Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Deep Listening Band- Then & Now Now & Then (Taiga, 2008)

Deep Listening- "First it was the name of an album that came out about 20 years ago and made new music history...Then it became the name of the band that recorded that album. Then it became the name of a practice, an approach to art, improvisation, exploration and, well, living, that drove that band, a band of crazies led by Pauline Oliveros, to lower themselves into a huge underground concrete cistern in the state of Washington”.

Here, 20 years later, Oliveros, Stuart Dempster and David Gamper celebrate an anniversary of improvisation, innovation and commitment with their first ever vinyl release. This vinyl-only document contains four sidelong tracks, one reissued and three previously unreleased. “Cannery Row” was originally available on the Troglodyte’s Delight album and captures the band in Tarpaper Cave, which Dempster recalls as “an old limestone quarry near Rosendale, New York that had lovely dripping water sounds and Valhalla-like mists.”

The previously unreleased tracks were gathered from three separate live performances at the Sounds Like Now Festival, Sound Exchange American Composers Forum, and Engine27, a 16-channel installation of special speakers. The audio was mastered for vinyl by James Plotkin, cut direct to metal and pressed on 200g-virgin-vinyl in a limited edition of 500." (source)

*Not a composition from this collection,'s The Deep Listening Band performing with Ellen Fullman & her Long String Instrument.

Mediafire Download Link: The Deep Listening Band- Then & Now Now & Then (Taiga, 2008)

Cannery Row 17:59
Enginuity / Deep Hockets / Spatial Specialization 19:16
Then & Now Now & Then 21:20
Deep Sound Exchange 20:23

Wire- 1976 Demo

Who knew that Wire was once such a full-throttle punk band? Here, they're taking cues from Johnny Thunders, The Stooges and Sabbath, but upping the pace as that first wave of speed-fueled British Punk was wont to do. These guys sound like snot-nosed, shouting bastards, their vocals more akin to Dischord punk acts like Minor Threat or Government Issue than any other band I can think of from '76. Dudes are pissed. 12FU.

Download Link: Wire- 1976 Demo

A1 Prove Myself
A2 Mary Is A Dyke
A3 Bad Night
A4 Can't Stand It No More
A5 Love
A6 Midnight Train
A7 What Is This Feeling Called Love
A8 Tv
B1 Lost Boy
B2 Johnny Piss Off
B3 After Midnight
B4 Fade
B5 Bitch
B6 Roadrunner

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Pyramids- Lalibela (1973)

The Pyramid's First Album. "Lalibela" is an extended polyrhythmic spiritual-jazz jam, heavily steeped in righteous mid-70s Afrocentrism and ensemble collaboration. A 28 minute experimental acoustic dynamo that builds on a driving organic groove for a good 16 minutes before engaging into freakout mode- a burst of ecstatic "freeness" that never fails (nor is failed by) the groups' apparent devotion to tempo. Great stuff. Never too skronky. Led by saxophonist/composer Idris Ackamoor. More Roland Kirk + Moondog than Anthony Braxton, et al.

Mediafire Download Link: The Pyramids- Lalibela (1973)

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Monochrome Set- Early Recordings: 1975-1977 "White Noise" (Capitured Tracks 73)

"THE MONOCHROME SET have a huge legacy in post-punk and indie rock history. White Noise represents the period before their first LP or 7-inch, before punk really took hold in the UK, in fact. These seven songs from '75-'77 have never appeared on vinyl before this release, and we're thrilled to get it out there. Monochrome Set have recently reformed for a European tour." (Midhaven)

Sardonic, low-key rock with a crystal clear Velvets influence. Hints of Devo-esque New Wave in tracks like "We Are Zarbie" & "Flesh.Trash.Heat". A tasty serving of '70s pre-punk from this largely underrated group. 320 Vinyl Rip by yours truly.

Mediafire Download Link: The Monochrome Set- Early Recordings: 1975-1977 "White Noise" (Captured Tracks 73)

1. “Inside Your Heart”
2. “White Noise”
3. “We Are Zarbie”
4. “I Don't Know”
5. “Flesh, Trash, Heat”
6. “Private Dick”
7. “It's More Than Just Love”

The Magick Heads- Before We Go Under (Flying Nun, 1995)

In celebration of their imminent Portland tour-date (@ Holocene, 10/5), here's another side-project from some founding member(s) of The Clean- This time, its Robert Scott. The Magick Heads sound like folk-rock out of the Paisley Underground, with female-led vox from Jane Sinnott. The title track was apparently written and released in 1993 as an indie pop single on Teenbeat for Barbara Manning. Must admit, I'm a bit fonder of the MH vibe than that of the actual songs. (Perhaps unrelated, but I feel the same way about L.A.'s Rain Parade. )*Anyhow, I'm fairly sure this rip has a higher bit-rate than the one previously available at Kiwi Tapes.

