New release from African Village: “Tum Tum”

Tum Tum CD cover 400pThis collection of traditional Ghanaian songs is a unique collaboration between Moro (from the north, Volta region) and Alex (from the south, Accra).

Moro makes and plays the local wooden xylophone, called gyil.

Recorded and mixed at CutSnake.


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Paul Mbenna and the Okapi Guitar Band: “Swahili Boogaloo”

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Recording

Frustrated fan writes…

Dear Independent Band,

When I heard your music streaming somewhere, I enjoyed it very much, and resolved to buy your CD, if you had released one.

I googled up your website, but, alas!, it was naught but a Facebook page, and insisted I must log in to view it.

I am, for my sins, a Facebook denier, and could not be expected to overthrow my conviction of many years, even under the influence of this flare of enthusiasm.

Perhaps I will try again to locate your CD (if you have one) or even a download site. Perhaps.

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IceBenders “Everything You Know Could Be Wrong”

Finally a new IceBenders release. All on Bandcamp.

CD cover 300p

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Sam Derchie “Nsubeto”

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A song in the classic highlife style of the African Brothers (a band Sam played in while in Ghana).

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/samderchie

Lead vocals, trumpet, and extra percussion recorded at CutSnake.

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Paul Mbenna and the Lorikeet Orchestra

We did Paul’s vocals for this track here at CutSnake, and I was also involved in the cover design.

CD Baby

Hamsini cover

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IceBenders EP “That Never Works”

IceBenders EP cover Drums, bass, and pedal steel.

Available on Bandcamp.


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Travel report #2: Sun Ra Arkestra

Arkestra live

Sun Ra Arkestra, Philadelphia, June 25 2011.

Audio recording: Love in Outer Space (mp3).

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Analogue and digital (slight return)

Tape is a more natural way to record than digital technology. Yes, if you think that suspending a zillion little magnetic rust particles in plastic and then telling them how to line up as they get dragged past an electromagnet, which has to be fed by a high-level supersonic signal just so the audio doesnÂ’t sound like a buzzsaw, is totally natural.

http://www.emusician.com/tutorials/five_digital_audio_myths_busted/

But does anybody really use the “natural” argument?

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Travel report #1: TBC Brass Band

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The TBC (To Be Continued) Brass Band at the Blue Nile in Frenchmen St, New Orleans, July 10 2011.

Audio recording: Why You Worried ‘Bout Me? (mp3).

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