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Favorite Downloads from the MP3 Blogosphere
Your Miner has just moused in from the coast and boy is his index finger tired. A neat bit of international blogtrotting this week has culminated in a gorgeous mosaic of OOP records both far and flung. Most thrilling of all is the latest master post from Likembe maestro John B. who has added to his rich archive of Biafran offerings. (See the lead item, below.) Music loving doesn't get any better than this. Enjoy!
Various ~ Biafra: Birth of a Nation
Land of the Rising Sun
"Birth of a Nation is propaganda, and I don't mean this in a pejorative sense. It was issued by the Biafran government in an effort to influence public opinion in the outside world, especially the United Kingdom, main supporter of the Federal Government in Lagos against the secessionists. In 1968, when it was released, the Biafran cause had already for all intents and purposes been lost, although this wouldn't be apparent for some time. Still, it's of considerable interest not only to historians but musically, as it contains some nice highlife tunes. Listened to in sequence the album sounds like something recorded off a shortwave radio broadcast in the wee hours of the morning, history in the making. (Description by John B)
Bernard Estardy ~ Electro Sounds 1 & 2
(Blog: Va Verde Music)
"Prepare to be bombed out of your skull by two fantastic early Electro albums courtesy of French sound engineer Bernard Estardy. These two are simply must-haves, though I slightly favor Vol. 2. The samples below are indicative of the quality of music throughout these two masterpieces. Though I've not seen any reference to it, it would be one crazy coincidence if Architecture in Helsinki's 'Tiny Paintings' wasn't taken from Vol. 2's 'Asiatic Dream.'" (Description by High Plains Drifter, at High Plains Drifter)
Tartit ~ Ichichila
(Blog: Walking Trees)
"Sahel blues from a group not as well known as fellow desert rebels Tinariwen, Tartit play the Tuareg sound in a more traditional style and with the men veiled rather the women." (Description by Walkingtrees )
Simone ~ Face a Face
(Blog: Um Que Tenha)
To MPB or Not to MPB
"This is Simone – Face a Face (1977), for Odeon, perhaps the most successful Simone album, featuring several hits that everybody knows in Brazil by heart, such as: 'Jura Secreta,' 'O Que Sera,' 'Comecaria Tudo Outra Vez,' among others. Odeon label made available to Simone a constellation of Brazilian musicians and arrangers. If you never had the chance to hear Simone this is a great start, her voice is unique and this is a very nice album." (Description by Zecalouro, at the original Loronix posting)
The Sam Sak Band
(Blog: Archive of Southeast Asian Music)
Thai Up Your Cats
"The band is literally made up with three 'Saks' — sam means 'three' in Thai. In this case: Sakarin, Mesak, and Tanongsak. A supremely deranged piece of surf/garage with a nicely disturbing cover, and hollered cat noises throughout!" (Description by Chris Menist, at CNNGo)
Listen to Meow Thai (mp3)
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