Archive for April, 2008
Tetuzi Akiyama graced Aquarius Records early Februray for a solo sundown set in multiple parts. Absolutely gorgeous acoustic guitar meanderings (this is professional improv folks) and more deliberate melodies in the mix. Achingly beautiful as the sun failed on a Sunday afternoon.
cassette recording – 32:24
1. Green Rocky Road
2. Whoopee Ti Yi Yo
3. Ribbon Bow
4. Katie Cruel
5. Little Margret
6. Red Rockin’ Chair
7. Nottingham Town
8. Skillet Good And Greasy
9. In The Evening
What can I say?
Zach passed me this Ghosting lathe up in Portland last fall. Or maybe it was down in LA last summer. Well, either way, it’s nuts-o beautiful in a totally damaged record kinda way. Apparently only a handful of these were pressed, and it never officially came out.
Photo taken from the White Rainbow Life Log
Group Doueh – Guitar Music From The Western Sahara
Well, I guess since I posted the other Sublime LP, I might as well drop this one as well. Equally dazzling, and maybe a little more ‘WTF?!?’
Forget about fidelity, this is all about Phase.
From Sublime Frequencies:
“If you think youâ€™ve heard all the great electric guitar styles in the world, think again. This Saharan sand-blizzard of fine-crushed glass will grind your face to a bloody pulp. Group Doueh play raw and unfiltered Saharawi music from the former colonial Spanish outpost of the Western Sahara. Doueh (pronounced â€œDoo-wayâ€) is their leader and a master of the electric guitar. Heâ€™s been performing since he was a child playing in many groups before finally creating his own in the 1980â€™s. Doueh says heâ€™s Influenced by western pop and rock music especially Jimi Hendrix and James Brown. His sound is distorted, loud and unhinged with an impressive display of virtuosity and style only known in this part of the world. His wife Halima and friend Bashiri are the two vocalists in the group. Saharawi songs are from the sung poetry of the Hassania language. The music is based on the same modal structure as Mauritanian music, however, Douehâ€™s style is a looser appropriation infused with a western guitar scope, one that relies, in his words, as much on Hendrix as it does traditional Sahrawi music. It also adds a playful pop element that rarely filters through in this region. Doueh has turned down countless offers from Morocco and Europe to release his music but he decided to offer us access to his homemade recordings and photo archive for this amazing debut LP. This is a one-time pressing of 1000 copies, the first Sublime Frequencies vinyl release. Pressed on 180 gram vinyl and comes in a gatefold full color jacket stocked with great photos of the musicians and liner notes by Hisham Mayet.”
“There were three great beats in the 70s. Fela Kuti’s Afrobeat, James Brown’s funk, and Klaus Dinger’s Neu! beat.” -Â Brian Eno
For the last few years whenever I’ve taken a flight, this recording has been a must. It always soothes the brain. Zia Mohiuddin Dagar was a master of the Rudra Vina, and a student of the Dhrupad style of Indian music, notable for is long a patient alap (intro) sections. This one is just over 40 min. long and is a real melter.
Sit back, buckle up, soak it in.