Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Radiant Husk Several Potem CDR
Sudden Oak s/t CS
Sacred Hearts and Fallen Angels: The Gram Parsons 2CD
Mississippi John Hurt 1928 Sessions CS
Grateful Dead American Beauty
Grateful Dead Anthem of the Sun
Various Artists Basic Channel
Paperclip People 12" mp3s

Shit, this Radiant Husk disc is pretty good. From San Francisco, played on "reeds, tapes, keyboards, etc.", this music has both a relaxed contemplative outer shell (drony atmospherics) and a somewhat nervous and spooked center (insistent loops) - or maybe it's the other way around. Label is called Bezoar Formations, which are these. The Sudden Oak tape, also from Bezoar, is a fairly scorching/foggy Borbetomagian sax and guitar duet, good sounds but not really a vital through-listen, loses the momentum a couple times. I once bought a copy of the Gram Parsons twofer CD, G.P. and Grievous Angel, and I never got into it. Sold it back 10 years ago. Still have the Flying Burrito Brothers Further Along anthology though, I love that thing, but the solo stuff just seemed a little too bland or something. Anyway, today co-worker brought in this 2-disc box set thing on Rhino/WEA (slipcase, booklet, Mojo-type article and layout, you know the style) and it sounded quite good, I think I'm finally ready to get back to those solo albums. Still made me want to follow it up with some REALLY real country music, a Mississippi John Hurt cassette that I've had for 15 years now and it's quite simply one of the best records I own. To keep the American roots mood going I sidetracked into the Dead and of course they didn't disappoint, with two of the four or five essential studio albums they released. (Not that Beauty and Anthem are their rootsiest albums, but no matter how weird they got a la Anthem the roots were always poking out.) And then on to minimal dub techno to close the night out... things are getting a little luxurious around here, sheez....

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