Found Audio is led by guitarist John Bragg whom you’ve likely already listened to but just haven’t realized. John’s been a mainstay in the Boston music scene for the past decade; playing with acts like Ruby Rose Fox, Power Slut, amongst others – and on Locomotive Earth he’s stepping from shadow to limelight and we’re all better off for it. The album’s range is broad, however, its strength is in its deep seeded sense of Americana – which coincides with the changing of leaves quite well.
Recommended If You Like: Cracker, Son Volt, Drive-By Truckers
Exciting news for fans of cold beer & rock + roll – Psychic Dog will be releasing their second EP, Adios Huevos, this coming Halloween at Club Bohemia. The three track EP has significant punch which is a result of recording in one continuous take (w/some vocal overdubs). This bold approach allows the energy of their live shows to permeate what’s on tape, and to these trained ears, the end result could easily be snuck into SST’s early catalog. Shit is fantastic.
Recommended If You Like: Mudhoney, Meat Puppets, Tall Boys
I recently finished reading Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78rpm Records – and it was an engaging read. Written by Amanda Petrusich, it chronicles well known collectors of 78 records, and in particular collectors who specialize in Pre-War Blues. Petrusich did an excellent job in connecting the music, history, fanaticism, and people who’ve saved this music from being lost to history. I wouldn’t read without a highlighter in hand as I wasn’t too versed in this era of music (outside of Robert Johnson) – and it was a fantastic way not only be entertained, but educated. The result of my dog-eared & Highlighted copy of Do Not Sell is this podcast.
- Buy Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78rpm Records
2. Mississippi John Hurt – Spike Driver Blues
3. The Williamson Brothers & Curry – Gonna Die With My Hammer In My Hand (1927)
4. Skip James – Drunken Spree (1931)
5. Joe Bussard – R&B Stuff Now
6. Eddie Head & His Family – Down on Me (1930)
7. Charley Patton – Some These Days I’ll Be Gone (1929)
8. Blind Lemon Jefferson – Black Snake Moan (1927)
9. King Solomon Hill – My Buddy Blind Papa Lemon (1932)
10. Geeshie Wiley – Last Kind Words Blues (1930)
11. Bessie Smith – Down Hearted Blues (1923)
12. Sylvester Weaver – Guitar Blues (1923)
13. Blind Uncle Gaspard – Sur Le Borde De L’eau (1929)
14. Tommy Johnson – Alcohol and Jake Blues (1929)
15. Frank Hutchison – K.C.Blues (1927)
16. Long Cleve Reed and Little Harvey Hull – Original Stack O Lee Blues (1927)
17. Cincinnati Jug Band – Newport Blues (1929)
18. Arthur Miles – Lonesome Cowboy Pt. II (1928)
19. Lucie Bernardo / Otto Rathke – The Okeh Laughing Record (1922)
Rob Kelly, aka Man Called War, recently moved from Boston to Des Moines, Iowa – and this change seems to be reflected in his latest EP, Broken Circle. It’s been only six months since his fantastic Naked Animals LP, however, a definite progression can be heard. With the space a move to the middle of America allots, there’s an added expansiveness and a darker tilt to Broken Circle, making it an intriguing listen – perfect for late night visions or solitary car trips.
Recommended If You Like: Bon Iver, The National, Bummer Folk
Muler is a band my friends have championed for something like two decades – and with their latest LP, Unlikely Soldiers, it’s easy to see why. They’re the band that should have been. My main complaint with the record is that it’s only their third full length in 20 years – and from multiple listens it may very well be their best. Like all Muler albums & singles it’s an earnest, smart, & catchy guitar driven rocker – which gives me hope that these perpetual underdogs can turn should have into will.
Recommended If You Like: Teenage Fanclub, Buffalo Tom, Nada Surf
“Spanish Ship” is the first single from Kurt von Stetten’s tenth Studio album, Bon Fortuna. The song begins with a series of powerful staccato jabs leaving you sea leg weary as you proceed to walk off the Spanish Ship and into what’s another fantastic von Stetten album. Year after year after year Kurt puts out utterly talented & unique albums with songs that ear worm their way deep in the cortex – however, by some cruel act of God they fly underneath the radar, here’s to hoping he’ll have the good fortune of Bon Fortuna getting some deserved eyes and ears on it – it may very well be his most solid work to date, and that’s saying quite a bit.
Recommended If You Like: Modest Mouse, Built To Spill, GBV
Woolen Men are a treasured group for me, and one of the rare bands whom I own everything ever pressed on vinyl by. Their music hits such an earnest tone, making strangers seem like friends. I play their records no matter my mood, and without fail, I end up feeling better afterwards.
Their latest album is darker in subject matter than previous releases – yet it still has their trademark ease and pep – keeping it an ambiguous album, perfect – no matter if it’s a summer or a bummer.
- Available via BandCamp or Woodsist Records
- See Woolen Men live at Lilypad in Cambridge on 10/9 w/ Lame Drivers
Recommended If You Like: Woods, Juan Wauters, The Mantles
Part of my mission statement with Visions of the Unexcused is to expose bands & labels that are under the daily radar – and over the past six years Volar Records have been exemplary in regards to small, independent, and utterly fantastic record labels that repeatedly put out music that places a smile in my ear.
Run by Craig Oliver out of San Diego – Volar has released favorite LP’s and 7″ records that have become mainstays on my platter, in DJ sets, on my Radio Show, and on this very site. Craig’s taste and ear have a batting average that’d make Tony Gwynn blush, and I hope he’s putting out records for many more years.
Below is a 45 track sampler (yes….forty five!!!) that will be available for another week via BandCamp at a price you decide. As lover’s of music it’s equally important for us to not only support the bands, but the labels that are brave enough to put their time and money on the line to expose freaks like me to music that’s as important as air. And if you know what’s good for you you won’t just stop at the sampler, jump on over to the Volar Store and purchase some beautifully pressed (and priced) wax.