Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Kinda Overdid It

 












The illustrious troubadour duo of Bill & Will takes on a Hank Williams Jr. oldie in grand style, featuring an adventurous Matt Sweeney on guitar. Great stuff! Four tracks have appeared so far, which might just mean there's a whole album of covers in the works. Fingers are crossed.

Bill Callahan & Bonnie Prince Billy - OD'd In Denver

And lest we forget, mr. Callahan's recently released one of his own, too. Gold Record sure does glitter here and there, but the irony factor's so high it's like listening to a Dave Eggers novel set to music at times. Don't overdo it, Bill.

Monday, October 26, 2020

Ain't No Time


 











You may know this lovely ditty by way of the Fairports, but here's the original, courtesy of beatnik folkies Richard & Mimi Fariña. Richard died at only 29 in a motorcycle accident, two days after his fine novel Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me was published. And for the trivia lovers among you: Mimi was the younger sister of Joan Baez.

Richard & Mimi Fariña - Reno Nevada

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Wherever They Fall






 







Just got the sad news that the great Jerry Jeff Walker has passed away. The cosmic gonzo cowboy, real name Ronald Clyde Crosby, was 78. Although he penned the much-covered Mr. Bojangles, now a bona fide classic, he remained a cult hero to the end. "Just gettin' by on gettin' by is my stock and trade, livin' it day to day..." Miss him.

Jerry Jeff Walker - Gettin' By
Jerry Jeff Walker - Pissin' In The Wind

Friday, October 23, 2020

Memories Can't Wait


 











Recently unearthed: a recording of brother Duane's last gig at the Painters Mill Music Fair in Maryland back in October 1971, just 12 days before that fatal motorcycle accident. The sound quality is audience on cassette tape only, but with such a historic document, who cares? Here's a short (due to a fade-out?), sweet and jazzy take on Elizabeth Reed, with Juicy Carter guesting on sax. Play loud.

The Allman Brothers Band - In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed (live '71)

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Stay Full





















Remembering the dapper former Swell Map with the Keith hair and the cool velvet jackets today. Saw him live one time, which ripped. Here's a couple of ramshackle personal faves.

Nikki Sudden - Still Full Of Shocks
Nikki Sudden - English Girls
Nikki Sudden - French Revolution Blues
Nikki Sudden - High And Lonesome

Monday, October 19, 2020

When We Rise


 











Can't really believe I didn't showcase this raw diamond in these pages much earlier, as Ascension Day has long been a favourite of mine. Militant, left-leaning British protopunk anno 1971, so go figure. Power to us all!

Third World War - Ascension Day (single version)

Friday, October 16, 2020

Tilt-A-Whirl


 











Been enjoying a pre-release copy of this warm and charming lil' record since the hot days of July, and as of now, you can all follow the ongoing adventures of Jerry David DeCicca. The musician and producer from the Midwest has been living in sunny Texas for a while now, and his third solo outing has a true lone star vibe to it, toads and all. Hell, he even managed to get Augie Meyers of Sir Doug fame to play along. Might as well dig in, y'all.

Jerry David DeCicca - Coffee Black

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Cloud Of Dust


 











Elizabeth Rankin McQuade was a Scottish-born Australian singer who recorded this mesmerizing beauty back in 1962. It was a fave of Lux & Ivy of Cramps fame, and now it can be one of yours, too.

Betty McQuade - Midnight Bus

Monday, October 12, 2020

Touch Me


 











Found in the basement of a Michigan farm a while back: a soundboard recording of the legendary final performance of the original Stooges line-up, just before Fun House came out. Although he was sacked right after this gig, bassist Dave Alexander wasn't as out of it as rumoured, and with the Ig in fine form and Ron Asheton as electrifying as can be, Live At Goose Lake makes for a true proto-punk document.


Friday, October 9, 2020

With Praise












Just got the sad news that Bunny 'Striker' Lee has passed away. The legendary reggae producer, inventor of the flying cymbal sound in the mid seventies and a big influence on dubmaster King Tubby later on, was 79. He had a hand in more crucial reggae and dub tracks, many of them big hits, than you can shake a stick at. Miss him, my brethren.

Stranger Cole & Lester Sterling - Bangarang

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

'Til They're Sore





















That new spiritual jazz movement really gets my juices flowing. And Idris Ackamoor, funky and free, is one of its prime shamans. I'm pretty sure that legends of the genre like Pharoah Sanders and Sun Ra would have dug this. Mingus even? Anyway, this is a sure contender for jazz album of the year.

Monday, October 5, 2020

Take That Ride





















Let's enjoy a cool couple of tracks from a fine fine Ry Cooder gig today. It's 1974, we're in New York's legendary Bottom Line club, and brother Ry is in his prime, so here we go.

Ry Cooder - Preacher (live '74)
Ry Cooder - Goin' To Brownsville (live '74)

Friday, October 2, 2020

Earth Is Burning




 









Mr. Mould does what he has to do in these dystopian days and delivers a really angry record with all the intensity of his Hüsker past. Chapeau! For further reading, go here to sample an endearing interview in this week's Guardian. Nice to hear that Grant Hart and him were able to bury the hatchet in the end.

Bob Mould - Forecast Of Rain

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Resting Place


 











Yet more Gillian goodness, in the form of her third archival release of the year. Boots No. 2: The Lost Songs, Vol. 2 is made up of home demos recorded between Time (The Revelator) and Soul Journey, and what a treat they are. If there's one act I'd like to see in concert in the post-Covid era, it would be miss Welch for sure.

