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Sounds ripped from cassettes & CDs found in immigrant-run mom & pop stores. Deconstructed icons. Field recordings. Sonic mayhem from the far corners of the internet.

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Options January 18, 2017: Hello Darkness
Dark tracks for dark times.

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Artist Track Album Year Comments Approx. start time

Music behind DJ:
Bodega Pop 

Intro   Options

Bodega Pop Live 



Kiiiiiii  Hello Darkness   Options AL & BUM  2007  Japan  0:04:35 (Pop‑up)
Ellya Khadam  Paduan Djiwa   Options Pengertian    Indonesia | Almost certainly plucked from the great Madrotter's blog  0:07:32 (Pop‑up)
Anjali  Sati   Options The World of Lady A  2003  U.K.  0:10:28 (Pop‑up)
Alec Empire vs. Merzbow  A Degenerated Nation Reacting To Fear Pt. II   Options Live CBGB's NYC 1998  2003  Germany | Japan  0:14:37 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:

Anxiety   Options

This isn't even my final form 



0:23:20 (Pop‑up)
William Onyeabor  Why Go to War   Options Tomorrow  1977  Nigeria  0:29:06 (Pop‑up)
Lil Data vs Spinee vs DJ Warlord  “Hell On Planet Earth, We Are The Masters” Says Ministry Of Souls   Options hell.pcmusic.info  2015  U.K.  0:37:38 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
Vopli Vidopliassova 

Galu Pryhod (Highway to Hell)   Options

World Party 3 



1:01:02 (Pop‑up)
Homicide  Puritan -God Blessed Fascists-   Options Tha Nekraphone Dayz    Indonesia  1:05:46 (Pop‑up)
Dvar  Laali   Options Raii  1998  Russia  1:09:08 (Pop‑up)
Serge Gainsbourg  Nazi Rock   Options Rock Around the Bunker  1975  France  1:10:31 (Pop‑up)
Mizutama Shobodan  Luster-less Dark   Options Maid's Prayer Sounds Like DA-DA-DA!  1981  Japan  1:13:18 (Pop‑up)
Veronika Fischer  Nachts   Options Unveoffentlichte Songs & Rar..  2006  East Germany  1:19:54 (Pop‑up)
Sylva Balassanian  Chinar   Options Lady Sylva  2015  Armenia  1:24:55 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
DJ /rupture 

Bonechip   Options

Special Gunpowder 



1:29:38 (Pop‑up)
Sabreen Group  On Wishes   Options Smoke of the Volcanoes  1984  Palestine  1:34:02 (Pop‑up)
Maii Waleed  Warda w Na7la (A Flower and a Bee)   Options Red    Lebanon  1:39:16 (Pop‑up)
Lister  Shattered Heaven   Options Oh Sweet Destiny. Seems Like A Mess To Me  1987  Norway  1:42:10 (Pop‑up)
Ros Sereysothea  Sa Ry Ka Keo   Options Wedding Song    Cambodia  1:43:26 (Pop‑up)
Khmer Rap Boyz  Borng Men Jur ( I Don't Believe )   Options The Homeboyz  2008  Cambodia  1:48:07 (Pop‑up)
Darso | Rina | Dewi  Sura Boma   Options Nyinting    Indonesia  1:52:50 (Pop‑up)
Nick Drake  Place to Be   Options Pink Moon    U.K.  1:57:24 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
Daniela Casa 

Oppressione   Options

Società Malata 



2:00:03 (Pop‑up)
Altima Wrench and Group  A La Mort Pécheur   Options Caribbean Voyage: Dominica - Creole Crossroads  1995  Dominican Republic  2:03:52 (Pop‑up)
Warfield Spinners  Daddy's Little Girl   Options Sky Girl: Compiled by Julien Dechery and DJ Sundae  2016  Australia? USA?  2:08:15 (Pop‑up)
Nice Strong Arm  Date of Birth   Options Reality Bath  1987  USA  2:12:55 (Pop‑up)
Mohamed Osama  Torture Art   Options 25 January Revolution Generation Songs    Egypt  2:17:58 (Pop‑up)
Claude François  Sha la la (Hier est près de moi)   Options I think this is from a CD that some poet friends of mine (Rod and Mel) burned for me    France  2:22:49 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
Wendy Carlos 

