Thursday, December 1, 2016

On My Mind





















Bonnie Billy and the Bells go country in an uplifting live medley, recorded in ye olde Oxford town. Hiya, Merle...
Trembling Bells & Bonnie Prince Billy - Bottom/No God/Bottle

Monday, November 28, 2016

Concept Of I





















Neville O'Riley Livingston, better known as Bunny Wailer, is the only surviving member of the original Wailers, a dubious honor indeed. Not as well known by the public at large compared to Marley and Tosh, he's a reggae legend just the same. Cue a new collection of superb old singles released on his own Solomonic label, with songs that prove every inch as good as the material that ended up on his much lauded debut Blackheart Man, and that's saying something. There's a second volume out, too, but I haven't heard that one yet alas. Soon come.
Bunny Wailer - Amagideon

Friday, November 25, 2016

Togo To Go




















A new compilation on the Hot Casa label, chock-a-bloc with steaming seventies afro soul from Togo? That's a no-brainer of course. Consider yourselves warned.
Aimé Orchis Mathey - Tralala Vo Dou

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Upon My Knees
















Thanks to the good people over at nyctaper, you can now enjoy a solid recent show by Hiss Golden Messenger, who are currently on tour promoting their wonderful Heart Like A Levee album. Special treat: a rather obscure Faces cover. Dig in.
Hiss Golden Messenger - Flags And Banners (live)
The Faces - Flags And Banners

Monday, November 21, 2016

Feelin' Alright

















Caught Ryley Walker yesterday night at the intimate Sidecar club here in Barcelona and very good it was, too. Hypnotizing tunes galore, upright bass a special treat. Young Mr. Walker isn't done touring Europe just yet, so I'd strongly suggest to go see him if he's somewhere in your area. Well worth it.
Ryley Walker - Summer Dress

Friday, November 18, 2016

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Bye Leon, Bye Mose





















Obituary time again alas, as two fine American musicians no longer walk among us. A couple days ago, I was informed that Leon Russell had died. The flamboyant southern swamp rocker was 74. And I just got the sad news that the incomparable Mose Allison has passed away as well. The influential jazz/blues pianist and singer died yesterday at 89. Miss 'em both.
Leon Russell - Of Thee I Sing
Leon Russell - Out In The Woods

Monday, November 14, 2016

Mind And Skin





















Healing time again, as the original losing loser - and Dinosaur Jr and Sebadoh stalwart of course - is back in solo mode after quite a long hiatus with a short ep on the Joyful Noise label. Nothing new under the sun really, but the songs are strong and that's what counts in the end. Hey hey...
Lou Barlow - Anniversary Song

Friday, November 11, 2016

So Long, Ladies' Man


















Just got the sad news that Leonard Cohen has passed away at 82. The Canadian singer/songwriter and poet was one of the true greats. I still remember the wonderful night I saw him perform here in Barcelona back in 2009 as if it were yesterday. Sweet as apples dipped in honey. Miss him.
Leonard Cohen - Memories

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Turn Around

















This merry little tune from 1977, written by Band bass player Rick Danko with Louisiana cult hero Bobby Charles, echoes my current sentiments exactly. Or to quote the famous Catalan politician Josep Tarradellas: ja sóc aquí!
Rick Danko - What A Town