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 (nine 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 (nine years ago) link

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

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

lol no worries there

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

Kee An

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

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

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

yes, exactly!

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

gamelan for guitar

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


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

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

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

coupla good tashi things over on the FMA:

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

shit i forgot about bikoff

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

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

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

oops sorry

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

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

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

(he opened for Magic Tuber at the show in the video just above)

alpine static, Thursday, 31 August 2023 09:46 (nine months ago) link

both of these are great

austin cash...c'mon buddy help me out here

Limited edition of 20 hi-fi lathe-cut records
Cut by Audio Geography Studios

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 31 August 2023 15:39 (nine months ago) link

one month passes...

Gwenifer Raymond did a last minute scheduled dc gig last night that I missed ( I was elsewhere watching a Sublime Frequencies doc from 2005 of Morocco street musicians, mostly oud players)

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 17 October 2023 22:20 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

I know it's not strictly the right thread for it (even if it feels spiritually correct) but damn the Prariewolf album is killer. Also love how RYM insists on labelling it as 'jazz'.

I would prefer not to. (Chinaski), Friday, 24 November 2023 16:15 (six months ago) link

missed this — thanks for checking prairiewolf out! getting going on the second album very soon. might even do some very light touring next year, haha.

has anyone mentioned the new Isasa record? I think everyone here would love it.

tylerw, Tuesday, 28 November 2023 21:26 (six months ago) link

also lol at "jazz band from Colorado" ... could anything be better?

tylerw, Tuesday, 28 November 2023 21:45 (six months ago) link

I saw him play at the 1000 Incarnations of the Rose festival, was really great

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 28 November 2023 21:59 (six months ago) link

Hey all, dipping in to share this compilation that Daniel Bachman and WarHen Records put together to help raise funds for the legal defense of folks opposing the MVP Pipeline. A ton of people that pop up in this thread, or might, are on it (Magic Tuber Stringband, Sally Ann Morgan, Nathan Bowles, Edsel Axel/Rosali Middleman, Jordan Perry, Daniel himself), along with a lot of other people from the area. I think it is pretty great and of course for a good cause:

Full disclosure: my band Grand Banks is on it too. I think we did a good job trying to find a way to make a 4 minute track, which is hard for a band that tends to go long hah hah.

grandavis, Friday, 1 December 2023 14:24 (six months ago) link

Also, great job on that Prairiewolf album Tyler, it is great. Was happy to see that pop up in quite a few places when it came out and have enjoyed listening to it quite a bit. Also Isasa is wonderful, I am glad I have gotten to see him play a couple of times.

grandavis, Friday, 1 December 2023 14:26 (six months ago) link

thanks, davis!

yeah, that comp is stellar ... a good chaser (with some artist crossover) is this one, too:

tylerw, Friday, 1 December 2023 15:45 (six months ago) link

Oh yeah, that looks great too! Always enjoy what Spinster gets up to, and some great people on that comp.

grandavis, Friday, 1 December 2023 16:55 (six months ago) link

hey grandavis!!

bachman got some nice real estate on pitchfork the other day

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 1 December 2023 16:59 (six months ago) link

Yeah, I hope everyone listens to that Bachman record, I think it is pretty great. Gets better every time I listen too, nice to see that review and hopefully there will be more to come.

My buddy Tyler who is the other half of Grand Banks actually plays some harmonium and bells on that record. Really cool to me that he and Daniel collaborate here and there.

grandavis, Friday, 1 December 2023 17:14 (six months ago) link

oh that new Bachman is lovely, thanks!

out-of-print LaserDisc edition (sleeve), Friday, 1 December 2023 22:39 (six months ago) link

This is a mate's new album. Broadly belongs in here, I think. At a conceptual level, it makes me think of Eddie Hazel; sonically, it's more Dean McPhee or Dylan Carlson. Great stuff.

It was all improvised on the day, with this setup.

I would prefer not to. (Chinaski), Friday, 8 December 2023 19:19 (six months ago) link

i really dig that!

bachman and now elkington getting prominently reviewed in pitchfork

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 8 December 2023 19:35 (six months ago) link

excited to hear what jim elkington is up to!