Ninth Symphony: Second Movement (Scherzo)   Options

Clockwork Orange 



2:26:03 (Pop‑up)
Rita Ampatzi  Perdikoula Gkiortanati (Περδικούλα Γκιορτανάτη)   Options Dimodi Kai Paradosiaka Tragoudia 1930-1948(Δημώδη Και Παραδοσιακά Τραγούδια)    Greece  2:33:16 (Pop‑up)
Zhou Xuan 周璇  Many Things I Hate   Options Picking Betel Nuts | Pathé 100: The Series    China  2:36:06 (Pop‑up)
Damia  Oubliez-moi   Options La Tragédienne de la Chanson    France  2:39:18 (Pop‑up)
Hoang Oanh  Con Thuong Rau Dang Moc Sau He   Options Nhung Bai Tinh Ca Que Huong    Vietnam  2:42:06 (Pop‑up)
Violeta Parra  Un río de sangre   Options Un río de sangre  1975  Chile  2:45:48 (Pop‑up)
Noor Jehan | M. Ashraf  Hamari Sanson Main   Options Mere Hazoor  1977  Pakistan  2:49:29 (Pop‑up)
Daniel Johnston  A Little Story   Options Songs of Pain  1980  USA  2:54:06 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
Catrina Paslaru 

Hei La Bodega   Options

Hei La Bodega - Carnaval! 



2:58:03 (Pop‑up)

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Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:12pm Gary:

R.I.P., William Onyeabor: consequenceofsound.net...
Avatar 🇰🇷 Swag For Life Member 6:43pm cklequ:

Dark is putting it mildly.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:47pm Gary:

Hey there, cklequ
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:55pm listener james from westwood:

Another artist who I know about purely b/c of WFMU's embrace of his work. RIP indeed.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:59pm Gary:

James! Same here, most likely via Doug or Jesse's show
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:02pm listener james from westwood:

They and Trouble come to mind as his champions.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:05pm Gary:

I need to listen to Trouble's show more
  7:07pm MrFab:

I can't be in a dark mood - that 7 Second Delay that just ended was genius hilarity.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:08pm Gary:

I need to hear it! Hey there, Mr. Fab
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:08pm Gary:

I will *try* to bring you down ... :)
Avatar 🇰🇷 Swag For Life Member 7:11pm cklequ:

My cat died a few days after Christmas.

Top that with the nightmare that's about to start, and i've been pretty gloomy. I can use dark music.
Avatar 7:12pm hyde:

@cklequ i hate to hear that, sorry ;(
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:13pm Gary:

Ah, man, that's awful, cklequ ... hey there, Hyde
Avatar 🇰🇷 Swag For Life Member 7:13pm Doug Schulkind:

Our brother Evan Crankshaw, host of Explorers Room here on the Drummer Stream, was an early champion of the William Onyeabor revival, well before the current fetishization of him (and Luaka Bop's reissues). Evan presented a mega-post of Onyeabor's releases back in 2012: flashstrap.blogspot.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:14pm Gary:

Doug! I wonder if *that*'s where I got my massive MP3 collection ... I'll bet it is!
Avatar 7:16pm Scraps:

Oh man, I'm down. Onyeabor was great. When Bogeda Pop is over, I will program the few albums i have... especially Good Name. RIP
Avatar 🇰🇷 Swag For Life Member 7:17pm Doug Schulkind:

And here is a follow-up post on Flash Strap from Evan: flashstrap.blogspot.com...

