Sunday, May 27, 2012

Ghost-Capital Tees!

Hello friends. My good pal Thomas Dean from Fresh Dipped & Wild Order has just cooked up a fresh t-shirt design for GC that we're about to put into production*. Check the steez - So nice!

*Will include "ghost capital" spelling correction

As I've said, donations to the vinyl ripping effort will work wonders toward keeping this humble little ship afloat. For contributions of $25 or more, I would like to send you one of these shirts. (And maybe, hopefully, I can cook up some poster prints for donations of $10-24. I'll keep you posted.)

*paypal button trouble... Go here to donate in the meantime*

And if you're interested in donating +$25, don’t forget to include:

1. Your shirt size (Sizes similar to American Apparel, *I think.)
2. Your mailing address

Hit me up at if you have any questions. *Yes, I'll ship internationally. I'm happy to split the cost of international postage, if you're sitting the fence on ordering.

UPDATE 6/1/12:

Ok folks, the shirt orders are in! I did ask for a few extra, so if anyone else is still interested, feel free drop me a line. Again, its

Here are the (rough) numbers of shirts... still left. (First come, first served * on this first run) :
XXL - 2
XL - 2
L - 15
M - 12
S - 5

Women's M - 2
Women's S - 1

*And FYI - I can always order more, at whatever size, if there's enough interest. Thanks friends....


Friday, May 25, 2012

The Homestead Act - Gospel Snake (1972* Kim-Pat, KPL-1072) 320 + Flac

A lively helping of oddball private-press Americana from short-lived 70's California country combo The Homestead Act, two of whom; Elmo & Patsy, cashed-in years later and recorded the infamous downhome-styled holiday smash "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer". The cover tracks on here are dynamite, with heady swirls of killer steel guitar licks abundant throughout. And FYI, the red hot session band features the oft-revered Steve Young at the top of its marquee. Vinyl rip by yours truly.

Download: The Homestead Act - Gospel Snake (1972* Kim-Pat, KPL-1072) 320 mp3 + Flac

Side A


Side B


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Aquarium Drunkard Presents :: Ghost Capital III (mixtape)

Howdy folks! The new Ghost-Capital III mixtape is now up at Aquarium Drunkard, where it'll take the form of AD's Friday 5/25 Sirius/XM satellite radio programme hosted partailly by me. Spring forward kids. Hope you enjoy it...

Our mixtape series returns with our third collaboration with Nick Barbery of the Portland, OR based Ghost Capital. With an ear bent toward the obscure and out-of-print, digging globally, Ghost Capital mines the secret shafts of psych, folk, blues and beyond. Mix download, notes, and tracklisting after the jump.
Ghost Capital is my guest this Friday during the second hour of the AD show on SIRIUS/XMU.

Side A:
1. Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band – Till You Get Enough
2. Le Super Borgou de Parakou – Wegne’Nda M’Banda
3. Donnie & Joe Emerson – Give Me The Chance
4. Buck Owens & His Buckaroos – Abilene
5. El Rego – Kpon Fi La
6. Paul Ngozi – In the Ghetto
7. Unknown Artist – Kuda Lumping
8. Shocking Blue – Wild Wind
9. Royal Trux – The Spectre
10. Harry Mudie – Heavy Duty Dub
11. Jacques Dutronc – L’espace D’une Fille
12. Cleaners From Venus – Helpless
13. Francis Bebey – Savannah, Georgia
14. Khánh Ly & Trịnh Công Sơn – Goi Ten Bon Mua
Side B:
1. Amps For Christ – Lord Bateman (Child #53)
2. Count Sticky & His Calypsonians – Chico Chico
3. Ahmad Zahir – Che Kelaf Sar Zad Az Mah
4. Little Willie John – Fever
5. Bob Marley & The Wailers – Caution
6. Jorge Ben – Meus Filhos, Meu Tesouro
7. Ali Hassan Kuban – Mabrouk
8. CAN – Connection
9. Hugh Tracey (recording) – Mpenzi Wangu Umepotea Mjini
10. Luzmila Carpio – Wiñay llaqta
11. Cajun Trio – Cajun Twist “Le Tortillage”
12. Ornette Coleman – Law Years
Previously: Aquarium Drunkard Presents :: Ghost Capital: I / Ghost Capital II

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Sumire Yoshihara - Percussions In Colors : Takemitsu + Ichiyanagi (1978 - RCA Japan, RDCE-9) 320 mp3 + Flac

"'Munari by Munari' [Toru Takemitsu] is a controversial piece of percussion work which attempts to obscure the fact that the performance is made by percussion. The sound world upheald by takemitsu’s aesthetic sense represents the natural sound, like a clear and limpid stream in the mountains or the stirring in the woods as the fog drifts through. It shares the same Japanese psychology of “Mu” or nothingness…

On Ichinayagi’s work, the acute contrast in sound and the repetition of sound made a symmetry with movements in the latter half of the work, thus creating a world of wonder.

