Friday, April 9, 2021

Have You Heard


 











The mighty Moe plays that immortal Bo beat. Goes down a treat.

Moe Tucker - Bo Diddley

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

And There


 











Remember that fine Harry Taussig take on ye olde Dark Town Strutters Ball I posted here recently? Got another cool version for y'all, from 1976 this time. Rings like a bell.

Woody Harris  - Darktown Strutters Ball

Monday, April 5, 2021

Serious Business



Time for Terlazzo today. This much recommended '83 debut never made it to compact disc, while vinyl rips found on the web were often scratchy affairs. The good news? Just discovered that the moving Honor Among Thieves is available for download - and in impeccable sound quality at that - at the man's Bandcamp page, and for a name-your-price at that. Right, what are you waiting for?

John Terlazzo - He Wears His Black Heart On His Sleeve

Friday, April 2, 2021

From The '71 Vaults


 











Very welcome of course: a crisp new live registration from the Allman heydays. Sax player Juicy Carter sits in on most songs, and brother Duane's cooking as usual. Historical, but be warned: if you can't stand a bit of tape hiss, better save your money.

The Allman Brothers Band - One Way Out (live Austin '71)













Meanwhile back in Shakey country, the archives are opening like there's no tomorrow. The aptly named Young Shakespeare is the most recent treasure: an intimate solo gig at the Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford, Connecticut. Lovely stuff in pristine sound quality.

Neil Young - A Man Needs A Maid/Heart Of Gold (Medley) (live Stratford '71)

Monday, March 29, 2021

Dream You There


 











During lockdown, Nick and Warren didn't sit still for long. Instead of lamenting their twice-cancelled world tour, the duo (no other Bad Seeds present, no guitars either) decided more or less on a whim to record a fresh batch of songs. Ellis went in for some heavy orchestrating, at times almost claustrophibically so. Cave decided to wear his most dramatic mask: he's really in your face here. But after a couple of spins, I'm still not sure if Carnage really is my vaccine of choice.

Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - Albuquerque

Friday, March 26, 2021

Knocked Out Loaded






 







Down the road down the road... What's your fave version of the immortal Junco/Junko Partner? From the '51 original by James Waynes onward, here's only a tip of the iceberg.

James Waynes - Junco Partner (Worthless Man)
James Booker - Junco Partner
Nobody's Children - Junco Partner
Dr. John - Junko Partner
The Clash - Junco Partner
Chris Bailey - Junko Partner

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Want To Be There

 












You've got yourselves an invitation to the famous Dark Town Strutters Ball. American Primitive guitar avant-la-lettre, courtesy of the great Harry Taussig. From 1965, and never going out of style.

Harry Taussig - Dark Town Strutters Ball

Monday, March 22, 2021

Far Out

 












Lonnie Liston Smith: quite the resumé. Played with Art Blakey, Miles, Roland Kirk and Pharoah Sanders. Here he travels the spaceways in fine style. Buckle up and take that trip.

Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes - Astral Traveling

Friday, March 19, 2021

Almighty


 

Noel Ellis, son of 'godfather of rocksteady' Alton, carried on the reggae family tradition overseas. From 1983, his self-titled debut remains arguably the finest roots record ever to come out of Canada.

Noel Ellis - To Hail Selassie

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Fly Away


 











Finally officially available: Neil & the Horse's 1990 tour warm-up gig at the intimate Catalyst Club in Santa Cruz. Which meant not only the first live outing of a bunch of songs from the just released Ragged Glory album, but also the first ever performance of Zuma's intense Danger Bird. Strap in, here we go.

Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Danger Bird (live '90)

Monday, March 15, 2021

No Consolation

 












The demos part is what makes Richard Hell's Destiny Street Complete really interesting. Here's the best of the batch, a cool song in typical Hell style with fine fine guitar work by the late great Robert Quine -somewhat surprisingly - Ivan Julian. "You know the power only comes from your dread..."

Richard Hell & The Voidoids - Smitten

Saturday, March 13, 2021

On The Side

 












Spotlighting some recent side projects today. First up: Bardo Pond offshoot Vapour Theories takes an instrumental trip and lives to tell the tale. Noisy, but kinda ambient all the same. If that floats your boat, go here to get it. Pleasant jangle pop with falsetto-ish vocals and obvious Flying Nun overtones more your thing? Check out Painted Shrines, featuring Jeremy Earl of Woods fame, there.

Vapour Theories - High Treason
Painted Shrines - Heaven And Holy

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Shake It


 











Exactly one year ago on this day, I attended my last live rock gig: Modern Nature on stage in the intimate Sala Vol here in town. Good night out, but the writing was already on the wall of course. Just a few days later, lockdown started and all venues had to shut up shop. Here's hoping they won't all have closed for good - mayday mayday, one of my faves already did - by the time we're finally allowed back in.

