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    Female Species

    Female Species :: Tale of My Lost Love

    With the release of Tale of My Lost Love, the story of Female Species—sisters Vicki and Ronni Gossett—moves out of Numero Group’s cabinet of curios and into the full retrospective treatment, and, man, do the songs and story ever warrant it. The Gossetts sound shifted through the decades, first from girl group to garage rock, then to psychedelic pop and lounge, and finally to glossy Nashville pop sheen.

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    Rolling Stones

    Rolling Stones :: More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies)

    The ugly kid brother to Hot Rocks, vol, 1 with the cooler title. Yes, you need this. “But why, AD, I already own those records?” We know. You still need this. A glorious mess with weird sequencing, and a double lp at that. Hail, hail rocknroll, etc.

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    Niney the Observer & Friends

    Niney the Observer & Friends :: Bring the Couchie (1974-1976)

    Super tuff roots-reggae compilation dropped by Trojan Records in the late ’80s. While it’s now available via the streaming services, we recommended skipping that, and picking up the wax on Discogs for a cool 9 bucks. You deserve it.

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    Pugh Rogefeldt

    Pugh Rogefeldt :: Ja, Dä Ä Dä!

    Kicking off with an absolutely filthy drum break (“Love, Love, Love”), the record finds Rogefeldt transmuting all manner of rock, pop, raga, folk and soul. Sung in his native Swedish, the 10 track record is seamlessly duct taped together by Rogefeldt’s percussive vocals and syncopated howls, grunts and exaltations.

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    Writhing Squares

    Writhing Squares :: Chart For The Solution

    Writhing Squares—the Philadelphia based duo of Kevin Nickles and Daniel Provenzano—bely their own spartan approach on their new lp Chart For The Solution, employing bass, horns, and drum machine to intergalactic effect. The outfit brings a sprawling 70-minute affair to the table with patch-working motorik rhythms, ambient synth trances, post-punk dub, and psychedelic shredders.

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    Rob Jo Star Band

    Rob Jo Star Band :: Rob Jo Star Band

    Early ’70s slab of sci-fi Parisian proto-punk. Distortion. Electronics. Exclamations. Messe pour un temps présent. Press play, and call on one’s muse.

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    Stack Waddy

    Stack Waddy :: So Who The Hell Is Stack Waddy?

    In 1972 Stack Waddy’s second and final effort, Bugger Off!, posed the question “could ‘Willie The Pimp’ really get any nastier?”, and then proceeded to answer it with an emphatic, phlegmy, “yes.” Proto-punk in form and approach, the four-piece were signed to John Peel’s Dandelion label, knocking out a pair of lps before calling it in 1973.

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    Tone Scientists

    Tone Scientists :: Tiny Pyramids (Sun Ra)

    True to the 1974 Arkestra original, the ad hoc group ride a heavy Pungi-like groove throughout. With percussion buoyed by jazzist Vince Meghrouni and Tortoise’s John Herndon, session producer Mike Watt fills in on bass duties with Pete Mazich on keys. Saturn music endures …

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Al Riggs :: Transmissions

Durham songwriter al Riggs returns with a new country music album, I Got a Big Electric Fan to Keep Me Cool While I Sleep. They joined us to discuss the album’s concept, finding your own way into traditional music, and of course, Robert Altman’s 1980 movie Popeye.

Here Comes A Regular :: An Interview with Bill and Turner Ross about their new film, “Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets”

Over the last decade, brothers Bill and Turner Ross have quietly built one of the most singular and idiosyncratic careers in contemporary, non-fiction cinema.

We recently connected with the Ross brothers to talk about their unconventional approach to crafting this film, their comfort navigating the thin, blurred line between documentary and the traditional feature and what they’ve got spinning on the stereo during lockdown.

“Our films follow a consistent ethos: Don’t talk about it, be about it.”

The Lagniappe Sessions :: Orions Belte

From the lush, exciting outskirts of “left field” this series likes to summon, the band plucked for us Mac Miller’s ‘2009’ and Danzig’s ‘Am I Demon.’

…re-imagining ‘2009’s lovely strings and piano and ‘Demon’s classic riffage. Worthy and original results, to be sure.

Damon Locks & Black Monument Ensemble :: NOW

The previous Black Monument Ensemble long-player, Where Future Unfolds, was an absolute knockout. NOW might be even better. Led by the multi-talented Damon Locks, the Chicago collective includes such amazing players as Angel Bat Dawid, Ben LaMar Gay and Dana Hall, all coming together to create something totally unique — an uncanny blend of dreamy reveries and harsh realities.