Monday, July 30, 2018

Always Hanging Around




















Out now and quite the treat: an early Allman Brothers live album recorded during a stint of gigs at the Fillmore East in February 1970, so one year prior to their legendary Live At The Fillmore East album. None other than LSD guru, PA prophet and Grateful Dead soundman Owsley 'Bear' Stanley was the taper, and boy did he do a fine job. Move it already!
Allman Brothers Band - Outskirts Of Town

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Nowhere To Hide





















Hey now, yet another cool project from workaholic Ethan Miller. As if playing in Heron Oblivion, Comets On Fire, and Feral Ohms doesn't take up enough of his time, here's the bearded guitarist from Oakland rocking out with Howlin Rain. If a modern amalgam of Crazy Horse rock and Allman Brothers boogie, or 'Neil Cassady Rock' as Miller calls it himself, is your thing, don't hesitate to board this bus.
Howlin Rain - Missouri

Monday, July 23, 2018

Air Up There





















The first stab at purely instrumental solo guitar by Pennsylvanian Nathan Salsburg, whom you may know through his collaborations with Bonnie Prince Billy, Joan Shelley, and James Elkington. More influenced by the Britfolk of John Renbourn and co than John Fahey's Takoma school, his pastoral Third is a surefire contender for acoustic solo guitar album of the year.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Goodbye Babylon





















The second installment of Black Man's Pride, out now, brings us yet more rasta roots goodies from Sir Coxsone Dodd's famous Studio One stable. Big names like the Heptones, the Gladiators, and Horace Andy all make appearances, but the contributions from lesser known acts such as the Manchesters are just as fine. Righteous indeed, my brethren.
The Manchesters - Natty Gone

Monday, July 16, 2018

Fire In Cairo





















Sala Ragab was the first jazz cat of Egypt. Later he played with the mighty Sun Ra, which is no mean feat either. Dig it.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Feel Good





















Let's stay with the Kinks a while longer, with Big Star covering the Muswell hilllbillies not once but twice during a '74 concert in Cambridge, MA. Cool stuff.
Big Star - 'Til The End Of The Day
Big Star - Come On Now

Monday, July 9, 2018

Bless You All













Ray Davies recently announced that, after a 20 year hiatus, the Kinks are getting together again. Whatever you may think of that, it’s a good occasion to showcase a lovely deep cut of theirs, in a delicious cockney rhyming slang stylee. Something else indeed.
The Kinks - Harry Rag

Friday, July 6, 2018

Soul Fire





















Here Lies Man follows up last year's acclaimed selftitled debut with yet another exemplary mix of hot afrobeat rhythms and sharp guitar riffage. That lovely organ? Cream on the cake.
Here Lies Man - Summon Fire

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Loved Me So

















Legendary American Primitive guitarist John Fahey used to be a bluegrass enthusiast. But when a record collecting pal played him Praise God I'm Satisfied by the mighty Blind Willie Johnson he cried with emotion and turned to the blues, with an enthusiasm that eventually made him track down the elusive Skip James in a Tunica, Mississipi hospital.
Blind Wilie Johnson - Praise God I'm Satisfied
Skip James - One Dime Was All I Had
John Fahey - My Station Will Be Changed After Awhile

Monday, July 2, 2018

Let's Get Lost





















Just imagine discovering a reel with an album load full of unreleased tracks by Trane somewhere up in your dusty attic... Both Directions At Once, recorded in 1963 with McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, and Jimmy Garrison as trusted sidekicks, is the find of the year for sure.
John Coltrane - Untitled Original 11383 (Take 1)