Living in Hi-Fi

Living in Hi-Fi is a podcast about records, released every Monday. Like many record collections, ours has come together from various places: some vinyl we inherited from family, some we sought out and bought on purpose, but most of our records we fished out of dollar bins at thrift stores or dug out from deep in the crates at record stores. We love music so much that we’ll buy just about anything that looks interesting. We’ve discovered a lot of really awesome music that way and we want to share our discoveries. Some of the artists we’ve found have been forgotten about (if they were ever recognized in the first place!) and we think they deserve to be remembered and honored, or at least listened to. We feature some of our favorites: easy listening music from the 1950s and 1960s like exotica and bossa nova, as well as some oddball finds and world music from all over. Each episode, we’ll share the story behind the record we’ve chosen, a bit of history about the artist, and some highlights of the recording. Make sure to check out the show notes for each episode for more about the artist and where you can purchase the music we feature.

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Living in Hi-Fi is a podcast about records, released every Monday. Like many record collections, ours has come together from various places: some vinyl we inherited from family, some we sought out and bought on purpose, but most of our records we fished out of dollar bins at thrift stores or dug out from deep in the crates at record stores. We love music so much that we’ll buy just about anything that looks interesting. We’ve discovered a lot of really awesome music that way and we want to share our discoveries. Some of the artists we’ve found have been forgotten about (if they were ever recognized in the first place!) and we think they deserve to be remembered and honored, or at least listened to. We feature some of our favorites: easy listening music from the 1950s and 1960s like exotica and bossa nova, as well as some oddball finds and world music from all over. Each episode, we’ll share the story behind the record we’ve chosen, a bit of history about the artist, and some highlights of the recording. Make sure to check out the show notes for each episode for more about the artist and where you can purchase the music we feature.
Language
🇬🇧 English
last modified
2019-07-31 05:54
last episode published
2017-08-18 23:04
publication frequency
7.19 days
Contributors
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Flissy & Steve owner  
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Number of Episodes
62
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Episodes

Date Thumb Title & Description Contributors
18.08.2017

Bongo Rock by Michael Viner's Incredible Bongo Band

This week we feature the source material of some of the most influential tracks in hip-hop.
8.08.2017

Aion by Dead Can Dance

Do you sometimes expect whistles and instead it’s flutes? Yeah, same. 
1.08.2017

Cowboy Favorites by Clint Eastwood

What is a dogie, anyway? Cowboy Favorites LP on Real Gone Music Cowboy Favorites on AppleMusic Music of Clint Eastwood on Wikipedia Dogie on Free Dictionary The King of Tears on Malcom Gladwell’s Revisionist History Podcast Clint Eastwood Sings on Rawh...
24.07.2017

Belly Dance from Lebanon by Omar Khorshid and His Magic Guitar

This week we bring you magic (psychedelic) guitar from Lebanon Belly Dance from Lebanon on Amazon Omar Khorshid on Wikipedia Omar Khorshid Fan Website Omar Khorshid Solo Guitar on YouTube
17.07.2017

Music for an Arabian Night by Ron Goodwin and His Orchestra

This album has nothing to do with Middle Eastern music ... or does it?
10.07.2017

Maggot Brain by Funkadelic

We straighten out once and for all these eleventeen million of George Clinton projects, or at least we try.
3.07.2017

Battle Hymn of the Republic

Happy 4th of July! Nothing says patriotism like racism and suppressing civil rights. Wait, what?
19.06.2017

Cugat Cavalcade by Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra

A solid compilation of one of our favorite latin style big band artists.
12.06.2017

Dance Again by Edmundo Ros and His Orchestra

Some good old hi-fi shenanigans featuring sound zooming across channels, and lots of cha-cha-cha!
5.06.2017

Velvet Carpet by The George Shearing Quintet

We’re considering renaming this podcast "The Dinner Music Podcast." What do you think?
29.05.2017

Signs of the Zodiac: Gemini

Happy birthday, Geminis! Here's your psychedelic horoscope.
22.05.2017

Harp by Harpo Marx

We’re going to Hollywood! This week we feature serious harp playing by a legendary comedian.
15.05.2017

Hypnotique by Korla Pandit

Exotica gets meta in this episode! You won’t want to miss the biography of this artist! Korla Pandit on Wikipedia Korla Pandit Bio on Fan Webpage Korla Documentary Teaser for Korla Documentary Korla Pandit Cameo on Ed Wood
8.05.2017

3:47 by Klaatu

Slightly psychedelic prog rock allegedly recorded by The Beatles. Spoiler alert: nope, but still, recommended listening!
1.05.2017

Madness by Madness

Welcome to the 80s and songs about houses! It's the Living in Hi-Fi version of VH1 "Where are They Now?"
24.04.2017

Rain Forest by Walter Wanderley

A staple of our easy listening collection! Upbeat, loungey, bossa nova and pop on a Hammond organ.
17.04.2017

