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Saturday, July 31, 2010 Options
Vagabond Opera + New Music, Concert Previews, Mixed Bag

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Portland's lustily theatrical band / troupe / spectacle Vagabond Opera are the Pacific Northwest's charismatic champions of old-country Bohemian cabaret. But not totally old-school - they do it their own way, citing influences from Astor Piazolla to Zappa. Or as they put it, "Paris hot Jazz, gut bucket swing, tangos, Ukrainian folk-punk ballads, klezmer and vigorous originals meet a world of riverboat gambling queens, Turkish belly dancers, and the enigmatic Marlene Dietrich."

Vagabond Opera descends upon WFMU just ahead of NY gigs - Kingsborough Community College bandshell in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn July 31 at 8 pm, and Little Field, 622 Degraw St Brooklyn on a bill with Copal very late (2 am) also on July 31, plus Joe's Pub at 9:30 on Aug 1 - to serenade us (sans fire-eater - safety first) live in the studio.

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra: Djindji Rindji Bubamara Options / Unza Unza Time / Universal

Vagabond Opera: Minouche Options / The Zeitgeist Beckons

Vagabond Opera: Bulgar Romani (Live on WFMU) Options

Vagabond Opera: Granada (Live on WFMU) Options

Vagabond Opera: Simply to Heaven (Live on WFMU) Options

Vagabond Opera: The Red Balloon (Live on WFMU) Options

Vagabond Opera: Chimaeras Be Met Options / The Zeitgeist Beckons

March Fourth Marching Band: Simplon Cocek Options / Rise Up

Mucca Pazza: Borino Oro Options / Plays Well Together

Balkan Beat Box: Balcumbia Options / Blue Eyes Black Boy / Nat Geo Music

Spanglish Fly: Let My People Boogaloo Options / Latin Soul y Bugalu

Pete Rodriguez: Ya Llego Descargo Options / Various Artists: Illicit Latin / Charly

Willie Colón & Ruben Blades: Buscando Guayaba Options / Siembra / Fania / *
New reissue

Orchestre Bella Bella: Sola Options / Various Artists: Pont Sur le Congo / Syllart / *

Elvis Martinez: Enamorete Options / Descontrolado

Maricelys: Buscando Un Amor Options / La Sexy de la Bachata / Kimberly

Francis Boukaka: Nakoko Options / Various Artists: Pont Sur le Congo / Syllart / *

Henri Bowane: Monoko Ya Mboka Options / Double Take / RetroAfric / *
1994 release, new to WFMU

Aurelio Martinez: Tabari Dudu Options / Garifuna Soul / Stone Tree

Jorge Velosa: Donde Estaran Tan Tan Options / Jorge Velosa y Los Carrangueros de Ráquira

Susana Baca: Harawi Options / Seis Poemas / Luaka Bop

DakhaBrakha: Козак / Na Dobranich

Vlada Tomova: Momche Options / Balkan Tales

La Caravane Electro: Rebetiko Song Options / Various Artists: Balkan Grooves / Eastblok / *

Duoud: Genjiskan Options / Ping Kong / World Village

Natacha Atlas: Duden Options / Diaspora / Beggars Banquet

Rachid Taha: Je T'aime Mon Amour Options / Bonjour / Knitting Factory Records / *

Kavita Krishnamurthy: Meri Payal Bole Options / Various Artists: King Khan: Songs from the Films of Shahrukh Khan / *
From the Film Gaja Gamini

Homayun Sakhi: A Stroll in Badkhashan Options / Music of Central Asia Volume 9: In the Footseps of Babur / Smithsonian Folkways / *

Kenge Kenge: Obare Yinda Options / Introducing Kenge Kenge / World Music Network

Listener comments!

  Sat. 7/31/10 6:16pm cheri:

hiya rob---could play some 70s tunes please,, thnx very much rob
  Sat. 7/31/10 6:38pm annie:

hi rob!!!! i actually made it here! yes!
  Sat. 7/31/10 6:44pm Mitten John:

The Vagabond Opera is lustily entertaining!
  Sat. 7/31/10 6:44pm Your DJ:

Hey guys, glad you're enjoying it!
  Sat. 7/31/10 6:46pm annie:

yes, it's fun!!
  Sat. 7/31/10 7:12pm cheri:

btw rob--how's your summer going??
  Sat. 7/31/10 7:20pm Your DJ:

Well it's going pretty well cheri, been to lots of great concerts! And hey, don't know if it's exactly what you had in mind for 70s but this track by Willie Colon and Ruben Blades is from 1978.
  Sat. 7/31/10 8:25pm julian:

Blimey! This takes me back!
  Sat. 7/31/10 8:26pm Your DJ:

Ah yes, an old chestnut indeed!
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