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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 August 22, 2018: A Trip to Nouri Brothers
La Grande Voix d'el Aita, the King of the Oud, long out-of-print Oum Kalsoum, Nass El Gihwane, nascent raï, super-rare Fayza Ahmed, and more

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Music behind DJ:
Bodega Pop 

Intro   Options

Bodega Pop Live 



Sabah  Ya Habaieb   Options Best of Sabah Vol. 2    Lebanon  0:04:45 (Pop‑up)
Abdel Halim Hafez  Shaghalouni   Options Ayam We Layali - Fata Ahlami    Egypt  0:08:28 (Pop‑up)
Fatna  Kabr Al Hayat FKhribga B'ddat   Options Best of Fatna Bent el Houcine    Morocco  0:11:57 (Pop‑up)
Haedar Al Magrabi  Track 5   Options Haedar Al Magrabi    Morocco? Algeria? A mystery ...  0:20:51 (Pop‑up)
Najat Tazi  Track 7   Options Najat Tazi    Morocco  0:25:06 (Pop‑up)
Farid Al-Atrash  Ish Inta   Options Best Songs 4    Syria / Egypt  0:30:23 (Pop‑up)
Oum Kalthoum  Fakir Lamma Kunt Janbi   Options Ya Tul 'adhabi    Egypt | Riad al-Sunbati (music) & Ahmad Rami (lyrics)  0:42:09 (Pop‑up)
Nass El Ghiwane  Fin Ghadi Bia   Options Youm Melkak    Morocco  0:49:02 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
Baligh Hamdi 





0:55:48 (Pop‑up)
Fayza Ahmed  Mouch Keteer Ala Kalby   Options Mouch Keteer Ala Kalby    Egypt | Lyrics: Omar Batasha | Music: Said Mekawy  1:03:00 (Pop‑up)
Cheb Khaled  Goult Halek Amaliamali   Options Ana Mardhi Taouel 'm' Galbi  1979  Algeria   
Najwa Karam  Sehranee   Options Ma Bessmahlak  1995  Lebanon  1:52:34 (Pop‑up)
Fairuz  Ala Mahlak   Options To Assy  1995  Lebanon | Rahbani Brothers  1:57:28 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
Baligh Hamdi 

Sawah (Instrumental)   Options

Egypte: Vallée du Nil 



2:01:15 (Pop‑up)
Jil Jilala  Lighara   Options Achbik dekete leqdar    Morocco  2:06:44 (Pop‑up)
Etaab  Hey Hey يا هلا بك (Ya Hala Bika)   Options Best of Moriphon  1990  Saudi Arabia / Egypt  2:15:20 (Pop‑up)
Nass El Ghiwane  Semaat alia   Options Senia  1990  Morocco  2:23:40 (Pop‑up)
Nazem El Ghazali  Dahni Min Mawaidak   Options Al Aroussa Al Arabia    Iraq  2:33:49 (Pop‑up)
Unknown Artists  Aziza   Options Mounouat Alhelouh  1998  Syria  2:38:55 (Pop‑up)
Mohammed Iskander  Massive الحاصودي   Options بدويست المنوعات  2003  Lebanon  2:44:36 (Pop‑up)
Oum Kalthoum  Nami Ya Malik   Options Nashid El Amal (OST)  1937  Egypt  2:50:48 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
Catrina Paslaru 

Hei La Bodega   Options

Hei La Bodega - Carnaval! 



2:53:33 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

  7:03pm listener james from westwood:

Hey, Gary and all!!
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 7:03pm chresti:

Avatar 7:04pm Kenzo (Ken's Last Ever):

You arrived 10 minutes before show? Luxury!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:05pm Gary:

Haha, well I'm not the professional that ya'll WFMU DJs are!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:06pm Gary:

HI, James, Chresti, and Kenzo!
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 7:09pm chresti:

Gary, I'm not a professional listener-but you got the chops, as far as I can tell!
  7:10pm JakeGould:

Hey Gary!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:11pm Gary:

Jake! Has your commute improved since discovery of the Blue Wall?
  7:11pm JakeGould:

So is that pick from a place in the U.S.?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:13pm Gary:

@Jake: No, that pic is from the inside cover of one of the CDs I got at Nouri Brothers -- my pics of Nouri Brothers aren't interesting enough for the playlist, sadly ;-(
  7:13pm JakeGould:

