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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.