La Ruleta playlist for 08/19/2010

Program name: 
La Ruleta
Air date: 
InterfaceConsideraciones MecánicasAutómataUnicornio
SizeLa Cabellera de BereniceEl Diablo en el
John ColtraneConfigurationsStellar RegionsImpulse!
Gerardo EncisoSalamandraTararáFugazi
Tony RayolaTony RayolaTony RayolaMagog / Momia
MasosRitoMúsica para Después de la BatallaNuclear
Loch NessFélixOxPeerless
Arturo MezaLa Ultima Batalla70 CentavosGente de México
Tony RayolaTrópico LocoTony RayolaMagog / Momia
Tony RayolaRayola's RevengeTony RayolaMagog / Momia
Tony RayolaBe Good To Me (Instrumental)Tony RayolaMagog / Momia
Evan ParkerMonoceros
Juan BlancoCircus ToccataMúsica ElectroacústicaEgrem Areito
Juan BlancoTañidosMúsica ElectroacústicaEgrem Areito
Juan BlancoEspacios IIMúsica ElectroacústicaEgrem Areito
John ColtraneSun StarStellar RegionsImpulse!

Paula's Picks playlist for 08/19/2010

Air date: 
Ashley MaherAminaAminaSpin Wild
Israel Kamakawiwo'oleSomewhere over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful WorldFacing FutureBigboy Record Company
Louis Armstrong(What Did I Do to Be So) Black and BlueSatch Plays FatsSony Music Entertainment
The CoastersIf You Want to Be Happy
Carrie CunninghamThe Single LifeHoneysweetDivulge
Jefferson StarshipMiracles
The New LimbWe Were ChildrenSounds People Can HearThe New Limb
Alexis JacksonSometimes I WonderUndefinedAlexis
Savage GardenTo The Moon & BackSavage GardenSony Music Entertainment
AquaHappy Boys & GirlsAquariumMCA Records
Frank ZappaMuffin Man
Concrete BlondeJoeyBloodlettingInternational Record Syndicate
Pink FloydTake It BackThe Division BellSony Music Entertainment
The Lost Boys SoundtrackDon't Let the Sun Go Down on MeThe Lost Boys SoundtrackAtlantic Records
MarillionPunch & JudyMarillion: The SinglesEMI Records
The DickiesBanana SplitsKick-Ass Soundtrack
The Lightning SeedsPureCloud CuckoolandMCA Records
MarillionLady Nina (Extended)Marillion: The SinglesEMI Records
Emmett WheatfallPretty Black Girl You So FineWhen I Was YoungPeterson Entertainment
The New LimbBizarre Love Triangle/Time after TimeSounds People Can HearThe New Limb Music
QueensrycheResistanceEmpireEMI - USA

Shocks of Sheba playlist for 08/18/2010

Program name: 
Shocks of Sheba
Air date: 
Mikey DreadDub Party...roirCD
Don CarlosSpread Out In Dub...jamaican recordingsCD
Lutan FyahHail Rastafari...cou$insCD
CassymanHumble Yourself...easy starCD
Muscle EmanuelInna Dem Time Yah...afrikan bump7"
Cornell CampbellRope In...joe gibbs7"
Junior MurvinWait For Me...mervin7"
Mr GWar War...young blood7"
Twinkle BrothersIt Gwine Dreada...twinkle12"
Prince HeronRoots In A Foreign Land...wisdom7"
Living TruthWrite It Down...impact!7"
TurbulenceStronger Than Before...cou$insCD
Beres HammondSolid Love...vpCD
Earl ZeroNone Shall Escape The Judgment...a-loneLP
Aretha MariejahI Love The Blessing...cou$insCD
ToussaintNobody Knows...i gradeCD
NiyorahNo Guns No Glory...denkeneshCD
DonikiBad Fruit...kariangCD
Michael Rose & Maxi PriestLion In The Jungle...cou$insCD
Danny RedContemplating Mind...cou$insCD
Earl 16Going To Africa...merge10"
Pablo MosesMama Yeah (Africa) of mosesCD
Junior DelgadoHell And Sorrow...messageLP
Junior DelgadoSunset Tomorrow...rockers7"
Claudius LintonBackra Massa...sun kingCD
Karl Masters & Joe HiggsFreedom Journey...pressure sounds7"
The MaytoneWho Can't Hear Will Feel...charmCD
Jimmy RileyNice People...yes12"
Tony TuffRender Your Heart...csaLP
Sugar MinottGenuine roots10" EP
Dennis BrownHave You Ever...rasLP
BranchesWar Race...easy starCD
Vallin MillerPeople No Want No War...makasoundCD
TennorsBaby Come Home...nighthawkCD
Delroy WilsonCool Operator...kingston soundsLP
LucianoIn This Recession...vpCD

teresa runs tings solo

bubblin' under the mic chat:  computer paul - vacancy (charm)

