ILX Gonna Shine in My Backdoor Someday (new post-Fahey folk for ppl posting in Takoma/Tompkins Square threads Pt II)

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Lots of new releases lately but other thread getting big and unwieldy and a resource hog. So! New thread for weird Fahey-esque instrumental folk guitar.

What did we have so far this year? Highlights for me:

William Tyler- Lost Colony (the kraut-country thing gets me going)
Steve Gunn- Way Out Weather
Nathan Bowles- Nansemond
Chris Forsyth- Intensity Ghost (think overall I liked Solar Motel better but I'm glad this one seems to be taking off)
Tashi Dorji- S/T

Seems like a lot of these folks made it into the limelight this year! And new Six Organs looks to be a monster.

Can we keep the Youtube embedding to a minimum in this incarnation? You can prevent them from embedding by having "https:" as opposed to just "http:" in the URL

global tetrahedron, Saturday, 13 December 2014 20:34 (two years ago) Permalink

thank you! I'll post a link on the old one unless someone does it first

am I correct that the Tashi Dorji S/T is older stuff compiled? really liked the new EP on Bandcamp page.

re: Richard Dawson, was gonna say that I hear a lot of Bill Orcutt's influence/style in his playing, anybody else? (sorry if this was noted previously)

― some kind of terrible IDM with guitars (sleeve), Saturday, December 13, 2014 11:41 AM

some kind of terrible IDM with guitars (sleeve), Saturday, 13 December 2014 20:36 (two years ago) Permalink

also ppl were talking about richard dawson, don't want to derail!

global tetrahedron, Saturday, 13 December 2014 20:36 (two years ago) Permalink

lol no worries there

some kind of terrible IDM with guitars (sleeve), Saturday, 13 December 2014 20:37 (two years ago) Permalink

doing some EOY catchup and I am not feeling this Steve Gunn at all, threadban me if you must

liked the Solar Motel (2 tracks on Spotify), really liked the new Tashi Dorji EP.

some kind of terrible IDM with guitars (sleeve), Saturday, 13 December 2014 21:02 (two years ago) Permalink

am I correct that the Tashi Dorji S/T is older stuff compiled?
yeah, pulled from several years' worth of cassette iirc. kind of a "greatest hits," i guess. he really is great, seems to get better every time i play his stuff.

tylerw, Saturday, 13 December 2014 21:37 (two years ago) Permalink

sleeve - yeah a ton of orcutt & not to be super cynical but he seems to be getting a lot of praise from ppl I don't get the sense really know Orcutt

you say tomato/i say imago (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 14 December 2014 03:32 (two years ago) Permalink

But i do like him

I just think it's a little like how when I finally heard gang of four reissues after growing up a fugazi fan

you say tomato/i say imago (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 14 December 2014 03:33 (two years ago) Permalink

Oh hey folks.

Sleeve, that Gunn record definitely is a very specific kind of cool to me, I get why it wouldn't appeal to you. It is mostly very low-key and its charms can be extremely subtle, but I have personally found it to be deep and varied enough that I return to it pretty frequently. Maybe it'll grow on you, but it is definitely a song-based record that doesn't try to push the musicality as far as a lot of records touched on in this thread (and many of Gunn's other records do).

grandavis, Monday, 15 December 2014 14:57 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah i was actually wondering recently what I would think of gunn's latest if it was the first record of his I had heard. the context of his gradual development into a more straight-ahead singer-songwriter adds some flavor I think (if that makes sense). love the latest but at the same time, i hope he hasn't left behind his more avant leanings -- those gunn-truscinski records are still my faves out of everything he's done.

tylerw, Monday, 15 December 2014 15:16 (two years ago) Permalink

hey i have a question -- how do you pronounce cian of the name cian nugent?

vigetable (La Lechera), Monday, 15 December 2014 15:20 (two years ago) Permalink

rather how does one pronounce cian accurately

i thought it was like cyan but then realized it could be sean or shee-an or idk what and i would like to know

vigetable (La Lechera), Monday, 15 December 2014 15:21 (two years ago) Permalink

Kee An

tylerw, Monday, 15 December 2014 15:26 (two years ago) Permalink

i thought it was just pronounced "sean" for years though.

