Nori’s new record World Anew features two cover tracks; Nina Simone’s “Plain Gold Ring,” and “Arirang,” a Korean folk song, but the distance between the worlds those tune’s come from seems not so far with the Austin band’s fresh synthesis of jazz, folk, and world music. Nori’s debut full length dissolves divisions and builds bridges between world sounds with seemingly irreconcilable differences–its a sonic vision of a harmonious future, with Akina Adderley on vocals, Erik Telford on trumpet, Nick Litterski on keys, Aaron Allen on upright bass, and Andy Beaudoin on drums leading us towards it.
Nori joined John Aielli during Eklektikos this morning and played a few songs live on the air. If you missed it, you can check out their set at the bottom of the page.
Listening to Money Chicha feels a bit like taking a hit of acid, downing a couple shots of Tequila, and hopping a plane to 1960s Peru. If that particular combination of drugs and time travel sounds even a little interesting, you owe it to yourself to spend some time with this unique Austin band. Nominally a mildly alcoholic beverage popular with workers across South America, Chicha became synonymous with a distinctive genre of music that mixes the distorted guitar sounds of American psychedelic rock with traditional Colombian cumbia. Now combine that heady brew with a little South Texas swagger and some bruising Latin funk and you’ll get a feel for Money Chicha’s music. Sounds pretty crazy, right? That’s because it is. It’s the kind of music that rewires your brain, awakens your spirit animal, and takes you places you’ve never been.
The band stopped by Studio 1A shortly after returning from a successful European tour and gave us a taste of Austin’s finest Chicha music. Scroll down for video and audio of Money Chicha’s recent performance at KUTX.
The impact of Buena Vista Social Club was unexpected and unprecedented. The project was originally birthed out of Ry Cooder’s trip to Havana, Cuba when he was sent to make a collaboration record of African and Cuban musicians. Unfortunately the African musician’s visas had not arrived, and so the plans changed to create a Cuban Son album. After getting together a large group of musicians (20 musicians are featured on the album in total), the whole album was recorded in only 6 days and the rest is history. The album’s success grew steadily by word of mouth, won a Grammy and was even turned into a documentary by German film directer, Wim Wenders. The album had an international impact and a re-introduced the significance of Cuban music.
That being said, it is truly an honor to have Portuondo y Ochoa, two of Buena Vista Social Club’s original members, back in Austin. The two will be performing at the Moody Theater for ACL Live tonight, August 19th. This is one of those rare shows that should not be missed. Fortunately, Portuondo y Ochoa stopped by Studio 1A to perform a few songs with us. You can listen to their performance in the links below.
Photo by Lorena Pena
At 17, Papa Mali hit the road with his guitar to pursue a career in music. Forty plus years and countless bands later Papa Mali now calls New Orleans home and continues to to be one of the most prolific and influential players and producers in American roots music. It’s hard to cover it all, but he’s played all over the world with Austin-based Killer Bees, 7 Walkers (including Grateful Dead’s Bill Kreutzmann & The Meter’s George Porter Jr.) and various Papa Mali lineups. On top of that, he’s produced records for folks like Lavelle White and Ruthie Foster.
Despite his long list of accolades, what makes Papa Mali so great is that he remains humble and honest to his music. With a musical repertoire that combines elements of soul, blues, swampy Louisiana roots, reggae & folk, Papa Mali’s sound is distinctively his own. Probably the best way to describe his music be the name of his last record, Music is Love (also a wonderful David Crosby track). That being said, Papa Mali’s music is love. You can hear it in every groove, every time he sings, and every note he plays on the guitar.
For now, you can enjoy his visit to Studio 1A in the links below. He had an incredible lineup of Matt Hubbard (keys/vocals), Eldridge Goins (drums/vocals), Brad Houser (bass) to accompany him. So sit back, turn the speakers up, and relax.
— Will Maxwell
In 2009, fifty or more young hipsters piled into a Berkeley, CA living room to listen to a man sing, with gruesome honesty, about his struggles with faith and marriage. The 19-year-olds were far removed from anything as real as marriage, and the Bay Area is, for the most part, a godless country, but everyone listened quietly despite the cosmic distance between their young lives and the adult ennui sung from the center of the room. I’m sure it was a magical experience, but I was trapped in a sea of sweat-filled jean jackets in the hallway.
David Bazan had already established indie rock tenure with his band Pedro the Lion years before he began his “living room shows” (which he still does today). Some musicians of his caliber may associate house shows with a darker, and hopefully never to be revisited time in their career, but for Bazan it seems the perfect venue for his uncomfortably intimate music. That is not meant as a knock towards the Seattle native–he just has a penchant for dredging up personal turmoils that some may not be brave enough to even tell close friends, let alone record them for thousands of people to hear. Bazan is a rare kind whose music is startlingly sincere in a time characterized by degrees of detachment or cynicism.
His continued insistence on playing small shows also speaks to Bazan’s dedication to his fans, as well as his bafflingly productive work ethic. The living room tours are only part of his routine of over 100 live shows a year, and he still somehow manages to record new material, releasing a new record titled Blanco this year, not to mention working with another project called Overseas, with Austin’s Will Johnson and Matt & Bubba Kadane of Bedhead and the New Year.
David Bazan came into Studio 1A and played an acoustic performance of some of his new material from Blanco. Check it out at the bottom of the page.