Anodyne playlist for 08/16/2010

Program name: 
Back To The Egg
Air date: 

The Books – Group Autogenics 1 – The Way Out (Temporary Residence Ltd, 2010)

Drake Tungsten – Do The Manta Ray (The Pixies) – Six Pence For The Sauces EP (Peek-A-Boo, 1996)
The Suburban Lawns – Flying Saucer Safari – The Suburban Lawns (I.R.S., 1981)
March Fourth Marching Band – Powerhouse (Raymond Scott) – Rise Up (March Fourth Music, 2009)
Soul Coughing – Bus To Beelzebub – Ruby Vroom (Slash, 1994)

Bow Wow Wow – C30 C60 C90 Go! – 12 Original Recordings (Harvest, 1982)
White Rabbits – Percussion Gun – It’s Frightening (TBD, 2009)
Chicks On Speed – Scream Song – Cutting The Edge (Chicks On Speed, 2009)
Front 242 – Headhunter – Front By Front (Sony, 1988)
Primus – Jerry Was A Racecar Driver – Sailing The Seas Of Cheese (Interscope, 1991)
Prince – America – Paisley Park (Warner Bros, 1985)

The Fall – Is This New – Imperial Wax Solvent (Castle, 2009)
The Herbaliser – I Know A Bloke / 8 Men Strong – Take London (Ninja Tune, 2005)

The Cure – Foxy Lady (Jimi Hendrix cover) – Three Imaginary Boys (Fiction, 1979)
Siouxsie & The Banshees – Spellbound – Juju (Geffen, 1981)
Tone Set – Wigglin’ Around In Middletown – Calibrate 12″ Single (Worthwhile Listening, 1983)

The Skids – Circus Games – Circus Games 7″ Single (Virgin, 1980)
R.E.M. – Carnival Of Sorts (Box Cars) – Chronic Town EP (I.R.S., 1982)
Blondie – Hangin On The Telephone – Parallel Lines (Chrysalis, 1977)
Les Thugs – Moon Over Marin (Dead Kennedys cover) – Virus 100 (Alternative Tentacles, 1999)

Sonic Youth – Two Cool Rock Chicks Listening To Neu – Brand Neu! compilation (Feraltone, 2009)
Whodini – Five Minutes Of Funk – Escape (Jive/Arista, 1984)
LCD Soundsystem – Get Innocuous – Sound Of Silver (Capitol, 2007)
Brian Eno – Sky Saw – Another Green World (Island, 1975)
Talkdemonic – Manhattan ’81 – Beat Romantic (Arena Rock Recording Co., 2006)
Bat For Lashes – Horse And I (Tom Robinson session) – BBC Radio

M.I.A. – Paper Planes (Original Chorus) – Kala (XL, 2007)
The Clash – Straight To Hell – Combat Rock (Sony, 1982)
Joe Strummer – “without people you’re nothing” – The Future Is Unwritten soundtrack (Sony, 2007)
U2 – Seconds – War (Island, 1983)
Stiff Little Fingers – Johnny Was (Bob Marley cover) – Inflammable Material (Rough Trade, 1979)

Kanye West – School Spirit / Skit – College Dropout (Roc-A-Fella, 2004)
Animal Collective – College – Sung Tongs (Fat Cat, 2004)
Deerhunter – Nothing Ever Happened – Microcastle / Weird Era cont. (Kranky, 2008)
The Shaky Hands – Air Better Come – Lung Light (Kill Rock Stars, 2008)

IQU – The 9th Line – Sun Q (Sonic Boom, 2004)
Cocteau Twins – Persephone – Treasure (4AD, 1984)
Colin Meloy – Here I Dreamt I Was An Architect / Dreams (live) – Colin Meloy Sings Live (Kill Rock Stars, 2008)
Sting – Message In A Bottle (live) – The Secret Policeman’s Other Ball (Rhino WEA, 1982)
Television Personalities – I Know Where Syd Barrett Lives – And Don’t The Kids Just Love It (Rough Trade, 1981)
Syd Barrett – Wined And Dined – Opel (Capitol, 1988)
Robyn Hitchcock – Gigolo Aunt (Syd Barrett cover) – Live And Direct (Spunk, 2001)
Damien Youth – I Know Where Robyn Hitchcock Lives – Phantoms Of Fables (Zygote, 2005)

