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Friday, November 30, 2007

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I discovered Marika Papagika over at Dusted, via this review of a brand new compilation of bizarre and obscure world music recorded between 1918-1955, culled from this guy's collection of 78 rpm records. I can't vouch for the whole comp as I've yet to hear the thing, but this particular song --from the early 1920s -- is completely stunning. I was wholly unfamiliar with the Greek "rebetika" (or urban blues) movement of the 19th/early 20th century, but according to this, it originated in Greek prisons and hashish dens, and was eventually criminalized by the Greek dictatorship in the 1930s. Papagika was the one who brought the genre to America; her "Smyrneiko Minore" is one of the more haunted/haunting and sad things I've heard in a long time, and I imagine it will appeal to those who appreciate the fidelity and subject matter of early Delta Blues recordings from the likes of Robert Johnson. Of course, I couldn't tell you what she's singing about here, but I'm fairly certain it involves drugs, death, and/or lost love:

mp3:
Marika Papagika Smyrneiko Minore

Read more about the compilation (reviews, backstories, etc.) here.

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other stuff:

Take a minute to check out Marissa Nadler's rendition of Cat Stevens' oft-covered "Trouble."


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Status Ain't Hood dissects "RZA's drug-Rap masterwork," 8 Diagrams. It's a great read, and while I definitely don't love the album as much as Breihan seems to, he's right about one thing: Method Man's performance on this record is absolutely thrilling; the best Meth's sounded (by far) since Tical.

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finally:



Some news on The Wire's final season, including five short (but awesome) video promos.

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14 comments:

Blogger Cody said...

The Marika song is haunting. Hauntingly beautiful! Keep us up to date on that comp.

1:09 AM  
Blogger Aaron78 said...

Brilliant, thanks for posting this. I just ordered the compilation.

5:44 AM  
Blogger bepipedou said...

The marika song is really sad and it talks about lost homes in Smyrni, when Turks in 1922 caused the Micra Asia disaster. It's not just about love, it's about lost homes and families that will never see again. Thanks for posting it.

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Anonymous topler said...

The Wire is such a wonderful show. It is at least as good but I think better than The Sopranos. The show will be remembered for years.

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Blogger Danny said...

Thanks for posting that Marika Papagika tune, really amazing find as always!

3:07 PM  
Anonymous oomingmak said...

The beginning of "Smyrneiko Minore" sounds just like the piano part of "Videotape" by Radiohead. Maybe Thjom Yorke has been locking himself up in a Greek hashish den all of these years.

4:29 PM  
Blogger Moka said...

really beautiful song chris. For some reason reminded me of a finnish one called "Sinitaivas". Definitely recommended if you'd like to listen to something along the lines, has same sort of haunting nostalgia sound.

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