Sunday, July 26, 2009

More from Mali
Not to be confused with Mohammad Doumbia, Nahawa Doumbia is from South Mali. Singing Didadi songs which are a kind of musical contest practiced at parties and festivals in the Wassoulou region near the border with Cote d'Ivoire, her voice soars over a mix of traditional instruments though she has experimented by working with techno rhythms and DJs from the African diaspora in France.


Le Rhythme de la Parole - Kunto Ko

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Boiled Frogs
Somewhere in that whole discussion of boiling frogs, which somehow related to the Health Care Bill (or perhaps it was to the GM bailout), someone mentioned that in the part of Holland closest to England they speak Dutch that sounds like someone speaking English with a frog in their mouth. I suspect that is where Princeton is from, though they claim to be from Eagle Rock, California where I used to go bowling as a kid. Theoretically they are singing about "the detritus of love," but it is quite easy to think that they're complaining about the frogs. They play at Union Hall on September 9th.

Calypso Gold

Live at SXSW 2009

Their MySpace

Buy Princeton at Amazon
Well as hard as I try to always maintain the highest standards of blogging accuracy, sometimes an inadvertent error may creep into a post. As the artist herself pointed out, Nica Brooke is not, in fact, Lithuanian. She is a native Californian and therefore did not learn English from an old cassette tape left over from the war. Other than that, I think the post was right on the money.

Old Dog, New Tricks

Her MySpace
and website

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Thursday, July 02, 2009

Fluttering and captivation
Ellie Goulding has something almost classically antique in her voice. Others see something Bjork-y or Roisin-ish, and yes, that makes sense in a way, but I would say she soars freely like Sinéad Lohan or Kate Bush and the misty repetitive electronica is incidental. She also appears to be half of the duo Goldsmith and from South London. But really shockingly lovely. Startling. Really. Really.

Guns + Horses

Swimming Pool--Goldsmith

Her MySpace