(severely overlooked figure imo — right on that pfork is giving him good marks. they were complete dicks to him in the zincs era)

she fell asleep with her hand around my throat (Austin), Saturday, 9 December 2023 01:14 (six months ago) link

the daniel bachman record is good

budo jeru, Saturday, 9 December 2023 01:48 (six months ago) link

it really is, I need to buy/DL it so I can listen without microgaps between the tracks, it's basically all one flowing thing

out-of-print LaserDisc edition (sleeve), Saturday, 9 December 2023 01:49 (six months ago) link

cannot believe it's been over 10 years since I saw him do an instore show for Seven Pines, fuck I'm old/how time flies/etc

out-of-print LaserDisc edition (sleeve), Saturday, 9 December 2023 01:51 (six months ago) link

is it more of the unpleasant noise thing he’s been doing? that last record was just not good listening

butt dumb tight my boners got boners (the table is the table), Sunday, 17 December 2023 20:52 (five months ago) link

Well, I liked that last record so maybe I am not the best person to ask, but in my mind the new Bachman is quite a bit more traditionally "listenable" than the last one. It uses similar methods regarding how the tracks are compiled/arranged but with I think a softer edge to the sound overall. I would give it a try if you care about his playing overall but it is certainly not a return to his straightforward guitar stuff. There are melodic passages though, and layers of him "playing" on it.

grandavis, Sunday, 17 December 2023 21:08 (five months ago) link

I enjoy his newer stuff but I guess I do have some mixed feelings because I felt like he was uniquely talented at fingerstyle stuff and while I think he is doing some creative stuff I don't know if he's as exceptional at that as he was as a player

but he's gotta do what he wants to do and I can understand how maybe am priv starts to feel repetitive after awhile (I myself am not really playing anymore for similar reasons)

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 17 December 2023 21:16 (five months ago) link

I mean he certainly could return to it at any point, he put this out early last year:

In my opinion his latest record succeeds at what it is doing very well, but I mean it is all relative. I just admire his ability to tie "place" and history and topical ideas into instrumental music in deeply personal ways. Maybe some people do one particular side of it better or are more accomplished at the technical aspects, but I find it really impressive how much he puts into this current one.

grandavis, Sunday, 17 December 2023 21:40 (five months ago) link

I took a little skip through the new one, it seems more my cup of tea— when last year's record came out and I read a description, i was hoping it would feel like the Sacred Harp stuff, but unlike the latter, I couldn't just have it come on in the car and want to enter into one seems more promising.

butt dumb tight my boners got boners (the table is the table), Monday, 18 December 2023 22:26 (five months ago) link

one month passes...

this seems relevant;

dead precedents (sleeve), Saturday, 27 January 2024 05:22 (four months ago) link

oh wow that looks interesting

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 27 January 2024 14:32 (four months ago) link

crossposting from the ambient thread, this is a 90-minute (!) tape of Arvo Part pieces transcribed for solo guitar, I find it bewitching

dead precedents (sleeve), Thursday, 1 February 2024 00:30 (four months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Latest Lake Mary is flat-out gorgeous:

I would prefer not to. (Chinaski), Monday, 26 February 2024 21:36 (three months ago) link

ohhhhh yeah. chaz is always pretty great — might be a little underrated.

tylerw, Monday, 26 February 2024 22:25 (three months ago) link

wow that's great, healing

corrs unplugged, Tuesday, 27 February 2024 09:57 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Seems to be the only thread in which Kayla Cohen has been mentioned before, so I'll throw it here - the new Itasca album is absolutely gorgeous, I love it.

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 15 March 2024 17:52 (two months ago) link

yes! one of the best of the year

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 15 March 2024 18:15 (two months ago) link

this Itasca record is beautiful, thanks for the recommendation

corrs unplugged, Tuesday, 26 March 2024 08:52 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

from Frag City News--adjust your shades accordingly:

Lee Underwood’s syncretic blend of jazz, folk, and blues was a tremendous force behind Tim Buckley’s genre-stretching late 60s/early 70s music — but his 1988 acoustic guitar opus, California Sigh, has remained a unsung footnote to his story. Until now! On June 28, Drag City is excited to present California Sigh, fully remastered for vinyl and digital platforms. With today’s announcement is the title track, “California Sigh”.
Lee Underwood is usually mentioned first as Tim Buckley’s stalwart and lead guitarist — inspiring, accompanying and being inspired by Buckley through the late 60s and early 70s — as well as the author of Blue Melody: Tim Buckley Remembered. If, like us, you ever wondered what became of that trippy picker from those Buckley records, then you too missed California Sigh when it first appeared in 1988: a self-released meditative cassette and a tranquil acoustic journey that was almost too ahead of its time. In the late 80s, Lee found himself increasingly interested in the psycho-spiritual, reading the works of Osho and Alan Watts and listening to New Age greats like Paul Winter, Steve Roach, and Brian Eno. California Sigh reflects these curiosities, along with the musical joys Underwood found surrounded in nature with the love of his life, Sonia Crespi. The two took frequent trips to the Southern Colorado mountains, enveloped in a soundscape of trickling streams, coyotes howling in the night, and the silence of stars — inspiring the serene pool of field recordings sprawling across California Sigh.

