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This is where all of culture and all of time are collapsed into one seductive portal and viewed through the panoramic lens of the exotic. Come and embark on an armchair-travel virtual-voyage to the heart of timeless darkness and beyond; embrace the numinous monolith of the exotic immensity. Let us find that place where hybridization meets its destiny as pure fantasy. Let us become observers observing those others who are ourselves. You wear your mask and I'll wear mine.

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Options August 4, 2016: Heat Waves, Echoes Hypnotiques

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Artist Track Album Label Year Comments Approx. start time
Nigel Shipway  Desert Heat   Options Wildlife  Bruton  1979    0:00:57 (Pop‑up)
Art Farmer  Heat Wave   Options Aztec Suite    1959    0:02:10 (Pop‑up)
Mighty Sparrow  Saltfish   Options Sparrow vs. The Rest    1976  (as SPARROOOWWW)  0:04:09 (Pop‑up)
Lee Perry  Favorite Dish   Options Roast Fish, Collie Weed and Cornbread    1978    0:07:40 (Pop‑up)
Lee Perry   Roast Fish & Corn Bread   Options Roast Fish, Collie Weed and Cornbread        0:11:16 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
John Barry 
Body Heat   Options Body Heat OST    1983    0:14:23 (Pop‑up)
The Upsetters  Black Panta   Options The Upsetters 14 Dub Black Board Jungle    1973    0:23:37 (Pop‑up)
Ras Michael & The Sons of Negus  Wicked Got to Go   Options Love Thy Neighbour    1979  with Lee Perry in some capacity  0:27:03 (Pop‑up)
Ras Michael & The Sons of Negus with Jazzboe Abubaka  Jazzboe Abubaka at Large   Options Tribute to Emperor Rastafori    1976    0:32:32 (Pop‑up)
Ras Michael & The Sons of Negus with Jazzboe Abubaka  Needs Understanding   Options Tribute to Emperor Rastafori        0:35:28 (Pop‑up)
The Congos  Ark of the Covenant   Options Heart Of The Congos    1977  Prod. Lee Perry at Black Ark studio  0:38:19 (Pop‑up)
Junior Murvin  Lucifer   Options Police & Thieves    1977  Prod. Lee Perry at Black Ark studio  0:44:20 (Pop‑up)
Junior Murvin  Working in the Corn Field   Options Police & Thieves      Prod. Lee Perry at Black Ark studio  0:47:30 (Pop‑up)
Max Romeo  Warning Warning   Options Revelation Time    1975  with Lee Perry in some capacity  0:51:04 (Pop‑up)
Black Ark Players  Lion   Options Black Ark In Dub    1980    0:54:47 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Bob Marley & The Wailers 
Dracula   Options Soul Rebels    1970  Prod. Lee Perry  0:58:31 (Pop‑up)
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou  Gan Tche Kpo   Options Echos Hypnotiques (From the Vaults of Albarika Store 1969-1979)      Benin  1:07:14 (Pop‑up)
Docteur Nico & Orchestra African Fiesta  Pauline   Options Slows Classiques De La Musique Congolaise Vol.2    1967  Congo  1:15:04 (Pop‑up)
Bembeya Jazz National  Ballake   Options The Syliphone Years    1974  Guinea  1:19:31 (Pop‑up)
Bembeya Jazz National  Alalake   Options The Syliphone Years    1970  Guinea  1:29:05 (Pop‑up)
Guelewar  President Jawara – Abdou Diouf   Options Halleli N'Dakarou    1982  Senegal / Senegambia (rec. live at the Canary Club in Kaolack, Senegal 1982)  1:31:33 (Pop‑up)
Karantamba  Ndigal   Options Ndigal    1984  Senegambia / Gambia (rec. live at Sangomar Night Club, Senegal 1984)  1:40:34 (Pop‑up)
Karantamba  Na Dinding Fatty   Options Ndigal        1:49:10 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
John Barry 
I'm Burning Up   Options Body Heat OST        1:58:40 (Pop‑up)
Phil Cohran and the Artistic Heritage Ensemble  The Spanish Suite (Martina, Delores, & Marguirite)   Options The Spanish Suite (Martina, Delores, & Marguirite)  Katalyst  1968/2009    2:15:24 (Pop‑up)
Joe Venuti  Heat Wave   Options Rumba Jazz: A History of Latin Jazz and Dance Music 1919-1945        2:52:16 (Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
Les Baxter  
Deep Night   Options Caribbean Moonlight        2:55:15 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

