Currently on the market for 5.5 million Euros, this castle is virtually seige-proof.
Sonically frolic in a land of castles and Europe’s tallest mountain peaks. The Savoy Region, now shared between France, Switzerland and Italy, was home to one of Europe’s most prosperous states for hundreds of years. The House of Savoy even founded the modern republic of Italy. But let’s not worry much about duchys and dukes… Here comes a musical feast of ancient and futurist inclinations:
And if you like the scene, perhaps consider buying a castle in the area. You can shout insults at the commoners below and invade neighbouring castles to expand your empire. Just like the good ol’ days.
Mélisande [électrotrad] = Mouth harp, flute, bangers!
At last, something to bring together the folk heads and the candy ravers. One of the most ambitious projects to come out of Québec in quite some time, Mélisande [électrotrad] have concocted a booty-shaking fusion of Québecois folk music and electronic jams. Sounds like something that might upset the purists, but Mélisande have gone to great lengths to preserve the authenticity of the source material, even traveling to the U.S. Library of Congress to dig up ancient recordings. This program features an interview with Mélisande, discussing their tour and brand new album, les Millésimes
¡También, vamos a España!
Serge Tonnar’s refreshing response to the immigration issues in Europe (Luxembourgish vocals with English subtitles):
Part of this week’s program exploring the surprisingly eclectic music of Luxembourg:
Clear skies over the Isle of Man
Resting calmly in the eye of the UK, the Isle of Man hosts a surprising storm of folk and progressive sounds. The Manx language is also experiencing a triumphant rebirth, thanks in part to the weird wonders of social media. Hear Manx music of all stripes in this week’s far-out soundscape:
And here, a (not particularly clear) recording of the last known native speaker of the Manx language, Ned Maddrell:
Pope Francis needs a beat when he’s blessin’ on the street
This year’s Unorthodox Xmas special is a truly unique sonic feast! For the first hour, we substitute snow and chestnuts for sand and coconuts. Behold a tropical holiday fiesta of classics and obscurities:
And for the second hour, a trip to the hotbed of Holy: Vatican City! It’s not all choirs and crosses, there are forays into Pope-approved hip hop and prog rock along the way. I couldn’t possibly make that up.