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

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2008-09-21 Pull Date: 2008-11-23
Week Ending: Nov 23 Nov 16 Nov 9 Oct 26 Oct 12 Oct 5 Sep 28
Airplays: 1 1 1 2 1 3 5

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