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04-09-19 | Songs for Listening | Brendan Greaves

04-09-19 | Songs for Listening | Brendan Greaves

Brendan Greaves, co-founder and co-owner of the record label Paradise of Bachelors, picked tunes at Songs for Listening for Tuesday, April 9, 2019.  Paradise of Bachelors has released new and archival music by Terry Allen, Michael Chapman, Lavender Country, Hiss Golden Messenger, Steve Gunn, and The Weather Station, among many others. A former gallerist at Philadelphia’s Fleisher/Ollman Gallery and thereafter North Carolina’s Director of Public Art and Community Design, Brendan curates, writes, and consults about vernacular art and music from the American South and beyond. He recently served as guest editor of the Music and Protest issue of Southern Cultures

Here's Brendan on his selections:
"I decided to wander far afield of the guitarcentric American vernacular music that surrounds me every day at Paradise of Bachelors and select some recordings from very different sonic and cultural worlds. I'm not an expert on any of these musical traditions —which is why they're so intriguing to me — but they are songs that have meant a lot to me over the years for various reasons & in various listening contexts. And, to me at least, there are rhythmic and harmonic through-lines here." 

'Selalu' by Tarawangsawelas from 'Wanci'
'O Nosso Amor (Black Orpheus)' by Breno Mello & Marpessa Dawn from 'Black Orpheus'
'Cumbia Costena' by Alejandro Duran from 'Diablos del Ritmo: 1960-1985 The Columbian Melting Pot'
'Do i consumer ah' by Jackie McLean & Michael Carbon from 'Antiquity'
'Imitator' by Early B from 'Black Label Reggae - Early B - Vol. 24'


04-10-19 | Songs for Listening | Shai Wosner

04-10-19 | Songs for Listening | Shai Wosner

04-08-19 | Songs for Listening | Leyla McCalla

04-08-19 | Songs for Listening | Leyla McCalla