Modern Nature - Mayday

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Desert Steel


 











Concerto for guitar and drum machine. Bobby Lee hails from Sheffield and may be as British as they come, but he's got that JJ Cale down-in-the-desert choogle thingy down pat. Atmospheric as hell, and out now on the always interesting Tompkins Square imprint.

Bobby Lee - Impregnated By Drops Of Rainbow

Monday, March 8, 2021

Darker Shade

 












A welcome reissue of a lofi rarity by the guys of the Drag City label. It's the year of 1969 and we're in Portland, Maine, where Bill Stone and pals record his first (and only) album. Sometimes dreamy, sometimes jazzy, slightly psychedelic, and always interesting. Nice find.

Bill Stone - Purple

Friday, March 5, 2021

Solar Beat


 











Along with Television, Pere Ubu has long been my fave seventies artpunk combo. Unique sounding band to say the least. So the appearance of a live set from 1977, lofi as it may be and with two songs incomplete, still feels a bit like heaven. Download it for a steal here.

Pere Ubu - Heaven (live '77)

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Count The Stars


 











Just got the sad news that reggae legend Neville O'Riley Livingston, better known as Bunny Wailer, passed away yesterday at 73. The Blackheart Man was the last surviving co-founder of Jamaica's legendary (Wailing) Wailers: Bob Marley left us in 1981, Peter Tosh in '87. Miss him, my brethren.

Bunny Wailer - Dream Land
Bunny Wailer - Rise And Shine

Monday, March 1, 2021

Think A Likkle














Two glorious extended mixes of prime Culture. Double roots reggae fulfilment, my Jah people.

Friday, February 26, 2021

Hurry Hurry


 











Den Nya Skivan may sound exotic to non-Swedish ears, but apparently just means 'the new record'. Oh well. What really matters is that Stockholm's psych royalty easily maintains its high standards here, warming our hearts with four hypnotic fresh jams.

Kungens Män - Uppskjutet Uppskjutet

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Moyo Workin'

 










The Kikagaku Moyo touring machine has temporarily been forced to a halt, which makes two new live documents especially welcome. The first one, Live At Levitation, was recorded in Austin in 2014 and 2019. Hypnotic riffs and motorik beats galore, showing off just how well these Tokyo boys have gotten their routine down through their relentless gigging. The second one, appropriately named Deep Fried Grandeur, is even more spectacular. From a special festival collaboration with Ryley Walker in Utrecht in 2018, it's an intergalactic, sitar-heavy monster jam between two dark stars, yours for a cool name-your-price at Bandcamp.

Kikagaku Moyo - Gatherings (live 2019)

Monday, February 22, 2021

At God's Table

 












Two dear dear orphan girls. Long believed this was actually a Carter Family composition, but no. Huge compliment though... For me, miss Welch wins on points, as her version (the original, and the first song on her first album to boot) is the purest of the two. Close call, I'll give you that.

Gillian Welch - Orphan Girl
Emmylou Harris - Orphan Girl

Friday, February 19, 2021

Tell The People





 





Just got the sad news that the great U Roy has left us. The pioneer reggae toaster from Kingston, Jamaica, real name Ewart Beckford, was 78. I was lucky enough to see the Originator perform one time in a small club, and boy was he on fire. Miss him.

U Roy - Wake The Town
U Roy - Chalice In The Palace

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Kingdom Of Heaven

 












Gories fans rejoice, 'cause here's a sign of life from Dan Kroha. Don't expect no stripped-down garage rock here though, as Detroit Blues is all about interpretations of ye olde blues and folk, played on a variety of acoustic instruments, including antiques like the diddley bow, the washboard and the jug. Utterly basic, remarkably authentic, and very very cool.

Danny Kroha - I'll Be Rested

Monday, February 15, 2021

Do You Remember

 












Stating the obvious makes for perfect pop. Do you believe this? Sure thing!

The dB's - Love Is For Lovers

Friday, February 12, 2021

Good Times


 









Just got the sad news that Armando Anthony “Chick” Corea has left us. The inventive jazz fusion keyboardist, who founded Return To Forever in the early seventies, was 79. Before that, he was a prime member of the groundbreaking Miles Davis electric band, contributing to milestone albums as In A Silent Way, Bitches Brew, and On The Corner. Miss him.

Miles Davis - It's About That Time (live '70)

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Keep Searching


 











Got a hopeful and poppy Japanese psychfolk gem from 1973 for you today. Just when you think you've more or less heard it all, you discover an album like Love Songs And Lamentations. Great stuff.

Itsuroh Shimoda - Everybody Anyone

Monday, February 8, 2021

Friday, February 5, 2021

Wake Up Call


 











Rise and shine, as we've got some recent jazz for you as well. Got to to pay a visit to the Windy City for that, where young bassist Luke Stewart and his excellent Exposure Quintet are grooving in powerful style. Yet another example of jazz being very much alive and kicking these days.

