Thursday, 22 April 2021

ARCADE FIRE - Bootleg Mix (2004-2013) Flac

 

This compilation was inspired by an earlier bootleg mix tape that mixed lossy and inferior sounding audience tracks. I used the bones of it, wanting something with a better cohesion and more balanced flow for an enhanced audio experience.

It was compiled from the Arcade Fire radio sessions & the odd live track I have on my Hard Drives. It represents a different look at Arcade Fire's career from their EP beginnings through the first three albums. The radio sessions are particularly interesting because the demands of the radio studio, led to a more stripped down sound. 

It includes two cover tracks one from Talking Heads and the other the Magnetic Fields. 'Born on a Train' reminds me of two old songs, the first is easy 'Then He Kissed Me' but I can't place the other. Anyone?
This version of Neighborhood #3 is superior, if the power went out it certainly didn't on this performance, there really is some energy to it! The band's intent clear with the 1-2-3-4 intro. There was little point in splitting Rebellion as they merge seamlessly.

The Arcade Fire's early recordings surely position them as one of the greatest post-millenial bands. Hear this and get the official releases if you've missed them. The early albums come in card sleeves, like minature LP sleeves. Well worth collecting as you can currently pick them up in charity shows for little money. See the bottom of this post for further info, tracks that were performed on this mix are in capitals. (thebasement67, April, 2021)


01. Naive Melody           
Radio 3, Studio 211, Toronto - October 2, 2004 

02. Wake Up                          
03. In the Backseat                    
04. Neighborhood #2 (Laika)    
XFM Radio Studios, London - March 7, 2005       

05. My Heart is an Apple            
Berlin - May 20, 2005           

06. Vampire / Forest Fire                    
07. Intervention                        
08. Born on a Train            
KCRW-FM - January 17, 2005       

09. Sleeping in a Submarine            
Lollapalooza - July 24, 2005                  

10. Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) > Rebellion (Lies) BBC FM session - June 28, 2007   

11. Keep the Car Running                
12. Neon Bible                
BBC FM Hub session - June 29, 2007       

13. Headlights Look Like Diamonds       
14. No Cars Go               
KCMP 89.3 FM Minnesota - September 29, 2005   

15. Suburban War                
Bologna - September 2, 2010
       
16. The Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond...)   
KCRW FM, Capitol Studios - October 28, 2013       

Sources:
FM & Soundboard


LINK

The Early Official Releases

Arcade Fire EP (2003)
1. Old Flame
2. I'M SLEEPING IN A SUBMARINE
3. NO CARS GO
4. The Woodlands National Anthem
5. MY HEART IS AN APPLE
6. HEADLIGHTS LOOK LIKE DIAMONDS
7. VAMPIRE/FOREST FIRE

 

 Funeral (2004)
1. Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)   
2. NEIGHBORHOOD #2 (LAIKA)
3. Une année sans lumière
4. NEIGHBORHOOD #3 (POWER OUT)
5. Neighborhood #4 (7 Kettles)
6. Crown of Love
7. WAKE UP
8. Haiti
9. REBELLION (LIES)   
10. IN THE BACKSEAT


Neon Bible (2007)
1. Black Mirror
2. KEEP THE CAR RUNNING
3. NEON BIBLE
4. INTERVENTION
5. Black Wave/Bad Vibrations
6. Ocean of Noise
7. The Well and the Lighthouse
8. (Antichrist Television Blues)
9. Windowsill
10. NO CARS AGO
11. My Body is a Cage

 

The Suburbs (2010)
1. The Suburbs
2. Ready to Start
3. Modern Man
4. Rococo
5. Empty Room
6. City with No Children
7. Half Light I
8. Half Light II (No Celebration)
9. SUBURBAN WAR
10. Month of May
11. Wasted Hours
12. Deep Blue
13. We Used to Wait
14. Sprawl I (Flatland)
15. SPRAWL II (MOUNTAINS BEYOND MOUNTAINS)
16. The Suburbs (Continued)



Wednesday, 21 April 2021

TINARIWEN - BBC Radio 3 Session 2014 (Flac)

The previous post by Malian band Songhoy Blues has been very popular, its great to know that this music is appreciated by blog visitors so here's another superb session for you all. 

While searching for some audio files, for what was to be the next post, (a bootleg mix compiling radio sessions and live tracks) from my hard drives by one of the post-millenium's most critically acclaimed and successful bands. I came across these files by another Malian band, Tinariwen. 

It's a BBC Radio 3 session, ostensibly to promote their sixth album release 'Emmaar' (The heat on the breeze). It was their first full album recorded outside northern Africa. The band had fled to the USA after a Tuareg rebellion in their home region of northern Mali. Three of the five songs performed on this session (*) appear on the 'new' album. 


