Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
This is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. It comes from Columbia. It comes from long ago, it manifests itself now and echos the future. I can hear so much of humanity/the world's different cultures in it. What comes to mind metaphorically is the fact that there was once a super continent that scientists call "Columbia", which seems fitting. Here is wikipedia's entry, it's your job to hear/see where I coming from or to dismiss my thoughts as that of a crazy man washing his cat with a sponge whilst listening to world music:
"Columbia is estimated to have been about 12,900 kilometres from North to South, and about 4,800 km across at its broadest part. The east coast of India was attached to western North America, with southern Australia against western Canada. Most of South America spun so that the western edge of modern-day Brazil lined up with easternNorth America, forming a continental margin that extended into the southern edge of Scandinavia."
Fantastic marimba playing from Groupo Gualajo de Columbia. Columbia has such a rich musical history, it's a shame the rest of the world hardly takes notice.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Really lovely sitar duo between father and son. I highly recommend Ustad Vilayat Khan's album: The Supreme Genius... It is great for meditating or just simply relaxing. You can download it in great audio quality over at the wonderful blog Ghost Capital.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Fantastic version of Heard It Through The Grapevine by a fantastic punk band called The Slits. That bassline! That breakdown!
Really crazy good throat singer/accordion player from Mongolia. Tuvan throat singing is a really amazing style of music that is relatively unknown. The masters of this form of music are able to sing up to four notes at a time, in effect allowing them to harmonize with themselves. If you would like to hear more/know more about Tuvan throat singing look up my good friend Db Pedersen, he is one of the best in the midwest. Also, there is a great documentary called Genghis blues which is an enjoyable watch and centers around Tuvan throat singing. Whole film here: Genghis Blues
Sun Ra is one of my all time favorite jazz artists and this is one of my favorite tracks from him. Someone in the comments section says it well: "If you keep listening to Sun Ra, over time, many of his tracks seem to grow and change in mysterious ways."