12-20-11: To What Strange Place
Frostburg resident Ian Nagoski collects 78 RPM records and resurrects the music–and stories–of subcultures from all over the world. He first appeared on Maryland Morning in June 2009, playing songs from India, Indonesia, Turkey, and South Africa recorded during the first half of the twentieth century. He came back half a year later to take us into the world of 1920s Greek hash dens.
Over the past few years, he’s released a string of very highly regarded compilations, most recently To What Strange Place: The Music of the Ottoman-American Diaspora, 1916-29 on Tompkins Square Records. Today he tells Tom the stories behind the songs.
In early 2012, To What Strange Place will come out on vinyl, and Ian will tour with it in Europe. On January 26, Ian will be here in Baltimore at 2640 on St. Paul Street to play some records and tell their stories.
Ian is also the host of Fonotopia, a series of five hour-long podcasts Ian produced with some folks here at WYPR. Some of the themes include early southern gospel music, vocal virtuosos, and…life. That’s right, life.
In January, Ian will release a new LP, What Remains of Eden: Music from Anatolia and the Levant, 1928-55, on Mississippi/Canary, and he’ll release the LP Abdul Karim Khan 1934-35 digitally and on CD through Important Records.