Friday, March 23, 2018

Away Too Long

Fool for you again... Spotlight on the Thompsons then so, with a glorious track each from four great albums. Pour Down Like Silver ('75) happens to be my personal dark sufi folk fave, but Bright Lights Tonight ('74), Hokey Pokey (also '75) and Shoot Out The Lights ('82) are not too far behind. "Everything you do you do for me..."
Richard & Linda Thompson - The Calvary Cross
Richard & Linda Thompson - I'll Regret It All In The Morning
Richard & Linda Thompson - For The Shame Of Doing Wrong
Richard & Linda Thompson - Wall Of Death

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Got It Yet?

A most mellow affair, the 15th effort from Hoboken's finest. Kaplan, McNew and Hubley sound more sixties than ever here, and that's not a bad thing at all. Lovely miniatures float by lazily, and all is well with the world. What riot could they possibly be on about?
Yo La Tengo - She May, She Might

Monday, March 19, 2018

Aching Deep Inside

"As he rode down the drive, he turned on the radio and Buck Owens came through the old speakers. 'At least they're playing a good song,' he said as he leaned over to the cooler on the floor and found a beer. He opened it, took a long drink and sighed." That's from Willy Vlautin's new novel Don't Skip Out On Me. Helluva book.
Buck Owens - Excuse Me (I Think I've Got A Heartache)

An what's more, as Vlautin is also active in the band Richmond Fontaine, he and his chums recorded an atmospheric instrumental soundtrack of sorts to the book as well. Cool stuff all around.
Richmond Fontaine - Meeting Billy In El Paso

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

In My Dreams

Lovely day out, spring has finally sprung, and have I got the ideal soundtrack for you: a lazy duet from '67 between future tropicália greats Gal Costa and Caetano Veloso. "There will always be hope in my heart..."
Gal Costa e Caetano Veloso - Coração Vagabundo

Monday, March 12, 2018

A Concept

"Things went on; Lennon got shot, Dylan got religion. He could never decide which depressed him most..." Just a quote from The Bridge by Iain Banks, my fave Scottish writer of all time.
John Lennon - God
Bob Dylan - Blessed Is The Name (Live '79)

Friday, March 9, 2018

Take Four

Just some fine fine jazz I've been digging recently. Sit back, relax, and enjoy, my amigos da musica.
Andrew Hill - Flight 19
Marion Brown - Spooks
Roy Haynes - Moon Ray
Don Cherry - Brown Rice

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

In My Face

Mount Moriah frontwoman H.C. McEntire goes at it alone, and her soulful, gospel-tinged, and above all very southern brand of Americana sure proves a treat. She's from Durham in North Carolina, which has come to be known in some well-informed circles as Hiss Golden Messenger country, so it's no surprise their Phil Cook is involved here. Others from the Hiss orbit - Tift Merritt, Angel Olsen, William Tyler - and beyond - Bikini Kill's Kathleen Hanna - lend a helping hand, too. Out now on the still cool Merge label.
H.C. McEntire - Baby's Got The Blues

Monday, March 5, 2018

Dream Ran

"It was a head-trip, it was a friendship..." Robert Forster finishes a half-written, left-behind song by his longtime Go-Betweens partner Grant McLennan, deftly turning it into a homage to the pal who passed away so suddenly. "We will not see his kind again..."
Robert Forster - It Ain't Easy

Friday, March 2, 2018

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Yellow & Blue

If this one doesn't remind you of vintage Lou Reed I don't know what will. From Time The Teacher, the stately new album by former Black Swans frontman Jerry David DeCicca. Wrinkled and true indeed.
Jerry David DeCicca - Grandma's Tattoo

And speaking of the Black Swans, here’s a couple of fine tunes from way back when to remember them by. Cock-a-doodle-doo!
The Black Swans - Rooster
The Black Swans - Joe Tex