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« Reply #90 on: May 09, 2007, 01:14:53 PM »

Also picked up a handsome box set of Ali Farka Toure's early years, Red & Green, referring to his first recordings made available in Europe.  Interesting to hear him with a much younger voice.

Hey Dzimas, how goes it? I write this with significant regret, but I think I have become saturated with music. I just have too much stuff, and as a result have become more particular about what I buy. I saw those Ali Farka Toure discs, but took a pass because I already have about 5 of his albums, and because of the saturation thing. I have been downloading some songs from his last album Savane and the album his nephew recently put out though. I then compile them and other downloads and make a compilation disc from them.

That said, I still do make the occasional purchase. I bought Lloyd Cole’s latest album and it’s quite good. He has aged gracefully, and he still has a knack for a good melody. Another thing I like about him is that lyrically his songs from 20 years ago still stand today, which is more than one can say about a lot of groups from that era.

I ordered a compilation called Island Blues from an indie book/record store, so I’m looking forward to that one.
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« Reply #91 on: May 09, 2007, 02:34:39 PM »

I must be lost in the NE woods!  How do you all hear about these artists?  I must be staying inside that box but I sure do need to venture out of the woods and the box.  I have never heard of most of these people.  Tell me how to expand my horizon
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« Reply #92 on: May 09, 2007, 03:00:10 PM »

I must be lost in the NE woods!  How do you all hear about these artists?  I must be staying inside that box but I sure do need to venture out of the woods and the box.  I have never heard of most of these people.  Tell me how to expand my horizon


Hi Sugarblues,

I don’t know what kind of music you like (I only read these posts occasionally) so I might be promoting musicians that might not fit your style. That said, I got into Lloyd Cole back in college when I listened to a few albums that he did with his old group The Commotions. I always kept an eye on him because I liked his music. He’s one of those Brits who makes great music but is relatively unknown in the US.

Ali Farka Toure is – er, was (he died last year) - one of Mali’s most popular musicians. Dzimas and I had chatted about him at the old NYT Popular Music forums.

I listen to a lot of internet radio, and if I hear a song I like I write it down and try to buy it on iTunes – unless I think I’ll like the entire disc and get it instead. I don’t know if you like music from around the world, but if you’re interested, here’s a good Internet radio station: http://www.radioio.com/radioioworld.php    Charlie Gillett is a London DJ who used to host a weekly two-hour show featuring music from around the world. He suffered some kind of illness and gave up this show; however, he still hosts a half-hour show. If you go here: http://www.charliegillett.com/ and then click on ‘bbc world service – listen again’ at the top, you can hear his show. Froots is a British world/folk music magazine that features a monthly two-hour show. The link follows: http://www.frootsmag.com/radio/

Just a few ideas in case you were interested. As far as obscure rock goes, here are a few good Internet stations: http://woxy.lala.com/ http://www.kexp.org/home.asp?noflash=false http://www.xpn.org http://www.radioio.com/radioioeclectic.php http://www.radioio.com/radioiounlimited.php?station=radioioEclectic . I just found this station, which I’m really enjoying: http://www.nine.org/thismusickills/

Hope this helps!

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« Reply #93 on: May 09, 2007, 03:33:48 PM »

http://www.nine.org/thismusickills/

thanks, es-gee. way cool.
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« Reply #94 on: May 10, 2007, 05:19:11 AM »

Grobin, the Red&Green box set is well worth getting, as these were the seminal albums of Ali Farka Toure in Europe.  You hear a young raw Ali Farka Toure on several songs that were later remade on Talking Timbuktu and other albums.  I suppose if you have his self-titled CD or The River (both put out by Mango), these CD's may sound similar, but these are high quality CD transfers of the original albums.  I would keep the beautifully packaged box set on your wish list.

