Now Only

Phil Elverum´s second lp released after the tragic death of his wife Geneviéve Castrée is called “now only”, released already a few weeks ago. After listening to it over and over again, I have to say, it´s again a collection of remarkable heartbreaking breathtaking songs as a follow – up of last years “a crow looked at me”, sometimes even with biographical storytelling like Mark Kozelek does like in the overwhelming centerpiece Tintin in Tibet or in the outbreak in the ironic chorus “now only”

“people get cancer and die / people get hit by trucks and die / people just living their lives … some people have to survive and find a way to feel lucky to still be alive / to sleep through the night”

I say now only

I sing to you
I sing to you

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Nat Birchall´s Cosmic Language

Amazing spiritual jazz release by saxophonist Nat Birchall out in late 2017 via Jazzman. Stumbled upon it while being in Paris lately in a record shop (superfly) and couldn´t stop listening to it.

Think of Marion Brown, Horace Tapscott or Phil Cohran. But then again you´ll find arabic influences on side b like “dervish” or “a prayer for” with harmonium that reminds of Abdou el Omari´s kraut – keyboard 70ies sahel sounds.

A timeless cosmic spiritual jazz masterpiece.


Cosmic Language sees the UK-based saxophonist, composer and arranger return to Jazzman Records with a cross-cultural approach: an exploration of the parallel musical paths of jazz and Indian ragas. Here he takes influence from spiritual jazz forebears such as Alice Coltrane and Yusef Lateef and introduces the Indian harmonium to his band, where it takes the place of the piano. Making new connections to realise his transcendental ambitions, it’s a logical next step in making music as spiritual cleanser.


Crucially, the ragas tap into the idea of of music as a means of spiritual release. As Birchall explains, “The whole act of making music is a spiritual experience. It’s during performance and when playing music that I look for a kind of truth. It’s with music where I find myself feel closest to attaining that ‘enlightened’ kind of feeling.” “On rare occasions I’ve actually felt as though I was listening to the music being played rather than being involved in making it, almost like an out-of-body experience.”

This natural feeling comes from Birchall’s attitude toward jazz music. He sees it as an essential part of day-to-day life: instead of brightly-lit, occasional entertainment in lugubrious concert halls, he considers it an everyday, vital source of inspiration. At a moment where jazz-influenced music is undergoing creative renewal and wider appreciation, it’s an important perspective that’s found resonance elsewhere. His experiences and the world around him are filtered through his music, and he looks to have his music “be it live or on record, absorbed in the same quotidian way. To me, it’s an integral part of society, an everyday thing,” he says. “You should hear the music every day.

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Relisten: the little dog radio #46 (american primitive guitar special) & #47 (music & politics #4: “anthems for no state”)

playlist little dog #47 @piradio,
27.4.2018 2130 – 23h.

intro: godspeed you! black emperor – antheme for no state (luciferian towers)

הבילויים תנשב הרוח – Blow wind / Habiluim
Orvim Ensemble – mirdaf (the chase)

French / french may 68:
Juifs arabes – katerine
Dominique Grange – Les Nouveaux Partisans
Mai ´68 – maxime le forestier
la liberte – mano solo (je sais pas trop)
unknown – j´aime les mecs de 68
Serge Gainsbourg – aux armes etc. (dub)
le métèque – georges moustaki 7“
la cri – michele roques (mobilisations general – french spirit and protest songs 70 – 76)
Cheveu – underemployment blues (cheveu)

spiritual jazz :
Geronimo Pratt – black belt symphony (7“)

punk / hc / kraut / misc.:
Die Nerven- im Westen
The Specials AKA – Racist Friend
Tom Robinson – Glad To Be Gay
the Partisan – electrelane
fsk – rote sonne (tel aviv)
refused – liberation frequency (the shape of punk to come)

zombie – fela kuti


the little dog laughed radio #46
29.3.2018 2130 – 23h @ piradio


on doing an evil blues – john fahey (blind joe death)
robbie basho – lagoon suite (the falconers arms I )
Daniel Bachmann – brother green (7“)
little sweet betsy – Ryley Walker (the west wind )
steve gunn w. truciensky trio – whyte rag outro (sand city)

