The Hired Hands: A Tribute to Bruce Langhorne

Mesmerizing  tribute album to Bruce Langhorne and his The Hired Hand masterpiece , out via scissor tail records today with interpretations by Daniel Bachman, Steve Gunn, Tom Carter among others, compiled by Dylan Golden Aycock, Loren Connors, Suzanne Langille

Buy it via bandcamp or here:

Scissor tail:

We would like to pay homage to one of the greatest and most infamous guitarists alive, Bruce Langhorne. His music has influenced and touched a lot of lives over the years, either through his soundtrack work with Peter Fonda or his studio work in the 1960’s as the go to hired hand for musicians such as Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Odetta… and many others. If his name is new to you I suggest browsing his wikipedia page to acquaint yourself with the volume of work he accomplished throughout the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Scissor Tail Editions was lucky enough to release Bruce’s score to Peter Fonda’s 1971 anti-western “The Hired Hand”on vinyl in 2012.

The goal here was to ask artists to cover or reinterpret a song of their choice from the soundtrack. No rules on whether the music should be derivative of a certain song, if the soundtrack inspires a mood, then the artists use their intuition.

Bruce has come on hard times in recent years, having suffered a stroke that prevents him from playing the guitar. He’s currently in hospice care awaiting his final curtain call. A large percentage of profit go to Bruce and his family.


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the space between mixtape

Here´s the digital version of a birthday mixtape I made yesterday for a very good friend of mine


Slow Awakening In Orchards – Jakub Šimanský
A bao a Qu – Waswas
Dance of the Killdeer – Sagas
the caretaker – All you are going to want to do is get back there
Rabat Laayoun – Abdou El Omari
La Vida Del Un Negro (Mulamba Mujos) – Franco & LO.K. Jazz 1962
Star Band de Dakar – Thiele
Lamento Cubano – Amara Touré
Ma Douce Ledy – Volta Jazz
Paulette – Balla Et Ses Balladins
Warteef jiggen – Guelewar
Africa Dedication To All The People – Mor Thiam
Karanda Bala Bozo – Ali Farka Touré
Mahal Menzal – Omar Souleyman
Tezeta – Mulatu Astatqé
Mother’s Love – Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou


the space between (excerpt) – Joanna Brouk


80 minutes
cover is a photo still of an installation by Gülsün Karamustafa @ Martin Gropius Bau
by joe le taxi

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playlist: the little dog laughed radio #33



playlist: the little dog laughed radio #33
piradio 88.4 fm
22 – 24 pm

ambient / kraut / space folk

the space between – Joanna Brouk
echo waves – Manuel Götsching – inventions for electric guitar
mv & ee – return from the stars (alpha lyrae)

american primitive

Richard Osborn – the king walks by (endless)
Sagas – dance of the kildeer (red in the hollow)

Spiritual Jazz

doug carn – revelation (revelation)
the common women – high risk 7“( pitched down)
Mor Thiam – ayo ayo nene (dini safarrar, jazzman)
Quem sou eu? – Pedro Santos (Krishnanda)
yo chavez / lowrider – Yussef Kamaal (Black focus)

Afro Soul & Jazz

Warleef Jigeen – Guelewar
malade ya bolingo – O.K Jazz (loningisa years 1965 – 1961)

Filmmusic (15 min set)

„Amer“ bruno nicolai / stelvio cipriani /
Jean – Daniel Simon´s „ils“ soundtrack (pieree vassiliu) /
only lovers left alive ( josef van wissen / squirl)

Postpunk & indie

c´est ça l´amour – cheveu (7“)
homosexualis discothecus – violence conjugal (7“)
borderline schizophrenic – matt elliot (10“)
coming home – flying saucer attack 7“
the weight – hood 7“ (excerpt)
universal cooler – Third Eye Foundation 7“


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the little dog laughed radio #33 tonight

tonight 22-24 pm cet
the little dog laughed radio #33 @ 88.4 fm

– Kraut by Manuel Götsching´s „interventions for electric guitar“ Reissue
– ambient music by Joanna Brouk
– american primitive music w/ Richard Osborn, Sagas & Willie Lane
– Spiritual Jazz w/ Yussef Kamaal, Mor Thiam und Pedro Santos
– Afro Soul & Rumbas w/ Guelewar und O.K Jazz
– Giallo – Filmmusik from the „Amer“ soundtrack
– french post punk 7“ w/cheveu & violence conjugal
– Psychedelischen tunes by mv & ee
– Latin Sounds by Voudou Game & Kongas
– Reggae w/ Sonya Spence and Prince Buster
if there is time left: Indie – Nostalgia w/ Hood, Third Eye Foundation & flying saucer Attack 7“

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Drums of Fire or: Creating yr own reference point in Jazz : Mor Thiam & Yussef Kamaal

Two records are in heavy rotation since a week or so, keeping me surviving the endless Berlin january days: Mor Thiams reissue of Din Safarrar (drums of fire) and Yussef Kamaal´s Debut LP Black Focus.

