27 July 2011
Alexander Skip Spence 'Little Hands'
Standout album opener from Alexander 'Skip' Spence's acid-fried solo LP 'Oar'. Often described as an American counterpart to Syd Barrett, Spence released this album in 1969 following a big meltdown that culminated in the sometime Jefferson Airplane drummer and member of Moby Grape venting his energy in a recording studio with a fire axe and being committed to New York's Bellevue Hospital as a result. 'Oar' is peppered with moments of brilliance and of nuttiness, but never indifference. 'Little Hands' is probably the most accessible and cogent song on there.
20 July 2011
Relatively Clean Rivers 'Easy Ride'
A tidy slice of west coast folk-rock psychedelia from one-album-wonders Relatively Clean Rivers. Their user friendly if somewhat derivative sound summons the spirit of Grateful Dead circa 'Workingman's Dead' if somewhat more constrained in tempo and expansiveness of composition. Other comparisons with Quicksilver and David Crosby's 'If I Could Only Remember My Name' might also be warranted. The whole LP coasts along at a scenic hog-ride pace.
19 July 2011
Robert Belfour 'My Baby's Gone'
Biting blues from Robert 'Wolfman' Belfour off his first album 'What's Wrong With You' released on Fat Possum Records in 2000. It took 61 years for that record to come out. Plenty of time spent in research and development at the university of life one suspects, busting up with ladies, liasing with the devil and knocking back strong bourbon to get that authentic hollering sound.
15 July 2011
Not sure what instigated Slim Harpo's bout of itching, but he doesn't sound all that concerned about it on record. In fact he sounds quite excited at the prospect of the situation being rectified by the long manicured nails of his baby, and rightly so.
14 July 2011
After a holiday of sorts, the Danceflawed blog is back in business, opening July's account with a track off one of the best Chicago blues albums of all time. Pretty hard to pick just one off this puppy, the whole thing is complete a schooling in simple, fluid and down-to-earth bluesmanship.