Here’s a super weird outernational mix of wonder from our new favourite band, Midget ! We found the music of Midget ! through their compatriot and collaborator the wonderful Delphine Dora, and their songs hold a similar spell. Listen to the tune ‘Rhapsodie’, it’s bloody lovely. Almost makes me want to sit on a Parisian balcony for four hours puffing on Camel lights and downing espressos. Needless to say, their mix is great too. More words from frontman Mocke, below.
Richard Dawson – Doubting Thomas
We’re very impressed by the inventiveness and new blood that he injects into music.
Violeta Parra – El gavilan gavilan
Few people know this side of the Chilean singer music, a strange mix of atonal guitar and Chilean folklore.
Luciano Cilio – Primo Quadro ”Della conoscenza” Da ”Dialoghi Del Presente”
A friend brought this Italian composer from the early 1970s to our attention. Stunning piece from a stunning album.
David Sylvian – The Good Son
Very unexpected union between Sylvian’s languorous vocals and Derek Bayley’s crazy genius, and it actually works very well.
Clayton McMichen & Riley Pucket – The Arkansas Sheik
I used to play in an old time music band, and this quirky little tune was one of my favourites.
Danny Oxenberg and Bear Galvin (Pillow Mt. Conspiracy) – (Like A) Vagabond Bag
We love the Supreme Dicks, it was a great surprise to discover Danny Oxenberg’s solo album released just a few weeks ago on 3-4 records.
Eugene Chadbourne – The Dentist
I am very lucky to know the Eugene Chadbourne French expert, and thanks to him I have come to know more in depths this incredible artist’s gigantic work. ‘The Dentist’ is the weirdest calypso song ever.
Henry Makobi – Someni Vijana
I’ve always loved the New Memories album by this Kenyan artist and I recently found out that he was one of Richard Dawson’s favorites as well.
Nelson Angelo e Joyce – Comunhão
The rest of this album is very influenced by Milton Nascimento and actually quite good, but nothing comes close to this absolutely perfect song.
Gilberto Gil – Tempo rei
Gil at his best, heart breaking melody and singing.
Jim Woehrle & Michael Yonkers – Standing In the Doorway
This song is from a great and not very well known album from 1973, The Borders of my Mind, one of the first lo-fi albums.
Rahsaan Roland Kirk – Haunted Feelings
By far my favorite album of Roland Kirk and one of my all time favorites.
Eduardo Mateo – Estrella
Everyone should find out about amazing Uruguayan artist Eduardo Mateo who was Juana Molina’s main influence.
Lou Harrison & John Schneider – Infinite Canon
This atonal fugue is part of an album Lou Harrison composed for guitar. We love Lou Harrison’s approach to gamelan (and music in general).
Carl Orff – Berceuse
I’ve always thought this very unusual Carl Orff’s song would be the perfect soundtrack for Todd Browning’s ‘Freaks’.
Wyrd Visions – Bog Lord
One-man band from Toronto. If you can lay an hear on his 2006 Half Eaten guitar album, don’t hesitate.
Susan Alcorn – O Sacrum Convivium
Our excellent friend Delphine Dora put us on her music; this is her playing an Olivier Messiaen’s piece on steel guitar and it’s totally bewitching.
Spires That In The Sunset Rise – Sleeplike
This two-girl band from Illinois invent the most freak, free and haunting music.
Jacques Thollot – Watch Devil Go
We were very sad when Jacques Thollot died last year, he was one of the most adventurous French composers; it’s amazing how he deconstructed jazz’s codes to create his own singular language. He’s still very underrated I think.
The Stylers – Song 2