Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Gypsy Musyc

When The Gipsy Kings were recommended to us this weekend, we were skeptical. But we found some of their stuff, which Wikipedia describes as "Rumba Catalana, a pop-oriented version of traditional flamenco music," and it is good stuff. They were, unbeknownst to us, top of the Billboard charts in the late 80s... We are always looking to branch out in our musical tastes, and world music is a huge ocean we know next to nothing about, but the Putumayo crap (which is to world music what mall food court fare is to ethnic food) peddled in so many places had almost soured us on it.

And on the topic of world music, we'd like to plug Heitor Villa-Lobos, the Brazilian composer who found that a handful of Brazilian folk songs have identical chord progressions to Bach's cello suites, meaning that the folk songs can be sung with Bach as the accompaniment. The resulting Bachianas-Brasileiras are fkn incredible music. Go have a listen.


  1. Putomayo is utter crap.

    You must listen to me very carefully RE: Gypsy Kings - they have an expiration date after which they totally sold out and became... like, Enya for Gypsies.

    You must begin by listening to their earliest album - "Allegria." Trust me. If you do things this way, you will enjoy your experience infinitely more.

    Conveniently, iTunes offers songs off of Allegria a'la carte.

    And honestly, you never heard me playing G.Kings in undergrad?

  2. Dude, in undergrad I only hung out with you because of your hot body. It was your roommate's CD collection I coveted.

    I will find some Allegria--thanx for the recs.

  3. I trust you are not referring to evil percussionist BETH's shitwad collection of CDs.

    Margaret's were rather nice, though.

    And you loved me for my mind more than my body, you toothless hick. :D

  4. "Margaret's were rather nice, though."

    God, ain't that the truth.