New Year = New Artist: Get to know your South Pacific Artists!

Talofa! (Hello in Samoan)

This is Melia from Mixed Plate the only program here in SO-IL that plays music from the South Pacific with a mix of world thrown in!

I walked my cold little butt to the station Tuesday morning and played some non-stop NESIAN MYSTIC. Totally awesome band that comes out of NZ (New Zealand). What’s super cool about this group is that they themselves are sort of a mixed plate.  Their members are from all over Pacifica. Naturally we all know, that the one from Samoa is the best (Just saying. Samoans are awesome. Never forget that! ) . Through the blends of their culture and their musical backgrounds they create Nesian Mystic.

Their song “Introduction”, (off of the album Polysaturated) makes me laugh every time I listen to it. It’s a humorist skit about how they were called together to lift up their people and to create a positive foundation for their nation. So buy the cd that way you can listen to it! It’s interesting how they flow together songs that are meant to make you wanna dance and the songs that make you want to make a change. Nesian Mystic’s style of music is a combination of R’n’B, Hip Hop, and Reggae. They currently have 4 Albums starting with Polysaturated, Freshman, Elevator Musiq, and finally their newest album 99ad. On Tuesday I mostly played from Polysturated, Elevator Musiq,  and Freshman. Check out their website for more info and also funny little mini interviews from each of the members. I love their accents!! ❤

Website: Nesian Mystik

Tuesday Morning Play List:

  • The Arrival
  • What’s Next?
  • Can’t Stop the Progress
  • Gone did it
  • People
  • Nesian 101
  • Just be Me
  • RSVP
  • Lost Visionz
  • For the People
  • 9.2.5
  • Brothaz
  • Home Coming
  • Mr. Mista
  • Yours Sincerely
  • Robbin Hood Heros
  • Sail Away
  • So good
  • Roots Discussion
  • Sacrifice

Until next time people! Don’t forget to listen until next week Tuesdays from 7am- 9am.

❤ Melia

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The Jazz Buffet – Filling in the New Year on the right set of notes

Cover of "Birth of the Cool"

Cover of Birth of the Cool

Sitting in for the Jazz Buffet with the opportunity to present my own buffet of sorts.  You would normally find me here on Sunday nights at midnight, but noon is a fine time too.

We started with Giant Steps, the title track of his legendary 1960 album.  Giant Steps was not his first solo album (that honor goes to Blue Trane), but this was his first album after his stint with Miles Davis, and can be considered a coming-out part of sorts.  Coltrane had developed his “sheets of sound” technique during his time with Davis, and with Thelonious Monk before that.  So the Coltrane that we hear here is a different Coltrane than the Coltrane that we heard in Blue Trane.

Check out this extraordinary clip of Giant Steps, featuring an animation of Coltrane’s sax part as it would appear on the sheet music as he plays.  A must see for any jazz fan, and quite mind-blowing for the aspiring saxophonist.

Our second Coltrane recording, Focus on Sanity is notable for a number of reasons.  It is actually a Ornette Coleman composition, recorded in June of 1960, just after having left Miles Davis‘s group and having recorded Giant Steps.  You can see differences in the Coltrane of then and the Coltrane of a year or so later.  He hadn’t put together his legendary Quartet yet, and this recording actually features a group of Ornette Coleman veterans.  On this recording he gives equal billing to Don Cherry, something that never happened on any of his solo albums.  Also unusual here is that he is not playing with his quartet, but rather some guys who had been playing with Coleman (all three of the players that we hear with Coltrane had played with Coleman on Free Jazz earlier that year.  This album (although not the song specifically) also features one of Coltrane’s early recordings featuring his newly acquired soprano sax, a once obsolete instrument that Coltrane helped bring back to prominence.

Such is the joy of John Coltrane, his willingness to take risks, to experiment, to depart from that which had been serving him so well, to pay tribute to his influences.  We hear some of this on the Africa/Brass Sessions, from which we hear Africa.  The album features some luscious orchestrations by Eric Dolphy, again a departure for both men, and it also features an expanded ensemble, essentially the legendary Quartet with extra horns added (including french horns and baritone saxes).

Next we hear some Miles Davis, from the Birth of the Cool sessions (interestingly enough, with the same tuba that we heard on Africa, Bill Barber).  Like with Coltrane, we have a lovely example of a musician ready and willing to challenge the status quo.  The music is essentially bebop, but the expanded palette of sound serves the music well.  Miles uses a group of musicians who had been playing with the Claude Thornhill Orchestra, along with an arranger who had been doing arrangements for Thornhill, Gil Evans.  The relationship between Davis and Evans would prove to be quite fruitful, with some of Davis’ greatest, most adventurous work resulting from their collaboration.

