Friday, June 29, 2012

That's The Way

In heavy rotation at FTSOTS headquarters at the moment: The Way It Is, fine fine taster from Denver's upcoming debut, out this very August. Sleazy but inspired barroom countryrock from Portland, Oregon, played just right - which isn't as easy as some may think. Pour another shot and have a go.

Denver - The Way It Is

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Just Sticks

It's 1965, and Vashti Bunyan releases her first single, written by Mick & Keith. Stones producer Andrew Loog Oldham's lush pop treatment doesn't really fit Vashti's made-for-dream-folk-voice, but it's still a delight I can't get out of my head. Some things just stick I guess.

Vashti Bunyan - Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Oh Carol

A lush burst of mid-nineties indiepop that still goes down a treat. "I'll get over you some day..."

Modesty Blaise - Carol Mountain

Sunday, June 24, 2012

To Babylonians Head

"It sipple out deh..." Presenting a red hot Babylonian ten pack for the weekend, dreader than dread. Go down & keep cool.

Max Romeo & The Upsetters - War Ina Babylon
The Prophets - Babylon A Fall
Junior Byles - Beat Down Babylon
The Meditations - Babylon Trap Them
Desmond Irie - Babylon You Must Go Down
Tappa Zukie - Don't Deal With Babylon
The Heptones/The Upsetters - Babylon Falling/Version
Ras Michael & The Sons Of Negus - Keep Cool Babylon
Brent Dowe - Down Here In Babylon
Zeddie Bailey - Dub To Babylonians Head

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Real Thing

Relaxed but funky vibes, all the way from Banjul, Gambia. Fly like a Super Eagle.

Super Eagles - Love's A Real Thing

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

In The Bottle

Two takes on an infectious ole tune. Fiddling royalty Albert Hunt's take was recorded back in 1928, while the mighty Rounders craftily revived it in 1964. "The rooster chews tobacco, and the hen uses snuff, the baby chickens don't take nothing, but they just strut their stuff..."

Prince Albert Hunt - Blues In A Bottle
Holy Modal Rounders - Blues In The Bottle

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Lucky Luzia

"Luzia Luluza está lá me esperando..." Lucky gal, that Luzia. Strings, flutes, and horns galore. Hey, we're in Rio, and it's 1968. Tropicálismo rules. The setting: a taxi in heavy traffic. There's a new James Bond flick out. And it's raining. Come in, Gilberto...

Gilberto Gil - Luzia Luluza

Friday, June 15, 2012

Behind Me

"It's been a long long long way, I've got some more to go, don't look at my shadow, it's behind me..." Presenting a shadowy six pack for your listening pleasure. Like what you hear? Buy some albums why don't you.

Manassas - Don't Look At My Shadow
Bad Livers - How Dark My Shadow's Grown
Harry & Jeanie West - I'd Like To Be Your Shadow In The Moonlight
Bob Desper - Darkness Is Like A Shadow
The Fleshtones - Shadow Line
Screaming Trees - Shadow Of The Season

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Sweeping Over The Land

Dig violins? Then look no further and let the Calexico gang satisfy you. This one's from their excellent Feast Of Wire album. "One man's close pursuit is another man's last chance..." Oh yes it is.

Calexico - Black Heart

Monday, June 11, 2012

Young Mods

"Shall I tell it like it is? Ain't none of your business... Yes it is!" An unforgettable story. Which is followed by another track from the same '69 soul gem, a great great song about that seven year itch. "I've got the girl I waited for, she's just a wife and nothing more..."

The Impressions - The Young Mods' Forgotten Story
The Impressions - Seven Years

Friday, June 8, 2012

Big El Looks Down

Drawing by Peter Pontiac, Dutch comic artist supreme. The Memphis Flash and Lux & Ivy share the soundtrack. "You've got me all tore up..."

Elvis Presley - Wearin' That Loved On Look
The Cramps - I Can't Hardly Stand It

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Some Like It Dread

I know I do... So it's roots time once again on For The Sake Of The Song. Always harder than the rest, seen? Presenting one more ten pack straight outta Trenchtown. Ride on, natty... ride on.

Big Youth - Some Like It Dread
Rupert Reid - See The Dread Deh
Mighty Diamonds - Jah Jah Bless The Dreadlocks
Linval Thompson - Ride On Dreadlocks
Johnny Clarke - Dread A Dread
Prince Jazzbo - Dreadlock Corner
Evon Jones - 4 And 20 Dreadlocks
Lee Perry - Dreadlocks in Moonlight
Roots Rockers - Moses Was A Dread Locks
Jah Devon - Move Out Of Dreadlocks Company

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Human Soul

Do buy that book on Bonnie Prince Billy/Will Oldham I told you about recently. Just finished it, and although we're talking about an extensive series of interviews with Alan Licht here, for a hardcore Bonnie fan like me it read just like a novel. Quite a remarkable guy, our Billy... Goes deep.
One cool quote out of many: "What is normally called religion is what I would tend to call music - participating in music, listening to music, making records and singing. I think records and music are more appropriate and more respectful of the human soul than the churches are. And more respectful of the needs of humans to communicate with the aspects of themselves that are neglected by language. I don't think people think about god so much as they think about themselves and how they're going to get through life." Right on, bro.
And while we're at it, here's the title track of Bonnie's most recent offering, the 4-track Hummingbird ep, which came out on the happening Spiritual Pajamas label. Song's a fine take on an old Leon Russell swamper.

Bonnie Prince Billy - Hummingbird, Pt. 1
Leon Russell - Hummingbird