Wednesday, May 4, 2016

So Hard To Beat

Currently enjoying Good Night And Good Riddance, David Cavanagh's lovely new book about legendary BBC dj John Peel. Presented as an alternative history of the UK from the sixties to the nineties of sorts, and filled with tons of accurate and often very witty insights, this does the late tastemaker proud indeed. For the soundtrack: an everlasting Peel fave from Derry's Undertones. "The reason the song resonates so deeply with him isn't because it reminds him of his teenage kicks. It's because it reminds him, overwhelmingly, that he had no teenage kicks at all..."
Undertones - Teenage Kicks

Monday, May 2, 2016

Cosmic Indeed

Finally received my copy of Cosmic American Music in the mail this weekend. The 5th installment in the Numero Group's Wayfaring Strangers series may be the best of the bunch, collecting a grand total of nineteen young hopefuls who released their musical outings - in what's more or less a country rock setting - exclusively as private press records. An impeccably remastered collection of heartwarming obscurities: don't miss out, cowboys.
The Black Canyon Gang - Lonesome City

Friday, April 29, 2016

Don't Hide It

I still play Jason Molina's stuff quite regularly, which in turn never fails to reminds me what a talent we lost when his body couldn't take any more abuse at the age of 39. For those of you not in the know, do check out this well informed eulogy in the Chicago Reader. Anyway, here's an angry and intense one of his. "Now the world was empty on the day when they made it, but heaven needed someplace to throw all the shit..."
Magnolia Electric Co. - The Dark Don't Hide It

Friday, April 22, 2016

Feel So Bad

Just got the sad news that Prince has left us. The self-proclaimed skinny motherfucker with the high voice was only 57. He was a wizard and a true star. "And all good things, they say, never last..." Miss him.
Prince - Sometimes It Snows In April

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Down To The Bone

Just surrender folks, you know you want to. "Doin' alright, doin' ok..."
Brinsley Schwarz - Surrender To The Rhythm

Monday, April 18, 2016

Ships Come In

A promising, adventurous debut from Tucson, Arizona. Which means you wouldn't be wrong to expect a healthy dose of desert rock along the lines of illustrous grand uncles Giant Sand and especially Calexico here, but Xixa's scope proves even broader. Wild cumbia rhythms, surf guitars, warped electronic injections... You name it, these guys have got it. They even brought in a member of Tinariwen's Tuareg gang to contribute to price track World Goes Away. "Many hands try to heal the pain..."
Xixa - World Goes Away

Friday, April 15, 2016

Decked Out All In Gold

Anthony Moore made a name for himself doing the artrock thing with Slapp Happy and Henry Cow. Later, when new wave ruled, he released the wonderfully obscure Flying Doesn't Help under the name of A. More. Album highlight Judy Get Down, firmly rooted in the Barrett and Ayers tradition, could even have been a surprise hit. It wasn't, of course.
A. More - Judy Get Down

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

All Around Me

Deeply immersed in the alcohol-fuelled antics of the Replacements at the moment, by way of a new biography by Bob Mehr. Up until now, Trouble Boys proves well-researched, well-written and just plain fun. That apt title comes from a Dave Edmunds cover the Mats played a lot in their formative stages by the way. Here it comes.
Dave Edmunds - Trouble Boys

And since I'm guessing you'd like to hear some Mats, too, do enjoy this cool outtake from Pleased To Meet Me.
The Replacements - Cool Water

Monday, April 11, 2016

Gypsy Blood

Make way for Juan Peña, better known in flamenco circles as El Lebrijano. His renowned '76 project Persecución, based on texts from Spanish poet Félix Grande about the history of gypsies on the Iberian peninsula, is really something else. ¡Toma!
El Lebrijano - Sangre, Sangre