Tigran Hamasyan Vardavar live in the mountains, 2013
From Azerbaijan to neighbouring Armenia. The prodigal Tigran Hamasyan and his band cover their own song Vardavar. They will be on this year’s Istanbul Jazz Festival, if anybody’s reading this, DON’T MISS!
On this song Charles Altura plays the acoustic guitar, Chris Tordini plays the acoustic bass, Arthur Hnatek hits random things, Tigran Hamasyan plays “Hello Kitty” toy piano and an awesome Casio keyboard. November 10th, 2013.
Sad Lovers & Giants are a rock band from Watford, England who formed in 1980. Their sound blends post-punk, atmospheric keyboards and psychedelia and the band has been described as “a pastoral Pink Floyd”.
From his lowly roots in rural Jamaica and the ghettos of West Kingston, to the giddy heights of international stardom, the life of Robert Nesta Marley was one of enigma and paradox. In a biography published this week, Timothy White offers fresh insights into the man and his career. Here NME presents three extracts from the book, covering Marley’s childhood, his first recording session and the attempt on his life in the election fever of 1976.
losttribesound: William Ryan Fritch - Thankless Deeds (Official Video)
VICE premiered this new video for ‘Thankless Deeds’ off Fritch’s upcoming album Revisionist over the weekend, saying they loved, “Fritch’s haunting vocals and thumping percussion, which evoke a sense of euphoric dread.”
Mammane Sani Abdullaye is a legendary name amongst Niger’s avant garde. A pioneer of early West African electronic music, for over 30 years his instrumentals have filled the airwaves. The instrumental background drones of radio broadcasts and instrumental segue ways of TV intermissions borrow heavily from his repertoire. The dreamy organ instrumentals drift by sans comment, yet are known to all. Mammane first found the organ in 1974.
This week, zoomback to 2009 and settle in for a bird’s eye view of the Jesus Lizard’s now-legendary reunion show at Nashville’s Exit/In. The Jesus Lizard isn’t just a band; for some people, their angular, genre-defining noise rock is a bonafide religion, with howling vocalist David Yow as the manic preacher heading up the revival. On July 14, 2009, the original lineup—David Yow, Duane Denison, David Wm. Sims, Mac McNeilly—joined forces for the first time in over ten years to summon forth that old magic and deliver a performance for the ages.