tylerw, Monday, 15 December 2014 15:27 (two years ago) Permalink

Like Ian preceded with a /k/ ?
Good to know! I have been meaning to ask this question for months.

vigetable (La Lechera), Monday, 15 December 2014 15:31 (two years ago) Permalink

yes, exactly!

tylerw, Monday, 15 December 2014 15:34 (two years ago) Permalink

haha apparently lots of blog posters and show hosters feel the need to lay this to rest too:

Neal Cassady, Monday, 15 December 2014 15:39 (two years ago) Permalink

The Gunn/Mike Cooper and Gunn/Gangloff records both came out this year I think, and both contain a good range of playing outside of his "Way Out Weather" mode. It will be interesting to see what side of the divide the upcoming Gunn/Black Twig Pickers record will ride, but my guess is I will dig it. Hope some of it revisits this territory though:

grandavis, Monday, 15 December 2014 17:06 (two years ago) Permalink

Global mentioned notable records from this year, and I wanna bring up Bachman's "Orange Co. Serenade". Really enjoyed it & definitely revisit it pretty frequently. Feel like he is growing and really may be just hitting his stride now, though who knows. New record on Three Lobed apparently out in April or May. Saw him Saturday night and the new songs were great, no reason not to believe that this next record will be anything other than really good.

grandavis, Monday, 15 December 2014 17:14 (two years ago) Permalink

dammit I forgot about that in my EOY listening binge this weekend, will check it out!

fwiw my introduction to Gunn was his side of the "Not The Spaces You Know..." comp, which I loved

some kind of terrible IDM with guitars (sleeve), Monday, 15 December 2014 17:16 (two years ago) Permalink

oh yeah, shouldn't have forgotten the Daniel Bachman one! I think I've come around on that one, seems like the most cohesive release he's done so far.

Also Charlie Parr doesn't usually fit in this thread but he did a release this year that definitely does. It's called Hollandale- some really nicely recorded exploratory fingerpicked instrumentals. All on a National resonator, which sounds awesome/immense at times. Some cool sounds and textures added... anyway, may have been overlooked in this thread... It's on Spotify

global tetrahedron, Monday, 15 December 2014 18:59 (two years ago) Permalink

Has this been shared yet? HD video of Tashi playing on WFMU, last September.

Neal Cassady, Monday, 15 December 2014 22:28 (two years ago) Permalink

gamelan for guitar

Neal Cassady, Monday, 15 December 2014 22:31 (two years ago) Permalink


global tetrahedron, Monday, 15 December 2014 22:33 (two years ago) Permalink

Whatever he's got there on the neck is partially under certain strings and on top of others. He accidentally bumps into it at one point and it seems very loose. I thought it was a capo at first. Such crazy sounds coming out of that guitar.

Neal Cassady, Monday, 15 December 2014 22:50 (two years ago) Permalink

Watching the video as I'm commenting, probably not the best idea. Still don't know what that is, even with the close ups.

Neal Cassady, Monday, 15 December 2014 22:52 (two years ago) Permalink

I thought it was a hairclip, it loops round the top string.

ogmor, Tuesday, 16 December 2014 15:19 (two years ago) Permalink

Think Ogmor is right, looks like a large barrette, the cheap kind you can get at CVS etc.

grandavis, Tuesday, 16 December 2014 15:38 (two years ago) Permalink

coupla good tashi things over on the FMA:

tylerw, Tuesday, 16 December 2014 16:02 (two years ago) Permalink

for the record here are my fave ilx-brigade kinda things of 2014. the usuals!

Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band - Intensity Ghost
Nathan Bowles - Nansemond
Steve Gunn - Way Out Weather
Daniel Bachman - Orange Co. Serenade
William Tyler - Lost Colony
Tashi Dorji - s/t
Don Bikoff - Hallowed Ground
Mike & Cara Gangloff - Black Ribbon of Death, Silver Thread of Life
Alvarius B. / Sir Richard Bishop - If You Don’t Like It … Don’t!
Bill Orcutt - VDSQ
Sir Richard Bishop - VDSQ
Anthony Pasquarosa - VDSQ
Robbie Basho - Art of the Acoustic Steel String Guitar 12 & 6
Smoke Dawson - Fiddle

more singer-songwriter-y things, but joan shelley (feat. nathan salsburg on some tracks) and ryley walker LPs are recommended too!

tylerw, Tuesday, 16 December 2014 16:05 (two years ago) Permalink

shit i forgot about bikoff

you say tomato/i say imago (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 16 December 2014 16:13 (two years ago) Permalink

also you might say me and global are slightly excited about playing this show

you say tomato/i say imago (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 16 December 2014 16:14 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah, if you ignore the bikoff cover art, it's a really nice record.

tylerw, Tuesday, 16 December 2014 16:20 (two years ago) Permalink

that amy in quebec track is so close to wine&roses/red pony/approaching of the disco void its almost a cover

ogmor, Tuesday, 16 December 2014 17:07 (two years ago) Permalink

was watching some fahey live on youtube last's an 81 gig, with apparently Michael Hedges opening (sorry folks no records available didn't get pressed in time)...Fahey is being really smarmy in his banter, the set itself verges from awkward to hypnotic, found his flopping down combover hair kind of distracting

this is a 2000 set, he does a lot of dicking around/joking around at the beginning, but about the 7:40 mark on he gets going and it's actually pretty cool

you say tomato/i say imago (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 16 December 2014 17:11 (two years ago) Permalink

We going the "https:..." route to skip embeds? Not that I don't love opening this thread to shots of Fahey at his weirdest ....

grandavis, Tuesday, 16 December 2014 17:22 (two years ago) Permalink

oops sorry

you say tomato/i say imago (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 16 December 2014 17:23 (two years ago) Permalink

A leaner/meaner thread for 2015 I guess. I'll miss the Fahey gut though.

grandavis, Tuesday, 16 December 2014 17:26 (two years ago) Permalink

Transmissions Fest footage is new to me, awesome. I wish more people openly talked about his later work without full on the talk of "well, I don't know about this, but look at what he used to do." The only thing that I can't fully grasp is the Hitomi material, some of it is played in that Transmissions Fest video. Kinda feel like it goes down easier when you get to watch him play like that, on record is another thing. There is another noodley electric gig on youtube that actually does have a lot of syncopation; and getting to hear old styles on an electric is pretty nice. There aren't many artists that went so far in the other direction, let alone an instance where you get to watch past material with a new technique. Defiantly would rather have had Fahey do all that then not. I dig The Mill Pond lots. It's not too different than some of the stuff that is out there today. Womblife gets so zonked in parts you can't help but grin.

Neal Cassady, Tuesday, 16 December 2014 22:03 (two years ago) Permalink

Loving this Glenn Jones tune, "The Teething Necklace (For John Fahey)"

Neal Cassady, Tuesday, 16 December 2014 22:05 (two years ago) Permalink

Couple things I put together,

John Fahey's Adelphi Sessions, the Dance of Death outtakes. Uploaded as MP3's, posted on my blog:

Scanned my copy of the mail order catalog from Fonotone Records, interesting curio. Includes the numerous early Fahey comps Joe Bussard curated for Fonotone.

I finally put together some new lapstyle material and wanted to share it here. "Blue For al-Watawit of Yashkur" sits as is, in a sorta demo state. I didn't want to forget all the new ideas I've been having, yet also told myself I wouldn't record again until I bought a nice microphone. Of course, I got impatient, so here we are. Before they find a home somewhere, I do want to properly record them.

