Sunday , May 26 2024

Eric’s Quick Picks – Badawi – Clones and False Prophets

“If you come in peace, then drink from the bass within.”
Raz Mesinai

While in the real world the clash of cultures can lead to violence and heartache, it can also lead to brilliant art, as sparks fly from the nexus of conflicting, competing or just plain different worldviews. I find the results of Middle Eastern and Indian subcontinent hybridizations particularly appealing as evidenced by the grooviness of bhangra, Bollywood film music, and the more classically-oriented Ghazal.

Raz Mesinai’s Badawi project is now on its fifth album in eight years. On Badawi’s latest, Clones and False Prophets, Jerusalem-born Mesinai’s increasing role in the NYC’s downtown avant-improvisational scene (centered around the Tonic nightclub) is more evident than ever, with scenesters Marc Ribot (guitar), Ben Perowsky (drums and percussion), Doug Wieselman (clarinet), Shahzad Ismaily (bass) and Carolyn “Honeychild” Coleman (vocals) joining him for this fascinating and sometimes stunning blend of Middle Eastern percussion and modalities, fuzzed-out acid rock, dub, trance, jungle, and art noise.

The players tangle and skirmish in a musical match of “smear the queer” (hearkening back to the schoolyard), or in the words of Mesinai, “create angles, lines and borders in what was once a circle.” Amazing stuff.

You can check out MP3s of “Battle Cry”, and “To Be Continued”, as well as other Mesinai material on his site.

About Eric Olsen

Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: Twitter@amhaunted,, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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