Monday, August 24, 2009
I'm in a sentimental mood, gonna miss the musty basement at Mehanata and all the good times we had there. The original mixtape from the show was a little different (see the full list below). Most of those songs aren't showing up online, but the artists are, so I've made a special mix just for this blog which pulls at the heartstrings...
MIA's 20 Dollar always sounded familiar, but it took me dozens of listens to figure it out - she's partly covering The Pixies' Where Is My Mind?!? Below is MIA's version, and the Pixies are track one of this week's mix.
More nostalgic vibes from Johnny Appleseed, a beautiful folk song by Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros. "He's the only hero I ever met who wasn't a disappointment" says our next artist, Manu Chao, about the Clash frontman. "He was a great teacher for me - like an uncle. I remember meeting him at a festival in Japan. He had a campfire and it was six in the morning and he was still playing his little mix tapes to keep the party going. I looked at him and thought 'I want to be like that'. Mr. Bobby is Manu's call to another global music hero (not bob dylan, the other bob), who answers with I Know a Place.
Salón Victoria are another great ska-punk band from Mexico City and Sol de Medianoche (midnight sun) is a tearful drinking song "estoy borracho, y estoy cansado". Follow that with a Bachata (Dominican Ballad) by Frank Reyes and you too might be llorando.
J Dilla aka Jay Dee was a hiphop producer who worked in the shadows making classic beats for A Tribe Called Quest, the Pharcyde, the Roots, and even Janet Jackson. His solo albums show his skill at making bugged-out soulful and hilarious masterpeices from cutting and pasting sampled records. He's a tragic story, passing away in 2006 at age 32... Check out his final album Donuts, released just days before his death.
Dilla is sampling Dionne Warwick in Stop!, which leads us to two girl groups: Motown singers Martha Reeves & The Vandellas and The Bodysnatchers from 2 Tone Records. 2 Tone was home base of the Specials and the 2nd wave ska movement, which kicked off in Britain in 1979, inspired by a certain punk band who broke the color line by playing reggae.
Speaking of punk rock, even dudes with mohawks write sad songs: check out Journey to the End of the East Bay, Rancid's ode to their first band, short-lived legends Operation Ivy (1987-89). And I actually found Avail online!! These guys had so much heart, here they are with Taken.
Culture's Joseph Hill wrote Two Sevens Clash after a premonition of chaos and disorder striking in 1977. He may of been picturing a biblical scene of fire and brimstone, but I can't think of a better ode to that certain punk band, whose first album was deemed "unfit for human consumption" by CBS Records and came out in 1977.
We slow things down with Dennis Brown, named "The Crown Prince of Reggae" by the aforementioned king, Mr Bobby Marley. DBrown's voice is incredible, he started recording at age 14 in Jamaica at Studio One, one more of the hundreds of ridiculous talents to come from that Connecticut-sized island just south of Cuba.
Closing this week is the Hypnotic Brass Band from Chicago, which if you're lucky, you can catch performing on the streets of NYC in the summertime. 8 of the 9 dudes in this band are sons of trumpeter Phil Cohran, famous for his work in the Sun Ra Arkestra. Peep Phil playing his invention, the Frankiphone:
Where Is My Mind??? - Pixies - Surfer Rosa & Come On Pilgrim
I know a Place - Bob Marley - Lost treasures of the ark
Ciudad Sin Guerra - Salón Victoria - Locos Y Rucas In Retro
Mutiny introducing Mush One - King Django & Lonely Boys - Version City
Si Lo Amas A El - Frank Reyes
Improvisando - Fruko & Sus Tesos - Colombia!