"Dunedin, New Zealand folk-pop group the Magick Heads was led by singer Jane Sinnott and guitarist Robert Scott, the latter the onetime bassist for the seminal Clean as well as the frontman for his own longstanding unit the Bats. 3D's guitarist David Mitchell played drums in the original Magick Heads lineup, which formed in 1991; other players floated in and out of the group's ranks, with Sinnott and Scott joined by drummer Jim Strang for their 1994 Flying Nun debut Before We Go Under." (Allmusic)

Mediafire Download Link: The Magick Heads- Before We Go Under

1 Standing at the Edge 3:00
2 Sweet Angel 3:08
3 42 Degrees 2:54
4 Two Different Things 2:09
5 Seventh Sense 2:16
6 Hear From You 2:42
7 Before We Go Under 2:54
8 New Floor 2:46
9 Twilight 2:19
10 Light of the Night 2:33
11 Gotta Go Home 2:19
12 The Beast of Bodmin Moor 3:13
13 Good Books 1:45

The Great Unwashed- Collection (Flying Nun)

In the wake of the 1982 breakup of the legendary Clean, brothers David and Hamish Kilgour continued writing songs together; adopting the tongue-in-cheek name Great Unwashed, they released the 1983 LP Clean Out of Our Minds, a collection of primitive home recordings with a slightly experimental bent. The record was well received by steadfast Clean fans, and with bassist Peter Gutteridge in tow, the Kilgour brothers played a handful of live dates. A five-track double single subsequently appeared, and in mid-1984 the Great Unwashed swelled to a quartet with the addition of Ross Humphries; however, by the end of the year, the group disbanded. (

So, I'd posted Clean Out Of Their Minds a few months back, but this one has it all. A newly aquired 250-ish VBR rip. Can't wait to see The Clean next week at Holocene, on their very short US tour. Already bought the ticket. You can prolly expect at least one other Flying Nun record to go up here in the next week, 'cause somebody's excited!

Mediafire Download Link: The Great Unwashed- Collection (Flying Nun)

1. Hello Is Ray There ?
2. Meanwhile
3. Small Girl
4. Thru The Trees
5. Yesterday Was
6. Toadstool Blues
7. What U Should Be Now
8. It's A Day
9. Hold Onto The Rail
10. What You're Thinkin Now
11. Obscurity Blues
12. Quickstep
13. What Happened Ray?
14. Duane Eddy
15. Neck Of The Woods
16. Can't Find Water
17. Born In The Wrong Time
18. Boat With No Ocean

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Arif Sag- Su Samsunun Evleri (Turkish Freakout Bonus 7")

This Arif Sag instrumental comes as a bonus 45 A-side with the first 1000 LP copies of the excellent 2010 Turkish psych compilation, Turkish Freakout: Psych Folk Singles 1969-1980 that was posted recently over at Holywarbles. The B-side; Osman Pehlivan, is already included with the CD version. You can download Su Samsunun Evleri by clicking on the down-arrow on the Soundcloud player below. Word.

The Beena Sangeet Orchestra- Gems of Yankarran (Trinidad, 1970?)


This album features selections by an outstanding Trinidad and Tobago artist HARM YANKARRAN. It is in fact a tribute to a late Father whose premature demise on 13th Feb 1969 shocked the cultural world. For indeed, the late ISAAC YANKARRAN was the unparalled melody genius of Indian Classical singing in these parts. His styling was distinct and unique, earning hm an infectious popularity.

ISAAC YANKARRAN is no more but he has left behind a progeny whose similarity in physique, voice and styling confuse even the closest friends and admirers. SHARM, who was born on March 4th 1951 at Brikfield Road, Carapichaima, Trinidad was inspired by his great father at a very tender age. And it is clear that the late ISAAC saw in his young son the sort of basic talent that could be moulded into greatness. At the age of 10, SHARM was already a member of his father's orchestra, singing, playing the mandolin, harmonium and accordian under the watchful eye and guidance of his father...

...Formed ten years ago ath Rickson Street, El Dorado Village, Tunapuna Trinidad W.I., by the Soogrim Brothers, Motilal and Suresh, THE BEENA SANGEET ORCHSTRA is now one of the top orchestras in the country. Notwithstanding many difficulties, the orchestra kept together as a group and has contributed significantly to the development of Indian Culture in Trinidad and Tobago." (from the back cover)

Mediafire Download Link: The Beena Sangeet Orchestra- Gems of Yankarran (Trinidad) 320 vinyl rip by yours truly.

