Head on over to Klang Industries to pick up a copy.
Raw and rocking collaboration between Jack Rose and the Black Twigs with some of the most swinging, hard-hitting string music waxed in many a decade. Rose’s solo playing has always had a tough edge, with his prodigious technique often employed in the service of dropping right-hand bombs – his use of a thumbpick originates from his years of duets with Twig Mike Gangloff, struggling to make his guitar heard over Gangloff’s crashing banjo. The front line of Rose and Gangloff’s strings are joined by Isak Howell’s no-nonsense guitar and harmonica and Nate Bowles’ variety of expert percussion. The four players lock together with a sure-footedness honed by frequent touring and a singularity of intent to rock. Gangloff takes the vocals, howling out standards like “Little Sadie” firmly in the old-time tradition – without reserve. A few of the tracks here are updates of Rose & family classics, with the group turning the stately “Kensington Blues” upbeat and an issuing an assured take on “Bright Sunny South,” first recorded by Pelt (w/Rose and Gangloff) back in 2001 on their gonzo classic double “Ayahuasca.”
Saturday, April 25
Special twilight garden show featuring…
PETER STAMPFEL AND THE ETHER FROLIC GANG (two sets!)
JACK ROSE (solo guitar)
with Ian Nagoski spinning vintage 78s
2037 Frankford Avenue (enter around back on Sepviva Street)
suggested donation $5 * bring your own whatever
This will be the Philadelphia debut of New York City’s Peter Stampfel and the Ether Frolic Gang who, Stampfel promises, will “stick our hands up the ass of American music, grab it by the throat, and pull it inside-out. It’s 21st century 19th century American music played in a vast variety of 20th century styles.” We’d expect nothing less–Mr. Stampfel is a founding member of the Holy Modal Rounders and The Fugs, and Frolicker John Cohen is a founding member of the New City Ramblers. (That’s them in the photo above.)
From Three Lobed…
let’s get the dirty work over with first. the black dirt sessions is, all hyperbole aside, jack rose‘s most complete and telling work to date. those who have been following this philadelphia wanderer’s development and growth as a solo artist (both live and on record) know that such a statement is strong praise, as rose’s catalog is certainly not devoid of unqualified classics.
the album takes its title from the studio where it was recorded – jason meagher‘s black dirt studios located in westtown, new york. old friends rose and meagher developed a good working relationship and full understanding of each other’s work habits and styles over the course of a spring 2008 joint tour between rose and one of meagher’s bands, d. charles speer & the helix. rose, that eternal road warrior, booked some time at black dirt between tours in august, september and october of 2008 to lay down some new and fully realized material. this album is the complete result of those sessions.
rose’s prior albums have tended to both pick and remain true to a musical theme. the black dirt sessions excels by displaying fully honed examples of all of rose’s various styles and themes – traditional, raga and ragtime. central to the album’s spirit is the absolutely epic “cross the north fork.” this thirteen minute revisiting of a track first laid down on the great kensington blues is a winding, thoroughly engrossing journey. this new version is the product of rose’s perfectionist streak which constantly pushes him to re-explore and re-visit his prior works. as presented on the black dirt sessions, the “new” track is full of rich nuances from rose’s years of additional scrutiny of the original composition. much like rose himself, “cross the north fork” is certainly comfortable in its skin and helps make it a welcome neighbor to the album’s other splendid joys ranging from the jaunty and infectious “fishtown flower” (featuring a guest appearance from d. charles speer & the helix’s hans chew on ragtime piano) to the pensive and appropriate melancholy punch of “box of pine.”
the album’s artwork is somewhat of the yin to the yang of rose’s 2008 release on three lobed, i do play rock and roll. bearing the same overall design aesthetic as that prior release albeit presented in a contrasting white with black print, the black dirt sessions features a photo of rose performing in new york in 2006. the lp is pressed on 180g rti vinyl and housed within an “old style” high gloss stoughton cover. the record will be from a one-time pressing of approximately 2000 copies. the black dirt sessions is targeted for a late march/early april release.
