Monday, April 24, 2017

Eggs In Your Head

"Uh-oh, I don’t like those snake eggs..." Make way for the good doctor from New Orleans, casting his customary voodoo spells. Spooky!
Dr. John - Zu Zu Mamou

Friday, April 21, 2017

Justice Is Fair

The Left Reverend McD bares it all on this delicious and outrageous slice of early seventies soul. "She's a nigga in jeans, she's an outlaw, she don't wear a bra... she's a whitey in jeans, she's an outlaw and she don't wear a bra..." With thanks to Dylan's whole mid-sixties oeuvre of course, and She Belongs To Me in particular.
Eugene McDaniels - Outlaw

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wake Up!

Heavy rock riffing over wild afrobeat rhythms? Quite a combination, but believe me, it works a treat. Chase the voodoo down with Marcos Garcia & co on the eponymous debut of Here Lies Man, out as we speak in a sleeve to die for on the cool RidingEasy Records. Hombre, I can't wait to see these guys live.
Here Lies Man - When I Come To

Monday, April 17, 2017

Find A Key

John Prine once did some recording in the legendary Sun Studios of Sam Phillips in Memphis, Tennessee. The resulting Pink Cadillac mostly gets a lot of flak for some reason or other, but I've always had a weak spot for it. Not a perfect record by far, but you can't go wrong with the two tasty songs below for instance.
John Prine - Automobile
John Prine - Down By The Side Of The Road

Friday, April 14, 2017

Reaching Back

As Dylan told writer Bill Flanagan in a recent interview: "My voice cracking here and there wouldn’t bother me, bum notes or wrong chords would bother me more. On September Of My Years, I didn’t fix anything. (...) My voice cracking here or there just might mean it was recorded too early in the day, but it doesn’t hurt the overall effect, it wouldn’t bother me." Just happens to be my favourite song on the Nobel laureate's new Triplicate collection of crooners.
Bob Dylan - September Of My Years

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Just The Same

Transmogrified folk/blues koans, as the enthusiastic liner notes aptly call 'em, anyone? Thought so. Mr. Fussell's remarkable What In The Natural World possesses a certain old-timey warmth one doesn't encounter too often nowadays, and that's a joy to behold. Playing this album is akin to visiting a good friend you haven't seen in a long long time. Out now on the always reliable Paradise Of Bachelors imprint, and a surefire contender for many an end-of-year list.
Jake Xerxes Fussell - Have You Ever Seen Peaches Growing On A Sweet Potato Vine?

Monday, April 10, 2017

Electrical Resistance

Ferocious punk rock packed in what's no doubt the coolest album cover of the year. And of course I couldn't resist buying the accompanying t-shirt, why even ask? The Ohms are one more side project of Ethan Miller, the bearded omnivore from Oakland who already made waves with Comets On Fire and the excellent Heron Oblivion. Turn it way up if you dare.
Feral Ohms - God Of Nicaragua

Friday, April 7, 2017

Listening Wind Pt. 2

"Cold winds blow, the rains they fall..." Yup, it's tough out there. As promised, here's a second stormy six pack for your listening pleasure. Lovely artwork once again by Tinca. Enjoy and take care, my amigos da musica.
Tim Hardin - Part Of The Wind
Loudest Whisper - Cold Winds Blow
Moby Grape - Bitter Wind
Freddie North - Cuss The Wind
Jun Kamibuko - Go Through The Wind
Alabama Thunder Pussy - Second Wind

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

In Bloom

On his fine new ep Night Talks, Mark Kozelek sings a rickety duet with the one and only Kath Bloom, cult artist par excellence. Intriguing to say the least.
Mark Kozelek with Kath Bloom - Pretty Little Flowers

Monday, April 3, 2017

Bothered All The Time

Great blues find: the late sixties recordings of Hayes McMullan, a guy who once played with the legendary Charley Patton. Powerful stuff.
Hayes McMullan - Look-A Here Woman Blues
Hayes McMullan - Kansas City Blues

