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This week’s show had two main themes, the start of Carnival in Rio and songs about coffee (and one about tea).
There were some new tracks in there, including the brand-new Aeroplane remix of the Human League’s “Never Let Me Go:”
and this new Brazilian singer, Tulipa Ruiz, and her song, “Do Amor:”
but there were two mini-sets this week, including one of sambas from Carnival:
and this mini-set featuring songs about coffee, including Squeeze’s outstanding “Black Coffee in Bed:”
This week’s show marked a couple of big anniversaries: Radio 1 is celebrating 20 years on the air this week and next with a series of retro broadcasts, where each day is devoted to the music of a year. Because I play on the weekends, I got to play the years 1991-93, and it was a lot of fun to put together.
The other anniversary is a personal milestone: It’s been 19 years since I came to Prague. And stayed 🙂
One of my favorite songs from that period is Jesus Jones’ “Right Here Right Now,” which has special relevance not only because of the Radio 1’s anniversary, but also because of what’s going on Cairo and elsewhere in the Middle East.
This week’s show was, even by my own standards, really international. I just returned from participating in Berlin’s Transmediale Festival, and one of the concerts I got to check out was with Vienna’s Dorian Concept. The acoustics in Berlin’s Festhalle Kreuzberg, an old dance hall made of wood, really resonated with the heavy bass that Dorian Concept laid down.
Another killer track this week was Cypress Hill’s “Armada Latina,” which is pure ear candy.
A standout video from Devendra Banhart is here:
The whole setlist is here: https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0Akv6Emv2Lo0EdEVscUx6ZHM1TGpuQmZKWUVDXzNkUEE&hl=en&pli=1#gid=0
This week’s show was mainly put together on two long flights between Prague and San Francisco – having 10 hours each way to do nothing to put together my setlist is a rare opportunity 🙂
The standout tracks this week were Solly’s ‘Shawty Swing’ via the Sick Girls’ excellent mix CD, “Revolution No. 5,” and this one from Malente & Dex:
Because I spent some time in the Bay Area, I managed to catch this great track by Lucy Pearl on the radio:
But my absolute favorite track this week was a live recording by Stevie Wonder:
I’ve just returned from eight days in Berlin, so this week’s show had a pretty strong Berlin vibe to it. It was great being in Berlin and hanging out with other radio people (my organization sponsored a festival devoted to the future of radio called Test Signals). It was also very cool because a local radio station, Reboot.fm, held a party in our honor featuring their all-stars, including the very cool DJ duo Sick Girls.
But enough about that. This week had a lot of new stuff, including this cut from the German trio Brandt Brauer Frick. The video is excellent, drawing from ’70s German orchestra TV shows:
Also a killer track and clip from the last show that is worth checking out is El Guincho’s “Bombay.” (NSFW):
This week had a really wide scope, starting with friend and classmate Monty Luke’s “Art of War” and going all the way through bossa nova covers of Burt Bacharach. It was a lot of fun to put together, and the coolest track was this one, by El Guincho, “Bombay.” It’s NSFW, but what the heck. It’s art, man!
The setlist is here as a Google spreadsheet.
This week’s show was marked by a cold I managed to pick up either while traveling in Georgia or somewhere in town. But there was a lot of good music I managed to put together, including new songs by Everything Everything, Mads Larsen, Fyfe Dangerfield and Luanda, Angola’s Jazzmatica. And because the fall is well on its way, I even managed to play Colourfactory’s “It’s All You.”
As always, the setlist is here as a Google Spreadsheet.
While I’m always sad to see the summer go, it seems that the fall is a rich time for new music. This week’s show had all kinds of new music (and new music I managed to get my hands on). The standout tracks this week were Cee-Lo’s “Georgia,” Andreya Triana’s “Lost Where I Belong” and “Draw The Stars,” Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.’s “Vocal Chords” and Nite Jewel’s “Am I Real?”
But the last two songs on the show were the real winners: “Dahling,” a new single Bebel Gilberto put out this week via her Twitter feed, and Marisa Monte’s “Diariamente,” which is from “Mais,” a pretty hard-to-find CD from 1991.
As every week, here’s the setlist as a Google Documents spreadsheet.
It was really great to be back in the studio after 3 months of traveling. I think it was 11 countries in 10 weeks, which for me is a new record.
Because I’ve been doing so much traveling, I decided that the first show back would be about summer traveling. Hence the playlist, which is linked here via Google Documents.
The notable new tracks this week were Andreya Triana’s “Lost Where I Belong” (check out her new release on Ninja Tunes this week, including a free download[!]):
Electric Wire Hustle’s “They Don’t Want” is also really good:
Regardless, it’s great to be back in the groove here at Radio 1. Looking forward to the next show.
This week’s show mixed things up more than I usually do, and I think that was the influence of Cibelle’s new album “Las Venus Resort Palace Hotel,” which itself is a pretty heady mix of styles and influences. One of the things I think Cibelle is trying to do with this record is to break out of the “world music” box and be taken as the cyberpunk hero she really is, and I applaud her for that.
Here’s the video for “Man From Mars,” which is the first official single from the album:
I didn’t play that this week; instead I played two of the other great tracks, her cover of Kermit the Frog’s “It’s Not Easy Being Green,” and “Frankenstein.”
I ended the show with three tracks featuring the Australian singer Sia, including her genius video for “Clap Your Hands,” the first official single from her album, “We Are Born.”
The entire setlist is here as a Google Spreadsheet.