Candlemas Rocker Service...

Clearly Archdruid Eileen of the Beaker Folk of Husborne Crawley has the gift of prophecy as the posting on Saturday 29th; 'Middle Age Rocker Service' was somewhat matched by the real thing this Sunday. In many ways 'Middle Aged' is on the gracious side for After The Fire (ATF) and our extra team of acoustic musicians (no Fender Squier but we did have a genuine Dobro) in our nine piece ensemble. Also whilst our repertoire, although ambitious and not quite as adventurous as Voodoo Chile, I must gently point out we did not actually play 'Joy' during the offertory this time...!

Here is the list of spiritual songs we played that formed the Musical Liturgy:
Sometimes - After The Fire
Help - The Beatles
How Deep the Father's Love - Hymn
Ride Back Home - John Mellencamp
Are We Alright - Steve Knightley/Show of Hands
When the Trumpet of the Lord shall Sound - Hymn
I'll Fly Away - Hymn
Dark Side, I'm not an Angel - After The Fire
Time To Think - After The Fire
Meet Me - Rob Halligan
Laser Love - After The Fire
Jesus! What a Friend for sinners - Hymn
Did Trouble Me - Susan M. Werner / Tom Jones
You - Rob Halligan
Here is Love - Hymn

If doubts overcome, then check it out! Download the whole order of service sheet here!

ATF return to the full rock edition later this month, with US made Strats, February 26th, Rock for Fairtrade, Burgess Hill and then a Water project fundraiser here on Mersea Island on 19th March.



I Wish So Bad...

The Voice Project is a brilliant website that was setup to support Northern Ugandan women that have suffered much over the last few years. On a visit by The Voice Project the ladies sang their local songs and then asked to be taught one by their visitors. They learnt 'Suitcase', written by Joe Purdy, which was filmed as they sang it a capella. This video was eventually shown to Joe and the idea of filming artists performing, typically, an unplugged version of another artist's song which would then be then passed along as a 'baton' in a musical relay to the next artist.

As well as some rock premiership names including Peter Gabriel, which I featured here, and Mike Mills of REM who, impressively, recorded one of Billy Bragg pieces there are number of excellent lower league contributions as per the video above.

I find these very uplifting, as, taking The Shivers (above) for example, the performers clearly love the song they've chosen and their interpretation is uniquely special. They take ownership of the song giving these candid films a moment which captures the passion and emotion they pour out of their spirit.... Wonderful!


INTRODUCiNG PETE WEARN: My journey to the blues, or how R.L. Burnside saved me from a lifetime of polite jazz appreciation.

Pete Wearn is the singer for .44 Pistol, a dirty blues three-piece from Stafford, which is in England's West Midlands region.  Fun Facts: Stafford was founded around 700AD, was originally known for it's shoe making abilities, Dave Gorman is a hometown boy, and Climax Blues Band hail from Stafford.  Pete has agreed to allow me to nick some of the writing he does for his own for his own blog and post it here at Deep Blues.  You can/should DL three tracks from .44 Pistol's new homemade (recorded in Pete's dining room) album titled Served Raw at SoundCloud

My journey to the blues, or how R.L. Burnside saved me 
from a lifetime of polite jazz appreciation.
The Conventional History of The Blues, as recorded by a British music scholar or American folklorist in the mid nineteen-sixties, states that blues music was born in the Mississippi Delta in the twenties and thirties where men like Robert Johnson played blues in Juke Joints or farm shacks, drank bad whisky and picked fights. As mechanisation made large numbers of agricultural workers obsolete The Blues moved north to Chicago, where men like Muddy Waters plugged in their guitars and invented the electric blues. Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn and ZZ Top were only a step away.

This, it's probably unnecessary to say, is a bit of a simplification.

Which brings me to my own epiphany. Having loved blues from an early age, by about seventeen I'd grown tired of widdly guitar solos and the hunt for the next SRV. I'd got into the uber-sophisticated world of jazz, where music isn't loved on a gut level, but appreciated for it's cleverness. Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk, although clearly brilliant musicians, have never produced music you can dance to. I'd downloaded a song by this chap called R.L. Burnside, I'm not sure exactly where from, but it was in the glorious free-for-all of the first rush of Napster, so that would be a likely contender. Having quite enjoyed it I picked up an album, I think during my travels in Australia, and I was totally blown away.

