I’m just playing an old record by the great folk/psych/raga guitarist Peter Walker, who has recently returned to action after nearly 40 years of, as far as I can tell from a quick circuit round the internet, practising flamenco guitar. Amazingly, Walker – one of the few survivors of John Fahey‘s generation of American primitives, and the man who provided musical accompaniment to Timothy Leary‘s early experiments – is playing just down the road from me in Dalston, North-East London tonight.
The venue is a promising new place called Cafe Oto, which has a fantastic list of forthcoming gigs. I’ll report back tomorrow, obviously.
In the meantime, here’s the latest Uncut playlist. The Comus is a highly enjoyable bootleg of their recent reunion gig onboard a Scandinavian ferry at a festival curated by Opeth, bizarrely. It features one of the weirdest of acid-folk bands trying to play “Venus In Furs” while the staggeringly drunk audience bellow along enthusiastically. Must have been fun, if you have sea legs.
1. Peter Walker – Echo Of My Soul (Tompkins Square)
2. The Dodos – Visiter (Wichita)
3. The Fall – Imperial Wax Solvent (Castle)
4. Alexander Tucker – Custom Made EP (ATP Recordings)
5. Herbie Hancock/Thad Jones/Ron Carter/Jerome Richardson/Grady Tate/Jonathan Klein – Hear, O Israel: A Prayer Ceremony In Jazz (Trunk)
6. Larry Jon Wilson – Larry Jon Wilson (1965)
7. Marnie Stern – The Alchemist (Kissing Kin)
8. Comus – Live 2008 (Bootleg)
9. The Owl Service – A Garland Of Song (Southern)
10. Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles (Different)
11. Dennis Wilson – Pacific Ocean Blue/Bambu (Rhino)
12. Peter Walker – Second Poem To Karmela (Or Gypsies Are Important) (Vanguard)