Monday, May 12, 2014

Sounds of the Streets: Istanbul

In September 2013 I visited Istanbul for the first time with the hopes of recording street musicians and any other interesting sounds I could find along the way.

This is the result of a couple weeks spent in the city--and my first time playing around with audio recording equipment.

A huge thanks to the Kickstarter folks who threw down for this project, the welcoming people of Istanbul, the whole Kadiköy crew and the many talented musicians of the city.

The purpose of this project was to share the sounds from a certain place and time with a minimal amount of audio alteration. I have hopes of sharing recordings like this again--and more frequently. The music is meant to be heard. Please download the album for what you see fit. Any proceeds from here will go solely to the funding of future projects in the vein of "Sounds of the Streets - Istanbul".

If unsure select 320k mp3 when downloading. Audiophile friends grab a lossless option.

Headphones recommended.

Teşekkür ederim, sağ olun!

m, San Francisco, May 2014


Monday, May 27, 2013

Khamisu Khan - "L'Algoza Du Sind" 1979, Pakistan. Arion 33483.

Khamisu Khan plays a mutli-flute Algoza (Alghoza) from the Sindh region of modern day Pakistan.  Blowing into mulitple pipes at once allows for the player to create a drone with one and the melody with another.


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Young Persian Love: Faramarz Parsi "Teheran Teheran" 1976, Iran. Peters International 10165

It's been a let us rewind to 1976 Iran for some pre-Ayatollah fun.  320 rip by yours truly.  Really thank Ryan for the motivation.  More to come.  And on a more frequent basis.  

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Como el Filo del Machete: Songs of the struggle for Puerto Rican Independence, Sung by Andrés Jiménez (Paredon Records, 1978)

Oye, Boricua, yo te canto esta canción: Viva la Patria, Viva la Revolución!

"...sung by Andrés Jiménez, widely recognized as the foremost singers [of the Independence Movement in Puerto Rico] and the only in his generation to use "jibaro" or traditional mountain music style.  These songs delineate the hard life of the peasant, the patriotism and love of their fellow countrymen in the hearts of every Puero Rican, the contrast between rich and poor on the island, and the rebellious spirit of a people too long held in colonial bondage by U.S. imperialism."

I've included images of the illustrated booklet containing complete translations, biography, political notes, and a list of publication, books, and other resources.

Amigos this is my first vinyl rip and I'm pretty damn proud of myself.  I just want to say, if you haven't done this yourself, please consider giving a muchas gracias whoever you pull musica from here on the webs...this stuff is time consuming to say the least.  Much respect to those of you who offer up quality ish on such a frequent basis, you know who you are.  Please give me any feedback on the rip.

Back to the music, this is the first time I've come across the Paredon Records catalog.  Needless to say, I'm definitely on the hunt for more from these guys.  "Songs, music, poetry, speeches, documents of class struggle, natioanl liberation, women's emancipation and democratic rights" - Paredon.

Omar Souleyman live @ Mezzanine, San Francisco, June 1st, 2012


Stay tuned for new posts, including my first vinyl rips.  Hoping to have the first offering up later today.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Tartit - Ichichila (2000, Network Germany)

Sahel blues from a group not as well known as fellow desert rebels Tinariwen, Tartit play the Tuareg sound in a more traditional style and with the men veiled rather the women.


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Wackies - City Line 12 Original 12" Singles

24 cuts of heat from traces of the black ark found on white planes road in the bronx.

ride the lion

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Night Ragas (Music Today, 1994)

योऽसौ ध्वनिविशेषस्तु स्वरवर्णविभूषितः ।
रञ्जको जनचित्तानां स च राग उदाहृतः ।।
"That which is a special dhwani (tune), is bedecked with swara (notes) and varna and is colorful and delightful to the minds of the people, is said to be rāga" - Matanga in the Brihaddeshi.

Long before my first trip to the subcontinent, I acquired a couple of these beautiful volumes of Inidan ragas on cassette--from the free pile at the dump.  Probably my first introduction to music outside of the western sphere o' influence; I was transfixed with what sounded so alien to these young ears who only a few years prior had just discovered dad's floyd and zep records.  Almost a decade and a half later these tapes are among some of my most cherished items from childhood.

There are ragas for many occasions...time of day, time of year, the mood of the weather...think monsoons...  The Music Today label first released these as a multi-volume set including "Morning Ragas", "Afternoon Ragas", "Evening Ragas", and here we have "Night Ragas".

Save this set for after the glorious sun, once again, has passed us for an evening.

vol .01

1. Raga Shuddh Nat -29:40 / Mallikarjun Mansur - vocal
2. Raga Kedar - 15:15 / Padma Talwalkar - vocal
3. Raga Jhinjhoti - 14:40 / Hariprasad Chaurasia - flute

vol .02

1. Raga Hamir - 15:05 / Padma Talwalkar - vocal
2. Raga Tilak Kamod - 15:00 / Shahid Parvez - sitar
3. Raga Bageshwari - 30:20 / Pandit Jasraj - vocal

vol .03

1. Raga Maru Bihag - 14:45 / Shruti Sadolikar - vocal
2. Raga Jaijaiwanti - 14:45 / Rajan and Sajan Mishra - vocal
3. Raga Malkauns - 29:50 / Hariprasad Chaurasia - flute

vol .04

1. Raga Nayiki Kanhara - 29:45 / Shruti Sadolikar - vocal
2. Raga Des - 15:05 / Pandit Jasraj - vocal
3. Raga Darbari - 13:45 / Amjad Ali Khan - sarod

mia tansen