Glenn Jones – Bergen County Farewell (from “My Garden State”)
Guitar player Glenn Jones, founding member of Boston experimental rock group Cul de Sac formed in 1990, will release his fifth full-length and second for Thrill Jockey Records, “My Garden State.” Out on May 14th via Thrill Jockey Records.
released 17 February 2012
“Twilight Peaks,” a formal reissue of Basho’s last recordings, has been available via Smeraldina-Rima. It was mastered for vinyl and CD in its entirity by Glenn Jones (of Cul de Sac fame) and Matt Azevedo, from the original demo tapes.
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|painting by Sue Garner|
Morr Music set to reissue 1993’s “SUPERPOWERLESS” (as 2LP/CD) album by Dump, a lo-fi home recording project by James McNew (Yo La Tengo)! Available on March 19th. Stream the album on PopMatters, HERE. Also, 1994′s “I Can Hear Music” (as 3LP/2CD) and a collector’s 5LP-Box (“Superpowerless” 2LP and “I Can Hear Music” 3LP) is available.
“The year was 1994. Americans thrilled to the latest episodes of
“Friends” and “Frasier,” assholes smoked cigars in public with impunity,
the New York Knicks lost to the Houston Rockets in the NBA finals, and
Lo-Fi music was sweeping the nation!
Largely due to the astronomical
success of Dump’s debut album, Superpowerless, the music world shifted
dramatically away from the grandeur of Grunge and the pomp and
circumstance of Alternative Rock. Following Dump’s lead, bands had
turned away from the bloated, inaccessible recording studio system and
embraced 4-track cassette recording as the industry standard. In his
memorable article for Rockpool, Steven Hawking described this new
musical phenomenon as “Lo-Fi.” –an excerpt from the Liner Notes by James MacNew himself
The Existential Adventures of Tim Maia
Narrated by Devendra Banhart
Tim Maia was the man. A soul superstar with outsize talents and appetites, he revolutionized popular music in his native Brazil in the 1970s. He also married five times, served multiple prison sentences, and at the height of his fame, joined a UFO-obsessed religious cult. –Luaka Bop
“Nobody Can Live Forever: The Existential Soul of Tim Maia,” a fifteen track survey of Maia’s 1970s recordings, completely remastered, has been available on Luaka Bop‘s “World Psychedelic Classics series.”
“Bill Fay is one of English music’s best kept secrets. At the dawn of the 1970s, he was a one-man song factory, with a piano that spilled liquid gold and a voice every bit the equal of Ray Davies, John Lennon, early Bowie, or Procol Harum’s Gary Brooker. He made two solo albums but his contract wasn’t renewed, which left his LPs and his reputation to become cult items. But he never stopped writing, the music kept on coming. Now, in his late sixties, he has produced Life Is People, a brand new studio album that shows his profoundly humanist vision is as strong as it ever was.”
“He was motivated by American producer Joshua Henry. Spooling through Bill’s home demos, Joshua discovered an incredible trove of material. Matt Deighton (Oasis, Paul Weller, Mother Earth) assembled a cast of backup musicians to bring out the songs’ full potential. These include Deighton on guitar, Tim Weller (who’s played drums for everyone from Will Young to Noel Gallagher and Goldfrapp), and keyboardist Mikey Rowe (High Flying Birds, Stevie Nicks, etc). In addition, Bill is reunited on several tracks with Ray Russell and drummer Alan Rushton, who played on Time Of The Last Persecution.” — Dead Oceans
“Life is People,” Bill Fay’s first properly crafted studio album since 1971, is due out on August 21st via Dead Oceans.
Bill Fay – Be At Peace With Yourself (Official Video),
off the album “Life Is People.”
Director: Dan Huiting / Camera: Dylan Wiehahn, Tabb Firchau, Dan Huiting, and Chris Hadland. / Editor/colorist: Kevin Russell
Damien Jurado and Richard Swift – Be Not So Fearful (Bill Fay cover),
taken from a collection of covers EP “Other People’s Songs Vol. 1” by Richard Swift & Damien Jurado, the song was originally appeared on the 1970′s self-titled album on Deram Nova / Decca Nova (reissued from Esoteric Recordings).
