It’s finally starting to be spring here in Kafkaville, and this week’s show had a whole lot of the new releases that will most likely form the soundtrack of this summer. Of the new releases – and there were a lot – I really like the Gorillaz’ “Plastic Beach,” and the collaboration between David Byrne, Fatboy Slim and a whole slew of others called “Here Lies Love,” which is a concept album tracing the life of Imelda Marcos, the one-time first lady of the Philippines.
There must be something in the air, because another of the concept albums I got to play on this week’s show is the long-awaited new album by Cibelle, which is called “Las Venus Palace Resort Hotel,” in which the Brazilian electronica trailblazer plays a character called Sonja Khallecon. We’ll be hearing a lot more from that album in future shows.
Los Lobos also has a really interesting new album – it’s all covers of Disney songs, and it’s called “Los Lobos Goes Disney,” which includes their excellent cover of Louis Prima’s “I Wanna Be Like You” from the film “Jungle Book.”
“I Wanna Be Like You” also appears on an outstanding collection of Disney covers called “Stay Awake,” which features artists like Tom Waits (!) and Siousie and the Banshees. I had to play their version of the Jungle Book’s “Trust In Me,” which is truly an eeeevil song – I had no idea how menacing yet seductive that song really is.
As usual, the entire setlist is here as a Google spreadsheet.