BO DiDDLEY ~ Hey Bo Diddley + Mr. Diddley & Mr. Berry Face Off [live 1973]

My pal AC Mercker says: 
1. Check out the foot work 
2. Dig on the dissonance 
3. Turn it up!
This is how it's done, kids. Start takin' notes (mp3)
(btw is the frkn Michael Medved at 1:07?)

Awesome Advent from Sufjan Stevens

A stunning version of my fave Advent hymn, love both the apparently haphazard and over the top production! This piece is on an amazing five CD collection Songs for Christmas. The enigmatic Sufjan also produced an incredible CD by another Greenbelt Festival favourite band who played there in 2009, The Welcome Wagon.

Welcome to Advent 2010!


Little George Sueref

Yr pal Matt Mudlow turned me on to this gentleman
This is so sweet I almost feel unworthy of hearing it.
The first time I heard this reminded me of the first time I heard Howard Tate's album.

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JUZZiE SMiTH--> WEB //Facebook //

Via the always entertaining, always brilliant Mr. Dante Fontana


Bob Lefsetz on Malcolm Holcombe

Delighted to get Bob Lefsetz' latest post this morning which happens to be about Malcolm Holcombe.  I don't remember if I first heard about Holcombe from England's  DJ Hillfunk or from No Depression mag...both happened about the same time. But not long after I saw Malcolm Holcombe in a tiny venue in Jacksonvillle with my friends Barb and Karl. We sat maybe three feet from the stage. It was like no one i'd seen before. If you ever get the chance to see Malcolm Holcombe live Please go out of your way to do it. Lefsetz' post is pasted below the vid:


I'm sitting here trying to catch up on e-mail before I hit the rain-soaked freeway and the tonality of the following e-mail, the humble quality, the fact that this guy said he was just about to give up in light of the brilliance of the linked performer made me click through.



Not sure if you have ever caught this guy before, but he is amazing. I damn near threw in the towel with the music I was playing, 'cause when I heard him - he was doing what I had in my head. This may not be the best clip, but it shows the energy he puts into his music. I always try and catch him when he comes through Austin.

Take it easy, but take it!

Aaron Franz


And I'm not watching, I'm in my mail program as the clip is unspooling in the background.  But this dude is rambling to the point of incomprehensibility and Aaron said this wasn't the best clip so I click through to Safari to turn it off and...THE GUY STARTS TO WAIL!

You know it when you see it.  It's something you feel.  Deep down inside.  It's like there's a tiny flame and suddenly a breeze comes in and turns it into a fire and ultimately a conflagration.

And it happens most when you least expect it.  And you hope and pray you're not let down, that the performer can sustain your interest, that there's not a lame chorus, that he doesn't disappoint you.  And you're hanging in there, like walking on ice from your front door to your automobile, hoping to make it without falling.  But if you slip you'll just have another disappointment in this endless series of moments we call life.  Whereas the performer has probably lost your interest forever and will fade away and not radiate.

But when it's right...

Music is something you hear.  It's not something you see.  And when you hear it, it makes you feel human.

This is completely different from what they're selling on Top Forty radio.  That's not humanity.  That's artifice.  There's a market for that.  But less of one than ever in these troubled times.  For all the lemmings following the antics of these twits desirous of getting rich there's a plethora of people who've rejected music, because it just doesn't touch them.

But if you're not touched by Malcolm Holcombe, you're not alive.  And it isn't about blowing him up, parading him in "Parade", it's the cumulative effect of multiple Holcombes that creates a scene that makes people pay attention to music, become enraptured, talk about it, devour tracks like they're food.

How does this barely coherent guy manage to knock it out of the park?

But isn't that the way it is.  The best artists are troubled.  They can't show up on time.  All they can do is this.  Lay down their story in song.

Corporations hate these people.  They want performers who will show up in the early a.m. for "Today", who won't cuss and get drunk at inopportune moments.