15th Brigade - Joe Strummer
Breaking The Girl - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Mr. Bobby - Manu Chao - Proxima Estacion: Esperanza
Stop! - J Dilla - Donuts
[Love Is Like A] Heat Wave - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Away - Swinging Cats - The 2 Tone Collection (A Checkered Past)
Right Brigade (Bad Brains cover) - Diplo & Santogold - Top Ranking
Predictable - Avail - Satiate
Banned In D.C. - Bad Brains - Attitude: The Roir Sessions
Staayyyle - Spazz - Crush Kill Destroy
Crush Kill Destroy - Spazz - Crush Kill Destroy
You'll Find A Way - Santogold - Santogold
Three Meals A Day - Dennis Brown - The Promised Land 1977-79
Black Star Liner Must Come - Culture - Two Sevens Clash
Tumbao Fregao - Salón Victoria - Locos Y Rucas In Retro
Hong Kong - Michi Sarmiento y sus Bravos - Colombia!
Awungilobolele - Udokotela Shange Namajaha - Indestructible Beat Of Soweto
War - Hypnotic Brass Ensemble - New York City Live
Monday, August 17, 2009
We begin with some Sahara Desert Blues from Tinariwen, playing Toumast. You can hear the similarities with Mali's blind singing maestros Amadou et Miriam, appearing further down this week with Chantez-Chantez.
Omar Rodriguez from The Mars Volta puts out a solo record every couple months it seems, here's an old one that you can actually dance to! I think that's his father or his tio singing and playing the guitar on Deus Ex Machina aka Reina De Mi Vida.
There's a lot of Reggaeton haters out there, this should shut them all up: Calle 13 with this reggaeton-cumbia jam.
Maldita Vecindad from Mexico D.F. was one of the first Latin Ska Punk bands. They are still one of the best, I have never seen a circle pit so big than at their Summerstage show a few years past. It was like a whirlpool in the middle of a hurricane composed of mexican luchadores wrestlers riding on each others shoulders and backflipping. This band is so versatile; they were messing with african-punk fusion since the 80's. Pato De Perro is an example, but its not showing up online, so here's Morenaza instead.
I saw TV on the Radio last week in prospect park, it was an expensive ticket, but if you're not afraid to climb a tree you can actually see pretty good from outside the barricades. Here's a jam from their new record: Dancing Choose.
Is that MIA? Isn't that the Clash? No, it's actually Esau Mwamwaya from Malawi via the UK, with his version over the Paper Planes/Straight To Hell riddim: Tengazako.
I have some ill Brazilian artists this week missing from the online stream: Nação Zumbi with Arrancando As Tripas, an aggro Samba Punk/Rap song played on drums that sound like mortar shells and Mundo Livre S. A. with Roendo os restos de Ronald Reagan, the first Brazilian-Punk Fusion I've ever heard pulled off in an passionate raw way. Hit me up to hear these rare tracks, in the meantime peep Mundo Livre S. A. covering Manu Chao's Minha Galerha in the online stream.
Allright all you crusties, skins, skaters and wankers, you know I got some straight up buzzsaw guitars and bonehead drumming each week: Subhumans, Buzzcocks, Dead Kennedys, Bikini Kill, Arctic Monkeys, Circle Jerks and the Ramones are all here, as well a rock and roll classic by The Misfits. Isn't Glen Danzig such the romantic? (see photo)
It's a damn shame that I can't find The Tossers song Mad Riot, an Irish Punk anthem that makes The Pogues sound like sentimental old men and Flogging Molly like sugared up school-children. In searching for Mad Riot I stumbled upon Riot in Paradise by Mad Sin, a surprisingly awesome Psychobilly track which I've included for your listening excitement. Bo!
Closing out this week is the Algerian Rachid Taha, playing... how do you call it? Rai music. And lastly, Victor Jara, the legendary Chilean activist poet and singer, murdered by the US tool General Augusto Pinochet, who took power Sept 11, 1973 in a violent CIA-sponsored coup. Jara was arrested the next day and publicly beaten and shot to death 3 days later. Damn. Don't ever forget what good songs can do. Art is dangerous.