Friday, March 31, 2017

Blow My Horn

Now here's a great initiative: Hiss Golden Messenger just offered a fine - and free - recording of one of their recent live shows via their Bandcamp page. Live at the Parish, Austin TX was lovingly curated by the Dick of Durham's finest: their trusted soundman Warren Parker. Keep 'em coming, good buddies!
Hiss Golden Messenger - Like A Mirror Loves A Hammer (live Austin '16)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Listening Wind

"Watch the sun's fading ember, hear the wind as she cries..." Presenting a stormy six pack for your listening pleasure. Artwork by the inimitable Tinca; buy some of her stuff why don't you. And stay tuned for part 2. Soon, soon.
Don Covay & The Goodtimers - It's In The Wind
United Travel Service - Wind And Stone
Amon Düül II - Wie Der Wind Am Ende Einer Strasse
Shelagh McDonald - Waiting For The Wind To Rise
Gene Clark - Hear The Wind
King Crimson - I Talk To The Wind

Friday, March 24, 2017

Capital F

It just happens to be funky friday today, my amigos da musica. High time to get down with the infectuous You Got To Be A Man by Franks Williams and his Rocketeers. It's the soulful year of 1967 and behind the mic there's the James Brown inspired Little Beaver, pride of Forrest City, Arkansas. "You don't have to be an angel to know right from wrong..."
Frank William's Rocketeers - You Got To Be A Man

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Find A Way

Seemingly out of the blue, the always impeccable Light in the Attic label decided to re-release three albums by Erasmo Carlos, a Brazilian star not very well known outside his native country. Of these, you really need Carlos, Erasmo... from 1971, a bona fide tropicália masterpiece. All over the place, and that sure is a recommendation.
Erasmo Carlos - É Preciso Dar Um Jeito, Meu Amigo

Monday, March 20, 2017

That's Right!

Look what the cat dragged in... The Real Kids are back, and they've just announced a European tour, too. To refresh the memory a bit: their leader John Felice co-founded the Modern Lovers with Jonathan Richman back in 1973. He soon went his own way however, releasing the classic eponymous Real Kids debut in the magical year of '77. Now I'm not much of a nostalgia nerd, but these semi-legendary Boston protopunks  I just gotta see live. Come to think about it, I think I'm falling in love again...
The Real Kids - All Kindsa Girls
The Real Kids - Taxi Boys

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Moon Went Down

Just got the sad news that Chuck Berry has passed away. The legendary rock & roller, who could play a guitar just like ringing a bell, was 90 years old. Miss him.
Chuck Berry - Around And Around

Friday, March 17, 2017

Sweat Of Your Brow

The good people at Pressure Sounds - still the finest roots reggae reissue label around - really leave no Jamaican stone unturned. Their latest adventure is all about the mighty singer, bass player and label boss Lloyd Parks, who was part of such legendary outfits from the island as the Techniques, Skin Flesh and Bones, the Professionals and the We The People Band. Time A Go Dread collects 22 irie tracks from the golden seventies, with not a dud between 'em. Don't forget to turn up that bass, my brethren.
Lloyd Parks - Time A Go Dread
Lloyd Parks - Strike

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Nothing But A Man

Here's Memphis master Furry Lewis saluting a legendary steel driving man: easily one of the finest interpretations of the famous traditional called John Henry around.
Furry Lewis - John Henry (The Steel Driving Man) Part 1

Monday, March 13, 2017

Leave Your Doubts

Although the aptly titled Notes Of Blue indeed seems just a tiny bit more bluesy than their usual fare, there's nothing new under the sun on Son Volt's latest outing really. Which is a good thing of course, as the material is remarkably strong this time around and Jay Farrar's patent sad voice shines just like back in the days. A compulsory buy for all you country rockers and Americana aficionados out there.
Son Volt - Promise The World

Friday, March 10, 2017

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Golden Gunn

Good news: master picker Steve Gunn has just announced an extensive European solo tour. Starting in chilly England this April, he'll slowly wind his way down south to end up deep in the heart of sunny Portugal a month or so later. Barcelona is on the itinerary as well, so I'll be sure to buy me a ticket.
Steve Gunn - Water Wheel
Steve Gunn - Wildwood

Monday, March 6, 2017

Restless Dream

The Feelies never released anything subpar, and their brand new In Between is no exception to that rule. What joy, yet another album by Halendon's finest to treasure. Chew on this if you please: the Feelies may just be the coolest combo on the planet.
The Feelies - When To Go

