Friday, April 20, 2018

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Floated Down

















Attention banjo lovers, as we've got a lovely take on Child Ballad #10 here, the oft-covered, near-ancient Northumbrian murder ballad also known as The Two Sisters. Find it on last year's recommended I Wish I Were A Sparrow album by Meg's sister Laura.
Laura Baird - Dreadful Wind And Rain

Monday, April 16, 2018

Swinging In The Breeze





















It's been thirteen years since his last outing, but the charming Tree Of Forgiveness is definitely worth the long wait. At 71, with a voice that's slowly going, old man John Prine is still going to town alright. “I once had a family, but they up and left me with nothin’ but an eight track: Another Side of George Jones...” Good company I'd say.
John Prine - Knockin' On Your Screen Door

Friday, April 13, 2018

Ding Dong





















Glasgow's Trembling Bells take us right back to the pined-for Britfolk heydays of the Fairports on this epic track from their new Dungeness album. "The whole human charade is a striptease down to the skeleton..." Hear hear.
Trembling Bells - Christ's Entry Into Govan

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

To Memorize





















A lovely slice of jazzy early seventies pop courtesy of Robb Kunkel, who caught my ear last year already on the cool but a bit too hit-and-miss Tumbleweed Records anthology Sing It High, Sing It Low. Dig that soaring violin, my amigos da musica... Reissue out now, on Light In The Attic of course.
Robb Kunkel - Whispermuse

Monday, April 9, 2018

Say It Again





















Soul survivor Bettye sings Bob. Her brand new Things Have Changed, produced by Keef sidekick Steve Jordan, is a bit of a mixed bag to be honest. The rollicking title track and the funky, New Orleans-flavoured beauty below - say hi to Trombone Shorty - sure are hot stuff though.
Bettye LaVette - What Was It You Wanted

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Free Again














Just got the sad news that Cecil Taylor has passed away. The magical pianist from New York City was a true pioneer of free jazz. Miss him.
Cecil Taylor - Excursion On A Wobbly Rail
Cecil Taylor - Steps

Friday, April 6, 2018

Blow Up





















A 'mad, crazy, careening out of control, fighting with my guardian angels rock 'n' roll story' anyone? Thought so. Cue Everything Is Combustible, the memoir of former Television guitarist Richard Lloyd. Fun anecdotes galore, as Lloyd is a wacky guy with a huge appetite for drugs, drink and debauchery, never afraid to pay the price, daft philosophies a specialty. Small wonder he lived to tell the tale.
Television - Oh Mi Amore
Television - Adventure
Richard Lloyd - Misty Eyes

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Hey You





















Cool hairdo, ditto Stones cover. "Tu, tu, te puedes largar..." Find it, with a load of similar gems, on a fun compilation called Beat Girls Español! 1960s She-Pop from Spain and get off of my cloud already.
Sonia - Aquí En Mi Nube

Monday, April 2, 2018

Not Coming





















Truly bummed that I won't be able to attend the Thousand Incarnations of the Rose festival, held in John Fahey's home town of Takoma Park later this month. A homage to all things American Primitive, it will be guitar and banjo picking heaven for sure. To console those who can't make it to this Valhalla, there's a wonderful compilation out under the same moniker. Featuring Fahey of course, plus fellow giants as Leo Kottke, Robbie Basho, Harry Taussig, and Peter Walker, it's a long overdue primer on a highly influential movement.
John Fahey - Night Train To Valhalla
Sandy Bull - Little Maggie

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Deepest Ocean





















"From the mountains of Madrid to the coast of Barcelona..." Gonna be in the presence of greatness tonight, as we've got tickets to see the Nobel-winning legend from Hibbing perform in our Ciudad Condal, and in the classy Liceu opera house at that. It's the 30th year of the Never Ending Tour already, ain't that something? And wouldn't it be awesome if he pulled out this fitting old chestnut once again for a change? Cherry on top, Bob...
Bob Dylan - Boots Of Spanish Leather (live Glasgow '98)