Aug 1 2016

August Radio: Music Recorded on a Cell Phone!

By Todomundo

Song Artist Purchase
Elia Einhorn Pitchfork Radio Intro
Camilla Wasserman Eric Garner Protest December 2014
Unknown Recording from a Zimbabwean Shona dance called Borrowdale
Unknown 13 yr. old girl from Johannesburg Like I’m Gonna Loose You
The After Schoolz Akekho o Zobona
Unknown brother and sister on the NYC subway Medley: Hotline Bling (Drake), This is How We Do It (Montell Jordan) & Zero (Chris Brown)
Unknown spiritual quartet Ride This Train
Pennsylvanian Mennonite Choir Jesus Loves Me This I Know
New Generation Singers Dance Before the Lord
Michael Johnston & Majestic K Funk A Change is Gonna Come
Unknown NYC subway performer My Girl
NYC MTA conductor Another Saturday Night
Andy Noble & Little Gregory Searching for My True Love
Unknown Sax player Unknown
David Byrne Send Her to Heaven
Doug Hream Blunt feat. The Messengers Is This The Beginning
Pharoah Sanders feat. the Atomic Bomb! Band Recorded during a rehearsal for Sydney Fest, in Australia
Unknown Call to Prayer recorded from hotel in Istanbul

About two weeks ago, a friend of mine from South Africa posted a video of a group of boys playing a song—three guitarists, one lead singer and one boy playing a bucket drum. They are 7 years old and their guitars are bigger than their own bodies! It's really the sweetest thing… they play and sing with such emotion and passion, and what I could understand they had written the music and lyrics themselves. However there was no real information about who they were, so I spent several hours going through some 600 comments trying to understand how I could get in touch with them—or anyone really—that knew them. Finally, I was able to find the guy who shot the original video, who is helping them record a single and made an official Facebook page for the band.

I saw this video a day or two after the most recent police shootings surfaced in America. In all of the darkness happening around us at the moment, it made me think what a fantastic time we live in, when such terrible things as these shootings actually can be documented and become known to wider audience—or like how the music of these fantastic young children can travel outside the town in South Africa of where they live (another person on Facebook explained to me that he would see them rehearse behind a tennis court, in Vosleroo, outside of Johannesburg).

When we were invited to broadcast a show of DB Radio on the new Pitchfork Radio platform, it felt like a perfect opportunity to highlight something like this, and to try to honor and celebrate all those people out there who capture and share these things—who speak up and make these things known to other people around the world. We found more great recordings online, while others were sent to us from contributors to DB Radio, like Camilla Wasserman, who made an incredibly powerful recording at a protest march for Eric Gardner in 2014, and Joakim Bouaziz, who’d recorded a saxophonist one evening as he was walking home through Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn, NY. The man was perched up against the great arch, with his motor cycle parked just beside him, playing sweetly in the hot summer night.

This month's playlist includes submissions from DB Radio contributors like Camilla Wasserman's incredibly powerful recording at a protest march for Eric Gardner in 2014, and Joakim Bouaziz's recording of a saxophonist one evening as he was walking home through Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn, NY, as well as unreleased songs by David Byrne (“Send Her To Heaven”), Andy Noble feat. Little Gregory (“Searching for my True Love”) and The Messengers feat. Doug Hream Blunt.

Also, please (please please!) get in touch if you know how to contact the kids in this subway video—we’d love to work with them!

Aug 1 2016

August Radio: Music Recorded on a Cell Phone!

By Todomundo

Song Artist Purchase
Elia Einhorn Pitchfork Radio Intro
Camilla Wasserman Eric Garner Protest December 2014
Unknown Recording from a Zimbabwean Shona dance called Borrowdale
Unknown 13 yr. old girl from Johannesburg Like I’m Gonna Loose You
The After Schoolz Akekho o Zobona
Unknown brother and sister on the NYC subway Medley: Hotline Bling (Drake), This is How We Do It (Montell Jordan) & Zero (Chris Brown)
Unknown spiritual quartet Ride This Train
Pennsylvanian Mennonite Choir Jesus Loves Me This I Know
New Generation Singers Dance Before the Lord
Michael Johnston & Majestic K Funk A Change is Gonna Come
Unknown NYC subway performer My Girl
NYC MTA conductor Another Saturday Night
Andy Noble & Little Gregory Searching for My True Love
Unknown Sax player Unknown
David Byrne Send Her to Heaven
Doug Hream Blunt feat. The Messengers Is This The Beginning
Pharoah Sanders feat. the Atomic Bomb! Band Recorded during a rehearsal for Sydney Fest, in Australia
Unknown Call to Prayer recorded from hotel in Istanbul

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