There Is No Cat

A huge orangupoid, which no man can conquer

Thursday, March 25, 2004

Wake up, blue Suzy

Sometimes I like to let albums I buy age like fine wines. One such album is a collection of world music from the year 2003 put together by the estimable Charlie Gillett, called, naturally enough, World 2003. I brought the CDs to work today and listened to them while I was working. There's some neat stuff on there; the track that seems to have lodged itself into a deep crevass of my brain is "Go" by Dusminguet, a Catalan band. It's an amazingly catchy chune, and has one of the fastest-singing vocalists I've ever heard. And it prominently features accordion, always a plus in my book. According to the English language section of the band's web site, "Go" is the title track of their third album. They don't have much information about the album itself, though. The BBC posts a review of the album on their world music reviews site, written by Charlie Gillett. Since he put them on his record, you can assume that the review is a positive one. Unfortunately, the links on the BBC site to music samples are broken. I haven't been able to find another one that works, either, because pretty much every site that comes up when you enter "MP3" in Google is the same advertisement for an anti-spyware program that won't even run on my computer. Bleah. Even more unfortunately, the version of the album "Go" released in Spain isn't a compact disc. It's copy protected, so they can't call it a compact disc, and can't display the usual CD logo. And it won't work on many computer disc players. So I guess I'll just have to be satisfied with the copy on Charlie's compilation. Pity. I would have liked to hear the rest of their music. And even more of a pity, I really wanted to find a place to point out where you could hear some of this insanely catchy music, but it just doesn't seem to be available. Feh. I just don't know about this web thing, if it's got a future....

Posted at 11:24 PM

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