Sunday, June 30, 2019

Happy Birthday Andrew Hill

Remembering pianist/composer Andrew Hill on his day with a couple of gems which Blue Note initially shelved.

B-Side Wins Again: The Collectors

Before changing their name to Chilliwack, The Collectors issued "The Beginning" on the flip of "I Must've Been Blind"

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Blood Ceremony, Hollow Earth, Häxan @ The Horseshoe, Saturday

Blood Ceremony are releasing their creepy cool "Lolly Willows" single tonight and Hollow Earth also have a new song "Orson Welles and His Ilk"

Here Lies Man return with No Ground To Walk Upon out August 16

Riding Easy Records is releasing the new Here Lies Man album in various limited colour options. 

Here Lies Man took the music world by storm in 2017 with their self-titled debut positing the intriguing hypothesis: What if Black Sabbath played Afrobeat?

Since that time, Here Lies Man has expanded and expounded upon their sound and ideas of heavy riff rock and psych within the ancient rhythmic formula of the clave. The L.A. based band comprised of Antibalas members have toured relentlessly over the past 2 years, while also releasing a second album, You Will Know Nothing and an EP, Animal Noises, both in 2018.

No Ground to Walk Upon is their third album, due in August 2019. It continues with an ongoing concept of HLM playing the soundtrack to an imaginary movie, with each song being a scene. The lead single “Clad in Silver” (listen below) is the soundtrack snippet of a journey to the imaginary place called home, which can never be arrived at. With every step, the character imagines getting closer, but it is a hallucination that fades in and out of perception.

“We’re very conscious of how the rhythms service the riffs,” explains founder and vocalist/ guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Marcos Garcia (who also plays guitar in Antibalas) of the band’s sound. “Tony Iommi’s (Black Sabbath) innovation was to make the riff the organizing principle of a song. We are taking that same approach but employing a different organizing principle: For Iommi it was the blues, for us it comes directly from Africa.”

No Ground To Walk Upon also includes an interesting conceptual mathematics to the entire proceedings, a theme begun on the prior album. “There are interludes between each song that are 2/3 to 3/4 of the tempo of the previous song,” Garcia says. “The reason it breaks down to 2 over 3 or 3 over 4 is that everything in the music rhythmically corresponds to a set of mathematical algorithms known as the clave. The clave is an ancient organizing rhythmic principle developed in Africa.”

Garcia and cofounder/drummer Geoff Mann (former Antibalas drummer and son of jazz musician Herbie Mann) recorded the album much like they did their previous releases, at their own L.A. studio on a Tascam 388 8-track tape machine. Additional layers were recorded with former Antibalas keyboardist Victor Axelrod and other contributors in various other locations, all while the band continued its rigorous touring schedule.

Here Lies Man has already spent much of the past three years on tour, with dates supporting Antibalas and Fu Manchu, as well as headlining treks through the EU & UK. The remaining months of 2019 and 2020 will see the band once again performing at numerous International festivals (including Austin’s Levitation Fest in November.)

No Ground to Walk Upon will be available on LP, CD and download on August 16th via RidingEasy Records. Pre-order various versions on vinyl: Black/green starburst (75 copies), clear (100 copies), black & white marble (400 copies) or just black right here.

Friday, June 28, 2019

R.I.P. drummer Jerry Carrigan, 1943-2019

Legendary session drummer Jerry Carrigan,  who played on many memorable recordings, died on June 22. Check the link below for an interview.   

Nashville Cats: A Salute To Jerry Carrigan

Plastic Crimewave Syndicate, Simply Saucer @ This Ain't Hollywood, Sunday

Chicago's Steven Krakow presents his new Plastic Crimewave Syndicate epic Massacre Of The Celestials with Simply Saucer in Hamilton Sunday.

Colonel Tom & The American Pour @ Cameron House, Saturday

School's out forever for music teacher Tom Parker who celebrates his retirement honky-tonk style with the American Pour on Saturday. 
The Colonel retired from his day job yesterday. Henceforth, he will no longer need to puzzle over whether or not murder ballads should be taught to children. From now on, it’ll be only music played to adults in booze-filled bars! Join Colonel Tom and The American Pour to ring this new phase of his career at the Cameron House on Saturday from 6 pm to 8pm.

That Time The Rolling Stones played The Mike Douglas Show

Mick and pals had been together 18 months when they appeared on the Mike Douglas Show in '64. The Benny Hill send up is from '67. 

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Happy Birthday R.D. Burman!

Remembering the great R.D. Burman with his song "Dum Maro Dum" sung by his longtime partner Asha Bhosle. 

Watch the new Mystery Lights video for "Thick Skin"

"Thick Skin" is off The Mystery Lights' new Too Much Tension! album. They hit the Monarch Tavern June 27th. 

Second volume of deep Japanese jazz due from BBE

Following the success of the J Jazz: deep modern jazz from Japan 1969-1984 compilation, BBE Records has announced the release of another exploration into the very finest Japanese modern jazz.

J Jazz: Deep Modern Jazz From Japan 1969-1983, Volume 2 builds on the solid foundation of the first compilation and sees co-compilers Tony Higgins and Mike Peden once again pick choice sections from their own record collections. They present a deep dive into an intoxicating and beguiling range of styles: from cinematic roaring big-band (Little G by Nobuo Hara) and sparse minimal acoustic funk (Teru Teru Bozo by Teru Sakomoto), to deep spiritual modal epics (Dragon Dance by Makoto Terashita and Harold Land) and funk fusion (Mother of the Future by Electro Keyboard Orchestra). J Jazz 2 delivers more astonishing high quality jazz that will appeal the old school hard-core jazz head as much as those digging the current sounds of the current vibrant jazz explosion in the UK and USA.

The specially chosen tracks on J Jazz 2 span across 25 years of Japanese musical progression and invention. From the elegiac stark beauty of Serenade to a Dimly Lit Street and the modal vortex of Daguri, to the fierce post-bop freedom of Bull Trout and the mid-tempo bossa lilt of Vietnam, there is enough here to satisfy the most curious and demanding jazz fan seeking something extra special. J Jazz 2 will be available as a 3 LP or 2 CD set on September 6th which you can pre-order here.

Listen to "Dragon Dance" by Makoto Terashita feat. Harold Land followed by "Mother Of The Future" by the Electro Keyboard Orchestra below.

Hear three songs from the new Redd Kross album Beyond The Door

Check out What's A Boy To Do?, The Party Underground and the title track from Beyond The Door out August 23rd. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Donny McCaslin Group @ The Rex Hotel, Thursday

Saxophonist Donny McCaslin – who collaborated with David Bowie on Blackstar – brings his quintet to The Rex.  

Watch Chuck Mead play two songs from his new album Close To Home

Former BR5-49 frontman Chuck Mead has his great new album Close To Home out now on Plowboy Records. Check the clips below. 

Happy Birthday Reggie Workman!

Celebrating Reggie's birthday with footage from Newport in 1967 and with Max Roach in Norway 1977.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The 2019 Polaris Long List – who's on it and who should've been

Surprise! The latest Shawn Mendes album made it onto the Polaris Prize Long List but Doug Paisley's excellent Starter Home didn't. 

A panel of 199 Polaris Prize jurors considered 233 albums released by Canadian artists and last week they announced a long list of 40 albums (see below) that will be in the running for the top award of $50,000 for music excellence. Prior nominees Carly Rae JepsenWintersleep, Shad and 2009 winner Fucked Up are back again.

Canuck pop star Shawn Mendes also made the list with his self-titled third album which debuted at number one on US and Canadian charts upon release on May 25th. And although the  cut-off dates for the 2019 Polaris Prize consideration run from June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019, in certain special cases there are exceptions. According to the Polaris Prize rules for 2019, "Albums released between May 1, and May 31, 2018 that did not make the 2018 Long List will also be considered." So Mendes' hugely successful album – now certified platinum in Canada and gold in the US and UK – made the cut.

Technically speaking, mega-selling albums are qualified to be on the Polaris Prize long list. However, the real question is it really fair for established celebrities like Mendes and Jepsen – who have extensive music industry machinery grinding away on their behalf – to compete against artists working independently? It seems like the Juno Awards has the whole Canadian music biz popularity contest thing covered. The Polaris Prize could be much more beneficial to our shared musical eco-system in rewarding exceptional artistic achievement which isn't already being featured on glossy magazines and prime-time network television.

