Thursday, October 30, 2014

Genre Research Project 78/1362: Shashmaqam


Shashmaqam is a Central Asian musical genre, (typical of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan), which may have developed in the city of Bukhara. Shashmaqam means the six Maqams (modes) in the Persian language, dastgah being the name for Persian modes, and maqams being the name for modes more generally.

It is a refined sort of music, with lyrics derived from Sufi poems about divine love. The instruments of shashmaqam provide an austere accompaniment to the voices. They consist, at most concerts, of a pair of long-necked lutes, the dayra, or frame drum, which, with its jingles, is very much like a tambourine, and the sato, or bowed tanbour, which vaguely resembles a bass fiddle.

It was named a UNESCO Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2003

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fill my coffers up, pop my collar up


Shabazz Palaces - "Forerunner Foray" (Lese Majesty)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Dude Incredible


Shellac - "Dude Incredible" (Dude Incredible)

Playlist for 10-23-14




Playlist for Things that Are Square on 10-23-14

(*) = New release

Jens Lekman - I Don't Want to Die Alone - The Opposite of Hallelujah

(*) Allo Darlin' - Crickets In the Rain - We Come From the Same Place
Hefner - The Sad Witch - Breaking God's Heart
The Field Mice - An Earlier Autumn - For Keeps
Jeffrey Lewis - The East River - The Last Time I Did Acid I Went Insane and Other Favorites

Vâr - In Your Arms (Final Fantasy) - Todo Muere Vol. 2 (For Andrew in Irvine, CA)
Happy Trendy - January 6 - Die Young
Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - Jeane, If You're Ever In Portland - Twinkle Echo
Skull Tape - Anon Anon - The Invisible Hand and the Descent of Man

(*) Dads - Chewing Ghosts - I'll Be the Tornado
Pedro the Lion - Big Trucks - It's Hard to Find a Friend
Built to Spill - Dystopian Dream Girl - There's Nothing Wrong With Love
The Dodos - Black Night - No Color (For Alex in Irvine, CA)

Chain and the Gang - Interview with the Chain Gang - Down with Liberty...Up with Chains!
Reigning Sound - I'd Much Rather Be With the Boys - Time Bomb High School
Frank Black - Headache - Teenager of the Year
Mi Ami - Latin Lover - Steal Your Face

(*) Scott Walker + Sunn O))) - Lullaby - Soused
Popol Vuh - Oh Wie Nah Ist Der Weg Hinab - Leztze Tage, Leztze Nächt
(*) Zammuto - Your Time - Anchor

(*) Aphex Twin - PAPAT4 (pineal mix) - Syro
Techno Animal - Freefall - The Brotherhood of the Bomb
Container - Adhesive - Adhesive
(*) Cut Hands - The Claw - Festival of the Dead

(*) QT - Hey QT - Hey QT

I been sick since the uterus


Lil Ugly Mane - "Bitch I'm Lugubrious" (Mista Thug Isolation)

Friday, October 24, 2014

I’m chasing death or glory, whichever comes first


John Moreland - "Nobody Gives a Damn About Songs Anymore" (In the Throes)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Playlist for 10-16-14 (Zoie's Afrobeat Party Edition)



Hey guys!

I was gone last week. But Zoie from Sound-Houses filled in, admirably. Here's what she played for you.

Honey Machine / Shake Your Body / Honey Machine 
Rob / Make It Fast Make It Slow / Make It Fast Make It Slow
Joe Moks / Boys & Girls / Boys & Girls
Mbiri Young Stars / Ndiri Ndanogio Niwe / Kenya Special (Selected East African Recordings from the 1970s & 80s)
CK Mann & His Carousel 7 / Asafo Beesuon (medley) / Funky Highlife

Charlotte Dada / Don't Let Me Down (Live in Ghana, 1971) / Youtube
Dark City Sisters / Langa More / Golden Afrique Vol. 3
S.E. Rogie / Easy Baby / Palm Wine Guitar Music
Lijadu Sisters / Orere Eljigbo / Horizon Unlimited
Blackman Akeeb Kareem / Esi fun Fun (White Horse) / Tomorrow
Honey & the Bees Band / Psychedelic Woman / Ghana Soundz
The Fabulous Three / No Name Bar / The Best Of...

Leiba Taht / Tilahun Gessese / The Legends 
Hailu Mergia & the Walias Band / Musical Silt / Tche Belew 
Irtin Band / Gabar ii Noquee / Youtube
Dur-Dur Band / Dooyo / Dur-Dur, Vol. 5
Mor Thiam / Ayo Ayo Nene / Spiritual Jazz
Tsegue-maryam Guebrou / Homeless Wanderer / Éthiopiques 21 : Piano Solo

William Onyeabor / Let's Fall in Love / Who is William Onyeabor?
Peter King / Watusi / Shango
Sir Victor Uwaifo And His Titibitis Of Africa / Ogiobo / Jackpot
Saramba Kouyate / Sene Foli / 56