Did somebody ask where is Yuri? He is drinking with Pasha!

Ladies and Gentlemen, this news edition will be educational for all u long standing fans of GB.

Our beloved and heroic accordionist Yuri Lemeshev, whose unique and incredibly surrealistic way of playing had brought so much to the evolution of GB, for many years has been planning a tribute album for his favourite composer, Alfred Schnittke. Yuri is planning to work on it with one of GB’s favourite producers, and perhaps welcome some guest spots by GB members and many more.

This is going to be a massive project for him and require some time off the road. That is why for the time being he will be replaced by a hand-picked Belarusian accordionist named Pasha Newmerzhitsky, who also currently moved to New York city.

Even though there are number of accordionists ready to rock in GB, Yuri and GB were only satisfied with Pasha taking his place. After spending several months playing with Pasha and watching him rehearse with the band, and yes, drinking too… Yuri gave his confirmation: “This motherfucka is worthy, all right.”

Pasha had a tough cross-examination, but his impeccable virtuosity in combination with “total freeroaming raspizdjaiski” spirit according to Hutz, won him both the band’s and Yuri’s recognition.

It is undecided when Yuri’s solo album production will start. But one thing’s for sure: on stage, Gogol Bordello every time will have at least one badass accordion player since, as Hutz reports, “accordion remains, and forever will be, my favourite melodic instrument.”

Certified GB historian, Axolotl Jo

Malandrino available for all

In preparation for the July 23rd release of our latest epic, Pura Vida Conspiracy, we are sharing just a sample of what’s to come with our global family. Click here to listen to Malandrino right now… Party!

Eugene creates playlist for Songlines magazine

This month tastemaker Hutz gives the UK’s Songlines mag a little playlist, featuring: fresh from Ukraine, Kozak System; sexy Kapelle Bollberg, produced by David Bourgnion, a drummer of Manu Chao and Radio Bemba; and his favorite “Brazilian Drama King” Seu Jorge doing a Kraftwerk cover. You can pick up the magazine now throughout the UK, or order a copy at their website.

On the road again

Attention, familia: after some weeks away from the stage, we’re rested and ready to come back even rougher than before! Our 2013 global bonanza begins in less than two weeks with a couple of shows in Portugal, followed by some time with our lesser-visited friends in the USA. We’ll be straight back to Europe in June and July (with another flying visit State-side after), before finishing up in Brasil.

Sounds amazing, right? Why don’t you come join us…