Dan Bern – Fascist – Live In Los Angeles (self, 2010)


shows mentioned:

Aug 19-22 Portland Folk Festival, various venues around town

Africa O-Ye! playlist for 08/19/2010

Air date: 
Hugh MasekelaStimelaHope
Manu Dibango & LadyWimowehPlanete Afrique vol2
Ladysmith Black MamabazoVela NziswaIlembe - Shaka Zulu
Oliver MtukudziThe Third World Cries EverydayWonai
JulukaJarusalemaAfrican Litany
Vusi MahlaselaVisionWhen You Come Back
Vusi MahlaselaJabulaGuiding Star
JulukaDeliweUniversal Men
Manka Le PhallangEa Nyoloha KhanyapaHomeland - A Collection of Black South African Music
Nkuku and Jopie SistersTana KaminaHomeland 2
ZaoMama Na BanaL'Aiguille
ZaoAncien CombattantPlanete Afrique 2
Vieux Farka ToureWousoubourUFOs Over Bamako
JingoFeverAfro-Rock Vol 1
King Sunny Ade365 Is My NumberJuju Music
King Sunny AdeSunny Loni AriyaThe Return of the Juju King
King Sunny AdeChallenge Cup 1972Ogun

Life During Wartime playlist for 08/18/2010

Program name: 
Life During Wartime
Air date: 
DiskordsLife During WartimeBlame it on the KidsVinyl Warning
The MIndsKnifedKnifed 7"Plastic Idol
The CleanGetting OlderComp-ilationLittle Axe Records
AngstDummy UpAngstHappy Squid
The RatsIt's A LieIntermittent SignalsMississippi Records
The Clorox GirlsDon" Take Your Lifes/t lpSmart Guy
The ComesPublic CircleNo SideHirchito Era Hardcore
flux of pink indiansTapioca SunriseWargasm CompPax
The SiouxNothing To LoseLexomyl splitself
RegulationsPolice Car (live)To Be MeNada Nada
DominatrixKnowledgesplit w/ The HaggardVida Loca
The WipersDoes It Hurt?better Off Dead 7'trap
The Focus1937Between The White And the Redself
Gorilla AngrebKobenhavn Ligger i RuinerAborted 2000 EPFeral Ward
Stiff Little FingersStraw DogsStraw Dogs 7"Chrysalis
Panty RaidI wanna be your tigerthe secrets outraw sugar
Love PotionNitefeverejaculator ep
TyradesI am homicideepshit sandwich
GG Allin and the JabbersBeat, Beat, BeatAlways...Black Orange Records
The BagsBabylonian GorgonAll bagged upArtifix
The VibratorsBad TimePure ManiaColumbia
Carrie NationscitalivendedBe StillBitter like the bean
The DamnedNoise noise noiseMachine gun etiquetteace records
Double Negativehospitalitydaydreamnationsorry state
The Mummies(you must fight to live) on the planet of the apes45 singleSympathy For The Record Industry, 2001
Life harmerno titleno titlenone
Autistic YouthDisciplesIdle MindsDirtnap/Black Water
Daylight RobberyVictim Of The Late WorldTHrough The ConfusionResidue
Moral HexWorld Turning greyMind Control Demon/a
The FixCos the Eliteat twisted speed of thoughttouch and go rekords
Tozi BabeTrashepbootleg
The Clayfuture terrorgreat punk hitsjapan record
COrrosion of Conformitymindseye for an eyetoxic shock
Bastardsblind hateSiberian Hardcorerock o rama
The BratAttitudesAttitudesfatima
Devotoo much paranoiasAre We Not Men? We Are Devo!warner bros.
HeadcoateesFirst Plane HomeGirlsvilleHangman Records
Delta 5TryTryRough Trade
Get Destroyedfines/t 7"625
White FlagShattered BadgeCopulation CompMystic
Joy DivisionYou're no good for mewarsawretropop
Double NegativeErase yourselfdaydreamnationSorry State
SLAMajor RageEvil EmpireEat Me Records
Dead MilkmenSerrated EdgeBig Lizard In My BackyarFever Records

