Tuesday, April 26, 2011

"Is This Love Or Is This War?"

Hello, typo.
The Snark playlist for TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2011.
(Artist/SONG/Album, etc.)

Orchestre Poly-Rythmo -- TEGBE -- Cotonou Club (2011, Strut)
Tunng -- BY DUSK THEY WERE IN THE CITY -- ... And Then We Saw Land (2010, Thrill Jockey)

Ronald Reagan Story -- (YOUR LOVE HAS TURNED MY HEART INTO A) HAND GRENADE -- Is This Love Or Is This War: The Frank Carlone Story (1981, RRS)
Mickey & The Soul Generation -- CHOCOLATE -- Iron Leg: The Complete Mickey & The Soul Generation (2004, Cali-Tex Records) [orig. 1969]
Agnes Obel -- RIVERSIDE -- Philharmonics (2010, PIAS Recordings)
Dub Spencer & Trance Hill -- SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO -- The Clashification of Dub (2011, Echo Beach)

Lord Invader & His Calypsonians -- YANKEE DOLLAR -- Calypso In New York (2000, Smithsonian Folkways) [orig. 1946]
Ronald Reagan Story -- REVOLUTIONARY GIRL -- Is This Love Or Is This War: The Frank Carlone Story (1981, RRS)
Abstract Artform feat. Fashawn -- WINNIPEG -- His Story In The Making (2010, Abstract Artform)
The Groupies -- PRIMITIVE -- Nuggets, CD reissue (1998, Elektra) [orig. mid-60s]
Rainbow Arabia -- SAYER -- Boys & Diamonds (2011, Kompakt)

The Low Anthem -- WIRE -- Smart Flesh (2011, Nonesuch)
Federico Aubele -- BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY IN BLUE -- Berlin 13 (2011, ESL Music)
It Kills -- NIGHT MAYOR -- It Kills (2010, It Kills)
Cornershop feat. Bubbley Kaur -- NATCH -- Cornershop & The Double 'O' Groove Of (2011, Ample Play)

Ronald Reagan Story -- COLORADO DRIFTER -- Is This Love Or Is This War: The Frank Carlone Story (1981, RRS)
Lied Des Teufels -- NICHTS -- Cloud Cuckooland (2010, Finders Keepers) [orig. 1973]
Dockta Valkus -- LOUNGIN' AT LUNA -- Neferiu Records: Tendown (2010, Neferiu)
African Head Charge -- DOBBYN JOINS THE HEAD CHARGE -- Voodoo Of The Godsent (2011, On-U Sound)
Mathias Mental -- EVERYBODY HATES ME NOW -- Teflon Child (2010, Mathias Mental)

Beaten By Them -- VANISHING POINT -- Invisible Origins (2011, Thrill Jockey)

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Benefit For Haiti On April 23, 2011

Get down to Milk Coffee Bar this Saturday, April 23rd for a dance party to benefit the Kay Nou Program of Hearts Together For Haiti.
CJAM alumnus DJ Pat Petro will be spinning great tunes for your listening and dancing pleasure.

