The Weekest Links: music blogs edition

Greetings Earthlings, welcome back to the program. Remember 2010? This week's show will take us back to that particular mind state, right there when the music blog scene was really happening, remember that? RSS was great then, PRISM wasn't part of the Terms of Service. Like every subculture, like every digital culture, the music blog networks endured the onslaught of mainstream attention, survived the musicblogocide, persisted in posting, sharing, networkishly documenting the amplitude of recorded musical history. On tonight's show we will enter that Majestic Library of Harmonious Light and pay our humble homage to some of its most prestigious and trusted guardians.


The week of the 10th to the 17th of June, 2013

Flash Strap is where Gato Barbieri hangs out, where I always find that creamy Italian soundtrack, the place with the richest sidebar in this entire side of the net - Flash Strap's sidebar is a special guests list, a map of the hip, proof of what never really stopped happening since way back The beat goes on.

Check it out, this month you can listen to Hideakira Sakurai, the soundtrack genius behind the genius of the Lone Wolf and Cub film series, how cool is that? Who in 2013 is writing long blog posts about Ogami Itto? Flash Strap is. Who's hitting you with the freshest cut aesthetics this side of the Facebook Wall: the mighty Sergei Paradjanov, that's who.

"Here is something you won't find anywhere else, fellows and friends: The soundtrack to Sergei Paradjanov's sublime Soviet-Armenian film Ashik Kerib

An Azerbaijan folk tale of a minstrel's intense journey told in poetic imagery, the film is damn near chock-a-block and wall-to-wall with blistering lute workouts, Azerbaijani traditional and spiritual musics, mystifying juxtapositions, otherworldy atmospheres, the occasional electronic flourish, and generally brilliant sound design." 

A Closet of Curiosities is a serious blog, home to an awe-inspiring collection of music from all around the world. The Original Uday Shankar Company of Hindu Musicians - Indian Music: Ragas and Dances is one of its latest offerings, an instrumental ensemble recording from 1937. This blog also packs a powerful sidebar with connections to posts about Black Sabbath, Muddy Waters, to fellow hotspots like The Lost Turntable, An Index of Possibilities, The Lucky Psychic Hut.

I come to this blog like one enters a cool antique shop, half intrigued by the sheer heft of history and half afraid to bump and break something. They've been around, survived a few crackdowns from the man, you can tell by the url. It's been worth it, the closet is still full.

Angola45 aims to promote classic Angolan music with occasional forays into other so-called Portuguese-speaking African countries. That line alone would have gotten me interested, but this blog is heavy duty. Angola was and is a massive powerhouse when it comes to producing floor-burning tracks and if you look at their history, urban music has been coming out of the country for decades. From the deep and dark legendary status of David Zé to the enchanted nobility of the Carlos Lamartine ensembles, Luanda has seen its fair share of a long dynasty of musical greatness.

Angola 45 does more than post music, there's usually a short cool text that contextualizes the records and kind of describes what you're about to listen to. Like this fat grove from Os Kiezos, a Luanda group formed in 1965. 

"Os Kiezos had their first big show in Luanda’s Ngola Cine in 1969 and debuted on the studio a year later. Vate Costa (1949-2010) and Fausto Lemos joined the ranks and gave voice to huge hits, such as “Za boba”, “Ché-ché mãe”, “Muá Pangu”, “Ku Xingue Ngamba”, “Milhorró” or “Ngana Zambi”, some of a satirical nature, making the band a target for the Portuguese political police 
just before the independence."


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