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About Aurgasm

Launched two years ago, Aurgasm has developed into a destination of passionate music lovers around the globe. Its audience includes music mavens, critics, journalists, and bloggers—a highly influential audience. It has been profiled in The Boston Globe and mentioned on, BoingBoing, Kottke,, and digg. Aurgasm specializes in everything not under the American rock umbrella—music such as: downtempo, folk, nu jazz, chanson, scandinavian, jazz, cuban, brazilian, electro, soul, jump blues, bluegrass, film score, and electronica.

About Paul Irish

A young man of twenty-five years, Paul's interest in music was initiated by his parents' rock band, playing The Standell's 'Dirty Water' in his basement. Since the mp3 format appeared on the internet, Paul has been eager to find his next favorite song.

His interests include: user experience design, emerging web trends, ecommerce, branding, maps, product design, typography, information design/overload, & sustainability.


Paul Irish
email: paul [atsign]
AIM: Paullll Irish
Myspace: Paul's myspace
I listen to everything I'm sent, but I prefer music that isn't by a 'band'.


Julija is an art student in Vilnius, Lithuania fond of wine and contemporary design. Andrew (blog) is a travelling Scot who writes and currently lives in London.

Anja Garbarek

glitchy singer-songwriter // norwegian dream pop
Anja Garbarek, the daughter of the prolific Norwegian jazz saxophonist Jan Garbarek, as a child was surrounded by musicians but had no intention of doing something musical with her career. Instead, at 16 she went to drama college where her performance in a musical brought her to the attention of the Norwegian record industry and she was offered a deal. Anja Garbarek hates being predictable, for her songwriting has always begun with the lyrics and she is known for telling her own feelings reflecting dark stories put with comforting, hypnotic and sweet melodies. Her song "Sleep" from Briefly Shaking (2005) is based on the true story of a woman who was kidnapped and "The Last Trick" was written at a particularly dark moment. You'll likely hear some Emiliana Torrini in Anja.

The sugar-sweet and the macabre.
Anja Garbarek - Sleep
Anja Garbarek - The Last Trick

Post contributed by Julija
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  • runman said on 6/29/2006 07:49:00 AM :

    Nice, you guys. First track, great sound. Second really did sound like Emiliana. (nothing wrong there)

  • Also hear a big of Angela McCluskey in there. Also not a bad thing.

  • Billie said on 7/03/2006 06:53:00 PM :


    I'd have written: "You'll likely hear some Anja in Emiliana Torrini".

    Oh, and I love your blog.

  • Anonymous said on 7/04/2006 09:32:00 AM :

    Well said Billie!

  • Anonymous said on 7/15/2006 12:40:00 PM :

    This time in english :p - nice contribution Julia. Intimate lyrics remind me of Amanda Rogers, but some of them are even...scary.

  • Thanks. :) Yes, indeed, Briefly Shaking is the darkest of her records so far. If speaking of the dark, intimate, haunting lyrics I think it's mostly comparable to Stina Nordenstam...

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Birdy Nam Nam

turntablism // downtempo
I hear you asking. "How precisely does a group of four Parisian DJs snag the DMC World Team Champion title?" (You're asking that, right?) Well, let me let you in on a secret. It has to do with eight turntables, half as many mixers, and four Frenchmen that know how to cut, copy, paste, and manipulate songs into healthy grooves. The impressive thing here is that Nam Nam’s music is enjoyable by itself, yet similar to DJ Kentaro and C-Mon & Kypski, their performace and video techniques add the extra piece that establishs their obvious dynasty in the realm of team DJs. Peep the languid track below and then drop into the video of ‘Absesses’.

Downtempo masterpieces, composed scratch by scratch.
Birdy Nam Nam - Kind of Laid Back
Birdy Nam Nam - Absesses

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  • runman said on 6/15/2006 05:23:00 AM :

    A bit of good scratching is a great thing. Video was excellent.TVM. :))

  • Anonymous said on 6/15/2006 07:05:00 PM :

    Very nice!

    Your vid is linked on i-am-bored ( just arrived here while searching to find more...

  • Very cool. That's why it's gotten so many views. mad good.