I got my MP3 library from Flash Strap, too. Some of the links on Evan's blog ARE STILL WORKING!
Avatar 7:18pm Scraps:

@clkequ, I'm sorry.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:18pm Gary:

Hey there, Scraps
Avatar 7:24pm Scraps:

I wonder what led to Onyeabor not releasing any albums for the last thirty years.... as far as I know. My albums don't come with notes, just music

Hmm, maybe I should read Flash Strap's page! ... when Bodega Pop is over
Avatar 7:25pm Scraps:

Hey there, Gary!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:25pm Polyus:

Howdy Gary. Gonna have to catch most of you in the archives. I had hoped to be a little more excited for Jan. 20, but here we are.
Avatar 7:26pm hyde:

i'll stick around for the noise show!
Avatar 7:28pm Scraps:

Anjali was in Voodoo Queens and Mambo Taxi
Avatar 7:30pm Scraps:

I don't know Mambo Taxi either!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:30pm Gary:

Hey there, Polyus!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:30pm melinda:

hi everyone
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:31pm Gary:

Melinda! Long time no see
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:32pm Gary:

@hyde, you and I might be the only ones left in the room. If we stock it with beer we should be fine, tho
Avatar 🇰🇷 Swag For Life Member 7:33pm cklequ:

@scraps - He gave up music when he became a born-again Christian.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:35pm melinda:

I learned of Onyeabor on Trouble's show.
Avatar 7:36pm Scraps:

@cklequ, oh man. Thank you for the info
Avatar 7:42pm hyde:

@Gary i'll bring the beer, you bring the einsturzende neubaten
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:43pm Gary:

Can do
Avatar 🇰🇷 Swag For Life Member 7:43pm cklequ:

I'll be here for the noise too.
But i'm sticking with gin and tonic.
  7:45pm mzz:

whoa I can't foresee where today's show brings me to...
Avatar 7:46pm Scraps:

I'll be here pretty much for anything described as noise -- praising or damning, either way
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:47pm Gary:

Howdy, Mzz!
Avatar 7:49pm Flash Strap:

Hi Gary and all Bodegans

Probably can't stay too long but wanted to drop in as the darktimes are encroaching on my feelings

Also RIP Onyeabor, we hardly knew ye
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:50pm Gary:

THANK YOU for the William Onyeabor, Evan! I almost certainly got everything I have from your blog
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:56pm Gary:

They've opened a video store in Los Angeles with 14,000 VHS copies of Jerry Maguire and nothing else: everythingisterrible.blogspot.com...
Avatar 7:58pm Flash Strap:

well I was merely a messenger, a courier of good tunes. Many of mine came from Feq'wah and this other guy, Big Head something

little known fact: if you look at the Luaka Bop Who Is William Onyeabor? LP jacket, I am thanked twice. For what, I do not know

Also: Onyeabor does not seem like a very nice guy, which disappointed me to learn (perhaps we should not have asked the question Who Is William Onyeabor?), but he did make some exceptionally good records, and for that I will always love him
  8:05pm MrFab:

Heh, and I was just thinking: this is great, gotta get this!
Avatar 8:07pm hyde:

@Flash Strap haha, that's amazing
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:07pm Gary:

I smell a new volume of Cover the Earth brewing!
Avatar 🇰🇷 Swag For Life Member 8:10pm Doug Schulkind:

I took much pleasure from Onyeabor's music, but I loathed the way Luaka Bop framed the (re)discovery of his music. (The label's president, Yale Evelev, is the uncle of an ex-FMU deejay.) Get a load of this distasteful Onyeabor "Gift Shop": williamonyeabor.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:12pm Gary:

Wow, what's up with the pomade and candle
Avatar 8:12pm hyde:

sometimes nice people make great records. sometimes terrible people make great records.

it's the way of the world.
Avatar 8:13pm hyde:

(not that i'm saying william onyeabor is a terrible person. i don't know enough to make that judgement).
Avatar 8:13pm Scraps:

Yeah, I think I first heard of Onyeabor at Comb and Razor back in 2008. I went there to verify, and another post seems to back up Onyeabor Not a Nice Guy:

"(For example, if you look through the archives here, you might notice all posts on a certain Mr. William Onyeabor have been crossed out. There is a reason for that. I won't get into details right now but let's just say that that man damn near killed my spirit.)"

Well, dayum.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:14pm melinda:

and cologne and chocolates! What a bizarre collection of items.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:14pm Gary:

Super-bummer, Scraps
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:22pm melinda:

At first I thought this was a German cover of If I Were a Carpenter.
Avatar 🇰🇷 Swag For Life Member 8:22pm Doug Schulkind:

My memory may be faulty here, but I seem to recall that Luaka Bop produced a short promo film featuring Uchenna Ikonne of the Comb & Razor blog traveling to Nigeria to "find" Onyeabor. After some pretty lame fake detective work, Ikonne ends up at Onyeabor's compound, only to learn that the former musician has found God and is not interested in the least in his old career. The film, I felt, was more than mildly disrespectful. Luaka Bop needed a hook to sell the music, so they invented this mystery, both before they found the man, and then after they discovered he wasn't into being the subject of their marketing campaign.

