Friday, February 17, 2017

Oh! Kikagaku





















Sitars go wild in Tokyo tonight. Been enjoying last year's acclaimed House In The Tall Grass by Kikagaku Moyo so much I just had to look for more of their stuff. Cue Forest Of Lost Children, the second effort by these über-heads from Japan. A heavier affair for sure, but just as trippy and hypnotizing. I really need to see these guys live.
Kikagaku Moyo - Streets Of Calcutta

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Like A Dream





















Went digging here in town recently and stumbled upon this flamenco beauty by Fernanda and Bernarda, legendary singing gitano sisters from the fair town of Utrera. Deep stuff: ¡Lo Puro!
Fernanda De Utrera - Fandangos
Fernanda y Bernarda De Utrera - Bulerías Cané

Monday, February 13, 2017

Piano In Play





















This just in from the newsdesk: the mighty Howe Gelb is coming to town this March. And with a piano trio at that, having - temporarily? - disbanded Giant Sand, his desert-rocking band of choice since the mid-eighties. I'm guessing he'll play a lot of songs from his jazzy and intimate Future Standards album, and that's cool with me. Can't wait.
Howe Gelb - Mad Man At Large

Friday, February 10, 2017

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Monday, February 6, 2017

Taste The Taste





















Virginian Matthew E. White met British singer Flo Morrissey at some Lee Hazelwood tribute show, and things apparently clicked so well they decided to record a duet cover album together. And a fine match they are. Not every song does it for me to be honest, but the soulful overall sound of Gentlewoman, Ruby Man, with no small thanks to master arranger White, is a pleasure to behold.
Flo Morrissey & Matthew E. White - Look At What The Light Did Now

Friday, February 3, 2017

Glory Down The Glen





















Our fave Scottish folkie is back with a band and a bang, and that's some good news. The Downward Road is a rollicking taster in ye olde Fairport mode for a new album called Pangs, which will come out late February on Chicago's renowned Drag City label. Can't wait.
Alasdair Roberts - The Downward Road

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Two Kind Favors





















Ever since Rallizes mastermind Takashi Mizutani disappeared completely from the public eye, his rival Keiji Haino has been the undisputed king of the Japanese guitar avant-garde. Here he riffs on a Blind Lemon Jefferson classic in two very distinct ways. Black blues indeed, so prepare for some uneasy listening.
Keiji Haino - See That My Grave Is Kept Clean (soft version)
Keiji Haino - See That My Grave Is Kept Clean (violent version)

Monday, January 30, 2017

Time To Dance





















Finally managed to track down the second volume of Bunny Wailer's Solomonic singles compilations. Irie vibes all around. Because just like on part one, there's a lot of timeless treasure to be found on Rise & Shine. Better light that chalice now, my brethren.
Bunny Wailer - Cease Fire

Friday, January 27, 2017

Lush Life





















Progpop they call it, whatever that may be. Don't really know what to make of Psychic Temple's acclaimed album III just yet, but Chris Schlarb, hip priest from Long Beach, sure is on to something. I really dig that soaring violin on the lush and mellow Neon Belly for instance. Check!
Psychic Temple - Neon Belly

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Lovely Times





















Just got the sad news that Jaki Liebezeit has passed away. The highly inventive drummer of seminal krautrock formation Can was 78. Miss him.
Can - Millionenspiel
Can - Shikaku Maru Ten
Holger Czukay, Jah Wobble, Jaki Liebezeit - How Much Are They?