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On Blast: Tuvan Throat Singing

On Blast: Tuvan Throat Singing

You know, I get it. It sounds weird. If I started dating someone new and we were talking about music we were into, I wouldn’t immediately lead him to throat singing. It’s an acquired taste, but once you’ve gotten used to the sound profile of throat singing, it’s easier to find it more than just...
On Blast: My Girlfriend Was a Punk!

On Blast: My Girlfriend Was a Punk!

As much as I could sing the praises of Riot Grrrl and third-wave feminism’s role in the creation of some truly great music, what really made me excited was looking at the women who were doing it first -- the women all across the world who have been there since the very beginning, who were...
On Blast: Your Favorite Music Wouldn't Exist Without This Music

On Blast: Your Favorite Music Wouldn’t Exist Without This Music

Rock would not exist without blues. Blues would not exist without slavery. Racial inequality would not exist without white people. If that’s the way you justify the belief that rock ‘n roll was birthed by The White Man, well, then shit, I can’t really argue with that logic.
On Blast: Pappo's Blues Volumen One

On Blast: Pappo’s Blues Volumen One

I know there are people who like '80s metal a lot. There are enough of them that every single radio station has to play a Motorhead song at least once a day, or else the FCC will shut them down. It’s the law. Thanks, Obama.
On Blast: The Tucson '60s Sound 1959-1968

On Blast: The Tucson ’60s Sound 1959-1968

Tucson is a weird place, a sanctuary for equally weird desert rats who presumably want the comforts of a city but prefer a certain level of isolation. And wouldn’t ya know it, a lot of the people who fall within that category happen to be musicians!
On Blast: Dara Puspita

On Blast: Dara Puspita

Even though their career only lasted seven years, Dara Puspita achieved something no other Indonesian women had done before them, and I doubt there have many who did the same after them.
On Blast: Native North America

On Blast: Native North America

It’s really, really difficult to find collections of older music made by Native musicians that aren’t just 14 flute songs burned onto a CD by white people and sold for their profit at the Grand Canyon gift shop.
On Blast: African Sixties Garage, Vol. 1

On Blast: African Sixties Garage, Vol. 1

I love this album so much because it pushes all those stereotypes out of the way. I mean, these guys were making hellish and wonderful and crazy and modern and bangin' rock 'n roll 50 years ago!
On Blast: Thai Pop Spectacular

On Blast: Thai Pop Spectacular

If you can't get down to, "Lung Dee Kee Mao," then... I dunno. Maybe you shouldn't have bought this album just because it had cute girls on the cover.
On Blast: Maestro Ilaiyaraaja and the Electronic Pop Sound of Kollywood 1977-1983

On Blast: Maestro Ilaiyaraaja and the Electronic Pop Sound of Kollywood 1977-1983

This was the first album to convince me that not all Bollywood (in this case, Kollywood) is about campy novelty or blatant pop-music ripoffs.