Selector Bobby Strange

February 12, 2010

Bobcast Vol. 16: Say West Coast. Say Hip-Hop.

Filed under: Bobcast,Music — bobbystrange @ 6:31 pm

From LA to San Francisco to Seattle to Vancouver. The latest and greatest from the best coast.

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LISTEN TO THE BOBCAST VOL. 15:
http://media.libsyn.com/media/bobbystrange/bobcast16.mp3

“Kill’em (OJ Simpson Remix)”
Malib
Medicine Show #1: Before the Verdict
Buy on Lala

“Chuch”
Shabazz Palaces
Of Light
Buy on Lala

“Dada”
The Nope
Melba
Buy on Lala

“Zamboni”
K-os
YES!
Buy on Lala

“Hi-808”
Blue Scholars
Oof!
Buy on Lala

“Boom (Featuring Slug)”
The Grouch and Eligh
Say G&E
Buy on Lala

January 15, 2010

Shabazz Palaces – “Belhaven Meridian”

Filed under: Trends,Video — bobbystrange @ 6:57 pm

Narrative video from Shabazz Palaces, the latest project from Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler of Digable Planets.  My bro peeped me to this from a live set they did in Seattle featuring a Zimbabwean mbira and some other African instruments.  About to dig up the record now, which you can download on La La.

January 8, 2010

Bobcast Vol 15: Hot House

Filed under: Bobcast,Music — bobbystrange @ 8:22 pm

House and breaks with a global edge.

bobcast_vol_1

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LISTEN TO THE BOBCAST VOL. 15:
http://media.libsyn.com/media/bobbystrange/Bobcast_15.mp3

Secousse (Etan Remix)
Radioclit
Download on RCRD LBL.com

Buraka Som Sistema
Restless
Buy on Lala

Equator Jam
GHOSTS ON TAPE
Buy on Juno

Neighbourhood (Roska remix)
ZED BIAS feat MC RUMPUS & NICKY PRINCE
Buy on Juno

Mujava
DJ Plugs
Download on Mad Decent

January 5, 2010

Burkina Electric – “Sankar Yaaré” (DJ Spooky Remix)

Filed under: Video — bobbystrange @ 7:29 pm

These dudes are playing Saturday at Hiro Ballroom.

December 31, 2009

Best in Global Beats 2009

Filed under: Bobcast,Music — bobbystrange @ 7:45 am

Below is a list, in no particular order, of what I deem to be the best records of 2009 in the broadly defined category of global beats.  Of course, it skews towards Africa and Afro-infused music, and note that I only include “bands” so much as those continue to exist, and not DJs, which would really warrant another list altogether.  I’m also including a mix of one track off of each of the records respectively, and purposely excluded tracks that appeared on any of this year’s inaugural Bobcasts.  For those of you who missed any of the dozen or so mixes I put together this year, you can check out the 2009 archives, which includes compilations of Latin, Funk, Hip-Hop, Reggae, African and everything in between.

As always you can purchase tracks on the mixes from the provided links.

Lastly, thanks to all of you who listened and posted comments – or told me in person you liked the music.  It really motivates me to get out of the daily grind of foreign policy and do something fun that I love.  Music.  Happy New Year.

Bobby Strange Presents:

Listen the Best in Global Beats Mix 2009
http://media.libsyn.com/media/bobbystrange/Best_of_2009.mp3

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Baaba Maal
Television
Country: Senegal
Buy on LaLa

This record came out at the end of 2009 and I immediately fell in love with it.  Maal, one of the kings of Afro-pop, teamed up with Brazilian Girls to make a beautifully fused piece of African electronica.  If you have not checked out the video for “Television” here it is.  I was lucky enough to interview Maal in New York City a few years ago, but he got annoyed with me because I asked him too many political questions.  No worries Baaba.  Keep making great music.  Track Selection in Mix: “International”

Fat Freddy’s Drop
Dr Boondigga & The Big BW Broken
Country: New Zealand
Buy on Lala

These dudes are just the smoothest blues dub collective in any town around the world.  They’re finally coming to tour the U.S. and aren’t coming to NYC, to the chagrin of many – though they do promise to be back.  I hope so.  Track Selection in Mix: “Boondigga”

Ocote Soul Sounds And Adrian Quesada
Coconut Rock
Country: U.S.A./NYC
Buy on Lala

Martín Perna of the Brooklyn-based Afro-beat ensemble Anitbalas teams up with Adrian Quesada to put a distinctively gritty Latin spin on the style that has swept the nation by storm over the past few years, climaxing with Antibalas stepping in as the house band in the hit Broadway musical…wait for it….FELA.  If you haven’t seen it.  See it.  Track Selection in Mix: “Coconut Rock”

