Various Artists: “Stone Free”

In the slightly dazed hurly-burly of the first week back at work, I clean forgot to mention anything about the new Uncut’s free CD, which collects 15 bands notionally influenced by our cover star, Jimi Hendrix.

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In the slightly dazed hurly-burly of the first week back at work, I clean forgot to mention anything about the new Uncut’s free CD, which collects 15 bands notionally influenced by our cover star, Jimi Hendrix.



Ostensibly, of course, this is another excuse for us to corral a bunch of more or less psychedelic jams we’re keen on. But, though I’m naturally – professionally, even – biased in these things, I think a few of you may find some enjoyable stuff there. Fairly inevitably, we’ve found room for one or two regulars: Ethan Miller’s two great bands, Comets On Fire and Howlin Rain; the elasticated majesty of Austin’s White Denim.

But we’ve also shoehorned in a couple of the Touareg bands I mentioned the other day, Toumast and Terakaft, and delved a little deeper than usual into the world of stoner rock, with contributions from Nebula and the terrific Earthless. Also, a couple of psych bands I’m thrilled to finally include on an Uncut CD: Bristol’s deathless Heads; and White Hills, whose forthcoming self-titled set on Thrill Jockey I really should blog about in the next week or two.

Here’s the tracklisting, anyhow. Let me know what you think if/when you’ve had a listen.

1 The Black Keys – I Got Mine

2 The Heads – Could Be, Doesn’t Matter

3 Colour Haze – Silent

4 Comets On Fire – The Swallow’s Eye

5 Toumast – Ikalane Walegh

6 Radio Moscow – No Good Woman

7 Howlin Rain – In Sand And Dirt

8 Terakaft – Ténéré Wer Tat Zinchegh

9 Dinosaur Jr. – There’s No Here

10 Nebula – The Dagger

11 Buffalo Killers – Leave The Sun Behind

12 White Denim – Say What You Want

13 Pontiak – Wax Worship

14 Earthless – Cherry Red

15 White Hills – Radiate

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