Daily Driver Summer 2019 (Trailer)

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Back in August as Summer was closing out, I posted a personal music mix that I had been listening to during the heat of the sunbaked Phoenix Summer. I called it “Daily Driver Summer 2019”. I know, not the most creative title, but, as I said at the time, I hadn’t really planned on posting it. It was just something I made for myself to listen to on my daily commute. What I neglected to tell you at the time, my dear readers is that there are actually two volumes. So I figured why not share the sequel as well. Please don’t hold it against me. I really didn’t mean to keep anything from you. Please enjoy now.

Download the jewel case art as a PDF file.

Tracklisting:

  1. “Suzie Q” by Creedence Clearwater Revival

  2. “Suena” by Ondatrópica

  3. “Mustt Mustt (Extended)” by Kiran Ahluwalia

  4. “Kukuchi” by Letta Mbulu

  5. “Kogarashi” by Kikagaku Moyo

  6. “On the Road Again” by Canned Heat

  7. Turn On Your Love Light” by the Grateful Dead

  8. I Like It (I Like It Like That)” by Pete Rodriguez

  9. “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley and the Wailers

  10. “Golden Clouds” by The Orb Featuring Lee "Scratch" Perry

  11. “Hey Ya!” by OutKast

  12. “Boogie On” by Rob (Funky Rob Way)

  13. “Hymn of the Big Wheel” by Massive Attack

Hamza El Din With The Dead

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This post originally appeared at the now disappeared Global Elite Music Radio Podcast Supershow website on June 26, 2018 and is now posted here for posterity and because who doesn’t need more Hamza El Din With The Dead in their lives, right?!


In September 1978, the Grateful Dead traveled to Egypt to play three shows at the base of the Great Pyramid of Giza, under the gaze of the Great Sphinx. 

The shows were the culmination of a band of seekers being drawn to places of power. In many ways, the shows were Phil Lesh's personal project. He says

"it sort of became my project because I was one of the first people in the band who was on the trip of playing at places of power. You know, power that's been preserved from the ancient world. The pyramids are like the obvious number one choice because no matter what anyone thinks they might be, there is definitely some kind of mojo about the pyramids."

The shows also lived out the ideal of international collaboration, The Dead were famous for having other people sit in, from jazz musicians like Ornette Coleman to Nubian Sudanese composer, oud player, tar player, and vocalist Hamza El Din (Listen to "Did Nura Remember (Gillina Nura)" by Hamza El Din. From the 1965 album Al Oud featured on Episode 02 of the Global Elite Music Radio Podcast Supershow).

El Din had already garnered international recognition by this time, having played the Newport Folk Festival in 1964 and we are happy to feature his 1965 track "Did Nura Remember (Gillina Nura)" on Episode 02 of our podcast

In October, El Din returned the favor and played with the Dead at Winterland:  "El Din opened the show solo, offering his divine percussion before the Grateful Dead slowly emerged to join him for an ecstatic rendition of “Ollin Arageed”, a number based off a Nubian wedding tune, before embarking on a soaring half-acoustic, half-electric jam."

Watch "Ollin Arageed - Egypt 9-16-78:

Listen to the Dead with Hamza El Din 10/21/78:

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  • Listen to "Did Nura Remember (Gillina Nura)" by Hamza El Din. From the 1965 album Al Oud featured on Episode 02 of the Global Elite Music Radio Podcast Supershow.

Kalahari Encounters

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This post originally appeared on the now disappeared Global Elite Music Radio Podcast Supershow website on June 13, 2018 and is re-posted here for posterity. And because I still really dig this album.




Shishani & Namibian Tales (one of the artists on our very own Episode 01) are an international group based out of Amsterdam. The group's award-winning debut Itaala focused on vocalist Shishani Vranckx singing in Oshiwambo and beginning to wrestle with what her heritage means for her as an artist today. This desire to connect with an incorporate her heritage led to the band's latest release Kalahari Encounters

She tells Universiteit Leiden (where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology and completed a Master’s degree in Musicology):

"‘My mother is Ndonga, part of the Namibian ethnic “Aawambo” group, she explains. ‘Ever since childhood, I’ve had the desire to return to Namibia and immerse myself in my mother’s culture, especially through music.’"

