Friday, May 17, 2013
Somewhat belatedly got the sad news that Cedric 'Im' Brooks, renowned Jamaican sax player and flautist, passed away earlier this month. He was 70 years old. Brooks played on numerous albums by Count Ossie & the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, Light Of Saba, and the Skatalites, but I specifically urge you to track down his irie '77 instrumental solo album Im Flash Forward.
Cedric 'Im' Brooks - Right On Rasta
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Check out what I bought when in Catalunya recently. ArteSano is the latest offering from Miguel Poveda, the singer from Badalona who's widely regarded as one of the truest voices in flamenco today. Take it away, maestro.
Miguel Poveda - El Alfarero
Miguel Poveda - Hondo Y Sin Soga
Monday, May 13, 2013
Saturday, May 11, 2013
"They say that whiskey ain't the best way, but then I ain't too smart..." Back with a bang alright. Amongst other things, I happened to visit many a barroom in the Ciudad Condal, so here goes with a thirst-inducing four pack. ¡Salut, amics!
Steve Young - Broken Hearted People (Take Me To A Barroom)
Gillian Welch - Barroom Girls
Hank Snow - The Face On The Barroom Floor
Saturday, May 4, 2013
And fun galore. "You go to Satan, little darlin'..." Gonna ride that hobo train, all the way to hell. Well, just flying out to my beloved Barcelona actually, but you get the point. Adios, back in a week or so.
Rube Waddell - Go To Satan
Thursday, May 2, 2013
This in rememberance of Crawdaddy magazine founder and rock critic par excellence Paul Williams, who passed away recently. If you're talking books on His Bobness, Williams' three Performing Artist tomes are definitely among the cream of the crop. The following tracks stem from one of his fave shows, the excellent Dortmund 1987 with the Heartbreakers. Temples in flames alright.
Bob Dylan - Shelter From The Storm (live Dortmund '87)
Bob Dylan - I'll Remember You (live Dortmund '87)
Bob Dylan - The Ballad of Frankie Lee And Judas Priest (live Dortmund '87)
Monday, April 29, 2013
Does this little tune from 1962 ring a little bell? Good. Move over Jimi, and let Niela take over. This is the one and only original, you dig. Niela's boyfriend Billy Roberts 'borrowed' and rewrote it and the rest, as they say, is history.
Niela Miller - Baby Don't Go To Town
Friday, April 26, 2013
"I've been sitting here so long, just remembering that you're gone..." Just got word that the great George Jones has left us. He was one of the finest country singers ever. Rest in peace, Mr. Possum.
George Jones - You're Still On My Mind
George Jones - Just One More
Thursday, April 25, 2013
"The midnight cry of a blood red bird brought this sleeplessness on..." Presenting part two of a feathered six pack. Bird is the word. Collage once again by the mighty Tinca. Buy some of her exquisite art why don't you.
Monday, April 22, 2013
"There's a high flying bird way up in the sky, and I wonder if she looks down as she flies on by..." Presenting part one of a folky, chirping six pack. Artwork by the one and only Tinca. Stick together, y'all.
Judy Henske - High Flying Bird
Kieran White - Hummingbirds
Leonda - Zono My Bird
Mellow Candle - Messenger Birds
Michael Hurley - The Early Bird Always Gets The Worm
Carol Kleyn - Blackbird