Shaky gamelan-like drones complete with flute from the Bajas, mumbled fortune cookie mantras from our bonnie lad, all recorded in one daylong jam session. Sounds interesting? I thought so, too, initially, but fell sound asleep both times I tried to play Epic Jammers And Fortunate Little Ditties all the way through. File under art wank.
Bitchin Bajas & Bonnie Prince Billy - May Life Throw You A Pleasant Curve
The Dead Tongues are the project of Ryan Gustafson, who hails from Durham, North Carolina, just like the kindred spirits in Hiss Golden Messenger. A stark but heartwarming album in the Americana vein called Montana is out now, filled with banjos, fiddles, and - above all - strong songs. And what's more: the Dead Tongues will be coming over to Europe this April to support the mighty Phil Cook. Guess I'll have to buy myself a ticket.
Just got the sad news that self-proclaimed renegade picker Steve Young has passed away a few days ago. Left me cold. The underrated outlaw's Seven Bridges Road album ('72) is obligatory listening for any honest rock and country lover. Miss him.
Steve Young - Montgomery In The Rain
Steve Young - One Car Funeral Procession
More instrumental splendour, in rumba form this time. Presenting virtuoso guitarist Vicente Amigo, with the tasteful title track to his early nineties debut De Mi Corazón Al Aire. Straight from the heart.
Most casual listeners would probably go for Rod the Mod, with ole Woody an obvious pick for your average Stones fan. My fave Face will always be their bass player though, the one and only Ronnie Lane. Talk about underrated songwriters... "I heard your footsteps at the front door, and that old familiar love song..."
Just got the sad news that Andrew Loomis, drummer for Portland's legendary garagerock trio Dead Moon, has passed away. Can't picture him anywhere but centre stage between Fred and Toody really, merrily bashing away at his kit, on which a flickering candle wrung into a bottle of Black Jack always threatened to blow out. Miss him.
Musings on tunes I care about. The ones with that thin wild mercury sound, you know. And as I like a lot of different stuff, you can expect everything from pop, rock, punk, blues, soul, folk, reggae, country, world music, jazz and everything in between here. And a whole lot of Dylan of course...
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