False Spring by Zachary Cale. Thoughtful and poetic folk with a Cosmic Americana flavor from the Brooklyn singer-songwriter. Ilana: The Creator by Mdou Moctar. I saw Mdou at Solid Sound Festival a couple of years ago. He was amazing, and blew the crowd and myself away with a mesmerizing performance.
Bandcamp Daily your guide to the world of Bandcamp. Explore music. Michael Gibbons. Tim Anderson. Billy Cohen. Tim O'Brien. Matt Barr. Andrew Hertzberg. Jason L. Rob Ryan. Funny Bunny. The Cosmic Dad. Daniel Esq. Eric Neuschwanger. Mark Kaiser. Purchasable with gift card. I'm a Streaker Baby Bowlegged Woman No Better Time Than Now The Same One This Is My Prayer You Made Me Suffer Gimmie Some of Yours Women's Lib Bring It Down Front I Sayed That It's a Dream The picture here is of a lively, vibrant scene where people came to have fun and forget about daily problems.
They clown, preen, and pose for the camera at times, but for the most part they just do their thing while Abramson snaps away, capturing them in half-lidded, off-balance, smiling, yawning, ecstatic, and joyful moments. In a Facebook era, this might not seem unusual, but it's not often you see a cameraphone grab that preserves a moment with such honest artistry as the images included here.
There's a reason Abramson's work is owned by museums. The accompanying disc of music is aptly subtitled Pepper's Jukebox , and though it lacks the archival and informational thoroughness that's become Numero's hallmark, it does provide a perfect soundtrack for the images.
These are the songs they danced and laughed to, and the emphasis is one gritty, funky blues tunes. There's plenty of wailing harmonica and scratchy guitar, a hefty dose of double entendre and lots of plain great songs. Bobby Rush's classic "Bowlegged Women, Knock-Kneed Man" is a roaring and not really veiled tribute to the joys of doing it, and it's just the tip of the iceberg.
There are cool oddities, like the instrumental version of Syl Johnson's epochal soul cut "Is It Because I'm Black", and a bit of social commentary on Lucille Spann's gravel-voiced "Women's Lib", but the best songs get right to the heart of the blues.
Willie Davis' "I Learned My Lesson" is flat-out powerful, with deep, dark verses and a ragged, finger-blistering guitar solo; it's a masterclass of smoky Chicago blues. On "You Made Me Suffer", Andrew Brown brings his blues noir into the funky 70s, mixing his lead guitar with heavy soul vocals and a popping drumbeat.
Taken together, the photo book and the disc offer a taste of what it might have been like inside Pepper's Hideout on a good night, and it seems like most nights at Pepper's were good nights.
That scene is long gone today, so the opportunity to get an outsider's peek in is appreciated.
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