For her Lagniappe Session, Johanna Samuels looks back, calling on nostalgic childhood sounds. There’s Dylan’s “Simple Twist of Fate”, the Beatles’ “Yes It Is”, and The Only Ones (by way of Yo La Tengo) “The Whole of The Law”. All careful, attuned, and respectful interpretations…
Bandleader, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Jack Cooper continues to push boundaries, expanding upon the breadth, depth and scope of the ever-evolving Modern Nature. Open-ended in approach, Cooper and co. return with their second Lagniappe Session, this time digging into the lovelorn, torch perennial, “Stormy Weather”, and the Billie Holiday penned blues lament, “Fine & Mellow”.
Following up the set she laid down in 2019, Erin Rae returns this month with her second Lagniappe Session. Comprised of live, single mic takes cut at a rehearsal before performing at the Newport Folk Festival, the following four recordings find Rae reflecting on the music of her childhood, the wisdom of a young Kathy Heideman, and the aching blues of Karen Dalton.
Hardly a stranger to this exercise, in 2008 Vetiver’s Andy Cabic released Thing of The Past, a lovingly curated collection of covers paying tribute to a grip of his favorite songs. For this installment of the Lagniappe Sessions, Cabic takes on a favorite from Scottish folk iconoclast Bert Jansch, along with the first track off Pete Dello & Friends’ 1971 long-player, Into Your Ears.
On the heels of his sophomore lp, Thorpe’s session comes off like an extension of that collection via a pair of seemingly disparate covers. First up is an aching take on George Michael’s 1996 pop ballad, “Jesus To A Child”, buttressed by a minimalist reinterpretation of Bill Withers’ 1972 folk-funk anthem, “Use Me”.
Countrygaze outfit Wednesday cover Gary Stewart, Roger Miller’s “Lock, Stock, And Teardrops,” and offer a loose and heavy one for all the “Cooley Heads” in the house with Drive-By Truckers’ “Women Without Whiskey.”
Monde UFO—the LA-based duo of Ray Monde and Kris Chau—put out one of our favorite records last year with 7171, a vibrant collection of free jazz and bossa nova inflected low-key psychedelia. For their inaugural Lagniappe Session, the duo covers three selections from Fugazi, meeting the seminal post-hardcore band’s skeletal manifestos with their own woozy bedroom-pop prescription.
Garcia Peoples have been on the move. Since we last rendezvoused with the band they have expanded to a sextet performing live feats that are leaving audiences in puddles of their own diethylamide daydreams. If that wasn’t enough they still found time to cut a new album, Dodging Dues, with Mr. Auxiliary himself – Matt Sweeney – resulting in a tighter and more concise record that still goes hard on the choogle. For their second Lagniappe Session the group tackles a trio of artists whose influences orbit this new album and beyond.
Elijah Wolf kicks off the Lagniappe Sessions for 2022. Recorded alone in his Brooklyn apartment at the end of last year, before digitally landing in Los Angeles, London and upstate New York for additional accompaniment, the four covers find the folk artist tapping into 70s stalwarts and contemporaries, alike.
For his third Lagniappe Session (counting two with OMNI), Frobos digs into Lou Reed’s Berlin, along with the ’77 Lust For Life gem, “Tonight”, via Iggy Pop’s hyper-creative stint in the city.
Shot out of a hyper-creative canon, Kit Sebastian (Kit Martin and Merve Erdem) landed with a formidable debut in 2019’s Mantra Moderne. Its audience held tightly to the album’s global sprawl, advocating for more ears to agree and more music to arrive. The duo’s follow-up, Melodi, answers those calls and then some. Intercontinental instrumentation is back – traversing sounds from the Cold War-era Balkans to rural South America – replete with Erdem’s versatile, multilingual voice. Delightfully dancy, impressively intricate. Melodi’s momentum delivers a confident band for their first Lagniappe Session with Martin and Erdem reimagining Turkish pop sensation Sezen Aksu and (no-introduction-needed) avant Londoners, Stereloab.
For her debut Lagniappe Session, Le Ren’s Lauren Spears digs in on her roots—tackling country and bluegrass popular songs, the pioneering Hazel Dickens, and the forward-thinking feminism of Kitty Wells—and weaves them her own: a warm, gentle tapestry with threads growing ever new.
In our recent piece on Liam Kazar’s Due North, we noted that the Kansas City/Chicago polymath was “justifiably confident no matter the subject or style,” as the lp highlights both his croonerisms and lyrical word play. In choosing the following three tunes for his first Lagniappe Session, Kazar leans a bit more into the croon but not at the expense of variety.
Cochemea’s latest, Vol. 11 Baca Sewa, plays like a cosmic funk and spiritual jazz ancestral trip through time. For his first ever Lagniappe Session, Cochemea interprets Big Star’s “Kanga Roo” and Irakere’s “Danza Nañigo.”
For her first Lagniappe Session, Gendron sets her sights on the overlooked songwriter Billy Edd Wheeler, seventies Eno at his most hypnotic, a deep cut and long-standing favorite from her Montreal compatriot Leonard Cohen, and an unintentionally timely tribute to the recently departed Michael Chapman.