Monday, May 29, 2017

SO I’M HERE SEARCHING FOR HIS GRAVE


The Stanley Brothers • Soldier’s Grave • 1966

Photo: Crosses at WW2 American Cemetery in NormandyClaudev8/Wikipedia


Originally posted Memorial Day 2016

Sunday, May 28, 2017

BLUE SUNDAY


Ry Cooder • Feelin’ Bad Blues • 1986

Get it: The UFO Has Landed

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES


There are some people
Who say we cannot tell . . .


Johnny Cash • I Was There When It Happened • 1957

LP cover: Discogs

Monday, May 22, 2017

BLUE MONDAY

It has long been said that “Monday is a mess” so we will endeavor to do our best to help you wend your way through the muck with upbeat tunes like Lightning Hopkins’ “Happy Blues for John Glenn” and other oldies of similar sentiment. And as it is Monday, we will be bookending this chapter of Blue Monday with two work songs that embody just that. It may start off “Stormin’ and Rainin’” but by month’s end you’ll be “Feelin’ Bad” no longer. Let’s catch that train and ride. . . .
—Irving Snurd, Blue Monday director of cosmetic consciousness


Lowell Fulsom • Stormin’ and Rainin’ • 1948

Friday, May 19, 2017

ODDS & ENDS

“In 1954, Christer Falkenstrom made his first radio broadcast accompanying himself on the cittra (zither) at the age of ten in Stockholm. That same night, he and his father were approached by a representative of HMV records, resulting in the recording of this song the following day. . . .”*


Christer Falkenstrom • Baklandets Vackra Maja • 1954

Get it: Black Mirror

*from the liner notes by Ian Nagoski

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

DINOSAURIC PRECEPTION ROADMAP BLUES


Here’s one by the great Simon “Mahlathini” Nkabinde and the Mahotella Queens. Mahlathini, who was known in South Africa as “The Lion of Soweto,” sounds to these ears an awful lot like a close cousin to Howlin’ Wolf. . . .


Mahlathini Nezintombi Zomgqashiyo • Kwa Volondiya • 1987

LP cover: Discogs