An Eclectic Gastronomy of Sound
New music every Sunday.
“By eliminating the need to get up early on Sunday, brunch would make life brighter for Saturday-night carousers. It would promote human happiness in other ways as well. Brunch is cheerful, sociable and inciting. It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.” – from Brunch: A Plea, by Guy Beringer, in “Hunter’s Weekly”, 1895.
John Wizards– “Lusaka By Night”(live) (from John Wizards, 2013)
Man, this is smooth. The rippling guitar lines like water flowing over a parched African landscape, the gentle roll of the drums, the languid vocal delivery. They’re a multi-ethnic band from South Africa, whose leader is named John Withers (hence the band name, I guess) and whose album cover looks very early 1970’s. Like something a progressive band who sang songs about wizards might have. But, hey, here’s some more info.
Beachwood Sparks– “Watery Moonlight” (from Desert Skies, 2013 – recorded in 1998)
These guys, apart from taking a break between 2002 and 2008, have been giving us a heady dose of psychedelic country rock since the late 90’s. Rooted in the cosmic America of The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and The Burrito Brothers, they continue the ‘B’ band legacy in name and spirit. Desert Skies was recorded as their debut album, but remained unreleased till now.
Cian Nugent & The Cosmos – “Grass Above My Head” (from Born With the Caul, 2013)
Irish guitarist of open air acoustic reveries and rural deep wood soundscapes. Beginning with moody solo picking, the band soon ambles in for some simpatico interplay and by the last half of the song we’re listening to a dixieland country fair hoedown…as only could be played by a band whose moniker is “The Cosmos”….