Uchenna Ikonne, though, is a good fellow. In fact, his generosity led to my African Twang marathon premium a few years back.
Avatar 8:22pm Flash Strap:

@Doug: Woof, that shop. When I went to the Luaka Bop offices a few years back, they were really nice and interesting to talk to, etc., but they gave me one of those Onyeabor "bibles" (just a dollar store bible with an Onyeabor cover glued on) and a bunch of Onyeabor "bucks"! FAKE DOLLARS

i mean, i find that ideologically distasteful to the extreme, but it was also just tacky

@Scraps: i know a guy who played with Onyeabor on the new Bop shows and he said about the same thing. Should have left that mystery unsolved, man.

On the other hand, they really are some of the greatest albums I have ever heard, and I listen to records by worse people for sure. Just one of those wrinkles of the world
Avatar 8:25pm Scraps:

Oh yeah. I'm not getting rid of the albums!
Avatar 8:28pm Flash Strap:

@Doug again: agreed on the film and the goodness of Mr. Comb & Razor. I think Who Is William Onyeabor? could have been a good hook too, if the question had been left unanswered, or at least only partially answered
  8:30pm MrFab:

Is turning a major talent into a goofy cartoon how one successfully markets to the "World Music" crowd? "Look at the funny African clown!" Kinda thought we were past that by now...
  8:33pm Dean:

That Sylva Balassanian brought to mind Esther Lamandier, who skirted the edges of the early music trend of the later 20th century. Gotta remember to play her albums more often.

Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:37pm Gary:

Oooh, thanks for the Esther Lamandier tip, Dean!
Avatar 🇰🇷 Swag For Life Member 8:54pm GIVE THE DRUMMER RADIO:

Hey, friends, Jeff M. and his show Noise & Syrup ( wfmu.org... ), will be filling in for Amanda's Nazario Scenario tomorrow morning (and next Thursday as well).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:55pm Gary:

Happy birthday to Amanda today!
Avatar 8:57pm Flash Strap:

Sura Boma track is so good
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:58pm Gary:

So many treasures from Madrotter Inc.
Avatar 9:00pm hyde:

Madrotter Inc. is a wealth of treasures I find it hard to sort through. which makes me love it all the more, somehow
Avatar 9:05pm hyde:

whoa, i know Nice Strong Arm. i think i have Reality Bath in my storage LP's...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:06pm Gary:

Yep, that's what the track's from, too
  9:08pm Dean:

Recent New Yorker cartoon illustrating tonight's theme. The caption reads, "Perhaps a dirge would lift your spirits?"
Avatar 🇰🇷 Swag For Life Member 9:08pm Doug Schulkind:

Henk, the proprietor of Madrotter, is a fantastically wonderful fellow. His blog would still be miraculous if he wasn't, but he is.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:09pm Gary:

@Dean ha ha
Avatar 🇰🇷 Swag For Life Member 9:16pm Jeff Golick:

Ay, comrades!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:19pm Gary:

Avatar 🇰🇷 Swag For Life Member 9:19pm Jeff Golick:

I only know one Nice Strong Arm song, from the epic (for me, at any rate) compilation HUMAN MUSIC, on Homestead.
Avatar 9:20pm hyde:

@JG ah, good ol' Homestead!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:20pm Ike:

Hi. So what odds would you all give us to survive to 2020 without a nuclear apocalypse? And when the roaches evolve into something intelligent to replace us in a billion years, what will their music sound like?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:20pm Gary:

That's an amazing looking comp, Jeff: www.discogs.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:21pm Gary:

Their music will sound "click-y"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:21pm Gary:

Hi Ike!
Avatar 🇰🇷 Swag For Life Member 9:23pm Jeff Golick:

@hyde: you know who started at Homestead, iirc? The current proprietor of AUM Fidelity records. (Got it to jazz in two comments!)

