Among the many genres of music I follow, there’s a special place in my heart for post-psychedelic music.
Last year, I first heard Dungen’sSa Blev Det Bestamt with it’s surprising nod to Turkish psychedelic rock but I hadn’t paid much attention to the rest of the album. Lately, I’ve been giving the album a second listen and I’ve been blown away by some of the songs, in particular Familj (above). It’s the keyboard/organ on this track that’s pulled me in, plus it kinda reminds me of another favorite group, Can (see below). I know everyone thought Caribou’s foray into psychedelia, Andorra was the 2007 record of the year but now I’m liking Dungen’s Tio Bitar much more.
And for the fun of it, I just found this on youtube, one of my all-time favorite songs ever!
I’ve recently taken a small diversion from Flamenco and electronic music to explore the realms of Border music. I think it has to do with my ongoing nostalgia for the Southwest. A few years ago, I took trips to Arizona and New Mexico to do some genealogical research and left feeling connected to that geographic area, the roots trailing behind me on the highway home. Unfortunately, I no longer have immediate family in the region, but I’m sure Tucson is filled with distant relatives I will probably never meet. These trips and my on-going genealogical investigations inspired my new found interest in border music.
These emotions were stirred up recently when I watched the Arhoolie produced video, Chulas Fronteras.
â€œ’Chulas Fronteras’ provides a magnificent introduction to the most exciting NorteÃ±a (â€œNorthernâ€ Texas-Mexican border) musicians working today: Los Alegres de Teran, Lydia Mendoza, Flaco Jimenez and others. The music and spirit of the people is seen embodied in their strong family life and sheer enjoyment of domestic rituals preparing of food and eating, celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary, gathering in the backyard with friends. At the same time Blank does not overlook the hardships, in particular the Chicano experience of migrating from state to state with the seasons for work in the fields. He makes clear the role that music has in redeeming their lives by giving utterance to collective pain. For music, politics and life are integrated in this film in a way that is both enchanting and unsettling.â€