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Song of the Day: Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares

(I could do without the last song – it feels like a sop to the American audience, kind of a performing dog trick.)

The Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir had been around for decades, but in the late 1980s, after two years of touring in Europe and America, they achieved widespread and well-deserved fame when their album, “Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares,” won a Grammy and their concert tour sold out. I was lucky enough to get tickets to their show in Berkeley – and it remains one of the best concert experiences of my life. Their recordings are really enjoyable, but they fail to convey the power of these voices live.

If you liked these, there are more videos available through YouTube – but you should probably avoid any “remix” versions or bits from films.

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Oh - and hello to Jason Isaacs.

The 400 Blows


is an over-caffeinated and under-employed grad school dropout, aspiring leftwing intellectual and cultural studies academic, cinéaste, and former poet. Raised in San Francisco on classic film, radical politics, burritos and soul music, then set loose upon the world. He spends his time in coffee shops with his laptop and headphones, caffeinating and trying to construct a post-whatever life.


What's in a name... The handle "zerode" is a contraction of Zéro de Conduite, the title of Jean Vigo's 1933 movie masterpiece about schoolboy rebellion.

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