Friday, August 22, 2014

In The Sun

Remember the muy simpático Simple Machines label? For its early-nineties singles club, it released a highly collectable series of split singles under the Working Holiday! moniker. Each song was especially written to commemorate a holiday of the month it was released in. Cool concept, huh? Here's a couple of highlights for all you indie types out there.
Eggs - Roll Away The Stone
Codeine - Ides

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Pot Of Gold

All hail Chasing Rainbows, a cool new collaboration between Santa Barbara and Amsterdam. Psychedelic and ramshackle, the inspired pop of singer Lawrence Rengert and his four experienced Dutch cohorts is right up my alley. A 7" single is out as we speak, and you can expect a full-lenght album on the Excelsior label real soon. So get up, already. Damn.
Chasing Rainbows - Time To Get Up

Monday, August 18, 2014

Won't You Help Me

Mid-August and only 13 degrees out? Raining all the time, to boot? You've got to be kidding me.
The Tears - Weatherman

Saturday, August 16, 2014

¡Al Cante!

Me? I'm muy feliz, as I just decided to attend the famous Fiesta de la Bulería this year. It's the Glastonbury of flamenco puro, folks! Saturday night, September 6, held as always in the local bullring of Jerez de la Frontera, flamenco city. Its stellar line-up features big names as Agujetas, Jesús Méndez, Diego Carrasco, Remedio Amaya, and - my personal fave - the mighty Capullo de Jerez. For more info, if you can read Spanish that is, go here. See you there? I'll buy you a glass of fino for sure.
Capullo de Jerez - Soleá Por Bulerías

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Squeeze Me

I don't think the Lemonheads have been featured in these pages before, and that's an omission I really can't explain. After all, I saw them more than once on stage back in the days, and can even recall strutting around in a way cool Hate Your Friends tee. To put things right, here's a choice cut from each of their first 5 albums, clearly showcasing Evan Dando's progression from punk pop to pure pop.
Lemonheads - Glad I Don't Know
Lemonheads - Two Weeks In Another Town
Lemonheads - Mallo Cup
Lemonheads - Left For Dead
Lemonheads - Confetti

Friday, August 8, 2014

Make It Sing

"There are wicked men sitting in the seat of judgment..." Indeed, my brethren, indeed. Cool roots from reggae poet Linton Kwesi Johnson's first outing, featuring the elusive Vivian Weathers on vocals.
Poet And The Roots - Song Of Blood

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Bottom Line

Look who I ran into on my recent travels. Yup, the Igster himself, promoting a softdrink in the streets of the capital of Catalunya. "With your expensive smile and your money eyes, and a full prescription bottle just to keep the customer high, that's how you sell your love..."
Iggy Pop - Sell Your Love

Monday, July 7, 2014

Come Fly

Taking the first plane outta here tomorrow morning, southbound on our annual sun, sea, and piracy trip. See ya sometime in August, my amigos da musica. In the meantime, do check out these luverly ditties, puhleeze.
Red Krayola - Hurricane Fighter Plane
John Hartford - Stream Powered Aereo Plane
Guided By Voices - We've Got Airplanes

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Flayed Your Flesh

Could postpunk white boys play da funk? Of course they could. Exhibit A: this fine Martin Hannett production from the golden year of 1979.
A Certain Ratio - Do The Du

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Like A Ghost

"And ole Flint's boat is fine and she's called the Miss Inclined, and there's no home port painted on her stern..." Lovely, lazy little tune from the greatest guy in Texas.
Guy Clark - The Ballad Of Laverne And Captain Flint