Friday, November 03, 2006
I was checking out this band called Hazmat Modine that DC Rapier (founder & president of Blues Society on Taiwan; www.bsot.org) had mentioned because it's fronted by two harmonica players. Deviant, weird alchemy. "... rustic, deliriously Dionysian blend of whorehouse Blues, Reggae, Klezmer, Country and Gypsy-tinged music." www.hazmatmodine.com/home.html
Whatever whorehouse Blues is, we should do more of it. And some on-site immersion to boot.
I didn't download an album from Soulseek, and there was this great throat-singing song on it. It sounded like Paul Pena's (Genghis Blues) guitar and deep throat work so I tried to check that out. I came across this radio show page at www.wnyc.org/shows/newsounds/
episodes/2006/09/14 and there was our mate Albert Kuvezin (& Yat-Kha) doing an uncanny version of When the Levee Breaks, of all things. Dark, witching stuff. Get a much stronger sense of the misery of the flood than in the blues version, I thought, which usually makes me feel high and dry. I wondered if we'd done that song at Witches the dark night he was there...
There's a new album schlock full of similar stuff:
Hazmat Modine, Bahamut: www.amazon.com/Bahamut-Hazmat-Modine/dp/B000H0M4XY/sr=1-1/