SONG OF THE DAY Joe Gaston & The Crew – Without You


This little gem of a song has been in one of my playlists for ages now and after it came on yesterday in a random selection, I found I couldn’t get it out of my head for the rest of the night.

I’ve spent a little while trying to locate a date for this song but have had no joy yet, all of the information I have found about its release doesn’t include a date (so if anyone knows, do let me know?).  What I do know is that Without You was originally released on the Brass record label as the B-side to Joe Gaston’s, How Do You Know which, judging by other Brass releases, was probably put out sometime in the early 60’s.

Brass was a record label from Kansas City which primarily released 7-inch singles, covering a wide variety of genres including, garage rock, rockabilly, surf, bluegrass, psychedelic rock and r&b. It was started by Kansas City country musician Gene McKown and Geo. Hodes, Jr.(owner of Prior Brass Co.) who recorded many of the recordings in his living room.  Several of the early 7-inch releases list Brass as a division of Artel Industries, Inc. and all recordings were distributed by Bill and Leroy Davidson’s wholesale record warehouse and studio.

Without You drifts gracefully along in dreamy haze of wistful melodic guitars and longing vocals,  it gets into your head and coats your ears with its warm guitar embellishments and gentle, musing melody…and now I’ve played again, I know it will be in my head for the rest of the day (wonderful record crackles and all!)  Listen above.

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SONG OF THE DAY Jake Houlsby – Oklahoma


Newcastle-based Jake Houlsby has come a long way in the seven years that he has been regularly writing and recording his own music, and The LP Blog has been an avid fan ever since it discovered Jake back at the beginning of 2016.

Now signed to Tipping Point Records, the young folk artist is due to release his second EP, Vondelpark, this May and has shared the second track from this.  Oklahoma pivots around a nice hefty rhythm with Jake’s smooth vocals a gentle contrast.  The song has a warm, welcoming feel whilst the overall sound is vast, big, warm and enveloping, providing the perfect excuse to switch off lose yourself for three and a half happy minutes! 

When asked what had inspired Jake to write a song about a state far, far away from his UK homeland, here’s what Jake had to say:

“There’s something about the American South that has always enchanted me. I’d just read Woody Guthrie’s autobiography a few years ago when I remember seeing Oklahoma and getting this weird feeling of discount and nostalgia. I wrote this song shortly after”.

Listen above and check out Jake’s forthcoming tour dates here. 

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SONG OF THE DAY Ty Segall – Black Magick


Garage-rocker Ty Segall recently released his latest offering, Sentimental Goblin, a double A-sided EP which was limited to only 1000 vinyl copies when it came out on the 17th of this month.  Each record is also pressed on half-blue, half-yellow vinyl with the cover artwork was designed by Ty himself!

Black Magick is the second of the two tracks on this EP and is both a charming and easy listen, with its laid-back Bowie-esque style and bewitching breezy vocals which repeatedly claim how, black magick will save us all..   With that in mind I’m off to burn some incense by the light of a full moon…listen and learn!

Available now, you can grab your copy of Sentimental Goblin from Ty’s Bandcamp page here.

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SONG OF THE DAY Little Walter – I Hate To See You Go


I’ve been away by the sea for a few days, with virtually no internet and plenty of fresh air to cleanse the spirit and freshen the senses! I loaded up my iPod, set the settings to shuffle and that was me sorted, what more could you ask for!

I Hate To See You Go was one of the random songs on my playlist earlier today and is a reworking of Bo Diddley’s, You Don’t Love Me (You Don’t Care), originally written in March 1955.  Never released as a single by Bo Diddley himself, this track featured on his second album, Go Bo Diddley, which was released in 1959.

In September 1955, just a few months after Bo Diddley wrote You Don’t Love Me (You Don’t Care), blues singer/songwriter (and pioneering harmonica player) Little Walter wrote and released his own adaptation of Diddley’s song.  I Hate To See You Go appeared as the B-side to Walter’s single, Too Late and, whilst both versions work perfectly for me, I do like the pace of Little Walter’s interpretation.  Listen above.

(More recently the Rolling Stones have covered Little Walter’s version too!).

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SONG OF THE DAY Vincent Ahehehinnou – Best Woman


NOTICE: The Listening Post Blog is taking a short break and will be back on Monday 27th March! Whilst away, new sounds will continue to be sourced so that there will be plenty to share upon my return! See you soon.. In the meantime, enjoy this great afrobeat track from 1978! 

