Monthly Archives: January 2011

A Jukebox of Ghosts

Hello, I’ve been enjoying your blog for a while so I thought I’d give you a holler. The collection of music you present is awesomely eclectic and esoteric, and your descriptions are fantastic: “It’s like when you’re a baby, laying … Continue reading

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Andrew Manze – Tartini: The Devil’s Sonata

There are very few solo violin recordings. Sometimes it seems as though guitars, banjos, basses, etc were all invented for the sole purpose of backing up the violin. This is of course not true, but it illustrates my point. Having … Continue reading

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For those of you waiting on a renewal of John Roberts & Tony Barrand – Dark Ships in the Forest, the album has been re-upped, with photos of the original vinyl covers added. Here. And Fred Geiger – Fred Geiger … Continue reading

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Peter Ostroushko – Slüz Düz Music

I have already talked about Peter Ostroushko (here), so I’ll keep it brief this time. This is, simply put, a totally fantastic album. One of the best I have heard in a long time. If you had to label it, … Continue reading

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Debashish Bhattacharya – Live in Calcutta

More music from the best slide guitarist in the world! The last track on this album is seriously one of the best fusions of east and west that I’ve ever heard, with fearful symmetry to match any Fahey composition. That’s … Continue reading

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Bali: Gamelan & Kecak

The first time I heard gamelan music, I had no idea what it was. I thought it was electronica. It literally sounded like aliens. I was very confused, and very entranced. Then gradually I heard some more, and it was … Continue reading

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Björn Ståbi & Ole Hjorth – Folk Fiddling from Sweeden: Traditional Fiddle Tunes from Dalarna

Brilliant strange music here. There is something so mysterious about traditional Scandinavian music. It comes in circles, but instead of the kind of circle that brings you back to the same place you started (as occurs in American, Celtic, and … Continue reading

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Joseph Spence – Living on the Hallelujah Side

Another album from this blog’s guardian angel: Joseph Spence! As I’ve already said all that I can say about this fountain of joy and grizzly grumbles, I’ll leave it at just the pure music. Enjoy! Joseph Spence – Living on … Continue reading

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Béla Fleck – 2 Albums

Well it’s past time that this blog paid a bit of tribute to the banjo’s greatest contemporary icon. In the taxonomy of the Grapevine, there are several divisions. Roots are the foundation of our music. Fruits are the perfection of … Continue reading

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Peter Finger – The Elf King: Acoustic Rock Guitar

Like Andres Segovia, John Fahey started a genre and inspired generations of musicians to take up his instrument and play it in a new way. This could have made him proud. Yet one thing always nagged at him. 90% of … Continue reading

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