Yet another African music reissue specialist has popped up. This time, it’s Hot Casa Records out of Paris, France. Their latest is a remastered gem from Beninois singer Stanislas Tolon which was recorded in Ghana in 1979.
One of Frank Zappa’s more poignant tunes, it fits today’s mood. The torture, indeed, never stops.
Legendary Can bassist and recording engineer Holger Czukay passed away today. He was 79 years old. Pitchfork Magazine reports about his passing here. Many thanks to my friend, Michael Schneider, for posting this video, which we share in Holger’s honor. Rest in peace.
Steely Dan bassist and songwriter Walter Becker passed away today. Variety Magazine provides a eulogy for him here. Inside the article is a statement given by his friend and fellow band member, Donald Fagen. In his honor, I post the song that first attracted me to the band.
Egyptian-American composer Halim El-Dabh may well have been the first person to compose a piece in the style of Musique Concrète. There are arguments as to whether he or Pierre Schaeffer were first, and no one can say for sure. Sadly, he departed this mortal coil yesterday. Many thanks to my friend, George Miskedakis, for …
What a magnificent find! Salah Ragab is the father of Egyptian Jazz. He produces a sound that blends the best elements of the venerable genre, as well as bits of Latin, soundtrack, and even cha-cha-cha in his concoction.
Companyia Elèctrica Dharma are a band out of Barcelona, Spain. They manage to mix jazz (ethnic and free), fusion, progressive rock, and even touches of folk into their compositions.
Another fine podcast by Slovakian vinyl hound Adam Kvasnica! The only problem here is that we’d really love a track listing. Otherwise, this is, hands down, the best podcast on Mixcloud!
It’s not often that I get to post on a release from Haiti, as I’ve never really had reliable contacts who could guide me to what treasures lie underneath that island which suffers so much. This release from Ostinato Records, a small label out of New York who are doing some incredible reissues from various …
Thanks to Pista Sin Titulo, who posted this amazing album of Estonian pop from between the sixties to the eighties.