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Gogol Bordello – Seekers and Finders (Acoustic ft. Regina Spektor)

Gogol BordelloGypsy punk band Gogol Bordello has premiered an acoustic version of the single “Seekers and Finders” featuring Regina Spektor.  The original version was released on the album of the same name which was released on August 23, 2017 via Cooking Vinyl

Listen to the song here.

Gogol Bordello Perform Did It All Live

Gogol BordelloGypsy punk band Gogol Bordello have premiered a live video from the song “Did It All”  from their latest album, Seekers And Finders, which dropped back in August via Cooking Vinyl.

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Gogol Bordello

Gogol Bordello

Seekers & Finders

Cooking Vinyl
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

As someone that considered themselves among Gogol Bordello’s biggest advocates during their years on SideOneDummy Records, I’ve admittedly fallen out of the loop in recent times.  But a quick research session reveals that the American-based gypsy-punk pioneers have been quite busy over the past several years.  The band seems to have shed the bulk of its original members (save for some stage performers, frontman Eugene Hutz and violinist Sergey Ryabtsev), been featured in a European Coke commercial, been sued by their former guitarist for missing remuneration, and released two additional full lengths on increasingly mainstream record labels like American Records and ATO Records.  

Now on to their seventh full length, Seekers and Finders, the band has teamed up with reputable European indie label Cooking Vinyl.  Those that may have lost touch with Gogol Bordello over the past few years will likely view Seekers and Finders as somewhat of a departure from the days of vibrant neon album covers.  While Hutz built his musicianship on outrageous intercontinental mashups and frenetic energy, Seekers and Finders finds the troupe setting an increasingly grave instrumental and lyrical tone.  

Lead single “Walking On the Burning Coal” is sure to polarize fans from the get go.  For starters, the track saunters in at a low tempo with a comparatively barren instrumental soundscape.  Composed of predictable riffs, a sullen atmosphere provided by Ryabtsev’s violin, and occasional chorus-bound trumpet blasts, the song’s intimate setting contrasts with Gogol Bordello’s typical stadium-raising gypsy-punk festivities.  The lyrics reflect humble themes such as self-attainment and perseverance, providing a metaphoric glimpse into the personal journey of one of punk’s most extroverted personalities.  Whether or not fans will agree with the song’s inclusion on a Gogol Bordello record rather than a Eugene Hutz solo project is entirely open for discussion.

That being said, a solid portion of Seekers and Finders makes good on the promise of delivering fast paced Eastern European influenced American-style punk-rock.  Tracks like “Did It All,” “Break Into Your Higher Self” and “Love Gangster” are perhaps the most exemplary of a middle ground.  The acoustic-infused, multilingual return to their Super Taranta-style roots, “We Know Who We Are,” serves as an energetic retrospective of the long running gypsy-punk ambassadors’ varied immigrant identities.  It’s an unquestionable album highlight that bleeds into the lighter-waving swagger of piano-driven album closer, “Still That Way.”  When the band is on target, they hit the mark like old times.

What may serve as a point of contention for fans is the three or four lounge-house tracks that feel more suited for a dimly lit cabaret than a gypsy-punk festival explosion.  Take the title track, which has a nice little earworm of a chorus, but feels as if it is succumbing to the same pitfalls that Gogol Bordello once criticized in the now classic Super Taranta song, “American Wedding.”  Eugene once questioned, “have you ever been to American wedding? Where’s the vodka, where’s marinated herring?  Where’s the supply that’s going to last three days?” – but the metaphor that highlighted uniformity and drab sameness could now easily be redirected to Seekers & Finders songs “Familia Bonfireball,” “Clairvoyance,” and “If I Ever Get Home Before Dark.”  This trio of tunes is particularly experimental and artful, but raise the question, should they have been included under the Gogol Bordello moniker?  In fact half of “If I Ever Get Home Before Dark” is almost solely dominated by Hutz’s vocals and a single ticking drumbeat.  Each listener will need to land on the answer for themselves, but it will be a tough sell.

