* La Belle Saison *

“Eine Sommerliebe” is the stupid German title (like always) of “La Belle Saison”. Starting with some well known simplified images full of klischees concerning womens liberation in the aftermath of ´68,  I was kind of surprised how deep and strong the film by Catherine Corsini continues.

It is in fact an amazing emotional simple but nevertheless breathtaking story of Carol and Delphine,  sometimes even more authentic and surely more realistic than “La Vie d´Adele – Blue is the warmest Color” by Abdellatif Kechiche (I wrote here earlier)  with stunning acors like especially Izïa Higelin and Cécile de France. And it is as well a subtile study about the relation between the french “classes” – the french “Bourgeoisie” – students and the “prolétaire” – farmers.

See it in FSK Kino and several other cinemas in Berlin since since quite a while. Here is an interview with director Catherine Corsini: http://www.labellesaison.de/

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The Giant is Awakened

A collection of spiritual jazz tracks & pieces, afro – latin & blues & séga from senegal, guinée & mauritius, electric phin from thailand, ethio jazz, fading out with a swing track by Josephine Foster.

70 minutes / may 2016 – the title is a track by by horace tapscott featured here as well, for detailed tracklist write me.

Doug Carn
Horace Tapscott
Marion Brown

Kante Manfila
Dexter Johnson
Sombory Jazz De Fria
Orchetre Laye Thiam

Michel Legris
Feqadu Amdé Mesqel
Count Ossie
Khun Narin

Josephine Foster

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The little dog laughed – music & politics #3 “Rigurgito Antifascista” tomorrow


Tomorrow there will be the third edition of the music & politics series @ piradio, 22.30 pm – 24pm via stream or berlin 88.4 fm http://piradio.de/programm/sendung/25478.html#Joe%20Le%20Taxi-The%20Little%20Dog%20Laughed .

This time, my friend Lorita Facchini wil be my guest.  Coming originally from italy, living since years in Berlin, she will play some of her personal favourite songs about antifascism, italian antiwar hymns and songs of discontent like from the 60/70ies – singer sonwriter like Fabrizio de Andre, Augusto Daolio or Francesco di Gregori  as well as some obscure punk bands like CCCP or some more ironic artists like Caparezza.

I will play some songs,  I have neglected in the last 2 music and politics editions like american songs by  Randy Newman,  Saul Williams or Sonic Youth or french classics by noir desir or songs of the great antimilitaristic french 60/70 compilation” mobilisation general”

So thank you for listening!


Für die dritte Ausgabe der “music & politics” Reihe wird dieses Mal Lorita Facchini aus Italien mein Gast sein @ piradio, 22.30 pm – 24 h. via stream oder berlin 88.4 fm http://piradio.de/programm/sendung/25478.html#Joe%20Le%20Taxi-The%20Little%20Dog%20Laughed .

Sie wird Songs der italienischen antifaschistischen Linken spielen von Singer/Sonwritern wie Fabrizio André, Francesco di Gregori oder Augusto Daolio, etwas Hip-Hop von 99 Posse, die das Motto “Rigurgito Antifascista – Wiederbelebung des Antifaschismus” der Sendung prägen und Punk von CCCP.

Ich werde passend zur aktuellen “Nuit debout” Bewegung Musik der französischen Gewerkschafts & Streikbewegung vom Sampler “Mobilisation General” aus den 70ern spielen und einige Protestsongsklassiker, die bisher zu kurz gekommen sind, wie Songs von The Special Aka, Lauryn Hill, Saul Williams oder Randy Newman.

Freu mich über Zuhörer!

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Kevin Morby tonight @ lido

Just a short note´bout Kevin Morby playing tonight @ lido, Kreuzberg . His latest album Singing Saw (dead oceans) especially the hypnotic song itself is for me personally one of the LP´s  2016 already. Complex arrangements, marvellous melodies and a diversity of different ideas & styles, other musicians would be able to do 5 albums with. Since the amazing Harlem River his best release so far. There are still tickets at the door for 16 €.