1. Preet Ka Wada- Religious 2:54
2. Manwa Ram. Bhajan Jagsar- Religious 2:47
3. Sham Ko Sandesh- Religious 2:45
4. Narayan Jin Kay-Paree. Bhajan- Religious 3:32
5. Japo Maana Too-Bhajan- Religious 4:07
6. Prabhu Ki Dharsham-Dewali- Bhajan 3:28
7. Sana Naysab Banaya- Rel. Quaseeda 2:32
8. Langar Moree Gagaar- Thumree 5:52
9. Horee Ko Khalay- Horee 4:07
10. Saki Sun Baajat Bansuree 3:38
11. Ess Tarha Mujko Jala Kay 4:00
12. Tazeem Say Laytha Hai- Religious 4:02

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Sweet Afrobeat!

A brief digest of GC's recent favorite Afrobeat finds on the internets. William Onyeabor, Disco Blaze & ‘Les Meilleurs Souvenirs de la 1ére Biennale Artistique et Culturelle de la Jeunesse‘ vols 1-5.

William Onyeabor- Crashes in Love (1977), Atomic Bomb (1978) & Tomorrow (1979) (@ No Not Nyet) I'm a major fan of this man's funky Afro-Synths. Also, his cowboy hat. "Fantastic Man" is my jam, for real! (*I'm still looking-out for prime rips of Good Name, Anything You Sow, and Body & Soul)

Disco Blaze- Jump Back (@ Holy Warbles)
Righteous, bumping left-field 70s disco craziness, right here. Boom!

‘Les Meilleurs Souvenirs de la 1ére Biennale Artistique et Culturelle de la Jeunesse‘, Rootblog via Global Groove.) An amazing 5-LP 1970 series of Malian large-ensemble grooves, including Orchestre Régional de Sikasso, Orchestre Régional de Mopti, Orchestre Régional de Kayes, Orchestre Régional de Ségou and L’Orchestre National ‘A’ de la République du Mali (All of these either have-been or will be reissued on LP by Mississippi Records. The latest reissue in this series is L’Orchestre National ‘A’- out in Portland now and elsewhere very very soon.)

*Minor caveat, my rip of the Orchestre Regional de Mopti record is the best on the web. I'd recommend you grab that one from me, and the rest of these albums from Rootblog. Two-stop shopping.

Andres Landero- 16 Canciones (@ Purayaca)

If you've been digging on some classic cumbia lately, it'd be wise to get started with legendary Colombian accordionist Andres Landero, aka "King of the Cumbia". There's surprisingly little Landero bio material on the www, especially not en Ingles, but there is a fairly interesting thesis on him by Bardo Martinez, called Andres Landero and Resistance to the Commercializaton of Colombian Music posted at Listen Recovery*. For my money, I'd wager that Manu Chao has spent his solo career taking vocal cues directly from this guy.

*Also lifted that image above from Listen Recovery. Figured it'd make better artwork than what comes with the original cd.

Download:  Andres Landero : 16 Canciones ----(originally @ Purayaca)'

01 - Perdí las Abarcas
02 - Compae Pacho
03 - Noche de Estrellas
04 - Con el Pie Pelao
05 - Recuerdos Viejos
06 - Santa Lucía
07 - Así se Goza
08 - Una sonrisa pa' mamá (Sixto Gutiérrez)
09 - Cumbia del Amor (Guillermo Manrique)
10 - Las Miradas de Magalli
11 - Nohemí (José Anillo)
12 - Pobres Campesinos (Praxísteles Rodríguez)
13 - Rosa y Mayo
14 - La Mexicanita
15 - Cumbia Campesina
16 - Sentimiento Campesino (Adalberto Chamorro)

(bonus track) 17 - Las Miradas de Magaly

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

V/A- The Eyo Beats: 60 Africa 70 (Domino Sound 31 *Cassette)

Yet another finely compiled cassette of crackly African gold brought to you by the good folks at Domino Sound.

Mediafire Download Link: V/A- The Eyo Beats: 60 Africa 70 (Domino Sound 31 *Cassette)


Wanajiita Sisi Wahuni- Jim Lasco (Nairobi)
Janja Yako- NUTA Jazz Band (Tanzania)
Bqna Conga Baleli Liwa ya Sinatra- Jean Bokelo (Zaire)
Eyo Beats- Tunde Nightingale (Nigeria)
Kosowa Loda- Victor Oleiya (Nigeria)
Ikoro Special- Dan Satch- (Nigeria)
Seeri Koko- Orchestra Baobab (Senegal)
Pakora Ibo- Andre Pierre & L’Ivoiro Star (Ivory Coast)
Jolly Papa- Cardinal Rex Lawson (Nigeria)
Hamadi- Eli Wamala (Uganda)
Batumanbe- Orchestra Regional de Segou (Mali)


