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Playlist for Lost in the Stacks from Friday, Dec 23, 2022 (“LITSmas 2022: Christmas Island”) Episode 543

Hear the show at http://traffic.libsyn.com/lostinthestacks/LITS_Episode_543.mp3

“Christmas Island” by Bob Dylan

File this set under DU625 .L8
“‘Oli ‘Oli Makahiki Hou and Hape Nu La (Happy New Year)” by Noelani Kanoho and the Leo Nahenahe Singers
“Honolulu How Do You Do?” by Sol K Bright and His Hollywaiians

File this set under DU627.4 .E192
“Aloha Steve and Danno” by Radio Birdman
“Kona Coast” by The Beach Boys
“Mississippi Luau” by Charlie McAlister

File this set under M1844.H3 E4
“Broadcasting For Jesus” by Sal Hoopii and His Novelty Four
“Mele Kalikimaka” by Dead Meadow

“Christmas Wrapping” by the Waitresses

continental drift 12/21/22- greece

Listen to the playlist here, and listen back to this episode here.

Today we drifted to the idyllic locale of Greece, known officially as the Hellenic Republic. It is located in the southern part of the balkans peninsula in southern Europe on the mediterranean basin. Greece was the origin of not only democracy but also western philosophy, literature, theater, and the Olympics. Because its history goes back to the 8th century BC, and its history is relatively well recorded, its folk music is rich. 

Rebetiko was the defining sound of 20th century Greece, and remains a popular folk music style. The Lausanne Treaty in 1923, intended to end a WWI border dispute, moved approximately 1.5 million Christians of Turkish citizenship to Greece. There they continued to spread eastern influence to the Turkish sound. 

Though Greece is the “birthplace of Western civilization”, you’ll hear today that a lot of its music is heavily Eastern-influenced. This is because Greece was under Ottoman rule for a good bit of its history, as well as because of its positioning around countries like Turkey and Albania that have influenced its music and culture over the years.

Rebetiko sample:
Ximeronei Kai Vradiazei // Vassilis Tsitsanis ((translation: dawn and dusk))

Dimotiká, or folk music, has lyrics influenced by poetry and often features instruments like laoutos and lyras. Nikos Saragoudas was a popular greek composer who drew inspiration from both folk and classical traditions. 

Dimotika sample:
San pas sta ksena // Nikos Saragoudas

Laiko is what followed after the commercialization of rebetiko music. Though translated Laïko means “popular song” or “song of the people”, it is less pop music and more modern greek folk music. Marinella was a popular classic Laiko singer in the 70s and 80s and has released 66 solo albums

Laïko sample:
Na Paizei To Tranzistor // Marinella

The Greek label Teranga Beat blends traditional sounds with electronic music

One band signed to the label, Evritiki Zygia, plays thracian music. According to their bandcamp album description, “The distinctively psychedelic element of Thracian music was enhanced with the introduction of the CRB-Diamond 800 organ and the Moog, giving the whole project a hybrid sound with a unique identity.” The album was recorded on an analog 24-track tape Otari MX80 and in two sessions that took place on May 18 and 19 2019. It is a live recording that captures the energy of the group’s live performances.”

Greek Fusion Orchestra was a group who played together on radio in 1973. Adamantios Kafetzis, the label creator, says of the group: “It started as a program on the radio to create a jazz fusion progressive orchestra playing traditional music tracks. Every week, they would have to produce 30 minutes of music. He [Kyriakos Sfetsas] would go and find old music in books, and bring it to the musicians just before the show started, and they would only have a small rehearsal before going on air.” 

Terranga Beat segment:
Karsilamas //  Evritiki Zygia
Morning Expectations // Greek Fusion Orchestra

Pop/Indie Segment:
Moro Mou Sss // Elli Kokkinou
Koktela // Nalyssa Green (a theremin player!)
The Race // Σtella
Don Quixote (death was a letter never sent) // Kid Flicks
Lucy // Plastic Flowers
We Need Some Space // Baby Guru

Cinematic Beats/Trip Hop Segment:
Spice Lahore // Moderator
Besima // Mononome

Messy Life Sunday Special – 12/18/22

Oh Messy Life // Cap’n Jazz
Green Grass // Arigarnon Friends
My Afternoon’s Shotgunned // Oolong
Why Am I Not Going Underwater? // Snowing
That’s Physics, Baby // Pool Kids
fly on the wall // Oso Oso
Red & Blue Jeans // The Promise Ring
Are You Still Seeing Graig, the Orthodontist? // CLIFFDIVER
Imagine Why // Pet Fox
64 // Guitar Fight from Fooly Cooly
Pretty Boi! // Hey, Ily
Raptured Trax, Pt. 1 // Equipment
L Ron Hubbard Was Way Cool // Home Is Where
Chelsea // Yes Chef!
Fis tel // downt
Deck Wine // Marietta
Hit #2 // 125 Rue Montmartre
When Summer // Asian Glow
Impressionism // Kara’s Walk Home
That Scene in Fight Club Where Edward Norton Looks in the Mirror and Sees Brad Pitt Instead of Himself // Floral Patterns.
space orphan // foxtails
Pale Blue Dot // Della Zyr
Go Home. Play Music. Feel Better. // Michael Cera Palin

Lost In Oscillation – 12/17/2022

thank you for tuning in to lost in oscillation – because of manuel göttsching’s immense catalog and influence on a variety of scenes, i decided to dedicate this episode to him specifically. i will try to cover angelo badalamenti’s compositions on future episodes. both are such visionaries and have created such compelling and inspiring works.

tracklist for today’s episode, all done w/ a dance music perspective spanning from larry levan’s paradise garage, the loft, traces in earlier house recordings, jose padilla and cafe del mar, and also carl craig’s sampling motif throughout his alias. manuel göttsching’s music reached many places, many worlds, extraterrestrial and in our musical universe.

