podcasts

interview – daniel foley [san pedro’s most famous inmate]

as mentioned in the previous article, I tried for two straight weeks to bribe my way into San Pedro prison… to no avail. but during the course of those attempts, my closest friend in La Paz is the man pictured above – Daniel Foley. for someone who once swallowed over a kilo of heroine, spent 4 years in the prison behind us and dodged constant murder attempts on his own head, you wouldn’t expect a gentle giant – someone who gave me a massive hug each time we met, a family man – doing whatever he has to to provide, and a brutally honest figure… but that’s him. incredibly candid about his time in the world’s most bizarre penitentiaries, we sat down in the plaza located right across from the prison [much to the chagrin to the police officers in the area, who would question us after we were finished], and I asked him about life inside, people killing for a gram of freebase, the tours he began [and would subsequently get re-arrested for again], living with drug cartels and Coca-Cola owning all rights to distribution inside.

should you ever find yourself in La Paz, or Bolivia for that matter. make a trip to the plaza, look for him and give him a few dollars to hear more of his stories.

fascinating guy.

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[good read on life inside San Pedro Prison – with a feature on Daniel. page one. and page two.]

tracks 3

 

1. the chemical bros featuring q-tip – galvanize [remix]

2. clara ward – I’m packing up

3. mitch ryder & the detroit wheels – I thought I had it made

4. peter tosh – recruiting soldiers

5. camera obscura – swans

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rough sundays – two [from sxsw – austin]

1. ‘… in town for sxsw…’ 2. bob schneider – ’round and round’ 3. ‘… covered by bob dylan, beck, zeppelin…’ 4. blind willie johnson – ‘church, I’m fully saved today’ 5. ‘… don’t know a lot about this band…’ 6. okkervil river – ‘savannah smiles’ 7. [sfx] 8. janis joplin – ‘get it while you can’ 9. ‘… down at the fillmore west…’ 10. [excerpt* – albert king [live]] 11. ‘… the ash is about 3 inches long…’ 12. stevie ray vaughn – ‘life without you’ 13. ‘… electing a cross-dressing homeless man mayor…’ 14. devendra banhart – ‘at the hop’ 15. [sfx] 16. toni price – ‘west texas lullabye’ [live] 17. ‘… let you sleep it off in an unlocked cell…’ 18. daniel johnston – ‘hey joe’ 19. ‘… he and merle haggard eating peaches…’ 20. willie nelson – ‘hello walls’ 21. ‘… a 35 person choir…’ 22. the polyphonic spree – ‘reach for the sun’

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*I mistakenly said this was s.r.v. talking. it was albert king. my apologies.

tracks – show two [christmas special]

1. Mahalia Jackson – Go Tell It On The Mountain

2. Otis Redding – Merry Christmas, Baby

3. Eartha Kitt – Nothin’ For Christmas

4. Tony Bennett – My Favorite Things

5. Gale Storm – Winter Warm

6. Gene Autry – I Wish Mom Would Marry Santa Claus

7. Carla Thomas – Gee Whiz, It’s Christmas

8. Johnny Cash – The Little Drummer Boy

9. The Pogues – Fairytale of New York

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aqueen and country – show four [from colombia]

it was Thanksgiving night and I was homesick. everyone was Facebook’ing photos of family and drinks and delicious food, so I sulked out of the hostel and decided to get rip-roaringly drunk at the first bar I found. ducking under the steel gate, I found myself in the most interesting place I’d been so far on this trip… and would end up meeting the most interesting man. his name was Augustine and he stood 4’7″. behind him rested more than 5000 vinyl records – thousands more rumored to be in the back.

4+ hours, a handful of beers, and a dozen records I fell in love with later, I decided to return the next evening with a microphone to see if this legend of a bar-owner wouldn’t mind opening up his collection.

he didn’t mind at all.

it’s horribly edited.
it’s badly produced.
it’s laughably dubbed…
and the most fun show I’ve ever been involved with.

hit play.

and prepare to be schooled in South American music.

