Monday, October 16, 2017

Bash & Pop opening for Psychedelic Furs @ Danforth Music Hall, Monday

Watch Tommy Stinson sing "Anything Could Happen" at Lucy's Fried Chicken in Austin back in March.

Superior Viaduct reissues Franco Battiato's Pollution October 27

You can mail order a vinyl copy of Battiato's Pollution directly from Superior Viaduct right here.

Franco Battiato is often heralded as Italy's answer to Brian Eno. A quizzical composer/lyricist, Battiato turned pop music upside down in the early '70s with three classic LPs – Fetus, Pollution and Sulle Corde Di Aries – that formed a confluence of avant-folk sensibilities and analog electronics.

Pollution from 1972 is the captivating follow-up to Fetus. Like its predecessor, the album features Baroque textures, motorik rhythms, weird tape effects and Battiato's perfectly oblique vocals. Upon hearing Pollution, Frank Zappa joyfully proclaimed it "genius."

While Battiato's core group of collaborators remains largely the same as on his debut, this phenomenal band (joined by an eighteen-year-old Roberto Cacciapaglia on keys) appears even more in the foreground on Pollution. Out of the Ash Ra Tempel-like riffs and urgent guitar strumming emerge hypnotic grooves and cinematic flourishes, suggesting a futuristic meeting point between Stereolab and Ennio Morricone.

Dedicated to the Centro Internazionale Studi Magnetici, Pollution touches on themes of environmental catastrophe. Futurist allusions seep in through eccentric lyrics (at times sung backwards) about hydraulics, magnetic fields, etc., yet listeners don't need to speak the artist's language to grasp his melancholy vision. With Pollution, Battiato solidifies not only his cult figure status, but also many of his forward-thinking ideas on rock 'n' roll.

Superior Viaduct is honored to present the first-time U.S. release of Pollution on vinyl. Reproducing the original gatefold jacket, this reissue is part of an archival series that chronicles Franco Battiato's masterful body of work from 1971 to 1978.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

One For The Weekend: Maurice Moore & Family Affair Band

Check out the Floating Points edit of the Maurice Moore modern soul gem Everything That Shines Ain't Gold.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

B-Side Wins Again: Scott Walker

Peter Knight arranged Scott Walker's dark psych gem The Plague for the flipside of his 1967 single for "Jackie"

Mali's Trio Da Kali @ Aga Khan Museum, Saturday

Watch the video for "Eh Ya Ye" and a performance of "Tita" by Trio Da Kali at the Aga Khan Museum October 14.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Happy Birthday Pharoah Sanders!

Celebrating Little Rock's birthday with his 1980 version of "You've Got To Have Freedom" off Journey To The One.

Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends @ Koerner Hall, Friday

Watch Bill Murray discuss his new collaboration with cellist Jan Vogler,  then perform a West Side Story medley. 

Unfortunately, Bill Murray's performance at Koerner Hall tonight with Jan Vogler & Friends is sold out.

Calexico preview forthcoming album with "End Of The World With You"

Calexico's new album, The Thread That Keeps Us, is out January 26 on Anti- which you can pre-order here

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Whaddya mean you don't know The Merriday Park

The psych gem "It All Comes Back To Me" was penned by Thunder Bay's Larry Breiland (left) & Greg Dahl (right).

Ken Vandermark salutes Shellac on Made To Break's new Trebuchet album

The epic 19-minute Hydroplane (for Shellac) is off Made To Break's new Trebuchet album out November 10.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Happy Birthday Art Blakey!

Remembering the great Art Blakey on his day with a Jazz Messengers performance in Paris from 1959.

Change Of Heart updates previously unreleased Smile outtake "Delivering A Pot"

A reunited Change Of Heart with Kathryn Rose recently re-cut the Smile outtake "Delivering A Pot" which you can hear below.

Watch Charles Mingus, Don Cherry & Elvin Jones in Norway 1975

The 50-minute film (below) includes rare interview and performance footage from the 1975 Kongsberg Jazz Festival.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Happy Birthday Eleni Mandell

Celebrating Eleni's birthday with the fab Manny Marquez video for "My Twin" from her Miracle of Five album.

Paul Weller, Lucy Rose @ Danforth Music Hall, Tuesday

Paul Weller discusses influential recordings followed by a short film about the process of making A Kind Revolution.

Watch First Aid Kit's video for It's A Shame

First Aid Kit have also just announced a Danforth Music Hall show on February 5. Tickets on sale Friday at 10 am. 

Monday, October 9, 2017

B-Side Wins Again: Shyster

The 1967 freakbeat gem "Tick Tock" by Shyster was actually cut by the members of the Fleur-De-Lys.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Lucy Rose film screening @ The Burdock, Monday

Lucy Rose presents her Something's Changing doc (see below) with Q&A at The Burdock on Monday at 6pm.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Catl vs. Abner Jay

AAbner Jay's cautionary dispatch "Cocaine" is done over by Catl who host their Halloween Bash at The Dakota Tavern on October 29. 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Watch the U.S. Girls video for Mad As Hell

U.S. Girls are playing two nights at the Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick) on October 27 and 28. 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Happy Birthday Alison O'Donnell

Cheers to Mellow Candle's Alison O'Donnell. Her latest album Climb Sheer The Fields of Peace is available here

Watch George Jones on the Jimmy Dean Show

Here are George Jones' two appearances with the Jones Boys dating from 1963 and 1965.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Russell deCarle launches Alone In This Crowd @ Dakota Tavern, October 17

Russell's reading of David Halley's "Rain Just Falls" is a highlight of his new album available right here.