Over a decade has passed since Gogol Bordello introduced North American to the concept of gypsy punk.  The band’s legacy can be seen in the rise of other multicultural experiments like Brooklyn’s Butcher Knives, Vancouver’s The Dreadnoughts, and those on the other side of the Atlantic like Serbia’s Worldly Savages.  But many of those which Gogol Bordello has inspired, have started to sound more like the Gogol Bordello of the past than Gogol Bordello does in today’s present.  Don’t get me wrong, Seekers and Finders still features some very canonical examples of Gogol Bordello’s gypsy punk prowess, but the overall direction feels muddied – less clear in purpose then songs like “Immigrant Punk” once did.  As a long time fan I really wanted to love Seekers and Finders, but ended up walking away with some nagging reservations.

Video: Gogol Bordello – Walking On The Burning Coal

Gogol BordelloGypsy punk band Gogol Bordello have premiered a new lyric video for the song, “Walking On The Burning Coal,”  from the upcoming album, Seekers And Finders, which is due out on August 23, 2017 via Cooking Vinyl. Pre-orders are available.

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Tours: Gogol Bordello

Gogol BordelloGypsy punk band Gogol Bordello has announced that they will be touring this September and October.  The band will be supporting their upcoming LP, Seekers and Finders, which is due out on August 23, 2017 via Cooking Vinyl. Pre-orders are available.

Tour dates are below.

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Gogol Bordello – Seekers and Finders

Gogol BordelloGypsy punk band Gogol Bordello are to release a new album, “Seekers and Finders”, on August 23, 2017 via Cooking Vinyl. Pre-orders are available.

Coinciding with the announcement, the band has premiered the new song, “Saboteur Blues,” which can be heard below.

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Live Concert Review

Gogol Bordello

Live In Vancouver (11/21/15)

Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC
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Despite being around for several years beforehand, I – like many others – first discovered Gogol Bordello with their breakout 2005 album, Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike. It was raw, chaotic and unlike anything else out there. A weird amalgamation of Eastern European traditional gypsy music, pumped up to the max and fronted by the charismatic Eugene Hutz.

It’s been ten years and three albums, but the New York by way of Brazil by way of Russia by way of Vancouver by way of Los Angeles band is back touring the ten year anniversary of Gypsy Punks and the album hasn’t lost its luster in the decade since its release.

Opening the night was Detroit’s Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas during their first show in Vancouver.  Playing a nearly headlining-sized set, Hernandez channeled Amy Winehouse amped up with energy. Hernandez stormed around the stage, dancing, flaying, running to and from the crowd while never letting her vocals waver. The songs were harsh love songs, a fresh take above and beyond the lovelorn pop ballads of the radio. Somehow you just can’t imagine hearing Carnie Threesome in the top 40 yet The Deltas were a breath of fresh air and an appropriate introduction to the main course of Gogol Bordello.

The nine piece band has the frenetic stage presence that one can only get from having that many members. No one stayed static. Drummers became singers. Guitarists faded into the background then jumped onto the monitors. Bassists floated around and took total dominance when the time called for it. Two members showed up during I Would Never Wanna Be Young Again to scream and dance with Eugene and continued to bounce on and off stage all night – continually coming on with new outfits and instruments. Sometimes it was washboards, sometimes it was trumpets, sometimes timpani drums and their general aura just added to the performance.

And it was a performance.

It was choreographed. Frenzied. Spastic. Eugene Hutz slowly lost more and more clothes as the night went on and bended and squirmed around like Iggy Pop only with scraggly hair covering his face. At times they had as many as four percussionists at once and Pedro Erazo almost matched Hutz in enthusiasm whenever he bounced up front to sing.

As promised, they played Gypsy Punk in its entirety – although slightly out of order. Like any regular set, they needed to put Start Wearing Purple later on in the set, but they generally kept the order on par to the album. Underground World Strike, Dogs Were Barking, Immigrant Punk, Think Locally Fuck Globally were some of the standouts.

For their encore they dove into the rest of their catalog, Wonderlust King, American Wedding, Alcohol, Pala Tute and more. It all made for a set that lasted for two hours, well into the early morning and one filled with dancing, sweating and singing by a band that who’s live energy can’t be matched.

