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Month: November 2009

Coffee and Cigarettes

Celebrated writer-director Jim Jarmusch serves up this witty and intoxicating brew that’s as addictive as caffeine and as buzzy and ephemeral as, well, coffee and cigarettes. Sneakily delirious and way cool, this funny cluster of eleven stories delivers inspired eccentric match-ups from an incredible all-star cast, making Coffee and Cigarettes an absolute must for fans…

The Stack That Never Ends

Sometimes I find records, sometimes records find me. Here’s three that found me this afternoon. k-os’ Yes came out earlier this year and went under my radar, Paten Locke’s Super Ramen Rocketship just came out but I hadn’t tracked it down, and Blakroc’s Blakroc hasn’t come out yet and I was completely unaware of it…

Gerardo Frisina EPs

Two EPs from the incredible Gerardo Frisina. Salsa and Latin grooves, dynamic percussion, hypnotic flute lines, improvised scat-style vocals, subtle bells, smooth Jazz, Batucada and African-tribal beats, laidback trumbet and piano elements, and heavy, dancefloor-directed Broken Beat and Deep House vibes. Simply superb in every way. Incessant rhythms straight to your head. Gerardo Frisina –…

Quantic – Caja Y Guacharacha

Born of celebrating life and resilient African rhythms mixed with percussions and an accordion, Cumbia’s rhythmically rich heat sifts throughout Quantic’s Caja Y Guacharacha; a lovely blend venturing into some of his favorite musicians and composers, while sweetly speaking his fever for music without tongue, but translating a pulse comparable to the heartbeat. Quantic –…

Mi Kwaam Suk Wan Loy Krathong

This evening is the full-moon night of the 12th month of the Thai lunar calendar which means it is Loy Krathong Day throughout Thailand. It’s called the “Festival of Light” since the skies will be filled with “khom loy” (floating lanterns) and the waters will be filled with “krathong” (decorative vessels crafted from banana trees).…

Can You Dig It?

Can You Dig It? charts the rise of Black-action films, commonly called blaxploitation, from 1968-75 which gave the Hollywood industry its first African-American cinema – actors, directors, cameramen, editors and writers. These films discussed aspects of the African-American experience in the form of entertainment and storylines interwove post-civil rights revolution with action stories, many involving…