Perhaps one of those high-profile types will do the honourable thing – the Canadian thing – and give up their spot to a less established artist who could really benefit from the Polaris-related attention. Who you ask? Well, just off the top of my head there's Toronto singer/songwriter Doug Paisley who's brilliant Starter Home album really deserves to be a finalist and likewise Catl's blues rockin' Bide My Time Until I Die – which is their fifth album and no, none of their previous releases have been given the stamp of Polaris approval either.

Of course, there are loads of other credible Canuck artists who've released recordings deserving wider recognition. There's The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol's Aggregate Fractures... In Search Of Highs, Kilrush Drive by Red Mass, The self-titled EP from Vancouver punks Chain Whip, Kick It Till You Flip It by Brodie West's Eucalyptus, Toronto rapper Mathematik's ReAL/iS-Him, Chris Houston's Hazards Of Glitter, Abundance by Ernesto Cervini's TurbopropElizabeth Shepherd's homage to her hometown Montréal, or any one of Matthew "Doc" Dunn's numerous projects like his collaboration with James Matthew VII & Brian Tysoe which resulted in Some Horses Run, The Cosmic Range's The Gratitude Principle or The Sacred Lamp's self-titled debut. Take your pick. 

For those keeping score at home, the 10 album short list will be announced on July 16th and eleven person Grand Jury will then decide who gets the "Artist Of The Year" award at the Polaris Music Prize Gala at The Carlu in Toronto on September 16.

Here's the 2019 Polaris Music Prize long list

Tim Baker - Forever Overhead
Tanika Charles - The Gumption
Clairmont The Second - Do You Drive?
Charlotte Cornfield - The Shape of Your Name
Marie Davidson - Working Class Woman
Dilly Dally - Heaven
The Dirty Nil - Master Volume
Dizzy - Baby Teeth
Elisapie - The Ballad of the Runaway Girl
FET.NAT - Le Mal
Dominique Fils-Aimé - Stay Tuned!
Fucked Up - Dose Your Dreams
Yves Jarvis - The Same But By Different Means
Carly Rae Jepsen - Dedicated
Kaia Kater - Grenades
Kimmortal - X Marks the Swirl
La Force - La Force
LAL - Dark Beings
Laurence-Anne - Première apparition
Salomé Leclerc - Les choses extérieures
Lee Harvey Osmond - Mohawk
Jean Leloup - L'étrange pays
Shay Lia - Dangerous
Les Louanges - La nuit est une panthère
Loud - Tout ça pour ça
Shawn Mendes - Shawn Mendes
Haviah Mighty - 13th Floor
Operators - Radiant Dawn
Orville Peck - Pony
Sandro Perri - In Another Life
PUP - Morbid Stuff
Lee Reed - The Steal City EP
Jessie Reyez - Being Human In Public
Shad - A Short Story About A War
Snotty Nose Rez Kids - Trapline
Alexandra Stréliski - INSCAPE
sydanie - 999
Voivod - The Wake
Wintersleep - In The Land Of

Future Punx opening for The Mystery Lights @ Monarch Tavern, Thursday

"Want To Be Wanted" and "F Boys" are off Future Punx new EP, The World Is A Mess, co-released by Modern Sky USA and Dull Tools.

Introducing: Kit Sebastian

Merve Erdem and Kit Martin are Kit Sebastian. Check out "Tyranny 20" off their debut album Mantra Moderne. 
Here's the scoop...
Mantra Moderne is a stunning, contemporary masterpiece that fuses Anatolian Psychedelia, Brazilian Tropicalia, 60’s European pop and American jazz. A must for fans of Khruangbin, Portishead, Arthur Verocai, Goat, Caetano Veloso, Tom Zé, Os Mutantes, Cortex and co.

The duo is formed of Kit Martin, who lives between London and France and plays all instruments on the album, and Merve Erdem, vocalist and multi-disciplinary artist from Istanbul, now based in London. This is their debut album.

The album explores universal themes such as love, loss, decay, language and ideology, mixing three different languages: English, Turkish and French. Written and recorded by the duo - Kit composed all the songs and Merve wrote the lyrics - in rural France during 2018, each song was completed within a 12-hour window, pawning contemplation for spontaneity.

