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Mirages – or playing with one’s memory

Last night after a few meetings a friend of mine and I decided to go to one of the places that everyone should know about in Kyiv, especially if they like different types of pirizkhy and bulochky, the place is Yaroslavna on Yaroslaviv Val just above from where Ivano Franka Street starts. As we were…

Made in ЮА [UA]…. the long road to Liviy Bereh (Lviv)

It has been some time since I have actually sat down and written anything, but it does not mean that my life has not been filled with a great number of musical events. On May 20th I was sitting in one of my regular haunts when in comes an old friend of mine, Mykhaylo [Mis’ko]…

Drymba Da Dzyga or DDD

Quite some time ago at a local watering hole Dem Haydamaky’s guitarist introduced me to a fellow by the name of Oleksandr Novichenko, bass player with a relatively new Ukrainian band called DrymbaDaDzyga. A short while later Oleksandr comes over to me and hands me a CD, and like many things I stashed into my…

Okean Elzy’s Mira: New album goes Platinum?

According to some Internet reports OE’s new album had 170,000 advance orders as of the CD’s release date on April 25. While this may or may not be the case, the problem of accurate numbers when it comes to CD sales in Ukraine has always been difficult and will continue to be. An number of…

A Totally Different Sound

While I may not be able to make it to Ternopil on March 14 for the Komu Vnyz concert, I have yet another option on the 13th. While not all of you may be familiar with her, I had the pleasure of meeting her at the release of Ochertyanyi Kit’s last album some time in…

Tin Sontsya – Two weeks from release

It seems that spring is a time for album releases. On March 16, Tin Sontsya will be releasing their second album entitled Polum’yana Ruta. According to information available, this album is the culmination of the groups work over the past year. According to the press release this is what is called Heavy-Folk with a splash…

Something Burning or Getting caught in the smoke

On Tuesday morning I woke up and went to the kitchen to put on some water for my morning tea. I could definitely smell something burning but I couldn’t figure out what it was. Then I looked out the window and saw smoke billowing out of a neighboring building. I guess it was just another…

New Album Buzz from Perekalaba

The talk on a number of different websites around town is that the Ivano-Frankivsk based band Perekalaba will be releasing their new album entitled Hovoryt’ Ivano-Frankivsk by the end of January or the beginning of February. The album is to contain 17 tracks and was produced by Oleh Artym the lead man of the band…

Fayno – Pan Pupets – Ot Vinta – A quick listen.

I finally took some time to take a listen to the albums I mentioned below, which includes L’viv-based Fayno, Ivano-Frankivsk-based, Pan Pupets, and Rivne’s very own Ot Vinta. Fayno’s album I ta lyubov put out on the UkrMusic label. I’ve heard this trio perform live before, however there is always a difference between a studio…