Forget that you can't understand the language, forget that you may not have heard the style before – this music is amazing, and completely captivating right from the start! Rita Abatzi has this incredibly moving voice that goes way beyond the barriers of language or culture – quite ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Comes with a bonus booklet of notes!)
Ali Birra —
Ammalele ... LP Mississippi/Little Axe/Domino Sound, 1976. New Copy ...
One of the rarer Ethiopian recordings we've heard from the 70s – and one of the most compelling, too! The sounds here are just as haunting as more familiar Ethiopian music, but also have a nicely unbridled feel too – almost a bit rough at times, especially in the way the rhythms unfurl ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Late 80s garage-psych-punk from Dead Moon – their first album ever and a record that fuses decades of trashy rock into a unique frenzy that's beloved to the privileged and relative few who know it and love it! It's important to consider what underground music sounded like in the late 80s in ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dead Moon right in the middle of their great 90s run – making music that's so timelessly punk, it could be mid 70s New York, early 80s Los Angeles, or the ongoing underground in the best smaller scenes around the US! The trio have a tremendous sense of power, while doing just a little – ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maybe the most perfect summation of the sound of Dead Moon – no-nonsense gritty work that definitely lives up to the image on the cover – and the kind of set that made the trio every bit as powerful as work coming from the New York or LA scenes of the late 70s! The retro punk vibe is ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The second album from one of the greatest Pacific Northwest underground rock bands ever – the raucous and timeless Dead Moon! Raw and rumbling garage, psych and even frayed and ferocious takes plain ol' hard rock get stomped out on Unknown Passage. It was probably all too loose and ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
You might take the "hits" in the title with a grain of salt – as these gals weren't entirely burning up the charts back in the 30s – but they did record some amazing music on vintage 78s, a good deal of which are in this overstuffed set! The De Zurik Sisters have an approach ... (Folk/Country) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible work from one of the most important Ethiopian artists of the 70s – a smoking set of vintage recordings from Alemayehu Eshete – some of them plenty darn funky too! As you'd guess from his picture on the cover, guitar is Eshete's main instrument – used in these twangy ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Alkibar Gignor —
La Paix ... LP Mississippi, 2012. New Copy ...
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A group with a great blend of old and new modes – a mix of rootsy sounds from their native Mali, and some more focused guitar lines that really help revolutionize their music! The notes bill Alkibar Gignor as a "garage rock band" – and while we think that's a bit of a stretch ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Michael Hurley —
Armchair Boogie ... LP Raccoon/Mississippi, 1969. New Copy ...
About August 1, 2015 (delayed)
A great record from folk rock oddball Michael Hurley – with spare, ragged little solo guitar & vocal tunes that greatly showcase both Hurley's easygoing, slowly rolling along vocals, as well has his piercing, high emphatic howls– plus more fleshed out tunes with the band, full of ... (Folk/Country) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fadimoutou Wallet Inamoud —
Issawat ... LP Sahel Sounds/Mississippi, 2008. New Copy ...
Early April, 2015
Mdou Moctar —
Afelan ... LP Mississippi/Sahel Sounds, 2012. New Copy ...
Out Of Stock
Haunting Tuareg guitar from Mdou Moctar – an artist who's got a really fuzzy, freaky sort of vibe – a lot more psychedelic than some of his contemporaries on the West African scene! This recent recording has a really timeless feel – with the guitar right out front, in a ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best Tuareg guitar records we've ever heard – and the Saharan psych soul soundtrack to Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai, billed as the first ever Tuareg language fiction movie – loosely inspired by Purple Rain! The film, like Prince's, focuses on the life of a struggling, ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gospel, but with a very bluesy style – sung by Isaiah Owens, who accompanies himself throughout on electric guitar! The approach is one that's much more common of older blues musicians – and Owens certainly carries himself in that way – but the themes are definitely spiritual, ... (Gospel) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very early gospel work from Washington Phillips – a spiritual singer, but one who works in a style that's a lot more blues-based than later proponents of the genre! The style here is relatively spare – mostly just Washington's vocals and a bit of guitar or piano – the latter of ... (Gospel) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing sounds from Niger – some really hypnotic lines on electric organ – played in a way that's unlike any other use of the instrument we've ever heard! There's a flowing, water-like quality to the music that's almost in the territory of Terry Riley's work on organ – yet the ... (Out Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Seminal sounds from SE Rogie – one of the most important palm wine artists to emerge from Sierra Leone in the 60s! Rogie sings in this wonderfully fluid style alongside his well-plucked guitar – which rings out with these bright tones that really illuminate the lyrics, but also ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful album from Idrissa Soumaoro and L'Eclipse – one recorded during a time of great political unrest in Mali, and a set that was never commercially issued – but just originally given away by the Malian Association for the Blind! The album's got all the power of earlier albums ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Comes with a bonus booklet of notes, too.)
