WBEZ | psychedelic http://www.wbez.org/tags/psychedelic Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Radio M: Local Latin music from Chicago's Radio Free Honduras, one of the 'first' disco songs, Kraftwerk ala Brazil and Tamil film music. http://www.wbez.org/programs/radio-m/2015-10-07/radio-m-live-local-latin-music-chicagos-radio-free-honduras-one-first <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/photo-original.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>There are many hidden musical gems in Chicago and we&#39;ve uncovered one of them for you: Radio Free Honduras. The band is built around the guitar and vocal talents of Honduran Charlie Baran. He was once a member of the legendary Honduran punta band Banda Blanca.</p><p>We&#39;ll also hear a song from Cameroon that&#39;s considered one of the first disco tunes here in the U.S. Plus, a dreamy cover of a Kraftwerk classic, afrobeat master Tony Allen and psychedelic Thai music.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Playlist</p><p>9PM</p><p>Manu Dibango-Soul Makossa - Soul Makossa</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6Mxv2PmxiX0" width="420"></iframe></p><p>David Byrne &amp; Brian Eno- Regiment- My Life in the Bush of Ghosts</p><p>Bassekou Kouyate &amp; Ngoni Ba- Wagado- Jama Ko</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/TBiJJ-9NYAk" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Iliayaraaja- Sirikkum Mattum- Iliayaraaja Ilectro: Euphoric Electronics</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>9:30 PM</p><p>Chicago&#39;s Radio Free Honduras Live Performance</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>10PM</p><p>Jose Gonzales- Let It Carry You- Vestiges &amp; Claws</p><p>Ceu- Concrete Jungle- Live</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/fjNPbJLvvmI" width="420"></iframe></p><p>Leroy Sibbles- Express Yourself- Studio One Soul</p><p>Super International Band- Santa Barbara- Senegal: The Terenga Spirit</p><p>Seu Jorge- The Model- The Model</p><p>Los Antifaces- Dulce Guillermo- Skanish Sounds: Jamaican Influenced Music from Spain</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>10:30PM</p><p>Tony Allen- Afro Kung Fu Beat- Film of Life</p><p>Dao Bandon- Nat Wan Kin Yaa ( Yaa Dong Day)- Kon Kee Lang Kwai( Man on Water Buffalo): Essential Dao Bandon</p><p>Francis Bebey- Ngoma Likembe- Psychedelic Sanza 1982-84</p><p>Jorge Drexler- El Traingulo de la Bermudas- Bailar en la Cueva</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QgZBKNdo8gs" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Group Doueh- Zaya Koum- Zayna Jumma</p><p>Debruit &amp; Alsarah- Khartoum- Aljawal</p><p>Eji Oyewole- Unity in Africa- Nigeria 70 Sweet Times: Afro Funk Highlife</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 15 Oct 2015 13:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/radio-m/2015-10-07/radio-m-live-local-latin-music-chicagos-radio-free-honduras-one-first Numero Group digs deep for 'Cavern Sound' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2015-02/numero-group-digs-deep-cavern-sound-111535 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/cavern%20sound.jpg" style="height: 456px; width: 450px;" title="" /></div><p>Measured against other historical rock archives devoted to unearthing hidden gems from the fertile period of psychedelic exploration in the late &rsquo;60s and early &rsquo;70s, Numero Group&rsquo;s <em>Local Customs: Cavern Sound </em>is no <em>Nuggets </em>in terms of being truly indispensible, but then few such compilations are. It is, however, easily the equal of, say, the <em>Pebbles </em>series; that is, these groovy period ditties may not be treasures you&rsquo;ll wonder how you ever lived without, but they do make for a pleasant and trippy soundtrack, delivered with the Chicago label&rsquo;s usual loving care toward presentation, annotation, and audio quality.</p><p>The story this time centers on one aptly named recording studio located deep underground in Independence, Missouri&rsquo;s Pixley limestone mine. Cavern Sound was active until the late &rsquo;80s, but <em>Local Customs </em>focuses on 1967-1973, years when the local rock-minded teens, like those across the U.S., were all growing their hair long, dreaming of being the Beatles, and imitating that group&rsquo;s studio innovations and sonic journeys toward the white light, whether or not they actually had the enhancement of psychoactive substances.</p><p>Aesthetic ambitions and a similar time and place aside, two dozen tracks from two dozen bands can make for an inconsistent ride, but when Numero is doing the compiling, the range is still from pretty darn great to slight but fun, with no downright stinkers. Among my highlights: the strutting, horn-augmented &ldquo;Aunt Marie&rdquo; by American Sound Ltd., which somehow makes the 63-year-old titular heroine sound hotter than the contemporary Nancy Sinatra; the sunny but nasty &ldquo;I Don&rsquo;t Really Love You&rdquo; by a band called Sheriff; the rollicking &ldquo;Little by Little&rdquo; from Morningstar, and the Dylan-meets-the Seeds trip of &ldquo;One Day Girl (Twenty-Four)&rdquo; by Burlington Express.