Monday, August 10, 2020

Where I Come From





















Hot on the heels of the lovely All The Good Times, here's yet more Gillian riches for us all. Boots No. 2: The Lost Songs Vol. 1 (there will be two more volumes, hurrah!) consists of songs that got away from a 2002 session, songs from master tapes saved just in time from a recent hurricane assault. Songs so good one wonders why she didn't release them at the time. Let's just say all's well that ends well.
Gillian Welch - Strange Isabella

Friday, August 7, 2020

Sunny Side Up





















"All I want is the sun... and doesn't it feel good..." Presenting a radiant six pack of fab tunes for your summery listening pleasure. Blinding artwork by Tinca, as usual. Enjoy & stay tuned for more sunny goodness, folks.
Hannibal & Sunrise Orchestra - Forest Sunrise
Bunny Gale - In The Burning Sun
The Ronettes - I Wish I Never Saw The Sunshine
Margo Guryan - Sun
The Primitives - (We've) Found A Way (To The Sun)
Nebula - Sun Creature

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Way To Go





















Hey now, it's a marvellous summer for Deadheads everywhere. The classic Workingman's Dead just turned 50 and its anniversary edition comes with a fine fine '71 show at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre. Check below to hear a sharp take on Easy Wind, with Pigpen growlin' da blues as only he could. And then there's The Angel's Share, which is strictly for the freaks. If more than two and a half hours worth of Workingman outtakes, complete with in-studio chatter, doesn't faze you, do carry this load one way or another.
Grateful Dead - Easy Wind (live Port Chester '71)
Grateful Dead - New Speedway Boogie (demo)

Monday, August 3, 2020

Clocks Are Turning





















Took quite a long time for a fresh bunch of Zachary Cale tunes to appear, but it sure was worth the wait. False Spring is a crafty, uplifting record, and a grower to boot. Don't look away.
Zachary Cale - Mad Season

Friday, July 31, 2020

All That Lives





















Got a fine Britfolk cover of a classic Joni Mitchell composition for you today, definitely grittier than the original but just as lovely. Find it on Claire Hamill's  recommended, unjustly forgotten One House Left Standing album ('71).
Claire Hamill - Urge For Going

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Get A Ride





















Another summer, another heavy trip, for the tenth volume of the Brown Acid series has appeared among us. One more dose of obscure early-seventies proto-stoner rockers you never knew you needed, lovingly dug up by the experts of the Riding Easy crew. Here's a fitting example: turn it all the way up if you please.
Ralph Williams & The Wright Bros - Never Again

Monday, July 27, 2020

Day Of The Lords





















Taking the monday-long-song route today with a trippy trio from Reutlingen, Germany. Heavy psych meisters riding a motorik beat, the aptly named Spacelords circle the sun with an eye on the cosmos. Pick these flowers if you dare.
The Spacelords - Spaceflowers

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Leave Me Now





















Just got the sad news that Peter Green no longer walks among us. The troubled British blues guitar master, a founding member of Fleetwood Mac, was 73. None other than B.B. King once said that Green 'has the sweetest tone I ever heard. He was the only one who gave me the cold sweats...' High praise, and amen to that. Miss him.
Fleetwood Mac - Love That Burns

Friday, July 24, 2020

Go Away





















Got an intense flamenco beauty for you today courtesy of Chano Lobato, late great cantaor from the charming port city of Cadiz.
Chano Lobato - Anda, Vete, Que No Quiero

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Oh Brother





















A fresh gem from the tiny and always amazing Mississippi Records honouring brother Theotis Taylor, who is alive and well and living in Fitzgerald, Georgia at 92 years of age as we speak. These lofi home recordings with just piano or guitar and hypnotizing vocals sound both otherwordly and outside of time. Spread the good word.
Brother Theotis Taylor - Somebody's Gone

Monday, July 20, 2020

Can't Let Go





















Just got the sad news that Emitt Rhodes has passed away. The unjustly obscure singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from California was 70. They didn't call him the 'one-man Beatles' without a reason. Miss him.
Emitt Rhodes - Live Till You Die
Emitt Rhodes - Those That Die

