Phil Elverum’s Mount Eerie will soon release Pre-Human Ideas, a collection of re-recorded tracks taken from both his Clear Moon and Ocean Roar albums issued last year.According to press materials, the 12-track effort makes heavy use of Auto-Tuned and newly written lyrics, “almost like new songs layered over the old ones, expanding and clarifying the ideas”.
Dege’s new album ‘How to Kill A Horse’ is as enticing as any Deep South music, full of rhythmic motion and field holler style lyrics. The resonator guitar is the main feature here and Dege follows a long line of respected and innovative resonator players in its exposition. Two that come to mind are of course Bob Brozman and Rainer Ptcateck, both of whom created two very singular and innovative forms for the instrument. Though Dege has not created music as diverse as Brozman, or as evocative as Ptcateck he has created a rich sounding record that pays homage to an instrument that can often be abrasive and hard to merge into modern musical styles.
It is notable that Sonny Landreth’s some time production man, Tony Daigle, co-produced this record and like Landreth’s music, ‘How to Kill a Horse’ has lots of vigour and warmth – you can feel the bayou coming off of it and it’s hard not to stomp around when ‘The Black Sea’ opens the album. ‘How to Kill a Horse’ is a modern and progressive take on Louisiana guitar music and a worthy addition to be filed alongside Sonny, Clifton and Allen.
Lovesick Blues is Stamey’s first full-length release since A Question of Temperature, his 2005 collaboration with Yo La Tengo. The new album follows on the heels of Falling Off the Sky, the long-awaited, much-acclaimed reunion album of the dB’s, as well as Stamey’s involvement as musical director and orchestrator for a series of all-star concert performances of Big Star’s classic Third album in New York, London, Austin and Carrboro, NC.
The music of Jajouka is trance music, ecstatic music, a music narcotic. From its source a particular village in the southern Rif mountains of Morocco this magical music has migrated around the world, moving like clouds, like water, like smoke – flowing through the collective consciousness of its appreciators,” writes Jim Jarmusch in the liner notes to The Road to Jajouka, a new recording that pays tribute to the legendary Master Musicians of Jajouka led by Bachir Attar . This collection features both new performances and remixes created by western master musicians utilizing original Jajouka recordings. Produced by drummer/producer Billy Martin, the nine tracks feature guest artists including Medeski Martin & Wood, Marc Ribot, Ornette Coleman, John Zorn, Lee Ranaldo, Flea and Mickey Hart among others.