On another note, I saw Charles Lloyd last night.  Jason Moran filled in for Geri Allen, so no drop off here.  I had seen Moran last December in Vilnius.  What an incredibly talented young pianist.  Shades of Andrew Hill.  I was similarly impressed with the young drummer, Eric Harland, who was having to make do with a jerry-rigged drum set, as all their instruments were left behind at the Vienna airport.  Robert Hurst filled out the quartet, struggling at times with a rented classical cello.   Lloyd was in fine form, despite having to use rented reeds.  His quartet has been barnstorming Europe.  Most of the selections came from his recent album, Jumping the Creek.  I got a chance to talk to them briefly after the set.  Lloyd is so personable, a far cry from Wayne Shorter who proved inaccessible after his short performance last fall in Vilnius.  Moran is going to be a major figure, and Charles Lloyd spoke highly of him.  I think Harland will develop into a stellar drummer.  Shades of Jack de Johnette, which is what I suppose drew Lloyd to him.
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« Reply #95 on: May 10, 2007, 08:21:21 AM »

Nice to see you providing a link to the Charlie Gillett Show, grobin.  I think the cut in time was mostly a BBC decision, as they have restructured their radio programming, much to their listeners' chagrin.  At 30 minutes, you get the sense Gillett is just warming up before the plug is pulled.  I've picked up many fine world music CD's thanks to this show, and you can also purchase Gillett compilations year by year. 
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« Reply #96 on: May 10, 2007, 11:49:58 AM »

Hey Burnzy!  Good to hear from you.

Hi Dzimas, I’ll have to check the Ali Farka Toure discs out. I guess too many tunes is a better dilemma than having too few.

I agree; it’s a shame that Charlie Gillett’s show runs out after 30 minutes; like you mentioned, he seems to just be hitting his stride. I also enjoyed his Radio Ping Pong (where a guest comes on and they take turns choosing songs) interviews and I miss them. I have his collections from 2002 until 2006; 2007 should be coming out soon. He has had distribution problems – or so he mentions in his forum on occasion – but I think he’ll be putting out an edition this year.
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« Reply #97 on: May 10, 2007, 05:59:17 PM »

hey, es-gee. good to be heard from (smile). i bookmarked a couple of those world music sites as well.

feel like rockin' right now tho'...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVyEba8xov0
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« Reply #98 on: May 11, 2007, 07:30:24 AM »

Speaking of that old time rock and roll, I see Bob Seger has new album out.  It is strange listening to so much of that late 70s and early 80s music all over again.
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« Reply #99 on: May 11, 2007, 07:56:05 AM »

Speaking of that old time rock and roll, I see Bob Seger has new album out.  It is strange listening to so much of that late 70s and early 80s music all over again.

Strange says have found us. Looking back, moving forward, standing still. We ain't in Kansas anymore. Well, except for those who are in Kansas.
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« Reply #100 on: May 11, 2007, 08:01:14 AM »

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/05/07/ntapes07.xml
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« Reply #101 on: May 11, 2007, 08:21:21 AM »

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDO3lyq47x0
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« Reply #102 on: May 11, 2007, 10:29:00 AM »

It does seem as though we are still stuck in Kansas sometimes, with all the resurrected pop icons and travelling acts still going under the names of their former glory, even if those who anchored the band sare no longer with them.  A case in point be the resurrected ELO which has been touring Eastern Europe.  The Scorpions are also playing to sold out auditoriums.  Disco and funk music have been remixed into contemporary Hip Hop.  You turn on the tele and they are still showing Urban Cowboy and Saturday Night Fever.  Sends a shutter down one's spine.  Worst of all are the many remakes from Madonna's version of American Pie to Britney Spears covering You Drive Me Crazy. Uggh!
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« Reply #103 on: May 11, 2007, 11:51:08 AM »

I enjoy the band "kansas"  dorothy gail
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« Reply #104 on: May 11, 2007, 11:51:52 AM »

There is still a lot of good stuff coming out. I've been busying myself with other concerns of late and haven't kept up as I once did, but local radio does a good job of promoting the recent releases.
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