What the usual version of blues-history skims over is the fact that the exodus north was by no means universal. Plenty of people stayed behind in Mississippi. Some, like Burnside himself, moved north but didn't like it and so went home to drive tractors. These people didn't give up their culture and traditions, but neither did they preserve them in stone. They bought electric guitars, and John Lee Hooker records and listened to the radio and learnt off their neighbours and went largely unnoticed by everyone in the outside world who were too busy listening to Stevie Ray and Buddy Guy as the people of North Mississippi created the trance-like dirty, wonderful blues music that I first discovered as I listened to that R.L. Burnside CD.

So Miles Davis was just a fad for me. In the next couple of years I'd resumed playing the harmonica, taken up guitar and started learning Son House slide licks. Almost ten years on and I've been working steadily as a musician for a little over three years, and I'm desperate to give up the day job. I've done my share of drifting, but I like to think that moment, when I first fell back into love with blues music was the first step on the road to where I am now.

SMOKE FAiRiES ~ Strange Moon Rising (new video)

HiLL STOMP HOLLAR, an early lost documentary on Fat Possum Records now on YouTube

I've had a nice bootleg copy of Brad Beesley's Fat Possum Records documentary Hill Stomp Hollar for many years. I was sworn to secrecy as to where I got it.  I'd heard rumors or seen mention of it on rare occasion but could never find info on it until a friend on the olde Yahoo blues site Too Bad Jim hooked me up with a VHS copy. What a revelation! Here were all the Fat Possum guys I'd read or heard but had no hope of ever seeing in action. For some reason the project was shelved. I never new why until this interview with Beesley in 2001:

"Beesley's first movie, Hill Stomp Hollar, explores the world of Fat Possum Records, a Mississippi-based indie label that specializes in the particular style of blues found in the northern nether regions of that state -- "not the same ole blues crap," says one participant. It's heavy on slide and is filled with artists whose "scars are on their ankles and in their music." Featured in the film full of juke joints and house parties are R.L. Burnside (who has opened for the Beastie Boys and will appear at the Ozark Blues Festival September 8 in Springfield, Missouri); T-Model, whose limited career has left him basically homeless; and Cedell Davis, who has adapted his musical technique to his polio affliction by manipulating the neck of his guitar with a butter knife. The men tell their experiences in prisons, chain gangs and liquor stores. And though their following is fervent, it's extremely limited. Says Matthew Johnson, who started the label, "We have 800 dedicated fans. When one dies, it's felt."  Johnson, however, was less than pleased with the movie, Beesley says. "They hated it so much, the label has bought the film back from me. They tried to stop its showing at the 1999 South by Southwest festival, but the organizers showed it anyway. Wherever I show it now, it has to be at a not-for-profit affair." Nevertheless, the film is adept at capturing an unappreciated sect of songwriters and musicians who regale fans with stories of homicide, "ass-pocket whiskey" and the "fat women of Pine Bluff, Arkansas." "Once I turned on the camera," Beesley recalls, "they really didn't understand the consequences of what they were saying."

Years later another Fat Possum Records documentary was released called You See Me Laughin' and it contained a lot of the same stuff that was in Hill Stomp Hollar, and much, much, more. I'm glad to see this dusted off and posted for everyone to see. Thanks to Richard Metzger's allways terrific Danger Minds blog for posting it first.

SPiN MAGAZiNE: MAY 1997: The story of Fat Possum Records by Mike Rubin

Here's an early chronicle of the story behind
Fat Possum Records and it's stable of blues giants.
This runs on pages 74 to 82 then 128 to 131.
Thank You to Elam McKnight for remembering this!

R.L. BURNSiDE - LiVE iN LONDON 1992 (3 videos)

Dontcha Just Hate People Who Don't 
Allow You To Embed a Video? Pfft.

