Sunday, April 7, 2019

Big Sky, Big Music

View from the monastery at Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, Mongolia.
My buddy ORPO introduced me to this band. While most of the sources I've seen call them a "Mongolian Metal Band," (like here) to me they're just awesome. I'm not going to try and pigeonhole them, categorize them, or attempt to affix some Western label to them. Nope, I'm just going to enjoy the music.

These guys have an album coming out this year, I'm thinking I'll be adding that to the music collection. An awesome sound.



Good stuff, neh?

I wonder if Mrs. BigSoxFan has heard of them?




I'm sure I posted on the Japanese band Tengaku at some point, stupid Blogger can't find it though. Maybe I didn't. (Maybe it was the Book of Faces, I dunno...) Anyhoo (pun intended), this post exhibits another example of my eclectic tastes in music. Like the exotic I do.

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  1. That is amazing!! Really interesting subject matter,too. I have trouble with tonal languages. I'd have a hard time fitting in to a Kahnate...

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    1. Yes, they don't want to see their culture destroyed.

      A lesson we could learn as well!

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    2. I had a friend in college that was Cambodian. I asked to learn a greeting. It sounded like "Su Se Dai" I worked on it for a week or so every day.... He said, "you are saying you eat dirt." Only got it right once, and it didn't sound any different to me....

      I tried it again a while back at a donut place here in south Texas (Goliad), she said, "Very good!!" I asked if I said I eat dirt, she blushed a little, and shook her head yes!! At least I'm consistent..... Consistently wrong.....

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    3. Tonal languages are very hard!

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  2. I'm not sure I'd like a large dose of their music, but I Khan listen to them.
    The video and the settings were beautiful.

    Yep, eclectic music taste is a good description for what I like.

    Thanks.


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  3. I like music that is musical--which this is. It does get the blood pumping, and those instruments are pretty nifty looking. Don't remember seeing anything like those in my Music Appreciation class in college. Be interesting to know what the title of the song is in English.
    Thanks for sharing this one Sarge!

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    1. The title translates (in the song lyrics) to "How Strange," which is also the chorus, "Yuve Yuve Yu." I have an ear for languages, even Mongolian.

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    2. Ok, so in my defense, when I listened to it on my laptop this morning, I couldn't see the lyrics at the bottom. So, as I was wondering about your wonderful ear for Mongolian (!!!) I looked at the video again, on my new computer with the wider screen, and saw the lyrics...
      telling ya, I need a cup of tea BEFORE I turn on the 'puter...not after. #facepalm Sigh...


      I can see you doing the drum bit in this :)

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    3. Interesting...Subtitles are only available on Chrome, not Firefox. Way to go Google, still following that "Don't be Evil" philosophy I see!

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    4. Juvat - Odd that, odd indeed.

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    5. Ok, so feeling better it wasn't me not paying attention this morning, it was the computer!! Tricksy computers!!

      Well, ok, tricksy operating systems...

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    6. Hahaha!

      We hates them, nasty, tricksy, operating systems!

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  4. Nice tune, good beat, can't dance to it (well...anything else either). Wondering if Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle and Keith Moon are going to have any heartburn with The Hu?

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    1. Ah, so you noticed? I had much the same thought. Apparently "hu" is a Mongolian root word for "human."

      You can't dance? Well, if flinging oneself around the floor counts, I can. Then again, The Missus Herself might disagree...

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  5. Echoing Suz here, while it gets the blood flowing and it's better than rap, yet I don't think I'll be buying an album's worth. Thanks for the two rabbit holes to chase down new videos.

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  6. Glad you like it my friend! I think it's amazing!

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    1. Glad you posted it! Looking forward to the album!

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  7. I wonder if they’ll have a Christmas album (apologies to Suldog)?

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  8. Been a fan of Mongolian throat singing since, well, a long time ago.

    Like it a lot better than "Cookie Monster Metal" which is, well, Heavy or Death Metal where the singer sounds, well, like Cookie Monster.

    Plus, I like mongol-mongols. Neat people.

    Computer screen died Sat Night, so just got back from repair shop, for a 15 minute fix. Whew, was having withdrawals....

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    1. And there I was, all set to mark you as "Absent Without Official Leave."

      You went that long without a computer? Too painful to contemplate.

      And who doesn't like Mongolian throat singing? I mean, c'mon, really?

      ;)

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    2. I always laugh at people who look down their noses at the Mongols. Ever seen a real Mongolian archery competition? You have three judges standing on either side of the 3' tall target, with their noses about touching the target, watching for every variation of shot. Wicked awesome, yet for some strange reason they don't do well in the Olympics.... Weird, huh?

      I prefer Mongolian to High Han Chinese, where the music is purposely atonal and dissonant because, well, Han. Vietnamese music, Hmong music, Japanese music, Thai music, Korean music, all good. Central Chinese? Argh!!! Poke me eardrums out please!

      As to the combonculator, well, expected the 'Best Buy' response of "It will cost X+100 (where X is price of new computer.)" Fortunately it was a real repair shop and they had all sorts of stuff in the back. Visually the surface of the new screen was oopsed in one smudgy blotch that doesn't show up under power so I got an additional $20.00 off. Yay real computer stores, they still exist in some places!

      Though I did get 1/2 way through Rasimus' second autobiography, aboot the mighty F-4E. Depressing as he was describing a lethargic entrenched air war much like we have currently in the Middle East, endless war for war's sake... Sigh...

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    3. Endless war is caused by an absolute lack of objective conditions for victory.

      If you can't define what constitutes a win, get out, fast!

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  9. Been a fan of The Hu Band for a while now. These guys are pretty good, too, in a very different way: Bloodywood, Indian Folk Metal.

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    1. There's a bit of Cookie Monster in there, but it's more of a flourish. By no means the main theme. Also, a good message, if a bit different from that of The Hu. For some some reason, my Han Chinese cow-orkers mostly had no interest in the Hu once they realized they were Mongols. The one from Hong Kong, non-Han, rather liked the Hu. :)

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    2. And check out that 7-string guitar!

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    3. Ooh, Bloodywood, kind of a takeoff on Bollywood. I gave them a listen, very nice!

      The Han are terrified of the Mongols, after all the Mongols crushed the Chinese back in the day.

      Good link Larry, thanks!

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    4. The Han never like it when anyone is on top of them. Mongols ruled for quite a while in China, which kinda messed up that whole "Middle Kingdom" thingy the Han have about there's the upper Kingdom (heaven), middle Kingdom (the Han) and the lower kingdoms (us scrotty non-Han.)

      My response to Han oppression was my great-grandfather sloshed them pretty well during the Boxer Rebellion. Though it was more Lee-Navyed than sloshing with Martinis (that would be a Brit thing...) The Han don't like being reminded of getting their arses handed to them.

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