Friday, February 26, 2016
Have to leave you to your own devices for a week or so, but I hope this fiery flamenco six pack will help you make it through. ¡Suerte y hasta pronto!
Diego El Cigala - Te La Regalo
Antonio Mairena - A Mis Enemigos
José Mercé - Sé Que Encontraré
Duquende - Plaza Real
Fernando De La Morena - Era Un Llanto
Chano Lobato - Alegrías
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Jazz, soul, gospel even? Who the cap fits. Presenting a lovely track from that other wonderful album of 'trans-African music' Archie Shepp recorded in the early seventies - his tour de force Attica Blues being its counterpart of course. Give praise.
Archie Shepp - A Prayer
Monday, February 22, 2016
Two infective gems by one of 'em legendary old vocalists from the Buena Vista Social Club circle. True Música Cubana never goes out of style. ¡Me gusto!
Ibrahim Ferrer - Bruca Manigua
Ibrahim Ferrer -Hay Que Entrarle A Palos A Este
Friday, February 19, 2016
Take the weight off your feet and enjoy a lovely confession by Kath Bloom, aided on guitar by the elusive Loren Mazzacane Connors. "I made mistakes before..."
Kath Bloom & Loren Mazzacane Connors - This River
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Monday, February 15, 2016
Friday, February 12, 2016
Tasteful faux flamenco guitars create an atmosphere that's somehow vaguely threatening. From the majestic Secrets Of The Beehive, possibly the ideal David Sylvian solo album.
David Sylvian - When Poets Dreamed Of Angels
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Presenting the closing tune of Cian Nugent's brand new Night Vision album. Starting out with a guitar exercition in John Fahey's Takoma School vein, it adds a full band after a few minutes, picking up speed and steam and crazy rhythms along the way. Epic.
Cian Nugent - Year Of The Snake
Monday, February 8, 2016
Came a little late to the party with this one, as it took me a while to realise that the Dr. Yen Lo moniker actually meant Ka in disguise. The left-of-centre Brooklyn rapper, collaborating with a producer called Preservation, once again delivers a fine example of innovative and intelligent HipHop here, loosely based on the movie The Manchurian Candidate. Well worth checking out.
Dr. Yen Lo - Day 3
Friday, February 5, 2016
Roots time, with a cool Horace Andy tune and a wicked deejay version thereof by wildman Jah Woosh. Check out that wonderful deep bass, my brethren. To be found on an amazing collection of Keith Hudson productions called Studio Kinda Cloudy.
Horace Andy - Don't Think About Me
Jah Woosh - I'm Alright
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Very welcome and out now on the mighty Drag City label: Pond Scum, a fine collection of stark and intimate performances by our bonnie lad Will Oldham, recorded way back when at a couple of John Peel's famous sessions. And guess what? He even pays homage to another Prince.
Bonnie Prince Billy - The Cross
Monday, February 1, 2016
Didn't get to see too many blues legends live alas, as most of 'em had passed away before I had a chance to buy myself a ticket. But I was lucky enough to see John Lee Hooker in concert once, back in '88. Made quite an impression, although he didn't show off his characteristic guitar work as much as I would have liked. A honky with a ponytail took care of the six string stuff mostly. Heck, John Lee was getting on in years after all... Anyway, here's a six pack of choice cuts in remembrance.
John Lee Hooker - Two White Horses
John Lee Hooker - Black Snake
John Lee Hooker - No Friend Around (a.k.a. T.B.'s Killing Me)
John Lee Hooker - I'm Going Away
John Lee Hooker - I'm Bad Like Jesse James
John Lee Hooker -The Motor City Is Burning