dfbm #100 sampler / Festival artist:
untitled – alexander (rob noyés / alexander split 7“)
Nathan Bowles – blank Range (hog chank II)
hoorey for another day – max ochs (s/t)

british artists:
frozen music – spoono (7“)
the wolf also shall dwell with the lamp – james blackshaw & jozef van wissem (brethren of the free spirit)
pearls from the river – Jack Rose (Raag Manifestos)

private press:
nancy tucker – the spanish thing (imaginational anthem VIII)
joe bethencourt (imaginational anthem VIII)
marisa anderson – embudo (mercury)
sir richard bishop – hadija (tangier sessions)
away – rick deitrick (river sun river moon)


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the little dog laughed radio #47 tonight – music & politics #4

Tonight there will be probably the last little dog radio emission on 88.4 fm 2130 – 23pm – i will do a break after 5 years now –

The last show will be about music and politics #4 with a focus on 50 years of may 68 and 70 years of isreal debates.

with music by:

mano solo
fela kuti
dominique grange
j.m caradec
the special aka
kimya dawson
robert wyatt
phil ochs
die nerven
tom robinson
manu chao


Heute Abend 21.30 – 23 pm auf 88.4 fm oder >Stream gibt es die vorerst letzte little dog laughed Radio Sendung von mir (ich brauch mal ne Pause nach 5 Jahren)

Für die #47 Ausgabe gibt es zum 1.Mai noch eine music & politics #4 special Ausgabe mit einem Fokus auf 50 Jahre Mai 68 in Frankreich aber ansonsten themenoffen mit bisher nicht berücksichtigen Songs von Fela Kuti, Algiers, Phil Ochs, die Nerven oder godpeed you! black emperor.

Freu mich über Zuhörer*innen !

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It´s spring, springtime again (Sun Ra) *

an eclectic moody spring mixtape

alexander / feu! chatterton / rodrigo amarante / delphine dora / Sun Ra / Pharao Sanders / annabel (lee) / the saxophones / hany mehanna / meal al ashak / sorry bamba du mali / khruangbin / mint field / vagabond / al balbil / marvis staple

most tracks taken from recent releases or reissues, for detailed tracklist write me

thanks for habibi funk for the sudanese tapes,I digitalized one song
by al balbil here

81 min
by joe le taxi

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tonight: the little dog laughed radio # 46 – the 1000 incarnations of the rose – an american primitive music special

tonight / heute Abend 21.30- 23h. cet auf oder 88.4 fm

the little dog radio #46 – a special to the genre of american primitive music.

with music by

Robbie Basho / John Fahey / Larry Conklin / Steve Gunn / William Tyler / Nathan Bowles / Peter Walker/ Nancy Tucker / tom armstrong / Jack Rose etc.


Ein special zu american primitive guitar music – eine Musikrichtung die von fingerpicking Gitarristen wie John Fahey und Robbie Basho begründet wurde und seit einigen Jahren eine Renaissance mit zeitgenössischen Musikern erlebt mit Labeln wie Tompkins Square und Musikern wie Jack Rose, Daniel Bachmann, William Tyler, Glenn Jones oder Richard Bishop.

Nachdem letztes Jahr der tolle sampler “international anthems – the private press” erschien mit vielen unentdeckten Perlen american primitive music und in der Folge einige reissues von unbekannten releases der 70er und 80er auf Tompkins Square, von denen ich schon in den letzten Sendungen einiges gespielt habe, gibt es im April das erste festival in Tacoma.

Zeit einmal eine Sendung über dieses wundervolle Genre zu machen


This is the american primitive festival, taking place in Takoma in Apri




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the saxophones

A interesting new so called slow core band are the saxophones from oakland, californa, who released only the two 7″ via the label full time hobby.

The music is a bit cheesy and reminds of early low, timber timbre or cigarettes after sex but somehow there´s besides the kitch as well magic in the air, especially in the song “if you re on the water”, I played last saturday at the delphine dora / lau nau night in ausland, some people asked me bout this song.


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