Music posts

It’s Friday Dance Time.

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Babita Kapoor and Biswajeet get all gender-bender on us in this classic.

Yo, Mr. Moustache, I think I just found our entry for the *PMH talent show. Practice starts tomorrow.
Happy Friday, jaans!
Film: Kismat
Song: Kajra Mohabbat Wala
Year: 1968
Composer: O.P.Nayyar

TAP dancing

Saturday, December 26th, 2009

Inspired by flash mob musicals, employees of Portugal’s national airline staged one of their own at Lisbon airport two days before Christmas. Tracks included lots of Mariah, ‘Stayin’ Alive,’ ‘Dancing Queen,’ ‘Mack the Knife,’ a Portuguese pop song and, of course, some Bollywood-style music. At 5:46, they dance to ‘Chori Chori Hum Gori Se‘ from [...]

Party like it’s 1997

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Arthi Meera and the members of Chicago alternative band 1997 prance around a ruined church in this moody video for ‘A Fearless Heart’.

I haven’t gallivanted about European war memorials, but the setting reminds me of this.

It’s Friday Dance Time.

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Asha at her expressive best and Lata at her most playful. This tune is so perfect!

Dance, my lovelies, you deserve it!
Film: Samadhi
Song: Kaanta Laga
Year: 1972
Composer: Rahul Dev Burman

Tip Tape

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Here are what went streaking through my head while watching Vampire Weekend’s video for the song “Cousins”:

1. Are Vampire Weekend channelling their inner Bappi Lahiri with that “Eh-eh-ooh-aah!” bit in the beginning of the song? (The link is just an example, by the way. Those who have know Mr. Lahiri’s discography will know that he’s [...]

It’s Friday Dance Time.

Friday, November 20th, 2009

This one goes out to Mr. Patel….Hope your trip this week from Bombay to Goa was great as this tune. Have a great weekend everyone!

Film: Bombay to Goa
Song: Listen to the Pouring Rain
Year: 1972
Composer: R.D. Burman

Noir way out

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

After watching the first 5 minutes of “The Flying Wallas: Opera Noir” at the Prithvi Theatre Festival a few days ago, I decided thin people can get away with anything. I was listening to a (bald) man reciting poetry in his gravelliest voice and a (bald) woman who spoke her lines in high-pitched song, as [...]

Girls just wanna have ‘Slum’

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Wyclef Jean, Cyndi Lauper, DJ Rekha and Neel Murgai performed ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ on Letterman last night (thanks, Joolz). The track’s sweet, poppish melody sounds like Maya lyrics crossed with Cornershop sitar.
And to answer your burning question: Cyndi’s 56, but she still rocks it.

It’s Friday Dance Time.

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Film: Laawaris
Song: Apni tu jaise taise
Year: 1981
Composer: Kalyanji Anandji

Rupa and the San Franciscans

Friday, October 30th, 2009

From the Rupa and the April Fishes show last night in SF, their hometown album release party:

Tea wars

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

The East Atlantic - West Atlantic tea rap feud is really heating up. First up, the British declaim their love for the brown brew. This is Elemental, ‘Cup of Brown Joy’:

The Americans fire back, crasser and more direct. ‘The Tea Rap’:

Kanye East

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

Like the Beatles before him, Kanye West will chill out in India for a while, presumably to return with a kaleidoscope double album’s worth of classic new material. Following his no-show at Saturday’s BET awards, multiple sources report that he has decamped to an ashram in Pondicherry for a month, where he’ll meditate and, we [...]

‘Aicha’ Diwali

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

The White House held a Diwali party today, and Obama gave out free namastes. He’s the first U.S. president to actually light the diya:

Rekha reports:

Penn Masala performing at White House. Beatboxing and singing ‘Aicha’ in Hindi ‘n English. Box of Diwali sweets on every seat… President explaining Diwali- festival of lights. He just lit [...]

Sunday Bloody Sunday

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

By inviting a turbaned man up on stage in D.C. to ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’ a week ago, was Bono highlighting the patriotism of Sikh Americans, drawing a parallel between the Derry massacre and Jallianwalla Bagh, invoking minority political grievances, or just looking for a memorable visual?
One friend’s comment after seeing the brotha get pulled [...]