Vincent Ahehehinnou’s voice has been a prominent part of afrobeat ever since the early 60’s when he began recording and singing with the voodoo funk, afrobeat, highlife and latin jazz band, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo.

The band was first formed in 1966 in the town of Cotonou and recorded around 500 songs between the late 1960’s and early 1980’s, playing a variety of musical styles for various Beninese record labels. Their debut album was originally released in 1973.

In early 1978, Vincent Ahehehinnou left the Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou without explanation. He had been one of their principal vocalist since 1968 and had helped transform them from a hard-charging nightclub band into a musical powerhouse and Africa-wide sensation.  For nearly forty years, the reasons behind Vincent’s sudden departure remained a mystery. …Until now…

German label Analog Africa uncovered the reasons behind this when they recently reissued Vincent’s first post-Poly-Rhythmo album, Best Woman. This album has been out-of-print for close to four decades and is nearly impossible to find outside West Africa but has now been re-released.  In an interview that accompanies this album, Vincent goes into great detail explaining the reasons for his abrupt departure and how a serious altercation with the band’s manager Adissa Seidou found Vincent both threatened and pushed out of the band!

Vincent had been forced out of the band he had helped build. He tried his hand at various business ventures, but soon realised that the pull of music was too strong. On a business trip to Nigeria, Vincent met with Ignace de Souza of Benin’s Black Santiago band, who agreed to arrange Vincent’s songs, assemble musicians, and book a session at the legendary Decca Studios in Lagos.

Best Woman was soon released on Nigeria’s Hasbunalau Records in 1978, and original pressings are now highly-prized collector’s items.  Analog Africa has recently reissued this album which is great news because this great selection of songs are once again available at an attainable price.  Today’s song is title track, Best Woman ( sang in English) which revolves around a fantastic driving beat, striking horns and lively vocal melody. Listen above..

Read lots more about Vincent Ahehehinnou and pre-order your copy of Best Woman (due April 20th) on Analog Africa’s Bandcamp release page here.

 

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SONG OF THE DAY Caretakers of Deception – Cuttin’ Grass


I was having a little music browse this evening when I stumbled upon this absolute gem of an album! Released earlier this month and following on from their 2007 Rockabilly compilation, producer’s/DJ’s Keb Darge & Cut Chemist have got together once again to explore the wonderful world of 1960s Garage music! What a bonus!

Titled, Keb Darge & Cut Chemist Present The Dark Side: 28 Sixties Garage Punk And Psyche Monsters, this album is brimming with some horrendously awesome garage-psych tracks which, if you haven’t gathered already, is one of my all time favourite things!

When speaking of the album, Keb Darge had this to say:  This compilation is not aimed at the many collectors of this wonderful style of music. I am a very late arrival on this scene, and still have a hell of a lot to learn, and buy. This is more for people like I was just three years ago, people oblivious to beauty, power, and excitement of the sixties garage sound.

..though I have to say Keb, I’ve been listening to this music for years and there’s still one or two on this compilation I’m not familiar with! It’s a great set of tracks, perfect for any garage-rock head out there! I’m loving it!

Taken from this album comes track, Cuttin’ Grass, a stomping, powerful, raw piece of psych-tastic, mind-bending garage-rock.  Little is known about the band behind this track, except that the Caretakers of Deception might have been from Los Angeles or somewhere in the San Fernando Valley.  Today’s song was written by T. Jones and released in 1967 on the Santus Record Company label, SS-11/12, with the B-side titled, X+Y=13...what else is there to say other than I hope you enjoy this as much as I am! Listen above.

I can highly recommend the rest of Keb Darge & Cut Chemist album, no garage-rock compilation collection should be without it! Released via BBE Records, grab your copy from here. 

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SONG OF THE DAY sir Was – In The Midst


This is one of those songs that took me a couple of listens to make my mind up about.  It had something that attracted my attention immediately, but like any music it’s all about the mood you’re at the time and tonight I’m really enjoying it.

sir Was is a Swedish artist who views music entirely without boundaries.  Loosely electronic, his work is also inspired by his experiences as a jazz saxophonist that led periods studying in Gothenburg and at the University of Kwasulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa.

Currently based in Gothenburg, sir Was is now signed to City Slang (read more about him here) and has just released a new album titled, Digging A Tunnel.  This album, according to City Slang’s artist page was, was recorded between autumn 2014 and spring 2015 in Wästberg’s favoured Gothenburg studio space, Stampen, but the record is lent its especially singular atmosphere by the strange background noises the producer employs, many from field recordings he compiled during his travels, whether maracas in Mexico or flutes from another distant land. It boasts, too, an effortless flow, reflected in Wästberg’s vocal delivery, which shifts from the aforementioned falsetto to a lazy spoken word delivery that circles round the beat rather than landing on it.