Avatar 6:52pm Flash Strap:

Good evening shade-seekers
Avatar 6:57pm ndbob:

evening Evan and everyone!
Avatar 6:58pm Flash Strap:

evening bob!
Avatar 7:05pm Flash Strap:

Saltfish: it's sweeter than meat!
Avatar 7:05pm ndbob:

yes it is:)
Avatar 7:07pm northguineahills:

Oh man, now I want achee and saltfish!
Avatar 7:07pm ndbob:

evening NGH!
Avatar 7:08pm Flash Strap:

NGH! Hello masked man
Avatar 7:09pm Flash Strap:

There is something so bizarre about hearing a guy talk about how much food he likes to eat while a baby just wails endlessly in the background
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:10pm melinda:

hi all! Where's the top photo from? I like it.
Avatar 7:10pm Flash Strap:

Hi Melinda! That's Lee Scratch Perry's Black Ark studio
Avatar 7:10pm northguineahills:

helloos everyone!
Avatar 7:11pm ndbob:

Heya Melinda!
Avatar 7:11pm Flash Strap:

and below we see the fabulous Docteur Nico, of the Congo, I believe
Avatar 7:26pm Flash Strap:

This track is so cavernous
Avatar 7:27pm ndbob:

indeed Evan
Avatar 7:29pm hyde:

hi all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:29pm JtotheK:

hi everyone. looking forward to exploring with you all for a while this evening.
Avatar 7:30pm Flash Strap:

Hyde, JtotheK! So wonderful to have you both amongst us
Avatar 7:31pm ndbob:

Evening Hyde and JtotheK
Avatar 7:32pm hyde:

hiya, ndb
Avatar 7:35pm Flash Strap:

Ras Michael, by the way, also recorded under the name Dadawah, just in case you're more familiar with that name, particularly due to the conspicuous awesomeness of Dadawah's LP Peace & Love
Avatar 7:36pm northguineahills:

Thanks Flash, gotta jet!
Avatar 7:37pm Flash Strap:

hate to see you go, NGH, love to watch you jet
Avatar 7:40pm Flash Strap:

I know this song is so obvious to play right now but damn I needed to hear it
Avatar 7:46pm Flash Strap:

no uncertain terms, here
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:51pm JtotheK:

hello ndbob.
Avatar 7:54pm Flash Strap:

Max Romeo with a bloodthirsty class-consciousness!
Avatar 7:58pm Flash Strap:

bout to move us into new territory
Avatar 7:58pm ndbob:

excellent first hour Evan! catch the rest on the archive
Avatar 7:59pm hyde:

i love this dub that's the bed tune
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:06pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Way kewl.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:08pm JtotheK:

@hyde - hip hop group Styles of Beyond sampled that Dracula track for their song 'Mr. Brown'. Haven't listened to Styles of Beyond in a long time!
Avatar 8:10pm Flash Strap:

Me too Hyde! I'm not much of a Bob Marley guy to be honest but that track is so crunchy and thick it can't be denied. Rest of that particular album is good too, obviously.
Avatar 8:10pm Flash Strap:

Heya Rabbit! How are ya
Avatar 8:13pm Flash Strap:

Lord have mercy the guitar on this
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:14pm Ike:

Avatar 8:16pm Flash Strap:

Avatar 8:16pm hyde:

@JtotheK hmmm, i don't know Styles of Beyond....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:16pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

The book 'Shadow Dancing in the USA' by Michael Ventura finally connected the dots for me beyond doubt
- from Rawk to Blues to Vodoun.
I had a whole long period I was really into finding out about this - & Rawk as Murican Vodoun is till something I think about a lot...
Avatar 8:17pm Flash Strap:

This is one of the great electric guitar recordings of all time, all time, as far as I'm concerned
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:18pm melinda:

That's an intriguing concept, Rabbit.
Avatar 8:18pm Flash Strap:

sounds like a good read there, ravvit
Avatar 8:22pm Flash Strap:

electric / slide guitar just sort of spread all over the world in a way similar to the accordion, total phenomenon of early modernity, and so the music forms it influenced/grafted itself onto/syncretized by crossing&merging genres is all tangled up together in the most wonderful, often inseparably interconnected ways.
Avatar 8:24pm Flash Strap:

The atmosphere on this track is incredible
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:25pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

I'm enchanted by 'African Guitar' - which is a stupid broad ill-informed term, of course...There's the relation to Blues (the Root of...all our Music) - but w/out Slavery - & also, a whole different way of relating to the Instrument & its' place in Ensembles - relating more to kora & things...