</p><p>Tune in, turn it up, and dig deep, and thanks again, Numero.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/HgSSHUMnXn0" width="560"></iframe></p><p><strong>Various artists, <em>Local Customs: Cavern Sound</em> (Numero Group)</strong></p><p><strong>Rating on the 4-star scale: 3.5 stars.</strong></p><p><em><strong>Follow me on Twitter </strong></em><a href="https://twitter.com/JimDeRogatis"><strong><em><strike>@</strike></em></strong><strong><em>JimDeRogatis</em></strong></a><em><strong>, join me on </strong></em><a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jim-DeRo/254753087340"><strong><em>Facebook</em></strong></a><em><strong>, and podcast or stream </strong></em><a href="http://www.soundopinions.org/"><strong>Sound Opinions</strong></a><em><strong>.</strong></em></p></p> Wed, 11 Feb 2015 08:06:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2015-02/numero-group-digs-deep-cavern-sound-111535 Hits from the music world in 2011 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-21/hits-music-world-2011-95019 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-19/shocking shaking.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>With hundreds, if not thousands of records released each year, finding fresh tunes can be a tough task. Luckily, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> grabbed two people who have their fingers on pulse to distill it down for you.<span style="font-style: italic;"> </span><em>Radio M</em> host Tony Sarabia always has his ear to the best sounds from around the globe-either new, or, newly dug up.&nbsp; And music journalist Althea Legaspi soaks up rock, pop and hip hop like a sponge. They recently sat down with <em>Eight Forty Eight’s</em> Alison Cuddy to talk about their favorites from 2011.</p></p> Wed, 21 Dec 2011 15:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-21/hits-music-world-2011-95019 The Singleman Affair makes psychedelic folk-rock for escape http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-09/singleman-affair-makes-psychedelic-folk-rock-escape-82035 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//The Singleman Affair.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.myspace.com/thesinglemanaffair">The Singleman Affair</a> has a new record out this week and a gig Friday night at the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/">Hideout</a>. For WBEZ, music critic Robert Loerzel spoke with the group&rsquo;s singer-songwriter, Daniel Schneider, to find out how he came up with his psychedelic folk-rock sound.<br /><br />Daniel Schneider grew up in the 1980s and '90s. But the music he fell in love with was from decades before. He says &ldquo;My dad had an amazing record collection: The Velvet Underground, old Bob Dylan records, Neil Young. That kind of opened up the door. One of the great examples of something that stuck to my head of being like, &ldquo;This is what I want to do,&rdquo; is when you listen to the Stones&rsquo; version of &ldquo;Play With Fire,&rdquo; and you can just hear the tambourine with the reverb and it&rsquo;s like &ldquo;Chhh! Chhh!&rdquo; When I heard that, I was just like, &ldquo;Wow! Why can&rsquo;t all music be like this?&rdquo;</p><p>Music isn&rsquo;t the only thing Schneider loves about the &lsquo;60s. The 1968 classic, <em>The Graduate</em> provided his band name.</p><p>There&rsquo;s a scene in the movie when the main character, Benjamin Braddock &hellip; he&rsquo;s about to have an affair with Mrs. Robinson, and he comes to the hotel clerk. &hellip; He&rsquo;s really nervous. He&rsquo;s fidgeting around. The clerk says &ldquo;Can I help you, sir?&rdquo; Dustin Hoffman&rsquo;s character Braddock replies &ldquo;What? Oh, no, I&rsquo;m just&hellip;&rdquo; The clerk asks &ldquo;Are you here for an affair, sir?&rdquo; There&rsquo;s a pause, and then Braddock says &ldquo;What?&rdquo; The clerk says &ldquo;The Singleman party, sir.&rdquo; &ldquo;Oh , yes, the Singleman party.&rdquo;</p><p>Years later, Schneider decided to call himself the Singleman Affair when he began recording solo music&hellip;music that was influenced by the gentle folk rock of Nick Drake and the psychedelic sounds of Moby Grape. A Chicago music magazine called Galactic Zoo Dossier included one of those songs on a CD. And then someone in England heard it. Schneider explains, &ldquo;Alan McGee, out in England, who is the founder of Creation Records and discovered Oasis and My Bloody Valentine and Jesus and Mary Chain &ndash; he had heard one of those songs and contacted me.