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View Poll Results: Vote for a new FAIR album before July 31
Lévon Minassian & Armand Amar 1 20.00%
Big Blood 2 40.00%
Abyssinia Infinite 0 0%
Leo Kottke 0 0%
Tim Sparks 1 20.00%
Toumani Diabaté 0 0%
Mayo Thompson 1 20.00%
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Old 07-22-2012, 07:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Vote for a FAIR album before July 31

Every two weeks the Folk And International Roots Album Club votes for an album that they will listen to and discuss in the coming weeks.
Anyone can vote in this poll, but if you vote, please follow through and be ready to discuss whichever album wins the poll.

Happy to say that we have seven exotic albums to choose between this week. Rather sadly, though, I feel we should be putting this first album from stp, with its beautiful cover photo, on LAST CHANCE status :-


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On the international side this is a rather peaceful diversion from Armenia featuring the duduk (a traditional reed woodwind). Not particularly ground breaking but a kind of melancholy beauty.

Songs From a World Apart - Lévon Minassian and Armand Amar.

^ So it`s LAST CHANCE for Lèvon Minassian and Armand Amar. Vote for them now if you don`t want them to disappear back into the obscurity from which stp rescued them !

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Oh, I'll go ahead and nominate Dark Country Magic by Big Blood. It's an incredibly catchy, well-written psychedelic folk album with experimental tendencies.




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Zion Roots by Abyssinia Infinite (2003)



From the oozing sax of the opener, Bati Bati, to the gentle pulsing loop of the closer, Ethiopia, Gigi`s seductive voice leads us through some beautifully produced traditional East African music.

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Greenhouse by Leo Kottke (1972)



OK, it`s been around a long time - in fact it`s been around since before Americana was a commonly used term - but this is still my favourite LK album. He covers a couple of Fahey compositions, but with this album it`s tempting to say that the student has outstripped the master; seven tracks of sparkling, unadorned acoustic guitar and four vocal tracks
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I'll nominate "Neshamah" by Tim Sparks. It's a nice solo acoustic guitar album that explores several different types of traditional Jewish music with some jazzy themes.

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Toumani Diabaté - The Mandé Variations (2008)



Featuring Toumani Diabaté playing solo kora. This video has some background on the musician and on the kora.

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I'll nominate Mayo Thompson's "Corky's Debt to His Father". It's a fantastic album by one of the Red Krayola's founding members and is essentially folk rock that blends together several different genres and is a fantastic listen, even for those who aren't fans of his later post punk work.




Thanks as always to everyone who makes the effort to share their enthusiasm for FAIR music here.

Now let`s get voting ....
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I picked up Corky's Debt recently. I don't know a lot about Mayo beyond his work with Pere Ubu and I've heard a little Red Crayola. It's kind of a weird and eccentric listen the first time through but there is definitely something there that keeps me coming back. I love records like that.
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Hi, Holerbot !
All these names you mention, Mayo, Red Crayola, Pere Ubu are all completely new to me, but the name of Frownland`s nomination, "Corky`s Debt To His Father" is so intriguing that I look forward to hearing it further down the line.
For the moment though, I`ve voted for stp`s Armenian recommendation even though it doesn`t look set to win.
And how about you, Holerbot ? Have you honoured the poll with a vote yet ?
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I voted for Mayo just because that's the only one I'm really familiar with, but I will check out some of the other titles mentioned definitely. My favorite folk/world album of the moment is a record of Gypsy music that Yul Brynner did for Vanguard back in the 60's, so I'm always open to new things.


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I voted for Mayo just because that's the only one I'm really familiar with, but I will check out some of the other titles mentioned definitely. My favorite folk/world album of the moment is a record of Gypsy music that Yul Brynner did for Vanguard back in the 60's, so I'm always open to new things.

I never imagined that Yul Brynner had made a record:

If you`re checking out the albums in this poll and can`t locate "Greenhouse", you can listen to it on this link, courtesy of Geekoid :-

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OK, so Cenataph`s nomination of Big Blood is the winner in this poll. If you haven`t done so already, you have a week to track it down, give it a listen and report your verdict in the discussion thread that`ll open on August 7.
See you there, I hope !
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Rather sadly, though, I feel we should be putting this first album from stp, with its beautiful cover photo, on LAST CHANCE status
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OK, so Cenataph`s nomination of Big Blood is the winner in this poll.
Seeing it's over for Levon Minassian I might as well put this up before they go

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