Tonight the Echo Chamber presented a full hour of The Drastics:http://www.thedrastics.com recorded live (by Turntable Terrorist) at Martyrs in Chicago last April. On top of this, Swiss and StrangeDub took a Trip to the Moon as we paid tribute to the Apollo 11 moon landing (July 20, 1969) playing a bunch of material with lunar and space themes…or at least titles.
We heard new releases from Mark Olson, LA songwriter Alison Subol working under the name A Fine Frenzy, UK band Stateless (not out in the US yet), and The Chemical Brothers (just released). We were also joined in the 8:00 hour by Donna Miller, community mover and shaker, and chair of the Rondo Days:http://www.rondoaveinc.org celebration. Next week (July 24th), Andy will bring us great music all morning as I travel down to Texas. He has great taste in music, so it will be a lot of fun!
We began today’s show with music from the Taiga, Russia with the Wolga Balalaika Ensemble (Arc), we then heard music from the great Armenian Ud master, Richard Hagopian (Arc), then music from the Kaiapo Indians of Brazil (Gallo), Trance music from Moroccan Gnawan musician Hassan Hakmoun (Triloka), music from A Hawk and a Hacksaw with the Hun Hangar Ensemble (Leaf), A song from the Finnish epic the Kalevala (Ondine), music from the Turkish Bektasi Sufis (Mariposa), Dance music from Loristan, Iran (Mahoor), music from Algerian Kabyle Berber, El Hasnoui (AAA), and Gypsy music from the Kocani Orchestra (Arc).
In the second hour we heard and interview with South Indian veena queen, Nirmala Rajaseka. The music was recorded in her basement with Srini on Mridangam, and Balaji on Ghatam, included were a couple tracks from her new recording Song of the Veena (Innova).