Luke Stewart Exposure Quintet - Awakening The Masters

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Weird Freedom

 












Nearly forgotten freejazzers? Check! Here's Charles Tyler (1941-1992) from Cadiz, Kentucky, an old pal of the more famous Albert Ayler. His wild, weird and groundbreaking albums Charles Tyler Ensemble ('66) and Eastern Man Alone ('67) are essential listening for all you daring jazz cats out there.

Charles Tyler Ensemble - Strange Uhuru
Charles Tyler - Man Alone

Monday, February 1, 2021

Something New


 











Bought the somewhat weirdly titled Honyocks In The Whithersoever by the Wygals recently, on the enthusiastic recommendation of esteemed blogging colleague Jonder. Passed me by for some reason when it came out, back in 1989 on the legendary Rough Trade label. Glad I finally got acquainted, as - a certain degree of datedness notwithstanding - it jingles and jangles and warbles and doesn't disappoint at all.

The Wygals - Creature Comforts

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

In The Right Place

 












Nearly forgotten soul singer Joe Hicks wasn't called Mighty Joe for nothing. Funky but clean, if you know what I mean.

Joe Hicks - Train Of Thought

Monday, January 25, 2021

Coming Down





















"At the breakfast table, with a whiskey bottle in my hand..." Start a song like that and I'm game. How about you?

Friday, January 22, 2021

Want You Back

 












Faithful Robyn Hitchcock recently paid tribute to Syd Barrett on what would have been the late Floyd frontman's 75th birthday. Will you please keep on the track?

Robyn Hitchcock - Gigolo Aunt

Monday, January 18, 2021

Traneing In


 











Chasing the Trane today, with the obscure Descendants Of Mike & Phoebe, with the great tenor player Clifford Laconia Jordan and, last but certainly not least, with his talented widow Alice.

The Descendants Of Mike And Phoebe - Coltrane
Clifford Jordan Quartet - John Coltrane
Alice Coltrane - Something About John Coltrane

Friday, January 15, 2021

Began To Speak






 







Had I discovered Seaside Ghost Tales just a little bit earlier, this collection of hypnotic gnostic folk trips from down under would have made my end-of-year list for sure. Using more or less exotic instruments like tablas, lute and dulcimer, head Trappist Adam Geoffrey Cole often recalls Current 93 at its most melodic here. This was Cole's last project under the Trappist Afterland moniker by the way; curious to see what he'll come up with next.

Trappist Afterland - The Unquiet Grave

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Just Say Less


 











Just got the sad news that Mark Keds no longer walks among us. The talented singer and guitarist of London pop-punk formation the Senseless Things was only 50 years old. Miss him.

Senseless Things - Ex-Teenager
Senseless Things - Got It At The Delmar

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Everybody Knows

 












Numero's latest entry in its acclaimed Eccentric Soul series focuses on the tiny Cuca label from Wisconsin. Lots of treasure to be found as usual; take this fine fine track by Harvey Scales for instance. "You don't even remember my name, you're so wrong..."

Harvey Scales & The Seven Sounds - Glamour Girl

Monday, January 11, 2021

Call Me Crazy

 












How much did it cost, indeed. Militant jazz from '69. Right on, and swings like crazy, too.

Leon Thomas - Damn Nam (Ain't Goin' To Vietnam)

Friday, January 8, 2021

Sure Can Fly

 













We're in Memphis, Tennessee in the year of 1928. Gus Cannon plays jug, with Elijah Avery on guitar and Noah Lewis on harmonica. Can you do the Pig Ankle Strut? Surely one of the weirdest and otherwordly tunes ever put to shellac.

Gus Cannon - Pig Ankle Strut

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Jumped That Train

 












A couple of fine recent covers, plus the originals of course. Yo La Tengo honours my beloved Ronnie Lane in patented Fakebook style, while Lambchop grooves to Ohio's artpunks the Mirrors. Good taste, y'all.

Yo La Tengo - Roll On Babe
Lambchop - Shirley
Ronnie Lane - Roll On Babe
Mirrors - Shirley

Monday, January 4, 2021

Dutch Treat

 












It's the spring of 1967, and maestro Sonny Rollins plays a couple of gigs and radio shows in the Netherlands. He's backed by talented locals Ruud Jacobs (bass) and Han Bennink (drums), which works a treat indeed. Great find from the Dutch Jazz Archive.

Sonny Rollins - Love Walked In

Friday, January 1, 2021

Lot Of Soul

 









Welcome anywhere you come from, gringos. Let's ring in this new year together with some old fashioned patchanka by Manu Chao and the gang. Here's to a happy and healthy 2021, y'all. ¡Salud!

Mano Negra - Indios De Barcelona