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Happy birthday Prešeren!

France Prešeren, Slovenia's most famous poet and writer, would have been 209 today. Above is a pair enjoying a mid-afternoon snooze last Spring in the square in Ljubljana which bears his name. Words and phrases he molded form Slovenia's national anthem, a sing-along most consider a drinking song. So, in the name of Prešeren, who lived to be  just…
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Nineteen Eighty-Four turns 25

For the first time in a long while, I listened to the Eurythmics soundtrack for the film 1984 last night, and it struck me how much it really sounded like 1984. The beats and rhythms, the synthesizers the electric drums. Released 25 years ago this month, a squabble (or misunderstanding) with director Michael Radford kept 98 percent of the music out…
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LJ Pic of the Day

Groovy cover, no? Spotted this relic at the Collecta International Collectors Fair on Friday. Here's Birth Control singing The Work is Done and here is their…
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LJ Pic of the Day (Rokia Traore)

Besides the music of Rokia Traoré and her compatriot Habib Koite, I know next to nothing about Mali. But that's more than enough to put that west African country very high atop my go-to wish list. One day. She's been a hit since her first release in 1998, Mouineïssa, which I bought on a whim a few years later on a brief trip to Paris. Hooked…
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Vinicio Capossela

Discovered this Italian singer from Putomayo's Music From the Winelands compilation. Simply Fabulous. Here's an interview with Capossela with NPR's All Things…
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Man of Constant Sorrow for Obama

Probably not uplifting bumper sticker material, but nifty nonetheless. Just heard this from an old friend who has The BluegrassRave Backroom in his sig file these days: Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley is stumping for Obama in the hills of southwest Virginia. Brought to a wide audience when George Clooney wailed his Man of Constant Sorrow in the Coen…
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RIP – Andy Palacio

Just 47, singer and bandleader Andy Palacio, who spearheaded the revival of his native Garifuna music, passed away last week. The Garifuna are descendents of…
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Dude! That’s just sick!

After a decade long battle, Roger Tullgren, a 42-year-old heavy metal fan in southern Sweden, finally got the relief he so richly deserves: his addiction to metal was classified as a disability, qualifying him for state benefits. Because heavy metal dominates so many aspects of his life, Sweden's English language daily, The Local, reports, he's…
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IWD.

As I was reminded in this post on Sleeping With Pengovsky, today is International Women's Day, and I've been celebrating since by listening to some of the most…
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