Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Children Of Jah



Heading over to Jamdown now with a fine new reggae compilation on the Kingston Sounds label, channeling that majestic mid-seventies rockers sound concocted by the Revolutionairies (Sly & Robbie et al) with legendary producer Bunny 'Striker' Lee. Prime example below.
Junior Delgado - Devil's Throne

Monday, October 16, 2017

All Aboard















We're going on a trip, jazz cats. Its distict Indian flavour is delightful, and what's more, this musical journey features the mighty Pharoah Sanders on sax. Satchidananda, in case you were wondering, was a famous swami Trane's widow was following at the time on her road to enlightenment.
Alice Coltrane - Journey Into Satchidananda

Friday, October 13, 2017

All Nite Long




















Ready for some classic rockin' cajun from East Texas and Southwest Louisiana, folks? Good, as the acclaimed Yep Rock imprint has just re-released the mighty cool Swampland Jewels compilation, which originally came out on the Goldband label back in '79. Let the bon temps rouler... and ride that crawfish if you dare.
Cleveland Crochet & Jay Stutes - Sugar Bee

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Anything Different





















Only debut albums should be self-titled in my book, but let's be mild for once and forgive the Weather Station. As it stands, the Canadian combo's fourth offering is simply too good to be cast aside for such petty reasons. With bonus points for lush but functional string arrangements and even a flute here and there, The Weather Station raises only one question really: might young Tamara Lindeman be Joni Mitchell's illegitimate offspring?
The Weather Station - Kept It All To Myself

Monday, October 9, 2017

Crunch Crunch



The fifth (!) Kozelek product of the year sees our quirky Ohioan get together with keyboardist Ben Boye and drummer Jim White. Works a treat. Chew on this wicked feline impersonation for starters: "When you're a cat you can sleep all day and say fuck all that..."
Mark Kozelek with Ben Boye and Jim White - House Cat

Friday, October 6, 2017

A Day Late











And a dollar short, as they say. "But it was soon patent to every observing mind that the ways of wealth were not the ways of honor..." Indeed. Presenting a greedy six pack + for your listening pleasure, my amigos da musica.
Wynn Stewart - Another Day, Another Dollar
David Wiffen - You'll Never Make A Dollar That Way (Mexico)
The Stained Glass - Dollar Sign Friends
The Mekons - $1,000 Wedding
Funkadelic - Funky Dollar Bill
Ka - $
Bonus track:
Johnny Dollar - Action Packed

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Hurts Like Hell





















The always fantastic Numero Group is at it again, this time with a monster compilation of Acid Nightmares. Recorded in the tail-end of the psychedelic sixties, these 18 mega-obscure stoner scorchers are sure to fry your brain. Do take this good-bad trip if you dare...
Bulbous Creation - Hooked

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Scar In The Sky





















Just got the sad news that Tom Petty has passed away. The Florida-born leader of the Heartbreakers died of cardiac arrest in an L.A. hospital. He was just 66. I've always had a weak spot for their eponymous debut album. Miss him.
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Luna

Monday, October 2, 2017

White Light




















An old fave of mine by Nico, from the chanteuse's new wave-tinged Drama Of Exile album. "Her love lies like a broken glass..."
Nico - Henry Hudson

Friday, September 29, 2017

How I Feel





















Obscure sixties soul from Toronto by fine singer annex transgender rights pioneer Jackie Shane. "Tell her that I'm happy, tell her that I'm gay..." Collected works, which comes down to six singles and a steaming live gig, out now courtesy of the mighty Numero Group.
Jackie Shane - Any Other Way

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Darker Darkness





















The new Hiss album is getting rave reviews almost everywhere, but I'm not completely bowled over yet. It all sounds a bit tinny to my ears, which doesn't fit the fat Caledonian soul vibe they're after, while the new drummer sure could use a bit of funk in his playing. Don't get me wrong, the wonderfully titled Hallelujah Anyhow is a decent record, and one with an uplifting message at that, but it somehow lacks the magic of MC Taylor & crew's earlier work. Here's hoping it will grow on me.
Hiss Golden Messenger - Harder Rain