[Video] Ensemble Mtiebi – Zamtaria (from Soinari: Folk Music From Georgia Today)

This is one of those songs I’ve searched for on Youtube for years, having no luck in ever finding a copy of it. Today, after digging through my own personal archives, I found this gorgeous track, which is apparently a folk song of some note in Georgia, even appearing in films. To find this version, […]

[Video] The Cinematic Orchestra – Life Of The Bird

The Cinematic Orchestra hail from London, and their sound matches their name splendidly. Rare is the band who can work comfortably in both electronica and something akin to soundtrack music. Some try, but they don’t quite pull it off as elegantly as these lads do.

[Video] Swans – Mona Lisa, Mother Earth

I suppose some would call this The Swans’ ‘Joy Division’ phase. The album, The Burning World, showed a marked change in direction from a band who had previously sounded like the equivalent of a drunken brontosaurus stumbling into his cave after a healthy drinking binge (and yes, that’s a good thing). Since they reformed, their […]

[Video] Fela Ramsome Kuti & The Africa ’70 – Afrodisiac

Quite a monster of an album by Nigeria’s finest, Fela Kuti. The track listing for this album is: 01 “Alu Jon Jonki” – 12:41 02 “Jeun Ko Ku (Chop ‘n Quench)” – 7:14 03 “Eko Ile” – 6:41 04 “Je’nwi Temi (Don’t Gag Me)” – 13:15

[Video] Heldon – In Wake Of King Fripp

I never quite agreed with Heldon (a.k.a. Richard Pinhas) being labeled as the French Robert Fripp. He’s his own man, and has come up with some rather amazing sounds on his own. Still, it’s quite something to hear Richard perform this paean to Frippertronics.

[Art/Literature] Lot 51: Borges, Xul Solar, and the occult.

Those who know me well will know that I’ll crow on happily about my favorite writer, Jorge Luis Borges. The Paris Review’s Maria Bustillos pens an article on the erstwhile writer, his Argentine, friend and countryman, Surrealist painter Xul Solar, and their interest in the occult.