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bill dylan vs bob wilson

Amidst the Dylanmania: “Indiana’s Bill Wilson drove to Nashville and knocked on producer Bob Johnston’s kitchen door in 1973. Bob let him in to play a few songs, liked it, and rounded up his crew that played on Dylan’s “Blonde on Blonde”. They recorded “Ever Changing Minstrel” that night, and it was released on Columbia [CBS] in 1973. The album is now reissued with rare photographs, notes by reissue producer and Tompkins Square label owner Josh Rosenthal, and remastered from the original tapes.” Dixit Rosenthal: “I bought Bill Wilson’s “Ever Changing Minstrel” lp for a quarter in January. Never saw it before. Tracked down Bob Johnston (Dylan, Cohen, Cash) who produced it. He said Bill just showed up at his house one day. They made the record that night, with some of the guys who played on “Blonde On Blonde”. Bill and Bob never saw each other again.” Wilson would die of a heart attack at the age of 46, in 1993. Reissue label: Tompkins Square, cat. no. TSQ2684, rel. 2012-09-18. And do check that Sonobeat / Sonosong story for Wilson’s 1969 demo lp!
http://www.billwilsonmusic.net/
http://sonobeatrecords.com/billwilson.html
http://www.tompkinssquare.com/bill-wilson.html
http://www.isleofwrite.com/stories/Sonobeat.pdf
http://www.stringdancer.com/billwilson/index.html
http://www.scarletdukes.com/st/tm_aussonobeat.html
http://soundcloud.com/tompkinssquare/sets/bill-wilson-ever-changing

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new bill fay album

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Yay! Dead Oceans have just announced a new Bill Fay album for 2012-08-21: http://deadoceans.com/blog/2012/05/dead-oceans-welcome-bill-fay-first-studio-album-in-over-40-years-out-august-21/ + http://deadoceans.com/artist.php?name=faybill … which is utterly wonderful!! Yet “Life Is People” won’t be the first in over forty years. The Still Some Light2cd from 2010 featured one disc of carefully crafted new songs so that makes “Life Is People” the first new album in a mere two years ;-) And before the 2009 recordings, there were the utterly magnificent 1978-1981 recordings you can hear on Tomorrow, Tomorrow And Tomorrow(2005) – imho his very best album … More via http://uzine.posterous.com/tag/faybill

christian marclay’s vinyl projects

One of the world’s most fantastic arts & vinyl men, mesdames et messieurs it’s Christian Marclay! Also: check his clever Footstepsproject + lp on RecRec (rec. 1988, rel. 1989)! Full story here: http://www.futureshipwreck.com/2011/04/record-on-the-floor-christian-marclays-footsteps/ + have a look inside Phaidon’s book on Marclay here (2005, ISBN 9780714843742) ànd enjoy Rob Young’s 2005 interview too while you’re at it, parbleu!

listen whitey

Noted music producer and scholar Pat Thomas spent five years in Oakland researching Listen, Whitey! The Sights And Sounds Of Black Power 1965-1975“. It also chronicles the forgotten history of Motown’s Black Power subsidiary label, Black Forum (1970-1973). The tracklisting (listen to tracks  1, 5 & 12 below) on Listen, Whitey!(named after Huey P. Newton’s 1972 lp on Folkways) does miss God bless America for what(1972) by the once again forgotten Swamp Dogg, though – imho more relevant than Roy Harper‘s I hate the white manwith its rather vague lyrics, however poignant their delivery  … Even so, and especially with the accompanying book on Fantagraphics, this v/a compilation is a great addition to “(Rich Mix Presents) Back To Blackon Lo (2005), the Black & Proudcomps on Trikont (2002 & 2005), the two Stand Up And Be Counted – Soul, Funk And Jazz From A Revolutionary Erav/a volumes on Harmless (1999 & 2000) and What’s The Word? on the revamped Harmless (2011). Extra (viva RotA): Mable Hillery! And Denise Sullivan‘s book Keep on pushing – black power music from blues to hip hop(ISBN 9781556528170, Chicago Review Press / IPG 2011-07)!
http://listen-whitey.tumblr.com/
http://roomonetwofour.com/books.htm
http://lightintheattic.net/releases/685-listen-whitey-the-sounds-of-black-power-1967-1974
http://www.fantagraphics.com/browse-shop/listen-whitey-the-sights-and-sounds-of-black-power-1965-1975-2.html
http://www.wnyc.org/shows/soundcheck/2012/feb/22/motown-records-lost-history/
http://newblackman.blogspot.com/2010/06/rhythm-and-protest-motowns-forgotten.html
http://www.alternet.org/story/154559/listen,_whitey!_talking_with_author_pat_thomas_about_the_black_panthers
http://lightintheattic.net/news/?p=4882
http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2012/03/seize-the-time-pat-thomas-black-power-and-listen-whitey.html
http://jamesrtracy.wordpress.com/2012/03/16/listen-whitey-james-tracy-interviews-pat-thomas/
http://revoltoftheapes.com/2012/08/14/pat-thomas-author-of-listen-whitey-the-sights-and-sounds-of-black-power-1965-1975/
http://www.kpfa.org/archive/id/79645