Here's how to hear what's missing: Send me an email at leo at outernational dot net and I can send you some tracks. (to the FBI/RIAA, obviously this is just a joke)
Toumast - Tinariwen - Aman Iman
Deus Ex Machina - Omar Rodriguez-Lopez - A Manual Dexterity: Soundtrack, Vol. 1
Atrevete - Calle 13 - Residente Calle 13
Pata de perro - La Maldita Vecindad
Dancing Choose - TV on the Radio - Dear Science,
Tengazako - Esau Mwamwaya & Radioclit - 'The Very Best' Mixtape
Train In Vain - The Clash - Live: From Here to Eternity
arrancando as tripas - Nação Zumbi - RÁDIO S.AMB.A.
Roendo os restos de Ronald Reagan - Mundo Livre S.A. - Guentando a Ôia
Brianstorm - Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare
Dog Bite - Dead Kennedys - In God We Trust, Inc.
Rah! Rah! Replica - Bikini Kill
Blood One - Bikini Kill
It's Gonna Get Worse - Subhumans
La Bamba (punk cover) - Rancid
Wild in the Streets - Circle Jerks
Mad Riot - The Tossers - Long Dim Road
Pinhead - The Ramones
Last Caress - Misfits
I Don't Mind - The Buzzcocks
Baracunatana - Aterciopelados
Chantez-Chantez - Amadou Et Mariam - Tje Ni Mousso
Tekitoi? - Rachid Taha
Que Alegre Son Las Obreras - Victor Jara
**Muchos gracias to DJ Shoghi for letting me dig thru his library for this week's mix! He's got punk and dance and latin music for days, look for him spinning around NYC...
Monday, August 10, 2009
Starting things off this week with a tribute to my first musical infatuation and number one rock guitar hero, still performing at age 82... Chuck Berry! We start with Peter Tosh's version of Johnny B Goode, followed by Maybelline by the godfather himself and then X's exposure of the dark side of the old boy-chasing-girl rock and roll story, Johnny Hit and Run Pauline...
The Meat Puppets wrote the now classic Lake of Fire, made famous in Nirvana's cover from the MTV Unplugged album. Enjoy the original here. Other underground 80's/90's gems this week from Devo, Hüsker Dü, Descendants, Gang of Four, Econochrist, and Propaghandi with Fuck the Borders. And on that note, enjoy Sukshinder Shinda with some North Indian Bhangra, Diplo with some Brazilian Baile Funk, Maldita Vecindad with some Mexican chilango ska-punk, Toro Mata from the african depths of Peru, Truth Don Die by Femi Kuti from Nigeria, and another anthem from Argentina's Los Fabulosos Cadillacs.
Missing from the stream this week: Ted Leo's awesome track Paranoia's Never Enough, part of his Rapid Response EP, written, recorded, and released in a couple weeks last fall after the RNC protests in Minneapolis and the fascist military police crackdown... benefits from the EP went straight to detainees legal funds... pick up a copy and support here!
Also missing: Машина Времени with Odanazhdy Etot Mir Pgognetsya Pod Nas, a classic rock song a la Neil Young sung in Russian. I can't even pronounce it, good luck finding it!