Link for the MP3's are posted here,

Neal Cassady, Wednesday, 17 December 2014 02:51 (two years ago) Permalink

Look forward to checking this stuff out

you say tomato/i say imago (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 17 December 2014 03:28 (two years ago) Permalink

Cool, thanks Neal! Actually already listened to your "Blue For al-Watawit of Yashkur" tracks (Mr. Avant Ghetto threw them up on twitter yesterday), really enjoyed them. First track sucked me right in, so yeah make a recording you are happy with and I am on board!

grandavis, Wednesday, 17 December 2014 17:57 (two years ago) Permalink

neal - or others - what microphones/mic pres do you guys use? this coming year i need to get serious about recording an album

you say tomato/i say imago (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 17 December 2014 19:11 (two years ago) Permalink

like your new stuff neal

the only Tashi Dorji song on Spotify is a cool little curio, electronic remix featuring his guitar of a song by some psychey dude name Al Lover

you say tomato/i say imago (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 17 December 2014 21:00 (two years ago) Permalink

Thanks dudes, I have always just been using a portable digital Tascam recorder from B&H Photo that I bought a while back. It fits in your pocket so I've used it while out and walking around, but it's not a good choice for recording guitar at this point, I loved it at first bc of how much of an improvement it was over using the internal MacBook mic. I sold my two amps (+all other musical electronics) years ago during collage, which I regret now. As I would like to record traditionally with a mic and amp set up. Either using the sound hole or install a pick up. How about USB mics? Been talked about here before I think. Decent clarity from the models available now?

Neal Cassady, Wednesday, 17 December 2014 21:34 (two years ago) Permalink

I think the solution is to just meet someone in town with a set up :) - that way I can avoid all of this.

Neal Cassady, Wednesday, 17 December 2014 21:36 (two years ago) Permalink

I've posted things upthread recorded with the Blue Yeti (120 new but you can def find a ton of these used on ebay, got mine for 80 on craigslist)

you can hear the stuff i've done, which is minimally processed, a bit EQd and maybe compressed slighty with some audicity plugin reverb on it, but overall I'd say USB mics have come a long way

of course, I'm just plotting about how I want to get a USB DAC/Mic pre unit and a better XLR mic so I suppose one is always unsatisfied.

you say tomato/i say imago (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 17 December 2014 21:38 (two years ago) Permalink

gonna check out yr new thing neal! i've dug the rag lore things i've heard so far.
just got hipped to this thing via soft abuse's twitter -- maybe it was mentioned on the old thread? - kind of low-key/dreamy/fieldrecording-y/acoustic action. i like it!

tylerw, Wednesday, 17 December 2014 21:45 (two years ago) Permalink

Neal there is also a USB model of the Blue Spark which is supposed to be great on acoustics

you say tomato/i say imago (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 18 December 2014 00:48 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah that's a great one. nice loose improv feel but you can tell they've got a good read on each other

global tetrahedron, Wednesday, 29 March 2017 18:03 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Vaccari is very pleasant-sounding.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Wednesday, 29 March 2017 23:44 (four weeks ago) Permalink

A friend of mine just released his solo debut: I think it's lovely (but I am obv not 'objective'). Would love to know what you think about it.

maarten, Thursday, 30 March 2017 10:46 (four weeks ago) Permalink

just listening to this for the first, time but 2 songs in this is quite nice thanks for sharing

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 30 March 2017 18:35 (four weeks ago) Permalink

the last song on this the 8 minute one is really amazing

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 30 March 2017 18:53 (four weeks ago) Permalink

yeah this is great

global tetrahedron, Thursday, 30 March 2017 19:09 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Enjoyed it.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Sunday, 2 April 2017 17:28 (three weeks ago) Permalink

ANother vote here - particularly the closing track.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Sunday, 2 April 2017 18:45 (three weeks ago) Permalink

From Drag City News (adjust your shades):


Fresh from conquering the West Coast, Six Organs of Admittance are about to embark on a massive tour of the middle and Eastern USA! In trio format with Elisa Ambrogio and Donovan Quinn (killer band alert!) flanking, Ben Chasny will surely have some tricks up his wizard sleeves beyond the normal six string madness that accompanies each and every Six Organs show. Get that finger out of your nose and make sure you get there, chappy, or forever miss out on a potentially life-affirming experience!

