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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2007 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I might be abusing the word a bit - originally it's the very commercial techno-version of Balkan music.

I use it to denote all 'ethnic' music that is somehow married to beats, electro or popmusic in general, especially Balkan or Middle Eastern.

Most of it is fairly horrible, but there're some real jewels for the one who's searching good.

If you're interested, try searching for music by Arash, Goran Brekovic or Rachid Taha. (clicking on their names sends you to their homepages, there's a bit of their music on there as well, especially the Arash one is full of it)
But I'm sure there's keltic versions of the genre as well...

Edit: oh well, just for the heck of it, three examples of the sweet offerings this genre has:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYryevHIZGw&mode=related&search= (watch it!!! This one is an absolute brilliant example of the genre while at the same time somewhat parodising it)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUbzX3izyw4 (VERY intense, like an arabic Massive Attack!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8u3SZ60x-YE (remember Snow's Informer?)
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2007 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah yes, I have heard it... There's a bunch of Polish lads living upstairs from me, and they were belting out what I could only describe as techno-polka last Saturday night. It was absolutely dreadful. A good example of Irish folk and electronica fused are the Afro-Celt Sound System. Some of it's really cheesey, but they're definitely worth checking out...
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2007 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the Space Camp Song.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2007 4:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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A good example of Irish folk and electronica fused are the Afro-Celt Sound System. Some of it's really cheesey, but they're definitely worth checking out...


Oh, I know it! I wouldn't really call it turbo-folk, but then again, Rachid Taha isn't really turbo folk either.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2007 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I went and tracked down some Rachid Taha... Nice, but I'd class it in with the Afro-Celt - a little self-conscious and cheesey at times, but good.

Turbo-folk Smile Is that an official designation or your own term?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2007 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Official designation, really, but then - like I said - it is mainly the Balkan and Eastern Europe variety that is meant. I'd guess your Polish neighbours would know what you mean if you'd tell them to turn down their turbofolk.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2007 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had the Bare Naked Ladies "Gordon" cd stuck in my car for a while, now. Had a few bonus tracks put on the cd a la Napster (back in the "free" Napster days).

Not sure what Afro-Celt is... although sometimes, I listen to a band called Six Mile Bridge which I think I would classify as sorta Irish Folk-rock. Pretty sure they are no longer together. My wife kinda took a shine to a few of their "angry" songs (Come out you black and tans, Another man's cause).
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A mate of mine gave me Midlake's 'Trials of Van Occupanther' yesterday. I'd never even heard of them, but it's brilliant!
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2007 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYryevHIZGw&mode=related&search= (watch it!!! This one is an absolute brilliant example of the genre while at the same time somewhat parodising it)
That was both horrifying and utterly, utterly brilliant.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 4:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYryevHIZGw&mode=related&search= (watch it!!! This one is an absolute brilliant example of the genre while at the same time somewhat parodising it)
That was both horrifying and utterly, utterly brilliant.


We discovered this song when my girlfriend was living on a boat in one of the canals in Amsterdam. During the summer we would get drunk on vodka and dance like idiots on that cd. I once fell into the canal while that song was playing and I was jumping around shouting "ka-lash-ni-kov, ka-lash-ni-KOV!!!"
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have Plumb in my home stereo while Linkin Park is the CD in my car.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2007 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you guys know that Barney and Super Mario have their own mixtapes?

It's crazy, right, but they have one. I listened to it and it's not too bad. They put Mike Jones to shame.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just got "Is there anybody out there?", the live performance of The Wall - I'd almost forgotten what a genius Waters was!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Though Waters does deserve his props, you also can't neglect Gilmour (sp?). He wrote both "Comfortably Numb" and "Run Like Hell", the two best songs on that album. I think that Floyd's "Final Cut" and Waters solo "Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking" are two very good, under-respected albums.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, I'm not neglecting Gilmour in the slightest, the man was also a legend - Comfortably Numb was probably the best thing he wrote (jury's out on whether it's the best song on the album for me, anyway!). The Wall is very much Waters' album tho - their earlier stuff very much held on to Sid Barrett's legacy while the later albums had the tang of Gilmour about them...