  • Wow that's really great turntablism! Probably the most in tune collective I've heard in a while

  • You have the BEST blog on the net, hands down, in spite of the infrequent posts (or maybe because of the infrequent posts, it lets you keep the quality high). Thanks for another GREAT find.

  • Thank you, Derek. I do wish I posted more frequently, but meanwhile I definitely restrain needless posts to keep the quality high. Cheers!

  • Hi there, great blog. These parisian guys were excellent live a few days ago at The Fez Club in Reading (UK). If only they dropped a few more DnB into their mixture they would certainly be great. (June 2006)

  • Pretty cool. Until now, the only other song I knew of that featured a trip to the can was Bjork's There's More to Life Than This.

  • Hehe, that made me grin a bunch. Great find, Paul.

  • I just found your blog yesterday, and I thought I should let you know that you're doing an awesome job/service. After listening to the sample songs I bought Birdy Nam Nam and Rodrigo y Gabriela. I don't know that I ever would have found them with out your help. Thanks!

  • Anonymous said on 6/30/2006 12:18:00 AM :

    This is a great job u do here! respect! keep posting :)

  • Anonymous said on 7/01/2006 07:16:00 PM :

    great work, some of the most innovative turntablelism i've heard in a long time. big props! keep on scratching that itch!

  • Anonymous said on 7/02/2006 11:15:00 AM :

    that was the most beautiful thing i've seen/heard in quite a while. truly amazing.

  • I saw this boys the last week end on Scopitone Festival in the west of France.

    It was so goog!!!
    But I prefer RJD2!

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  • I am so going to see these guys live at Dour :-) A friend of mine from NYC saw them perform there and said it was very good...

    There are some more good videos at - I am especially fond of Le Chant des Baleines.

  • Jared K. said on 7/07/2006 02:43:00 AM :

    Wow. Someone I know was part of a front page post (the cool kids say FPP) on MetaFilter. You hit the big time now. The Boston Globe is one thing, but MetaFilter is pretty much Internet Hipster central. Much more your kind of audience.

  • Anonymous said on 8/05/2006 11:30:00 AM :

    This got me going no end, I want more!

  • That was incredible. I saw this at Defcon last Saturday, and was blown away. I somehow managed to find it here. Keep up the good work, I'll be coming back...

  • Anonymous said on 10/13/2006 07:00:00 PM :

    birdy nam nam owns for more videos/songs

  • cybersymes said on 10/29/2006 07:40:00 AM :

    hellfire that's incredd...
    i'm buying that shytt today...
    and planning a trip to france...

    stunning vibez...
    best i've heard in months...
    gonna live my life to that movie...
    oh yess ... :)

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Rodrigo y Gabriela

exotic world instrumental // flamenco guitar
Of all recommendations from my readers, R y G has been mentioned most frequently. This worldly and adoringly cute couple emerged from Mexico's metal scene and now resides in Dublin, making music you'd expect from Argentina. Their trademark red-hot guitar technique and harmonies spark your attention, but the timeless songwriting holds you tight. 'Tamacun' and 'Diablo Rojo' are off their newest eponymous release, while the video of 'Capitan Casanova' below is from their 2004 live album.

Baristas, prepare to be hounded for what these songs are.
Rodrigo y Gabriela - Tamacun
Rodrigo y Gabriela - Diablo Rojo
Rodrigo y Gabriela - Capitan Casanova

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  • WOW! These two are hot. Why oh why do their import CD's have to be so expensive? However, it looks like I'll have something to add to my playlist when I'm in the mood for Pata Negra.


  • Glad you like them, Leo. You can buy their stuff direct from their website:, though it is kinda pricey..
    If I were you, I'd create an account for iTunes UK and see if you can get some more there. :) Cheers.

  • I see you added another of their songs! The first one is really awesome. I love it.

    Thanks, Paul!

  • these are great - thanks for posting them

    btw, their cover of Orion by Metallica is amazing - used to available for listening on their myspace site, might still be

  • Anonymous said on 6/12/2006 02:21:00 PM :

    Top top quality music post! I loovahh flamingo.

    Check out the danish flamingo group "Flamingo Passion" they are nice too.

