May 17, 2011 § Leave a comment
So this is old, but I stumbled across it on Funny or Die this morning and couldn’t resist sharing with you guys. The song is obviously a good one, but the strangeness of the video is itself worthy of a post. Herman Dune is a strange cat anyways (check out “I wish that I could see you soon” but then you throw in Mad Men’s Jon Hamm befriending a cute little yeti and all sorts of strange happens. I can’t decide if this is funny or heart warming.
May 16, 2011 § Leave a comment
Obviously we’re fans of the Fleet Foxes here at Gypsysphere, so I figured I would give you another taste of a track off the newly released Hopelessness Blues. On this track “Montezuma,” Robin Pecknold has moved away from his landscape imagery and into a more introspective position by questioning his past and mortality and the rest of the album follows suit. This new record finds Fleet Foxes exploring more complex song structures and guitar lines but always with those amazing vocal harmonies.
May 11, 2011 § Leave a comment
The Fleet Foxes are hot right now, coming off their killer release “Helplessness Blues” on May 3rd, so I figured I would use Remix Wednesday to mention them. This track has a very house feel, but still manages to capture Robin Pecknold’s dreamy voice and make it into something upbeat. Probably a great track to drive to, but it’ll do for a Wednesday pick me up.
May 10, 2011 § Leave a comment
Taken from Tinariwen’s Myspace:
In 1980, Colonel Ghadaffi put out a decree inviting all young Touareg men, who were living illegally in Libya, to receive a full military training in the southern desert. Time spent in this military training and later with the Touareg rebel movement, the MPA, introduced the group to more aspiring musicians. Forming a collective, they built their own make-shift rehearsal studio, with a mission to write songs about the aspirations of the Touareg for political freedom, and then to record these songs without payment for whoever turned up at their door with an empty cassette. It was a propaganda machine for a people without any other forms of media whatsoever. The cassettes were taken back to camps and villages throughout the Sahara, and then copied again and again.
Ibrahim, Inteyeden, Japonais, Diarra, Hassan and their friends never saw themselves as one-dimensional propagandists however. They were musicians and poets. Their songs spoke of deep personal struggles and of their love of their desert home, as much as they raised the flag for the rebel movement. In 1989, frustrated by the lack of progress and by broken promises, the members of Tinariwen escaped from the Libyan camp and headed south into Mali. Ibrahim found himself back in Tessalit, the village of his birth, for the first time in 26 years. And then, in June 1990, the rebellion began.
It lasted about six months. Afterwards, most of Tinariwen decided to leave the military life behind and go back to being musicians. Ibrahim and his friends had no doubt that they were musicians first and foremost. They had become soldiers only out of necessity, for a brief and painful period. In groups of two, three, four or more, they also began to play gigs openly. Touareg from all over the Sahara were delighted finally to encounter the group who had invented the modern Touareg guitar style, who had been the pied pipers of the rebellion and whose songs defined the story of a whole generation.
They are a stellar group with some amazing songs. Listen to “Lulla”
May 9, 2011 § Leave a comment
Well this has been the longest we’ve gone without making a post, but now that life is calming down we will be making a full fledged return to you.
Today we have a song that comes from the Central American culture of the Garifuna, the people of that region and bearers of a dying style of Afro-Caribbean music and dance. This song Nibari (My Grandchild) can be found on Umalali’s latest release The Garifuna Women’s Project. Stop and take a look at the world before all of its lush cultures are gone.
May 2, 2011 § Leave a comment
Everyone should know the psychobilly rockers, Tiger Army, led by lead singer Nick 13. If you don’t, they sound something like this:
Well now Nick 13 is finally embarking on his long-time-coming solo record which will feature songs more in the vein of such Tiger Army melodies as “In The Orchard” and “Outlaw Heart.” Basically it’s going to be a little more country/slide guitar/Elvis sounding rather than rockabilly/punk rock. On the album will also be two new versions of past songs: “In The Orchard” and “Cupid’s Victim.” The album comes out on June 7th and Nick will be touring alongside Merle Haggard and Ray Price to do some West Coast dates and one in Indianapolis…hopefully more to come.
01. Nashville Winter
02. Carry My Body Down
04. All Alone
05. Restless Moon
06. In The Orchard (2011)
08. Cupid’s Victim (2011)
09. Nighttime Sky
10. Gambler’s Life
Listen to “Carry My Body Down” from the upcoming album: