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Friday, Feb 13, 2009

I’ve lately been digging the drone-infused mesmerisms of Tinariwen, a collective whose members are drawn from the Tuareg people. The music, if you’re not already familiar with it, has a hallucinatory power, linked like second cousins to certain kinds of American blues, but still very strange and transporting. 


The Tuaregs are a nomadic people, who lately have been drawn into conflicts all over North Africa. The members of Tinariwen, for instance, met when conscripted into Khaddafi’s army in Libya. 


Terakaft takes two of its members from Tinariwen, guitarist Kedou ag Ossad and bass and guitar player Liya Ag Ablil, and adds two others Rhissa Ag Ogham and Sanou Ag Ahmed, both from Libya. They have a new-ish album out on World Village called Akh Issudar…and this wonderful video, shot at the Festival in the Desert in 2007.


Terakaft

Terakaft


Tinariwen

Tinariwen



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Thursday, Feb 12, 2009

Elizabeth Willis is a classically trained violinist and pianist who began playing at the age of four. Yet, she left that behind to focus on pop music composition. Given her classical background, it’s not surprising that Willis sought vocal instruction when she realized she’d need to sing her songs. Lead single “One” from her self-titled album drew praise from Ludacris after he discovered the tune on his WeMix.com web site. “One” is a beautifully constructed song with rich strings, moody piano and a rather melancholoy atmosphere. Willis credits Russian music as a major influence and one can hear those minor chord shadings and Slavic moodiness being a prime driver of “One”.


Elizabeth Willis
One [MP3]
     



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Thursday, Feb 12, 2009

Marissa Nadler’s “River of Dirt” is a haunting, melancholy tune from her upcoming Kemado release Little Hells (March 3). The video for the song was directed by Joana Linda and evokes the feelings of loneliness and homesickness in the lyrics via scenes of wide open spaces and pensive expressions.


 


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Thursday, Feb 12, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Obits
“Pine On” [MP3] from I Blame You [24 March]
     


Great Northern
“Houses” [MP3] from Remind Me Where the Light Is [28 April]
     


Woodhands
“Electric Avenue” [MP3] from Dancer [3 March]
     


Pronto
“When I’m on the Rocks” [MP3] from All Is Golden [10 March]
     



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Thursday, Feb 12, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Michael Keefe named Eleni Mandell’s Miracle of Five the third best singer-songwriter album of 2007, calling it “her subtlest and best work yet… torch-singing crosses with sad ‘50s pop and, yes, a bit of vintage country balladry… her songwriting is too good to ignore.” Mandell follows up that superb effort with Artificial Fire, releasing next week on Zedtone. Here’s the title song as well as her upcoming tour schedule. As Keefe said back in 2007, “Mandell might not be begging you to listen to her music, but I am.”


Eleni Mandell
“Artificial Fire” [MP3]
     


TOUR DATES
2/19: Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo - Los Angeles CD RELEASE SHOW!
2/21: San Diego, CA @ Casbah
3/05: New York, NY @ Joe’s Pub
3/06: Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club      
3/08: Cambridge, MA @ TT The Bear’s Place
3/09: Philadelphia, PA @ Tin Angel
3/19: San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord
3/21: Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
3/22: Seattle, WA @ Triple Door
3/26: Chicago, IL @ Schubas
3/27: Minneapolis, MN @  Cedar Cultural Centre
3/28: Kansas City, MO @ Davey’s Uptown
3/30: Denver, CO @ Hi Dive


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