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Hurdy Gurdy Songs
Hosted by Jorge Arevalo Mateus. This show tries to answer the questions: “why was that song written?” “what motivated its creation?” “how is it used?” “by whom, when, and where and, especially, why?” We explore myriad themes and topics, from across cultures to multi-generational, across genres, styles, and ideologies. From the traditional to cutting edge contemporary, we will explore the background of a song and its creation and history, to give you a sense of the beauty, power and utility of Hurdy Gurdy Songs.
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About Jorge Arevalo Mateus

Jorge is a musician, ethnomusicologist, composer, producer and artist. He is executive director at the Association for Cultural Equity/Alan Lomax Archive and was archivist at the the Louis Armstrong House & Archive and curator for the Woody Guthrie Archives & Foundation, producing the Grammy winning “The Live Wire: Woody Guthrie live in 1949” (2008). He is an educator, teaching courses in music, World Music, Jazz, Latin Jazz at Hunter College, The New School, BMCC (CUNY) and Marymount Manhattan College. He is a published scholar with articles in numerous peer-reviewed journals. He continues to perform with numerous music projects and is currently recording with Disturbed Furniture, one of his early 80s projects.

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  • Holy Jazz, part one (HG#23)
    by Jorge Arévalo Mateus on December 7, 2018 at 1:25 am

    Jazz and the spirit, and the spirit of Jazz. Here's the playlist: 1. Charlie Haden & The Liberation Music Orchestra “We Shall Overcome” from Dream Keeper on Universal Music Division Decca Records France 2. Alice Coltrane “Journey in Satchidananda” from Journey in Satchidananda (1971) on GRP Records 3. Mor Thiam “Ayo Ayo Nene” from Spiritual Jazz on Jazzman 4. Matthew Halsall “The Sun In September” from Fletcher Moss Park on Gondwana Records 5. Alice Coltrane “Om shanti” from World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda on Luaka Bop (USA) 6. Makaya McCraven “Holy Lands” from Universal Beings (CD, 2018) on P-VINE RECORDS 7. Lonnie Liston Smith “Expansions” from Love Is the Answer (Expanded) (1980) 8. Nina Simone “If You Pray Right” from Baltimore (1978) 9. Idris Muhammad “Loran's Dance” from CTI CD Catalogue on Sony Music Media Listen →

  • Hurdy Gurdy Songs (#22) FREEDOM JAZZ, Episode 1
    by Jorge Arévalo Mateus on December 1, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Jazz is socially conscious. Jazz artists are activists of sound. Jazz is a Freedom Dance. Here's the playlist: 1. Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra “Black and Blue” from The Essential Louis Armstrong (1979) 2. Dave Brubeck & Louis Armstrong and His Band “Cultural Exchange” from The Real Ambassadors (1962) 3. Rahsaan Roland Kirk “Watergate Blues” from Watergate Blues 4.Gary Burton & Keith Jarrett “Como en Vietnam (LP Version)” from Throb on Rhino Atlantic (USA) 5. Paul Motian “War Orphans” from Tribute (1975) 6. Max Roach, Abbey Lincoln “Tryptich: Prayer/Protest/Peace” from Tryptich: Prayer/Protest/Peace 7. John Coltrane Quartet “alabama” from Live at Birdland 8. Charles Lloyd “Lift Every Voice and Sing” from Lift Every Voice (2002) Listen →

  • HG#21 COWBOY BALLADS, part 1
    by Jorge Arévalo Mateus on November 24, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    Cowboy songs about the darkness of the American soul, as explored in cowboy and pioneer archetypes, from Lomax to Buster Scruggs (c.f., Coen Brother's Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Here's the playlist (also available on 1. Ennio Morricone “Per un pugno di dollari (Titoli)” composed by Ennio Morricone from Per un pugno di dollari (A Fistful of Dollars) [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] (1964) 2. Marty Robbins “Streets of Laredo” from Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs (1959) 3. Eagles “Desperado” from Billy the Kid 4. Bob Dylan “Billy 7” from Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973) 5. Roy Rogers “Cowboy Night Herd Song” from The Collection '38-'50 on Ideal Music 6. Patsy Montana & The Prairie Ramblers “I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart” from Country Legend on Itwhy 7. Cat Power “Silver Stallion” from Jukebox (CD, 2008) on Matador (USA) 8. Linda Rondstadt “Old Paint” from Listen →

