Shining A Fresh Light On A Lightnin’ Hopkins Essential

  • “…an album that reintroduced Hopkins to music fans and helped tip the ’60s folk and blues revival into being. The effect that one album had on rock ‘n roll is inestimable.”

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December 2016: David Barbe on Slint’s SPIDERLAND
November 18, 2016

Closing out the year with an individual who is a constant beacon for the Athens Georgia music scene: David Barbe. For December Barbe has chosen a record that had a deeply profound effect on him both as a musician and an engineer. From early listens to Brian Paulson’s rough mixes up through 2014’s excellent remaster, […]

November 2016: Jojo Hermann on Junior Kimbrough
October 18, 2016

John “Jojo” Hermann had the goal of making it to New Orleans. Hopping on a plane from New York City to Memphis, the keyboardist was in search of the worlds of Professor Longhair and Dr. John. His initial intention was to stay in Oxford, MS for a few weeks with friend and writer Robert Palmer […]

KRC October Playlist: Fall Lights
October 16, 2016

I SPOT the hills With yellow balls in autumn. I light the prairie cornfields Orange and tawny gold clusters And I am called pumpkins. On the last of October When dusk is fallen Children join hands And circle round me Singing ghost songs And love to the harvest moon; I am a jack-o’-lantern With terrible […]

Long Way Home: A Playlist for September
September 23, 2016

Our September amalgamation of tunes we’ve got on repeat at HQ. Sync it up and take the long way home…

October 2016: Natural Child and “Live-Evil”
September 19, 2016

For our twelfth month…something a little different. Unlike previous months of individual artists presenting their favorite records, this month we have an entire band rallied around one record. The Nashville rock ‘n’ roll trio Natural Child take the reins for October with a group dialog spotlighting Miles Davis’ 1971 Live-Evil, an album featuring both live and studio […]

KRC Interview: Eric D. Johnson
August 26, 2016

You’ve got some history with the Red Red Meat guys. Yeah! For a few years I played in an early lineup of the band Califone, which was the band that sprang from the ashes of Red Red Meat in the late 90’s. I was this fairly shy, unambitious 23 year old who was not part […]

September 2016: Eric D. Johnson curates Red Red Meat’s “Jimmywine Majestic”
August 17, 2016

Eric D. Johnson (Fruit Bats) steers us on to September, penning a thoughtful essay on Red Red Meat’s Jimmywine Majestic. Originally released on Sub Pop in 1994, Jimmywine Majestic was reissued on the acclaimed Jealous Butcher imprint in late 2015 as a double LP. The product of a band that would eventually morph into the experimental indie-rock […]

August 2016: Mac McCaughan picks Jackie Mittoo
July 15, 2016

Mac McCaughan closes out the Summer of Merge with the incredible Soul Jazz Records release, The Keyboard King at Studio One, showcasing “one of the defining figureheads of reggae music,” Jackie Mittoo. This double LP compilation features Mittoo’s work as a solo artist at Studio One’s Brentford Road studios in the mid-sixties, recording on a […]

KRC Interview: Mike Krol
June 27, 2016

Mike Krol is one of the newest additions to the acclaimed Merge Records roster. Coming from Milwaukee (via New York via Los Angeles) it took an escape to New York to appreciate much about his hometown, most notably the power of the Violent Femmes self-titled debut. After a blistering performance in Ottawa earlier this month, Krol […]

July 2016: Mike Krol curates Violent Femmes
June 17, 2016

The Summer of Merge continues with our July curator, Mike Krol, curating the Violent Femmes 1983 self-titled debut. This Month “One of the most distinctive records of the early alternative movement and an enduring cult classic, Violent Femmes weds the geeky, child-man persona of Jonathan Richman and the tense, jittery, hyperactive feel of new wave […]

KRC Interview: Michael Lerner
June 7, 2016

Michael Benjamin Lerner, the multi-instrumentalist and songwriter behind TELEKINESIS, is our esteemed curator for the month of June, spotlighting Pavement’s Brighten the Corners LP. This past September saw the release of his fourth and latest album, Ad Infinitum: a noted departure from his power pop roots into a more synthesized realm of analog keyboards and […]

Summer of Merge
June 2, 2016

For the months of June, July and August Keepers will feature curators from the eclectic and highly revered Merge Records roster, spotlighting their favorite records. June: Michael Lerner Michael Lerner curates Pavement’s Brighten the Corners (sign up by June 15th!) July: Mike Krol (Announcing record on June 15) August: Mac McCaughan (Announcing record on July […]

Meet the Curator: Michael Benjamin Lerner
May 18, 2016

If you visit the Telekinesis homepage and the first thing you see is Lerner on a hillside looking out towards a mountain landscape. The image conveys a feeling of calm, accomplishment and perhaps reflection. Perhaps Lerner is looking off into the distance, accepting of and eager for the challenges to come. Before 2016 and before Ad […]

June 2016: Michael Benjamin Lerner presents “Brighten the Corners”
May 17, 2016

Summer is here. And to celebrate we will are set to have a season packed with essential summertime records to fill out your collection, brought to you by an amazing group of curators. More to come on that. Now…for JUNE: This Month Michael Benjamin Lerner (TELEKINESIS) pens the perfect companion to Pavement’s 1997 Brighten the Corners! Sign up by June 15 […]

KRC Interview: James Toth
April 28, 2016

James Toth curates May with Bruce Langhorne’s 1971 soundtrack to the Peter Fonda film, The Hired Hand. Toth writes, “If discussions of records as “snapshots” are cliché, The Hired Hand is a painting: its brush strokes are visible but the particular set of cosmic, spatial, and metaphysical circumstances that summoned it into creation are most […]