Episode 50 of the Mix Tape Radio show went up last Monday (you should go listen to it on Mixcloud and/or download it on iTunes if you haven't already), and today I continue with the usual 'a few tracks at a time' ramblings about all the tracks that were featured on the episode. So put the headphones on and head downwards with your clicking finger…
Not sure if you noticed, but Bristol's Patchwork Guilt has been consistently putting out some of the loveliest bedroom-to-headphone music over the last year. Well, she's back at it this month with another great EP of what she modestly calls her 'bedroom tinkerings'. You can and should go get all of her 'tinkerings' over on her Bandcamp page, as they make for an excellent soundtrack to your own, less impressive tinkering. #tinker
It's very easy to forget that before Fleetwood Mac were making four sided love triangle albums, they were a pretty bad ass blues band. This is especially easy to forget if you weren't even born when they were making most of their music, and unless you go digging, it's pretty much just the Stevie Nicks era Mac that is still floating around in the peripheral. But awhile back, I randomly heard, and was instantly smitten, with this tune called 'Albatross'. “Who the fck is this?” I thought aloud. And when I discovered it was Fleetwood Mac, it still took awhile longer before I dug deeper to discover the blues-y Peter Green era Mac that made it. So if you're only familiar with the Fleetwood Mac that people liked to reference when talking about HAIM (side note: shouldn't people have referenced Hanson when talking about HAIM instead of Fleetwood Mac? What with the 3 long haired siblings playing guitar / bass / drums connection? Although, I guess this era of the Mac does sound pretty HAIM-ish), go put your headphones on and give The Pious Bird Of Good Omen a run through.
As the name of this Owen Dacombe Steel album implies, this is more of a 'bits & bobs' collection of tunes rather than a proper album (for a proper album, you should check out his excellent Time Machine Blues). In fact, to call back to the Patchwork Guilt ramblings at the top of this post, you might call Reel Ruffs & Other Stuffs a 'tinkering' album. But it still makes for a pretty nice listen; something to put on if you ever find yourself looking through a shoebox full of old photographs. And I also ended up using two tracks off it for this latest episode. 'George Whispers to B' got the credited full play, but if you were wondering who that was talking in between the transition from Harlem River to Albatross, well just give a listen to track 2.
Alright, that's it from me for today. If you made it down here without pushing play or clicking on any of the things above, you should probably head back up and correct that. Maybe even buy the artists a metaphorical pint if you like what you hear. And while we're listing things you should do if you haven't already, you should also probably go listen to the episode that these tracks feature on. And then I'll be back to talk about the other songs from this episode that I haven't already talked about (and hopefully next week won't get away on me like this one did). Alright? Alright.