First track from this album is today’s upbeat track, In The Midst.  It’s got a great beat, a funky soulful melody and vocals that effortlessly shifts between the flow of singing and the rhythm of spoken word, it’s got a great feel. Check it out above.

Available now, grab your copy of Digging A Tunnel from here.

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SONG OF THE DAY Cyril Diaz & His Orchestra – Taboo


Courtesy of the great Soundway records (yet again), I was first introduced to the exotic sounds of Cyril Diaz & His Orchestra nearly two years ago when I featured Voodoo at the end of May 2015.

Originating from 1950’s Trinidad, Cyril Diaz was renowned for the “rich and smooth tone” of his tenor sax playing, creating fine Cuban-calypso sounds and traditional Latin tunes with his music.

In 2011 Soundway Records reissued one of the bands EP’s titled, Voodoo, which is where today’s song comes from.  This EP consisted of four instrumental tracks, all of which were inspired by traditional Cuban styles, Haitian and Trinidadian Latin music.

Listen to the fantastic Taboo above and check out the rest of the EP here.

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SONG OF THE DAY Flamingods – Kewali


“We like to make noise with instruments collected from around the world.” Flamingods.

The Flamingods are an exquisite blend of 5 musicians, all of whom are greatly inspired by world music and instrumentation.  Pronounced ‘fla-min-gods’, they see their calling as an otherworldly beast combining their favourite animal – the flamingo – with mythology.

Their sound is cross-cultural and blends a myriad of genres and styles together, each rhythm and melody inspired from a different corner of the globe from as far as Japan, Turkey, India, Tanzania and the Amazon; the band have even been known to operate from various locations all across the world whilst recording one album!

The band have been working on a new 4-track EP titled, Kewali, which is set to be released via Moshi Moshi Records this May.  Ahead of its release the band have shared its title track which I can’t get enough of, I love it!  I like the way it’s hypnotic slow start gives nothing away and how it transforms halfway through.  Initially the pace is gentle, gradually building and gathering ever-so-slowly, vocals are sweet and graceful and the melody is delicate.  About halfway through this all changes but you have to listen yourself to see how..

This is one song I can see myself getting lost in for many hours to come and I can’t wait to hear the rest of the EP.

Talking about the title track, the band say: “‘Kewali’ is a song deep-rooted in love and the idea of celebrating what’s around you; to be accepting and open to new experiences and cultures. It’s something we felt particularly passionate about whilst writing the EP, given the uncertainty felt by so many around the world right now.”

 

Pre-order Kewali from the The Flaming God’s Bandcamp page here. 

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SONG OF THE DAY The Echo Oh’s – Up The River


An email alert came through last night to tell me that psych-surf rockers, The Echo Oh’s, had released a new song and I was rather eager to give it a listen!

It’s not often a band comes along where you can say that you are into everything they release, but with this Auckland 3-piece, I’ve relished all their offerings so far!..and new song, Up The River’ is no exception!

Consisting of Guy Forks on guitar, Yolanda Fagan on Guitar/Bass/vocals and Emlyn Williams on Drums, this young New Zealand 3-piece create an interesting blend of primitive Rock ‘n’ Roll and swamp-pop.  Screeching through the darkness comes the intense roar of Yolanda Fagan,  echoing her ‘Ohs’ and piercing her yelp’s against a backdrop of a deeply deranged bass lines and shady psych-tastic guitar melodies.  Their sound lurks in the shadows, far away from the sunshine haze of jangle pop, with their latest track a testament to the bands garage, post-punk persuasions.

Up The River appears on the band’s forthcoming album, Hot Pockets, which is due for release this June via 1:12 Records (who have also released records for the likes of Roy Irwin, Las Tetas, The Conjurors, and The Cavemen).

The record was recorded by guitarist Guy Forks at the trio’s old Waist Deep studio on a TEAC four-track tape machine, and then mastered by Spot On Sound in the States. In an interview I read on Under The Radar’s website, front woman Yolanda Fagan had this to say of the record:

“It’s a good mix of the songs that represent us. Some spooky thematic instrumental, some short two minute crackers. It’s somewhat live feeling but we’ve put a few extra pieces in there. That’s a bit new for us. We like to keep it stripped back up this time Guy and I had fun adding very subtle overdubs.”

Accompanying the new single comes a rather hypnotic video which you can watch above.

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