Jeffrey Alexander is a lifer. His discography through the years, from The Iditarod and Black Forest/Black Sea to Dire Wolves/DWLVS, The Heavy Lidders, and his solo work, is a sprawling, wonderfully tangled web. One little taste and it’s near impossible to not end up falling down the rabbit hole, exploring every winding avenue he’s ventured down. In recent years, Dire Wolves has been front of mind when I think of his work. The shapeshifting project knows no boundaries, instead following whatever trail the session calls for, depending on the mood, the line-up, or who knows what else? The bottom line, though, is it will always be a psychedelic trip worth taking.
DWLVS has a new double cassette edition of the essential The Compleat Trancing Master out now on Centripetal Force. This collection of rarities features a whole host of awesome musicians (including my favorites, Spires That in the Sunset Rise – a reoccurring theme at Foxy Digitalis lately) and is the perfect way to start Valentine’s Day.
Get lost in this 2+ hour mix of sonic delights from Alexander, grab The Compleat Trancing Master, and dig in deeper at his Bandcamp page HERE.
Tom Rapp – For The Dead In Space / Stardancer 1972
Crack The Sky – Ice / Crack The Sky 1975
Tom Troccoli’s Dog – Suicide > Orcanese Faretheewell / Tom Troccoli’s Dog 1985
Movietone – Chance Is Her Opera / Movietone 1995
Huun-Huur-Tu - Öske Cherde (“Foreign Land”) / 60 Horses In My Herd (Old Songs And Tunes Of Tuva) 1993
Larkin Grimm – The Last Tree / The Last Tree 2006
Älgarnas Trädgård – Två Timmar Över Två Blå Berg Med En Gök På Vardera Sidan, Om Timmarna … Alltså / Framtiden Är Ett Svävande Skepp, Förankrat I Forntiden 1972
Eek-A-Mouse – Assassinator / John Peel session BBC (Maida Vale studio 4) 10th October 1983
Annette Peacock – Pony / I’m The One 1972
Traveling Bell (Ka Baird) – Scatter Ways / Scatter Ways 2005
Nina Simone – 22nd Century / Here Comes The Sun sessions (unreleased) 1971
Exuma – A Place Called Earth / Exuma II 1970
Bhagavan Das + Amazing Grace – Just Can’t Keep From Cryin / Swaha 1974
Dire Wolves featuring Lau Nau – Misty Morning Whisperings And Gentle Stirring Sounds / Excursion To Cloudland sessions 2016
Muzsikás - Azt Gondoltam, Eső Esik (I Thought It Was Raining) / Nem Arról Hajnallik, Amerről Hajnallott… 1986
Traffic – Hidden Treasure / The Low Spark Of High-Heeled Boys 1971
Joe Henderson featuring Alice Coltrane - Earth / The Elements 1974
The Iditarod – Paramechanische Welt / final session (unreleased) 2003
Pink Floyd – Wot’s…Uh The Deal / Obscured By Clouds 1972
Raincoats – Shouting Out Loud / Odyshape 1981
Black Forest / Black Sea featuring Christina Carter – Orion / Forcefields And Constellations 2004
Bardo Pond – What Are Their Names / Terrastock 6 2006
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A sublimely curated list of gentle lysergic jams that proved to be the perfect easement into my Tuesday. And man, Älgarnas Trädgård. Wow! Escaped my purview. Since corrected; immediately logged onto Discogs and ordered a copy! Thank you!