July 3 - July 9, 2006




July 8, 2006

Hakim, The Lion of Egypt and his Egyptian Orchestra with special guest Karina Pasian – Central Park Summerstage 3PM FREE

The free summer parks events have given quite a bit of balance to my musical education. Of the extensive and diverse list of free concerts all over town each year, the world music shows are always a chance to catch something exotic for free. Today, at the Mecca of all summer park venues, Central Park Summerstage, you hear the roar of “The Lion of Egypt,” Hakim. Performing a contemporary pop take on the Egyptian folk genre sha’bi, the Lion’s charisma and catchy percussion-heavy dance pop has made him one of Egypt’s biggest stars. His live performances are famous for thier marathon length and sweaty energy. An ideal afternoon in the park…


Yura Yura Teikoku, Coptic Light - Northsix $10

And, while we’re on the international pop tip, I might as well keep some sort of thematic continuity – which won’t be much of a stretched as tonight and tomorrow New York is fortunate enough to host one of Japan’s Yura Yura Teikoku. Whereas the Lion plays densely layered dance music, Yura Yura wound up rock stars in their native land via a skeletal lightly psychedelic rock route. After achieving mainstream success after years underground, in addition to their pop songs, the trio continues to explore a variety of styles. Clearly not among Japan’s most adventurous, their most popular, but most boring songs, jangle in the vein of either early Echo and the Bunnymen or Gun Club. But their best stuff is informed by 1960s Japanese pop, mid-period Velvet-een laid back urban blues, or more experimental sounds. Though I missed last fall’s NYC shows, the band’s first ever outside of Japan, they were, by many accounts, amazing.

Hakim, free songs on his myspace page
Yura Yura Teikoku "III Pt. 1" MP3
Yura Yura Teikoku "III Pt. 2" MP3
Yura Yura Teikoku "Shibire"MP3
Yura Yura Teikoku "Memai" MP3
Yura Yura Teikoku "Taiyou No Shiroi Kona" MP3
Yura Yura Teikoku "Zukku Ni Rock" MP3


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The 101 (ex-Christie Front Drive!), Zookeeper, Ian Love, The Silent Type - Lit $8
The Marina, Robbie Lee, Ra Ra Riot - Knitting Factory $8
The Mugs - Magnetic Field
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