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Elkington (an Englishman living in Chicago) is an inveterate collaborator who brings his lyrical compositional and improvisational sensibilities to any group. He has toured as a band member, recorded, and/or collaborated with Jeff Tweedy, Richard Thompson, Steve Gunn, Michael Chapman, Joan Shelley, Nathan Salsburg and Brokeback, to name just a few of his many enthusiastic admirers. His assured album, recorded at Wilco’s Loft, is baroquely detailed and beautifully constructed, featuring both his baritone vocals and some of Chicago’s finest, including Tomeka Reid.


Due out on June 30th via Paradise of Bachelors.

Paradise of Bachelors, a Record Label located in the North Carolina, has announced the first artist-sanctioned reissues—and first-ever vinyl reissues—of iconoclastic English-born, Rome-based folk and experimental music legend Mike Cooper’s classic trio of early 1970s avant-folk/rock records: “Trout Steel” (1970), and “Places I Know” (1971) with “The Machine Gun Co. with Mike Cooper” (1972), named for the 1968 Peter Brötzmann album, on double album
Pre-order and more information HERE.


“The molting began in 1970 with Trout Steel, on which Cooper took a decisive step away from the folk and blues scenes in which he was well-known—he had toured with Michael Chapman and traveled in the same circles as Bert Jansch, Wizz Jones, and Davey Graham, among others—toward the New Thing jazz of Pharaoh Sanders, Sonny Sharrock, and Derek Bailey, without sacrificing any of his lyrical songwriting or forsaking his established roots in the soil of the American Southern vernacular. Producer Peter Eden (Donovan, Bill Fay, Clive Palmer) assembled a crack team of English and South African jazz and folk musicians (including Mike Osborne, Harry Miller, Geoff Hawkins, Stefan Grossman, and Heron) to record these remarkable sessions, and the results are absolutely sui generis, a compelling mix of tradition, group improvisations, and unfettered studio explorations that presaged Cooper’s adventurous work for decades to come.” — via Paradise of Bachelors



Steve Gunn – Lurker (live at Atlantic Sound Studios) (via)
A live studio version of a song from “Time Off” (PoB-08, 2013)


Brooklyn-based singer-guitarist Steve Gunn, formerly known as a member of GHQ and the Gunn-Truscinski Duo, and more recently, as a guitarist in fellow Philadelphia-bred troubadour Kurt Vile’s touring band the Violators, release his first album as leader of a trio, “Time Off,” available on June 18th via Paradise of BachelorsFeaturing John Truscinski on drums and Justin Tripp (formerly of Aspera and Favourite Sons) on bass and guitar, and Helena Espvall (Espers) also guests on cello.  Pre-order, HERE.