Photos by Nick Dudar

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Gogol Bordello Extend ‘Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike’ Tour

Gogol Bordello - Gypsy PunksGypsy punk pioneers Gogol Bordello have announced plans to continue their Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike tour with a series of New Year’s Eve show times.  The newly announced performances include New York City’s Terminal 5 and Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club. The tour features full performances of the seminal full length.

Tour dates are below.

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Tour: Flogging Molly (Europe & UK)

Flogging Molly Tour PosterLA based Irish punk favourites Flogging Molly have announced a European/UK tour alongside gypsy punks Gogol Bordello  and Mariachi El Bronx. The tour kicks off in July and will see them play 21 shows across 12 countries!

Check out the full list of dates below.

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Live Concert Review

Gogol Bordello, Dub Trio


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Rating: The Kool Haus- Toronto, Ontario/5

 
 

 

 

There truly is nothing more satisfying than going to a concert knowing nothing about the headlining band, and walking away soaked in sweat, tapping your foot, and a brand new appreciation for a group that you have so far over looked. For me this was Gogol Bordello, who lambasted the Kool Haus with their self styled brand of gypsy punk rock.

Brooklyn, New York’s Dub Trio got things going with their metal fused dub rock. I really had no idea how this style would translate, but it was surprisingly amazing, and it just seemed to work. The trio reminded me at times of Helmet with its blazing heavily distorted, repetitive, guitar riffs with lots of feedback. The trio would then seamlessly break into a King Tubby style dub – definitely an original group with an original sound. If I were to see them again, I would hope for a smaller venue. Their music is so instrument driven that the guys don’t move around much, which made the huge Kool Haus stage seem a bit empty.

After a good twenty minutes of anticipation it was finally time to see what all the fuss was about with this Ukrainian sensation Gogol Bordello. The rag tag Gypsy’s took the stage an immediately dived into the opening track of their new Side One Dummy release Super Taranta’s Ultimate. Within two songs of their set list it was easy to see that this band was special. The gypsy punk’s punks packed a live punch equal to their label mates Flogging Molly. With very little banter between songs Gogol Bordello played songs from all their albums and had the entire crowd dancing on the spot.

It was a remarkable performance, and it is now easy to see why Madonna wanted the charismatic Gogol Bordello front man Eugene Hutz on stage with her at Live Earth. This band has a lot of different genres stuck to them, but after seeing them, I will call them a dance band, because that is what they make you do.

Gogol Bordello - Axis Mundi

Gogol Bordello

Live From Axis Mundi

SideOneDummy Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

I will open this review of Gogol Bordello’s first formal live release, Live From Axis Mundi, with quick public service announcement.  Do not, I repeat, do not, under any circumstances, purchase this album digitally.  Those purchasing Live From Axis Mundi with the intent of experiencing Gogol Bordello’s unmatched live energy will be sorely disappointed.  The physical CD (and digital portion) only contains a selection of B-sides, demos, and live BBC studio recordings.  The actual performance can only be found on a DVD companion disc that is not available through digital retailers like iTunes.  And believe me, if you like Gogol Bordello, then you’re going to want every minute of that DVD.

The DVD, featuring a fourteen-track set, is easily the package’s highlight.  Performed in 2007 in New York City’s Irving Plaza, Gogol Bordello take to the stage and prove why even mainstream media outlets like Entertainment Weekly have since proclaimed them “the world’s most perfect festival band.”

The set list opens with “Ultimate,” with ever-charismatic front man and lead vocalist Eugene Hütz wasting no time getting started.  Wide eyed, shirtless, and strumming at his acoustic guitar, his distinct Ukrainian accent and unapologetically fractured grammar instantly win over the audience as they burst out into screams and wild applause.  Before long, the raggedy haired and aged Russian violinist Sergey Ryabtsev strikes his bow viciously across his strings with a youthful vigor and fiery passion. Yuri Lemeshev’s accordion chimes in, and the whole troupe, including eccentric gypsy clad dancers and a myriad of percussion instruments, bursts into song and dance.  Just watching them come alive on stage is energizing even from the typically calm and controlled setting of my suburban living room.

