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Friday, October 07, 2011

Dirty Beaches, Purity Ring and Trailer Trash Tracys Playing Pitchfork Paris Pre Party

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This show is 10/27 at Point Epherme, Paris FRANCE.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

BIG PRINCE RAMA SHOW TOMMOROW NITE @ THE CASBAH w/ GANG GANG DANCE

GANG GANG DANCE
PRINCE RAMA
$15
THE CASBAH, SAN DIEGO CA.

DON'T MISS PRINCE RAMA OPENING FOR GANG GANG DANCE AT THE CASBAH TOMORROW NIGHT.

        I fell in love with Prince Rama at this year's NXNE, where I saw them open for Grimes in the basement of a Buddhist Temple in Toronto.  They were amazing: Great songs, dynamic live performance and something different.  I didn't know it at the time, but I guess the guys in Animal Collective agree because they "signed" Prince Rama to a deal after a similar encounter at SXSW a couple years back- when they were a three piece even.  Now they are a two piece, and man- worth checking out.  Buy the new record while you are there, it might help people break the "buzz drought" that characteristically engulfs the blogosphere at the end of every calendar year.

  Also, Gang Gang Dance has a cool four million Last.fm spins, so I would expect this to sell out at the door. So get there early for PRINCE RAMA.

  Don't be the guy who figures out how great Prince Rama is six months from now and then belatedly learns that he missed the live concert that's happening tomorrow.  Don't be him.  Don't be the guy standing outside the Casbah at a sold out show, either.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

THE WORLD OF THE HUNS

BOOK REVIEW
The World of The Huns
by Otto J. Maenchen-Helfen
University of California Press
p. 1973

   The Huns sacked the Western Roman Empire in the mid 5th century AD and were the straw in the drink of the so-called Dark Ages.  With them, the Huns brought Germans (then known as Goths),  Scandanvians (Gespids), Alans (Iranian language speaking white folks from Central Asia) and the Huns themselves.   Despite their historical importance, little is known about the Huns because their language was not written and the Romans of the time had more important things to do then write histories of the folks who were sacking their Empire.

   Maenchen-Helfen's book is an unfinished masterpiece- he emigrated from Nazi Germany, ended up teaching at UC Berkeley, but he died before The World of the Huns could be finished.  Even in it's unfinished state, it's quite the accomplishment.  Maenchen-Helfen draws upon sources written in Latin, Chinese, Persian, Armenian and Arabic.

  There was nothing especially original about the Huns or their methods.  Basically, they practiced the Iranian style of mounted horsemen using composite bows.   They would ride up to Roman (or Barbarian armies, then retreat and shoot their arrows at the opposing soldiers.    They didn't invent this method of combat- it was much in evidence during the centuries long wars between the Romans and the Parthians and Sassanids in the northern part of the Middle East during the 2nd and 3rd century.  However they did bring their hordes right onto the doorstep of the Roman Empire and then sacked the shit out of it.

   Attila and his Horde didn't much persist after the death of the man himself.  Part of the problem is that the Hunnic hordes, being poly-ethnic, didn't have a "nation state" mentality- more like a "we are only going to stick around until we can get the hell out of here."  Thus, after Attila's death, the Goths- serving as his lieutenants, rebelled against his successors and started their own statelets.  Also, Germanic speaking peoples were pushed into Europe from the Russian plains in an attempt to flee the Huns.

   Prior to the hey day of Attila, the Huns were often paired with the Alans- an Iranian language speaking people from the Northern Caucuses.  However, after 400 AD the Alans split with the Huns and settled in  Southern France and the Balkans, where they were a potential source of Zoarastrian/Cathar ideas in Europe.

  As to the ethnic/racial/linguistic characteristics of the Huns, Maenchen-Helfen, comes down on the side of the Huns being poly-racial- being a mix of "Mongoloid" and "Europoid" peoples, but speaking a Turkic language.   SO NOW YOU KNOW

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