BBC Radio 3
Tinariwen In Session
World on 3 Studio 80A, Broadcasting House, London
Friday 2 May 2014 / 11pm-1am


A live session in our studio, plus interview, with this celebrated nomadic Tuareg band from the Sahara desert, offering more of their unique brand of Malian blues. Tinariwen plays material from their new album Emmaar, recorded in another desert, Joshua Tree National Park in California, miles away from their homeland because of its political instability.

01. Nazagh Ejbal
02. Toumast Tincha *
03. chat
04. Timadrit In Sahara *
05. Sastan Nakham
06. chat
07. Chaghaybou *

Eyadou Ag Leche - bass, guitar, calabash, vocals
Abdallah Ag Alhousseyni - guitar, vocals
Alhassane Ag Touhami - guitar, vocals
Ibrahim Ag Alhabib - guitar, vocals
Abdallah Ag Lamida - guitar, vocals
Yad Abderrahmane - guitar, vocals
Said Ag Ayad - percussion, vocals
Elaga Ag Hamid - guitar, vocals
Mohammed Ag Tahada - percussion
Wonou Walet Sidati - vocals

Mary Ann Kennedy introduces a live session from Tuareg band Tinariwen


LINK

 


“Malian musicians in California playing riffs that Robert Johnson would sell his soul for, again.”
- NME 8/10 (UK)

“It's a pleasure to hear how Tinariwen keeps finding new ways to translate the soul of the Sahara.”
-
NPR (USA)

“This album will rock your brain, psychedelic!”
- Les Inrockuptibles (France)

  1. Toumast Tincha

  2. Chaghaybou

  3. Arhegh Danagh

  4. Timadrit In Sahara

  5. Imidiwan Ahi Sigdim

  6. Tahalamot

  7. Sendad Eghlalan

  8. Imdiwanin ahi Tifhamam

  9. Koud Edhaz Emin

  10. Emajer

  11. Aghregh Medin (Hassan’s song)

TOUMAST TINCHA (The People Have Been Sold Out)
The ideals of the people have been sold off cheap, my friends.
Any peace imposed by force is bound to fail
And give way to hatred.
My people, where is that self-confidence
Made of dignity and beauty of spirit
That our ancestors bequeathed to us?

Saturday, 20 March 2021

Bootlegs of the Year 2015-2020

LATEST EDITION including 2020 out now

 

This document was compiled after receiving numerous emails, enquiring as to where bootlegs #1-100 posted on site, could be found. (many of the links were lost in 2016, see Downloads box on top right-hand side panel). 
 
The PDF book will point you in the right direction, the sites I used and importantly the web addresses that they can be located at. Although it concentrates on the best bootlegs I have downloaded in the last six years, the same sites and addresses used are where the bootlegs in the 100 greatest listing originated from. The posts #1 to #100 were mostly made from downloads prior to 2015. 
 
This document includes the best bootlegs I have downloaded in the following years, 2015 to 2020. Having discarded numerous titles, these are the best downloaded in that time frame.

Full details have been included for each, such as the venue and date of the performance, the type of recording – soundboard, FM, from the audience, etc. and information on the lineage and running times. Most importantly the website address is given for each download. A complete track listing is included, along with track timings and informative comments about each bootleg. The index will aid those that prefer an A to Z alphabetical listing and help you instantly find a particular artist that is of interest to you.

I have not provided a sound quality rating as virtually all are of sufficient high quality to rate around 5 out of 5, some are worthy of 5+ like the best official releases.

As you can imagine, it took some time and effort to pull this all together. What to include and just as importantly what to leave out, has taken considerable thought and listening hours, enjoyable nonetheless. So if you are a fan of any of the artists featured, then I can confidently state that you will definitely enjoy the bootlegs that have been chosen.
 
If you would like a copy of this document, it's only £5 GBP via the donate button, you do not require a paypal account.(see top R/H bar)
 
Included in the main body of the text of the document are details of the 275 bootlegs downloaded, and where to find them by the following artists:                 
 
6 years - 156 different artists

RYAN ADAMS
THE AFGHAN WHIGS
ARCADE FIRE

ASWAD
THE AVALANCHES
THE BAND
BEASTIE BOYS

BEATLES 
BECK
BELLE & SEBASTIAN
BIG AUDIO DYNAMITE (2)
BJORK
BLONDIE
THE BLUE NILE
JOE BONAMASSA (3)
DAVID BOWIE (5)
BROADCAST (3)
BYRDS
CALEXICO (4)

