Tag: gypsy

Vermillion Lies is a circus-cabaret group out of… California? That amuses me to no end, but the music is as authentic as you’re going to find anywhere (perhaps there is hope for the West Coast after all). The band’s headed by two sisters, both of whom are quite capable singers. I’m not sure which sister sings No Good, but her voice sounded exactly like Katharine Whalen’s, the lady who sang for the Squirrel Nut Zippers; this can only be a good thing. While the singing is different on their other songs, it’s still good enough that they can make the lyric “It’s true you are my fish filet” sound sexy. Words to melt any man’s heart, I suppose. If that wasn’t enough, their guitarist has also worked with Tom Waits and The Tiger Lillies. There aren’t many bands that can say that, and none that seem as strange as a circus-cabaret group from California.

Downloads

From Seperated By Birth
No Good – (MP3, 3 MB)
Circus Apocalypse – (MP3, 3.3 MB)
Circus Fish – (MP3, 2.4 MB)

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HUMANWINE (all caps, no gaps!) is an incredibly awesome cabaret group out of Boston, which is unfortunate for me as I am nowhere near Boston. That’s my only beef with good cabaret bands; they are all from the East Coast, while I am from the West. Fie! It seems that whenever I bring up this band, the only people who seem to have heard of them are those who know they’ve opened for The Dresden Dolls. While that’s entirely true, that shouldn’t be their claim to fame when their music is so damn good. Oh well. They’re kicking off the Fighting Naked tour on Tuesday, which doesn’t get any closer to me than Missouri… fie, again! And for those of you near Philly, another one of my cabaret favorites, Nicki Jaine, is playing with them at their first stop. I need to move…

Downloads

From Rivolta Silenziosa
Rivolta Silenziosa – (MP3, 4.5 MB)

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Luminescent Orchestrii is one of those bands that you might be hesitant to listen to due to the somewhat ridiculous name, but end up doing so anyway because you enjoy slightly ridiculous names. They will greet you with violins that can be quite rambunctious or simply relaxing. For those of you who prefer some excitement in your life, start with the music from the top, and for those who prefer relaxing songs, start with Moon Song. This band also has the distinct honor of being one of the only bands that consistently makes instrumentals that don’t put me to sleep, which is something of a feat considering how vocal-centric my ears seem to be. And because everyone likes lyrics, here’s some: “If you come a-knockin’, honey I don’t mind \ But if you’re not here for lovin’, baby don’t waste my time!” This would have been a good band to post on Valentine’s Day if I wasn’t such a cynical bastard… alas!

Downloads

From Too Hot To Sleep
Knockin’ – (MP3, 6.5 MB)
Warsaw – (MP3, 2.7 MB)
Stranger – (MP3, 4.9 MB)

From Luminescent Orchestrii
Moon Song – (MP3, 5.4 MB)
Taraf Hijacked – (MP3, 5.2 MB)

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Despite all the crazy, modern, gypsy-influenced bands floating around on either/or, it’s nice to know that there’s still some groups around that play pure, unadultered gypsy music. Monsieur Camembert is one such band. An Australian group, these folks seemingly like to play in the waters of gypsy, folk and a range of Eastern European music. Lots of accordians and goodness knows what other manners of gypsy-flavoured instrumentation. By and by, they’re largely an instrumental group, but they do have some tunes with singing, like Adon Olam and Kiss of Fire.

Utterly delightful and pretty music? Heck yes!

Unfortunately, their website does not have media, which is a darn shame, but I guess it’s my tradition to post about bands that have no media. Check them out, if you can, or if you want some old-school gypsy charm.

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I’m fairly certain it’s not at all necessary to mention the bands that 3hive writes about, but when the bands are this good, you can’t help yourself. The fellows and one lady that comprise The Scarring Party play their own kind of superfluous genre, or at least one that I haven’t heard; they are the first band I’ve ever heard that uses an accordion, a banjo, and have vocals and lyrics that remind me of good modern cabaret (and manage to pull it off). In that sense, they remind me of Reverend Glasseye, Jason Webley, and Nicki Jaine, but not singularly. Maybe if you mixed them all together you’d have something close, but that sort of devilry is currently impossible. You can listen to Eye and Devil Knows Where on their Myspace as well.

