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Charlie's MySpace Friends

PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2008 11:45 am
by Spartacus
In my vain attempt to get ahead of the game around here (re Mostar Sevdah Reunion which no-one has commented on?) I have been slowly working my way through the list of Charlie's friends on MySpace.

This is a most fruitful and at the same time difficult task as for some reason the order of his friends changes at times (I guess as new ones are added). It has opened my eyes (ears?) to the difficulty CG and others must face when barraged by the music of hopefuls. I don't know how many cds or requests CG must get each day, but how do you cope?

Of course one starts listening to the selected track, and sometimes it is absolutely clear that after 10 seconds one has made a decision to discard. It is either music that one just isn't into (for me that is generally soul and country - stop shouting at me back there, I know I know, but I haven't got time for everything...) or has nothing about it. Often I go no further with the selection, but the nagging feeling is wondering if I have missed something?

Sometimes one listens, because one likes the hook, and then the disappointment as the tune peters into some lame, bland, formulaic banality. Yet that intro promised so much. One then wonders if perhaps another tune is worth a try. Often not. But, sometimes one finds a gem in amongst the crud.

(Perhaps I shouldn't disparage the efforts with the word crud, but how can they not know that the track has no quality? Ahh that Robert Persig notion again).

Rarely, one knows one has found class. At the moment I am listening to someone called Rosie Brown. It's nothing amazing, but there is something about it which makes me listen to more. There's a thing about her music which I recognise and sympathise with. (edit: actually on more listening, she is very very good, which raises another issue of first listen versus repeated listens!)

I am on page 7 of 40 pages of friends - a wonderful lot of music to explore, and then there is the friends of good friends to go through. What a wonderful, amazing resource t'internet is.

edit: And I read her page and I see that Ms Brown is quite famous and already known to CG etc. Well just shows that there is something that resonates!

PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2008 11:59 am
by Des
I've heard that Bozo Bingtrousers is very good.

Re: Charlie's MySpace Friends

PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2008 3:21 pm
by Charlie
Spartacus wrote: But, sometimes one finds a gem in amongst the crud.

There you go, every day of my life summed up in a sentence.

And the sentence is: to spend every day of my life in this way.

PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2008 6:21 pm
by Spartacus
As another gem for today, quite a few today, must be on a roll, thought this one might interest as few of you:

Jen Gloeckner

I know there's an extinct thread on myspace finds, but this seemed to be as good a place as any to resurrect the idea.

Re: Charlie's MySpace Friends

PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2008 7:37 pm
by Tom McPhillips
Charlie wrote:
Spartacus wrote: But, sometimes one finds a gem in amongst the crud.

There you go, every day of my life summed up in a sentence.

And the sentence is: to spend every day of my life in this way.

There's hope yet, one day, Charlie, they'll put us out to pasture and then we'll have all the time in the world to lie back and smell the crud!

PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 1:21 pm
by Spartacus
Another interesting pastime is to scroll down and see the zany friends some have, but more than that, there are some truly marvellous and bizarre pictures.

PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 3:41 pm
by Spartacus
Find of the day (for me) is Woo-ssay

For those who like the Salif kaita type orchestration of African music, this should be right down your street. Features Jean-Francois Kellner and Aissata Kouyate - didn't mean anything to me, since I know nothing.

(Oh and turn the speakers up good and loud)

PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 5:43 pm
by Spartacus
You might want to check out this, great, happy groove (shaabi music) - Think of One, in particular the track J'etais jetee:

(I'm sure I've heard something like this somewhere before?)

edit: Just noticed that Lopa Kothari played this on World on 3 a few weeks ago, but I didn't know.

PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 5:32 pm
by Bozo Bingtrousers
Des wrote:I've heard that Bozo Bingtrousers is very good.

I second that emotion!

PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 5:40 pm
by Spartacus
For the two of you who also like your RnB, and I bet the rest of you watch the videos! Here is an interesting mix of RnB, Kora and, well ...hear for yourself (in particular Lost My Soul) (pity that two of the rest have been cut, I do hate it when artists do that, but I guess they want you to buy, and in the case of this relation of Toumani Diabate, I shall.

Just in case you're desperate to buy it (£8.50+£2pp not sure where they are based?), I eventually tracked down this place but paypal only.

I've sent a message to the lady asking about other outlets.

PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2008 2:56 pm
by Gordon Moore
Well, I've now got the album by Sona Soul called Afro Acoustic Soul, and though it's a pleasant enough outing, I have to say I was a mite disappointed. I've listened to it a few times and the one thing that strikes me is the lack of musical invention or excitement anywhere. It's the sort of music you might put on if you were wanting to seduce someone, but didn't want them to be distracted from what you were saying...

She has a lovely voice, the hints of African rhythms, the strong RnB groove, and the taste of kora, though not enough, suggest more to come, but there isn't. I wish she would just have faith and confidence in herself to show us her virtuosity on the instrument, excite us with some extemporaneous playing.

A fair start, hope that the next album develops the ideas and gives us the excitement she promises.

The seduction failed...

edit: it is growing on me though. There are some lovely tracks on it.

PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2008 3:33 pm
by Gordon Moore
For lovers of music that comes up to you, headbutts you, kicks you in the stomach and then says come and have a vodka with me, try :

Rotsfront Emigrantski - Berlin STyLE

Not sure about the other tracks, but the one above rocks.

PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2008 3:50 pm
by Gordon Moore
A nice little find - a female kora player Sousou -

in particular the last three songs Jalia, Jarabi & Teranga

I searched the forum, but found no references.

I've noted that Con is between Sousou and Sally Tavares, with another beauty on his arm. What a beast!

Knowing my luck I'll be between Howard and Adam. (hehehe) Referee!