Monday, August 18, 2008

Downloads and Streams for the Week of Kindness

Here are sites of recomended media for the last week. I continue the thesis writing so this blog is not really getting the attention it should. I have thought at times to post sections of my thesis here, but while it is being written it all feels so uncertain and in flux that I think I will wait until after my next seminar presentation (September 16) before I do so.
The big news for me this week is that Brightblack Morning Light have a new album:

Brightblack Morning Light: third album Motion To Rejoin
Two tracks from the new album. Nabob and Rabob return, mellow as ever and smoldering in the desert sun. Their third album Motion To Rejoin still maintains the "smoky lounge in the middle of the forest" vibe that's permeated much of their other work and though its not exactly a huge departure, the fact is that their sound still remains so intoxicatingly natural that change would only come as a disappointment.

200 BBC documentaries online
On GUBA video you can find over 200 BBC documentaries and some episodes of The Sweeney- if you must.

mortiz von oswald with tikiman @ shanti, moscow 11.04.08 (Mp3)
Rhythm & Sound fuses his interests in dub reggae and techno even further, where Jamaican vocalists sing or speak over stripped down techno beats and bass. Ya Mahn Beep Beep.

Mark Steel on Che.

The Mark Steel Lectures
As I have been preparing for teaching a course of cultures and English language in the former British Empire present Commonwealth of Nations I have watched a few of Mark Steel's and, as he may say, "He's frightfully good isn't he". Check out the one on Oliver Cromwell, it's hysterical. Several can be downloaded from the Mark's website. The one's from the link are on Youku and take a while to load.

Yoda's House CD Download
Experimental / Psychedelic / Visual from ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico United States

Oum Kalthoum | أم كلثوم
Audio and video from the queen of Arabic orchestral drone pop. Like a glacier of molten steel in your brain. Umm Kulthum (Arabic: أم كلثوم, born أم كلثوم إبراهيم البلتاجي Umm Kulthum Ebrahim Elbeltagi; see Kunya; Egyptian Arabic: Om Kalsoum). (May 4, 1904 – February 3, 1975). Various spellings include Om Kalthoum, Oum Kalsoum, and Umm Kolthoum. In Turkish, she is named Ümmü Gülsüm. She was an Egyptian singer, songwriter, and actress. Born in El Senbellawein, she is known as "the Star of the East" (kawkab el-sharq). More than three decades after her death, she is still recognized as Egypt's most famous and distinguished singer of the 20th century. She had a contralto singing range.

Quintessential rustic psych/jazz/ethno festival moves issued on the legendary Silence Records from this Bo Hansson-associated crew in the grand Swedish tradition of Arbete Och Fritid, Harvester/International Harvester and Trad Gras Och Stenar. One year later, they'd develop into something a good sight more focused and fusion-directed (though no less splendid) on their double LP "Flasket", but during this era of Flasket Brinner, which roughly translates to The Flesh Is Burning (though it mainly sounds like the weed was burning at this stage) these boys were content to blithely revel in freewheeling bucolic jams steeped in native folkloric traditions.

Popol Vuh "Hosianna Mantra" 1973
Florian Fricke pioneered the use of synthesizers in German rock, but by the time of Hosianna Mantra he had abandoned them (eventually selling his famous Moog to Klaus Schulze). While In den Gärten Pharaos had blended synths with piano and African and Turkish percussion, Hosianna Mantra focuses on organic instrumentation. Conny Veit contributes electric guitar, but other than that, Fricke pulls the plug and builds the album around violin, tamboura, piano, oboe, cembalo, and Veit's 12-string, often with Korean soprano Djong Yun's haunting voice hovering above the arrangements. As the album's title suggests, Fricke conceived of Hosianna Mantra as a musical reconciliation of East and West, a harmonization of seemingly opposed terms, combining two devotional music traditions.

UbuWeb Sound - Mike Kelley & Paul McCarthy with Violent Onsen Geisha PEOPLE2 Following up on their previous releases, Sod and Sodie Sock and Studio C, Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy and Masaya Nakahara (aka Violent Onsen Geisha) team up again for Comp O.S.O., recorded live at the Vienna Secession in 1998. The CD features a live improvisation performed by the three artists on the opening night of the Kelley/McCarthy installation Sod and Sodie Sock - an immense faux military encampment made up of barrack tents, a shower room, a mess hall, and various other environments.

Thank you and goodnight.

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