Artist: Vivian Girls
Album: Everything Goes Wrong
Featured Track: “When I’m Gone”
Artist: Thomas Function
Featured Track: “Snake in the Grass”
Artist: The Strange Boys
Album: The Strange Boys will now forever be known as the Martin Luther Kings
Feature Track: “Nothing”
Artist: Various Artists
Album: Bollywood Steel Guitar
Featured Track: “Aao Twist Karen”
This is not actually a 2009 release, but I sure enjoyed it this year. I must also salute the amazing Sublime Frequencies record label out of Seattle. They continue to sift the globe for amazing musical treasures. This collection features 21 swinging tracks from 1962-86. Enjoy with goat curry (Berkeley’s Kabana does it right), onion naan and a cold Taj Mahal.
Album: Love Lost
Featured Track: “Love Jumped Through My Window”
2009 marks a historic year for fans of the genius 60’s band Love. For the first time ever, the lost recordings from 1971 are available on one cohesive collection from Sundazed Music. Although we know the credit is really due to the good people at Delmore Recordings (my bro!). The title was originally rumored to be “Dear You”, and in a way this recording feels like a personal handwritten letter from Arthur Lee to me (and You). We can spend all day arguing that Love’s 3rd record, Forever Changes, is the greatest album of all time, but let’s not argue. It is the greatest record of all time. This recording would have been their 7th album and has little to do with Forever Changes. Arthur had long since parted ways with the original band. No more horns or violins. He was rocking harder, partying harder and quite loose. Like records 4 through 6 (Four Sail, Out Here, False Start), Love Lost sounds more like a Jimi Hendrix record, and this is really no surprise. Arthur and Jimi worked together and influenced each other. As it states so eloquently in the liner notes “Arthur and Jimi were the two psychedelic black guys around period”. Given the recent resurgence of garage rock, and psychedelia it seems prudent at this time to spread the gospel that is Love. If you haven’t yet, check out the first 3 Love records (Love, da Capo, and Forever Changes), I am pretty sure that you will crave more, and now there is yet one more Love record to savor! Enjoy with Night Train and nutmeggy cakes.