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Light a fire in this summer heat with the fourth installment Country Soul Sisters. Featuring eleven of the finest ladies of country music, the following half-hour is one of humid nights and Sunday mornings coming down.

Aquarium Drunkard Presents: Country Soul Sisters IV – A Mixtape

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Dedicated record heads will certainly recognize some of the names on the tracklist of Mid-Century Sounds: Deep Cuts From the Desert, a new 2xlp survey of southwestern sounds: country star Waylon Jennings, rockabilly king Sanford Clark, and Wrecking Crew guitarist Al Casey. But it’s the name “Floyd Ramsey” that serves as a thread connecting the disparate sounds of the compilation, tying the western shuffle of Joe Montgomery’s “Two Time Loser” to the loose R&B of Roosevelt Nettles’ Chess single “Drifting Heart” and binding the raw garage rocker “What’s Happening” by Phil and the Frantics to the strutting funk of Fat City. Ramsey owned Phoenix’s Audio Recorders studio — where Duane Eddy cut the famous “Rebel Rouser” with Lee Hazlewood and engineer Jack Miller — and headed a series of record labels, including Liberty Bell, Ramco, MCI, and Rev, responsible for issuing much of the material collected here. In short, a significant stretch of Arizona’s musical history is bound up in the personal history of Floyd Ramsey.

Shepherded by David Hilker and Jeff Freundlich of Phoenix’s Fervor Records, Deep Cuts from the Desert documents the fertile period from 1957-1973. The collection offers a wide-angled snapshot of Phoenix’s popular music scene from that time. Regional hits like Christopher Blue’s soft-pop 1970 single “Happy Just to Be Alive” and Judy Linn’s brass and string-laden 1961 lover’s lament “Old Enough to Have a Broken Heart” sit alongside nationally recognized fare like Al Casey’s “Cooking” and Ted Newman’s “Plaything,” which earned the singer a spot on the RCA Records roster in 1958. Featuring western ballads, sun-baked funk, garage rock, country, and sepia-toned pop, the album speaks to Ramsey’s wide taste and interest in diverse sounds.

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After a 2-year hiatus, Bomboclat! Island Soak Vol. 7 is back. Heavy on the rocksteady, twenty-three deep cuts highlighting the abundance of crooning talent and metronome-like rhythms that populated the era. Contact high approved.

Download:
Bomboclat! Island Soak 7 :: Jamaican Vintage (A Mixtape)

**playlist after the jump

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Our weekly two hour show on SIRIUS/XMU, channel 35, can be heard twice every Friday – Noon EST with an encore broadcast at Midnight EST.

SIRIUS 486: Jean Michel Bernard – Générique Stephane ++ Quincy Jones – Hummin’ ++ Harare – Give ++ Jingo – Keep Holding On (pt. 1) ++ Dwight Sykes – Bye ++ Alton Memela – The Things We Do In Soweto ++ Gene Boyd – Thought Of You Today ++ The Montgomery Express – The Montgomery Express ++ The 4th Coming – Cruising Down The Street ++ Trinidad & Tobago Steel Band – Do Your Thing ++ Lafayette Afro-Rock Band – Hihache ++ Juan Pablo Torres – Son A Propulsion ++ Arthur Russell – Make 1, 2 ++ Les Loups Noirs – Pile Ou Face ++ The Shades Of Black – Mystery Of Black, Pt. I ++ Fela Kuti – This Is Sad ++ Tony Sarfo & The Funky Afrosibi – I Beg ++ JD and The Evil’s Dynamite Band – Everglades Part 2 ++ Amral’s Trinidad Cavaliers – It Sure Is Funky ++ Dungen – Franks Kaktus ++ Gloria Ann Taylor – How Can You Say It ++ Unique Madoo – Call Me Nobody Else ++ Gil Scott-Heron – Message To The Messengers ++ Can – I Want More ++ Faust – It’s A Rainy Day, Sunshine Girl (AD Edit) ++ Symphonic Four – Who Do You Think You’re Fooling Part II ++ Mulatu Astatke – Mulatu ++ Dutch Rhythm And Steel Show Band – Down By The River ++ Serge Gainsbourg – Des Laids Des Dubs ++ Trinidad Steel Drummers – Cissy Strut ++ Mosco Tiles Fonclaire Steel Orchestra – Black Man’s Cry ++ Jake Wade & The Soul Searchers – Searchin’ For Soul ++ Bembeya Jazz National – Petit Sekou ++ The Dirtbombs – Got To Give It Up ++ Sweet Breeze – Good Thing ++ Grant Green – Down Here On The Ground

*You can listen, for free, online with the SIRIUS three day trial — just submit an email address and they will send you a password.