The group traveled to the Kalahari desert in present day Namibia to learn from and sing with the people of the San – often referred to as Bushmen. The trip resulted in a collaboration with four singing grandmothers from the area. The group performed the songs for a live performance recorded live performance at the Warehouse Theatre in Namibia’s capital city in June 2017.

Reflecting on the process of making this music, Shishani tells her former university: "It opens your eyes to the world.’

More of that, please.

Watch the video for “Kalahari Encounters:"

Watch the video for "Aga Who:"

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  • Listen to "Aga Who" by Shishani & The Namibian Tales. From the 2017 album Kalahari Encounters featured on Episode 01 of the Global Elite Music Radio Podcast Supershow.

Pacific Range Live At The Chapel, San Franscico, 09.06.19

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Los Angeles’ Pacific Range has been one band that’s really piqued my musical interest of late. If you’re curious as to why, the band’s website introduces them by saying:

“Pacific Range is rooted in the beautiful, sunshiny-coast of California. The band's style takes from many influences ranging from The Allman Brothers and Grateful Dead, to The Band and The Flying Burrito Brothers.”

Now, if you were to guess from that little blurb that this band is right up my alley, you’d be displaying "great and unmatched wisdom,” but, like, for real, man.

Anyway, the fine folks of Howlin Rain (another band you should know) posted this show via Twitter the other day, and, well, color me smitten.

I’m sorry but I don’t know the setlist to this show. If you happen to know it, would you be so kind as to assist?

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Garcia Peoples: October 3, 2019 Nublu

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As I mentioned the other day, I am very grateful that the Live Music Archive exists. If you’re not familiar with the Live Music Archive, you should really rectify that situation.

I’ve also extolled the virtues of NYC Taper and asked you support what they do, but I’m going to do so again. Please support them so they can continue making shows like this possible (browse posts at this site tagged with “NYC Taper” to see what I’m talking about.

It occurred to me the other day that I haven’t posted about New Jersey’s Garcia Peoples and I couldn’t believe that was possible, so I looked and it was not only possible, it was the sad, sad reality. I couldn’t think of a better way to break that trend than with this VERY recent (10/03/19) show at New York’s Nublu. NYC Taper says:

“Let’s get real here: You already know we love Garcia Peoples. I’m getting this recording to you less than 24 hours after it occurred. So if you want to know our opinions on GP and their shows, read any number of other reviews on this site. I’m here to tell you the basics:

  1. This is part of a month-long residency at Nublu . Buy tix to the other shows here.

  2. These shows celebrate the release of their latest LP on Beyond Beyond is Beyond, One Step Behind. Buy it here.

  3. Garcia Peoples are good peoples, and they rule. See items #1 and #2.

I recorded this set with Schoeps MK4Vs on the right side toward the front. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!”

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Tortoise Live At The Dead Pigeon

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I’ve been continuing to go through some of the live concert recordings I’ve kept over the years. I got rid of a ton during one of our moves, but I also kept a ton. This 1995 Tortoise show from The Dead Pigeon in Muncie, IN.

It’s been amazing to me how many of these lives shows I get excited about sharing, thinking that it might be a nice addition to the internets, only to discover that it already exists thanks to the Live Music Archive. I am severely thankful that the Live Music Archive exists and it certainly saves time in posting some of these shows.

Enjoy this 1995 gem.

Dirty Three's Lyrical Instrumentals

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An Australian instrumental trio that’s not Silver Ray. You didn’t think I’d be able to post about Silver Ray without posting about Dirty Three today, did you? And this doesn’t even mention The Necks.

Dirty Three is one of my all-time favorite bands and consists of Jim White (drums), Mick Turner (guitar), and Warren Ellis (violin). Don’t let this sparse lineup fool you, the group plays huge instrumental pieces drowning lyricism.


Here’s the group’s 2012 Tiny Desk Concert.

Here’s the group performing “Distant Shore” in 1998.