Friday, July 17, 2020

To The Bone

















Horsehair halters and bridles, beautifully braided by Mexican horse thieves... Perfect ingredients for a Tom Russell song alright, and a beauty it is, too. Here goes with one of the most underrated artists I know. By the way: guy is a mean painter, too.
Tom Russell - The Sky Above, The Mud Below

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

To The Max





















Turning it up for a cosmic ritual supertrip from Rome, city of cities. Black Rainbows have been the go-to heavy psych band for quite a while now, and though their new album doesn't quite scale the same heights as predecessors Stellar Prophecy and Pandaemonium, I still hope to catch 'em live whenever such a thing will be possible again. Should be a blast.
Black Rainbows - Master Rocket Power Blast

Monday, July 13, 2020

Hello





















A welcome sign of life from Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, and in glorious lofi at that. Fine mix of old folk songs and Dylan covers here, with as the undisputed highlight a tasteful homage to the late great John Prine. The bittersweet Hello In There just may be the finest song the master ever wrote, and Gillian's delicate take on it just might bring a tear to an old cynic's eye. Which is no mean feat, folks.
Gillian Welch & David Rawlings - Hello In There

Friday, July 10, 2020

Set The Controls





















Freeform Copenhagen foursome goes all out on Changing Shapes, a document of a wild live trip not to be taken lightly. Play loud if you dare.
Mythic Sunship - Way Ahead

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

You Know Why





















What's a hard-touring band to do in these Covid times? Record a new album and compile another one of leftovers of course. The latter, dressed in a sleeve to die for, is now available as a name-yr-price on Bandcamp for two more days, so don't waste no time.
Howlin Rain - Hot .22

Monday, July 6, 2020

Hug Me





















Vroom vroom, what a way to start off the week... They don't call our William a wild one for nothing. Is it because his hair is long and purple? Blistering and slightly demented garage punk from the year of  '66. Come on now!
William The Wild One ‎- (They Call Me) Willie The Wild One

Friday, July 3, 2020

Hold On





















Long lost but finally found: Neil's Homegrown, the breakup-with-the-missus album he planned to release back in 1975 but skipped for being 'too personal'. And it sure is another good 'un, as long as you don't expect the quality of milestones from the same period as On The Beach or Tonight's The Night. Quite a few gorgeous songs here though, and as a spoken word annex sound collage called Florida is the only bum note, let's glide through the air and go to Kansas instead.
Neil Young - Kansas

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

In Luck





















Everybody even remotely interested in the krautrock phenomenon should head over to Butterboy's site for a healthy dose of great musik from both the famous (Can, Neu!, Vuh, Duul et al) and the obscure (nearly all of the others). Three homemade compilations full of German magic both old and more recent, with another volume already in the pipeline. Sehr gut und, as they say, affengeil!
Eiliff - Journey To The 'Ego'
Dzyan - Naga Raga
Vintage Cucumber - Neuland (Ins Glück Hinein...)

Monday, June 29, 2020

Soothe Me





















Out now on the Tompkins Square label: an album filled with the warm and delicate picking of Chapel Hill native Josh Kimbrough. Not a solo guitar album this, as some of his pals tastefully help out on bass, cello, flute and a particularly fine fiddle. Lovely miniatures with nature themes abound, so go on: slither, soar & disappear here.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Fly Into The Mystery





















From the east-side of dreams, here's this summer's ideal trip. Mysterious, vaguely oriental (which is rather obvious) but also deliciously krauty, the soothing soundscapes of Taiwanese psych duo Mong Tong are a joy to behold. Out now on Kikagaku Moyo's trademark-of-quality Guruguru Brain label.
Mong Tong - Mystery

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Take Two




















Two recent, exciting and new-to-me jazz voices from the States. Check these cats out, you just might dig 'em as much as I do.
Jeremy Cunningham - He Pushes Up
Ryan Porter - Mesosphere (live)

Monday, June 22, 2020

Milestone

















Carlos runs the voodoo down while latinising Miles. Admirable job for sure.
Santana - In A Silent Way (live)

Friday, June 19, 2020

All That's Left





















Trippy cover, trippy sounds. The days of wine and roses may be long behind them, but the revived Dream Syndicate soldiers on with an album of five extended heavy jams. Not everything works, but here and there Steve Wynn & co still manage to light the sparks. An uncharacteristic record this, which just may grow on you.
The Dream Syndicate - The Longing

