Setlist, 16 October 2010

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!

El Guincho – Bombay from CANADA on Vimeo.

The setlist is here as a Google spreadsheet.

Radio 1 Setlist, 2 October 2010

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.

Setlist, 4 September 2010

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.

Setlist, 21 August 2010

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.

Setlist: 1 May 2010

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.

Setlist, 17 April 2010

I’ve been traveling a lot in the last few days, and managed to get back into Kafkaville from Tbilisi just before the volcano, so I didn’t have the opportunity to do my typical record shopping. Nevertheless I managed to get a few gems this week, including the new compilation “Osunlade Presents Yoruba Gold,” which is a really good sampler of the soulful downtempo grooves Yoruba has made famous. I also managed to find a couple of classic records, “Mose Allison Sings” and Michael Franks’ excellent “The Art of Tea.”

The Twelves continue to put out great new remixes, and this week I got to play Two Door Cinema Club’s “Something Good Can Work (THE TWELVES remix)” and Husky Rescue’s “The Sound Of Love (The Twelves remix).”

The Twelves come from Rio de Janeiro, and while their work is really rhythmic, it’s going in a different direction than traditional Brazilian music, which is something Cibelle has also managed to do on her new single, “Man From Mars.”

But for me the coolest track this week is from Mayer Hawthorne and the County. His version of “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” and the accompanying video, left me feeling pretty homesick, I must admit.

As usual, here is the setlist as a Google spreadsheet.

Setlist, 3 April 2009

This week’s show had a lot of new music. I’ve just gotten back from Berlin, so I had a head full of what I was hearing there, especially a lot of folktronica and older gems.

Sia’s new single, “Clap Your Hands” is just excellent. Like “You’ve Changed,” the other single from the upcoming album, “We Are Born,” (which I named the best single of 2009), it’s pretty clear that Sia is in full-blown party pop mode, and I love her for that. Check out the single here:

I had a mini-set related to spring, which included some wonderful stuff like Nina Simone’s “It Might As Well Be Spring,” and XTC’s wonderful “Season Cycle:”

Other notable new singles this week include Husky Rescue’s “The Sound of Love,” as remixed by The Twelves. Excellent dirty disco:

The craziest thing I heard this week, had to have been Alex Kenji’s “Tropical Chicks,” which sounds to me like what would happen if Kraftwerk went on vacation in Cuba. Check it out here:

As usual, the entire setlist is here as a Google spreadsheet.

Ada Lovelace Day: Doc. Ing. Zdena Rábová, CSc. (1936 – 2006)

Today is Ada Lovelace Day (, which marks the contributions of women in technology. I was one of the thousands of bloggers worldwide to pledge to write something about women in tech, and I figured the best way to do this was to combine my interest in IT with my translation activities.

The following text is just lovely. It comes from a Czech website called Zkus IT [Try IT], and it is a profile of a truly remarkable woman, Zdena Rábová, who was one of the key figures in the development of the Czech IT sector overall. The text was written by Prof. Ing. Jan M. Honzík, CSc., and the translation is mine.

Zdena RabovaDoc. Ing. Zdena Rábová, CSc. is among the unequalled personalities not only at the Faculty of Information Technology, where she worked, but in technical university education overall. She took part in the creation and development of an independent computer sector in the Czech Republic as well as in the creation of all study plans and programs in the software sector. She was the founder of the Brno School of Simulation and was among the leading experts in this area in the entire country.

Doc. Zdena Rábová was born on 17 December 1936 12. to a family that included the successful and forward-thinking pharmacist and businessman PhMr. Merlíček and his wife, a music teacher with the maiden name of Šašková, who came from Velké Meziříčí and came from a family owning a well-known printing house, whose report card forms decorate quite a few family archives.

She spent most of her childhood and youth with her three siblings, older brother Janek and younger Mika and in the enlightened environment of Ivančice. While the Communist totalitarian regime imprisoned her father, Zdena’s evident talent overcame various obstacles. In 1955 she graduated from the Jan Blahoslav secondary school and managed to begin university studies at the building faculty at the Technical University of Brno [VUT in the Czech abbreviation], even though it was not her intended field of study.

