Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar/The Lijadu Sisters
Family Life at Its Best-of
Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar: Golden Horns: The Best of Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar (Piranha)
Like Huun-Huur-Tu and Tinariwen, this is one of those how-much-is-enough bands. I've pretty much liked every record they've put out since I caught on with 2003's Boban i Marko, which was where flugelhorn prodigy and heir apparent Boban started getting equal billing in the brass ensemble he now leads. Did I learn to tell these albums apart? Not really. Replay them? Seldom. But after suitable reconnaissance I can make some distinctions for you. If you actively like Boban i Marko, this will be worth your while even though it scatters three keepers from that breakthrough among its own 15. But if you found Boban i Marko too raffish or disorganized, it may also be worth your while, because it comes down on tune where that one came down on the tipsy Balkan version of groove. I must have noticed "Khelipe E Cheasa" on Devla, but it never penetrated my recall memory, which is my bad. Relaxed, jaunty, and devilishly catchy, it leads their best-of because it's their best. The rest of the collection does what it can to keep on keeping on. A MINUS
The Lijadu Sisters: Afro-Beat Soul Sisters (Soul Jazz)
These would-be ingenues rarely go all the way. They don't always sing flat, but they always make you nervous about it, and both their consciousness and their English are pretty rudimentary for kin of Fela and Soyinka. Not nonexistent, however‑-unlikely as their guileless vocal affect makes it seem, how can a song that goes "We're cashing in prostitution yeah/Cashing in revolution yah" be anything but bitterly ironic? (Right??) This best-of isn't everything it might be‑-Mother Africa's "Iya Mi Jowi" would spruce it up substantially, for instance. But with producer Biddy Wright hooking them up, it's a minor girlpop treasure with a considerable difference. B PLUS
Both candidates did what they were supposed to do. I'm pretty sure most polls will say this was a draw. I can't imagine either camp is unhappy with their man's performance.
Having said that, Paul Ryan, from a facts perspective, is a liar -- that is to say, when he actually answered the moderator's questions, which very often he didn't. Biden's reaction to him, while some say was "rude," reflects the Liberals' elevated frustration with the Romney campaign's appalling cyncism.
My own reflections on style: Unlike Biden, Ryan looked straight into the camera on his closing statement. He repeated his RNC speech line for line. That creeped me out.
What's going on? Why do you seem like such a different poster/listener than you did a few months ago? All these dada posts and then reactionary politics?
Hints at some crisis.
I don't include anything about my personal life here, but still --
It's disturbing and stark.
Fooling around with the excel spreadsheet of my album collection just now...
Wow....I count over 50 box sets (defined as 3 or more CDs) that our host has recommended in some fashion.....
American Pop: An Audio History
|United States Live|
|Anthology of American Folk Music|
|The California Concerts|
|Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: 1923-1934|
|An American Icon|
|The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings|
|America's #1 Band: The Columbia Years|
|The Capitol Albums Vol. 1|
|The Chess Box|
|Natty Universal Dread 1973-1979|
|The Essential Johnny Cash 1955-1983|
|The Birth of Soul: The Complete Atlantic Rhythm & Blues Recordings, 1952-1959|
|Genius & Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection|
|Brotherhood (Limited Edition)|
|Beauty Is a Rare Thing: The Complete Atlantic Recordings|
|The Chess Box|
|"They Call Me the Fat Man…": The Legendary Imperial Recordings|
|The Doo Wop Box|
|Five Guys Walk Into a Bar…|
|The Funk Box|
|Dozin' at the Knick|
|It's Your Thing: The Story of the Isley Brothers|
|The Chess Box|
|The Hits…Then 'Til Now|
|King of the Blues|
|69 Love Songs|
|Tell My Sister|
|Revolutions of Time…The Journey 1975-1993|
|One Hell of a Ride|
|Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968|
|Post War Jazz: An Arbitrary Road Map|
|…And It's Deep Too!: The Complete Warner Bros. Recordings (1968-1992)|
|The Roots of Rock 'n' Roll 1946-1954|
|The Capitol Years|
|Tougher Than Tough: The Story of Jamaican Music|
|Bootleg Series: Volume 1: The Quine Tapes|
|40 Odd Years|
|If You Got to Ask, You Ain't Got It!|
|Live in the World|
|The Essential Hank Williams Collection: Turn Back the Years|
|The Chess Box|
|Studies of Tom Ze': Explaining Things to Confuse You|
I've always worried because this word sounds like an insult to me.
I loathe Paul Ryan. I love Tom Ze. I sent this message to his website.
I wish. What others spend on alcohol, I spend on music (and books). Over 28 years, it accumulates, especially if you get it all second-hand.
about the blogger
Starting in 1967, Robert Christgau has covered popular music for The Village Voice, Esquire, Blender, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and many other publications. He teaches in New York University's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, maintains a comprehensive website at robertchristgau.com, and has published five books based on his journalism. He has written for MSN Music since 2006.