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Think this guy was recommended to me somewhere on ILM, but can't find a thread for him. Really amazing, I've fallen pretty hard for his stuff.
This is being reissued next year by Light in the Attic
http://lightintheattic.net/system/wordpress_uploads/2011/11/MichaelChapmanRainmaker1.jpg

tylerw, Friday, 18 November 2011 22:18 (nine years ago) link

love that 'Survivor' lp w/ Mick Ronson

nerve_pylon, Friday, 18 November 2011 22:25 (nine years ago) link

don't know that one! i just have the fully qualified survivor record (which LITA also reissued), rainmaker and the Trainsongs comp of guitar instrumentals... MIck Ronson, eh?

tylerw, Friday, 18 November 2011 22:27 (nine years ago) link

huh don't know this guy! what's his deal?

the 500 gats of bartholomew thuggins (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 18 November 2011 22:28 (nine years ago) link

oh durr, survivor is what you meant xp, nevermind!

tylerw, Friday, 18 November 2011 22:29 (nine years ago) link

he's a britfolk singer songwriter guy, had some records on Harvest in the late 60s / early 70s. dunno, i guess John Martyn is a fair comparison, though he's got his own thing happening? i'm pretty new to him too, but would really recommend the fully qualified survivor record
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thAiCw5kAvU

tylerw, Friday, 18 November 2011 22:32 (nine years ago) link

this one is great too
http://soundcloud.com/lightintheatticrecords/michael-chapman-you-say/s-ZUENn
he's had kind of a resurgence, he plays mostly instrumental now, opened for Bill Callahan this year I think.

tylerw, Friday, 18 November 2011 22:34 (nine years ago) link

The record he put out this year on Ecstatic Peace called The Resurrection and Revenge of the Clayton Peacock got a great review in the Wire. Haven't managed to hear it yet, but it sounds pretty wild. Tyler will obviously spot the Fahey reference in the title there, I'm sure.

next thing she's shaving my skrillex (NickB), Friday, 18 November 2011 23:04 (nine years ago) link

Ah, a copy of that review here:

http://www.michaelchapman.co.uk/cd.htm

next thing she's shaving my skrillex (NickB), Friday, 18 November 2011 23:05 (nine years ago) link

yeah, one of the songs on Trainsongs is "Fahey's Flag" so obviously he's come under the spell of all things Takoma.

tylerw, Friday, 18 November 2011 23:07 (nine years ago) link

Trainsongs is great, but it's the only album I've ever got round to listening to.

next thing she's shaving my skrillex (NickB), Friday, 18 November 2011 23:08 (nine years ago) link

michael is awesome.
he played on my radio show earlier this year.
he is always a great guy to hang out with, he has a lot of good stories about them old folkie days.

one dis leads to another (ian), Saturday, 19 November 2011 02:09 (nine years ago) link

Fully Qualified Survivor is awesome, like a lost early Bowie album sometimes, but also its own thing.

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Saturday, 19 November 2011 03:27 (nine years ago) link

i like Rainmaker even more, to be honest.

one dis leads to another (ian), Saturday, 19 November 2011 03:35 (nine years ago) link

when it gets reissued I'll buy it!

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Saturday, 19 November 2011 03:41 (nine years ago) link

one month passes...

Rainmaker reissue should be out soon according to my sales guy @ light in the attic.

one dis leads to another (ian), Thursday, 5 January 2012 00:07 (nine years ago) link

Rainmaker/ Fully Qualified Survivor two-fer is still around on BGO Records, too, I think. And a nice pair it is as well.

t**t, Thursday, 5 January 2012 16:32 (nine years ago) link

Can't remember where I read it but it looks like his noisy last one - Clayton Peacock - is going to get a proper release this year on Blast First Petite. Think it was in the Wire's 2011 top ten?

Rapper rejoins fat man's co-op (NickB), Monday, 9 January 2012 18:07 (nine years ago) link

Oh wait, it was mentioned in this Dean McPhee interview:

http://thequietus.com/articles/07659-dean-mcphee-interview

Rapper rejoins fat man's co-op (NickB), Monday, 9 January 2012 18:09 (nine years ago) link

two months pass...

