Having spent a week in August during my 50th birthday celebration and being hosted by my friend, Béla, I was treated to some new Hungarian bands I had, up until this point, never heard of. One which stood out was the Hobo Blues Band.
September 4 is one of those Bandcamp Fridays where the company doesn’t take its normal commission in order for the artists to either make a bit more money or donate it to the cause of their choice. Though well over 1,500 releases flooded by email inbox today, there was one which came to me from a dear friend of the blog, Raffaele Pezzella (owner of the incredible Unexplained Sounds Group, whose compilations never fail to impress.
This one is a second batch of Iranian dark ambient and experimental music composers, featuring such maestros as Xerxes The Dark, Reza Solatipour, Force Ignore and a host of names which are not only new to me, but who have managed to capture my interest rather quickly.
Today, of all days, is a fine one to introduce yourself to a fresh batch of music from Iran’s dark ambient wellspring.
A lot of my colleagues and friends enjoy Ezra Pound, as of course do I. Some have a far deeper grasp of his work than I do, mainly because I come through it from a historical angle rather than from a purely literary one.
J. L. Wall writes on Pound, the new edition of Cathay, and the giant mark he left on 20th Century literature.
New York City, despite its current malaise, will always be the mecca of music in the United States. There is no popular genre of music that didn’t explode there at one time or another. Surprisingly, it took a Swiss record label, Rocafort Records, to document the boogaloo, guaguancó and salsa scene in such a concise way. The company specializes in Latin music, and this disc features acts like Orquesta Olivieri, Ozzie Torrens and the Brooklyn Sound. Each track makes you want to raid the dance floor.