She finished the Technical University in Brno in 1960, and in 1963 started to become interested in a new field – programming numeric computers. She began her expert career in computers under the leadership of Prof. Drahoňovský at the building faculty, where she attended programming courses on the LGP 30 computer at the Computer Equipment Laboratory at VUT Brno.

On 2 February 1965, she was accepted at the computer institute of the Electrotechnical Faculty at VUT Brno. After building the laboratory with an MSP-2A computer, I was one of four young graduates who became her students. We made up her “study group,” and under her leadership we gained the first teaching, publication and scientific research experience. She made an indelible impression on the development of our human and expert profiles, and in neverending discussions and disputes many new conceptual ideas were born, especially in the areas of programming, programming languages and simulations.

The founder of the Brno School of Simulation
The workshop which bore the seal of her leadership was also the birthplace of the first Eastern European language translator, Algol 60, as well as the first texts on the Pascal language, and a number of original tools, projects and publications. She was the founder of the Brno School of Simulation and was among the leading experts in this area in the entire country. She led the Programming and Simulation Group for 20 years. She focused her scientific and expert work on areas of simulation languages and their translators.

She successfully defended her candidate dissertation work, “Simulation of Discrete Systems,” in 1975. She presented her inaugural dissertation, “Abstract and Simulation Models of Dynamic Systems,” in 1978, and was named and established as a docent [senior lecturer] in 1980. She was the author and co-author of 18 papers, and dozens of doctoral graduates, docents, three professors and one priest with scientific honors emerged under her scientific leadership. Under her “raising,” two professors achieved the position of dean.
Her deep expert knowledge, connected with an unerring intuition, deeply influenced the workplace from which the Faculty of Information Technology was created, especially in the personnel and structural development. She held the lion’s share of the leadership of the new Institute of Intelligent Systems.

The MSP-2A computerThe MSP-2A computer (Photo by Hana Mahlerová, VÚMS)

For more than three decades she was involved in organizing contests of students’ creative activities which due to her maintained their continuity – and were some of the few to do so – even in the ferment of the early 1990s.

Doc. Rábová was an exemplary engineer who, through her humility, systematic approach, self-criticism as well as her refined abilities in written expression, helped the scientific and educational careers of many young engineers. Her sensitive human approach greatly cultivated the majority of her male counterparts.
She had all the attributes of a professor, but never made an effort to attain that title. No office I know has had or has such magic as the unique information center that was Zdena’s office. No one was left waiting at her door, and her quasi-parallel method of “serving” colleagues who happened to be sitting with her in meetings or on visits, as well as students who had just knocked on her door, was truly above standard and unorthodox.

Zdena’s human dimension has taken on nearly a cult dimension. She is a symbol of hard work, honor, humility and at the same time taking care of the success or problems of others. Zdena was always willing to do work for others or to correct their shoddy goods. Her conversations never had the word “I” in them connected with her personally, her interests or needs, and she said “thank you” to those who themselves should have thanked her.

I admired her natural womanly ability and intuition to find solutions where the rest of us would not have looked. Her sense of humor, modest behavior and unsentimentality were proverbial. These expressions came out especially boldly in the period after the start of her serious illness. She never complained, and her first wish was to get back to work, to her office, to her table. When it was really bad, here was how she answered the question of how she was doing: “It’s awful, but they’re giving me something so that I can come into work.”
She died at age 69, in the middle of all her work, on 18 May 2006 in Brno. It wasn’t just her beloved family, her husband and important mathematician Miloš Ráb (†2007), her daughter Milena and grandchildren Verunka and Miloš who lost a great figure in Docent Rábová – it was her institute, her faculty, the school and the Czech academic community.

Prof. Ing. Jan M. Honzík, CSc.

Setlist, 20 March 2010

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.