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On A Steady Diet of Hash, Bread, & Salt by Soundeyet

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Released:July 12th, 2012

Rebetika, a truly underground music created at the beginning of the 20th century, was, in its preamble form, the music vehicle to express a culture bumbling under a constantly changing society – a culture based on drugs, haunted by poverty. Unfortunately, in its birth land Greece, Rebetika was transformed through the decades, became soft and gradually deteriorated to a stupid folklore music consumed by the neogreek unmusical masses and tourists alike.

For us, early 20s – late 30s Rebetika represents the rawest, purest and yet finest form of Greek folk music ever recorded. We regard this music as lyrically powerful, sentimentally resourceful and musically chaste as the blues.

Driven by our homage to it, this compilation tries to throw bridges between the dusty old roads of Rebetika and the shiny new twisty alleys, paved by the free form music pioneers of nowadays. As fanatic spectators we frequently hear the past couple of years, musicians from the scene declaring their love and respect for Rebetika and at the same time more and mor compilations with original tracks from 78rpm recordings comes to surface.

The interesting is growing. So we thought this is the right moment to invite musicians to delve into the roads of Rebetika and come up with a fresh, if not radical, reinterpretation of their own.

We sent three originals to each one and to our surprise, most people reacted positively and either picked one of the three songs to cover or preferred another one they believed more fitting. And even more surprisingly, the actual cover songs the musicians sent us back are of the best quality and wide variety we could hope for. From passionate heartfelt true-to-the-form takes, to completely improvised or fusion attempts to noise rock deconstructions, every contribution sounds vital and captivating. Our humble hope that you will download and enjoy this compilation as much as we did and our wildest dream is that this could set fire to new generations of fearless Rebetika explorers both in our land and abroad.

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T R A C K L I S T :

01. Daniel Padden – “Adinatisa O Kaymenos”

02. Nettle – “Black Eyes”

03. Costa and Nero – “Rast’e Tou Teke”

04. D Charles Speer – “Aman Yiala Yiala”

05. Andy Moor / Yannis Kyriakides – “Touto To Kalokeraki (This Summer)”

06. Steve Gunn – “Trouba”

07. Ignatz – “Stin Ypoga”

08. Sam Shalabi – “Rebetikaud”

09. CWK Joynes & Son Ensemble feat. William Sathya – “23 Minore Mane”

10. Amen Dunes – “Sousta Politiki”

11. Free Piece of Tape – “Burning School”

12. Astral Social Club – “Efoumernam Ena Vradi”

13. Plankton Wat – “Hash Smugglers Blues”

14. Mike Cooper & Viv Corringham – “New Rembetika/14”

15. Caligine – “Με Πιάνουνε Ζαλάδες”


On Track 1 Alex South plays clarinet & bass clarinet. Mastering by Emma Peel. Cover by McPan.


Tracks 1,6,7,8,15 originally by A.Kostis

tracks 5,11 by Kostis Bezos

track 2 by Rosa Eskenazy

track 3 by Jack Gregory

track 4 is traditional

track 9 by Stratos Pajioumdzis

track 10 by Antonis Dalgas

track 12 by Markos Vamvakaris

track 14 by Sotiria Bellou.



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So far 9 comments about this album. Add your 10 cents!


katya-oddio on 07/12/12 at 11:47PM
What an amazing find! Modern rebetika! Amazing! Rembetiko was brought to life in one of my college ethnomusicology courses by an incredible Greek professor, ensuring forever my love for it. So good to have more modal music at the Free Music Archive. Thank you to everyone involved in making this available!
African on 07/13/12 at 07:22AM
incredible. both the idea and realization are stunning. low bow
belettemalade on 07/13/12 at 03:47PM

P.S.: On all your tracklists (blog/bandcamp etc.) #13 should be Plan*k*ton Wat, I guess.
dvd on 07/13/12 at 06:39PM
@belettemalade good eye, thanks! I've corrected all of the info here on the FMA
evil scientist on 08/31/13 at 09:57AM
Amazing music!
cheessta on 11/14/13 at 07:52PM
out of this world! Some of these tracks are like hearing music coming through some kind of magic time tube
katya-oddio on 12/31/13 at 08:23PM
Fellow fans, you may be happy to learn that, although sold out long ago, the self-titled album from Sex Drugs & Rebetiko is still available for download from the Mon Cul netlabel in France. The group performs pieces from the 1920s and '30s.

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dj@ss@ssin on 02/20/14 at 09:50AM
WOW@ What an incredible album!!!
cargoheart on 07/24/17 at 06:22PM
Hello! Is there a good way I can get in touch with you about using a few of these songs in a documentary I have been working on? If you could email me at I will look forward to talking to you!
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