April 22, 2020 Playlist

"Liberty Rose" by MV & EE (2010)
MV & EE "Liberty Rose"  2010 (USA)
Matt Valentine and Erika Elder are MV & EE. They describe their music as "lunar ragas" which I guess means cosmic Appalachian psychedlia (from Vermont). Valentine plays guitar like Jerry Garcia at his most stoned and sings like Neil Young at his most vulnerable. Elder plays dulcimers and other stringed instruments through an array of psychedelic effects like a backporch David Gilmour, and also sings as well. For the last 20 years, they've produced dozens of lofi, mostly self-produced albums (many on homemade cassettes or CDRs; they just released another 6 disc set last month). They tour only the most underground DIY venues, like punk art galleries and random people's basements. On occasion, they do get together with other musicians and make albums that are "more like rock" (with drums and stuff). In particular during circa 2008-2011 they seemed poised to perhaps turn into a "real band", but nah, that didn't happen. They coulda been the backwoods Americana version of Royal Trux!
Another week, another new Dempagumi video: here's their December 2019 concert performance of "Keijijogaku-teki, Maho" ("Metaphysical, Magical"), a song they released as a single last year which is included on their just-released new album. This performance features artsy modern dance choreography and a rare on-stage collaborator, the artist known as "Yukichi Kasaku / men" who is the comoposer of this groovy jazzy tune as well as their more recent single "Moshi Moshi Internet" which is also on the new album. Yukichi was born in 2004! She is barely older than the Kosmik Radiation Show (which will be 15 years old next week!) Further proof that Dempagumi.inc truly is The Pop Group Of The Future.
(N) = New Release
Artist Song Album Year Country
Grateful DeadCumberland Blues (live)Europe '721972USA
The ByrdsEight Miles High (live)(Untitled)1970USA
Dempagumi.inc Nanto! Sekai Konin Hikikomori!
("Oh My Gosh! World-Approved Shut-Ins!")
single (N)2020 (Meme Tokyo/Toy's Factory)Japan
DISQ LonelinessCollector (N)2020 (Saddle Creek)USA
Guided By Voices Steely DodgerSurrender Your Poppy Field (N)2020 (GBV Inc.)USA
Mr. Elevator Alone TogetherGoodbye, Blue Sky (N)2020 (Castle Face)USA
L.A. Takedown The SwimmerOur Feeling Of Natural High (N)2020 (Castle Face)USA
Cornershop The Holy NameEngland Is A Garden (N)2020 (Ample Play)UK
MV & EEStreamsLiberty Rose
MV & EEOut In SpaceLiberty Rose
MV & EEGet Right ChurchBarn Nova2009USA
Neil YoungWill To LoveAmerican Stars & Bars1977Canada
Buffy Sainte-MarieGod Is Alive, Magic Is AfootIlluminations1969Canada
Country Joe & The FishGraceElectric Music For Mind And Body1967USA
Fairport ConventionMatty Groves (live)House Full: Live at the L.A. Troubadourrec. 1970, rel. 1986UK
Fela Kuti & Africa 70Roforofo FightRoforofo Fight1972Nigeria
Jazz Composer's Orchestra
(music by Carla Bley, words by Paul Haines.
Musicians and singers including: Jack Bruce, Linda Ronstadt, Don Preston, John McLaughlin, Don Cherry, Roswell Rudd, and many others!)
Escalator Over The Hill
   / Businessmen
   / Rawalpindi Blues
   / End Of Rawalpindi
Escalator Over The Hill1971USA/UK
Iggy PopI'm BoredNew Values1979USA
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