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[Music] Various Artists – Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes from the Horn of Africa

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No need to gush over this, as Ostinato Records’ Bandcamp site tells the story beautifully: In 1988, on the eve of a two decade civil war, Somalia’s authoritarian ruler Siad Barre launched punishing air strikes on the north of the country, known today as Somaliland, in response to agitations for independence. The bombing leveled the …

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[Music] The Allman Brothers Band – Whipping Post (Live at Fillmore East 9/23/70)

Gregg Allman, singer of the legendary Allman Brothers Band, passed away due to complications from liver cancer. Too much rock and roll can, indeed, kill you, but he leaves an exceptional body of work behind, especially this smoking track from a Fillmore East performance in 1970. Thanks to Orlando Greenhill, who shared this originally.

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[Music] Polish Jazz: Era-Defining Records From Behind The Iron Curtain

Cezary Lerski lived in Los Angeles last I remember, and his label should be sainted for providing so many re-releases of classic Polish Jazz.  This new series is being handled by Languidity Records, and they also do amazing work. Liza Premiyak of The Calvert Journal has more here.

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[Music] John Cale Announces 50th Anniversary Celebration of The Velvet Underground & Nico

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It’s amazing to think that this album, which sold pitifully when it was first released, influenced almost everyone who bought it to form a band, so the legend goes. I’m very happy to hear John Cale himself had a hand in preparing this seminal release by The Velvet Underground & Nico. I simply hope the …

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