Having been recorded two years ago, the set list mainly focuses on tracks from 2005’s Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike, but also includes the occasional track from 2007’s Super Taranta.  Clearly the band knows their strengths, and has chosen only the most energizing and danceable tunes.  In addition to “Ultimate,” others include “Start Wearing Purple,” “Not A Crime,” and “Wonderlust King.”  There are even a few pre-Side One Dummy tracks, including “Baro Foro” – a great nine minute gem from 2002’s Multi Kontra Vs Irony serving as a crack encore and set conclusion.  As far as live performances go,Gogol Bordello couldn’t have picked a finer set to represent their live experience.

The DVD also comes packed with extras.   Cumulatively these sections contain another five tracks from an unspecified live show, all four Gogol Bordello music videos, some random jam segments, and instances of Eugene and the gang goofing around on and off of stage.  They’re not particularly interesting, but their presence rounds the package off nicely.

As mentioned before, the CD feels almost like an afterthought, and plays like a B-sides and rarities compilation.  The first six tracks consist of 2008’s BBC sessions, primarily made up of Super Taranta era material.  They’re decent enough recordings, although after watching the live DVD they feel rather inhibited, suggesting that a live studio setting might not be Gogol Bordello’s best recording venue.  The additional tracks include two unreleased tracks from Super Taranta and Gypsy Punks, and demos of “60 Revolutions” and “Immigrant Punk.”  Any completist will value them, but as the sole CD offering, they feel rather limited.

In summary, Live From Axis Mundi is a mixed bag featuring a killer live performance.  Considering that I don’t often sit down and watch concert DVDs, it would have been nice to have the Irving Plaza set on CD.  Instead we get an unremarkable but conveniently packaged set of rarities. Live From Axis Mundi is an easy recommendation for fans, but like I said before, steer clear of the digital release to avoid disappointment.

Gogol Bordello - Gypsy Punks

Gogol Bordello

Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike

SideOneDummy Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

I think to properly start off this review I need to steal a joke from Rolling Stone:

“A Ukrainian singer, Russian Fiddler, Israeli guitar player, Californian drummer and Russian accordionist walk into a bar. Then, if it’s Gogol Bordello, they tear the place to shreads.”

Okay, I’ll admit it, pretty crappy joke – but somehow it describes Gogol Bordello‘s third full length Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike perfectly. The sixteen track album is rough, hard and energizing. A perfect combination of sounds from around the world by artists from around the world; it’s hard and driving like today’s punk, but with a gypsy rock feel to it too. Accordion, sing along choruses, and beats that could make anyone dance around a flame – Gypsy Punks is as original as it is entertaining. Top it all off with the harsh, nasally accented vocals and you are set for a ride.

Switching back from English to Ukrainian, Eugene Hutz spits out song after song of harsh sing along songs for the drunk bar patrons to sing along to. Not only is Think Locally Fuck Globally a song title, but it could also be the entire album’s motto as they deliver messages full of social and political commentary.

Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike is not for the faint of heart, and not for those used to the same generic offering they can get from any band out there. No, Gogol Bordello have went and invented a new style of their own, a new sound, a new party. While many people will write them off instantly, if you open your mind wide enough you might be able to see an album of unimaginable entertainment and you’ll soon be wishing to be in that bar when the Ukrainian singer, Russian Fiddler, Israeli guitar player, Californian drummer and Russian accordionist walk in.

 

Pictures: Descendents, Flogging Molly, Andrew WK, Gogol Bordello, Drive By Truckers

Flogging Molly

Today we are pleased to bring a brand new batch of updates to our ever growing Live Picture Gallery.

Our first set comes from party rocker Andrew WK as he takes over The Venue in Vancouver, BC. Those pictures can be seen here.

Afterwards we drop down south to Colorado and see what our resident Denver photographer is up to with new photos from Descendents (here), Flogging Molly (Here), Gogol Bordello (here) and Drive By Truckers (here).

Tours: Gogol Bordello

Gogol BordelloGypsy-punks Gogol Bordello have announced that they will be heading out for a European tour in November, along with a couple dates in back in their North American base of operations, New York CIty, for New Years Eve.  The band continues to support their newest album, and major label debut, Trans-Continental Hustle, that was released in summer 2010.

Tour dates can be found below.

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Video: Gogol Bordello – Break The Spell

Gogol BordelloGypsy-punks Gogol Bordello have released a new video for their song Break The Spell. The tune comes from their newest album, and major label debut, Trans-Continental Hustle, that was released last summer.

