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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

If Music Could Talk - July 26, 2009 - Podcast Link


PODCAST LINK - July 26, 2009 "If Music Could Talk" on WRIR - Sundays at 7pm EST - www.wrir.org

Friday, July 24, 2009

Grupo Fantasma , Live in Richmond on Wed July 29, at Plaza Bowl





Grupo Fantasma , Live in Richmond on Wed July 29, at Plaza Bowl

Monday, July 20, 2009

If Music Could Talk - July 19, 2009 - Podcast Link

PODCAST LINK

Music from India - ( Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and some Punjabi Bhangra ) , some Korean Funk, Japanese New Wave Punk, and more


videos for some of the songs featured :

Prema sagaram - Andalolike (Telugu)



Kim Jung Mi - LIVE

Friday, July 17, 2009

japanese punk new wave was cool as hell in the early 80s (and really far out too!)

ヒカシュー is Hikashu







another version



Tuesday, July 14, 2009

New Album by Columbian folkloric singer Martina Camargo


I first heard Afro-Columbian Tambora singer Martina Camargo on the song Damaquiel by Hector Buitrago... she's absolutely amazing.. her voice is really beautiful, and she's carrying on a cultural legacy that is very important and very powerful.. I cant say I know enough about her to really say more.. but as I find out more I will share the details with you here. I have just been told by someone from the label, Chaco World Music, that she has a new album..

"new album "Canto, Palo y Cuero" is on sale !!! just look at itunes, cdbaby.com and lala.com"

"The greatest afrocolombian voice in traditional roots music. A sensitive and fun album of Tambora music, a tradition played only by native drums and happy voices."

Im thrilled. And I recommend that you check her out. I will be playing some tunes from her new album on my radio show as soon as I get a chance. Theres probably a good chance that she'll perform here in the US in the future also, so if i hear anything, I'll post it here.

Here's a blog that has lots of good information about Martina Camargo, plus an interview.

here's a documentary that has just been posted on Youtube





gracias por el enlace Chaco!

If Music Could Talk - July 12 2009 - Africa, Singapore, India, Jamaica, Brasil, the world...

PODCAST LINK

...some funky Indian film soundtrack classics, a special feature on a new Singapore 60s box set only available in Singapore (and on the web for a limited time) , more great jamaican dub reggae tracks by legendary producers , some dangerous afro beat tracks by FELA, some chimurenga from Thomas Mapfumo, a beautiful modern Brasilian samba, and a new single from Prince

(podcasts of IMCT are in mono - 112 kbps, and while they still sound pretty good , could never replace original recordings - get the originals if you like these tracks! they'll sound even better in higher bitrate stereo!)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Bollywood Night - July 11 2009

Thursday, July 09, 2009

short news clip about michael jacksons influence in India



Prabhu Deva does a very MJ inspired dance routine here

Finally found this incredible photography book that was released for this exhibit "INDIA : A CELEBRATION OF INDEPENDENCE - 1947-1997"

This book was first released more than 10 years ago, when the exhibit made a stop in Richmond at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.. the exhibit, which was to commemorate India's 50 years of independence, made its way through many other US cities.. and we were pretty lucky that it made a stop here.. . we have a wonderful art museum here in Richmond in case you didnt know.

I attended this exhibit with my mother, and we spent the afternoon at the museum - first having lunch in the old sculpture garden, and then walking through this exhibit.. (this was way before all the renovations they did at the VMFA) it was one of those shows that really made an impression on me... so when the memory popped up in my head again a few weeks ago, i thought id ask my mom if she remembered the name of the exhibit.



So, after thinking about it for a while, we finally found the catalogue that went with the exhibit and managed to get a copy for under 20 dollars - which is way cheaper than it originally sold for-- and this is really a breathtaking book.. compiling photos from some very talented photographers.. with so many possible perspectives.. each photographer gives their own poetic view of the people and places that make up this dense and colorful continent.. the book is priceless.. with an incredibly beautiful photo print on almost every page , interspersed with essays by the photographers... 200+ pages

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU ORDER THIS BOOK WHILE COPIES ARE STILL TO BE FOUND FOR UNDER 50 dollars...

get your copy here:
"INDIA : A CELEBRATION OF INDEPENDENCE - 1947-1997"

read a bit about the exhibit in case you missed it more than ten years ago..

