Soundway Records putting out compilation of obscure East African recordings, Kenya Special; edutainment never sounded so good

Soundway Records putting out compilation of obscure East African recordings, Kenya Special; edutainment never sounded so good

Personally, I can never diversify my musical tastes enough. The more music I listen to, the more I become interested, and the more I consume. It’s a vicious cycle, to be honest. The music world feeds and feeds off that kind of obsession today; endless sampling, mashing together of genres, sounds, and instrumentation, all constantly drawing from the past to shape the future. What happens when we throw drone and folk in the same pot? What would result from smashing a dance cassette and a noise cassette and splicing them together (erm…maybe)?

Point being, the world of music is damn vast, confusing, and disorienting right now (in a beautiful way, really) and it’s only getting more so. Which is where things like Soundway Records’ Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings from the 1970s and ‘80s come into the picture. It’s one of those lovely (and thankfully increasingly prevalent) oversized collections of previously obscure oddities/treasures that’s tearing around the past and grabbing whatever it can to illuminate the present. Some of this stuff remains interestingly prescient too; check out the mix of dance rhythms and often frantic electric guitar work on the Benga tracks. Just goes to prove that genre-screwing was just as prevalent in the 70s. Makes one wonder what kind of rarities collections might have been released back then. Unearthing the past to fuel and possibly elucidate the present: always a damn good thing.

Kenya Special tracklist:

01. The Loi-Toki-Tok Band - Ware Wa
02. The Rift Valley Brothers - Mu Africa
03. Slim Ali & The Famous Hodi Boys - Watoto Nyara
04. The Mombasa Vikings - Mama Matotoya
05. The Lulus Band - Ngwendeire Guita
06. Mbiri Young Stars - Ndiri Ndanogio Niwe
07. Gatanga Boys Band - Wendo Ti Mbia
08. Orchestre Vévé Star - Nitarudia
09. Hafusa Abasi & Slim Ali with The Yahoos Band - Sina Raha
10. DO 7 Band - H.O. Ongili
11. New Gatanga Sound - Thoni Na Caki
12. The Lulus Band - Nana
13. Nashil Pichen & The Eagles Lupopo - Ng’ong’a Wa Mwanjalo
14. Orchestre Baba National - Sweet Sweet Mbombo
15. Afro 70 - Cha-Umheja
16. Peter Tsotsi Juma & The Eagles Lupopo - Kajo Golo - Weka
17. The Lulus Band - Mutumia Muriu
18. Sophia Ben & The Eagles Lupopo - See Serere
19. The Loi-Toki-Tok Band - Leta Ngoma
20. Orchestre Super Volcano - Mngeni Mali Yare Yore
21. The Rift Valley Brothers - Tiga Kurira
22. Kalambya Boys - Kivelenge
23. Huruma Boys Band - Teresia
24. Gatanga Boys Band - Keep Change Kairitu
25. The Famous Nyahururu Boys - Mwendwa
26. The Eagles Lupopo - Pelekani
27. Ndalani 77 Brothers - Nzaumi
28. Afro 70 - Afrousa (Move On)
29. Nairobi Matata Jazz - Tamba Tamba
30. Kiratu And His Group - Yanagiria Kayo
31. Afro 70 - Week End
32. The Mombasa Vikings - Kibe Kibe

• Soundway:

…And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead tour Australia, play Source Tags and Codes, give the people what they want

The first rule of business is to give the people what they want. Maybe. As someone with very little money and even less sense of business, that may well not be the first rule of business. Logically, the first rule of business is probably “get money” or “don’t not get money.” Still, I feel like I was on to something with that whole “give the people what they want” thing. Take …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead for instance. They know what the people of Australia want: to see them. And they know how to give the people of Australia what they want: by going to Australia. The Austin/New York/HELL band will bring their prog/punk/HELL songs to the most continent-like of countries this May for a roughly handful of live dates.

That said, the giving people what they want does not end there. Those five dates will be very special ones indeed, as the band plans to play their 2002 album Source Tags and Codes in full. It would be a safe bet to say Source Tags is the group’s most beloved record, because Source Tags is the group’s most beloved record. Beyond just playing that classic album, Trail of Dead plan to enter a second part of each show by playing various highlights from the rest of their catalogue. So… they’re just going to play Source Tags and Codes again? I kid, I kid, Madonna’s pretty great, too.

