Nov 29, 2013

Kitchen Cynics tribute compilation LP+CDR - now available !

YAY! Alan Davidson has been recording as the Kitchen Cynics for 25 years now - amazing folk songs from Aberdeen, Scotland. I'm thrilled to have a new Jeffrey Alexander solo recording included on his tribute compilation... along with some of my favorite artists of all time, no less. I've had the pleasure of knowing Alan for 17 years now (whoa!), released records with him, and have performed with him many times in Scotland and Providence. His music is brilliant and deserves a wider audience. Hopefully this covers compilation will help spread the word. Check out his IMPRESSIVE catalog of releases here: 
In addition to this super lovely vinyl release, you get a CDR of all the LP tracks, plus all of the original versions. Like some kind of overblown This Mortal Coil box set, you betcha. Tom Rapp (Pearls Before Swine), Ali Roberts, PG Six, Sharron Kraus, Josephine Foster, Electroscope, Kathy Baird  (Spires That In The Sunset Rise) - wow o wow! If you want one of these from me, it will be $15 + shipping (real postage costs from here in San Francisco). Europeans: get them directly from the MAN in Aberdeen. Orders/questions/what-have-you:
Sleevenotes for ‘Yesterday, Perhaps’:
In a world that is changing with increasing speed, it is up to the individual to find sanctuary and contentment in the small things, the pleasure of a summers day, tea and toast, a favourite toy, or, just maybe, the songs of Alan Davidson, their focus on local history, a sense of place and life’s small pleasures the perfect antidote for the chaos and confusion of modern day living.
For over a quarter of a century, Alan has recorded a wealth of classic tunes under the guise of The Kitchen Cynics, every album containing more than its fair share of gems, his work ethic summed up with 2007′s “Tune-A-Day” project, 365 songs/musical pieces that maintained the quality throughout, each month bringing fresh happiness to those that subscribed to the series.
Now the songs of The Kitchen Cynics are celebrated and shared by some of the finest artists working in the, loosely connected and ever expanding, Folk genre, the quality of the musicians involved a testament to the regard that Alan is held in by his peers.
Voted as gig of the year (2006) by Josephine Foster, in The Wire magazine, Alan has also been described thus “Kitchen Cynics makes me think of a meeting of Anne Briggs and Robert Fripp” by Dylan Carlson (Earth), and this seems to neatly sum up the range of sounds found on Kitchen Cynic records, quiet and loud, humour and regret, living side by side perfectly reconciled by songwriting skills of Mr Davidson, the musical landscape would be a sadder place without him. (Simon Lewis, Ptolemaic Terrascope)

Check out this lovely Kitchen Cynics track to get you in the mood...

Nov 25, 2013

So many podcasts, so many playlists

Catching up!  Pome Pome Tones, Wednesdays 8-10am on Radio Valencia

Listen to all of these here:

November 6, 2013
Solestrial Communications Number One by Alan Silva from Alan Silva
The American Way Of Love by United States Of America from United States Of America
Seraphic Borealis by Joel Andrews from I Am The Center
Rusty's House by These Trails from These Trails
Blackwaterside by Sandy Denny from North Star Grassman and The Ravens
Interuptor Beat Song by Amps For Christ from Electrosphere
Raqset El Fada by Omar Khorshid from Guitar El Chark
Always Leaving Never by Magic Hour from No Excess Is Absurd
Eastern Most 6 by Toho Sara from Toho Sara
Untitled by Hintz from Hintz
Heart Action by Fricara Pacchu from Midnight Pyre
Mother Of Pearl by Roxy Music from Stranded
Inverse / Interior Plane Of 3rd Annual Roggabogga (Behind The Scenes) by Forcefield from Roggaboggas
Orient-Occident by Iannis Xenakis from Electronic Music

November 13, 2013
One Moment Worth Years by Dave Brubeck 
Samara's Award by Kemialliset Ystavat from For Tom Carter
Marimba Mondo 2 by Moondog from The German Years
Under Ice by Kate Bush from Hounds Of Love
Two hours over two blue mountains with a cuckoo on each side, of the hours...that is by Algarnas Tradgard from Framtiden ar ett svavande skepp forankrat i forntiden
Waiting For Another Day by Water Into Wine Band
Stjarnor Och Anglar by Turid from Tredje Dagen
Conversation by Joni Mitchell from Ladies Of The Canyon
There is a time for everything, there is a time when even time will meet by Algarnas Tradgard from Framtiden ar ett svavande skepp forankrat i forntiden
Bayan Dugai by Huun-Huur-Tu from Sixty Horses In My Herd
Children Of Possibilities by Algarnas Tradgard from Framtiden ar ett svavande skepp forankrat i forntiden
Before Dawn by Spires That In The Sunset Rise from Ancient Patience
Jazz Improv by Marion Brown from East Village Other
La Rotta / Viriditas by Algarnas Tradgard from Framtiden ar ett svavande skepp forankrat i forntiden
You're Still Now Near Me Every Time by Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. from New Geocentric World Of Acid Mothers Temple
Fourpence A Day by Ewan McColl from England
Vergegenwartigung by Popol Vuh from Aquirre

November 20, 2013
Entrances by Embryo from Rocksession
Looks Like Rain by Fred Neil from Many Sides Of
Morning Rain by Sentridoh from The Original Losing Losers
Braid 1 and Leaping Song by Meredith Monk from Mercy
Dancing In My Head by Raincoats from Odyshape
Master Song by Leonard Cohen from Songs Of
Vapour by Loop from A Gilded Eternity
Raindance by Herbie Hancock from Sextant
Gotham Lullaby by Bjork and the Brodsky Quartet from Various: Monk Mix
The Killing Moon by Echo and the Bunnymen from Ocean Rain
The First Set - Area 1 by Anthony Braxton + Derek Bailey from Fist Duo Concert, 1974
Cupid Come by My Bloody Valentine from Isn't Anything
Channel One Dub by Linval Thompson
Morning by Meredith Monk from Our Lady Of Late
Town Feeling by Kevin Ayers from Joy Of A Toy
Norwegian Wood by Peter Walker from Rainy Day Raga
Standin' In The Rain by Electric Light Orchestra from Out Of The Blue
More Than Magnetic by Alastair Galbraith from Morse and Gaudylight
Hawks by Alastair Galbraith from Morse and Gaudylight
Time by La Dusseldorf from La Dusseldorf

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