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.

Hoyt Axton - The Pusher

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


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