As fall looms just around the corner, we’re graced with a new offering from guitar virtuoso Steve Gunn that serves as a most fitting soundtrack for the change in season. After stepping out into the open with last year’s Time Off, Gunn took little time establishing himself as the premiere artist in the John Fahey inspired, post-Jack Rose realm of fingerpicked, raga-meets-American folk (something many of us already knew). With Way Out Weather, he takes an even grander step forward both in terms of arrangement and improvisation, as well as the roster of musicians he has aboard. The result is a more expansive, lush, full-band sound that, quite often, resembles the noodley ambling of the Grateful Dead as guitar lines and various stringed instruments weave through one another in an intertwining web of cosmic folk. Check out the video for the title track below.
Way Out Weather comes out October 7th on Paradise of Bachelors.
Also, for those who missed it, be sure to check out Steve Gunn’s collaborative album with British folk artist Mike Cooper, Cantos de Lisboa.
For the past few years, Kyle Connolly has existed as a regular familiar amongst the Toronto psych scene, roving around in bands like Milk Lines, Beliefs, and Breeze. But on August 26, the soft-spoken multi-instrumentalist steps out on his own with the debut self-titled album by his own band, Wish. Featuring the talents of Peter Gosling (Decades, Lobby) on drums, Emily Bitze (Milk Lines) on bass, and long time friend/musical collaborator Josh Korody (Beliefs, Breeze) on guitar, Wish play a sort of psychedelic dream pop that often tends to wander into jammy krautrock territory. Check out their video for the song “Retro Grade” below. Wish plays tonight at the Garrison in Toronto.
Pre-order the album via Hand Drawn Dracula.
Greetings, friends. It’s been a busy summer in these parts. But, fear not, we’re still here and we have a brand new mix for your ears. Kick back in your favourite easy chair and enjoy this selection of Songs For The Summer Months.
∆ Songs For The Summer Months ∆
1. Gabor Szabo – Galatea’s Guitar
2. Jefferson Airplane – Today
3. Maria Papagika – O Marcos Botsaris
4. Pink Floyd – Crumbling Land (Take 1)
5. The Higher Elevation – The Summer Skies
6. Love – Bummer In The Summer
7. Atomic Forest – Sunshine Day
8. The Lemon Fog – Summer
9. Merrel Fankhauser & H.M.S. Bounty – The Big Gray Sky
10. Mountain Bus – Sing A New Song
11. Human Instinct – Tomorrow
11. Culture – Natty Dread Naw Run
12. Dock Boggs – Down South Blues
13. Peaking Lights – Summertime
Photos by Laura-Lynn Petrick
Walter TV on the Bruise Cruise
Calvin Love on ze Bruise Cruise
Juan Wauters climbs aboard
Panache Booking’s Michelle Cable & Señor Mac DeMarco
The Photographer Miss Laura-Lynn
Enjoy this breezy summer tune from late ’60s Mexican Group La Tropa Loca. You deserve it.
La Tropa Loca ∆ Todos Iguales
Poster by Jessica Milton
This Saturday night, July 12th, Dog Gone and Bowery Presents join forces to bring you Seattle’s Rose Windows at Rough Trade in Brooklyn, NY. Local tripsters Worthless and High Waisted support while Drippy Eye Projections provides the visuals for this psychy gathering. Following their most excellent 2013 debut, The Sun Dogs, Rose Windows have a new 7″ out just last month on Sub Pop. We’ve got a signed copy of that new single, titled There Is A Light, along with a pair of tickets to giveaway to our friends. Follow us on Twitter (@doggonepresents) and keep an eye out for a chance to win ‘em both. Hear the A-Side of the single below.
Purchase tickets over at Bowery Presents.
Doors: 8:00 pm // Show: 9:00 pm // Tickets $10 advance // $12 day of show
Under the name Olden Yolk, Quilt’s Shane Butler creates atmospheric, drone-based folk songs. It’s music that moves with nature and its seasons. It loops, layers and weaves its way through sunny summer groves and snowy winter trails. Listen to “Snow Orchid” below.
Hear more over at the Olden Yolk Bandcamp Page.
A few weeks back, at a strange little yard sale down the street from my apartment, I scored a compilation album curated by the once-popular New York disk jockey and concert promoter Murray the K. Featuring a selection of tracks by the bands he’d been playing on his show at the time, the comp includes songs by The Blues Project, Vanilla Fudge, The Shangri-Las, The Rascals and The Bee Gees, along with a pair of tunes by folky singer/songwriter Janis Ian. Thanks to ol’ Murray, I’ve been on a recent trip with Janis’ “Younger Generation Blues”—a rebellious, cigarette smokin’, anti-adult rocker of a tune.
Doggone sergeant, he rolled up in a hearse
And he called me a lousy, no good, juvenile pervert
He gave me a lecture on cancer of the lung
Said, anyone who smokes is a low-down dirty bum
Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em, folks.
Janis Ian Younger ∆ Generation Blues
Ryley Walker put out one of the best releases of the year so far, folk or otherwise, with his “All Kinds of You” this past April. Coming out on the typically reissue-oriented Tompkins Square Records, it was obvious that his work was exceptional enough to pique their interest, and can sit among their many folk oriented reissues. Sounding like a product of his influences, his debut sways between the fingerpicking abilities of Michael Chapman’s “Fully Qualified Survivor”, the British Folk tendencies of Bert Jansch’s “Birthday Blues”, and the freewheeling live jazz-band dynamic of Tim Buckley’s “Lorca” in a way that is all his own. Throw Ryley’s world weary singing voice into the mix, and you have a very dynamic and creative album that is both of it’s time and out of it’s time. The man has done his homework.
Ryley will be appearing at the NXNE Death Hymn No. 9 Showcase on June 19 at The Smiling Buddha (961 College Street). Doors at 7:30 PM.
∆ Words by Dave Sampson
Next Monday, we’ll be hosting Amen Dunes for his first headlining performance in Toronto. The man behind the project, Damon McMahon, was kind enough to put together this mix of songs, each of which he tells us is an influence on his general being.
Catch Amen Dunes live in Toronto on Monday night at The Silver Dollar along with Alex Calder, Wicked Witches and Milk Lines. RSVP here. Also be sure to pick up the excellent new Amen Dunes record, Love, out now on Sacred Bones.
MP3: Amen Dunes Guest Mix
01. Alex Chilton – Walking Dead
02. Eyeless in Gaza – Scale Amiss
03. Sixx – Sister Devil
04. Flipper – Love Canal
05. Chrome – SS Cygni
06. Happy Mondays – Country Song
07. Lifetones – Good Side
08. Willie Colon – Pa Colombia
09. DJ Paul & Juicy J – I Thought You Knew
10. Aphex Twin – Acrid Avid Jam Shred
11. Aster Bekele – Wub Hager
12. Burial – Forgive
13. Death in June – Peaceful Snow