Tag Archives: Tompkins Square

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!

nagoski’s ottoman-american and other global musics from the past

= featurette by Matt Bowden of Dimmerswitch Productions, who’s also working on a New Orleans gospel documentary together with Zinnia Films. Baltimore collector Ian Nagoski has his Fonotopia radio show on WLOY, runs his own Canary record label and has compiled the Black Mirror: Reflections In Global Musics (1918-1955)” v/a cd for Dust-to-Digital (DTD10, 2007-11-20) and, more recently, the To What Strange Place: The Music Of The Ottoman-American Diaspora 1916-1929v/a 3cd for Tompkins Square (TSQ2608, 2011). [Tnx4tip GS – also for tipping Don’t Trust Your Neighbors – Early Albanian Traditional Songs And Improvisations, 1920s-1930son Hinter (2011)!]

michael chapman ecstatic peace release and documentary

… a couple of Chapman updates … there’s a documentary in the making (see links below), some touring going on, and a release on Ecstatic Peace upcoming … Sonic Youth‘s Thurston Moore had already interviewed Michael Chapman in Fretboard Magazine in 2009 … meanwhile the tracks below are off Trainsong: Guitar Compositions 1967-2010on Tompkins Square (TSQ2530, 2011) … “Trying times” is a requiem for Jack Rose (1971-02-16 > 2009-12-05) …

michael chapman’s fully qualified ghosts


The bitter wailings of the master of regret: Michael Chapman … Since discovering Chapman’s music around 1986, I’ve never taken those people seriously who find Leonard Cohen‘s music depressing. (Cohen has tremendous wit, actually.) Michael Chapman (do not confuse him with Family’s Roger Chapman) has worked with Ronson, Dunbar, Buckmaster … and has recorded his best work for Harvest. After reissues by BGO, C5, Repertoire and See for Miles, the San Francisco label Light in the Attic is the latest to rerelease him. They’re starting with his second album Fully Qualified Survivor (1970). Hopefully, Rainmaker (1969),Window (1971) and Wrecked Again (1971) will follow, and Millstone Grit (Deram 1973),Deal Gone Down (Deram 1974) and some of his lesser known later work (on Decca and beyond) as well. (Meanwhile, Chapman has released twenty-six solo guitar versions of tunes spanning his entire career via the Trainsong: Guitar Compositions 1967-20102cd on Tompkins Square – whose site fails to state the cat. no. or barcode of their release, sadly.)

buckley & buckley


Early work in the vein of “Goodbye Hello”, from Live At The Folklore Center, NYC – March 6, 1967″ – a cd only release on Tompkins Square that largely went unnoticed last year but which does deserve the attention of any Tim fan as it features lots of otherwise unreleased songs (6/16). Great sound quality, incidentally – too good almost, as you can judge by the clarity of the coughing on “Cripples cry” ;-)

Hey and if you’re not a fan yet, reconsider your options in life whilst listening to the fantastic Dream Letter – Live In London 1968concert registration, or anything between “Happy Sad” and “Greetings From LA” Tim Buckley wasn’t just another folknik singer songwriter, he was first and foremost a singer out to use his voice as a jazz instrument just like, say, Billie Holiday had done. And as such, he became a legend in his lifetime, outclassing many a musician of his era.
Finally, since any mention of senior seems to ellicit rants or raves about junior (Jeff), might I grasp this occasion to point your attention to Jasmina Fekovic’s documentarista eh documentary Jeff Buckley Goodbye And Hello(2000, 55′)? Thanks!