Saturday, October 27, 2007


Speaking of Dick Dale (see last post below), here's some Peel Sessions that may or may not have been released. Recorded in 2002, they're a little meatier than his older output, but the ol' cuss still has it. Now if he'd only lose the pony tail and the headband that he's been sporting in recent years, we could relax a little bit over here.

Dick Dale: Avalanche (Peel session), Jesse (Peel session), Gremmie 02 (Peel session), Surf Trip (Peel session) at the Runout Groove
When in Ocean Beach, eat at Hodad's

Friday, October 26, 2007

Lights out, light up.

Troll the MP3 blogs enough and you'll run into posts about Mulatu Astatke, often referred to as the father of Ethio-jazz (or Ethiopian jazz). Though the jazz tag is really a little misleading, his music is indefinably other-worldly. Without knowing anything about him, it would be hard to peg the orgin or era of the sounds that you're hearing.

Much like Quentin Tarintino's serendipitous inclusion of Dick Dale and other surf music in Pulp Fiction's soundtrack, Astatke's music has enjoyed a slew of new attention from the inclusion on the soundtrack to Jim Jarmusch's Broken Flowers. If you haven't seen the film, it is highly recommended that you listen first context-free.