Zimbabwe’s finest jazz export, guitarist Oliver Mtukudzi, has passed away in the capital city of Harare. He was 66 years old, and left a stellar legacy of 66 albums. Read his obituary here, courtesy of the BBC, and also at Eyewitness News Zimbabwe.
The single that would make Joy Division an international phenomenon is celebrating 40 years since its creation. It sounds as gloriously shattered today as it did then, and served as the gem in the crown of a brief but powerful catalog. Where did the time go??
Bandcamp’s weekly shows are a great way to explore music you probably wouldn’t normally run into. It’s certainly true in my case, as I know little about hip-hop, modern soul, or a handful of the other genres ably covered by DJ Andrew Jervis, though he’s in my wheelhouse when it comes to ‘World’ music and […]
2019 is off to a flying start! Several of my favorite musicians and/or composers are quite actively broadening their catalogs, and our old friend, Abquexa (among his many aliases) has returned to the blog with a disc that could be described as ‘avant-pop’. The tunes fit the normal song structure, but the weirdness in each […]
I have a deep interest in Old Prussian culture, as a thread of my own ancestry comes from the region now known as Kaliningard, though it was once East Prussia. I’m impressed to see that some bands are trying hard to preserve the culture. All credit for the music of Āustras Laīwan goes to Aleks Āulaukis, […]
London-based Kazakh musician Aisha Orazbayeva has become one of my favorite active violinists. She’s paired in this EP with Tim Etchells who adds spoken vocals, which work perfectly.
H. J. Ayala has been featured here before, providing some mightily atmospheric guitar playing. His current release has to be his darkest yet, however. The entrance to the album (appropriately titled “Entrada“) feels like the beginning of a horror movie with a proper budget. The tension is palpable. It gets deeper in feel from then […]