Centuries of Sound on Cambridge 105 Radio – Episode 32 (1924)

Time: 8pm GMT, Saturday 30th January 2021
Place: Cambridge 105 Radio

Sound curator James Errington presents the story of recorded music year by year. This time we go back to 1924, the year of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, and music critic John Lewis tells us about why this piece, this recording and this composer have all made such an indelible mark on American music, and hold such power nearly a century later. the debuts of Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith and King Oliver and plenty of other pioneering jazz, blues and country records.

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The CoS Tapes #5 – Russian Records 1901-1908 #3 – Already The Evening Enfolds The Distant Fields

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Radio Podcast #7 – 1898 to 1899

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As we are coming towards the end of the 19th Century, I present an overview of the music and history of 1898 and 1899 – minstrel shows, vaudeville, cakewalk, the horribly-named “coon songs” and an exciting new genre called “ragtime.”

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Elsewhere in 1931

A photo journal of the events of 1931

January 2 – South Dakota native Ernest Lawrence invents the cyclotron, used to accelerate particles to study nuclear physics.
January 30 – The movie City Lights, starring Charlie Chaplin, has its premiere. Albert Einstein attends.
February 3 – Much of the New Zealand cities of Napier and Hastings are destroyed in an earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale, killing 256 people.
February 14 – The original film version of Dracula, with Bela Lugosi, is released in the United States.
March 3 – The Star-Spangled Banner is adopted as the United States’ National anthem.
March 5 – The British viceroy of India and Mohandas Gandhi sign the Gandhi–Irwin Pact.
March 23 – Indian revolutionary leaders Bhagat Singh, Shivaram Rajguru and Sukhdev Thapar are hanged for conspiracy to murder in the British Raj.
March 31 – An earthquake destroys Managua, Nicaragua, killing 2,000 people.
April 14 – The Second Spanish Republic is proclaimed in Madrid. Meanwhile, as a result of the victory of the Republican Left of Catalonia, Francesc Macià proclaims in Barcelona the Catalan Republic, as a state of the Iberian Federation.
April 15 – The Castellammarese War ends with the murder of Joe ”The Boss” Masseria, briefly leaving Salvatore Maranzano as capo dei capi of the American Mafia.
May 1 – Construction of the Empire State Building is completed in New York City.
June 5 – German Chancellor Dr. Heinrich Brüning visits London, where he warns the British Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald that the collapse of the Austrian banking system has left the entire German economy on the brink of disaster.
June 14 – The overloaded pleasure craft Saint-Philibert, carrying trippers home to Nantes from the Île de Noirmoutier, sinks at the mouth of the River Loire in France. Over 450 drown.
June 19 – In an attempt to stop the banking crisis in Central Europe from causing a worldwide financial meltdown, U.S. President Herbert Hoover issues the Hoover Moratorium.
June 23–July 1 – Wiley Post and Harold Gatty accomplish the first round-the-world flight in a single-engine plane, flying eastabout from Roosevelt Field, New York, in 8 days, 15 hours, 51 minutes.
July – John Haven Emerson of Cambridge, Massachusetts perfects his negative pressure ventilator (iron lung), just in time for the growing polio epidemic.
July 9 – Irish racing driver Kaye Don breaks the world water speed record at Lake Garda, Italy.
July 16 – Emperor Haile Selassie signs the first Constitution of Ethiopia.
August 11 – A run on the British pound leads to a political and economic crisis in Britain..
August 24 – The Labour Government of Ramsay MacDonald resigns in Britain, replaced by a National Government of people drawn from all parties, also under MacDonald.
September 10 – The worst hurricane in British Honduras history kills an estimated 1,500.
September 18 – The Japanese military stage the Mukden Incident, an explosion blamed on Chinese dissidents and used as a pretext for the Japanese invasion of Manchuria.
September 20 – With a gun literally pointed to his head, the Chinese commander of Kirin province announces the annexation of that territory to Japan.
October 4 – Dick Tracy, the comic strip detective character created by cartoonist Chester Gould, makes his debut appearance in the Detroit Mirror newspaper.
October 17 – American gangster Al Capone is sentenced to 11 years in prison for tax evasion in Chicago.
October 24 – The George Washington Bridge across the Hudson River in the United States is dedicated; it opens to traffic the following day. At 3,500 feet (1,100 m), it nearly doubles the previous record for the longest main span in the world.
October 27 – The United Kingdom general election results in the victory of the National Government, and the defeat of Labour Party, in the country’s greatest ever electoral landslide.
November 7 – The Chinese Soviet Republic is proclaimed by Mao Zedong.
November 21 – James Whale’s film of Frankenstein is released in New York City.
December 5 – The original Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow is dynamited, by order of Joseph Stalin.


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I have spent the last month inhabiting 2019, and it was a strange, alienating, disconcerting, but also surprisingly peaceful experience. As you will hear, it was hardly a lost age of innocence, but for a year which only finished 12 months ago it felt very distant indeed. So much has happened in 2020, and so much has already gone on in these few days of 2021, that the events of this recent period seem already to have disappeared prematurely into the memory hole. Maybe this is all for very good reasons and 2019 is the least interesting of all years right now. Maybe this mix will be ignored, and with good reason, which is a shame, as I think it may be one of the best so far, but it may be a few years before anyone feels like listening to it.

I should put a brief warning here – the mix not only contains swears and raunchiness, there are also some parts from about 1:17 to 1:22 which may be upsetting to just about anyone. It felt wrong to leave them out. I may get around to making a PG version, but it depends on whether I can find the time. So for now, consider yourself warned.

