Melting Pot


Nice to be back on the air after a successful fundraiser for the station, though somewhat disappointing one for us. The only nice thing (and I mean the ONLY) about coming back after a hiatus is that there is often a lot of new music to bring to you. This week is no exception, with new releases from the Pastels, Omar, The Summer Twins, Boogaloo Assassins, Camera Obscura, Shannon & the Clams and more. The show begins with a protest song out of Turkey. For the better part of a week, many people in Turkey have been protesting what they view as an authoritarian “democractic” government. Increasingly the movement has incorporated some interesting cultural elements and more than a few protest songs have started to make their way onto the internet. The most intriguing one comes from Kardeş Türküler who take a dismissive comment from the PM in Turkey into a truly exceptional work of art. I rarely post additional materials on these breakdown posts, but here it seems important to have the video, especially since it has the translation of the lyrics and footage of the ongoing protests.

In our second hour we broadcast an interview and performance with Dom La Nena, recorded while she was in town to play at Make Music Pasadena and the Hotel Cafe. Dom’s debut album, Ela, might have slipped under the radar of some since it was released at the very start of the year, but we certainly heard it and it’s still one of my favorite records of the year. Got a lot of response from this one, it’s definitely a keeper.

Melting Pot on KPFK #129: First Hour
Melting Pot on KPFK #129: Second Hour

Playlist: 6-9-2013
{opening theme} Booker T & the MGs – Melting Pot – 7” (Stax)

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Kardeş Türküler – Tencere Tava Havası (Sounds Of Pots and Pans) – Single (Self Released)
Vieux Farka Toure – Peace – Mon Pays (Six Degrees)
Myron & E – Going In Circles – Broadway (Stones Throw)

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Quadron – Crush – Avalanche (Vested In Culture)
The Pastels – Kicking Leaves – Slow Summits (Domino)
Camera Obscura – I Missed Your Party – Desire Lines (4AD)
The Summer Twins – I’m No Good – Forget Me EP (Burger)
The Gospel Clouds – Let Us Pray – Good God: Apocryphal Hymns (Numero)
Fela Kuti – Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am – Black President 2 (Knitting Factory)

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Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou – A Oo Ida – Vol. 3: The Skeletal Essences of Afro-Funk 1969-1980 (Analog Africa)
The Flamin’ Groovies – Gonna Rock Tonight – Flamingo (Kama Sutra)
Shannon & the Clams – Ozma – Dreams In the Rat House (Hardly Art)
Boogaloo Assassins – No No No – Single (Self-Released)

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Dom La Nena – Interview & Performance – Recorded Live At KPFK (KPFK Archives)

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Dom La Nena – Saudade – Ela (Six Degrees)
King – The Story – Recorded Live At KPFK (KPFK Archives)
Omar feat. Pino Palladino – There’s Nothing Like This – The Man (Freestyle Records)

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{closing theme} Dungen – C. Visar Vagen – Tio Batar (Kemado)

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