Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Presenting the closing tune of Cian Nugent's brand new Night Vision album. Starting out with a guitar exercition in John Fahey's Takoma School vein, it adds a full band after a few minutes, picking up speed and steam and crazy rhythms along the way. Epic.
Cian Nugent - Year Of The Snake
Monday, February 8, 2016
Came a little late to the party with this one, as it took me a while to realise that the Dr. Yen Lo moniker actually meant Ka in disguise. The left-of-centre Brooklyn rapper, collaborating with a producer called Preservation, once again delivers a fine example of innovative and intelligent HipHop here, loosely based on the movie The Manchurian Candidate. Well worth checking out.
Dr. Yen Lo - Day 3
Friday, February 5, 2016
Roots time, with a cool Horace Andy tune and a wicked deejay version thereof by wildman Jah Woosh. Check out that wonderful deep bass, my brethren. To be found on an amazing collection of Keith Hudson productions called Studio Kinda Cloudy.
Horace Andy - Don't Think About Me
Jah Woosh - I'm Alright
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Very welcome and out now on the mighty Drag City label: Pond Scum, a fine collection of stark and intimate performances by our bonnie lad Will Oldham, recorded way back when at a couple of John Peel's famous sessions. And guess what? He even pays homage to another Prince.
Bonnie Prince Billy - The Cross
Monday, February 1, 2016
Didn't get to see too many blues legends live alas, as most of 'em had passed away before I had a chance to buy myself a ticket. But I was lucky enough to see John Lee Hooker in concert once, back in '88. Made quite an impression, although he didn't show off his characteristic guitar work as much as I would have liked. A honky with a ponytail took care of the six string stuff mostly. Heck, John Lee was getting on in years after all... Anyway, here's a six pack of choice cuts in remembrance.
John Lee Hooker - Two White Horses
John Lee Hooker - Black Snake
John Lee Hooker - No Friend Around (a.k.a. T.B.'s Killing Me)
John Lee Hooker - I'm Going Away
John Lee Hooker - I'm Bad Like Jesse James
John Lee Hooker -The Motor City Is Burning
Friday, January 29, 2016
Finally managed to replace my copy of Delusions Of Banjer, that wonderful debut by the inimitable Bad Livers from Austin, Texas. My original copy fell victim to cd rot, I kid you not. To celebrate, here's a prime example of their modern twist on bluegrass, produced by Butthole Surfer Paul Leary. Banjo, fiddle and stand-up bass go wild, folks! And as a bonus track, as it's one of the greatest cover versions I've ever enjoyed, you get to hear them do the Pop, too.
Bad Livers - Uncle Lucius
Bad Livers -Lust For Life
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Mornings heavy with headaches? What have we got here then? A wistful ballad by the Scottish team of Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat (of Arab Strap fame) is what. From last years charming The Most Important Place In The World. And yup, that is an Ikea slogan.
Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat - Far From You
Monday, January 25, 2016
From the only album ('67) the big man recorded for the famous Verve label, this is Roland Kirk - no Rahsaan to his name yet - playing the blues on tenor and two weird other kinds of saxes. Warms the heart, yes sir.
Roland Kirk - Blue Rol
Friday, January 22, 2016
Back to the sunny sounds of Brasil now, with the spotlight on Jorge Ben. A Tábua De Esmeralda ('74) and África Brasil ('76) are my fave albums by the giant from Rio, so here's a smooth but funky track from each. Tastes like the tropics, folks.
Jorge Ben - Os Alquimistas Estão Chegando Os Alquimistas
Jorge Ben - Meus Filhos, Meu Tesouro
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
H.P. Lovecraft the writer is still a firm cult favourite among lovers of gothic horror, and with good reason of course. But what about H.P. Lovecraft, the band? Anybody still listening to these guys from the psychedelic late sixties, who named their combo after the father of the famed Cthulhu legends? Try 'em out, I'd say.
H.P. Lovecraft - Wayfaring Stranger
H.P. Lovecraft - At The Mountains Of Madness