Thursday, January 18, 2018

Calibro 35 marks 10 years with new studio album "Decade"

Calibro 35 – Decade
On February 2, Italian cinematic funk combo Calibro 35 release their much anticipated sixth studio album Decade on Record Kicks – marking their 10-year milestone with with a super-sized line-up, appending the tight Milanese quartet of Massimo Martellotta, Enrico Gabrielli, Luca Cavina and Fabio Rondanini with a full orchestral complement of horns, strings and percussion. Produced and mixed by longtime Calibro 35 studio collaborator, Tommaso Colliva (Phoenix, Franz Ferdinand, Mark Lanegan, Muse, Arto Lindsay) the album brings to bare the enormous wealth of influences accumulated by the individual members over the course of the ensemble's brilliant 10-year run. For more info and pre-ordering information, check out the Calibro 35 bandcamp page right here. Watch the Decade trailer below.

R.I.P. Mike Carroll of Lord High Fixers, Poison 13

Charismatic frontman Mike Carroll died in Austin on Tuesday after a battle with bacterial meningitis.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Happy 75th Birthday Billy Harper!

Celebrating Billy Harper's milestone birthday with a performance of "Somalia" from 2016. 

Whaddya mean you don't know The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol

Midweek Mixdowm: Vinyl Avenger – Soul Strut

Here's the Vinyl Avenger's swingin' mix of rare R&B and funk intercut with vintage Blaxploitation spots.  

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Peter Hook reunites with The Limiñanas for "The Gift"

The new studio collaboration "The Gift" is off The Limiñanas fifth album, Shadow People, due January 26. 

Lee Ann Womack @ The Horseshoe, January 24

Lee Ann Womack's great new album The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone is out now. Listen to All The Trouble. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Happy Birthday Captain Beefheart

Remembering the great Don Van Vliet on his day with a German TV performance from 1972. 

Watch Catl's new video for "Cocaine Blues"

Catl is launching their new "Cocaine Blues" video at the Dakota Tavern on January 27. New album in April! 

The Devil Makes Three @ The Phoenix, Thursday

Watch what The Devil Makes Three does with Ralph Stanley's I Am The Man then get tickets for their Toronto show.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Happy 70th Birthday T Bone Burnett

Saluting my pal T Bone with the finest example of his drumming technique, backing the Legenary Stardust Cowboy. 

R.I.P. Danny Woods, 1944-2018

Chairman Of The Board co-founder Danny Woods (left) has passed away at the age of 73.

Happy Birthday Jenny Whiteley

Here's Jenny and crew peforming Chris Coole's $100 from her album The Original Jenny Whiteley

Ethio-funk legend Ayalew Mesfin playing Los Angeles in February

Ayalew Mesfin will be backed by the Debo Band at L.A.'s Echoplex February 13 along with Ethio Cali and DJ Egon! 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Happy Birthday Eero Koivistoinen!

Celebrating the birthday of the Finnish saxophone great with three vintage gems.

Watch the trailer for the new rockumentary Crime 1978

Here's a preview of the forthcoming Larry Larson film Crime 1978 shot on location in San Francisco.

Class of 2018 w/ NC's Nude Party @ The Horseshoe, Saturday

Nude Party (11:30pm) will be joined by Blind Matty (10:40pm), Kaleidoscope Horse (9:50pm) & Deana Petcoff (9pm).

Friday, January 12, 2018

Watch First Aid Kit's video for "Ruins"

"Ruins" is the title track off First Aid Kit's new album out January 19. They play the Danforth Music Hall February 5.

Happy Birthday Mississippi Fred McDowell

Remembering blues guitar great Fred McDowell on his day with a couple of rare performance clips.

B-Side Wins Again: The Wings

The Wings' Gone With The Sun was recently reissued by Mr. Bongo on the flipside of Fathili & The Yahoos' Mabala.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

R.I.P. "Fast" Eddie Clarke, 1950-2018

The last original Motörhead member, guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke died of pneumonia yesterday. He was 67.