Changing the pace is always nice, and that is what we do by moving into the In A Silent Way album.  Both albums that we hear here feature a substantial amount of compositional exploration and experimentation.  Birth of the Cool was all about taking the bebop medium and adding new tonal colors and new musical heft.  In A Silent Way was Davis’  first major fusion album, although he had in fact been moving in that general direction with Miles in the Sky and Filles De Kilimanjaro, both from 1967.  Today’s song, Shhh/Peaceful, features some nice guitar by John McLaughlin and a 3-keyboard layout by Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and Joe Zawinul.

I wasn’t intending to focus so much on experimental this afternoon, but that is how it turned out.  We followed Miles Davis with a classic from Eric Dolphy’s 1964 Out To Lunch album, Something Sweet, Something Tender, and then a bit of Sun Ra, Discipline, from his 1972 Space Is The Place.  Both songs slow the tempo down a bit, with Sun Ra demonstrating his underlying Duke Ellington influence underneath a somewhat avant garde sheen.

Rez Rockin’ Reggae

KILI LogoBONGO’s      BIO   “WORD, SOUNDS AND POWER FROM THE TOP OF KILi TOWER, A HUNDRED THOUSAND WATTS OF VICIOUS LAKOTA POWER”, opened the REZ ROCKIN REGGAE SHOW from Porcupine South Dakota on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation over the hill from Wounded Knee, one of the most infamous locations in American history.  Rasta themes of unity in struggle for survival and resistance to the Babylon system of oppression were well received in four states by the American Indian Movement and grandmas who have been resisting the shitstem their entire lives, praying in the old ways even when it was against the law.

To keep the show relevant I would visit among family and friends in Oglala, Pine Ridge and Slim Buttes practicing monologues.  When I said loudly ,YOUTMON YOU KNOW YOU BEEN DRINKING SO GIVE UP DE K.EYS AND DON’T SCRASH DE CYA AND MAKE THE GRANDMAS CRY!  Grandma Celene Not Help Him, a descendant of the Wounded Knee massacre said, “Yes.  Yes, say it, I’ll be listening, and so were thousands of Indians in rezes spread out over four states.

I know you want to hear more Indian radio stories because not to many of us washichu* know what Indians are like, what they do and how they think and I am the conduit for you.

In my first radio days I only had tapes recorded in Jamaica to work with, so it took nearly two hours to cue up the show.  So I pulled into the station and Buzzy Two Lance said,  Bongo, I’m glad you’re here.  I been here since dark, the relief dj never showed and I’m tired and hungry.  Start your show two hours early.  It was ten minutes to twelve and he had a reel to reel large tape playing, told me to turn it off play the promos and begin with de reggae ryddims

The transmitter was an old   US surplus army job from WW2 with huge knobs, and my training was non existent.  When I turned off the reel to reel, opened the show with the words at the beginning of this blog, hit the button on the small tape machine, nuttin happened.  In a panic of dead air, I tried to get the reel to reel back on, failed, so alls I had to work width was my small boom box and two mikes.  I swung mike two over to the boom box and said”Hey KILI djays, Bongo needs help Me cyant get the Bomboclat mac\hine to work, and by the time two songs played I could hear the roar of a Chevy 350sliding up the icy hill  to the station.  A long hair Indian youth ran in, clicked some switches and turned some huge knobs, and heavy like lead, AND DREADER THAN DREAD Reggae recorded in Jamaica rocked the speakers of Skins all over South Dakota, Nebraska, North Dakota and Wyoming

So gentle readers, please mention the Blogapus to your friends and I promise weekly true stories of early radio days.

*Lakota, “stealer of the fat”

New features at The Blogapus

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Year’s End {Whirled Peas Café Radio}

Mondays 7a-9a

WPC Radio: Musical Comfort Food with a World of Spice

As 2010 is quickly coming to a close, I will be celebrating 7 months of being on the air. My first official show as Whirled Peas Café Radio aired on June 1st as the world was in FIFA overdrive. That would be World’s Cup Soccer or football as the rest of the world knows it. The spotlight on Africa increased my exposure to some wonderfully eclectic and precisely executed sounds from that bountiful continent. Old trade routes and port towns held the most interesting fusion for my ear. The blends of tribal sounds with Arabic, Portuguese, Spanish & French languages and instruments, the influence of ancient trading cultures was exquisite but expected. The continued overlay of Indian ragas, Brazilian beats, and Peruvian pipes…add to that the salty simmering of sailors riffing through Oceania… less anticipated but completely understandable. Music is indeed a language unto itself and continues to connect us and inform us beyond mere intellect. That’s the level where disparate sounds come together to create a greater whole without losing the integrity of the individual. That is the place from which WPC Radio strives to broadcast…with a dose of humility and humor.