  • Hurdy Gurdy Songs of Migrants #20
    by Jorge Arévalo Mateus on November 17, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    Songs about global migrants, itininerant workers, wanderers and refugees. Here's the playlist: 1. Rachid Taha “Algerian Tango” from Zoom on naïve 2. Rachid Taha “H'Asbu-Hum” from Tekitoi on Universal Music Division Barclay 3. Common “A Song For Assata (feat. Cee-Lo)” from Like Water For Chocolate (2000) 4. Bruce Springsteen “American Land” from We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions (American Land Edition) (2006) 5. Ian Dury & The Blockheads “Itinerant Child” from What a Waste: The Collection on Music Club Deluxe 6. Maggie Holland “Overnight” from Bones on Weekend Beatnik 7. Woody Guthrie “I Ain't Got No Home In This World Anymore” from Dust Bowl Ballads (MP3, 1940) on Folkways Records 8. Danny Valdez and Agustín Lira “The Migrant's Song” from The Best of Broadside 1962-1988: Anthems of the American Underground from the Pages of Broadside Magazine (2000) on Smithsonian Listen →

  • Hurdy Gurdy Election Day Songs - episode #19
    by Jorge Arévalo Mateus on November 9, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    Election Day tunes, across the Red/Blue divide, including the playlist: 1. Neneh Cherry “Kong” from Broken Politics (2018) 2. Ry Cooder “The Wall Street Part of Town” from Election Special (2012) on Nonesuch (USA) 3. Ry Cooder “Kool Aid” from Election Special (2012) on Nonesuch (USA) 4. Ry Cooder “Take Your Hands Off It” from Election Special (2012) on Nonesuch (USA) 5. The Replacements “Election day” from Pleased to Meet Me (Expanded Edition) on Rhino/Warner Bros. (USA) 6. Radiohead “Electioneering” from OK Computer (1997) on XL Recordings 7. The Clash “Know Your Rights” from Combat Rock (CD, 1982) on Epic (USA) 8. Public Enemy “Fight the power” from Fear of a Black Planet (CD, 1990) on Def Jam Recordings 9. Neneh Cherry “Shot Gun Shack” from Broken Politics (2018) 10. Deee-Lite “Vote, Baby Vote” from Infinity Within on Elektra Records 11. Rod MacDonald Listen →

  • Hurdy Gurdy Songs(#18): POLITICIANS
    by Jorge Arévalo Mateus on November 4, 2018 at 12:33 am

    Hurdy Gurdy Political Songs for our Broken Politics! Here's the playlist: 1. David Rovics “Failed State” from Ballad of a Wobbly on David Rovics 2. Marvin Gaye “You Are That Special One” from Let's Get It On (Deluxe Edition) (2001) 3. O'Jays “Above the Law” from Love Train 4. Johanna Saint-Pierre “Freedom from Politicians” from Freedom from Politicians - Single on Lilihouse Music 5. Cream “Politician” from Goodbye (1969) on Polydor 6. Kora “Politician” from Volume - EP (2004) on Kora Ltd 7. Betty Davis “Politician Man” from The Columbia Years on Columbia/Legacy 8. Death “Politicians In My Eyes” from PUNK 45: Sick On You! One Way Spit! After the Love & Before the Revolution, Vol. 3: Proto-Punk 1969-77 - Soul Jazz Records 9. Switchfoot “Politicians” from Nothing Is Sound on Columbia (USA) 10. Moriaty “Politicians” from The Politicians - Single on Zen Ten 11. Pints Listen →

  • Hurdy Gurdy VOTING Songs!
    by Jorge Arévalo Mateus on October 27, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    Hurdy Gurdy Songs about the electoral process. So VOTE on November 6th! Playlist: 1. Sunnyland Slim “Be Careful How You Vote” from Be Careful How You Vote on Earwig Music 2. Robb Johnson “I'm Voting Labour Next Thursday (feat. Fae Simon & The Corbynistas)” from I'm Voting Labour Next Thursday (feat. Fae Simon & The Corbynistas) - Single on Irregular Records 3. Willie Nelson “Vote 'Em Out” from Vote 'Em Out 4. Dolly Parton “19th Amendment” from 19th Amendment 5. Blaze Folley “Election day” from Election day 6. Hays & Wood, Tom Glazer, Pete Seeger “Voting Union” from Voting Union 7. Smart Songs “Voting Rights” from Trip to DC on Smart Songs, LLC 8. The Lost Patrol Band “If Voting Would Change Anything” from The Lost Patrol Band on Burning Heart Records/Epitaph 9. Molotov “Voto Latino” from Voto Latino 10. Rogue Wave “Vote for Me Dummy (30 Days, 30 Songs)” Listen →

