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Category Archives: Americana

Jim O’Rourke – 94 The Long Way

Some Americana with electric, country flourishes with the (always welcome) addition of brass. Lovely, warm stuff from O’Rourke’s 1997 album ‘Bad Timing’.


Jim O’Rourke – There’s Hell in Hello, But More in Goodbye

This is from O’Rourke’s 1997 album ‘Bad Timing’; a beautiful album that has any seasoned listener coming to the realisation that Jim is a big John Fahey fan, as there is a huge influence from the Appalachian folk/Indian raga/ Bluegrass maestro on this work. Jim makes music as hauntingly affective as Fahey’s for sure, and the opener ‘There’s Hell In Hello But More In Goodbye’ is a perfect example of that, while possibly being the least like a strict homage.

Starting off in pure John Fahey style, the track then moves into the kind of territory that Tortoise traversed at their most minimal, as well as inspired. Of course, Jim had close dealings with Tortoise so the comparison isn’t that much of a surprise.

Brilliant piece of music from a beautiful album.

John Fahey – Variations On The Coocoo

Mesmerising stuff from John Fahey and his magic strings. This is from his 1965 album ‘The Dance of Death And Other Plantation Favorites’

Bascom Lamar Lunsford – I Wish I Was A Mole In The Ground

Traditional American folk song, first recorded by Lunsford in 1928. Banjo me up!


ANBB – I Wish I Was A Mole In The Ground (Extended)

Blixa approximates some old timey song whilst Alva Noto send glitches that disrupt your brainwaves; like seeing the world moving in snapshots.This is ANBB and their 2010 album ‘Mimikry’. The original recording by Bascom Lamar Lunsford is likely to get posted in the near future.

John Fahey – A Raga Called Pat Part One

Some low tech field recordings give way to some haunting bluegrass that quickly evolves into a kind of Hillbilly raga dervish. Amazing stuff from his brilliant 1967 album ‘Days Have Gone By’.

Henry Flynt – Blue Sky, Highway And Thyme

Mosey on down to the land of Avant-Garde Hillbilly music a la Henry Flynt. This is pretty minimal stuff; bravely so, and is from the 2002 collection ‘Back Porch Hillbilly Blues Volume 1’. From sometime in the ’60’s…..that’s the best we can do.

Henry Flynt – Hillbilly Jive

America’s Henry Flynt is a philosopher, musician, and ‘anti-artist’ associated with Fluxus. He Furrowed a path out of Americana and made what he referred to as ‘Hillbilly Avant-Garde’; and yes people, it is as good as it sounds. This was recorded sometime in the 60’s/70’s, but not released until 2003.

Dock Boggs – Oh Death

Dock takes on this American folk standard in his inimitable style back in the 20’s.  This was possibly the first recording of the song.

Nick Cave & Warren Ellis – Clean Hands, Dirty Hands

Wonderful song from their soundtrack to 2005’s ‘The Proposition’. This hits all of the haunting (Aussie) Americana buttons for those of you craving that sort of thing. A beautiful Folk dirge.

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