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Monday, January 23, 2006

Gypsy Punk Invasion

I've been hearing for years about Ukrainian-American gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello. A few months ago, I finally found one of their CDs, and was mightily impressed. It's the kind of cultural collision I love. The band is based on the lower east side of New York, in a neighborhood we spend a lot of time in, thanks to its profusion of great Ukrainian and Polish restaurants and hipster record stores.

BBC Radio 1 has a half hour long documentary about the band that should give you an idea what the band sounds like, and that appears to be airing on the station today (although it's not clear when). Or you can listen to it online. Good stuff.

Posted at 3:39 AM

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