Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Low And High

Time to put on my flying shoes, as I'm off on my hols tomorrow for some much-needed R&R. No worries: I'll be back before you know it, my amigos da musica. Oh, and here's a fly six pack to keep y'all busy until then. ¡Hasta luego!

Monday, July 11, 2016

You Got It?

Today we'll put the spotlight on that wonderful folk outsider Michael Hurley. The man they call Snock has been going at it since the sixties, but his circle of admirers is still way too small. So let's begin it.
Michael Hurley - Sweedeedee
Michael Hurley - Wildegeeses
Michael Hurley - Reconciled To The Blues

Friday, July 8, 2016

Got Good Taste

A classy 'lost' track with a wonderful title from my fave krautrockers, the mighty Can. Recorded live in their unique studio in Schloss Nörvenig, when Malcolm Mooney was still behind the mic.
Can - Your Friendly Neighbourhood Whore

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Don't Do It

Midnight Rambler is a modern blues-rock opera, says Buffalo Tom frontman turned rock hack Bill Janovitz in his insightful book Rocks Off: 50 tracks that tell the story of the Rolling Stones. And he especially recommends this never officially released live take from their notorious 1972 American tour. "After a spellbinding section where the band drones on the riff, nearly turning the beat around in the process, the song comes seemingly to a halt in the middle section, where the band just breaks the song down to bare bones, like a bump-and-grind for a big mama stripper..." Well said.
Rolling Stones - Midnight Rambler (live '72)

Monday, July 4, 2016

Like The Dickens

Lubbock calling, so we go waltzing today. Just tell 'em because.
Joe Ely - West Texas Waltz

Friday, July 1, 2016

At The Heron House

Pay attention, my followers of chaos. San Francisco's Heron Oblivion is a band to watch alright. All members, of which the lovely Meg Baird of Espers fame is probably best known, did their time in the underground already, so we're talking something like a true indie supergroup here. If out of control noise-folk sounds like your thing, lend them your ears.
Heron Oblivion - Your Hollows

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Hit The Band

Just got the sad news that keyboard master Bernie Worrell has left us. The highly influential Wizard of Woo, best known as a key member of George Clinton's Parliament-Funkadelic gang but also a de facto member of Talking Heads in the eighties, was 72. Miss him.
Parliament - Mothership Connection (Star Child)

Stop press: just heard that Winfield Scott Moore III, better known as Scotty Moore, passed away yesterday. The guitar great, best known for his revolutionary work with Elvis during the early years of the Memphis Flash and especially on the legendary Sun Sessions, was 84. Miss him, too.
Elvis Presley - You're A Heartbreaker

Monday, June 27, 2016

Awaiting Reverence

From an intense 1971 Peel session, here's Christa Päffgen, better known as Nico. Sometimes I wonder where that battered harmonium full of cigarette burns of hers ended up after the underground diva passed away in '88.
Nico - Secret Side

Friday, June 24, 2016

Snow White Wings

Just got the sad news that Ralph Stanley has passed away. The Appalachian bluegrass legend was 89. He was the man alright. Miss him.
Stanley Brothers - Angel Band
Ralph Stanley - I Am The Man, Thomas

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

See The Sun

The psychedelic nova tropicália of Brazil's Boogarins makes for a most excellent summer soundtrack. Here's your guia livre de dissolução dos sonhos, which translates as a free guide to the dissolution of dreams.
Boogarins - Avalanche

Monday, June 20, 2016

Never Let It Die

Harlan Perry Howard (1927-2002) was one of the finest songwriters in country music. His definition of what makes a great country song is priceless: three chords and the truth. Amen to that, folks. Let's put on the style with a trio of his songs as performed by the honky tonk pride of Bakersville, Buck Owens.
Buck Owens - Let's Agree To Disagree
Buck Owens - Above And Beyond
Buck Owens - Pick Me Up On The Way Down