A Boston time-lapse video captures the city with haunting music, eBookMall.com brings 'American Idol' for books to the Internet, and more top picks.
A new voice in Afro-funk
Togolese singer Massama Dogo and his seven-piece Washington, D.C.-based band Elikeh have re-created that revolutionary period of West African music, the time when Afro-funk stars like Fela Kuti and reggae stars like Bob Marley were mixing in black-pride politics with their tunes. Elikeh's Between 2 Worlds bears that same imprint, with pounding rhythms, tight horn sections, and long guitar jams. With such a great freshman album – paid for largely from an innovative Kickstarter funding campaign – their next album is sure to rock.
HYMNS of praise
Górecki Miserere, a 17-cut CD by Decca Recordings, features three sublime, meditative choral pieces by Polish composer Henryk Górecki and performed by the Los Angeles Master Chorale in the rich acoustics of Walt Disney Concert Hall. Górecki was noted for championing Poland's struggle for independence from Soviet control; his 12-movement "Miserere" was written in 1981 as a protest against a violent attack by police on union activists in Bydgoszcz.
Passing time in Beantown
Monitor editors may have a hometown bias when it comes to a time-lapse video created by Vimeo user Yao Li of our beloved Boston. But the shots of pedestrians speeding through the North End, boats bobbing dancelike on the Charles River, and the bright beacon of the Custom House, set to the dramatic strains of Hans Zimmer's music from the movie "Inception," had us all entranced. Check it out at http://bit.ly/timelapseBoston.