Archive for April, 2014

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

We’re en route from Los Angeles to New Orleans for jazzfest. So, in the spirit of the state’s indigenous sounds, check out the voodoo that is Maison Dufrene, and then get lost in this…. Fais Do-Do: A Swamp Pop Honky Tonk

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

You could probably convince someone that Ryley Walker’s debut long player is the work of some long-lost UK singer-songwriter from the 1970s. Recalling at different moments John Martyn, Bert Jansch, John Renbourn and Nick Drake, All Kinds Of You conjures up a mystical, classic Britfolk feel — it’s even got a cover photograph that would […]

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Jackie Shane was a gay, cross-dressing soul singer born in Nashville, TN in 1940. He made his away across the Canadian border in the early ’60s and, in 1963, scored a local and soon forgotten hit in Toronto. The song was a cover of William Bell’s “Any Other Way“. Jackie replaced the country-soul flavor of […]

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Ye olde mailbag gets heavy whenever I play this one on the radio show…so, for those asking, this funky mess is the Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation doing “Watch n’ Chain” – Liberty Records, 1968. Trivia: Flying Lotus sampled this one on “Camel“. The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation :: Watch n’ Chain

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Our weekly two hour show on SIRIUS/XMU, channel 35, can be heard twice every Friday – Noon EST with an encore broadcast at Midnight EST. Okkervil River’s Will Sheff guests this week during the second hour of the show. Listen in as we froth about the upcoming Rock*A*Teens reunion…AND MORE. SIRIUS 338: Jean Michel Bernard […]

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

While spinning the recent reissue of Dylan’s Gospel, I was reminded of two incredibly odd Dylan “reinterpretations.” To that, introducing Bob Dylan’s music through the lens of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. First up is their cover of “Queen Jane Approximately”, whose vocals and instrumentation are so boisterously rough and rousing that even the […]

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Tinariwen’s music speaks for Kel Tamashek, the Tuaregs, and their desert home, the “tenere.” Formed in 1979, the group’s latest LP (Emmaar) is a continuation of Tinariwen’s rhythmic, and at times incredibly psychedelic, Saharan desert blues. Unlike previous output, the new album was recorded in the U.S., specifically Joshua Tree, California — the dusty cradle […]