Gillian Welch - Rambling Blade

Monday, September 28, 2020

Shadow And Light




















Our Jonathan discusses the golden age of Dutch painting. That modern colour range, indeed! Utterly charming as always.
Jonathan Richman - No One Was Like Vermeer

Friday, September 25, 2020

Remember Remember


 











Tidiane Thiam hails from the north of Senegal and his intricate form of guitar folk makes for an ideal autumn soundtrack. Listen closely and you can hear the sounds of the African night in the background. Cheers to our resident illustrator Tinca for the tip-off. Now pick it for me, Tidiane.

Tidiane Thiam - Dannibe

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

High In The Saddle





















A fine fine song by a way too obscure singer/songwriter. Townes liked his style, and that should be a recommendation in itself methinks.
Richard Dobson - Baby Ride Easy

Monday, September 21, 2020

Hard Truth





















Gritty and intense, this may well be the Americana album of the year. In a no holds barred production by Patterson Hood, and with all Drive-By Truckers - and that includes Jason Isbell - contributing, mr. Joseph's got something to say and you really should listen up. For a fascinating run-through of all the tracks by Joseph himself, disappear here.
Jerry Joseph - Bone Towers

Friday, September 18, 2020

Friday, August 28, 2020

Sunny Side Up Once More





















"Let's hope the sun it doesn't burn..." Presenting a fourth and last radiant six pack of fab tunes for your summery listening pleasure, complete with blistering art by the one and only Tinca. I'm off to catch some rays myself; see you all in a bit.
Ed Lewis & Group - I Be So Glad When The Sun Goes Down
Dantalion's Chariot - Sun Came Bursting Through My Cloud
Kevin Coyne & Dagmar Krause - Shaking Hands With The Sun
Dwight Twilley Band - Just Like The Sun
Friends Of Dean Martinez - A Place In The Sun
Neil Casal - Day In The Sun

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Stops My Breath





















Lovely stuff from the late master. Only 200 or so lucky French punters saw Jason Molina play this solo gig in a Toulouse church turned squat back in 2005. Putting this splendid audience recording on the record player takes you at least halfway there.
Jason Molina - Montgomery (live)

Monday, August 24, 2020

God Damn





















I know Steppenwolf's cover is way more famous, but for me, Hoyt Axton's original will always be the go-to version. Gloriously over the top that one. Which is more or less what you would expect from a guy whose mom co-wrote Heartbreak Hotel for Elvis.

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Monk Time





















Going back to the 27th of October 1968, the day Monk and his band (Charlie Rouse on tenor, Larry Gales on bass, Ben Riley behind the drums) played a one-off highschool gig in the Californian town of Palo Alto. The school janitor tuned Monk's piano, and was allowed to tape the concert in return: by far the coolest anecdote I heard this month. And needless to say, the music's not too shabby either.
Thelonious Monk - Blue Monk (live Palo Alto '68)

Friday, August 21, 2020

Sunny Side Up Returns





















"To the rescue, here I am..." Yet another radiant six pack of fab tunes for your summery listening pleasure. Sparkling art by Tinca. And one more on the way, you lucky sunwatchers you. Just watch this space.
Larry Young - Sunshine Fly Away
Winston Matthews - Sun Is Shining
Mighty Baby - Same Way From The Sun
The Children's Hour - Looking For The Sun
The Toms - Sun
Radio Birdman - Crying Sun

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Just A Fairytale





















If postpunk's your thing, you really should head over to the Jonderblog, where your venerated host Jonder is in the process of compiling a chronological set of all the glorious 7" singles on pioneering indie label Rough Trade. Guaranteed to bring back tons of precious memories, and also an ideal opportunity to check which releases you may have overlooked at the time.
Subway Sect - Ambition
The Raincoats - Fairytale In The Supermarket
The Monochrome Set - Eine Symphonie Des Grauens

Monday, August 17, 2020

Oh Vienna





















Much bootlegged but now officially available: electric Miles, live in Vienna's Wiener Konzerthaus back in '71. Apart from the trumpet maestro, the lost septet consisted of Gary Bartz, Keith Jarrett, Michael Henderson, Ndugu Leon Chancler,  Charles Don Alias, and Mtume. And lord, they sure were cookin'.
Miles Davis - Honky Tonk (live Vienna '71)

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Sorry



















This annus horribilis just keeps on giving... Now it's Mark Kozelek's turn to be exposed as a dodgy character, falling off his pedestal with a loud bang. O bother.
Sun Kil Moon - Carry Me Ohio

Friday, August 14, 2020

Sunny Side Up Again





















"And where I am, it might not be clear..." Presenting just another radiant six pack of fab tunes for your summery listening pleasure. Uncloudy art by the one and only Tinca. More to come, just watch this space.
Willie Williams - Where The Sun Never Goes Down
Leon Thomas - Just In Time To See The Sun
Dave Bixby - Morning Sun
Blo - Time To Face The Sun
The Moffs - Another Day In The Sun
Kanaan - Double Sun Pt. 1

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Early Morning





















Younger than that now? Somewhat surprisingly, Scottish alt-folky Alasdair Roberts revisits the work of his first band Appendix Out on his new album The Songs Of My Boyhood. Which gives us the opportunity to compare the old with the new, and that's great fun indeed.
Alasdair Roberts - Frozen Blight
Appendix Out - Frozen Blight

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