Since you all liked the songs I posted here two days ago by Moraíto (1956-2011) so much, here's some more of his flamenco guitar wizardry. This time around, he accompanies the terrific singer Manuel Agujetas.
"Playing with the queen of hearts, knowing it ain't really smart..." As I tend to keep my promises, here's part 2 of a royal megamix. Enjoy and buy some albums if you like what you hear ok?
Dave Edmunds - Queen Of Hearts MP3
The Birthday Party - King Ink MP3 Sparklehorse - Homecoming Queen MP3 Cannibal & The Headhunters - Zulu King MP3 Palace Songs - Agnes, Queen Of Sorrow MP3 Elvis Costello - King Of America MP3 Julie Brown - The Homecoming Queen's Got A Gun MP3 Espers - Dead King MP3 Tav Falco's Panther Burns - Tina, The Go-Go Queen MP3 Junior Byles - King Of Babylon MP3
"I used to be a king and everything around me turned around, but I know all I have to do is sing and I'll lift myself way off the ground..." Presenting part 1 of a royal megamix. Stay tuned for installment #2.
Graham Nash - I Used To Be A King MP3
Bob Dylan - Queen Jane Approximately (live Rotterdam '87) MP3
"Well you burst on the scene already a legend, The unwashed phenomenon, the original vagabond, You strayed into my arms, and there you stayed, Temporarily lost at sea, the Madonna was yours for free..."
That's from the beautiful Diamonds And Rust, in which we find Joan Baez reminiscing about her time together with then lover and occasional duet partner Bob Dylan in the folky sixties.
"We grew up together from the cradle to the grave,
We died and were reborn and then mysteriously saved..."
Dylan's impressive Oh, Sister is often seen as an answer song of sorts to Diamonds And Rust. You can find a cool pre-album version below, from the 1975 tv special The World Of John Hammond. The dedication at the start ('... to someone out there watching tonight I know, she knows who she is...') is in all probability meant for his old flame Joany, who'd soon accompany him on that legendary 'Dharma Carnival' called the Rolling Thunder Revue.
"And I've known you for a good long while,
And would you kindly tell me, mister... How in the name of the Father and the Son,
Did I come to be your sister?"
What I didn't know until recently was that Baez a year or so later responded to Dylan's answer song with a country-tinged ditty called Oh Brother! The man with 'eyes bluer than robin's eggs' declined to get back to her after that, at least in song, and a close listen to the rather put-downish lyrics will probably make you see why.
Joan Baez - Diamonds And Rust MP3
Bob Dylan - Oh, Sister (World Of John Hammond version) MP3
Says former Skunks and True Believers guitarist John Dee Graham, in an old issue of the legendary alt country magazine No Depression, on failing to complete more than three semesters at the University of Texas: "By that time, I had been touring some with the Skunks, and I was missing classes, and I was making really good money. And, you know, once you've opened for the Clash, it's kinda hard to go back to class." Or: it's a hard road, but somebody's gotta travel it.
Recently surfaced: a fine, although somewhat distant sounding audience tape from The Band in their prime. Recorded live at the Philadelphia Academy Of Music back in '69, it mainly features songs from Music From Big Pink and The Band, though they can't resist the odd cover of course, like a sharp version of that old Motown chestnut Lovin' You (Made My Life Sweeter Than Ever). Find the complete show over at Music Ruined My Life.
"Oh, I'm gonna get me a religion, I'm gonna join the baptist church... I'm gonna be a baptist preacher, and I sure won't have to work..." The great Son House was a religious man. He even became a preacher for a spell, rejecting the blues as the devil's music. But he had a healthy sense of humor, too.
Arrived home last week to find three interesting new songs waiting for me. Let's start with the Bonnie Prince Billy one. Prolific as ever, the Louisville Lion just contributed to the cool song+stories project of Long Haul Productions. Mother Nature Kneels is a dreamy but intense beauty, inspired by a mysterious wave of small earthquakes in Faulkner County, Arkansas. Read all about its background here.
Bonnie Prince Billy - Mother Nature Kneels MP3
Meanwhile, Jack Oblivian - of Oblivians fame of course - will release a new album called Rat City in September. Here's the title track already, a typical piece of raw Memphis garage mayhem with a guitar sound to die for.
Jack Oblivian - Rat City MP3
And last but not least, it's good to see that mr. Pat Gubler is at it again. Four years after the fine Slightly Sorry album, his band P.G. Six is back with a new collection of psychedelic folk songs called Starry Mind. Don't be shy and let the Fairporty taster January satisfy you.
Musings on tunes I care about. The ones with that thin wild mercury sound, you know. And as I like a lot of different stuff, you can expect everything from pop, rock, punk, blues, soul, folk, reggae, country, world music, jazz and everything in between here. And a whole lot of Dylan of course...
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