CALEXICO / IRON & WINE
CAN
JOHNNY CASH
CAT POWER (3)
THE CHURCH
THE CLASH 

COCTEAU TWINS (2)
LEONARD COHEN (2)
LLOYD COLE / THE COMMOTIONS (2)

RY COODER
ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS (3)
CRAMPS (2)
CRANBERRIES
CREAM
THE CURE
DEAD CAN DANCE (2)
DELTA 5
DEPECHE MODE
DEREK & THE DOMINOS

DEXYS MIDNIGHT RUNNERS
DJ DANGERMOUSE

BOB DYLAN (3)
EAGLES
STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES (3)
ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN (2)
EURYTHMICS
THE FALL
ALI FARKA TOURE & RY COODER
FELT
THE FLAMING LIPS
FLEET FOXES
FLEETWOOD MAC (3)
RORY GALLAGHER (4)
GANG OF FOUR (2)
GENESIS
BETH GIBBONS & RUSTIN MAN
RHIANNON GIDDENS
DAVID GILMOUR (2)
GRATEFUL DEAD (2)
GUNS 'N' ROSES
PJ HARVEY (2)
INXS

JANE'S ADDICTION
JIMI HENDRIX (3)
THE JAM
JAPAN (2)
THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN (2)
RICKIE LEE JONES
JONI MITCHELL (2)

THE KILLS
KRAFTWERK (5)
LAMBCHOP (2)
LED ZEPPELIN (7)
THE LEMONHEADS
LENNY KRAVITZ
LINTON KWESI JOHNSON (2)

LONE JUSTICE
MANIC STREET PREACHERS
BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS (2)
LAURA MARLING
MASSIVE ATTACK
CURTIS MAYFIELD (2)
MAZZY STAR (2)
JOHN MELLENCAMP
MISTY IN ROOTS (3)
JONI MITCHELL
MOGWAI 
NEW BOHEMIANS (WITH EDIE BRICKELL)
NEW ORDER (9)
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS (3)

NINE INCH NAILS
NIRVANA (3)
OUTCASTS
PEARL JAM (3)
PENTANGLE
LEE PERRY & V/A
TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS (5)
PIL (2)
PINK FLOYD (2)
PIXIES (2)
ROBERT PLANT (4)
POGUES
IGGY POP
THE POLICE
PRIMAL SCREAM (2)
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE (2)
RADIOHEAD (6)
BONNIE RAITT
LOU REED
REM (3)
DAVID RODIGAN'S REGGAE SHOW: PRINCE BUSTER

ROLLING STONES
RUSH
SADE
SANTANA
SCIENTIST MEETS DEVIL DUB
SIMPLE MINDS
SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES
THE SLITS
SMASHING PUMPKINS
ELLIOTT SMITH
PATTI SMITH (2)
SONIC YOUTH (3)
SPARKLEHORSE
SPECIALS
SPIRITUALIZED (2)
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
STEELY DAN
THE STRANGLERS
 
THE STROKES (2)
JOE STRUMMER & THE MESCALEROS
SUICIDE
DAVID SYLVIAN & ROBERT FRIPP
TALKING HEADS

TEARDROP EXPLODES (2)
TELEVISION (4)
THIN LIZZY
GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS (2)
TINARIWEN      
TRIFFIDS
UNDERWORLD (2)
VARIOUS ARTISTS (3)
LAURA VEIRS
TOM VERLAINE (4)
THE VERVE (2)
WAH! HEAT
TOM WAITS
JACK WHITE
THE WHO
LUCINDA WILLIAMS (2)
X

THE YARDBIRDS
YOUNG MARBLE GIANTS (2)
NEIL YOUNG (11) 
 


The PDF document comprises:
  • 148 pages A4
  • Word count 78,152
  • 275 bootleg images
Full details have been included for each bootleg such as:
  • Venue
  • Date of performance
  • Type of recording - soundboard, FM, from the audience, etc.
  • Lineage
  • Running time
  • Website address
  • Complete track listings
  • Track timings
  • Informative comments about each bootleg
  • Index

      If you would like a copy of this document, it's only £5 GBP via the donate button, you do not require a paypal account.

      An audio sampler is available on a preceding post: Bootleg Promo. The selected tracks are from bootlegs that never made the cut for the final document, but they will give you an idea of the sound quality I look for.

      page samples above

      Thursday, 18 March 2021

      WIRE - The Unreleased Peel Sessions (Flac)

      From 1977's 'Pink Flag' to the band's most recent albums, Wire, Silver/Lead, and 2020's Mind Hive, legendary art-combo Wire have created a unique body of work. Subverting genres, Colin Newman, Graham Lewis, Robert Grey and Matthew Simms continue to work on new material, regularly confounding expectations. 

