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From Sublime Frequencies:

Erkin Koray: Mechul (Singles and Rarities) CD/LP SF067

Erkin Koray:  Mechul (Singles and Rarities) CD/LP SF067

Erkin Koray and Sublime Frequencies are pleased to present this collection of rare tracks and lesser-heard singles. All tracks were recorded and released in Turkey between 1970 – 1977 and culled from Koray’s personal vinyl collection. Includes exclusive photos and remastered audio.

From NPR:

"There's a very primal, emotional response I feel when I hear flamenco," sitar player Anoushka Shankar says. "It's quite in the belly in a way."Anoushka Shankar: A Sitar Player In Andalusia

On her latest album, the 30-year-old Shankar moves her sitar out of urban lounges and into the winding alleys of Andalusia, in search of the musical and historical ties between India and Spain.

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More from the wonderful WFMU:

SuchatSuchat Thianthng  ~  Waen Wiset
(Blog: Monrakplengthai)

Seeing Double
 I’ve got quite a classic to share this week. Continuing with the theme of racy album art, we’ve got some great late-era work from Mr. Suchat Thianthong! Suchat was born and raised in Ayutthaya Province, and spent time working as a market seller and freelance boxer before joining the legendary Chularat Band. Initially his specialty was slow, sweet love songs in the style of Thun Thongchai, but he lost his trademark high notes after a crippling case of tonsillitis. Not willing to leave the stage, he applied his gritty new voice to comedic effect and proved a bigger hit than ever before. This is a collection of his “post-op” hits, featuring songs about liquor and ganja, along with a good amount of raunchy wordplay, and even a tale about a pair of “magic glasses” (vividly illustrated on the cover). Enjoy!”  (Description by Peter, at Monrakplengthai)

SrinivasU. Srinivas  ~  Mandolin All the Way
(Blog: The Boogieman Will Get Ya!)

Toys in the Carnatic
“U. Srinivas is among South India’s better known musicians. In the West, his name  may be recognized by some open-minded jazz fans thanks to his collaboration with John McLaughlin & Zakir Hussein.  However, there is no hint of jazz or fusion in this recording. This is pure Carnatic Classical Music.  Absolutely Magic!  This music gives me a natural high!” (Description from Boogieman, at The Boogieman Will Get Ya!)

More music blog recommendations: Bodega Pop, Musik-KurierTurkish Psychedelic Music!Music From The Third Floor, The Sleepy Lagoon.

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CULTURE

Idan Raichel | Jewish Music Gone Global

Idan Raichel has to be one of the most unique artists on the planet today. Born in the Israeli town of Kfar Saba, his music is Jewish; but through it run the musical veins of West Africa, Latin America, India and more. Idan sings not only in Hebrew but in several other international languages. This […]

Book Recommendation | The Black Jews of Africa

Dr Edith Bruder is President of The International Society for the Study of African Jewry (ISSAJ), and Research Associate at both SOAS and the French National Centre for Scientific Research. Dr Bruder is passionate about the history of Judaism in Africa, as she told Kosher Curry in our recent post ‘Black Judaism Twenty-First Century Perspectives’.   Following […]

FOOD

Kaifeng | Chinese Kosher Restaurant!

Kosher Curry went up to Hendon to meet Phillip, co-Manager of Kaifeng Restaurant. He told us about the extraordinary Chinese history that inspired his restaurant, as well as giving us the low-down on the Kaifeng experience:…

North African Jewish Food | from Oded Schwartz’s book

Bouka Tayeb
Amongst Oded Schwartz’s many cookery books is ‘In Search of Plenty; A History of Jewish Food’. It’s an old book, published in 1992, and Kosher Curry came across it quite by chance! It really is an excellent history, stretching from Israel to the West, from Africa to Spain. Western and Israeli foods are all covered, […]

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WFMU continues to mine the audio motherlode….

