Thursday, August 16, 2007

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Invisible Rope

And also here

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Rembetika Hipsters

The Rembetika Hipsters of Calgary, Canada perform "Oso Varoun Ta Sidera", a haunting traditional song of Crete. What is Rembetika? :

"Rembetika music is the music of the Greek Underground. It originated in the hashish dens of Pireaus and Thessaloniki around the turn of the 20th century and was influenced by oriental elements that came with the forced immigration of 2 million Greek refugees from Asia Minor. It gave way to Greek Popular Music ('Laika' in Greek) which used the same instruments in similar ways during the early 1950s."

To hear some vintage Rembetika recordings from the turn of the century, check out the Secret Museum of the Air's archives, from January 6,2002.


Found at Damn Interesting:

"Their extreme secrecy combined with their mastery of murder made the Thugs the deadliest secret society in all of history. In the early 19th century they were credited with 40,000 deaths annually, stretching back as far as anyone cared to count. Some estimates put the overall death toll as high as 2,000,000, but with the cult potentially operating for more than 500 years before formal records were kept, the true number is impossible to determine."

...go here for a very thorough article on the terrifying thuggee cult.

A rather famous fictional portrayal of a Thug (Amrish Puri, as Mola Ram)