We've closing in on less than a week until our hootenanny and I think we've just about smoked every pack of Pall Mall's Arcata Liqours has. Our pre-sale tickets are down to the last 15, so grab them fast. Adam and Matt's mothers will be there so everyone on their best behavior. Summer is in effect here in Humboldt and it seems every time the same thing happens, just when we get in a new order of stuff and start to tell you about our favorites, the horde descends and we're left with just one or two of them left. Worry not though, we've got another order coming in to re-stock our summer jam picks and there's still alot of awesome stuff we've stuffed into our newly expanded CD section.
Aw man, this here is a release so good, we wish we could pay for it. Available as a free download, this masterpiece released this year from Max Tannone is a free download on his website. Here is a small description of Mr. Tannone from his website. "Max burst onto the scene in early 2009 with “Jaydiohead”, combining the sounds of rap king Jay-Z and British rockers Radiohead. Catching the ears of MTV, NBC, hundreds of blogs, music news sites, and vinyl bootleggers, the project had Jay-Z himself even tweeting “There are 3 or 4 real gems on Jaydiohead.” After listening to this ten times in a row, we finally had to say thank you Brian Woida for finding this one.
Ghostfunk by Max Tannone
JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD "We Are The Champions"
Last year, Jeff the Brotherhood came out of nowhere. After playing a life changing in store at our old spot, we loaded up on merch. and "Heavy Days" wound up one of our top 5 records of the year. It was seriously like some kind of modern-day Seabiscuit story. Recently, Rolling Stone named this one of the up and coming bands to look out for. What they didn't realize was that these guys already have a 5 awesome albums, a slew of limited splits and even their own label with other rad artists as well. Then again, we all know nothing is ever really discovered musically until Jack White catches on.
This is another one of those, 'you don't like it, bring it back' albums, we tore through all 10 of our first batch in 24 hours. Based out of Brooklyn, which has seemingly become the center of cinematic soul, this amazing seven piece was named after their favorite Nigerian boogie record. Congas, Horns, fuck man this one almost had me thinking this was some kind of Daptone/Truth & Soul/Ubiquity supergroup. Right now we're waiting for our companies to re-stock but they should be back this week and until then we still have the CD.
NEXT STOP SOWETO VOL 3
Though not a brand new release, the 3rd volume in the incredible Soweto trilogy goes deep into the mines of South African jazz to compile a collection of what they call, "Giants, Ministers and Makers." Taken from the years 63-78, this double LP set is nothing to scoff at. As our friend King Maxwell might say, this is some real adult shit.
CIAN NUGENT "Doubles"
Last post, we mentioned how we were gonna clue you into a new emerging genre Adam's calling 'Apocalyptic Appalachia.' In the vein of such American Primitve legends such as Fahey, Basho,and Sandy Bull, Cian, takes his roots in Pre-war blues, Appalachian folk, and Irish traditional music and flips it into something much darker and completely his own. We first got clued into this guy a few years ago by Anthony of Goat Eater Arts, but up until now his stuff was nearly impossible to find. Now finally easily available from the great folks at VHF records, his latest full length "Doubles" showcases this major talent in an audacious setting of two side-long epics. Cian has ample technique, but the virtuosity here is all in service of the mood and the build up. His guitar has a darker, more intimate sound than many current players, without the brittle ring common to fingerstyle. The emergence of a deep drone after 15 minutes shakes up the track, like a swarm of bees spilling out of the speakers. There is not much better on those foggy early Humboldt morning than a fine cup of coffee and "Doubles" on the stereo
AND SPEAKING OF DOUBLES, HAVE YOU TRIED THE NEW CART ON THE PLAZA "QUEENIES DOUBLES?" WE HERE AT MISSING LINK ARE NOW RABIDLY ADDICTED TO THESE DELICIOUS TRINIDAD STREET TACOS. BRAVO TO JADA BRATMAN FOR SERVING THIS TOWN AN AWESOME NEW OPTION FOR THE POPULAR QUESTION "I'M HUNGRY BUT I DON'T KNOW WHAT AREN'T I SICK OF THIS WEEK?"
RISQUE BLUES "Big 10 Inch"
Here at Missing Link we got a big ole soft spot for old tunes about drug, sex and various other illicit activities and this here is right up our alley. Originally released as a 5 CD collection, the individual volumes have been coming back in small stock so we struck quickly and got in a few volumes for our fans.
BUFFALO KILLERS AT JAMBALAYA
Coming to the Jambalaya August 2nd, the return of the Buffalo Killers to Humboldt County. Many of you probably remember how they and the Ravens blew the doors clean off of Large Peter's Pizza Emporium a few years back. Their country psych rock style has been expanding since their last release and with a new album dropping that very day, this show promises to be epic.
PINE HILL HAINTS AT THE ALIBI
One of our favorite country bands around today, the Haints have been droppin' jaws around these parts for a few years now. We were lucky enough to have them play in our old shop and are keeping our fingers crossed that they'll be able to make another appearance at our new digs. Regardless, don't miss them as they rip roar their way through the Alibi August 13th.
JEFFERSON STATE OLD TIME REVUE JULY 23RD
Just a few more weeks until the big hootenanny, make sure to come grab your tickets here at the shop before pre-sale tickets are gone. We've recently heard an advance copy of the new album by our headliners Pokey LaFarge & The South City 3 on NPR and man oh man, this is going to be good.
Keep an eye out, we'll be posting one more time this month as we prepare ourselves for our yearly pilgrimage to Pickathon. We'll be closed from Aug. 4th and re-open the afternoon of Aug. 9th and if you should see us wandering around Pickathon, visit our camp (Fort Dave) across from the Woods Stage and shoot the shit with us.
keep diggin' those crates,
--matt n' adam