Maybe a little OT, but heck, he plays with Chapman and I can't think of anywhere else much to put this so: I've been listening to that Dean McPhee album (Son of the Black Peace) quite a bit recently and it's a really good record. It's all beautifully-played improvised solo electric guitar fingerpicking which is obviously going to remind you of Loren Connors and late period John Fahey, but I think it stands on its own two feet. Quite sombre and lyrical but not as bluesy as Connors and a bit more straightfoward than I remind Womblife etc being. Was just out walking in the fields with it on my headphones and it sounded perfect.

Valéry Giscard d'Staind (NickB), Friday, 23 March 2012 14:14 (nine years ago) link

that's nice, thanks for posting. what has he done w/ chapman?
still loving rainmaker, a great great record.

tylerw, Friday, 23 March 2012 15:37 (nine years ago) link

So far he's just toured with Michael Chapman, but as far as I understand it I think they're collaborating on live performances of the Clayton Peacock stuff.

Valéry Giscard d'Staind (NickB), Friday, 23 March 2012 15:43 (nine years ago) link

McPhee album is on spotify and also emusic btw.

Valéry Giscard d'Staind (NickB), Friday, 23 March 2012 15:44 (nine years ago) link

yeah, i want to check this record out!

one dis leads to another (ian), Friday, 23 March 2012 15:46 (nine years ago) link

Really fucking nice tones, if you'll pardon my french.

Valéry Giscard d'Staind (NickB), Friday, 23 March 2012 15:51 (nine years ago) link

Just streaming the Dean McPhee album for the first time. Beautiful stuff.

mike t-diva, Tuesday, 27 March 2012 15:57 (nine years ago) link

Ive also just got this. Really love it. I've had Fully Qualified Survivor for a while, and picked up the Train Songs compilation mentioned above a while back and a Peel Sessions disc.

Any other recommendations? Must check a few of my secondhand vinyl shops.

Duke, Saturday, 31 March 2012 21:53 (nine years ago) link

This thread reminded me to check out Michael Chapman ambient guitar album 'The Resurrection And Revenge Of The Clayton Peacock', which I discovered you can currently get for £1.38 on Amazon (or, in my case, nothing since I had a couple of those two quid off when you buy a whole album promotional credits). Sounds good so far: http://amzn.to/HdhtbI

Canfan, Sunday, 1 April 2012 12:59 (nine years ago) link

the benefits of few, long songs! cheers for that. I noticed that one of the Dean McPhee albums mentioned above is only £2.70:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Son-Of-The-Black-Peace/dp/B005XQ3Y9U/ref=sr_shvl_album_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1333290914&sr=301-1

Duke, Sunday, 1 April 2012 14:37 (nine years ago) link

sweet, thanks for the tip(s). those are a steal.

tylerw, Sunday, 1 April 2012 14:44 (nine years ago) link

<3 this guy. The Trainsong thing is so nice.

How long would it take for me to learn and play guitar like this? haha

De Laurentiiis (admrl), Sunday, 1 April 2012 16:24 (nine years ago) link

http://www.eastvillageradio.com/content/content.php?id=1267

^^ link to him playing on my radio show last year. he is a super nice guy. i never listened back to the show so i dunno how the quality is. i'm afraid i come off like a nerdy fanboy or something, idk.

one dis leads to another (ian), Sunday, 1 April 2012 17:20 (nine years ago) link

How long would it take for me to learn and play guitar like this? haha

Indeed. He is a *very* talented guitarist. I'm a passable finger-picker, but Chapman makes me realise there is a whole other league...

I'd be interested to hear his guitar instruction LP just for the fun of it

Duke, Sunday, 1 April 2012 19:11 (nine years ago) link

And thanks for the link to the radio show -- lovely.