  • runman said on 6/14/2006 06:06:00 AM :

    That video is stunning. :))

  • Some of the best stuff I've heard in a while. Thank you SO much for sharing. I'm blown away.

  • Dude I really should check this more often. These two are exactly what I've been looking for.

    Gracias por tu estilo.

  • Anonymous said on 6/29/2006 06:02:00 AM :

    how fantastic! Diablo Rojo is the best thing I heard since months..! :)

  • Wow, Sounds good.
    I'd call this tango metal.
    I love it.

    Sounds fragile, yet powerful.
    Thanks for the tip.

  • I can't believe I hadn't heard of these two before. Thank you so much (as always)!

  • i just made reservations to see them this august...thanks for exposing me to them!!!

  • just saw them live in san fracisco...and they were amazing. i highly recommend going to their concert if they're in your area.

  • I'm going to see them in L.A. tonight. I can't wait. :)

  • Anonymous said on 9/17/2006 08:49:00 AM :

    that was an awsome Metallica-ish ending, i wanna see this Orion cover that "jam" mentioned.

  • Anonymous said on 9/24/2006 09:16:00 AM :

    I saw them last night in Somerville. I never seen such amazing music come out of just two guitars.

  • Anonymous said on 10/21/2006 04:05:00 PM :

    They played at the Cambridge Folk festival. They were interviewed for the BBC and said they started playing in a "trash-metal" band... so that may explain the resonance in their music (Metallica etc!)

  • Anonymous said on 10/22/2006 03:11:00 PM :

    its flaMENCO, not falminngo, dingbats

  • Anonymous said on 12/22/2006 01:51:00 AM :

    anyone give me an idea on the guitars these two are playing?

  • On their CD, they thank "Ovation" guitars...and I researched the Ovation website...a couple of guitars on there do look like the ones they play. Of course, they cost a small fortune. :)

    Amazing duo...simply amazing.

  • Anonymous said on 1/04/2007 09:50:00 AM :

    They play custom built guitars by a guy called Frank Tate. Check their website.

  • After resolving some immigration issues, Rod y Gab are back in the states. Check out their updated tour schedule!

    Apr 16 2007 Webster Hall New York
    Apr 17 2007 Roxy Theatre (SOLD OUT) Boston
    Apr 18 2007 Electric Factory Philidelphia
    Apr 20 2007 National Geographic HQ (SOLD OUT) Washington DC
    Apr 22 2007 Berbati's Pan (SOLD OUT) Portland, Oregon
    Apr 23 2007 Aladdin Theatre ( SOLD OUT) Portland
    Apr 24 2007 Showbox Theatre Seattle, Washington
    Apr 26 2007Grand Ballroom @ Regency Center (SOLD OUT) San Francisco, California
    Apr 27 2007 Santa Cruz @ Catalyst LA, California
    Apr 29 2007 Coachella Festival California
    May 1 2007 The Ogden Theatre Denver, Colorado
    May 4 2007 Chicago @ Vic Theatre Illinois

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Ane Brun

norwegian singer/songwriter // guitar
Back in 1998, Ane Brun (real name Ane Brunvoll), used to play in the streets to anyone who'd listen to her songs while travelling around Spain. Few years later she moved to Stockholm, Sweden where she started her own independent record label, performing live a lot and recorded the debut album Spending Time with Morgan (named after her beloved acoustic guitar, Morgan). After taking in Grammys in Norway and Sweden, she spent the past couple of years touring, playing at many festivals, supporting such artists as Keren Ann and A-HA. This last year she sat down to deliver her sophomore release, A Temporary Dive, a minimalist masterpiece of songwriting.

A less quirky Ani Difranco, shooting straight from the heart.
Ane Brun - My Lover Will Go
Ane Brun - Rubber & Soul
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Huey 'Piano' Smith & The Clowns

You know, sometimes, how you have song vomit? You don't remember consuming it lately, but now you're singing this track you know and love, but can't remember the name of for the life of ya! That happened to me on this track–all my brain could recall was the non-word syllabic exclamations of the chorus. So I call up my parents and sing for the answering machine. They, too, recognize the tune but can't name it either, so they call up their friend and oldies music source. Same problem.
So over Mother's Day weekend I sit down with my dad's collection of the Billboard top 800 from the 1960's (don't ask) and start going through them one by one. When I'm around the 700 mark, my dad blurts out with a lyric from the track! A quick google search reveals not only both the song title and artist, but also a yousendit link to download the mp3. Luck of the Irish, I guess.