Saxophonist Nat Birchall ventures further out with Cosmic Language

UK jazz explorer Nat Birchall is bolstering his sound with harmonium and percussion for Cosmic Language out March 9. 
"Our new album Cosmic Language is set for release on Jazzman Records on March 9th! Featuring the very wonderful Adam Fairhall on (his very own) Indian harmonium, Michael Bardon on bass, Andy Hay on drums and percussion and special guest Chris Cruiks on additional percussion. Vinyl, CD and download. Healing vibrations to soothe the nations." – Nat Birchall

Listen to song clips from Cosmic Language right here. Watch the Nat Birchall Quintet perform "Divine Light" back in March followed by a discussion of his formative influences.

Happy Birthday Slim Harpo!

Remembering Louisiana blues great Slim Harpo with That Ain't Your Business cut at Jay Miller's Crowley studio. 

Brenda Navarrete launches Mi Mundo @ Jazz Bistro, January 16

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

R.I.P. Betty Willis, 1941-2018

Sadly, soulful singer Betty Willis was murdered in a Santa Ana parking lot on New Year's Day.

Ilios Steryannis launches the Bethany Project @ The Burdock, Thursday

T.O. drummer/composer Ilios Steryannis presents music – like this Afro-Cuban jam (below) – from his new album. 

Unissued Arthur Russell recordings appear on new Peter Zummo album

Trombonist Peter Zummo's Frame Loop album – out March 2 on Foom – features Arthur Russell on amplified cello.
Here's the scoop...
A few years ago​,​ ​American composer and trombonist ​PETER ZUMMO discovered a ​1984 ​recording ​of unreleased material from his ​Six Songs​ suite in his archive. Six Songs was the basis for LATERAL PASS​ (Foom 2014), his award winning score for modern-dance choreographer Trisha Brown’s work of the same name. Material taken from Six Songs can also be heard on ​his seminal ZUMMO WITH AN X (Loris Bend, 1985/Optimo 2012).

The work is now being released as a new LP, FRAME LOOP. Recorded live and ​in single takes, it features​ a stellar line-up of longtime ZUMMO collaborators:​ ARTHUR RUSSELL on amplified cello, BILL RUYLE on marimba, ​and ​MUSTAFA AHMED on congas. ZUMMO ​plays trombone and euphonium.

​ZUMMO describes ​the recording as ‘a​n ​exercise in spontaneous arrangement’. ​He ​mainly ​​hews close to the ​score, ​while from time to time introducing canonic lines ​and variations. ARTHUR RUSSELL, using his signature amplified cello sound, alternates between ​solos and rhythm playing​. BILL RUYLE ​vamps on the notation, while MUSTAFA AHMED’s improvised percussi​on​ ​drives the forward momentum.​ Sometimes the music takes its time ​traversing a sonic landscape; at other points, it ​jumps from one section to another​​. Players'​ decisions ​push and pull the downbeat​; rounds ​emerge, then disappear​. Listen to Song II: Right; Off The Beat below.

Midweek Mixdown: Madlib

Here's a sampling of Madlib's 2LP guided tour through three decades of Brazilian funk, psych, prog-rock and jazz.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

R.I.P. Denise LaSalle, 1939-2018

Mississippi-born soul great Denise LaSalle, who wrote or co-wrote many of her best-loved songs, has passed away. 

Basa Basa's disco highlife gem Homowo gets deluxe reissue treatment from Vintage Voudou

Basa Basa's rare Homowo LP from 1979 is being released by Alex Figueira's Vintage Voudou label on February 13. 

Monday, January 8, 2018

That time Jeff Conolly sang "Soapy" with The Fleshtones

Here's The Lyres' Jeff Conolly with The Fleshtones and Dave "Flick" Faulkner of The Victims at T.T. The Bear's.

P.P. Arnold vs. Dusty Springfield

Dusty Springfield and P.P. Arnold each knocked out soulful versions of the Bee Gees gem To Love Somebody.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

R.I.P. France Gall, 1947-2018

Sadly, France Gall passed away in Paris this morning after a two year battle with cancer. Here's a gem from 1964.

Listen to The Chills' "Rocket Science" RSD single

Rocket Science comes backed with a studio version of The Chills' previously unrecorded "Lost In Space" circa 1981.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Happy Birthday Sandy Denny!

Remembering the legendary Sandy Denny on her day with a lovely version of Jackson C. Frank's Blues Run The Game.

