Wednesday, November 22, 2017

It's Golden





















That prolific guitarist Steve Gunn has been at it again, this time doing the instrumental thing with John Truscinski on drums and synths. Their hypnotic lovechild is called Bay Head, and is out now on the cool Three Lobed label. File under soothing music.
Gunn-Truscinski Duo - Flood And Fire

Monday, November 20, 2017

It Had To Be





















Just got tickets for the upcoming Barcelona gig of Duquende, the mighty Catalan gypsy singer from Sabadell. Finally, for the last time I went to see him, the concert got cancelled at the last moment for some reason or other. And as it's a homenage to flamenco legends Camarón de la Isla and Paco De Lucía, and the masterful Diego del Morao is helping out on guitar, what can possibly go wrong? !Mucha ilusión!
Duquende - Niquelao

Friday, November 17, 2017

Visions Of Nina





















The title song of Simon Joyner's new Step Into The Earthquake album sure is one dark Dylanesque  beauty. "Nina takes a drag out in the rain, and dries her hair at the piano..."
Simon Joyner - Earthquake

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Meet Me





















Out Of Range is the 5th album by L.A. combo Gun Outfit already, and a huge step forward it is, too. Sounding like some westcoast version of the Feelies at times, their meandering cosmic Americana would make an excellent soundtrack to any roadtrip with destination anywhere.
Gun Outfit - Strange Insistence

Monday, November 13, 2017

Something Good





















A choice morsel of virtuoso flamenco guitar, courtesy of Gerardo Nuñez. Once named as heir to the throne of Paco de Lucía, all his classic albums, the lovely Jucal among them, are now long out of print as far as I know. Which is definitely odd.
Gerardo Nuñez - Jucal

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Dead Moon Night





















Just got the sad news that Fred Cole has passed away. The legendary garage rocker, best known for his work with the Lollipop Shoppe and Dead Moon, was 69. Miss him.
Dead Moon - Dead In The Saddle
Dead Moon - D.O.A.
Dead Moon - Walking On My Grave

Friday, November 10, 2017

Hey Joe





















Featured Joe Henderson in rare avant garde mode with Alice Coltrane recently, and here's some more of his magic. First shining as a sideman with such greats as Horace Silver, McCoy Tyner, Larry Young, and Lee Morgan, then on his own with a track each from the tenor's much recommended Page One and  Inner Urge albums. It's six pack time then so, jazz cats.
Horace Silver - Song For My Father
McCoy Tyner - Blues On The Corner
Larry Young - If
Lee Morgan - Totem Pole
Joe Henderson - Recorda Me
Joe Henderson - El Barrio

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Down The Track





















Hurray, the vaults ain't empty yet. To wit: there's a brand new volume of Dave’s Picks in the shops, recorded live in Berkeley '72, a fine fine year in Dead live history. It's an impeccable 'Bear' soundboard with Garcia in full flight, so what are you waiting for? Extra extra: it's 30 Days Of Dead month again, with a free mystery download every day over at Deadnet. Hey now!
Grateful Dead - He's Gone (live Berkeley '72)

Monday, November 6, 2017

Fool's Paradise





















Hallelujah, Bob cats. It's time to rejoice, as Trouble No More, the 13th volume of the Bootleg Series, covers our Nobel laureate's underrated gospel years ('79-'81) with a ton of steaming live tracks and rare outtakes. Of which the glorious Making A Liar Out Of Me clearly is the biggest surprise, as even the most diehard Dylan collectors didn't even know it existed. "I can hear the sound of distant thunder from an open window at the end of every hall..."
Bob Dylan - Making A Liar Out Of Me

Friday, November 3, 2017

Cosmic Cats





















It's been a wonderful year for Alice Coltrane reissues, and here's yet one more. The Elements suite originally came out in '73, and found Trane's widow collaborating with Joe Henderson, in what's definitely an uncharacteristic cosmic soundscape for this former bop tenor player. Sounds great - and definitely eastern flavoured - though. Dig in, jazz cats.
Joe Henderson feat. Alice Coltrane - Water

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Tot Sants





















Today's no-brainer: an instrumental Low outtake for your listening pleasure. It's no Warszawa, but it will have to do.
David Bowie - All Saints

