My own opinion is that it is the range of musical styles, that arose from the interaction and combining of the following ingredients:-
the music played by the Greeks who were in Smyrna until 1922 (Smyrnaika)
the songs called "Amanadhes"
the music used for dancing by the Zeybeks
the music that was being played in Greece up to the 1920s, that had developed from folk music
any other influences I have forgotten or never heard of!.
RIP Barry Hannah Author Barry Hannah, whose fiction was laced with dark humor and populated by hard-drinking Southerners, died Monday at his home in Oxford, Miss. He was 67. [more inside] posted by Francis7 at 12:27 PM PST - 16 comments
Remember how OK Go had to explain why they couldn't let fans embed their music videos? Well, they evidently got their record label to change their tune, because the off-the-charts amazing new video for "This Too Shall Pass" is embeddable. "Picture that old board game Mouse Trap and multiply it by several thousand," says Rolling Stone. posted by jbickers at 12:10 PM PST - 145 comments
How disgusting can the inside of computer become? See now! Some people smoke near their computers. Some people secrete their chip packets inside their computer boxes. You think you can get away with it until you need someone to find out why your computer is fucked up and then.. Ah hah! Could it be.. you have an alien fetus? Mice? The detritus of your fucked up lifestyle? All living within your box? Feel bad about yourself now! posted by h00py at 6:59 AM PST - 79 comments
Boston College sociology professor Lisa Dodson does research on poverty, public policy, and low-income work and family life. Recently her research took a different turn, as she discovered through interviews with U.S. managers in charge of low-income workers that some of them feel "(a) sense of unfairness (...) as a supervisor, making enough to live comfortably while overseeing workers who couldn’t feed their families on the money they earned. That inequality, he told her, tainted his job, making him feel complicit in an unfair system that paid hard workers too little to cover basic needs." Professor Dobson talks about this phenomenon, and how it plays out in that some managers undermine the system, in interviews in the Boston Globe and on public radio. [more inside] posted by Harald74 at 6:24 AM PST - 35 comments