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Late January / Early Feb. Top Picks

Sound Alert 7 September 2014 | 0 Comments

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Damon Albarn on Toumani Diabaté

News,Sound Alert 10 June 2014 | 0 Comments

An excellent primer on Toumani Diabaté whose new album is lovely and in stock:

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Coming in May: New Toumani Diabaté & Sidiki Diabaté album

News,Recent CDs of Note,Sound Alert 6 March 2014 | 0 Comments

Father and son.

“The finest Toumani collaboration since his classic work with Ali Farka Toure”
~ The Guardian

Album trailer:

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New Tinariwen Video / New Album Feb. 11

News,Recent CDs of Note,Sound Alert 30 January 2014 | 0 Comments

From OkayAfrica:

Tinariwen‘s hypnotic Tuareg guitars and hymn-style vocals provide the ideal accompaniment to a hazy desert ride in the music video for “Imidiwan Ahi Sigdim.” The track is the latest single to drop from the Northern Malian desert blues outfit’s upcoming album Emmaar, which they opted to record in California’s Joshua Tree National Park in order to avoid the current turmoil in Mali. The video for “Imdiwan Ahi Sigdim” follows a grainy, “memory dripping drive” from a side-view mirror, watch it below.

Emmaar is out February 11.

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Sound Alert 23 November 2013 | 0 Comments


A new, interesting and detailed blog post on the Langley Schools Music Project has caught our eye.

You may recall Highlife’s own Kevin Finseth was involved.

What is it about children’s choruses in pop music? Is it a nostalgic response? Is it a nod to ephemerality, an awareness on some level that the exact same kids a year later would have totally different voices? Whatever impulse drives producers (cough cough Bob Ezrin) to deploy that move, it’s enough of a cliché that when it’s used, it’d better be done effectively, like in “School’s Out,” or hit the unsuspecting listener like a bomb as in “Another Brick In The Wall Part II.”…

A great example of getting it spectacularly right dispenses with the pop singer and producer altogether and just leaves the whole job to the kids. The celebrated Langley Schools Music Project was undertaken by novice music teacher Hans Fenger, who eschewed typical children’s fare for his chorales, favoring instead the recent radio pop of the time – the mid ‘70s, with a lot of British Invasion and Beach Boys in the mix. Two vanity-pressed LPs were made, both recorded live in school gyms. Those albums would have gathered dust on proud parents’ shelves or languished in Vancouver thrift store bins had they not been brought to the attention of WFMU’s longtime champion of outsider music, Irwin Chusid. Chusid arranged for the release of the albums on Bar/None Records, and the CD Innocence & Despairwas released to acclaim in 2001.

Read the full post here >…

And note the comments at the end of their post – where Hans Fenger comments on the stalled plans for a Part 2.



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Nardwuar vs. Questlove on Vancouver & Philly

Sound Alert 6 July 2013 | 0 Comments

Unusual Instruments

Sound Alert 1 July 2013 | 0 Comments

Here is an interesting article on unusual instruments:


Highlife co-owner Kevin Finseth has a rare Bass Balalaika and has used it on his recordings.

He is releasing a new CD this summer: “The Wounded Quartet”!


Jack White’s Public Recording Booth

Sound Alert 10 May 2013 | 0 Comments

This looks like a lot of fun!

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