Odanazhdy Etot Mir Pgognetsya Pod Nas - Машина Времени
Johnny B. Goode - Peter Tosh - Honorary Citizen
Almost Grown - Chuck Berry
Johnny Hit And Run Paulene - X
Paranoia (Never Enough) - Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - Rapid Response
I Want To Help You Ann - The Lyres
It's Alright with Me - Zombies
Something I Learned Today - Hüsker Dü - Zen Arcade
Suburban Home - Descendents
Straight Edge - Minor Threat
Pay To Cum - Bad Brains
Fuck The Border - Propaghandi - Today's Empires, Tomorow's Ashes
Meteor Of War - Rancid - Rancid 
Lake Of Fire - Meat Puppets
Uncontrollable Urge - Devo - Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
Fa Cé-La - The Feelies
Too Much Too Young (Live) - Special AKA - The Singles Collection
matador - Los Fabulosos Cadillacs - vasos vacios
13 Dias - Manu Chao - LaRadioLina
Baile Funk One - Diplo - Piracy Funds Terrorism - Volume 1
Haan Dey Mundey - Sukshinder Shinda - Strictly Punjabi 9
Toro Mata - musica negra del peru
LLego La Banda - Willie Colon, Hector Lavoe y Yomo Toro - Asalto Navideño Vol. 2
Pachuco - Maldita Vecindad & Los Hijos Del Quinto Patio - El Circo
Bullet With No Name - Econochrist - Ruination
What's My Name (live) - The Clash - Live: From Here to Eternity
To Hell With Poverty - Gang Of Four
Truth Don Die - Femi Kuti - Shoki Shoki
Monday, August 3, 2009
Back with a new batch: mehanata mixtape - Aug 1, 2009
One of the highlights of our last tour was playing at the Bonnaroo festival. The first day we arrived there was an all African music schedule on one stage. I saw King Sunny Ade, Toumani Diabate and the best band in all of Africa: Femi Kuti and the Postive Force, but the most amazing was watching Amadou and Miriam from the front row photographers area... check my photo/video... Sabali is their new single and while it doesn't feature Amadou's ninja guitar playing, its a beautiful lovers anthem...
After Bonnaroo, we drove thru Memphis, Tennessee and checked out the Stax Records museum. Stax is the record label and recording studio that brought Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Isaac Hayes and so many more to the world. Oh yeah, and Booker T and the MGs were the house band. Check out "Hold on I'm Coming" performed by Sam and Dave written by Isaac Hayes and David Porter, titled after an exclamation coming from one of them running late from the bathroom...
Red Right Hand - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Big up to Diplo for the Clash/Warrior Queen mashup from his Santogold mixtape "Top Ranking" How many Clash references can you count on that album??? (answer: 4... ghetto defendant, guns of brixton, the radio skit from london calling, and guest appearances by MIA, whose biggest hit is one big clash sample: straight to hell)
Sabali (Produced by Damon Albarn) - Amadou & Mariam - Welcome To Mali
Collie - Sly & The Revolutionaries - Trojan Dub Box Set [Disc 3]
Ghetto Defendant - Clash - Top Ranking
Check It - Warrior Queen - Top Ranking
La Carencia - Panteon rococo - Companeros musicales
La Paga - Juanes - Un Día Normal
La Noche - Joe Arroyo - Los Gigantes De La Salsa
Japanese Robot - Skavoovie And The Epitones - Ripe
Machine Gun - Manu Chao - Radio Bemba Sound System
Five-Finger Discount - Choking Victim - No Gods / No Managers
Queen Anne's Revenge - Flogging Molly - Within A Mile Of Home
I'm Shipping Up to Boston - Dropkick Murphys - The Warrior's Code
Moon Over Marin - Dead Kennedys - Plastic Surgery Disasters
Coma Girl - Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - Streetcore
Brooklyn And Jamaica - Morgan Heritage - Best Of Dancehall Reggae Vol 27
17 @ 17 - UP-BEAT - Give 'Em The Boot
Cumbia Barulera - Cumbiando - Solo Recuerdos De Ayer
Mi Robaron Mi Runa Mula - Juaneco Y Su Combo - The Roots of Chicha: Psychedelic Cumbias from Peru
Break Your Ankle Punk - Mephiskapheles - Maximum Perversion
Cuantos Dias Mas - Anthony Santos
Hold On I'm Comin' - Sam & Dave - Soulsville, U.S.A. - Stax Classics 1965-1973
Ali Baba Dub - King Tubby
Saxman Special - Jerry Johnson - Wackies Sampler Vol. 2
Know How Fe Chat - Shinehead - Top Ranking
Big Belly Guns - Tony Matterhorn - Top Ranking
Jaks - U.S. Bombs - Give 'Em The Boot