Awesome Tapes From Africa is lucky to have an owner who has a deep passion for the music he puts out. PopMatters.com lets Awesome head honcho Brian Shimkovitz hold court. It’s worth checking out Brian’s blog which started his interest in African music.
The Hum Blog introduces Ored Recordings and their aesthetic to the world. Check out their Bandcamp site – it’s loaded with amazing ethnic music from parts of Russia.
Jeff Treppel of Bandcamp does a decent job of introducing new audiences to some rather wonderful Italian progressive rock, both old and new, here on Bandcamp’s WordPress blog.
From the Bandcamp article, which can be found here: Russian techno is stylistically varied—from ultra industrial to sleazy disco, hazy cassette labels to crisp and urbane house. But often there’s a moodiness, an underlying bleakness to the sound that feels like it’s channeling a harsher Soviet past. Certainly, experimentation is rife, and “live”-ness is important—musicians …
Matthew Higgs of The Guardian bears the bad news that Joy Division, whose music, as he says, ‘was cold and detached’, were actually a fun lot.
“Batsumi” Is A South African Gem Made In The Face of Oppression A classic jazz album from South Africa is highlighted. Ken Vandermark’s Indefatigable Drive and Avant-Garde Vision The leading light of American free jazz speaks. The New Wave of East African Sound A good primer on what new music is popping up in the …
What a disheartening thought… Thanks to my Galician brother, Andres, for sending me this link from NPR.
A dream-touched record, Orient‘s music continues to linger long after the Eastern-flavored tones have faded. An unexpected confusion of static opens the record, but a flowing drone soon straightens everything out, ebbing and flowing with its mystical practices and ancient atmospheres. Orient both trembles and echoes. The dreamy notes are always falling, like a loose …
Uganda isn’t the first place one thinks about regarding electronic music, but thanks to the Internet, boundless curiosity and many visits by those promoting the genre (such as C-Drik of Syrphe Records), the scene is growing into something rather healthy and strong. More on the scene courtesy of Bandcamp.
My friends and colleagues from Spain’s finest jazz radio program, La Montaña Rusa, dedicate a program to the work of guitarist Allan Holdsworth, who passed away this week. Click on Allan’s picture or here to listen to the podcast.