Fonotopia “deeply rich;” no “collector-nerd moss”

Posted in Uncategorized by nissarhusseinkhan on September 9, 2010

There’s a real nice blurb about Fonotopia up at PRX, the public radio website/marketplace we keep yammering on about. David Srebnik, PRX’s Music Format Curator, makes it a September pick and calls it “a deeply rich hour of music and compelling storytelling.” He also says that Ian “has not gathered any collector-nerd moss along the way.” We agree on both points.

Tell your local public radio station about Fonotopia, and please tell us that you’ve told them so we can follow up with them.

Thanks to PRX — we love what they do, and we’re tickled to get David’s recommendation.

Ian on NPR’s Tell Me More

Posted in Uncategorized by nissarhusseinkhan on August 24, 2010

You’ve read the Washington Post Magazine profile. Now check out Ian on NPR’s Tell Me More. Want to hear more of Ian on public radio? Tell your local member station they can license episodes of Fonotopia for broadcast at the Public Radio Exchange!

Profile of Ian in Washington Post Magazine

Posted in Uncategorized by nissarhusseinkhan on August 23, 2010

Writer Jason Cherkis published a long, beautifully-written profile of Ian in the Washington Post Magazine today.

If you’re joining us here for the first time after reading it–welcome! Fonotopia has hour-long episodes on a theme, and we’ve got one-song “Fonotopia Shorts” about particular musicians. You’ll be transported to Ian’s world of resurrected music, and you’ll feel better about the real world when you get back.

If you’ve been here before, now’s a good time to revisit Ian’s Fonotopia Short about Marika Papagika, or even listen to the entire episode about the music of the Ottoman Empire.

Thanks for dropping by. If you like what you hear, tell your local public radio station that it’s easy to start broadcasting us: just visit our page at the Public Radio Exchange.

Help Get Fonotopia on the Airwaves!

Posted in Uncategorized by nissarhusseinkhan on August 11, 2010

Dearest Fonotopia listeners,

Thank you for all the support and listening so far. We love putting the show together, and it means so much to see it making so many people happy.

We’re excited to announce that we’ve set up Fonotopia on the Public Radio Exchange. What does that mean? That means if a radio station wants to broadcast Fonotopia, all they have to do is go to Fonotopia’s page at PRX.


Ian on the Turkish “Pretty Boy Floyd”

Posted in Uncategorized by nissarhusseinkhan on March 19, 2010

After you’re done at the Fonotopia blog, head on over to Excavated Shellac. Ian has a beast of an article on a revenge-themed song from 1910 that he says is basically the Turkish version of Woody Guthrie’s “Pretty Boy Floyd.”

You’ll hear this song when we post Fonotopia episode #3, Music of the Ottoman Empire. Keep your eyes and ears peeled!

Proto-Fonotopia on Maryland Morning

Posted in Uncategorized by nissarhusseinkhan on February 3, 2010

In June 2009, Ian tapped his vast 78rpm collection to let listeners of WYPR’s Maryland Morning hear a few favorites, including a song by two Indian women that he swears are sisters and a South African hit that was covered by Louis Armstrong, Bill Haley and the Comets, and Lawrence Welk. Take a listen:

In December, he returned to introduce us to the world of Greek hash den music:
Keep reading…