Friday, April 17, 2015
"Don't you ever give a man false hope..." That's Matthew E. White on fire, fresh out of his Spacebomb laboratory. Although I don't rate his new Fresh Blood album just as high as its near-perfect predecessor Outer Face, there's still plenty of groovin' gems to be had. Holy Moly indeed. And the bearded one's production and arrangement work on the self-titled debut by new kid on the block Natalie Prass are quite impeccable, too.
Matthew E. White - Holy Moly
Natalie Prass - Your Fool
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Picked up this beauty because of the album cover really, as they don't come more flamenco than this one. I was of course already familiar with the great Enrique Morente (1942-2010), a singer known both for his interpretations of flamenco puro as for his wild experimentalism. Did you know the maestro from Granada once played the fusion thang with Sonic Youth? But here he digs way into the past, paying homage to Don Antonio Chacon, one of the ancient godfathers of the genre. On guitar: the always passionate Pepe Habichuela.
Enrique Morente - Era Una Madruga
Enrique Morente - No Me Habias De Conocer
Monday, April 13, 2015
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Friday, April 3, 2015
"That night all the drinking continued in my room, Linda said we could smoke if we took down the fire alarm, I did, we drank, I played Wilco's Summerteeth, she didn't seem to be interested in it, from what I could see..." Do not disturb this Easter weekend please, as I'm immersed in Karl Ove Knausgaard's impressive My Struggle epos at the moment. Only a couple thousand pages of soulsearching to go.
Wilco - She's A Jar
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Monk's first trip across the Atlantic, to Paris in the hot summer of 1957, produced his first ever solo piano recording. Which is a prime example of being totally immersed in your own playing, oblivious to the world.
Thelonious Monk - Off Minor
Monday, March 30, 2015
"Everything’s better and then you notice that you were always unaware..." This is postpunk, anno now. And well, why not? After all, Viet Cong oozes cool all over and brings that essential something extra to the table. Call it character.
Viet Cong - Pointless Experience
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Just got the sad news that British folk guitarist John Renbourne has joined his old pal Bert Jansch for that great gig in the sky. Renbourn, a true pioneer of British folk guitar and a founding member of the great Pentangle, was 70 years old. Miss him.
Pentangle - Sweet Child
John Renbourn - I Know My Babe