      The first three Peel sessions were released on a 'Strange Fruit' CD in 1989 and a re-issue in 1996. 

      Wire recorded a fourth session in 1988 and then following their long lay off in the 90's they returned in 2002 with a series of EP's and their fifth and final session for John Peel. These two unreleased sessions sound so different from each other you would think they were two different bands, the 2002 session is more reminiscent of their punk roots.


      Wire - John Peel session #4 - FM master

      BBC Maida Vale Studios, London, UK
      Recording: 24 April 1988
      Broadcast: 10 May 1988


      01 - Boiling Boy (see the 5th studio album A Bell Is A Cup - May 1988)
      02 - German Shepherds (see the Silk Skin Paws EP 1988)
      03 - Drill (see the Kidney Bongos EP 1988)

      Length = 19:44

      Lineage: BBC Radio 1 FM > Roof Aerial > Marantz ST151L Tuner etc.


       

      Wire - John Peel session #5 - FM master

      BBC Maida Vale Studio 4, London, UK
      Recording: 21 July, 2002
      Broadcast: 17 September, 2002

      01 - Spent (see 'Send' - May 2003)
      02 - I Don't Understand (see 'Read & Burn 01' EP - June 2002
      03 - 1st Fast (see 'Read & Burn 01 EP' - June 2002)
      04 - 99.9 (see
      'Send' - May 2003, 1st album since 1991)

      Length = 16:54



      Lineage: BBC Radio 1 FM > roof aerial > Marantz ST151L FM tuner -> Creative SB Extigy soundcard etc.

       

      LINK 1988 

      LINK 2002

       

      If you've been inspired by these two cracking sessions, for further information and news of the special editions of the groups first three albums, go to the official Wire site here: http://pinkflag.com/

      Wire's three Harvest released albums in the 70's are often referred to as a kind of "accelerated development triptych". The differences between the reductive minimalism of 1977's Pink Flag and the layered baroque (albeit still minimalistic) of 1979's 154 show a staggering turn over of ideas, yet each album remains iconic.

      Wire's debut Pink Flag, was originally released in December 1977 on EMI's progressive label 'Harvest' with it's 21 stripped down tracks and iconic stark sleeve. Dave Fudger reviewed it in the UK weekly music paper, 'Sounds' in December 1977. He wrote:

      "The album has a scale and feel of it's own - totally unique. I can't recommend it enough. It's not like anything you've heard and it'll leave it's mark for a long time" 

      Chairs Missing (1978) represented perhaps the biggest conceptual leap made during this period of Wire and was widely misunderstood at the time yet it remains to the band and production crew, Wire's favourite 70's album. The clarity of vision of the band at the time has been rewarded with a large appreciation in it's standing in hindsight the album also having been awarded (alonside Pink Flag) the distinction of a 10 rating by Pitchfork Media amongst many other plaudits.

      154 (1979) was the first Wire album to be released to a universal set of five star reviews from the British rock weeklies. It represented the point when the British 'pop culture establishment' publicly recognised Wire's primacy. 

      Nick Kent in the NME, Chris Westwood in the Record Mirror and Jon Savage in Melody Maker respectively wrote:

      "154 makes 95 percent of the competition look feeble"    

      "Wire are achieving a lot of things other - and more recognised - names have been striving for" 

      "The album is a musical Tour de Force"

       




      Wednesday, 10 March 2021

      THE HOME SESSIONS from Nashville, Tennessee - July 2020 (Flac)

      A couple of lockdown sessions from last year featuring two of the fastest rising stars in the US. Both were recorded at home in Nashville and broadcast on the Bob Harris radio show. Bob has long been an advocate of American music from way back in the early 1970's on UK radio and television.  


      Thu 23 Jul 2020 21:00
      BBC Radio 2 FM Stereo

      Courtney Marie Andrews is in session,
      The Country Show with Bob Harris


      Bob's joined this week by the amazing Courtney Marie Andrews in session!, playing songs from her new album "Old Flowers".

      “Old Flowers is about heartbreak,” she says. “There are a million records and songs about that, but I did not lie when writing these songs. This album is about loving and caring for the person you know you can’t be with. It’s about being afraid to be vulnerable after you’ve been hurt. It’s about a woman who is alone, but okay with that, if it means truth. This was my truth this year — my nine-year relationship ended and I’m a woman alone in the world, but happy to know herself.”

      During the Covid-19 pandemic, when so many musicians are unable to tour, Radio 2's Country Show is asking artists to perform from their own front room, doing a little to keep the bond between artist and audience alive.