Dust My Broom- Watch Video 
Steal: mp3

Goin' Away Baby- Watch Video
Steal: mp3


FYI- the resonator CBG Hollowbelly is playing
is made by Cigar City Cigar Box Guitars

Haiti refugee camps - Sprawl with Arcade Fire

An incredible trailer for a forthcoming film called 'The Country Club' featuring superimposed images of the refugee camps and stores in Haiti over Google Earth maps of the area set to Arcade Fire's haunting track Sprawl (Flatland)...
the only golf course in Haiti has become an impromptu home to tens of thousands living beneath tarps due to a devastating earthquake. Out of the estimated half-million left homeless, this short documentary follows one 12-year old boy struggling to find hope despite heavy rains, instability, and a future unknown.
h/t coolpeoplecare


NYC Shea Stadium 2/4

LSTN is stoked to present:

Silk Fowers Record Release
Shea Stadium 8PM $7 (20 Meadow st.)

Special Guest:
Rafael Amadeus Frankenstein (Raphael Lyon/Mudboy)


Enjoy the music of Jean-Rene Ella
More info HERE plus free 2 song Download.


BESSiE JONES w/HOBART SMiTH + FiFE & DRUM: Reg'lar Reg'lar Rollin' Under

Losing it in church...

Received a link to this video today and felt considerable resonance to thoughts concerning church worship and services that I have been struggling to articulate after much reflection. It seems what happens in churches is often very inflexible and Mark Pierson, author of The Art of Curating Worship: Reshaping the Role of Worship Leader, unpacks that concern in a compelling and concise way...

h/t Clayfire Curator


LOWEBOW FEST- Celebrating The Work of Diabolical Cigar Box Guitar Luthier John Lowe - March 19th - Orlando, FL

Join auteur Nick Reddit , along with Ben Prestage, Hymn For Her, and PurgatoryHill, as we celebrate the the handiwork of world famous cigarbox guitar luthier John Lowe. A lot of folks make cigarbox guitars but John Lowe's Lowebow pushes the envelope of what's possible with the lowly CBG. No-Brow Productions will be filming this event for a future documentary and Johnny Lowebow himself will be performing as well. 
Tickets are available now from  Space is limited and this thing will sell out.

@ Will's Pub 1040 N. Mills Ave. Orlando, FL

Travelodge is offering discounted rooms. 
Just tell 'em you are attending Lowebow Fest. 
Travelodge,  409 N. Magnolia Ave, Orlando Fl 32801


Konrad Wert, aka Possessed By Paul James, is a musical iconoclast. As Brian @ Nine Bullets blog (re: PPJ playing The Deep Blues Festival '08) so aptly puts it: 

"Watching him was more like watching a person give birth to music than it was watching a person play music".  

Live, Possesed By Paul James is an experience like no other.  Raw, challenging, literate, thoughtful and free.  This recording, while somewhat more controlled than his live show, is no less powerful and just as thoughtful.  The intensity of the live performance still shines through bright and clear  but slightly more refined.  Drawing from the deep well of American roots music, PPJ takes the immediacy, vigor, and grit of old timey country music, melds it with the soul of early gospel and blues, and channels it all thru the power of punk rock.  Feed The Family (Hillgrass/Bluebilly Records) is already at the top of many Best Of lists (mine included) and deservedly so. At once unique and original sounding and, at the same time, familiar and inviting, Possessed By Paul James' new release is a powerful document that grows with each listen.  In performance, live and otherwise, Konrad lays his heart and soul out on the stage and sings, kicks, howls, grunts, grinds and wails the dirt off 'em until they stand clean, shining, and glowing and on fire.  It's real, raw, and wholly honest music played as if it might be the last time.  And for me that's what it's all about. If you are not prepared to die for the song then get yr ass off that stage and don't play it.  I'm sure Konrad/Possessed By Paul James would agree.