Duke, Sunday, 1 April 2012 19:17 (nine years ago) link

http://ih.constantcontact.com/fs034/1101382621048/img/104.jpg

tylerw, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 17:18 (nine years ago) link

1. Black Twig Pickers - Life on the Ceiling
2. D. Charles Speer - Expressway in the Rain
3. Lucinda Williams - That Time of Night
4. Thurston Moore - It Didn't Work Out
5. Meg Baird - No Song To Sing
6. Maddy Prior - The Prospector
7. Hiss Golden Messenger - Fennario
8. Rick Kemp - Vanity and Pride
9. Two Wings - You Say
10. Nick Jonah Davis - Little Molly's Dream
11. Bridget St. John - Rabbit Hills
12. William Tyler - Naked Ladies and Electric Ragtime

tylerw, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 17:19 (nine years ago) link

did this dude co-write "Little Willy"?

Poliopolice, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 19:40 (nine years ago) link

no idea!
urgh, the bridget st. john track on this is devastating! someone make this lady make a new record!

tylerw, Wednesday, 11 April 2012 20:54 (nine years ago) link

one month passes...

my pal josh put out a vinyl version of a recent-ish MC CDr and its really good! i confess i have never listened to his latter-day stuff.

scott seward, Saturday, 9 June 2012 01:47 (nine years ago) link

this one:


Artist: CHAPMAN, MICHAEL
Title: Plaindealer
Label: MYSTRA RECORDS
Format: LP
Price: $16.00
Catalog #: MYS 009LP
Reissue of one of Michael Chapman's self-released CDRs -- a studio album from '05. Hand-made sleeves with insert. "Long stretches of clawing, flipping digits from one burning line to the next, all the while kinda hooting vocally along with a snort and a smile...each jam more deadly then the next. Which TURNED ME THE FUCK ON as much as any holy shit..." -- thurston moore.

scott seward, Saturday, 9 June 2012 01:47 (nine years ago) link

ew, thurston, why so graphic

one dis leads to another (ian), Saturday, 9 June 2012 01:58 (nine years ago) link

he's a passionate man.

scott seward, Saturday, 9 June 2012 02:04 (nine years ago) link

since i can't really tell from thurston's blurb, what's it like? a solo acoustic thing?

tylerw, Saturday, 9 June 2012 02:21 (nine years ago) link

two months pass...

Agh, I would go see Michael Chapman but he just has to be playing at 8pm on a Thursday?! I have to work :(

these albatrosses have no fear of man (La Lechera), Tuesday, 21 August 2012 19:08 (nine years ago) link

:( he rules, bummer

one dis leads to another (ian), Tuesday, 21 August 2012 22:39 (nine years ago) link

bummer indeed! you guys see this thing? http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Michael_Chapman__The_Woodpiles/NATCH_7
couple other good chapman sessions on the FMA too.

tylerw, Tuesday, 21 August 2012 22:44 (nine years ago) link

yeah, the Natch series is cool! Some of those guys playing w Chapman are my fave locals.

one dis leads to another (ian), Tuesday, 21 August 2012 22:50 (nine years ago) link

yeah seems like a cool little collective. the zachary cale session is nice too. need to listen to more of these things. http://freemusicarchive.org/label/NATCH/

tylerw, Tuesday, 21 August 2012 22:52 (nine years ago) link

yeah it totally sucks. i MIIIGHT change my mind and get a sub?! i did that for a swans show last fall and did not regret it.

these albatrosses have no fear of man (La Lechera), Tuesday, 21 August 2012 22:54 (nine years ago) link

zach cale is playing in manhattan w gary higgins & ed askew at a place called the ding dong lounge, unfortunately it's during my radio show timeslot :(

one dis leads to another (ian), Tuesday, 21 August 2012 22:58 (nine years ago) link

also tyler, you should check the dave shuford/margo bianca/pigeons sesh.

one dis leads to another (ian), Tuesday, 21 August 2012 22:59 (nine years ago) link

pigeons are another great new york band.

one dis leads to another (ian), Tuesday, 21 August 2012 22:59 (nine years ago) link

one month passes...

Just heard of Chapman last week when an editor asked me to interview him. I did my homework, listened to the first couple albums, and had a great chat with him. He's my new hero! This guy could have been a huge name but he just won't jump through hoops. Very inspiring that he's managed a non-stop career into his early 70s without ever catering to any muse other than his own.