Hosted tonight by Colin, Erin, Kate, and Kevin

A Jazz World playlist for 08/18/2010

Program name: 
A Jazz World
Air date: 
Abbey LincolnPeople in MePeople in MeITM
Abbey LincolnThrow it AwayGolden LadyInner City
Peter Apfelbaum & The Hieroglyphics EnsembleThe World is GiftedSigns of LifeAntilles
Randy WestonAfrican Village Bedford-Stuyvesant 2The Spirits of Our Ancestors
Sun RaCall for All DemonsSun SongDelmark
Sun RaOut of NowhereBlue DelightA&M
Sun Ra and his ArkestraSaturnPictures Of InfintyBlack Lion
Charles MingusThe Shoes of the Fishermans Wife Are Some Jive Ass SlippersShoes of the Fisherman's WifeCBS
Pierre Dorge and the New Jungle OrchestraLions of ShanghaiLive at BirdlandStunt Records
Either OrchestraThe is a Bus Leaving Soon for Alban Berg's HouseAcross the OmniverseAccurate
Jason Linder Big BandSuheirLive at the Jazz GalleryAnzic
Thelonious Monk Big BandOsaka T.In ConcertColumbia
Anthony Brown's Asian American OrchestraFriday the 13thMonk's MoodWater Baby
David Murray Latin Big BandBlue MuseNow is Another TimeJustin Time

Jazz Lives! playlist for 08/18/2010

Program name: 
Jazz Lives!
Air date: 
abbey lincolnafro blueabbey is blueprestige
anandiancient footprintsthe song is youlake lady music 2010
"dear ruby""
tierny suttonwhen lights are low
red garlandred alertred alertgalaxy records 1978
jeff tain wattssteve in riomarsalis music 2002
johnny hodgessidewaysat a dance, in a studio, on radioenigma
freddie hubbardhappy timesthe artistry of freddoe hubbardimpulse
dizzy gillespietin tin deostrangers in paradisegema
he greyboy all starsgive the drummer some morewhat happened to televisionknowledge records 2007
hank mobleya dab of this and thatfar away landsblue note
thara memorymr. annohchroniclethara memory 2007
thelonious monkoff minormonk's musicriverside 1957
charlie hunterstreet soundsanalog playgroundblue note
louis armstrongking porter stompthe all stars in philadelphiajazz archives
milt jacksonstrollin'telefunken bluessavoy
roy hargroveafrodisiahabanapolygram

Anjali and The Kid playlist for 08/17/2010

Program name: 
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Kush
Air date: 
The KominasKujEscape to Blackout Beach
The KominasTunnnnnnEscape to Blackout Beach
David StarfireShenai Wobbler (Ill Gates Remix)
Nacobeta & Puto PortuguesE hoje feat. ZocazocaKuduro Is Life
Major Lazer ft Busy Signal & M.I.ASound of SirenLazers Never Die
Jr. Dread f. Kaka BhaniwalaJaan Tho PyaariThe Debut
Ayutha EzhuthuDol DolTaxi Taxi
NucleyaChandan Sa BadanHorn OK Please
Ram Sampat & Raghubir YadavMehngai DayanPeepli Live OST
Daler Mehndi & Kalpana PatowaryAila re ailaKhatta Meetha OST
Ananthu, Mahesh VinayakramPuli UrumudhuVettaikaaran OST
Haricharan, Suchitra & VinayaPalakkattu PakkathileYaaradi Nee Mohini OST
Neeti Muhan , MahuaBhangda Paale O Mere Sang (Remix)Fruit & Nut OST
M.I.A. f. Nicky MinajTekquilla
DJ Vix f. Bupinder BubbelDesi BoliyanVix It Up
AMX feat. Kaka Bhainiawala, Lehmber Hussainpuri, Bakshi Billa, Meet Malkit, Ashok Gill, Bhupinder Singh Babbal & Surinder ShindaYaaran De Kalian (Folk Akhada)Broken Silence
Kulvinder Singh JohalMundeh PanjabiMundeh Panjabi
DJ Sanj f. Miss PoojaNeriyanAmerican Desi
Ritu Pathak, Richa & Rana MazumderBand Baaja Mein Tere Dar Pe (Remix)Hello Darling OST
Baba Sehgal & PriyadharshiniKadhal IndhiranSingam OST
Panjabi by Nature feat. Miss PoojaBoliCrowd Pleaser
Miss PoojaNachdi De Pairan VichRomantic Jatt
Pal D feat. Charan ManderBegana PuttDiamond in the Rough
J KGabru Panjab Dha
Tarli Digital feat. Jagdish KotiChuwareh WaliTD2 (Gabroo Punjab Dah)
Foreign BeggarsBlack Hole Prophesies (Jehst remix)Shaanti presents Mighty Asian Beats
Lata MangeshkarAaj Phir Jeene KiGuide OST

