Monday, September 22, 2008

A dialect is a language without a navy [found music post]

In Yiddish:
In Ladino:
  • I already mentioned DeLeon: Sephardic indie-rock, lifted from run-of-the-mill indie-rockness by a superb brass section, reminiscent of the mariachi/spaghetti western feel of Calexico or Blasco Ballroom. DeLeon're currently touring with Balkan Beat Box. Hear "Porke Yorach" at Instrumental Analysis, "Serena" at SoundRoots, and "Be Still, Angelino" at Friday Afternoon. DeLeon are another JDub band.
In Hebrew:
  • I have also mentioned Antibalas before. Their tenor player is a member of an Arcade Fire- and Balkan Beat Box-related supergroup called Sway Machinery who are currently playing cantorial music for JDub with "Malian guitars, Saharan beats, Afro-pop horns and the B-L-U-E-S". Listen to "P'sach Lanu Sha'ar" at I Guess I'm Floating or at Quiet Color. And more on their own site. You can listen to their non-cantorial music - bluesy madness reminiscent of Captain Beefheart, late Tom Waits or perhaps John Zorn (and far too extreme for me) - at Vibromonk.
  • Tomer Yosef is yet another JDub artist, one of the associates of Balkan Beat Box. His "Underground", a somewhat bland-sounding political folky/punky reggae song, is at The Tripwire.
  • "Svefn-G-Englar" by Sigur Rós, Hebrew version at JP's Blog: dreamy and glitchy
  • Italo-Disco version of "Hava Nagilah" at Best Foot Forward
In English:
Other languages:
In lots of languages:
  • Watcha Clan's new Diaspora Hi-Fi seems to be in several languages, including their native (if that's the right word for these nomadic people) French. Listen at So Relevant, Instrumental Analysis, Comfort Radio, Anyone's Guess, Alankomaat. "Quinto Regimiento", from their mySpace, is in Spanish, a traditional folk song, also performed by the great Lila Downs, celebrates a Communist/Socialist volunteer militia in the Spanish Civil War. Watcha Clan play it straight, with some gentle turntablist flourishes in the background. "Marashtein", in Yiddish, is fun and dancey, with a North African/Gypsy feel and wacky vocals. Their website is very nicely put together. Highly recommended for fans of Manu Chao. To be honest, I think I would like them more if their vocalist, Sister Ka, had a less abrasive voice.
  • Balkan Beat Box themselves can be heard at Get the Curse, Quiet Color and My Crazy Music.
Without words:
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7 comments:

Edie said...

Fantastic post! And thank you for the new year greeting...

I also used to live in Tulse Hill and Forest Hill, and to be honest, am now missing South London very much.

Happy New Year to you too and I will look forward to reading your future posts ;)

Edie

Recruiting Animal said...

I saw Golem at the Ashkenaz Festival in Toronto two years ago. Annette Ezekial has an attractive stage presence.

I didn't like her introduction to the song about the needle-worker who regretted moving to America, but was otherwise, very impressed.

Here's a video of Milla Jovovich singing Mezinka in the movie "Dummy". I like it.

I'd like to see the film too (even though my friend told me it wasn't good).

joy said...

Loved your post. Spanish music is loved throughout the world. i got some great info on Spanish music on spanishsongs.org

jams o donnell said...

I'll have to give some of these artists a listen. As for singers in Ladino the only two I am familiar with are Yasmin Levy and Mor Karbasi

bob said...

Yasmin Levy is great (although I think Noga has quibbles with her pronunciation). Mor Kabasi I am intending to buy her album - all I've heard is the YouTube Martin in the Margins posted a while back. If you like them, I think you'll also like Los Desterrados.

jams o donnell said...

Thanks Bob I will give Los Desterrados a go

jams o donnell said...

Ps Just checked Lost desterrados out on Youtube. Excellent stuff! I Have just ordered Tu and pre-ordered Miradores. Thanks again for the tip