Archive for November, 2022

continental drift 11/23/22: ireland

Welcome back to Continental Drift’s long awaited Irish episode! Find our playlist here

Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic Ocean that is made up of both the Republic of Ireland in the south and Northern Ireland, part of the UK, in the upper 1/6th of the island. Ireland is nicknamed the “Emerald Isle” because of its lush vegetation, which results from its regular rainfall and moderate climate. 

Ireland is only slightly larger than the state of West Virginia, but it has a diverse geology for its size. Ireland formed as a result of the supercontinents of Laurentia and Gondwana colliding and closing the Iapetus sea around 300 million years ago. This same collision is what created the more famous “Pangea”. 

TRADITIONAL-IRISH-MUSIC FROM IRELAND ! FOLK AND CELTIC ! AWESOME STREET  MUSICIANS ! - YouTubeThe most recognizable genre of music out of Ireland is of course celtic music, which comes from the Celtic folk music of northwestern Europe (namely Scotland and Ireland). Traditional Irish and Celtic music are often used interchangeably, though it is important to note that some traditional Irish songs may not be Celtic, and vice versa. Traditional Irish music contains fiddle, flute, uileann pipes, harp, accordion, banjo, mandolin, guitar, etc.. as heard in McNamara’s band: “the drums go bang the cymbals clang the horns they blaze away … mccarty pumps the old bassoon while I the pipes do play.” 

“The Lakes of Pontchartrain” is actually from the United States, showing the influence of Irish traditional music on US folk and bluegrass. The story details a Louisiana Creole woman giving a traveling man shelter, and the lyrics likely date back to the Civil War, with references to the traveler’s money being “no good” referring to US or confederate currency.  

Celtic segment:
The Lakes of Pontchartrain // Deanta
Last Nights Fun // Dervish
Peat Fire Flame // Brogue

Other genres of music have come to take a hold in Ireland. Jazz became popular in the 50s and remains popular among Irish musicians. 

Jazz selection:
Lucy’s // Michael McGoldrick

Rock music came to Ireland with the British “invasion” of the 1960s. In its early ages, the scene was predominately made up of Showbands‘ which were groups of professional performers who played at dancehalls and clubs across the country putting on a professional ‘show’ and playing all the American and British hits of the era. 

Early Irish rock stars, like van morrison, got their starts in show bands. Now, Ireland is at the forefront of the global rock music scene, putting out hits in a wide variety of subgenres like psychedelic, punk, indie, etc. 

Rock segment:
Comin’ Thro’ the Rye // The Real McKenzies
Soon // my bloody valentine
Happiness Isn’t a Fixed State // Kynsy
Literary Mind // Sprints

Saint Sister capture the confusion and confidence of youth on debut album –  The Irish Times

Saint Sister

Ireland has a thriving indie music scene. Saint Sister is a Dublin based duo made up of Morgana MacIntyre (songwriter, vocals) and Gemma Doherty (arrangements, production, harp). The band draws from “early Celtic harp traditions, 60s folk and electronic pop to create ‘atmosfolk’—a mix of soulful vocal harmonies, dreamy synth and electro-acoustic harp.”

Indie segment:
Dynamite // Saint Sister
Blue // NewDad
Are You Busy Enough? // Diosco na mbo

Thanks for tuning in! Next week join us in the drift to Kazakhstan

Decompositions 11-23-22

Cantus arcticus – Composed by Einojuhani Rautavaara – Performed by Leipzig Radio Orchestra

francisco lópez – Hyper-Rainforest – [a bunch of stuff (1980-2020) – 40 years of sonogenic composition]
a bunch of stuff (1980-2020) – 40 years of sonogenic composition

francisco lópez – untitled #317 – [a bunch of stuff (1980-2020) – 40 years of sonogenic composition]
a bunch of stuff (1980-2020) – 40 years of sonogenic composition

Kate Carr – I Ended Out Moving to Brixton – I Ended Out Moving to Brixton

Girl Rock! 11/22/22

Tonight Girl Rock is bringing you a classic girl rock episode, filled with artists our hosts have been loving over the past couple months. We hope you enjoy as much as we do! Playlist here, and picks below:

23//Blonde Redhead
Big Wave//Jenny And Johnny
Fate Is…//Wednesday
Anti-glory//Horsegirl

You Make Me Smile//Mamalarky
Waves//Wild Painting
One Stop Shop//Twen
Hangman//PACKS

Hiroshima//Lous and The Yakuza
Window Eyes//Eyedress, Fazerdaze
Always//skirts
So Funny//Haley Blais

Ladykillers//Lush
About You//Moontype
Juniper//Katy Kirby
In The Sink//Plumtree
Rockaway Beach//Say Sue Me

Sub Saharan Vibes — Nov 21, 2022

  1. Amadou & Marian — Camions Sauvages
  2. Joe Mensah — Shakamo
  3. Touré Kunda — Fatou Yo (I am Fatou)
  4. Ernesto Dj​é​djé — Ziglibithiens
  5. Orchestre Abass de Bassarri Togo — Kissagui
  6. Zomba Prison Project — Protect Me
  7. Hallelujah Chicken Run Band — Chaminuka Mukuru
  8. Sona Jobarteh — Gambia
  9. Stella Chiweshe — Nhemamusasa
  10. Lucky Dube — Respect
  11. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou — Ahouli Vou Yelli

涟漪 Lian Yi 11/21/2022: 90s KTV

Hello everyone! Since I’m going home to visit my parents for Thanksgiving, I’ve been thinking a lot about the music that they enjoyed in their youth–music that they ended up playing for me and my sister a lot as kids. So, from the depths of my memory comes this setlist! As always, songs with unofficial translations are denoted with asterisks. Hope everyone has a nice break!


“Just Like a Dream” by Na Ying, Totally

“Special Love for Special You” by Sky Wu, Special Love for Special You*

“Rain Keeps Falling” by Phil Chang, Rain Keeps Falling

“Dream to Awakening” by Sarah Chen, Telling You, Listening to You*

“Love Like Tides” by Jeff Chang, Worrying

“You Are My Woman” by Andy Lau, You Are My Woman

“Suffer for You” by Sandy Lam; Love, Sandy

“Hello and Good Bye” by Eason Chen, Preparation*

“The Curtain Falls” by Phil Chang, News

* denotes an unofficial translation


《梦一场》那英,《干脆》

《特别的爱给特别的你》伍思凯,《特别的爱给特别的你》

《雨一直下》张宇,《雨一直下》

《梦醒时分》陈淑桦,《跟你说听你说》

《爱如潮水》张信哲,《心事》

《你是我的女人》刘德华,《你是我的女人》

《为你我受冷风吹》林忆莲,《Love, Sandy》

《好聚好散》陈奕迅,《酝酿》

《曲终人散》张宇,《消息》