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It Can Be A Bit Terrifying: Raul Zahir De Leon on his Return with CANANDAIGUA

By Steve Dewhurst

“Who is America for?” ponders Raul Zahir De Leon when recalling the earliest knockings of what has now become CANANDAIGUA, his first musical project since the dissolution of Stamen & Pistils in 2007.

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Dissect Yellow Swans: If The World Didn't End (1998-2000)

By Steve Dewhurst

In the opening chapter of the story we join band members Pete Swanson and Gabriel Saloman at the turn of the century as their musical paths converge in Portland, Oregon. Rotating around the creative hub that was promoter Todd Patrick’s 17 Nautical Miles, Saloman and Swanson were joined on the scene by fellow luminaries such as Paul Dickow, George Chen, Ethan Swan and Paul Costuros.

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Clean is Dirty: An Interview with Flowertown

By Lindsay Oxford

The birth of San Francisco’s Flowertown makes for a good story: longtime Bay Area scene compatriots Karina Gill (Cindy) and Mike Ramos (Tony Jay) compose a song together for an upcoming show in later winter 2020, and the day before they’re slated to play it, the world stopped.

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Needles and Pins: Derek Piotr's Journey to the Heart of Britain's Folklands

By Steve Dewhurst

“Yorkshire is not so dissimilar to my home in the Northeast of America,” Derek Piotr tells me from York, the latest stop on his great British journey. “Connecticut is part of New England, so that makes sense.”

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Stream: Kinloch Nelson – “Solitudes”

Brought to light by fellow Tompkins Square alum Duck Baker during a visit to Rochester, New York in support of his own Les Blues du Richmond  release last year, guitarist Kinloch (pronounced “Kin-law”) Nelson (b. 1950) is the latest addition to the label’s growing stable of hereto hidden gems.  A past student of Stanley Watson and Gene Bertoncini at the Eastman School of Music, and a former teacher himself at the Hochstein Music School, Nelson’s CV is strikingly stocked considering his under-the-radar status prior to Baker’s intervention. Having founded the Guitar Society of Rochester and authored the book Alternative Guitar Tunings, it is now time for Nelson’s music to reach a wider audience in its own right with the release of Partly On Time, which collects recordings Nelson made as a teenager between 1968 and 1970.  Brought up on a diet of Donovan, Simon and Garfunkel, and Bob Dylan, the nascent Nelson was more than happy to take the opportunity to record when it presented itself during a visit with his sister at Dartmouth College – good fortune saw that he was installed in the WDCR studios and committed to tape by one of the station’s presenters, Dave Graves, who in turn passed the results on to the Mamas and Papas’ John Phillips. Initially impressed and eager to have Nelson record alongside his friend Carter Redd, Phillips’ interest gradually waned as Redd couldn’t make the dates. Consequently all that remains are the tracks presented here by Tompkins Square – three featuring Carter Redd from the original WDCR sessions, and the rest Nelson alone from various subsequent dates.

“Solitudes,” presented below, is a gently bucolic instrumental that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Nick Drake record, at least until it falls into practical silence in its midsection, kept awake only by the soft brush of friction ridges and the solitary pluck of strings that twinkle like newly ignited stars in the dark.

Partly on Time: Recordings 1968-1970 will be released by Tompkins Square on 22 March. Nelson will embark on a short tour in support of the collection and you can catch him at the venues below:

6 April: Rochester Bop Shop / 8 April: Brooklyn Troost / 11 April: Philadelphia TBC / 12 April: Washington DC Rhizome (with Max Ochs) / 14 April: Harrisburg Artisan Guitar Show / 15 April: Boston Lilypad