Sublime Frequencies unearths more rare music from Asia this very month

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Good news for fans of the obscure, unheard, and obtuse, as Alan Bishop’s Sublime Frequencies label has a few new albums due out later this month. Three new releases are coming January 22, 2013 and focus on Korea, Burma, Singapore, and Malaysia.

The first is Scattered Melodies: Korean Kayagum Sanjo compiled by 78 rpm record enthusiast, Sublime Frequencies contributor, and Climax Golden Twins co-founder Robert Millis. The collection focuses on Korean kayagum sanjo, a form of improvised music somewhere between folk and classical, developed in the 1890s for the kayagum (kayagum, or gayageum, being a stringed instrument similar to a zither or a Japanese koto). The music features slowly building tempos, elastic rhythms, and improvised melodies. The songs on the album are pulled from Korean 78 rpm records dated between 1925 and 1959 that have survived Japanese and Red Army occupation, a full scale war fought by the United States, and almost 70 years of a divided people. Scattered Melodies will arrive in a tip-on jacket including a two-sided insert and extensive liner notes by Millis.

The second collection for early next year focuses on Burma. The Crying Princess: 78 RPM Records from Burma is a collection compiled from the 78s purchased by Millis and label head (and former Sun City Girl) Bishop from various trips to Burma (Myanmar) over the years. The songs are pulled from records dating between 1909 (!) and 1960. This record features early tracks from early giant of the Burmese music scene Po Sein, vocal and harp music from the 1920s, “modern” songs with electric guitar, and unique Burmese pop songs with piano. The Crying Princess and Scattered Melodies are Sublime Frequencies’ first-ever collections of 78s.

Finally, the third release for January is Pop Yeh Yeh – Psychedelic Rock from Singapore and Malaysia 1964-1970: Volume 1. Compiled after eight years of research by Carl Hamm, the compilation features 26 songs on CD of Pop Yeh Yeh, a style unique to Singapore and Malaysia that’s a cross-pollination of Beatles-influenced Western rock as well as homegrown sounds. The first compilation released in the United States to focus primarily on Malay rock group, Pop Yeh Yeh should be accessible to Western ears while retaining its foreign allure.

For anyone looking to expand their musical horizons, or if you’re just burnt out on vaporwave, make sure to keep an eye out this upcoming January, as Sublime Frequencies only does limited runs of their albums and does not repress anything.

Scattered Melodies: Korean Kayagum Sanjo tracklisting:

A1. Kim Hae Sun - Chinyangjo
A2. Kim Hae Sun - Chungmori
A3. Jung Nam Hee - Chinyangjo
A4. Jung Nam Hee - Chungmori
A5. Jung Nam Hee - Chungchungmori (Utmori)
A6. Jung Nam Hee - Chajinmori
B1. An Ki-ok - Chinyangjo
B2. Shim Sang-gun - Daseureum
B3. Shim Sang-gun - Chungchungmori
B4. Shim Sang-gun - Eonmori
B5. Kim Chong-ki - Chinyangjo
B6. Kim Chong-ki - Chungmori (1)
B7. Kim Chong-ki - Chungmori (2)

The Crying Princess: 78 RPM Records from Burma tracklisting:

A1. Po Sein - Maung Sein Mida part 1
A2. Aung Bala - Maung Sein Mida part 2
A3. Ma Sein Myine - Beneath Meza Mountain
A4. Ma Kyin U, Ma Gyee, Duck Oh - The Crying Princess
A5. Po Sein and Ma Kyin U. - Romantic Duet
A6. Ma Kyaw Bala, Ma Sein Myine, Ma Chin Yone - Untitled Trio part 1
A7. Ma Kyaw Bala, Ma Sein Myine, Ma Chin Yone - Untitled Trio part 2
B1. Yadana Myit - Perfumed Forest part 1
B2. Yadana Myit - Perfumed Forest part 2
B3. Thein Zaw and Myint Myint San - Ma Sawa
B4. May - Mya Mya Hay Wan
B5. May - Hla Mying Mae Nav
B6. St. Gun Khin May - Shan Village part 1
B7. St. Gun Khin May - Shan Village part 2

Pop Yeh Yeh - Psychedelic Rock from Singapore and Malaysia 1964-1970: Vol. 1 tracklisting:

