Jul 092012
Emperor X

Cover of Emperor X

This past Thursday, Emperor X played to a standing room crowd at Menza pri Koritu as part of the Caffeine Hours festival in Ljubljana, Slovenia, touching our hearts and for at least a brief spell helping us forget this Mediterranean summer heat that we’ve been experiencing. It was one of those amazing nights that makes you feel good to be alive, and I felt inclined to write something, anything, about what a spectacular guy Chad is for helping to contribute to that.

To kick it off, my buddy Uroš captured the following video of “The Magnetic Media Storage Practices of Rural Pakistan”:

which should help give you a taste of what we saw. The remainder of the performance was equally as enjoyable and memorable, and after it ended we danced the night away to the sounds of Guess What? and Orchestre du Mont-Plaisant.

Drunk and happy at 3 in the morning, I walked home in the same direction as Chad and Rok (curator of Caffeine Hours) where something truly magical happened. Rok and I were telling Chad about how our buddy Jure was a big fan and really wanted to be at the show that night, but was unable to make it. Upon hearing this, he INSISTED that we do something special for our good friend Jure, which turned into him improvising a song in Slovenian (while Rok whispered translations in his ear) and belting out the lyrics into the otherwise quiet latenight Ljubljana streets. Enjoy:

For some more Emperor X goodness, check out his recent Daytrotter Session from 20 April 2012

Allahu Akbar.

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Apr 212012
Gramophone / Phonograph / Record Player - Engi...

Gramophone / Phonograph / Record Player - Engines in Enginuity, Coalbrookdale (Photo credit: ell brown)

Another year, another Record Store Day.

Some blogs I read are heralding it as the largest music event in the world. Pretty sweet sauce – you’d think that for something of that magnitude, a cultural European center the size of Ljubljana might have something going on. Unfortunately, no. Ljubljana has no proper record shops, just a couple of music stores that look like they transported here from the mid-90’s, and I have to read about events like Other Music’s in-store DJ lineup of Suckers, Four Tet, Ex Cops, The Men, and Wild Nothing, not to mention the fact that the releases I’m listening to online are actually available there on 7 inch vinyl

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Last year I prepared myself better and made a day trip to Zagreb to see some in-store performances and buy some vinyl, and despite talk of making a road trip to Austria this year with some friends, this year finds me unprepared and sitting on my couch. Oh well. I guess I’ll have to settle for internet streams this year – at least this year finds me with a record player to listen to the few vinyls I’ve been able to collect over the past year.

Either way, here are my picks:

And a couple of non-RSD picks: Happy Record Store Day. Next year in Jerusalem!
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