      Country Show Home Session

      01. Courtney Marie Andrews - It Must Be Someone Else's Fault 

      02. Courtney Marie Andrews - Burlap String 

      03. Courtney Marie Andrews - Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness

       

       


      Thu 30 Jul 2020 21:00
      BBC Radio 2 FM Stereo

      Margo Price in session,
      The Country Show with Bob Harris


      The amazing Margo Price joins Bob with some live music from her home in Nashville, songs from her new album "That's How Rumors Get Started" , an album of ten new, original songs that commit her sky-high and scorching rock-and-roll show to record for the very first time. Co-produced by Margo and longtime friend Sturgill Simpson, she’s singing about motherhood, the mythologies of stardom, Nashville gentrification, the national healthcare crisis, relationships or growing pains, and more.

      That’s How Rumors Get Started follows Margo’s 2017 album All American Made, which was named the #1 Country/Americana album of the year by Rolling Stone, and one of the top albums of the decade by Esquire, Pitchfork and Billboard, among others. In its wake, Margo sold out three nights at The Ryman Auditorium, earned her first Grammy nomination for Best New Artist, and much more.

      Country Show Home Session

      04. Margo Price - Lettin' Me Down

      05. Margo Price - Prisoner Of The Highway 

      06. Margo Price - Stone Me

      LINK 

      Tuesday, 2 March 2021

      Giggs sits in for Rodigan - 24 February, 2019 (complete show)


      David Rodigan was absent from his BBC Radio 1Xtra show throughout February 2019 while he toured Japan, Australia & New Zealand. He invited guest-DJ's to sit in. The shows are usually take over by a fellow colleague on the radio station and these are often just an extension of that DJ's usual show. The best sit-ins take place when someone who is not a regular DJ comes in and takes over the microphone. 

      Giggs (and Y.C. his dog) host David Rodigan's 1Xtra show, he selects the music he listened to growing up and that has influenced his own music and also selects his top three Jamaican albums of all time.

      This is a superb radio show I've listened to numerous times. Giggs is an absolute natural in front of the microphone. He's warm, genial, witty and exudes a deep love for the music he plays. At one point he warns Rodigan that he's coming after his job - no idle threat when you hear this show.

      If you were a Roots Reggae / Dancehall fan in the late 70's and 80's and your interest lapsed after digital rhythms took over. This programme is a perfect primer on what happened next. It includes selections from some of the greatest 90's singles and album artists. Excellent quality on this, play loud for best effect.

       


      Sunday 24 February 2019 / 7-9pm
      BBC Radio 1Xtra - David Rodigan show (Giggs sits in)


           part one:
      01. Gentleman - Still Around (ft. Beenie Man) (
      rel: 19 Jan '19)
      02. Kabaka Pyramid - Reggae Music | Kontraband (
      rel: 25 May '18)
      03. Giggs - (Is It Gangsta?) Yes, Yes, Yes | When Will It Stop (
      rel: 2013)
      04. Garnett Silk - Lord Watch Over Our Shoulders (Greensleeves) (rel: 1995)
      05. Tenor Saw & Buju Banton - Ring The Alarm (
      rel: 1993)
      06. Bounty Killer - Killer Sounds (ft. Future Troubles) (
      rel: 1995)
      07. Major Mackerel - Dutty Bungle (Don Ban) (
      rel: 1988)
      08. Major Mackerel - Disease (
      rel: 1992)
      09. Tiger - Come Again (Power House) (VP) (re
      l: 198x)
      10. Cutty Ranks - A Who Seh Me Dun (VP) (
      rel: 1992)
      11. Baby Wayne - A The Truth (
      rel: 1993)
      12. Bounty Killer & Ninjaman - Badman A No Cub Scout (rel: 1994)
      13. Beenie Man - Blackboard (VP) (
      rel: 1996)
      14. Ward 21 - Haters (Jammys) (
      rel: 1998)
      15. Capleton - Raggy Road (Def Jam) (
      rel: 1997)

            part two:
      16. Capleton - Cooyah Cooyah | Still Blazin'  (VP) (rel: 2002)
      17. Mavado - Top Shotta Nuh Miss (VP) (rel: 2007)
      18. Koffee - Toast (Sony) (rel: 16 Nov '18)
      19. Spragga Benz - Differ (ft. Sean Paul, Agent Sasco & Chi Ching Ching)         
           1Xtra live in JA, 6 Feb 2019 (unrel: 2019)
      20. Stylo G - Touch Down (Remix) (ft. The Fanatix, Nicki Minaj & Ding Dong) (rel: 6 Dec '18)
      21. Buju Banton - Stamina Daddy | Stamina Daddy #3 (rel: 1992)
      22. Buju Banton - Gold Spoon | Stamina Daddy #3 (rel: 1992)
      23. Buju Banton – General | Stamina Daddy #3 (rel: 1992)
      24. Buju Banton - Laid To Rest | 'Til Shiloh #2 (rel: 1995)
      25. Buju Banton – Murderer | 'Til Shiloh #2 (rel: 1995)
      26. Buju Banton - Untold Stories | 'Til Shiloh #2 (rel: 1995)
      27. Luciano - It's Me Again Jah | Where There Is Life #1 (rel: 1995)
      28. Luciano - Who Could It Be | Where There Is Life #1 (rel: 1995)

