Thursday, October 18, 2007

Still Alive, and a Music Suggestion

As Gregory of Tours said, at the beginning of his
History of the Franks, "A great number of things have been happening; some good, others bad." Which is my way of apologizing for lying down on the blogging job. I promise an update in a couple of days.

In the meantime, allow me to make a music suggestion: "Gulag Orkestar" by Beirut. Imagine David Byrne collaborating with a gypsy caravan to make a soundtrack for a Sergio Leone western. Add some euphonium. Stir.

Yes, they have a more recent album ("The Flying Cup Club"); if you're a fan of French folk music, you will like it a lot. But G.O. is my recommendation, and I'm sticking to it. Plus, the cover photo (found in an old volume of Russian photography in a library in Leipzig) is just pretty neat.


hilary said...

Oh, a friend just gave me one of Beirut's CDs. I haven't listened to it yet, and I'm not sure which one it is, but now I'm especially looking forward to it!
Hope to talk to you soon!

Not Nurse Ratched said...

Are fans of French folk music a large group???