Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Gone Home

Mr. Cobb almost singlehandedly restored my faith in modern country music last year with his moving debut Shine On Rainy Day. Follow-up Providence Canyon has more of a swampy country-got-soul vibe, which may be a big help crossing over to a rock audience. Still: "If you thought he looked country, oughta heard him sing..."

Brent Cobb - King Of Alabama

Monday, May 28, 2018


The second installment of African Scream Contest is finally here and was it worth the long wait? You bet it was. Analog Africa, a label so scrupulous it hired a guy trained by the KGB to track down their highly obscure artists to pay them royalties, did it again, and selected the grooviest and rarest sixties and seventies Afro-funk from tiny Benin. Diggers supreme, satisfaction guaranteed.

Black Santiago - Pauline

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Evidence Of Truth

All hail the Bar/None label, which has seen fit to finally re-release this wonderful '87 album by Feelies offshoot Yung Wu, featuring percussionist Dave Weckerman on lead vocals. Ready for some more crazy rhythms? Thought so.

Yung Wu - Spinning

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Learning To Crawl

Congrats to our birthday boy from Duluth, as the one and only Robert Zimmerman turns 77 today. Many happy returns, Bob. "And I've picked up a couple more years on you babe and that's all..."

Bob Dylan - A Couple More Years (live Portland '80)

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Friend Of Mine

Live mayhem from Chris Forsyth & co, paying tribute to Dinosaur Sr. on a London stage earlier this year. That classic stripped-down trio sound I always love so much really packs that punch. Find it on a roaring digital-only album called Rare Dreams: Solar Live 2.27.18 you can order here.

Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band - Don't Be Denied

Monday, May 21, 2018

Family Affair

All dig this wonderful track from a legendary late sixties South African jazz masterpiece. Winston ‘Mankunku’ Ngozi was the man alright.

Mankunku Quartet - Dedication (To Daddy Trane And Brother Shorter)

Friday, May 18, 2018

Some More Girls

As a promise is a promise, here's another girly girly six pack for ya. All lovelies, all good-uns. Second verse, same as the first, as da brudders sang. Gorgeous artwork as usual by Tinca. Cherchez la femme encore!

Arthur Verocai - Sylvia
Jack Nitzsche - Marie
Nicky Hopkins - Dolly
Jim Sullivan - Rosey
Bobby Rush - Sue
Henri Bowane - Marie Louise

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Eyes On Me

A publication called Paste Magazine recently ran a feature on 15 so-called buzz bands from New York City, which piqued my interest until it turned out to be just another manifestation of your run-of-the-mill indie rock with all the danger expertly removed. Move on, nothing to see here. This short and sharp ditty from Brooklyn combo Fits was about the only one I could really stand. Buzz buzz.

Fits - Ice Cream On A Nice Day

Tuesday, May 15, 2018


Just got the sad news that Glenn Branca has passed away. The avant garde guitarist and composer from New York, a king of alternative tunings, was just 69. His no wave band the Theoretical Girls and especially his magnum opus The Ascencion were a huge influence on the Sonic Youth generation. Miss him.

Theoretical Girls - You Got Me
Theoretical Girls - U.S. Millie
Glenn Branca - The Ascencion

Monday, May 14, 2018

What You Need

Soulful Americana pop from the Oregon version of Portland, complete with fiddle and pedal steel. Feels like a warm bath alright. Out now on the never boring Kill Rock Stars label.

Horse Feathers - Don't Mean To Pry

Friday, May 11, 2018

Said It So Well

Hailing from Cornwall but now firmly based in the Big Smoke, Red River Dialect just may be in it for the long haul. A stately piano intro sets the tone, a fiddle kicks in, and all is well with the world. Reminds me of the Triffids a bit, which is no mean feat indeed. Find Open Sky (Bell) on the pastoral Broken Stay Open Sky, which came out last February on the always interesting Paradise of Bachelors label.

Red River Dialect - Open Sky (Bell)

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Up And Down My Spine

The Santa Monica Flyers live, ladies and gentlemen, need I say more. A very welcome addition to the canon. Real as the day is long.

Neil Young - Tonight's The Night  (live L.A. '73)

The really real thing, albeit extremely lofi, is this one though. I know I've posted it before, but in case you missed it back then, here goes, with all 34 tequila-fueled minutes of the thing... Ragged glory indeed.

Neil Young - Tonight's The Night (live Chicago '73)

Monday, May 7, 2018

Coming Around

"The bus came by and I got on, that's when it all began..." Good 'ole Dave, probably the man with the best job in the world, continues his documenting of prime live Dead. For what's already volume 26, he picked a fine fine '71 show at Albuquerque's Civic Auditorium. Keith Godchaux's on keyboards here, as Pigpen was sadly absent for health reasons. He was back in time for the equally groovy bonus disc though, which spotlights an Ann Arbor gig later in the same year. Hey now!

Grateful Dead - The Other One (Live Albuquerque '71)
Grateful Dead - Tennessee Jed (live Ann Arbor '71)

Friday, May 4, 2018

Some Girls

And lovely ones at that. All beauties, even... Presenting a girly girly six pack, with fine art as usual by Tinca. Here goes, my amigos da musica, and be on the lookout for part 2. Next week or so. Cherchez la femme!

The Triffids - Madeline
The Verlaines - Angela
Slint - Darlene
The Go-Betweens - Karen
Acetone - Louise
Pond - Agatha

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Never Had A Chance

All hail the late axe hero from county Donegal. The Rory Gallagher remasters have finally dropped and lord, the ones I've heard so far really sound sharp. The mighty Deuce remains my all-time fave, but some of the later albums sure have their moments, too. Take Blueprint ('73) for instance, where the steaming blues rocker below hails from. "Walk on thin ice, skate on razor blades..."

Rory Gallagher - Walk On Hot Coals