  • Hurdy Gurdy Songs Agitprop, Now and Then (#16
    by Jorge Arévalo Mateus on October 21, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    Agitprop Now & Then, including an interview with Marc Ribot about his latest recording, Songs of Resistance, 1942-2018. Playlist includes: 1. Atahualpa Yupanqui - “Campesino” from 17 Grandes Exitos 2. Marchas Historicas “A Las Barricadas. Anarquistas (Spanish Anarchist)” from La Internacional Ante La Crisis (Communist and Socialist) Versiones Del Himno Y Canciones Históricas De Izquierdas on historical words label 3. Pete Seeger “Vive la Quince Brigada” from Get On the Train 4. The Clash “Spanish Bombs” from London Calling (MP3, 1979) 5. Marc Ribot & Meshell Ndegeocello “The Militant Ecologist (Based on Fischia II Vento)” from Songs of Resistance 1942 - 2018 (2018) 6. Marc Ribot “Rata de Dos Pataa” from Songs of Resistance 7. Marc Ribot “We're Never Turning Back” from Songs of Resistance 8. Marc Ribot & Tom Waits “Bella Ciao” from Songs of Resistance 1942 - 2018 (2018) Listen →

  • HG#15 Women Voices - Part 1
    by Jorge Arévalo Mateus on October 14, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    Hurdy Gurdy Womens Songs across a variety of issues and topics, from racism to sexism, patriarchy and inequality. Here's the playlist: 1. Barbara Dane “I Hate the Capitalist System” from I Hate the Capitalist System (1973) on Paredon Records/Smithsonian Folkways Recordings 2. Laura Nyro “Save the Country” from Eli and the Thirteenth Confession (MP3) 3. Laurie Anderson “O Superman” from Big Science (MP3) on Nonesuch (USA) 4. Ani Difranco “Play God” from Binary (2017) 5. Aretha Franklin “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” from 30 Greatest Hits (MP3, 1967) 6. Nina Lee “Freedom” from Freedom 7. Joan Baez “Plane Wreck At Los Gatos (Deportee)” from Blessed Are... (Bonus Track Version) (1971) 8. Buffy Sainte-Marie “The War Racket” from Medicine Songs (2017) on True North Records 9. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings “This Land is Your Land (From the Motion Picture "Up in the Air")” from This Listen →

  • Hurdy Gurdy Songs #14 - Student Protest
    by Jorge Arévalo Mateus on October 7, 2018 at 11:53 pm

    Songs from, by, and about students and their responses to gun violence and other social injustices. Here's the playlist (also available on 1. Angel Parra “Me Gustan los Estudiantes (I Love the Students)” composed by Neruda, Pablo from Cancion Protesta: Protest Songs of Latin America (1970) on Paredon Records 2. Carlos Molina “La Juventud (The Youth)” from Cancion Protesta: Protest Songs of Latin America (1970) on Paredon Records 3. Silvio Rodríguez “La Era Está Pariendo un Corazón” from Al Final de Este Viaje... (1978) 4. Tony Alderman “No Funding for Gun Violence Research Since 1997” from Second Amendment Songs, Vol. 2 on Babyface Studios 5. Tony Alderman “Bang!” from Second Amendment Songs, Vol. 1 on Babyface Studios 6. Tony Alderman “American Problem” from Second Amendment Songs, Vol. 2 on Babyface Studios 7. Saida Dahir “A Poem for the Fallen” from Raise Your Listen →