Early Morning Gumbo playlist for 08/17/2010

Program name: 
Early Morning Gumbo
Air date: 
* recent release or reissue
SID SELVIDGE / That's how I got to Memphis / I Should Be Blue (Archer)*
LAURA LOVE & ORVILLE JOHNSON / Nobody's fault but mine / The Sweeter the Juice (Octoroon)*
SISTER ROSETTA THARPE / Everytime I feel the spirit / Lost & Found Series Vol 1 (Blues Legacy)
KEN WHITELEY / Everybody has the blues / One World Dance (Borealis)
RORY BLOCK / Stand by me / Shout Sister Shout (MC) various artists
JOHN PRINE (featuring EMMYLOU HARRIS) / Angel from Montgomery / In Person & On Stage (Oh Boy)*
IAN & SYLVIA / Some day soon / Northern Journey (Vanguard)
QUARTETTE / Cowboys & rodeos / Quartette (Round Tower)
RON HYNES / The valley green / Get Back Change (Borealis)
GORDON LIGHTFOOT / Red velvet / The Gift (Stony Plain) various artists
EVA CASSIDY / Early morning rain / Imagine (Blix Street)
KATHY MATTEA & TIM O'BRIEN / Gentle on my mind / Tribute to John Hartford Live From Mountain Stage (Blue Plate) various artists
JOHN HARTFORD / Big rock candy mountain / Down From the Mountain (Lost Highway) various artists
SWEETBACK SISTERS / Red shoes blues / Chicken Ain't Chicken (Signature)
TOWNES VAN ZANDT / Flying shoes / Rear View Mirror (Sugar Hill)
JESSE WINCHESTER / Sweet little shoe / Gentleman of Leisure (Sugar Hill)
DEL REY / We both are feelling good right now / About Comin' My Way (Black Hen)* various artists
PO' GIRL / Gone in pawn / Po' Girl (Hightone)
JERRY GARCIA ACOUSTIC BAND / Ripple / Almost Acoustic (Consensus Reality)
MISTY RIVER / Black muddy river / Stories (
ALICE STUART / Take it slow & easy / All the Good Times (Arhoolie)
TRACY SCHWARTZ / Les haricots sont pas sales / Marimac Anthology (Rounder) various artists
JAMES HILL & ANNE DAVISON / Duke's alley rag / True Love Don't Weep (Borealis)


The Noontime Jamboree playlist for 08/16/2010

Program name: 
The Noontime Jamboree
Air date: 

    Royal Garden Blues,  Ted Lewis and His Band

I Guess I’ll Get the Papers and Go Home,  Peggy Lee & Frank DeVol’s Orch

    I’ve Just Got To See You Once More,  Little Jimmy Dickens

  I’ve Got A Feelin You’re Foolin’,  Wingy Manone

  Minuet In Jazz,  Raymond Scott

  Half As Much,  Patsy Cline

       There’ll Be Some Changes Made,  Red McKenzie & His Music Box

       Miss the Mississippi and You,  Jimmie Rodgers

       The Ilse of Capri,  Wingy Manone

  Harlem Fuss,  Fats Waller and His Buddies

   The Best Man,  Peggy Lee and Frank DeVol’s Orch.

   Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out,  Bessie Smith

   Hawaiian Cowboy,  Roy Rodgers

   I Can’t Tell My Heart That,  Hank Wiliams

   Somebody Loves Me,  Lester Young, Nat Cole& Buddy Rich

   Hurdy Gurdy Man,  Louis Armstrong w/Jimmy Dorsey

   Tea For Two,  Bob Wills & his Texas Playboys

   How Long Has the Been Going On,  June Christy & the Kentones

   Steeling the Blues,  Leodie Jackson & his Western Swingsters

   Sweet Dreams,  Patsy Cline

   Nobody’s Sweetheart,  Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys

   Hula Blues,  Tau Moe & the Original Hawaiians

   There’s A Cradle In Caroline,  Bix Beiderbecke, Frank Trumauer and Jack Tegarden

   Oakie Boogie,  Jack Gutherie 

   After You’ve Gone,  Paul Whiteman & His Orch.

