Author Archives: Dallas DeForest

Ηρωινη και Μαυρακι

Sotiris Gavalas, 1936, “Heroin and Hashish,” with Stellakis singing: Να ξεφύγω δεν μπορούσα Καθώς γύριζα απ’ την Προύσα Με πρόδωσαν κάτι μπράβοι Και με πιάσαν στο καράβι Είχα ράψει στο σακάκι Δυο σακούλες με μαυράκι Και στα κούφια μου τακούνια … Continue reading

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Kaigomai, Kaigomai…..

Καίγομαι, καίγομαι ρίξε κι άλλο λάδι στη φωτιά πνίγομαι, πνίγομαι πέτα με σε θάλασσα βαθιά I’m burning, I’m burning throw more oil on the fire. I’m drowning, I’m drowning Throw me into the deep sea.  

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An English Translation of Markos Vamvakaris’ Autobiography

Is finally available: http://www.greeklines.com/ And at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Markos-Vamvakaris-Man-Bouzouki-Autobiography/dp/0993263305/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1449193019&sr=1-1&keywords=markos+vamvakaris+the+man+the+bouzouki        

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Rebetika in Thessaloniki and Skopelos

Some music from Greece’s Second City and Skopelos for your Thanksgiving holiday:

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A Warrior’s Grave at Pylos

Looks like Jack Davis and Co. had quite a field season this year–here’s a NYT story on the unlooted Mycenaean grave that they found back in May.The grave dates to ca. 1500 BC, before the great palaces were built on … Continue reading

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Αεροπλανο Θα Παρω, Τουντας, 1933

Αεροπλανο Θα Παρω, “I’ll Take an Airplane,” Panayiotis Tountas, 1933. Rita Abatzi and Zaharias Kasimatis sing. Εγώ φεύγω και σ’ αφήνω μια για πάντα βρε αλανιάρη στην Αμερική θα πάω κάποιον για να βρω και μαζί του πια θα μείνω … Continue reading

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Amir El-Saffar

Here’s a trumpet taqsim in the Iraqi makam Saba–followed by another great tune from Saffar’s newest album, Crisis, which I’m currently enjoying.

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