  • Hurdy Gurdy Songs #13, part 1: GUNS, GUNS, GUNS!
    by Jorge Arévalo Mateus on September 25, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    This first episode is about America's love/hate relationship with the 2nd Amendment. Here's the playlist: 1. ) Lou Reed “The Gun” from The Blue Mask (1982) 2. The Beatles “Happiness Is a Warm Gun” from The Beatles (White Album) (MP3, 1968) on EMI UK 3. Junior Walker & The All Stars “Shotgun” from The Motown Story, Vol. 1 - The 1960s (2002) 4.Justin Moore “guns” from Outlaws Like Me on Universal Music Group International (USA) 5. Green Day “21 Guns” from 21st Century Breakdown (Deluxe Version) (2009) on Reprise (UK) 6. AC/DC “Fire Your Guns” from The Razors Edge (1990) on Epic 7. Johnny Cash “Don't Take Your Guns to Town” from The Fabulous Johnny Cash (1958) 8. The Clash “The Guns of Brixton” from London Calling (MP3, 1979) 9. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young “Ohio” from So far on Rhino Atlantic (USA) 10. Lynyrd Skynyrd “God & Guns” from God & Guns on Listen →

  • Hurdy Gurdy Songs #12 - Canzone Anarchica
    by Jorge Arévalo Mateus on September 14, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    Songs for Sacco & Vanzetti: Radical Activism, Immigrant Identity, State Sanctioned Murder. 1. Valentina Stella “A saggia elettrica” from A saggia elettrica 2. Alfredo Bascetta “Lacrime 'e cundannati (Ovvero Sacco e Vanzetti)” from Sta terra nun fa pi mia. Little Italies: I dischi a 78 giri e la vita in America degli emigranti italiani del primo Novecento (A cura di Giuliana Fugazzotto) on Nota 3. Ennio Morricone “La sedia electrica” from La sedia electrica 4. Joan Baez “La Ballata di Sacco y Vanzetti” from La Ballata di Sacco y Vanzetti 5. Felipe Radicetti “Carta de Bartolomeu Vanzetti” from Sacco & Vanzetti on Mills Records 6. Felipe Radicetti “Tema da Execução” from Sacco & Vanzetti on Mills Records 7. Felipe Radicetti “Immigrantes” from Sacco & Vanzetti on Mills Records 8. Felipe Radicetti “O Corredor da Morte” from Sacco & Vanzetti on Mills Records 9. Listen →

  • HGS#11 - YOTOWN! Yonkers, where true love conquers!
    by Jorge Arévalo Mateus on September 10, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    This episode is about the importance of place; where you grew up, and what music had an impact on your identity. (Note: Some tech issues are reflected in the audio quality). Nevertheless, this playlist was gathered from Yonkersonians and the songs they associate with YOTOWN! 1. Neil Simon “Lost in Yonkers” composed by Elmer Bernstein from Lost in Yonkers 2. Chip Taylor “Yonkers Girls” from Yonkers NY (2009) 3. Simon & Garfunkel “Cecilia” from Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970) on Columbia (USA) 4. Rex Smith “You Take My Breath Away” from Sooner or Later (1979) on Columbia/Legacy 5. Barbra Streisand & Louis Armstrong “Hello, Dolly!” from Hello, Dolly! (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture) (1969) 6. Ella Fitzgerald “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” from Ella Fitzgerald: The Voice of Jazz (1953) 7. Lovin Spoonful “Summer in the City” from A Real Spoonful of the Lovin Spoonful 8. Martha Listen →

  • HGS FREE to ROCK! Episode #10
    by Jorge Arévalo Mateus on August 12, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    Interview with FREE to Rock producer Doug Yeager, discusses the documentary and music. Playlist includes: 1. Stas Namin & the Flowers - "The Wall" 2. The Cuff Links- "Guided Missiles" 3. Elvis Presley - "Blue Suede Shoes" 4. Pete Anderson and the Swamp Shakers - "Baby I'm Crazy About You" 5. Beatles -"Twist & Shout" 6. Beach Boys -"Break Away" 7. Dean Reed -"This Train" 8. Elektrik Tank -"Red Hot Lipstick" 9. Billy Joel -"Matter of Trust" 10. Scorpions -"Winds of Change" 11. Metallica -"Enter the Sandman" Listen →