Speaking of wizards and illusion: just beyond this tour, an ace is truly hidden up the 6OOA sleeve - Master Chasny has been commissioned to score music and perform it for Things As They Are, a play written by David Todd which premieres in Cleveland, OH, at Reinberger Auditorium! Running from the 12th through the 28th of May, Things As They Are is a dramatic exploration into the life and work of poet Wallace Stevens, including licensed works written by Stevens himself. Combining multimedia projections, commedia dell'arte, and movement into an incredible portrait of Stevens' life and work, it should make any thinking person with even partial lobe intact all set to drive, fly or run for the city of Cleveland! Remember, Wallace Stevens has always been a source of inspiration for Ben, and on the new Six Organs of Admittance album, Burning The Threshold, the influence is tangible: the opening track is also called "Things As They Are," and it's naturally about Wallace Stevens!

But that's not all! The tour's set and so is the play, but Six Organs of Admittance have also just announced two freebies for the record consuming public. On Monday, March 27th, Six Organs play a free instore at Grimey's in Nashville. Then on Thursday, April 13th, another free in-store at Reverberation Records in Bloomington! Pick your flower, this spring is blooming Six Organs of Admittance at an all time high!


03/25/17 Sat in Knoxville, TN at Big Ears Festival
03/27/17 Mon in Nashville, TN at Grimey's
03/28/17 Tue in Atlanta, GA at The Earl
03/29/17 Wed in Asheville, NC at Mothlight
03/30/17 Thu in Raleigh, NC at Kings
03/31/17 Fri in Washington, DC at DC9
04/01/17 Sat in Brooklyn, NY at Union Pool
04/02/17 Sun in Boston, MA at Great Scott
04/03/17 Mon in Portland, ME at Space Gallery
04/05/17 Wed in Philadelphia, PA at Johnny Brenda's
04/06/17 Thu in Pittsburgh, PA at Club Cafe
04/07/17 Fri in Cleveland, OH at Beachland Tavern
04/08/17 Sat in Detroit, MI at Third Man Records
04/09/17 Sun in Chicago, IL at Empty Bottle
04/10/17 Mon in Minneapolis, MN at 7th St. Entry
04/12/17 Wed in Milwaukee, WI at Collectivo Coffee
04/13/17 Thurs in Bloomington, IN at Reverberation Vinyl
04/14/17 Fri in St. Louis, MO at Duck Room at Blueberry Hill
04/15/17 Sat in Louisville, KY at Zanzabar

dow, Wednesday, 5 April 2017 01:06 (three weeks ago) Permalink

just saw that Suni McGrath passed away -- his Cornflower Suite is a great early guitar soli LP:

tylerw, Thursday, 6 April 2017 14:41 (three weeks ago) Permalink

dangit i'm leaving town the day before 6OA

not familiar w/McGrath will check out, always bummed when i learn of people as they pass away which seems to have happened too much lately

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 6 April 2017 14:45 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I might become a Suni McGrath truther and suggest that it's another pseudonym for The Representative from Corwood Industries

this is great btw

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 6 April 2017 18:55 (three weeks ago) Permalink

haha yeah, the resemblance is striking. i don't think i've heard his two 70s records, not sure why none of them have been reissued. he put out an album a few years back that was pretty solid.

tylerw, Thursday, 6 April 2017 19:23 (three weeks ago) Permalink

^ All three of those early records were put out by Adelphi Records and its been suggested before that Gene has no intention of re-releasing them. Such a shame; Cornflower Suite was one of those records you would stumble across in the late 00's on one of those rar/zip/folk/exp blogspots, it's a really good record and something to defiantly check out if you haven't yet! If you made a definitive top ten Takoma/60s/70s list, it would be on there.