The lead single and title track, “California Sigh”, blows straight from those Southern Rockies. Strumming a cleansing spiritual path through a swirling gust of wind, Lee deploys crystalline figuration in a synth-swept landscape, ebbing and flowing with bold flourishes and picked harmonics as the song stirs. “California Sigh” reveals Lee’s free-floating acoustic moods, with synths from ambient avatar Steve Roach, as a soulful work of tranquility and transcendence.

California Sigh was co-produced by Lee Underwood and the aforementioned Steve Roach, a trailblazer in the New Age realm. The playing of Chas Smith and Kevin Braheny Fortune, on pedal steel and soprano sax respectively, lend additional colors to Lee’s music on several songs, but it is largely the soulful depth of Lee’s guitar figures, limned by Steve’s synthesizers, that elevate Lee’s lovely cycle of songs. California Sigh is “dedicated with love and respect” by Lee to his late wife, Sonia, whose warmth and inspiration shines through all the material.

Now, 35 years later, the air around the instruments and the full sonic impact of California Sigh — alternately gentle and mighty, like the natural world that inspired it — is magnified incomparably. Train your ears on the meditations of California Sigh come June 28, 2024!
Listen to title Track "California Sigh"
Lee Underwood

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dow, Wednesday, 15 May 2024 22:32 (four weeks ago) link

Sorry, *Drag* City News, not "Frag," since this ain't the Vietnam War.

dow, Wednesday, 15 May 2024 22:33 (four weeks ago) link

this sounds really promising! thanks for posting

reminds me a bit of george cromarty

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 16 May 2024 16:55 (four weeks ago) link

tangentially related to the thread but pedal steel player Chas Smith
who is on that California Sigh record, just passed away a couple days ago.
this is a good interview with him:

bryan, Thursday, 16 May 2024 17:53 (four weeks ago) link

Thanks! Pedal steel is still such a minority niche, but at least we've got Dave Easley, Susan Alcorn, Greg Liesz, and records like this.
More upcoming from Drag City


What might appear to be the most unlikely collaboration of 2024 proves also to be one of the most invigorating listens of the year! Shackleton & Six Organs of Admittance are in full aural/metaphysical alignment on Jinxed by Being: a no-brainer fusion of Shackleton’s bass heavy cosmic dread and Six Organs’ ritual folksong, out June 28.

Longtime listeners know that both Shackleton and Six Organs of Admittance have been unafraid to pursue their muse into any and all encroaching depth of darkness or outer boundary of potential dissonance. They also share that ol’ maverick psychedelic ritual transcendental music vibe, don’t they? And a fascination with repetition and cycles. And a mutual inspiration drawn from alternative tunings and literature… all this considered, it’s been basically inevitable that Ben Chasny and Sam Shackleton would work together. Jinxed by Being finds Shackleton & Six Organs of Admittance delighting in this synthesis, reveling in unique sonic textures, esoteric deliveries, and new reinventions. Sam’s vocals — a rare occurrence — find melody with Ben’s on several tracks; elsewhere on the record, drum samples by Chasny (recorded in Six Organs’ embryonic stage) are re-sequenced anew by Shackleton.

The first single, “Stages of Capitulation”, captures Shackleton & Six Organs of Admittance’s timely meeting in a marvelously organic playground of world beats, with acid guitar and deep bass oozing throughout. As they chant an arcane ritual, a widescreen stereo image of their exotic environs expands into a mix alive with details, flashing from left to right and back again. Chasny’s music video provides a potent incense to burn through the track’s seven-minute runtime


Against the categorization of perceived genre rather than intention, encounters like Shackleton & Six Organs of Admittance may never have found themselves sitting next to each other, beyond alphabets and other institutional organizing principles. Rearrange your libraries (vinyl and streaming, that is) on June 28, 2024 — or you might miss getting Jinxed by Being!

dow, Saturday, 18 May 2024 01:09 (three weeks ago) link

I’m seeing Gwenifer Raymond tonight at Public Records in NYC! Saving the new Daniel Bachman record for my drive down the 101 next week, thanks everyone for the recommendations.

toycrossbow, Wednesday, 29 May 2024 15:18 (two weeks ago) link

she's great live, have fun!

