Friday, March 24, 2017
It just happens to be funky friday today, my amigos da musica. High time to get down with the infectuous You Got To Be A Man by Franks Williams and his Rocketeers. It's the soulful year of 1967 and behind the mic there's the James Brown inspired Little Beaver, pride of Forrest City, Arkansas. "You don't have to be an angel to know right from wrong..."
Frank William's Rocketeers - You Got To Be A Man
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Seemingly out of the blue, the always impeccable Light in the Attic label decided to re-release three albums by Erasmo Carlos, a Brazilian star not very well known outside his native country. Of these, you really need Carlos, Erasmo... from 1971, a bona fide tropicália masterpiece. All over the place, and that sure is a recommendation.
Erasmo Carlos - É Preciso Dar Um Jeito, Meu Amigo
Monday, March 20, 2017
Look what the cat dragged in... The Real Kids are back, and they've just announced a European tour, too. To refresh the memory a bit: their leader John Felice co-founded the Modern Lovers with Jonathan Richman back in 1973. He soon went his own way however, releasing the classic eponymous Real Kids debut in the magical year of '77. Now I'm not much of a nostalgia nerd, but these semi-legendary Boston protopunks I just gotta see live. Come to think about it, I think I'm falling in love again...
The Real Kids - All Kindsa Girls
The Real Kids - Taxi Boys
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Friday, March 17, 2017
The good people at Pressure Sounds - still the finest roots reggae reissue label around - really leave no Jamaican stone unturned. Their latest adventure is all about the mighty singer, bass player and label boss Lloyd Parks, who was part of such legendary outfits from the island as the Techniques, Skin Flesh and Bones, the Professionals and the We The People Band. Time A Go Dread collects 22 irie tracks from the golden seventies, with not a dud between 'em. Don't forget to turn up that bass, my brethren.
Lloyd Parks - Time A Go Dread
Lloyd Parks - Strike
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Here's Memphis master Furry Lewis saluting a legendary steel driving man: easily one of the finest interpretations of the famous traditional called John Henry around.
Furry Lewis - John Henry (The Steel Driving Man) Part 1
Monday, March 13, 2017
Although the aptly titled Notes Of Blue indeed seems just a tiny bit more bluesy than their usual fare, there's nothing new under the sun on Son Volt's latest outing really. Which is a good thing of course, as the material is remarkably strong this time around and Jay Farrar's patent sad voice shines just like back in the days. A compulsory buy for all you country rockers and Americana aficionados out there.
Son Volt - Promise The World
Friday, March 10, 2017
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Good news: master picker Steve Gunn has just announced an extensive European solo tour. Starting in chilly England this April, he'll slowly wind his way down south to end up deep in the heart of sunny Portugal a month or so later. Barcelona is on the itinerary as well, so I'll be sure to buy me a ticket.
Steve Gunn - Water Wheel
Steve Gunn - Wildwood
Monday, March 6, 2017
The Feelies never released anything subpar, and their brand new In Between is no exception to that rule. What joy, yet another album by Halendon's finest to treasure. Chew on this if you please: the Feelies may just be the coolest combo on the planet.
The Feelies - When To Go
Friday, March 3, 2017
I kid you not: ye olde arch druid Julian Cope, famous for his intake of all things psychedelic, has discovered the joys of booze all of a sudden. The result: a highly amusing new mini album, called Drunken Songs as it bloody well should. "And in the morning, we won't remember a thing..." You just got to love the guy. Cheers!
Julian Cope - Drink Me Under The Table