|How does "Gypsy Punks" compare to their other records?|
Gypsy Punks is, I'd say, their most realized album so far - it best captures their live intensity (See. Them. Live.). East Infection was the warm-up EP for GP, and has much of the same feel (Albini did a couple tracks) - plus their essential cover of Mano Chao's "Mala Vida." Multi Kontra Culti is excellent, songwise, but the production is less raw - not as loud, not as much (blessed) noise in the mix. They didn't have a full-time bass player yet, either, and you can feel the difference. Still highly recommended, though. Voi-La Intruder is very different - it was an earlier, smaller line-up, and is overall a more introspective, almost 'folky' album. I love it, but I find I don't listen to it nearly as much.
Gogol Bordello vs. Tamir Muskat - J.U.F. (Jewish-Ukrainian Friendship) is, as Hutz put it, "Gogol afterhours" - "sometimes punk turns to dub, sometimes Gogol turns to J.U.F." **Absolute Must Hear Album** It's not Gogol Bordello, exactly - it's more like Hutz's DJ style (he spins the Bulgarian Bar in NYC), with Tamir Muskat (of Balkan Beat Box) and guests. "[C]razy what-the-fuck style Gypsy-punk meets dub/dancehall crossover. The bass is deep, the hand-drumming frantic, and the violin and Balkan horns are on fire." Summer windows-down driving music.
Some of you may be interested to know that Gogol is touring the UK in March.