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Photos of Odessa, Plus Our Valentine’s Day 2017 Playlist

It’s Valentine’s Day and in case that matters to anyone anymore, your editor has put together a playlist of music made by some of our friends in Ukraine and Russia. We’re also throwing in some of our photos of the beautiful Black Sea port city of Odessa, where we occasionally hide out when we’re not…

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The Zetra Project: Remembering the Concert That Tried to Save Yugoslavia

Remembering the Sarajevo rock show that tried to save Yugoslavia, 25 years later. The forgotten peace movement in Yugoslavia arguably peaked at a rock concert in Sarajevo’s Zetra Olympic Sports Hall on July 28th, 1991. Due to a bad weather forecast, the concert was relocated to Zetra at the last minute. A Sarajevo taxi…

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“Free” Music in Slovenia: the Struggle for Royalties from Radio

Musicians in Slovenia are losing royalties as radio stations exploit legal loopholes to avoid paying them their due. In a radio broadcast, the organization responsible for protecting artists was called a “terrorist organization”, and journalists who’ve dared to touch the topic have been sued. Edgar Tijhuis reports on a troubling trend seen across…

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Balkanist Playlist: Songs for a Bruised World

Old and new protest songs from Russia, Turkey, and the former Yugoslavia. “Discipline”, Borghesia (1989) Probably one of the most prophetic music videos ever made: Slobodan Milošević and a map of Yugoslavia covered in barbed wire and fire several years before the war began. “Roadhouse”, Gnoomes (2015) Our friends from…

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Notes on the Decline of Serbia’s EXIT Festival

Serbia’s EXIT festival, the biggest of its kind in Southeastern Europe, has devolved into a dull, corporate-sponsored event that’s sidelining local bars and artists and trashing an 18th-century fortress. Fedor Tot reports from Novi Sad.  Across the Danube from Novi Sad stands Petrovaradin fortress. Built by the Austria-Hungarians in the 18th century to keep…

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Holiday Playlist: Experimental and Early Electronic Music from Yugoslavia

We hope your winter holidays have been enjoyable so far. We’ll be back at work relatively soon, but in the meantime, here’s some experimental/early electronic music from Yugoslavia. “Black Santa Claus”, Dee Dee Mellow, Zagreb, Croatia (1990) Merry Christmas to everyone on the Gregorian Calendar! We have little choice but to…

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Friday Playlist: Sweet and Psychedelic from Yugoslavia

A short collection of (mostly) lesser known songs from Yugoslavia to help you escape from the relentlessly bad news of the world on this Friday afternoon. Sanjalice Sanjalice were likely the first all-female band in Yugoslavia. Active between 1965-1969, they achieved a modest level of fame across the region. On…

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