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Saturday, March 19, 2011 Options
Ljova and Kontraband Purim Spectacular + Japan + Previews

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Lev Zhurbin a/k/a "Ljova" is an acclaimed viola player, composer and arranger: His many collaborators have included Yo-Yo Ma, Osvaldo Golijov, the Kronos Quartet (for their project with Bollywood legend Asha Bhosle), and Jay-Z. His Kontraband is a virtuousic acoustic unit that crafts new and original blends of Eastern European and Gypsy melodies, Latin rhythms, jazz-inspired improvisations, and deeply rooted classical forms.

We grab them for a live session as they get in gear for a flurry of area gigs - including April 1 and 2 in the Lower Hudson Valley, April 3 daytime on Long Island and April 3 evening in Brooklyn as part of the Ditmas Acoustic series, and April 6 at Joe's Pub in Manhattan. See the full Ljova and Kontraband performance schedule at

Massive thanks to our illustrious engineer, Ernie Indradat.

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Shoukichi Kina and Champloose: Hana Options / Peppermint Tea House / Luaka Bop (0:00:00 Pop‑up)

Oki Kano: To Kito Ran Ran Options / Hankapuy / Chikar Studio (0:10:15 Pop‑up)

Haruomi Hosono: Asatoya Yunta Options / Paraiso / Akfa (0:14:07 Pop‑up)
On this 1978 LP Hosono, of Yellow Magic Orchestra fame (but with lots of great solo projects too) called his group "Harry Hosono and The Yellow Magic Band".

Hatsuneya Kenji: Kawachi Ondo Options / Various Artists: Japanese Dance Music / King (0:15:51 Pop‑up)

Soul Flower Mononoke Summit: Democracy Bushi Options / Asyl Ching-Dong / Respect Records (0:20:28 Pop‑up)

Takeshi Terauchi and Blue Jeans: Sohma Bon Uta Options / Let's Go Eleki-Bushi / King (0:23:21 Pop‑up)

Surf Champlers: Hiyamikachi Bushi Options / Champloo A Go Go (0:25:07 Pop‑up)

El Malo: 朝と君と / The Worst Universal Jet Set / Bellisima (0:34:23 Pop‑up)

Orange Range: Son of the Sun Options / World World World / Sony (0:37:31 Pop‑up)

Kahim Karie: Alcohol Options / Various Artists: Sushi 4004 / Bungalow (0:41:37 Pop‑up)

Pizzicato Five: Twiggy Twiggy [Twiggy vs. James Bond] Options / Made in USA / Matador (0:45:57 Pop‑up)

B & B 7: Ivy Tokyo Options / Hit Songs in Folk Style / JVC (0:51:38 Pop‑up)

Black Bottom Brass Band: Strawberry Dance Hour Options / Black Bottom Brass Band / King (0:54:27 Pop‑up)

Ljova and the Kontraband: Love Potion Expired (Live on WFMU) Options (1:02:01 Pop‑up)

Ljova and the Kontraband: Middle Village (Live on WFMU) Options (1:17:50 Pop‑up)
Vocals: Inna Barmash

Ljova and the Kontraband: Blaine Game (Live on WFMU) Options (1:27:59 Pop‑up)

Ljova and the Kontraband: Invention (Live on WFMU) Options (1:34:48 Pop‑up)

Ljova and the Kontraband: If I Had Wings... (Yiddish Love Song) (Live on WFMU) Options (1:43:44 Pop‑up)
Vocals: Inna Barmash

Ljova and the Kontraband: Old French Bard Song, in Russian (Live on WFMU) Options (1:48:00 Pop‑up)
Vocals: Inna Barmash

Ljova and the Kontraband: Bagel on the Malecon (Live on WFMU) Options (1:57:13 Pop‑up)

Duo Jallal: A Different World Options / A Different World / Innova / * (2:01:35 Pop‑up)

Asefa: Marrakech Rumble Options / Asefa / SRT Productions (2:06:34 Pop‑up)

Club D'Elf: Ghir Khoudouni Options / Electric Moroccoland / Face Pelt / * (2:11:08 Pop‑up)

Malika Zarra: Berber Taxi Options / Berber Taxi / Motema / * (2:17:10 Pop‑up)

Sofia Rei Koutsovitis: Alma del Pueblo Options / Gala (2:21:12 Pop‑up)

Lucia Pulido: Mil Besos (A Thousand Kisses) Options / Dolor de Ausencia (2:30:12 Pop‑up)

Lila Downs: La Cumbia del Mole Options / La Misteriosa - En Paris - Live a FIP / World Village (2:33:36 Pop‑up)

Chico Trujillo: Loca Options / Chico de Oro / Barbes (2:36:26 Pop‑up)

Toubab Krewe: Mansani Cisse Options / Tk2 / Nat Geo / * (2:42:09 Pop‑up)

Septeto Nacional Ignacio Pineiro: Donde Andabas Anoche Options / ¡Sin Rumba No Hay Son! / World Village / * (2:53:59 Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

  6:10pm Danne D:

Congrats again on the marathon and on your fabulous performance at the Hoof N Mouth, Rob! Have a great show.
  6:13pm Your DJ:

Thanks Danne and, well, re: the Hoof and Mouth it depends on how you define "fabulous" but thanks again to you and everyone!
  6:30pm Mitten John:

Don't sell yourself short, Rob, you sang your heart out--Las Vegas Strip: LOOK OUT!
  6:30pm Miss Noodle:

I am from Osaka. I live in Ironbound. In this difficult time in Japan, it is nice to hear such a nostalgic sound in Newark!
  6:38pm Your DJ:

Sure thing Miss Noodle, it's my pleasure! And well Mitten John, I'm not gonna argue with a Michigander...
  7:29pm Bas, NL:

Beautiful live set by Ljova and the Kontraband!
  7:30pm Richard from Venezuela:

Greetings Rob. Nice full moon on the sky.
  7:33pm Your DJ:

Thanks Bas and Richard and yes, tonight in fact is the super-sized "perigee moon"!
  7:38pm Andy in Nova Scotia:

Purim? then I'll drink to that!
  7:38pm Your DJ:

Yes you may!
  8:42am julian:

Hi Rob - just catching up on this show.
So, it is Japan's turn to be in the topical spotlight. So sad that it has to be for such devastating reasons.
Thanks all the same for playing all that stuff and the donation info.
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