New Songs From Beirut

May 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

Finally

One of our favorite ‘indie meets world’ groups out there (and loved by the indie press) Beirut are currently wrapping on a new album…their first since 2007 ‘The Flying Club Cup’. These guys are a lot like A Hawk and A Hacksaw” but lead singer Zach Condon’s voice is too beautiful to overlook. They apparently are debuting some of these new tracks on a current tour. Check out the two new ones below and be glad Beirut is Back!

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Balkan Goodness – La Cherga

April 1, 2011 § 1 Comment


Woke up this morning with Balkan music blaring in my head for no reason. Figured why not spend a Friday sharing some of that good Gypsy (pun intended) music from around Eastern Europe. This group is La Cherga, based out of Austria. 2008 brought their debut ‘Fake No More’ which introduced the world to a unique electronic dub Balkan style. Now they’ll soon be releasing (sometime in June) their sophomore album ‘Revolve’ which features this catchy single. Even though the female lead singer’s voice is quite deep, there is something fitting about that on top of the Balkan upbeat.

Listen to “Melaha” now to get your Friday going.

Monday Warming; Thiago Pethit

March 28, 2011 § Leave a comment


Here’s an artist from Brazil who makes me wonder why we don’t post more music from there. Although I don’t speak Portuguese, you can tell this is a very intimate song and Thiago just has that soothing voice you enjoy listening to. Video isn’t too bad either, good for yet another rough Monday wouldn’t you say?

Stream his latest album Brazil, TX here.

Post SXSW – Debo Band

March 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

*Note- Finishing my SXSW coverage today…so be prepared.

Mixing things up from the typical indie band, I was also catching a lot of “worldly” shows at SXSW. In the past few years, more and more international groups are making it to Austin and this is a wonderful thing. Sometimes hipsters need to discover something out of their comfort area. One of the best shows I saw last week came from Debo Band, a Boston based Ethiopian funk group who know how to get the crowd moving. From their opening note full of brass power on top of their lead singer who has more than enough swagger, these guys rocked. Check out the SXSW video of their show during the All Music is World Music showcase.

New Release: A Hawk and a Hacksaw

March 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

New Mexico Duo does Eastern European Roots music

Today brings us the release of A Hawk and a Hacksaw’s ‘Cervantine’. Generally bands like this are a little too Pitchfork for me, but they really are an intriguing group. Lead by accordionist and drummer Jeremy Barnes (formerly of the fabulous Neutral Milk Hotel) and violinist Heather Trost, these two really gray the line between indie and world music. Or maybe I’m just into boy/girl duos today or it’s just I’m a sucker for Balkan.
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