Saturday, 31 July 2021

Hiss Golden Messenger - Sanctuary

HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER is an American folk music band, originating from Durham, North Carolina, led by MC Taylor (born September 9, 1975).

The band was formed by Mike (MC) Taylor and Scott Hirsch in 2007. The band's early recordings were released through Taylor's own recording label, "Heaven & Earth Magic Recording Company."

The band's debut album, "Country Hai East Cotton", was released in 2009 via Taylor's label in a limited edition of 500. This was followed by their international debut album, "Bad Debt", in 2010, released via Black Maps. The band's third album, "Poor Moon", was released in 2012 via North Carolina-based "Paradise Of Bachelors", and received positive reviews. The band's fourth album, "Haw", was released on April 2, 2013. The journey continues with serval released and in 2021 it was time for the eleventh album "Quietly Blowing It" released on Merge. An album where we find todaystune "Sanctuary"

Their 2019 album "Terms Of Surrender" received a nomination for Best Americana Album at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards.

Today's tune "Sanctuary", is out now on Merge Records. https://smarturl.it/HGM-Sanctuary



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Friday, 30 July 2021

Cymande - Brothers On The Slide

Friday, another sunny day!

CYMANDE is a British funk group that was originally active in the early 1970s. The band name derives from a calypso word for "Dove", which symbolises peace and love; "Dove" is also the title of one of their best-known song. With a membership deriving from several Caribbean nations, Cymande were noted for an eclectic mix of funk, soul, reggae, rock, African music, calypso, and jazz that they called "nyah-rock". The band formed in 1971 and released three albums before disbanding in 1974. After gaining newfound popularity when their music was sampled by many notable rap artists, Cymande reformed in the 2010s.

Today's tune "Brothers On The Slide" is taken from he bands third album "Promised Heights", released 1974. The clip is when Cymande playing a live session at KCRW radio station in Santa Monica, LA in 2016, enjoy!



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Thursday, 29 July 2021

Black Mountain - Junior's Eyes

Thursday, time for a cover.

"Junior's Eyes" is a tune made by the English rock band BLACK SABBBTH, taken from the eighth studio album "Never Say Die!", released in September 1978. It was the last studio album with the band's original lineup and the last studio album to feature original vocalist Ozzy Osbourne until the 2013 album "13". It was certified Gold in the U.S on 7 November 1997 and as of November 2011 has sold 133,000 copies in the United States since the SoundScan era. The album received mixed reviews, with critics calling it "unbalanced" and insisting its energy was scattered in too many directions.

"Junior's Eyes" was dedicated to Ozzy Osbourne's father, who died in 1977 while they were making "Never Say Die!" Ozzy was booted from the band the following year and launched a successful solo career. He returned to the band from time to time, including for Live Aid in 1985.

"Junior's Eyes" was covred by the Canadian psychedelic rock band BLACK MOUNTAIN and the band have blessed the world with two unreleased songs, “Junior’s Eyes” and “Future Shade (Demo)” on thier latest single release on March 10th on Jagjaguwar.

Stephen McBean says of the cover of "Junior’s Eyes": “Deep end period Ozzy slow burn. Some Butler / Ward funk, Iommi wah flutters and floating synths … randomly rediscovered on a cruise through some red sand tropics. Nearly ten years on and still pulling riffs from the sky…. never say die! You’re never too old to switch on and upwards!”

The rock canon has many anti-heroes, BLACK MOUNTAIN being the latest. In the past, Can’s 'Tago Mago' established that the only rule in rock and roll is that there are no rules. Delinquent proto-metallers Black Sabbath demonstrated that you can make a lot from not that much. Now BLACK MOUNTAIN teach us that you don’t have to be afraid of the past to move bravely into the future.

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Wednesday, 28 July 2021

The Meters - Cissy Strut

"Cissy Strut" is a 1969 funk instrumental by THE METERS. Released as a single from their eponymous debut album, it reached No. 4 on the R&B chart and No. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2011, which honors "recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least 25 years old". The A.V. Club called the song a "classic" deeply rooted in New Orleans music tradition.

THE METERS are an American funk band formed in 1965 in New Orleans by Zigaboo Modeliste (drums), George Porter Jr. (bass), Leo Nocentelli (guitar) and Art Neville (keyboards). The band performed and recorded their own music from the late 1960s until 1977 and played an influential role as backing musicians for other artists, including Lee Dorsey, Robert Palmer, Dr. John, and Allen Toussaint. Their original songs "Cissy Strut" and "Look-Ka Py Py" are considered funk classics.

Enjoy today's tune "Cissy Strut", the video clip is filmed live at the new orleans jazz & heritage festival 1993.



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