Taken from the Gretchen’s Wheel ep, awry.
Kenyan-based Matata was once hailed as “the best band from Africa,” and this two-disc collection highlights an excellent band that did indeed have great promise–and it also serves to show the dangers of compromising one’s art for commercial success.
The Eighties proved to be a fallow period for a lot of classic country musicians, Tammy Wynette included. These two late-period records are exceptions to the rule; one, a fine take on contemporary sounds; the other, a true retro country record that featured an all-star cast.
Taken from the forthcoming Drag City release, Introducing The Crimsmen.
Taken from the Mercury Rev release, Istanbul 2011 Deserter’s Songs.
Taken from the forthcoming Xander Harris release, Termination Dust.
Taken from the Tompkins Square release, The Sky Is An Empty Eye.
Teen pop sensation Bobby Darin was a creative risk taker. Conventional wisdom would state that him teaming up with elder songwriter Johnny Mercer and the Billy May orchestra for an album of turn of the century standards was a recipe for disaster for the early rock and roll star. But the gamble paid off, resulting in one of his finest records of his sadly too-short career.
Taken from the collection, Music From S-Town.
Welsh progressive rockers Blonde On Blonde overcame the loss of their frontman and visionary, releasing two promising but ultimately commercially unsuccessful albums.