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Saturday, May 3, 2008 Options
The Balkan Situations + Japan's Golden Week

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Based in Middletown CT, The Balkan Situations formed at the northeast’s academic world-musical mecca Wesleyan University – and got their chops playing at a Thai restaurant (!) in town. During their glorious heyday of not very long ago, these lively young multi-culti upstarts played traditional and popular music across the Balkans and Eastern Europe. The band has pretty much dispersed to pursue their post-Wesleyan dreams around the country and around the world – but they got back together one more time for this very special broadcast. 

Although there is one more chance to see them strut their stuff in a slightly altered format – a smaller version of the band, the Situations, will play a couple more nights next weekend at the Typhoon Thai restaurant in Middletown before moving on – info at:

Special thanks to engineer Bil Bowen and assistant Richard Rusincovitch.


Japan Golden Week Spectacular! 

Roots and world music from Japan, with a special focus on Okinawa, pegged to the country’s annual big spring holiday week.

** A fun Golden Week web primer is here.

** Book Off, the best place to buy used Japanese cds in New York:

** Rough Guides anthologist / Resonance FM London DJ / fRoots magazine contributor Paul Fisher’s commercial site Farside Music, a great online source for Japanese and East Asian roots and pop, and often the best place for English-language background info on the music:

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Krakauer and Socalled: The Electric Scher Options / Bubbemeises: Lies My Granma Told Me / Label Bleu

Slavic Soul Party: Teknochek Collision Options / Teknochek Collision / Barbes

Mariana Sadovska: To the Lake Options / The Russalka Cycle / Diaphonica / *
With Kitka

Maya Andrade: Nha Sibitchi Options / Navega / Sterns / *

Debashish Bhattacharya: Maya Options / Calcutta Chronicles: Indian Slide Guitar Odyssey / Riverboat / *

Aruna Sairam: Saravanabhava Options / Divine Inspiration / World Village / *

Umeko Ando: Iuta Upopo Options / Upopo Sanke / Tonkori

Sadao China and Seijin Noborikawa: Yutaka Bushi Options / Sadao China and Seijin Noborikawa / Respect Records

Shoukichi Kina & Makoto Yano: Track 8 Options / The Celebrations / Vap
Vocalist = ?

Sandii: Manuiai Manuiai Options / Sandii's Lemurian Heart / Bomba

Balkan Situations: Rajko Options
Live on WFMU.

Balkan Situations: Krivo Horo Options
Live on WFMU.

Balkan Situations: Tribute to Florin Salam Options
Live on WFMU.

Balkan Situations: Aromaneasca Options
Live on WFMU.

Balkan Situations: Sanansko Horo Options
Live on WFMU. Meter: 22/7.

Balkan Situations: Gankino Horo Options
Live on WFMU. Farmers Market cover.

Balkan Situations: Djurdjevdan Options
Live on WFMU. Also known as "Ederlezi".

Balkan Situations: Mahala Options
Live on WFMU.

Balkan Situations: Bucimis Options
Live on WFMU.

Balkan Situations: Pusztito Options
Live on WFMU. Besh O Drom cover.

Balkan Situations: Pena Options
Live on WFMU. From Saban Bajramovic's repertoire with Mostar Sevdah reunion

Balkan Situations: Sveta Moma Options
Live on WFMU.

Balkan Situations: Voi Voi Voi Options
Live on WFMU.

Cicala Mvta: Azuma Hakkei Options / Ching-Dong / Nektar

Asakusa Jinta: Rainbow Dance Options / Sky Zero / Bad Addiction

Oreskaband: Yeah! Ska Dance Options / Oreskaband / Terry Dollar

Begin: Okinawan Shout Options / Various Artists: Ryukyu-Teki Aika 3 / Sony

Ryukyu Daiwa: Wishes For Peace to Come Options / Various Artists: Okinawa Champloo Paradise / Techiku

The Happy End: Kurayamizaka Musasabi Henka Options / Kazemachi Roman / Avex Trax
(lit. "The Flying Squirrel Transformation at Kuriyamizaka Hill"). Early Haruomi Hosono band.

Tsuru To Kame: Goshu Ondo Options / Shakkitose / Victor
Featuring Haruomi Hosono

Not credited: Mukkuri solo Options / Various Artists: A Collection of Unique Musical Instruments / King
Ainu jew's harp

Misora Hibari: Omatsuri Mambo Options / Golden Best, Vol. 1 / Sony
c/o listener Julian in northern Japan. One of Japan's most beloved singers, who sadly died in 1989. She was the first female recipient of Japan's National Prize of Honor. This song is from 1952.

Yoshie: Vou Me Encontrar com Voce Options / Various Artists: Menu 42 - A Trattoria Selection / Trattoria
c/o listener Julian in northern Japan. A Japanese take on N.E. Brazilian forro music.

Kamitakada Boys Choir: Whistle Song Options / Various Artists: Old Japanese TV and Film Themes
From the TV Show "Big X" - ? 1964-1965.

TsuShiMamire: Ebihara Shinji Options / Various Artists: Japanese Girl Bands: Benten Best of Best

Gaijin A Go Go: Ai Suru Tame Ni (We Got a Thing That's In a Groove) Options / Happy-55-Lucky / Sony

Pizzicato Five: Twiggy Twiggy Options / 5 X 5 / Matador

Taikoza: Eisa Options / Beginnings / M & G
Music bed for concert listings.

Nenes: Kuduchi Options / Akemodoro Unai / GlobeStyle

Listener comments!

  6:57pm julian:

sstunned silence from the masses? well, I'm enjoying your GW celebration...well, until the dodgy Makoto Yano track!
Got any Misora Hibari?
  7:01pm brianne:

lemuria is a lost continent- just like atlantis.... ;)
  7:03pm Your DJ:

Thanks for this Brianne!
  7:26pm toni d.:

hiya rob--WHUTS SHAKIN BABE??? i just wanna to take time out to say HAPPY WEEKEND!!!!! PEACE--LOVE--JOY & HAPPINESS =)=)=)
  7:57pm spaniel:

clap! clap! clap! woo-hoo! wonderful live performance!

I would love to hear more Eastern European music like this.

Does anyone know of places in NYC where you can?
  8:02pm Your DJ:

Spaniel, I can tell you more later. I also have events listed on my concerts page, But I suggest Mehanata, Drom, Barbes, Hungarian House among other places you'll hear similar young NY Balkan bands.
  8:10pm J. Altman:

Man, that Balkan Sitch rocks!
  8:15pm spaniel:

thanks so much Rob that's a big help. it's a sound that begs to be heard live. can't wait to check it out!
  8:35pm julian:

Ah - this is the stuff. Pass the shochu!
  8:50pm ?:

Twiggy? Not a patch on that version by some bloke during the marathon a year or so back....
  9:29pm The Brian Haley:

What was that last song played? I must have it!
  12:21pm Simon Fayers:

What a great performance and with very little preparation. Have been a fan for a while now. These guys kick ass!
  12:09am Una Pero:

BS' biggest fan from san diego..and balkans
  10:03pm camila:

sweet sweet sweet music, listening a while later
  4:03pm drktr:

So, Turkey? When will you come here?
  4:06pm Your DJ (Rob W):

Hi drktr - I went in March, had a great time! Saw lots of excellent live music in Istanbul and also Ankara. Definitely hope to return...
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