Silver Ray: Swirling Cinematic Instrumentals

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An Australian instrumental trio that’s not Dirty Three (or the Necks), Silver Ray play sweeping, swirling, urgent pieces with piano, guitar and drums. The group consists of Cam Butler (guitar), Julitha Ryan (piano/keyboards), and Brett Poliness (drums). They put out four albums on Pharmacy Records, the last of which being (I think) 2008’s “Homes For Everyone.”

I don’t believe the group is active any longer but those four albums are all really solid and worth your time hunting down.

Here’s “Trail of Deception” from “Homes For Everyone”

Here’s “True Believer” live in 2004.

  • Visit the group’s page at Pharmacy Records.

Remembering Ginger Baker

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Legendary drummer Ginger Baker died recently in hospital at age 80.

There are legions far more skilled than I opining his life, death, and what his cantankerous persona meant or didn’t mean and we will leave all of that up to them. Just the way I think Ginger would have wanted. In the mean time, let’s remember Ginger with a couple of (what I think are) overlooked gems.

My personal favorite Baker recording is the live album with Fela, but I don’t think that’s one’s really “overlooked,'“ so instead, let’s highlight his 1990 album “Middle Passage.” The album also features Bill Laswell, Bernie Worrell, and Jah Wobble who recently posted on Twitter:

Played on this Ginger Baker album, middle passage . It’s a very classy album prod by Bill Laswell . It’s got bernie worrell nicky skopelitis and others on it. I overdubbed . Bill thought it unwise that I meet Ginger. Could have been trouble.

The other selection may be a bit of a stretch since Baker doesn’t technically play on the whole album, but Public Image Limited’s 1986 album Album is another favorite.

In case you haven’t seen it yet, watch the trailer for the “Beware Mr. Baker” documentary.

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Kurt Vile: "(bottle back) Documentary"

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From the Youtube page:

“In early September 2018, on the eve of the announcement of his latest album, 'Bottle It In' (celebrating its one-year anniversary this October), Kurt Vile – along with friends and fellow musicians – decamped to the Catskill Mountains in upper state New York to rehearse, prepare and ponder the year’s road ahead.”

Harsh Narayan: Grand Canyon Sarangi

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Phoenician and tabla player (“tablist?”)Shreyas Iyer operates the Dhaa School of Music. Their website says:

“Dhaa School of Music strives to teach this complex musical instrument, Tabla, in a fun and supportive environment. The goal is to cultivate the seed of love for this instrument so that it becomes a lifelong journey for each and every student.”

On Sunday October 20, the Dhaa School of Music, together with Authentic Yoga Teacher Training are hosting and evening of live music with Harsh Narayan and Shreyas Iyer “Only 60 seats available and these are filling up fast. Get your tickets soon.”

Here is “A beautiful short clip of Harsh Narayan bonding with the elements at Grand Canyon. Thanks to Camillo Scherer for some great camera work.”

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Ustad Ali Akbar Khan Live in Eugene, OR (1983)

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I was reminded of this recording the other day while listening to “Stir” from the fantastic One Eleven Heavy album, Desire Path. One of the songs references listening to Ali Akbar, and it prompted me to pull out this gem and give is a reconsideration. If you’re not familiar with Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, The Wikipedias tell us that Ali Akbar Khan:

“was a Hindustani classical musician of the Maihar gharana, known for his virtuosity in playing the sarod. Trained as a classical musician and instrumentalist by his father, Allauddin Khan, he also composed several classical ragas and film scores. He established a music school in Calcutta in 1956, and the Ali Akbar College of Music in 1967, which moved with him to the United States and is now based in San Rafael, California, with a branch in Basel, Switzerland.”

This is a live recording that I’e had for several years, and according to the wonderful Flat, Black and Classical blog (where you can also download the show):

“Here we have another in the series of cassettes which AMMP Music Productions (i.e., the AACM) released in the mid 1980s documenting the Ustad's collection of concert recordings. The story I have heard, not independently verified by any of the principals, is that Mary Johnson Khan began discovering boxes of reels of recordings of live concerts by her husband placed in odd locations in their home. Places like under a couch or in closets. She apparently decided to start to archive these recordings with the goal of eventually making them available to the public.”

Tabla by Swapan Chaudhuri.

