Zum is a record label and former print fanzine started in the San Francisco Bay Area. Founder George Chen (freelance writer, musician, comic), now based in Los Angeles, selects music and chats with friends from different genres of creative endeavor.
He is also the co-host of Sup Doc documentary podcast.
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Zum Podcast Episode 14 - Mark Gergis
How does one go from hanging out in the weirdo Oakland rock scene of the early '90s to arranging/producing collaborations between Omar Souleyman and Bjork? That's just part of the story of Mark Gergis, who works with Sublime Frequencies and recently started his own Sham Palace label. Sham Palace just released a collection of New Wave Dabke. If you don't know what that is, don't worry-all the more reason to listen. We also talk about his bands Mono Pause, Neung Phak, White Ring, the solo project Porest, and much more. Topics include the Heavenly Ten Stems, growing up Iraqi-American in the suburbs, and searching out music around the globe.
NEUNG PHAK - Khmer 28 - 2 (Abduction Records 047 – 2012) (intro/bed music)
NEUNG PHAK - Kawp Koon Kawp Koon - 2 (Abduction Records 047 – 2012)
MONO PAUSE - Brief Lallation - (Knormalities V.1 7" compilation – 1997)
THE WHITE RING - Excerpt from the film Homeland Security; It's In Your Hands (Electro-Motive Records – 2002)
NEUNG PHAK - Poor - 2 (Abduction Records 047 – 2012)
THE TWELVE STEPPES - Michigan History - Deep North (Porestsound 01 – 1995)
POREST - Continental Revolt - Tourrorists (Abduction Records 034 – 2006)
DARKIE - Look at the Owl (Ye Hue Dam) - Cambodian Cassette Archives (Sublime Frequencies 011 – 2005)
AHMAD AL KOSEM - Love is Not a Joke - Dabke – Sounds of the Syrian Houran (Sham Palace 02 – 2012)
OMAR SOULEYMAN & BJORK - Tesla - The Crystalline Series EP (One Little Indian/Nonesuch – 2011)