      LINK 

      Recorded from the UK BBC i-player (basement sounds #70)

      There is no tracking on this, as it would have introduced unecessary gaps. The show was recorded in two sections, the first hour and second hour for easier listening. It's available in the highest mp3 constant bit rate possible, 320k. Other recordings from digital sources will only be 128k or 192k, if the programme was recorded outside the UK. 

       

      Recommended after hearing the programme

      What a track this is, the rhythm hits hard and you can't help move to it, topped up with the most infectious and glorious trumpet solo.

       


      Friday, 26 February 2021

      SONGHOY BLUES - BBC Radio Session: 2019 (Flac)

      Songhoy Blues bring their dynamic 'desert R&B' to the Music Planet studio, presented by Lopa Kothari. Staying with artists from Mali, this is a superb session I recorded some 18 months ago. The interview gives background on the band and the current political situation back home.

      Music Planet BBC Radio 3 FM
      Friday 30 August 2019 / 11pm-12:30am

      Songhoy Blues session
      broadcast 30 August, 2019

      ---------------------------------
      01. Ai Tchere Bellé (3:42)              
      02. Desert Melody > Interview pt. 1 (8:14)            
      03. Ai Du (Ali Farka Toure cover) (4:07)        

      04. Interview pt. 2 (4:13)
      05. Hambour Durgna (4:17)
      24:37
                          
      The original version of cover track 03 appeared on Ali Farka Toure's collaboration with Ry Cooder, the superb 'Talkin' Timbuktu' album.

      LINK 

      Thursday, 25 February 2021

      FATOUMATA DIAWARA - BBC Radio Session: 2018 (Flac)


      Recording:

      Using the tools available via my home stereo equipment and those online, audio editing programmes and the means to record digitally (without cassette tapes, mini discs and cd recorders, remember them!) I began recording radio programmes for the first time in some fifteen-years during 2017. It took a bit of trial and error to get recordings that I was satisfied with. As touched on in a previous post, an indoor aerial was insufficient for the job and I invested in an FM outdoor aerial which provoked some interest amongst the neighbours. This neat piece of kit enabled some strong FM signals to be captured and I have decided to pass some of the fruits of these on to you.

      BBC Radio 3 FM:

      During the time I begun experimenting with recording digitally I discovered that BBC Radio 3 were trialling the use of lossless FM broadcasts.

      During the proms broadcasts, all other programmes were available in compression free FM Stereo. This was of interest to me as I had been searching and testing the BBC radio schedules for programmes to record. I had spotted that contrary to most opinions Radio 3 wasn't just for classical music and there were other types of music being broadcast, primarily on 'The Late Show' and 'World On 3'.

      The latter programme was eventually dropped in an overhaul of the radio schedules, taking its place was 'Music Planet' with the same alternating DJ's - Lopa Kothari & Kathryn Tickell, fronting the new look programme. Essentially because of the new compression free FM broadcasts it seemed an ideal programme to record. 

      The trial ran from mid July 2017 through proms season to the first week in September taking in the renowned Womad, Latitude and Edinburgh festivals. That particular year Radio 3 devoted a large portion of the schedules with live broadcasts and interviews from the Womad festival. Find an example here: LINK

      I became a regular listener to the show at this time and have some excellent sessions and live performances from the likes of: Oumou Sangare, Toots & The Maytals, King Ayisoba, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Afro Celt Sound System, Nooran Sisters & Martin Simpson.

      This particular show comes from a year later, unfortunately the compression free broadcast experiment wasn't repeated and nearly four years later hasn't been put into practice. While FM through the air broadcasts remain it seems unlikely that it will become the norm although with better broadband facilities in the UK its time may eventually come.

       

      Fatoumata Diawara in session

      Presented by Lopa Kothari and featuring a specially recorded studio session by the Malian singer and songwriter Fatoumata Diawara, performing material from her new album Fenfo. 

      DJ and broadcaster Alex Jordan reports from Kingston, Jamaica for this week's Road Trip with music ranging from classic ska and rocksteady to contemporary dancehall. 

      Plus we have the new release from Thabang Tabane (South Africa) and the latest discovery from BBC Music Introducing.
       

