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New Music From Bandcamp

Nanaki is Postcode's guitarist Mikie Daugherty, as well as CNQ's favorite instrumental guitar post-art-rock sound from the Isle of Man. Mikie has released his first full-length as Nanaki since 2003: The Dying Light by NanakiAlso from Small Bear Records and the Isle of Man, the rad Bordellos and another Manx band called Schizo Fun Addict have released, per the Small Bear press release, "a transatlantic collaboration between (these two) cult mentalists." It'll be a split cassette release with all proceeds going to Save the Children. The first song, Schizo Fun Addict's AM Story, is great. Their other song, "Endorphin Portal," is a Rebirth thing I'm not into. The two Bordellos songs are boss. Small Bear Records is giving these tunes away gratis, but encourages y'all to make a small donation to the charity of your choice: Schizo Fun Addict vs The Bordellos by Schizo Fun AddictSchizo Fun Addict vs The Bordellos by The BordellosSchizo Fun Addict…

Merry X-Mas From CNQ: New Christmas tunes from Adam Holtz; an obscure early 70s holiday blues 45 from Lowell Fulson; and two 1982 country classics from Dolly Parton and Alabama

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These three new, original Christmas songs courtesy CNQ fave Adam Holtz are from Volume 18 of his copyrighted material. Click the title to listen and download: Christmas With You
Christmas Without You
Christmas Is Lowell Fulson, per Wikipedia, was, "after T-Bone Walker, the most important figure in West Coast blues in the 1940s and 1950s." I'm always humbled by the amount of music history I do not know. I bought it because I pick up any 45 I find that's from a Shreveport label. Lonesome Christmas Parts 1 and 2 were originally recorded by Fulson for Swing Time Records back in 1950. It charted at #7 on the R&B charts. Both songs were written by fellow West Coast Blues pioneer Lloyd Glenn. These updated, funkier/bluesier/cooler versions below are from 1970, on Shreveport's Jewel Records (Jewel 813). Fulson recorded these as Lowell Fulsom. Fulson died in 1999, age 77, the father of four and grandfather of thirteen. Glenn died in 1985, age 76. As far as I can tell, …

Lance Freely's Best of 2014

My best good pal Lance Freely has submitted his very first CNQ post, his faves from 2014. He has had excellent taste in music since 1986, so you can read and listen with assurance. Here's his post: Morgan Delt - s/t
Goat - Commune
Ariel Pink - Pom Pom
White Fence - For the Recently Found Innocent
Black Lips - Under the Rainbow
Foxygen - ...and Star Power
Ty Segall - Manipulator
King Tuff - Black Moon Spell
Twin Peaks - Wild Onion
Thee Oh Sees - Drop Feel like I started the year off with the Morgan Delt record. It was soundtrack music for freaks. Thick/syrupy psychedelic music with neat changes, vaguely sinister, and some back beat. Morgan Delt by Morgan DeltGoat's Commune feels like a bookend to the Morgan Delt album but I liked it so much it needed to be near the top of the list. It's afrobeat. At first it sounded like psychedelic rock with a tribal rock flavor, and its got that going on for it too. Moreover, there are raw vocal harmonies at just the right places. The…

Nails

I have been listening to a lot, I mean, a lot, of Oxnard, California's Nails the past couple of days after discovering them courtesy Google Play. Brutal metal, a lot of fun. Here's the title track from their latest album, Unsilent Death, released on Southern Lord Records back in January, and recorded with Converge's Kurt Ballou. It has some neat guitar noise I like as well: Unsilent Death by NailsThis is from their 2013 album Abandon All Life. The whole album, man, absolutely punishing. I love it: Abandon All Life by NailsSouthern Lord has been around since 1998, but this past week is the first I've heard of 'em. Here's some more cool metal from the label, this from LA, released back in October: Poison Everything by Obliterations

The Exotic Guitars: "I Will Wait For You" (Ranwood, #R-811, 1968)