Neal Cassady, Saturday, 8 April 2017 02:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

a friend passed along this 1975 lp over the weekend, and I was digging it -- very Kottke-inspired jams, some great 12-string / pedal steel action. Seems to be grabbable for cheap:

tylerw, Monday, 10 April 2017 15:17 (two weeks ago) Permalink

hey this is a good treatise on guitar playing
i wonder if the guitar player is running down the hill, does that mean the rhythm section is the hill? idk but i liked it

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 10 April 2017 17:16 (two weeks ago) Permalink

great piece. don't see why the rhythm section couldn't also be running down the hill

global tetrahedron, Monday, 10 April 2017 18:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

it's hard to run down a hill and hold hands, which is i guess where the challenge lies when you have a rhythm section?! you have to move in the same direction at the same pace, or at least a mutually complementary way. i like the weaving analogy too. his teaching philosophy is solid imo!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 10 April 2017 18:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

the rhythm section is gravity

a (waterface), Monday, 10 April 2017 18:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i like that

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 10 April 2017 18:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Digging this. Apparently the album goes in a bunch of directions, but I definitely like the array of moves on this one (solo acoustic shifting between knotted/"out" and melodic passages):

grandavis, Tuesday, 11 April 2017 14:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

oh thanks for the reminder -- been meaning to check this one out.

tylerw, Tuesday, 11 April 2017 15:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

oh and hey, i just ordered that great gimmer nicholson LP via light in the attic's spring sale -- 50% off! just had the mp3s previously since the physical version was weirdly overpriced.

tylerw, Tuesday, 11 April 2017 15:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink

That's a good sale. Lots of cool stuff there. I recommend the Bobby Charles and Willie Thrasher LPs, for starters - those are no-brainers at that price if you don't have 'em already (ditto Gimmer). I love that Songs From Suicide Bridge LP but it's probably not for everybody...

Wimmels, Tuesday, 11 April 2017 17:43 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yeah, some good deals on some good records -- i also got that vega / chilton / vaughn live double LP, which is pretty killer. $9!

tylerw, Tuesday, 11 April 2017 18:42 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Oh, I've been following Arn on Soundcloud for a little while. Intrigued that there's a new album.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Tuesday, 11 April 2017 22:24 (two weeks ago) Permalink

looks cool, thanks!
checked out the Arn record, and you're correct, grandavis --extremely eclectic approach, but pretty much all of it is very good. the throat singing took me by surprise, haha.

tylerw, Thursday, 13 April 2017 14:44 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Is ian lurking around here?

Evan, Thursday, 13 April 2017 18:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Anyone want a ticket to Michael Hurley tonight at Union Pool? My wife got sick so I'm going solo

Evan, Thursday, 13 April 2017 22:11 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Me and a friend had great interview/talk with Michael Chapman and Steve Gunn earlier this week: Michael Chapman on working with Gunn and Nathan Bowles, how fond he is of Paradise of Bachelors, writing songs like Walker Evans' photographs, the famous fish story and working with Lucinda William as a dream coming true. Gunn on working with Chapman and a very nerdy 5 min talk on how to start fingerpicking (incl Stefan Grossman, John Fahey lessons on VHS,...).

Together with some fragments of their acoustic solo-sets that night right in the beginning of this radio show:

maarten, Saturday, 15 April 2017 17:35 (one week ago) Permalink

saw the first ever show by my new fave power trio the other night. rob and john (bass and drums) from sunburned and willie lane on guitar. instrumental electric jams for crazy horse fans. if they ever decide to play out of town go see them. so much fun.

scott seward, Saturday, 15 April 2017 21:56 (one week ago) Permalink

that's quite a lineup. Hope they record!

Wimmels, Saturday, 15 April 2017 22:35 (one week ago) Permalink

Anybody pick up that new Tom Armstrong reissue on Tompkins Square? Bought it but it hasn't arrived yet. Looking forward to it

Wimmels, Saturday, 15 April 2017 22:36 (one week ago) Permalink

Gah skot u might have described my in theory favorite band.

Alan Sparhawk from Low has a Neil & Crazy Horse cover band called Tired Eyes with these brothers the Glen & Rich Matson who have been around forever, Rich in Glenrustles and Ol' Yeller and Glen was once married to Kat from Babes and in his post Babes band Katastrophy Wife.

