Friday, July 21, 2017

Kitchen Sink: Beltuner and "Gnossienne No. 1"



Gnossienne No. 1, our random tune for today, is by Beltuner, a French band started in 2001 by four young self-taught musicians. First concentrating on gypsy swing, Parisian bal musette, tango, Yiddish and Balkan music, they found a unique sound by mixing the styles and adding in jazz, classical, rock, world music and funk. They are also known for their free-wheeling and energetic concerts. Gnossienne No. 1 can be found on their 2010 CD Album #1.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

South of the Border: Paolo Conte and "Sudamerica"



Paolo Conte performs today's random song, Sudamerica. Conte was born in Asti in the Piedmont region of Italy, and he began his music career as a vibraphone player traveling in local and touring bands. He started writing songs early on in his career with his brother Giorgio but eventually began writing on his own. His star rose in the 60s and 70s as he was the main creative songwriter behind hits of other well-known Italian artists. His solo career commenced in 1974. His songs are known for being evocative of colorful and dreamy Italian and Mediterranean sounds. His music is often jazzy, reminiscent of South America and French singers, and filled with a wistful melancholy. His music has also been used in many movies. Sudamerica can be found on his 2003 CD Reveries. The video shows an encore during his performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Fire in the Feet: Parov Stelar and "Demon Dance"



Parov Stelar, the performer of our random tune today, is the stage name of Marcus Füreder, an Austrian musician, composer, producer and DJ. Working in styles ranging from jazz, house, electro and breakbeat, he is one of the early pioneers of the genre called electro swing. He began his career as a DJ at nightclubs in the 1990s. Known as Plasma at the time, he started to get involved in producing and publishing around 2000, and established his own record label in 2003. He broke onto the international electronic music scene in 2004 with his EP Kiss Kiss. He has won numerous Austrian music awards, has been named as one of the most promising producers active in Europe by the BBC, and has worked with the likes of Lana Del Rey, Bryan Ferry and Lady Gaga. This song, Demon Dance, is an example of his electro swing and can be found on Disc 1 of his 2015 album The Demon Diaries.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Shutout: Kirsty MacColl and "United Kingdom 2 Colombia 0"



Our random tune for today is by Kirsty MacColl, an English singer-songwriter who recorded many pop hits in the 1990s, and made notable appearances on other hits. Married to producer Steve Lillywhite, MacColl sang backup vocals on the recordings of many of the artists that he produced. She died in 2000 in a tragic accident in Cozumel, Mexico. While diving in an area restricted for swimming only, she was hit by a speedboat that had strayed into the area - she died saving her son who was in the boat's path. To give you an idea of the esteem she is held in, Billy Bragg always includes extra verses she wrote in covering his song A New England, a memorial bench has been placed in her honor at the southern entrance to Soho Square in London, and she is always heard during the holidays on her guest vocal in The Pogues' Fairytale of New York, which has been voted as the fan favorite Christmas song on the VH1 video channel. This song, United Kingdom 2 Colombia 0, can be found on her 2000 album Tropical Brainstorm. The song is about a woman who is nearly seduced by a married man while in a bar during a soccer match, and when she finds out she proclaims that she knows how the Colombians feel being on the losing side.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Poor Ardor: Nguyên Lê and Ngô Hồng Quang with "Beggar's Love Song"



An interesting melding of styles is the hallmark of our random tune today. Beggar's Love Song is by Nguyên Lê and Ngô Hồng Quang. Nguyên Lê is a French jazz guitarist and composer of Vietnamese descent, known primarily for his interpretations of pop songs from the 60s and 70s. He has been on albums as both leader and sideman, and has worked with a number of well-known musicians. Ngô Hồng Quang, from Vietnam, is a practitioner of traditional Vietnamese music on the lute, fiddle and vocals. On this song they are joined by percussionist Alex Trần. You can find Beggar's Love Song on their 2017 release Ha Noi Duo.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

At Grandpa's House: Márcio Faraco and "Na Casa Do Seu Humberto"



Today's random tune is by Márcio Faraco, a Brazilian guitarist, singer, composer and producer currently living and working out of France. He blends the samba and bossa nova of Brazil with musical influences he has picked up in France such as jazz, African music and fado. His music caught the ear of his countryman Chico Buarque, who invited him to participate on an Antonio Carlos Jobim tribute album. This song, Na Casa Do Seu Humberto, is from his 2000 CD Ciranda, and can also be found on the various artists compilation Putumayo Presents: Brazilian Café. The song is a recollection of a childhood spent at a grandfather's house.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Getting Together: Playing for Change and "One Love"



One Love, a reggae tune made famous by Bob Marley, is our random tune for today. It is performed by Playing for Change, a project to connect the world through music. Created by American producer and sound engineer Mark Johnson, the project records musicians around the world each playing one element of each of the songs they record. The producers then build, layer by layer, the song by melding the recorded parts, each with the individual interpretations of the musicians involved. They have since developed the Playing for Change Band which tours, and they have built the Playing for Change Foundation, which funds the construction of music and art schools around the world. One Love can be found on Playing For Change's 2009 album Songs Around the World. The list of musicians on this tune is extensive, and includes Roberto Luti (Italy), Menyatso Nathole (South Africa), Manu Chao (France), Surrendra Shrestha (Nepal), Tula (Israel), Vusi Mahlasela (South Africa), Mermans Kenkosenki (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Sinamuva (South Africa), Martin Machapa (South Africa), The Oneness Choir (India), The Exile Brothers (India), William Aura (Nepal), Luis Mhlanga (Zimbabwe), Junior Kissangwa Mbouta (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Tara Bir Tuladhar (Nepal), Keb' Mo (United States).

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.