lundi 23 décembre 2019

Sunday at Bob's #19 Much Love

Winter is here, hello again. It feels great to be back after a quite long break during which we had the chance to appreciate a playlist shared by a good friend and loyal follower of Sunday at Bob's who goes by the nickname of Mr.B (except in real life, but to be fair no one calls me Sunday at Bob's either thank god). I am very thrilled he played the game until the end and delivered a much fascinating text filled with tools to research new areas of music. Much love.

Today's playlist begins with a track from a very beautiful album I heard for the first time through the great Zakia's NTS radio show Questing. I don't know much about René Zambrano but I invite you to enjoy the album he released in tribute to Carlos Bonilla Chávez, pioneer of Ecuadorian classical guitar. Very beautiful piece of work to accompany these times of snow and celebrations.

We go on with a song I really enjoy due to its unexpected horns slapping you a couple of times at a specific moment. Every time I listen to it I wonder how did that happen while they recorded, was it a mistake they turned out to consider fortunate or was it written with precision on a score? Regardless it is a very beautiful song.

Then we have one of the bands I have listened to the most in the past month. I discovered The Outlaw Blues Band the same way I discovered a lot of music that stayed with me up until now: rap songs samples. Actually I could make a playlist in tribute to the wide musical knowledge of rap beatmakers, that could be an idea. The Outlaw Blues Band was sampled by the Californians of Cypress Hill, for their song When The Shit Goes Down they borrowed Deep Gully. And I am forever thankful.

It is followed by a song I found in a playlist from a website recommended by a friend but its name slipped my mind at this time, I shall update the article when I find it back. Then we meet someone I have been dying to feature here but never really figured out how, namely the giant Gil Scott Heron, who need no introduction so I will content myself with a link to a recent show on NTS (wow so much NTS at once right? I should calm down) dedicated to this precursor of many things.

We then enter the Greek zone of today's playlist with Thanasis Papakonstantinou who I know little about except what my Greek friends have been willing to tell me which I could modestly attempt to sum up as follows: he is the shit. I am so far only familiar with his album Agrypnia (Insomnia) which is built in a really interesting way, as a whole, that makes it heartbreaking to extract one song and selfishly add it to my playlist. Sometimes albums make so much sense as a whole (I don't think I could ever start listening to David Axelrod's Earth Rot from track 2 nor either listen to track 2 only, for instance) that I want to feature a whole album here and call it a playlist. But then my head gets filled with contradictory reflexions about what it is I am actually doing here and chose to stick with good old playlists for the time being.

Last summer I have been roaming in Morocco looking for many things, one of these things was music and I found a lot. I also spent time reading about it and amongst what I read was a gem of a book about music from the region of Epirus in Greece. A Lament From Epirus was written by the great Christopher King who you must have heard of if you ever got interested in Cajun or old american folk music. I couldn't recommend this reading more, it answered many questions I had about music from Greece such as where does the link my subconscious is making with arabic music of my childhood comes from? Is there a bridge between Oum Kalthoum and Markos Vamvakaris? It also gives us many tools to understand what purpose music serves and what it actually is. In my practice as a painter I deal with similar topics and to meet these questions in other art forms was fruitful beyond expectations. However I made a few attempts to include the deep sound of Alexis Zoumbas or Kitsos Harisiadis in Sunday at Bob's, never succeeded. Today we have the chance to have a song by some of their heirs Petroloukas Halkias and Vasilis Kostas taken from their album The Soul of Epirus which I recommend as well. It is possible that in the coming weeks we meet Epirus again.

The playlist carries on with a very fun song from an Indian composer who I believe is a master in the art of movie soundtracks. T.K. Ramamoorthy is amongst these artists I know nothing about but own one of their works and wouldn't exchange it against anything in the world. That work is called Fabulous Notes and Beats of the Indian Carnatic-Jazz and surfs with me on everyday life on regular basis. Then we have a song I found on the website of Disco Arabesquo whose parties I have attended recently. You can find some very cool stuff over there. The playlist closes with one of my all time favourite moroccan bands, isn't it fascinating how the banjo took such an important dimension in Morocco with Nass El Ghiwan amongst other? Recently I have been to the concert of a friend who happens to play the banjo and got smashed at how much that sound is related to Morocco in my mind, while having a strong american identity as well. As if when played by Izenzaren it becomes another instrument, somehow.

I apologize for the one day delay, I started to write yesterday but got a rather busy shift. I hope you enjoy it and see you in two weeks!

Remember to check out before 10h30.

The receptionist


1. René Zambrano - Preludio y Yumbo
2. Johnnie Jackson And The Blazers Featuring Merle Spears - Wisdom Of A Fool
3. The Outlaw Blues Band -  Plastic Man
4. Makers - Don’t Challenge Me
5. Gil Scott Heron - Gun
6. Thanasis Papakonstantinou - Σ'αφήνω Γεια
7. Petroloukas Halkias, Vasilis Kostas - Skaros
8. T.K. Ramamoorthy - Udaya Ravu Chandrika
9. Al Pharana - Ya Habibi (Instrumental)
10. Izenzaren - Unknown

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