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Thursday, March 18, 2010

New Stuff to Chew On PART 1

Doc Boggs - When My Worldly Trials are Over.
Pioneering singer / banjo player Dock Boggs (b. 1898) got his start playing (while working) in the coal mines all over the poverty-stricken Appalachian region. His earliest recordings, a blend Appalachian old-time music and early blues, come from 1927-1929. By 1930, however, the Great Depression had forced Boggs to pawn his banjo and go back to selling moonshine and working in the coal mines. Thankfully, he was rediscovered by folk revivalist Mike Seeger in the 1960s. This new release from Monk Records is comprised of some extremely rare alternate takes (recorded between 1927-1929) of some of his greatest songs.

Cecil Barfield - South Georgia Blues
We can all give a giant pat on the back to Mississippi Records for putting out this wonderful George Mitchell recording. Born in 1922, Cecil Barfield started playing when he was just five by attaching a neck to a cooking oil can and tying a string to it. Learning music from what he heard off records at parties, Barfield's style comes from what he calls "rag pieces", bits of popular tunes picked up from round dances and parties and often reworked according to his moaning, wrenching style.

EARTH, Wolves in the Throne Room, Fall The Giants @ Nocturnum!

After patiently waiting for years, we at Missing Link are bowled over at the thought of this show. Dust your boots off April 15th for a show at Nocturnum in Eureka featuring the deep, dark, stony chords of Earth along with local openers Fall the Giants and Wolves, a band some have described as "Godspeed you Black Metal". Brought to you, in part, by Missing Link Records!
fall the giants

A boy, his older brother and their stoney dad make the welsh blues sound sweet
Wales is not the place you immediately think of when someone mentions garage-blues. So imagine how stunned I was to meet Brennig and Aled, two brothers from Cardiff who not only play gritty old fashioned blues licks but are the kind of strangers you'd trust with your wallet. With the kind of two man simplistic yet driving style that has garnered them comparisons to the White Stripes, they set themselves apart as being one of the few non-U.S. bands signed to Alive Records. The best part though is that they tour with their dad, in a fixed up county truck armed with an array of pasta and potatoes...now that's rock.

While off on the Radio Moscow Euro Tour, the guys found themselves playing at a bar that videotapes all their shows via 3D! Make yourself up some glasses (or buy a pair at Time Traveller) and enjoy the magic of Radio Moscow in your own home!

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