Hmm, 'tang' sounds negative, not meant! Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weird Al Yankovic's Straight Outta Lynwood. Got it from a Borders near where I live (it was closing, so I was lucky to find one that hadn't been trashed). However, I was unsuccessful in finding a damned calendar.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Crazy - I forgot who did it.

I'm not actually using a CD player but an iPOD. Actually, I'm not using an iPOD. I uploaded it from the oPOD into my computer. So I'm actually using WMP10.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2007 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The Wall is very much Waters' album tho - their earlier stuff very much held on to Sid Barrett's legacy while the later albums had the tang of Gilmour about them...


I don't really agree with this representation of matters.

You could very well say that the first singles and their first album was mostly Barett or Barett-inspired.

Then Saucerful of Secrets and Ummagumma are group efforts to copy Baretts style, with Waters already groping around for what will become the new group sound, which is developed through More, Atom Heart Mother and Obscured by Clouds, culminating in Meddle and Dark Side of the Moon and lingering on in Wish You Were Here - this is really a sound created by Gilmour, Waters and Wright (with Mason doing his bit of hanging on).

Starting with Animals and really in The Wall and The Final Cut it is Waters doing his manic thing almost on his own.

Then A Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell are very much Gilmour's afterthought on Pink Floyd.

Also, my favourite Waters solo albums is Amused to Death. Love that one.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2007 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laughing Perhaps I didn't give such a weighty topic due consideration...I bow to your superior fandom!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2007 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the only Floyd album that works for me is Wish you were here. i guess it's the psychedelicness about it.
The Wall tires me, Dark side of the moon, although i see how ambitious it is, leaves me rather indifferent (well, except for "The Great Gig In The Sky", this one is truly amazing).
a friend of mine once lent me Obscured by clouds throwing in an enthusiastic recommendation. i thought i'd fall asleep towards the end of side one, it was soooooo boring...

Floyds aren't my cup of tea.
i respect them, i recognize their exquisite craft, and mildly admire Gilmour's guitar skillz, but generally - not my cup of tea.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2007 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

After years of consideration, I would have to say I like Meddle the best. With Animals coming second.

But I understand very well what you're saying, Sal. If I hadn't spent my teenage years being a huge Floyd fan, I would probably not care very much nowadays. Well, I don't care that much, actually - I just still have the knowledge.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 7:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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But I understand very well what you're saying, Sal. If I hadn't spent my teenage years being a huge Floyd fan, I would probably not care very much nowadays. Well, I don't care that much, actually - I just still have the knowledge.


i totally know what you mean - i have the same with Led Zeppelin.
used to be the biggest fan this side of Rio Grande and now... we want the funk... give up the funk...

but it was nice being teenage and capable of such exalted fanship.
i had a conversation with my good friend recently, and he said how surprised at himself he felt finding out that he can still get excited so much by a band or an album that he can feel like a young fan again.
and i understand that feeling.
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Sal wrote:
i had a conversation with my good friend recently, and he said how surprised at himself he felt finding out that he can still get excited so much by a band or an album that he can feel like a young fan again. and i understand that feeling.


I'm hoping it'll keep happening my whole life... Very Happy When I look back at what I listened to when I was in my early teens, and compare it to what I'm passionate about now, the difference is amazing! Thing is, I still listen to all of it...Well, most of it... Embarassed
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Aurelyn wrote:
Sal wrote:
i had a conversation with my good friend recently, and he said how surprised at himself he felt finding out that he can still get excited so much by a band or an album that he can feel like a young fan again. and i understand that feeling.


I'm hoping it'll keep happening my whole life... Very Happy When I look back at what I listened to when I was in my early teens, and compare it to what I'm passionate about now, the difference is amazing! Thing is, I still listen to all of it...Well, most of it... Embarassed


I found myself singing to the Blue's Clues theme. Boy... you don't find yourself doing that everyday. It was even more embarassing when my sister uploaded it to Youtube, but it was taken off by me before it could show up in the search results (24 hours I think).
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