July 11, 2007

Immigrant Punk

Eugene Hutz is the charismatic frontman of Gogol Bordello, a multinational, multicultural explosion of a band whose new album is called Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike. The band mixes punk, ska, jazz, and the traditional Roma music of Ukraine, where Hutz grew up. Hutz and violinists Sergey Ryabtsev and Yury Lemeshev visit NPR's Studio 4A, where they perform a few songs and talk about their music:

NPR in Performance: Interview/Live Performance with Gogol Bordello (April 2006, NPR.org)

Read a Short Review of Gogol Bordello's New Album, Super Taranta! (July 2007, Onion AV Club)

Gogol Bordello does to the Gypsy/Klezmer/Eastern European folk tradition what the Pogues and Boiled in Lead have done to the Celtic/British Isles folk tradition--play it much louder, much faster, and much more crudely (both musically and lyrically). Lotsa fun; parental advisory on some of the lyrics. Hutz appears in Everything is Illuminated (which I haven't yet seen, any opinions?), and GB appears on the soundtrack.

Posted by Ted Welter at July 11, 2007 10:03 AM
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