This performance is an exceptional display that shows that three talented musicians and a looper pedal can sound orchestral. The beaming smiles on their faces indicate the passion they have for this distinctive sound.
Xonxaro Baro means “the great trick.” This live performance of the Gypsy Love Show at Amsterdam Bar and Hall features music by the Bourgeoisie Bohemians—Balkan and Gypsy performers with a touch of French circus—with storytelling by Tansy Undercrypt. Also included are three recordings by Gypsy Mania from their self-titled release, including “Butterfly,” “East Hennepin” and “Blues de Paris.” Gypsy Mania is Glen Helgeson (guitar), Gary Schulte (violin), Reynold Philipsek (guitar/vocals), Jeff Brueske (acoustic bass), Michael Bissonnette (percussion) and James Allen (guitar).
Another avalanche of new and reissued roots & dub tonight… Starting out with the excellent new “Radio Space EP” by Felipe Lopez (Ape Choons); followed by the excellent new double-CD “One Love, One Life” from Beres Hammond (VP Records); and the new live album “Throw Down Your Arms” from Professor (aka Harrison Stafford) on the Soulbeats label. Also new tonight: a fun new single called “CriminaLove” from the Twin Cities’ own Irie Sol; Adrian Sherwood’s new “Survival & Resistance” album; the fine “Red Shadow Landing” release from All India Radio; Busy Signal’s new dubwise release “Reggae Dubb’n Again” (VP); Soothsayers “Human Nature” album on Red Earth; the nice “More Spiritual Riddim” compilation (Soul of the Lion); Richie Phoe’s cool “Thriller Dub 2012” single (Balanced); the “Temple Riddim EP” from Bass Culture Players; the Frikstailers’ “Guacha EP” (ZZK); plus more new releases from Beats Antique, Jah Wobble & Keith Levine, Chatta, and Collie Buddz. On top of this, the good folks at VP Records (actually, it was my pal Zack) sent fresh new reissued releases from Keith Hudson and Barry Brown, plus the 2010 reissued release of Alpha Blondy’s “Cocody Rock”.
We speak with Steve Glischinski about his new book Minnesota Railroads: A Photographic History, 1940-2012. He is a correspondent for Trains Magazine and organizes railroad photography charter trips and the Railfan Weekend at the Lake Suerior Railroad Museum. He is the author of several books on railroading.