Friday, February 15, 2019

Sawadee, Guys

The exotica factor can't be denied of course - how many bands from Thailand do you know? - but Khana Bierbood (or คณะเบียร์บูด, meaning Strange Brew) doesn't deserve to be dismissed as just another weird-ass gimmick from the Far East. Their garagy tunes are simply too infectuous for that. Short, surf, and fun, out now on the hip Guruguru Brain label.
Khana Bierbood - Plankton Bloom

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Just Light Up

Crazy afro rhythms, bopping saxes, and way out wahwah guitars, coming to you from Milan, Italy. Stoner madness supreme. Belissima!
Al Doum & The Farids - Light Up

Monday, February 11, 2019

Devils & Ghosts

The blues according to Masaki Batoh. As the former Ghost mastermind titled it in English but sings it in Japanese one has to guess what he's on about exactly, but you'll catch his drift I guess. Intriguing stuff from Nowhere.
Masaki Batoh - Devil Got Me

Friday, February 8, 2019

Broken Glass

Sleazy lofi rock your guilty pleasure? Got the hots for that Trux meeting the Horse in Exile sound? In that case, let me introduce you to David Nance, a homie of Simon Joyner, who's got that lowdown dirty sound down pat.
David Nance Group - 110 Blues

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Jah Pride

And yet more reggae sweetness, my brethren, as the Soul Jazz label just came up with the third volume of its excellent Black Man's Pride compilation series. Irie stuff from the Studio One vaults as usual, with the relative unknowns once again managing to steal the show from the big names, which is no mean feat considering that we're talking Freddie McGregor, the Gladiators, and the Wailing Souls amongst others here. Dig this hard hitting roots anthem by the aptly named Nightingales to see what I mean.
The Nightingales - Jehovah

Monday, February 4, 2019

Pressure Dub

Pressure Sounds, always on top. The long-lasting reggae reissue label upped the ante yet again by re-releasing two incredibily rare dub albums from '77 (Conflict Dub) and '82 (Dubbing In The Front Line) as one set. With the Aggrovators playing, Bunny Lee in the producers chair and Prince Jammy as engineer, what can possibly go wrong? You know what to do, my brethren.
The Aggrovators - Skilful Dub
The Aggrovators - Babylon Dub

Friday, February 1, 2019

True West

Hot on the heels of Steve Gunn, his pal William Tyler delivers the goods as well. The Nashville native recently upped and left for sunny California, and said move gave this Brad Cook-produced record its title of course. With his deceptively simple style of picking Tyler never ceases to amaze, and featured  track Rebecca even reminded me of brother Duane's Little Martha a bit. Yup, that lovely.
William Tyler - Rebecca

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Move Along

That new Steve Gunn album sure is lovely, my amigos da musica. Solid songs that go pop, Gunn's trademark guitar work, lyrical yet groovy, backing vocals by the one and only Meg Baird: what more can one ask for? Definitely his best yet. For further reading: here's a fine recent profile on Philly's golden boy in the Guardian.
Steve Gunn - Vagabond

Monday, January 28, 2019

Get By

Treating you to a cool acoustic Go-Betweens ditty today, an acoustic demo for a song that would eventually end up on 16 Lovers Lane. Back in the days I thought these Aussies were just one good band out of many. Only now, since rediscovering them last year, do I realise they were true greats.
The Go-Betweens - The Devil's Eye

Friday, January 25, 2019

Sensory Mind

Flashing back with yet another sonic Bear journal. In the magical summer of '69 in Santa Rosa, LSD and sound pioneer Owsley 'Bear' Stanley recorded a gig of Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady (of Jefferson Airplane and future Hot Tuna fame of course) together with drummer Joey Covington. A pristine tape was only recently rediscovered, and if solid experimental jams in power trio mode, obviously inspired by the Hendrix Experience, sound like your thing, you know what to do.
Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady - Star Track

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Cooled Me With A Fan

A cold day like today calls for two heartwarming old chestnuts by bluegrass Jerry, recorded long before he became known as Captain Trips.
Jerry Garcia - Roving Gambler
Jerry Garcia - Sugar Baby