You can pre-order a copy here for $19.
[download] Fishtown Flower
Desh is a hindi suffix that denotes a sense of home or country. This special chapter of The Story literally themes as a benefit for the magazine, which in the current depression has been forced to go out of print and take it online. This is unacceptable to myself and many other Arthur readers, as Arthur is the only great American publication to currently be seeing print. The days of Rolling Stone are over, the high-era of rad zines has passed; Arthur stands alone as a sole halcyon of rugged American individualism and the timeless values associated with nature, consciousness, and evolution into higher human potential. Their struggle today is as much a part of The Story as the metaphysical concepts we’ve been discussing up to this point with the series, and we hope that this show will directly turn around real funds to get the mag back on earth.
About the bands…
Another month, another amazing mixtape from our contributing guitarsmith and all-around good guy J. Emery Blatchley. “Stride” is the second in what should prove to be a long, fruitful lineage of mixes, a bloodline of songs that will extend from J’s ears to yours each month. This time around, the sonic emphasis is placed on a time in music history when alternating-thumb, fingerpicked polyrhythms weren’t the exception…they were the rule. Kinda. There’s also a hand-picked potpourri of contemporary envelope-pushers to enjoy for those less keen on the Joplin jive.
Jack Rose’s new LP, The Black Dirt Sessions, will be available in March or April on Three Lobed Recordings in an (LP only) edition of 2000. The album contains six original compositions by Rose, with Hans Chew contributing piano on “Fishtown Flower”. Also, Klang Industries will release Jack Rose And The Black Twig Pickers in May in an LP edition of 1000, with a CD to follow later in the year. The album consists of traditional songs and two of Jack’s originals, “Revolt” and “Kensington Blues”.
The Black Dirt Sessions
cross the north fork
song for the owl
box of pine
the world has let me down
recorded by jason meagher westtown, ny aug-oct 2008
Jack Rose And The Black Twig Pickers
sail away ladies / i shall not be moved
hand me down my walking cane
soft steel piston
some happy day
ride old buck
kensington blues (rose)
special rider blues
bright sunny south
recorded in ironto, virginia 2008
mike gangloff- banjo, fiddle, vocals
issak howell- guitar, harmonica
nathan bowles- percussion, vocals, banjo
jack rose- guitar
[download] Fishtown Flower
....I’ve got a few gigs coming up, hope some of you can make it to one or 2. the 1st tour consists of 13 gigs barnstorming through europe. the 2nd tour is a brief southern xmas jaunt, maybe I’ll play a xmas song in the set. the dr ragtime and pals lp is finally here, released on the venerable tequila sunrise label in an edition of 960. I still have plenty of copies of the i do play rock and roll lp, but I wouldn’t blink for too long, as they will be history soon. My new solo lp is completed and will be out in may via 3lobed. Beautifully recorded by jason meagher at his black dirt studios in the late summer/early fall of this year. hope this message finds everyone well and happy.
11.29.08 kunstencencentrum belgie, hasselt
12.01.08 passos manuel, porto
12.02.08 mercado negro, aviero
12.03.08 caberet maxime, lisbon
12.05.08 douglas hyde gallery, dublin
12.06.08 strand, stockholm
12.07.08 afk in gothenburg (ideal privat)
12.08.08 tba, copenhagen
12.09.08 landmark, bergen
12.10.08 cafe lobby, aarhus
12.11.08 gronland kirke, oslo
12.12.08 podium, oslo
12.13.08 paard van troje state forms x festival, the hague
12.16.08 1st unitarian chapel, philly
12.18.08 night light, chapel hill
12.19.08 harvest records, asheville
12.20.08 odessa, memphis
12.21.08 tba, new orleans
12.30.08 mohawk, austin
1.03.09 avenue b rehab, nyc
I got a chance to see Jack Rose play last time around. Words could never describe the sublimity of his performance. I’m definitely going to make it out for this one!