Ha! The stops they now make extra stops at because of that blue wall are extra quick… But then past that? Same inexplicable delays. I do wish the goats on the N line thing happened earlier in the day. I would have loved to tweeted about goats making me late for work!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:14pm Gary:

Goats, blue walls, who can keep up with it all
  7:14pm JakeGould:

Here are the goats. This is why my rent is cheap in this ass end of Brooklyn. ny.curbed.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:17pm Gary:

Haha ... oh, man. I'm on the other side of that N from you, btw
  7:17pm JakeGould:

In other hilarious news, a group came to my neighborhood during the latest Eid (Al-Fatir?) and they are the… “Authentic Rabbis Against Zionism” I laughed really hard at their “Authentic” poster.
  7:17pm JakeGould:

@Gary: You mean in Queens?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:17pm Gary:

  7:18pm JakeGould:

Do you folks out there dub the N and R lines the “Never” and the “Rarely?”
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:19pm Gary:

Neither is as bad as my former train, the Forever
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 7:20pm chresti:

what is "Blue Wall"?
  7:20pm JakeGould:

Ahhh… “F” the “Eff”

The blue wall is a secret.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:20pm Gary:

Jake, do you want to field that one?
  7:21pm JakeGould:

Here is the Wikipedia entry on it. en.wikipedia.org...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:21pm Gary:

Jake is famous: www.ny1.com...
Avatar 7:23pm hyde:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:23pm Gary:

Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 7:24pm chresti:

sorry I brought it up...
Hi Hyde
  7:26pm JakeGould:

Now back to more important things: That guy in the pic has like 4 dubbing decks. Damn… I miss those days!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:27pm Gary:

That's Cheb Nasro, btw -- sadly, I'm not playing anything from the CD I scanned that pic from ... maybe someday :)
  7:28pm JakeGould:

Well, I still like him!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:29pm Gary:

Haha -- well, he looks like a nice enough guy ... plus, again, yes, those decks
Avatar 🥁 7:30pm tim abdellah:

In time for some Najat Tazi!!! Howdy y'all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:31pm Gary:

Tim! In time for this kah-RAY-zee oud playin'
Avatar 7:31pm Mayuko:

Good evening, Gary and everyone.
Avatar 🥁 7:31pm tim abdellah:

Also, I thought that looked like Nasro :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:31pm Gary:

Avatar 7:34pm Mayuko:

That's a really cool pic on the playlist. Almost asked the same question as Jake did!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:36pm Gary:

I feel like such a fraud now! But, my actual pics of Nouri Bros are like thousands of times less groovy. Also, just LOOK AT that white princess phone hovering just on the edge of left-hand side of that pic
Avatar 7:38pm hyde:

i missed some of the yakkin'. is the general theme some neighborhood where you went and bought stuff?
  7:38pm JakeGould:

The only thing I am thinking of is… I assume those decks are used for dubbing tapes. But in the upper left of the pic both bays of the deck have pre-printed tapes. Could just be using it to play one tape after another?
  7:39pm JakeGould:

@Mayuko: Hey! So did you hear about the goats that appeared on the N train tracks in Brooklyn?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:40pm Gary:

Hyde! Yes, everything is from Nouri Brothers, a Syrian (?) shopping center in Paterson, NJ
Avatar 7:40pm northguineahills:

@Jake: The Satmar Hascids have always been anti-Zionists. Even some ultra-Orthodox sects in Israel are as well.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:40pm Gary:

You're right, Jake! He's DJin' tapes!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:41pm Gary:

  7:41pm JakeGould:

@NGH: I know, and I don’t really care. But I just think getting a sign saying “Authentic Rabbis” is very funny. Like there are a bunch of imposter Rabbis saying the same thing?
Avatar 7:43pm Mayuko:

@Jake I'm off from commuting this week and staying away from MTA as much as possible to maintain my mental health. Where did the goats come from?! Didn't know we had goat neighbors around here.
Avatar 7:44pm northguineahills:

The funny part is Jon Stewart helped herd the goats before animal control got there.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:45pm Gary:

That's just ... I thought it was some kind of publicity stunt!
Avatar 7:45pm hyde:

@Gary ah! awesome
  7:45pm JakeGould:

One other funny thing to think—at least to me—is there used to be a heavy metal recording studio around the corner from me in Bay Ridge back in the 1980s. That was back when L’Amours was still a thing. But now I realize this neighborhood is Arabic/Middle Eastern those metal heads mixed in with the community I guess. Both semi-outcasts in deep Brooklyn.