…And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead dates:

05.22.13 - Melbourne, Australia - Corner Hotel
05.23.13 - Sydney, Australia - Metro Theatre
05.24.13 - Brisbane, Australia - Coniston Lane
05.25.13 - Perth, Australia - Rosemount Hotel

• …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead:

Silkworm’s Libertine to be reissued by Comedy Minus One; The Church of the Most Holy WRM seeks new acolytes


PRE-SERVICE MUISC: Selections from 1994’s Libertine, organist A. Cohen

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS: Brothers and sisters in the WRM, we are pleased to welcome you on this beautiful morning for worship. We have a truly encouraging announcement this morning: Comedy Minus One has announced that they will be reissuing Silkworm’s 1994 classic Libertine. The release, which will be available this fall, will feature new artwork, re-mastered audio by Bob Weston, and new liner notes written by the most-honored prophet himself, Tim Midgett. Your holy duty unto the WRM of pre-ordering the album can be completed at Comedy Minus One until June 11. So that each might worship in his or her own way, three different pre-ordering packages are available. They variously include t-shirts, bonus live recordings, and photographs of the group taken by Mike Hoffman Jr. All packages arrive as a double LP, and feature an additional compact disc containing songs from The Marco Collins Sessions as well as two additional recordings from the band’s time at Pachyderm Studio.

LEADER: The WRM is risen!
PEOPLE: The WRM is risen indeed!
LEADER: Alleluia! Celebrate Silkworm in this sacred place! Celebrate them as the single greatest rock group of all eternity in this sacred place!
PEOPLE: Give praise for the WRM’s mighty deeds! Give praise for Comedy Minus One’s most holy reissuing powers!
LEADER: Naysayers shall be cast out, to weep and gnash upon their teeth outside the most shining glory of the WRM!
PEOPLE: Those that make lazy Pavement comparisons shall be trod upon by our strident worship. Let our voices be heard to rise up in service of our musical prophets!

HYMN OF PRAISE: A live version of “Grotto of Miracles.”

PRAYER OF CONFESSION: We confess, we have not evangelized aggressively for the WRM. At bus stops and restaurants, theme parks and children’s birthday parties, we have been seen to remain silent. We know that all must hear the good news, but sometimes we remain silent because we fear that our knowledge is incomplete. We know, oh WRM, that we can supplement our knowledge through our requisite weekly viewing of the recently released documentary on the band, Couldn’t You Wait.

HOLY READING: From the Book of Albini, chapter 18, verse 3: “Very few bands make even one great album. Silkworm made several, and this [Libertine] is the first.” Congregation, we must recall that the Book of Albini, while immensely useful in our worship of the most holy WRM, is not entirely infallible. Albini apparently does not realize that Libertine’s predecessor In the West is mad slept on.


01. There Is a Party in Warsaw Tonight
02. Grotto Of Miracles
03. Cotton Girl
04. Yen + Janet Forever
05. Oh How We Laughed
06. The Cigarette Lighters
07. Couldn’t You Wait?
08. A Tunnel
09. Written on the Wind
10. Wild in My Day
11. Bloody Eyes


12. Insider
13. Grotto of Miracles
14. Couldn’t You Wait? *
15. Scruffy Tumor *
16. Cotton Girl *
17. Raised by Tigers *

* Marco Collins Sessions

CLOSING HYMN: “Couldn’t You Wait”

• Silkworm:
• Comedy Minus One:

Prince Rama announce “psych-opera” film Never Forever and European tourdates through a series of ritualistic hand gestures

It’s been a fair while since I first caught Prince Rama in concert, and if there wasn’t third-party confirmation to the contrary, I’d be inclined to accept the notion that Taraka and Nimai Larson had (in the meantime, and through sheer will) become half human/half apparition. You can highlight the overt spiritualism underpinning their music and their personal philosophies, but going further, it’s necessary to point out one detail in particular: their most recent album on Paw Tracks, Top Ten Hits of the End of World, is about DEAD PEOPLE. More specifically, it was about fictitious bands dying in an apocalypse, and subsequently being channeled for a final performance. If a spirit world exists, those spirits almost definitely have framed photographs of Prince Rama on their bedside table.

Which brings us to the duo’s even more recent exercise in undead reverence: to supplement the album, they’ve announced Never Forever, a “Now Age psych-opera” film featuring songs from Top Ten Hits of the End of the World. There’s no word on when the entire thing will be released to the public, but go here for screen caps and watch below for a trailer:

Is this real life? Was that a studded glove?

European tourdates, featuring new band members Christopher Burke and Michael Collins on bass and synthesizer, respectively, offer a bit of reassurance…


04.10.13 - Lugano, Swizterland - Theatro
04.11.13 - Lasaunne, Swizterland - Le Romandie
04.12.13 - St. Gallen, Swizterland - Palace St. Gallen
04.13.13 - Paris, France - Trip Festival at Centre Barbara
04.16.13 - Tallinn, Estonia - Kino Soprus
05.04.13 - London, UK - Alexandra Palace (ATP Festival)
05.05.13 - Dublin, Ireland - Camden Crawl

