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The widdim."I thought about this exchange a few weeks later when I started hearing dance band highlife in my sleep.I learned about how the traditional music of African slaves survived south of the US and developed into various forms of Latin American music, then was imported back home in the 1930s to inspire the creation of modern African music.As the German African art scholar Ulli Beier put it in 1966: "'Highlife' is a reaction against the austerity of traditional African life.It is a way of life that believes in pleasure, music, drinking, free love, and ostentatious spending of money.The melodies were so pretty and lilting, but they also had a strange... Like something that was perpetually missing, creating an instability that was never fully resolved: a lingering sense of longing or sadness even when the music was upbeat (such as in this discofied Gal Costa number I used to love): Years later, I would learn that there was a name for this wistful tension between sorrow and joy: saudade, a uniquely Lusophone concept that was famously untranslatable into English. My Cape Verdean roommate tried, though; he told me it was "homesickness... Bell from his book, In Portugal: The famous saudade of the Portuguese is a vague and constant desire for something that does not and probably cannot exist, for something other than the present, a turning towards the past or towards the future; not an active discontent or poignant sadness but an indolent dreaming wistfulness. There should be, because I hear it in many different musics all along the West African coast and even as far down as in Congo. Learning about the legacy of African art in the New World imbued me with a renewed understanding of African culture back home.Not long thereafter, while re-stocking the shelves in the World Music department, I came across a CD called Money No Be Sand. Now, remember that the World Music establishment at this time was fairly ignorant about highlife. If you ever heard mention of highlife, it was usually in reference to Fela, because it was generally known that his music was "a fusion of James Brown's funk, Miles Davis's jazz and traditional Nigerian highlife music (whatever that is)." I remember the trade mags struggling to find the vocabulary to even describe this compilation.
Thanks to our fine customers we’ve been able to grow in to what we like to think is a pretty darned fine shop with something for everyone. And since it’s theoretically supposed to be winter, we’ve even made up some hoodies and sweatshirts this go around. Afghan Whigs: Black Love (Elektra) 3LP Autechre: Amber (Warp) LP Autechre: Incunabula (Warp) LP Autechre: Tri Repetae (Warp) LP Beach Boys: Becoming The Beach Boys (Omnivore) LP Big Star: Complete Third (Omnivore) LP Budos Band: The Shape of Mayhem to Come (Daptone) 12″ Built to Spill: Ancient Melodies of the Future (1972) LP Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Got A Mind to Give Up Living (Real Gone) LP Chvrches: Under the Tide (Glassnote) 12″ Ornette Coleman: An Evening With (ORG) LP Death By Stereo: Into the Valley of Death (Indecision) LP Death Grips: Fashion Week/Interview 2016 (Harvest) LP Dengue Fever/Goonam: Ganadaramaba (Sony) 7″ Dungen: Haxan (Mexican Summer) LP Bob Dylan: Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert (Sony) LP Faith No More: Cone of Shame (Ipecac) 7″ Fruit Bats: The Glory of Fruit Bats (Easy Sound) LP Steve Grossman: Some Shapes to Come (Tidal Waves) LP Gwar: Black Friday (Sony) 7″ Lee Hazlewood: Cowboy in Sweden (Light in the Attic) LP Isaac Hayes: Do Your Thing (Now Again) LP Jimi Hendrix: Morning Symphony Ideas (Sony) 10″ Jungle Brothers: Done By the Forces of Nature (Get on Down) LP Kinks: God’s Children (Sanctuary) 7″ Kinks: Til Death Do Us Part (Sanctuary) 7″ Kinks: s/t (Sanctuary) 7″ Timothy Leary/Ralph Metzner: The Psychedelic Experience (Real Gone) LP Love is a Drag: For Adult Listeners (Sundazed) LP Minor Victories: Orchestral Variations (Sony) LP Rudy Ray Moore: This Ain’t no White Christmas (Dolemite) LP Harry Nilsson: Popeye OST (Varese Sarabande) LP Thee Oh Sees: An Odd Entrance (Castle Face) LP OST: Barbarella (Varese Sarabande) LP OST: Chinatown (Cinewax) LP OST: Luke Cage (Mondo) LP OST: My Little Pony (Sony) LP OST: The Wonder Years (ORG) LP Angel Olsen/Steve Gunn: Live At Pickathon (Easy Sound) LP Amanda Palmer & Jherek Bischoff: Strung Out In Heaven (Cooking Vinyl) LP Jaco Pastorius: Jaco (Omnivore) LP Raconteurs: Steady, As She Goes (Thirdman) 7″ Ramones: Live At The Roxy 8/12/76 (Rhino) LP Nathaniel Rateliff: A Little Something More (Stax) LP Otis Redding: Live at the Whisky A Go Go (Stax) LP Refused: Servants of Death (Epitaph) LP Rogue Wave: Cover Me (Easy Sound) LP Run DMC: Christmas in Hollis (Sony) LP Bruce Springsteen: Chapter & Verse (Sony) LP Sugarhill Gang: Meet Your Maker (Rhino) 7″ Sun Ra & His Arkestra: At Inter-Media Arts April 1991 (Sundazed) LP Synthesizer Coloring Book This Kind of Punishment: Radio Silence (Superior Viaduct) 7″ Tokyo Police Club: A Lesson in Crime (Paperbag) LP Mark Van Hoen: The Last Flowers From the Darkness (Medical) LP Venom: Black Metal (Warner) LP Video Liszt: Ektakrom Killer (Medical) LP Vitamin String Quartet: Plays Radiohead (VSQ) 7″ Muddy Waters: London Muddy Waters Sessions (Brookvale) LP Yardbirds: Birdland (Favored Nations) LP Various: Calabar-Itu Road: Groovy Sounds from South Eastern Nigeria (Comb & Razor) LP Various: James Brown’s Funky People 3 (Get on Down) LP Various: Jazz Dispensary: Holiday Treats (Fantasy) LP Various: Lagniappe Session (Light in the Attic) LP Various: Shanghai’d Soul (Numero) LP Various: Scepter Records (Sundazed) LP In tomorrow??? Steve Gunn: Ancient Jules (Matador) 12″ Iggy & The Stooges: Telluric Chaos (MVD) LP Lil Yachty: Lil Boat (Capitol) LP Frank Sinatra: White Christmas (Universal) 7″ Ween: Godweensatan Live (ATO) LP Frank Zappa: How Could I Be Such A Fool (Universal) 7″ Oi, loads of stuff in this week, and still more to show up. Be sure to set some time aside to come down as next Friday is Black Friday RSD AND we’ll be celebrating our 15th anniversary! Alessandro Cortini: Spie (Make Noise) 12″ “Alessandro Cortini returned to his Make Noise Shared System Modular synthesizer last summer, to create two variations of a patch that could be described as ‘…That undercurrent of sadness I always heard in the music. But once again, Latin America helped me develop the conceptual vocabulary by which to think and talk about African music.Back when I used to watch Fantástico, I was always mesmerized by the bittersweet flavor that seemed to characterize much Brazilian music.Sure, we read books that were written during that era, but I really don't think people from my generation came close to understanding the excitement of being the first generation of Africans to live fully in a world of modernity and glamour, in which they were free to shape their own destinies.Most of my age-mates thought of highlife as dusty old "traditional" music; what we didn't understand was that highlife was anything but.