   High Society,  Clarence Williams-Clarence Williams' Washboard Band

   Girl of My Dreams,  Milton Brown & His Musical Brownies

   All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart,  Peggy Lee

   Woke Up With the Blues In My Fingers,  Lonnie Johnson


   The Object of My Affection,  Milton Brown & His Musical Brownies

   Boy Scout in Switzerland,  Raymond Scott








A Different Nature playlist for 08/16/2010

Program name: 
A Different Nature
Air date: 
Evelyn Glennie & Fred FrithA Route of WolvesThe Sugar FactoryTzadik
Evelyn Glennie & Fred FrithIn the World to Change the WorldThe Sugar FactoryTzadik
Dr. Zomb & FriendsMarin Headlands, part 1 [12/8/86]Echo Chamberunreleased
Peter CusakFountain SculptureBaikal Ice (Spring, 2003)ReR
LustmordPyre (Necro Cristi)Paradise DisownedSoleilmoon
Fritz Hauserparts I-IIISounding StonesTherme Vals
Kuwayama & Kijima00/10/17duntitled20 City
Yashuhiro Minamizawatrack 3 (sitar in the rain)11th (final)Studio Nirvana
Stockhausen; Arditti QuartetHelikopter-quartettHelikopter-quartetAuvidis Montaigne
Leland W. SprinkleGod Be With You Till We Meet AgainThe Great Stalacpipe OrganLuray Cavern

Tonight's program is titled "Place Is the Space" and focuses on musical performances in unusual spaces.

Concept: Kathy Fors; hosts: Andy Hosch, Rolf & Dr. Zomb.

The Melting Pot playlist for 08/17/2010

Program name: 
The Melting Pot
Air date: 

     THE MELTING POT 8/17/10 Featured Artist - ZION I - Tune in tonight 8-10pm(PST) for an exclusive interview with AMP LIVE from Zion I - on Dr.J's "THE MELTING POT" 90.7fm in Portland Or, Online

Zion I is a hip hop duo from Oakland, California. The duo consists of producer (& DJ), Amplive, and Mc Zumbi. The group is known to its followers for Amp’s futuristic production techniques, using a mix of live instrumentation and samples, and Zumbi’s positive and socially conscious lyrics. Zion I debuted in 1997 with the locally distributed cassette-only EP Enter the Woods. Their first single on Indie label Ground Control Records (“Inner Light”) paved the way for an album deal and in 2000, they released the critically acclaimed Mind Over Matter. In total, they have released six studio albums, 2000’s Mind Over Matter, 2003’s Deep Water Slang V2.0, 2005’s True & Livin’, 2006’s Break a Dawn (a Japan exclusive), also in 2006 a collaborative album with The Grouch, Heroes in the City of Dope, and 2009’s The Take Over.

Ten years after the release of their debut single, Oakland hip-hop duo Zion I return with The Takeover, a filler-free new mix of jabs, roundhouses and uppercuts that continue their streak as one of hip-hop’s most diverse groups. 

For Takeover, which features guest spots by Houston legend Devin the Dude, UK emcee Ty and Rhymesayers’ Brother Ali, producer AmpLive and emcee Zumbi incorporate the best parts of their live show—perfected through nonstop touring—and bring that vibe to the studio. 

“Zion I has a reputation of being very spiritual and serious,” notes Zumbi. “I think The Takeover is a lot more fun than our past records. We still touch on serious subject matter, but this album shows the other sides of our personality.”

Over the course of five LPs and numerous EPs and mixtapes, the group has proven to be a welcome enigma in hip-hop. Lyrically, Zumbi runs the gamut on a range of issues both serious and frivolous, discussing problems and pleasures both spiritual and worldly. Throughout, his fanbase keeps coming back for his smooth delivery and ability to raise issues without sounding didactic. Musically, Amp draws from both the usual (funk, soul) and esoteric (house, drum n bass) to create soundscapes that work as well on an electronic music mixtape as it does hip-hop. An accomplished remixer as well, Amp has remixed everyone from Linkin Park to MGMT, and most recently released Rainydayz Remixes based on Radiohead’s In Rainbows. Every production and remix, though, always brings it back to his main job in Zion I. “I started using way more effects on this album,” says Amp. “So I was able to bring in more elements that I’ve been using for some of the dance and indie rock stuff.”

