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Saturday, June 28, 2014 Options
Vanya Zhuk and heavy mensches: Psychedelic Russian punk klezmer

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Klezmer is a big part of Moscow's growing world and roots music scene. But Vanya Zhuk's band Nayekhovichi stands apart with its rock and roll sound and spirit. Vanya's music combines traditional and original Yiddish and Russian songs with psychedlia, punk and lots more. Vanya crossed the pond along with fellow Muscovite Garik Bagdagyulyan for the annual Jet Lag Russian roots & rock festival in upstate NY, and a gig at Barbes in Park Slope on Sunday July 6th. And they team up with an all-star trio of NY/NJ-based klez-rockers for a raucous one-of-a-kind FMU session tonight.

The lineup:

Vanya Zhuk - lead vocal, guitar
Frank London - trumpet, keyboard
Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch - clarinet
Allen Watsky - guitar, bass
Garik Bagdagyulyan - drums, vocal

Massive thanks to Engineer Gil Shuster and assistant Matt Warwick!

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This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Pinata Protest: Volver Volver Options / El Valiente / Saustex / * (0:00:00 Pop‑up)

Asakusa Jinta: Asakusa Rock 2 Options / Asakusa Onda / Teichiku Records (0:04:41 Pop‑up)

Fishtank Ensemble : Ringo Bushi Options / Super Raoul / Mimicy (0:07:18 Pop‑up)

Takio Ito and Takio Band: Ishaya Nonnoko Options / Nipponese Song - Ubusuna / VAP (0:10:08 Pop‑up)

Hanggai: Beautiful Mongolian Horse Options / Baifang / Harlem Recordings / * (0:14:44 Pop‑up)

Jorge Ben: Ponta de Lanca Africano (Umbabarauma) Options / África Brasil / Philips / 1976 (0:25:42 Pop‑up)

Chico Buarque: O Futebol Options / Various Artists: Musica do Futbol / Mr Bongo (0:29:02 Pop‑up)

Real Sounds: Tornados vs. Dynamos (3-3) Options / Wende Zako / Rounder (0:32:29 Pop‑up)
From Zimbabwe

Bio Ritmo: Perdido Options / Puerta del Sol / VampiSoul / * (0:48:04 Pop‑up)
GIG: TONIGHT at Radio Bushwick, 22 Wyckoff Ave., Brooklyn

Markscheider Kunst: The Dance Options / Various Artists: Russendisko Hits / Trikont (0:55:16 Pop‑up)

Rebirth Brass Band: Your Mama Don't Dance Options / Move Your Body / Basin Street Records / * (0:59:27 Pop‑up)
Loggins and Messina, 1972

Vanya Zhuk and friends: New Russian Sher (Live on WFMU) Options (1:07:10 Pop‑up)

Vanya Zhuk and friends: Vodka (Live on WFMU) Options (1:12:12 Pop‑up)

Vanya Zhuk and friends: Iber Berg Un Iber Toln (Live on WFMU) Options (1:19:44 Pop‑up)

Vanya Zhuk and friends featuring Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch, vocal / text: Dzhankoy 2014 (Live on WFMU) Options (1:30:31 Pop‑up)
This is an adaptation of a traditional song that Vanya also performs with his band Nayekhovichi; this version features lyrics by Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch

Vanya Zhuk and friends: Kartoples (Live on WFMU) Options (1:34:44 Pop‑up)
Song by Zelik Berdichiever

Vanya Zhuk and friends: Robot Gedonist (Live on WFMU) Options (1:40:44 Pop‑up)

Vanya Zhuk and friends: Romania (Live on WFMU Options (1:49:42 Pop‑up)

Vanya Zhuk and friends: Rodava Tu (Live on WFMU) Options (1:57:10 Pop‑up)
Song by Alexander Kolpakov

Nayekhovichi : Borsht Options / Klezmer is Dead / Laika Records (2:02:29 Pop‑up)

Nayekhovichi : Paint It Black Options / Farewell Thee, Cow! / Tiotia Ootia ProDucktions (2:06:13 Pop‑up)

Opa Novyy God : Saint-Petersburg is more than twice as little as Moscow Options / Zhe / Som Media (2:10:00 Pop‑up)

Pakava It’: Lubov Options / SuperGround HighSpeed Crossover / Citadel Records (2:12:40 Pop‑up)
GIGs: They will be here this October for the annual HONK! Festival of activist brass / street bands in Somerville / Boston MA ( and for our local offshoot HONK! NY - more info to come from

Lakocha : Karanfilce Devojce Options / Gugutka / Lakocha (2:17:26 Pop‑up)
All-Womens' Ensemble

Nagual : Vsenoshnaya Options / U Zemli Pod Yubkoy / Nagual (2:22:07 Pop‑up)
From Belarus

Forshpil: Meydl In Di Yorn Options / Forshpil / Forshpil (2:26:37 Pop‑up)

Namgar: Tunka Options / Nomad / CD Baby (2:37:49 Pop‑up)
GIG: July 4th (that's right) on a superb double bill at Barbes, 376 9th St., Park Slope, Brooklyn along with equally fabulous Colombian artist Curupira

Motion Trio: Orawa Options / Polonium / Warner / * (2:43:39 Pop‑up)
CD of works by Polish Composers - this is by Wojciech Kilar

Curupira: A'onde Options / El Fruto / Curupira (2:54:20 Pop‑up)
GIGs: Barbes on July 4th (Fri), Terraza 7 on Sat July 5th / Erratum: I think I referred to Curupira as "he" but it's "they" - an ensemble rooted in Colombian traditional music.

