As highlighted here recently, the recent crop of Mike Cooper reissues from Paradise of Bachelors are utterly essential. Fearlessly eclectic, masterful stuff. And judging from Cantos De Lisboa, Cooper’s brand-new collaborative LP with Steve Gunn, the man has lost none of his sense of adventure. Both musicians are steeped in the folk/blues idiom (most obvious on a righteous rendition of Charley Patton’s “Pony Blues”), but they use it as a launchpad not a dead-end street. Dig the gorgeous opening acoustic drift of “Saudade do Santos-o-Vehlo,” with Cooper and Gunn’s guitars twisting and tangling for seven-and-a-half transfixing minutes. Or get lost in “Lampedusa USA”‘s noisy landscape, as Cooper testifies over a bed of droning feedback. Cooper’s 70s LPs cover a lot of musical ground, but Cantos shows he’s still got plenty of roads to travel down. words / t wilcox

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Ty Segall Footage performing “Girlfriend” (last summer in the Galaxy Barn at Pickathon) at the Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, Oregon. This year’s festival is happening August 1-3. We’ll be there again, DJing. Details, here.


Black sand blues. More freeform interstitial airwave debris transmitting somewhere off the coast of Los Angeles. This is transmission fourteen.

Direct download, below. The first thirteen transmissions can be found and downloaded, here.

MP3: Sidecar: Transmission / 14

Intro / Strung Out
The Soul Inc. – Love Me When I’m Down
Jerry And Jeff – Voodoo Medicine Man
Dion – Baby, Let’s Stay Together
Apple & The Three Oranges – Curse Upon The World
T.L. Barrett And Youth For Christ Choir – Like A Ship
Eddie Bo & Inez Cheatham – Lover And A Friend
Tony Owens – I Got Soul
Famous L. Renfroe – Introduction
Big Sambo & The House Wreckers – The Rains Came
Alton Ellis – Whiter Shade of Pale
The Flamingos – I Only Have Eyes For You

Subscribe to future transmissions via iTunes and/or through the RSS, HERE. Imagery via d norsen.


For those familiar with the sentiment, Kristofferson never penned or sang a sadder song — and no version is more potent than this, found on the 2010 collection the Publishing Demos 1968-1972.

Kris Kristofferson :: Please Don’t Tell Me How The Story Ends (demo)


M.C. Taylor’s Hiss Golden Messenger albums weave a lot of layers into the songwriter’s work – folk, blues, gospel, touches of psychedelia, boogie, and raga – but with “Saturday’s Song,” a taste from his upcoming  Merge Records debut Lateness of Dancers, Taylor eases into an AOR groove, coaxing AM gold vibes that radiate with warmth. There are always dark fringes to Taylor’s words, and here he sings about escaping the mundane confines of the work week, singing about Saturday like it offers the only solace the narrator knows, but there’s always hope too, the idea of salvation or transcendence lingering somewhere out there, in some good whiskey or some holy book.

Lateness of Dancers features contributions from Taylor’s longtime collaborator Scott Hirsch, the Cook brothers of Megafaun, guitar work courtesy of AD favorite William Tyler, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig of Mountain Man, and others. It’s out September 9th and available for pre-order now. words / j woodbury

Related: Hiss Golden Messenger :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Gil Scott-Heron (1994) Spirits

Been way deep into this one over the past few months, Gil Scott-Heron’s Spirits. Released in 1994 it was Gil’s penultimate LP (he would not release another album until 2011′s I’m New Here, his last). Here’s a taste, the album’s opener – the superbad “Message To The Messengers”.

Gil Scott-Heron :: Message To The Messengers

Related: Originals: The Story Of Gil Scott-Heron – Full Documentary


Via Alton Ellis Sings Rock And Soul - Coxsone Records ‎- 1967.

Alton Ellis :: Whiter Shade Of Pale


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. Dig into this week’s playlist, further, via Maison Dufrene II.

SIRIUS 346: Jean Michel Bernard – Générique Stephane ++ Cass McCombs – Morning Star ++ Abner Jay – Cocaine ++ Crazy Horse – Dance, Dance, Dance ++ Jim Sullivan – So Natural ++ O.V. Wright – You’re Gonna Make Me Cry ++ Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces – Searchin’ For My Love ++ Don Covay – The Usual Place ++ Tony Borders – Cheaters Never Win ++ Doris Duke – Ghost of Myself ++ The Hesitations – A Whiter Shade of Pale ++ Bobby Charles – I Must Be In a Good Place Now ++ Hank Snow – Moanin’ ++ Tanya Tucker – The Baptism of Jesse Taylor ++ Kitty Wells – Delta Dawn ++ The Louvin Brothers – I Wish It Had Been A Dream ++ Jerry Lee Lewis – Lincoln ++ Kris Kristofferson – Please Don’t Tell Me How The Story Ends ++ Michael Nesmith – Some of Shelly’s Blues ++ Link Wray – Black River Swamp ++ Townes Van Zandt – When Your Dream Lovers Die ++ John Prine – The Late John Garfield Blues ++ Cowboy – Please Be With Me ++ The Beau Brummels – Tennessee Walker ++ Michael Hurley and Betsy Nichols – River In The Rain ++ Big Star – Thirteen( alternate take) ++ Karen Dalton – Something On Your Mind ++ Bill Fay – Omega Day ++ Bert Jansch – One for Jo ++ Fairport Convention – Si Tu Dois Partir ++ Sandy Denny – The Optimist ++ Matthews Southern Comfort – Road to Ronderlin ++ Richard & Linda Thompson – Jet Plane In A Rocking Chair ++ Syd Barrett – Love Song ++ John Cale – Gideon’s Bible ++ Bubblerock – Satisfaction ++ Tim Hardin – Lady Came From Baltimore ++ Loudon Wainwright III – New Paint ++ Nina Simone – Turn, Turn, Turn ++ Donovan – Celeste ++ Miriam Makeba :: Love Tastes Like Strawberries

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