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Street Legalese: Bob Dylan On The Skids
Five-hour dirty digital approximation of a reel-to-reel Dylan fix.
Karen Dalton: Casino de Montreux Golden Rose Pop Festival, 1971
Speaking of Dylan...he called Karen Dalton his favorite singer. Recently, some rare footage of Dalton live at the Golden Rose Pop Festival in Montreux in 1971 began making the rounds. Backed up by a sympathetic band for a four-song set, this 14-minute video reveals just what a tragedy it is that live K.D. footage is so rare.
Kevin Ayers: Heaven On Earth (A Mixtape)
Presenting Heaven on Earth, a four-hour (!) Kevin Ayers megamix by David Mittleman of Observations of Deviance, a weekly “all-vinyl, freeform program that harkens back to the early days of underground FM radio.”
Simeon Schmidt: The Aquarium Drunkard
Simone Schmidt of Fiver discusses their activism and musical work with groups like One Hundred Dollars, The Highest Order, and Atlantic School of Spontaneous Composition, which celebrates and expands on the outlaw country visions of artists like Willie Nelson, Gene Clark, and Johnny Paycheck.
Hospitality State of Mind: Blues and Gospel Songs Recorded By George Lewis
A vinyl-only 13 track survey of blues, gospel and folk traditions recorded throughout the south, Hospitality shines a light on Furry Lewis, Robert Nighthawk, Othar Turner, the Pettis Sisters and host of others. Recorded by George Mitchell, the vibey set spans 1962 through the mid-eighties, and feels like you’re in the next room…if it were a Merigold, Mississippi juke.
Buke & Gase/So Percussion: A Record Of
Known for their handmade instruments and avant-pop approach, Brooklyn duo Buke & Gase join forces with NYC rhythm ensemble So Percussion for A Record Of, which documents their difficult to classify sounds melded together.
Styrofoam Winos: S/T
Nashville’s Styrofoam Winos self-titled debut jumps from dusky ballads to easy-going boogies. In his Bandcamp blurb, Simon Joyner compares the Winos to Yo La Tengo, and he’s on the money: it’s a warm and welcoming record.
Sven Wunder: En Plein Air
“En Plein Air” is the latest single from Sven Wunder via Piano Piano Records. It’s the first from his new LP, Natura Morta, which is due for release in June of this year.
On “Implosion-Explosion” Colleen explores the space between the internal and the external, juxtaposing her uncanny voice over a flooding Ace Tone organ and rhythms coaxed from a 1969 Elka Drummer One drum machine—a model favored by Cluster and Harmonia in the ’70s—and dubbing the situation out to beautiful effect.
Transmissions: His Name Is Alive
Last week on Transmissions, Warren Defever of Third Man Records and His Name Is Alive joins us for a loose ramble about decades in the record making business, his lack of adherence to genre, and what it’s felt like to revisit the tapes he made in the ’80s.