Monday, February 8, 2016

Use Your Brain





















Came a little late to the party with this one, as it took me a while to realise that the Dr. Yen Lo moniker actually meant Ka in disguise. The left-of-centre Brooklyn rapper, collaborating with a producer called  Preservation, once again delivers a fine example of innovative and intelligent HipHop here, loosely based on the movie The Manchurian Candidate. Well worth checking out.
Dr. Yen Lo - Day 3

Friday, February 5, 2016

Check Yourself





















Roots time, with a cool Horace Andy tune and a wicked deejay version thereof by wildman Jah Woosh. Check out that wonderful deep bass, my brethren. To be found on an amazing collection of Keith Hudson productions called Studio Kinda Cloudy.
Horace Andy - Don't Think About Me
Jah Woosh - I'm Alright

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

He Is Coming





















Very welcome and out now on the mighty Drag City label: Pond Scum, a fine collection of stark and intimate performances by our bonnie lad Will Oldham, recorded way back when at a couple of John Peel's famous sessions. And guess what? He even pays homage to another Prince.
Bonnie Prince Billy - The Cross

Monday, February 1, 2016

The Hook





















Didn't get to see too many blues legends live alas, as most of 'em had passed away before I had a chance to buy myself a ticket. But I was lucky enough to see John Lee Hooker in concert once, back in '88. Made quite an impression, although he didn't show off his characteristic guitar work as much as I would have liked. A honky with a ponytail took care of the six string stuff mostly. Heck, John Lee was getting on in years after all... Anyway, here's a six pack of choice cuts in remembrance.
John Lee Hooker  - Two White Horses
John Lee Hooker - Black Snake
John Lee Hooker - No Friend Around (a.k.a. T.B.'s Killing Me)
John Lee Hooker - I'm Going Away
John Lee Hooker - I'm Bad Like Jesse James
John Lee Hooker -The Motor City Is Burning

Friday, January 29, 2016

Raised Up In The Cornfield





















Finally managed to replace my copy of Delusions Of Banjer, that wonderful debut by the inimitable Bad Livers from Austin, Texas. My original copy fell victim to cd rot, I kid you not. To celebrate, here's a prime example of their modern twist on bluegrass, produced by Butthole Surfer Paul Leary. Banjo, fiddle and stand-up bass go wild, folks! And as a bonus track, as it's one of the greatest cover versions I've ever enjoyed, you get to hear them do the Pop, too.
Bad Livers - Uncle Lucius
Bad Livers -Lust For Life

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Soul's A Sigh





















Mornings heavy with headaches? What have we got here then? A wistful ballad by the Scottish team of Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat (of Arab Strap fame) is what. From last years charming The Most Important Place In The World. And yup, that is an Ikea slogan.
Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat - Far From You

Monday, January 25, 2016

Flow, My Tears





















From the only album ('67) the big man recorded for the famous Verve label, this is Roland Kirk - no Rahsaan to his name yet - playing the blues on tenor and two weird other kinds of saxes. Warms the heart, yes sir.
Roland Kirk - Blue Rol

Friday, January 22, 2016

Big Ben





















Back to the sunny sounds of Brasil now, with the spotlight on Jorge Ben. A Tábua De Esmeralda ('74) and África Brasil ('76) are my fave albums by the giant from Rio, so here's a smooth but funky track from each. Tastes like the tropics, folks.
Jorge Ben - Os Alquimistas Estão Chegando Os Alquimistas
Jorge Ben - Meus Filhos, Meu Tesouro

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Shub Niggurath


H.P. Lovecraft the writer is still a firm cult favourite among lovers of gothic horror, and with good reason of course. But what about H.P. Lovecraft, the band? Anybody still listening to these guys from the psychedelic late sixties, who named their combo after the father of the famed Cthulhu legends? Try 'em out, I'd say.
H.P. Lovecraft - Wayfaring Stranger
H.P. Lovecraft - At The Mountains Of Madness

Monday, January 18, 2016

Travelin' Man





















Louisiana blues legend leaves his baby, just because. Intense? You bet.
Robert Pete Williams - Freight-Train Blues

Friday, January 15, 2016

Cold And Clear

















Had all but forgotten the lovely ladies of Malaria! until I saw some fine footage of them in an otherwise so-so documentary about West Berlin in the eighties. Riot grrrls way avant-la-lettre. Achtung Achtung!
Malaria! - Kaltes Klares Wasser
Malaria! - Geld