They were insane when I saw them

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 16 April 2017 12:23 (one week ago) Permalink

Listening to Armstrong on Soundcloud now, via the new link on Tompkins Square thread---nice, but no surprises so far. Oh speaking posting as I was re Drag City news, this just in:


Sir Richard Bishop and his transcendental guitar are at it once again! Since the early days of Sun City Girls through 2015's critically acclaimed Tangier Sessions,
Sir Rick's virtuosic playing and influences have led him all over the world - but we're happy to say, that beginning early next month Rick will be performing stateside for an impressive 21 dates! Traveling from the west coast to the south, to the east coast to the Midwest and back again, Bishop's surely making a stop nearby your humble abode!
Armed with an electric guitar this time, Sir Richard Bishop will be performing various songs from his storied career with his renowned prowess and mastery of the instrument. Don't miss out on your chance to see a divine sorcerer at work, get to the dates below!


5/1/17 at Gold Lion Arts in Sacramento, CA
5/2/17 at The Lost Church in San Francisco, CA
5/4/17 at Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles, CA*
5/5/17 at 191 Toole in Tuscon, AZ*
5/8/17 at Hotel Vegas in Austin, TX*
5/9/17 at Siberia in New Orleans, LA*
5/10/17 at Syndicate Lounge in Birmingham, AL*
5/11/17 at The High Watt in Nashville, TN*
5/13/17 at The Mothlight in Asheville, NC*
5/14/17 at The Camel in Richmond, VA*
5/15/17 at The Ottobar in Baltimore, MD*
5/16/17 at First Unitarian Side Chapel in Philadelphia, PA*
5/17/17 at Park Church Co-op in Brooklyn, NY*
5/18/17 at Flywheel in Easthampton, MA *
5/19/17 at The Dock in Ithaca, NY
5/20/17 at Array Music in Toronto, Ontario, Canada*
5/21/17 at El Club in Detroit, MI *
5/22/17 at Schuba's Tavern in Chicago, IL*
5/23/17 at 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis, MN*
5/26/17 at The Bartlett in Spokane, WA*
5/27/17 at Sunset Tavern in Seattle, WA*

*w/ Robert Millis

dow, Monday, 17 April 2017 19:51 (one week ago) Permalink

*w/ Robert Millis


Wimmels, Monday, 17 April 2017 20:28 (one week ago) Permalink

Anybody pick up that new Tom Armstrong reissue on Tompkins Square?
yeah it's great -- definitely not yr run of the mill takoma school kind of thing. pretty eccentric overall approach, but everything sounds nice to my ears.
speaking of sir richard, just listened to this pretty interesting podcast with him (mostly about his bookselling/collecting pursuits):

tylerw, Monday, 17 April 2017 22:15 (one week ago) Permalink



"guitar king” —The FADER

“Jim is a great guitarist and a tremendous, empathetic listener.” – Richard Thompson

James Elkington announces his debut solo record, Wintres Woma, out June 30th via Paradise of Bachelors, and shares the video for lead single, “Make It Up,” directed by Timothy J Harris. Taking off at breakneck speed, "Make It Up" is propelled by the snaking rhythm section as Elkington pointedly recounts the time he almost crashed his car trying to get to a séance on time (mostly fiction).

Elkington (an Englishman living in Chicago) is an inveterate collaborator who has toured, recorded, and/or collaborated with Jeff Tweedy, Richard Thompson, Steve Gunn, Joan Shelley and most recently Tortoise, amongst others. His assured debut, Wintres Woma—Old English for “the sound of winter” — draws from British folk, avant-rock, and jazz traditions alike. Recorded at Wilco’s Loft, it’s baroquely detailed and beautifully constructed, featuring both his baritone vocals and some of Chicago’s finest musicians.

Somewhere around 2011, Elkington stopped writing songs. He had been the leader of a band called The Zincs; a partner in a band called The Horse’s Ha; and had released an album of guitar duets with Nathan Salsburg, but the question of what he was going to do next loomed large. After a few years of playing in other people’s bands, Elkington found that contributing his energies to the music of others had revived the energy for his own. Part of that renewed creative vitality came from exploring the acoustic guitar in a new tuning, by working to hone his guitar skills and lyrical techniques in the downtime between tours, and by investigating his own musical heritage, which informed both his outlook and output in a profound way.

