Thursday, July 19, 2012

Up & Away

That time of year again, it is. Bid you adios for a while, For The Sake Of The Song must. The old rest & recuperation routine, you know. Hmmmm... Gotta get away, me. Beachbound, I am. Yessss... Be online I will not. Of weeks back in a couple, promise I do...

Elizabeth Cotten - I'm Going Away
Frank Stokes - I'm Going Away Blues
Jivin' Gene & The Jokers - Up, Up And Away
Mitty Collier - Gotta Get Away From It All
Clarence Carter - Slip Away
Flaming Ember - Gotta Get Away

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Verse, Chorus, Bridge

"This is the chorus, or perhaps it's the bridge..." Nevermind. Some more Wyatt magic for y'all. Lost faith in this song? I think not.

Matching Mole - Signed Curtain

Monday, July 16, 2012

Song Songs

It's grab bag time alright, inna ten pack stylee. Boss songs all of them. Take your pick please, ladies & gents, and stifle the flames of your discontent.

Mission Of Burma - Academy Fight Song
Shellac - Squirrel Song
The Verlaines - Slow Sad Love Song
The Velvet Underground - Sad Song
Dave Bixby - Drug Song
The United States Of America - Cloud Song
Neil Young & The Stray Gators - War Song
Mott The Hoople - Trudi's Song
Canned Heat - An Owl Song
Betty Davis - Anti Love Song

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Thinking Of You

Juan Rafael Cortés Santiago, the Catalan gypsy better known as Duquende, is often seen as one of the few true heirs to the throne of the late great flamenco singer El Camarón De La Isla. And with good reason, as you can hear in the two bulerías featuring guitar maestro Tomatito below. And guess what: thanks to a gran amigo mio, I've got tickets to see him perform live this September. ¡Qué bien!

Duquende - No Encuentra La Salida
Duquende - Pienso En Ti

Friday, July 13, 2012

Another Friday Night

"It's true, man... everything I say is true..." Clearly influenced by one Mark E. Smith, and with a fine fuzzy backing, this remains one of the best - and funniest - pop songs of 1987. Typically British, too. One for the road, ok? Alright then.

I, Ludicrous - Preposterous Tales

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Duluth Ashes

When one finds a track from an up-and-coming singer/songwriter hailing from Dylan country in the old inbox, one pays attention of course. Cheeky lad, our Timmy, and I quote: "Maybe you can help me give Duluth another musician to be proud to call their own..." Here goes.

Tim Mattingly - The Phoenix

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Shifting Spirits

Heavily into the otherworldly beauty of sixties and seventies British psychfolk once again at the moment, so I thought I'd share some. If you too feel the urge to look further than your classic Fairport Conventions, Incredible String Bands, and Pentangles, various artists collections are obviously the first way to go. There's a wealth of great compilations floating around, with titles as Feel The Spirit, Gather In The Mushrooms, Shifting Sands, and Early Morning Hush. Here's a charming six pack of tasters that may pull you right in. Hurry hurry, the spirits are calling.

Heron - Lord And Master
Fresh Maggots - Dole Song
Mellow Candle - Sheep Season
Linda Perhacs - Chimacum Rain
Roger Rodier - My Spirit's Calling
Forest - Graveyard

Monday, July 9, 2012

Sweet Stuff

Latin-funk from Lima, circa 1971. Hot, hot, hot.

Black Sugar - Viajecito

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Alright Now

Just another six pack for the weekend then, ok? With a little something for everybody: gospel, blues, swamp blues, roots reggae, two-tone and trash rock. Alright? Alright.

Laura Rivers - That's Alright
Houston Stackhouse & Carey 'Ditty' Mason - That's Alright
Slim Harpo - That's Alright Baby
Horace Andy & Earl Flute - Don't Think About Me (I'm Alright)
The Specials - Doesn't Make It Alright
Pussy Galore - Alright

Thursday, July 5, 2012


Hypnotic and crystal clear sounds from what once was Portuguese East Africa, and is now known as Mozambique.

Americo Kossa & Aurelio Jefe - Hakunene

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Hit Songs

As the ad went at the time ('73): this record is a hit! Classic riddim, massive Rupie Edwards production. Big up.

Succes All Stars - Doctor Satan Echo Chamber

And while we're on the subjects of Jamaican hit songs, here's the wicked Dillinger. "Gimme likkle riddim..."

Dillinger - Natty Sings A Hit Song

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Sisters Brothers

"Oh sister sister let me live, and all that's mine I'll surely give..." Presenting a sibling ten pack, in honour of a hilarious novel I enjoyed recently: The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt. Be sure to pick up a copy of this surprising western noir. And buy some albums if you like what you hear below, my amigos da musica.

Pentangle - Cruel Sister
Wild Tchoupitoulas - Brother John
Arson Garden - Two Sisters (Love All Around Them)
Dennis Brown - Together Brothers
J.J. Cale - Don't Cry Sister
Prince Far I & The Arabs - Hello Love Brother
MC5 - Sister Anne
Art Pepper - Four Brothers
Horace Silver - Sister Sadie
Bill Carter - Baby Brother

And the obvious bonus track:
F.J. McMahon - Sister Brother