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)
Thanks for listening!
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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.


  1. Great Show today!

  2. Anonymous beat me to it.
    One of Snark's best shows regarding good and great new things that I've never heard of.

    Its kind of misleading to read what you play before listening cuz there's so many unknowns, but the great ear of the snark (not to be confused with the eye of the tiger) does not disappoint!

  3. Here's to 2011!!

    Beaten By Them-reminds me of American Analog Set and Yo La Tengo...I will seek this out...too bad about their name

    The Albertans-quite charming, no?

    Aurelio-doesn't really fit into the traditional Central American mold...great stuff!

    Hossam Ramzy & Phil Thornton-This is way way better than the cd cover implies

    My Son The Hurricane-thanks for playing one without vocals

  4. I don't know why I'm surprised when we agree! Ha ha!

    Never heard of no American Analog Set, speaking of the unfortunately named...

    Yeah, eh?

    Thanks for your kind hermanity.