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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Ancient Protein Strings of the Genetic Code

Originally, this aired on May 26th, 2012.
It was another one of my submissions to the folk show, but I think it can find placement on the blog because there's certainly some psych flavor to most of it. As psychedelic as you can get with an un-affected acoustic guitar, at least. Maybe you'll like it.

Blue Moon Rising - Gomez - Live at the Aggie Theater, 3/1/2012

Sunflower River Blues - John Fahey - Death Chants, Breakdowns & Military Waltzes - 1967
Smylax - Langtry - As Upon The Road Thereto - 2005

It's inside me, and I'm inside it - Cloudkicker - Let Yourself Be Huge - 2011
Ur - Steve Tibbetts - YR - 1980
California Silks And Satins - Man - Rhinos, Winos & Lunatics - 1974
Busted Bicycle - Leo Kottke - 6 And 12-String Guitar - 1968
Texas Lemon Flavour - Stefan Grossman - Those Pleasant Days: The Transatlantic Anthology - 1970
Raga - Max Ochs - Contemporary Spring Guitar - 1967
Stone, Leaf and Pond - Six Organs of Admittance - Maria Kapel - 2011
Some Grass - Sleep - Sleep's Holy Mountain - 1993
E.M.D. (bluegrass) - David Grisman Quintet - S/T - 1977
When I Was A Boy (flamenco) - Biel Ballester Trio - 2008
Little Maggie - Sandy Bull - Fantasias For Guitar and Banjo - 1963
The Thousand Incarnations of The Rose - Robbie Băsho - Contemporary Spring Guitar - 1967
Moving Up A Ways - Robbie Băsho - The Voice of The Eagle - 1972
Now Sleeps - Ilyas Ahmed - With Endless Fire - 2012
Hollow Log - Beck - One Foot In the Grave - 1994
Stepping On My Thumbs - Michael Gulezian - Snow - 1979
After the Dance - Bert Jansch & John Renbourn - Bert and John - 1966
Norwegian Mood - Peter Walker - Rainy Day Raga - 1966
Goddamn The Sun - Six Organs of Admittance - Empty The Sun - 2009
Apres Midi American - Robbie Băsho - The Art of The Steel String Guitar 6 and 12 - 1979
Pay Day - Mississippi John Hurt - The Complete Studio Recordings - 1966

It is remarkable what one can do with the sheer versatility of an acoustic guitar. The 2 hours we have here is heavily focused on a facet of American Folk music that I believe should have as much attention as possible, given its beauty and influence.
It seemed a little insane to have an entire set reserved for solo-acoustic guys - so we eased into this set of mostly instrumental guitar music with a spaced-out live cut from Gomez, and threw in some other wildcards that seemed to go with the flow (Man, Biel Ballester, etc.) to keep you on your toes - but mainly stuck to the '60s/'70s output of labels like Takoma and Vanguard. (Though a handful of these albums were completely self-released before that was really a thing, and remain largely forgotten specks on the industry's underbelly.)
I hope you enjoy these hard-to-find and under-appreciated recordings, as you are unlikely to find them anywhere else - radio or otherwise.

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