Dubbed by Kit and Merve as ‘lo-fi-hi-fi’ in reference to the high-end tube equipment that helped it find its way to 8-track cassette tape. The style owes its sound to narrow tape width, valve distortion, spring reverb, the mixture of high end gear with lo-fi equipment as well as a disregard to the norms of hi-fi studio techniques. All instruments were analogue and no samples were used. The instruments that are used range from tablas to darbukas, balalaikas to ouds, MS20 synths to Farfisa organs and a lot of cuica. The mixing techniques were done on-the-fly, tracking immediately to tape: compression, EQ, delay and reverb; meaning mixing could not be revisited! Listen to "Tyranny 20" followed by the title track off Kit Sebastian's Mantra Moderne album below.

Kit Sebastian - Mantra Moderne (Mr. Bongo)
Senden Başka
Mantra Moderne
Tyranny 20
Yanımda Kal
Yürüdüm, Büyüdüm, Çürüdüm
With A Sense Of Grace

Monday, June 24, 2019

Black Thought vs. Syl Johnson

Black Thought from The Roots does a fine version of Syl Johnson's "Is It Because I'm Black" backed by Adrian Younge.

Whaddya mean you don't know Minoru Muraoka

Check out "The Positive and Negative" by Japanese shakuhachi great Minouru Muraoka off 1970's Bamboo album. 

Sunday, June 23, 2019

R.I.P. Dave Bartholomew, 1918-2019

New Orleans songwriter, arranger and bandleader who helped invent what came to be known as rock 'n' roll has passed away. He'll be greatly missed.

Offbeat Magazine: I Did Every God Damned Thing Myself: The Dave Bartholomew Century

Summer camp for grown-ups – bluegrass style!

The Old School Bluegrass Camp – started by Jenny Whiteley & Alysa Hawkins – returns to Milford, Ont from June 30th to July 5th.

Here's the scoop...
We are thrilled to announce the fifth year of our Old School Bluegrass Camp June 30th-July 5th! Our instructors are Joey Wright (mandolin), Kristine Schmitt (vocals), Sam Allison (clawhammer banjo) and members of The Barrel Boys: Kyle Kirkpatrick (guitar), Nathan Smith (fiddle), Rob McLaren (bluegrass banjo), and Tim O'Reilly (bass). Ivan Rosenberg will be at camp to teach electives and lead the nightly slow jams, and Luke Mercier is our on-site luthier, available to keep all your instruments in tip-top shape.

Students have a morning instrument or vocal class, electives, and band labs, instructor concerts to take in, open mics, and their own student concert.

The focus of this camp is learning to play music with others. We create several student bluegrass groups that spend the week jamming together, rehearsing with an instructor to guide them, gelling as a group, and ultimately performing on our stage in the student concert.

Enrolment is limited to 50 campers, giving each camper an unprecedented level of teaching, coaching, mentoring and one-on-one instruction. Students will leave camp with new friends, new skills, plenty to work on in the coming year, and improved confidence in their next jam.

Food, camping, special workshops, nightly concerts and more are included with registration.
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Happy Birthday Dallas Wayne!

Celebrating the birthday of country survivor Dallas Wayne with one of his classics co-written with Robbie Fulks.  

That time Elvis Costello sang Jesse Winchester's "Quiet About It" at Massey Hall

Back in 2014, Elvis Costello remembered fellow "occasional Canadian" Jesse Winchester with a sweet version of "Quiet About It"

David Wertman's 1978 free-jazz epic Earthly Delights reissued by BBE

Bassist David Wertman and his Sun Ensemble cut the four-song Earthly Delights in Amherst, Mass in May, 1978. 

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Hot 8 Brass Band @ T.O. Jazz Fest Mainstage, Saturday

Don't miss the New Orleans crew playing a free show at Bloor St. West near Avenue Rd starting at 6 pm. 

Makaya McCraven @ Adelaide Hall, Saturday

Beat scientist Makaya McCraven promises to be a Toronto Jazz Festival highlight tonight at Adelaide Hall . 

Listen to "Black Is Back" by Ethnic Heritage Ensemble

Kahil El'Zabar's Ethnic Heritage Ensemble's "Black Is Back" is off the Be Known album on Spiritmuse out now.

Friday, June 21, 2019

R.I.P. Crowbar's Kelly Jay Fordham, 1941-2019

Sadly, Crowbar mainman Kelly Jay has passed away after suffering a stroke on June 9. He'll be greatly missed. 

That time The Feelies shot a documentary for Japanese TV

Check out The Feelies documentary footage – a VHS transfer – shot at Maxwell's in Hoboken on Monday June 2, 1986. 

One For The Weekend: Alice Coltrane

Here's a previously unissued version of Journey In Satchidananda off Live At The Berkeley Community Theatre 1972.

Happy Birthday Lalo Schifrin!

Composer/pianist Lalo Schifrin went with a harpsichord for his throwdown with sitarist Bill Plummer resulting in "The Sniper" 

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Jenny Lewis opening for Death Cab For Cutie @ Echo Beach, Thursday

Here's Jenny Lewis performing "Red Bull & Hennessy" and "Wasted Youth" on Jimmy Kimmel Live recently. 

Ace/Kent digs into Dave Hamilton's Detroit gospel archive

Sacred Sounds: Dave Hamilton's Raw Detroit Gospel 1969-1974 is due July 26th. 

Detroit guitarist, producer and label-owner Dave Hamilton worked in the city from the mid-40s until the end of the century. He was involved in most fields of black music and gospel was no exception. Although not a particularly religious person himself, his home was directly opposite Reverend CL Franklin’s New Bethel Baptist Church where his daughters Erma, Aretha and Carolyn would attend and sing. It was a major centre for the Civil Rights movement and Dave would have made many contacts through that church.

Having an affordable recording studio in the centre of the city and a reputation as an accomplished guitarist, producer and approachable character, meant his studios and label were in the right place at the right time.

Dave dabbled with gospel recordings throughout his career and in 1969 registered his Sacred Sounds label and entered the gospel field seriously. The label had around 20 single releases and at least one album. The records were presumably sold in the churches where the groups performed and pressed in relatively small numbers, judging by the scarcity of the discs today. There are likely to be more Sacred Sounds discoveries in the future. There were a few releases issued on one-off labels like New Creation, Silver Harp and Motor City, while the Reynolds Singers featuring Little Stevie was issued on his Demoristic imprint. Dave kept the master tapes so the sound on most tracks is very good. There were many unissued gospel recordings including an LP’s worth on the Scott Singers, two of which we have included, along with numbers from the Reverend Simon Barbee, blues singer Mr Bo and Dave’s main male soul singer OC Tolbert, whose family group was a major gospel act.

With Dave’s heavy involvement in soul music the tracks are a superb blend of gospel and soul and will appeal to lovers of both genres. Although recorded mainly between 1969 and 1974, the timeless nature of black church music makes their appeal relevant to fans of black music from any decade.

Local music historian Adam Stanfel provides excellent notes, including interviews with some of the participants, while a tremendous selection of photos, label scans and some trivia complements the package. Pre-order a copy from Ace/Kent right here. Listen to the Scott Singers' "I'm Not Ready To Die" below.

Sacred Sounds: Dave Hamilton's Raw Detroit Gospel 1969-1974
01  Jesus Is With Me Pt 1 - Little Stevie & The Reynolds Singers
02  I'm Not Ready To Die - The Scott Singers
03  Pressing On - The Silver Harps
04  (This Is) My Plea - Rev Simon Barbee
05  Little Boy - The Johnson Spiritual Singers
06  Savior On The Throne - Mr Bo
07  Wrapped, Tied Tangled Up In Jesus - Mary Ellen George
08  When The Saints Go Marching In - The Scott Singers
09  Someday We'll Be Together - The National Independence Singers lead by John King
10  Life's Pathway - Rev Evans
11  Moving On - Little Stevie & The Sensational Reynolds Singers
12  I Still Remember - Umble Faith lead by C Stuart
13  I Got A Home - The Detroit Motor City Singers
14  If I Had My Way - OC Tolbert & Clara White Houston
15  I Heard A Voice - Pt 1 - Sensational Angelettes
16  Grown Old And Feeble - The Soul Inspirers
17  I Thank You Jesus For One More Day - The Scott Singers
18  He's All I Need - The Sensational Sunset Paraders
19  Try Jesus - The Reynolds Singers
20  The Little Light - The Fantastic Voices Of Joy
21  Leaning And Depending On Jesus - The Jr Echoes
22  I Need Your Power - Pure In Heart Travellers
23  Down Here Praying - The Detroit Silvertones
24  My God Is Calling Me - The Scott Singers

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

WIVES kickin' back with a summer vibe for "The 20 Teens" video

"The 20 Teens" is off So Removed, the forthcoming debut album from Queens, NY upstarts WIVES. Watch Alexandra Noland's fab video below.

Queens, NY-based four-piece WIVES -- featuring guitarist/vocalist Jay Beach, guitarist Andrew Bailey (also of DIIV), drummer Adam Sachs, and bassist Alex Crawford – have just released the video for their latest single, “The 20 Teens,” off their recently announced debut album, So Removed, due out October 4th via City Slang. There's also a limited transparent gold vinyl version being offered by Vinyl Me, Please in an edition of 300 copies available for pre-order here.  

The intriguing clip for "The 20 Teens" was directed by Alexandra Noland and features the colourful animated squiggles of Robbie Pfeffer. "This video was really fun to make," enthuses Pfieffer, "and the track is really reminiscent of all the music I grew up loving -- Velvet Underground, Modern Lovers, Sonic Youth, etc. It reminds me of New York. I think the kind of blown out soft aspect of the old film mixed with kind of hectic animation and the footage of the band playing live make an interesting mix. It feels like a memory of something that may or may not have happened.”

WIVES today also announced their next Brooklyn show at Our Wicked Lady on June 26th and a fall European tour. See below for a full itinerary. More dates will soon be announced.

“The 20 Teens” is the third single released from So Removed, following “Workin'” and “Waving Past Nirvana,” the latter being the A-side of the band’s debut 7” (b/w 'Kinda Like You’) which appeared in  stores Friday, May 24th.

WIVES is the latest fit into a long lineage of New York’s gritty, melodic-meets-punk bands. So Removed is grungy dark-wave, tethered to daily anxiety without resorting to cynicism. The noisy dissonance of Sonic Youth, the edgy hooks of early Pixies, and the clever, cerebral sneering of the Fall simmer as touchstones within the album, sharp and prodding at the details, pulsing with urgency. So Removed plunges into the void of unknown, a tangle of contemporary dread and optimism, mapping the gray areas of alienation.

Embedded in New York’s DIY music scene through their respective projects, with years of playing house shows and booking their own tours under their belts, it wasn’t until a random day of extra studio time booked for another project that the four of them actually played together. So Removed came together in stolen moments, mainly during off-hours, with the band doing much of the recording themselves -- as such, it ripples with a visceral intensity and a live-to-tape sound.

Check out the videos for "The 20 Teens" and "Workin'" followed by a list of upcoming WIVES tour dates.

WIVES on tour:
06/26 - Brooklyn, NY @ Our Wicked Lady
11/10 - Lorient, France @ Les Indisciplinées Festival
11/14 - London, UK @ The Victoria
11/19 - Amsterdam, NL @ Cinetol
11/20 - Rotterdam, NL @ V11
11/21 - Berlin, DE @ Urban Spree
11/26 - Luxembourg, LU @ Rotondes
11/28 - Paris, FR @ Point FMR

Midweek Mixdown: Glitterbeat Records

The Walkabouts' Chris Eckman talks about why he started Glitterbeat Records and plays a sampling of the label's releases.  


Samba Touré – Fondora [from Albala; Glittebeat Records – 2013]

Tamikrest – Tisnant an Chatma [from Chatma; Glittebeat Records– 2013]

Noura Mint Seymali – Hebebeb (Zrag) [from Tzenni; Glittebeat Records – 2014]

Jon Hassell & Brian Eno – Delta Rain Dream [from Fourth World Vol​.​1: Possible Musics; Glittebeat Records – 2014]

AMMAR 808 – Boganga & Sandia (feat. Mehdi Nassouli) [from Maghreb United; Glittebeat Records – 2018]

Gaye Su Akyol – Meftunum Sana [from İstikrarlı Hayal Hakikattir; Glittebeat Records – 2019]

Happy Birthday Ernest Ranglin!

Toasting Jamaican guitar great Ernest Ranglin on his birthday with a couple of overlooked gems.