So first listen to Yussef Kamaal: Behind this names is Kamaal Williams aka Henry Wu (Keys) & Yussef Dayes (Drums/ Percussion) and several great studio musicians (Sax, Trumpet).

The music on this debut LP meander between hip hop, drum & bass, free jazz, spiritual jazz and reminds me of “the epic” by Kamasi Washington without being a pure copy of it. There are no voices except for some spoken word samples. But the Bass is hypnotic and extremely danceable. Think of 90ies drum & bass by Goldie or the keys of 70ies Herbie Hancock but then if it´s about sounding too cheesy, there is a great Sax tune and you are in 2017 again – so in the great “Strings of light”.

“You create your own reference point and this is always what jazz is all about” is one of the quotes – nothing more to say than that

Buy it via Brownswood or bandcamp

“The borders between London’s musical tribes have always been porous. For Yussef Kamaal, the sound of the capital – with its hum of jungle, grime and broken beat – has shaped a self-taught, UK-tipped approach to playing jazz. In the states, the genre’s long-running to-and-fro with hip hop – from Robert Glasper to Kamasi Washington – has reimagined it within US culture. On Black Focus, Yussef Kamaal frame jazz inside the bass-saturated, pirate radio broadcasts of London.

Taking inspiration from the anything-goes spirit of ‘70s jazz-funk, on albums by Herbie Hancock or the Mahavishnu Orchestra, it’s a loose template with plenty of room to experiment. The pair, made up of Yussef Dayes and Kamaal Williams (aka Henry Wu), have had little in the way of formal training. Instead, their musical tastes – and approach to playing – are indebted to Thelonious Monk’s piano as much as the drum programming of Kaidi Tatham.

“It’s all about the drums and the keys,” Williams says. “Not to take anything from anyone else, but that’s where it all originates from: the chords, the rhythm of the chords and the drums.” Born out of a one-off live session to perform Williams’ solo material for Boiler Room, it soon became a project in its own right. Coming together as Yussef Kamaal, they played a series of live shows where little more than a chord progression would be planned before taking to the stage

Bringing that unspoken understanding to the recording sessions (engineered by Malcolm Catto of The Heliocentrics), the unplanned, telepathically spawned grooves retain the raw energy of their live shows. “It’s not so much about complete arrangement, it’s more about flow,” Dayes says. “A lot of the tracks are just made spontaneously – Henry will be playing two chords, I’ll fill in the groove and we’ll just leave the arrangement naturally.”

Both hail from South East London, crossing paths in 2007 as teenagers playing their first pub gigs around Peckham and Camberwell. Dayes drums for cosmically-inclined, afrobeat outfit United Vibrations, while Williams – on top of drumming and playing keys in different incarnations over the years – has made waves with his solo, synth-draped house 12″s for much-fêted labels like 22a and Rhythm Section.


Then there is Mor Thiam´s cacophony “Dini Safarrar” (drums of fire) – and yet another own reference point. Out via Jazzman, this reissue of Senegals percussionist has more influences in this one lp of not even 30 minutes to offer than other jazz – careers do not have in their whole life: think about north – bresilian psychedelia of the 70ies, fela´s afro beat or jamaica´s nyabinghi tunes as well as coltrane´s or ornette colemann´s free jazz cascades.


Originally released in small numbers as a custom pressing in 1973, the compelling ‘Dini Safarrar’ by Senegalese drummer Mor Thiam has gained cult status around the world amongst enthusiasts of jazz, funk, hip hop & African music, and grail status among LP collectors. Here is the first official reproduction of this album, faithful to the original and made with the blessing and cooperation of Mor Thiam himself, as well as his son Aliaume Thiam, otherwise known as hip hop and R&B superstar Akon.