Tabla Ustad Ahmed Jan Thirakwa & Ustad Amir Hussain Khan  ~  “Rhythms of India: Tabla Recital”
(Blog: Oriental Traditional Music from LPs & Cassettes)

This Is Your Brain, on Tablas
“Rhythm is man’s primal impulse: it comes naturally to him. And to the Indian mind, everything in creation moves to rhythm. As the celebrated Sanskrit work on Indian music, the “Raga Kalpadruma” says: “The emergence, sustenance and dissolution of the three worlds come from rhythm. All living beings from the smallest worm onwards, move by rhythm. Even the movement of the sun, the moon and the planets depends on rhythm.”  (From the liner notes)

Labassi Lili Labassi  ~  Le Génie du Chââbi (1932-1939)
(Blog: Holy Warbles)

Lili of the Valley
“The day an unbiased musicologist worthy of his title and without any prejudice of race, religion or origin studies Algerian musique [Chààbi & Andaluz] the obvious will appear; that its paramount lord is undoubtedly Lili Labassi.”  (By Robert Castel [Labassi’s son], in the liner notes)

Pike Dave Pike Set  ~  “Noisy Silence—Gentle Noise”
(Blog: Barabara Sounds)

Best Song Title: “Walkin’ Down the Highway in a Red Raw Egg”
Speaking of his contribution to the iconic Indo/jazz fusion track “Mathar” on this LP, guitarist Volker Kriegel reveals in the liner notes, “I have been playing the Indian sitar for only two weeks. Here too I’m interested in first of all in the wonderful sound of the great instrument. Mathar is the village where in northern Indian where Ravi Shankar studied 14 years with his guru before performing  in public. But there are three things in this: for me the word Mathar also consists of “mother” and sitar.”  (From the liner notes )

Hortobagyi Laszlo Hortobagyi  ~  “6th All-India Music Conference”
(Blog: Eclecticipher)

Ragalicious
“Hortobagyi has spent the last 30 years creating the music of a world that never existed but might exist in a parallel universe. A complete Musical History of a Parallel Earth. A planet , where east and west mixed somewhat differently. Much deeper.”  (By Eclecticipher)

Simla Various  ~  “Simla Beat ’70/’71”
(Blog: Resin Hits)

Smoking
“This is an Indian garage psych comp compiled from talent shows hosted by a cigarrette company called Simla in the ’60s. A weird cross-promotion between two of the greatest products circulating earth: rock music and cigarettes. As far as the bands go, the eruptions are really good distorted surf rock, and fentones/hypnotic eye have the best cuts overall. and let me tell you, the cross-promotion works. I’ve smoked more bones listening to this one than even Simla Cigarettes could support, dood.”  (By Josh Klimaszewski, at Resin Hits)

Martino Pat Martino  ~  “Baiyina (The Clear Evidence)
(Blog: The KingCake Crypt)

Does This Get Pat Frisked at the Airport?
“Adventurous fusions of Indian, psychedelic, rock, funk, and jazz music by one of the great risk-takers of the electric guitar. Baiyina features fluid guitars, exotic Indian percussion and drone instruments, unique time signatures, swirling flute and sax, deep grooving bass, and in-the-pocket drumming, making it one of the most unique acid-drenched albums to come out of the late ’60s. As the album’s subtitle reads: ‘A psychedelic excursion through the magical mysteries of the Koran.’ Indeed, each track takes its inspiration and name from different parts of the Koran.”  (By John Ballon, at MustHear.com)

Raga Shankar Jaikishan  ~  “Raga Jazz Style”
(Blog: Holy Warbles)

Øשlqæda for President
Shankar Jaikishan, also known as S/J, were a duo of composers in the Hindi film industry who collaborated from 1949–1971. Shankar Singh Raghuvanshi was a native of Rajasthan, while Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal belonged to Bansda, Gujarat. Shankar Jaikishan, along with other artists, wrote ‘everlasting’ & ‘immortal melodies’ in the ’50s & ’60s. Their best melodies are noted for being raga-based & having both lilt and sonority. Shankar Jaikishan made a major contribution toward the development of jazz music in India and the new genre Indo Jazz. Their 1968 album Raga Jazz Style is the earliest Indo Jazz recording in India and the first to be released in stereo. On this album, considered to be one of the most innovative, S/J created 11 songs based on Indian ragas with sitar by Rais Khan.  (From Wikipedia)

