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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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

global tetrahedron, Saturday, 13 December 2014 20:36 (seven years ago) link

lol no worries there

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

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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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

vigetable (La Lechera), Monday, 15 December 2014 15:20 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

Kee An

tylerw, Monday, 15 December 2014 15:26 (seven years ago) link

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

tylerw, Monday, 15 December 2014 15:27 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

yes, exactly!

tylerw, Monday, 15 December 2014 15:34 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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

Neal Cassady, Monday, 15 December 2014 22:28 (seven years ago) link

gamelan for guitar

Neal Cassady, Monday, 15 December 2014 22:31 (seven years ago) link


global tetrahedron, Monday, 15 December 2014 22:33 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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

ogmor, Tuesday, 16 December 2014 15:19 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

coupla good tashi things over on the FMA:

tylerw, Tuesday, 16 December 2014 16:02 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

shit i forgot about bikoff

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

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 (seven years ago) link

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

tylerw, Tuesday, 16 December 2014 16:20 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

oops sorry

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

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

grandavis, Tuesday, 16 December 2014 17:26 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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

Neal Cassady, Tuesday, 16 December 2014 22:05 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

Look forward to checking this stuff out

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

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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

A few songs in and it's completely spellbinding.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Friday, 8 October 2021 16:06 (seven months ago) link

Feeding Tube is a little weird — they don't put everything up on Bandcamp (the label releases a *lot* of records), but sometimes the artists themselves will put it up elsewhere on BC.

― tylerw, Friday, October 8, 2021 9:39 AM (five hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

i want to know the 'story' with feeding tube, i know byron runs it, but i feel like there has to be some rich guy's passion money behind it. vinyl is already prohibitive to produce, let alone at the scale they do

global tetrahedron, Friday, 8 October 2021 21:04 (seven months ago) link

it is pretty wild — basically an LP a week! I think the co-founder Ted Lee has sort of deep pockets from something, but I don't really know the details.

tylerw, Friday, 8 October 2021 21:14 (seven months ago) link

The first listen to the new one really caught me off guard, because Not So Deep as a Well was a record that grabbed me immediately, and I think the length and breadth of this one was a bit overwhelming at first, but there's enough interesting stuff going on that it keeps compelling me to go back to it.

― cwkiii, Friday, 8 October 2021 03:02 (eighteen hours ago) link

It def took a few spins for the new one to sink in but I played it the other night and it really clicked.

Feeding Tube deserves a Nobel Prize for doing the Spielgusher 2xlp

chr1sb3singer, Friday, 8 October 2021 21:24 (seven months ago) link

haha yeah

this feeding tube 2021 release fits in here, can't remember if it's been mentioned here:

tylerw, Friday, 8 October 2021 21:30 (seven months ago) link

and similarly, the new Rolin / Powers / Gerycz is excellent:

alpine static, Friday, 8 October 2021 22:28 (seven months ago) link

yes, big fan of the Powers/Rolin/Gerycz axis and all of their releases

Communist Hockey Goblin (sleeve), Saturday, 9 October 2021 16:23 (seven months ago) link

What in the Natural World is really nice!

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Monday, 11 October 2021 19:10 (seven months ago) link

Isn't it gorgeous?! I'm a sucker for that open, ringing Tele sound.

Speaking of gorgeous, the Gendron album is a stunner.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Sunday, 17 October 2021 18:13 (seven months ago) link

the band global and i are in got to open for william tyler and marisa anderson last night in st. paul.

what an amazing show, you must go see them. did the excellent new duo album and also a cool arrangement/melody of dvorak/stephen foster melodies

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 20 October 2021 21:23 (six months ago) link

Congrats that's so cool!

Evan, Wednesday, 20 October 2021 21:26 (six months ago) link

yeah was an honor, and they were super nice and cool to us (not unexpected but still always nice when it's people you admire)

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 20 October 2021 21:28 (six months ago) link

near as I can tell, William T. is one of the nicest dudes out there doin' it.

alpine static, Wednesday, 20 October 2021 23:23 (six months ago) link

Marisa is the best as well, having met her several times. great people.

Communist Hockey Goblin (sleeve), Thursday, 21 October 2021 00:37 (six months ago) link

They were both really nice and polite with the sound guy and everyone that worked there which is a big tell on what a person is like imo

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 21 October 2021 02:32 (six months ago) link

extremely otm

Communist Hockey Goblin (sleeve), Thursday, 21 October 2021 03:15 (six months ago) link

That's so cool. Congrats!

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Thursday, 21 October 2021 08:23 (six months ago) link

V cool! Does your band have anything recorded?