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Gonna Fly





















The always charming Paradise of Bachelors label delivers the goods again in the form of James Elkington's second album. If you're into Michael Chapman and Richard Thompson, to name but two greats, be sure to check out Ever-Roving Eye.
James Elkington - Nowhere Time

Monday, June 15, 2020

Looking Down





















This just in from the last will and testament department: this August, the Secretly Canadian label will release a posthumous work by the late great Jason Molina. Recorded in 2008 in London while reportedly ill from an Italian spider bite, this proved sadly the last time the highly talented Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co frontman (1973-2013) found himself in a recording studio. Gorgeous first taste below.
Jason Molina - Shadow Answers The Wall

Friday, June 12, 2020

Extra Special

















Good news, as the fine folks over at Primitive Offerings have unearthed a cool '89 session by Detroit garage trio supreme the Gories. Hey hey! Here's a quality taster.
The Gories - Thunderbird ESQ

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Great Set





















The ultimate nihilist anthem comes to you courtesy of poets extraordinaire Ed Sanders, Tuli Kupferberg and their merry Village pranksters. De nada, folks.
The Fugs - Nothing

Monday, June 8, 2020

Down On My Luck





















Found myself enjoying some prime Warren Zevon late last night. When Zevon (1947-2003) was on, he was a true great. The opening lines of Lawyers Guns And Money never fail to crack me up: “I went home with the waitress, the way I always do, how was I to know she was with the Russians too..." Sharp writing that. Here goes with a couple of choice cuts for your listening pleasure.
Warren Zevon - Poor Poor Pitiful Me
Warren Zevon - Lawyers Guns And Money
Warren Zevon - A Certain Girl
Warren Zevon - Carmelita

Friday, June 5, 2020

In The Brain





















Is this a mighty fine demo version or what? Just don't sing on that second verse please...
Kris Kristofferson - Border Lord

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Ghost Train





















A gritty beauty by singer/songwriter Chris Gantry. Comes from last year's Nashlantis, an album expertly produced by Jerry David DeCicca. Dude makes it a habit to bring out the best in ageing outlaws.
Chris Gantry - Life Well Lived

Monday, June 1, 2020

Heavy Dialogue



















With Eddie Hazel perhaps? Seems to me that our favourite Swedes are seriously trying to invoke the ghost of the late great Funkadelic guitarist here. Just take that trip.
Kungens Män - Tung Dialog

Want some prime Eddie, too? Thought as much. Here goes.
Eddie Hazel - So Goes The Story

Friday, May 29, 2020

That's The Spirit





















Lo and behold: yet another exemplary volume in the adventurous Spiritual Jazz compilation series has hit the shelves. Guess you need 'em all. So go cats go, get inspired and go bandcamping.
Jackie McLean & The Cosmic Brotherhood - Camel Driver

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Coming Through



















Travelling to Bakersfield with the late great Vic Chesnutt, albatrosses and all.
Vic Chesnutt - Bakersfield

Monday, May 25, 2020

Ace In The Hole





















If you're an aficionado of modern country rock, anything Drive-By Truckers remains a sure bet for quality. Be it dropout Jason Isbell, who just delivered another classy album with Reunions, or the remaining Truckers. Last February, that innocent time when there was still live music going, Patterson Hood & co recorded three subsequent shows in the intimate 40 Watt Club in Athens, Georgia. The registration, which means a whopping 82 tracks, can now be yours through Bandcamp. So what are you waiting for?
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - Only Children
Drive-By Truckers - Where The Devil Don't Stay (live)

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Always Be Sung





















Many happy returns to the poet laureate of rock & roll. 79 today with a new album on the way. Forever young indeed.