Side A of the cassette begins with Khan explaining what he'll play that evening, followed by “Raga Hem Behag:”

Side B of the cassette features “Raga Bihag:”

The Burnlackers: "Laughter" EP

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I don’t know if you remember it, but there used to be a coffeehouse in Scottsdale, AZ called The Congo and they used to host fantastic all-ages shows. Friends and I would go there and drink coffee and play chess and listen to live music. We fancied ourselves poets, but that’s another story for another day.

I’m sure there was one, but we never checked the schedule of who was playing, it was just something that you could count on, that there would most likely be great live music.

And it was always a special treat when a band called the Burnlackers would play. Sort of alt. country even before I knew there was such a thing, sort of moody alternative rock, it felt like music conceived in the sunbaked desert, which I most definitely dig.

At one of the shows, I bought a cassette of their 1994 EP called “Laughter.” I lived in the on-campus apartments at Grand Canyon University and we had a huge boombox in the front room. In the Fall, we would open the sliding glass door and put on this tape at full volume. So much so that I went through several copies. Having the sliding glass door open also made it easier for our friend living outside in his station wagon to come in and use the shower or the stove, but that’s also probably another story.

The band has recently started playing around town again and I couldn’t be more pleased. They are working on recording new material and graciously gave permission to post the EP here at Holiday At The Sea.

It’s well worth your time. Listen here.

Tracklisting:

  1. Taken

  2. Nowhere

  3. Reachin’ For

  4. To The Grave

  5. Whisper

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Othar Turner and Luther Dickinson - "Bye Bye Baby (Call That Gone)" [1996]

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North Mississippi Allstars will release their new album 'Up and Rolling' on New West Records. Ramping up to the release of the album, the Allstars have posted a video of Luther Dickinson accompanying fife and drum/hill country blues legend Otha Turner (sometimes spelled “Othar”).

Listen to “Shimmy She Wobble” by Otha Turner & The Afrossippi Allstars from the 2000 album From Senegal to Senatobia on Episode 23 of The Global Elite Music Radio Podcast Supershow.

I know this post was originally about the new North Mississippi Allstars but as long as we’re at it, here’s another video of Otha Turner, this time with his fife and drum band, shot by Alan Lomax “playing a picnic at Othar's farm.”

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  • Listen to “Shimmy She Wobble” by Otha Turner & The Afrossippi Allstars from the 2000 album From Senegal to Senatobia on Episode 23 of The Global Elite Music Radio Podcast Supershow.

Sampling The Samples

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In college, my friend Jeremy introduced me to a band from Boulder, CO called The Samples. Named in honor of being so poor that they ate free samples from the local grocery store, the band combined rock, reggae and folk and were widely considered part of the “jam band” scene, even touring with the HORDE festival, though they were never quite a “jam band.”

The rest, as they say, was history. I was hooked. told everyone about them. I made mix tapes of them for people. I collected live shows. I wore their shirts. I traveled to other cities to see them. They provided the soundtrack to a good chunk of my life. And then, as the lineup changed and the band seemed trapped in a specific sound and the lyrics seemed to lose inspiration, I gradually forgot about them. But then the other day, Relix posted about a free livestream of a Samples show and it brought back a flood of musical memories.

Stream The Samples Live at Fox Theater on 1994-01-16. This set includes Boyd, Leroi, and Carter from the Dave Matthews Band, one of my favorite songs, “Little Silver Ring,” and an absolutely killer version of “Feel Us Shaking.”

I don’t know what year it was, but the band put out a profile/tour documentary on VHS, which of course I owned. Now, thanks to the beauty of the Internet, you can watch “Ten Wheels” right here. It’s just under 30 minutes and gives you a great idea of the band during their heyday, after original member Charles Hambleton had left the group, but otherwise features the core lineup of Sean Kelly (Guitar/Vocals), Andy Sheldon (Bass/Vocals), Jeep MacNichol (Drums/Vocals), and Al Laughlin (Keyboards/Vocals).

The group didn’t do many official music videos, but they did do one for “Every Time,” from the fabulous album The Last Drag, which was featured at the end of the “Ten Wheels” documentary.

