"Farmers Market has become one of Norway's most popular live bands, playing at all kinds of venues and festivals: jazz, folk and rock. Farmers Market has been releasing music in Norway sporadically over the past decade but their releases have been generally hard to find on U.S. shores. Those who have been lucky enough to hear the outfit have been instantly won over by the unbelievable musicianship and oddball mixture of styles. The groups last release came in 2000 and according to the band the title was never release, a secret amongst them and the label. Jazziz said of the outfit and the secretly-titled release, Balkan-jazz crossover may be well-established by now, especially on this side of the Atlantic. But seemingly from out of nowhere comes the Norwegian/Bulgarian quintet Farmers Market with a self-titled album that kicks the burgeoning genre sideways a notch or three.
The band Farmers Market was formed by students of the jazz department at the Conservatory of Trondheim. At first, Farmers Market started out as an “ordinary” free-jazz group, but soon found itself leaning towards Bulgarian folk music, which would change everything. The boys were fascinated by this music’s Oriental scales and possibilities for improvisation. Since then the main ingredients of Farmers Market have been a mixture of Bulgarian folk music, jazz standards, pop music and humor."
01. Surfin' Ussr
02. Surfin' Ussr Pt. 2
03. Lodtschitze Mini Maritza (Ferry Cross the Mersey)
04. Anyone Who Remembers Vladiwoodstock Wasn't There!
05. Dissident Harmony Sisters Camel Call
06. To Hell And Baku
07. Traktor Tracks Across The Tundra
08. From Prussia With Love
09. Red Square Dance
10. The Dismantling Of The Soviet Onion Made Us Cry
11. Kalshnikov Wedding
12. Steroid Train Trip
13. Meanwhile Back At The Agricultural Workers Collective
14. Ladyboy's Night At The Cultural Relativism Saloon
15. One Day, Son, All I Own Will Still Belong To The State
Stian Carstensen - accordian
Nils-Olav Johansen - guitars, vocals, & banjo
Jarle Vespestad - drums
Trifon Trifonov - saxophone & clarinet
Fin Guttormsen - bass