This week we have an awesome pairing of records with two very influential artists, one from today and one from back when. Sit back and enjoy!
The Black Angels - I’d Rather Be Lonely 7″
We’ve featured The Black Angels on here before on a guest edition of Wednesdays On Wax, but that was before we saw them live and before we all became fans here… We picked up this new single and it was so different from what we were expecting we new we had to share. The Angels are known as leaders in the modern psych/prog-rock scene and are regular headliners at the Austin Psych Fest (They also happen to be from Austin) and have played as Roky Erickson’s backing band on a 2008 tour. This record, however is a complete different sound from their normal fuzz-guitar and bass-driven psych-rock. It seems to pay homage to The Velvet Underground in many ways from the simple back-and-forth guitar strumming to emulating Nico’s unforgettable vocal style. Also included in the sleeve is a digital download of a cover of The Zombies’ “She’s Not There”, adding in a pretty sweet updated guitar solo.
“I’d Rather be Lonely”
“She’s Not There”
Nick Drake – Family Tree
Nick Drake’s story is a classic case of an artist creating too much, too young and no one noticing until it’s way too late. Drake died at the young age of 26 of questionable circumstances but managed to record three albums that only recently have received the kind of attention they deserve. Family Tree is a collection of lo-fi home recordings plus some other recordings that were previously “unreleased”. The album features covers, alternate takes and even a duet with his sister and two tracks with his mother. CLICK the player below and have a listen..
“Been Smokin’ Too Long”
“My Baby’s So Sweet”