Montreal post-punkers Ought returned last week with Sun Coming Down, their second full length following several eps beginning in 2012. And while shades of Talking Heads, Television, the Fall and the Feelies still abound, here, that potent, frenetic, cabal of influence is even headier. The four piece (once again in cahoots with Constellation Records) use/access the aforementioned influence, yet never devolve into undue pastiche. This is here, this music is now.

Ought :: Men For Miles

Related: The Lagniappe Sessions: Ought cover Cyndi Lauper / Sexy Kids


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dylanRumors were flying all summer about a massive Bootleg Series covering Bob Dylan’s unbelievable, earth-shaking 1965-66 period. And hey, the rumors were true. The Cutting Edge (available in 2-, 6- and 18-(!!!) disc versions) draws back the curtain on Dylan’s studio sessions for Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde On Blonde, three of the best albums made by anyone, ever.

I know what you’re thinking — “Do I really need 18 discs of false starts, breakdowns, chatter and alternate takes?” Maybe you do. Just gazing at the tracklist, there are some seriously enticing (and un-bootlegged items): a stab at a full-band “Mr. Tambourine Man;” a complete take of “She’s Your Lover Now,” a “Just Like A Woman” that allegedly falls “somewhere between Bo Diddley and Jamaican ska,” several takes of the epic “Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands” … the mind boggles… and the list goes on. The 18th disc of the deluxe edition features casual, after-hours hotel room recordings, including this haunting acoustic fragment. “I Can’t Leave Her Behind” is clearly unfinished (and would remain so, sadly). But in its own way, it’s absolutely perfect. Bring on The Cutting Edge. words / t wilcox

Bob Dylan w/ Robbie Robertson :: I Can’t Leave Her Behind


Lagniappe (la·gniappe) noun ˈlan-ˌyap,’ – 1. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit. 2. Something given or obtained as a gratuity or bonus.

The record is entitled Super Future — Calvin Love’s follow-up to 2012’s New Radar. Like Radar — a record whose focused, slender arrangements were populated by thin guitars, electronic drums, and vintage synthesizers — the new lp bathes in gauzy, electro-pop psychedelia. Only bigger / multidimensional.

Much like his own muse, Love’s selections for this week’s installment of the Lagniappe Sessions (save the Greenhorns’ cover) retro-fit the past; an alchemy that repurposes the 70s folk-rock of fellow Canadian troubadour Gordon Lightfoot, and pays tribute to the re-discovered bedroom pop duo Donnie & Joe Emerson. The artist, in his own words, below . . .

Calvin Love :: There Is An End (The Greenhorns, ft. Holly Golightly)

I first heard this song via the Broken Flowers soundtrack, and was instantly gripped by the guitar hook and vocal melody. I think the songwriting and lyrics are beautiful. I recorded this track with two of my bandmates one afternoon — Kyle McCrea on the Twang reverb guitar & Andrew Heule on the drums. I played the bass, added a few guitar parts through out the verses, and had a blast singing it.

Calvin Love :: Since You Been With Me (Donnie & Joe Emerson)

Donnie & Joe Emerson’s record Still Dreamin Wild is a fine piece of magic. When I heard this track, it put me in a reflective state. I liked the repetitive bass and drum parts and the dark vibe it carries, and I’m a sucker for 80s synth drum machine stuff. While recording it I kept to the basic structure of the original, But then added my own guitar parts.

Calvin Love :: In The Early Morning Rain (Gordon Lightfoot)

This is one of my all-time favourite songs, I had the pleasure to catch Gordon Lightfoot in concert a few months ago in Toronto at Massey Hall. He is so beautiful, he was up there singing his soul out. At 80 years old. I wanted to cover this song and sing and play it the best I could. I recorded it on a rainy day, with a Tascam 4-track cassette — one mic for guitar and one mic for vocals. I couldn’t change anything about this song. Its more of a tribute to the man and the songwriter. Big love, Gordon.

Lagniappe Sessions Archives / imagery via d norsen.


John Coltrane would’ve turned 89 today. While it’s a fun parlor game to imagine the twists and turns the saxophonist’s music might’ve taken if he’d lived just another decade longer, in the end we’re lucky to have had him as long we did — and that he left behind such a wealth of sounds to explore. WKCR’s annual, all-day Coltrane birthday tribute is always a treat to tune in to. And take a few minutes to travel back to when giants walked the earth (and played tiny clubs) with this late ’50s aircheck recording of Coltrane with Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Paul Chambers, Philly Joe Jones blasting through the hard bop anthem “Walkin’.” words / t wilcox

Miles Davis with John Coltrane :: Walkin’


There’s not much that needs to be said about this Swan Silvertones cut. A far cry from the hall of fame gospel group’s early (and heavenly) A Capella arrangements, “If You Believe Your God Is Dead” delivers the word via three minutes and twelve seconds of raw, electrifying funk. Lord knows I wouldn’t have been crawling under pews and drawing pictures in the bulletin during Sunday service if the Silvertones had been in the choir loft. Open these doors and wash yourselves in the Gospel of the Groove. words / j steele

Swan Silvertones :: If You Believe Your God Is Dead (Try Mine)


Hawaii’s Bobby Brown redefines private press psych-folk, with his floating echo, homegrown instrumentation (pictured above) and atmospheric blend of tropical surf vibes, Indian raga music and new age spaciousness. Brown cut three records, including the “live” album from which this track is culled. As the story goes, the album was performed to an audience of one: Brown’s dog, inside his van. Eccentricities aside, “Hawaii” is an undeniably beautiful peace of music. At once earthy, aquatic and cosmic, it transcends space, time and most definitely genre. It’s weightless and it’s infinite, so go ahead and get lost in it. words / c depasquale

Bobby Brown :: Hawaii

maurice and macMaurice McAlister and Green “Mac” McLauren were part of the Chicago-based doo-wop group The Radiants, recording on Chess Records in the 1960s. In the latter half of the decade, they parted ways with that group and headed down to Muscle Shoals, Alabama where they recorded a number of songs at the legendary Fame Studios, including the incendiary 1968 cut “Why Don’t You Try Me,” recently found infusing the soul into our recent Late August Light mixtape. (It also appears on the excellent 2011 compilation, The Fame Studios Story: 1961-1973).

It’s an absolutely killer side, with soaring horns, gliding strings, a funky organ line, and Maurice and Mac singing straight from the gut. Dig the bridge that comes in at about a minute thirty-eight; light timpani, the horns and organ muted, and then it all picks back up in triumphant fashion — we then fade out on the pair belting it out in all their glorious soul. words / c depasquale

Maurice & Mac :: Why Don’t You Try Me


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