Possessed By Paul James @ MySpace // web // Facebook //

Hillgrass Blue/Bluebilly Records @ MySpace // Facebook // Blog

BUY Feed The Family // Direct from PBPJ // iTunes // DL via Amazon
BUY The Folksinger DVD/CD

Possessed By Paul James also appears, along with Scott H Biram, Wayne Hancock, Bob Log III, Jawbone, William Elliot Whitmore, Rev. Peyton, and others, on the terrific Independent Music Award winning dbl album Hiram and Huddie: A tribute to the music of Hank Williams and Leadbelly (Hillgrass/Bluebilly Records) // Buy @ Amazon DL or CD // iTunes Vol 1 Vol 2

Get to know the the force that is Possessed By Paul James:

Konrad's music is featured in the upcoming film HiGHWATER:

Konrad previously starred, along with Scott H Biram, and Tom VandenAvond, Reverend Deadeye, Ghostwriter, and others in the powerful and gorgeous film The Folk Singer:

Icons that rock...

It's taking me a while to understand how religious icons could enhance the mystical experience of worship... the question is does this help or hinder any progress in my thinking?!

h/t Father Simon


Hunchin’ at the Crossroads – the Life and Music of Hasil Adkins

by Elizabeth Bissette
Once upon a time, in a holler far, far away, a music revolution was born when the cries of Hasil “The Haze” Adkins, the last of ten Adkins children, first echoed across Appalachia. No one knows the exact date of the event. Though it was recorded in a family Bible, the Bible was lost.
At an early age, Hasil beat out insane rhythms on a milk can for hours. He soon discovered that, if he hung around long enough, the adults around him would get drunk enough to let him play their guitars. Hasil also played Bluegrass music with D. Ray White, a musician and mountain dancer who is the subject of the Hank Williams III song, “The Legend of D. Ray White” and father of Jesco White the infamous Boone County Dancing Outlaw
D.Ray’s remarkable dancing was recorded in a documentary “Talking Feet” by Mike Seeger and Ruth Pershing. His son, Jesco White, was recorded in two documentaries, one for PBS, “The Dancing Outlaw” and later “Jesco Goes to Hollywood”. Jesco has since performed with Hank III on several occasions and is currently working on a new reality programming project for Johnny Knoxville’s production company and MTV. Hasil Adkins was like an uncle to Jesco and his sister Mamie who literally grew up at his feet.
Adkins sent out hundreds of DIY tapes and records from his remote Boone County holler causing musical and cultural ripples that washed up on everybody’s back porch from The Cramps to Hank III. Hasil Adkins was one of a kind force of nature heard round the world that continues to echo with the timeless quality of true art.
Through his music, Rockabilly was rounded out, (he’s named, along with Elvis, as a “book-end” of the genre), the first, (and subsequent) rounds of Punk were heavily influenced and Psychobilly was born.. The odds of this happening would have been, for the average person, insurmountable.
But Hasil Adkins was anything but an average person, as a new documentary about him by film-maker, musician and painter R.Smith reflects. (, I recently had the opportunity to speak with Smith about Hasil, their music and the film, “MY BLUE STAR: the life & hunchin’ times of Hasil Haze Adkins”. The preview just screened at the 2008 DEEP BLUES Music & Film Festival in St.Paul, Minnesota, where it won 1st place in the Previews & Trailers category.

The MY BLUE STAR preview was also just shown August 21 at the prestigious and totally rockin’ DON’T KNOCK THE ROCK MUSIC & FILM FESTIVAL in Hollywood, CA.
On Hasil’s music, which combines a multitude of elements, Smith said, “Punk, Blues and Country all talk about real things, things that sometimes are ugly, painful bad subjects, good stuff too, but real stuff. It’s that place out there on the edge that mainstream suburbia isn’t comfortable with. It brings you to a kind of crossroads. When sections of music and culture bump into each other, that’s where interesting things happen.”
Hasil’s songs ranged from sad, soulful country ballads to shrieking frenzies with eccentric titles like, “No More Hot Dogs”, “Peanut Butter Rock & Roll”, “Chicken Walk” and “Chicken Flop”, in fact, Adkins recorded an entire album of songs about chicken “Poultry In Motion”and cited Col. Harlan Sanders as one of his primary influences in general along with Hank Williams, Little Richard and Jimmie Rodgers.
His performances were equally eccentric. For example, he became well known for a wild, sexually suggestive dance called “The Hunch” and for employing catchphrases like “I want your head on my wall”, “Do the Chicken Walk”, “Hunch that thing!” and “Boo Boo the Cat”.

