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moon-poster1

I had the pleasure of seeing “Moon” yesterday night and I can say without a doubt that this movie along with “The Hurt Locker” are two of the best movies of 2009. Original story, breathtaking visuals and a haunting  score by Clint Mansell makes this one of the best sci-fi movies in a long time. I should also mention that the movie is directed by David Bowie’s son Duncan Jones and it was made with a budget of only $5 million. My only dissappointment is that I saw it in a really small indie theater with a really small screen and a sub-par sound system. I hope it gets picked up by a bigger theater and I can watch it again in all of its amazing glory. The soundtrack by Clint Mansell is amazing but then again you dont expect anything less from someone who has done Requiem for a dream, Pi and The Fountain.

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Cant wait to see this one. Philip Seymour Hoffman can do no wrong.

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ersen-front

After going through about 20 45’s by Ersen, this one stood out the most. Both the songs are very infectious.The first track “Güneþe Dön Çiçeðim” starts with some tribal drums in the background and then immediately its graced with an amazing fuzzy bassline. The vocals are indecipherable but after a couple of listens I cant help but hum along to them. The highlight of the track is from 2.07 min to 2.55 minutes where the vocals fade out and the beat  along with the fuzzy guitar just rides along in a perfect groove. The second track “Ersen-Çakmaðý Çak” is more upbeat and its got great drums but they seem to be way in the back but the melody itself is pretty catchy. However the first track is definitely better than the second one. Let me know what you think.

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derule1

  • Side A – Derule
  • Side B – Mozart

Three reasons to post this single…

  1. Awesome album sleeve, it doesn’t get any more psychedelic than that cover.
  2. The incredible drum break on Mozart which starts the track with a bang. Its unfortunate that the quality is not the best.
  3. Its Baris motherfucking Manco.

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Erkin Koray - front

I was watching this amazing German/Turkish movie called Gegen die Wand (Head-On) couple of days ago and it reminded me of Erkin Koray. I came to know about Erkin Koray a while ago during my Turkish Music Project where I was on a mission to find all the original samples that Oh No sampled on that spectacular Dr No’s Oxperiments album. More about the results of that project a bit later. Everyone knows about Selda from the Anatolian rock movement thanks to “Ince Ince” being sampled by everyone from Mos def’s track “Supermagic” to “Skate 2” video game but let me introduce you to Erkin Koray.

Erkin Koray is lovingly called the Jimi Hendrix of Turkish psychedelic music. He was the first one to use the electric guitar back in the 1970s when most of the turkish musicians were using a guitar like intrument called the oud which was popular in middle eastern music. Stylistically, this album combines psychedelic and progressive rock influences with traditional Turkish elements and the album is one of the more internationally acknowledged examples of Anatolian rock.

Every time I listen to the album, I feel the urge to share it’s greatness with other people who know nothing about him. If you liked Omar Korshid’s Rhythms of the Orient, you will definitely love this.

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The Hurt Locker (2008)

The Hurt Locker – One of the best movies of 2009. I hope this gets a wider release.

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  • Nicolas Cage was tolerable in Adaptation and Charlie Kaufman is a genius.

  • This is England had an incredible soundtrack. Need to get into some reggae and ska music.

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