Monday, November 28, 2011

West African Afro-beat & Blues (1968-1981)

i'll kick this post off with some De Frank and His Professionals:

and because everyone loves compilations, especially when they're awesome:

Afro-Beat Airways: West African Shockwaves - Ghana & Togo 1972-1978 (2010)
"Consistent to the last, West African Shock Waves is another fine installment in a series that threatens to become as essential a glimpse into obscure and vintage African music as the Ethiopiques series – and that’s high praise indeed." -BBC

Ghana Soundz
vol.1 (2007)

Ghana Soundz
vol.2 (2007)

Ghana Special-Modern Highlife, Afro Sounds & Ghanaian Blues 1968-1981 (2009)


p.s. get your soundway copies here

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Dirty Gold - Overboard (2011)

i guess what i used to think was called 'dreampop' is called 'chillwave' now? that's kind of annoying, because when that term came up, message boards made me think it existed solely for that wavves prick. i guess it's a good, descriptive term though actually.
anyway, if imma be posting more again, expect some chillwave :)

finding out about this one comes with a fittingly bittersweet story, but that's not what this blog is for.


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Charles Bradley - No Time For Dreaming (2011)

completely forgot to post this album upon its release this january by Daptone Records (again great stuff after Sharon Jones and El Rego). the andrew and i were raving about bradley during the jerusalem days, good times. in any case: 12 tracks of banging soul&funk with a sublime backing band.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Mountain Goats - Get Lonely (2006)

i recommend seeing the mountain goats live. john darnielle jokes about when he wanted to commit suicide, explains song lyrics, takes requests and helps sell his own shirts after the gig. just the best dude.

and after years of listening to the same mountain goats albums i recently discovered 'get lonely'; a fucking bleak reflection on loss with darnielle on the verge of a mental breakdown.

or buy some records here