Cursory research tells me Malcolm Holcombe once had a deal with Geffen Records.  That's not important to me.  It's not about history, it's about performance.  Watching this clip makes me want to see him live.  Sure, I might like a record.  But the sound he gets in this room, that's the one I want.  The undiluted, unfiltered honesty.

I can't do what Malcolm Holcombe does.  That's one of the things that draws me to him.

Just listen.  This is what we're looking for. This is our roots.  This is the underpinning.  And without a basis, without music that can be summed up on one guitar in an empty room, we've got nothing.  Hearing this makes you a fan.  Not only of Holcombe, but music.

Malcolm Holcombe 9 from ricksaunders on Vimeo.


Just heard about 81 years olde Mr. Hargrove via the dudes in Old Gray Mule.
 Dig his guitar style! Love it.

The shuffling first fifteen meme...

1) Turn on your MP3 player or music player on your computer.
2) Go to SHUFFLE songs mode.
3) Write down the first 15 songs that come up–song title and artist–NO editing/cheating, please.
  1. The boy with no name – Travis
  2. Are we alright? - Show of Hands
  3. Bring 'em all in - Mike Scott
  4. He never said - Martyn Joseph
  5. Blood red sky - Seth Lakeman
  6. Why does my heart feel so bad? - Moby
  7. Superhuman touch - Athlete
  8. I grieve - Peter Gabriel
  9. Black swan song - Athlete
  10. Also Sprach Zarathustra - 2001 Space Odyssey
  11. Chasing cars - Snow Patrol
  12. You (Live 2008) - After The Fire
  13. Somebody told me - The Killers
  14. '40' - U2
  15. Walking into battle with the Lord - Chumbawamba
I supposed I am slightly puzzled this list is relatively contemporary yet my overall library is substantially more varied Intriguing that over 50% are bands that have played at the Greenbelt Festival over the years...

Thanks for the tag Phil, if you haven't been tagged yet, go for it anyway (that's you, that is!).

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SMOKE FAiRiES ~ Gastown (live)

I heart Smoke Fairies. 
Their new album is not available in the states yet but you can buy this one
You can buy the 7" of Gastown @ Mr. White's ThirdManRecords or DL @ iTunes

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 mp3 of live video below


Our man of the hour every hour, the UK's A1 bon vivant Joe Cushley hipped us to Lewis Floyd Henry. MySpace // Facebook // Twitter// OnLine
Check him:

Unsung Heroes - Lewis Floyd Henry (snippet) from IMI The Hub on Vimeo.

Creative Covenant Conclusions...

Richard Twiss (above) of Wiconi International was one of the speakers at the recent Emergent Village Theological Conversation which evoked an incredible blog post from Julie Clawson. This paragraph jumped out at, giving me a gentle sense of joy with its resonance to my concerns for the church, particularly all the turmoil over the Anglican Covenant:
The speakers had led us to see how the Bible is used as a colonizing text and how the rituals and trapping of the Western church have colonized the minds of indigenous peoples. Their dream is to find ways to do distinctly indigenous theology and develop spiritual practices that are native to who they are. They pleaded with us to stop seeing Western theology, philosophy, academia, and liturgy as the norm that all others must aspire to or at least subjugate their spiritual language to. And above all to not just allow native peoples space to pursue those paths, but to join in with them valuing their voices just as much as we value Western voices.
Let's face it, The Anglican Covenant is simply an ecclesiastical straight-jacket, therefore I support and endorse the #nocovenant campaign.

It will be interesting to see what 'action' comes out of the Emergent Village Theological Conversation... At Greenbelt 2100 Richard Rohr said 'The best criticism of the bad is the practice of the better'.


JiM JONES REVUE cover GET BACK for Mojo Mag

Shut the hell up you fkn purists and turn the dirrt up!
Jim Jones Revue ~ Get Back mp3

COWBOY JUNKiES creep the hell outta Springsteen's STATE TROOPER

Forget what you thought you knew about Cowboy Junkies. This is closer to the vibe they threw down on their first album Whites Off Earth Now. Dig it:: (mp3)


Local Live: "Old Gray Mule" performs Mali Marula from kyle goldstein on Vimeo.