Cian Nugent - February 19, 2014, Union Pool, Brooklyn, NY
We’re keeping it extra Union Pool-y today. What a nice place. Hopefully you’ve all gone to see Cian Nugent on his recent tour opening for Angel Olsen all across these United States. I’m catching this dream double bill here in Colorado on Monday. See you there? Anyway, get warmed up over the weekend by checking out this very fine NYC Taper recording of Cian’s set a few weeks back in Brooklyn. 

Cian Nugent - February 19, 2014, Union Pool, Brooklyn, NY

We’re keeping it extra Union Pool-y today. What a nice place. Hopefully you’ve all gone to see Cian Nugent on his recent tour opening for Angel Olsen all across these United States. I’m catching this dream double bill here in Colorado on Monday. See you there? Anyway, get warmed up over the weekend by checking out this very fine NYC Taper recording of Cian’s set a few weeks back in Brooklyn. 

"Sister Ray" - Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band (with William Tyler and Jared Samuel), Union Pool, Brooklyn, NY, October 27, 2013
Just got back from a week’s worth of traveling, so things have slowed down here, but I”m back with a treat-and-a-half for you. Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band is a Brooklyn supergroup of sorts, featuring Tunde Adebimpe (TV On The Radio), Ryan Sawyer (Lone Wolf and Cub), Josh Werner (Lee Scratch Perry and CocoRosie) and Alex Holden (Big Numbers). On the eve of the mighty Lou Reed’s ascension to the heavens last fall, the group became even more super as William Tyler on guitar (solo, Lambchop, Silver Jews) and Jared Samuel on keys (Invisible Familiars, Cibo Matto) joined the group for a hell-raising cover of “Sister Ray.” It is glorious. 
As the radical poster above (created by Alex Holden) shows, HWBMB is hitting the road for a brief tour this spring — if you’re in any of those cities, you should be attending! The rest of us can enjoy their extremely great EP, which came out last year. 

"Sister Ray" - Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band (with William Tyler and Jared Samuel), Union Pool, Brooklyn, NY, October 27, 2013

Just got back from a week’s worth of traveling, so things have slowed down here, but I”m back with a treat-and-a-half for you. Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band is a Brooklyn supergroup of sorts, featuring Tunde Adebimpe (TV On The Radio), Ryan Sawyer (Lone Wolf and Cub), Josh Werner (Lee Scratch Perry and CocoRosie) and Alex Holden (Big Numbers). On the eve of the mighty Lou Reed’s ascension to the heavens last fall, the group became even more super as William Tyler on guitar (solo, Lambchop, Silver Jews) and Jared Samuel on keys (Invisible Familiars, Cibo Matto) joined the group for a hell-raising cover of “Sister Ray.” It is glorious. 

As the radical poster above (created by Alex Holden) shows, HWBMB is hitting the road for a brief tour this spring — if you’re in any of those cities, you should be attending! The rest of us can enjoy their extremely great EP, which came out last year. 

Randy Newman - Nijmegen, Netherlands, May 19, 1978 (FM)
There are plenty of those early 70s Newman shows around, but I rarely see ones from this period for some reason. Thanks to Infinite Fool. Have I mentioned that Randy is my personal style icon? 
Texas Girl at the Funeral of her Father Birmingham Marie Short People Sigmund Freud He Gives Us All His Love Wedding in Cherokee County Germany Before the War Baltimore Rider in the Rain

Randy Newman - Nijmegen, Netherlands, May 19, 1978 (FM)

There are plenty of those early 70s Newman shows around, but I rarely see ones from this period for some reason. Thanks to Infinite Fool. Have I mentioned that Randy is my personal style icon? 

Texas Girl at the Funeral of her Father
Birmingham
Marie
Short People
Sigmund Freud
He Gives Us All His Love
Wedding in Cherokee County
Germany Before the War
Baltimore
Rider in the Rain

John Fahey - Rum Doodle’s, Madison, Wisconsin, December 9, 1984
Hey, it’s Fahey Week over at Delta Slider! Kicking it off, they’ve got a Fahey bootleg from the dark heart of the 1980s. Here’s a good anecdote from this period, which appeared in the Fahey Handbook, vol. 1. 
"Fahey would sit backstage and change his strings after every set … without detuning the strings! He took his cutter and cut those ol’ strings off just like that! I couldn’t believe the way he did it! He’d cut the strings one at a time … with this great THWAPPPP!!!! He seemed not to care about the guitar … it was just a tool at his disposal … and plenty more where that came from … that’s the feeling I got from being in the room with him … but who knows what he was thinking and feeling … the man really was an enigma." - Ragtime Ralph

John Fahey - Rum Doodle’s, Madison, Wisconsin, December 9, 1984

Hey, it’s Fahey Week over at Delta Slider! Kicking it off, they’ve got a Fahey bootleg from the dark heart of the 1980s. Here’s a good anecdote from this period, which appeared in the Fahey Handbook, vol. 1

"Fahey would sit backstage and change his strings after every set … without detuning the strings! He took his cutter and cut those ol’ strings off just like that! I couldn’t believe the way he did it! He’d cut the strings one at a time … with this great THWAPPPP!!!! He seemed not to care about the guitar … it was just a tool at his disposal … and plenty more where that came from … that’s the feeling I got from being in the room with him … but who knows what he was thinking and feeling … the man really was an enigma." - Ragtime Ralph

Van Morrison - Live at The Lion’s Share, San Anselmo, CA, August 8, 1971
I’ve only listened to the opening “Sweet Thing” here, but I’m just going to unreservedly recommend this one. I’m a big fan of this period of Van live performances (who isn’t?), from the Fillmore West shows in 1970 (hey, you can grab one of those here) to the legendary Pacific High Studios bootleg, but I’ve somehow missed these Lion’s Share gigs. Seems to be of equal quality, which is extremely high quality to say the least. Let’s listen to the Lion’s Share! 