Ikebe Shakedown preview their new Kings Left Behind album with "Unqualified"

Brooklyn's Ikebe Shakedown are releasing their fourth album, Kings Left Behind on August 16th with a limited number on pink wax.
Here's the scoop...
Ten years ago, Ikebe Shakedown began pushing the boundaries of instrumental music. Each new track and live set has sent them deeper into combining the foundational elements of ’70s soul, raw psychedelic style, and cinematic Western soundtracks with powerful grooves and soaring melodies.

With their new release, Kings Left Behind (Colemine Records), the band is giving listeners more mystery and majesty than ever before. The album features the entire group – Barnaby Alter, drums; Dave Bourla, percussion; Vince Chiarito, bass; Robin Schmidt, guitar; Mike Buckley, tenor/baritone sax; Jason Colby, trumpet; Nadav Nirenberg, trombone – writing together, allowing each instrument and element to shine through. You'll find rhythms that punch you right in the gut, even as dreamy guitars, lush horn melodies, and vibrant string arrangements capture your imagination.

Kings Left Behind was recorded to tape by bassist, Vince Chiarito, at Hive Mind Recording, a Brooklyn studio built from the ground up and co-owned in part by Vince and saxophonist, Mike Buckley. Since it opened in 2017, Hive Mind has become a home base for the band, giving them the freedom to experiment with the textures and sounds of a genre they define as Instrumental Soul.

No matter how much things have changed over the past decade, Ikebe Shakedown has been a consistent, driving force. The band has gone from local clubs to the stages of Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits, playing with some of the biggest names in music. They continue to stretch their capabilities and add to their worldwide following.

Ikebe Shakedown’s Kings Left Behind will be available on August 16th via Colemine Records. The vinyl version was pressed at Cleveland's Gotta Groove Records, stored in Gotta Groove anti-static innsersleeve and packaged in a high quality Stoughton Tip-On gatefold jacket which includes a download card. The pink wax edition is limited to 1500 copies. Pre-order a copy right here. See the complete tracklist following the clips for "Unqualified" and a performance of "Assassin" off their previous album, 2017's The Way Home (Colemine).

Ikebe Shakedown – Kings Left Behind (Colemine)
1. Not Another Drop
2. Unqualified
3. The Witness
4. Mary’s Corner
5. Horses
6. Hammer Into Anvil
7. Over My Head
8. No Going Back
9. Kings Left Behind
10. Not Another Drop (Reprise)

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Hear "What Heaven's Left" off Calexico's new Iron & Wine collaboration

Sam Beam's song "What Heaven's Left" is the lead track on the new Years To Burn album out now on Sub Pop. 

New Dan Penn single "Blue In The Heart" issued by Spain's Soul 4 Real label

Soul singer/songwriter Dan Penn wrote Blue In The Heart with Irma Thomas in mind but check out his version below.

Wallace Daniel Pennington. More familiarly known as Dan Penn. Considered by many to be the greatest songwriter of his era, a key component in the evolution of Southern Soul, and a man whose lyrics and melodies completely define that genre.

Dan’s song list is much bigger than his discography, and opportunities to own any “new” Dan Penn 45 are rare. Fans everywhere will therefore celebrate this coupling of two exquisite tracks from Dan’s recent CDs for his Dandy label. You may know “Blue In The Heart” via Irma Thomas’ version on her Penn tribute album “My Heart’s In Memphis”. “Time To Get Over You” (co-written with Cajun legend Jo-El Sonnier) may be less familiar. Spin it frequently, and it will become no less loved.

Collectively these recordings show that, even after seven decades of peerless writing and singing, Dan’s music is still of a quality that today’s other tunesmiths can barely aspire to… …This IS Soul. For Real. – Tony Rounce

Soul 4 Real – which has previously issued vintage soul gems by Jimmy Gresham, The Masqueraders and Swamp Dogg's childhood pal Wilson Williams – is releasing their Dan Penn single in a limited edition of 400 copies on July 5th. For more info, check the Soul 4 Real site right here. Check out Dan's own versions of "Blue In The Heart" and "Time To Get Over You" below.

That time The Police went electro with Eberhard Schoener

Eberhard Schoener was joined by Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland for "Why Don't You Answer" in 1978.