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JAMES BLACKSHAW

Bled

JAMES BLACKSHAW

Bled

Standout track from Blackshaw's debut album for Michael Gira's Young God label.

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ALEXANDER TURNQUIST

White Out

ALEXANDER TURNQUIST

White Out

Beautiful shimmering cascades from this gifted virtuoso.

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TOM JAMES SCOTT

Crane in The North

TOM JAMES SCOTT

Crane in The North

Serene, harmonically adventurous work from this member of improvising collective CYRK.

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STEFFEN BASHO-JUNGHANS

a north thuringian raga

STEFFEN BASHO-JUNGHANS

a north thuringian raga

An inspired excursion into the creases and folds of modern delta-delica...

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SCOTT TUMA

Fishen

SCOTT TUMA

Fishen

A central guitar line decorated with field recordings and found sounds.

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SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE

Oak Path

SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE

Oak Path

Ben Chasny somehow manages to be reverential while drumming up a sound all his own...

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HARRY TAUSSIG

Dorian Sonata

HARRY TAUSSIG

Dorian Sonata

Beautifully dusty, crackly recording from 1965...

Takoma
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SANDY BULL

Untitled

SANDY BULL

Untitled

Fantastic lost recording from Sandy Bull, lifted off this beautiful Tompkins Square compilation.

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JACK ROSE

Blessed Be The Name Of The Lord

JACK ROSE

Blessed Be The Name Of The Lord

12, 6 string and lap guitar built on a fund of blues and ragtime signatures...

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Brad Barr

War

Brad Barr

War

Sounding a bit like a Takoma-fied take on the theme from M.A.S.H, field recordings included.

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SIR RICHARD BISHOP

mystic minor 23

SIR RICHARD BISHOP

mystic minor 23

The super-talented Richard Bishop, armed only with a single steel string wooden guitar...

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BEN REYNOLDS

Kirstie

BEN REYNOLDS

Kirstie

British steel-strung guitarist Ben Reynolds working vintage bluegrass styles.

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JAMES BLACKSHAW

Running to the Ghost

JAMES BLACKSHAW

Running to the Ghost

Not only a display of technical prowess but also an exploration of beauty and simplicity.

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JOHN FAHEY

Joe Kirby Blues

JOHN FAHEY

Joe Kirby Blues

The great man himself recorded at san francisco's legendary matrix club in the late 60's...

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This time on 14tracks:

“14 tracks guided by Takoma”

John Fahey's Takoma label was originally set up in 1959 as an outlet for his own recordings, starting with the now legendary "Blind Joe Death" album that was made in a run of just 100 copies in the Washington D.C. neighbourhood that gave the label its name. Takoma's influence would in later years become so pronounced that the school of traditional finger-picked guitar music that it specialised in, known in some quarters as American Primitivism, is now often just referred to as the 'Takoma' sound. This is a defined and established musical universe that's more or less instantly identifiable by steel string guitar rendered along traditional Blues templates, featuring elements of classical, Spanish and Appalachian music both reverential to convention and drawn to the Avant-garde. This week's 14 track selection looks at those artists absorbed in, guided by and taking cues from Takoma's legacy, including material from Fahey himself, contemporaries such as Sandy Bull and Harry Taussig, and modern day protégés such as James Blackshaw, Jack Rose and Sir Richard Bishop. The sound they make continues to exert huge influence not only on the American Primitive school, but also on folk, classical and experimental traditions enthralled by the evocative musical landscapes drawn with these uniquely minimal, rich and endlessly skilful strokes.

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On 22 Jul 09:42 Andrew lamb said:

“ahh yes.”

Blisss : )

On 22 Jul 09:58 Andre said:

“Glenn Jones”

A great selection. A bit of Glenn Jones would work well alongside these picks: http://www.myspace.com/glennjonesguitar

On 22 Jul 10:10 andrea kramer said:

“magic”

I can't say i've ever heard much of this kind of music before but you've just transformed this grey wednesday morning into something sunbleached and dreamy. Just so lovely.

On 22 Jul 10:35 will barton said:

“Fahey”

Killer ending...hehe, good work.

On 22 Jul 13:38 Spooky Luke said:
http://www.myspace.com/lazysounds4lazypeople

“Fingerpickin' great”

Lovely stuff - it's nice to see John Fahey and his legacy recognised.

On 22 Jul 19:33 lee burridge deserves to do a fabric cd said:

this completely made my day
thanks a lot
keep up the great work

On 24 Jul 21:31 Yair Yona said:
http://www.myspace.com/yairyona

“A great influence on me”

John Fahey played a huge role on my music, and made it possible for me to shut up, and start playing.

Yair