Mountainhood : Year Of The Mountain (Reverb Worship)

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The next release on Reverb Worship is by the wonderful San Francisco psychedelic folk troubadour Mountainhood and called « Year Of The Mountain », and it’s a superb 30 minute six track CDR. Mountainhood has recently changed his name from Almaden.

Junkboy : Three (Enraptured)

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Popular folk legend has it that three is the magic number. It’s very apt then that Junkboy’s third offering is named after the number with magic properties because this is the kind of wonderful album they’ve been promising to make for a while now. Brothers Mik and Rich Hanscomb are at the core of the operation. « Three » is the culmination of the boys’ main interests in music: the lushness of Brian Wilson’s productions, a DIY home recorded ethos, the fragile, soulful expressiveness of songwriters such as Elliott Smith, the laid back, head nodding grooves of Tortoise, the Pagan perversity of Paul Giovanni’s Wickerman soundtrack and the retro-futurist ideology of Krautrock. The reckless, euphoric, bohemian abandon of British folk legend, Bert Jansch, also runs through the brothers Hanscomb’s music. So in short it’s the sound of prog-rock-soft-focus-electronic-kosmische-folk-core.

The Gutter Twins : Saturnalia (Sub Pop)

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« Saturnalia » is the first album from The Gutter Twins, the collaboration forged in late 2003 by Mark Lanegan and fellow maverick singer-songwriter Greg Dulli. « Saturnalia » finds the axis Dulli nicknamed ‘the Satanic Everly Brothers’ going even deeper into the shadows than ever before. Mystical, unpredictable, ultimately masterful, the album both embodies and defies any expectations suggested by the principals’ individual notoriety. Pointedly not resting on the sonic laurels of their previous successes, « Saturnalia » instead proves rootsy but baroque, handmade yet modernist, teeming with siren melodies that don’t resolve. Produced by Dulli and Lanegan along with the band’s unofficial third member Mathias Schneeberger, the album’s eerie modal swirls trap the listener in each song’s atmosphere; simultaneously evoking everything from Indian sitars to Appalachian folk and Delta grit, the drones inadvertently create narcotic hooks. Spartan electronica indelibly collides with spooky space blues on « Who Will Lead Us? »; « Idle Hands » fuses Middle Eastern exoticism with shocking guitar riffs that shoot AC/DC boogie into another fucking galaxy. What Dulli and Lanegan achieve here ultimately feels like the determinedly individual product of two auteurs coming together.

The Felice Brothers : The Felice Brothers (Loose)

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Simone, Ian and James Felice are the three eldest boys from a family of seven, born carpenter’s sons in the wilds of the Catskill Mountains. Along with a runaway dice-thrower and chancer called Christmas they moved their Sunday BBQ singalongs onto the streets and subways of NYC. This album follows their UK debut « Tonight At The Arizona » which was released in Spring 2007. The Felice Brothers’ distinct brand of songwriting and the lawless sound they’ve forged has earned them comparisons to Woody Guthrie, The Pogues, The Band and a young Bruce Springsteen. The sound that emerges from their instruments is seeped with an instinctive authenticity that’s rooted in tradition but is also entirely their own.

Nels Andrews : Off Track Betting (Reveal)

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« Off Track Betting » is set to be one of the landmark Americana releases of 2008. The new songs were recorded in Brooklyn at Trout Studios, and now spring from the textures and rhythms of New York City, as seen from the abandoned piers and rooftops as a new form of the red desert dust and sagebrush oceans.

Jack Rose : Dr Ragtime & Pals / Self Titled (Beautiful Happiness)

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Brand new album from Jack Rose, and double-packed with the long sold out self titled release (originally a limited release on the Archive Recordings label). The first disc « Dr Ragtime & Pals » is Jack duetting with the likes of Glenn Jones, Micah Smaldone, Mike Gangloff, Harmonica Dan, and Sean Bowles; it’s Rose really displaying his formidable prowess as a guitar picker, and lapsteel player with a foil to play alongside. Truly inspiring, some of the traditionals reworked here elevate Jack to a new height. His playing is better than ever, Jack is a consummate performer, a perfectionist also. This is a major work from a big player in the modern American primitive world. Often compared to the likes of John Fahey etc, Jack Rose is a rare talent. The self titled second disc contains a couple of solo versions of tracks for the duets disc, but again, this supports the theory of Jack Rose constantly evolving and developing his art.

Various Artists : Alphabeat (Pop, Psyche And Prog Rock, 1967-1970) (Top Sounds)

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The first release on Top Sounds. A fantastic compilation bringing together thirteen rare slices of UK beat and psychedelia. Comes with a full colour booklet with great photos and notes on the featured bands: Includes The Barrier, Graded Grains (they existed!), Black Cat Bones, The Pathfinders, Mississippi and much more.