The documentary also features snippets from this video: “When It’s Raining.” Sean Kelly says of the making of this video: “We made this video on top of some building in Denver. Five more seconds on that roof and we all would have been struck by lightning. My hair was starting to show static electricity which is usually right before you get hit! Another lucky day.”

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Hiss Golden Messenger: "Happy Birthday, Baby" Live at Adult Swim

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Hiss Golden Messenger’s MC Taylor has been making the rounds lately in support of the phenomenal album “Terms of Surrender.” Taylor recently stopped by the Adult Swim studios to perform “Happy Birthday, Baby.” Plus, Phil Cook.

If songs like this don’t push you to reconsider all your stupid notions about “Dad Rock,” then I don’t know what to tell you. I love that Taylor is a family man and weaves that throughout his music.

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Sandy Bull

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Believe it or not, I was recently looking for video of “American Primitive” guitarists on YouTube and there was one glaring absence. Though maybe not as well known as John Fahey, Leo Kottke or even Robbie Basho, Sandy Bull was no less accomplished or influential.

Bull passed away in 2001 but, for whatever reason, had largely gone unnoticed in the public eye. There’s just not a lot out there. That’s part of what makes this new video so exciting. Thanks to Photo of the 21st century for posting this gem: “Acoustic music and interviews taped live in front of an audience in Marina del Rey (Los Angeles) 10/23/89.”

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One Eleven Heavy Hot Potato Soup

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Thanks for Curtis Lee Voight for capturing, editing, and sharing this recent footage of One Eleven Heavy live and in the wild. As I posted earlier, I dig One Eleven Heavy. The new album, “Desire Path” has helped solidify the band’s sound while allowing the group to open up and explore more space.

One Eleven Heavy. Live in Plymouth, WI on 9.6.19.

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Dire Wolves Official Video, "I Control The Weather"

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Though it looks like it was originally released back in April, 2019, Dire Wolves posted the following to Facebook today:

Dire Wolves Just Exactly Perfect Sisters Band -- NEW VIDEO by Sheila Bosco for I CONTROL THE WEATHER

If you haven’t already been able to tell, I really dig this band. I posted two live sets from Milwaukee as well as a fantastic set from NYC Taper and the official video for “Water Bearing One.” Enjoy the video for “I Control the Weather:”

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75 Dollar Bill Y'All

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You know how I keep trying to describe some of my favorite undescribable bands? Well, here’s another one. 75 Dollar Bill is the musical duo of guitarist Che Chen and percussionist Rick Brown. who plays a custom plywood crate. This core is often orbited by other musicians but Chen and Brown are the constants.

The band’s Bandcamp page begins to introduce them by saying:

“Rick Brown was born in San Francisco, CA and is a clerical worker at a law school in NYC. Che Chen was born in New Haven, CT and works for a cancer diagnostics company in Stonybrook, NY. They met via myspace and started playing together as 75 Dollar Bill approximately eight years later. Brown plays percussion and homemade horns and Chen plays electric guitar.”

But this doesn’t begin to do the group’s unique perspective any justice. One of their records comes with a sticker describing them as “Trance-inducing desert blues.” Pitchfork describes them as “blurring genres and record-store categories” and, while that’s correct, it still doesn’t help pinpoint the sound. The Guardian says the music is: “placeless, gripping grooves” and that’s also true but unhelpful. Many will point to Chen’s time in Mauritania as being pivotal for the band, but as Johny Lamb writes for Quietus:

I have noticed that there’s stuff online concerning the influence of Moorish modal music with 75 Dollar Bill, but as far as I can tell, Chen spent only a short time in Mauritania and he acknowledges the impact as inevitably “superficial”. Besides, I think I hear as much John Cale here as I do North West Africa.

Sometimes it is the artists who confound description that best capture the human element of what makes us connect so deeply with music in the first place. It is guttural. Moving. Enticing. Entrancing. It makes us meditate and move and groove. All at once. Swirling guitar meditations float above urgent and insistent percussion. This is what it means to be alive.

Best just to listen for yourselves.

Here’s "WZN#3" live at WFMU in 2016:

Here’s a half-hour live set featuring Steve Maing on guitar and Sue Garner on bass and percussion. This set was wad live at Reverb in Baltimore, 09.04.16.