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* The little dog laughed radio # 25 (april 2016) *

@ piradio 14.4.2016

Intro: Sun Ra – I am strange (7“)

Outsider Folk:

Rev Galen – Heart lyric (okraina)
Dessus la mer – Eloizes Decazes/Eric Chenaux (okraina)
Sun kil moon/Jesu – good morning my love (Sun Kil Moon/Jesu)

Psychedelic Sounds from Asia:

Thang Vai – Khun Narin Electric Phin Band (II)
Pencak silat situbondo – Arrington de Dionyso (Unherard Indonesia)


Soul Sok Sega – Séga sounds from Mauritius 1973 – 1979 (Strut)
Mademoiselle – Jean Claude
Elisa – Georgie Joe
Senegal 70: Sanga Te – Orchestre Laye Thiam


Spektar – Istra III (1973/2016 Black Pearl)
Count Ossie – Run One Mile (1975/2016 Tales of Mosambique)

Afro/Afro Disco

Dam Dam – Iris San (Fortuna 10″)
Imidiann`Assouf – Hama (Sahel Sounds 10″)
Africa is not a country – Track 1 (Ainac 10″)
Fequadu amde maskal & Mulatu Astatke – Marina (Mr. Bongo 7″)


British Radars – Hood (British radars 7″)
The Feast Of St. Stephen – Matt Elliott (The calm before)

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* the saddest music #5 dj mixes *

(Bill Staines)

The saddest music in the world contest #5 dj sets @ roter salon last week  for relistening or download in three parts (before the concerts in beetween and after) – there was a problem with one record player so I had to improvise a bit – for tracklist write me *




The Human Expression


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* Easter Sunday shortcuts: Senegal 70 / Aris San / Soul Sok Séga / Count Ossie / Sun Kil Moon & Jesu *

Easter Sunday´s selection of releases, that are since weeks in heavy rotation on my record player. So here are some picks of latest releases & reissues. Here we go:


Senegal 70 (Analog Africa)

First LP in heavy rotation is the long awaited compilation Senegal 70. I played already tracks like Fangool´s  heartbreaking “Mariama” above at the saddest music in the world compilation lately. But you´ll find apart from slow pearls like this here as well arabic, cuban and latin influenced previously unreleased recordings in the rich Senegal 70ies music scene.  Hypnotic like Orchestre Laye Thiam – Massani Cissé or the amazing “Ma Penda” by Orcheste Bawobab. Amazing artwork and liner notes as always at analog africa.


Aris San – Boum Pam/ Dam Dam 10″ (Fortuna)

A new 10″ comes from israels fortuna records, who releases after the Levitros 10″ another 2 Track EP with two songs by greek immigrant to israel Aris San. The Songs from 1968 are  sweet but as well danceable oriental psych-rock tracks.


Soul Sok Séga (Various, Strut)

A compilation of so called Séga sounds from the isle of Mauritius 1973 – 1979 comes from Strut records. Séga is the traditional music and known as the “blues of Mauritius” as the liner notes say. And besides its special melancholy it grooves like hell. A revelation!

Me I like especially the tracks sung in french like this one by Jean Claude (Gaspard) :

or Eliza (Georgie Joe):


Count Ossie & the Mystic Revelation of Ratafari – Tales of Mosambique

After the amazing “Rastafari – The Dreads enter Babylon” compilation, Souljazz remastered the masterpiece “Tales of Mosambique” by nyabinghi reggae godfathers Count Ossie. Essential reissue, featering two bonus tracks. (from a 7″ originally)

Sun Kill Moon / Jesu (Caldo Verde)

Now to something completely different: Not yet released as an LP (in April in Europe) but a few weeks ago already as CD is Sun Kill Moons collaboration with Justin K. Broadrick´s Project Jesu. I personally like the simple hardcore riffs, going together quite well with the narrative storytelling Mark Kozelek´s.

Especially the first song “Good morning my love”  or the above “A Song of shadows” are my faves.

The CD ends with almost ambient electronic tracks “Beautiful you” and “Exodus” these songs remind of the Sun Kil Moon / Jimmy Lavelle LP “Among the leaves”.

Looking forward to see Mark Kozelek playing live at Heimthafen Neukölln in June, for the first time in Berlin as far as I know.



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