Omark Korshid is an Egyptian guitarist who was rather well known in the 60s and 70s. Wiki has the deets on his career. Suffice to say he made some solo instrumental records in Lebanon in the 70s, and they're chock full of Middle Eastern Fonk, with the requisite percussion breaks and squelchy synths. (Check out the breakdown at 2:25 in the track above.)
I believe this aligns with our interests. Tip of the ol' galabeya to Bana Haffar for the notification.
Well, this is the weirdest thing you're going to hear on the radio all week. It's not exactly obscure, but I am impressed that anybody is putting out an insane calypso tune as an album single, and I'm even more impressed that this is apparently the band's first single in... sixteen years? I'm not even sure if any of this is real or if this is another made up thing like Clutchy Hopkins. Still, apparently it has MF Doom on it and he's always good for some fun times.
2016: the year we all have extra flouride in our water supply.
To be perfectly clear, I'm not 100% on either the band name or the title of the song. All I know is that it's dope. As far as I can tell with cursory Googling, Suiyoubi no Campanella (or possibly Wednesday Campanella) is the group name, and it consists of the rapper KOM_I (who you see in the video) and programmer / producer Hidefumi Kenmochi.
According to Wikipedia:
Kenmochi is mainly in charge of music producing, composing, arranging, and song writing. The concept of the group that Kenmochi and Dir.F had in the early years was folklore style Perfume_(Japanese_band). Each song has certain themes refers from historical events, great persons, or pop culture. The lyrics Kenmochi writes have seemingly deep meanings, however they are generally senseless. KOM_I has no music career until she joined Wednesday Campanella. According to KOM_I,''I never thought I would sing a song at the over twenty years of age, I thought I would be an office worker as people around my age do''. KOM_I performed as she was told to and did not put a word for producing music, but she positively participates after making ''Rashomon'', The mismatch of her voice and hip-hop was preferred by Kenmochi.
They seem to have a website heavily "inspired by" MySpace, which you can find here, and a couple records available as imports on Amazon. The video above has 2.5 million views as of this writing, so I assume they are fairly popular in Asia. Hat tip to Nick Rothwell for the heads-up on this.
I originally thought that this was sixty-four minutes of synthesizer noodling and very modern noise-ambient stuff and didn't think too much of it at the time. Then I did a bit of digging, and discovered that this work by minimalist composer Tony Conrad is actually a sixty-four minute long improvisation on the *pump organ*, the sort of crappy thing you often see in a certain kind of antique store or garage sale. This was apparently produced for a film about Joan of Arc, which never saw the light of day; Conrad didn't know much music the film would need and just decided to fill up an entire tape with wheezing pump-organ ambience in the hopes that that would be enough.
Some miscellaneous finds this week that don't really seem to fit in their own blog post:
Caravan Palace seems to be a French "Electro-Swing" band, an emerging genre which has appeared to tackle the fact that suddenly everybody likes going to the Lindy Hop again. Their music video for Lone Digger seems to primarily consist of cats ripping the heads off of the Dogs Playing Poker.
I am not sure if this is one of the Mongolian musicians that are responsible for the soundtrack to the Marco Polo soundtrack that Chris highlighted before, but it's definitely more of the same stuff. This, on the other hand, is a live performance by the German polyphonic overtone singer Anna-Maria Hefele:
And, because we should have some more space jazz from Uranus to round this off, here is Rahsaan Roland Kirk's "Theme from the Eulipions"; Kirk was famous for playing multiple instruments in his mouth at the same time. For some reason the opening narration reminds me of Ronny Jordan's "The Jackal" which Allison Janney famously lip-syncs to on The West Wing.
Good luck, everybody surviving NAMM this week. Bring me back some analog thingies.
I was dismayed today to hear that 1 and 7/8ths Keyboard Hero Bernie Worrell has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer. You probably know him from his work with Parliament-Funkadelic, where his keyboard wizardry can be heard on classic tunes like "Flashlight", "Mothership Connection", "Aqua Boogie", and various other P-Funk mob albums. He also was the man that David Byrne of the Talking Heads went to in order to get funk credibility. Recently, he's been recording with his own bands, undergoing a brutal touring schedule for a man of his age and with severe arthritis in both hands, and serving as a sideman for various Bill Laswell projects. (Many of these projects are good; to get a good feel for Bernie's bag of tricks, I suggest grabbing the first Praxis Album with Brain, Buckethead, Bernie and Bootsy Collins; Material's "Hallucination Engine", and the Axiom Funk Transmutation CD which consists of Laswell busy remixing and working though bits left on the cutting room floor, including some of the last recordings of the late, great, Eddie Hazel accompanied only by Worrell's organ and somebody reading poetry. Good stuff.)
Bernie is trying to raise money to finish his latest album, a collection of funk instrumentals:
Please go have a listen to what he's put up, and let's see if we can't help him finish this one. Our thoughts go out to Mr. Worrell and his family at this time, and we will all be laying our body parts upon the radio and letting the vibe flow through us.
Today's track was hard to choose, but in the end I decided to go for something off of Bernie's first solo album, which was co-produced by George Clinton.
EDIT: If you prefer, Bootsy Collins' "Catfish Foundation" (set up in memory of his brother, the rhythm guitar player Catfish Collins, to help support musicians in crisis) has put up a fundraising page for Bernie's expenses. Please ignore the fact that it's called Catfish Nation, which usually means something else on the Internet.