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Not sure if we ever had a place to put recommendations other than via the What You Listening To and recent purchases threads, so i thought i'd start one! 8)

Coupla records that have fell head over heels with recently are:

Trevor Beld Jiminez - I Like It Here



The Trevor Beld Jiminez album is just a gorgeous slab of Californian sunshine, much needed on these cold and bitter Scottish days. Groundbreaking? Not really, but i'm a sucker for Cali-vibes. Well worth checking out if you are fan of GospelbeacH, Beechwood Sparks, The Tyde, etc. Out on Brent Rademaker's (of all those previous bands) own label, Curation Records.


Farmer Dave & The Wizards of the West - S/T



Keeping with the Beechwood Sparks link, Farmer Dave's first album in a long time. Heard the song above a few weeks ago and just got sucked in. GORGEOUS guitar tones on this, reminiscent of J Mascis playing but, again, just some great songs and sunny vibes. And lets face it, we could all benefit from some of that to lift our spirits sometimes. Also out on Brent's Curation Records.
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An excellent thread idea James...

My tastes have mellowed quite a bit in the last decade. I'm more drawn to sounds like these links James has posted these days - these are both unfamiliar to me and sound nice. Sunny American music, particularly a lot of hippyish southern sounds, tends to be the soundtrack in our house.

My favourite album last year was The Texas Gentlemen's 'Floor It!'. Formed by 2 massively experienced and respected session players - Nik Lee, guitar, and Daniel Creamer, piano - with others chosen from a select pool of quality session musicians in the Dallas area. Here's a live session of one of the choice tunes from that album, 'Skyway Street Car'. Nice Little Feat vibe here (Little Feat rather encapsulating the stuff I'm listening to now).



Over in Tennessee, and from Nashville, are The Cadillac Three who managed to release 2 full albums in 2020, both terrific and close runners up for album of the year. Fuzzed up country rock songs about girls, getting stoned, southern roots and bourbon are the general content. That said 1 of last year's 2 albums was pretty much funk. Here's a classic from the non-funk record, 'Back Home', which covers all the Cadillac's favourite subject matter.



Last choice is a leap back to 1968. I'd heard some Taj Mahal but never investigated properly. I recently found out this tune, 'Leaving Trunk', was the basis from one of the most crucial pieces of music of my life, Jack Nitzsche's 'Poor White Hound Dog' from the Performance movie soundtrack. I had no idea it was based on this but that's certainly the case. Psychedelic blues at its finest.

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Nice one Mark. As much as i still love my heavy, noisey stuff, i do enjoy a little mellow escape too.

That Texas Gentlemen session is great. Very reminiscent of Chris Robinson Brotherhood and their Grateful Dead vibes. Really enjoyed that. Haven't heard of the 2nd one, and have never looked into Taj Mahal much, but that track is superb.
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https://zofff.bandcamp.com/album/iv

this live Zofff bsnss; Bic Hayes (love his work) and Terry Bickers together again, i know its a coupla years old but only found out about it recently and its the closest I've heard to what me and some friends were creating just before C19
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Nick McCabe’s put out some new music, instrumental ambient type stuff, haven’t given it a proper listen yet, but sounded nice enough in the background while working.
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I've tried The Cadillac Three a few times in recent years and i just find them far too clean and polished.

However,if country funk is your thing you can't go wrong with Light In The Attic's two compilations, Country Funk Vol.1 & 2. Between them they cover 1967-75. I think volume 2 has the edge but both are worth having.
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Terry Gross: Had this on repeat since last night. Been quite a while since something has demanded multiple listens from me. Nice to be excited!