Sergio Mendoza y la Orkesta: Toma Tres Options / Mambo Mexicano / Cosmica / * (2:56:08 Pop‑up)
GIG: River to River Festival at the Uplands, South Street Seaport: Sergio Mendoza y la Orkesta (featuring vocalist Salvador Duran) + Beto Jamaica (el Rey de Vallenato) 1:30-5 pm, Free admission

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/28/14 6:16pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...okay - I'll be unfashionably 1st & say Hullo Rob ! & Thank You - the program always makes Sat. P.M. a pleasure...
  Sat. 6/28/14 6:18pm Mdurek:

Ahoy rob! About to leave and drive from colonia to jc. Looking forward to the driving sound track!!!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 6/28/14 6:19pm maestroso:

Well RRN63 (almost looks like an aircraft registration) I'll join you in the Hullo Rob sentiment. Hallo Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/28/14 6:21pm Rob Weisberg:

Good evening everyone, thanks for listening!
Avatar Sat. 6/28/14 6:25pm Chris Echo:

Nice Eclectic Mix Man
  Sat. 6/28/14 6:30pm doca:

Hey, Rob! Great soccer track! I was thinking about "translating" this song tomorrow on my translations blog, nice to hear it here.
  Sat. 6/28/14 6:30pm doca:

Jorge Ben's "Camisa 10 da Gávea" and "Fio Maravilha" are also soccer-related (the most soccer-related songwriter in Brazilian history eheh)
Avatar Sat. 6/28/14 6:34pm Chris Echo:

great tracks!! Love it
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/28/14 6:37pm Rob W:

Hey Doca! Well in fact, those two Jorge Ben tracks you mention are on the same comp I took the Chico Buarque song from, Musica de Futebol on Mr Bongo, a UK label. Actually Ponta de Lanco Africana is on that comp too.
  Sat. 6/28/14 6:40pm doca:

I'll check it, Rob, for my World Cup special! There's a famous Skank track also
  Sat. 6/28/14 6:41pm doca:

From where is this Real Sounds?
Avatar Sat. 6/28/14 6:50pm t_J:

let me just say that i had an ethnographic exhilarating moment when out outside
Avatar Sat. 6/28/14 6:51pm t_J:

today its holiday of popular saint peter
Avatar Sat. 6/28/14 6:52pm t_J:

an epiphany and it left me so sad
Avatar Sat. 6/28/14 6:53pm t_J:

but i'll foverer bring them and never forget them ... US
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 6/28/14 6:54pm maestroso:

@doca can you give us a link to your translations blog?
  Sat. 6/28/14 7:06pm doca:

I try to keep it running, but sometime is hard. I've translated two football-related songs recently though
  Sat. 6/28/14 7:15pm doca:

This is great!
Avatar Sat. 6/28/14 7:26pm t_J:

yay i toast to this dissonant constancy, thanks Rob
Avatar Sat. 6/28/14 7:30pm t_J:

UAU gr8 Stuff
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 6/28/14 7:32pm maestroso:

Thank you doca!
  Sat. 6/28/14 7:39pm marmalade kitty:

Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/28/14 7:43pm Rob W:

Good evening m-kitty and everyone, thanks for staying with us!
  Sat. 6/28/14 7:46pm doca:

Where can I get this stuff?
  Sat. 6/28/14 7:50pm marmalade kitty:

  Sat. 6/28/14 7:51pm marmalade kitty:

real live Russians!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/28/14 7:53pm Rob W:

Hi Doca, the most recent cd by Vanya Zhuk's band Nayekhovichi is available from Amazon, itunes etc. actually - it's called Klezmer is Dead (!). Also there's more info on other places to get the music here:
  Sat. 6/28/14 7:53pm vanya moscow:

thank you Rob, and yeah, Gil did great! And thank you guys for nice comments. doca, I`ll send you something if you like. Also maybe searchable with Vanya Zhuk Ваня Жук or Nayekhovichi
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/28/14 7:54pm Rob W:

Thanks Vanya!
  Sat. 6/28/14 7:54pm marmalade kitty:

hope you're Russian dancing Rob! :)
  Sat. 6/28/14 7:58pm doca:

thanks, @Vanya! No need to worry, but I'll be glad if you play in Brazil.
  Sat. 6/28/14 7:58pm vanya moscow:

Rob was when we played
  Sat. 6/28/14 8:00pm marmalade kitty:

Avatar Sat. 6/28/14 8:06pm t_J:

tears of joy .. mui grato .. merci, Spasiba !!
Avatar Sat. 6/28/14 8:22pm slugluv1313:

excellent show, Rob! have been listening all along, just have not said HELLO and HAPPY SATURDAY to you and listeners yet!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 6/28/14 8:23pm Rob W:

Thanks slugluv, happy Saturday!
Avatar Sat. 6/28/14 8:48pm t_J:

no wonder some time ago there was the felt need for more world music in FMU with such a banner holder as yourself!
Avatar Sat. 6/28/14 8:51pm slugluv1313:

  Sat. 6/28/14 10:03pm David:

I always miss your show. Saturday night is a terrible time for me.
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