Waving goodbye with a cool no-wave surf track from the early eighties, featuring James White sidemen Harris, Irwin and Christensen. Hang loose! You'll have manage on your own for a while musically, as I'm finally off on my hols mañana. Back early next month I promise, with a suitcase full of new tunes.
A delightful guitar miniature from the Fahey school. The late John Hulburt played in Chicago garage combo the Knaves, and released his solo album Opus III as a private pressing back in '72. Recently re-discovered by Ryley Walker, it will soon get a proper release on the Tompkins Square label. John Hulburt - The Freak On The Black Harley
Got an email from Chris Hickey recently, letting me know that his two rare, home recorded albums from '85 and '87 are now available for download on iTunes. About time, as Chris is the real deal alright. "What I've come to do is becoming part of you..." The wonderful song featured here, from Looking For Anything, pays homage to the leader of the Harlem Renaissance by the way. Chris Hickey - Langston Hughes
I'm really looking forward to the upcoming solo album of Phil Cook, the former Megafaun man who shines on guitar and soulful organ in Hiss Golden Messenger at the mo. Want a sneak peek? Here goes. All together now: gonna be a... Phil Cook - Great Tide
And in case you overlooked 'em, Megafaun was a pretty cool combo, too. Here they honour Phil Kaufman, the producer and tour manager who really made a name for himself when he stole the corpse of countryrock legend Gram Parsons and burned it near Joshua Tree. Megafaun - Kaufman's Ballad
Heard our Bonnie lad devoutly covering a song penned by magical Dutch lofi loner Broeder Dieleman yet? Well worth it. "Go on ahead, I'll come by foot..." Bonnie Prince Billy - Gloria
Want a taste of the original, too? Thought so. Sung in pastoral Dutch, while the unmistakable brogue of Zeeland province adds just that special flavour. Like it as much as I do? Disappear here. Broeder Dieleman - Gloria
Mark 'Sun Kil Moon' Kozelek can be a total dick sometimes, and if you think that's a bit harsh, do check out his latest antics in this article in the Guardian. Musically though, he continues to deliver the goods. His new Universal Themes picks up where last year's fascinating Benji left off, with a slightly heavier sonic palette and an even denser dose of soulsearching stream-of-conciousness lyrics, which probably won't win him any new converts. He's a sure contender for the FTSOTS songtitle of the year award though. Sun Kil Moon - Cry Me A River Williamsburg Sleeve Tattoo Blues
Time for some left of center hiphop noir today, with my main man Jeremiah Jae on the mic. On the new The Night They Took Us In Like Family he gets help from a Nashville turntable wiz called L'Orange, a guy who digs way deep to keep his samples original. Check that hypnotic piano riff in the prize track below to hear just what I mean. L'Orange & Jeremiah Jae - Taken By The Night
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