The Cosmic Jokers & Sternenmädchen – Elektronenzirkus
Cosmic Jokers – Courier Bon Chance
Ash Ra Tempel – Schizo
Ash Ra Tempel – The Fairy Dance
Ash Ra Tempel – Bring Me Up
Ashra – Sunrain
Ashra – Deep Distance
Manuel Göttsching – Quasarsphere
Die Dominas – Herr Ralfi Und Herr Karl
Die Dominas – Die Wespendomina
Carl Craig – Dominas
Maurizio – Domina (Carl Craig’s Mind Mix)
Maurizio – Domina (Maurizio Mix)
Ashra – Blackouts
Ashra – Club Cannibal
Ashra – Morgana Da Capo
Ashra – Sausalito
Manuel Göttsching – E2-E4 Ruhige Nervosität 1
Manuel Göttsching – E2-E4 Ruhige Nervosität 2
Manuel Göttsching – E2-E4 Ruhige Nervosität 3
Sueno Latino – Sueno Latino
Shadows J – Hip The House (The Leon Lee Special)
Corporation Of One – So Where Are You (Hashish Dub Mix)
Code 718 – Equinox (The Original Concept)
DJ Duke & Roland Clark – D2-D2 (I Get Deep) (Timmy Regisford Shelter Mix)
Circulation – Limited #1
Paperclip People – Remake (Uno)
Ashra – Boomerang
Manuel Göttsching – Remis
Ash Ra Tempel – Le Diable Dans La Maison
Cosmic Jokers – Der Herrscher 

continental drift 12/14/22: argentina

I forgot to do the website post for this past episode, but better late than never! Listen to the playlist here, and listen back to the episode here.

Argentina is a country that makes up the southern tip of South America. It is home to 47 million people, making it the 32nd largest country in the world by population. 

Argentina’s flag is light blue with a white triband containing a yellow sun in the center. The flag represents the parting of a blue sky to reveal white clouds, which is said to be what happened when a liberation demonstration occurred in Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires in 1810. The yellow sun on the flag is known as the “Sun of May”, which represents the Incan god of the sun. 

Tango is the most notable genre to come out of Argentina. Originating in the early 20th century as a mix of rural gaucho styles, cuban habanera music, slavic polka and mazurka, spanish contradanse, andalucian flamenco, and italian folk music, tango reached its golden age in the 1930s through 50s. 

Tango segment:
Garufa // Tita Merello

Nueva cancionero was a musico-literal movement sprung out of the greater Latin American nueva cancion movement, which spread left-wing ideologies through folk styles. 14 artists, both musicians and poets, met in February 1963 to sign the Manifesto Fundacional de Nuevo Cancionero. This document sought to develop a national style that could overcome tango’s dominance and encourage critical thinking and the open exchange of ideas. 

Mercedes Sosa is one of the most famous folk singers to come out of Argentina, and is the face of nueva cancionero. 

Nueva cancionero Sample:
Todo Cambia // Mercedes Sosa

Argentine rock began in the 60s when bands switched from covering English hits to producing Spanish songs of their own. In the early 70s, there was a split among rock and rollers as some artists transitioned to a heavier sound (punk, metal, etc), and others went acoustic as part of the hippie movement. Los Gatos were the first popular Argentine rock artists, reaching popularity with their breakout hit “La Balsa.” This was notable because it was both in Spanish and an original composition.

Celeste Carballo was a popular singer-songwriter in rock, blues, punk, and tango in the 1980s and 90s. In the late 80s, she made her relationship with fellow Argentine rock singer Sandra Mihanovich public. The two later released an album together, titled “Mujer contra mujer” in 1990, which was quickly embraced by the Argentine lesbian community. 

rock/indie segment:
La Balsa // Los Gatos
El Chino // Celeste Carballo
Lo Quiero Mucho a Ese Muchacho // Bestia Bebé
Vámonos De Viaje // Bandalos Chinos
Al Auto y Volver // Clara Cava, Carlota Urdiales
Pensando en ti // Lara91k
Apasionado // El Zar
A 1200 Km // Las Ligas Menores
Policía // 1915

On Al Auto y Volver: “The theme comes from that moment in the summer night where you are partying, it is daylight and you are going to flash around with your friend, your girlfriend, your boyfriend, alone and enjoy that. I feel that the theme became something when Carlota and Punga appeared” – Clara Cava

“Nada mejor que vos y yo al amanece; baliándole locas al DJ”

“Nothing better than you and me at dawn, dancing crazy to the DJ”

On Pensando en Ti: “[It is] a retrospective of my adolescence, a tribute to all that growing up on the beach with my friends, skateboarding, surfing, music and inventing everything because nothing was happening. That madness of being very alone there, in a town, but at the same time connecting with gigantic things and without borders.” – Lara91k

There were 3 distinct waves of punk music in Argentina. The first started around 1978 with early bands such as the Laxantes, the second wave came in the 80s, and the Third generation of punk groups in the 90s, including Katarro Vandalico (1990). According to Leo De Cecco, drummer of Attaque 77, the punk movement in Argentina was something strictly cultural and musical, while in England it was part of a larger social and political outburst.”

Punk segment:
De Más // Cadena Perpetua
Cuando Yo Esté Muerto // Katarro Vandalico