International Day of Rural Women

15 Oct

We’re kicking off  todays events with a little Respect from Aretha Franklin.

The UN designated today as International Day of Rural Women (IDRW), which is very much linked in certain respects to the International Women’s Day held each year in March. The Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, has this to say about the vision of the UNs project.

“Empowering rural women is crucial for ending hunger and poverty. By denying women rights and opportunities, we deny their children and societies a better future. This is why the United Nations recently launched a programme to empower rural women and enhance food security.” 

The IDRW isn’t alone a human rights issue. Women in the western world today have – to degree, equal rights and protection purely because of feminist ideology. Recordings as far back as the Béquines – a small society of celibate laywomen, opposed to male subjection of women, attempted to live in their own communities and support themselves by their collective work  during the 13th century.

In many parts of the third and fourth world regions, the most basic human rights for women – namely, to exist without fear of being killed by men, are still having to be fought for by those indigenous women. These women play the most important roles in the economy of their country, providing for their children, their education and their society in farming the land and finding irrigation solutions. And they constantly come up against violence, abuse, inequality either through default of their religion or indifference to their rights to equality in patriarchal societies.

Film Tip

The French/Afghan writer and film maker Atiq Rahimi wrote and directed the film The Patience Stone (2012) set during the Afghan war about a young woman’s burden of sexism and inequality. The film doesn’t handle or provide a solution but it posters the problems women have in surviving in their environment in this region of the world.


Interesting reading, feeds and short films about the various projects with women in rural regions of the world on the UN website:

Click to access learning_2.pdf


Track of the Day

14 Oct

Transistor Six


Transistor Six Sessions pay homage to the BBC’s Peel Sessions. It’s where we invite artists into our little studio setup at ‘Frank’ here in Austin, where they record a few live songs, take some photos with our Lomo film cameras and do an interview. We also shoot many of the shows on Super 8 film for a truly warm analog experience.

Many of our shows are by invite only and not announced until the day of the show. Access to these shows will only be available to those who ‘Like’ us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Incase you’re just reading this and want to get in on the fun here are the links to our Facebook and Twitter, we also split up the invites between both socials so double your chance and sign up to both!

We also are doing something fun to give back where we have artists sign a one of a kind piece of music gear which we auction off. We then donate the proceeds to local music charities in Austin. It’s our way to give back to artists and music programs for generations to come.


On This Day…

9 Oct

John Lennon was born, 1940 in Liverpool, UK. He died 40 years and two months later on the 8th December 1980 in New York. He released Starting Over  on his 40th birthday.

It’s also his son Sean Lennon‘s (1975), PJ Harvey’s (1969), Jackson Browne’s (1948) birthdays today. Che Guevara, on the other hand died on this day 1967 aged 39, La Higuera , Bolivia. (Carlos Puebla Hasta siempre comandante)

This Is Love and We Float are I think 2 great songs of hers.


Here’s a tribute Jackson Browne’s perseverance.

And Carlos Puebla’s beautiful voice for his hero Che Guevara.

Weekend Playlist Special

28 Sep

A reader rightly pointed out that in last weeks weekend playlist (20.09.13) – Casiotone For The Painfully  Lonely cover of When You Were Mine was in fact written by Prince – wether formerly known as or not. Learning through  error, I thought it would be an idea to make this weekend playlist with just a few of the songs written by Prince and/or made big by other artists. The prince of synth awaits.

1. When You Were Mine, was on album Dirty Mind 1980, Later B-sided on the single Controversy (1981). Here the A side.

2. The Sex of it from Kid Creole and the Coconuts 1990, goes on for over 6 minutes and isn’t interesting in my opinion.

3. The still classic; Manic Monday from The Bangles (1986). Written by Prince 1984 – originally planned as a duet with Patricia Kotero, member of Apollonia 6, the girl group made famous through the Purple Rain film and a really bad song Sex Shooter- also with Prince’ signature all over it.

4. The 1990 dance hit Pray from MC Hammer, produced by the MC himself  – he was the first and it was one of the few songs legally blessed by Prince to incorporate samples of one of his compositions. When Doves Cry is stamped to it like a branded cow.

5. The classic: “Nothing Compares 2 U” from Sinead O’Connor (1990). Prince released the song 1985 and originally wrote it for The Family. Screams of Passion – a song from the band screams that Prince was the Campbells Soup of chart topping music at the time.  Here’s The Family version – just as a taste of what might have become of the song if  Sinéad O’Connor hadn’t go her paws on it.

6. I Feel For You was an early compostion by Prince. He wrote it in 1979 for his second album Prince, later in 1984  – with permission from Prince to make changes (bridges, rapping; Melle Mel, and harmonica from Stevie Wonder) Chaka Kahn had a Number 1 hit with it in the UK. 

