Castle Musique Concrète

Savoie castle

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.

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A Tropical Tale of Two Martins

tanny-the-boys

Tanny and the Boys String Band rock the old time vibes

We trip this week to the quirky Caribbean island of Saint Martin, shared between the French and the Dutch for nearly 400 years (a wacky legend helps explain how they decided on a border).

Both sides of the island share a common Afro-Caribbean musical history – a love for soca, carnival and string bands. Saint Martians unite under the groove!

The first hour of the show features Afro-funk futurism, Indian jazz, Korean tribal primitivism, Latin psych, Czech ethno-core and more:

Psicodelia Folklórica de Venezuela

La Gallera Social Club @ Vancouver Folk Festival

La Gallera Social Club @ Vancouver Folk Festival.  Twin brother attack!

La Gallera Social Club are one of the freshest bands to hit my ears and eyes in quite some time.  Incorporating many deep Afro-Latin rhythms from the Caribbean coast of Venezuela with the aesthetic of ’60s psych meets time-warped EDM.   Más bueno que comer con los dedos!!

Hear an exclusive interview with Alexis Romero, guitarist/vocalist of La Gallera Social Club, RIGHT HERE, por favor.