Tuesday, July 17, 2007

To the Mean Streets of Queen Anne

This half of The Beard Hour, still repping the 434 in spirit, now resides in Seattle. I had meant to post the playlists for the final six or seven shows, but I can't imagine anyone is really that interested. They were really good shows, if you'll take my word for it, bolstered by a late quarter appearance by Caleb King and a seven hour 11-6 AM finale. You can imagine how that went down.

But for now: no radio. I want to transition towards a legit African radio show at KBCS out here, but I'm waiting until some job things fall into place first. By which I mean, I'm waiting for this grocery store to call me back and then I have to start searching again. After that though, I'm hoping to get on the weekly Congolese jams route, but we will see what happens. Seattle is a funny place, as different from a city as I could imagine, but good so far.

And now, in purely photographic format, the journey from Charlottesville to Seattle, starring Mike, Chelsea, and myself, as well as a Nissan Xterra and my fifteen year old Subaru legacy.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Time to Face the Sun Playlist 4/14

Three hours of continuous jams makes for a difficult playlist, so much of this is a little bit off. I'm also probably off on some of the spelling and details, but thats the result of having four people in the studio, all with stacks of records and ideas. Overall, this was probably the best show I've ever been involved in, and I'll probably have a copy of it at some point in the future, so be in touch if you're interested in getting one.

Franco - Boma L'Huere - Boma L'Huere
Franco - Koun Kouel Edo Aboyi Ngai
Bembeya Jazz National - Armee Guineenne - The Syliphone Years
Orchestra Hi-Fives - Kyrie Eleison
Bola Johnson - Lagos Sis - Afro Baby: The Evolution of the Nigerian Sound
Franco - ? - ?
Al Haji K. Frimpong - Kyenken - Public Demand
Christy Asuma - Naam - Ghana Soundz 2
Tunji Oyelana & the Benders - Ipasan - Afrobaby: The Evolution of the Nigerian Sound
Ofo & The Black Company - Allah Wakbarr - Love's A Real Thing
William Onyeabor - Atomic Bomb - Atomic Bomb
Tony Allen - Afro-Disco-Beat - Racubah!
Fela Kuti - Sorrow Tears & Blood - Opposite People
BLO - Time to Face the Sun - Phases: Chapter Two
Manu Dibango - New Bell
Ikenga Super Stars - Suffry Suffry Catch a Monkey
Super Boiro Band - So I Si Sa - Guinee Cultural Revolution
T.P. Orchestre Polyrythmo - Les Djoes
Oscar Sully - Bukom Mashie
Etoile 2000 - Bubu Ngary
Rwenzoris - Handsome Boy (E Wara)
Thione Seck - Diongoma
Etoile de Dakar - ?
T.P. Orchestre Polyrhythmo - Kokoriko - Kings of Benin Urban Groove
Super Eagles - Love's a Real Thing - Love's a Real Thing
Bembeya Jazz National - Petit Sekou - The Syliphone Years
Salif Keita - N'Toman
Franco - Likambo Ya Nganan

Plenty of shows to come up, y'all, so keep it locked on wtju. I've got two hours of the Silver Jews for you at One AM Eastern Time tomorrow night (Wednesday Night / Thursday Night) so tune in and throw some money my way.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Next week, y'all

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Beard Hour Playlist 4/6

Doctor Nico & Orchestre African Fiesta - Pauline - Golden Afrique 2
Franco & L'Ok Jazz - Boma L'Huere - Boma L'Huere
Franco - Koun Koue! Edo Aboyi Ngai - The Very Best of the Rumba Giant of Zaire
Franco & Rochereau - Kabassele in Memoriam - Omona Wapi
Franco et L'Orchestre OK-Jazz - Nazangui Muana - Hit-Parade African Pathe Marconi - vol. 1
Franco, Simaro & TP OK Jazz - Oko Regretter Ngai Mama I & II - 1974 / 1975
Franco - Kinshasa Mboka Ya Makambo - The Rough Guide to Franco

Juvenile & Soulja Slim - Slow Motion - Juve the Great
Prodigy - Y.B.E. - H.N.I.C.
Basswood Lane - Ciabatta Bread
Juvenile - In My Life - Juve the Great
Big Tymers - Still Fly - Hood Rich

Les Ambassadeurs Du Motel de Bamako ft. Salif Keita- Volume 1 (whole record)

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

So, April 13 is the first day of the 2007 WTJU Rock and Folk Marathon, which is a pretty exciting time for those of us who have struggled through the awkwardness of the joint rock-folk-classical-jazz marathon, and we'll finally get a chance to show off some of the more interesting rock-related shows while, you know, requesting money from you. You should listen. And pledge some support.

Theres even a dance party DJ'd by all TJU DJs at the Tea House on April 21st.