???????- Steven Amechi- (Nigeria)
Ewa- Dr. Victor Olaiya (Nigeria)
Western Shilo- David Kabaka & George Agade (Nairobi)
Adelina- Mamadou (Congo)
Fiuga Mama Muni- Mujos w/ Orch. OK Jazz (Zaire)
Ladji- Kante Manfila & Sorry Bamba (Ivory Coast)
Oyo Mobali Tape- Orchestre OK Jazz (Zaire)
Namuliranga- Charles & Frida Sonko (Uganda)
Osalobua Rekpama- Sir Victor Uwaifo (Nigeria)
Igede- Celestine Ukwu & His Philosophers National (Nigeria)
My Lovely Elizabeth- S.E. Rogie (Sierra Leone)
Na Ye Na Lisano- RIKKY (Congo)
Nora- National Jazz band (Tanzania)

Saturday, September 18, 2010

(V/A)- The Hundred Thousand Fools of God: Musical Travels in Central Asia (And Queens, New York)

Here's the CD included with this book by Theodore Levin. All tracks except 1 & 2 recorded by him. 320kbps.

"The Hundred Thousand Fools of God: Musical Travels in Central Asia (and Queens, New York) was written by someone with a lot of knowledge about traditional music of Central Asia--or, more specifically, the music of Transoxania, the region "beyond the Oxus River" that includes parts of Turkmenistan and Tajikistan and most of Uzbekistan.

Levin spent time in Tashkent as a graduate student in the 1970s, and he has returned to this region on several occasions, both during the Soviet era and after. This book is, in part, a summary of his experiences and thoughts concerning this region of the world, the people who inhabit it, and the musicians who seek to maintain their culture's music in spite of fierce opposition (first from communism, where Moslems were forced underground and music was "Europeanized," and now from capitalism, for although religion is relatively tolerated, Western culture's influence on music and life has begun to eclipse the traditional cultures of Central Asia).

...A "fool of god," he notes, is a Sufi term identifying "one who has given himself to the life of the spirit and is under the special protection of God, but also a dervish or an ascetic--a person not entirely 'of this world.'" As Levin notes, he and his Uzbek companion, Otanazar Matyakubov (OM for short), began using this phrase "fool of god" to "describe a particular musician who, in both his musical activities and his personal life, seemed to embody the high ethical standards, humility, and altruistic spirit that characterized the figure of the...fool of God." Levin goes on to say, "We knew at best several dozen [fools of God] in Transoxania whose life spans overlapped, or had overlapped, with ours. But there might have been a hundred, a thousand, or even a hundred thousand who had come before. Others would surely follow" (37-38).

Levin's book, then, chronicles his journeys throughout this region, as he and OM search out these "fools of God," traditional musicians who have managed to preserve and sustain their culture's beliefs and music despite the intense pressures of the modern world. Some of these people are professional musicians, such as Turgun Alimatov and Munajat Yulchieva. Levin's encounters with these professionals suggest that these artists struggle to make ends meet, largely because the music they play is typically classical maquam, or Islamic court music, and there haven't been emirs in Samarkand since the 1920s. These artists survive playing at state-sponsored concerts or at weddings and other festivals (called toys)--though, thanks to Levin and others (like Yo-Yo Ma), they are starting to gain a wider Western audience." (source)

Mediafire Download Link: (V/A)- The Hundred Thousand Fools of God: Musical Travels in Central Asia (And Queens, New York)

1. Schoch Va Gado (Tashkent) / Yulduz Usmanova 3:57
2. Night In A Ferghana Garden (from "Lola", Tashkent) / Alexei Ferdorovich Kozlovsky 9:39
3. Bâyât-I Shirâz Talqinchasi (Tashkent) / Munadjat Yulchieva 3:59
4. Segâh (Tashkent) / Turgun Alimatov 6:15
5. Saraxbär-I Segäh (Tashkent) / Maqam Ensemble of Uzbekistan Radio 2:54
6. Mogulcha-I Segâh (Queens) / Ilyas Malayev 6:17
7. Yarlarim (Tashkent) / Mutavaqqil Burxanov 1:45
8. Sus Xâtin (Baysun) / Baysun Ensemble 1:35
9. Shahd (Bukhara) / Mahdi Ibadov 2:29
10. Taralilalalai (Bukhara) / Tohfaxan Pinkhasova 2:54
11. Yâr-Yâr (Khiva) / Shirin Jumaniyazov (xalfa) 1:22
12. Setting Of Poem Attributed To Ahmad Yasawi (Tashkent) / Arif Xamatov 2:44
13. Dâstân: Ashiq Gharib Va Shâhsanam (Khiva) / Qalandar (baxshi) 4:48
14. Suvâra / Azad Imbragimov 2:55
15. Terma (Xâja Mahmud) / Qahhar (baxshi) 4:12
16. Ode To Maxtum Quli / Jumabay Bazarov 1:43
17. Jew's Harp Solo (Xâja Mahmud) / Xushvakt 2:26
18. Afarid (Yagnâb) / Sattar Adinaev 1:32
19. Yak Dâna Gul (Yagnâb) / Sattar Adinaev 1:38
20. Naqsh (Dargh) / Zalmirza Mirzasayi, Niyazi Baba, Jumai Baba 3:07
21. Field Hollers / Girls in Dargh 1:57
22. Zarb / Dargh Mosque 2:15
23. Excerpt From Koch (Shahristan) / Nasri-oi 1:45

