Free track from Delhi 2 Dublin: “Turn Up the Stereo”

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Delhi 2 Dublin, our favorite Canadian Celtic dub bhangra band, is back with a new album, Turn Up the Stereo. It won’t get its official U.S. release until next February, but in the meantime, you can download the title track for free. Cuz Canadians are nice like that.

On “Turn Up the Stereo,” as usual, the Vancouver-based quintet sounds like a giant jam session between Michael Franti, Fatboy Slim, Asian Dub Foundation and the cast of Riverdance. We likee. Especially when their awesome and  now-blonde violinist Kytami new violinist Sara Fitzpatrick lets fly with the fiddlin’ about two and a half minutes in. It’s like the Devil took a wrong turn and went down to Goa instead of Georgia.

If you live in Canada, you can already score yourself a copy of Turn Up the Stereo on iTunes. If you don’t live in Canada, you’re hosed until Feb. 19, 2013.

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Weird bands at SXSW

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Sadly, Jake and I are sitting out this year’s South by Southwest Music Conference—by choice, NOT because Jake was banned for life from every bar in Austin after what happened last year (though that rumor persists—spread mostly, I suspect, by Jake). We’re just lazy and broke. We’ll have to experience it vicariously through all your drunken tweets and blurry Instagram photos. Thanks in advance.

Happily, however, several weird bands are making the trek to SXSW this year, and since Jake and I won’t be there to cheer them on ourselves, we strongly encourage you to pick up our slack. We guarantee that each and every one of them will rock your skinny jeans off, or your money back.*

Delhi 2 Dublin (that’s them in the photo above—cute, ain’t they?)
3/14 @ Copa (217 Congress Ave.), 1:00AM (official showcase)

MC Frontalot
3/13 @ Flamingo Cantina (515 E. 6th St.), 1:00AM (official showcase)
3/17 @ The Grackle (1700 E. 6th St.), 2:55PM (Peelander-Fest)

Metalachi
3/15 @ BandPage HQ (604-606 E. 7th St.), 8:00PM (Austin Rox party)

Peelander-Z
3/17 @ The Grackle (1700 E. 6th St.), 6:25PM (Peelander-Fest)
3/17 @ Treasure Island (413 E. 6th St.), 1:00Am (official showcase)

Sxip Shirey
3/17 @ Creekside at Hilton Garden Inn (500 N. I-35), 9:00PM (official showcase)

I’m sure I’m missing a few shows, both from these artists and others. If you know of any good ones, please loop us in.

Damn, now I kinda wish we were going.

*We can’t actually give you your money back.

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Mixing music styles is a tricky business. Do it well, and you can inspire entire new genres, i.e. Celtic punk (thank you, Pogues), ska-punk (nice one, Specials), and rap-metal (we forgive you, Rage Against the Machine). Do it badly, and you can sound like an unholy train wreck. Do it badly with world music, and…well, usually the results wind up sounding like something that plays in the background while you shop for dream-catchers and bath salts.

To their credit, no one would ever mistake Delhi 2 Dublin for New Age gift shop background music. That being said, we still can’t decide if they’re actually good or not. Let’s put it this way: They get an “A” for effort, and an “A+” for originality. It would be wacky enough if they just fused traditional Celtic music with Bhangra, a style of folk music from the Punjab region of India and Pakistan. But no! These crazy kids—who are from Vancouver, of all places—decided to throw a little hip-hop, rock, reggae, dub and electronica into the mix, too. The results sound sort of the “Lord of the Dance” soundtrack as performed by Asian Dub Foundation and remixed by Fatboy Slim. Did that last sentence make any sense to you at all? Then we may have just found you your new favorite band!

Believe it or not, Delhi 2 Dublin actually isn’t the first band to do this sort of Celtic-flavored, pan-global hodge-podge. Afro Celt Sound System, among others, having been doing something similiar since at least the mid-’90s. But Dehli 2 Dublin earns a spot on our Weird List because there’s something about the way they approach their music that’s equal parts dorky and awesome. The video below, for example, is just crying out for an SNL Digital Short, don’t you think? And we mean that in a good way. They’re like the T-Pain of world music fusion.

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