Monday, October 30, 2017

Rest My Head





















Care for some some honest Americana from Nashville? Meet Blank Range, whose Brad Cook-produced Marooned With The Treasure is the real deal alright.
Blank Range - Crimson Moon

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Friday, October 27, 2017

Oh Jenny













"Yellow jokes come out of your mind..." Now that's a compliment. Just rediscovered the krautrock smorgasbord that is Faust IV: very yummy indeed.
Faust - Jennifer

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Town To Town





















The rural Appalachian freakfolk of Sarah Louise and Sally Anne Morgan sounds almost ancient at first listen, but that drone gives 'em away. The duo's debut album, under the House and Land moniker, just came out on the Thrilljockey label. Simply charming.
House and Land - Rich Old Jade

Monday, October 23, 2017

Lights Flashing





















Blue Boy seems to be selling something... Let's check it out and take a trip with the lovely Susan Christie. Could you give me a dime?
Susan Christie - Yesterday Where's My Mind

Friday, October 20, 2017

Hear Me Cryin'





















The blues according to the Dead, featuring that legendary weirdo  Ron 'Pigpen' McKernan on vocals. Howling like a dire wolf of course. Whoohoo!
Grateful Dead - Smokestack Lightnin' (live Port Chester '71)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Children Of Jah



Heading over to Jamdown now with a fine new reggae compilation on the Kingston Sounds label, channeling that majestic mid-seventies rockers sound concocted by the Revolutionairies (Sly & Robbie et al) with legendary producer Bunny 'Striker' Lee. Prime example below.
Junior Delgado - Devil's Throne

Monday, October 16, 2017

All Aboard















We're going on a trip, jazz cats. Its distict Indian flavour is delightful, and what's more, this musical journey features the mighty Pharoah Sanders on sax. Satchidananda, in case you were wondering, was a famous swami Trane's widow was following at the time on her road to enlightenment.
Alice Coltrane - Journey Into Satchidananda

Friday, October 13, 2017

All Nite Long




















Ready for some classic rockin' cajun from East Texas and Southwest Louisiana, folks? Good, as the acclaimed Yep Rock imprint has just re-released the mighty cool Swampland Jewels compilation, which originally came out on the Goldband label back in '79. Let the bon temps rouler... and ride that crawfish if you dare.
Cleveland Crochet & Jay Stutes - Sugar Bee

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Anything Different





















Only debut albums should be self-titled in my book, but let's be mild for once and forgive the Weather Station. As it stands, the Canadian combo's fourth offering is simply too good to be cast aside for such petty reasons. With bonus points for lush but functional string arrangements and even a flute here and there, The Weather Station raises only one question really: might young Tamara Lindeman be Joni Mitchell's illegitimate offspring?
The Weather Station - Kept It All To Myself

Monday, October 9, 2017

Crunch Crunch



The fifth (!) Kozelek product of the year sees our quirky Ohioan get together with keyboardist Ben Boye and drummer Jim White. Works a treat. Chew on this wicked feline impersonation for starters: "When you're a cat you can sleep all day and say fuck all that..."
Mark Kozelek with Ben Boye and Jim White - House Cat

Friday, October 6, 2017

A Day Late











And a dollar short, as they say. "But it was soon patent to every observing mind that the ways of wealth were not the ways of honor..." Indeed. Presenting a greedy six pack + for your listening pleasure, my amigos da musica.
Wynn Stewart - Another Day, Another Dollar
David Wiffen - You'll Never Make A Dollar That Way (Mexico)
The Stained Glass - Dollar Sign Friends
The Mekons - $1,000 Wedding
Funkadelic - Funky Dollar Bill
Ka - $
Bonus track:
Johnny Dollar - Action Packed

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Hurts Like Hell





















The always fantastic Numero Group is at it again, this time with a monster compilation of Acid Nightmares. Recorded in the tail-end of the psychedelic sixties, these 18 mega-obscure stoner scorchers are sure to fry your brain. Do take this good-bad trip if you dare...
Bulbous Creation - Hooked

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Scar In The Sky





















Just got the sad news that Tom Petty has passed away. The Florida-born leader of the Heartbreakers died of cardiac arrest in an L.A. hospital. He was just 66. I've always had a weak spot for their eponymous debut album. Miss him.
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Luna