“Hasil truly lived his persona yet he would have been the first to say that nobody could sustain that over the top psychobilly mindset all the time.” Smith said. “One interesting thing about him was that he contained a lot of duality. It wasn’t so much contradiction as duality. There were a lot of ironic things about him that didn’t make sense at
first, but as you got to know him they came together. He didn’t have much formal education but was a complete news junkie that read and studied politics all the time. He loved discussing politics and current events as well as hunchin’ and the glories of fried chicken.”

“Most people, if they know of him at all, are either familiar with the really wild music of his album “Out To Hunch” or they associate him with The Cramps, so that’s a weird perception right there. But people who really appreciate him as a musician like the wild side but also know about his hardcore Country music, which is what he started out in the 50′s as, a crazy hillbilly mountain jack. He even went through a period doing electric Chicago Blues.He was like a spong, he soaked up everything, even Gospel and Bluegrass too.”
“In the ’50s, he toured with Patsy Cline and the Collins Kids, played on Townhall Party and got hooked up with the guy who handled Ritchie Valens and was really close to getting a major record deal when his father died. When that happened, Haze went back to West Virginia. The story goes that the guy came back with a contract a half hour after Hasil’s bus had left town.

As a child Hasil had heard one person singing on the radio and thought they were playing several instruments all by themselves so as a result he mastered a wide range of instruments and could play many of them simultaneously and began performing and recording as a One Man Band, partly out of his own necessity as much as his own unique vision.
“When he got back home he started doing his one man band thing.”, Smith said, “He was living in obscurity in a remote holler. He didn’t have a band but he didn’t let that stop him. He didn’t let anything stop him. For the next decade he kept doing records and demos on his own and sending them to people, everybody from Sam Phillips to Ed Sullivan to Richard Nixon. He mailed off hundreds of demos. The walls of his shack and trailer were literally papered with thousands of both fan letters and rejection letters. But it was all good to Haze.”
“Another thing about Hasil was, he wasn’t afraid to just stop on a dime and do something different. He would make up songs on the spot. I’ve seen him do it, music just flowed out of him.”
One song of his I taped one night in Chapel Hill called, “She Left Early in the Morning” starts as a slow spooky Delta Blues then shifts gears into a jumpin’ Boogie then shifts gears again into overdrive into a flat-out Punk Rock screamer all in the same song! He came offstage after he’d played it and I said,
“Hasil, that was amazing. What was that?”
“He said, “I made it up tonight. Did you record it?”
“I said yes and he said, “Good because I don’t think I’ll remember it tomorrow.”
“He was fearless. When he went on stage he didn’t give a damn if you liked him or not, he was there to party and ROCK the joint. He wanted you to have a good time but it wasn’t all about ego or trying to be cool. He was just having a good time and raising hell.
“He taught me that, most of the time, you don’t have to be best musician or greatest singer. Most people drinking in a bar are drinking to get their mins off other stuff and just wanna have a good time and if you do too, most of the time they’ll help you! Coming off with a rock star attitude or some deep message, the whole, “Be quiet! Listen!” thing, people have always had a short span for that and these days, people’s attention spans are shorter than ever.
As for Smith’s own music, it, somewhat eerily, all seems to have started 20 years ago.
“In ’88, I was sitting at a friends house listening to the blues and we started talking about going down to Louisiana and getting a “mojo”. Two hours later, we were in a car headed South. They say the Lord looks out for drunks and fools and we were both of those things.
“It just so happened that the day we rolled into New Orleans was the first day of the 1988 Jazz and Heritage Festival and the first person we ran into was a real hoodoo woman named Priestess Ava K. Jones, who said she was the Great-great-great Grand-daughter of Marie Laveau.


