Drunken Foreigner Band | White Guy Disease

Drunken Foreigner Band | White Guy Disease

ARTIST: Drunken Foreigner Band TITLE: White Guy Disease LABEL: Electric Cowbell Molam is the country music of Laos and northeastern Thailand. In the 1970s, it was cross-fertilized with rock (especially of the psychedelic persuasion) and soul borne by ubiquitous American soldiers. Many Thais think molam is “taxi driver music” of and for the underclass, but some Western listeners (and to fair, plenty of Thais as well) are captivated. Count Drunken Foreigner Band among the latter….

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Da Cruz | Eco Do Futuro

Da Cruz | Eco Do Futuro

ARTIST: Da Cruz TITLE: Eco Do Futuro LABEL: Boom Jah / Broken Silence Brazilian Mariana Da Cruz was singing bossa nova in Lisbon when she met musician-producer Ane Hebeisen of the Swiss industrial band Swamp Terrorists. This unlikely duo has been working together for 12 years; this is their sixth album. The Da Cruz sound combines elements of MPB (Brazilian popular music) with global bass music: Nigerian Afrobeat (which is very hip in Brazil right…

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Kries | Selo Na Okuke / Village Tracks

Kries | Selo Na Okuke / Village Tracks

ARTIST: Kries TITLE: Selo Na Okuke / Village Tracks LABEL: Riverboat Folk music played differently can be the most radical act there is. Kries (“Bonfire” in a Croatian dialect) plays traditional music from their country and region in a manner like no one else. Start with lead singer Mojmir Novakovic, whose rich, powerful voice harkens back to a time before amplification. The band’s two lead instruments are lijerica, the bowed lyre of the Byzantine Empire,…

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La Misa Negra | La Misa Negra

La Misa Negra | La Misa Negra

ARTIST: La Misa Negra TITLE: La Misa Negra LABEL: NAM Entertainment Cumbia is probably more popular today than it’s ever been, and that’s saying something since it’s been around for nearly 200 years. La Misa Negra, an 8-piece band from Oakland CA, is inspired by Colombian big band porro from the 1950s and 60s. But they put their own spin on it: leader Marco Polo Santiago is a metal-head (tracks 1 and 10 are covers…

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