@Mayuko: Escaped from a local slaughterhouse. Which is funny to me but also weird if you know the physical landscape. Those goats had to make some effort!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:47pm Gary:

Jake, I have two -- two! -- books about heavy metal in the middle east
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:48pm Gary:

And I think there used to be a blog devoted just to Algerian metal ... although I can't remember the name of it now
  7:48pm JakeGould:

@Gary: Wow! maybe if the cabaret laws were repealed then perhaps a subculture like that could exist here.
Avatar 🥁 7:49pm tim abdellah:

Viva el Ghiwane!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:51pm Gary:

Tim, I found THREE Nass El Ghiwane CDs there!
Avatar 7:51pm northguineahills:

@Gary, he just happened to be on the platform when he saw the goats, went and talked officer/booth person (I forget), and then herded them. I never get to herd goats, I'm jelly! (although I'd prefer to do it outside MTA tracks).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:52pm Gary:

That's just amazing
Avatar 🥁 7:52pm tim abdellah:

@Gary: !!!
@NGH: !!!
Avatar 7:54pm hyde:

@ngh crazy!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:55pm Gary:

I wanted to ask you about one of them, because the title of it is "Abderahmane Paco" ... but that's the name of the gembri player ...
Avatar 🥁 7:59pm tim abdellah:

Hmm - interesting. Would love to take a look at it.
Avatar 🥁 8:00pm tim abdellah:

Avatar 🥁 8:00pm tim abdellah:

Najat Tazi, that is.
Avatar 🥁 8:03pm tim abdellah:

I caught just the end of the Najat Tazi. It did sound like it had an Algerian rai influence.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:04pm Gary:

Thanks, Tim! I'll update the playlist ... it did, right?
Avatar 🥁 8:06pm tim abdellah:

Yep - it says "Morocco" now
Avatar 8:08pm northguineahills:

Holas and Howdeez tim!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:08pm Gary:

I'm gonna email you pics of the front and back of that CD in a moment, Tim
  8:09pm JakeGould:

@NGH: I really don’t think Jon Stewart was on a subway platform on N train in Brooklyn. I doubt he and his wife were at the Fort Hamilton Parkway stop for any reason. I bet they just heard about the goats on the news and went to NYC animal control with whatever rescue group they work with.
Avatar 8:23pm hyde:

this is great music to do laundry by
Avatar 🥁 8:24pm tim abdellah:

Hmm. It's on Fassiphone. Paco did at least one album for Fassiphone in his post-Ghiwane years, so perhaps this is another one. Some of the titles correspond to Ghiwane songs, so they could be remakes. NG never recorded for Fassiphone, as far as I can recall.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:24pm Gary:

Hyde, they're applauding your head-on approach to chore-doing
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:26pm Gary:

Tim, I'll have to rip the CD for you, probably Friday -- I just looked I haven't done that yet
Avatar 8:26pm hyde:

as well they should
  8:27pm JakeGould:

I’m also doing some stationery sorting. I have too much B.S. spread all over and stuff I just need to Kon Mari into the trash.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:28pm Gary:

I had to google "Kon Mari" just now
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:30pm Gary:

Oh, wait! I found it, Tim! It looks like I ripped it after all ... I'll send you a Dropbox link in a bit ...
Avatar 8:32pm northguineahills:

OK, leaving work, hear ya at home!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:34pm Gary:

Happy trails, NGH -- stay away from goats and blue walls!
  8:37pm JakeGould:

@Gary: Basically it means just throwing stuff out. But in a very specific way. But in my definition it just means, “Ehhh… I’m never going to get $$$ back on this and it’s taking up space. Time to sell/donate/toss.”
Avatar 8:43pm hyde:

love this
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:44pm Gary:

I'm so happy!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:47pm Ike:

Just got here! Hi! Sounds good. I love that goats were delaying the N train. And that there's a photo in that Curbed article of Jon Stewart overseeing the goats being taken onto a vehicle to go to the farm upstate or whatever.
Avatar 🥁 8:48pm tim abdellah:

Yeeeeeee Raaaaaaaaiiiiiiiii!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:48pm Gary:

It's the second Cheb Khaled from 1979 I've found! So, so, so great
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:50pm Gary:

Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 8:51pm chresti:

Avatar 🥁 8:57pm tim abdellah:

This Najwa is kickin!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:58pm Gary:

Najwa was my gateway drug!
  9:03pm Filip Pagowski:

Outstanding show!!! Thank you!
Avatar 9:06pm hyde:

did you say 43 minute track
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:07pm Gary:

Yes! 42-43 mins
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:07pm Gary:

Filip! Thank you!
Avatar 9:09pm northguineahills:

Forgot to mention I'm back. Alright, approaching Bryce duration! (Jil Jilala)
  9:09pm Filip Pagowski:

I'll be re-listening to the show. Rarely does one find such well curated compillation of the Arabic music!
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 9:10pm chresti:

time for the hashish
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:11pm Gary:

Ah, man ... thank you so much, Filip! Welcome back, NGH!
Avatar 9:11pm northguineahills:

@Filip: Gary puts as much care into each genre/theme each week.

chresti has the right idea!
Avatar 9:12pm Mayuko:

Tonight's show been amazing!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:12pm Gary:

Avatar 9:13pm hyde:

is there any good food nearby
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:14pm Gary:

  9:15pm Filip Pagowski:

P.S. Greetings to you Gary from Warsaw, Poland.

Northguineahills: I am aware, but I find it often difficult to give justice to the Middle eastern/North African music as it often tends to veer towards cheezy, which certainly is not the case here.
Avatar 9:15pm hyde:

oh damn
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 9:18pm chresti:

on the f train?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:20pm Gary:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:22pm Doug Schulkind:

Hey hey, yes yes!
Avatar 9:22pm northguineahills:

Most Saudi women w/ singing aspirations usually go to Lebanon, or Egypt for obvious reasons.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:23pm Gary:

Avatar 9:24pm hyde:

yay, Doug!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:28pm Doug Schulkind:

Such an ecstatic feast for us, Gary. Thank you!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:28pm Gary:

Right after this program, at 10 PM tonight, don't miss Larry Grogan's Testify! Tonight's show, "Readings from the Books of Aretha, Bonniwell and Sts Stephen, Neil, David and Graham," can be heard (and interacted with) here: wfmu.org...
Avatar 🥁 9:28pm tim abdellah:

Nice Ghiwane - this is great!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:30pm Gary:

You're welcome! Hanging out with y'all tonight more than makes up for this evening's 45-minute late bus and shitty, endless after-work commute, for reals
  9:32pm Funky16corners:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:33pm Gary:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:39pm Gary:

I don't always play music from this part of the world, but you know who does? The fabulous cartoonist Leela Corman: growradio.org...
Avatar 9:39pm hyde:

yeah, this is killer
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 9:41pm chresti:

Thank you for the great selection Gary!
Avatar 🥁 9:44pm tim abdellah:

Pedaling back to Richmond. Great stuff tonight, Gary! Catch you soon!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:44pm Gary:

So nice to see you, Tim!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:45pm Gary:

You're welcome, Chresti!
  9:46pm Funky16corners:

I have to say, Gary, Thursdays preshow I’m usually preoccupied with Dad stuff, cooking dinner etc, but when I get down to the studio and tune in to Bodega Pop, I ALWAYS wish I’d done so earlier. Great stuff tonight.
  9:47pm JakeGould:

@Gary: How is that Nouri Brothers compared to Brooklyn stores? I assume better since—as you know—the Internet seems to have killed off Brooklyn media stores around my neighborhood.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:48pm Gary:

Aw man, thank you, Larry! I'm always taking you to bed after the show (in the app on my phone), btw
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:50pm Gary:

Holy Effing Shit, Jake -- it's probably got 100 x the stock of any Arabic place I've ever been in NYC, and I'm including the old Rashid Music (tho, okay, in that case it's a *bit* of an exaggeration, but kind of not) ... THERE'S A LOT OF STUFF THERE! I mean, seriously, almost this whole show is from what I picked up last Friday, so ...
Avatar 9:50pm northguineahills:

Mohammed Iskander sounds like he's playing dabke. I thought it was indigenous to Al-Hasakah region of NE Syria. Actually, this is almos a spitting image of Omar Souleyman.
  9:51pm Funky16corners:

@NGH - I understood almost none of that, but I still like it.
  9:52pm JakeGould:

I assumed so since Patterson is in the middle of… Patterson… In NYC it’s all spread out. If only Balady sold music in their home furnishings store. :/
Avatar 9:54pm hyde:

great show. thanks!
Avatar 9:54pm Mayuko:

Thanks Gary!
  9:55pm JakeGould:

Thanks Gary!
Avatar 9:58pm still b/p:

'Twas a happy listen. thanks.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:58pm Gary:

Have a great night, everyone -- hey there BP!
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