@Gary: Hi! I can give you the hook-up.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:25pm Gary:

Also, Jeff, you gotta call me about that thing
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:28pm Ike:

If the smart roaches dig up the comp "Human Music" in the far distant future, they'll think all human music sounded like that, so I hope it represents all 7 billion of us well.
Avatar 🇰🇷 Swag For Life Member 9:29pm Jeff Golick:

Better that than Papa Roach*

* have never heard Papa Roach.
Avatar 🇰🇷 Swag For Life Member 9:31pm Doug Schulkind:

Then of course there's always this Human Music: www.discogs.com...
Avatar 🇰🇷 Swag For Life Member 9:32pm Jeff Golick:

@Doug: got to that one, but muuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuch later.
  9:32pm Dean:

Wait, are you the Gary Sullivan of "You, Again?" If so, you're the subject of an article in the latest issue of Critical Inquiry: https://criticalinquiry.uchicago.edu/current_issue/
  9:33pm Dean:

OMG, it is you. Er, you are it...him!
Avatar 🇰🇷 Swag For Life Member 9:34pm Jeff Golick:

That's our Gary!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:35pm Gary:

Yes, that's my comic what I drew
  9:38pm Dean:

Well, if I'd maintained my subscription to CI I'd have learned this a lot earlier. Coincidentally, I decided this evening to skim past issues, beginning with the latest.
  9:46pm Dean:

I'm catching a whiff of Roman Jacobson in your comments.
Avatar 🇰🇷 Swag For Life Member 9:46pm Jeff Golick:

@Gary, on the dark tip, and also re poetry, have you heard the Moor Mother record "Fetish Bones," out last year?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:47pm Gary:

@Dean, maybe filtered through George Steiner?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:48pm Gary:

@Jeff ... I have *not* ... can I Bandcamp it?
Avatar 🇰🇷 Swag For Life Member 9:49pm Jeff Golick:

...why, YES: moormothergoddess.bandcamp.com...
Avatar 🇰🇷 Swag For Life Member 9:50pm Jeff Golick:

Meanwhile, this song is about drinking sangria near Rio, right? My Spanish is rusty, my Portuguese nonexistent.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:51pm Gary:

River of Blood! <--------------[armchair translator's belief]
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:51pm Gary:

That said, I like your idea better
  9:51pm Dean:

If filtered, then Steiner was faithful to Jacobson's scheme. (Haven't read either in ages.)
Avatar 🇰🇷 Swag For Life Member 9:52pm Jeff Golick:

So that means sangria is just blood with fruit in it? (I keep trying to lower the bar, but Dean keeps raising it.)
Avatar 9:52pm hyde:

i took intro Portuguese in college ca. 1982 or so. which means...i got nothing to add.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:53pm Gary:

I haven't read Jacobson, but was a huge fan of After Babel ... I'm guessing any "ideas" I might have regarding translation and related were probably gleaned from that book
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:54pm Gary:

Sangria is fruity blood from the fruit bat
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:54pm Gary:

So, technically, it's a song about Brazilian vampires
  9:54pm Dean:

"Lower the bar..." I see what you did there, Jeff G. I'm willing to bet I read a good bit of Jacobson ... in a bar!
Avatar 9:55pm hyde:

wow, this is amazing
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:56pm melinda:

I didn't know Daniel Johnston did hymns, I should listen more.
  9:56pm Dean:

See, e.g., this for a summary of RJ on metaphor and metonymy, then compare to your remarks about the horizontal and the vertical: http://www.columbia.edu/itc/visualarts/r4100/jacobson.html

I'll have one more pint.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:58pm Gary:

Last call!
Avatar 9:59pm hyde:

thanks Gary! that wasn't nearly as dark as I had feared.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:02pm Gary:

Ha -- I'm dark-challenged, I'm afraid
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:03pm Gary:

Night, everyone!
Avatar 10:09pm Scraps:

I knew the guy from AUM Fidelity, because he used to hang out at Barbes when I used to hang out there, way early Barbes days. We bonded over Shrimp Boat, which (he said) was the main reason he founded AUM. Put out an awesome Shrimp Boat package eventually, too
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