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Noise: 天皇 1

LP, 1980

A1. 死 (Der Tod) (9:19)
A2.  水 (Wasser) (7:56)
B1. 地球は青い (Die Erde Ist Blau) (2:07)
B2. 天皇 (Tenno) (10:33)
B3. 羊 (Schaf) (7:42)

Noise is Tori and Reiko Kudo of Maher Shalal Hash Baz.


Algebra Suicide 0

Algebra Suicide
True Romance At The Worlds Fair
7″, Buzzerama Records

A1. True Romance At The Worlds Fair (1:42)
A2. Recalling The Last Encounter (1:43)
B1. Praxis (2:29)
B2. In Bed With Boys (2:07)

Engineer – Jerry Soto
Music And Vice by Don Hedeker
Producer – Algebra Suicide
Words by Lydia Tomkiw
Written by Hedeker, Tomkiw

Recorded and mixed at Soto Sound Studio, Evanston, Illinois.


Sun Circle Live in South Korea 0

Happy birthday mister Dylan 1

What’s left once you turn down/off the audio levels of The Band:


Basho on the radio 2

A 90 minute long radio interview of Robbie Basho by Charles Amirkhanian back on November 6, 1974 after Vanguard released Zarthus here.

Christian Dylan 2

Bob Dylan
Inside the Jesus Years

01. Precious Angel (6:30)
02. I Believe in You (5:05)
03. Do Right to me Baby (Do unto Others) (3:53)
04. When He Returns (4:30)
05. Saved (4:00)
06. Covenant Woman (6:02)
07. Pressing On (5:11)
08. Saving Grace (5:01)
09. Heart of Mine (4:36)
10. Lenny Bruce (4:36)
11. In The Summertime (3:37)
12. Every Grain of Sand (6:12)

01-04: “Slow Train Coming” (Columbia, 1979)
Produced by Jerry Wexler & Barry Beckett
05-08: “Saved” (Columbia, 1980)
Produced by Jerry Wexler & Barry Beckett
09-12: “Shot of Love” (Columbia, 1981)
Produced by Chuck Plotkin & Bob Dylan


Harp harmonics: The Velvet Touch of Lenny Breau – Live! 2

Lenny Breau
The Velvet Touch of Lenny Breau – Live!
RCA, LP, 1969
One Way Records, CD, 1994 (out of print)

1. Tuning Time (1:49)
2. No Greater Love (6:37)
3. The Claw (4:23)
4. Indian Reflections for Ravi (3:12)
5. That’s All (5:42)
6. Blues Theme (1:01)
7. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy (5:30)
8. Spanjazz (5:19)
9. Bluesette (6:00)
10. A Taste of Honey (4:43)
11. Blues Theme, No. 2 (2:40)

Lenny Breau: 6-string and 12-string guitar
Reg Kelin: drums
Ronnie Halldorson: bass

Recorded: April 28–30, 1969 at Shelly’s Manne-Hole, Hollywood, CA


Excerpt of a documentary on the late and overlooked Lenny Breau, featuring a string of relatives, friends, musicians (including Chet Atkins, Leonard Cohen, etc.)


Another Japanese benefit compilation (featuring a number of Root Strata friends) courtesy of the Electric Temple imprint. A few copies remain!

For the curious, “gaman” (我慢) means patience, endurance, perseverance, tolerance… tracklist below:

Cassette 1:
Animal Hospital – Dreams
William Fowler Collins – Autumn Lights
High aura’d-Methodist Bells
Phantom Family Halo – Guns and Violens
Steven R. Smith-Regen Volt
Glenn Jones-Portland Cement Factory
Angel Olsen-She Came and She Touched Me
Pete Stampfel and Eli Smith – Castor and Pollux
Zelienople – Smoked
Lee Noble – August
Loren Connors – Yesterday and Today

Cassette 2:
Forma – FORMA 178
GDFX – Forever a Bone
Reuben Son – Dancing into Sandtraps
Ancient Ocean – New Rising Sun
Sic Alps – Anasazi Chemist
Herbcraft – Sunset Glow
The North Sea – Sugar
Clearing – Untitled
Amen Dunes – Lower Class
Heavy Hymns – Prayer
Swati (David First)
Rambutan – The Kingfisher
Steve Gunn – Taksim II (Live in Montreal)

Robbie Basho – Visions of the Country 20

Robbie Basho
Visions of the Country

Windham Hill Records 1978

Side 1:
Green River Suite
Rocky Mountain Raga
Variations on Easter
Blue Crystal Fire

Side 2:
Orphan’s Lament
Leaf in the Wind
Night Way
Elk Dreamer’s Lament
Call on the Wind

so i finally found an original LP of my very favorite robbie basho record after looking for this for many years. a crazy collection of records came into the local store the other day & it included most all of the robbie basho albums (and a lot of fahey & other great stuff too). i was never happy with the mp3 rip of this album that has been floating around the internet for awhile, so here is a nice sounding new rip by yours truly with full high quality scans of the cover and insert.
enjoy this beautiful album by a truly original master american musician!

Benefit for SF Cinematheque – 111 Minna Gallery – Tonight! 0

Benefit for SF Cinematheque & 50th Anniversary
111 Minna Gallery
SF CA 94105

Thursday, May 19 8pm
$25-45 sliding scale

Live music and film by:
Paul Clipson
Kerry Laitala
Scott Stark
Douglas Katelus
Lawrence Jordan

More info here.

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