Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Saturday, October 26, 2013
In anticipation of today's edition of El Clásico, here's a double helping of soul scorchers. Regular readers will probably know whose side I'm on by now, but just in case: ¡Visca el Barça! Yes Milton, we're gonna make it alright...
Gene Allison - You Can Make It If You Try
Little Milton - We're Gonna Make It
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Listen up, you disciples of Fahey, Kottke et al. The always classy Tompkins Square label just released Jesus I'm A Sinner - that's right - by young steel-string picker Daniel Bachman. So what would Jesus do? Exactly. Buy this record, you sinners.
Daniel Bachman - Jesus I'm A Sinner
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
You'll have to do without me for a week, as I'm off to the city of cities to celebrate my umpteenth birthday in style. Noticed just in time the Mountain Goats will be playing Sala Apolo there this Saturday, so that was a no-brainer of course. Tickets in the bag. Been a fan of John Darnielle's work more or less since he started out, but I saw him perform only once so far, back in '95 at the legendary lofi festival Fast Forward in Nijmegen, Holland. From that gig, here's a rare outing of Going To Palestine.
Mountain Goats - Going To Palestine (live Nijmegen '95)
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Mystical weirdness from the one and only String band. "I baked sweet pastries for the Queen of Spain, I hid my alchemy beneath the stone of lies, burned at the post my boiling brain made craters of my eyes..." They just don't write 'em quite like this anymore.
Incredible String Band - Vishangro
Friday, October 11, 2013
A floorfiller of the highest order, thanks to the latest treasure trove in the always amazing Soundway catalogue. Understated afro-funk from Kenya; I just can't get enough.
The Rift Valley Brothers - Tiga Kurira
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Never a dull moment with mr. Oldham. This time around our bonnie prince recorded a breathtaking, acoustic solo album without a title which - and here it comes - he distributed in person to just one record store, in his native city of Louisville, Kentucky. Cool, huh? No idea if this will ever be released on a broader scale, so you just have to try and track down a copy (vinyl and cassette only) somewhere I guess. Happy hunting!
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - Triumph Of Will
Monday, October 7, 2013
A joyful reggae take on that funky track first made famous by its originator, soul singer William DeVaughn, and much later revived in grand triphop stylee by Massive Attack. "Diamond in the back, sunroof top, diggin' the scene with a gangsta lean..." Take over, mr. Carless...
Donovan Carlos - Be Thankful
Want more? I see where you're coming from. Here's the original, the triphop, and yet another reggae version. Be thankful please.
William DeVaughn - Be Thankful For What You've Got
Massive Attack - Be Thankful For What You Got
Bunny Clarke - Be Thankful
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Finally gonna see Tunng tonite, so I'm cool. Fell head over heels in love with these adventurous British freakfolkers the moment their first album came out, been following them ever since, but somehow they've always escaped me live. "All the talkers lose their breath..." I'm ready. Some rare tracks, you ask? But of course.
Tunng - Shove It
Tunng - No Man Can Find The War
Tunng - Robin
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Upon the grass, I mean. And I shall come and sit beside you. Presenting a green green six pack, in remembrance of yet another summer gone by.
Robert Wyatt - Grass
Versus - Blade Of Grass
Jayhawks - Tomorrow The Green Grass
The Bachs - Tables Of Grass Fields
Caretakers Of Deception - Cuttin' Grass
The Red Crayola - Vile Vile Grass
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Paging all you Americana lovers out there: don't miss Israel Nash Gripka's new Rain Plans. Boy can play. Less of a Stones/Creedence influence this time around, and more of a Neil vibe, but that's cool too of course. Gripka's got an extensive European tour coming up; try to catch him if you can. Oh, and here's the inspired title track for ya.
Israel Nash Gripka - Rain Plans