But mainly, Way tight shows. Full schedule isn't online yet, but paper copies should be starting to show up in various spots around town. Heres what the Beard Hour is doing to help:

Time to Face the Sun: Afrobeat and Highlife in West Africa, 1960-1980
Sunday, 4/15, 4PM - 7PM

In the 1920s and 1930s, Highlife Music was born in Ghana. It was a combination of African Jazz, Congolese guitar sounds, Palmwine, Cuban and Latin music, and Ghanaian big bands and army ensembles. The music would eventually spread into Nigeria, and become prominent as a result of musicians like E.T. Mensah, Al Haji K. Frimpong, Victor Olaiya and their bands: the Archibogs, the Akazas, the Top Modern Stars, The Lebartone Aces, The Dandies, The Ramblers, The Tempos, The Rhythm Fadakas, The Titibitis, The Melody Maestros, The Rhythm Skies, and the Inter-Reformers. Along with Highlife-spinoffs like Juju and Guinean swing, West African music in the sixties and seventies would produce some of the most memorable and amazingly talented musicians and recordings to ever come about, in the nations of Ghana, Nigeria, Guinea, Benin, and Gambia especially. In the 1970s, the sounds of James Brown and American soul and funk music filtered into West Africa, and an even greater dimension was added to an already fantastic mixture of sounds and influences, resulting in the birth of afrobeat on the streets of Lagos, exemplified by Fela Kuti and the superhuman drumming of Tony Allen, as well as musicians like BLO, the Apostles, the Funkees, and the Stooges-esque Ofo & the Black Company. Join Nate, Adam, Mike and John, on Sunday, April 15th, from 4 PM until 7 PM for three Hours of fantastic West African music from the sixties and seventies, and hear funk and soul music in a totally new and different way.

Go Chubby Boy: Two Hours of Mannie Fresh and New Orleans Hip Hop
Sunday Night / Monday Morning, 4/16, 1AM - 3AM

For almost Twenty Years now, Mannie Fresh has been at the center of New Orleans Hip Hop, starting around the age of ten as a member of New York Incorporated, one of the first New Orleans Hip Hop Crews. In 1987 he started working with rapper Gregory D. The partnership would be somewhat short-lived, but their work would help to lay the foundation for New Orleans Bounce, the Hip Hop style that would eventually dominate in New Orleans. Mannie Fresh's own aesthetic has mirrored that of Bounce, but he has managed to make beats and songs that always sound unique and iconoclastic, creating a distinctly Southern hip hop that nonetheless sounds far removed from the music coming out of Atlanta or Texas. He's managed to remain engaging and interesting for his entire career, using his trademark high hats and old-school New Orleans horn lines, as well as his always hilarious intros and outros, working mainly with Cash Money artists like Juvenile, Lil' Wayne, and B.G, but also UGK, T.I. Mack 10, Young Jeezy, and Trick Daddy. Join Nate on Sunday Night / Monday Morning, April 16th, from 1 until 3 AM, as we hear from one of the greatest producers ever, the man who helped to put his own vision of the bottom of the map on the map.

Set Me Free: A Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized Retrospective
Tuesday, 4/17, 6AM-8AM

Throughout their five year career as a band, Spacemen 3 covered pretty diverse ground, ranging from fuzzy psychedelic rock'n'roll, lengthy experimental pieces, bluesy garage rock, hushed, somber songs, and rushes of distortion, all of which culminated in the masterful 1987 record 'The Perfect Prescription.' Tensions within the band, primarily between the two main contributors, Jason Pierce, or Jay Spaceman, and Pete Kemper, or Sonic Boom, were already apparent at this point., and while Spacemen 3 would make it through a few more releases, Jay Spacemen would ultimately leave to form Spiritualized. This would be an equally important and impressive band, creating a kind of distorted British psychedelic gospel unlike anything else. Join Nate on Tuesday, the 17th of April, from 6 until 8 AM, as he pulls from the major Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized releases, as well as live recordings and side projects, for a morning of repentance and healing. The church of Jay Spaceman will be in session.

And, I'm finally doing a Silver Jews Show
Wednesday Night / Thursday Morning, 4/19, 1AM-3AM

I never got around to doing an official sounding plug for this show but you know the deal: probably my favorite songwriter and the soundtrack to my entire tenure in this town. Hear me wrap up five years of living in Charlottesville with two hours of the Silver Jews.

91.1, y'all. Or you can always listen online

Last Beard Hour Playlist

Growing - Onement - The Soul of the Rainbow and the Harmony of Light
Orchestra Baobab - Mouhamadou Bamba
Toumani Diabate's Symmetric Orchestra - Boulevard De L'Independance - Boulevard De L'Independance
Les Ambassadeurs Du Motel De Bamako - Mali Denou - Volume 1
Super Rail Band - Mansa

Basswood Lane - Ciabatta Bread
Devin the Dude ft. Scarface - Sticky Green - The Dude
Devin the Dude ft. Andre 3000 & Snoop Dogg - What a Job - Waiting to Inhale
Devin the Dude - Lacville 79 - Just Tryin' Ta Live
Devin the Dude ft. Lil Wayne & Bun B - Lil Girl Gone - Waiting to Inhale
Bun B / Rapid Ric - Tracks 13, 15 - King of the Trill Mixtape
Slimm Cutta Calhoun - The Skinny - The Skinny

