*John Peel

“I just want to hear something I haven’t heard before” is the famous quote by John Peel, which I was kindly reminded of by Ben this week.  John Peel was a disc jockey, radio presenter, record producer, journalist, broadcaster and pioneer of new music, but mainly he was a lover of music and because of this his thirst to hear new sounds helped many artists get noticed and air play. As I’ve said here before it’s all about sharing and it doesn’t have to be newly released or newly produced. Music is about hearing something for the first time whether it’s new or from 20years ago. If you like, love it who cares. I get recommendations all the time to listen to music, here and on Twitter and from friends, I always take the time to check them out. I don’t want to miss out on anything.  So it’s that time again to play a few new sounds I’ve heard in the last month and one very old whom I had forgot.  Less chat and more music, enjoy……



Allah-Las is an American band from Los Angeles, formed in 2008. The band consists of Matthew Correia (percussion), Spencer Dunham (bass), Miles Michaud (vocals, guitar), and Pedrum Siadatian (lead guitar). When the band got together, three of them – Correia, Dunham and Siadatian – were working at Amoeba Music. In September 2012, Allah-Las released their self-titled debut album. The album has been described as a “lost treasure dug up from the sand and polished to a perfectly faded sheen” and “a classic debut record, on the one hand immersed in melancholic nostalgia but on the other, enthused with a timeless charm”. In October, 2012, NPR’s World Café featured two songs of Allah-Las, noting that “the music captures the carefree, breezy sounds of California… dreamy romanticism [with] a vibe that can feel both joyous and melancholy” Their second album ‘WorshipThe Sun’, was released September 2014.

I was only introduced to the Allah Las this year by a friend who loves them. Apparently they are amazing live. I loved their first album and was eager to hear more. I wasn’t disappointed I love their new album just as much. This is a great track.



William Daron Pulliam born 1946 in San Fransisco. He performed in the 1970s under the name Darondo, was a funk and soul singer. Although he is not widely recognised today, serious enthusiasts of the soul genre consistently rate him in high regard. The mythology surrounding Darondo describes him as a pimp, although he has denied this claim. His performing name is said to have originated as a compliment from a waitress who was fond of his generous tipping habits. Darondo has received more attention in recent years thanks to London DJ Gilles Peterson playing his 1973 single, “Didn’t I” on his BBC Radio 1program. Pulliam’s funk-infused Let My People Go album was released in 2006 by Luv N’ Haight, a “rare groove” imprint of the reissue-favouring Ubiquity Records. The compilation drew from material he’d recorded in the ’70’s and was precipitated by BBC DJ Gilles Peterson digging up 1972’s “Didn’t I” and adding the tender ballad to his radio playlist and 2005 …Digs America release. The renewed interest in his work led to a handful of live dates featuring Pulliam backed by San Francisco sidemen the Park. In 2008, Darondo’s song “Didn’t I” was featured on an episode (season 1, episode 4) of Breaking Bad.

I was told by a friend to’ listen to this, it’s amazing’. I fell in love with it the first time I heard it. What a voice full of soul, I just love it. Amazing music, that has basically been hidden from us for too long. Sadly Darondo died in 2013 but lived long enough to see a revival of his career. I bought this album last week on vinyl, it wasn’t the cheapest price but I half expected to pay a lot more. Anyway listen and enjoy.


Frazey Ford is a Canadian singer-songwriter. She was a founding member of The Be Good Tanyas. Ford was raised in the Kootenays in Southeastern British Columbia, and Toronto.  She currently resides in Vancouver. Her solo debut Obadiah was released on Nettwerk in July 2010.Ford cites Rhythm and Blues singers Ann Peebles, Roberta Flack, and Donny Hathaway as influences, and this is evident in Obadiah. Ford also credits her free spirited parents (her father was an American draft dodger who moved to Canada), and being a mother had a strong influences on her songwriting.

Her second solo effort, Indian Ocean released October 2014 is  a lush album filled with songs about pain and dealing with tough truths. Part of what gives Indian Ocean its gilded edge is the work of Al Green’s band, The Hi Rhythm Section, the iconic architects of the famous singer’s instrumental sound.  In lead single “September Fields,”  Frazeys voice is silky smooth like butter and easy on the ear. I did a marathon ironing session on Sunday and this was one of the albums I listened to. Easy and soothing. I hope you like it


Small Faces were an English rock band from London. The group was founded in 1965 by members Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane, Kenney Jones, and Jimmy Winston, although by 1966 Winston was replaced by Ian McLagan as the band’s keyboardist. The band is remembered as one of the most acclaimed and influential mod groups of the 1960’s. With memorable hit songs such as “Itchycoo Park”, “Lazy Sunday”, “All or Nothing”, “Tin Soldier”, and their concept album Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake, they later evolved into one of the UK’s most successful psychedelic acts before disbanding in 1969. After the Small Faces disbanded, with Marriott leaving to form Humble Pie, the remaining three members were joined by Ronnie Wood as guitarist, and Rod Stewart as their lead vocalist, both from The Jeff Beck Group, and the new line-up was renamed Faces,  except in North America, where this group’s first album (and only their first album) was credited to Small Faces. This practice has continued on all subsequent North American reissues of the album to this day. Small Faces are also acknowledged as being one of the biggest original influences on the Britpop movement of the 1990’s. Despite the fact the band were together just four years in their original incarnation, the Small Faces music output from the mid to late sixties remains among the most acclaimed British mod and psychedelic music of that era.

After the sad death of Ian McLagan this week I have been reminded of songs I’d forgotten by the Small Faces. In particular, this track. Steve Marriott in my opinion is one of the best frontmen of a band. His voice is beautiful and so distinctive. I get goose bumps when he sings this. So as sorry as I am to hear of Mac’s death it has brought me music I had forgotten about.


The Decemberists are an American indie folk rock band from Portland, Oregon, fronted by singer/songwriter/guitarist Colin Meloy. The other members of the band are Chris Funk (guitar, multi-instrumentalist), Jenny Conlee (Hammond organ, accordion, melodica, piano, keyboards, harmonica), Nate Query (bass guitar, string bass), and John Moen (drums, backing vocals, melodica, guitar).The band’s debut EP, 5 Songs, was self-released in 2001. Their seventh full-length album What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World will be released on January 20, 2015, by Capitol Records. It will be the band’s fourth record with the label. In addition to their lyrics, which often focus on historical incidents and/or folklore, The Decemberists are also well known for their eclectic live shows. Audience participation is often a part of each performance, typically during encores. The band stages whimsical re-enactments of sea battles and other centuries-old events, typically of regional interest, or acts out songs with members of the crowd.

In October 2014, the band announced their seventh studio album,” What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World” would be released January 20, 2015. This track is from their forthcoming album. Beautiful lyrics and folky vocals.


I’ve also been enjoying the Brownswood Recordings brought to us by Gilles Petterson, who is a British Based DJ, record collector and record label owner. Brownswood Bubblers provides a platform for unsung heroes and emerging talent from the worldwide underground. This is a track a friend sent me a link to and I love it.

Love this track very haunting from Daughter’s album from 2013

and this might be familiar to a few it’s the theme music to the recent TV drama Missing.