Pitchfork knows what’s up! “The struggle to pronounce some of the more difficult Amharic consonants and constructions—difficult for English speakers—will often meet with an encouraging exclamation of “gobez”! Translations for the word range from smart to brave to courageous to talented to witty. Debo Band’s saxophonist, leader and ethnomusicologist Danny Mekonnen translates the phrase “Ere […]
FPE Records Sampler 2016: Records Are Fun! Shout it out loud! 2016 is a huge year for FPE and to celebrate, here’s this amazing mixtape cloud thingy that you can consume and share. It’s got unreleased and/or under-heard tracks by FPE artists new and old, and includes sneak previews of some of the goodness to […]
Debo Band raises the roof on the Ethiopian musical past, picking up where political upheaval of the 1970s and 1980s quenched the energy of one of East Africa’s most prolific, vibrant scenes. They imagine what Duke Ellington, while on his famed African tour, might have played with the Addis Ababa Police Orchestra (“Blue Awaze”). They […]
Debo Band is a 11-member group led by Ethiopian-American saxophonist Danny Mekonnen and fronted by charismatic vocalist Bruck Tesfaye. Since their inception in 2006, the band has won raves for their groundbreaking take on Ethiopian pop music (think Ethiopiques), which incorporates traditional scales and vocal styles, alongside American soul and funk rhythms, and instrumentation reminiscent […]
There’s no getting around it: life sure turns ugly sometimes. Days can feel like long, lonely horseback rides across sweltering desert sands. There’s little out there save heartbreak and hangovers, dingy cantinas and a 12-foot-tall outlaw aiming to sock you in the gut and raid your stash. It’s during hard times like these we bedraggled […]
One-of-a-kind experimental pop music… During a typical solo set, expect to see her on stage wielding guitar, bass, violin, keyboard and her most powerful and practiced instrument of choice: her voice. -Mabel Suen, Riverfront Times Syrhea Conaway contains multitudes. -Christian Schaeffer, Riverfront Times *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*- Syna So Pro is the SOlo PROject of St Louis’s SYrhea […]
Zigtebra’s got an amazing new video! “Bay Bay” is the lead track from last year’s album The Brave on FPE. As they said in their announcement, “Zigtebra’s music video for “BAY BAY” the best “You Don’t Know Who You’re Messin With Baybay” song EVERRRR. Things you will learn: how to snip a wiener, how to […]
You know this guy Colin from his old band USA Is a Monster, or maybe if you were a head in the JP (that’s Jamaica Plain) scene around the late millennium, Bull Roarer. Or maybe you know about the records he did on Northern Spy with the Orchestra in 2011-13. Like if the Dead or […]
Qwanqwa “takes traditional music and rocks it up a bit” (Byron Coley, The Wire) and “for sure is an incredible experimental traditional Ethiopian rock group that deserves to be played in every living room, at every party and on every radio station from Gondar to Santa Cruz.” (Addis Rumble blog). If you’ve heard the golden […]
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With a timeless croon that recalls Dolly Parton and June Carter Cash at their most gloriously downtrodden and angelic, . . . country siren Lana Rebel is a wonder to behold. The tiny singer-guitarist belts out stripped-down country that defines the genre in its most pristine and classic form . . . Rebel’s the real […]
FPE is now officially IN the NewMusicBox, with this excellent profile that breaks it all down for you. Listen along to the dizzyingly quirky and diverse music collection we’re building for you, record by record.