"The idea of colliding Romany music with punk may at first seem bizarre, but there's more common ground to be found than one might first suspect, not the least of which involves the rejection of authority and dominant cultural norms. Musically, the Romanies' exuberant celebration of life may appear the antithesis of punk's original nihilism, but both are kindled by a sense of immediacy, a "no future, let's play for today" atmosphere that fires every song. And so Gogol Bordello, while certainly unique, is not as odd as it may seem. The group long ago left the concept of borders, musical or otherwise, behind. The members may have met in New York City, but bar one, all traveled far to get there, arriving from Israel and a variety of Eastern European nations. Singer/lyricist Eugene Hutz brought with him his rich Ukrainian heritage, a gift for storytelling, a twisted sense of humor, and a sharp sense of irony. The bandmembers brought their excellent musicianship, a love of their own cultural sounds, and a magpie's delight in plundering from others. The group's name pays tribute to Ukraine's most feted author, Nikolai Gogol, whose distinctive style and leitmotif provide inspiration for Hutz's lyrics. Skipping stealthily from the real world to the surreal, the pugnacious to the paranoid, the singer spins out his tales of wonder and woe, commonplace occurrences and counterintuitive events. Behind him, the band lets loose with an accompaniment that makes a nonsense of genres, a storming backing awash in melody that pushes toward pop, but cries out to the vast Eurasian steppes. Incredibly anthemic, Multi Kontra Culti will set your head spinning and your body with it, your blood racing to the rhythms, and your spirit soaring with the wildness of the untamed sounds within."

Jo-Ann Greene, All Music Guide

01. When The Trickster Starts A-Poking
02. Occurrence On The Border
03. Haltura
04. Let's Get Radical
05. Smarkatch
06. Future Kings
07. Punk Rock Parranda
08. Through The Roof'n'Underground
09. Baro Foro
10. Hats Off To Kolpakoff
11. Huliganjetta

Ori Kaplan: Saxophone, Vocals
Yuri Lemeshev: Accordion
Victoria Hana: Vocals (Background)
Oren Kaplan: Guitar, Vocals, Engineer
Eugene Hütz: Guitar (Acoustic), Vocals,
Sergey Rjabtzev: Violin, Vocals


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Anonymous said...

thanks for all the music it´s an excellent blog!

stelios said...

thanks from greece. I recently heard some pieces from Gogol Bordello and I liked them very much (namely Alcohol and smthing about dress colour "to wear for me").
Now I have the chance to listen more.

I have noticed your collection of Muzsikas. I like Marta's voice very much and I have most of their works. Do you by any chance have their Live at the Liszt Academy concert?

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