Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Raw Power, Too

Somehow, today seems perfect for some mid-seventies Japrock powertrio mayhem, hugely influenced by the Stooges. Try 3/3 on for size.
3/3 - Open A Window

Monday, September 15, 2014

Raw Power

If you dig Paco de Lucía's unadulterated, non-fusion early repertoire, you need to hear this fluid beauty, too. Habichuela En Rama is a bona fide classic of flamenco guitar.
Pepe Habichuela - Amanecer

Friday, September 12, 2014

All I Know

The original French poster from the twenties pictured above has been the pride of my kitchen for decades now. Bought it for next to nothing from a Parisian guy on the Boulevard Haussmann, who found a bunch of 'em bundled up in the attic when moving in to his new abode. Its motto: the strongest man on earth declares: the secret of my strength - no alcohol. Calls for a little Teenage FC methinks, so take it away, you cool Scotsmen you. Gonna be one hell of a party next week up north if that ploy for independence succeeds...
Teenage Fanclub - Alcoholiday

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Gypsy Tailwind

Leaving for sizzling Jerez de la Frontera tomorrow to attend the annual Fiesta de la Bulería festival, so please permit me one more track of flamenco puro. One singer I will surely come face to face with this Saturday night is the fine singer Antonio Agujetas, also known as Agujetas hijo. After various problems with the law stalled his career a wee bit, he'll be making a comeback of sorts. Can't wait.
Antonio Agujetas - Romance Gitano

Monday, September 1, 2014

Rio Grande

Some more flamenco? Well, why not? Y'all need a little more duende in your lives, you know... So here are the amazing vocals of Pepe Núñez Morón, nicknamed 'El Loreño' as he hailed from the town of Lora Del Rio in Seville province. Below he salutes Francisco Montoya Egea a.k.a. 'El Nino De La Huerta', a singer from the same town who got his nickname because he used to work as a gardener before hitting the big time.
Pepe Núñez "El Loreño" - Llanto Por El Nino De La Huerta

Friday, August 29, 2014

Jive Five

Haven't heard that much exciting new tunage recently to be honest, but these babies struck me as pretty cool. Let's start off with Woods, who sound a lot more poppy all of a sudden on what is already album #8, With Light And With Love. A track like Shepherd proves they haven't lost that magic touch though. Tasty pedal steel, lads! Meanwhile up in Scotland, King Creosote composed a way interesting soundtrack to a documentary about his home country. It's titled From Scotland With Love, and I love it right back. After the demise of the mighty Black Swans, Jerry David DeCicca now goes it alone. If you like your folk real dark and moody, the resulting Understanding Land will be right up your alley. Amy and Dan from Village Of Spaces have been at it again, too. Welcome In is out on their own Turned World imprint, and if Wheels doesn't charm your socks off I don't know what will. And last but not least, let me present Alice Gerrard, a lady who's been playing folk and bluegrass for over fourty years. Her new offering Follow The Music was produced by none other than Hiss Golden Messenger's MC Taylor, which is a recommendation in itself methinks.
Woods - Shepherd
King Creosote - Cargill
Jerry David DeCicca - Before The Storm
Village Of Spaces - Wheels
Alice Gerrard - Boll Weevil

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fat Of The Land

Yesterday's big news was of course the imminent arrival of the complete Basement Tapes, as volume 11 of the ongoing Bootleg Series. Which means an amazing 138 tracks on 6 cd's of Dylan and the Band having fun in a Woodstock room back in '67: what a wealth. Out early November, so better start saving up... Open that door!
Bob Dylan & The Band - Open The Door Homer

Monday, August 25, 2014

All You Need

Fully Qualified Survivor, the second album by underrated British folkie Michael Chapman, is essential listening, my amigos da musica. Interesting plus: it features a young Mick Ronson on guitar, just before he would hit the big leagues as a member of Bowie's Spiders From Mars.
Michael Chapman - Naked Ladies And Electric Ragtime

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