Yeah - slide. No one's sure! Was it Hawaiin @ 1st? There's the Diddley Bow - which is when you nail a broom wire into your Delta sharecropper's shack wall & play it like a slide because there's nothing else available...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:28pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Amazing tracks. & probably (?) basically no one came close to hearing them in Europe or the U.S. @ the actual time...
Avatar 8:29pm Flash Strap:

without slavery per se, but with intense imperial relations, usually ongoing, and thus often highly political

That Diddley Bow sounds so interesting, I'd love to see an illustration
Avatar 8:29pm Flash Strap:

yeah, it'd be so interesting to visit an alternate universe where this stuff influenced US guitar music to a greater extent
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:31pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

John Lennon was still trying to get Muricans to even become aware of Reggae @ the time...
Avatar 8:37pm Flash Strap:

So jazzed by the mini-moog all over this track
Avatar 8:38pm Flash Strap:

lyrics, which I do not have, seem to concern the impending Senegambian federation engineered by the 2 titular presidents
Avatar 8:40pm Flash Strap:

that was Guelewar post-founding member Bai Janha, now we'll hear a Janha post-Guelewar project
Avatar 8:41pm Flash Strap:

playing here with students of a music school which he founded
Avatar 8:45pm Flash Strap:

look at how cool this fuckin guy is: img.discogs.com...
Avatar 8:48pm Flash Strap:

i like this so much i'm gonna play another
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:50pm melinda:

I like Karantamba
Avatar 8:50pm Flash Strap:

Really want to know what Na Dinding Fatty means
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:51pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

It's like - know about Fela Kuti - but not one of these guys. Utterly amazing.
Avatar 8:52pm hyde:

killer drums!
Avatar 8:52pm Flash Strap:

me too melinda! as amazing as Guelewar (and all that encompasses: Super Eagles, Alligator, etc.) is, this might actually be my favorite record from the whole group history. which is interesting, because it's an ensemble with basically just one professional musician and a bunch of young students
Avatar 8:53pm Flash Strap:

KILLER drums!
Avatar 8:55pm Flash Strap:

@Rev: as great as Fela Kuti is, it's sort of a shame how much real estate he (and a few others of course) eats up in the public's consciousness of African music.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:56pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- the largest continent - about as many countries as there are U.S. states.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:00pm JtotheK:

enjoyed the program tonight, will have to check the rest out via archives. Thanks Flash Strap! Cheers everyone.
Avatar 9:04pm Little Danny:

Hi Flash! Just now tuned in.
Avatar 9:11pm Little Danny:

Oh shit, is that the official pronunciation of "Cohran"? I've been doing it all wrong if so.
Avatar 9:14pm Flash Strap:

Oh shit

Maybe I am the one who is wrong! What do you say? I hate this part of the job
Avatar 9:15pm hyde:

heh, dj problems
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:15pm coelacanth:

greetings Flash and Explorers

...is that (<) the inside of the arc?
Avatar 9:16pm Flash Strap:

Hi-C! indeed.
Avatar 9:16pm Flash Strap:

Bye JtotheK! See you in the hall of records
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:17pm coelacanth:

Oh shit, i missed a whole bunch of reggae.
Avatar 9:18pm Flash Strap:


you also missed some fish-oriented songs, but maybe that's a blessing
Avatar 9:18pm Little Danny:

I've always said "COE -RIN." Accent on the "COE."
Avatar 9:19pm Little Danny:

also, hi coel and hyde!
Avatar 9:20pm Flash Strap:

Oh, and I said, I guess, Corran. Like just slushin it... well, we're not so different, you and I
Avatar 9:21pm Little Danny:

Haha, you are correct sir.
Avatar 9:21pm hyde:

hi, little danny!
Avatar 9:22pm Flash Strap:

At least neither of us say Cochran
Avatar 9:23pm Flash Strap:

buzzing is at its worst here, will subside a bit shortly
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:25pm coelacanth:

@9:18 Haha! fish songs! - as if i wasn't gonna come back to the archive anyway!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:26pm coelacanth:

...hi Hyde and LD!
Avatar 9:27pm hyde:

heya, coelacanth
  9:28pm Ed:

Hi Evan, late to the party, but I made it!
Avatar 9:29pm Flash Strap:

Hi Ed! Better some Ed than none at all!
Avatar 9:32pm Flash Strap:

I love the concept of this piece. So much fin de siecle art music exploits the exotic-ness of Spanish (and others, especially Greek and Slavic) folkloric music and incorporates it into essentially European academic works–such as Ravel's Bolero–it feels revolutionary to do a similar thing but bend it, not to European tradition but to African/American
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:35pm coelacanth:

i'm cooking and may have missed the concept, but sure am enjoying it!
Avatar 9:35pm Flash Strap:

and it symbolically reclaims, as so much Afrocentric/Afrofuturist/etc. works do (most typically with Egyptian/North African civilizations), an African (Moorish) cultural heritage long marginalized by dominant western-centric hegemonic understandings of history
  9:36pm Jeff g.:

Great set!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:36pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...there was 'Sketches of Spain'...Arthur Lee was fond of that...
Avatar 9:37pm Flash Strap:

Thanks Jeff G-man
Avatar 9:37pm Little Danny:

God this is great. Had never actually heard Spanish Suite previously.
Avatar 9:38pm Flash Strap:

Great to have you among us
Avatar 9:40pm Flash Strap:

SO glad to hear that, Danny. If just one person has heard this for the first time, it was definitely worth playing the whole thing. Even sweeter if it's you my comrade.
  9:41pm Jeff g.:

Or rather: great suite!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:42pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...but this would've been before 'Bitches Brew' - which it now reminds me of w/ the soprano sax...
Avatar 9:42pm Flash Strap:

you played this killer Cohran cut the other night, and I was just scramblin to find its source so I could hear it again later... and then realized, it's from Malcolm X Memorial, which I have and have heard many times.... I felt the fool, but on the other hand, you made me hear it anew, which is to be treeasured
Avatar 9:44pm Flash Strap:

classic exotic trope of the wordless vocal; this is a work in intense dialogue with early 20th century classical music
Avatar 9:44pm Flash Strap:

and then it just explodes!!! so good
  9:45pm slawooy:

This suite is the best thing I've ever fucking heard full f stop !
Avatar 9:46pm Flash Strap:

YES slawooy and what a pleasure to make your acquaintance
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:46pm Uncle Michael:

Been loving the hell out of this Suite, Evan.
  9:47pm Jeff g.:

(Fwiw, I tend to say COE-ran. Like, Sebastian Coe ran a mile.)
Avatar 9:47pm Little Danny:

Indeed, and I'm stoked that it was a sweet rediscovery for you. Though what I played was the superior 45-only version of "El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz." The LP is fire, too - goes without saying.
Avatar 9:48pm Flash Strap:

Uncle Michael in the Room! Great to see you pal, glad you're diggin it
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:48pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...Coltrane reflected back - himself influenced by Sun Ra's John Gilmore. Shortly after he passed ('67). Bittersweet.
Avatar 9:48pm Flash Strap:

That must account for its seeming unfamiliarity, LD
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:48pm Uncle Michael:

I just finished huffin' and puffin' over my show or I'd have chimed in sooner.
Avatar 9:49pm Flash Strap:

I know, it's so hard to catch other shows when you've got one to cook up each week
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:49pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Thx for playing this.
Avatar 9:49pm hyde:

this Cohran is new to me as well. Fantastic.
Avatar 9:50pm Flash Strap:

well, my pleasure to be sure
  9:51pm Jeff g.:

Mr Cohran is still making music, I believe. Or was, pretty recently.
Avatar 9:53pm Flash Strap:

yeah, really great stuff in fact
Avatar 9:54pm Little Danny:

Hi all, before Flash concludes another sterling ep of Explorer's Room, I'd like to cordially invite all to join me in the next laboratory (British pronunciation) over: wfmu.org...
Avatar 9:55pm hyde:

thanks flash!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:57pm Uncle Michael:

Thanks Evan.
  9:57pm Jeff g.:

Thanks, many.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:57pm Doug Schulkind:

A whole lotta favorite dishes served up exquisitely, expertly.
  9:57pm Jeff g.:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:59pm Doug Schulkind:

Little Danny is up next on the Drummer Stream with The Cool Blue Flame. Stick around for more great greatness.

Playlist: wfmu.org...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:59pm coelacanth:

Thanks Evan!
Avatar 10:00pm Flash Strap:

Thanks to you all for listening!
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