Monday, January 25, 2021

Coming Down





















"At the breakfast table, with a whiskey bottle in my hand..." Start a song like that and I'm game. How about you?

Friday, January 22, 2021

Want You Back

 












Faithful Robyn Hitchcock recently paid tribute to Syd Barrett on what would have been the late Floyd frontman's 75th birthday. Will you please keep on the track?

Robyn Hitchcock - Gigolo Aunt

Monday, January 18, 2021

Traneing In


 











Chasing the Trane today, with the obscure Descendants Of Mike & Phoebe, with the great tenor player Clifford Laconia Jordan and, last but certainly not least, with his talented widow Alice.

The Descendants Of Mike And Phoebe - Coltrane
Clifford Jordan Quartet - John Coltrane
Alice Coltrane - Something About John Coltrane

Friday, January 15, 2021

Began To Speak






 







Had I discovered Seaside Ghost Tales just a little bit earlier, this collection of hypnotic gnostic folk trips from down under would have made my end-of-year list for sure. Using more or less exotic instruments like tablas, lute and dulcimer, head Trappist Adam Geoffrey Cole often recalls Current 93 at its most melodic here. This was Cole's last project under the Trappist Afterland moniker by the way; curious to see what he'll come up with next.

Trappist Afterland - The Unquiet Grave

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Just Say Less


 











Just got the sad news that Mark Keds no longer walks among us. The talented singer and guitarist of London pop-punk formation the Senseless Things was only 50 years old. Miss him.

Senseless Things - Ex-Teenager
Senseless Things - Got It At The Delmar

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Everybody Knows

 












Numero's latest entry in its acclaimed Eccentric Soul series focuses on the tiny Cuca label from Wisconsin. Lots of treasure to be found as usual; take this fine fine track by Harvey Scales for instance. "You don't even remember my name, you're so wrong..."

Harvey Scales & The Seven Sounds - Glamour Girl

Monday, January 11, 2021

Call Me Crazy

 












How much did it cost, indeed. Militant jazz from '69. Right on, and swings like crazy, too.

Leon Thomas - Damn Nam (Ain't Goin' To Vietnam)

Friday, January 8, 2021

Sure Can Fly

 













We're in Memphis, Tennessee in the year of 1928. Gus Cannon plays jug, with Elijah Avery on guitar and Noah Lewis on harmonica. Can you do the Pig Ankle Strut? Surely one of the weirdest and otherwordly tunes ever put to shellac.

Gus Cannon - Pig Ankle Strut

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Jumped That Train

 












A couple of fine recent covers, plus the originals of course. Yo La Tengo honours my beloved Ronnie Lane in patented Fakebook style, while Lambchop grooves to Ohio's artpunks the Mirrors. Good taste, y'all.

Yo La Tengo - Roll On Babe
Lambchop - Shirley
Ronnie Lane - Roll On Babe
Mirrors - Shirley

Monday, January 4, 2021

Dutch Treat

 












It's the spring of 1967, and maestro Sonny Rollins plays a couple of gigs and radio shows in the Netherlands. He's backed by talented locals Ruud Jacobs (bass) and Han Bennink (drums), which works a treat indeed. Great find from the Dutch Jazz Archive.

Sonny Rollins - Love Walked In