If it seems you are seeing Tinariwen’s name with more regularity these days, it’s because you are. In addition to this year’s Emmaar lp, recorded in Joshua Tree, California, and lengthy Western tours, the group just saw the reissue of their albums Amassakoul and Radio Tisdas Sessions — both for the first time on vinyl, via Light In The Attic Records.

The groups story continues October 7th with the release of the five song acoustic EP, Inside / Outside Joshua Tree Acoustic Sessions. Recorded in Joshua Tree while the band were working on Emmaar, Tinariwen would jam live in the house, nightly, where the studio was settled and outside around a campfire. First taste, below.

Tinariwen :: Iljaych Tareq


(Volume 25 of Clifton’s Corner. Clifton Weaver, aka DJ Soft Touch, shares some of his favorite spins, old and new, in the worlds of soul, r&b, funk, psych and beyond.)

When I began compiling this installment of Clifton’s Corner, I didn’t really have a particular theme in mind. It was just going to be a mixed bag of songs that I’d been into of late. However, I’m noticing that I subconsciously picked all tracks from the 1970s, many with socially conscious themes. From the Afro-funk of Geraldo Pino’s “Power To The People”, the early Prince performance with 94 East, to the subtle and sublime jazz influenced soul of Larry Saunder’s “Free Angela”, this collection of songs represents, to me, some of the very best qualities in ’70s music.  The superb musicianship, original songwriting, and social conscience are a full-flowering of the seeds sown during the previous decade. But rather than let my words get in the way, I’ll let the music do the talking.

Geraldo Pino & The Heartbeats :: Power To the People
Soul Hustlers :: Super Party Pt. 1
B.L.O. :: B.L.O.
Geoffrey Stoner :: Check Out Your Mind
94 East :: Games
Cesar 830 :: See Saw Affair
Mahmoud Ahmed :: Aynotché Térabu
Jerry Jones :: Compared To What
Larry Saunders :: Free Angela Pt. 1

Related: Find archived Clifton’s Corner entries, HERE…


La grande classe. Point barre.

Jacques Dutronc :: Les Métamorphoses

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In 1979 Harry Nilson took a hiatus from recording what would turn out to be his final (full) album, Flash Harry, in order to act as musical director behind filmmaker Robert Altman’s 1980 film, Popeye. Co-produced by Bruce Robb, with arrangements by Van Dyke Parks, Nilsson composed all of the film’s original songs.

An inspired collaboration that almost didn’t happen, re: an Altman anecdote per Nillson’s involvement: “Nobody wanted him at first except Robin Williams. Everyone said ‘You’ll get in trouble with him — he’ll get drunk; he won’t do it; he’s all washed up.’ As a matter of fact I said all of those things about Harry to Robin myself one day. Then I went home and thought about it and said to myself, ‘Jesus, that’s what some people are saying about me!’ So I called Harry Nilsson, because I had never met him in my life, and we got along terrifically.” Glad they did.

Below is the original Nilsson demo for “He Needs Me”, as sung by Shelley Duvall

Shelley Duvall :: He Needs Me (Harry Nilsson – Demo)

Straight out of Virginia Beach, Bill Deal & The Rhondels 1970 cover of Lennon/McCartney’s “Hey Bulldog”. The fabs…this is not.

Bill Deal & The Rhondels :: Hey Bulldog


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 Lagniappe Sessions return with Jolie Holland, who is about to kick off her European tour beginning September 22nd, in Paris, in support of her latest full-length, Wine Dark Sea. From the palm wine guitar of Sierra Leone’s S.E. Rogie to the post-crash muse Robert Zimmerman was chasing, Holland digs in, reinvents the material, and shares her thoughts on each, below.

Jolie Holland :: Do Me Justice (S.E. Rogie)

S. E. Rogie (1926-1994) was one of the originators of ‘high-life’ West African music. He’s a beautiful guitarist and a powerful songwriter. His music has been a big influence on me since the late nineties. “The Littlest Birds” (a song I wrote when I was in the Be Good Tanyas) was highly influenced by West African guitar feeling, as well as by Western Swing, which are not so distantly related after all: I heard that the two-step comes from Africa. S. E. Rogie alludes to Western Swing, surf guitar and other rock and roll idioms in his work. Aside from the brilliant syncretic nature of his music, Rogie wrote some gorgeous songs. “Do Me Justice” is a shining example. It’s deeply personal and absolutely universal. My song “On And On” off of Wine Dark Sea directly quotes S. E. Rogie. It was a sincere pleasure to reinterpret his “Do Me Justice”– it’s impossible to get inside such a song without being uplifted.

Jolie Holland :: Tell Me That It Isn’t True (Bob Dylan)

I happened to need a pretty large band to express the material I wrote for Wine Dark Sea. Two drummers with full kits play simultaneously on each track, and as many as four electric guitarists play at once. Our bandmate Doug Wieselman suggested Bob Dylan’s large-ensemble recordings as inspiration. That brought us to listen to Blonde On Blonde, with its seamless integration of many live elements into a whole. “Tell Me That It Isn’t True,” from Dylan’s album Nashville Skyline features Kenny Buttrey on drums. It’s an especially moving performance. We’ve been playing a couple Dylan songs from that era on the road– they originate from the place between so called modern folk music and rock and roll. As my music has made a similar transition, it’s been a strong meditation to perform songs that date from when Dylan forged that passage. You’ll seldom hear a band play so hot and sweet as you do on those recordings of Dylan’s from the late sixties and early seventies.

Lagniappe Sessions Archives / original illustration for aquarium drunkard by Ben Towle.

A Tommy James and the Shondells original, Johnny Thunder and his crew turned the track inside out in 1968 transforming it into the soul/fuzz monster you hear, below. They took the reins and they ain’t giving ‘em back.

Johnny Thunder :: I’m Alive


(Volume 24 of Clifton’s Corner. Clifton Weaver, aka DJ Soft Touch, shares some of his favorite spins, old and new, in the worlds of soul, r&b, funk, psych and beyond.)

Lately, I’ve really been getting back into playing guitar. Long before DJ’ing, I played guitar and bass in bands. Now that I’ve been playing again, I’ve also noticed a shift in my listening tastes. Of course, I still love funk and soul, but if there’s a fuzzy guitar in the mix, it definitely catches my attention over other sounds. As such, I’ve been buying a lot of guitar heavy 60s/70s sounds.

Slade :: The Shape Of Things To Come – Before becoming glam rock standard bearers, Slade toyed with a skinhead look and general post-psychedelic/hard rock sound. This version of the Mann/Weil song comes from their 1970 LP, Play It Loud.

Winston’s Fumbs :: Real Crazy Apartment –  Jimmy Winston was the original organist (also guitar) in legendary mod group Small Faces. Unfortunately, his tenure with the band was short lived. One year after releasing a version of the Small Faces’ “Sorry She’s Mine” as Jimmy Winston & The Reflections, he followed with the excellent “Real Crazy Apartment”. The only release by Winston’s Fumbs, the song is definitely heavy but retains a pop sensibility and never devolves into the crude clichés that plague a lot of late 60s/early 70s ‘heavy” sounds.