Staple Singers —
Swing Low ... LP Vee Jay/Mississippi, 1961. New Copy (reissue)...
Excellent early work from The Staple Singers – one of their first recordings, and an all-gospel album that's drenched in the same sort of soul that you'd hear on their big hits of later years – a key influence on the sound of the secular 60s, heard here in its best original format! The ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Great heavy pressing – with bonus booklet of notes!)
Staple Singers —
Uncloudy Day ... LP Vee Jay/Mississippi, Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
Hard to imagine a cloud in the sky with music this brilliant – early work from The Staple Singers, done in a bluesy blend of gospel and roots – with some pretty soulful undercurrents too! Most numbers are virtually acapella – but have this wonderful guitar from Roebuck staples ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Possibly the closest thing to an early "hit" the Staple Singers ever had – an album that starts off with their classic rendition of "Will The Circle Be Unbroken", an instantly timeless tune penned by Roebuck Staples! The group's quite young at this point, and is a quintet ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Afro-psychedelia from Chrissy Zebby Tembo – a set recorded in the Zambian scene of the early 70s, and served up in a blend of fuzzy guitar, funky drums, and some really unusual vocals! At times, Chrissy's voice almost sounds like it's being processed – filtered down nicely amidst the ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful work from Ti Paris – a Haitian guitarist who works here in a relatively stripped-down setting – usually just his voice and acoustic guitar, light percussion, and occasional chorus vocals! The approach is quite different than later Haitian music we know – and has this ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Surprisingly sweet country work from Toody and Fred Cole of Dead Moon – music that's kind of like The Knitters were to X, or the country version of The Mekons were to the post-punk one! By way of those references, we mean that the style here isn't really Nashville or Bakersfield – but ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great second volume of field recordings and photos taken by Charles Brooks in Madagascar – the follow up to the stellar Fanajana vinyl release – this one focusing a subsequent 2002 trip in which Brooks singers and strings players. In addition to the excellent recordings, the set ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
They're not lying with the title of this one – as the set's a killer collection of rural blues, with a legacy that goes way beyond the glory days of the genre in the 20s and 30s! The collection's a great one from Mississippi – exactly the kind of pre-LP material that the label's been ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very unique version of funk – wonderful sounds cut during the golden years of Ethiopian music in the late 60s and early 70s – presented here in a sweet vinyl-only sampler that brings together the best bits from the long-running Ethiopiques CD series! The collection is filled with ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful work from that special place where blues and gospel intersect – where the spirit comes to play with more secular expressions – and the result is something completely sublime! The work here spans the space of a few decades, but is unified by the strong presence of guitar on ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Deep, lost, or long-buried blues and gospel records from the old days – creaky 78s that creep deep into the soul – beautiful stuff from Lottie Kimbrough, Robert Petway, the Anglin Brothers and more! Great stuff, from chugging rustic guitar and voice blues, to some very moving pre-R& ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great selection of very early calypso work – all recorded in Trinidad, originally issued on 78s, and with a very different sound than later, more popular versions of the genre! These tracks have a great gritty feel, and lots of jazzy inflections next to the vocals – echoes of other ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Raw sounds from the American underground – a great set of twang-heavy tracks from obscure 45s – most of them with a unique blend of rock and country styles! There's lots of the spirit here of Johnny Burnette – and a few artists actually seem to pay him tribute with their work ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful sampling of work from the Testament label of the 60s – mostly recorded in the south by aging players who never would have gotten their due, had the label not gone out of their way to capture them in these years! The assortment of tracks is really well-chosen – and most of ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album