Ed Askew ´s “Rose” released by Okraina Records label

The lovely Brussels based label okraina records, named after a 1933 Boris Barnet film, concentrating on double 10″ records, just released after an ignatz & Harris Newman collaboration and a 3-sided 10″ by Éloise Decazes with franko-canadian´s Eric Chenaux now two radio shows by Ed Askew on an double 10″ called “Rose”.

One is with Ed´s friend Steve Gunn at the 2010 Greg Healey show, the other record is with Joshua Burkett for WFMU in 2007 (Rob Miller Show). Some of the songs are versions from early Ed Askew Albums like “Little Eyes” or “Little Infinite Love Song” – some are on the 2013 album “For the world” like the tracks “Maple Street”, Roadio Rose” or “Drum Song”, although Ed Askew explaines in the spoken word parts of the tracks,that the new songs are written shortly after the first album in 1970.

Well, like I wrote earlier about Ed Askew´s reissues on De Stijl / Drag City “Imperfiction” and the 7″: “Here We Are Together Again / Yellow Dollars” aleady, his songs are deep, raw, poetic & heartbreaking and influenced generations of loner folk finger or recent finger picking guitarists like James Blackshaw, Steve Gunn or Daniel Bachmann, just to mention a few of some of the amazing anglo-american folk singer songwriter scene these days.

So it´s a wonderful to make these recordings not just dust in the webspace but make them available physical in a lovely packaged and designed double 10″ record treasure.

Merci bien and by the way, please listen as well to the other releases by Okraina Records, like the Ignatz 10″, as long as they are available, it´s worth it!

Buy it here: http://okrainarecords.bandcamp.com/album/rose


Ed Askew´s other diverse releases are surely worth a re-listening, too.

I love especially this one! “Blue Piano”


Here´s another great show by Ed Askew for la Blogotheque:

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Choubi Choubi! Folk and Pop Sounds from Iraq reissue

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Sublime frequencies reissued its 2006 CD compilation of iraqi folk and pop sounds as an LP, collected from tapes mostly in the “choubi choubi” style, played with a hand drum called kishba.

Sublime Frequencies:

Meticulously selected from Iraqi cassettes and LPs found in Syria, Europe and the Iraqi neighborhoods of Detroit, Michigan, this unique collection of folk and pop styles displays a wealth of outstanding music that is exclusive to Iraq and has rarely been showcased abroad. There are many reasons why Iraqi music stands alone in the dynamic world of Arabic music: one example is the unbelievable rapid fire machine-gun rhythms fluttering atop the main tempo.

I like the more slomo tracks e.g. by Sadun Jabir, the strange disco track by Souad Abdullah or by an unknown female artist:


But for me, the real treasure of this double LP is the bonus 7″ with three essential songs of Jaa´far Hassan, an iraqi folk singer, who released a single, hard to get LP released in East Germany in 1970, called “let´s sing together” – but little is know about his later life. (some informtion I found here in this great blog with 2 Tracks by Hassan, featured as well)


Additionally there are three cuts from Ja’afar Hassan’s 1970s record, “Let’s Sing Together”. Being a folk-rock record, it’s a true anomaly for Iraq. Hassan was a mouthpiece for the Iraqi Socialist movement just a few years before Saddam Hussein. But most of the music in this collection was produced during the Saddam period– between the 1980s and 2002. Since the 2003 invasion and the wholesale disassembly of the country, classic tracks like these may already be part of a disappeared past. 2LP + bonus 7″ edition of the original CD release from 2006.


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´cos my autumn´s done come (hazlewood)

´cos my autumn´s done come (hazlewood) by Schwarz Jochen on Mixcloud

An eclectic – emotional midsummer mix. The title is a classic song by Lee Hazlewood, here performed in a great version by unknown singing objects. The two african tracks are taken from the wonderful compilation “african women sing” out via aquarium drunkyard)


  1. Evening Dangle – Scott Tuma (Cracker where am I, tape)
  2. poor boy long away from home – John Fahey (Blind Joe Death)
  3. Fumbria Abaana- Kawaliwa & Mary w. the AGS Boys (African women sing)
  4. Brial – Raiz di Djaforgo(African women sing)
  5. Anadoluyum – Fikret Kýzýlok (Gün Ola Devran Döne)
  6. A Vava Inouva – Idir (1970ies Algerian Folk & pop)
  7. How about you? – Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Gospel train)
  8. naima (coltrane) – Les double Six (s/t)
  9. Sunny Road To Salina- Christophe (dirty french psychodelia)
  10. My autumn done come – Unknown Singing Objects (7″)
  11. The very busy salesman – Fog (7″)
  12. Roll river Jordan – Ras Michael (Nyahbinghi)
  13. Nandina – Daniel Bachman (same, Tour LP)
  14. Castle Of Stars-  Ed Askew (unreleased, “Blue Piano”)
  15. tell me why – Anonymous Choir (Sings Neil Young´s after the Goldrush)

