Download: “Sane Eba” – Zakee Kuduro feat. Anbuley (mp3)
Congotronics meets M.I.A., maybe? Nice and wicked.
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Shrinebuilder’s “Pyramid of the Moon” (7 minutes, 35 seconds) has been posted on Shrinebuilder’s myspace page
Al Cisneros (Sleep, Om)
Wino (St. Vitus, The Obsessed, Spirit Caravan, The Hidden Hand)
Scott Kelly (Neurosis)
Dale Crover (Melvins)
Note: Al Cisneros’ 2009 Arthur CD “Transmissions From Sinai” is now available from the Arthur Store for $12US postpaid. Also, a few copies of Arthur No. 9, which featured Wino on the cover, are still available from the Arthur Store as well.
Download: “Storm Thru Mississippi” – Henry Green (1951) (mp3)
Here is the second of three songs we’re presenting this week from the forthcoming, eagerly awaited Fire In My Bones: Raw, Rare & Otherworldly African-American Gospel, 1944-2007, a stunning 80-song, triple-CD set compiled by Mike McGonigal of Yeti Magazine fame. Most of the songs on Fire are sourced from independent regional labels, and almost none have ever been widely available. These are some genuine lost treasures of American devotional music, folks. Mike has done some serious collecting, culling, and sequencing on this set, and we’re all the lucky beneficiaries.
Henry Green’s “Storm Thru Mississippi” is from the set’s opening disk, “The Wicked Shall Cease from Troubling.” From the liner notes: “['Storm'] was issued as a single on realtor Steve Chandler’s Chicago-based Chance label. The song, subtitled ‘Storm Thru Tupelo,’ might be about the devastating 1930s flood described in John Lee Hooker’s ‘Tupelo.’ Regardless, it’s one of many gospel songs which make an Old Testament styled interpretation of contemporary ‘extreme weather’ events.”
Fire In My Bones: Raw, Rare & Otherworldly African-American Gospel, 1944-2007 is being released on October 27, 2009 by the good people of Tompkins Square Records of New York City. You can pre-order now from Amazon.
WHAT WE ARE LOSING: Part 55 (maybe) in an occasional series…
A recent thinkpiece from Cook’s Illustrated magazine publisher Chris Kimball at the New York Times:
“…The shuttering of Gourmet reminds us that in a click-or-die advertising marketplace, one ruled by a million instant pundits, where an anonymous Twitter comment might be seen to pack more resonance and useful content than an article that reflects a lifetime of experience, xperts are not created from the top down but from the bottom up. They can no longer be coronated; their voices have to be deemed essential to the lives of their customers. That leaves, I think, little room for the thoughtful, considered editorial with which Gourmet delighted its readers for almost seven decades.
“To survive, those of us who believe that inexperience rarely leads to wisdom need to swim against the tide, better define our brands, prove our worth, ask to be paid for what we do, and refuse to climb aboard this ship of fools, the one where everyone has an equal voice. Google ‘broccoli casserole’ and make the first recipe you find. I guarantee it will be disappointing. The world needs fewer opinions and more thoughtful expertise — the kind that comes from real experience, the hard-won blood-on-the-floor kind. I like my reporters, my pilots, my pundits, my doctors, my teachers and my cooking instructors to have graduated from the school of hard knocks.”
From a recent interview with Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau:
“Back in the late 70s, I created an animated Doonesbury special for NBC. The network declined to order another because of disappointing ratings. The show had 21 million viewers. On an average night, The Daily Show, a huge hit, pulls 1.5 million viewers. It’s a different world.”