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Not sure how it ended up this way, but this week’s show features a lot of early 80’s music: my friend Zim turned me on to some Nigerian boogie lately, plus some NYC music of the period, and one from Peter Gabriel, who was one of my first musical heroes.
There’s also a good bit of jazz bookending the show, and more treats tucked in there for you to hear for yourself.
Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Nicole Mitchell Quartet: “Momentum” – Awakening (Delmark)
Ladybug Mecca: “Please Don’t” – Trip the Light Fantastic (Nu Paradigm)
Amadou et Mariam: “Radio Mogo, A” – Sou Ni Tile (Tinder)
Bayo Damazio: “Listen to the Music” – Brand New Wayo – Funk, Fast Times & Nigerian Boogie Madness 1979-1983 (Comb & Razor Sound)
The Stormmers: “Love or Money” – Brand New Wayo – Funk, Fast Times & Nigerian Boogie Madness 1979-1983 (Comb & Razor Sound)
Shriekback: “My Spine is the Bassline” – Disco Not Disco: Post punk, Electro & Left Field Disco Classics 1974-1986 (Strut)
Liquid Liquid: “Cavern” – Disco Not Disco: Left-field Disco Classics from the New York Underground (Strut)
Thomas Mapfumo & Wadada Leo Smith: “South Central L.A.” – Dreams & Secrets (Anonym )
Steve Coleman: “Fortitude & Chaos” – Genesis & The Opening of the Way (RCA)
Run-D.M.C.: “Beats to the Rhyme (Instrumental)” – Tougher than Leather (Profile)
Laurie Anderson: “Late Show” – Home of the Brave (Warner Brothers)
Peter Gabriel: “I Don’t Remember” – Peter Gabriel (Melt) (Geffen)
Ray Barretto: “Hard Hands” – Hard Hands (Fania)
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins: “Talk About Me” – She Put the Wammee on Me (M.I.L. Multimedia)
The Soul Lifters: “Hot Funky And Sweaty” – Quantic Presents: The World’s Rarest Funk 45s (Jazzman)
The Upsetters: “Night Doctor” – The Upsetter (Trojan)
The New Establishment: “The People Skanking” – Studio One Scorcher (Soul Jazz)
Toto La Momposina y Sus Tambores: “Son De Farotas” – Colombia: Musique De La Côte Atlantique (A.S.P.I.C. France)
Can: “Mushroom” – Tago Mago (United Artists)
Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra: “Re Education Mis Education” – Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra (First Word Records)
Charles Atangana & Emitais: “Onguindo” – Assalam Aleikoum Africa, Vol. 1: Progressive and Popular Music of West Africa (Antilles)
Karl Berger Quartet: “Like That” – From Now On (ESP)
Phillip Johnston’s Big Trouble: “Heaven, Hell or Hoboken” – Flood at the Ant Farm (Black Saint)
Thelonious Monk: “In Walked Bud/Epistrophy (theme)” – Thelonious in Action (Riverside/OJC)
William Parker Raining on the Moon: “Corn Meal Dance” – Corn Meal Dance (AUMFidelity)
Charles Lloyd: “Dervish on the Glory B” – Hyperion with Higgins (ECM)
The Tiptons: “Gemini Rising (For New Orleans)” – Drive ( Zipa! / Spoot Music)
Jimmy McGriff/Lucky Thompson/George Freeman/O’Donel Levy: “Green Dolphin Street” – Friday the 13th Cook County Jail (Beast Retro)
PS speaking of early 80’s NYC, here’s a video for one of the tunes I played. On Twitter, I referred to it as simultaneously charming and sinister. What do you think?