Papers for the Border Episode 2.2

April 20, 2016 § Leave a comment

We hit the ground running and we’re still going strong, inspired this time largely by Paul Bowles’s recordings of Moroccan music.

Here is the link to the podcast.

We’ll start with the tracklist, and then follow with some notes.

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  1. 00:00 (Sounds of General Rejoicing) ~ Music of Morocco (Dust to Digital, 2016)
  2. 01:44 The Anachronist ~ Robert Wyatt, Comicopera (Domino, 2007)
  3. 05:12 Ahmeilou ~ Music of Morocco (Dust to Digital, 2016)
  4. 09:05 Montparnasse Derailment ~ Ikue Mori & Steve Noble, Prediction and Warning (Fataka, 2013)
  5. 12:28 Wood Moon V ~ Ryoko Ono & Rogier Smal, Wood Moon (Jvtlandt, 2016)
  6. 17:11 Wood Moon IV ~ Ryoko Ono & Rogier Smal, Wood Moon (Jvtlandt, 2016)
  7. 21:04 Reh Dial Beni Bouhiya ~ Music of Morocco (Dust to Digital, 2016)
  8. 26:01 Excerpt from Ears Are Filled with Wonder ~ Heather Leigh & Peter Brotzmann, Ears Are Filled with Wonder (Not Two, 2016)
  9. 36:02 Aiyowa d’Moulay Abdeslam ~ Music of Morocco (Dust to Digital, 2016)
  10. 37:07 Qsida Midh ~ Music of Morocco (Dust to Digital, 2016)
  11. 46:56 When You Wish Upon a Star ~ Bill Orcutt, A History of Every One (Editions Mego, 2013)
  12. 48:56 Stay Tuned ~ Robert Wyatt, Comicopera (Domino, 2007)
  13. 52:30 El Fjer ~ Music of Morocco (Dust to Digital, 2016)

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It was the “Music of Morocco from the Library of Congress” box set that got us wanting to put together another episode so soon after the previous one. The archival label Dust to Digital has done an outstanding job of combining previously released with never-before publicly heard recordings of Moroccan musicians by author and composer Paul Bowles in the late 1950s. We’ve tried to present a cross-section of what’s available in the four-CD set, just as Bowles himself tried to present a cross-section of the different types of folk music that were already starting to fade in Morocco.

For some reason, when we started thinking seriously about what to include from the box set, Robert Wyatt popped into our heads. We’re not sure why, but we went with it, taking two tracks from an album we hadn’t heard before, Comicopera. The latter of the two tracks featured in the podcast could serve as a poignant theme for PFTB – stay tuned!

Ikue Mori works with electronic percussion and Steve Noble dispenses with the electronics; Ryoko Ono plays sax and improvises vocally and Rogier Smal plays the drums on Wood Moon; Heather Leigh plays lap steel guitar and Peter Brotzmann is just Peter Brotzmann, blowing all over the place.

Bill Orcutt plays guitar and we thought this would be a nice counterpart to Gary Lucas’s guitar takes on cinema music featured in the previous PFTB episode.

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