Is It True That Honky Dory Means OK?
Burka Band “Burka Blue” – The Burka Band are the world’s first all-woman Afghani electro band, apparently put together by a German record label who were holding music workshops in Kabul after the fall of the Taliban. The authenticity of this is somewhat questionable, and I’m not entirely sure whether or not this is for real. Either way, this is a fine novelty pop single, functioning well as both a curiosity (or joke) and as a song. The single includes some video files, and remixes by Barbara Morgenstern and A Certain Frank which are both fine, but lack the charm of the original mixes. (Click here to buy it from Atatak.)
The Married Monk “Tell Me Gary” – At their best, The Married Monk sound like an intriguing cross between late-80s The Fall and mid-90s Pulp filtered through an effete French sensibility. “Tell Me Gary” has a great sense of self-aware, tacky faux-decadence; setting up a tense, sinister groove with low-budget keyboard brass and orchestra hits like something out of a tv movie. (Click here to buy it from Amazon.)
I’m going to be taking a brief vacation from regular posting on this blog next week so that I can recharge my batteries and take it easy. In the meantime, I’ve put together an all-star team of guest bloggers who will be filling in starting on Monday. As it stands right now, the Fluxblog All-Stars include Mike Barthel, Joe Macare, Jacob Wright, Sasha Frere-Jones, Maura Johnston, Fred Solinger, Keith Harris, Douglas Wolk, Chris Conroy, Jessica Hopper, Ben Dietz, Hillary Brown, Grant Balfour, Ben Hoh, Mark Slutsky, Tom Ewing, Tom Scharpling, Julianne Shephard, The Professor, Geeta Dayal, and Paul Cox, plus a few more people yet to be confirmed. It’s going to be crazy and fun, so don’t miss it.