There's another benefit the night before. OLD PUNKS take over the FM Lounge on Friday, April 22. All your favourites will perform: Elad, Coma Mike, Tommy Vomit, Heavy Kevy, Ray Maybe, and Lucious Disease. Spys and Dry Heaves material will sound just like new? All proceeds go to the Downtown Rescue Mission.
The Snark playlist for TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2011.
(Artist/SONG/Album, etc.)
Kronos Quartet with Kimmo Pohjonen & Samuli Kosminen -- SÄRMÄ -- Uniko (2011, Ondine)
Timber Timbre -- DO I HAVE POWER -- Creep On Creepin' On (2011, Arts & Crafts)
Lloyd & Earl -- IT SEEMS -- Socking Good Time: Rare & Unreleased Gems From The Trojan Vaults (1999, Trojan)
Lindstrøm & Christabelle -- BABY CAN'T STOP -- Real Life Is No Cool (2010, Smalltown Supersound)
Orange Juice -- LOVESICK -- ...Coals to Newcastle Sampler (2010, Domino)
Cris Derksen -- WE DANCED MOVEMENT I -- The Cusp (2010, Cris Derksen)
Afrocubismo -- LA CULEBRA -- Afrocubismo (2010, Nonesuch)
Jaga Jazzist -- LOW BATTERY -- A Livingroom Hush (2002, Ninjatune)
African Head Charge feat. Prince Far I -- TAKE HEED... AND SMOKE UP YOUR COLLYWEED -- Voodoo Of The Godsent (2011, On-U Sound)
Chaka Khan -- SOME LOVE -- Chaka (1978, Warner Bros.)
The Spys -- LUDWELL WOODWORK -- Original Punkrock From Canada 1979-1980 (2001, Incognito Records)
Rainbow Arabia -- NOTHIN' GONNA BE UNDONE -- Boys And Diamonds (2011, Kompackt)
Minotaurs -- RUNAWAY LANE -- The Thing (2010, Minotaurs)
Sonia Wieder-Atherton -- INCERTITUDE -- Chants Juifs Pour Violoncelle & Piano (2010, naïve)
Jess Hill -- STAGGER -- Orchard (2011, Jess Hill)
Chin's Calypso Sextet -- WALK AND TALK -- Chin's Calypso Sextet Disc 6 (2000s, Chin's)
Birdapres feat. Cadence Weapon & Nestor Wynrush -- RAYS AND BEAMS -- Catch An L (2011, Marathon Of Dope)
The Black Santiagos -- OLE -- Nigeria Afrobeat Special: The New Explosive Sound in 1970s Nigeria (2010, Soundway)
Annie -- HAPPY WITHOUT YOU -- Anneimal (2004, 679)
Plastikman -- PLASTIQUE - 10 Classic Smokin' Cuts (2002, Ministry Magazine)

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Obligatory Prince quote:
"Sometimes it snows in April..."
(April 18, 2011)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

"Do My Ears Deceive Me?"

Putting the train into Train in Vain.  Finally!
New on Echo Beach Records.

The Snark playlist for TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2011.
(Artist/SONG/Album, etc.)
Dub Spencer & Trance Hill -- TRAIN IN VAIN -- The Clashification of Dub (2011, Echo Beach)
Mel Tormé & The Marty Paich Orchestra -- I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT YOU'RE IN LOVE WITH ME -- Scenes (1991, Barna Records Lab) [orig. 1957]
Kid Koala -- ANNIE'S PARLOR -- Some Of My Best Friends Are DJs (2003, Ninja Tune)
Rainbow Arabia -- JUNGLE BEAR -- Boys & Diamonds (2011, Kompackt)
The Albertans -- JACKPOT -- New Age (2011, Ernest Jenning Record Co.)
Kim Hiorthøy -- DOKTOR WATSON-TRIKSET -- Melke (2002, Smalltown Supersound)
Chin's Calypso Sextet -- NO MONEY NO MUSIC -- Chin's Calypso Sextext, CD 1, 2nd edition (2009, Chin's) [orig.1950s]
Laika & The Cosmonauts -- GET CARTER -- Cosmopolis: 1988-2008 (2008, Yep Rock)
The Bees -- I REALLY NEED LOVE -- Every Step's A Yes (2011, Fiction Records)
Igor Boxx -- RUSSIAN PERCUSSION -- Breslau (2010, Ninja Tune)
David Francey -- WHEN I'M NOT THINKING OF YOU -- Late Edition (2011, Laker Music)
Egyptian Hip Hop -- MIDDLE NAME PERIOD -- Some Reptiles Grew Wings (2010, Moshi Moshi)
The Hypnotics -- SOUL AT SEVEN -- Soul At Seven (2010, New Values Records)
Alex Acosta Y Su Orchesta -- LA GOZADERA -- Cartagena! Curro Fuentes & The Big Band Cumbia & Descarga Sound Of Columbia 1962-72 (2011, Soundway)
The Ramones -- I'M AGAINST IT -- All The Stuff (And More), Volume 2 (1990, Sire) [orig. 1978, Road To Ruin, Sire]
Frank Dell -- BABY YOU'VE GOT IT -- Northern Soul's Classiest Rarities (Kent, 2008) [orig. 1967, Valise]
Birdapres -- BUSY SIGNAL -- Catch An L (2011, Marathon of Dope)
Junior Boys -- CAUGHT IN A WAVE -- So This Is Goodbye (2006, Domino)
Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys -- YOU'RE OKAY -- Legends Of Country Music (2006, Sony) [orig. 1947, Columbia]
African Head Charge -- MYSTERIOUS HAPPENINGS -- Voodoo Of The Godsent (2011, On-U Sound)
Mogwai -- SAN PEDRO -- Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will (2011, Sub Pop)
Marc Houle -- SELECTION 12 -- Sixty Four (2008, Minus)
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Correction:  Laika & The Cosmonauts's album called Cosmopolis: 1988-2008 is not new, as I thought earlier today (while talking into a microphone, of course). The record's actually from 2008. It says so right on the cover. If I ever figure out why it's in CJAM's "currents" library, I'll let you know.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

