Last week's Konono No. 1 show was a trip

As idiosyncratic as the band was, thumbing up that thick sonic stew on their little wooden gameboys, it must have been a hell of a lot stranger for those dudes. To be plucked from the African streets and feted by western audio-nerds across Europe and American college towns, any place that special sort of public-radio tribalism exists. SOBs was jammed with my ethno-curious peers: the kind of kids that sniff disdainfully at ESPN culture but follow alt-sports like English Premier League. And looking around me I was faced with the confronting question: when did the back-country woodsman beard come back in fashion?

Today's posts come from the Sublime Frequencies release Choubi Choubi! Folk & Pop Sounds From Iraq, another current darling of the NPR set. The disc brings together music produced in Iraq during the 80s and 90s; the pre-spiderhole Saddam days.

The majority of the songs are in the Choubi tradition: "a driving rhythmic style that can include fiddles, double reeded instruments, percussion, bass, keyboards and oud over its signature beat."

If Konono No. 1 is Africa's Newcleus, then Choubi, with its ratatat rhythms, is like crunk.

As for the monstrosity "Bush Was Right" - not so big with NPR.

The Right Brothers are a conservative song-writing duo, whose professional writing credits include cuts for Tim McGraw and Wynonna, as well as American Idol hopeful Kimberely Locke. Brandishing their "truth disguised as music", the Right Brothers are making a pitch for America's youth with catchy rock riffs and hip Zell Miller references.

I'm not even going to link them lest they have me deported. You can just google the words "France" and "WRONG!"

Update: I just noticed Stereogum posted a sample from this song a couple days ago, and its getting some firey feedback from the youngsters.