Friday, March 3, 2017

Same Again

I kid you not: ye olde arch druid Julian Cope, famous for his intake of all things psychedelic, has discovered the joys of booze all of a sudden. The result: a highly amusing new mini album, called Drunken Songs as it bloody well should. "And in the morning, we won't remember a thing..." You just got to love the guy. Cheers!
Julian Cope - Drink Me Under The Table

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Von Harmonia

The hypnotic soundscapes of Mind Over Mirrors have gotten a remarkable load of good press lately. Even the Financial Times (I didn't even know they employed a rock critic) sang the praise of their recently released Undying Color album. Not bad for a harmonium-based psychedelic drone record without any guitars, huh? I'm not so sure it's my cup of tea yet really, but it definitely sounds original. Check it out.
Mind Over Mirrors - Splintering

Friday, February 24, 2017

Movin' & Groovin'

And funk is the preacher. 'Nuff said. An absolute classic from the early eighties. Take it away, James.
James Blood Ulmer - Jazz Is The Teacher

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Look At Her Run

This one goes out to someone special. "Layin' 'round doing nothing like all my friends, play it cool, don't get angry, count up to ten..." Per molts anys, amic.
Chuck Berry - Sweet Little Sixteen
The Heptones - Only Sixteen
Buzzcocks - Sixteen Again

Monday, February 20, 2017

From The Crystal Ship

More sounds from the land of the rising sun? Why not indeed. Here's a lovely dreamscape by psychmasters Suishou No Fune. Are they still going?
Suishou No Fune - Your Tears Drop From The Sky

Friday, February 17, 2017

Oh! Kikagaku

Sitars go wild in Tokyo tonight. Been enjoying last year's acclaimed House In The Tall Grass by Kikagaku Moyo so much I just had to look for more of their stuff. Cue Forest Of Lost Children, the second effort by these über-heads from Japan. A heavier affair for sure, but just as trippy and hypnotizing. I really need to see these guys live.
Kikagaku Moyo - Streets Of Calcutta

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Like A Dream

Went digging here in town recently and stumbled upon this flamenco beauty by Fernanda and Bernarda, legendary singing gitano sisters from the fair town of Utrera. Deep stuff: ¡Lo Puro!
Fernanda De Utrera - Fandangos
Fernanda y Bernarda De Utrera - Bulerías Cané

Monday, February 13, 2017

Piano In Play

This just in from the newsdesk: the mighty Howe Gelb is coming to town this March. And with a piano trio at that, having - temporarily? - disbanded Giant Sand, his desert-rocking band of choice since the mid-eighties. I'm guessing he'll play a lot of songs from his jazzy and intimate Future Standards album, and that's cool with me. Can't wait.
Howe Gelb - Mad Man At Large

Friday, February 10, 2017

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Monday, February 6, 2017

Taste The Taste

Virginian Matthew E. White met British singer Flo Morrissey at some Lee Hazelwood tribute show, and things apparently clicked so well they decided to record a duet cover album together. And a fine match they are. Not every song does it for me to be honest, but the soulful overall sound of Gentlewoman, Ruby Man, with no small thanks to master arranger White, is a pleasure to behold.
Flo Morrissey & Matthew E. White - Look At What The Light Did Now

Friday, February 3, 2017

Glory Down The Glen

Our fave Scottish folkie is back with a band and a bang, and that's some good news. The Downward Road is a rollicking taster in ye olde Fairport mode for a new album called Pangs, which will come out late February on Chicago's renowned Drag City label. Can't wait.
Alasdair Roberts - The Downward Road

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Two Kind Favors

Ever since Rallizes mastermind Takashi Mizutani disappeared completely from the public eye, his rival Keiji Haino has been the undisputed king of the Japanese guitar avant-garde. Here he riffs on a Blind Lemon Jefferson classic in two very distinct ways. Black blues indeed, so prepare for some uneasy listening.
Keiji Haino - See That My Grave Is Kept Clean (soft version)
Keiji Haino - See That My Grave Is Kept Clean (violent version)

