Saturday, October 31, 2015

Timbuktu Official Trailer (2015) - Oscar Nominee, Best Foreign Language ...

DVD Review: Timbuktu—Jihad for Dummies
A gazelle zigzags through the landscape while macho maniacs fire at it with guns. That represents fragile systems under attack. Remember 'Bambi Meets Godzilla'? The same macho maniacs then destroy cultural artifacts as a matter of (religious) course, anything a threat to the doctrines and dictates of dogma. People are corralled and cajoled into concentration camps of convenience for the sake of religion without reason and even less rhyme: neither cigarettes, music, nor football—God forbid alcohol—are allowed.

I think everybody has at least some vague recollection of the events that occurred in northern Mali in 2012, when Arab jihadis basically co-opted the desert nomadic Tuaregs' long wished-for dreams of an Azawad homeland, using them in their quest for a fundamentalist Islamist state, then basically hanging the Tuaregs out to dry before the central Bamako government—with French help—regained control.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Steve Earle -- "Mississippi, It's Time"

I'm officially casting my vote, right here right now.  Lock it up in a museum!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Habib Koité & Bamada - Massakè

Mali has the best music of any country in the world; this is just one of many...

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Erykah Badu - Your Mind (Live)

Live soul, bordering on the blues, bordering on the badlands, bordering on the news...

Monday, October 26, 2015

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Friday, October 23, 2015

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Dengue Fever - Tokay (opbmusic)

ตุ๊กแก the gecko, not the cheap wine...

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Sylvan Esso - Coffee (Live on KEXP)

Morning coffee, riffing on TJ & Shondells, diving for dough, nuts...

Monday, October 19, 2015

Silversun Pickups - Nightlight (Official Video)

Like day for night, blanc pour noir, LA for Paris, leaves me breathless; still miss that auto dealership on Sunset for some reason, don't know why, residual memory from another dream; what was the name?  

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Nu - MAN O TO (Original Mix).wmv

khonak an dam ke neshinim dar eyvan, man o to
be do naghsho be do soorat, be yeki jan, man o to
khosh o faregh ze khorafat-e-parishan, man o to
man o to, bi man o to, jam' shavim az sar-e-zogh
the pleasant moment of sitting in front of the door, me and you.
with two figures and two faces, with one life, me and you.
joyful and careless, free from distracting myths, me and you.
me and you, without us (ego), gather because of virtu (love)--Rumi

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Elemotho - Kgala!Namib (live)

Greetings from Windhoek, the other South (West) Africa...

Friday, October 16, 2015

DVD Review: The Lunchbox--Like Chilies for Curry...

The Lunchbox poster.jpg
Talk about Bollywood movies and the natural assumption is that there's a few lines of plot to punctuate the extended song-and-dance that Indian audiences seem to want in large doses, sweet as the sugar-laden confections that spike the carbs at the end of an otherwise mostly veg plate of Indian food—with curry. There has to be curry: season to taste. Some like it hot. But 'The Lunchbox' plays for subtlety; that means there are changes in the Indian market or this movie is made for foreign audiences, or both. Stay tuned for more...

Radio Krioyo Live

Live stream from.... Curacao?  Papiamento language?  Somebody help me here...

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Ylja - Full Performance (Live on KEXP)

Icelandicana, evoking images of long lonesome geothermal midnight suns...

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Gigi - "Enoralehu"

Now for some exotic product from Ethiopia...

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Monday, October 12, 2015

Tame Impala - Let It Happen

All this running around... I can't fight it much longer

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Friday, October 09, 2015

Sarah Jaffe - Clementine

Life by the 50's, time wasted? Think not...

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Novalima - Full Performance (Live on KEXP)

Un poco de ritmo y color desde la niebla de Africa hasta la niebla de Seattle por via de la niebla de Lima, loco viaje... 

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Hindi Zahra - Beautiful Tango

DVD Review: Automata—Clunker with a Heart of Gold

I missed this movie when it came out a year ago, but that's nothing new. I miss a lot. And foreign-made films don't always rate first response from the American press. I suspect that's why the reviews were not so good, either. Hollywood loves nothing so much as itself, even with Antonio Banderas in the lead role and Dylan McDermott and Melanie Griffith backing up. It's just not a Hollywood flick and that speaks volumes. Even Robert Rodriguez rates better press than this from his Texas stronghold, but then he follows the bang-bang playbook to a 'T'.

Okay, so 'Automata' might not be 'Birdman' or even 'Matrix', but it's not bad, not bad at all. It's not easy making a good sci-fi film. It has to be 'scientific' enough for that crowd, yet realistic enough to be believable, and still satisfy the human need for narrative and sympathy—not easy. Apparently the main beef seems to be that it doesn't live up to its promise. Geez! Give it credit for even having a promise! Most sci-fi flicks don't, and action films don't even pretend to..

'The Matrix' was great, but totally unbelievable. 'Star Wars' doesn't even count. That's just live-action animation based on the 'Hero with a 1000 Faces' mono-myth like 1000 other stories. And space-based tales like it and 'Star Trek' are largely a failed paradigm now—too bad—though '2001' will never be surpassed in that genre. Space is dead—for now. Wait for the Mars space program—if we're lucky. So we're left with robots for our science fix, still relevant if kept up-to-date.

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