Cuff the Duke – I Hear You Calling (Bill Fay cover) (via),
taken from a collection of covers EP entitled “In Our Time” (Paper Bag Records, 2012) by Cuff The Duke, the song was originally appeared on the 1971′s second album “Time Of The Last Persecution” from Deram (reissued from Esoteric Recordings).
Allen Ginsberg sings “Do The Meditation Rock”
Allen Ginsberg with Peter Orlovsky (meditating), Arthur Russell (cello) and Steven Taylor (guitar) perform on Nam June Paik’s TV special for PBS “Good Morning Mr. Orwell” from 1984.
“Peter Zummo (1948) is a trombonist who has explored ensemble music at the border between classical chamber music and free-jazz. His first album “Zummo With An X” (1981), was recorded in a trio with Arthur Russell on cello and Bill Ruyle on tabla, highlighted by two lengthy minimalist suites Instruments (for duo, trio and quartet) and Lateral Pass. This is an 8 minute extract of the newly remastered Song IV which usually weighs in at just over 20 minutes. This reissue will be available on vinyl (180gm) for the first time since 1985 in June 2012.” — Optimo Music
Peter Zummo – Song IV (Extract) by Optimo Music
Secret Seven Records, SF has released the 2005′s self-released album by Sonny Smith (of Sonny & The Sunsets) “One Act Plays” on vinyl for the first time!
Sonny Smith – Troublesome Affair (from “One Act Plays”)
Sonny Smith – Eddie And Rita (from “One Act Plays”)
And Sonny & The Sunsets’ new album “Longtime Companion” will be soon available on June 26th on their new label Polyvinyl Records.
|“One Act Plays” CD (2005)|
“The songs on One Act Plays started out as real one act plays written for the theater. But in writing them I began to make them songs at some point. I can’t remember when this mysterious shift happened…….. I had a few influences at the time I was writing them. One was Terry Allen’s Juarez, a concept record with recurring characters. Also I was really into Sam Shepard at the same time so I was reading a lot of his stuff. A few of the songs, like ‘Eddie and Rita’ even have some stage directions lifted directly from one of his plays. The song ‘Following Father’ took a bunch of facts from my dad’s cousin, a Texan who always had some get rich quick scheme that never lasted. I was trying to make some kind of Tennessee Williams like thing apparently. Epic! Large! Family! Redemption! Well, anyway, most of these plays are fictional, except for ‘Freaks In Space’ and ‘Honey Roy Rockwell’. Those two are the complete truth. The terrible truth.” –Sonny Smith
Guests for “One Act Plays” are Neko Case, Edith Frost, Mark Eitzel, Rico Bell, Jolie Holland, Peggy Honeywell, Virgil Shaw, Eugene & Akire Chen, Andy Cabic, and John Dwyer.
“I’m the one, you don’t have to look any further. I’m the one. I’m here, right here for you,” oozes jazz, rock, and electronic music pioneer Annette Peacock on the leadoff title track of her solo debut LP. The album’s wide range of vocal emotions and diverse sonic palette (featuring Robert Moog’s early modular synthesizers, which the singer actually transmitted her voice through to wild effect) places it firmly at the forefront of the pop avant-garde. Originally released by RCA Victor in 1972 to widespread critical acclaim, I’m The One found itself amongst good company. Both Lou Reed and David Bowie had recently signed to the label—Bowie in particular was enamored with Annette—and artists ranging from ex-husband and jazz great Paul Bley, along with notable Brazilian percussionists Airto Moreira and Dom Um Romao, guested on the album itself. Writing and arranging I’m The One’s nine passionate tracks—bar a unique cover of Elvis Presley’s “Love Me Tender”— the disc grooves easily from free jazz freak-outs and rough and rugged blues-funk to gently pulsing synthesized bliss. –Light In The Attic
Annette Peacock “Pony” (from “I’m The One”) by LightInTheAtticRecords
This is the second release on Light In The Attic’s Future Days Recordings imprint. Available on CD and LP (limited to 1,000 hand-numbered copies), A re-mastered, limited, hard cover signed first edition CD in a 6 panel jacket with 12 page booklet containing lyrics and 9 color photos. Pre-order, HERE. Also available on the artists own label, HERE, and cdbaby.