Cuarta entrega de MAP y la primera para el 2009, esta vez el turno ha sido para la banda nacional Los Turbopotamos, con su más reciente sencillo "Terrorize You / Disco Flor", han dado que hablar mucho todo el año pasado y de hecho he tenido que incluirlos, la fuerza que va tomando este proyecto va en aumento y por medio de Zona Indie me entero que el periodista Facundo García del diario Página 12 de Argentino ha escrito un extenso artículo sobre MAP, puedes leer la nota desde aquí , o ver una imagen del [...]
The Music Alliance Pact is taking over the planet. We know this because Página 12 , one of the biggest newspapers in Argentina, featured our worldwide music sharing project in a full-page article last week. Our Spanish is a little rusty so we put the text through an online translator. What follows is possibly the most extraordinary words you will ever read... To communicate with songs. This is the slogan of Music Alliance Pact (“Agreement of Alliance of the Music”), a network of blogs that came already to twenty-two countries, including [...]
Good news : incepand cu 2009, babylonoise face parte din Music Alliance Pact (M.A.P.) o initiativa mondiala menita sa stranga muzica independenta si noua de pe intreg mapamondul in articole ce vor fi publicate in fiecare luna pe data de 15. Momentan sunt 21 de bloguri reprezentand 21 de tari, dar sper ca in curand MAP va putea deveni cu adevarat un fenomen muzical global cu bloguri din toate cele 192 de tari formand Natiunile Muzicale Unite . Ma preocupa problema globalizarii si cred ca MAP face numai lucruri bune promovand muzica independenta din locuri mai [...]
i can't believe it's been a month already! in this issue, we welcome the new addition to MAP , romanian blog babylon noise . interestingly, some of the bands featured this time round have certain geographical references, such as australian band the middle east and icelandic band singapore sling . our own singaporean entry is "jaded afghan" from i am david sparkle . i also have the pleasure of announcing that i am david sparkle has been selected at the sxsw festival in austin texas this march, so those of you who are planning [...]
Samy El Bably (with Hossam Ramzy) - Mawwal El-Oshaa (More here.)* Photo by paprikaOptic.
Upon receiving word that the US was planning to vote in favor of the resolution - viewed by Israel as impractical and failing to address its security concerns - Olmert demanded to get Bush on the phone, and refused to back down after being told that the president was delivering a lecture in Philadelphia. Bush interrupted his lecture to answer Olmert's call, the premier said. America could
Samy El Bably (with Hossam Ramzy) - Mawwal El-Oshaa (More here.) * Photo by paprikaOptic.
Natacha Atlas - La Teetab Alayi * Photo by cactusbones.
In my conversation with the guy being interviewed, Sean Paul Kelly, he expressed admiration for the guy who had the courage to broadcast this. That's how stilted and constrained the dialogue is in the US, as Kelly is hardly expressing either radical or revealing ideas for a non-US listener.
Natacha Atlas - La Teetab Alayi * Photo by cactusbones.
Why Bombing Ashkelon is The Most Tragic Irony by Robert Fisk How easy it is to snap off the history of the Palestinians, to delete the narrative of their tragedy, to avoid a grotesque irony about Gaza which - in any other conflict - journalists would be writing about in their first reports: that the original, legal owners of the Israeli land on which Hamas rockets are detonating live in Gaza. That is why Gaza exists: because the Palestinians who lived in Ashkelon and the fields around it - Askalaan in Arabic - were dispossessed from [...]
Leaders Lie, Civilians Die, and Lessons of History are Ignored by Robert Fisk We've got so used to the carnage of the Middle East that we don't care any more - providing we don't offend the Israelis. It's not clear how many of the Gaza dead are civilians, but the response of the Bush administration, not to mention the pusillanimous reaction of Gordon Brown, reaffirm for Arabs what they have known for decades: however they struggle against their antagonists, the West will take Israel's side. As usual, the bloodbath was the fault of the [...]
Photography "Back At Last" Kuwait in 1991 by Sarah You know, when a site you respect tells you that an album you never heard of is their number one album of the year, you go listen to it, right? Right. This is the case when Indie Passion posted their top 50 albums the other week and The Recordings Of The Middle East by, well, The Middle East landed at the tippy top, no write up, no nothing from Mayo, just [...]
The HOMETOWN THROWDOWN begins! DATELINE: BOSTON In just a few minutes I will be headed to Central Square Cambridge for Night One of The World's biggest Bosstones Lovefest.... The Middle East will host The Mighty Mighty Bosstones Hometown Throwdown 11 . Four consecutive sold-out nights of holiday revelry surrounded by the sound of one of the [...]
Big Bear Neptune Parts & Labor Thief Thief I've seen Neptune, Parts & Labor, and Big Bear play shows with each other in various combinations but this is the first time all 3 of them have played at once. Is it even possible that this show could have been any better? No. Well, yes, but I'm pretty sure that would just make me greedy. [...]
Live in Cambridge: Red Hot and Sold Out If you don't already have tickets to see Eric Hutchinson this evening at the Middle East , put your car keys back in your pocket and warm up your CD player. This one is completely sold out - and that's probably the only way you are going to hear him today. Maybe the RSL Music Blog can help - [...]
Preeminent Boston shoegaze/sneakyflute band Swirlies are back on active duty, and playing 3 East Coast shows in early 2009. 2/26 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's 2/27 - NYC - Mercury Lounge 2/28 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East I discovered them all those years ago only because there was a time when I bought almost anything that came out on Taang ( Slapshot , anyone?). These days, it looks like you can download pretty much all Swirlies albums for free, like They Spent Their Wild Youthful [...]
NIGHT: This Thursday Night (12/4) VENUE: The Middle East in Central Square: Ben, Tommy and Jesse of JUKEBOX the GHOST It's kind of like the indie rock version of stage cabaret and high energy pop all wrapped up in one. The songs from Live and Let Ghosts - the brand new release from Jukebox the Ghost, are experimental and exciting. All in all, a fun and intellectual [...]