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

77/1362: Cakewalk

Cakewalk originally referred to a style of dance, developing from slaves parodying and mocking the social dances of their masters, but over time it became a specific musicial form as well. The music is in 2/4 time, and has a particular ooompah rhythm, owning to each bar having two alternate heavy beats. There were many recordings of cakewalks during the ragtime era.

Genre Research Project 76/1362: Bulgarian Folk

Folk music revolved around holidays like Christmas, New Year's Day, midsummer, and the Feast of St. Lazarus, as well as the Strandzha region's unusual Nestinarstvo rites, in which villagers fell into a trance and danced on hot coals as part of the joint feast of Sts Konstantin and Elena on May 21. Music was also a part of more personal celebrations such as weddings. Singing has always been a tradition for both men and women. Songs were often sung by women at work parties such as the sedenka (often attended by young men and women in search of partners to court), betrothal ceremonies, and just for fun. Women had an extensive repertoire of songs that they sang while working in the fields. Young women eligible for marriage played a particularly important role at the dancing in the village square (which not too long ago was the major form of "entertainment" in the village and was a very important social scene). The dancing — every Sunday and for three days on major holidays like Easter — began not with instrumental music, but with two groups of young women singing, one leading each end of the dance line. Later on, instrumental musicians might arrive and the singers would no longer be the dance leaders. A special form of song, the lament, was sung not only at funerals but also upon the departure of young men for military service.

The distinctive sounds of women's choirs in Bulgarian folk music come partly from their unique rhythms, harmony and polyphony, such as the use of close intervals like the major second and the singing of a drone accompaniment underneath the melody, especially common in songs from the Shope region around the Bulgarian capital Sofia and the Pirin region. In addition to Koutev, who pioneered many of the harmonies, and composed several songs that were covered by other groups, (especially Tudora), various women's vocal groups gained popularity, including Trio Bulgarka, consisting of Yanka Roupkina, Eva Georgieva, and Stoyanka Boneva, some of whom were included in the "Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices" tours.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fender Stratocaster art show

Hey, if you wanted a cool thing to do Friday night, head down to Hurley HQ in Costa Mesa and see art by a bunch of people of whom you enjoy the creative output. And I believe it's free. And maybe you can win some cool art in an auction. And meet famous people. And just generally be rock and roll.

Genre Research Project 75/1362: Television music

It' from television.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Genre Research Project 74/1362: Gamelan Gong Kebyar

Gamelan gong kebyar is a style or genre of Balinese gamelan music. Kebyar means "the process of flowering," and refers to the explosive changes in tempo and dynamics characteristic of the style. It is the most popular form of gamelan in Bali, and its best known musical export.