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From Dust To Digital…

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The good people at dust-to-digital specialise in consummately put together box sets of extremely old and obscure music from strange places like Thailand and the Mississippi Delta. This, for example, is a favourite -

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A perfectly packaged random run through 100 old 78s and singles from Africa, none from later than 1965. Yes, its obscure stuff. Like an African version of the American Folk Anthology.

Another good one is their collection of Black Religious Music .. “Sorrow Come Pass Me Around”. But that’s another story.

What they do is perfectly curated, well packaged and wonderful. Reissue as “art”. But naturally most of the artists are dead obscure (and mostly actually dead).

It shouldn’t be a surprise therefore that they unearthed something weird and perfect when they came to make a “new” artist album.

Lonnie Holley isn’t new, apparently he’s over 60, and I’m not sure where they discovered him from except that it was the south of America. He was an artist of some note, and he claims to have been traded for a bottle of whiskey as a child.

That’s the art of a good story isn’t it?

Unsurprisingly his music is based in blues, but it’s a bit different and modern. As if Arthur Russell and T Bone Walker collaborated.

And the material is out there as the title “Six Space Ships & 144,000 Elephants” might suggest. It’s some kind of wonderful, in a stop the world kind of way:


Keeping a Record of It
is the follow-up to Lonnie Holley’s debut album, Just Before Music. It features recordings made in 2006, 2010 and 2011. Guest performers in the mix include Cole Alexander from the Black Lips, Bradford Cox from Deerhunter, and visual artist Lillian Blades.


Try it, you might even like it.



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Burgerama


And the award for the best festival name/lineup goes to… Burgerama!

So many Cool Accidents faves in the one spot! FIDLAR, Sleep, The Black Lips, Mac Demarco, Bleached, Allah Las, shit even Kool Keith!

I don’t suppose anyone wants to buy us a few plane tickets to L.A?

John Gourley. The Man



The devilishly handsome John Gourley of Portugal. The Man fame took time out recently to hit us with his ‘Cool List’ albums of 2011 and proves he’s not just a pretty face… he also has impeccable taste in music. Check it!



 FEIST - METALS

 Because I love you Leslie Feist.




LYKKE LI - WOUNDED RHYMES

Because Lykke Li means every word of it.



RAPHAEL SAADIQ - STONE ROLLIN’

Because it is my most listened to record of the year. Great tones and great songs to match. Progressive soul with great reference points. Taking Motown to the kids.

BEASTIE BOYS - HOT SAUCE COMMITTEE

Because the Beastie Boys can do no wrong, ever.



CHARLES BRADLEY - NO TIME FOR DREAMING

Because Charles Bradley was my favorite music experience of SXSW 2011. Amazing voice, amazing album.



RAEKWON - SHAOLIN vs. WU-TANG

Because, Raekwon.



THE BLACK KEYS - EL CAMINO

Because, (even before hearing it) you know it will be amazing.



UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA - UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA

Because they’re my favorite band of the year.



THE BLACK LIPS - ARABIA MOUNTAIN

Because, this one time, 5 years ago and before I knew the band or their music I met and spent the evening with the Black Lips at the Clermont Lounge in Atlanta, Georgia. I remember this of that evening… keep in mind we don’t know each other or each others music… It was one of the members birthdays. That member finished his beer. I bought that member a beer to replace the finished drink. I handed over the beer to the birthday boy and was all like “Hey , Happy Birthday” or something. He looks at me, takes the beer and responds by simply drinking the beer. No “thank you”. I appreciate that in what I know now (and love) in a punk band.



PORTUGAL. THE MAN - IN THE MOUNTAIN IN THE CLOUD

Because.



Portugal. The Man will be touring Australia as part of the Laneway Festival in Feb as well as doing a few side shows with Givers for which Tickets can be purchased through Frontier HERE

Also check out this crazy good animated clip the band did for All Your Light below!