The resulting album at times conjures Kevin Ayers delivering a Dylan Thompson poem over a Bert Jansch song, all the while speaking in Elkington’s singular voice. The title, Wintres Woma, resonates in the icy limpidity of the arrangements, the snowy tumble of guitars and strings, and with Elkington’s gnawing consideration of how much cultural upbringing can bring to bear on one’s own creativity. Many of the album’s lyrics contend with the continuing strangeness of living in a different country. “For the most part it’s very liberating, but England is old, and there is a weird energy that comes from that country, an energy that doesn’t seem to feel the same in America. It took me moving away from home to feel it at all. I was so used to it that I didn’t know I was feeling it until I didn’t feel it anymore.”

Wintres Woma was recorded in five days with engineer Mark Greenberg. Elkington played and arranged all the instruments, with the exception of upright bass from Nick Macri, percussion from Tim Daisy, and string performances from Macie Stewart and Tomeka Reid, all veterans of Chicago’s collaborative improvised music milieu.

Wintres Woma Tracklisting:
01. Make It Up
02. Hollow In Your House
03. Wading the Vapors
04. Grief Is Not Coming
05. When I Am Slow
06. The Parting Glass
07. The Hermit Census
08. Greatness Yet to Come
09. Sister of Mine
10. My Trade in Sun Tears
11. Any Afternoon

James Elkington Tour Dates:
Thu. July 27 - Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room w/ Steve Gunn, Heron Oblivion
Sun. July 30 - San Diego, CA @ The Space Bar w/ Steve Gunn, Heron Oblivion
Fri. Aug. 4 - Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern w/ Steve Gunn

dow, Tuesday, 18 April 2017 16:21 (one week ago) Permalink

i did not know elkington was english!

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 18 April 2017 16:56 (one week ago) Permalink

Haha yeah I was surprised when I heard him speak on his tour with Nathan.

Evan, Tuesday, 18 April 2017 17:48 (one week ago) Permalink

Dig this tune. One of my favorite contemporary guitar players (along with Salsburg, actually). Record should be good.

Wimmels, Tuesday, 18 April 2017 18:02 (one week ago) Permalink

yeah, this sounds very good — and a pull quote from richard thompson!
i liked that zincs record, i'll have to dig it out again ...

tylerw, Tuesday, 18 April 2017 18:07 (one week ago) Permalink

Horse's Ha were way underrated too imo

Wimmels, Tuesday, 18 April 2017 19:44 (one week ago) Permalink

New song by House and Land, incl. Sarah Louise:

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Wednesday, 19 April 2017 00:45 (one week ago) Permalink

Other House and Land-er is Sally Ann Morgan from the Black Twig Pickers! Excited for this.

grandavis, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 01:46 (one week ago) Permalink

ohhh yeah

sleeve, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 02:05 (one week ago) Permalink

a friend passed along this 1975 lp over the weekend, and I was digging it -- very Kottke-inspired jams, some great 12-string / pedal steel action. Seems to be grabbable for cheap:

― tylerw, Monday, April 10, 2017 11:17 AM (one week ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

wholeheartedly second this recommendation. Though two songs with full band (including drums) break the spell somewhat (though if you're a fan of country boogie in the vein of Area Code 615 / William Tyler, these may hit you just right), the rest is great. Definitely Kottke-inspired, with most songs played on 12 string. The gorgeous title track alone is definitely worth hearing if you dig this sound (which, if you're on this thread, you probably do).

It's amazing how many great players from this period are still out there, never reissued, never anthologized, rarely discussed. This guy, from a technical standpoint, sounds as good Kottke was around the same time (Greenhouse, Ice Water, etc).

Wimmels, Friday, 21 April 2017 19:00 (six days ago) Permalink

yeah, it's a nice one -- and yeah, it's sometimes hard to tell why some players get underground buzz/reissues and some players don't. fine by me, though, glad not to have to pay silly amounts of cash for a record. here's another cheap one the same friend gave me. french guitar soli! with moebius cover art!

tylerw, Friday, 21 April 2017 19:09 (six days ago) Permalink

DOPE cover

Bobson Dugnutt (ulysses), Sunday, 23 April 2017 17:35 (four days ago) Permalink

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