Fools Gold
Fool’s Gold
Country:
U.S.A./LA
Buy on Lala

I saw this Los Angeles-based Afro-pop band play at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn and they are legit.  The singer is a cool LA cat who sports a white suit as the band plays everything from East African guitar pop to West African blues.  He even sings in Hebrew to give it a pretty crazy sound.  Speaking of crazy, check out their video for Surprise Hotel.  Track Selection in Mix: “Nadine”

Tinariwen
Imidiwan: Companions
Mali/Sahara Nomads
Buy on Lala

Tinariwen has been interpreting Western music to define the sound of Desert Blues for years.  I wrote about them quite a while back in this article when they first hit the scene in the U.S.  Now you can catch them on summer tours across the U.S., or if you’re lucky enough, at the Festival in the Desert in Timbuktu, an ever popular music festival in the heart of the Sahara that takes place annually in January.  Track Selection on Mix: “Tenalle Chegret”

Stephen Marley
Mind Control
Country: Jamaica/U.S.A.
Buy on Lala

I thought this was one of the underrated albums of the year.  It’s a really solid record, and Stephen’s voice is probably as close to Bob’s as any of the Marley’s, and a lot of range.  The production has a hip-hop feel to it, with tracks featuring all the (musicians at least) brothers Marley and one with Mos Def.  A nice listen, without a doubt.  Track Selection on Mix: “You’re Gonna Leave”

Staff Benda Bilili
Tres Tres Fort
Country: Congo (DRC)
Buy on Lala

The more I listen to this record the more I like it.  It’s got some really excellent sounds that get really spacey, reminiscent of some of the other sounds coming out of Kinshasa, and their story is equally compelling.  All of the musicians in the band are technically disabled and started off as street musicians.  Check out their story here.  Track Selection on Mix: “Moto Moindo”

Gnawledge
Granada Doaba
Country: U.S.A./Spain
Free Download

My favorite thing about this album is that is was produced by an American dj with the help of a Fulbright scholarship from the U.S. Department of State.  Now that’s public diplomacy.  It doesn’t hurt that the record is a beautiful fusion of flamenco and hip-hop break beats.  And it’s free.  What’s not to love?  Track Selection on Mix: “La Senda de Abuelo”

The Very Best
Warm Heart Of Africa
Country: France/Sweden/Malawi
Buy on Lala

This was, hands down, one of my favorite albums of the year.  You can read a previous post I did on these guys here.  Caught them at what may have been their first U.S. appearance at Le Poisson Rouge this summer with some great friends.  These guys released a mix tape that gained a lot of momentum, and collaborations with Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig and MIA didn’t hurt their indie whatever credibility.  Mostly, it’s just fun music.  Track Selection on Mix: “Kamphopo”

K’naan
Troubadour
Country: Canada/Somalia
Buy on Lala

K’Naan was definitely THE breakout star of the year in terms of the global music scene.  His sophmore record, Troubadour, had a number of banging singles, and featured all kinds of collaborations.  K’Naan’s style is intense based on his upbringing in Mogadishu, Somalia, but the dude is pushing peace hard.  If you get a chance to see him live don’t miss it.  He rocks a party not to be missed.  That’s why we’re gonna close this out with him.  Track Selection on Mix: “Take a Minute”

December 23, 2009

The Very Best Gets Love

Filed under: Music,Trends — bobbystrange @ 3:03 pm

Musician and journalist Banning Eyre interviews the guys from The Very Best (DJ Duo Radioclit and Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya for Afropop, and NPR has a “Music We Missed” end-of-year feature where you can sample some tracks.

They do some great Kwaito, remixes of MIA and have a catchy track with Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend. You can download their free mixtape on Dutty Artz, or buy the album, Warm Heart of Africa, on  Lal

You can catch a couple of the above mentioned songs on:

The Bobcast Vol. 10: African Summer Part I
http://media.libsyn.com/media/bobbystrange/bobcast10.1.mp3

The Bobcast Vol. 11: African Summer Part II
http://media.libsyn.com/media/bobbystrange/bobcast11.0.mp3

December 21, 2009

New Snoop

Filed under: Video — bobbystrange @ 7:34 pm

Like most Snoop records, a lot of junk and one or two good tracks on his latest, Malice and Wonderland. Actually, there’s just one good track. Harks back to the good old days of the Doggfather.

Bonus video – Snoop makes “green” holiday brownies with Martha Stewart. Who knew it would all come to this?

December 7, 2009

Baaba Maal – Television

Filed under: Video — bobbystrange @ 10:00 pm

This is a beautiful track.

November 22, 2009

Melody Nelson Graffiti Trip

Filed under: Uncategorized — bobbystrange @ 11:09 pm

November 17, 2009

Da Da Yall! Putin rocks the spot with the tortuga.

Filed under: Uncategorized — bobbystrange @ 3:49 pm
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