0:00:00 Hildur Guðnadóttir – 12 Hours Before
0:00:36 Floating Points – Falaise
0:02:04 Clipping. – Blood Of The Fang
0:04:35 Шакке (Schacke) – Кислотный Пипл (Kisloty People)
0:05:57 Charlotte Adigéry – High Lights
0:08:43 Yung Baby Tate feat. Kari Faux – Hot Girl
0:10:21 Cate Le Bon – Daylight Matters
0:12:24 Neon Indian – Toyota Man
0:15:05 Algiers – Can The Sub_Bass Speak?
0:18:52 Black Country, New Road – Sunglasses
0:23:16 Scratcha Dva X Gage – Piffd
0:24:46 Charli XCX & Christine And The Queens – Gone
0:27:17 Roisin Murphy – Incapable
0:29:55 Fka Twigs – Cellophane
0:33:21 Little Simz feat. Cleo Sol – Selfish
0:34:56 Ocean Wisdom – Blessed (feat. Dizzee Rascal)
0:38:14 Sampa The Great, Ecca Vandal – Dare To Fly
0:41:13 Zlatan – This Year
0:43:30 Busy Signal – Balloon
0:45:44 Aldous Harding – The Barrel
0:47:31 Lil Nas X – Old Town Road (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus) [Remix]
0:49:48 Billie Eilish – Bad Guy
0:51:29 Tom Blip & Swordman Kitala – Kitala Beat
0:53:20 Taso & Siete Catorce – 2 For $20
0:53:33 International Teachers Of Pop – The Ballad Of Remedy Nilsson
0:56:39 Dave – Streatham
0:57:38 Alessandro Cortini – Let Go
0:59:17 Snapped Ankles – Rechargeable
1:01:25 Cassetteboy – Boris Johnson
1:01:31 Ice Cream – Peanut Butter
1:03:37 Equiknoxx – Brooklyn
1:05:29 Peggy Gou – Starry Night (Original Mix)
1:07:48 Xhz – Jazz 2 Jazz
1:10:58 Four Tet – Only Human
1:12:06 Octo Octa – I Need You
1:14:20 Jocelyn Pook with Greta Thunberg – You Need To Listen To Us
1:15:54 W. H. Lung – Nothing Is
1:17:30 Hildur Guðnadóttir – 12 Hours Before
1:19:13 Caterina Barbieri – Fantas
1:21:00 Christopher Tignor – Your Slow Moving Shadow, My Inevitable Light
1:21:40 Purple Mountains – Nights That Won’t Happen
1:24:12 Sulli – Goblin
1:26:00 Gang Starr – Family And Loyalty (feat. J. Cole)
1:26:55 Von Bikräv – Casse Des Murs
1:27:37 Stormzy – Vossi Bop
1:29:22 Bas – Amnesia (feat. Ari Lennox & Kiddominant)
1:30:47 Brittany Howard – Stay High
1:33:22 Richard Dawson – Jogging
1:36:50 Lizzo – Juice
1:39:14 Whodat – Funeral Song
1:40:23 Nilufer Yanya – Paradise
1:42:38 Shura – Bklynldn
1:45:36 Bremer/Mccoy – Dråber
1:47:01 Celer – Our Dream To Be Strangers
1:48:06 Lingua Ignota – Do You Doubt Me Traitor
1:48:51 Rhyw – Biggest Bully
1:50:32 Jubilee – Disconnected
1:52:26 Kosh – Keep Hope Alive
1:55:52 DJ Seinfeld – Electrian
1:57:22 Squarepusher – Vortrack (Fracture Remix)
2:00:07 Jay1 – Your Mrs
2:00:54 Lady Leshurr – Your Mr
2:01:32 Denzel Curry – Ricky
2:02:46 Doja Cat – Rules
2:04:30 Jai Paul – Do You Love Her Now?
2:06:21 Greentea Peng – Mr. Sun (Miss Da Sun)
2:07:41 Hatchie – Stay With Me
2:10:01 Tame Impala – Patience
2:12:59 Shamba – Idgaf
2:14:41 Krept & Konan – Ban Drill
2:19:43 Precolumbian & Estoc – Cct02
2:19:55 Tzusing & Hodge – Electrolytes
2:12:44 Lady Lykez – Muhammad Ali Remix Ft Lioness
2:23:02 Megan Thee Stallion – Cash Shit (feat. Dababy)
2:24:15 Normani – Motivation
2:25:45 Ciara – Thinkin Bout You
2:27:47 Dua Lipa – Don’t Start Now
2:29:21 Rapsody Ft D’angelo & Gza – Ibtihaj
2:31:49 Bush Tea – Wiyah Waist
2:32:38 Luke Temple – Henry In Forever Phases
2:35:18 Devendra Banhart – Kantori Ongaku
2:37:14 M83 – A Bit Of Sweetness
2:40:33 Angel Olsen – Lark
2:42:44 Ose – Is It Love?
2:43:36 The Lasso – Oscillations
2:45:13 Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society – Finite
2:47:24 Anthony Naples – Benefit
2:48:47 Coldplay – Arabesque

There will shortly be a full tracklist with samples used for completionists posted in the comments below

Centuries of Sound on Cambridge 105 Radio – Episode 31 (1923)

Time: 8pm GMT, Saturday 2nd December 2021
Place: Cambridge 105 Radio

James Errington once again takes you back to the early days of recorded music with original recordings, this time to 1923, which saw the debuts of Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith and King Oliver and plenty of other pioneering jazz, blues and country records.

You can listen to the show on 105fm in Cambridge, on DAB digital, on the Cambridge 105 website here, or on any good radio apps.

…or as it is already too late to do any of those things, why not use this handy listen again facility?

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