Friday, September 17, 2010

Lito Barrientos y Su Orquesta- Very Very Well (Discos Fuentes, 1972)

"Una serie de melodias de origen sudaamericano, son las que LITO BARRIENTOS Y SU ORQESTA nos presentan en un disco con musica variada, que lo mismo puede ser escuchada en la tranquilidad del hogar, que como ingrediente de sus fiestas familiares. Con la seguridad de que en cualquiera de los casos quedara Usted satisfecho y convencido de la calidad de LITO BARRIENTOS Y SU ORQUESTA.

La diversidad de temas, dan lugar a poder satisfacer los gustos mas exigentes y opuestos, con selecciones de todo tipo, como: VERY VERY WELL, CARACOL, CHARANGA PA'GOZAR, EL NEGRITO TEPETUZA y todo el variado reportorio que completa este disco." (From the LP cover)

Basically, If you've even the slightest interest in classic cumbia, then you're already well acquainted with "Cumbia en do Menor" by Rafael "Lito" Barrientos. This record is hot stuff. 320 vinyl rip by yours truly.

Mediafire Download Link: Lito Barrientos y Su Orquesta- Very Very Well (Discos Fuentes, 1972)

1. Caracol
2. Ya Vo Toño
3. Rubielo
4. Cumbia en do Menor
5. Charanga Pa' Gozar
6. Kijis Konar
7. Mosaico: A Tu Vera / La India Motilano / Very Very Well / Despeinada / Festival en Guarare / La Mafafa / La Sampa' / Negrito Tepetuza

Suni McGrath- Childgrove (Adelphi, 1972)

The 3rd LP from American 12-string guitarist, Suni McGrath. A recent and highly appreciated gift from our friend Owl. Right-off, I've been taken-in by McGrath's stellar rendition of "The Star of the County Down". His picking resonates with a sort of heart-sick, contemplative elegance that I'm just a sucker for. Its been on constant CONSTANT repeat. And though I've barely gotten past that first track, its already plain to see that this one'll be a gift that keeps on giving. Highly recommended.

Download Link: Suni McGrath- Childgrove (Adelphi, 1972) *Re-upped 7/20/12

A1. The Star Of County Down / Childgrove
A2. Love Abides
A3. Zoe
A4. Lo, I'll Be with You Always [Gary Davis]
A5. The Harvest
A6. [Jesus Said] I Am The Resurrection

B1. The Lion Of Judah

with Jack Denlinger
Ellen Matthews

Setrak & His Belly Dance Group- Belly Dance with Warda and Abdel Halim Hafiz

Setrak Sarkissian's Lebanese group delivers energetic instrumental renditions of classic themes popularized by Warda & Abdel Halim Hafiz.

Mediafire Download Link: Setrak & His Belly Dance Group- Belly Dance with Warda and Abdel Halim Hafiz

1 . Walaou Inak Ya Habibi Baid
02 . Andam Alek
03 . Khalik Hena
04 . Takassim Orgue
05 . Ahl El Hawa
06 . Takassim Accordion
07 . Ayza Mougiza
08 . Takassim Guitar
09 . Al Eh Bisalouni
10 . Ay Damhet Hozn
11 . Nebtedi Meneen Al Hikaya
12 . Hawel Teftekerni
13 . Mawoud
14 . Takassim Nay
15 . Karaat El Fingan
16 . Fi Youm Wa Lila

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Ranil y Su Conjunto- Ranil's Jungle Party (MassTropicas, 2010)

"Deeply funky psychedelic-surf guitar jams from Ranil y Su Conjunto Tropical (Ranil and his Tropical Band). Ranil’s Jungle Party (re-released for the first time by folks at Masstropicas and limited to 1,000 copies) brings back from the past the much loved popular music of Peruvian cumbia.

For the uninitiated, Peruvian (or Amazonian) cumbia was to Peru as Tropicália was to Brazil—a 1960s – 1970s popular music style that mixed (often irreverently) traditional music with those of African and the West. Hailing from the Belen district of Iquitos, nestled within the heart of the Amazonian rainforest, Ranil and Co. were definitely digging on some Western Surf music while keeping alive the traditional highland “huayño” dance music.