Van Morrison - Live at The Lion’s Share, San Anselmo, CA, August 8, 1971

I’ve only listened to the opening “Sweet Thing” here, but I’m just going to unreservedly recommend this one. I’m a big fan of this period of Van live performances (who isn’t?), from the Fillmore West shows in 1970 (hey, you can grab one of those here) to the legendary Pacific High Studios bootleg, but I’ve somehow missed these Lion’s Share gigs. Seems to be of equal quality, which is extremely high quality to say the least. Let’s listen to the Lion’s Share! 

Alasdair MacLean - Irwin’s Show, WFMU, October 29, 2009
The Clientele have been on a break for a few years now, only popping up a few times for shows here and there. They’re popping up again for the Chickfactor festival in March (as is Alasadair MacLean’s other excellent group Amor de Dias). With Barbara Manning on the bill! Wow. If you’re anywhere on the east coast, you should attend (if tix are still available that is). The rest of us can listen to this wonderful solo session from 2009, with MacLean stripping some Clientele classics down to just guitar and voice. It’s pretty much perfect. 

Alasdair MacLean - Irwin’s Show, WFMU, October 29, 2009

The Clientele have been on a break for a few years now, only popping up a few times for shows here and there. They’re popping up again for the Chickfactor festival in March (as is Alasadair MacLean’s other excellent group Amor de Dias). With Barbara Manning on the bill! Wow. If you’re anywhere on the east coast, you should attend (if tix are still available that is). The rest of us can listen to this wonderful solo session from 2009, with MacLean stripping some Clientele classics down to just guitar and voice. It’s pretty much perfect. 

"The Killers and Me" - New Bums on Shaker Steps in Lexington, Kentucky

More Aquarium Drunkard action — my review + mp3 of the debut New Bums album, Voices in a Rented Room. A totally great collection of songs from Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance/Rangda/Comets On Fire) and Donovan Quinn (Skygreen Leopards). Probably the best thing I’ve heard so far this year. 

The other exciting news is that I’ve somehow weaseled my way into opening for these guys when they roll through Denver in April — this will be the very first public appearance of my band, Forces At Work. Wish us luck! New Bums are touring all over these United States — check out the dates here

I’m Gonna Make It Somehow
Y’all! Over at Aquarium Drunkard, you can go check out my little write-up of the latest in Neil Young’s Performance Series, Live At The Cellar Door (and check out one of the highlights, “Expecting To Fly”). I know, it came out a while ago, but what’re you gonna do. Over here, I’ve got a little bonus for you from around the same period — two CSNY studio outtakes from … late 1969 or thereabouts? Emphasis is on the Y. The first is “Everybody’s Alone,” a very nice song Neil finally released on the Archives in 2009, backed by Crazy Horse. The CSNY version is groovy too! There’s also a kinda odd instrumental version of “Cinnamon Girl.” A mellow jam! Not even sure if Neil is even playing here — sounds like a Stills concoction to my ears. Together, you can think of them as an alternate universe a- and b-side. 
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I’m Gonna Make It Somehow

Y’all! Over at Aquarium Drunkard, you can go check out my little write-up of the latest in Neil Young’s Performance Series, Live At The Cellar Door (and check out one of the highlights, “Expecting To Fly”). I know, it came out a while ago, but what’re you gonna do. Over here, I’ve got a little bonus for you from around the same period — two CSNY studio outtakes from … late 1969 or thereabouts? Emphasis is on the Y. The first is “Everybody’s Alone,” a very nice song Neil finally released on the Archives in 2009, backed by Crazy Horse. The CSNY version is groovy too! There’s also a kinda odd instrumental version of “Cinnamon Girl.” A mellow jam! Not even sure if Neil is even playing here — sounds like a Stills concoction to my ears. Together, you can think of them as an alternate universe a- and b-side. 

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Slint - Club Dreamerz, Chicago, Illinois, March 3, 1989
Another good one from Sweet Blahg. Like he says, the sound quality leaves a bit to be desired but it’s very listenable, and I think the only place you’ll hear Slint covering Shakey. Dancing across the water! This image, by the way, is Scott Tennent’s — he wrote the excellent 33 1/3 book on Spiderland. If you’re waiting for that super-deluxe Slint box set, you should read it! 

Slint - Club Dreamerz, Chicago, Illinois, March 3, 1989

Another good one from Sweet Blahg. Like he says, the sound quality leaves a bit to be desired but it’s very listenable, and I think the only place you’ll hear Slint covering Shakey. Dancing across the water! This image, by the way, is Scott Tennent’s — he wrote the excellent 33 1/3 book on Spiderland. If you’re waiting for that super-deluxe Slint box set, you should read it!