Mor Dogo Thiam (pronounced ‘Chahm’) is a cultural historian, dedicated philanthropist and genius on the djembe. He began his career as a drummer while a young boy in his native Senegal, before moving to St. Louis, Missouri in the early 1970s, where his unique musical skills earned him the respect of the local jazz community. A fusion of the traditions of his Senegalese upbringing and the funk & jazz sounds of his new environs, ‘Dini Safarrar’ was entirely self-funded and was also conceived as a benefit album, with all the proceeds donated to famine relief in Africa. Indeed, proceeds generated by the sale of this reissue will go directly into a fund to assist a school in Senegal set up by Mor himself.

The subtitle and translation of Dini Safarrar is ‘Drums of Fire’, though it may be more aptly described as ‘Drums of Krakatoa’, such is the explosive intensity captured within the grooves. The multitude of pulsating percussive elements throughout each track creates an intense rhythmic dissonance, the musical equivalent of an erupting volcano. It can be no co-incidence that the energy & passion of Akon’s music was duly ignited by his father’s very same Drums of Fire. May the legacy continue.



Great reissue of way back home / oh caroline by dub store Japan of count ossies Mystic revelation of rastafari

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the little dog radio #32 playlist & relisten

The little dog laughed radio #32 – 19.jan. 2017 @ piradio
Folklore Tapes special

Ein special über das folklore tapes Label, die musique concrete, spoken word & field recordings mit Traditionen britischer Mythologie verbinden. „Folklore Tapes is an open-ended research project exploring the vernacular arcana of Great Britain & beyond; traversing the myths, mysteries, magic & strange phenomena of the old counties .”


10″ series: Ornithology: The Robin-Dean McPhee/Mary Arches -The room // Megalithic Monuments Stanton Drew Stone Circle: The Petrified Wedding-David Chatton Barker & Ian Humberstone // Rituals & Practices: Crown & Cross – Magpaghi//Spell-Paper Dollhouse//Graves: Anworth Kirk-Jays Grave Pt.I / Little Man-D. Orphan//Inland Water: Sam McLoughlin&David Haycock/ Ian Humberstone-Song For Mariann Voaden (two witches)/Ocultural Creatures: The Black Dog of Newgate//David Orphan-Songs for Hannah Henley//Magpaghi-Pine Forest//Quakers Stang-Spectre Huntsman


the litte dog laughed radio # 32 pt 2
23-24 pm @ piradio

(after the folklore tapes special)


New releases:

i want to hold your hand – David Greenberger, Glenn Jones, Chris Corsano (an idea in everything)
The Reign Of The White Plague – United Bible studies (rosary Bleeds)
Treaty of Fort Laramie – Matana Roberts (for standing rock ep)
Records from France:
lanceuse bantou – Francis Bebey (cameroon,un petit ivoirienne)


Bala et ses baladins – mariama (s/t)
bembeya jazz national – armée guinéenne (editions sylyphone conacry sampler)
toubaka – Kouyate Kandia (7“)

Burkina Faso:
echo del africa – yala trama magni (7″ pitched down)
Amadou Ballake – baden djougou (ouga affair sampler)

outernational 7″ / reissues:

Alogte Oho – Mam Yinne Wa (Philophon 7″,Ghana)
Hoodna orchestra – Yelden (7″ israel/Egypt)
rajaad layoon- abdul el omari (nuits d´été, maroc 1979/2016)

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the little dog laughed radio #32 this thursday – folklore tapes special

19.januar 2017 – 22h bis 24 h (stream) or 88.4 fm (Berlin) or 9o.7 (Potsdam)

folklore tapes special

In der ersten Stunde wird es ein kleines special zum englischen folklore tapes Label geben die versuchen mittels musique concrete, spoken word und field recordings die Traditionen britischer Mythologie zu vertonen – das Ergebnis ist magisch

// The first hour there will be a folklore tapes label special

„Folklore Tapes is an open-ended research project exploring the vernacular arcana of Great Britain and beyond; traversing the myths, mysteries, magic and strange phenomena of the old counties via abstracted musical reinterpretation and experimental visuals. The driving principle of the project is to bring the nation’s folk record to life, to rekindle interest in the treasure trove of traditional culture by finding new forms for its expression.“



In der zweite Stunde werde ich etwas westafrikanische highlife 60ies highlife aus guinea & burkina faso spielen von 7“ und lp´s die ich aus Frankreich mitgebracht habe neben neuen releases & reissues von blackest ever black, philophon und Okrarina, spiritual soul reissues von aleke, tim maia, black belt symphony und zum Schluss noch einige schöne nyabinghi 7“ von Leslie Butler & Count Ossie, Jo Jo Bennet & The Fugitives und den heptones

You gotta fight on !


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