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Al Casey is a famed session musician originally from Phoenix, Arizona. He played with Lee Hazlewood, Sanford Clark, played guitar on Jody Reynolds' awesome Endless Sleep, wrote Duane Eddy's Ramrod, and was an original member of The Wrecking Crew, the famous group of studio musicians in 1960s Los Angeles. Casey's guitar can be heard on Pet Sounds, Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'," and a ton of other popular music from the 1960s and beyond. He was also a member of the band on the Dean Martin Show. Casey had a few hits of his own in the early 60s with the Al Casey Combo, but sometime around 1968 he was approached by Randy Wood to arrange and record some popular songs on guitar in a bid to attract a younger audience to Wood's new easy listening label, Ranwood. Wood was the founder and President of Dot Records, and had partnered with Lawrence Welk to form Ranwood Records after both left Dot when its parent company, Paramount Pictures, wa…

12 Month Rap Up (rap rap rap up)

I like to think of myself as someone with varied tastes who keeps their finger on the pulse of what's new and happening.  But really, I mostly just listened to the same old Elvis Costello albums for most of the year. But there were a few albums that broke me out of my rut! Run he Jewels 2 is #1, of course, but no one needs to hear me go on about that any further.

Chumped - Teenage Retirement

I don't think I've ever had the experience of hearing some new music that makes me nostalgic for music I didn't ever really like.  People describe this as "pop punk" but wait, I hate pop punk...right? Whatever.  This album is on constant replay in my car because it's definitely top tier car singing music.  I feel a little old to enjoy it as much as I do, it feels very much like quarter-life crisis music but I had a terrible quarter life crisis (turning 30 was no big deal but when I turned 25? I was a wreck) so I can still stand to wallow in that feeling sometimes. …

Matt's Top Ten Favorite Songs of 2014

For my Top Ten Favorite Songs of 2014 list, my parameters were simple: songs released in 2014 that I listened to over and over again for a period of days/weeks/months. Weirdly, lots of Aussies made my Top 10 this year. I dunno what's up with that, I guess they're just doing stuff I like down there. 10. Hardcore from Australia, released back in November: SELF TITLED LP by MANHUNT9. Female-fronted hc from Cali, released back in August. I just saw on their facebook page that the lead singer left the band back in September: They Don't Have to Believe by PUNCH8. Suckily, my #8 pick, "CH Drivers Are High" by Chapel Hill's garage rockin' Flesh Wounds, won't embed for some reason. So click that link and listen to it. Fun stuff. 7. I heard this noisy rocker and had to have a hard copy. They sent the pretty blue vinyl 7" fast too - it came all the way from Australia. Why Yo / YaYaYaYa - Blue Vinyl 7" by Mesa Cosa6. Same went for this bratty gem,…

John Wesley Coleman

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Blogger has this little widget where you can let people vote on the post, and I gave the options boss/mas o menos/eats it. I'm not sure what I was thinking when I gave the Internet the option to tell me my post eats it. Oh well. I think it's more punk rock to take the negative criticism than to remove the option. Austin rocker John Wesley Coleman was born in Irving, Texas on Thanksgiving Day, 1975, and has been making music for over 20 years now. I discovered him via a split 7" he did with fellow Austinites The Crack Pipes on Sick Thoughts, released around 2009, but The Crack Pipes song is from an album they did in 2003. I purchased my copy at the flagship Half-Price Books in Dallas for four bucks - it was actually one of the first seven inches I bought for the blog, back a couple of years ago. I just kept buying 45s like a nut and this one got buried. So Coleman's side of that 7" is called "Minor Wes," and it's two and a half covers of…

New Punk y Metal Vinyl Available via Bandcamp

Today on google play I listened to an automatically generated grindcore radio station for seven hours straight. It was exhilarating. Here's some cool new vinyl released this past week and available thru each band's respective Bandcamp page. It's not all grindcore, but some of it is. Let's begin with some highly palatable electro-pop from Madrid. Great stuff: Valentín by MoralesDead Ghosts are from Vancouver and I really enjoyed their album Can't Get No, released this past April on Burger Records. Here they are with an obscure 60s psych cover on a split with a band called Skeptics on Frantic City Records: FRANTIC 031 - Dead Ghosts / Skeptics split 7" by DG / SKMore Canadian punk, this from British Columbia: Snuggle Crew Split by Slow EraseHalf-psych, half-punk, all French: Hypnos by The ELECMATICSRiot grrl action from Phoenix. Fourth or fifth wave feminism for sure: 7" PinkMeat Split w/ Swapmeat by The Venomous PinksGlammy art/arty glam pu…