Monday, September 22, 2014

Don't Get Lost





















Out early October: an interesting sampler on Grönland Records, featuring two handfuls of futuristic, synth-driven tunes cooked up in the fair German city of Düsseldorf. Surprisingly, the seventies krautrock of Neu! and La Düsseldorf sits quite comfortable next to the eighties Neue Deutsche Welle of DAF and Die Krupps. Deutsche gründlichkeit guaranteed.
Harmonia & Eno - Luneburg Heath

Friday, September 19, 2014

Don't Leave





















As someone very dear to me is leaving today for that huge, troubled, and still somewhat mysterious African country called the Democratic Republic of Congo, here's some authentic tunage from two of the greatest forces ever in Congolese music: Franco and Le Grand Kallé. C'est magnifique!
Franco & L'Orchestre TPOK Jazz - Tangawusi Pts. 1 & 2
Grand Kallé & L'African Jazz - Ambiance Kallé Catho

Some non-rumba bonus tracks, mes amis de la musique? Coming up pronto.
The Bongos - In The Congo
Les Valiants - Don't Wanna Leave The Congo
Pere Ubu - Heart Of Darkness

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Raw Power, Too





















Somehow, today seems perfect for some mid-seventies Japrock powertrio mayhem, hugely influenced by the Stooges. Try 3/3 on for size.
3/3 - Open A Window

Monday, September 15, 2014

Raw Power





















If you dig Paco de Lucía's unadulterated, non-fusion early repertoire, you need to hear this fluid beauty, too. Habichuela En Rama is a bona fide classic of flamenco guitar.
Pepe Habichuela - Amanecer

Friday, September 12, 2014

All I Know





















The original French poster from the twenties pictured above has been the pride of my kitchen for decades now. Bought it for next to nothing from a Parisian guy on the Boulevard Haussmann, who found a bunch of 'em bundled up in the attic when moving in to his new abode. Its motto: the strongest man on earth declares: the secret of my strength - no alcohol. Calls for a little Teenage FC methinks, so take it away, you cool Scotsmen you. Gonna be one hell of a party next week up north if that ploy for independence succeeds...
Teenage Fanclub - Alcoholiday

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Gypsy Tailwind





















Leaving for sizzling Jerez de la Frontera tomorrow to attend the annual Fiesta de la Bulería festival, so please permit me one more track of flamenco puro. One singer I will surely come face to face with this Saturday night is the fine singer Antonio Agujetas, also known as Agujetas hijo. After various problems with the law stalled his career a wee bit, he'll be making a comeback of sorts. Can't wait.
Antonio Agujetas - Romance Gitano

Monday, September 1, 2014

Rio Grande



















Some more flamenco? Well, why not? Y'all need a little more duende in your lives, you know... So here are the amazing vocals of Pepe Núñez Morón, nicknamed 'El Loreño' as he hailed from the town of Lora Del Rio in Seville province. Below he salutes Francisco Montoya Egea a.k.a. 'El Nino De La Huerta', a singer from the same town who got his nickname because he used to work as a gardener before hitting the big time.
Pepe Núñez "El Loreño" - Llanto Por El Nino De La Huerta

Friday, August 29, 2014

Jive Five





















Haven't heard that much exciting new tunage recently to be honest, but these babies struck me as pretty cool. Let's start off with Woods, who sound a lot more poppy all of a sudden on what is already album #8, With Light And With Love. A track like Shepherd proves they haven't lost that magic touch though. Tasty pedal steel, lads! Meanwhile up in Scotland, King Creosote composed a way interesting soundtrack to a documentary about his home country. It's titled From Scotland With Love, and I love it right back. After the demise of the mighty Black Swans, Jerry David DeCicca now goes it alone. If you like your folk real dark and moody, the resulting Understanding Land will be right up your alley. Amy and Dan from Village Of Spaces have been at it again, too. Welcome In is out on their own Turned World imprint, and if Wheels doesn't charm your socks off I don't know what will. And last but not least, let me present Alice Gerrard, a lady who's been playing folk and bluegrass for over fourty years. Her new offering Follow The Music was produced by none other than Hiss Golden Messenger's MC Taylor, which is a recommendation in itself methinks.
Woods - Shepherd
King Creosote - Cargill
Jerry David DeCicca - Before The Storm
Village Of Spaces - Wheels
Alice Gerrard - Boll Weevil

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fat Of The Land



















Yesterday's big news was of course the imminent arrival of the complete Basement Tapes, as volume 11 of the ongoing Bootleg Series. Which means an amazing 138 tracks on 6 cd's of Dylan and the Band having fun in a Woodstock room back in '67: what a wealth. Out early November, so better start saving up... Open that door!
Bob Dylan & The Band - Open The Door Homer

Monday, August 25, 2014

All You Need





















Fully Qualified Survivor, the second album by underrated British folkie Michael Chapman, is essential listening, my amigos da musica. Interesting plus: it features a young Mick Ronson on guitar, just before he would hit the big leagues as a member of Bowie's Spiders From Mars.
Michael Chapman - Naked Ladies And Electric Ragtime