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[tracks played. as written by Augustine]

1. Sorenata De Amor – 2. Uri – 3. El Sotareno – 4. Yo Me Llamo Cumbia – 5. Luna Roja – 6. Llano Ho Entro – 7. Las Acaias – 8. Colombia Tierra Querida – [bonus track] Cumbia Quete Vas De Ronda

[click for an interview with Augustine]

[click for a fantastic interactive story/show on cumbia and/or musical map of Colombia]

tracks – show one

 

 

1. The Kooks – No Longer

2. Mahalia Jackson – Down In Mississippi

3. OMD – Electricity

4. Strafe – Set It Off

5. Ima Robot – Disconnect

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rough sundays – one [from the florida keys]

1. ‘… none of this kirk franklin shit…’ 2. lou reed ‘caroline says’ [part 02] 3. ‘… he underwent electroshock therapy for his homosexual ways…’ 4. mavis staples and lucky peterson ‘wade in the water’ 5. ‘… he appeared on both ‘the tonight show’ and ‘the ed sullivan show’ before the age of six… 6. django reinhardt ‘for sentimental reasons’ 7. ‘…. he had to teach himself how to play with 2 fingers…’ 8. fats waller ‘viper’s drag’ 9. [sfx] 10. david bryne and brian eno ‘everything that happens’ 11. ‘… anytime you’re talking about the blues… you have to talk about this lady…’ 12. bessie smith ‘me and my gin’ 13. [sfx] 14. ray charles ‘makin’ whoopee’ [live] 15. ‘… the kids going on-and-on about what some dj in ibiza did…’ 16. omara portuondo ‘vieja luna’ 17…. ‘smuggling american contraband into the halls of european high country …’ 18. benny goodman ‘blue and brokenhearted’ 19. ‘… ‘[sitting on] the dock of the bay… was released after his death…’ 20. otis redding ‘a fool for you’ 21. [end]

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a queen and country – show three [from havana]

1. ‘there’s this apartment balcony… right in the heart of old havana…’ 2. ibrahaim ferrer ‘boliviana’ 3. ‘… keeping it from turning into miami…’ 4. omara portuondo ‘la cumbacna’ 5. [old time radio – ‘highjacked to cuba’] 6. don azpiazu and his havana casino orchestra ‘true love’ 7. ‘… the hissssss sound for fake cohibas…’ 8. compay segundo ‘fransico guaybal’ 9. ‘… it’s because he was blind…’ 10. [busker] rodovaldo suarez [unknown track] 11. ‘… opening up the nightly bottle of many rums…’ 12. ry cooder and manueal galban ‘bolero sonambulo’ 13. [end]

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o.m.k.o.s. – pilot [from shanghai]

1. ‘it’s o.m.k.o.s. – it’s an acronym, and, erm, dj flaneur-‘   2. cymande – ‘brothers on the slide’  3. ‘I discovered them with the first ninja tunes compilation-‘  4. blackalicious – ‘side to side’  5. ‘their father is a shaman…’  6. cocorosie – ‘japan’  7. ‘they’ve got people from the clash… the former drummer from fela kuti-‘  8. the good, the bad, and the queen – ’80s life’  9. ‘we’re talking about a jazz band improvising around a dj-‘  10. cinematic orchestra – ‘to build a home’  11. ‘it’s gypsy, it’s folk, it’s rock, it’s a fucking circus-‘  12. goran bregovic – ‘underground’  13. ‘it’s our first time, but your first time is always messy’.

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a queen and country – show two [from mexico]

1. ‘you would not believe where I’m sitting right now…’ 2. the black keys ‘everlasting light’ 3. ‘we’re talking ska – mexican style…’ 4. tijuana no! ‘porbe de ti’ 5. ‘… by scorsese called ‘blues – a musical journey’ 6. sister rosetta sharpe ‘strange things happen’ 7. [sfx]  8. pinback ‘good to sea’ 9. ‘… the only people who still care about manchester’s saddest sack…’ 10. morrissey ‘every day is like sunday’ 11. ‘… from the groundbreaking soundtrack to ‘judgement night’…. ‘ 12. teenage fanclub and de la soul ‘fallin’  13. [end] 14. the coasters ‘down in mexico’

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