"Old Man Winter's Burnt Mittens..."

Descarga is a jam session or improvised tune...
The Snark playlist for TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2011.
(Artist/SONG/Album, etc.)
Los Seven Del Swing -- CELOSO -- Cartagena! Curro Fuentes & The Big Band Cumbia & Descarga Sound of Columbia 1962-72 (2011, Soundway) [orig. 1971]
Beaten By Them -- YO -- Invisible Origins (2011, Logicpole Records)
The Albertans -- PEOPLE DON'T GO -- New Age (2011, Ernest Jenning Record Co.)
Birdapres feat. John Smith -- SHOW NO FLAIR -- Catch An L (2011, MoDope)
Aurelio -- LARU BEYA -- Laru Beya (2011, Stone Tree Records/SubPop)
The Diplomats of Solid Sound -- GET OUT OF THE WAY (SO I CAN GET BACK TO MY LIFE) -- What Goes Around Comes Around (2010, Pravda)
Hossam Ramzy & Phil Thornton --- KHOFU'S RETURN -- Egypt Unveiled (2011, ARC Music)
My Son The Hurricane -- DOOM BRINGER -- You Can't Do This (2011, My Son The Hurricane)
Shugo Tokumaru -- LAHAHA -- Port Entropy (2011, Polyvinyl)
Random Recipe -- SHIPWRECK -- Fold It! Mold It! (2010, Random Recipe)
Easy Star All-Stars feat. Junior Jazz & Daddy Lion Chandell -- ONE LIKKLE DRAW -- First Light (2011, Easy Star Records)
Gustódio Castelo -- RITOS -- The Art Of The Portugese Fado Guitar -- (2011, ARC Music)
Mantrakid -- I REALLY SHOULD CALL MY DAD -- Neferiu Records: Tendown (2010, Neferiu)
Harry Beckett -- SWITCH UP! -- The Modern Sound of Harry Beckett (2008, On-U Sound)
Killing Joke -- ALMOST RED -- Almost Red 12" (1979, Island)
Ancient Astronauts -- CALVERT STREET ROCK -- Into Bass And Time (2011, ESL Music)
Kronos Quartet, Kimmo Pohjonen, Samuli Kosminen -- AVARA -- Uniko (2011, Ondine/Hoedown Arts)
Kathryn Calder -- IF YOU ONLY KNEW -- Are You My Mother? (2010, File Under: Music)
Orchestra OK Jazz -- VEN Y VEN Y VEN -- Africa Boogaloo: The Latinization of West Africa (2009, Honest Jon's)
The Aggrolites -- COMPLICATED GIRL -- Rugged Road (2011, Stomp)
Hotels -- THE BAT WATUSI -- On The Casino Floor (2011, Hidden Shoals)
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What a beautifully complicated story: Aurelio Martinez is a guitarist and traditional drummer in Honduras.  He plays Garifuna music. And here's where it gets complicated. The Garifuna is a distinct people (Carib/Arawak/African), language, and culture, originating from the island of St. Vincent and now located mainly along the Caribbean coast of Central America. They are descended from the original inhabitants of the Caribbean islands, the Arawaks and Caribs, who intermarried with escaped African slaves. I didn't know about this until I heard the record! To make it still more complicated, on the new album, Martinez blends Senegalese influences into his Garifuna sound.