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 29 May 2024 15:20 (two weeks ago) link

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Friday items hang around all weekend and this weekend's item is Alasdair Roberts' Pangs! Following the acoustic austerity of his self-titled 2015 release, Alasdair’s applied himself to electric guitar and band once again for his ninth album, Pangs. While similarly broad in range, Pangs brings different forms of song-craft and modes of collaboration again.

dow, Saturday, 8 June 2024 20:45 (six days ago) link

Can also listen to some of it on bandcamp, along with tracks from his other DC releases:

dow, Saturday, 8 June 2024 20:52 (six days ago) link

Really enjoying the new Kevin Coleman album on Centripetal Force:

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 11 June 2024 16:14 (three days ago) link

Closing track on this is magnificent. Thanks for the heads-up.

Makes me weirdly think of East River Pipe (maybe I just mean 40 Miles).

I would prefer not to. (Chinaski), Tuesday, 11 June 2024 16:39 (three days ago) link

damn, yes it is.

alpine static, Tuesday, 11 June 2024 19:07 (three days ago) link

Glad to point some people to it! I think it's a great record and, yeah, that closer is just amazing.

Not sure if this is the thread where we talk about Myriam Gendron, but her new album is also fantastic. Might be my favorite of hers yet. A few tracks with Jim White and Marissa Anderson, plus a Zoh Amba appearance that works really well!

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 11 June 2024 19:23 (three days ago) link

Kevin's playing is really great sounding, thanks for sharing. A long, long time ago I think had one of those moments you see someone and wonder what kind of music they'll be putting out in ten years, it's good to see it a reality! I'm pretty sure I used to see him around at a lot of shows in the Fredericksburg area.

Neal Cassady, Tuesday, 11 June 2024 22:51 (three days ago) link

Was gonna put this on the Hipster Kisses (for long-lost ladies of thee canyon etc.), but might not be appropriate for this pilgrim lady:

On August 30, Drag City presents the first official reissue of Dorothy Carter’s 1976 debut album, her folk-music exegesis: Troubadour. It’s been 20 years since Dorothy’s passing — but thanks to last year’s reissue of her second album, Waillee Waillee (1978), and this edition of Troubadour, her music is surging forward ever more powerfully. Today’s announcement comes with a visualizer for the first single, “The King of Glory”, a hypnotic hymn hammered by Dorothy evoking western medieval music.

In her lifetime, Dorothy Carter, a self-made traveling musician and folklorist, brought forth masterful evocations on hammered dulcimer and psaltery from a myriad of times and places. Following a childhood spent around New England, Dorothy Carter traveled abroad for her higher education and found herself in Mexico during the late 1950s, intent on becoming a nun at the Cuernavaca monastery. Instead, she fell in with a group of expats including David Demby, his soon-to-be-wife Constance Demby (her moment of New Age musical breakthrough still three decades hence), and aspiring artist and musician Bob Rutman. In the early ’70s, this bunch would together form Central Maine Power Company: a troupe of almost feral improvisers playing on a combination of self-made and found instruments, with live video feedback to boot, performing across the Northeast at planetariums and even MoMA.

Dorothy had been playing music for decades by this point, but it wasn’t until 1976 that she’d record any of it. That year, she went to Cambridge’s Studio B with Rutman and friend Steve Baer at the console, with Constance and Sally Hilmer accompanying her. The performances captured there were released later that year as Troubadour: a record where, in addition to hammered dulcimer and psaltery, Dorothy played the flute and sang. She chose songs from all over: Appalachian folk tunes (“Shirt of Lace”), old and ancient psalms and hymns, Scottish, Irish, French and Israeli melodies (“The King Of Glory”), with a few of her own songs for good measure (“Masquerade”). They all flow together effortlessly under Dorothy and friends’ hands in a syncretic space that we can identify today as a garden of world musics — a highly energized, alternately meditative and proselytic recital whose vitality has only burgeoned in the decades since it appeared. As it should be: the music of Dorothy Carter is akin to a portal, linking her and us with the eternal.

The mythos and arcana Dorothy Carter pursued in relative obscurity is now inspiring an audience larger than she ever knew — and now, a long-held family dream comes true with this reissue of Troubadour, out August 30, 2024. The vinyl edition reproduces the original album package, adding an insert adorned with additional photos of Dorothy and her collection of instruments, as well as notes from reissue producer Eric Demby exploring the era—his childhood—from a vantage point of some 50 years. After all: wherever his parents David and Constance took the family, there too was Dorothy, as she lived and breathed, playing her hammered dulcimer.
Dorothy Carter

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