Saturday, March 27, 2021

Fairuz - Neighbor to the Moon, Ambassador to the Stars & Jewel of Babylon 90x3

I'll be about a week till I post my next mix and I recently reuploded this trilogy of Fairuz-compilations made back in 2012, 2013 and 2014 - so why not share them here... I thought. It really is quite an uniquely amazing four and a half hour of music from what may just be my favorite artist. Not as skilfully compiled as you've gotten used to, but you still get all the amazing songs. A little out of character and quite a few tunes here has got millions of plays on youtube/spotify etc... so I'll probably remove this post at some point (or maybe I won't). Grab 'em all while you can! -Moahaha

Here's the covers with links and what I originally wrote:

Fairuz is all I've been listening to lately, and as I plan to get as much of her music as possible, this might just be a part one. There's a flood of Fairuz collections already out there but as far as I know, none of them are similar to the 90 minutes collected for you here:

The A-side has a slight vintage feel containing mainly 50’s/60’s material while the next 45 minutes focus more on the Rahbani Bros penned 60's and 70’s large scale operettas/stage performances (including a couple of instrumentals), but also her biggest hits. There's a mix of more traditional folk songs and her westernised vocal jazz/poppier stuff on both sides. It shouldn’t be possible not to love this.

I was always planning to make a second Fairuz-collecton. What I wrote when I shared Neighbor to the Moon, basically goes for this volume as well,

My third, last and latest (I swear) compilation for the artist also known as Jewel of Babylon, Neighbor to the Moon and Ambassador to the Stars. An unplanned trilogy of carefully handpicked tunes originating from about 70-80 albums. The material here is still just as strong as on the two previous ones. Seriously, it is. What can I say, I'm such a fanboy and while she's a superstar in the greater parts of the middle east, literally nobody knows about here in the western world. Or atleast in the part of the world where I live. Her oldest material on the A-side as usual.

 -and btw, after compiling these I've kept discovering plenty more gorgeous Fairuz-gems. 

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Dream Weapons present: UP ABOVE, DOWN BELOW C60

Whenever the world feels like an ugly, stupid, cold and evil place - which is quite often really… the beauty of music is always there to help me «out of the darkness and into the light*». Now here's a dozen heart-worn-on-their-sleeve-songs and a handful of complementary instrumentals. Originating from different centuries, cultures and environments, yet still sharing a common ground in mood, mode and general loveliness. All gently melancholic folk music in one way or another, but with a few modern classical and early music excursions. So dear friends, time to start our healing process and let music be your shrink, life coach or drug. Try it! The first hour is free! Sorry, got a bit carried away there. But its a nice little mixtape -Moahaha (*inspirational quote: Pantera - Cowboys From Hell)

1 Wileńszczyzna - Oj, Zaszło Słonko
2 Agate Simfonia - A Lullaby (From "The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword")
3 Kaoguiamo - Guine-Kaoberdi
4 The Martin Sisters - Piccadilly Billy
5 Wall Matthews (feat. Andrew Williams & Rusty Clark) - The Village
6 Aarti Mukherji - Sab Loke Koy Lalan Ki Jaat Sansare
7 Brigada Victor Jara - Manolo Mio
8 Yovanna (Γιοβάννα) - Ο Tάφος

 9 Rovi - Buccheri
10 Popi Asteriadi (Πόπη Αστεριάδη) - Αφιέρωμα Στον Χορτάτζη
11 Aitana Alberti & Dúo Amanecer - Danza de la Pastora
12 Sylvain Chauveau + Chant 1450 Renaissance Ensemble - Pues que tu reina + Mi libertad
13 Helga Myhr - Du skal ikke døren stenge
14 Maciej Żołnowski - Kwartet Japonski II
15 Maria Joao - Senhora Santa Combinha
16 Chucha Assar - Badiour
17 Abdallah Chahine - Ya Nas Ana Mutt

Here / Here 


-Guine-Kaoberdi is just one among countless gems I've been sent over the years from well... someone I don't know who is, but I know it's a generous person who's got a lot of great, unheard music to share. So do check out Monkey D. Sound's youtube-account.

Friday, March 5, 2021

Dream Weapons present: PERENNIAL FLOWERS C60

Sing and dance along to melodies that sound like something your grandparents or rather great-grandparents could have spun at parties or in their spare time. That is if they were lucky enough to enjoy such things as parties and spare time... plus had eccentric but nevertheless impeccable taste - and owned a record player.

-Here's another wilted floral grouping of largely unheard six to eight decades old «popular music», revived. Twenty-two memorable, but strangely forgotten tunes that deserve our love and attention. This time slightly melodramatic and moonlit oldies with only a couple of fun novelty songs added in between the haunting and the heartbreak. Mostly musical expressions that hardly exist in our vocabulary anymore. Yet to me these pre-Fab Four era gems, speak directly to the heart -Moahaha

1 Djalma Ferreira e Seus Milionarios do Ritmo - Misterioso
2 Elder Barber - Jinetes en el Cielo
3 Eddie Miller And His Band - Ghost Town
4 Hank Levine & The Blazers - Midnight
5 Ronnie Chapman - Annie B. Is Gone
6 Lorrie Collins - Another Man Done Gone
7 Fred Lowery - The Lonesome Road
8 Elsa Bertuzzi  & Gianni Fallabrino Y Su Orquesta - Sera Di Nebbia
9 Onilda Figueiredo - Se Deus Assim o Quis
10 Jean Bonal y sus Ritmos Brasileiros - Bongiorno Tristezza
11 Carmen Costa - Começo de Vida

12 Tomás Campos & Waldo De Los Rios - El Indio Muerto
13 Kenny Graham and His Satellites - Chant
14 Hiroshi Wada & Mahina Stars -  誰よりも君を愛す
15 Amiek Dasuki - Loro Bronto
16 Jack Fascinato - Spring, Sprang, Sprung
17 The Chordettes - Moonlight On the Ganges
18 The Dinning Sisters - A Pretty Girl Milking Her Cow
19 Waldo de los Ríos - Cueca Del Reloj
20 Patsy Montana - Yodeling Ghost
21 Beryl Davis - Careless
22 Walter Wanderley & Seu Conjunto - Ruega Por Nosotros

Here / Here