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

More unbelievable clips from Tamil film "Thoongathey Tambi Thoongathey"

1983 film starring Kamal Hassan







Monday, July 06, 2009

If Music Could Talk - July 5, 2009 - Podcast Link

PODCAST LINK - If Music Could Talk - July 5, 2009

Saturday, July 04, 2009

a few 70s Bolly-gems including one sortof remake of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean"

Jawani Se Mile Jahan Jawani -1985 KARMYUDH (Parveen Babi)


Jani Dilbar Jani" from Raksha



Meenakshi Seshadri in Hoshiyaar

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Michael Jackson - pictures from back in the day


beyond the fact that many of these images are burned permanently into my brain from seeing them as stickers on our elementary school notebooks...
....Michael Jackson, and his image and likeness, was literally everywhere during the initial Thriller craze.. ( including blatant commercial tie ins to advertising campaigns for E.T. & Pepsi .. actually, the Jackson POP machine was already in full gear by the time I found out about him, the Jackson Five already had their own cartoon and each member apparently had their own Fan Club long before i had heard Billie Jean.. i just got in on it when they stepped it up a notch.. thats right, the 80s... and my generation was the target audience )



it seems to me that these photos (click the collage below) give away so many interesting and disturbing hints to the mystery behind the troubled life of michael jackson. i dont know what it is, but looking at the pictures of him from youth and his early career, i feel like i almost understand him a bit better.. but it's just a glimmer of truth trying to escape from a cloud of chaotic overexposure that should probably be called the Michael Jackson Empire...
i found most of these images on ebay last night as i was perusing the tidal wave of posters, certified autographs (with photos from the actual instance it was signed for proof and authentification! lol ), concert t shirts, domain names, action figures, etc that is now flooding the auction site in the aftermath of michael jackson's death.. i find it very similar to the opportunist memorabilia hawkers who crowded the streets of the financial district and canal street just days after 911... the tabloids seem to be having a good time with this too... and i guess im not much better than that since im posting this collage up... but i just feel like these photos say something about this mythical and notoriously troubled person.. maybe its because it's just so obvious, looking at the early photos, that he must have had a a pretty painful childhood.. after talking with a friend of mine who works with troubled/abused youth yesterday.. i began to think about it a little bit... and then reading some of the accounts from family members about how his father treated him. .(read the CONTROVERSIES section of this wikipedia entry) . and some of the things he seems to have become obsessed/fixated on later in life... it almost seems to all fit together .. its just too bad that his stardom didnt allow him to work through any of the mess he went through growing up..





it's pretty sad looking at the picture of him above with the dog, or with his little sister janet (who it seems he really relied on years later during all the scandals) sitting on that wall (see below)... and especially when i see the expresion on his face standing next to his father.. you dont have to be a psychoanalyst to see that he doesnt look happy..



beyond the idea that Michael Jackson himself was "a victim" as Quincy Jones has stated repeatedly, it seems he allowed himself to go into a very dark place because of it... allowing himself to rationalize behavior that was hurtful to others (who really knows to what horrible extent?), self destructive, and ultimately fatal.... It's sad that he wasnt able to see how far off the deep end he had gone until it was too late.. or maybe he already knew it and thats why he was hiding his face all the time ..... there are just so many mixed up parts to the story of his life...i hope those he left behind, his children, his family, will also find some peace. i guess the only positive way to look at it, as melodramatic as it sounds, is that hopefully now he's in a better place ... there's absolutely no denying that his music changed the world, and the positive energy of his music will live on in our hearts forever

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Singapore 60s 100 greatest box set -- online seller

i got this box set last week and it's really excellent.. well worth the money...
i was able to order my copy from someone who was involved in the project release.. but he has informed me that it is now available from a Singapore online bookseller -- here

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