Indie Rock Branches Out


For this New Sounds, listen to indie artists straddle the divide between world music, ambient and electronica as they incorporate or approximate traditional instruments, traditional sounds, and take the results well out of indie rock-land.  We'll hear from the Tradi-Mods Vs Rockers record, the latest in the Congotronics series, where carefully chosen artists have recorded homages to the original source material - landing someplace between reinventions and cover versions, and often go as far as being worthy of the dancefloor. 

Sample a few of these reworkings, including one by Andrew Bird reinventing Konono No. 1, and Animal Collective reworking music by the Kasai All-Stars.  We'll also listen to On Fillmore, a collaboration between Glenn Kotche (also the drummer in Wilco) and Darin Gray, who mix percussion, acoustic bass, bird calls by Dede Sampaio (recorded in a grain silo) and other field recordings. Plus, music from Six Organs of Admittance (guitarist Ben Chasny) which chimes and drones, and some ambient music by Loscil, who happens to be drummer Scott Morgan of the Vancouver-based band, Destroyer.

PROGRAM #        3160, Indie Rock meets World, Ambient, & More                          (First aired on 1-18-11)                       





Various Artists: Andrew Bird vs. Konono N°1 & Sobanza Mima

Tradi-Mods vs Rockers: Alternative Takes on Congotronics

Ohnono/Kiwembo [5:59]

Crammed 169

Andrew Bird

Useless Creatures

Nyatiti [3:58]

Fat Possum  FP1219
Previously only available as the 2nd of a Deluxe 2CD package of “Noble Beast” BUT released in 2010:


Significant Others

Lipochase [4:29]

Rachel's Archive 2002 ARC 01
Only available digitally:

Various Artists: Aksak Maboul vs Kasai Allstars

Tradi-Mods vs Rockers: Alternative Takes on Congotronics

Land Dispute [4:53]

See above.

Various Artists: Animal Collective vs Kasai Allstars

Tradi-Mods vs Rockers: Alternative Takes on Congotronics

Quick As White [7:06]

See above.

On Fillmore (Glenn Kotche & Darrin Gray)

Extended Vacation

Complications [7:11]


Loscil (Scott Morgan)

Endless Falls

Estuarine [8:21]

Kranky  KRANK141 (Also available as LP)
or download from

Six Organs of Admittance (Ben Chasny)

Asleep On The Floodplain

Above A Desert I've Never Seen [5:03]

Drag City Due out Feb 22, 2011

Noveller (Sarah Lipstate)

Desert Fires

Almost Alright, excerpt [3:00]

Saffron Records 001