Episode 21: ¿Qué onda?

Written by on July 20, 2017

Le Monde Fabuleux des Yamasuki (detail).


Two friends recently explained to me the meaning of ¿qué onda? One described it simply as the “what’s up” of Mexico and certain South American countries. He added that in certain company the phrase might have a more, let’s say, steamy connotation. The other offered the following translation: “what are the vibes?” I was taken. What a useful question! Vibes are everything, and you gotta know ’em. Given that this week’s show has no unifying theme aside from its vibes, I figured the best I could do was pose this question to you.


What are the vibes? My own short answer is: kaleidoscopic. My longer answer: a barnstorming trip through doo-wop-inflected soul, stomping girl-group gems, capped with a much-needed cover of the Beatles’ promising but listlessly recorded “What You’re Doing”. Then a hard left into deep grooves from the ’60s and ’70s, gathered from around the world with hardly a lick of English to be found. Sound good? Well, have at it.






  • Moon Bird
    The Roger Webb Sound
    Vocal Patterns
  • I See Her Pretty Face
    Grand Prix's
    Eccentric Soul: The Big Mack Label
  • Go On and Cry
    The Mynah Birds (with Neil Young & Rick James)
    The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 6: 1966
  • I Can't See Nobody
    The Aubrey Twins
    The Best of Chase Records, Vol. 2: Gotta Have Love
  • You Know
    Angela Strange & Jennifer Lewis
    Dream Babes, Vol. 5: Folk Rock and Faithfull
  • These Are Love
    The Santells
  • Dusty
    Rag Dolls
  • Gone
    Timi Yuro
    I'm a Star Now: Rarities, 1956-1982
  • What You're Doing
    The Fantastic Dee-Jays
    The Fantastic Dee-Jays
  • Autumn Aria
    The Roger Webb Sound
    Vocal Patterns
  • Death Rides a Horse (De uomo a uomo)
    Ennio Morricone
    Death Rides a Horse
  • Deja Que Me Vaya
    Flor de Cordoba
    Llorando en Silencio
  • Manhã de Carnival
    Claudine Longet
    The Look of Love
  • Betchayén Tèkezié
    Gètatchèw Kassa
    Ethiopiques, Vol. 8: Swinging Addis (1968-1975)
  • Nootet al Daaf
    Faiza Ahmed
    Eastern Standard Time
  • Naughty Boy
    Tafo, feat. Nahid Akhtar
    Life Is Dance! Plugged-In Sounds of Wonder at the Pakistani Picture House
  • Descripción
    Elia y Elizabeth
    La Onda de Elia y Elizabeth
  • Underground
    Quarteto Em Cy
    Quarteto Em Cy [1972]
  • Aisere I Love You
    Le Monde Fabuleux des Yamasuki
  • Shura no Hana
    Meiko Kaji
    Zenkyoku Shu

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