artist: gogol bordello
album: Multi Kontra Culti Vs. Irony http://www.mediafire.com/?32mtyjhywwd
I cannot say enough about this gypsy punk band. Musically, they are loud, crazy, and decidedly Eastern-European. Vocally, frontman Eugene Hütz has a gruff voice and sometimes screams out the lyrics, and I can’t blame him; often the screeching violins, huffing & puffing accordion, and dizzyingly fast drumming offer some serious competition. It almost feels like they’re running while they’re playing and it’s fucking fun to run with ‘em.
Now for the easter eggs:
“Gogol” refers to Nikolai Gogol, one of Russia’s premier writers, who is famous for having injected Russian society with a shot of Ukrainian culture, unbenounced to the population at large, just as Gogol Bordello have brought Eastern-European Romani flavor to the Western musical taste. (Side note- Nikolai Gogol, specifically his name, plays a huge role in my favorite modern novel, The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, so that egg alone gives me lady wood). “Bordello” in Italian, refers to a sort of Gentlemen’s Club. Thus, a name more cohesive sounding than “Influential -Eastern -Ideology -Bringers -Who -Hang -Around -Together -Doing -Things -Somewhat -Dastardly -In -Nature” was born.
They are featured on the Soundtrack to the film Everything Is Illuminated (based on the book by one of my other favorite contemporary writers, Jonathan Safran Foer (who, incidentally, plays the part of “leaf blower operator” in the opening scene)). Members of the band appear in the film: they have a cameo as the haggard group of men in the train scene. And their frontman, Eugene Hütz, of course, plays Alexander Perchov.
Hütz is also the inspiration for the character Eugene in the film, Wristcutters, for which Gogol Bordello also provided much of the soundtrack. (You know who I’m talking to, or should.)