[Music] BlindººCoyote – A Beginner’s Guide To Hard Hat Color Coding

A Beginner’s Guide To Hard Hat Color Coding is a new project by BlindººCoyote, longstanding monicker of Drem Bruinsma, a Dutch-born composer now based in Alicante, Spain, whose work under this moniker reminds me of peak-period Cluster finding a bit of time to carouse with an early-wave Industrial band (think Cabaret Voltaire’s more daring experimental […]

[Music] Bi Kyo Ran – Parallax

Thanks to Guy Segers for publishing this classic of Japanese progressive rock. Bi Kyo Ran were rather unfairly tagged as a Japanese King Crimson clone.  By this album, that image was finally shed. They are apparently still active doing soundtracks for TV shows in Japan, but I can’t imagine any of the new material having […]

[Music] Soliman Gamil – A Map of Egypt Before the Sands

It’s for albums like this that I have such a love of Bandcamp.  This release originally came out in 1997, and was a collection of pieces of Soliman Gamil’s other records for the Touch Label.  Though they would have made lovely soundtrack music, it’s more an exploration of and experimentation with Egyptian classical music.  A […]

[Podcast] Ottoman History Podcast – The Gardens of Mughal Kashmir

The Ottoman History Podcast is among the most intriguing weekly (or so) listens I indulge in.  In this particular episode, hosts Nir Shafir and Polina Ivanova discuss gardening with landscape architect Jan Haenraets about this history of the region’s famed gardens, the political implications of conservancy and so on.

[Music] Various Artists – Ibimeni : Garifuna traditional music from Guatemala

Sub Rosa released a compilation of Garifuna music recorded and produced by Juan Carlos Barrios (aka Radio Zumbido). It’s a wonderfully horn-and-lullaby laden compilation of wonderful music straddling between the Guatemalan border, Honduras, parts of Nicaragua and Belize, where African and indigenous cultures collide. Yet another stellar compilation.