Sweet Tides (Acoustic) – LouLou Ghelichkhani

Thievery Corporation’s LouLou Ghelichkhani and Rob Myers perform Sweet Tides in a stairwell. Eerie and beautiful.

(via Persianesque)

Dr. Shahkar Bineshpajooh

Persian Michael Buble cover, shiny suit, long hair, the fact that he sings the words “pedar-sukhteyeh bisharaf” in a formal setting of white people while backed by a freaking philharmonic orchestra, AND he’s a doktor? I think I’m in love.

More here. (Thanks Maman!)

Ramesh and Floppy Persian Dancing of the 1970s

I like Ramesh – she has a nice masculine (lesbian?) vibe, a good voice, and awesome stage presence. That afro alone is crazy-inspiring.

One thing that gets me every time I watch this video is the girl at 1:36 or so and her super-floppy Gumby dancing. <3 forever.

Pomegranates on KCRW

The beautiful new compilation of Iranian funk music, “Pomegranates,” was covered yesterday on KCRW. Producers Mahssa Taghinia and Arash Saedinia talk about the music and Schnabel plays Googoosh’s Gol Bi Goldoon. Listen here:

Buy the CD at Finders Keepers.

(Merci, Nazanin!)

Ann Curry’s Inside Iran

Nice job, Ann Curry!

Kiosk on PRI

Kiosk on PRI’s The World. Frontman Arash Sobhani is interviewed – he discusses the influence of gypsy music on Kiosk’s most recent album, Global Zoo.

Also, as of today, you can follow the band on Twitter.

Googoosh Blog

Yes, you read that right: Googoosh has an official blog.

Kaj Kolah Khan

This video of Googoosh singing “Kaj Kolah Khan” is a great way to start the day. Thanks, YouTube!

Andranik, Father of Iranian Pop Music

Bebin.TV consistently cranks out well-researched and well-packaged video journalism, which has made the site a really important archive of Iranian culture in a relatively short time. Bebin’s especially strong in its music coverage, as evidenced by this 15-minute piece about Andranik, who you’ve probably never heard of but who happened to invent Iranian pop music in the 1970s. In any case, if you are a fan of Googoosh, Ebi, Andy, Shahrokh or any of the other classics (many of whom are interviewed in this piece), you have Andranik to thank for their sound. Watch above.

(Thanks, Rose and Arash!)

Googoosh and The Believer Music Issue 2008

The Believer 2008 Music Issue - featuring Googoosh

The Believer is a literary magazine from the same people that publish the literary magazine McSweeney’s. I’m excited that this year The Believer’s music issue includes a cover illustration of original Persian pop queen Googoosh – and the accompanying CD features her song Makhloogh, as well as Sholi’s cover of Googoosh’s Hejrat (for more on Sholi, check out the Pars Arts interview with Sholi frontman, Payam Bavafa, who brought this cover to my attention). You can buy a copy of the issue ($10) at any big bookstore, or get it straight from McSweeney’s right here.

Payam also writes: “You can download an mp3 of Googoosh’s version of Hejrat for free here, and you can now buy her 40 Golden Hits Record for the first time on iTunes via Taraneh Records (her best compilation).” Thanks, Payam! I think it’s very cool that Googoosh is hitting more mainstream music distribution channels.

But enough talk. Here’s Miss G. rocking out Makhloogh, back in the day: