Sunday, October 22, 2017

Whaddya mean you don't know Kokoroko Afrobeat Collective

Watch Kokoroko's Richie Seivwright, Sheila Maurice-Grey & Cassie Kinoshi rip on Fela's Colonial Mentality. 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Lord Finesse, Breakbeat Lou @ Tennessee Tavern, Saturday

D.I.T.C. ace Lord Finesse recounts some digging adventures on a tour through his diverse record collection.

Frank Ocean vs. Steve Monite

Frank Ocean's cover of "Only You" isn't nearly as sweet as Steve Monite's Moog bass backed original from 1984. 

Friday, October 20, 2017

One For The Weekend: Ebo Taylor & The Pelikans

Here's  Egya Edu off Ebo's 1976 session with the Pelikans produced by Kofi Lindsay for his Abookyi label. 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

M. Henry Jones' video for The Zantees' "Brand New Cadillac" added to MOMA's permanent collection

Shot by Jones on 16 mm film in 1979, The Zantees clip starring – Norton's Billy Miller & Miriam Linna – was painstakingly spliced together by hand. 

The Scientists vs. Jacques Dutronc

Kim Salmon and crew take a crack at Jacques Dutronc's "Mini Mini Mini" on the new Scientists single.

Funkadelic reworked by Detroiters

Check out Moodymann's update of Cosmic Slop and Alton Miller's tweak of You Can't Miss What You Can't Measure.

Funkadelic Reworked by Detroiters (Ace Records) 
Side 1 
Sexy Ways (Recloose Disco Flip) 5:51
You Can't Miss What You Can't Measure (Alton Miller Mix)  5:19
Get Your Ass Off And Jam (Marcellus Pittman Remix)  6:44
Side 2
Cosmic Slop (Moodyman Mix) 9:28
Music For My Mother (Andres Wo Ahh Ay Vocal Mix)  5:22
Super Stupid (Dirtbombs Version)  4:32
Side 3 
Music 4 My Mother (Underground Resistance Mix) 5:39
Undisco Kidd (Gay Marvine Edit)  5:42
Take Your Dead Ass Home (The Fantasy Version)  7:52
Side 4
Let's Take It To The Stage (Amp Fiddler Laughin @Ya Mix)  6:17
Standing On The Verge (Anthony Shake Shakir & T Dancer Remix) 4:51
You And Your Folks (Claude Young Jr Club Mix)  7:26
Side 5
Be My Beach (Mophono & Tom Thump)  6:16
You And Your Folks (Claude Young Jr Dub) 5:56
Let's Make It Last (Kenny Dixon Jr Edit) 7:30
Side 6 
Looking Back At You (Ectomorph Stripped And Dubbed)  6:16
Maggot Brain (BMG Dub) 10:13

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

R.I.P. Gord Downie, 1964-2017

Here's Gord performing The Stooges' Search & Destroy with The Sadies at The Horseshoe back in 2007.

Watch the Wu-Tang Clan video for If Time Is Money / Hood Go Bang!

Wu-Tang Clan's new album The Saga Continues is out now. Check the clip below. 

Midweek Mixdown: Hugo Mendez salutes Dominica

Here's a selection of old-time Cadence, Cadence-Lypso and Reggae from Dominica in preparation for the Sofrito charity session for Dominica at the Total Refreshment Centre in London on November 4th.

Dominica is suffering the catastrophic after effects of Hurricane Maria and urgently needs help. There is barely a single building that has been left unscathed and there is little or no access to fresh water, electricity, and other vital services.

We are raising funds for Dominica Hurricane Maria Relief effort at the London event on November 4th. If you cannot come but wish to help please visit for more information. In the meantime please enjoy a selection of old-time sounds from Dominica, please share and spread the word.

A bit of background: I picked up most of the tracks on this mix in Dominica several years ago. Most of them came from Albert Darroux – a sound system and record shop owner who sadly passed away a few years ago.   Hugo Mendez

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Happy Birthday Cozy Cole!

Remembering the great drummer Cozy Cole on his day with the explosive Cozy's Mambo from 1960. 

Watch Bukka White, Furry Lewis, John Fahey, Rev. Robert Wilkins @ Memphis Country Blues Festival 1969

Here's a short clip of a few stellar performances that took place at Overton Park in Memphis back in 1969. 

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.