' SoundTracks: Music Without Borders episode 'A MAn Like Putin'... :
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/3/13 6:21pm fleep:

Got a Latvian in the next room (conceived there, born here), busy playing Bejeweled Twist. Any Riga rock in your sack?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/3/13 6:24pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...& the excellent & fun 'How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin' :
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/3/13 6:33pm Rob Weisberg:

Good evening dear listeners, thanks for tuning in. Ike, the tongue salad is from the buffet at Brighton Bazaar, 1007 Brighton Beach Ave (between Coney Island Ave & Brighton 11th St)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/3/13 6:35pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- any PussyRiot on the schedule - ? : P
...I think Ken played them & I was surprised how tight they were - thot they might be all political & no chops
...that's not 'Folk' tho'
...☆ing 'Mother Earth! Father Sky!' puts a little ☆ inside the big one: a metaphor for something??...
  Sat. 8/3/13 6:36pm Mark K:

Great show so far Rob!
  Sat. 8/3/13 6:38pm Barba Yiorgi's Overseer:

Huun Huur is the perfect music for supervising 2 crazy Greek musicians moving a massive vinyl collection up 2 flights of stairs!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/3/13 6:41pm Rob W:

Vinyl? Did somebody say vinyl?
  Sat. 8/3/13 6:42pm Barba Yiorgi's Overseer:

Yes, we're that old. And close enough to Williamsburg to hang up a record store sign and make some money!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/3/13 6:45pm Ike:

Never been to Brighton Bazaar, how is it? The so-called "Korean" carrot salad at Nargis Cafe is excellent. That's a great Uzbek place on Coney Island Ave. but it gets really packed with Russians.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/3/13 6:47pm Ike:

(Or at least I presume they're Russian. Not actually sure. I think Uzbek food is popular in Russia these days.)
Avatar Sat. 8/3/13 7:00pm Chris M.:

sounding great, Rob! would love to hear this band with Andy Breckman singing about being a tooth fairy!
  Sat. 8/3/13 7:01pm Steve-O:

Hey Rob.....our very own Andy actually OWNS a record label? I didn't know very interesting. =)
  Sat. 8/3/13 7:02pm Steve-O:

Hey guys, wanna hear a joke?

In America, you sing song.....But in Soviet Russia, song sings YOU. =p
  Sat. 8/3/13 7:04pm Steve-O:

Rob, let us sing more melodies for Mother Russia! =)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/3/13 7:07pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...this Ukrainian knockout informed me today she just returned from there, & there are 'too many apricots' there right now...
  Sat. 8/3/13 7:34pm Robert:

Is Mahwah the midpoint of the weighted vectors of your radiator sites? It's plausible that it would be.
  Sat. 8/3/13 8:03pm Robert:

Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/3/13 8:08pm Rob W:

Mahwah - pretty random choice geographically speaking... it's on the north side of the range...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/3/13 8:57pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- delightful as ever Rob!
  Sat. 8/3/13 9:00pm Steve-O:

Great show today, as usual, Rob.....Long live the Rodina! LOL. =D
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 8/3/13 9:18pm Ike:

Very late response, but I presume Robert meant all 3 signals. Indeed, in spots around there, you can pick up all three. 91.1, 90.1, 91.9.

Anyhows, nifty show, Rob!
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