17 June 2005
Friday 17 June 2005 22:15-23:30 (Radio 3)
Presented by Mark Russell and Robert Sandall and featuring an interview with Ry Cooder about his latest recording project Chávez Ravine, which tells the story of a once vibrant Mexican-American neighbourhood in Los Angeles, lost to redevelopment in the 1950s.
1 hour 15 minutes
Presented by Robert Sandall and Mark Russell
Produced by Felix Carey
Factsheet compiled by Sam Hickling
Tel. 020 7765 4661
Fax. 020 7765 4378
Friday 17 June 2005, 10:15pm
Demetri Martin: Introduction to Six Organs of Admittance (0.58)
Demetri Martin is a Perrier Award winning stand-up comedian from New York, who was invited to introduce the tracks on this promotional compilation from Chicago's Drag City label.
Six Organs of Admittance: Procession of Cherry Blossom Spirits (3.28)
Six Organs of Admittance is the recording name of Ben Chasny, who is also a member of the band Comets on Fire. This comes from a promotional compilation which has been released in a limited run of 500. See the website below for more details.
album: A-Z Drag City
Drag City A-Z
Taken from the Six Organs of Admittance album School of the Flower (Drag City 282)
Drag City, PO Box 476867, Chicago IL 60647 USA
Read a review of the School of the Flower album at
Tys Tys: Supermarket (2.56)
Tys Tys come out of Copenhagen's eclectic underground scene where jazz, rock and cabaret musicians mix freely.
Maria Laurette Friis (vocals/piano/Korg Ms-10/guitar); Henrik Sundh (Rhodes/Arp Axxe/Prophet 10); Gunnar Halle (trumpet); Kresten Osgood (drums/piano)
album: Go Get Some
Loretta Records/Ilk Music LRCD-2
Fantômas: 04/04/05 Monday; 04/05/05 Tuesday; 04/06/05 Wednesday (4.31)
Fantômas, named after the French film character, is a supergroup consisting of Mike Patton (Faith No More/Mr Bungle), Buzz Osborne (The Melvins), Dave Lombardo (Slayer) and Trevor Dunn (sometime John Zorn associate). This is taken from their latest album, which whizzes through 30 tracks in just 43 minutes.
album: 30 Miniature Holidays in 43 Minutes
Ipecac IPC 062
Ipecac Recordings, PO Box 1778, Orinda CA 94563 USA
Nodern: Cool It (3.03)
This album was recorded in Venice, London and Johannesburg between 2002 and 2004. Nodern was born to Central African missionaries in the late 1970s and grew up in South Africa, before moving to the South of France.
Sub Rosa SR241
Ry Cooder interview (34.28)
Ry Cooder has just released Chávez Ravine: 'a musical exploration of ghetto life, corrupt politicians and dirty dealing in LA in the McCarthyite era'. It is the first album in some years credited to Cooder himself, and is inspired by photographs taken by Don Normark of an area in East LA, which was home to a Mexican Chicano community before being bulldozed for development. It was eventually turned into the Dodgers Stadium, when the team were lured from their Brooklyn home.
Don't Call Me Red
Corrido de Boxeo (by Lalo Guerrero)
Onda Callejera (featuring Little Willie G and the Commagere Sisters)
Barrio Viejo (by Lalo Guerrero)
Los Chucos Suaves (by Lalo Guerrero)
In My Town
Ejercito Militar (featuring Ersi Arvizu and The Sisters)
El UFO Cayó (featuring Juliette Commagere and Don Tosti)
album: Chávez Ravine
Nonesuch 7559 79877 2
Read a profile of Ry Cooder at
Varo: Pieces of April (4.44)
Taiwanese underground rock from the three-piece of Wan Ting, Xiao Mei and Yu Chen, joined here by Show Yao (drums). This comes from an album of songs named after films. The track was put together by band leader Huang Wan Ting, using Reason and Live software to create the drum loops before inviting her band mates to play guitar, bass, keyboard and sing.
album: Hardcore Beach
7 Vinyl Records 2004
Albert Kuvezin & Yat-Kha: The Wild Mountain Thyme (will ye go, lassie go) (3.21)
Featuring the throat singing of Albert Kuvezin, this version of the folk song famously covered by the Byrds (although based here on the version by the McPeake Family) comes from a whole album of cover versions by this group from Tuva. These were the records that illicitly made it into the Central Asian republic when Albert was growing up there.
Yat-Kha Records yat004
Sh*tmat: The rise and fall of Billy bunter part 4 (4.25)
Sh*tmat is Henry Collins from Brighton, also known as Kyler, and a member of the improvising quartet Urban Myth (with Jim Black, Adam Bushell and Kirsten Elliot). This comes from a promotional compilation. It is currently unavailable, but if demand is high enough, the label may make copies available. More details can be obtained by e-mailing the Spirit of Gravity (address below).
album: The Spirit of Gravity – Brighton’s Foremost Electronica Collective
This track originally appeared on the 12" EP 'Sh*tmat and Friends Mashcore Melisha' (Aural Addiction Records)
Daniel Lanois: Agave (1.53)
This comes from the new album by the top record producer and guitarist, which also features the instrumental skills of Brian Blade, Daryl Johnson, Brad Mehldau, Malcolm Burn, Victor Indrizzo, Bill Dillon, Aaron Embry, Gilbert Castellanos and Michael Desson
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