Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird | The Butcher’s Share

Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird | The Butcher’s Share

ARTIST: Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird TITLE: The Butcher’s Share LABEL: Oriente Here’s the fifth album from Berlin’s Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird, released in Germany last year and getting an American push now with the band touring the USA in November. Kahn is one of my favorite singer-songwriters, a man who cites as influences Nina Simone, Tom Waits, Tom Lehrer, Brecht & Eisler, Woody Guthrie, Howlin’ Wolf, The Pogues, and Leonard Cohen,…

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Black Masala | Trains And Moonlight Destinies

Black Masala | Trains And Moonlight Destinies

ARTIST: Black Masala TITLE: Trains And Moonlight Destinies LABEL: self-released Here’s the third studio album from Washington DC’s Black Masala, hands down one of the most exciting live bands anywhere. Their unique sound combines elements that seem on the surface not to fit together: Balkan brass, punk rock, Indian bhangra, DC go-go, New Orleans funk and second-line music, reggae and who knows what else. The four-person brass section, anchored by trombonist Kirsten Warfield, is the…

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Alba Griot Ensemble | The Darkness Between The Leaves

Alba Griot Ensemble | The Darkness Between The Leaves

ARTIST: Alba Griot Ensemble TITLE: The Darkness Between The Leaves LABEL: Riverboat Mark Mulholland is a Scottish singer-songwriter-guitarist who keeps his passport handy: he’s lived and worked in most of Western Europe, Haiti and now Bamako, Mali, where he connected with ngoni player Yacouba Sissoko of the Afrocubism project. They’ve taken Mulholland’s introspective songs in a British folk mode (think Nick Drake or Alasdair Roberts), added filigrees from the Mande tradition, and fleshed out the…

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Orlando ‘Cachaito’ Lopez | Cachaito

Orlando ‘Cachaito’ Lopez | Cachaito

ARTIST: Orlando ‘Cachaito’ Lopez TITLE: Cachaito LABEL: World Circuit World Circuit has been reissuing much of its catalog, giving you a new reason to hear this one-of-a-kind 2001 album. Cachaito was universally regarded as Cuba’s greatest bassist; he joined the popular Orquesta Riverside at age 12, went on to found the legendary Irakere, and played bass on all the Buena Vista Social Club (BVSC) sessions. BVSC producer (and World Circuit proprietor) Nick Gold put together…

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