The video is below.

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Tour: System Of A Down / Gogol Bordello

Gogol BordelloSystem of a Down and Gogol Bordello will be joining forces in May for a mini-tour. The dates are below.

System Of A Down reunited last year after a hiatus of 5 years, meanwhile gypsy cabaret punks Gogol Bordello are on the road in support of their first release for major label Columbia, Trans-Continental Hustle ,which was recorded last year with producer Rick Rubin.

 

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Video: Gogol Bordello – Immigraniada (We Comin' Rougher)

Gogol Bordello - Trans-Continental HustleThe gypsy punks in Gogol Bordello have released a new video for their track “Immigraiada (We’re Comin’ Rougher).”  The track comes from their American Records debut, Trans-Continental Hustle.

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Tour – Gogol Bordello Fall Dates

Gogol BordelloHot off their successful stint at Lollapolooza, Gogol Bordello have announced additional North American tour dates for the fall. They begin on October 6th in Asheville, NC and continue through the month until the band head out for their European dates in November.

Check below for current dates.

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Video: Gogol Bordello – Pala Tute

Gogol BordelloGypsy punk rockers Gogol Bordello released a new animated video yesterdayon Vevo.  Directed by acclaimed Russian video director Aliaksei Tserakhau, the video for their single “Pala Tute” is a mixed media collage blending stop-motion animation and live action with lead singer Eugene Hütz and Gogol Bordello band mate Elizabeth Sun featured as claymation, star-crossed lovers in passing caravans venturing through time and space in re-imagined classic stories ranging from the Garden of Eden to Dracula’s Transylvania.

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Videos: Gogol Bordello Acoustic Sessions

Gogol BordelloHot on the heels of releasing their American Records debut, gypsy punkers Gogol Bordello recently performed an acoustic set of “My Companera.”  The album, Trans-Continental Hustle, marks the band’s departure from SideOneDummy Records since first gaining momentum in the New York punk scene with 2005’s Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike.

Check out the video below.

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Stream Gogol Bordello's Trans-Continental Hustle

Gogol Bordello - Trans-Continental HustleGogol Bordello have posted a full album stream of their new album, Trans-Continental Hustle, on their MySpace page. The record is due out on April 27th through American Recordings.

The band is gearing up to launch an international mini-festival called “the Casa Gogol Tour” with North American dates starting April 18 goin through May 1. Gogol Bordello will headline the “Casa Gogol” mini-festival with sets by Slavic-punk-band DeVotchKa, EastVillage punk troubadour Jesse Malin and St. Mark’s Social as well as electro-anarchists Tres Leches Afterparty Sound Crew. The dates are below. Read More…

Gogol Bordello Offers Free MP3:Pala Tute

Gogol Bordello

Rebel rockers Gogol Bordello have posted a free MP3 download of their single “Pala Tute.” The track comse from their avidly-awaited fifth studio album, Trans-Continental Hustle, which is ue out on American Recordings on April 27th. The single, as well as the album cover that was shot on the streets of Rio by photographer Danny North, and can be seen below.

 The band is also gearing up to launch an international mini-festival called “the Casa Gogol Tour” which will kick off in Australia on March 28 with North American dates to follow April 18 through May 1.  The “Casa Gogol” mini-festival will include sets by Slavic-punk-band DeVotchKa, East Village punk troubadour Jesse Malin and St. Mark’s Social and electro-anarchists Tres Leches Afterparty Sound Crew. Dates will be announced soon.

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Gogol Bordello Announce Track Listing, Tour

Gogol BordelloGypsy punk act Gogol Bordello has announced the track listings and release date for their new album Trans-Continental Hustle.

The album is the follow up to 2007’s Super Taranta! and features 13 songs. It will be released April 27th on Side One Dummy Records. The track listing is below.

Also announced today were the tour dates for Gogol Bordello’s American and European Tour, beginning March 9th in New York City and ending June 6th in Nurburgring, Germany. The dates are also below.

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Gogol Bordello

Gogol Bordello

Eugene Hutz

SideOneDummy Records
By on October 15th, 2008 at Edmonton Event Centre - Edmonton, Alberta

 

 

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