Rich Buddy Rich & Alla Rakha  ~  “Rich à la Rakha”
(Blog: Dr. Schluss’ Garage of Psychedelic Obscurities)
From the album: Khanda Kafi (mp3)

Slap Dash
“For those of us living in the West, jazz drumming legend Buddy Rich is the marquee name here, although it’s not particularly representative of what you’re going to get with this recording. Neither is the trendy, ’68 vintage psychedelic exploitation lettering gracing the cover. No, this is in fact a collaboration with the sterling Indian percussionist Alla Rakha, and it’s his musical DNA that is most apparent here. Fortunately, the end result is a quite good album of classically-minded Indian music with a few jazz flourishes (although for the most part it seems that Mr. Rich is joining in with hand percussion or just a tom drum).”  (Description by Dr. Schluss , at Dr. Schluss’ Garage Of Psychedelic Obscurities )

Baris Bariş Manço  ~  29 Singles
(Blog: Turkish Psychedelic Music)

We’ll Always Have Bariş
“Along with Erkin, Baris Manco is one of the earliest stars of Turkish rock’n roll whose first public -success dates back to late 50’s.  He won scholarship in Belgium Royal Academy in 1963 and went to Belgium to study graphics and art. By the time he was there he was always busy with music and put out records in both Belgium and in Turkey (to where he returned for four or five months every year. Influenced by the rapid cultural movements occuring at the time in Europe, he realised his own country could be the cultural link between East and West, a link avidly sought by many open-minded Western European thoughts. After his collaborations with Les Mistigris and Kaygisizlar, Manço went on to form another band under his name which compromised of multi-national musicians. Best remembered for their fantastic live bluesy underground music.”  (Description by Gökhan Aya & Jay Dobis, reprinted at Progressive.Homestead.com)

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SAREGA-WEB As they did for many sonic movements, restaurants and bars played a pivotal role in the ’70s Indian psychedelic funk scene. Inside the balmy local haunts of Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay) the hypnotic percussion and fuzz guitars of bands like Atomic Forest and the Black Beats perfected a distinct fusion of Western rock and Indian culture. On any given weeknight, a neighborhood food joint could transform into a packed dance party. In time, these exotic sounds even became fodder for Bollywood films of the era.

This is from an LA Times blog from back in May, about an event presented by Now-Again Records and World Psychedelic Funk Classics, which released the album back in November 2010.

More stuff from the wonderful Now-Again below the fold. Read the rest of this entry

‘Psych Funk Sa-Re-Ga’

Music for the weekend

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From WFMU’s Give the Drummer Some:

HongHongthong Daoudon  ~  “Huai Abanibi”
(Blog: StereoMono)

Good Night and Good Luk Thung
“Hongthong Daoudon is a luk thung and molam singer from northeastern part of Thailand. This late 70s-early 80s album however is in large parts Western influenced Thai funk that wouldn’t sound of place on one of the ZudRangMa compilations. The title track is a cover version of Israel’s winning contribution to the 1978 Eurovision Song Contest, Izhar Cohen & Alpha Beta’s “A-Ba-Ni-Bi.” This song was apparently a huge hit in Thailand, and Monrakplengthai‘s curator Peter says he would still hear the song playing around Bangkok even today. He’s also uploaded Onuma Singsiri‘s version of the song so go listen to that as well!”  (Á Go-Gojira, at StereoMono)

RatonRahul Dev Berman  ~  “Raton Ka Raja” and “Ehsan”
(Blog: Music from the Third Floor)

