Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Natalia Lafourcade - Hasta la Raíz

"I carry you inside, down to the root"....

Monday, September 28, 2015

Beach Baby - Ladybird

Just one more day of summer, please? And a liter of eternal youth on the side...

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Bonobo - Black Sands

Sunday Serenity: Get it while you still can...

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Friday, September 25, 2015

Shake It Off

Remember the old Taylor Swift classic from a few months ago? Brilliant exercise in musical relativity, what goes around, comes around...

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Terakaft: New Album 'Alone', Still Second Best, and that's good...

Any discussion of the musical genre 'Tuareg Desert Blues” starts and
ends with one word: Tinariwen. They basically invented the genre,
built the playbook and have since spawned dozens of friends, fans,
and imitators from all adjacent regions, from Libya to Burkina Faso,
from Bombino to Tamikrest, usually with native costume, always with
jangly guitars. I've even considered learning the language myself
just to get some lyrical insight...

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Allah Las - Tell Me (What's On Your Mind) (Official Video)

Song with a certain 'tude, no religion required إن شاء الله

Monday, September 21, 2015

New Order - Restless (Official Video)

New tunes from old masters are always welcome, especially when they're good...

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Khruangbin - A Calf Born In Winter - Official Video

เครื่องบิน = Airplane 

Sunday Serenity: Sometimes the best things from Thailand are not Thai at all...

Saturday, September 19, 2015

DVD review: Rosewater and Julep, Movies and Reality, USA and Aryan Iran...

Imagine a place out on the steppes of Asia, the stepping stones to Europe, maybe the Caucasus, or somewhere farther east, out on the outskirts of the civvies and the cities, say maybe 5-6000 years ago, with the climes warming up and paths leading north, where a group of people probably only a few thousand strong, not so urban, but not so stupid, playing around with wheels and ales and axles and weapons, found a will and a way in this world, spreading outward until they gradually lost contact with each other and their languages became harder to understand, eventually to become the Celts of Europe and the Persians of Asia and the Greeks of the Mediterranean, and the Hittites who never really left, now North Europeans, South Europeans, Indians, Iranians, and... Armenians, who never really left...

...speaking related Indo-Aryan-European languages, Aryan the same word as Iran, long before it meant 'Nordic', swastika a Hindu symbol, Persian sharing words with English and Spanish, “Swas Ti Ka” meaning “hello” in Thai via Sanskrit, long before Hitler crapped on us all, long before Muslims felt like they had to fight for their lives to survive Western colonization, long before Jews decided they weren't really Middle Easterners at all, more like Europeans in fact, with all that represents...

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Monday, September 14, 2015

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