Track of the day

27 Sep

This ones for me. Feeling sorry for myself with a broken rib. I’ve been looking for a good, appropriate title and I came up with this. If anyone’s got anything better, please let me know and I’ll make a playlist. My ribs will heal much quicker. THANKS 

Bell X1 ‘was’ an Aeroplane and ‘is’ also a band from Dublin, Ireland known for their wide range of styles  Here’ The Ribs Of A Broken Umbrella.

European Day of Languages

26 Sep

On This Day: 26.9.13, and since 2001 – EDL has been jointly organised by the European Council and European Union. The rules: “To alert the public to the importance of language learning, and diversify the range of languages learned, in order to increase multilingualism and intercultural understanding. To promote the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe and encourage lifelong language learning in and out of school”.
People, of all ages are encouraged to take up a language, or take special pride in their existing language skills and an emphasis on learning a language other than English.

The beautiful Francois Hardy with Le temps de l’amour. Although there are no lyrics, the title of the equally beautiful Hable Con Ella written by Alberto Iglesias speaks for itself (Talk To Her, from spanish filmmaker; Pedro Amaldova ).  An apt finish for EDL with 80’s German band; Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle (FSK) with I Wish I Could Sprechen Sie Deutsch. 

aimer, disfrutar, viel Spass!




Track of the Day

24 Sep

Dinky or Alejandra Del Pilar Iglesias Rivera as she’s also known, is the chilean producer and DJ who lives in Berlin. She’s been steeped in electro club music since the 90’s, but with her latest album Dimension D (June, 2013) shes’ taken on another strain of the music virus – started singing and songwriting and producing sensuous melodic songs. Here’s Fallen Angel Enjoy!

Track of the Day served by Kurt

23 Sep

I have the privilege to introduce ‘Kurt’. Poet and ‘qualified surveyor’ of Londons music scene.
He’s going to be serving us – from time to time, a few hand picked pearls out of his vast collection. His first offering is from ‘Bombino’ (Omara “Bombino” Moctar), an acclaimed Tuareg guitarist and songwriter from Agadez. He sings in the Tuareg language of Tamashek and the song ‘Tamiditine’, sung live in this clip, is on the Album ‘Nomad and is indeed a treat.


Season Swan Song

22 Sep
Alpdescent in Entlebuch

image: Luzern Tourismus: Alpdescent in Entlebuch

The onset of Autumn or Winter can be a challenge for some, but nearing the end of September- here in the Schoener Schweiz, festivities  are underway celebrating the changing of  the seasons with the annual Alpabzug (Alpdescent). Herds are guided back down into the valleys – after spending the glorious summer months grazing on the highlands, to spend the coming winter in the stalls. As part of the seasons festivities cows are decorated with flowers and donned with big cow bells. 

Size matters
The harvest is also essential to this time of year. Reaping the fruits of the farmers labour is at task – it brings with it ehrgeiz. Competitions are held and entrants basically show off their largest prize Veg.  The competition for the biggest pumpkin is held each October in Seegräben (canton Zurich) and last year Beni Maier brought along a pumpkin weighing 768.5 kilograms –  the heaviest pumpkin in Europe, 2012.

Setting the tone
There are a couple of very good tracks to choose from to set the tone – for example:
R&J Stone‘s; The World Is Just A Great Big OnionHarvest by Neil Young, also Harvest For The World – 
The Isley Brothers, or Needle In  A Haystack from The Velvelettes, or even Seasons In The Sun by Terry Jacks at a push. But in honour of tradition I’m leaving  you with classic, original schwyzerörgeli folks music ( diatonic button accordian)  by Josias Jenny (1920 – 1989). The piece is called ‘Metzgete bim Karl’. Enjoy!

Weekend Playlist

20 Sep

1. SBTRKT:  Wildfire 
2. Unknown Mortal Orchestra: So Good At Being In Trouble
3. Quadron: Slippin
4. Polica: Dark Star 

5. Brian Eno: Third Uncle
6. Casiotone For The Painfully Lonely: When You Were Mine
7. The Czars: Song To The Siren
Galliano: Slackhands

We’re kicking this weekend off at melting point with SBTRKT’s Wildfire with a video not unlike Carrie to-boot. SBTRKT (Aaron Jerome) has remixed songs by Radiohead, MIA and Goldie etc., and was part of the east London DJ scene before becoming no stranger to the heavy rotation on various radio stations. Unknown Mortal Orchestra with So Good At Being In Trouble lends itself nicely to the plink-plink-fizz of that first alka-seltzer the morning after. Quadron, otherwise known as Coco Maja Hastrup Karshøj and Robin Hannibal (full name Robin Braun), are a electro-soul combo from Denmark and Slippin is a fab ear worm. Polica’s Dark Star will help you get your saturday scrambled eggs on the table. Can’t resist to throw something in from my cider glugging youth club days onto the weekend list: Brian Eno with Third Uncle is what it is. Casiotone For The Painfully Lonely make the Cindy Lauper hit When You Were Mine their own.  And The Czars exquisite cover of Song To The Siren (orig. from This Mortal Coil) and Galliano with Slackhands will see you off into Sunday. Enjoy!









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