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Zahar w/ Hassan Hakmoun & Yuval Gabay


Before Soul Coughing, Yuval Gabay was in a Moroccan funk outfit called Zahar based out of New York City. Hasaan Makmoun was on sintir. A sintir is similar in sound to that of a banjo and an upright bass combined. It’s an incredible sound and you’ll hear it in this video. Not to mention that Hasaan is well crafted in his playing of this instrument. Yuval played drums, appeared to have long hair and had more than one tom on his drum kit. And as always, played like a champ. Hahn Rowe was on guitar. And good guitar he played, considering a guitarist in this type of group could instantly be annoying as all hell.I am not sure specifically what it is. Perhaps it’s the mix of traditional and modern instruments. Perhaps it’s the funky beats. Perhaps it’s the wild sound of the sintir. Whatever they are creating, their interpretations of Moroccan Gnawa sounds are spectacular. I am not sure what else to say about this band other than you should pick their debut record . It’s on Knitting Factory Records and it’s moving and wonderful. You can purchase this CD below from Amazon:

It started with a 15 second clip….

On the SCUG Message Boards there was a thread that was titled “It started with a 15 second clip….“. Basically people were talking about what song or clip of Soul Coughing was the first they heard of the band or the song that did it for them.

I remember it like it was yesterday. I’d go over to Jordan’s from time to time on the weekends. I was a sophomore or junior in high school and we’d make mix tapes. Yeah cassettes. No shit. We thought they were the shit. They kinda were. Maxell XLII’s. Yeah. So Jordan listened to a lot of metal. Like Sepultura and Death and Slayer. But he started branching out in high school. His brother worked at the University of Maryland’s radio station. He’d get (or rather most likely stole) promos and gave the CDs he didn’t want to Jordan. Jordan played this one track to me. Is was called Casiotone Nation. He remembered I had a Casio SK1 in the basement we practiced in. We were in a band called “Not”. We fucking ruled. We covered Summertime Blues like there was no tomorrow. Actually we sucked. Hard. But it was fun. Casiotone song was ok. I remember all the weird samples thinking that this was wild. I still hadn’t purchased a CD player yet. It would be years. I was fascinated with that button. You know, the one that would magically skip to the next song. It was a double edged sword in many ways. But we quickly got to track 8. It was Moon Sammy. I didn’t know what that meant. But the guitar came in. It was rhythmical and angular yet smooth. Then the bass came in. Man, did it come in. It slid down with a gentle bombast. Then the hi-hats rolled in to bring it up a little more and then BAM, the song launched. That bass intro is what did it for me.

it was the first bass slide in the intro to moon sammy that did it for me…

Thanks Sabby.

And the strange thing is when I just checked the message boards again for a new reply, the iPod downstairs that was on shuffle immediately played Moon Sammy. It was a 1 out of 11,000 chance. Good as any, I guess.

RIP Randy Kaye

Not too many people know who Randy Kaye was. He was many things, however. He also signed Soul Coughing to Warner Bros/Slash.

He passed away this past friday at his home. He was way too young to have died.

I did have the pleasure of meeting Randy in 1997 at RFK Stadium when Soul Coughing was playing the side stage of the HFStival. This was only moments after I was deep throat tongue kissed by Gentleman Jim. It was a wonderful day on many levels but meeting this legendary man was quite the highlight.

I know many people will miss this man very much.