Monday, October 2, 2017

White Light




















An old fave of mine by Nico, from the chanteuse's new wave-tinged Drama Of Exile album. "Her love lies like a broken glass..."
Nico - Henry Hudson

Friday, September 29, 2017

How I Feel





















Obscure sixties soul from Toronto by fine singer annex transgender rights pioneer Jackie Shane. "Tell her that I'm happy, tell her that I'm gay..." Collected works, which comes down to six singles and a steaming live gig, out now courtesy of the mighty Numero Group.
Jackie Shane - Any Other Way

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Darker Darkness





















The new Hiss album is getting rave reviews almost everywhere, but I'm not completely bowled over yet. It all sounds a bit tinny to my ears, which doesn't fit the fat Caledonian soul vibe they're after, while the new drummer sure could use a bit of funk in his playing. Don't get me wrong, the wonderfully titled Hallelujah Anyhow is a decent record, and one with an uplifting message at that, but it somehow lacks the magic of MC Taylor & crew's earlier work. Here's hoping it will grow on me.
Hiss Golden Messenger - Harder Rain

Monday, September 25, 2017

Talk To Me





















Time for a postpunk oldie ('80) by Pylon. Michael Stipe was a fan, but the big time never came for this cool combo from Athens, Georgia. You really do need their Gyrate album though, reissued on cd a couple years back as Gyrate Plus. Like wild good vibes indeed.
Pylon - Cool

Friday, September 22, 2017

Keep Dreaming





















Inexplicably, the opener of Chris Forsyth's new album proves nothing but a weak Television pastiche. I was just thinking that he could do so much better when things indeed picked up, culminating in the absolute highlight that is the title track: an inventive and hypnotic stretched-out thing of beauty. Here goes.
Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band - Dreaming In The Non-Dream

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Mark My Words





















Luis Moneo Lara, younger brother of the more famous cantaor El Torta, is a rarity in flamenco circles, as he's not just a singer but an accomplished guitarist as well. On his first solo effort at 56, he's backed by his son Juan though. Great stuff con corazón from Jerez.
Luis Moneo - Mi Parecito Juan

Monday, September 18, 2017

Come On In Here





















Mr. Young originally decided not to release Hitchhiker because he felt these David Briggs-produced, single night acoustic '76 recordings sounded too stoned somehow for his liking. The majority of this strong collection of songs, featuring such classics as Campaigner and Powderfinger, would eventually find its way to later albums of course, but to hear this stripped-down, mellow and intimate session after all these years is truly a joy.
Neil Young - Hawaii

Friday, September 15, 2017

Time Hurts

















Just got the sad news that Grant Hart has passed away. Hüsker Dü's legendary singing drummer was only 56, way way too young. Miss him.
Hüsker Dü - Sorry Somehow
Hüsker Dü - Pink Turns To Blue
Grant Hart - 2541

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Meet Me Here





















"A falcon presses up against a birch tree in a thin white dress..." Bit late to the party, as this one came out last January already. Expertly produced by Iron & Wine's Sam Beam, Tift Merritt's Stitch Of The World is simply too strong to be overlooked though.
Tift Merritt - Proclamation Bones

Monday, September 11, 2017

So Far Away





















Back with some killer psych from 1969 by Brazil's Os Brazões, who rose to fame as tropicália star Gal Costa's backing band. For some reason they only managed to make one sole album, which is well worth tracking down.
Os Brazões - Tão Longe De Mim

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Castle Made Of Sand





















"Me pongo mirando al mar, veo como las olas unas vienen y otras van..." Moving in a southwesterly direction for some rest & recreation. First up: a flying visit to Jerez de la Frontera flamenco city, to attend the jubilee edition of the famous Buleria festival. Back in a week or two, hasta luego!

El Camarón De La Isla -  Como Castillo De Arena

Monday, August 21, 2017

On My Own





















The bearded one returns with an album that harks back to his earlier lofi efforts, and that's a good thing if you ask me. Welcome back, old buddy.

Iron & Wine - Bitter Truth

Friday, August 18, 2017

Kiss Your Boy





















Gillian Welch must be struggling with one of her frequent writer's blocks, as it's up to her trusted sidekick David Rawlings to deliver the goods again. Which he does with verve, backed by a rootsy full band and Welch helping out on percussion and background vocals. If you're in need of a delicious and diverse collection of Americana, look no further.

