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Alan Bishop is a guitarist for the band “The Sun City Girls”. He also recorded, assembled, and edited the selections making up “Radio Algeria” from the Sublime Frequencies label, which he heads. The recording is an audio collage of radio broadcasts from North Africa, with music ranging from Berber folk to Arabic pop to sacred Islamic music plus much more. The Sublime Frequencies label is devoted to similar collages of recordings from radio and the field from areas all over the world.

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“The Sun City Girls is a United States folk music band which, since 1984, has recorded over 26 critically acclaimed albums, released in small editions by labels like Placebo, Majora, Eclipse and their own Abduction imprint. Its members are Alan Bishop, Rick Bishop, and Charles Gocher.

Originating from the Arizona punk scene which included JFA, this trio of musicians quickly began to incorporate improvisation, beat poetry, surf music, soundtrack composition and elements of South Asian, South American and African musics. Issues surrounding cultural dissemination and conspiracy have permeated their work for the past fifteen years.

The band currently resides in Seattle, Washington. Alan Bishop heads the sound archive label Sublime Frequencies and performs and releases record under the names Alvarius B and Uncle Jim. In 2005, he edited a compilation — titled Crime and Dissonance — of Ennio Morricone’s late 1960s and early 1970s soundtrack work.”

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