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Thursday, 21 October 2021 12:17 (six months ago) link

Not really anything that's ready at this point, we did some multitrack recording in the basement pre COVID but haven't been mastered

this show was recorded on reel to reel but not digitized yet

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 21 October 2021 16:00 (six months ago) link

This was p cool:

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Thursday, 28 October 2021 12:44 (six months ago) link

i missed her live in my area a few weeks back and now i wish i hadn't.

i liked but didn't love the album, but that video was lovely and i want to support her regardless of how much i like the music. (plus, i think it's growing on me. or maybe i'm just fuckin' stressed and need it right now.)

alpine static, Thursday, 28 October 2021 17:18 (six months ago) link

two weeks pass...

This was shared on Reddit within the past day or so:

Jack Rose - Live at Routure, Portland, OR (2007)

It looks like the label/mastering studio Sound-O-Mat is going to also be reissuing two other Jack recordings that have been listed on Discogs for years but never really saw a pressing of more than a dozen or so CDRs at the time of release. This includes the 2001 "Portland, OR" CDR that has been mis-titled on Wiki and elsewhere as "Hung Far Low", as well as the 2003 Ironto, VA CDR. Gonna follow their IG @sound_o_mat to keep up with what's to come.

Neal Cassady, Wednesday, 17 November 2021 05:47 (six months ago) link

And by "reissuing", Sound-O-Mat means that they'll be put up as a free download, like the Routure recording above.

Neal Cassady, Wednesday, 17 November 2021 05:49 (six months ago) link

Hey everyone, hope all is well out there. Here is something I came across late last night, while stressed out as ever. It's not strictly in the soli guitar canon but rather rooted in our shared collective side quest for all things acoustic drone with rural tendencies. The sort of band that would share a bill with a late aughts solo guitar player. It's a New England type record, both physically and sonically, and in the vein of the kind of stuff I fell in love with over ten years ago. It's great stuff, and maintains the idea that you can still turn out unique work within this area. The best music is new music, as always.

Neal Cassady, Wednesday, 1 December 2021 02:51 (five months ago) link

Hi Neal, plz check the Brightblack Morning Light thread :)

chaos goblin line cook (sleeve), Wednesday, 1 December 2021 04:10 (five months ago) link

This is lovely, Neal Cassady, thanks for the heads-up. Reminds me of Scott Tuma (catnip to me, basically) and the Dead Tongues record from a couple of years back, albeit at about three steps of abstraction. Not surprised to see Andrew Weathers' name in the small print.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Wednesday, 1 December 2021 10:46 (five months ago) link

yeah this is nice on a frosty MN morning

global tetrahedron, Wednesday, 1 December 2021 15:41 (five months ago) link

think i can hear some e-bow on the acoustic + a slide to fret? that's a great trick to get some pretty crazy noises from an acoustic guitar. it can feedback and make all kinds of microtones

global tetrahedron, Wednesday, 1 December 2021 15:47 (five months ago) link

hey neal! thanks for sharing

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 1 December 2021 16:23 (five months ago) link

one month passes...

does anyone know how ignatz records his guitar? it's so dry yet psychedelic, i find it very compelling... is it just an amp DI'd to a tape four track?

global tetrahedron, Friday, 21 January 2022 15:22 (three months ago) link

Love Jake Fussell's music, but does he not write at all? No shame in that, just curious. If he has released originals, I've missed them.

alpine static, Monday, 24 January 2022 18:59 (three months ago) link

ah shit, i see the new one has some. never mind!

alpine static, Monday, 24 January 2022 19:02 (three months ago) link

the originals on the new one are instrumentals (and fit very nicely in this thread, I think)

tylerw, Monday, 24 January 2022 19:08 (three months ago) link

Hey all, been a while. Took a long break from ILM but just hear to say that that Old Saw "Country Tropics" record is indeed really nice (got it a while back). Henry Birdsey, who is in the band, works a lot with just intonation tunings etc., so that might be why some of the microtonal action is apparent on it (as suggested by global above). He has a duo called Tongue Depressor with Zack Rowden (member of Crazy Doberman and guy who gets up to a lot of stuff generally) that has some really good stuff too, really grainy string-based drone on various instruments. Good folks to check in with if you like that kind of thing.

grandavis, Wednesday, 26 January 2022 03:08 (three months ago) link

hey grandavis! good to see you

thanks for the recommendation will check old saw out

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 26 January 2022 03:29 (three months ago) link

Hey UMS! Neal is the one who originally made the recommendation (the link is just a little up the thread) but I definitely second it. I have a couple of friends who ended up in New Haven, where Birdsey definitely worked out of for at least a little while, so have been following related activities for a bit. Nice to see them keep rolling out good records.

grandavis, Wednesday, 26 January 2022 03:35 (three months ago) link

cool I don't know much about it will have to check

hope you are healthy and doing well

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 26 January 2022 03:58 (three months ago) link

hey grandavis! yeah same, wishing you the best

bad milk blood robot (sleeve), Wednesday, 26 January 2022 05:07 (three months ago) link

Awww thanks Sleeve and UMS. I am doing alright all things considered, hope you are as well. Just been spending less time online if I can, and ILM was one of the things that took a hit. Always a fan of this thread and those of you who check in here of course.

grandavis, Wednesday, 26 January 2022 16:18 (three months ago) link

hello grandavis!

been digging Old Saw as well — definitely in the Pelt zone, but with some differences too.

