I’ve been on a Norman Blake kick lately. Watching videos like this one seems to be all I can do right now.
Yes, I have been meaning to do this since December, but you know how it goes, you’re reviewing an album one minute and you’re wrestling a great bear of a distraction (known as “life”) the next. At any rate, 2014 has had plenty of important and interesting moments happen in the world of music, butContinue reading “(A Very Belated) My Favorite Music Moments of 2014”
A current favorite of mine is Ryley Walker. After a day of listening to everything I could find online, I scooped up every release I could reach and preordered the upcoming LP, Primrose Green. Beautiful acoustic picking in the Jansch/Renbourn/Davy Graham vein with a backing that sounds like one of the folk rock albums Joe Boyd wouldContinue reading “Ryley Walker”
“Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fiftyContinue reading “Hunter S. Thompson and Music”
You’re Smiling Now But We’ll All Turn Into Demons Population IV Cardinal Fuzz (2015) With roasting guitars, exploding drums and an overall sound that is so fried, it’s crispy, You’re Smiling Now But We’ll All Turn Into Demons are back with their glorious blend of ground-shaking garage jamming and acid-drenched metallic rock outs. I wasContinue reading “You’re Smiling Now But We’ll All Turn Into Demons- Population IV”
It’s hard to make a great Hendrix cover, but Michael Kiwanuka, who is an artistic heavyweight in his own right, has performed one hell of a great one. There are a few different videos of him performing “May This Be Love” (AKA “Waterfalls”), but this one I think is the most heartfelt and ethereal. ItContinue reading “Michael Kiwanuka”
I think it’s a good day, wherever you are, for this clip of the wonderful Alice Coltrane & Sandhya Sanjana.
The Primal Barber Trio BARBERBarberbarbr Deserted Village (2014) Every now and then, a record just drops out of the blue and sucker-punches you, leaving you sitting on the floor in a daze, trying to figure out what had just happened. BARBERBarberbarbr by The Primal Barber Trio is possibly the best example of this kind of record. EveryContinue reading “The Primal Barber Trio – BARBERBarberbarbr”
Anthroprophh UFO (2015) Cardinal Fuzz Can Cardinal Fuzz do any wrong? With excellent release after excellent release, this Yorkshire based label at the helm of one Dave Cambridge, is the very thing that acid record collector’s dreams are made of. Each album on the label is obviously crafted with great love, from the aesthetic andContinue reading “Anthroprophh- UFO”
This track, from the 1961 Music of Afghanistan put out by Folkways, by renowned rabab virtuoso, Ustad Mohammad Omar, is just beautiful. Check out his bio on the Smithsonian Folkways website to learn more http://www.folkways.si.edu/ustad-mohammad-omar-master-afghan-classical/central-asia-world/music/article/smithsonian