Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Monday, April 28, 2014
Friday, April 25, 2014
Don and Phil go back to their roots and take on the singing brakeman's immortal Blue Yodel number one, complete with wild wahwah guitar. The way they go back into traditional mode until that guitar kicks in again works a treat.
Everly Brothers - T For Texas
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Dylan's setlists are a pretty static affair these days, but here's a rare live debut from one of his recent Tokyo gigs. And a bloody good one it is, too. "My sword's in my hand and I'm next in command, in this version of death called life..."
Bob Dylan - Huck's Tune ( Live Tokyo '14)
Another recent rarity? Why not. Here's a one off cover of a Gordon Lightfoot tune, recorded live in Edmonton back in 2012. Song fits him like a glove. "It's a wicked wind and it chills me to the bone, and if you don't believe me come and gaze upon the shadow at your door..."
Bob Dylan - Shadows (Live Edmonton '12)
Monday, April 21, 2014
People shelling out for that incredible outtakes collection called Orphans on cd never got to hear this one. Exclusive vinyl bonus track, baby, and what a characteristic beauty. "They told me everything was sacred, nothing is profane, and money is something that you throw off of the back of a train..."
Tom Waits - Diamond In Your Mind
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014
If you're even remotely interested in the blues, do head over to the New York Times to read an exemplary story called The Ballad Of Geeshie And Elvie, written by the esteemed John Jeremiah Sullivan of Pulphead fame. Hot on the trail of two phantom blues singers, he makes some truly amazing discoveries. Best read in ages hands down.
Elvie Thomas & Geeshie Wiley - Over To My House
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Friday, April 11, 2014
"Chant it out and tell them..." Presenting a natty six pack inna strictly roots stylee. Like it dread? The time is now.
Devon Russell - Roots Natty
Michael Black & Ranking Joe - Natty Contractor/Drunken Master
Big Youth - Natty Dread She Want
Culture - Natty Never Get Weary
Trinity - Natty Dread A No Bandooloo
Revolutionaries - Natty A General Version
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Monday, April 7, 2014
Friday, April 4, 2014
The War On Drugs will soon be huge I guess. And here's hoping they'll be wise enough to avoid the Arctic Monkeys/Coldplay//U2 stadium rock bombast trap. Hell, as they say, is just around the corner. In the meantime, I really like that krautrock sound on Red Eyes.
The War On Drugs - Red Eyes
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
In the early nineties, I was very much enamoured by the Mono Men and their mighty nouveau garage label Estrus. Limited edition topless album covers a specialty. And their blistering take on Remind Me still stands as one of the finest Outsiders covers around.
Mono Men - Remind Me