The Story of Luaka Bop


2. Aug. 2006, 8:56

From David Byrne

David Byrne’s site has a radio which playlist changes monthly:

August - 2006 - Hey David, What's Happening With Your Label?
The Story of Luaka Bop

I get asked fairly often, "What's your record label up to?" I don't know quite how to answer, as I don't have much to do with Luaka Bop these days. A few years ago the label was distributed by Virgin, and, as had happened previously with Warner Bros., Virgin merged with or was absorbed by a larger company — in this case EMI — and there were firings and re-shufflings and our little label was once again out in the cold. Towards the end of the Virgin era I was putting in half days every day at the label — the office was in my house — for no money, and mostly it was a little like pushing a large rock up an ever-growing hill. Artists complained and asked what was going on and I felt bad and didn't have answers. I made shit up. I felt crappy. Read the rest here

Play Radio David Byrne
Total running time: 5:14

A.R. Kane Arthur H Asia Classics: The South Indian Film Music of Vijaya Anand Bloque Caetano Veloso Cesária Évora Clara Nunes Clinton Cornershop Domenico +2 Geggy Tah Gilberto Gil Jackson do Pandeiro Jim White Jorge Ben Kassin +2 King Changó Lenine Lo'Jo Los Amigos Invisibles Los de Abajo Los Van Van Lucila Campos Marie, Scratch & Db Mimi Goes Hugo Largo MiMi Moreno Veloso Mouse on Mars Nouvelle Vague Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou Dahomey Os Mutantes Otto Paulo Bragança Shoukichi Kina Shuggie Otis Si*Sé Silvio Rodríguez Susana Baca Tom Zé Waldemar Bastos Zap Mama

I you are reading after August it's to late for D.B. radio so here is my tag:


  • talking_animal

    I have one of those Si*Sé records. It's OK but nothing tremendous. Of course, when the heat breaks I will probably put it on again and be blown away.

    2. Aug. 2006, 11:55
  • mjcrbt

    Well in DB radio one of the Si*Sé songs is Rain maybe if you play it several times the heat breaks. Los Amigos Invisibles are very amusing and live in Brooklin, neighbors ? I've been listening Luaka Bop playlist and from those news to me I really like Zap Mama. Sertão from Moreno Veloso is a beautiful song.

    2. Aug. 2006, 17:10
  • talking_animal

    There's a good idea, tag. Texas Flood, When the Levee Breaks, Rain, A Rainy Night In Georgia, so on so forth.

    3. Aug. 2006, 0:11
  • vaaaska

    I'm totally excited to hear the new Kassin+2 album. Oh man, oh man, oh man, oh man...

    4. Aug. 2006, 22:15
  • NHA

    I've bookmarked his radio show after your previous journal, the man is such a star!

    6. Aug. 2006, 11:44
  • chancer

    Thank you David Byrne for so much... and most recently for Geggy Tah. I found Into the Oh and I am high on it. As David Byrne says in the article, one of the musicians was in love at the time and it shows in beautiful ways on the album. Some of the happiest, most expansive music I've ever heard.

    15. Aug. 2006, 1:55
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