      Music Planet BBC Radio 3 FM
      with Lopa Kothari  
      Friday 20 July 2018 / 11pm-1am


      t1 from BBC i-player, the remaining tracks are from the live FM broadcast

      best of: 29 July 2018 broadcast

      01. Eliana Cuevas - El Manantial | Golpes y Flores (Inakustic) * i-player recording, missed the beginning of the programme
      02. Fatoumata Diawara - Don Do (Studio Session)
      03. Orlando “Cachaíto” López - Redencion | Cachaito (World Circuit)

      04. Road Trip from Kingston, Jamaica:
      a Bob Marley & The Wailers - Simmer Down (Coxsone)
      b The Kingstonians - Singer Man (Song Bird)
      c Wayne Marshall - Glory to God (ft. Tessane Chin & Ryan Mark) (Kingston Hills Entertainment)
      d Amindi K. Fro$t & Tessallated & Valleyz - Pine & Ginger (Big Beat)
      e Chronixx - Likes | Chronology (Soul Circle Music)

      05. Mélissa Laveaux - Nan Fon Bwa | Radio Sywel (No Format)
      06. Fatoumata Diawara - N'Terini (In Session)
      07. Fatoumata Diawara - Fenfo (In Session)
      08. Waaju - Maroc (BBC Music Introducing)
      09. Miriam Makeba - Kilimanjaro (Mixtape) | Lovely Lies / Kilimanjaro (London)
      10. Fatoumata Diawara - Sinnerman (In Session)
      11. Fatoumata Diawara - Kanou Den Yen (In Session)
      12. Thabang Tabane - Nyanda Yeni | Nyanda Yeni (single) (Mushroom Hour Half Hour)

      running time: 80:19

      LINK 

      01. Eliana Cuevas – El Manatial | Golpes y Flores (Inakustic, 2017)

      Eliana Cuevas was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. In 1996 she moved to Canada and currently resides in Toronto, Ontario. Her latest album, Golpes y Flores is her sixth and has been described as a love letter to her troubled homeland. It won

      the award for ‘World Solo Artist of the Year’ at the 14th Canadian Folk Music Awards in 2018.

      The drumming and percussion on this track immediately draws you into the song and blends perfectly with her lilting vocal melodies.


      Fatoumata Diawara - In Session for BBC Radio 3,  June 6, 2018

      02. Don Do, 06. N’Terini, 07. Fenfo, 10. Sinnerman & 11. Kanou Dan Yen

      Fatoumata Diawara was born in the Ivory Coast to Malian parents. As an adolescent, she was sent back to their native Bamako in Mali to be raised by an aunt. She moved to France to pursue acting and later took up the guitar and began composing her own material, writing songs that blend Wassoulou traditions of southern Mali with international influences.

      She sings primarily in Bambara, the national language of Mali. Her second studio album, Fenfo (Something To Say) was released in 2018 on Wagram Music/Shanachie Records. This promotional session ostensibly to promote the album saw her appearing solo. As often happens with BBC sessions, the artist often opts to add something different to their performance and not content with appearing solo with her guitars and effects pedals, Fatou provides a version of Sinnerman, itself made famous by Nina Simone’s extended cover and by several versions from Bob Marley, Peter Tosh & Bunny Wailer.

      Diawara is regarded as one of the most vital standard-bearers of modern African music, her new album is boldly experimental yet respectful of her roots, it’s a record that defines her as the voice of young African womanhood – proud of her heritage but with a vision that looks confidently to the future and a message that is universal. DJ Lopa Kothari discusses the themes and meaning of the selected songs for this session with Fatou in the short interview.


      03. Orlando ‘Cachaito’ Lopez – Redencion | Cachaito (World Circuit)

      ‘Cachaíto’ was a Cuban bassist and composer, who gained international fame after his involvement in the Buena Vista Social Club recordings. In 1996 he was hired by Juan de Marcos González for his Afro-Cuban All Stars, signing to World Circuit, and at the same time becoming a member of the resulting Buena Vista Social Club project and appearing in Wim Wenders' documentary Buena Vista Social Club.

      Cuban bassist Orlando "Cachaíto" Lopez, gained international fame as the bassist with Buena Vista Social Club. More importantly, Lopez's fluid, supple playing accompanied six decades of exceptional Cuban music-making - jazz, classical, mambo, salsa and fusion. In 1996 the young Cuban musician Juan de Marcos González hired Lopez as part of his Afro-Cuban All Stars. This large band was signed to the British label World Circuit. When the World Circuit boss Nick Gold turned up in Havana with the American guitarist Ry Cooder later that year, they initially hoped to record Cuban and Malian musicians playing together. Visa problems sabotaged this project, so they employed González to put together a band of veteran Cuban musicians. He brought Lopez in on bass and the resulting sessions were called Buena Vista Social Club.