Listenwhitey

liswhi-preview.pdf

gary wilson

A genius he is not and the documentary is tedious(ly long, to the point of exhausting the original fresh impression,) but the music on (the cd reissue of) Gary Wilson’s 33’52” debut lp and lone masterpiece You Think You Really Know Me(1977) feels just right … precursing new wave à la Ric Ocasek fronting Steely Dan with a young David Lynch behind the controls, desperately trying to invent Devo’s sound … or Jonathan Richman recording a blue eyed soul album for Todd Rundgren, the two of them keen to eclipse Joe Jackson but confounding him with Frank Zappa … Well just listen for yourself, but beware YT also features later ànd earlier recordings. It’s too bad Plexifilm’s two disc set (dvd + cd) is the only way you can purchase this fresh and original underground record today; high time an affordable vinyl reprint came about! Ideally with some 1976 bonus tracks! In the original – not that awful red – sleeve!
http://www.sixpointfour.com/
http://www.plexifilm.com/title.php?id=33
http://www.stonesthrow.com/garywilson
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Wilson_(musician)
http://www.weirdomusic.com/artists/garywilson.htm
http://www.waxpoetics.com/features/articles/gary-wilson-wants-to-talk-to-you
http://www.stonesthrow.com/store/album/garywilson/gary-wilson-direct-to-disc
http://www.stylusmagazine.com/reviews/gary-wilson/you-think-you-really-know-me.htm
http://www.gorgeousentertainment.com/project/you-think-you-really-know-me

francis bebey

Downright sensational … Francis Bebey = Cameroon’s own Timmy Thomas … and so much more … just check Super jingleaka “Super jungle” … IM Francis Bebey (1929-2001) …
http://www.bornbadrecords.net/releases/francis-bebey-african-electronic-music-1976-1982/
http://www.the-drone.com/magazine/francis-bebey-african-electronic-music-1975-1982/
http://www.chicagoreviewpress.com/african-music-products-9781556521287.php?page_id=21
http://www.rfimusique.com/artiste/musiques-monde/francis-bebey/biographie
http://www.lesinrocks.com/musique/critique-album/bebey-come-back/

http://www.afropop.org/explore/show_artist/ID/421/Francis%20Bebey
http://gonzai.com/francis-bebey-african-electronic-music-1975-1982/
http://www.africultures.com/php/index.php?nav=personne&no=3412
http://www.rfi.fr/boutique/20110613-francis-bebey-belle-epoque
http://xtrafrica.blogspot.fr/search?q=Francis+Bebey
http://uzine.posterous.com/urgent-reminder-go-buy
http://www.afrisson.com/Wedoo-Music-1224.html  [warning: features rerecordings!]
http://realworldrecords.com/videos/francis-bebey
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Bebey
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Bebey
http://mnaatf.org/Afrique/1Bebey.pdf
http://www.bebey.com/

kashmere high school stage band

Mark Landsman‘s 83’ Thunder Souldocumentary on Houston’s Kashmere Stage Band (as produced by Jamie Foxx, 2010) isn’t featured on Now-Again’s 2cd + 1dvd package (NA-5085, 2011). But it does feature there’s a 12′ making of, footage of a 3′ live version of “Makin’ whoopee” (1972) and a 27′ documentary by Charles Porter (1973 – check the KSB on holiday in Paris, Brussels, Louvain, Waterloo, Breda and Bonn). It’s a mighty package with a 40 page booklet to boot … but it has only one flaw: there’s no song author credits, making it difficult to find out which tracks are KSB originals and which are cover versions. Speaking of which: expect more Shaftcovers in a future post + find a free download of Egon’s extended edit of James Brown‘s “Super bad” (as featured on the 2005 US – but not Jazzman‘s 2002 UK – edition of Texas Funk: Black Gold From The Lone Star State 1968-1975v/a cd) via the Now-Again site:
http://www.nowagainrecords.com/tag/kashmere-stage-band/  [5 pages!]
http://www.austinchronicle.com/screens/2010-03-12/977581/
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5599377
http://www.npr.org/2011/09/23/140539483/thunder-soul-70s-sensation-dusts-off-its-groove
http://www.npr.org/2011/09/28/140891879/summer-school-funk-five-tracks-out-of-1970s-houston
http://www.filmindependent.org/news-and-blog/mark-landsman-on-his-influences-and-thunder-soul/
http://edendale.typepad.com/weblog/2010/03/sxsw-2010-mark-landsmans-thunder-soul.html
http://stonesthrow.com/news/2011/06/kashmere-stage-band-thunder-soul-official-movie-trailer
http://www.indiewire.com/article/toolkit-case-study-the-long-road-of-thunder-soul
http://www.indiewire.com/article/interview_thunder_soul
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kashmere_Stage_Band
http://funky16corners.lunarpages.net/?p=2009
http://stonesthrow.com/funky16/kash.html
http://thundersoulmovie.com/
http://kashmere.org/