Dusting off Feathers
Elvis may have been the King, but if it’s crazed hiccuping and hollering hillbilly rockin’ you’re after, it’s hard to beat Charlie Feathers. Billy Miller and Miriam Linna at Norton Records have already put out two swank volumes of Feathers’s late-60s indie recordings, Uh Huh Honey and Tip Top Daddy, but that was just a taster for Wild Side Of Life, Honky Tonk Kind and Long Time Ago, a three-volume main course of rare and unissued material covering his entire career, including singles sides, demos and live recordings.
Along with some intriguing alternate takes and covers, there are two great tracks Feathers wrote and recorded with Mississippi Hill Country blues great Junior Kimbrough, and each disc ends with a Feathers interview clip.
The liner notes written by Michael Hurtt are well researched and come with fantastic photos from the Feathers family archive you won’t see anywhere else. Save up and get all three. nortonrecords.com.
If you’re wondering what’s the holdup with Jazzanova’s new album, the three recent releases on their Sonar Kollektiv label should help explain it. Sifting through the Egrem/Areito archives in Havana to find amazing and previously uncomped Cuban deep jazz and soul gems recorded between 1971 and 1989 no doubt took some time. Then again, they would’ve also had to deal with the usual government bureaucracy to secure the rights to release the music on the stellar Nueva Vision compilation.
They were also busy assembling the filler-free Neujazz collection of recently recorded dance floor and spiritual jazz joints from artists around the globe, namely Two Banks of Four, Sleepwalker, Build an Ark, Christian Prommer’s Drumlesson, Fertile Ground, Hipnosis, Dalindeo, Little Dragon, in addition to Jazzanova themselves, who preview their forthcoming release with the soulful track That Night, boasting a stellar vocal performance by Bembe Segue.
There’s also a fab track by Quasimode. Once you hear it, you’ll likely need to hear their new disc, The Land Of Freedom, which, not coincidentally, was also just issued by Sonar Kollektiv. sonarkollektiv.com
While the punk craze was sweeping the world in the late 70s and early 80s, it seems that the disenfranchised youth of Paris were not picking up guitars and bashing drums. Instead they bought synthesizers and drum machines and set about creating their own robotic impressions of the disco, no wave and art rock coming out of New York.
The tough-to-find recorded artifacts left behind by largely forgotten forerunners of contemporary French chart-toppers like Air, Daft Punk, Justice and nearly everything you’ll ever hear from Ed Banger can be found on the informative two-disc Des Jeunes Gens Mödernes (Naive) collection. If you thought the Germans had a lock on Sprockets-style party joints, these jerky twerked gems by Mecanique Rhythmique, Perspective Nevski, Guerre Froide, Medikao, Tokow Boys and Taxi Girl will set you straight, mes amis. myspace.com/desjeunesgensmodernes
Wild Side of Life by Charlie Feathers
Yababo by Tema IV
Time is Love by Quasimode
Waltz for Jason by Hajime Yoshizawa
Extase by Mécanique Rythmique