David Rawlings - Cumberland Gap

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Head 'Em Up


















This one's for the freaks: a lavish 5 cd box full of bluegrass treasure, brought to you by Richard Weize, a guy who used to work for the acclaimed Bear Family reissue label. They contain all the songs legendary bluegrass maestro Bill Monroe recorded for the Decca label between 1950 and '51, including numerous outtakes. Flowers are blooming indeed.

Bill Monroe - The First Whippoorwill (take 7)
Bill Monroe - Rawhide (take 6)

Monday, August 14, 2017

Just Like Jack The Ripper





















An intriguing, trippy take on a stone cold Dead classic. Settle down easy, why don't you.

Dead Rider - Ramble On Rose

Friday, August 11, 2017

Played The Part





















Probably my fave ever Lou Reed cover. What's yours, my amigos da musica?

Cowboy Junkies - Sweet Jane

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

For All Time













Just got the sad news that Glen Campbell has passed away. The legendary country singer, who started his musical career as a session player with the famous Wrecking Crew, made his best work with songwriter and producer Jimmy Webb. He was 81. Miss him.

Glen Campbell - Wichita Lineman
Glen Campbell - Where's The Playground, Susie

Monday, August 7, 2017

Smiled Down On Me





















Gone the clouds, as this is the reissue of the year as far as I'm concerned. Trust me on this: you really need this 1972 Britfolk masterpiece by Lal & Mike Waterson in your lives. Featuring Richard Thompson, Martin Carthy, Maddy Prior and Dave Mattacks amongst others, Bright Phoebus was rather misunderstood by the tradfolk mafia when it came out and soon faded into obscurity, but slowly but surely turned into a holy grail of sorts over the years. Now it's finally here in remastered glory on Domino records, coupled with a fine fine bonus disc with demos from '71. Don't miss out.

Lal & Mike Waterson - Bright Phoebus
Lal & Mike Waterson -  One Of These Days ('71 demo)

Friday, August 4, 2017

On My Side




















Neil's immortal Down By The River like you never heard it before. This is some seriously funky psychedelic stuff, brothers and sisters... Find it on a new compilation packed with goodies called Function Underground: The Black and Brown American Rock Sound 1969-1974.

Purple Snow - Down By The River

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Better Watch Out

















The Boys Next Door, precursors to the mighty Birthday Party, take on a Gene Vincent rockabilly gem. Instant mayhem of course. Like to hear the original, too? Thought so.

Boys Next Door - Cat Man
Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps - Cat Man

Monday, July 31, 2017

Punjab Calling




















Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan will always be the brightest star of the devotional music of the sufis called qawwali. Fascinating to say the least. "Ali is the one who gives dignity to those who do not have anyone to protect their dignity...

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - Ali Maula Ali Maula Ali Dam Dam

Friday, July 28, 2017

Get It





















It's summer six pack time again, my amigos da musica, so get it together y'all. Fab art as always by Tinca. Right down here...

Reverend Gary Davis - Let Us Get Together
The Staple Singers - We've Got To Get Ourselves Together
Tinga Stewart - Why Can't We Live Together
Bright Engelberts & The B.E. Movement - Get Together
The Up - Together
Ron Wood - Act Together

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

I Like It





















Because you all need the blues according to Jessie Mae in your lives. Trust me, my amigos da musica.

Jessie Mae Hemphill - Feelin' Good

Monday, July 24, 2017

From On High





















Halfway in What A Long Strange Trip It's Been, Dennis McNally's absorbing and very extensive Grateful Dead biography, so high time to celebrate for a bit. Here's the Dead working in mysterious ways during an intense acoustic set at Harpur College back in 1970. Glorious gospel. Hey now!

Grateful Dead - Cold Jordan (live '70)

Friday, July 21, 2017

Hot Heads





















It's one of 'em summers alright. Even the geraniums are wilting on the balcony, no matter how much water you give them. City definitely red hot, too hot... So how about a boiling, sweaty six pack for your listening pleasure, my amigos da musica? Hot time artwork as usual by the mighty Tinca.

The Soul Lifters - Hot, Funky And Sweaty
The Explosions - Stepping Hot
The Samurai - Fresh Hot Breeze Of Summer
Lee 'Scratch' Perry - City Too Hot
Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - Hot Head
William Harris - Hot Time Blues