In September, Strut Records released the new LP by the Ottawa-based Souljazz Orchestra, titled Solidarity. The album is an eclectic collaborative album featuring a range of artists from Canada’s vibrant underground afro-jazz scene, including Senegalese-Canadian artist Élage M’baye, Brazilian-Canadian singer-songwriter Rômmel Teixeira Ribeiro, and Jamaican-Canadian vocalist Slim Moore. Rooted in rhythmically rich musical traditions of the past, the Souljazz Orchestra blend the boundaries of soul, jazz and tropical styles with a new set of heavyweight songs, unified by an underlying message of positive social change. Check out the song “Kelen Ati Leen” below and pick up the full album here.
A couple months back, we told you about Dead Luke and his impressive new LP, God Takes LSD, released on Oakland-based label Moon Glyph. As it happens, Mr. Luke also performs in The Non Travellin’ Band, which seems to have formerly been an extension of Dead Luke but is now venturing off on its own. Or something. The group has yet to put out an official release, but you can check out a bunch of tunes up on Soundcloud, which have a similar, yet jammier, acid-drenched rock sound as Dead Luke. Dig the 8 minute jammer “A Midnight Ride” and the folkier “Mother Mary Jane” below.
Since 2006, guitarist Emmet Kelley and a roving band of musicians have been creating some of the more interesting contemporary folk music as The Cairo Gang (a name taken from a group of slain anti-IRA British spies). Best known as a collaborator, Kelley has worked with artists such as Beth Orton and, most notably, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, with whom he made the 2010 album, The Wonder Show of the World. Following last year’s largely overlooked 7″, Kelley and the Gang returned with a new album, titled The Corner Man, last month on Empty Cellar, and, as the saying goes, it may just be their finest to date. Listen to album track “Now You Are One Of Us” below.
Tim Kuhl is one of the finest drummers/percussionists I’ve had the pleasure of knowing during my time in New York. Part of the extended family of musicians that includes Superhuman Happiness, the band formerly known as Minerva Lions (of which he was/is the drummer), Thought, Beyondo, Knights on Earth and so on, Tim has plucked a group of these immensely talented musicians for his own self-titled project. The group features Mr. Kuhl on drums, Jared Samuel on double bass, Grey McMurray on guitar, Rick Parker on trombone, Joshua Valleau on accordion, and Philip Sterk on dobro.
On a late August weekend, these fine musicians made their way down to the Far Rockaway area of New York to film a video for their new song “Indigo Blue.” Just two short months later, the area was completely devastated by hurricane Sandy, leaving many people who live in the Rockaways in dire need of immediate help. Watch the video and read how you can help those in need below.
Following 2011′s release on Burger Records, New Hampshire-based psych band MMOSS have returned with a new album, titled Only Children, released earlier this week on Trouble in Mind. Only Children is a more cohesive sampling of the talents of these woodland folk and their lengthy kraut-inspired sound quests, filled with shimmering vocal harmonies and astral excursions. Below you can hear the lead track “Spoiled Sun” or check out the full album on Bandcamp.
With artists like Devandra Banhart and Joanna Newsom, and more recently, Laura Marling and Jessica Pratt gaining increasing attention, it seems traditional styles of British-inspired folk music are working their way back into somewhat of a revival. Through these artists, a resurgence of interest in the genre has blossomed, and names that had seemingly become artifacts are coming out of the woodwork in the form of new reissues and, in some cases, renewed careers.
In the late 1960s and early 70s, a similar revival took place in Britain when acoustic players like Davey Graham, and John Martyn inspired groups like Pentangle, Fairport Convention, The Incredible String Band and so on to cross the styles of folk, blues and rock into a new scene, much of which was centered around the London club Les Cousins.
Among the groups to emerge from this scene was a little known group of players by the name of Dando Shaft, a nod to Dan Calhoun’s 1968 novel by the same name. Kevin Dempsey (acoustic guitar, vocals), Martin Jenkins (vocals, mandolin, fiddle, guitar), Ted Kay (tabla, percussion), Roger Bullen (upright bass), and Dave Cooper (guitar, vocals) formed the group around the West Midland towns of Coventry in 1968, and later added second vocalist Polly Bolton to help fill out their multi-layered vocal harmonies.
