I usually have way too many new things to listen to or assignments that require me to dig deep into the work of a specific artist to spend much time listening to the radio. But if I had more, I’d have my dial (or more accurately, my browser) permanently set to WFMU, the brilliant freeform station in northern New Jersey. There are a lot of fantastic shows on the station, but I think the one that most pleases my sprawling aesthetic is Give the Drummer Some, which airs every Friday from 8 to 11 AM Chicago time. Host Doug Schulkind regularly stumps me with his choices, which are often obscure, but never just for obscurity’s sake. One thing I like about his show is his enthusiasm: you can hear it in every segue.
He’s now taking his desire to share his discoveries with listeners a step further. Earlier today he posted to the great WFMU blog something called Mining the Audio Motherlode, Vol. 1, the first in a proposed series of links to music he’s recently found on the Web. His first choices are unsurprisingly excellent.
Justo Betancourt, Lo Sabemos (Fania)
Agathe Max, This Silver String (Xeric)
Conference Call, Poetry in Motion (Clean Feed)
Mulatu Astatqe, Mulatu of Ethiopia (Worthy)
Kenny & Amanda Smith Band, Live and Learn (Rebel)