dfbm #89 - Songs of Wild Nothing Pt. IV

dfbm #89
Songs of Wild Nothing Pt. IV

dfbm #89 - Songs of Wild Nothing Pt. IV

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The fascination with private press records from the 60s, 70s and 80s is still strong. So again, on this mix is a lot of real peoples music, christian bedroom folk and other home made psych. Beside the dusty old stuff that record collector would play you only over the phone, a ton of new music is created every day. (What's a unit for a big amount of music? Tons? Gallons? Liter of new music?)

Songs of Wild Nothing starts off with one of my favorite bands, China from LA. They play wonderful psych pop, influenced by bands like The Byrds, modern indie pop and also the diy, private press oddness I mentioned before. China consists of Michael J. Tapscott of Odawas fame and musicians of Papercuts and other more or less known bands. Lot of potential here, but with a bold but ungoogable name it's quite hard to stick out.

Another, very new (in fact not even released yet) song comes from Wes Tirey's coming album Black Wind out on Scissor Tails Recordings this fall. Tirey released a handful cassettes in the last 2 years, all very lofi, sparse, often only instrumentals. With Black Wind he goes full band and it sounds just right. Great songwriting - somewhere between Cash and Fahey, if that is possible.

And then the clock is turned back to the end 60s.

Dane Sturgeon's album Wild'n'Tender - Righteous Folk-Rock became an instant favorite when I heard it the first time. It was meant as some sort of demo recording handed to producers to let their artists sing one of Sturgeon songs in return for royalties and song-writing credits. It didn't turn out as expected. Wrong time, wrong place. Many years later this album full of weird stories and odd folk rock tunes that sounded like a stoned Roy Orbison wrote them, is a classic and it got reissued by Yoga Records, along with a nice short feature film.

There is not much known about The Kentucky Raiders. Exactly one song is floating around on the internet. If someone owns the record, a digital copy would be very appreciated. But it seems like this is one of the gems a record collector sits on.

More private press, folk beauties from Rob Carr & Bill Kahl, Kevin Aprill (only one known copy exists), Kusudo & Worth, Steve & Ed (one of my favorites. Dreamy jesus pop), Bob Patterson (nice folk album), Caroline Wolf (another favorite of mine. Good hippy vibes) and her musical brother John Thome.

The Kusudo & Worth lp is worth up to 1000 USD. Unfortunately, a planned reissue of the album fell through, but the two gentlemen are still alive and play gigs together. I assume somebody is working with them to get the album out again, because it's a really good one and a shame that it is so rare.

Wasn't there a reissue planned for Sister Irene O'Connor's little masterpiece? I guess the release into the "blogosphere" watered down the demand.

Robert Martin is some mysterious home recording stuff from the mid 80s. Very odd recording, like Jandek playing surf pop.

Shameless Self-Promotion: Out on Dying For Bad Music

I rediscovered some post Kraut, Italo-Space-Disco track by the lesser know Richard Schneider Jr. and world music/space prog by W. Barthel, M. Böhm, R. Bauer. I've never heard from them before. Both projects are from Germany, as you can tell by the names.

Brand new music from Nathan Bowles with a minimal music inspired piano piece and William Tyler uses subtle melody in The Great Unwind that sounds familiar from the radio. (I was querying google with William Tyler+Dire Straits and The Guardian confirmed my suspicion.

American guitarist William Tyler’s excellent fourth album begins with an anxiety attack and ends with an interpolation of Dire Straits’ Sultans of Swing so subtle, I’m still not sure it’s there. -- The Guardian

If you are into detective stories, check out the strange case of Steve Kaczorowski - the Father of Karaoke Rock. Pretty fascinating story of con-artistry in the music world.

There is probably more to say about the other artists, but it would be all 2nd hand knowledge you find yourself on the internets. Feel free to drop some recommendations here in the comments. There is so much music I don't know about... I can't wait to hear it!

The cover is one of the iconic beach stock photos used on so many privately pressed lps.

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  1. China Sandalwood Pool of Tears 2016 web
  2. Wes Tirey All the Live Long Day Black Wind 2016 web
  3. The Kentucky Raiders I Didn't Realize The Old Highway 1968 web
  4. Dane Sturgeon Who's Gonna Hold the Wind Wild 'N' Tender 1967 discogs
  5. Giant Skyflower Band Bitter Wild Rabbit/Builds The Bone Blood Of The Sunworm 2007 discogs
  6. Rob Carr & Bill Kahl Chocolate Kchiip Communication 1 1971 discogs
  7. Kevin Aprill A Tranquil Sea Sunset Upon An Imaginary Beach Of Latent Energy 2013 discogs
  8. Kusudo & Worth Song To A Pelican Of Sun And Rain 1969 discogs
  9. Steve & Ed Dream Song Dream Song 1975 discogs
  10. Bob Patterson Darlin’ Good Girl Instrumentalist, Singer, Songwriter 2009 discogs
  11. Caroline Wolf Wayside Wayside 1972 discogs
  12. Robert Martin The Journey The Long Goodbye 2008 discogs
  13. Sister Irene O'Connor Fire Fire Of God's Love 1976 discogs
  14. Richard Schneider Jr. Visions Dreamlike Land 1977 discogs
  15. Rick Eyk Simple Pleasures Simple Pleasures / You Only Think 1974 web
  16. Nathan Bowles Chiaroscuro Whole And Cloven 2016 discogs
  17. Richard Twice The Finest Poet Richard Twice 1970 discogs
  18. Jim Kennedy You Are The Reason Just Being Natural 1970 discogs
  19. Steve Kaczorowski I'd Love To Change The World What Time Are You? 1971 discogs
  20. Pullman Same Grain with New Wood Viewfinder 2001 discogs
  21. John Thome Nightmares/#73 John Does His 1976 discogs
  22. Xylouris White Suburb Goats 2014 discogs
  23. William Tyler The Great Unwind Modern Country 2016 web
  24. W. Barthel, M. Böhm, R. Bauer Zeitlos Timeless Horizons 2015 web
  25. John Sase Get It Together Aessence 1985 discogs
  26. Dyckman-James The Crusaders Independent Study (Vinyl Rip) 1968 discogs
  27. A New Place To Live Easy Does It _ A New Place To Live 1972 discogs

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