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Saturday, July 3, 2010 Options
Fool's Gold Live at the Bell House

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A live set from LA's African-influenced Fool's Gold recorded by WFMU Sound Goddess Irene Trudel live at the Bell House in Gowanus, Brooklyn on February 19, 2010. The band's lead singer Luke Top was raised in Israel; that curious language you'll hear against buoyant South African and Ethiopian and Saharan style grooves is Hebrew. Plus keep an ear out at the end of the set for a guest appearance by members of Tinariwen, for whom Fool's Gold opened at Bell House.

Fool's Gold will be back on tour in North America this month, returning to New York on Sunday afternoon July 25 at Central Park Summerstage on a stellar Africa-themed bill with Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba and Burkina Electric, before heading to Europe in August. Tour dates on their myspace page:

Special thanks to Irene's assistant on the mix, Alex Yockey, plus Katie Gentile, and to all the folks at the Bell House.

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Locos Por Juana: Armando Options / La Verdad / Universal

Bomba Estéreo: Caminito Options / Vol. 1

Pinker Tones: Modular Vibes Options / Modular / Nacional

Sol Okarina: Transeunte Options / Sumergible / Polen

Seu Jorge: Chatterton Options / Cru / Naive

Elikeh: Oleblemi Options / Adje! Adje! / Azalea City / *

T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo: Hwe Towe Hun Options / The Kings of Benin Urban Groove, 1972-1980 / Soundway

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba featuring Lobi Traore: Banani Options / Segou Blue / Out Here

Vieux Farka Toure: Nha Maimouna Poussaniamba Options / Vieux Farka Toure Live / Six Degrees / *

The Lee Boys: Come On Help Me Lift Him Up Options / Say Yes! / Arhoolie

Rev. Louis Overstreet: Believe in Me Options / With His Sons And The Congregation Of St. Luke's Powerhouse Church Of God In Christ / Arhoolie

Fool's Gold: Nadine (Live at the Bell House) Options

Fool's Gold: Live at the Bell House Options

Fool's Gold: Live at the Bell House Options

Fool's Gold: Live at the Bell House Options

Fool's Gold: Live at the Bell House Options

Fool's Gold with guests from Tinariwen: Ha Dvash (Live at the Bell House) Options

Lorraine Klaasen : Jabulani Options / Africa Calling / Justin Time

Wganda Kenya: El Caterete Options / Various Artists: The Afrosound of Colombia Volume 1 / Vampisoul

Rail Band: Tamadiara Options / Various Artists: African Pearls - Mali 70 / Syllart / *

Etran Finatawa: Duuniyaaru Dillii Options / Tarkat Tajje / Let's Go! / Riverboat / *

Bako Dagnon: Tiga Options / Sidiba / Discograph / *

Pa Hat: Margul Options / Various Artists: Ethnic Minority Music of Northwest Xinjiang / Sublime Frequencies / *

Aşık Veysel: Kahpe Felek Sana Ne'ttim Options / Aşık Veysel / Kalan

Rachid Halihal: Lemalin Options / Arabian Music from Morocco / Arc Music / *

Karima: Assa Nezha Options / Various Artists: Kabylie Chantee

Aisha Kaindisha's Jarring Effects: Majiti Mataliti Options / El Buya / Barraka el Farnatshi

Omar Souleyman: Li Raja Behawakom Options / Jazeera Nights / Sublime Frequencies / *

Caravan Palace: Brotherswing Options / Caravan Palace / Wagram

Tata Pound: American Cola Options / Cikan - The Message / Mali K7

Kalima Brothers: Star Spangled Banner Options / The Kalima Brothers & The Richard Kauhi Quartette / Hana Ola Records

Sones de Mexico Ensemble Chicago: Esta Tierra Es Tuya (This Land is Your Land) Options / Esta Tierra Es Tuya / Sones de Mexico

Listener comments!

  Sat. 7/3/10 6:20pm seang:

Sounds Good!
  Sat. 7/3/10 6:21pm Your DJ:

Thanks Seang!
  Sat. 7/3/10 6:22pm Mitten John:

Greetings Rob & All,
Just received the premium, good stuff!
  Sat. 7/3/10 6:23pm Your DJ:

Thanks Mitten John!
  Sat. 7/3/10 6:36pm julian:

Hey, you played PinkerTones! My wife is on that CD!
  Sat. 7/3/10 6:37pm Your DJ:

Well I'll be!
  Sat. 7/3/10 6:38pm annie:

rob!! i made it.. sweet.
  Sat. 7/3/10 6:45pm Your DJ:

Greetings Annie!
  Sat. 7/3/10 6:48pm annie:

wonderful to be here.. headphones are working great!
  Sat. 7/3/10 7:12pm Marmalade Kitty:

Hiyee! :) Nice show! nice band!
..It was harsh for Ghana, they really should be in the semi finals now. I feel starved of football already 3 days to wait!
  Sat. 7/3/10 7:15pm Your DJ:

Thanks Marmalade Kitty. Well, surely it'll be worth the wait. Although for those of us who root for the underdogs, it's all riding on Uruguay now! And that's one serious underdog, but we shall see...
  Sat. 7/3/10 7:24pm slugluv1313:

hi Rob! WOW! i am actually *home* to hear your show live, woo hoo! LOVING the Fool's Gold, HOT sounds for a HOT day . . . and omg speaking of *fútbol* -- i am still mind-boggled by the sheer SPEED of Spain's goalie (the Bruce Lee of the soccer world?!?!?)
  Sat. 7/3/10 7:26pm Marmalade Kitty:

I always support the underdog! but Uruguay won it once before, the first ever world cup 1930, so I would have to go for holland this time. Holland have never won before and lost consecutive world cup finals in 1974 to Germany and 1978 to Argentina with their legendary Total Football Johan cruyff amongst other. Go Holland!
  Sat. 7/3/10 7:28pm Marmalade Kitty:

I LOVE football!!
  Sat. 7/3/10 7:34pm Your DJ:

Yes, Uruguay was the original South American super power - but it was a long time ago. But sure, I can see rooting for Holland. Strike a blow for progressive politics (usually, except sometimes a little iffy with regard to immigrants), good Indonesian food if you know where to go, and of course kaseko music. And orange, the best uniform color in the World Cup (unless anyone was wearing purple, but I don't think so).
  Sat. 7/3/10 7:44pm Bruce:

Loved Fool's Gold! Great grilling music. Ever noticed cuts of meat resemble continents, Africa, South America?
  Sat. 7/3/10 7:48pm Marmalade Kitty:

Meat! now that you mention it, well observed!loved the Fools gold guitar playing.
  Sat. 7/3/10 7:59pm Marmalade Kitty:

You'd need a pretty big frying pan to cook the continental size steak though.. Maybe, with all the oil in the ocean and global warming.. we could be frying some time soon! :0
  Sat. 7/3/10 8:07pm annie:

rob, glad i could be here for part of the show.. signing off for the night!! ...
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