Give the Drummer Some's
Favorite Downloads from the MP3 Blogosphere
Under almost any circumstances and conditions, radio is to be exalted—except when some imbecile driver plows into your wife on her bike while fiddling with the freaking dashboard tuner (as happened yesterday evening). If every damn citizen would just let WFMU implant cranial receiver pods like we planned, accidents like this could surely be avoided. Best thing to do is stay safely indoors and just download all the damn day. That's all I've got to say.
Various ~ Sorrow Come Pass Me Around
(Blog: Serpent Spirit)
Seriously Holy Grail
These riveting, heartfelt performances, recorded by ethnomusicologist David Evans in Georgia, Mississippi and Louisiana, were released on the Advent label in 1975, then reissued, briefly, by Japan's P-Vine in 1991. [This astounding collection was shared at the late, lamented Holy Warbles in 2010—and the post was linked to here in Motherlode #83. I removed a link to that post due to claims that this OOP record was to be imminently reissued. Two years later, with no reissue in site, download links for Sorrow Come Pass Me Around have popped up at numerous blogs and I feel comfortable acknowledging that fact here.]
Love Makes the Record Go Round
"Irish song and lore were eloquently represented at Newport by Tommy Makem. Steeped in the musical and poetical tradition of the Gael, he is an artist as indigenous to his world as Big Bill Broonzy was to his. He is an actor as well as a singer; the two crafts are juicily fused in the songs. No 'prettiness,' no pretense in his performance, he reveals himself; and in a larger sense, his verdant heritage. Patrick Clancy about whom all this is equally true, is heard here in 'Mountain Dew.'" (From the liner notes.)
Ty Karim ~ Los Angeles' Soul Goddess
(Blog: Classic and Rare Soul Sisters 50s-70s)
Soulsisterhood is Beautiful
"A tall, elegant and emotionally dynamic singer, Ty Karim was a local legend on the L.A. soul circuit, although she never really received her due on a national level despite having released several powerful dance tracks on various small labels from the mid-'60s through the early '80s. Most of her releases, which included the Northern Soul favourite 'Lighten Up Baby,' were produced by her second husband Kent Harris, whose own singing career was all but over when the two met." (Description by Steve Leggett, at Allmusic)
Czesław Niemen ~ Dziwny Jest Ten Świat
(Blog: Music 60-70 )
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Fuck Solidarność, Let's Gdańsk!
"His song of 1967, 'Dziwny Jest Ten Świat' (Strange Is This World) is commonly acknowledged to be the most important Polish protest song of that era (in 1972 an English version was also recorded). He was one of the first Polish performers to wear long hair and colourful clothes and introducing the style of psychedelia to communist Poland, which annoyed the officials." (Wikipedia)
Horton ~ Dancehall for Midgets
(Blog: Ezhevika Fields)
Horton hears a Wha?
"For 1976 this was certainly an odd album—in fact I wouldn't be surprised to see it date back to 1971 or earlier. The band consists of maestro Bill Horton on guitar and a couple of his friends handling bass and drums. Being a private release (and quite a legendary album among psych collectors), Dancehall For Midgets has that familiar raw and unpolished sound, which is so characteristic of low-budget hard-rock obscurities - however, unlike most albums of the genre, Horton isn't too keen on simplistic three-chord riffs and 4/4 rhythms. Instead, their brand heavy rock is stuffed with weird Beefheart-ian psychedelicacy - and since the band obviously had a knack for free-form jamming, the album often sounds almost like an outsider's take on 'Trout Mask Replica.'" (Description by Lev Gankine, at Gnosis2000)
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