Folk Songs for the 21st Century by Sheldon Allman

This week we feature post-apocalyptic satire from an era we more often recognize for its optimism. Folk Songs for the 21st Century on AppleMusic Folk Songs for the 21st Century on Amazon Folk Songs for the 21st Century on Radioactive Green LP Sheldon ...
10.04.2017

Sail Out by Lord Cody and the Coralites

You’re probably not on vacation in the Caribbean right now, but you can imagine that you are listening to this album! Listen: Sail Out on Discogs More information: Baby's on Fire Record Cafe in Baltimore, MD Video: Lord Cody and the Coralites
3.04.2017

Thank You, Music Lovers by Spike Jones

In honor of April Fools’ Day we discuss puns, satire, and fart noises. Listen: Best of Spike Jones on AppleMusic Best of Spike Jones on Amazon More information: Spike Jones on Wikipedia Video: Der Fuehrer's Face Sabre Dance
27.03.2017

Recorded in Rio de Janeiro by Herbie Mann and João Gilberto

The best in American-Brazilian bossa nova collaboration. We only bust on Stan Getz a little bit.
20.03.2017

Heads Up! by Baja Marimba Band

Wherein we profess our undying love of 1960s A&M (despite it being problematic). Maybe Herb Alpert is over the top for you, you need something more chill? Baja Marimba Band is the answer! More information: Baja Marimba Band on Wikipedia Julius Wec...
13.03.2017

Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk by Meco

Science-fiction themes, atom punk, listener request, oh yeah and DISCO... this episode has it all. Listen: Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk on AppleMusic Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk on Amazon More information: Meco on Wikipedia Meco Interview...
6.03.2017

Magic Sword Volume 1

This album is outside of our normal easy listening because it is both a new release and EPIC. It’s got a comic book that accompanies it and musicians veiled in anonymity. We’re so into it and hope you are too. Listen: Magic Sword Store Volume 1 on App...
27.02.2017

Calypso Classics from Trinidad by Wilmoth Houdini

We discovered Wilmoth Houdini way back in episode seven! This album is a compilation of Calypso music recorded in the 1930s. Listen: Wilmoth Houdini on AppleMusic Wilmoth Houdini on WFMU More information: Wilmoth Houdini on Wikipedia Episode 7 Livin...
20.02.2017

Encore by John Gary

A new to us crooner found via digital and acquired on vinyl. You’ll love his wide range and clear tones covering some lovely vocal standards. Listen: Encore on AppleMusic Encore on Amazon More information: John Gary on Wikipedia Tribute Website Vid...
13.02.2017

Her Nibs by Georgia Gibbs

This album looks like it might be a romantic pick for Valentine’s Day. Is it? And what exactly is a nib anyway? Listen: “Her Nibs” on Amazon More information: Georgia Gibbs on Wikipedia Video: Medley of Million Sellers
6.02.2017

Afternoon in Paris by Stephane Grappelli

Some cheerful hot jazz violin will cure what ails ya. Listen: Afternoon in Paris on AppleMusic Afternoon in Paris on Amazon More information: Stephane Grappelli on Wikipedia 1989 Interview on NPR Video: Quintette du Hot Club du France Stephane Gr...
30.01.2017

Winchester Cathedral by The New Vaudeville Band

A certain podcast host loves some affected man-singing voices, but does she love fake megaphone songs? Tune in this week for a novelty hit plus random songs from the 60s with vaudevillian affect. Listen: Winchester Cathedral on AppleMusic Winchester C...
23.01.2017

Samba '68 by Marcos Valle

You are in for the most precious husband and wife duo, ever, and perhaps the best Brazilian bossa nova album recorded in the US. Listen: Samba 68 on AppleMusic Samba 68 on Amazon More information: Marcos Valle on Wikipedia Marcos Valle on VinylFact...
16.01.2017

Savage Island by the Bomboras

We thought this would be an exotica album but it’s some lo-fi punk surf rock revival. Fire up your tiki torches anyway and have a listen! Listen: Savage Island on AppleMusic  Savage Island on Amazon More information: The Bomboras on Wikipedia Video...
9.01.2017

Cheerful Little Earful by Johnny Guarnieri

We got this album in a super roundabout way, but we finally got it! Some swinging intrepretations of jazz standards by a prolific, but under-recognized pianist. Listen: Cheerful Little Earful on AppleMusic More information: Johhny Guarnieri on Wikip...
2.01.2017

Pamyu Pamyu Revolution by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

Kawaii! Harajuku! J-Pop! We shake things up a little with a newer release. Apparently this business went viral in 2011 but we’re nerds so we’re just finding out about it now via listener contribution.  Listen: Pamyu Pamyu Revolution on Amazon Pamyu Pa...
26.12.2016

Christmas 2001: A Space Age Adventure by Flo Price

Teaser: Truly, this album has all the warning signs of being terrible. Christmas in the distant future of 2001, missionaries to outer space (?), low budget children’s music… But it’s actually pretty good! More information: Christmas 2001 on Discogs 2...
19.12.2016