Trans Am's guitarist lets rip with a couple of mates. Repetitve, for the most part uptempo, some occasional heavy riffs. Track 3 is an uplifting pop delight. Serious head-nodding all round. Check out their other songs too, quality. :D 8)

https://terrygrossband.bandcamp.com/
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anyone familiar with the band Monoshock? I'd only really known the name before. Cardinal Fuzz are reissuing a collection of their tracks so checked it out. apparently an influence on Comets on Fire which is plain to hear, but I could also see fans of The Heads enjoying. scuzzy, fuzzy rock and roll music!

https://cful.bandcamp.com/album/monosho ... erman-2xlp
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This is just too good. So many little references to music I love, including (in no particular order):

That free jazz stuff Jason used to do live with people like Han Bennink and Evan Parker
(very) early Kraftwerk
Can
Albert Ayler late 60s space jazz
Art Ensemble of Chicago

And a helping of psychedelia, given that it's a group featuring members of Hills and GOAT. It's music that transports me to my happy place. I cannot recommend it enough...

https://djinnsweden.bandcamp.com/album/transmission
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Only now i discovered Doris Norton https://youtu.be/-Xrz2sh49wI
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I had never heard of Murder by Death, and was surprised how much I like their sound.

https://murderbydeath.bandcamp.com/

Some songs have a real Johnny Cash vocal vibe going on.
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davedecay wrote: Thu Apr 08, 2021 3:50 pm I had never heard of Murder by Death, and was surprised how much I like their sound.

https://murderbydeath.bandcamp.com/

Some songs have a real Johnny Cash vocal vibe going on.
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angelsighs wrote: Wed Mar 31, 2021 9:25 am anyone familiar with the band Monoshock? I'd only really known the name before. Cardinal Fuzz are reissuing a collection of their tracks so checked it out. apparently an influence on Comets on Fire which is plain to hear, but I could also see fans of The Heads enjoying. scuzzy, fuzzy rock and roll music!

https://cful.bandcamp.com/album/monosho ... erman-2xlp
Finally got round to listening to it after having it a few months. Pretty much what you described. Had to split it into two sessions though as it's a bit much to take in one listen! Julian Cope used to mention them quite a bit in his Drudion / AOTM which is where i first heard of them. Ethan Miller (Comets on Fire / Howlin' Rain) put out a couple of cd's by them a few years ago on his Silver Current label.
I'd say they were something to behold live!
Greeny wrote: Wed Apr 07, 2021 5:09 pm This is just too good. So many little references to music I love,

https://djinnsweden.bandcamp.com/album/transmission
Much better than the debut album. Great production too, sounds really good.
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sunray wrote: Sun Apr 11, 2021 4:33 pm
angelsighs wrote: Wed Mar 31, 2021 9:25 am anyone familiar with the band Monoshock? I'd only really known the name before. Cardinal Fuzz are reissuing a collection of their tracks so checked it out. apparently an influence on Comets on Fire which is plain to hear, but I could also see fans of The Heads enjoying. scuzzy, fuzzy rock and roll music!

https://cful.bandcamp.com/album/monosho ... erman-2xlp
Finally got round to listening to it after having it a few months. Pretty much what you described. Had to split it into two sessions though as it's a bit much to take in one listen! Julian Cope used to mention them quite a bit in his Drudion / AOTM which is where i first heard of them. Ethan Miller (Comets on Fire / Howlin' Rain) put out a couple of cd's by them a few years ago on his Silver Current label.
I'd say they were something to behold live!

yeah it's definitely Cope's sort of thing isn't it? he's into his noisy rock but he likes it more primal and visceral rather than anything too intellectual.

I think the Silver Current releases were also outtakes collections if I remember right- I looked into that, as well as their only 'proper' album. but seems you can't get hold of any of it. I liked what I heard of this new collection, but not enough to spend £30 on it!
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More from the Silver Current label, and a band I'd not heard before, I just knew the name-Growing

https://growing-music.bandcamp.com/album/diptych

I know there's a lot of drone lovers here and this is really good stuff.
However I dug deeper and the really good stuff for me seems to be their earlier work which was a bit thicker and fuzzier and nice thick guitar drones in there too. Particularly this album near the end.
Can actually hear where Godspeed got a lot of their drone side from.

https://youtu.be/ANi9MBl7gNg
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