Monday, November 30, 2020

Blood Runs Clear


It's been a fruitful year indeed for the lovely couple of Gillian and David. For this is their fourth album of 2020, and the third installment of Lost Songs. And as with the previous two, the quality is top notch to say the least, with Gillian's always moving vocals a little more jazzy than usual. For an accompanying read, check out this fine feature in the New York Times.

Gillian Welch - If I Ain't Going To Heaven

Friday, November 27, 2020

Turns Out Right


This here's a new double disc compilation of obscure indie bands from the so-called jangle underground in eighties America. Twenty eight heavenly tracks to strum & thrum along with, my amigos da musica... You know you want to, and you won't regret it.

Windbreakers - All That Stuff
Cyclones - I'm In Heaven

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

All Alone


The Pressure Sounds label has been a trademark of roots reggae quality for decades now, and their releases can be snapped up blindly. Which is where their new When Jah Shall Come compilation comes in, focusing on obscure Bunny Lee productions, some dubbed to the max by the great King Tubby. The lovely Life Of My Own by the mysterious Raver is only one treasure out of many here, so don't miss out, my brethren.

The Raver - Life Of My Own

Monday, November 23, 2020

Green Eyes


A quiet start of the week with the delicate and dreamy flamenco guitar of Daniel López Vicente, better known as Dani de Morón. Dude is one of the new masters of the genre for sure. The first track is from his recent Creer Para Ver, the second one is a couple years older and features the great Antonio Reyes on passionate vocals. ¡Agua!

Dani de Morón - Ojos Verdes
Dani de Morón con Antonio Reyes - Fandangos Y Bulerías Por Soleá

Saturday, November 21, 2020



Fine article in yesterday's Guardian, celebrating the 40th anniversary of Washington DC's legendary Dischord label. Cheers guys: still hardcore after all these years. Got me digging out this year's self-titled Coriky album again, and found that the stripped-down - and sometimes even funky - trio sound of Ian MacKaye, Joseph Lally and Amy Farina provides plenty enjoyment for old Fugazi adepts like myself.

Coriky - Say Yes

Some MacKaye stuff from the good ole days, too? Go!

 Teen Idles - Get Up And Go
 Minor Threat - Betray
 Fugazi - Margin Walker

Friday, November 20, 2020

Words Of Regret

Two John Cale covers today. Mark Lanegan tries hard, but just can't beat the more menacing original. Sally Timms takes her own sweet time and gets it just right.

Mark Lanegan - I'm Not The Loving Kind
Sally Timms - Half Past France

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

To The Rocks

Ready for some righteous gospel? Thought so... The scene is early seventies Memphis, your host the Rev. Juan D. Shipp. Now get down on your knees, folks, as this is soulful stuff indeed.

The Bible Tones - Sinner Man (What You Gonna Do)
The Q.C.'s - You Can't Hurry God

Monday, November 16, 2020

Cool It


Recorded back in 1959,  shelved for some reason or other, but now finally available in all its bopping glory: Just Coolin' by master drummer Art Blakey and his Jazz Messengers, featuring greats as Hank Mobley and Lee Morgan. No doubt about it, every self-respecting jazz cat needs this.

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Hipsippy Blues

Friday, November 13, 2020

Open The Door


Rescued from obscurity by Riding Easy Records, the label that brings us the wonderful Brown Acid series, here's Ice from Indianapolis with their sole lost 1970 album Ice Age. Nice find, guys, and keep on digging please.

Ice - Gypsy

Stop press: I guess they do, 'cause a brand new Brown Acid trip has just landed as well. Volume 11 already, and did I mention this label actually takes the trouble to track down the obscure artists on these compilations and pays them royalties, too? Way cool. So dig in and dig and dance to the decidedly funky Debb Johnson.

Debb Johnson - Dancing In The Ruin

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Make Some Sense

"There's signs, wonders and dreams..." Check! Clean forgot to spotlight the latest effort by Ryan Gustafson's Dead Tongues - from tiny but thriving Durham, NC - when it came out last spring. Fortunately it's never too late to put things right, as the rightful Americana on offer here is way too good to overlook. Exhibit A: the wistful title track.

The Dead Tongues - Transmigration Blues

Monday, November 9, 2020

Time To Be Groovin'


Following up on the fine and folky original of Reno Nevada by Richard and Mimi Fariña I posted recently, here's a rocking take by Louisville's Oxfords, recorded back in the early seventies. Tasty indeed.

Oxfords - Reno Nevada

Friday, November 6, 2020

Don't Know

Read somewhere that according to legendary Stooges axeman Ron Asheton, the riff of Little Doll was lifted from Upper Egypt & Lower Egypt by far out free jazz wizard Pharoah Sanders. Can you spot it?

The Stooges - Little Doll
Pharoah Sanders - Upper Egypt & Lower Egypt

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

No Change


What if I forgot my guitar? What if I there were no piano? Doesn't matter none, as Peter Hammill never fails to deliver on either instrument. Driven indeed, and 'guided by some outside force' a distinct possibility. Two intense examples from 2010 below.

Peter Hammill - Stranger Still (live)
Peter Hammill - Driven (live)

Monday, November 2, 2020

Guess That You're Busy


Got a bag of pills for you today, my amigos da musica. Solid Americana by John Prine protégé Arlo McKinley, from his recent Die Midwestern album.

Arlo McKinley - Bag Of Pills