My wish now is to make a comprehensive compilation of Japanese percussion works with Sumire Yoshihara" (Hiroshi Isaka, producer- from the liner notes)

An adventerous and, at turns, meditative outing from Japanese avant-garde percussionist Sumire Yoshihara. 320 vinyl rip by yours truly. Enjoy.

Sumire Yoshihara - Percussions In Colors : Takemitsu + Ichiyanagi (1978 - RCA Japan, RDCE-9)
*also available in Flac

Side A: Munari by Munari (1967) - Toru Takemitsu, composer
Side B: Arrangements (for percussion player) - Toshi Ichinayagi, composer

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

LUZMILA CARPIO Cantos Quechua y Aymaras (Bolivia, 1989)

Luzmila Carpio: "I use the language and music of my people, that of the Indian land, of our mountains, of our lakes, of the air we breathe. I sing my love for the land which witnessed my birth, the land of my ancestors. I speak of Pachamama, Mother Earth, of harmony and love, of the role of women in our civilization, of coexistence between man and nature within a cosmic order, of our traditions, which must not be lost."

I love this like crazy. Luzmila Carpio rings out like an authentic madwoman, channelling free-spirited Andean comtemporary (avant?) folk with the self-assured, inspired strangeness of a near-shaman. Hers is an incredible sound. And for me to call her mad is just the loftiest, most admiring praise of her creative character that I can possibly seems to muster. It would seems that our fair blogosphere has thusfar yielded only a 128kbps version of this disc, but I can say its sounds plenty good to me. Heavenly music. Highly recommended, friends.

DL: Luzmila Carpio - Cantos Quechua y Aymaras (1989)

Original Source: DÍAS DE SOL (thank you!)

Album Stream:

01 sumaq papa puquchinsun (buena papa produciremos)
02 ch'uwa yaku kawsaypuni (el agua cristalina es vida)
03 riqsiqakasunchik (seremos reconcidos)
04 yanapariwayku (ayudennos)
05 tunupan samiripa (inspiración de tunupa)
06 kutimpuchkani (estoy regresando)
07 achamamata t'ikanchasun (adoremos a la madre tierra)
08 qalay qalay (piedra sobre piedra)
09 jach'a tatala (gran señor)
10 arawi
11 warmikuna yupay-chasqapuni kasunchik (las mujeres debemos ser respetadas)
12 warmip kawsaynin (la vida de las mujeres)
13 sumaj awaq karmi (buena tejedora)
14 jula jula wanku
15 ayllunchik kawsachun (que vivan nuestras comunidades)
16 unkumanta (profundamente)
17 kuntur mallku (señor condor)
18 wawa tusuchinapaq phatitan (melodias de danzas para bebés)

*Not an above album track, but an old favorite, and essential viewing:

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Re-Up Gang - First Batch

Francis Bebey – Un Petit Ivoirien (1979 - Ozileka, OZIL 3307 *France)

Dig this charming French-pressed synthesizer workout from the one-and-only Francis Bebey of Cameroon;  righteous instrumental virtuoso & prolific elder of contemporary recorded Afropop. And what a beautiful album cover! Here's a nice handful of breezily upbeat and stripped-down, drum machine-driven tracks somehow not included on Born Bad's highly enjoyable Bebey synth comp; African Electronic Music. (In fact, a knowing little bird recently hipped me to the fact that the aforementioned BB comp was sourced largely in-part from Bebey's Pygmy Love Song LP, upped way back when by Nauma at Freedom Blues (RIP), and heartily endorsed by Doug Schulkind of the Audio Motherlode way back in Oct. 2010. But I digress...)

Un Petite Ivoirien is yet another great Afro-synth record borrowed here from the collection of one Mr. Jason Urick; musician, comrade, and internet blogger-type. Go give that dude a shout, somewhere, friends. 320 vinyl rip by yours truly. Enjoy!

Francis Bebey – Un Petit Ivoirien (1979 - Ozileka, OZIL 3307 *France) *Re-upped 7/20/12


A1Le Troisième Bureau
A2Agatha (Nouvelle Version)
A4Un Petit Ivoirien
A5Il N'y A Pas De Crocodiles À Cocody
B1On Les Aime Bien
B2Berceuse Bantou
B3Afrique Secours