Whaddya mean you don't know Solid Space

Check out "New Statue" off Solid Space's Space Museum cassette from 1982 recently reissued by Dark Entries.
From the Dark Entries site...
Dark Entries is honored to finally present the first ever official vinyl reissue of Space Museum by Solid Space. Solid Space was the British duo of Dan Goldstein (keyboards, vocals) and Matthew ‘Maf’ Vosburgh (guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals) formed in 1980. Dan and Matthew met at the age of 11 while attending school in north London. In late 1978 at at the age of 14, they formed Exhibit ‘A’ with Paul “Platypus” and Andrew “Lunchbox” Bynghall. They recorded two EPs in 1979 and 1980, self-released on Irrelevant Wombat Records and appeared on The Thing From The Crypt compilation.

After the dissolution of the group, Mathew started taking his guitar over to Dan’s house where he’d play his Casio MT-30 and they would record songs. Eventually a second hand drum machine and Wasp synthesizer were acquired from classified ads in Melody Maker and the Solid Space sound was born. By this time they were just turning 18 and finally found the freedom to make the music they’d had in their heads.

Over the course of the next two years the band assembled eleven bedroom recordings that would become one of the most cherished DIY obscurities of its kind. Their debut album Space Museum was released in 1982 on cassette by In Phaze Records. All of the songs were mixed by label boss Pat Bermingham on 8-track tape at The Shed, in Ilford, which was literally a garden shed. The band’s music and lyrics were heavily indebted to science fiction, in particular the 1960s television series Doctor Who.

Space Museum is an unveiling of atmospheric, minimalist post punk supported by bright melodies. The music combines drum machines and synths with acoustic guitar and toy drums whilst also experimenting with samples between tracks. Lyrics deal with space travel and a general sense of dejection. Representing a bubbling spirit within the underground, they foreshadowed an entire world of independent music which would emerge across the 80’s and well into the 90’s.

For this reissue we’ve included two bonus tracks from the band’s archive, “Platform 6” originally released on the B-side of the second single by Exhibit ‘A’, this song features only Dan and Matthew and is the first Solid Space track ever recorded. “Tutti Lo Sanno” is a cover of In Phaze label mates Marine Girls, though the lyrics have been changed to suit the gender of the new singer.
Each song has been carefully remastered for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. The record is sleeved in a replica of the cassette artwork featuring the Cybermen and Zoe from the Doctor Who episode “The Wheel in Space”. Every copy includes a double sided 11×11 insert with lyrics, notes and never before seen photographs of the band taken by Maf as well as a postcard featuring an original advert for the cassette.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Overlooked avant jazz gem from Phill Musra Group resurfaces

The Phill Musra Group's Creator Spaces album was recently released as part of the Now Again Reserve series.

That time Lucille Ball went mod with Twiggy in London

Here's a musical number penned by Phil Spector from the Lucy In London TV special which aired October 24, 1966. 

Happy Birthday Stanley Booth!

Raising a glass to music journalist and fellow Memphis soul fan Stanley Booth on his day with some vintage Big Ella. 

Prince Buster vs. The Four Gees (The Equals)

"Rough Rider" was first recorded by Derv Gordon (see below), Eddy Grant & company using the Four Gees alias. 

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Kardinal Offishall gets big up from Dave Chappelle

Kardinal's Reaching Through The Darkness accompanies the credit role for Dave Chappelle's Netflix special Equanimity. 

Watch Jon Langford's Four Lost Souls live in Cleveland

Jon Langford and crew perform four songs from his Four Lost Souls album at the Music Box Supper Club. 

One For The Weekend: George Jackson

Here's "You Can't Make It No Better" off the Don't Count Me Out comp of George's rare & unissued FAME recordings.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Happy Birthday Joe Haider!

Raising a glass to jazz pianist/educator Joe Haider with a rippin' live version of "Tante Nelly" recorded in Stuttgart.

Midweek Mixdown: Maghreb Sharit

Here's a tasty selection of Moroccan gimbri jams taken from cassettes.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

R.I.P. producer/engineer Rick Hall, 1932-2018

The man behind the Muscle Shoals sound and FAME Records, Rick Hall passed away today at his Alabama home.