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Shalabi, Sam / Eid
Album:Eid Collection:General
Artist:Shalabi, Sam Added:03/2008
Label:Alien 8 Recordings 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2008-09-21 Pull Date:2008-11-23 
Week Ending:23 Nov16 Nov9 Nov26 Oct12 Oct5 Oct28 Sep

 Recent Airplay
1.Apr 24, 2009:Emphysema For Emphasis
4.Nov 06, 2008:Trip Over Zero
2.Nov 21, 2008:Memory Select
5.Oct 24, 2008:Memory Select
3.Nov 15, 2008:Lost and Found
Billy The Kid (Part 2)
6.Oct 22, 2008:Brownian Motion
Billy The Kid (Part 2)

Album Review
Reviewed 2008-10-26 
You see the name, the title, and the cover (well, you no longer see the cover, I reckon) and you think “Middle Eastern stuff”. And for one track, you’re spot on. Then, this album goes off into a spacy jazz folk lo-fi direction, like some sort of Orientalist Calexico
Beautiful and unusual. Recommended.

*** 1. Soft, desertified folk music with minimal electronics
** 2. Bit of an insistent beat and yes, something in the lyrics about Jessica Simpson
*** 3. Now we’re getting to the good stuff, the sound of mysterious bazaars, hash dens,
all that stereotyped/clichéd stuff – drones, the just-off strings, buried drums,
distorted vocals, layered on top of each other
** 4. Jazzy sax, bits of conversation, and a forlorn quality to all of it, as if it’s all about
some lost cause
* 5. A bit deeper into the Whatthehell with even more fuzzed out conversations and
staticy guitar fading in and out
** 6. Frighteningly despondent ode to/lament for Billy The Kid
** 7. Detuned strings and then Nico comes in. WTF? No, not Nico, but might as
well be, Nico on the Doors’ “The End”; towards the end there is a spoken
bit, the last few seconds of which contain a couple of “fuck”s
*** 8. Gloriously robust and epic
*** 9. Would give Mazzy Star a run for its money with the gentle ballad just hinting at
guitar feedback, some barely there harmonica, and a reserved vocal; makes you
want to sleep the most dreamy, most deep, most sad sleep
* 10. Jazz: Raggedy-to-righteous; rinse, repeat, only much louder the second time

Track Listing
1.Hawaga 6.Billy The Kid
2.Jessica Simpson 7.Honey Limbo
3.Eid 8.End Game
4.Eddie 9.Billy The Kid (Part 2)
5.The Wherewithalll 10.Pitchfork