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Catamount Community Radio - July 19, 2009

I felt like today's show ran like a well-oiled machine. No technical difficulties, etc.

I can't praise the blog Locust St. enough. Chris sets the standard for blogging about music. His latest entry was about a tune that never quite became a standard, but that has charm to spare: "They'll Be Some Changes Made." So I recycled some of his material for today's show.

I also spoke a little about the cassette format. The truth is that the cassette is still very important. So much of my music is accessible only on cassette. I confess to having copped material from a great website, RADIODIFFUSION INTERNASIONAAL ANNEXE:

"While many people debate the superiority of vinyl over compact disc – or vice versa, the true format in many corners of the globe is the cassette. Thought to be extinct, banished like it’s elder cousin the 8 track and replaced by the CD-R, cassettes still remain popular to this day. Since some countries did not have record industries or pressing plants, the primary way to distribute music was by cassettes that were copied. Only recently has copying CDs has become inexpensive, but dubbing cassettes has always been easy. Also, in many other countries there was a gap between when vinyl was popular and CDs became affordable. And during that time, there is a vast amount of music that was released – some of which you can find on other sites like Awesome Tapes from Africa, Fish Stalls in the Pear River Delta and Monrakplengthai. Another reason for the continued popularity of cassettes, is that unlike turntables and CD players, tape decks can usually take more abuse – especially while in use. They also tend to be more affordable than the other machines. And while cassettes themselves can be temperamental, they do hold up to the elements fairly well compared against other formats. Cassettes are still available online and in shops around the world. Recently while in Singapore and Indonesia, every music shop that I visited had cassette racks – many of which were copies on blank 60 minute tapes. And online, you can find many releases."

On this website, I was fortunate enough to find a tune by the Egyptian Mounir Mourad:

"...a pretty underrated multi-talented artist coming from a Jewish background with an artistic family of singers. Mounir Mourad was also a singer, as well as an actor and director but was most famous as a composer who made a new happy sound to the Middle Eastern ears thanks to his talents plus his wide knowledge of international music. He composed to almost every singer from the 50s till he died in 1980."

So this might give you an idea of what to expect when you listen to Catamount Community Radio on WWCU every Sunday morning from 10-12 (EST).

1. Bells of Zion – Here Am I
2. Abdullah Ibrahim – In a Sentimental Mood
3. Jimmie Rodgers – Frankie and Johnny
4. Burning Spear – Brain Food
5. Pee Wee Russell – They'll Be Some Changes Made
6. Brave Combo – Christmas in July
7. Gregory Isaacs – Warriors
8. John Hartford – Your Tax Dollars at Work
9. Merle Haggard – Misery and Gin
10. Tom Waits – Way Down in the Hole
11. Art Tatum & Chocolate Williams – They'll Be Some Changes Made
12. Kiran Ahluwalia – Vo Kuch
13. Jack Bongo Burger – Jordu
14. Bob Marley & the Wailers – Mr. Chatterbox
15. Mounir Mourad – The Factory Theme
16. Floyd Cramer – Woodchopper's Ball
17. Duke Ellington – Star-crossed Lovers
18. Bunny Wailer – Dreamland
19. Clalrence "Gatemouth" Brown – Boogie Uproar
20. Keeling Beckford – Groove Me
21. Ben Webster – New Style Baby
22. The Raiders – Ida Red
23. Randy Weston – African Village (Bedford Stuyvesant)
24. James Carter – Eventide
25. Bob Marley & the Wailers – How Many Times
26. Al Tharp – John Henry
27. Dr. Octagon – Blue Flowers
28. Chet Atkins & Mark Knopfler – They'll Be Some Changes Made
29. Jalal Joubi Ensemble – Marmar Zamani
30. The Panthers – Malkaus
31. Black Uhuru – Sponji Reggae
32. Prince – Boom
33. Sketch Show – Chronograph (Coornelius Remix)


منير مراد (Mounir Mourad)

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