Lip-sync-a-delic
“At the time of writing, tattered copies of these 2 EPs (along with an admittedly sought after single from ‘Apradh’) are up for grabs on eBay. Starting bid? A measly US$320. Call me funny, but I find that kind of ridiculous. Therefore: 2 MEGA RARE RAHUL DEV BURMAN SOUNDTRACKS! 8 PRE-RECORDED SONGS VALUED AT US$32 (MIN.) EACH! FREE FOR THE TAKING!! And take them you should, as both Raton Ka Raja and Ehsanare excellent, and as the latter includes the coolest version of “Pata Pata” ever made.”  (PC, at Music From the Third Floor)

From the Music Alliance Pact, from back in December:

ARGENTINAZonaindie
NairobiMinerals
Nairobi is a dub band based in Buenos Aires. Approaching dub from a diverse perspective, they create vibrant climates and fresh interpretations of the genre. This song is the first single from their second album, Wet, which was mixed at Mad Professor’s studio in London and features Roberto Pettinato on saxophone.

INDIAIndiecision
Tempo TantrickPsychoblabber
Tempo Tantrick is a trip hop duo from Bangalore. Their sound palette ranges from downtempo to pulsing EDM that finds a likely home in clubs open to both electronica and experimental. Psychoblabber falls squarely in the latter end of the Tempo Tantrick soundscape. The track features an irresistible, throbbing refrain reminiscent of Shiny Toy Guns.

ISRAELMetal Israel
WinterhordeThe Tenth Wave
Winterhorde is a blacker than the blackest black metal band from the north of Israel. Unfortunately, Israel’s north is pretty black right now itself with hundreds of acres of forest destroyed by the largest fire in the country’s history with a death toll of over 40. In any case, Winterhorde’s sonic path twists from symphonic melodies to sheer straight-up metal intensity, melding these two extremes with elegance and professionalism. Winterhorde will freeze your soul with its echoes of longing, darkness and unrelenting desperation. Good stuff created in a classic vein.

From February:

India Music Alliance Pact :: February 2011INDIAIndiecision
IAFWAYUnsaturated
New Delhi hardcore act IAFWAY (short for “I Am Fake Who Are You”) are unlikely contenders for Indian metal glory. Still in school, the sextet can’t even legally buy drinks at the clubs where they hope to take their brand of screamo. Yet their videogame-inspired tunes bely a maturity well past their years. On Unsaturated, a track from their free debut EP, they bring together melodramatic hardcore trappings with an almost graphic novel-ish wielding of screamo à la Bring Me The Horizon.

israel Music Alliance Pact :: February 2011ISRAELMetal Israel
Blank DivinityIn Another Life
Blank Divinity is a metal band from Ashkelon, a seaside city no stranger to rocket attacks. They rightfully boast transcendence over all metal genres into their own sometimes brutal, sometimes melodic and most of the time completely shredding brand just waiting to be picked up by the right record company. Their talent is undeniable (though their occasional female vocalist is not to my taste) and I can definitely see these guys playing the major European festivals one day. Check them out.

And, while we’re on a metal tip, Orphaned Land have been in Bangalore. Read about it here – plus great black and white live photos.

The Middle East after hours, part two

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The wonderful music blog Office Naps recently had a fantastic post exploring 1960s Orientalist exotica, featuring such wonders as “Arabian Jerk” by the Merits and “The Cleopatra Kick” by Jack LaForge.

Via Office Naps, I found The Exotica Project, which I can’t believe I never saw before, with a whole page of Middle Eastern/Indian themed music. First up there is Bat’ya: “Main Theme of Exodus” [Chelan C-500] featuring the following Exotica motifs: “Unusual percussionVibraphone/Marimba Wordless vocals Overt Yma Sumac influence“. The song is of course a cover of Ernest Jones’ main theme from his Grammy- and Oscar-winning sound track of the 1960 Zionist propaganda movie/Paul Newman vehicle ExodusWikipedia claims that “Oddly, the first notes of the great dramatic theme are identical to the opening theme of a somewhat obscure orchestral piece by Quincy Porter, New England Episodes, premiered in 1958 in Washington, DC.” Citation needed!

Office Naps has a post on Bat’ye, amongst other “daughters of Yma“.

Robert “Bumps” Blackwell (1922-1985) was a talent scout, A&R man, songwriter, producer and arranger, a pioneer who helped lay the groundwork for Los Angeles as the pop music capitol of the ‘60s.   Though he’d remain a fixture within the Los Angeles music industry well into the 1980s, Blackwell’s name is most frequently associated with early rock ‘n’ roll and soul, and with his championing of Little Richard and Sam Cooke, specifically.

Bat’ya is by far the lesser-known quantity.  An Israeli-born, European-trained singer and performer, the one album to her name – Bat’ya Sings Great Israeli Hits – released on Frank Sinatra’s then-new Reprise Records in 1961, reveals little biographically about the singer.

The Exotica Project also features some Arabesque post-bop by Brooklyn-born table master Eddie “The Sheik” Kochak and Iraqi oud king Hakki Obadia: “Jazz in Port Said (Bossa Nova Araby)”. And Dave Brubeck Featuring Ragu: “Raga Theme for Ragu”, from 1967, produced by the great Teo Macero. Ragu is the great Carnatic musician Palghat Ragu, who sadly died just over a year ago. Read about that song here.

Then there is Greek-American singer Georgia Drake doing a very sexy version of Levantine/Sephardic classic “Miserlou”. And “New Delhi” by another hard bop great, Edgeware (North London) born child prodigy Victor Feldman, in a very restrained cool jazz mode, complete with vibes.

Enjoy.

 

Mining the audio motherlode continued

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More treats from WFMU:

SantosPedro Santos  ~  “Krishnanda”
(Blog: Brazilian Nuggets)
From the album: Dentro Da Selva (mp3)

Prepare Thyself for a Mystery
This completely unclassifiable artifact from obscure Brazilian percussionist Pedro Santos opens with strains of mariachi horns and closes with kitschy, catchy faux-African marimba noodling. The intoxicating totality of Krishna

ApnaRahul Dev Burman  ~  “Apna Desh”
(Blog: Music From the Third Floor)
From the soundtrack: Duniya Mein Logon Ko (mp3) by Asha Bhosle & Pancham

Hooray for Bollywood
R.D. Burman composed the music for Apna Desh along with eighteen other flicks in 1972. On occasion, Burman would step out of the engineer’s booth and perform under the pseudonym Pancham—especially with his muse, Asha Bhosle, whom he married in 1980. The tandem’s all-time-great collaboration “Duniya Mein Logon Ko,” was covered by Sun City Girls—under the title “Apna Desh”—in 1994. One imagines it was a loving tribute to Burman, who had died in January of that year. Have a listen: Apna Desh (mp3)

Mining the audio motherload

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Some trans-cultural gems from WFMU’s blog:

RelaxRelaxace  ~  “Relaxace”
(Blog: Magic of Juju)
From the EP: Gamelan Jdou (mp3)

These Czechs Don’t Bounce
Cross Prague with raga and you get the Czech Republic trio of Subcontinental music maestros who gathered in 1979 to form Relaxace. These days Vlastislav Matoušek is a shakuhachi flute master, Jiří Mazánka teaches tantric yoga, and Karel Babuljak is, if you believe what you read on the Internets, the “Don Quixote of Czech music.” (What the hell does that mean, exactly?)

PedroPedro Santos  ~  “Krishnanda”
(Blog: Brazilian Nuggets)
From the album: Dentro Da Selva (mp3)

Prepare Thyself for a Mystery
This completely unclassifiable artifact from obscure Brazilian percussionist Pedro Santos opens with strains of mariachi horns and closes with kitschy, catchy faux-African marimba noodling. The intoxicating totality of Krishnanda‘s myriad bossa/raga/exotica elements makes it surely one of CBS’s most enigmatic releases of 1968.