Tanquetazo and a preview of coming attractions.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – News for the Week of June 27, 1973
While the bombs were falling in the hearing room on Capitol Hill, over the latest harrowing disclosures by former Nixon aide John Dean, bombs and distractions of another kind were vying for attention on national media. The visit to the White House by Soviet Premier Leonid Brezhnev made for a few curious press conferences, particularly when asked how the Soviets felt about Watergate. Ever the diplomat, Brezhnev skirted around the issue with minefield-like precision. The answer was; it was our can of worms – not his. Still, the friendship-blendship photo ops of Leonid and Dick were a sight to behold.
And then there were the goings on in Santiago, Chile with an attempted and aborted coup of the Allende government by Colonel Roberto Souper and a regiment of tanks to become known as The Tank Putsch. It was put down and a shaky order was restored, for the time being. It was however, a preview of darker and more sinister things to come.
And the specter of Southeast Asia wasn’t going away anytime soon, with Congress embroiled over the continued bombing of Cambodia and threats to kill any bill offering support to sustaining efforts to reinstate our involvement. Nixon threatened to veto the Congressional veto and the whole thing threatened to turn into a Constitutional crisis. One more element in an already convoluted set of catastrophes running amok down the halls of Congress. And Summer was only beginning.
All this, and a lot more going on this week of July 27, 1973 as presented on the CBS Radio program The World This Week.
Tessie of Intimate Stranger – adding a touch of Croatia to the proceedings.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Intimate Stranger – Sand & Water -Nightime
I have posted tracks by Intimate Stranger several times over the past few years, having been a fan since roughly 2008 when I first heard them via their MySpace page. Truly an international band, with members coming from Croatia, Chile and the UK. For a time they were based in both London and Santiago, but have recently been spending time in Austin Texas. Their careers have picked up greatly since I first posted about them. They were a hit at the 2011 SXSW Festival, have been frequently played on Independent/Alternative FM stations around the U.S., have been declared the band to watch by BBC 6 Music and released their 3rd studio album this past June.
Tonight I’m playing two session tracks they did for Radio Horizonte in Santiago in 2010 – Sand & Water and Nightime are two standout tracks from an ep they issued some time back. Their music is consistently good and memorable. I can’t say I am terribly surprised by their success and worldwide recognition – it was abundantly apparent from their very first demo. The fact they are from such far-flung countries as Chile and Croatia make it all that much more convincing that this is a band with something to say and will most likely be around for a while saying it.
It’s nice when that happens.
In all due likelihood they will be touring the U.S. again in 2013. It’s a foregone conclusion that you should try and check them out.
The Ganjas – blowing minds in Santiago and everywhere else.
Click on the link here: The Ganjas – Raise – 2012
I haven’t posted anything on The Ganjas in a while. To get you up to speed; if you missed the last post I did on them, The Ganjas are a neo-psych/shoe-gaze/indie/experimental band from Santiago Chile. I first discovered them on MySpace about 5 years ago and was suitably blown away by them and had high hopes the world was going to know about them sooner or later. In that time they’ve been touring a lot, recording a lot and making a name for themselves everywhere from SXSW in 2010 to most of the festivals in Europe and certainly gigging all over South America.
An amazing band and another reason to keep an open mind as far as new music is concerned. You’ll quickly notice it’s everywhere and it’s good and it’s happening in every country in the world. A lot of it is in English (like tonight’s track), but much of it is in it’s native tongue, and that shouldn’t keep you from enjoying it and exploring on your own. The Ganjas is a good place to start.
Tonight it’s a recent track, Raise which came out earlier this year or late last year. I don’t know what their plans are right now. I think they are hitting the road, but I don’t know where.
Just remember the name – you’ll be hearing more about them soon.