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At the height of the swinging ’60s, Lynn Castle was a barber to the stars. Del Shannon, members of the The Monkees and the Byrds, Sonny and Cher, Neil Young, and more, Castle groomed them all, indulging in the cultural moment when the country embraced long locks on men and women alike. Nicknamed “The Lady Barber,” she became a West Coast phenomenon from her station at Rogue Barber Shop in Los Angeles. The Washington Post wrote about her in 1967, calling her a “shapely blonde in blue jeans.” Long hair was, “Not just for actors,” Castle is quoted. “Even conservative doctors and lawyers look good with long hair.”

But even as buzz crescendoed around her work as a stylist, Castle was living something of a double life. When she wasn’t working at the salon or taking care of her two children, she was writing poignant, sepia-toned ballads. Though her songs were recorded by the Spinners (“Love’s Prayer,” which she wrote as a teenager) and the Monkees (“Teeny Tiny Gnome (Kicking Stones),” recorded during the More of the Monkees sessions), most never saw the light of day. Until now. The recordings she made with producers Jack Nitzsche and Lee Hazlewood are featured on a new collection from Light in the Attic, Rose Colored Corner, named for the song included here twice, as both a stark demo recording and an arranged, psychedelic version with Phoenix psych-band Last Friday’s Fire.

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Built on a foundation of altered/mutated bass clarinet and synthesizer, the sound of Portland’s Golden Retriever evokes vast expanses. Though the core of the project remains Matt Carlson and Jonathan Sielaff, those expanses get even wider with Rotations, the duo’s forthcoming album. Out July 28 via Thrill Jockey, it features a maximized approach, incorporating the playing of a full chamber ensemble, with strings, reeds, pipe organ, piano, and percussion in concert with the duo’s cosmic drones. Built from edited and collaged live sets from October 2015, commissioned by Portland’s Regional Arts & Culture Council, Rotations offers a patient and often ecstatic examination of the nature of existence. Their Aquarium Drunkard mixtape finds them exploring similarly beautiful terrain. Tracklist below.

Golden Retriever :: A Mixtape

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

On its new record IV, Chris Schlarb’s Psychic Temple expands and blooms. Inspired by Brian Wilson’s “Teenage Symphonies to God,” the record spans generations, featuring Joni Mitchell bassist Max Bennett, the legendary Terry Reid, and Mick Rossi (Philip Glass Ensemble) alongside young players like Nedelle Torrisi (Cryptacize, Advice from Paradise), Tabor Allen (of Cherry Glazerr), and Arlene Deradoorian (Dirty Projectors), all of whom find unique paths into Schlarb’s big screen, West Coast pop epics. It’s a remarkable album, its credits list sprawling and its sounds a blending of pop, jazz, and avant-garde. For his Lagniappe Session, Schlarb shares a set of songs recorded in Nebraska as a stripped-down trio. Bathed in organic noise and dreamy vibes, the songs serve as an appetizer for Psychic Temple IV, out July 14 via Joyful Noise Records. Listen below and read Schlarb’s thoughts on the recordings.

Psychic Temple :: Tennessee Blues (Bobby Charles)
Psychic Temple :: Sail Away (Randy Newman)
Psychic Temple :: The Christian Life (The Louvin Brothers)

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“We were two and a half weeks into tour and driving west from Iowa. I found a place for us to stay on a goat farm in Nebraska and took out the microphones. A week earlier we played Shuba’s in Chicago and they gave us a bottle of Bulleit Bourbon. We were tired and in the middle of nowhere. The bottle came out and we polished it off. I set up a couple microphones and we played some of the covers we’d be doing on tour. That house was incredibly small. There were bugs everywhere. I cooked eggs and bacon for the guys. It was wonderful.

Yours truly on acoustic guitar and vocals. Eamon Fogarty on electric guitar and backing vocals. Jay Hammond on mandolin and backing vocals.”

Lagniappe Sessions Archives / imagery via d norsen