Friday, October 31, 2014
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Since the breathtaking Benji is definitely a contender for album of the year, it's only natural that Mark Kozelek's back catalogue gets revisited, too. Here's one from April. Was he in a Girl From The North Country mood when he wrote the wistful Like The River? "I knew her back from when she was young, those days poured out faster than rounds from a gun..." Anyway, Kozelek's Sun Kil Moon - named after a Korean boxer btw - will be touring Europe in December, and I just bought myself a ticket to ride.
Sun Kil Moon - Like The River (alt. version)
Monday, October 27, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Guitars like fresh mountain streams: has to be an original souvenir from the Congo. Let's hear it for le grand maître Franco and his tout puissant OK Jazz. Here he tells us that the life of a single woman sure is tough.
Franco & Son OK Jazz - C'est Dur La Vie D'Une Femme Celibataire
Monday, October 20, 2014
As endorsed by Will Oldham in a cool recent list of favourite albums. Bonnie statement: "It is my firm belief that Glen Campbell could not speak to (even prior to the Alzheimer's) his insane abilities as a singer and guitar player, while Webb can and does speak excessively about his own abilities as a songwriter and producer. It is our good fortune that they encountered each other."
Glen Campbell - It's A Sin
Friday, October 17, 2014
"I got kinda lost in giving, I'm trying to get it across to you..." Presenting the six pack that got away. Enjoy the weekend, folks.
Chris Bell - I Got Kinda Lost
Eleventh Dream Day - I Could Be Lost
Come - Let's Get Lost
Meat Puppets - Lost
Screaming Trees - Nearly Lost You
The Chrome Cranks - Lost Time Blues
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Kid Congo Powers is one cool dude. I mean, playing guitar in the Cramps, and in the Gun Club, and in the Bad Seeds? That's baaad. Stumbled upon a site called New York Night Train just now, which published an extensive oral history in 14 installments about the Kid's exploits over the years: check it out here. Fascinating stuff.
And here's a lil' snippet, about the time the Cramps were recording their mighty Psychedelic Jungle album. "For that song Don’t Eat Stuff Off The Sidewalk, I remember the engineer saying, 'Karen Carpenter has the most perfect crash cymbal. I have to go to Karen Carpenter’s locker and get her crash cymbal!' And I thought that was a really good ironic choice for a song called Don’t Eat Stuff Off The Sidewalk - to use Karen Carpenter’s cymbal. So that is her crash cymbal on that song." Bet you didn't know that, pop kids.
The Cramps - Don't Eat Stuff Off The Sidewalk
Monday, October 13, 2014
Hey Americana lovers, don't miss out on Night Surfer, the new album from former Green On Red guitarslinger Chuck Prophet. It's another good one, and yes, it rocks. Want proof? Check out the upbeat Ford Econoline, which has the Talking Heads on its car radio. Cool or what?
Chuck Prophet - Ford Econoline
Friday, October 10, 2014
Took this one in the Alameda barrio of wonderful Seville a couple weeks back. It's a statue honouring the legendary flamenco singer Manolo Caracol (1909-1973). Characteristic pose: singing his heart out as always.
Manolo Caracol - Tiro Piedras Por La Calle
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
As before on Greatest Palace Music and Now Here's My Plan, our Will decided on the brand new Singer's Grave - A Sea Of Tongues to re-record a couple of songs from his back catalogue, most of them from the acclaimed Wolfroy Goes To Town (2011). Not because he was unhappy with the originals so much I guess, but rather because he recognized the potential to do something different with them. For an example, check out the two versions of We Are Unhappy - the first one quite subdued, the second much more exuberant - below and see what you think.
Bonnie Prince Billy - We Are Unhappy (Wolfroy version)
Bonnie Prince Billy - We Are Unhappy (Singer's version)
Monday, October 6, 2014
Friday, October 3, 2014
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Came upon this nice plaque on my recent visit to Jerez de la Frontera, on the house in the Barrio de Santiago where the great Moraíto Chico (1956-2011) used to live. A wonderful tribute to a wonderful flamenco guitarist.
Moraíto - Buleriando