Monday, January 30, 2017

Time To Dance

Finally managed to track down the second volume of Bunny Wailer's Solomonic singles compilations. Irie vibes all around. Because just like on part one, there's a lot of timeless treasure to be found on Rise & Shine. Better light that chalice now, my brethren.
Bunny Wailer - Cease Fire

Friday, January 27, 2017

Lush Life

Progpop they call it, whatever that may be. Don't really know what to make of Psychic Temple's acclaimed album III just yet, but Chris Schlarb, hip priest from Long Beach, sure is on to something. I really dig that soaring violin on the lush and mellow Neon Belly for instance. Check!
Psychic Temple - Neon Belly

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Lovely Times

Just got the sad news that Jaki Liebezeit has passed away. The highly inventive drummer of seminal krautrock formation Can was 78. Miss him.
Can - Millionenspiel
Can - Shikaku Maru Ten
Holger Czukay, Jah Wobble, Jaki Liebezeit - How Much Are They?

Monday, January 23, 2017

Crazy Rhythms

And here's yet another one that got away, but should have been in my end of year list for sure. Couldn't find a copy of the much-lauded Wood/Metal/Plastic/Pattern/Rhythm/Rock in shops anywhere around here, so finally had to go for the Bandcamp option. Glad I did, as the highly inventive instrumental duo of Rick Brown and Che Chen never ceases to amaze. File under truly hypnotic shit from the Apple.
75 Dollar Bill - Cummins Falls

Friday, January 20, 2017

Down That Road

Another straggler from last year, and a pleasant one it is, too. Scott Hirsch, like Phil Cook before him, is another member of His Golden Messenger with his own album to do. Blue Rider Songs has got that laid back Tulsa sound written all over it, and that's not a bad thing of course. And is that a Feat homage we hear in the cool Sundown Highway? Bonus points earned for the weed, whites, and wine.
Scott Hirsch - Sundown Highway

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

In Between My Sheets

Moshi moshi, y'all. Today, we're heading over to the land of the rising sun for a remarkable Stones cover. Psychedelic sushi with a touch of the baroque anyone?
Ghost - Live With Me

Monday, January 16, 2017

Five Feet Three

It's 1949, and the queen of the Delta blues gets her Jumpin' Boys in the mood. Jump jump!
Memphis Minnie - Jump Little Rabbit

Friday, January 13, 2017

Play That Thing, Boy

A Blind Blake cover by the late great picker Jack Rose, who was clearly having a truckload of fun recording this beauty. Want to hear the original, too? Thought so.
Jack Rose - West Coast Blues
Blind Blake - West Coast Blues

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Let Me Go

Never been there myself, but I'm told the Swedish capital of Stockholm is quite a cool place to spend some time in. Former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell clearly doesn't agree however. He'd rather leave that 'frozen old city of silver and stone' as soon as possible, if it wasn't for love of course. Hell of a song.
Jason Isbell - Stockholm

Monday, January 9, 2017

Tries To Hide

Flashback to 1991, the year British trio Midway Still released its first single. The irresistible I Won't Try was produced by American connection Don Fleming (of B.A.L.L. and Gumball fame), and obviously influenced by Yank noisemakers Dinosaur Jr. and Buffalo Tom. Those were the days, pop kids.
Midway Still - I Won't Try

Friday, January 6, 2017

Go East

Get down with the funky afro sounds of the rather wonderfully named Eagles Lupopo 77. You can find this beauty along with many other gems on the second volume of Kenya Special, out now on the always irresistable Soundway label.
Eagles Lupopo 77 - Mrembo Pesa

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Siempre Jerez

There will always be Jerez de la Frontera, flamenco city. And here are two excellent examples why. First up we have the impressive vocalist David Lagos, who's closely followed by the Carpio family collective called Los Mijitas. ¡Que bien!
David Lagos - A Dar Gritos Me Ponía
Los Mijitas - Mi Recuerdo

Monday, January 2, 2017

Running Late

Let's ring in the new year with a fine fine straggler from 2016, thanks to a heads up from the Swede over at Unthought Of, Though, Somehow. Meet Chook Race, pride of Melbourne, Australia. Specialty: jingly jangly Flying Nun-like lofi pop with a capital P, always in a rush. Lovin' it!
Chook Race - Hard To Clean