On Ranil’s Jungle Party, Ranil and his Tropical Band keep things in a mellow, funky mood with some heavy psych-surf guitar workouts. The result is a style mash-up not unlike that of African “Juju” or “High-Life” music, popularized by the incendiary Stratocaster guitar playing of King Sunny Adé. In fact, think of Ranil’s Jungle Party as King Sunny Adé jamming with some Andes dudes while on vacation in Peru. Dig?" (Light in the Attic)

Killer 1000 press vinyl-only issue from the MassTropicas label of this wickedly groovy classic Cumbia Peruana. 320 vinyl rip by yours truly.

Mediafire Download Link: Removed by request from MassTropicas.

Purchase the limited edition LP from Dusty Groove.

# 1. Andalucia
# 2. Marlenita
# 3. Lamento en la Amazonía
# 4. Denuncia a tu patrón
# 5. La danza de don Lucho
# 6. Cumbia sin nombre
# 7. Chinito rulo
# 8. Mambo en España
# 9. Tus cabellos
# 10. El manicero
# 11. Carbonero
# 12. El rondador

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Lucho Bermúdez- Colombia Tierra Querida

Cumbias, Porros, Gaitas, Boleros! Lucho Bermúdez was a heavyweight Colombian clarinetist and bandleader. His legendary Orquesta worked in hotels, clubs, festivals, radio- basically everywhere- playing nearly any folk or popular dance style one might've found in mid-20th century Colombia.

Guest post courtesy of my pal, Emma C:

"If you ever jammed out hard to Cumbia en Do Menor, you'll probably dig this stuff too. There's some quality ululation and wailing clarinet. This came from a friend of mine from the Colombian Chocó and I'll likely be asking him for some pacific marimba stuff soon."

Mediafire Download Link: ayyyy que sabrosura!

*Looks like the mighty Global Groove posted some other vintage Lucho Bermúdez back in May. Get on it!

***AND, there's apparently much, much more over at Melodias de Colombia- An ace new blog I've only just discovered.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Suni McGrath- Cornflower Suite (1969)

A new discovery for me. Suni McGrath's mystically-influenced folk guitar rates up there with Fahey, Basho, Sandy Bull & the like...Big thanks to Aidan for the tip on this.

"Blue Isfahan" stands alone on the album, as its the only track using an electric guitar or tabla accompaniment. Its eastern modes will likely appeal to all those newfound Omar Khorshid fans.

From the Liner Notes:

"The music on this record is my attempt to explore and further the american acoustic guitar. I have four sources for the musics here presented: Bulgarian music for rhythmic modes and ideas, also modulation of melodic modes and harmonies; Hindustani for subtle melodic graces and ideas of variation; Fahey for the conception of the art; Bartok for modal harmonies analogous to conventional western harmony, and treatment of themes.

Cornflower Suite is a set of variations on a theme never completely stated. It is named for that most wondrous weed, the blue cornflower that blooms like little bits of mirror reflecting a perfect summer sky. It includes an earlier piece known to some as sassafras tea..."

Read More & Download Cornflower Suite at Grown-So-Ugly.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Taraf Of Clejani* - Roumanie: Musique Des Tsiganes De Valachie - Les Lăutari De Clejani (Ocora, 1988)

Taraf Of Clejani (*now known as Taraf de Haïdouks) are a spirited and well-known ensemble of Roma/Gypsy musicians hailing from the Romanian town of Clejani. This Ocora release precedes their 1991 commercial debut. You can also find an album of even earlier Clejani field recordings (1949-52) over at Dumneazu.

Check how spooky/experimental this track begins:

Mediafire Download Link: Taraf Of Clejani* - Roumanie: Musique Des Tsiganes De Valachie - Les Lăutari De Clejani (Ocora, 1988)

1 Cîntec De Dragoste: "Lunca Obedeanului" (Chanson D'Amour: "La Prairie D'Obedean") 14:54
2 Cîntec: "Leliţă Cîrciumăreasă" (Chanson: "La Femme De L'Aubergiste") 10:58
3 Rînd De Hore (Suite De Danses) 6:19
4 Cîntec Bătrînesc: "Bogatul Şi Săracul" (Ballade: "Le Riche Et Le Pauvre") 11:29
5 Cîntec Bătrînesc: "Şarpele" (Ballade: "Le Serpent") 18:21

V/A- Excavated Shellac: Strings- Guitar, Oud, Tar, Violin and More From the 78rpm Era (Parlortone/ Dust-to-Digital)

This superb LP was curated by Jonathan Ward of the Excavated Shellac Blog, and released with the help of the good folks over at Parlortone/ Dust-to-Digital. Bowed or plucked instrumental delicacies at 78rpms from around the globe. A magnificent slab of vintage magic. Pretty much anyone who likes this blog should buy this record. 320 vinyl rip by yours truly.

