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Favorite Downloads from the MP3 Blogosphere
The flipping of the calendar has brought flippin' great developments in Blogland with the rumbling back to life of some favorite sites that had been inactive for too long. Today's Motherlode welcomes back this quartet of music-sharing shrines with hopes for a robust 2013:
• The rare and private-press avant offerings from El Reza
• Likembe's magnificent African explorations
• Fifties and sixties hipness from jazz purveyor Sic Vos Non Vobis
• The miraculous mess of twang dished out by archivist Hillbilly-Researcher
Sphere ~ Inside Ourselves
(Blog: El Reza)
The fantastic El Reza has rumbled back to life with this offering from Detroit's long-defunct Strata Records. Predecessor to the groundbreaking Strata-East, Strata recorded three dozen LPs' worth of material, but released only six. This offering being one of them.
DJ/historian Amir Abdullah is heroically relaunching recordings from Strata on his label 180 Proof—reissuing some of the previously released discs and issuing, for the first time, some never-before-heard masters from the Strata vaults. (The album shared here is not among those currently planned for re/release.) Abdullah appeared on John Schaefer's "Soundcheck" show on WNYC radio last month. Listen to their conversation. Learn more about Abdullah's Strata reissue project here.
Libaaxyada Maaweeliska Banaadir ~ Xiddigtii Is Xujeysay
(Blog: Likembe) [echoing a post originally shared at Tix iyo Tiraab]
Not Mellow, Dramtic
"This tape carries the soundtrack of the mid-80s play "Xiddigtii Is Xujeysay" ("The Self-Denouncing Star"). In that period, drama productions were staged in theaters and open stadia, and spread on VHS. The play/film scores were, however, rarely released apart on tape. Given the sonic flaws, this k7 is probably a bootleg recorded live outdoors by an audience member - Somalia's nr.1 hobby at the time." (Description by Sanaag, at Tix iyo Tiraab)
Fred Katz ~ Fred Katz & His Jammers
(Blog: Sic Vos Non Vobis)
Strung Out Katz
Out of action for nearly six months, the wonderful Sic Vos Non Vobis is back in action. No new posts have been published, but some wonderful old offerings, like this collection of Fred Katz's bass/cello gems, have been re-upped. Be sure to scroll all the way down to the end of the comments to access the new links. [Each link is password protected. Click on the PW at the top of the page to get it.]
Ed Miller & His Louisiana Playboys ~ Ed Miller Blues/I Had Someone Else
The sole platter (?) from this outfit out of Monroe, Louisiana (ca. 1947) is just the sort of marvel shared at Hillbilly-Researcher. Snag this, then scroll back through the archived pages to collect the nearly 600(!) records on display.
[Hillbilly-Researcher was feted a few years back in Motherlode #71.]
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