Friday, December 15, 2017

Oh What Fun

"If you want another drink, there's plenty more under the sink..." A soul shakedown party is in order, as For The Sake Of The Song turns 10 today. Hurray and all that, my amigos da musica. Lovely jubilee artwork by the mighty Tinca. Fools, and fool's hats.
Bob Marley & The Wailers - Soul Shakedown Party
Wanda Jackson - Let's Have A Party
Porter Wagoner - The Life Of The Party
Kevin Coyne - Having A Party
The Heptones - Party Time
Allen Toussaint - When The Party's Over

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Give It To You

I'm sure the Dead had a groovy time playing at the foot of the Great Pyramid of Giza back in '78, but for a number of reasons, the recorded results were anything but stellar. Here's the one exception really, featuring Nubian oud player Hamza El Din and his students. Hey now, mighty mellow...
Grateful Dead - Ollin Arageed

Monday, December 11, 2017

Soul Trane

And of course, there's always the genius of John Coltrane. Every once in a while one needs to be reminded of that, my amigos da musica. So here we go again, with a trio of fine fine early tracks.
Wilbur Harden & John Coltrane - Tanganyika Strut
John Coltrane - Minor Mishap
Tadd Dameron & John Coltrane - Mating Call

Friday, December 8, 2017

Sky On Fire

This just in from the oversight dept: totally forgot about Mark Lanegan's new album. A useful reminder by the Swede over at Unthought Of, Though, Somehow put me back on the right track. For as the somewhat overproduced Gargoyle probably isn't the best the former Screaming Trees frontman can offer, that golden baritone is always irresistable.
Mark Lanegan Band - Sister

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Heavy Load

On a new live album called The Chapel, our beloved heavy folkrockers of Heron Oblivion surprisingly go wild with a Sir Doug classic. That's the lovely Meg Baird in the role of singing drummer, folks, doing her best Sandy impression. "And it sure does wig me out, when I think about what went down..." Indeed.
Heron Oblivion - Crossroads
Sir Douglas Quintet - At The Crossroads

Monday, December 4, 2017

Into The Fire

Another record store day surprise, from the lost and found department this time. New Stuff is an endearing collection of late-nineties acoustic demos by the legendary Waylon Jennings, who sadly passed away in 2002. Recently rediscovered by his son Shooter, this unadorned batch of songs may not be outlaw country's holy grail, but it sure is fun to hear 'old number one' in such an intimate setting.
Waylon Jennings - Good Time

Friday, December 1, 2017

Ready To Go

Seems like a good day to sample some wacky country and rockabilly gems from the first 2 volumes of the amazing Hillbillies In Hell series. As this stuff is highly addictive, you'll understand that I'm currently on the lookout for parts 3 and 4. Soon, soon.
Benny Joy - Dark Angel
Margie Singleton - Jesus Is My Pusher
Buddy Knox - I Think I'm Gonna Kill Myself
Jimmy Newman - The Devil Was Laughing At Me

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Freezing Me

A Record Store Day surprise: Jason Molina (of Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. fame) covering the Sabs. Sparky always was a fan of Ozzy & co, and this is a short but very sweet homage. Bonus bonanza: the coked-up proto stoner rock original.
Jason Molina - Snowblind
Black Sabbath - Snowblind

Monday, November 27, 2017

For Sure

A writer's block for our Bonnie Prince? After last May's rather lacklustre collection of Merle Haggard interpretations, Knoxville's finest has now surprisingly decided to cover the whole of Norwegian singer Susanna Wallumrød's Sonata Mix Dwarf Cosmos album. A polished and somewhat subdued affair prominently featuring banjo and violin, Wolf Of The Cosmos has its moments, like the hopeful track below.
Bonnie Prince Billy - Better Days

Friday, November 24, 2017

Cherry Blossom Special

This endearing cover of Bob Dylan's I Shall Be Released, with new lyrics in Japanese, is only one out of many goodies on an exemplary, brand new Light In The Attic compilation mining the rich folk-rock scene of late sixties and early seventies Japan. Sun's about to rise...
The Dylan II - Otokorashiitte Wakaru Kai

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

It's Golden

That prolific guitarist Steve Gunn has been at it again, this time doing the instrumental thing with John Truscinski on drums and synths. Their hypnotic lovechild is called Bay Head, and is out now on the cool Three Lobed label. File under soothing music.
Gunn-Truscinski Duo - Flood And Fire