Badass.

Nate Carson, Tuesday, 25 September 2012 23:19 (eight years ago) link

ten months pass...

I just spotted this in my local record shop:

http://cps-static.rovicorp.com/3/JPG_500/MI0003/564/MI0003564142.jpg

re-released earlier this year by Light In The Attic records:

We are happy to announce our release of yet another outstanding album from British singer, songwriter and hugely talented psych, folk and rock guitarist Michael Chapman. Wrecked Again (1971), is Chapman’s final album for EMI’s seminal stoner imprint Harvest, home to Kevin Ayers and Syd Barrett. Buried in EMI’s release schedule and afforded no promotional budget, Wrecked Again is his lost classic. Recorded at the noted Rockfield Studio, a residential complex-cum-working farm in Wales, Wrecked Again explores orchestration via Paul Buckmaster (Miles Davis, David Bowie) and The London Symphony Orchestra and production courtesy of Gus Dudgeon (Elton John, Bonzo Dog Band), but also explores a new sound influenced by Memphis soul. With a blend of electric and acoustic instruments, Chapman is found where he feels most comfortable: in-between folk and rock, contrasting soft with edgy.

Duke, Saturday, 3 August 2013 18:39 (eight years ago) link

Just a few songs in; enjoying so far.

Duke, Saturday, 3 August 2013 18:40 (eight years ago) link

Interview with Chapman here: http://thequietus.com/articles/12964-michael-chapman-interview

Duke, Sunday, 4 August 2013 16:49 (eight years ago) link

five years pass...

https://michaelchapman.bandcamp.com/album/true-north

must have picked up a recommendation for this from elsewhere on ilm cuz it's such a rolling tompkins square records thread album, but i only just got around to it so i forget

j., Sunday, 14 July 2019 23:05 (two years ago) link

six months pass...

Algorithm just kicked out one of this guy’s tunes and I am immediately hooked. “You Say” from Rainmaker.

TS: Kirk/Spock vs. Hitchcock/Truffaut (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 8 February 2020 20:30 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

RIP

global tetrahedron, Friday, 10 September 2021 17:47 (one week ago) link

???

Evan, Friday, 10 September 2021 17:54 (one week ago) link

Aw man that is so sad!

Evan, Friday, 10 September 2021 17:58 (one week ago) link

Oh wow, that is sad. Damn.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 10 September 2021 17:59 (one week ago) link

he had a hell of a life from what i can tell

global tetrahedron, Friday, 10 September 2021 18:12 (one week ago) link

Ah shit. He was immense. RIP.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Friday, 10 September 2021 18:22 (one week ago) link

Oh shit :'-/ RIP

willem, Friday, 10 September 2021 18:33 (one week ago) link

NOT what I was expecting when I opened this thread. Very sad news. RIP.

doug watson, Friday, 10 September 2021 19:09 (one week ago) link

saw him a couple of times in his later days - first time really sticks in my mind because i sat next to him beforehand in a half-empty pub and we watched the football together on some dodgy eastern european satellite feed and chatted about general nonsense, and then he went upstairs and played an absolute stormer of a set. farewell mc :(

primate marmite (NickB), Friday, 10 September 2021 19:20 (one week ago) link

Sad news. Eighty years and active till the end

Duke, Friday, 10 September 2021 19:32 (one week ago) link

ugh, fuck

Dinsdale, Friday, 10 September 2021 20:51 (one week ago) link

RIP, what an amazing player, amazing character

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 10 September 2021 20:52 (one week ago) link

ums - where would you start with Chapman? I know he was an elder statesman of sorts in the post-Fahey scene but have never dived into him

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Sunday, 12 September 2021 05:42 (six days ago) link

I'd start with Fully Qualified Survivor. An obvious choice, but....

Duke, Sunday, 12 September 2021 10:03 (six days ago) link

The song Among The Trees maybe

Evan, Sunday, 12 September 2021 10:13 (six days ago) link


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