Monthly Archives: August 2018

SONG OF THE DAY Jonathan Richman – Let Her Go Into the Darkness

I don’t ever need much persuading to put a little Jonathan Richman on here, so when today’s song came up in a playlist I’d compiled a few months back, I looked no further for a song suggestion… Jonathan Richman was … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Big Mama Thornton – I Smell a Rat

Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton only notched one national hit in her lifetime, but it was a true monster.  Hound Dog held down the top slot on Billboard’s R&B charts for seven long weeks in 1953.  Alas, Elvis Presley’s rocking 1956 … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Abner Jay – My Middle Name is the Blues

I was at a complete loss tonight for a song and then this little stunner presented itself to me and I was immediately smitten…this is something else! Born in Fitzgerald, Georgia in 1921 Abner Jay was a multi-instrumentalist best known … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Hector Rivera – Pa’ que lo puedan gozar

Who doesn’t feel completely energised when confronted with a barrage of glistening horns firing at you from a lively loaded latino salsa funk song such as this!!!??? Originally released on Latin pianist, composer, arranger, bandleader and producer, Hector Rivera’s 1970 … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Karen Dalton – It Hurts Me Too (with “Katie Cruel” for good measure!)

Katie Cruel introduced me to Karen Dalton many moons ago and on the strength of that one song (sublime track!), I sought out a couple of her albums.  In the right mood, I can listen to these from start to finish … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard – The One I Love is Gone

American bluegrass singer-songwriter, double bassist and guitarist, Hazel Jane Dickens began making music in the 1960’s when she teamed up with her friend, the bluegrass singer, banjoist and guitar player, Alice Gerrard. Known for her lonesome singing style Dickens vocals … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Johnny West – Tears Baby

Apart from the fact that this is a mighty gorgeous track, I absolutely adore the conviction of its delivery.  It’s raw, its pained and the hurt cries out from Johnny West’s soulful, desperate vocals with immense tenacity…how could you not … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY The Heliocentrics – “Mr. Owusu, I Presume?”.

Best know for their eclectic fusions of hip-hop, funk, jazz, psych, world and electronica, The Heliocentrics have been blessing the ears of many an avid listener with their genre-defying compositions for over 10 years now.  And it’s not just musical … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Beak> – Brean Down

Krautrock trio, Beak> have recently announced a new album which will release next month on Invada Records & Temporary Residence.  Formed in 2009 by three Bristol musicians, Billy Fuller, Matt Williams and Portishead’s Geoff Barrow, the band’s third offering is titled “>>>” … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Shagrat The Vagrant- Beautiful Deceiver (Demo Version 1)

Steve Peregrin Took was the original Pink Fairy who left T-Rex in 1969 so that he could start working on his own songs, either as a solo musician or fronting bands such as Shagrat. Last month Shagrat’s LP, Pink Jackets Required was … Continue reading

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