Sağlam Hırsız / Iron Thief: Turkey’s Crisis of Democracy

The halls of the School of Languages at Özyeğin University in Çekmeköy, Istanbul on the afternoon of Tuesday, March 11 were, as usual, quiet. The ten students in my class had note-taking sheets in front of them, half-heartedly listening to a lecture about nonrepresentational abstract art, jotting occasional key words and doodling cartoon characters in … Continue reading

Record Bulletin

Record Bulletin, 3/25: Tamikrest and Tinariwen

Tuareg Travelers Two ‘world’ releases, although there are Western influences and anyone who appreciates a good droning riff should have no problem getting down with these. Tamikrest is new for me, but I’ve been following Tinariwen’s trajectory for a few years. Their 2007 release is especially enticing. TAMIKREST – Chatma (Glitterhouse ’13): With a name … Continue reading