Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Moraíto Revisited

Since you all liked the songs I posted here two days ago by Moraíto (1956-2011) so much, here's some more of his flamenco guitar wizardry. This time around, he accompanies the terrific singer Manuel Agujetas.

Manuel Agujetas - Soleá MP3

Monday, August 29, 2011

Adios, Maestro

Somewhat belatedly got the news that Moraíto, one of the masters of flamenco guitar, died earlier this month. He sure had that Jerez touch.

Moraíto - Morao Morao MP3
Moraíto - Sor Bulería MP3

Saturday, August 27, 2011

...And Queens

"Playing with the queen of hearts, knowing it ain't really smart..." As I tend to keep my promises, here's part 2 of a royal megamix. Enjoy and buy some albums if you like what you hear ok?

Dave Edmunds - Queen Of Hearts MP3
The Birthday Party - King Ink MP3
Sparklehorse - Homecoming Queen MP3
Cannibal & The Headhunters - Zulu King MP3
Palace Songs - Agnes, Queen Of Sorrow MP3
Elvis Costello - King Of America MP3
Julie Brown - The Homecoming Queen's Got A Gun MP3
Espers - Dead King MP3
Tav Falco's Panther Burns - Tina, The Go-Go Queen MP3
Junior Byles - King Of Babylon MP3

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Of Kings...

"I used to be a king and everything around me turned around, but I know all I have to do is sing and I'll lift myself way off the ground..." Presenting part 1 of a royal megamix. Stay tuned for installment #2.

Graham Nash - I Used To Be A King MP3
Bob Dylan - Queen Jane Approximately (live Rotterdam '87) MP3
William Bell - A Tribute To A King MP3
Soft Boys - Queen Of Eyes MP3
Minutemen - King Of The Hill MP3
Ike & Tina Turner - Mojo Queen MP3
Henry Cow - Nine Funerals Of The Citizen King MP3
David Bowie - Queen Bitch MP3
Guided By Voices - Weed King MP3
Rachel Sweet - Truck Stop Queen MP3

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Answer Me

"Well you burst on the scene already a legend,
The unwashed phenomenon, the original vagabond,
You strayed into my arms, and there you stayed,
Temporarily lost at sea, the Madonna was yours for free..."

That's from the beautiful Diamonds And Rust, in which we find Joan Baez reminiscing about her time together with then lover and occasional duet partner Bob Dylan in the folky sixties.

"We grew up together from the cradle to the grave,
We died and were reborn and then mysteriously saved..."

Dylan's impressive Oh, Sister is often seen as an answer song of sorts to Diamonds And Rust. You can find a cool pre-album version below, from the 1975 tv special The World Of John Hammond. The dedication at the start ('... to someone out there watching tonight I know, she knows who she is...') is in all probability meant for his old flame Joany, who'd soon accompany him on that legendary 'Dharma Carnival' called the Rolling Thunder Revue.

"And I've known you for a good long while,
And would you kindly tell me, mister...
How in the name of the Father and the Son,
Did I come to be your sister?"

What I didn't know until recently was that Baez a year or so later responded to Dylan's answer song with a country-tinged ditty called Oh Brother! The man with 'eyes bluer than robin's eggs' declined to get back to her after that, at least in song, and a close listen to the rather put-downish lyrics will probably make you see why.

Joan Baez - Diamonds And Rust MP3
Bob Dylan - Oh, Sister (World Of John Hammond version) MP3
Joan Baez - Oh Brother! MP3

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Hard Road

Says former Skunks and True Believers guitarist John Dee Graham, in an old issue of the legendary alt country magazine No Depression, on failing to complete more than three semesters at the University of Texas: "By that time, I had been touring some with the Skunks, and I was missing classes, and I was making really good money. And, you know, once you've opened for the Clash, it's kinda hard to go back to class." Or: it's a hard road, but somebody's gotta travel it.

The Skunks - Earthquake Shake MP3
True Believers - One Moment To Another MP3

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Son Of A Gun

Guns. Never liked 'em, never will. Subject of many a good song though. Here's a small selection. Go tell 'em, Lou. "Don't you mess with me, carrying a gun..."

Lou Reed - The Gun MP3
Junior Walker & The All Stars - Shotgun MP3
Calvin Russell - Living At The End Of A Gun MP3
Unkle - Guns Blazing (Drums Of Death Pt. 1) MP3
Henry Rollins - Gun In Mouth Blues MP3
Tappa Zukie - Stop The Gun Shooting MP3
Fotheringay - John The Gun MP3
The La's - Son Of A Gun MP3
Minutemen - Little Man With A Gun In His Hand MP3
Baba Brooks - Guns Fever MP3

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Sweeter Than Ever

Recently surfaced: a fine, although somewhat distant sounding audience tape from The Band in their prime. Recorded live at the Philadelphia Academy Of Music back in '69, it mainly features songs from Music From Big Pink and The Band, though they can't resist the odd cover of course, like a sharp version of that old Motown chestnut Lovin' You (Made My Life Sweeter Than Ever). Find the complete show over at Music Ruined My Life.

The Band - Lovin' You MP3

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Preacher Preacher

"Oh, I'm gonna get me a religion, I'm gonna join the baptist church... I'm gonna be a baptist preacher, and I sure won't have to work..." The great Son House was a religious man. He even became a preacher for a spell, rejecting the blues as the devil's music. But he had a healthy sense of humor, too.

Son House - Preachin' The Blues Pt. I MP3

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Bonnie, Jack & P.G.

Arrived home last week to find three interesting new songs waiting for me. Let's start with the Bonnie Prince Billy one. Prolific as ever, the Louisville Lion just contributed to the cool song+stories project of Long Haul Productions. Mother Nature Kneels is a dreamy but intense beauty, inspired by a mysterious wave of small earthquakes in Faulkner County, Arkansas. Read all about its background here.

Bonnie Prince Billy - Mother Nature Kneels MP3

Meanwhile, Jack Oblivian - of Oblivians fame of course - will release a new album called Rat City in September. Here's the title track already, a typical piece of raw Memphis garage mayhem with a guitar sound to die for.

Jack Oblivian - Rat City MP3

And last but not least, it's good to see that mr. Pat Gubler is at it again. Four years after the fine Slightly Sorry album, his band P.G. Six is back with a new collection of psychedelic folk songs called Starry Mind. Don't be shy and let the Fairporty taster January satisfy you.

P.G. Six - January MP3