Mediafire Download Link: V/A- Excavated Shellac: Strings- Guitar, Oud, Tar, Violin and More From the 78rpm Era (Parlortone/ Dust-to-Digital)

side 1
1. Sogoman Seranyan – Eraz (Armenia)
2.Sundaram Balachander – Dayapayonidhe, Pt. 2 (India)
3.Alberto Ruiz y su Lira Incaica – Paceñita (Bolivia)
4.Nzila Joseph et son ensemble – Moleke Mbwa (Congo)
5.Tấn and Đồng - Nam Bình (Vietnam)
6.Tatyana Makharadze & G. Bugadze – Lale (Georgia)
7.Abol-hasan Sabā – Chaopan (Iran)

Side 2
1. Trio Tipico Paraguayo de Félix Pérez Cardoso – Pajaro Campana (Paraguay)
2. Brača Kapugi Tamburica Orchestar i Pjevački Zbor – Tko Se Bregom Seče (Croatia)
3. Kjetil Flatin – Jornvrongia-Springar (Norway)
4. Yamaura Toyoko – Ko-uta, Ryukyu Bushi (Japan)
5. Chahadé Effendi Saadé – Taqsim Rast (Lebanon)
6. Galabuzi and Party – Okubulirwa Lupiza Otambula Osopza (Uganda)
7. Kemanî Amâ Recep – Çifte kiriş ile Rast Taksim (Turkey)

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Mirrors- Something that Would Never Do (1974-75 *Violet Times LP)


"Finally! The classic Cleveland, OH sounds from the 70's all on one handy full length- 15 trax, including both sides of the Hearthan 7" single, all but one of the "Those Were Different Times" Scat 10" cuts, and others from "Hands In My Pockets" cd on Overground. It's solid, some might say a "best of" even. All trax recorded '74 and '75. Officially licensed from the band and remastered for the ear by John Golden, includes those cool old school, tip-on jacket covers that most of the record nerds i know love, but don't seem to know what they are. 800 copies, worldwide."

You can still purchase one of the last remaining LPs straight from Violet Times.

Mediafire Download Link: removed by request

Ishman Bracey- Suitcase Full of Blues (Monk, 2010)

"One of the best, if lesser-known Delta bluesmen of the 1920s, singer and guitarist Ishman Bracey (1901-1970), along with his good friend Tommy Johnson, began playing juke joints first in Jackson, and then all over Mississippi around 1917, but did not make his first recordings until 1928. He recorded his first sessions for the Victor label with Charlie McCoy on second guitar, but by 1930 his recording career was over -- likely due to the onset of the Great Depression which made the recording industry dry up for the next decade. Bracey eventually left the blues scene for the church, and his blues output is therefore rather slim. He recorded a total of just 16 tracks in all and original 78s fetch high sums."

Mediafire Download Link: Ishman Bracey- Suitcase Full of Blues (Monk, 2010) *320 vinyl rip by yours truly.

Purchase from Forced Exposure

1. Stranger Blues ( w/ Rosie Mae Moore) 3:35
2. Saturday Blues (w/ Charlie McCoy) 3:34
3. Left Alone Blues (w/ Charlie McCoy) 3:35
4. Leavin' Town Blues *Unissued (w/ Charli... 3:32
5. Leavin' Town Blues (w/ Charlie McCoy) 3:33
6. Brown Mama Blues *Unissued (w/ Charli... 3:39
7. Brown Mama Blues (w/ Charlie McCoy) 3:11
8. Trouble Hearted Blues *Unissued 3:38
9. Trouble Hearted Blues 3:28
10. The Four Day Blues *Unissued 3:25
11. The Four Day Blues 3:20
12. Jake Liquor Blues (w/ New Orleans Nehi Boys) 3:31
13. Family Stirving (w/ New Orleans Nehi Boys) 3:15
14. Mobile Stomp (w/ New Orleans Nehi Boys) 3:13
15. Farish St. Rag (w/ New Orleans Nehi Boys) 2:58
16. Woman Woman Blues 3:31
17. Suitcase Full of Blues 3:06
18. Bust Up Blues 2:55
19. Pay Me No Mind 3:15

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Bill Orcutt - Way Down South (Palilalia, 2010)

Bill Orcutt shredding live and acoustic in his frenetic freakout mode.

Recorded May 22, 2010 at High Street Project, Christchurch, New Zealand. 1-sided LP, released on clear vinyl in an edition of 300.