While all of the performers that existed around the Les Cousins scene drew from various traditional and outside influences, Dando’s sound relied on a wide array of styles that included Middle Eastern (hence the presence of the tabla) as well as Western styles like bluegrass. Between the years 1968-1973, Dando Shaft released three albums, a debut self-titled album (later titled An Evening With Dando Shaft) in 1970, followed by a second self-titled album in 1971, along with the more ambitiously named Lantaloon in 1972. Some members of the group rejoined in 1977 with guests including Pentangle bassist Danny Thompson to record the final album under the Dando Shaft name, Kingdom.
Dando Shaft’s second album is largely regarded as the group’s finest work and can be found in some of the better record stores thanks to a fine reissue by Sommor Records in 2011. Seek it out and I assure you will be rewarded. Below listen to the opening track, “Coming Home To Me,” and discover the magic that is Dando Shaft.
01. Camera – Ausland
02. The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Viholliseni Maalla
03. Goat – Let It Bleed
04. Prince Rupert’s Drops – Plague Ride
05. Jefferson Airplane – Wild Tyme
06. The Zodiac – Aries – The Fire-Fighter
07. The West Coat Pop Art Experimental Band – Eighteen Is Over The Hill
08. Tjutjuna – Desert Song
09. The UFO Club – July
10. The Smoking Trees – See
11. Mmoss – Hedge Creeper
12. The Karovas Milkshake – Factory
13. Joe Byrd & The Field Hippies – Invisible Man
14. Abstract Truth – It’s Alright With Me
15. Ultimate Spinach – Visions Of Your Reality
16. Woodsman – All Tangled Up
17. Jeffertitti’s Nile – Upside
We at Dog Gone Blog are very excited to bring you the lineup for our upcoming run of late night shows leading up to NEW YEAR’S EVE!
Following last year’s soiree with Superhuman Happiness and special guest Colin Stetson (Bon Iver, Arcade Fire), due to popular demand, the Brooklyn ensemble will once again grace us with their presence on December 30. This year we’re also psyched to be hosting a second show one night prior with Real Estate bassist Alex Bleeker and his band of Freaks along with rising Brooklyn psych-rock outfit Prince Ruperts Drops.
Both shows are taking place at Mercury Lounge on New York’s Lower East Side and will have liquid light shows provided by Planetary Projections. Posters designed by the amazing Justin Gabbard will also be available for purchase. Stay tuned to Dog Gone Blog to hear about special guests and other announcements in the coming weeks.
Come join us and celebrate the great year that was 2012 while catching some of New York’s best local acts in one of our favorite venues!
Tickets go one sale Friday November 16 at Noon via the Mercury Lounge website!
DOG GONE PRESENTS
12/29: ALEX BLEEKER & THE FREAKS, PRINCE RUPERTS DROPS 12/30: SUPERHUMAN HAPPINESS
The debut full length from The UFO Club, a collaboration between The Black Angels’ Christian Bland and Nights Beats’ Lee Blackwell, is one of our favorite releases to come out of 2012. Re-imagining 50s pop through the prism of 60s psych, the pair pay homage to the legendary UFO Club of Pink Floyd-era 1960s London. Watch the video for the song “Wolfman” off their new LP below.
We first came across the name Tjutjuna when they released their split tour cassette with Woodsman in the spring of 2011. But for unexplainable reasons, the challenging name slipped our minds and may have fallen into the abyss were it not for the keen ears of DGB contributor Johanna Andersson and our good pal Marc “Mike” Norman “Newman.” The group charts a similar neo-kraut course as labelmates Woodsman, with droning, transportive sound odysseys, totemic drum circles and shimmering guitars. Earlier this week, they released their new cassingle, “Desert Song” b/w “Schulze and Shaffner” on Fire Talk and you can now hear/download both tracks below. Also be sure to check out Tjutjuna’s recent Beyond Beyond is Beyond session on East Village Radio.