Friday, May 22, 2020

I Will Roam





















A second helping of the Rose City Band, countryrock hobby horse of Ripley Johnson, the bearded one of Wooden Shjips and Moon Duo. Summerlong is a tad more country - with prominent pedal steel - than the selftitled debut, but plenty trippy and krauty nonetheless. Guess I'll really be spinning it summerlong. Pick this wildflower, folks.
Rose City Band - Wildflowers

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Plant My Flag





















Quite a cool concept: each song on Mark Lanegan's new record is linked to a chapter in his recent autobiography Sing Backwards And Weep. Dark, experimental and often dissonant, Straight Songs Of Sorrow is no easy listen, and that's cool with me, but to be honest not everything works as well as the Lou Reed-channeling highlight below.
Mark Lanegan - Ketamine

Monday, May 18, 2020

Make Time





















A fun song for troubled times - in Funkadelic lite mode - by the one and only Archdruid. "Deep in the lost luggage of your mind, time for a rummage sale..."
Julian Cope - That Ain't No Way To Make A Million

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Day Is Done





















Just got the sad news that Phil May has passed away. The founder and frontman of the legendary Pretty Things, one of the longest running bands in history who invented the rock opera with their fine SF Sorrow album, was 75. Miss him.
The Pretty Things - I See You
The Pretty Things - Rosalyn

Friday, May 15, 2020

First One's Always Free





















"We're catching bullets in our teeth, it's hard to do but they're so sweet..." Presenting yet another six pack for your listening pleasure, with explosive artwork by Tinca. Number one with a silver bullet, baby, and it's got your name on it.
Observer All Stars & King Tubby - Silver Bullet
Tom Waits - The Right Bullets
The Dream Syndicate - Bullet With My Name On It
Cosmic Psychos - Bullet
Tunng - Bullets
Calexico - Bullets & Rocks

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Bring Your Own Thing





















This double live album was my introduction to the late great Gil Scott-Heron, and this here marathon funk version of Angel Dust never fails to lift my spirits. Ain't no turning back...
Gil Scott-Heron - Angel Dust (live)

Monday, May 11, 2020

On My Way




















Hey now, you'll probably agree one can never have enough early seventies live Dead. And this clear-sounding 34th installment of Dave's Picks proves the point with verve. The sunny location is the magic city of Miami, the year is 1974, and Garcia & co. sound remarkably mellow. Don't think twice, my amigos da musica.
Grateful Dead - Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo (live Miami '74)

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Fool No' Mo'





















Just got the sad news that Richard Wayne Penniman, better known as Little Richard, no longer walks among us. The flamboyant rocker, who wasn't called the innovator, the originator, and the architect of rock & roll for nothing, was 87. Miss him.
Little Richard - Long Tall Sally
Little Richard - Slippin' And Slidin'

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Darkly





















A jagged mountain melting at dawn, while we move slowly through the past? Well, why not. If far-out psychedelic spacedrones with hints of early Floyd and Dark Star Dead are your thing, give this exemplary split between Prana Crafter and Tarotplane a chance. The piece below is just a tiny fragment of course: one has to take the whole trip.
Tarotplane - We Move Slowly Through The Past, Pt. 4

Monday, May 4, 2020

Third Bardo





















As I'm kind of obsessed with the huge recorded output of Philly's Bardo Pond at the moment, here's a triple shot of prime Bardo for ya. Psych merchants supreme since 1991, they've honed their craft to near-perfection over the years. Never saw them live, so if the concert situation ever improves, here's hoping.
Bardo Pond - Kali Yuga Blues
Bardo Pond - Kailash
Bardo Pond - Under The Pines

Friday, May 1, 2020

Drummer Drummer

















Just got the sad news that Tony Allen has passed away. The Nigerian master drummer, co-creator of afrobeat with Fela Kuti, was 79. When Allen finally left Kuti's band Africa 70, Fela apparently needed four drummers to replace the man, while Brian Eno called Allen 'perhaps the greatest drummer who ever lived'. Miss him.
Tony Allen & His Afro Messengers - No Discrimination
Tony Allen with Afrika 70 - Progress

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Poison Rose













Time for some hardcore flamenco with Benito Rodríguez Rey (1929-1992), better known as Beni De Cádiz after his place of birth, although he was also called the black gypsy. Powerful voice, lots of duende here. ¡Agua!
Beni De Cádiz - Rosa Venenosa
Beni De Cádiz - Que Lastima De Gitana

Monday, April 27, 2020

For Gold





















When an esteemed label like Secretly Canadian releases a 20th anniversary edition of an album you never knew existed, you have to give it a second chance of course. And I'm glad I did. Because not unlike last year's Duster reissue, Placer Found by Bloomington's Early Day Miners unveils itself as an exciting, understated slowcore gem in the grand tradition of Slint and Codeine.
Early Day Miners - Longwall