OLD WORLD (Asia, Arabia, Europe)
Get On Up, a biopic of James Brown, opens Friday.
Interview with Jonathan Ward of Excavated Shellac and the Opika Pende compilation
If you are in the mood, a long and dry article about music preservation from the earliest wax cylinders
The Archive of Contemporary Music has been working on its website
Sonic InfidelityFrom all corners of the globe, friends send links to music videos. Here are the best of the last month:
Astonishing one-man band (Don Keller) playing "Massu" by Franco
Les Mangelepa perform their late 70s hit Nyako Konya live
Sayon Camara from Guinea, with big electric band
Dengue Fever in a four-song set someplace called Luxury Wafers with videos and bonus downloads
Jugalbandhi concert with Vilayat Khan and Bismillah Khan
Bomba Estereo still have not put out their new album. Instead they are getting tipsy at carnaval in Barranquilla. The music starts about a minute in to the video, after some chatter
Stern's are about to reissue all the recordings of Malian greats Les Ambassadeurs du Motel. Teaser here
TouristsRicardo Lemvo will make the following appearances in California:
August 15 Carlsbad, CA TGIF Concerts in the Park
Jerry Gonzalez & Fort Apache Band
August 16 San Francisco, CA Yerba Buena Gardens Festival @ 1 p.m.
Chappottin y Sus Estrellas, with Miguel Cuni Jr on vocals, First Ever US tour
August 3 - Musical Instrument Museum - MIM Phoenix, Arizona
ORLANDO JULIUS WITH THE HELIOCENTRICS
most recent reviews:
(click on maps at the top of the page to get to continent of choice)
Ricardo Lemvo's latest is filed in Congo part 3
Kasai Allstars' Beware the Fetish is filed in Congo part 3
Moreno's second reissue on Stern's is filed in Kenya part 2
Ernie Ranglin's latest Bless Up is filed in Jamaica part 3
Zanzibara 7: Sindike vs Ndekule is found in Tanzania part 2
Alejandro Almenares' Casa de Trova is filed in Cuba part 4
My Top 12 of 2013, with best reissues, etc, is online HERE.
My Top Twelve of 2012 is HERE.
My Top Ten of 2011 can be found HERE.
My Top 9 of 2010 is online HERE
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Click HERE for my top 11 of 2006
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