Heat from the Vault, pt. II

curtis knight - down in the village 1970
Curtis Knight - Down in the Village (R&B/Rock)

Curtis Knight was a guitar player who’s musical output was sadly overshadowed by his connection to Jimi Hendrix. This entire album is consistently amazing, with floor-shaking drums and bass (play it in the booth), and top-notch songwriting by Mr. Night. The WOBC copy is cleaner and more crackle-free than the youtube clip.

His other releases are worth checking out too. The self-produced “UFO” shows off his versatility.
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Heat from the Vault

Calvin Keys – Proceed With Caution! (Jazz)
calvin-keys_proceed-with-cautionCalvin Keys is a Jazz and session guitarist from the Bay Area who has played with greats like Ray Charles and Bobby Hutcherson. This is his second solo album on the label. Again, this has a sweet cover, with a leapord skin-clad Keys scowling straight at the camera. The music is equally good. It was released in 1974 on the famed Black Jazz label. Like other early 70s Black Jazz titles, this record is full of loud drums (provided by the talented Leon “Ndugu” Chancler, who would go on to play drums on Michal Jackson’s “Billie Jean”), and Fender Rhodes. Most of the album is straight-ahead jazz, but tracks like the soul-influenced “Aunt Lovely” depart from that format.

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Top 30: 5/9/11

Bill Callahan
Bill Callahan

Top 30 is  a weekly section of the blog where we show the 30 most played artists and albums on WOBC. Each entry links to the artist’s MySpace (or other free music player) so you can check out some of this music for yourself!

1. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues *^
2. Bill Callahan – Apocalypse
3. Shannon and the Clams – Sleep Talk
4. J Mascis – Several Shades of Why
5. Wanda Jackson – The Party Ain’t Over
6. Joy Formidable – The Big Roar *
7. Julian Lynch – Terra *
8. The Strokes – Angles
9. Rural Alberta Advantage – Departing *
10. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
11. Iron and Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean
12. Jessica Lea Mayfield – Tell Me
13. Computer Magic – Electronic Fences
14. Thao and Mirah – Thao and Mirah
15. Kort – Invariable Heartache *
16. Autechre – EPs 1991-2002
17. Herzog – Search
18. Kellarissa – Moon of Neptune
19. Josh T. Pearson – Last of the Country Gentlemen
20. Savage Young Taterbug  – Theme for Gasoline Weirdo
21. Girls Names – Dead to Me
22. Poly Styrene – Generation Indigo
23. Wombats – This Modern Glitch *^
24. Antlers – Burst Apart *^
25. Of Montreal – Thecontrollersphere
26. Peter Bjorn and John – Gimme Some
27. Teengirl Fantasy – 7am
28. Lupe Fiasco – Lasers
29. Those Darlins – Screws Get Loose
30. Darlings – Warma EP

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