      World Circuit's 1997 Buena Vista CD proved a phenomenal - and unexpected - hit, selling over eight million copies and setting almost all the album's participants up with solo careers. Lopez was the only musician from the original sessions to play on all the following albums by the Buena Vista alumni.

      After a career spanning some 60 years, Cachaíto made his debut solo album in 2001 the producers recorded Lopez's bass as the lead instrument, pairing him with musicians from across the globe and pushing his sound until it took on elements of dub reggae, ambient jazz and hip-hop. While the album was critically acclaimed, it proved too challenging to be a large seller.


      04. Road Trip To Jamaica

      featuring Bob Marley & The Wailers, The Kingstonians, Wayne Marshall, Tessellated & Chronixx

      The road trip series is a regular spot on the Music Planet programme. A different country is selected and a resident discusses the local music scene and presents some tracks that give an idea of either the history and/or current styles of music. It’s an impossible task to select five tracks that encompass the history of Jamaican music, so we move rapidly from ska and early reggae’s past into the future with today’s newest dancehall and reggae rebel frequency artists. I can strongly recommend the Chronixx album 'Chronology' and if you are wondering what the rebel frequency is about see the new John Masouri book 'Rebel Frequency: Jamaica's Reggae Revival.'

       

      05. Melissa Leveaux – Nan For Bwa | Radio Sywel (No Format) 

      This track is from Haitian-Canadian singer-songwriter Mélissa Laveaux’s new album ‘Radyo Siwèl’. It was conceived around the songs sung during the American military occupation of Haiti from 1915 to 1936. Through her music Mélissa proudly explores her roots and brings back to life the stories, the songs, the crafts and the dreams of Haitian folklore and Voodoo culture.

       

      08. Waaju - Maroc (BBC Music Introducing)

      BBC Music Introducing is BBC Radio's platform supporting unsigned, undiscovered, and under-the-radar UK talent. It gives artists the opportunity to be played on BBC local radio and nationally. Tonight’s selected artist was Waaju, a London-based groove-centred world jazz ensemble that encapsulates many influences from West African music, with a particular focus on the music of Mali. The band plays the original music of drummer & percussionist Ben Brown which combines the exceptional spirit of the likes of Ali Farka Toure, Oumou Sangare, Tinariwen & Baba Sissoko with the spontaneity of jazz harmony & improvisation - resulting in an undeniably energetic performance!

       

      09. Miriam Makeba - Kilimanjaro | Single B-side 1956 (London)

      Miriam Makeba gave a voice to millions of oppressed fellow South Africans suffering from apartheid. She was banned from the country by the white government regime, who revoked her citizenship. Her voice continued to sing and protest against the regime putting South African music on the map from exile in Guinea.


      12. Thabang Tabane - Nyanda Yeni | Single (Mushroom Hour Half Hour) 

      Son of the late, legendary Dr Philip Nchipi Tabane and heir to the malombo sound that he originated and pioneered in the early 1960s, Thabang has been touring the world, playing with his father’s band and other South African luminaries since he was 8 years old.

      Emerging into his own with his debut solo album, Matjale, this energetic percussionist carves a driving, joyous and worldly version of the malombo genre that takes in his continental travels. The album brims with ambition and an appetite for life. Employing brisk tempos, nimble basslines and intersecting polyrhythms, Thabang crafts songs cognisant of the hardships of life, but chooses to deliver them with an irrepressible optimism.

      Expanding the parameters of what is essentially an artform patented by his father, Thabang and his cohorts infuse the sound
      with a modern sensibility. His reverence for the vibrational resonance and drive of the bass guitar, not to mention his explosive bursts of hand drumming, gives the album an undeniable, cathartic exuberance. 

      This was the first single taken from the upcoming album, 'Matjale' scheduled for release on 14 Sep, 2018.


      If you have made it to the bottom of this post well done it's a bit lengthy but for good reason. 

      If you are tired of listening to your usual favourite kind of music, give this a try it may set you off onto a different musical route. 

      The artists that appear on this programme go virtually under the radar of the mainstream. When was the last time you picked up a copy of a music magazine and saw an African artist smiling back at you. Never! Well that's more than likely. 

      There is an abundance of artists in Mali, as an example of one African country, setting the music scene alight. I've spotlit Fatou Diawara but there are numerous more, Tinariwen, Songhoy Blues, Mokoomba, Oumou Sangare & Tamikrest are also particular favourites of mine.  

      Give this recording a listen and leave a comment if anything in particular has changed your musical outlook.

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