www.tigerandjoypresent.com with a new fancier look and a more focused approach. Definitely excited by it so please do come on over and check it all out. There's new music posted (and posts will be far more regular), there's new input and everything on this site will slowly be moved to the new space. Thank you for your visits, and please share the new address to like minded souls. Onward and upwards......
New year, new start- the Tiger & Joy reboot is moving ahead and as a final fling on this location here's some new music to pursue. The site has and will continue to feature out of print and deeply limited music, mostly digitized from vinyl, but there's a lot of other good stuff out there you can buy and support the artists keeping it all alive. Here's a few favourites from this past year, all a little away from what's usually posted here. Let's start with the Beirut based OkyDoky. Totally excellent downbeat instumental hiphop with a heavy analog synth element. This album has been the soundtrack to a lot of work sessions and driving for me- you can grab it for a mere donation here.
Beirut again, in partnership with Alexandria Egypt. Zeid Hamdan and Maii Waleed's album of very lovely stripped down electro. Check it out (and then buy it) on Soundcloud.
Yes, I know- this is getting silly but here from Beirut is the new Mashrou' Leila album and it's a good one- 'alternative rock' is how they're usually described, but I don't believe that moniker does a band with a sound this orchestral and a violinist this good justice. The album is available at iTunes.
Just so it's not entirely the Lebanese claiming glory, here's the sort of brilliant madness that can only come from the former Yugoslavia- Las Balkanieras, the reigning queens of Balkan dancehall get all folkstep with Serbian dance geniuses Shazalakazoo. And you should get that new M.I.A. album too, it's a monster. Stay tuned, things are going to get fun........
Sadly a day later this post has taken on a new tone after the brutally sad events in Beirut and Syria. Our thoughts go out to those caught up in this madness.....
this collection, an album I remember being in a friend's family record collection many years back. Side one features a pair of tracks from Fairuz, while another long standing staple of Lebanese pop, Sabah, holds down side 2. In one of those wonderful moments of things linking up weirdly, Sabah also makes an appearance in 'Bosta', easily the best dabke on a bus film ever made!
(In all seriousness it is a very entertaining movie and well worth the time should you come across it.)
In hopefully momentous news, things will be changing here soon- the blog will take on an all new look and an all new address to become a much more carefully curated deal, complete with some occasional expert input from another contributor. Onward and upward.......