I'm not sure when it went live, but the latest issue of the Chicago-based online zine Blastitude has a great piece by Derek Monypeny about a recent excursion to Morocco. Monypeny accompanied Hisham Mayet, one of the prime movers at Sublime Frequencies, to do some field recordings and research for future releases, and the piece provides a vivid picture of the kind of seat-of-the-pants guerrilla ethnomusicology the label thrives on. Blastitude is definitely a strong supporter of Sublime Frequencies, and I was amused that the zine's review of the label's excellent compilation 1970's Algerian Proto-Rai Underground makes such an odd and unflattering reference to me: "I knew absolutely nothing about Algerian rai music going in to this," writes Blastitude main man Larry Dolman, "and never pursued it for fear of sounding like I was on Peter Margasak's jock."
Speaking of disparaging comments about yours truly, I just learned that Chicago industrial-rock band Acumen Nation (ne Acumen) not so subtly referenced my name in a song originally released in 2000 called "Margasuck." You can read the juicy lyrics here. What's fascinating to me is that the band took so long to fire off their riposte to the one time I wrote about them in the Reader, way back in early 1995. Guys, I'm flattered you remembered. Sorry it took me the better part of a decade to notice.
Shirelles, Tonight's the Night/Sing to Trumpets and Strings (Ace)
Francisco Mora Catlett, Outerzone (Premier Cru)
Various artists, El Mapurito: Caribbean Music From Colombia (Buda)
Johnny Burnette & the Rock 'n' Roll Trio, The Complete Coral Rock 'n' Roll Recordings (Hip-O Select)
Spring Heel Jack, Songs & Themes (Thirsty Ear)