Aside from the seasons as witnessed by my beloved garden, WPC Radio has reawakened my sensitivity to the seasons of the human spirit. Through picking our music to fit the celebrations of the month, special days, and current events, I find myself more aware of the subtle rhythms that carry these times. November heralds the harvest of a fruitful summer of sweet labor. We understand the gratitude of what we have and what truly sustains us. For many it is a time for atonement to be followed by feasting with loved ones. December brings out the glitz and sparkle and gives us the signal to indulge as the light of the day fades and the temperatures drop. By week’s end, we will be ringing in the New Year, and whether that is to friends gathered around a crystal punchbowl and glittering with sequins or bundled next to a loved one as the fire gives way to smoldering embers… one thing ends to give rise to a new beginning. We have come full circle once again…and it bears repeating. See you all next week and next years! Happy 2011, to one and all!

Of Brief Musical Note

Wil Maring’s CD resurfaced and now is filed under “M” for Maring in the “Local Artists” section of the WDBX library. It seems to be an orphan. Perhaps Santa can place some other of Wil’s CDs next to it so it won’t be so lonely.

Holly Cole is a wonderful Canadian jazz singer who has decades of musical encounters with the likes of Tom Waits & Lyle Lovett. She is not the only artists sporting that name, however. Similar to the Pam & Pamela Parkers…maybe a show of doppelgängers is in the offing.

Datonerecords, the label for Sharon Jones, still presses vinyl!

Phoenix Of Love Do’a
Tu Siempre Seras Flavio Y Sus Complices
Que Sera Sera Holly Cole

Lord Knows I Would Raya Yarbrough
Beautiful The Parlotones

Buttercup Freshlyground
Aurora en Pekin Marc Ribot & los Cubanos Postizos
Come On Up To The House Tom Waits

All Gone Wil Maring
Big Yellow Taxi Counting Crows
Born In A Taxi Blk Sonshine
New Beginning Tracy Chapman
Sem Valor Carmen Souza
Nomvula (After The Rain) Freshlyground
Fellowship Lizz Wright
Touch In The Night Freshlyground
Desicon! Carmen Souza

One Small Year Shawn Colvin
Not Your Year The Weepies
I Learned the Hard Way Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
You Don’t Know Janis Joplin
Bye, Bye Baby Janis Joplin
Black Bird Bye Bye Josephine Baker

Moved By The Movies

Introducing DJ Daniel Damian filling in for Dawn Morningstar’s Native Voices this Boxing Day. Damian tells us that his musical influences have been informed by movie soundtracks, most notably Amélie. Damian, a budding Francophile, is a sophmore at Carbondale Community High School. His interest in instrumental arrangements is informed by his own studies that include piano and guitar…and from what I was witnessing from my perch in the studio, a fair amount of air drums. His enthusiasm is, indeed, infectious. I hope to see more of him behind the control boards. ~LTS {WPC Radio}
  1. Le Banquet The Soundtrack from Amélie
  2. Les Jours Tristes The Soundtrack from Amélie
  3. La Valse D’Amélie The Soundtrack from Amélie
  4. La Noyee The Soundtrack from Amélie
  5. The Kid Marc Ribot
  6. Radio Marc Ribot
  7. L’Autre Valse D’Amélie The Soundtrack from Amélie
  8. J’y Suis Jamais Alle The Soundtrack from Amélie
  9. Comtine D’un Autre Ete: L’apres Midi The Soundtrack from Amélie
  10. Le Moulin The Soundtrack from Amélie
  11. Fat Man Blues Marc Ribot
  12. Guilty The Soundtrack from Amélie
  13. Si Tu N’etais Pas La The Soundtrack from Amélie
  14. La Valse Des Vieux Os The Soundtrack from Amélie
  15. Fire in the Twilight Wang Chung/ The Soundtrack from The Breakfast Club
  16. Get To Know Ya Jesse Jackson/ The Soundtrack from Pretty in Pink
  17. La Valse D’Amélie (Orchestral Version) The Soundtrack from Amélie
  18. La Dispute The Soundtrack from Amélie
  19. Everybody Wants to Rule the World Tears for Fears
  20. One Silver Dollar The Film Studio Orchestra/ Inglourious Basterds
  21. Sur Le Fil The Soundtrack from Amélie
  22. Catch Yer Own Train The Silver Seas/ Breaking Bad

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