Thursday, December 29, 2011
Apologies for the break in blogging; down to cold/flu and seasonal festivities.
My Woman of the Year for 2011 has got to be Carina Lau. I really enjoyed her menacing performance in Tsui Hark's Detective Dee and also her comedic turn in Let the Bullets Fly. In her honour, here's a lovely song.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
This week it was a movie special. Virginie Selavy (Editor of Electric Sheep magazine & member of The Actionettes) joined me to discuss East Asian film releases of 2011. Virginie brought in some her 45s to play and it was great fun listening to her soulful selection.
Some of the films discussed were:
The Ghost Cat and the Shamisen
Gallants (Teddy Robin, pictured, gives an excellent comedic performance in Gallants)
Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame
Woochi the Demon Slayer
- I Wanna Know - Sugarpie De Santo (Checker label 45)
- I Told You So - The Chantals (Carlton label 45)
- Take A Piece of My Heart - Mahalia Saunders (Hortense Ellis on Upsetter label 45)
- Something's Gotta Hold On Me - Don & Alleyne Cole
- The Entertainer - Tony Clarke (Chess label 45)
- Burnt Toast & Black Coffee - Mike Pedicin (Gusto label 45)
- You Don't Care - The Techniques (Treasure Isle 45)
Thursday, December 08, 2011
Electric Sheep Magazine editor Virginie Selavy joins Zoë Baxter in the studio to discuss the East Asian film releases of 2011. The Xmas TV schedule will also be scrutinised for any East Asian cinema offerings.
Zoë and Virginie will be playing 45s from their collections - expect Reggae, Soul and 60's girl groups.
This week's dim sum lunch box will contain a new twist on a British classic; the bacon sandwich.
See also: www.electricsheepmagazine.com
Set your dial to 104.4FM this Saturday at 3.30pm or tune in via www.resonancefm.com
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Last Saturday I was joined by the fabulously flamboyant saxophonist Megumi Mesaku. We talked about Ska in Japan and Megumi's musical journey; from playing the sax in a marching band as a youngster, playing with Ska bands the Top Cats, the Trojans and Latin/Ska combo Ska Cubano to releasing her own material. For her new 10" 45 vinyl record Megumi has collaborated with some legendary Reggae musicians.
We also talked about Megumi's home town Soma City which is in Fukushima. Megumi has been raising money for Soma City since the Tsunami hit earlier this year. So far she has raised an impressive £7,000 and last month she returned to Soma City to see the effects of the Tsunami for herself and to give the Mayor the donations. Megumi is still fund raising and needs your help! This Saturday 10th Dec please go along to the Kimono Girls' Jumble Sale this Saturday to buy some lovely hand made gifts for Xmas and support a very worthy cause. 11am - 6pm Pacific Social Club, No 8 Clarence Road, London E5 8HB.
Facebook Event Page.
Miss Megoo and the Yahman Allstars' 10 45 is out now and available from JohnJohn Records.