More of that Jack Rose rarity stuff has dropped — all pretty great:

tylerw, Wednesday, 26 January 2022 17:16 (three months ago) link

and though most of this is probably familiar to y'all, I'll just leave it here:

tylerw, Wednesday, 26 January 2022 17:17 (three months ago) link

Oh cool, that is a good list. A couple of things for sure I haven't checked out yet.

grandavis, Wednesday, 26 January 2022 17:22 (three months ago) link

Old Saw album sounds v nice.

The sensual shock (Sund4r), Friday, 28 January 2022 17:24 (three months ago) link

three months pass...

Mary Lattimore & Paul Sukeena

West Kensington

Three Lobed Recordings

20 May 2022

It is shocking what your mind will choose to forget. Almost always it needs a tear, a clean dash, a straight passage into what you’ve already known. Looking back, West Kensington has achieved that very goal: creating a landscape for memory, an imprint of that horizon, suspended in the cosmos.

I heard it in real-time, percolating against our shared apartment wall. The assembly of sounds was a comfort; a welcome change during what felt like a fresh era entirely. Like the comets we see every so often, it’s the streak of some long-ago awe that we try to comprehend. So much space, so much reach and so far; so much weight hanging in the dark sky. And the reasons we missed the comet – and why – become the moments we remember most.

Welcome to The Unknown. “Hundred Dollar Hoagie” is a slap across the face, our new normal. The weight of Lattimore’s harp is our hull, her tones steadying the ship’s course. Sukeena’s guitar is our intrepid guide, as terrified as us. All at once, the things that seem so familiar, appear so far away. The mid-record swells for “Didn’t See The Comet” like a hall pass for a coastal drive. The chimes in “Flaming Cherries Jubilee at Antoine’s” tell us it’s going to be OK. Permission to land has been granted. The ambient noise dissipates and like a futuristic prelude to Koyaanisqatsi, the chords of the harp conjure a feeling of togetherness and intentional greeting resembling Philip Glass after loads of red wine. These are the tiny holes in the dark.

…Time as a constellation.

A constellation is only recognized when its stars are aligned: those bright spots, seemingly neighbors beside each other, yet billions of miles apart. The matrix of light is abstracted and creates a new name. What if our memories did the same? Our stained fingertips made stained fingerprints on our foreheads from the garage wine we made together. The cosmic blue-tipped crest of the waves on that warm night, all aglow but not for us. Our memories as gas giants, fleeting supernovas that when glared at, only become more intense and abstract.

In “Altar of Tammy”, the sky sinks to indigo and we know there will be another one of these days. Sukeena lets his guitar drone…reminding us of this truth. Like a forced smile, Lattimore swings her notes where our hearts want to go: there can’t only be darkness – there can’t only be smoke. We can’t be the only ones in this expanse, gaze fixed. There is an absence of ‘noise’ here, aside from the click of a pedal. Where did we go in 2020? What did we do? Why did we cry together, on the porch, looking out? On the days we couldn’t go outside, West Kensington is proof there was music created and it felt like something real; and the jacaranda tree had a soundtrack to drop its leaves to.

…Things had better work here, because here is where we run out of space.

As we reach the end of the journey, “Garage Wine” arrives. Here is a glimpse of hope and a nod to the freedom we never saw coming. We traveled so far and have reached the edge only to realize that there was never a map. We were only using our gestures as directional guides, our hands moving toward one another in hi def. Using these earthly makings of strings and tubes, West Kensington takes us to that cosmic latitude of memory, and the ride is a healing one. As it goes with the passing comet, the songs are a reminder that we are here, making those vibrations into nothingness together. And it is brilliant.

Nicky Devine

January 2022

If you have any questions, contact nathan at

dow, Monday, 2 May 2022 18:02 (two weeks ago) link

Saw Glenn Jones play last month. My wife thought he was great (I thought he was pleasant enough). Opener Jordan Perry was more jazzy

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 3 May 2022 20:14 (two weeks ago) link

Great stuff

Evan, Friday, 6 May 2022 16:44 (one week ago) link

I haven't even seen the movie but that album is really good! Reminds me of Frisell.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Friday, 13 May 2022 16:33 (five days ago) link

I don't know if he completely fits in with this thread, but I've been blow away by the Duncan Marquiss (formerly of the Phantom Band) solo album, sort of like Bert Jansch gone Popol Vuh.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 17 May 2022 16:28 (yesterday) link

yeah that record is fantastic — definitely has some Bad Timing moments.

tylerw, Tuesday, 17 May 2022 16:42 (yesterday) link

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