(45 min)
sun / rain pic by joe le taxi


At last, here´s lee hazlewood version of my autumn done come:

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Die andere Heimat

Für nach der WM, statt ihr oder zwischen den Spielen: “Die andere Heimat” von Edgar Reitz jetzt auf DVD zu sehen und gelegentlich noch in kleinen Kinos.

Der Film spielt im Jahr 1842 und den Jahre danach vor der Auswanderungswellle  Deutscher Bauern nach Brasilien in den Hungerwintern in einen Dorf im Hundsrück, zeiltlich noch vor der grossen “Heimat” Reihe Edgar Reitz`angesiedelt,  gedreht in Schwarz – Weiss mit seltenen aber wundervoll eingesetzten Farbelementen.

Wer wissen will, warum Menschen ihre Heimat verlassen, obwohl sie sie so sehr lieben so wie sie sie auch hassen, sollte diesen Film sehen – am besten mit Untertiteln es sei denn man spricht pfälzisch.

Die andere Heimat hat völlig zurecht den Filmpreis 2013 bekommen. Vier Stunden und keine Sekunde langweilig: wundervoll, poetisch, dramatisch – selten so eine ergreifenden deutschen Film gesehen

Infos: http://www.die-andere-heimat.de/

Zweiter Trailer für “DIE ANDERE HEIMAT”

Trailer # 3


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Relisten: Song of a Sinner – Psychedelic special @ piradio

The Little Dog Laughed Radio: Song of a Sinner - A Psychedelic Kraut & Rock Special by Schwarz Jochen on Mixcloud

or download the radio emission here: http://cba.fro.at/261200

coverfoto by joe le taxi @ photography playground 2014

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1970s Algerian Folk and Pop

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Sublime Frequencies continues releasing weird collections of eastern treasures. Here we go deep into algerian 70ies pop and folk. A real algerian folk hymne is e.g. the song “vava inouva” by Idir from 1972:

The other songs are not that famous and meandering between psychedelic rocksounds,   like the song from Abramis,  oriental instrumentals (les djinns),  filmscores  or sweet pop tunes. (Smail Chaoui)

Buy it in Berlin at bis aufs messer or hhv but be fast –  the label will not reissue LP´s  as far as I know. Comes in a gatefold jacket with beautiful liner notes, compiled by Omar Zelig

Sublime Frequencies:

“Sublime Frequencies is thrilled to present a second volume of classic tracks from Algeria’s popular music history. Where volume 1 focused on the early to mid-1970s Rai scene in western Algeria, this album features a variety of pop and folk styles from that same period. From the heavier rock and psychedelic sounds of Rachid & Fethi, Les Djinns and Les Abranis, to the haunting folk music of Kri Kri and Djamel Allem and the film soundtrack moods of Ahmed Malek, 1970s Algerian Folk & Pop documents a key period in the modern musical renaissance of a nation in transition.

Most of these tracks are from 45 rpm singles, the key format during the early 1970s before the cassette took over as the medium of choice. Western musical influences can be heard throughout this extremely diverse record, yet there is an undeniable Algerian sense of sadness contained here within a more tolerant space in time between two of the country’s most significant historical periods; National Independence from France and the darker times of a brutal civil war yet to come. Compiled by Hicham Chadly, this limited edition LP comes in a full-color gatefold jacket with lovely images from the period and extensive liner-notes by Omar Zelig, Algeria’s most legendary radio DJ.”



les djinns


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* casino hearts & shortwave nights *

* casino hearts & shortwave nights * by Schwarz Jochen on Mixcloud

A collection of cool ambient, experimental & downbeat tracks to calm you down in summer

drake motel / “9 gold cadillacs”- hisstracts

The Dance No.3- Laraaji
Apricot Brandy II – Günther Schickert
Coronado’s Broom – Sir Richard Bishop
Memorabilia – Express Rising
my first self – Antennae
This is a Prayer – Alpha & Omega
In the early morning rain – neil young
i shall not be moved – Blind Pete Burell
Be Patient…I Love You- casino hearts

…shortwave nights – Hisstracks

45 min
by joe le taxi


Beautifiul album by casino hearts:


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