Friday, May 29, 2015

Some Music I Liked This Week

The holiday week got away from me, so I don't have any new records to share. I lieu of the usual new discoveries, here are a few recent videos from some of my favorite live web series, les Concerts à emporter (Take Away Show), Black Cab Sessions, and Field Recordings (NPR).


Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett performs "Depreston" for les Concerts à emporter. The tune is from her debut full-length album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit.


Songhoy Blues

African blues is having a moment right now. In a recent installment of Black Cab Sessions, Songhoy Blues (Mali) perform "Soubour", the opening track to 2014's Music In Exile.
Garba Touré and his guitar were a familiar sight on the banks on the Niger, upstream from Timbuktu in Mali, West Africa. But when armed Islamist jihadists too control of Northern Mali in the spring of 2012, he knew it was time to leave. 
“They ordered people to stop smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol and playing music and although I don’t smoke or drink, I love the guitar, so I thought, ‘This isn’t the mo­ment to hang around. I have to go south... now.’” 
The hard­line Islamist gunmen drove music underground. The penalties for playing or even just listening to it on your mobile phone were a public whipping, a stint in an overcrowded jail or worse. Like thousands of refugees, Garba grabbed a bag, his guitar and boarded a bus to the capital Bamako. 
Arriving with some other musician friends from the north, they decided to form a band. “We wanted to recreate that lost ambience of the north and make all the refugees relive those northern songs”.
Northern Mali is the cradle of the blues and its music is often referred to as “the desert blues.” 

Daniel Bachman

On NPR's Field Recordings, 25-year-old solo guitarist Daniel Bachman performs "Song for the Setting Sun II" from his most recent album, River.

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