1950's rock 'n roll // boogie woogie
Following the footsteps of great New Orleans pianists like Professor Longhair, Huey made piano tracks to dance to. In 1957 he signed with Ace Records and formed 'The Clowns' with transgender artist Bobby Marchan at the helm. The two saw chart success multiple times, but none of the other records get me screaming along quite like this one. (turn it up!)

A good hearty 1958 rock 'n roll rag.
Huey 'Piano' Smith & The Clowns - Don't You Just Know It
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  • Haven't heard that one in a dog's age. I can imagine having the chorus rattling around in ine's head. Where IS that from?

  • this piece closes out the movie "Snatch" - that's where i first heard it...

    great song! Gooba-gooba-gooba-gooba!

  • The lyrics to "Don't You Just Know It"

    I saw your blurb on this song ( I think I have managed to clarify the actual words to this song.

    I had to listen to the Snatch soundtrack very closely, many times, and also surf, surf, surf the Web to finally get these. The culotte reference is to the whores in New Orleans who would walk the streets wearing culottes.

    (Huey Smith & John Vincent)
    (Artist: Huey "Piano" Smith and the Clowns)
    (call and response)

    I can't lose with the stuff I use. Don't you just know it?
    Baby, don't believe I wear two left shoes. Don't you just know it?
    Ah ha ha ha. Ah ha ha ha. Hey-o. Hey-o.
    Kuba kuba kuba kuba. Kuba kuba kuba kuba.
    Ah ha ha ha. Ah ha ha ha.
    Ah ha ha ha. Ah ha ha ha. Hey-o. Hey-o.

    Hey pretty baby, can we go strollin'? Don't you just know it?
    You got me rockin' when I ought to rollin'. Don't you just know it?
    Ah ha ha ha. Ah ha ha ha. Hey-o. Hey-o.
    Kuba kuba kuba kuba. Kuba kuba kuba kuba.
    Ah ha ha ha. Ah ha ha ha.
    Ah ha ha ha. Ah ha ha ha. Hey-o. Hey-o.

    Baby, baby, you're my blue heaven. Don't you just know it?
    You got me pushin' when I oughta be shovin'. Don't you just know it?
    Ah ha ha ha. Ah ha ha ha. Hey-o. Hey-o.
    Kuba kuba kuba kuba. Kuba kuba kuba kuba.
    Ah ha ha ha. Ah ha ha ha.
    Ah ha ha ha. Ah ha ha ha. Hey-o. Hey-o.

    I don't mind that culotte a bit. Don't you just know it?
    Younger the couple, the tighter they squeeze. Don't you just know it?
    Ah ha ha ha. Ah ha ha ha. Hey-o. Hey-o.
    Kuba kuba kuba kuba. Kuba kuba kuba kuba.
    Ah ha ha ha. Ah ha ha ha.
    Ah ha ha ha. Ah ha ha ha. Hey-o. Hey-o.

    Ah ha ha ha. Ah ha ha ha. Hey-o. Hey-o…….

  • Anonymous said on 10/23/2006 09:56:00 PM :

    It's not
    I don't mind that culotte a bit-

    High on a mountain cool as a breeze-

    Bobby Marchan sure tends to mumble-

  • Steve Kemp said on 12/06/2006 04:38:00 AM :

    Sorry, anon, I disagree... Maybe the chart said that. But the Snatch recording, well, I just do not hear "mountain cool as a breeze". Bobby Marchan was also a female impersonator, so maybe that was the message.

    Maybe we will never know for sure what he was saying, I guess. It is a great song.

  • Anonymous said on 1/10/2007 08:19:00 PM :

    Ha! This is hilarious---true story----I had the lyrics "gooba gooba gooba goo-ba!" rattling around in my head. I could not for the life of me remember the name of the song or the artist, and it was driving me crazy. So I found this blog--perfect! Thanks!

