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Julian Cope - Revolutionary Suicide

Julian Cope - Revolutionary SuicideArmed with intellectual acumen, the arch druid baits religion - and the Turks...

Scared To Get Happy: A Story Of Indie Pop 1980 - 89

Scared To Get Happy: A Story Of Indie Pop 1980 - 89Now That's What I Call Indie...

Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Year Of The Horse

Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Year Of The HorseDVD debut of long-unavailable concert footage from 1996, with bonus backstage access...

Steve Gunn - Time Off

Steve Gunn - Time OffSlithery guitar from the Fahey school, with added architecture...

Grant Hart - The Argument

Grant Hart - The ArgumentGreat snakes! After years in the wilderness, Hüsker Dü founder returns to the garden...

Otis Redding - The Complete Stax/Volt Singles Collection

Otis Redding - The Complete Stax/Volt Singles CollectionThe soul legend's stunning career charted through is ever-evolving 45s...

Nilsson - The RCA Albums Collection

Nilsson - The RCA Albums CollectionA second chance to go wild about Harry...

Alela Diane - About Farewell

Alela Diane - About FarewellDiane gives away a lot more with a lot less...

The Beach Boys Live - The 50th Anniversary Tour

The Beach Boys Live - The 50th Anniversary TourThe reunited group’s undeniably impressive peaks, blighted by band politics and Auto-Tune...

The Teardrop Explodes - Wilder

The Teardrop Explodes - WilderJulian Cope and co.'s second is an overlooked classic...

Daughn Gibson - Me Moan

Daughn Gibson - Me MoanModern-day country star steps out of the shadows...

Diana Jones - Museum of Appalachia Recordings

Diana Jones - Museum of Appalachia RecordingsStripped mountain music - recorded in a cabin, in a museum...

Cheap Trick - The Complete Epic Albums Collection

Cheap Trick - The Complete Epic Albums CollectionPower pop-rock heaven tonight, with a few hiccups....

Mavis Staples - One True Vine

Mavis Staples - One True VineGospel legend and Jeff Tweedy rebond for sequel to 2010 Grammy winner...

These New Puritans - Field Of Reeds

These New Puritans - Field Of ReedsTough to make, astonishingly realised: Southenders' melodic third raises their game again...

Bobby Whitlock - The Bobby Whitlock Story: Where There’s A Will, There’s A Way

Bobby Whitlock - The Bobby Whitlock Story: Where There’s A Will, There’s A WayIt’s not only who you know, it’s what you know, too...

The Shouting Matches - Grownass Man

The Shouting Matches - Grownass ManJustin Vernon's trio of old compadres play Southern blues-rock under jazz conditions...

ZZ Top - The Complete Studio Albums 1970 - 1990

ZZ Top - The Complete Studio Albums 1970 - 1990100 tracks from the first twenty years of "that Little ol’ band from Texas" By Luke Torn...

Guy Clark - My Favourite Picture Of You

Guy Clark - My Favourite Picture Of YouDeeply personal return for seasoned Texan...

Mark Mulcahy - Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You

Mark Mulcahy - Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love YouInfluential former Miracle Legion mainstay breaks a long silence...

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"Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye": Cosimo Matassa 1926-2014


Among my post last week, I received a nice care package from Ace Records that included one quite weird Duke Ellington album ("My People"); Volume 3 of their "Where Country Meets Soul" series (I cannot recommend Ralph ''Soul'' Jackson's version of ''Jambalaya'' highly enough); and, maybe best of...