• Prince Rama:
• Paw Tracks:

oOoOO releasing debut full-length on his brand new, difficult-to-spell label

oOoOO SNAP! Chris Dexter, the witchy San Francisco-based producer behind the many-voweled moniker is taking a breather from his longstanding relationship with Tri Angle Records to release his first-ever album on his own new label, the appropriately difficult to spell/know-how-to pronounce Nihjgt Feelings. Entitled Without Your Love, the release will be Dexter’s full-length debut, due out June 24 and featuring lead track “Stay Here (ft. ML),” which can be heard below:

This spring, oOoOO will be venturing across these United States of ours to rep said album. Starting in May, Dexter sets out from sunny California to embark on a series of mysteeeeeerious tourdates. So mysterious that no one has even said exactly WHERE he is playing in these cities! But there’s a rough itinerary for ya below, if’n ya so desire it, and as always, watch this space for further updates. If anyone tells you to call a phone number and get a location from a hotline on the night of the show, don’t listen. This oOoOO tour isn’t a rave (maybe), and it’s not 1997 (definitely).


05.04.13 - San Francisco, CA - TBD
05.13.13 - San Diego, CA - TBD
05.14.13 - Phoenix, AZ - TBD
05.16.13 - Austin, TX - TBD
05.21.13 - Richmond, VA - TBD
05.22.13 - Washington, DC - TBD
05.23.13 - Brooklyn, NY - TBD
05.24.13 - Boston, MA - TBD
05.28.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - TBD
06.01.13 - Chicago, IL - TBD
06.04.13 - Hollywood, CA - TBD
06.05.13 - Seattle, WA - TBD
06.06.13 - Vancouver, BC - TBD
06.07.13 - Portland, OR - TBD
06.08.13 - Calgary, AB - TBD

• oOoOO:
• Nihjgt Feelings:

Queens of the Stone Age share track from forthcoming album; now we can start comparing the new one to Songs for the Deaf even more quickly than we thought!

I know how it goes, dude. You’re not a college kid anymore. You don’t have time for weed and comics and metal and whatnot the way you used to. You like all that stuff still, but let’s face it; life is coming at you faster than ever, and the time has come to put away childish things (or however that saying goes). So, in case you’ve chosen to hide all the posts from that one Facebook friend of yours who is just cripplingly into all-things-weed because you’re sick of all of his regular Dr. Who philosophizing, “original” poetry, and regular sharing of Ram Das quotations, let me at least do you a solid favor and fill you in really quickly and cogently on where everything’s at with Queens of the Stone Age. Sound good? Let’s go!

First up, they’ve signed to Matador and have got a new record coming out on June 4. It’s called …Like Clockwork and is their first new one since 2007’s Era Vulgaris. This one seems to be a bit of a big deal, as — according to the press release — they’ve re-recruited Dave Grohl to play some drums on the thing (along with Joey Castillo and Jon Theodore) and brought former members Mark Lanegan and Nick Oliveri back into the fold; and there’s even guest spots from the likes of Sir Elton John and Trent Reznor. Holy shit. Doesn’t sound like “clockwork” to me!

Secondly, they premiered a track off of the new LP yesterday on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show, called “My God Is the Sun.” Check it out below if you’ve got a few minutes. Or maybe just bookmark it for later. I know you’ve got responsibilities. (If you end up being into it, you can pre-order the album right now on iTunes and at the Matador site and get that track as an immediate free download with your purchase. Nice, huh?)

Thirdly, the band is hitting the festival circuit pretty hard this summer after the album comes out. To be honest, it’s kind of a confusing jumble of overlapping dates, since all those European fests usually span a couple of days or whatever, but I’ll go ahead and organize and format and post them all for you anyway. Because I know that your time is valuable.

…Like Clockwork tracklisting:

01. Keep Your Eyes Peeled
02. I Sat by the Ocean
03. The Vampyre of Time and Memory
04. If I Had s Tail
05. My God Is yhe Sun
06. Kalopsia
07. Fairweather Friends
08. Smooth Sailing
09. I Appear Missing
10. …Like Clockwork

Confusing jumble of overlapping summer festival dates:

06.13-15.13 - Interlaken, Switzerland - Greenfield Festival
06.14.13 - Landgraaf, Netherlands - Pinkpop
06.14-16.13 - Donington, UK - Download Festival
06.21-23.13 - Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany - Southside Festival
06.22.13 - Berlin, Germany - Zitadelle Spandau
06.21-23.13 - Scheesel, Germany - Hurricane Festival
06.26.13 - Helsinki, Finland - Rock The Beach Festival
06.28.13 - Borlange, Sweden - Peace & Love Festival
06.30.13 - Herchesfeld Roeser, Luxembourg - Rock a Field Festival
07.02.13 - Vienna, Austria - Wiener Stadthalle Halle D
07.03.13 - Budapest, Hungary - Volt Festival
07.02-05.13 - Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic - Rock For People Festival
08.02.13 - Chicago IL - Lollapalooza

• Queens of the Stone Age:
• Matador: