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Favorite Downloads from the MP3 Blogosphere
All was copacetic during SOPA/PIPA smackdown day last Wednesday, the day of last week's Motherlode posting. Then came Thursday and bloodbath in blogland as the popular file-sharing site MegaUpload was seized and shuttered for copyright violation by the U.S. Department of Justice. The subsequent ripple effect of fear spread quickly, prompting other file-sharing sites to go dark preemptively. Meanwhile, the free and unfettered exchange of ideas and information amongst millions of legitimate Internet users has been eviscerated.
In an instant, crucial music-preservation sites like Madrotter, Mutant Sounds, and Global Groove—and the many hundreds of painstaking hours their conscientious hosts spent constructing libraries of vanishing sounds—have been wiped out. Surely, this isn't the end of the story, but it is a sickening chapter. To be continued...
Kwamy, Nico, Rochereau ~ "Les Merveilles du Passé 1965"
(Blog: Global Groove)
Seront Merveilles Jamais Fin?
"Do you know that phenomena ? Some LPs can hit you instantly when hearing it for the very first time, you are blown away and think, this is one of the best I've ever heard. Often these are the ones that get boring after a while. The LP we have here today is one of the other kind, you like it instantly but it gets better every time you hear it. These are the ones that remain for ever and never ever bore. How lucky are we to enjoy this wonderful disc for the rest of our lives?" (Description by Moos, at Global Groove)
Shin Jung Hyun and the Men ~ "Woman of the Evening Sun"
"The Man" (and The Men) of Korean Psych
"This LP is something of a classic as far as Korean psychedelic rock goes. Shin Jung Hyun is the guitarist and writer and he is a pretty legendary figure in Korean rock music. Side A features a number of shorter, more commercial styled songs with Shin Jung Hyun's band The Men behind featured vocalist Jang Hyun. The first track on Side A is called "Twilight" and was recently comped by Now-Again on their Forge Your Own Chains international psych compilation. Side B features two longer tracks performed by Shin Jung Hyun's band The Men. The first is a long psych/rock burner called "Beautiful Rivers & Mountains." The legend has it that Park Jung Hee (the president of Korea's military regime at the time) wanted Shin Jung Hyun to compose a song in praise of the president, "Regime & the Blue House" (presidential house). Shin Jung Hyun protested and came back with a song about the landscape of Korea and for this protest he was jailed for a time. The second song on Side B is a slow number called "The Lawn" which is apparently a thinly veiled ode to marijuana use, pretty heady stuff for early '70s Korea and a really solid listen from start to finish." (Description by Kris Holmes, at Waxidermy)
Various ~ "Pyar Ka Sapna" | "Apradh" | "Play Boy"
(Blog: Music From the Third Floor)
Play Boy of the (non)Western World
"The song "'Night Is Lovely Lovely," is one of the tastiest, catchiest, best Bollywood pop songs ever made, end of story. I've yet to come across a sensible copy of the LP, but this EP does me nicely." (Comment by PC, at Music From the Third Floor)
DeFord Bailey ~ "Complete 1920s Recordings"
(Blog: Folk Archivist)
BMI-ASCAP Demolished His Career
"Born near the community of Bellwood, in the 1920s and 1930s, DeFord Bailey won nationwide fame as "The Harmonica Wizard." A founding member of the Grand Ole Opry, he was the first African American to win fame in country music. Through his phonographic records and broadcasts, he took the folk music of his rural family and community to a national audience. His famous harmonica solos, such as "Pan American Blues: and "Fox Chase," are recognized as folk music masterpieces." (Plaque, Tennessee Historical Commission)
Serge Gainsbourg ~ "Vu de l'Exterieur"
(Blog: Océanos en Trance)
The Urge to Merge with the Serge of the Spring
"Vu de l'Exterieur ranges from gentle rock to mild funk, from dreamy ballads to heart-stopping tunefulness, and it's all delivered so romantically straight-faced that one cannot help but shudder for all those suave non-French-speaking Lotharios who woo their ladies with low lights and Gainsbourg." (Review by Dave Thompson, at AllMusic.com)
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