This should give you some idea:

Mediafire's sucking today, so I'm giving Multiupload a shot.

Download Link: Bill Orcutt - Way Down South (Palilalia, 2010)

All tracks untitled. I created individual tracks in what seemed to be the most obvious places. 320 vinyl rip by yours truly.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Allyson Mellberg-Taylor: An Unearthly Child

These are the work of my friend Allyson Mellberg-Taylor, who's gracefully unsettling paintings will be on display next week at the Cinders Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. An Unearthly Child opens Friday, Sept 10 and runs until Oct 10. Allyson was just interviewed in The Sept 2010 issue of Juztapoz (*Link is to an older feature-"Process-Inspiration"). She and her husband Jeremy Seth Taylor make their own paints from egg tempura, walnuts and various dye plants harvested from their home garden. They live in Charlottesville, VA with their sweet cat, Fricktoria. NYC- Go see this show!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Left Side Eye of Night

Perfect use of Boards of Canada.

Blood and Fire, R.I.P. (Download Megapost)

In memorium: Blood and Fire was one of the sickest reggae reissue labels. In no particular order, here are some of Ghostcapital's favorite* B&F LPs currently available throughout various channels of the blogosphere:


V/A- Darker Than Blue: Soul from Jamdown Blog: Know Your Conjurer.


Big Youth- Natty Universal Dread (3cd) Blog: So Good Music


Tapper Zukie- Tappa Zukie In Dub
Blog: So Good Music *download link in comments or right here I'm goin to stop picking B & F selections available at So Good (there appear to be many- search the reggae tag)


Keith Hudson- Pick A Dub
Blog: Holy Warbles (w/ original artwork)


King Tubby- Dub Like Dirt Blog: CephaloChromoscope


V/A- Niney The Observer: Microphone Attack 1974-1978 Blog: Rastaman Drum And Bass



Yabby You- Jesus Dread 1972-1977 Blog: Its Coming Out Of Your Speaker


Linval Thompson- Ride On Dreadlocks 1975-1977 Blog: Radio Retaliation


Glen Brown & King Tubby- Termination Dub 1973-79
Blog: Its Coming out of Your Speaker


V/A Dubwise & Otherwise: A Blood & Fire Audio Catalogue (1997) blog: HQ Music


Gregory Isaacs- Mr. Isaacs
Blog: Radio Retaliation

*This list excludes Congos- Heart of the Congos, which is truly the jam. Seems like its still being actively sniped at by DMCA types. Everybody's fileshare link appears to have vanished for that one. If you've clicked through this entire entry, though, chances are you probably need it. FYI, there's plenty more good records's from Blood & Fire, but any more and this starts becoming a discography, instead of a primer.

V/A- Angola 60's: 1956-1970

"Buda Musique's [Angola] series...captures the sounds of different ethnic regions within Angola, their effects on each other, and the way that the Portuguese and Cuban influences were absorbed into urban Angolan culture. Some songs focus on close polyphonic harmonies, tapping rhythms and ringy, simple guitar melodies; others have cascades of creaky percussion and huge choruses; still others anchor on the accordion. It starts to get really interesting around track nine, when the frenzy slows, turning to fabulous intimate, small-scale recordings that you can't tell if are Latin or African in origin. By the end of the disk, they've brought in the electric guitars, jumping up, incorporating more Western chord progressions and swinging funk rock, especially on the classic, screaming 'Muzangola' by Vum Vum. Can't wait for the rest!" (Other Music)

Good stuff. 320kbps. If anyone's got a line on a better scan, hit me up!

Mediafire Download Link: V/A- Angola 60's: 1956-1970

1 Ngola Ritmos - Muxima
2 Ngola Ritmos - Django Ué
3 San Salvador - Enzol’eyaya
4 Kaboko Meu - Na rua de São Paulo
5 União Mundo - Amanhã vamos à procura da chave
6 Mestre Geraldo Morgado - Mini saia
7 Minguito - Sant’Ana
8 Ngola Ritmos - Nzage
9 Duo Ouro Negro - Kurikutela
10 Sara Chaves - Kurikuté
11 Elias Dia Kimuezo - Ressurrreição
12 Lilly Tchumba - Paxi Ngongo
13 Gingas - Lamento
14 Luís Visconde - Chofer de Praça
15 Quinteto Angolano - Kupassiala Kua Aba
16 Dimba Dya Ngola - Fixe
17 Os Kiezos - Rumba 70
18 Vum Vum - Muzangola
19 José Viola - Oholwa
20 Ruy Mingas - Monangambé
21 Teta Lando - Mumpiozzo Ame

Download Angola 70's: 1972-1973 & Angola 70's: 1974-1978 from Musica de Angola. *The rip of Angola '60s is better here. Not so, with the other two.