Others’ Music

Somewhere around 2005 I stopped enjoying the American Top 40 playlist. I went on a musical exodus from the United States which continues to this day. I pop back stateside every once in a while, but for the most part I’m into the fusion of the world’s folk music with more contemporary genres.  The more of the following categories you can impose on a piece of music, the more I am likely to be interested in it, and the more likely you will find some of it here:

  • Eastern European
  • Spanish-Language
  • Politically-charged
  • Stringy
  • Brassy
  • Windy
  • Accordion-y

Gypsy/Ciganski/Roma Folkminded Masters

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Gogol Bordello’s mix of gypsy folk and punk rock music facilitates a transition to appreciation of more traditional gypsy folk. In other words, Gogol Bordello blows your brain out the fucking gringosphere. But enough about them, I’ve blogged them to … Continue reading

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Crystal Fighters – Folktronic Masterminds

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These Basque-inspired British kids are having a really talented good time, whether they are in the club or in a field. AND SO CAN YOU!

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Music Seen in the Old World

Performances from the following groups blew my mind in Europe. I’ve listed the groups and the venues I saw them in. For each group I have included a representative video. Note that the videos don’t correspond to the venues where … Continue reading

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A Turko-Ruso-Proletarian Call to Action

The Turkish band Mor ve Ötesi caused a buzz when it released a video for the track Uyan. In the video, the song was set to Andrei Khrjanovsky’s  “Glass Harmonica,” an eerie and overtly anti-capitalist Russian cartoon from 1968. A more intimate way to … Continue reading

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East Infections: Chernobyl’s Multiculturalist Regurgitations

East Infections: Chernobyl's Multiculturalist Regurgitations

^ Click the image to watch the playlist! ^ I handpicked the most succulent recordings of the sanity-shattering gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello and stuck them in a playlist. The list kicks off with best-of studio recordings, transitions into acoustic … Continue reading

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I’ll be going back to Barcelona

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  Catalonian Sunrise City Sights Parc Güell The harbor, the sea, from Monjuic Las Ramblas Goran Bregovich en la Palau de Música Catalana Bella Ciao: Kalashnikov: Haide Yano: Bike Tour Sagrada Familia Parade, Beach in February Catalonia by Day Castillian … Continue reading

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Obras kumbres kontrakulturales

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Algo se me rompió en el cerebro en el segundo año de la secundaria. Esta ruptura tuvo algo que ver con Gogol Bordello y un suministro amplísimo de ponchos psicodélicos. A partir de entonces, no he podido derivar ninguna satisfacción … Continue reading

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Blackbird Raum

Raw, original, green anarchist folk music from California that defies categorization as much as it defies all attempts to keep your feet from dancing.

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Danish Dancetime: Video for Analogik’s ‘Gypsie Doodle’

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Analogik, from Aarhus, Denmark, describe their music as a whimsical and very entertaining blend of polka, jazz, Balkan, sailor shows, tango, hip hop and electronic music. I could not agree more. The track from the video above is Analogik’s ‘Gypsie … Continue reading

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