01. Adnan Othman & The Rhythmn Boys - Budi Bahasa
02. M. Osman & Orkes Nirwana - Kisah Disampang
03. Roziah Latiff And The Jayhawkers - Aku Kechewa
04. Fatimah Amin & The Clans - Oh Teruna
05. Afida Es & The Siglap Boys - Jangan Goda
06. Rajah Ahmad & Dengan Dendang Irama - Oh Ya Ya
07. M. Said & Les Remaja - Temasah Ria
08. Fabians Boys (feat. Halipah) - Bersiar Siar
09. M. Osman & Les Fentones - Dara
10. A. Rahman Hassan & Orkes Nirwana - Syurga Idaman
11. Halim “Janda-Ku” Yatim & The Sangam Boys - Jauh Pandangan
12. Zaleha Hamid & The Black Cats - Nelayan Bersampan
13. A Ramlie & the Rhythmn Boys - Kasih Tak Sudah
14. Salim I & The Wisma - Bersiar di Taman Hiboran
15. A. Rahman Hassan & Orkes Nirwana - Bimban
16. M. Rahmat & The Teruna - Mula Bertemu
17. Adnan Othman & The Wanderers - Revolusi
18. Nur Azilah & Desa Bersaudara - Ayah… Kini ku Bercinta
19. A. Halim & De’Fictions - Kembali Lagi
20. Siti Zaiton & The Twilite - Rindu
21. Zaleha Hamid & Orkes Zindegi - Bertemasha
22. Noor Hamza & Band Mesra - Sidia Siapa
23. J. Sham & The Wanderers - Surat Ku Untuk Mu
24. A. Halim & De’Fictions - Kan Hilang Nanti
25. A. Rahman Hassan & Orkes Nirwana - Tak Mengapa
26. Hasnah Haron & The Spiritual 70s - Bintang Pujaan

• Sublime Frequencies: http://www.sublimefrequencies.com

RIP: Fontella Bass, soul singer

From Reuters:

American soul singer Fontella Bass, who topped the R&B chart in 1965 with the song “Rescue Me,” died in St. Louis. She was 72.

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Bass was born into a singing family in St. Louis. Her mother, Martha Bass, was a singer in the Clara Ward Singers gospel group. Her brother, the late R&B singer David Peaston, scored a handful of hits in the 1980s and 1990s.

Bass first achieved success dueting with Bobby McClure in 1965 on songs such as “Don’t Mess Up A Good Thing” and “You’ll Miss Me (When I’m Gone),” both of which were hits on the pop and R&B charts.

Bass’ biggest hit came with “Rescue Me,” which shot up the Billboard pop charts in the fall of 1965, becoming one of the most popular soul hits of all time.

“It held a special place in her heart,” Mitchell said of the song. “She sang it every time she performed.”

The song has been covered and sampled numerous times over the years, including by pop stars Linda Ronstadt and Cher, and more recently in 2000 by UK group Nu Generation, who remixed the song into a dance track.

• Fontella Bass: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fontella_Bass

RIP: Mike Scaccia, guitarist for Ministry and Revolting Cocks

From Rolling Stone:

Mike Scaccia, the guitarist for Ministry and Rigor Mortis, died on Saturday night at the age of 47. Scaccia was performing onstage at the Rail Club in Fort Worth, Texas, as part of a 50th birthday celebration for Rigor Mortis singer Bruce Corbitt, when he collapsed. Shortly afterwards, he was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Scaccia had reportedly asked for the strobe lights in the club to be turned off during the performance moments before he collapsed with a seizure, according to the rock blog Blabbermouth.net.

From Al Jourgensen:

I JUST LOST MY LIL’ BROTHER AND MY BEST FRIEND - THE 13TH PLANET COMPOUND IS DEVASTATED,COMPLETELY IN SHOCK AND SHATTERED. MIKEY WAS NOT ONLY THE BEST GUITAR PLAYER IN THE HISTORY OF MUSIC, BUT HE WAS A CLOSE, CLOSE, CLOSE PART OF OUR FAMILY - AND I JUST LOST A HUGE CHUNK OF MY HEART TODAY. OUR LIVES ARE FOREVER CHANGED. LIFE WITHOUT MIKEY IS LIKE ORANGE JUICE WITHOUT PULP - KIND OF BLAND. I HAVE NO WORDS TO EXPRESS WHAT THIS GUY MEANT TO ME, MY FAMILY, MY CAREER….EVERYTHING!
GET TO KNOW HIS LEAD PARTS - FOR THEY ARE IN THE PANTHEON OF MUSIC! UNFORTUNATELY, MOST OF YOU DIDN’T GET TO KNOW MIKEY’S SOUL -WHICH IS IN THE PANTHEON OF HUMANITY. HE IS MY HERO, MY FRIEND AND MY IDOL. MIKEY WAS ALWAYS BESIDE ME - MY RIGHT HAND MAN - THROUGH THICK AND THIN, THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY AND THE BEAUTIFUL.

• Ministry: http://www.ministrymusic.org

RIP: Ravi Shankar

From Firstpost:

Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, who is credited with popularising Indian classical music far beyond its borders, has passed away in a San Diego hospital at the age of 92.

The sitar maestro had been admitted at the Scripps Memorial Hospital in San Diego on 6 December due to complaints of diffculty in breathing and he passed away on Tuesday evening, the Hindu reports.

While he stormed Western culture with his collaboration with the Beatles, Shankar is perhaps the best known Indian classical musician beyond its shores.

A musician as much at ease with his own genre of music as with others, Shankar’s collaborations with legends in other genres of music and his own contributions to Indian classical music are perhaps unparalleled.

His long association with George Harrison of the Beatles led to his performances in legendary concerts like Woodstock and Concert for Bangladesh.

Apart from concerts, Shankar can composed memorable scores for films like Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi and Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy.

In a decorated career spanning ten decades, Shankar has received numerous acknowledgements for his contributions to the world of music including the Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan, the Music Council UNESCO award 1975, the Magsaysay Award from Manila. He has also won two Grammy’s in the past and is even nominated for this year’s awards.

• Ravi Shankar: http://www.ravishankar.org

New Foot Village album details leaked, and by leaked we mean officially announced

That new Foot Village record, Make Memories, due out next March on Northern Spy Records, was announced earlier this year with much fanfare during the second annual Spy Festival. It was also announced that the band would accept pre-orders for the record as early as December 21, so that in case the Mayan calendar was correct, Foot Village could pocket the money and evade world destruction in their private space shuttle. There are also new rumors going around pre-purchasers being awarded a secret gift before they meet their untimely end (remix tracks? early listens? who knows? we’re all going to die anyway).

BUT. This week the band proved that they’re terrible at keeping secrets and started spilling the beans on new album info, including an official album trailer (below), album artwork (above), and full tracklist (below). You can find all the teaser videos and more here.

Make Memories tracklist:

01. 1600 Dolla Bill
02. This Song Is a Drug Deal
03. AIDS Sucks, Make Money
04. New Jersey
05. Warlock
06. The End of the World

• Foot Village: http://footvillage.org
• Northern Spy: http://northern-spy.com

The Residents offer $100,000 box set to fans who are looking to mortgage their house

Do you have $100,000 handy? Do you really, and I mean really like The Residents? If yes, then there’s good news, as The Residents are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their first release: the 1972 “Santa Dog” 7-inch, with a 100+ piece box set.

The package is set to include first pressings of over 40 LPs, 50 CDs, a few dozen 7-inch singles, EPs, CD-ROMs, DVDs, and videos, as well as a bobble-head doll and a genuine Residents eyeball mask. Oh, and did I mention it’s all packaged in a fully functional 28 cu. ft. refrigerator? No? Well, it is.

In the infomercial below, you can see Residents “front man” “Randy” dish out the details in a rather convincing sales pitch. If you answered “no” to my opening question, “Randy” suggests selling a kidney, smashing open some penny jars, or having a bake sale to get the scratch for the set, as this is a limited time offer, there are only 10 of these sets available, and the set is going on sale on their website December 25.

In addition to that, there is also a one-of-a-kind mystery box also set to go on sale this Christmas. What’s in the box? “Randy” isn’t saying, so you better find $5 mill quick.

If you can’t afford either of these sets and are unwilling to take out a second mortgage on your house but need a Residents fix, they’ll be on tour in January so keep your eyes peeled for upcoming dates.

• The Residents: http://www.residents.com