&rdquo;</p><p>That&rsquo;s how the first album by the Singleman Affair, <em>Let&rsquo;s Kill the Summer</em>, ended up coming out on McGee&rsquo;s Poptones label. Schneider couldn&rsquo;t get a record deal in the U.S., but he was getting rave reviews in England. But then, almost as soon as the record was out, Poptones went out of business. Schneider wasn&rsquo;t all that disappointed, however. He says &ldquo;I never really felt when it ended that I lost anything. It wasn&rsquo;t like millions of fans or anything (laughs). I&rsquo;ve always continued to make music and this really &ndash; that ending didn&rsquo;t change it. I just had to figure out who would put out the next record.&rdquo;</p><p>That didn&rsquo;t turn out to be so easy. Schneider&rsquo;s been working on his latest album for the past four years. He spent most of that time trying to get record labels interested. &ldquo;I had been given offers to do limited runs of vinyl only for, like, 300 pressings with no real publicity. I just didn&rsquo;t see the benefit of doing that. I could probably do the same thing myself for cheaper.&rdquo;</p><p>That&rsquo;s why Schneider decided to release it on his own record label, Cardboard Sangria. The second Singleman Affair album, <em>Silhouettes at Dawn</em>, is out this week on CD and vinyl. He says &ldquo;I wanted to do something that was really epic. I brought in Mark Messing of (the Chicago band) Mucca Pazza to do all the string arrangements, and we pulled in different guest musicians to kind of fill out that sound that wasn&rsquo;t there.&rdquo;</p><p>For the song &ldquo;Asleep on the Ground,&rdquo; Schneider wanted strings that sounded like the music he&rsquo;d heard in movies as a kid. &ldquo;They used to have Frazier Thomas&rsquo; classic movies on Channel 9. And I always used to remember the old Moby Dick they would show. And they&rsquo;d have, like, these really cool string parts that would come in when they would start rowing across the sea. The narrator says &ldquo;Long days and nights we strained at the oars, while the white whale swam freely on, widening the waters between himself and Ahab&rsquo;s vengeance (music swells). That was kind of the initial idea for strings with that song.&rdquo;</p><p>The songs tell haunting stories about Civil War soldiers and mythical creatures, searching for the lovers they&rsquo;ve lost and the homes they&rsquo;ve left behind. &ldquo;Wings&rdquo; is a song about a world where the people are half-human and half-bird. Schneider says, &ldquo;This main character in this song doesn&rsquo;t have wings, and all he&rsquo;s ever wanted to do is to be able to fly.&rdquo;</p><p>Schneider says these songs come out of his experiences coping with depression and anxiety. He says his music is an escape from all that &ndash; especially now that the Singleman Affair isn&rsquo;t single anymore. It&rsquo;s a full band.</p><p>Friday night at the Hideout, Daniel Schneider and his band mates will celebrate the release of their album, <em>Silhouettes at Dawn.</em></p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG /> <o:PixelsPerInch>72</o:PixelsPerInch> <o:TargetScreenSize>1024x768</o:TargetScreenSize> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning /> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas /> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables /> <w:SnapToGridInCell /> <w:WrapTextWithPunct /> <w:UseAsianBreakRules /> <w:DontGrowAutofit /> </w:Compatibility> <w:DoNotOptimizeForBrowser /> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--></p><p class="MsoNormal"><b style="">Songs featured:</b></p><p>The Rolling Stones, &ldquo;Play with Fire&rdquo;, (B-side to 7-inch of &ldquo;The Last Time&rdquo; on Decca / London Records)<br />The Singleman Affair, &ldquo;Dragon Flies To Find&rdquo;, <em>Let&rsquo;s Kill the Summer</em> (Poptones)<br />The Singleman Affair, &ldquo;Asleep on the Ground&rdquo;, <em>Silhouettes at Dawn </em>(Cardboard Sangria)<br />The Singleman Affair, &ldquo;Wings&rdquo;,<em> Silhouettes at Dawn</em> (Cardboard Sangria)<br />The Singleman Affair, &ldquo;Same Sky I See&rdquo;, <em>Silhouettes at Dawn</em> (Cardboard Sangria)</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><iframe width="400" height="225" frameborder="0" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/20835836?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=b30000"></iframe></p><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/20835836">The Singleman Affair performs &quot;Same Sky I See&quot; on WBEZ's &quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot;</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/wbez">WBEZ</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p></p> Wed, 09 Feb 2011 15:24:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-09/singleman-affair-makes-psychedelic-folk-rock-escape-82035