Despite living a few miles from each other, technology facilitated the making of Takeover, as the duo would e-mail verses and beats back and forth, with each member continually making notes and suggestions on both parts of the song. This fully collaborative effort ensured that both Amp and Zumbi would have a say in the final product during the entire production process. “Our songs go through many different styles and iterations,” admits Amp. ““Caged Bird,” for example went from an Electro R&B joint to a drum n bass track to its current version [as a soul-inflected, string-laden beat].”

While the final work is still Zumbi and Amplive, the two are quick to point out how their writing process has changed this time out.  “We have an inner core of people who we let listen to the album in different stages and got feedback on what they liked,” says Zumbi. “On other albums, it was generally us just making whatever we wanted and then they’d just say what songs they like. Our skin is thick enough and we’re honest enough with ourselves that we can take criticism.” 

This new method of recording was essential to the finished product, but the group always has a definite idea in mind, looking at their tracks as fans as much as musicians. “We try to make music that falls into a crack and fills a void for us as fans of music,” says Zumbi. “We discuss what we want the album to feel like and then we just let the unconsciousness take over and let things go. We just allow that process to take on its own life.”

From the electro-rap homage “DJ DJ” to the spacey futuristic synths of “Antenna,” The Takeover encapsulates the diversity and versatility that have made Zion I Bay Area stalwarts for over a decade. As with any Zion I album, there’ll never be any compromise away from deep thought, but as anyone who’s seen the pair live knows, that means nothing if the crowd ain’t entertained.  

One listen to the album, and you’ll know The Takeover may be the most appropriate title of the year.


Folk Espresso playlist for 08/16/2010

Program name: 
Folk Espresso
Air date: 
530 AM: John MartynBless the WeatherBless the Weather (2005 reissue of 1971 LP)Island
Josh RitterPeter Killed the DragonLive at the Record Exchange (2007)V2
Natalie MerchantThe King of China's DaughterLeave Your Sleep (NEW- 2010)Nonesuch
Jorma KaukonenCracks in the FinishRiver of Time (2009)Red House Records
545 AM: The BandKing HarvestThe Band (2000 reissue of 1969 LP)Capitol
Levon HelmPoor Old Dirt FarmerDirt Farmer (2007 Grammy Award winner)Dirt Farmer Music
Levon Helm BandGrowing TradeElectric Dirt (2009 Grammy Award winner)Dirt Farmer Music
600 AM: FOR THE KING: Emmylou HarrisBoy from TupeloRed Dirt Girl (2000)Nonesuch
Dave Carter & Tracy GrammerElvis PresleyWhen I Go (1998)(Self released)
Richard ThompsonFrom Galway to GracelandWatching the Dark (1993)Hannibal/Rykodisc
615 AM: CATS (In memory of Mr. B): Loudon Wainwright IIIMe and My Friend the CatAlbum II (1999 reissue of 1971 LP)Rhino Handmade reissue of Atlantic Records LP
Echo's ChildrenI Meant to do ThatA Dancing World (2001)(Self released)
Cisco HoustonThe Cat Came BackThe Folkways Years (1994)Smithsonian Folkways
Fed MooltenCat LullabyWay We Are (2001)The Orchard
630 AM: FOLK CALENDAR BACKGROUND: Meryle KornThe Odd-Eyed CatPast Presence (1994)(self released)
635 AM: SUMMER SONGS: Cry Cry CryCold Missouri WatersCry Cry Cry (1998)Razor & Tie
Misty River BandHomegrown TomatoesWillow (2004)Misty River
Colin Meloy (with Laura Gibson)SummertimeColin Meloy Sings Sam Cooke (2008)(self released)
645 AM: Fotheringay (featuring Sandy Denny)Two Weeks Last SummerFotheringay 2 (2008- completion of LP unfinished since 1971)Fledg'ling
Richard ThompsonHamletLife and Times of Richard Thompson (2006)Free Reed
Tom LehrerThat's Mathematics (Song recorded in 1993)The Tom Lehrer Collection (NEW- 2010)Shout! Factory

Folk Espresso

Host: Jack Bohl

Contemporary and Traditional folk music to start your day and week thoughtfully and with a with a smile

Monday August 16, 2010: Levon Helm, Songs about Cats (in memory of Mr. B), a musical tribute to Elvis (1/8/1935- 8/16/1977), and summery songs


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