Sneak Da Mayor - Stunner Shades

And a half hour of the Rough Guide to High Life, which I don't have a tracklisting for but did me right at 2:30 AM.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Beard Hour playlist 3/23

Despite forgetting the new Devin the Dude record, this turned out to be a pretty good show:

Ennio Morricone - #1 - Crime and Dissonance
Ash Ra Tempel - La Bruit Des Origines - Akademie der Kunst, Berlin (May 19, 1971)
Washington Phillips - Denomination Blues
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Graveyard Train - Bayou Country
Captain Muddy Ibe & His Nkawa Brothers - Niger City Social Club of Nigeria - Niger City Social Club
Bob Wills - The Bob Wills Special
Os Mutantes - But Macumba - Tropicalia
Funkadelic - Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follw - Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow

E-40 / Keak da Sneak - Tell Me When To Go - My Ghetto Report Card
Mac Dre - Thizzelle Dance
E-40 - Mustard & Mayonnaise - Grit & Grind
Mistah F.A.B. ft. Turf Talk, e-40 - Super Sic Wit It
Mac Mall - Thizz Hop - Thizz Hop: Vol. 3
Keak Da Sneak - Way Back - Thizz Hop: Vol. 3

El-P - The League of Extraordinary Nobodies - I'll Sleep When You're Dead
El-P - Poisenville Kids No Wins / Reprise - I'll Sleep When You're Dead

The Cramps - Garbageman - Songs the Lord Taught Us
Lesbian - #2 - Power Hor

Townes Van Zandt - Waiting Around to Die - Live at the Old Quarter, Houston, TX
Townes Van Zandt - Pancho and Lefty - Live at the Old Quarter, Houston, TX
Townes Van Zandt - Don't You Take It Too Bad - Live at the Old Quarter, Houston, TX

Chris Bathgate - A Flash of Light Followed By - Folk Music for the End of the World

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

The Beard Hour has been busy, but heres the recap of the last couple of shows, including the massive four hour one on the eighth.


Rhythm & Sound - King Version - The Versions
Carl Harvey - Track 1 - Ecstasy of Mankind
Rhythm & Sound - Mash Down Version - The Versions
Brian Eno, Moebius, Roedelius - The Bell Dog - After The Heat
Fennesz - Endless Summer - Endless Summer
Brian Eno - I'll Come Running - Another Green World
Brian Eno - Back in Judy's Jungle - Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy
Brian Eno - St. Elmo's Fire - Another Green World
Brian Eno - Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy - Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy
Brian Eno - The Big Ship - Another Green World
Brian Eno - Baby's On Fire - Here Come The Warm Jeys
Brian Eno - Spider & I - Before and After Science
Brian Eno / David Byrne - Regiment - My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
Funkadelic - Maggot Brain - Maggot Brain
Residents - Double Shot of My Baby's Love
Spiritualized - Cop Shot Cop - Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space
Mammatus - Tracks 1, 2 - Mammatus

Devin the Dude - Lacville 79 - Just Tryin' Ta Live
Capone / Devine the Dude - I'm Gone - Pain, Time, & Glory
UGK - One Day (Chops Remix) - King of the Trill 'tape'
Juvenile - Whats Happenin' - Reality Check

(At this point things fall apart due to exhaustion and unpreparedness, but you can probably see that for yourself:)

T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rhythmo - Kokoriko - Kings of Benin Urban Groove
Busdriver - Kill Your Employer - Roadkill....
The A'Z - Yadadamean
Carl Harvey - Track 6 - Ecstasy of Mankind
Madvillain - Figaro - Madvillainy
T.P. Orchestre Polyrhythmo - Gbeto Vivi - Kings of Benin Urban Groove
Mac Mall - My Opinion - Illegal Business?


Hands Up! Playist 3/20

Ash Ra Tempel - Soiree Academique - Akademie der Kunst, Berlin (May 19, 1971)
Mahogany - Soleil Radeieux - Dreams of Modern Day
Camera Obscura - ?
Bembeya Jazz National - Moussogbe - The Syliphone Years
Joseph Kabasela & African Jazz - Independence Cha Cha Cha - Golden Afrique 2
Benny More - Que Bueno Baila Usted
Franco & OK Jazz - Siluwangi Wapi Acordeon - Golden Afrique 2
Franco & OK Jazz - Kinsiona

Them Two - Am I a Good Man? - Eccentric Soul: Deep City
Moovers - Someone to Fulfill My Needs - Eccentric Soul: Deep City
UGK - One Day (Chops Remix) - King of the Trill Tape
UGK - Pocket Full of Stones
Trevor Dandy - Is There any Love? - Good God! A Gospel Funk Hymnal
Preacher & The Saints - Jesus Rhapsody - Good God!
Johnson, Hawkins, Tatum, & Durr - You Can't Blame Me - Eccentric Soul: Capsoul
Marion Black - Who Knows? - Eccentric Soul: Capsoul
Aaliyah / Timbaland - Are You That Somebody?
Elijah & the Ebonites - Hot Grits!!! - Eccentric Soul: Capsoul
Cliff Gober - A Poor Wayfaring Stranger - Good God!