Midweek Mixdown: Ancient Archive Of Sound

Here's a mystical selection of vintage Vivian "Yabby You" Jackson 45s and dub plates. See tracklist below.

Yabby You dubwise selection
1. King Tubbys Rock - Prophets & King Tubbys (Prophets 45)
2. Dub In Zion - Prophets & King Tubbys (King Tubbys Dubplate)
3. Warning Version - Prophets & King Tubbys (Forbes 45)
4. Tubby's Vengeance - Prophets & King Tubbys (Prophets 45)
5. Flour Blow (Original mix) - Dillinger & King Tubbys (Prophets 45)
6. Flour Blow (Version 2) - Dillinger & King Tubbys (Prophets 45)
7. Love Of Jah Version - Prophets & King Tubbys (Globe International 45)
8. Love Of Jahoviah Version - Prophets & King Tubbys (UMR 45)
9. False Dread - Prophets & King Tubbys (Vivian Jackson 45)
10. Cleo's Dub - Cleopatra Williams & King Tubbys (Hot City 45)
11. Riding Forward Dubwise - Tommy McCook & King Tubbys (Vivian Jackson 45)
12. Magnum Version - Rankning Magnum & King Tubbys (Vivian Jackson 45)
13. Amagideon version - Willi Williams & King Tubbys (Vivian Jackson 45)
14. Mount Zion Dub - Patrick Andy & King Tubbys (Grove Music 45)
15. Repatriation Rock - Prophets & King Tubbys (Prophets 45)
16. Judgement Style - Jah Stitch & Prince Jammy (Jammys 45)
17. Sister Gene Dub - Jah Pops & King Tubbys (Vivian Jackson 45)
18. Chalice Dub - Prophets & King Tubbys (Prophets 45)
19. Upsetter's Vengeance - Wayne Wade & Upsetter (Prophets 45)
20. King Tubbys Special - Wayne Wade & King Tubbys (Vivian Jackson 45)
21. Living Style - Tommy McCook & King Tubbys (Vivian Jackson 45)
22. Rally Dub - Prophets & Upsetter (Prophets 45)
23. Love Thy Neighbours Version - Prophets & King Tubbys (Vivian Jackson 45)

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Happy Birthday Gina Birch!

Raising a glass to Gina Birch on her day with a vintage performance clip of The Raincoats circa 1982. 

A book about The Raincoats' debut album by Pitchfork associate editor Jenn Pelly is out now. 

Birds of Paradise vs. Lee Hazlewood

Roy Vucino & Hannah Lewis recorded Lee's "My Autumn's Done Come" for Birds of Paradise's Love Hotel EP. 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Whaddya mean you don't know Réjean et Pierre

Pierre Parisi sang with the third version of Les Odds who provide the backing on Réjean et Pierre's "Strange Ville" 45. 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Chicano Batman, Khruangbin, The Shacks @ The Mod Club, Sunday

Check out Chicano Batman's Can-inspired Freedom Is Free off their recent album of the same name on ATO Records.

Happy 75th Birthday Wendell Harrison!

Raising a glass to the Detroit saxophone great with a Tribe message from 1973 which remains remarkably relevant. 

Friday, September 29, 2017

RIP CeDell Davis, 1927-2017

Remembering Arkansas blues great CeDell Davis with the Blues Back Home documentary.

Preview Ikebe Shakedown's new album The Way Home

There were only 750 copies pressed of Ikebe Shakedown's bumpin' fourth album – better move quick.  

Wealthy art types explain NYC street culture: Rammellzee

Watch Sotheby's Eric Shiner & Harrison Tenzer chat about Rammellzee's contribution to Afro-futurism.

Wróblewski Jazz Quintet vs. José Prates

Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski's Polish jazz crew does a fine job with José Prates' Brazilian swinger Nana Imboro.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Happy Birthday John Gilmore!

Remembering saxophone great John Gilmore on his day with a rare 1965 clip with the Jazz Messengers.

Watch The Limiñanas video for "Istanbul is Sleepy" w/ Anton Newcombe

The Limiñanas "Istanbul is Sleepy" 4-song EP is out November 17th with ace artwork by Thierry Guitard.

Lionel et Marie make a splashy London debut with DJ Andy Weatherall on October 5. 

That time Daniel Johnston sang Devil Town in Hamilton

Here's Daniel leading the crowd at The Underground in an a cappella version of Devil Town on May 8, 2007.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Spits @ The Velvet Underground, Tuesday

The Spits will be joined by School Damage and Plasmalab. Doors open at 8:30 pm.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Happy Birthday Sam Rivers

Remembering the great Sam Rivers on his day with a 1979 performance joined by Dave Holland & Thurman Barker. 

Watch Nucleus live in 1972

Here's Ian Carr with Dave McRae (keys), Karl Jenkins (oboe), Roy Babbington (bass) and Alan Jackson (drums).

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Happy birthday Jack "Mr. Bongo" Costanzo!

Celebrating Jack Costanzo's 98th birthday with a 1955 clip featuring one of his more famous percussion students. 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

One For The Weekend: Wildflower

The Wildflower debut of Leon Brichard, Tom Skinner and Idris Rahman is sold out on vinyl but you can hear it below.

Happy Birthday John Coltrane!

Toasting Trane with a hard swingin' performance of Franz Lehár's Vivias recorded live at Birdland on March 6, 1963.