I don’t know if that true but she was the only person listed under Voodoo in the New Orleans phone book, for real.”
“We met her at her Voodoo shop in the French Quarter, like, where else would you look fir a mojo, right? … and she asked what she could do for me and I said, “Priestess, I’d like to get a Mojo.
“She said, “What kind of mojo you want? To help with women? gambling? love?”
“No, I said, “I want to be a musician. I’d like Mojo to help my inner voice come out through my music.”
“She said, “Oh, that’s a wonderful, unselfish thing to ask for, I’m going to make you special Mojo.”
“So she put some things in a bag, said prayers over it and told me to keep it in my pocket or a special place and to never open it. All I can say is, I don’t know if it worked or not but it seems to have.
“Then she said, “I done all I can do chile’. You need to go to the crossroads now.”
“I said, “You’re making fun, you’re pullin’ my leg.
“She said, “No, honey. I ain’t gonna tell you what to do when you get there but take your guitar.”
“So, we went up Highway 61 to Clarksdale, Mississippi to Jim O’Neil’s shop Stackhouse Records 

and the had just opened up the Delta Blues Museum there too, and we went to see Jim and said, “We were in New Orleans and a voodoo priestess told us to come to the crossroads.”
“Jim said, “Well, you can do that, but I recommend you go oiver to Wade Walton’s Jukejoint Barbershop and get yourself a guitar lesson and a haircut instead.”

“So that’s exactly what we did, we walked in and everything got real quiet. We said, “Hi Wade, Jim O’Neill just sent us over here to get a guitar lesson.”
“He sent us in the back and told us to get a beer and wait till he was done cutting another customer’s hair. then he came back and said, “Y’all want to learn to play the blues -where’s your guitar?”
“I went and got my box and he starts playing, then reaches in a drawer, takes out a pair of wirecutters and cuts off my top string puts it in open G tuning and says, “Take this home, play with it as much as you play with yourself and when it starts feeling ½ as good you’ll be a guitar player.”
“So that was my introduction to the Blues and to guitar playing and I’ve been wankin off ever since! Hahaha”
Possibly in part from that, but largely due to Hasil, Smith is now a performer too after many years of playing at home or “woodshedding it” as he calls it and has started taking to the stage with his own one man band incarnation CuzN Wildweed.
“I wouldn’t be playing music if not for Hasil Adkins. I can’t play like Hasil but he taught me about abandon and giving yourself over to the muse and the beat and not caring if anybody else likes it as long as YOU like it. That’s what it’s all about, just having fun and rockin’ out!
“If you were friends with Hasil, he was gonna get you playin’ music. It didn’t matter if you played it or not or wanted to play it. He was gonna get you to play.”
“People play music for different reasons. Some people play because they have natural ability, some to get attention or girls, some have some weird pain or message they want to convey or express. Others just play because it feels good. In my case, I never considered myself as having an innate talent, I just like to rock because it feels good!”
Wildweed, who kicked off the recent 2008 DEEP BLUES Music & Film Festival both as a musician and filmmaker has opened for Joe Buck from Hank III’s Damn Band, The Pack A.D., Dexter Romweber, Vapor Rhinos, Memphis Johnny Lowebow and a whole slew of new gen Punk Blues and Heavy Metal headbangers. 