Downloads

From A Concise Introduction
No More Room – (MP3, 2.9 MB)
Eat Your Young – (MP3, 3.7 MB)

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I am, in all other instances, not one to post about a musician who covers other people’s songs. But when they take the Dead Kennedy’s debut album and replace the guitars with accordions, I am sorry, but there is no way that I cannot talk about it! Even more awesomely, Duckmandu singer Aaron Seeman even has a fairly similar voice to that of Jello Biafra, so with a bit of imagination, you can pretend that Fresh Duck For Rotting Accordionists is an unreleased alternate version of the original album, where they used accordions. OK… maybe more than a bit of imagination. As a bonus, at least for Doug, Jason Webley sings backing vocals on a few tracks (none of these, though).

Downloads

From Fresh Duck For Rotting Accordionists
Kill The Poor – (MP3, 2.2 MB)
Let’s Lynch The Landlord – (MP3, 1.9 MB)
Holiday In Cambodia – (MP3, 3.7 MB)

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It is funny that Ant has made mention of mix CDs, as I have neglected this site recently because I got caught up in making my own mix CDs for various internet folk. Nevertheless, I have been informed indirectly that I am a bum and should post more. And what luck! I have just the band for you.

So, The Cat Empire, a band from Australia that mixes all kinds of styles, such as gypsy, jazz, ska, etc., and manages to make it sound cohesive. This particular recording was done in Cuba, and their surroundings definitely seem to have left a mark on its overall tone.

They assert that we should “get so funk-inflicted it’s a crime”. Every day that passes without you listening to this band is a travesty.

Downloads

From The Cat Empire
The Wine Song – (MP3, 6.8 MB)
Hello – (MP3, 3.5 MB)

From Two Shoes
The Car Song – (MP3, 4.0 MB)
How to Explain – (MP3, 3.3 MB)

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Let’s tie things in together, shall we? This 10 minute long collaboration between Guignol and Nanuchka does a good job of sounding a lot longer. Plus we’ve got Jack Terricloth (of World/Inferno, et al, though his real name is Pete) sounding in for a duet on Captain Sensible Calling.

Anyway. This kicks off with a familiar Guignol tune, but with some delicious female vocals (in Hebrew) laid over it. This works surprisingly well, though it’ll confuse your friends if you put it on in the car (I know this from experience). We then get some random instrumention, a right rocking track, and the duet of which I have already spoken.

Nanuchka claims to have a more reasonable length record out, but damned if I’ve been able to find a way to get it. They’ve got some other tracks available at their site, but they are mostly embedded in flash, so good luck! Since Red is one of them though, I have kindly provided you with a tasting right here.

Downloads

From Drink the Best Wine First
Red – (MP3, 2.9 MB)

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Accordion, tuba, clarinet, etc., instruments seldom heard over the airwaves. This collection of musicians are like the village bicycle – the artists themselves mingle within other bands (World/Inferno, Anti-Social Music), as well as provide backing for various artists (Mischief Brew, Nanuchka). Additionally, they have released a self-titled collection of instrumental compositions.

You want a genre amalgamation? I would give you gypsy-punk-jazz. Except that sounds pretentious, so never mind. Listen to some clips.

Downloads

From Guignol (self-titled)
All or Nothing Machine – (MP3, 2.1 MB)
Tea House – (MP3, 2.9 MB)
Bad Day at the U.N. – (MP3, 2.5 MB)

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If you get excited when you hear the words “Eastern European Folk”, and have a thing for reckless fiddles and poor English, perhaps you are hanging around the types of people your mother warned you about. Also, you may like Gogol Bordello.

These guys have released a good amount of material, but their latest offering is by far the most consistent. From Sally to Mishto! (I seem to be posting a lot of stuff that has exclamation marks), the pacing is flawless. Perhaps Eugene Hutz’ vocals or his new takes on language (undestructable?) may grate on you, but damned if they don’t have a lot of energy.

Downloads

From Gypsy Punks Underdog World Strike
Start Wearing Purple – (MP3, 3.5 MB)

From Multi Kontra Culti vs. Irony
When the Trickster Starts A-Poking (Bordello Kind of Guy) – (MP3, 4.8 MB)

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