A Merry Mancini Christmas by Henry Mancini

Part two of our holiday series, we bring you a low-key, yet festive Christmas album from movie composer extraordinaire, Henry Mancini. Listen: A Merry Mancini Christmas on AppleMusic A Merry Mancini Christmas on Amazon More information: Henry Mancin...
12.12.2016

We Wish You a Merry Christmas by Ray Conniff and the Ray Conniff Singers

Perhaps the quintessential Christmas album? We encourage you to start your own Ray Conniff style caroling flash mob and take advantage of these extraordinarily festive arrangements of classic holiday songs. Listen: We Wish You a Merry Christmas on App...
5.12.2016

3rd Festival da Música Popular Brasiliera

It's a special birthday episode! To celebrate co-host Steve's birthday, we count down the top four songs from the 3rd Festival Da Music Popular Brasiliera from 1967, via the 3-LP collection. Stay tuned for a most epic geek-out about Brazilian music and...
28.11.2016

Elektra Folk Sampler

A listener request brings us folk songs from all over the world and we trace the path of a one-man recording operation to booming multimedia empire. More information: Elektra Records on Wikipedia The Elektra Story by David Edwards, Mike Callahan and P...
21.11.2016

Going Places by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass

A staple of your local thrift store-dollar bin, and a long-time favorite artist of Living in Hi-Fi, Herb Alpert! All the upbeat, easy-listening brass you can handle, and some trivia about Herb Alpert’s diverse artistic interests. Listen: Going Places ...
14.11.2016

Return of the Parche by Steve Jordan

On this week’s episode, we feature a listener contribution! Pour yourself a margarita and settle in for some lively Tex-Mex accordion. Listen: Return of El Parche on AppleMusic Return of El Parche on Amazon More information: Steve Jordan on Wikipedi...
7.11.2016

Ragtime Jug Stompers by Dave van Ronk

This album could totally have been made today by some earnest hipsters. It could be you and your neighbor who home-brews playing jugs and washboards on the porch. But no! It’s from 1964. A playful and timeless album of early jazz, blues, and folk tunes...
31.10.2016

Blues for Dracula by Philly Joe Jones Sextet

We love Halloween! A rather silly impression of Bela Lugosi as Dracula introduces a solid hard bop jazz album from 1958. Listen: Blues for Dracula on AppleMusic Blues for Dracula on Amazon More information: Philly Joe Jones on Wikipedia Video: Dru...
24.10.2016

West Side Story's Dynamic George Chakiris

George Chakiris is a highly underrated vocalist. Best known for his role as Bernardo in West Side Story, in this self-titled album, George Chakiris sings effortless renditions of some pop standards. Listen: George Chakiris on AppleMusic More informat...
17.10.2016

Softly by Wanda Sá

Wanda Sá (AKA Wanda de Sah) has the quintessential bossa nova singing voice: so sweet and gentle! It’s showcased beautifully in this American production on Capital from 1965. Listen: Softly! on AppleMusic Brasil ’65/Softly! on Amazon More information...
10.10.2016

The Joy of Belly Dancing by George Abdo

Let’s head to the 1970s, the golden era for… belly dance? Indeed! This classic belly dance album that could be considered early “world fusion” with its traditional songs from the Middle East repackaged for American night clubs. Listen: Joy of Belly Da...
3.10.2016

Volume 4 for Living in Hi-Fi

Listening to records isn't just a hobby, it's a lifestyle. A selection from RCA victor's Hi-Fi Living series sets the mood for lounging and romance. More information: For Hi-Fi Living (blog post series)
26.09.2016

The Surfers at High Tide

You'd think that by this album cover, you're in for some surf rock, but in fact, you'll find a collection of exotica themed pop songs with traditional Hawaiian vocal stylizations and sweet harmony. Easy listening for your next luau! Listen: The Surfer...
19.09.2016

Foggy Mountain Banjo by Flatt and Scruggs

Shredding on the banjo? Yeah, that’s a thing. Let’s take a trip to Appalachia with some instrumental bluegrass from 1961 by Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs.   Listen: Foggy Mountain Banjo on Amazon Best of Flatt and Scruggs TV Show on DVD More informat...
12.09.2016

Look Around by Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66

One of our all-time favorite albums! A staple of our collection from A&M records, Sergio Mendes and Brazil '66 perfectly fuse bossa nova and american pop. Stellar arrangement and crystal clear lady vocals make this album shine.   Listen: Look Aroun...
5.09.2016

Dancing at the Grosvenor House by Sydney Lipton and His Orchestra

This week we deliver a charming collection of foxtrots and such for dancing or for a simply sophisticated evening at home via London's long-time dance band leader, Sydney Lipton. Listen: Sweet Harmony & Dancing at the Grosvenor House on AppleMusic ...
29.08.2016

Rhapsody in White by The Love Unlimited Orchestra

There’s more to Barry White than just his sexy baritone voice. This episode, we check out his masterful and funky proto-disco instrumental arrangements.   Listen: Rhapsody in White on AppleMusic   More Information: Love Unlimited Orchestra Barry White ...