Cuz says a YouTube video from JESCOFEST that ignited Wildweed fever in the cult underground but that he often gets mixed reactions depending on the venue and crowd, and went on to describe being sometimes well received and sometimes literally unplugged. But, that seems to be part of his point.
“Picasso often said The ugly may become beautiful, but the pretty never.” That’s kinda where I’m coming from. Some of what I do is ugly, but sometimes when it works there’s beauty there too.”
For example, the night he incorporated a two string electric broomstick into his act,
“I’d played it there before and done some pretty weird shit and never had a problem. But one night I pulled it out and dared the audience for me to plug it in. I did a song I made up on spot and halfway through the owner came running up screaming that I had to either turn it down or he was pulling the plug. After the set he said, “Cuz. you’re welcome back here, but I don’t want to ever see that thing in my bar again!”
“But I make no apologies or excuses, I say if you book the devil then be prepared to raise some hell, dammit! I love feedback, I love strange aural textures, I create sonic gutpiles that are interpreted not just with your ears but hopefully with a little bit of your soul too. Sometimes that’s painful. On a good night, when it’s working the way it’s supposed to, it’s like really hard sex where it feels really good but kinda hurts a little too. On an off night when it’s not, it’s like bad carpet burns. That’s the risk of reaching for Art, you gotta be willing to dare to suck. And that’s my greatest strength, I have no fear of failure. None!”
The same can be said of Hasil’s music, he did things his own way, hunched to his own beat and had no fear of rejection whatsoever. In his lifetime, he composed something like 7,000 songs and released 21 albums and 16 singles. He died much the way he lived, under unusual circumstances clouded in mystery, rumor, tragedy and tragic timing, sitting on his porch when a kid on an ATV ran him over deliberately. At the time of his death he was about to record with Hank III for the iconic double CD “STRAIGHT TO HELL” that Jesco White performs on. 


Hank III had visited Boone County to record with Jesco and was due to go back for sessions with Hasil Hasil when he passed.

Silk Flowers Record Release Show Poster

Pretty self explanatory I suppose... but just in case.

I'll hopefully be digitizing some previous poster work I've done the past in the near future.

This one was Colab. w/ Teddie Garshell

Peter Gabriel, Wallflower, lest we forget...

To view the song only, it is also on YouTube here: Peter Gabriel - Wallflower (piano version)

Peter Gabriel's December message in which he talks about a number of projects he has been involved such as Witness and also bigs up Emmanuel Jal's 'We want Peace' project. Towards the end of this video he performs an exclusive, informal version of his 1982 song 'Wallflower' which was inspired through seeing the work of Amnesty. This simply features PG accompanied beautifully by pianist Tom Cawley. 'Wallflower' is one of PG's songs selected for the 'New Blood' record featuring full orchestral arrangements. It is in support of Mary Robinson, one of the innovative peacemakers, The Elders.

My highlight of 2010 was experiencing PG's Scratch My Back concert which I reviewed extensively here, so inspiring, so moving and the most significant spiritual refreshment of the year...

You can still preview the whole Scratch My Back album here too


Drooling Pipe - Thee Drooling Pipe

Hey all, Last Nights is proud to be distributing copies of Drooling Pipe's Thee Drooling Pipe. Released by our friends over at Critical Stoic in Oct. 2010.

Thee Drooling Pipe is comprised of home recording offering of Images member SD. Best described as 1 part minimalist drone workout and 2 parts inner ritual. Recorded during an intense month of nightly improvisation rituals solely consisting of an old yamaha keyboard, three amps, & some pedals. Reminiscent of certain elements of Spacemen 3, Terry Riley, the New Age, & vintage video game ambience.

Produced in an edition of 50 hand-made cassettes. Each is accompanied with a single page from SD's personal copy of Aleister Crowley's Book of Law serving as their cover art.

Thee Drooling Pipe
Drooling Pipe
Critical Stoic 004
Edition of 50


To purchase please contact us @

Images Live at Silent Barn

Party Lab was gracious enough to provide a live recording of Images and Highlife's sets from a show at Silent Barn back in Oct. 20010. Big Ups

You can download it here; or order a physical copy over at the Party Lab site. While you're there you can find a lot more great recordings of Silent Barn shows past.


After playing many packed shows with the likes of Thee Majesty (Genesis P. Orridge), Dan Deacon, Silk Flowers, Ecstatic Sunshine, and more Images recorded their own strain of faded art-rock in a single take without edits. Releasing the results as their S/T debut marking the 1st release through SD's Last Nights records.
released 25 October 2009
Scott Davis: Percussion, Guitar, Voice / Kai Lord-Farmer: Drums, Drum Machine, Synth, Voice / Andrew Brown: Percussion, Bass
Recorded Live
Mixed & Mastered By R.J. Gordon
Artwork by Images
Last Nights 001
Edition of 150 $5
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