  • Anonymous said on 1/10/2007 08:48:00 PM :

    Wouldn't you know it, I was thinking the same thing. One google search for "gooba gooba" "ha ha" and here I am. Now I need to dig out Snatch again and listen to this song again.

    Thanks for giving a name to the chorus!

  • I thought the lyric in question was "I don't mind it, good or bad," but that's just me. I don't even know what culotte is.

  • said on 9/05/2007 12:59:00 AM :

    i have the 45 record !!! It was my mother's record and when I was 4 years old, I wrote my age "4" and my initial "J" for Jason on it. I still play it for a selective few people that apreciate "real" music before music today was "Hollywood-ized" (If I may)The kicker was I wrote the "4" backwards ???? What was I thinking? Anyway, true story !

    Bless you all !

    Peace out !

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Carl Orff

percussion // contemporary instrumental classical
You've heard Carl Orff's composition in the trailer of some movie, I'm sure. From the opera Carmina Burana, "O Fortuna" has appeared in countless contemporary contexts, from Walt Disney World to internet video memes. 'Gassenhauer', or 'Street Song', was arranged from a lute setting by Hans Neusiedler from 1536. Orff used basic orchestra percussion, layering each one one top of eachother to create a vibrant crescendo of sound. If it comes off as familiar, you've likely heard it in one of these films: Badlands, True Romance, and Me and You and Everyone We Know.

Xylophone, marimba, timpani, shaker, castanets, then snare.
Carl Orff - Gassenhauer
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  • bresslau said on 6/02/2006 01:18:00 AM :

    Bem legal, valeu! A great way to start a day. I am off to tuning harmonica in a few minutes.

  • Yea, Gassenhauer has pure fun percussion! :)

  • runman said on 6/02/2006 08:52:00 AM :

    Thought you were dead Paul:)

  • Anonymous said on 6/03/2006 08:37:00 AM :

    I recognized it instantly from True Romance... The version for that movie is made by Hanz Zimmer and called "You're so cool". Thanks!

  • Anonymous said on 6/04/2006 12:16:00 AM :

    Good post. FYI, though, "Carmina Burana" is not an opera like "La Boheme" or "Carmen." It's more correctly called a cantata, performed by an orchestra and chorus in a straightforward symphonic setting rather than in a dramatic setting like an opera.

  • This track is a gem.

  • Anonymous said on 6/04/2006 09:33:00 PM :

    Bet you didn't know this...but Carl Orff was the guy that came up with all the musical instruments that we have in elementary school. the xylophone looking things are called "Orff Intrumentarium" He's a god in the Music Education world


  • hmmm... i don't think they used the actual Orff piece in either True Romance or Me You & Everyone We Know - i think they were covers or reworkings by other artists, no?

  • Yeah, very likely. The info on the net is spotty, so I couldn't validate. So you're likely right..

  • I'd heard "O Fortuna" and the rest of Carmina Burana before, but this track is extraordinary.

    I'm amazed that Hans Zimmer and/or Mark Mancina managed to get away without making it clear that they were so influenced by this when writing the theme to True Romance. The similarities are far too strong to be coincidental, and the connection really should be made more explicit.

  • Anonymous said on 6/18/2006 07:11:00 AM :

    I am a big fan of your music "O fortuna"(excalibur)..
    I love this and all music of yours..

  • I was acutally looking for this record today in Tokyo and all I could find were countless versions of Carmina Burana - typical.

    Came home disappointed - checked out the always excellent aurgasm - and found this great post, which cheered me up no end!

    Cheers, I love it when unexpected sychronicity strikes.

  • Oh, man...finally. My father used to play this album ("Street Song") LOUD, and this first track has always triggered something deep and profound for me. I have been searching for it for years. Thanks.

  • The download link is broken, so no more song? Sigh.

  • lauren said on 6/06/2007 04:03:00 PM :

    We're playing this song in music class, for our concery. I'm playing the "woodpecker" part. the gggggggggg aaaaaaaaaa gggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg aaaaaaaaaa gggggggggggggggggggg aaaaa ggggggggggggggg aaaaa
    Yeah. I'm a master.

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