  • Hurdy Gurdy Songs Episode #9 - Cold Wars, Part 2
    by Jorge Arévalo Mateus on August 3, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    Second episode highlights Cold War songs from the 1950s up to the late 1960s, and some recent Woody Guthrie. Here's the Playlist: 1. "I'm No Communist" - Lulu Belle & Scotty 2. "Get that Communist, Joe"- The Kavaliers 3. "Sputniks and Mutniks" - Ray Anderson 4. "Hydrogen Bomb" - Al Rex 5. "World's On Fire" - Jay Farrar/Woody Guthrie 6. "Fallout Shelter" - Peter Scott Peters 7. "Eve of Destruction" - Barry McGuire 8. "Dawn of Correction" - The Spokesmen 9. "Ain't I Right" - Marty Robbins 10. "Poor Left Winger" - Janet Green Listen →

  • Hurdy Gurdy Songs - Walls and Cold Wars, part 1 (#8)
    by Jorge Arévalo Mateus on July 27, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    Since we're reliving Cold War tensions and proliferation of Walls, here are some Hurdy Gurdy Songs: 1. Jawaher Shofani “Nami (Lament)” from Lullabies from the Axis of Evil (2004) 2. Amalio Martinez, Leonor Almanza & Mimi Goese “Lonely Traveler / la Enorme Distancia” from Songs Across Walls of Separation (2008) 3. Daniel Bujord Delgado, East Hill Singers & Nidia Edith Lorea “Sorrow of My Eyes / Amor Eterno” from Songs Across Walls of Separation (2008) 4. Anoushka Shankar “Dissolving Boundaries” from Land of Gold on Deutsche Grammophon Classics 5. Rachel Portman “Never See Your Children Again” composed by Rachel Portman from A Dog's Purpose (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) on Back Lot Music 6. The Beatles “Back In the U.S.S.R.” from The Beatles (White Album) (12 Inch, 1968) on EMI UK 7. Slim Galliard Quartette “Atomic Cocktail” from Slim Gailard: The Ultimate Collection 8. Roy Acuff Listen →

  • Hurdy Gurdy Songs #7- President Blues & more.
    by Jorge Arévalo Mateus on July 20, 2018 at 12:17 am

    Here's the playlist. Enjoy! Will. I. Am. “Yes We Can” from Yes We Can NAS “Black President” from Nas on NAS / SONY Jadakiss, Style P, Common “Why” from Why Augie and the Black Tears “Obama Blues” from Obama Blues - Single on Kevin Kat Records Tail Dragger “Hillary” from Hillary Le Tigre “I'm with Her” from I'm with Her - Single on Le Tigre Records David Rovics “God's Gift to the Caliphate (Live)” from Letter to My Landlord on David Rovics Ryan Harvey “Old Man Trump (feat. Ani DiFranco & Tom Morello)” from Old Man Trump (feat. Ani DiFranco & Tom Morello) - Single (2016) Samm Bennett “Don't Let the Door Hit You” from Don't Let the Door Hit You on Polarity YG “FDT (feat. Nipsey Hussle)” from FDT (feat. Nipsey Hussle) - Single (2016) on Def Jam Recordings Fiona Apple “Tiny Hands” from Donald Trump Is a Piece of Shit Alaska Native Heritage Listen →

  • HG#6 President Blues - Part 1
    by Jorge Arévalo Mateus on July 11, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    With special guest Lamont Jack Pearly, here's the playlist of Blues songs about US presidents and the Hurdy Gurdy blues that come with them: 1. J.B. Lenoir - "Eisenhower Blues" (2:51) 2. Little Walter -"Dead Presidents" (2:52) 3. Avery Brady-"Poor Kennedy" (2:40) 4. Champion Jack Dupree-"President Kennedy Blues" (4:13) 5. Louisiana Red and Carey Bell -"Reagan is for the Rich Man" (2:50) 6. Willie Eason - "Franklin D. Roosevelt, a poor man's friend" (5:59) 7. Howlin' Wolf - "Watergate Blues" (3:11) 8. Big Joe Williams - "Watergate Blues" (1:48) 9. George Jarkesy - "Bad Obama Blues" (5:29) Listen →

  • Hurdy Gurdy Songs #4 - Environmental (episode 1)
    by Jorge Arévalo Mateus on June 23, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    This is the first episode with Hurdy Gurdy Songs about the environment, climate change, global warming, oil spills, destruction of the natural world. Enjoy! Listen →

  • Hurdy Gurdy Songs - Episode #3
    by Jorge Arévalo Mateus on June 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    UNWANTED: Immigrants & Refugees Listen →