Monday, August 10, 2020

Where I Come From

Hot on the heels of the lovely All The Good Times, here's yet more Gillian riches for us all. Boots No. 2: The Lost Songs Vol. 1 (there will be two more volumes, hurrah!) consists of songs that got away from a 2002 session, songs from master tapes saved just in time from a recent hurricane assault. Songs so good one wonders why she didn't release them at the time. Let's just say all's well that ends well.
Gillian Welch - Strange Isabella

Friday, August 7, 2020

Sunny Side Up

"All I want is the sun... and doesn't it feel good..." Presenting a radiant six pack of fab tunes for your summery listening pleasure. Blinding artwork by Tinca, as usual. Enjoy & stay tuned for more sunny goodness, folks.
Hannibal & Sunrise Orchestra - Forest Sunrise
Bunny Gale - In The Burning Sun
The Ronettes - I Wish I Never Saw The Sunshine
Margo Guryan - Sun
The Primitives - (We've) Found A Way (To The Sun)
Nebula - Sun Creature

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Way To Go

Hey now, it's a marvellous summer for Deadheads everywhere. The classic Workingman's Dead just turned 50 and its anniversary edition comes with a fine fine '71 show at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre. Check below to hear a sharp take on Easy Wind, with Pigpen growlin' da blues as only he could. And then there's The Angel's Share, which is strictly for the freaks. If more than two and a half hours worth of Workingman outtakes, complete with in-studio chatter, doesn't faze you, do carry this load one way or another.
Grateful Dead - Easy Wind (live Port Chester '71)
Grateful Dead - New Speedway Boogie (demo)

Monday, August 3, 2020

Clocks Are Turning

Took quite a long time for a fresh bunch of Zachary Cale tunes to appear, but it sure was worth the wait. False Spring is a crafty, uplifting record, and a grower to boot. Don't look away.
Zachary Cale - Mad Season

Friday, July 31, 2020

All That Lives

Got a fine Britfolk cover of a classic Joni Mitchell composition for you today, definitely grittier than the original but just as lovely. Find it on Claire Hamill's  recommended, unjustly forgotten One House Left Standing album ('71).
Claire Hamill - Urge For Going

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Get A Ride

Another summer, another heavy trip, for the tenth volume of the Brown Acid series has appeared among us. One more dose of obscure early-seventies proto-stoner rockers you never knew you needed, lovingly dug up by the experts of the Riding Easy crew. Here's a fitting example: turn it all the way up if you please.
Ralph Williams & The Wright Bros - Never Again

Monday, July 27, 2020

Day Of The Lords

Taking the monday-long-song route today with a trippy trio from Reutlingen, Germany. Heavy psych meisters riding a motorik beat, the aptly named Spacelords circle the sun with an eye on the cosmos. Pick these flowers if you dare.
The Spacelords - Spaceflowers

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Leave Me Now

Just got the sad news that Peter Green no longer walks among us. The troubled British blues guitar master, a founding member of Fleetwood Mac, was 73. None other than B.B. King once said that Green 'has the sweetest tone I ever heard. He was the only one who gave me the cold sweats...' High praise, and amen to that. Miss him.
Fleetwood Mac - Love That Burns

Friday, July 24, 2020

Go Away

Got an intense flamenco beauty for you today courtesy of Chano Lobato, late great cantaor from the charming port city of Cadiz.
Chano Lobato - Anda, Vete, Que No Quiero

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Oh Brother

A fresh gem from the tiny and always amazing Mississippi Records honouring brother Theotis Taylor, who is alive and well and living in Fitzgerald, Georgia at 92 years of age as we speak. These lofi home recordings with just piano or guitar and hypnotizing vocals sound both otherwordly and outside of time. Spread the good word.
Brother Theotis Taylor - Somebody's Gone

Monday, July 20, 2020

Can't Let Go

Just got the sad news that Emitt Rhodes has passed away. The unjustly obscure singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from California was 70. They didn't call him the 'one-man Beatles' without a reason. Miss him.
Emitt Rhodes - Live Till You Die
Emitt Rhodes - Those That Die