Wednesday, March 14, 2018

In My Dreams

Lovely day out, spring has finally sprung, and have I got the ideal soundtrack for you: a lazy duet from '67 between future tropicália greats Gal Costa and Caetano Veloso. "There will always be hope in my heart..."
Gal Costa e Caetano Veloso - Coração Vagabundo

Monday, March 12, 2018

A Concept

"Things went on; Lennon got shot, Dylan got religion. He could never decide which depressed him most..." Just a quote from The Bridge by Iain Banks, my fave Scottish writer of all time.
John Lennon - God
Bob Dylan - Blessed Is The Name (Live '79)

Friday, March 9, 2018

Take Four

Just some fine fine jazz I've been digging recently. Sit back, relax, and enjoy, my amigos da musica.
Andrew Hill - Flight 19
Marion Brown - Spooks
Roy Haynes - Moon Ray
Don Cherry - Brown Rice

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

In My Face

Mount Moriah frontwoman H.C. McEntire goes at it alone, and her soulful, gospel-tinged, and above all very southern brand of Americana sure proves a treat. She's from Durham in North Carolina, which has come to be known in some well-informed circles as Hiss Golden Messenger country, so it's no surprise their Phil Cook is involved here. Others from the Hiss orbit - Tift Merritt, Angel Olsen, William Tyler - and beyond - Bikini Kill's Kathleen Hanna - lend a helping hand, too. Out now on the still cool Merge label.
H.C. McEntire - Baby's Got The Blues

Monday, March 5, 2018

Dream Ran

"It was a head-trip, it was a friendship..." Robert Forster finishes a half-written, left-behind song by his longtime Go-Betweens partner Grant McLennan, deftly turning it into a homage to the pal who passed away so suddenly. "We will not see his kind again..."
Robert Forster - It Ain't Easy

Friday, March 2, 2018

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Yellow & Blue

If this one doesn't remind you of vintage Lou Reed I don't know what will. From Time The Teacher, the stately new album by former Black Swans frontman Jerry David DeCicca. Wrinkled and true indeed.
Jerry David DeCicca - Grandma's Tattoo

And speaking of the Black Swans, here’s a couple of fine tunes from way back when to remember them by. Cock-a-doodle-doo!
The Black Swans - Rooster
The Black Swans - Joe Tex

Monday, February 26, 2018

I'm A Party

In search of the perfect party soundtrack? Look no further, my amigos da musica. Ernesto Chahoud, Lebanese digger and dj supreme, has just compiled it for you, and inna Ethiopian stylee at that. It's Taitu time!
Tèshomè Meteku - Hasabe

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

True West

Some days, an acoustic twelve string paired with a regular electric is all you need really. And had I gotten this instrumental debut by the duo of Jesse Sheppard and Drew Gardner just a teeny bit earlier, it would have made my end of year list for sure. A hypnotic American Primitive soundtrack to an imaginary Western, The Black River is available on the Debacle label.
Elkhorn - Due West